Yobe Govt Commends Turnout Of Voters Despite Boko Haram Attack

 

The Yobe State Government has commended the turnout of voters despite the Boko Haram attacks on the state.

The first attack occurred in Gaidam town while the second attack occurred at Bunu Yadi area of the state.

Although the attacks had prevented the Yobe state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam from going to cast his vote which was disclosed in a statement by the Director-General for Press Affairs to the governor, Abdullahi Bego.

He said the governor’s decision followed reports of attacks on two communities in the early hours of Saturday.

Mr. Bego explained that Governor Gaidam did not travel to his Bukarti ward near Gaidam town  230 kilometres away from the state capital to cast his vote.

“This is because of the incident in Gaidam town early in the day, which has already been brought under control and voting is now underway there, the security agencies would naturally seek to reinforce and increase security around the governor for him to travel to cast his vote.

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“That increased security around the governor will mean that vital security resources that are needed elsewhere in the state would have to be diverted and allocated to the governor.

“The government made the decision in consultation with the security agencies that it is better and more useful for the security agents, including soldiers, police, Civil Defence, DSS, etc to focus their attention on providing security for the election throughout the state.

“We reckoned that that is more appropriate at this particular time than devoting a large security contingent just to escort the governor to cast his vote.

“As things stand now, voting is going on successfully across the state and Governor Gaidam is pleased and grateful to the people for the large turnout at polling units throughout the state”, the statement said.

Meanwhile the Army spokesman, Colonel Musa Sagir confirmed the attack on Geidam in a statement, describing the incident as a futile attack on a security outpost in Geidam general area.

According to the Army spokesman, “the situation is calm and peaceful and people have turned out to cast their votes without any hindrance”

The state government has however commended security agencies for their commendable and continuing effort to ensure a peaceful and successful election across the state.

 

Gaidam Signs 2018 Budget Into Law

The Yobe State, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, has signed the 2018 budget into law.

Assenting to the bills at the Government House in Damaturu the Yobe state capital, Governor Gaidam said the bills provide for a total expenditure of N92,182,336,000 and remain the same as presented except for some internal adjustments made thereby decreasing the allocation for recurrent services and increasing allocation of the funds earmarked for the execution of capital projects.

The recurrent expenditure of the assented bill according to the governor has been raised to N46, 753, 805, 000, 00 by the state assembly while the sum of N45, 428, 531, 000, 00 is an earmark for capital expenditure and thanks members for the adjustments and expeditious work on the bills.

“This implies that the budget size as presented remains the same except for some internal adjustments made thereby decreasing the allocation for recurrent services and increasing the allocation of the funds earmarked for the execution of the capital programmes”

The budget he said is geared towards service delivery assuring that his administration will continue to evoke ways that will enhance the development of the state.

“During the 2018 fiscal year, we will continue to implement our planned programme to build on the successes recorded in the previous budgets since our assumption of office nine years ago”

Governor Gaidam also said his administration will step up efforts in revenue generation and remittance to ensure the budget is effectively financed.

“In order to ensure greater successes in the mobilisation of funds, we will give renewed emphasis to our drive for enhancing revenue generation through effective monitoring of internal Revenue collection and remittance,” the governor said.

The Speaker of the State Assembly Adamu Dala-Dogo applauded the focus of the budget which according to him is aimed at addressing the pathetic problems of the internally displaced persons as well as provides more infrastructure, job and wealth creation for the people.

“We expeditiously worked on this budget to ensure its implementation in view of the fact that it will address the problems of the IDPs as well as provides more developmental projects to the people of the state,” the Speaker said.

The asserting of the bills was graced by some members of the National Assembly from the state and beyond as well as politicians and top government functionaries among others.

Yobe Governor Pardons Five Prisoners

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The Yobe State Governor, Mr Ibrahim Gaidam has pardoned five prisoners convicted and jailed for various offences in two prisons across the state.

A statement issued by his media aide, Abdullahi Bego said the state Chief Executive exercised his powers in pursuit of Sections 212 (1) of the 1999 Constitution.

He added that the governor acted based on the counsel given him by the State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy headed by the Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ahmed Goniri.

“The pardons were granted based on the Prerogative of Mercy powers conferred on the governor by Section 212 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended,” Bego said on Sunday.

The pardon, he added was made possible “based on the recommendation of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy chaired by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Ahmed Mustapha Goniri.”

Beneficiaries of the amnesty were: Mohammed Gidado, Adamu Ardo and Jibrin Mohammed all serving at the Potiskum Medium Security Prison.

Others included Kachallah Bukar currently serving at the Gashu’a Prison and Baba Isa serving his term at Potiskum Medium Security Prison.

The repentant prisoners are to be freed with immediate effect, according to the statement issued by the governor’s aide.

Yobe Govt To Reconstruct At Least Five Schools In 2018

Yobe Govt To Reconstruct At Least Five Schools In 2018
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The Yobe State government will approve the complete reconstruction of at least five schools in its 2018 fiscal year, in addition to the ongoing reconstruction of dilapidated schools in the state.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam said this on Friday shortly after inspecting the Government Secondary School, Nangere, where complete reconstruction and equipping of the school was carried out.

He also commended the various projects carried out in the school which include classrooms, student hostels, staff quarters, laboratories, and library among others.

The Governor, who lamented the devastation in the education sector caused by the Boko Haram terrorists, said about five schools would be awarded for complete reconstruction and equipping promised that in the 2018 fiscal year.

According to him, this would help to provide a conducive environment for academic activities for the future leaders.

“This administration has earmarked between five to six schools for complete reconstruction and equipping with the required furniture and other requirements therein.

“We are doing this to encourage education which came under lots of devastation by the Boko Haram insurgents,” the governor said.

The State Commissioner of Education, Mr Mohammed Lamin, who said the entire projects cost the government more than N490, stressed that the problem of electricity supply in the school was yet to be addressed.

“The government has committed over N490 million for the complete reconstruction and equipment of facilities and furniture in this school alone.

“Let me thank the state government for this huge investment with assurances that the fruits will be known in time to come,” he said.

On his part, the school principal Mohammed Wakil thanked the governor for the renovation works.

He said it would go a long way in motivating the teachers and students and assured the governor that they would work assiduously towards attaining the desired academic standards.

“Let me thank the Gaidam administration for transforming this school and let me assure you that it will greatly encourage teaching and learning in the school.

“On behalf of my teachers and students, I want to assure the governor that we will put in our best in ensuring that the objectives for such renovations are achieved,” Wakil said.

Governor Gaidam was accompanied on the tour by top officials of the State Ministry of Education and other education-related agencies among others.

The reconstruction and equipping of schools across the state began last year with the aim of encouraging school enrolment, teaching and learning, following the activities of the terrorists in Yobe and other states in North East Nigeria.

So far, five schools have been upgraded and equipped with the required facilities aimed at creating a conducive atmosphere for academic activities.

Governor Gaidam Warns Against Using Social Media Negatively

Governor Gaidam Warns Against Using Social Media Negatively
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Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has asked users of the social media to be fair, truthful and objective as they circulate information in the society through the available platforms.

The governor said this on Thursday in his opening address during a workshop on the effective use of social media for public information officers in the state.

He asked participants to positively use the platforms to disseminate truthful information, enhance peace, development, sharing of knowledge among others instead of using it for retrogression.

“Social media can be used positively by our people to report crime, forward their complaints or comment on any government policies or programme.

“It can also be used to communicate, report or raised any issue of concern to our communities which need prompt action or response from the government for immediate intervention or solution,” he said.

Governor Gaidam also urged social media users to cultivate the ethical practice of objectivity and fairness as exhibited by the conventional media practitioners.

“We expect you to always be frank, fair and objective, as well as identify yourselves with forces whose major interest is the defence of the democratic ideals, rule of law as enshrined in our constitution, and the promotion of peace, unity and stability,” he added.

On his part, Commissioner of Information in the state, Mr Mala Musti, commended the governor for sponsoring the training, saying it would enhance the knowledge and capacity of the information officers in the discharge of their duties.

He said: “I would like to assure His Excellency (the governor) that our information officers are always being reminded of the need to discharge their duties objectively without fear or favour in accordance with the ethics of their profession.

“They will also continue to emphasise on issues that will be of benefit to the entire society and be seen as the vanguard of promoting peace, progress and nation building”.

Director of Press to the governor, Abdullahi Bego, also drew the attention of participants to the powers of the social media which include reaching out to millions of people at a time.

Delivering a speech titled: “The Effective Use of The Social Media in The Dissemination of Information”, he cautioned users to be developmental and ethical in the use of the platforms.

Mr Musa Usman from the Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri, also commended the state government for the workshop, saying participants would be further exposed to the gains of using the social media.

“Most of the information officers are used to the social media but this workshop will further exposed them to the positives of using the social media to enhance development at the local and the state level as well as nationally,” he said.

The workshop brought together participants drawn from ministries, departments and agencies as well as some renowned social media users from across the state.

It was also attended by resource persons, as well as other information experts and managers from across the country.

A communique issued at the end of the workshop called for the effective use of the social media to enhance development while government was asked to heighten training of information officers considering the dynamism in the information and communication world.

Yobe Govt. Commends Lawmaker For Distributing Relief Materials To IDPs

The Yobe state Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has commended a member of the House of Representative Hon Bukar Goni, for distributing materials aimed at alleviating sufferings of the less privilege in the state.

Addressing personalities at the occasion, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam said the law maker has made him proud having done exceptionally well and urged others to emulate him.

The law maker according to the governor has help solved the numerous unemployment problems bedeviling his constituency, the state and by extension the country as a whole.

The governor said the efforts of the law maker will go a long way in complementing the efforts of his administration in alleviating poverty among vulnerable groups such as; women and the youths.

“Hon Bukar Goni has done exceptionally well by complementing the efforts of our administration in empowering the less privilege and by this I want to urge other law makers to emulate him”

The Speaker House of Representative Hon Yakubu Dogara represented by Hon Ado Doguwa also commended the lawmaker for carrying out several empowerment programmes which according to him has brought pride to the National Assembly.

He called on beneficiaries to make the best use of the materials in improving their lives and the society as a whole.

“Let me at this point commend the initiator of the programme and to call on the beneficiaries of the empowerment materials to make the best use of it for the purpose intended” Dala Dogo said

The initiator of the programme Hon Bukar Goni said items acquired for distribution include 77 tricycles and three Sharon Buses and handing over of keys of five classroom blocks renovated at Juluri Primary school in Bursari Local Government area.

The law maker also disclosed that he will sponsor the construction of Dapchi mini stadium that will engaged and encourage the youth positively in sporting activities.

“Apart from the empowerment materials distributed, I am also embarking on the construction of the Dapchi mini stadium which if completed, it will encourage sport participation among our youth.

“By this, the nation will have opportunity to fish out talents who excel in the various sports that will be played here and I call on the government at all levels to assist me to actualize this huge dream” Hon Goni said.

The initiator is currently representing Bursari, Geidam and Yunusari federal constituency at the National assembly.

Governor Gaidam Presents 88.9bn Naira Budget For 2016

gaidam-yobeThe Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, has presented the sum of over 88.9 billion Naira appropriation for the 2016 fiscal year.

The figure represents an increase of over 8.93 billion Naira or 10 per cent above that of 2015.

Presenting the 2016 budget tagged; ‘Budget For Consolidation, Reconstruction And Self-Reliance’, Governor Gaidam said the budget would help his administration rehabilitate reconstruct destroyed structures and resettle the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) forced out of their homes by the Boko Haram insurgency.

It will also promote agricultural development, with a view to creating job opportunities.

The Governor said the sum of over 41 billion Naira or an equivalent of 46 per cent would be earmarked for capital expenditure, while 47.7 or 54 per cent is set aside for recurrent expenditure.

The budget, according to him, will be executed through Internally Generated Revenue, statutory allocation, Value Added Tax, ecological funds and excess crude oil, among others.

Governor Gaidam said: “Within the 2016 fiscal year, ministries and government’s boards and parastatals will be invigorated with a view to providing meaningful services to the teaming people of the state”.

While describing the budget as lean and coming at a time of serious economic challenges, the Governor called for strict financial discipline, in order to sustain the current pace of development in the state.

He appreciated the efforts of the House of Assembly and well-meaning people of the state who he said had been working tirelessly towards the development of the state. The Governor further expressed hope that their commitment would be sustained.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Adamau Dala Dogo while welcoming the governor and members of his cabinet to the Council Chambers of the House gave the assurance that the budget would be given speedy consideration.

Honourable Dogo commended security agencies in the country and other neighbouring countries for their tireless efforts in ensuring the restoration of peace in the state and the north-east geopolitical zone as a whole.

At the presentation of the appropriation bill were eminent sons and daughters of the state and well-wishers across the state and beyond.

Gaidam Praises FG’s Commitment To Ending Insurgency

YobeYobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has praised the commitment of the Federal Government to ending the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s North-East region and some other affected states.

Governor Gaidam made the commendation on Sunday when he received Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), led by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Mungono, on a visit to Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

He said with the way the Presidency is committed to ending the insurgency and with the resolve of the Service Chiefs to fight the militants, there is high hope that normalcy will soon be restored in the affected areas.

Mr Gaidam, who traced the history of the Boko Haram insurgency from 2004, said that the sect members were treated with kid-gloves since then till 2009 when they became too strong and notorious.

He, however, noted that with the present directive of President Muhammadu Buhari and commitment of the Service Chiefs, the Boko Haram insurgency will soon be a thing of the past.

The Governor said the insurgents were initially seen as a north-east problem and were allowed to spread unabated, a situation which he said has become a national, sub regional and regional problem.

Governor Gaidam praised the current Service Chiefs, who are always on ground to give a morale booster to the troops on the battle field and the affected communities.

The Governor, who expressed confidence that the war will be won, assured indigenes of the state that the affected communities and governments will continue to partner security agencies, to ensure the end to the hostility.

The NSA said he led the Service Chiefs to the affected areas to assess the situation in line with actualising the mandate given to them by Mr President.

While commending the state government for frequent care to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), he said the war will soon be over for government to commence rehabilitation and integration of the affected persons.

The NSA also called for collaboration between the community and security forces, stressing that the war needs team work, as the enemies are embedded in the people.

Gaidam Satisfied With Conduct Of Polls In Yobe

YobeGovernor Ibrahim Gaidam has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the Presidential election.

Following reports from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, the Governor said that election in the state went on smoothly despite initial fear of security in the troubled north east geopolitical zone of the country.

With successes recorded during accreditation and subsequent voting in the state, the Yobe State Governor praised INEC, security agencies and other stakeholders for the success of the exercise in the state.

Speaking to Journalists after casting his vote at Bukarti town in Yunusari Local Government Area of the state, Governor Gaidam expressed satisfaction with the performance of the card reader in spite of the much anticipated fear of the new technology being introduced into the nation’s electoral process.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who commended the people of the state for their efforts towards giving peace a chance, hoped similar cooperation would be maintained during the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

INEC Reassures Stakeholders in Damaturu Of Its Readiness

inecThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has organised a stakeholders meeting in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, reassuring them of its readiness to hold hitch free elections.

Presided over by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Habu Zarma, the meeting had in attendance representatives of various political parties, security formations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and the media.

The meeting appraised the level of preparedness, ranging from the collection of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to the allocation of polling stations for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) among other issues that will enhance peaceful conduct of the election.

Addressing the gathering, the REC said the PVC collection had reached 91 per cent, stressing that efforts were in progress to ensure that all the IDPs were conveyed to their various polling stations.

Mr Zarma said the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in Fika and two secondary schools in Damaturu had been reserved for Gulani and Gujba IDPs, expressing sadness that initial plans did not make preparations for IDPs.

The REC stated that there were few cases of the IDPs in Bursari, Gaidam and Yunusari, but expressed happiness that security agencies had reported the return of peace in the areas and hope for smooth conduct of the exercise.

Zarma also said the PVCs of some registered voters in the state were yet to be printed. he explained that the National Headquarters had called for the collection of some printed PVCs, saying the electoral officers of the affected areas are on standby to immediately distribute the said PVCS as soon as they arrived the state.

Speaking on the use of the card reader for the voter accreditation, the REC said only voters identified would be allowed to exercise their franchise, saying; “there are enough card reader with back up of three per each electoral wards”.

The REC called on the stakeholders and people across the state to ensure orderliness that will would way for free, fair, peaceful and credible exercise.

Yobe Governor Presents 80.6 bn Naira For 2015 Budget

2015 budgetYobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has presented an appropriation bill of 80.6 billion naira to the State Assembly for scrutiny and subsequent passage into law for the 2015 Budget.

The Governor, while presenting the budget to the House, said that the current figure represents decrease of 22.2 billion naira, equivalent to 22 per cent less than that of 2014.

Ibrahim Gaidam said that the reduction in budget size was because of the downward projection from the federation’s account.

Governor Gaidam revealed that 37 billion naira is allocated to capital expenditure, while 43 billion naira is for the recurrent expenditure, a representation of 46% and 54% respectively.

The budget, which would be financed through Internally Generated Revenue, statutory allocation, Value Added Tax, ecological fund and access crude oil, according to him, is aimed at upgrading the performance of infrastructural facilities and identify areas of job creation, among others.

Giving highlights of the 2014 budget, the Governor said that so much was recorded despite the insurgency which claimed several lives in the state. He also condoled with those who lost loved ones, as well as properties during the chain of attacks.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adamu Dogo, said that the presentation of the appropriation bill by the Governor marked the first reading. He gave an assurance that the House would give the bill speedy deliberations, with a view to achieve immediate passage into law.

The Speaker also praised the leadership style of the Governor, which has made the return of almost all House members ahead of the 2015 election easy.

Yobe To Prioritize Health And Education In 2015 Budget

yobeYobe state governor, Mr Ibrahim Gaidam, has said that health care services and education will top government expenditure for the 2015 fiscal year.

Governor Ibrahim said education and health care would be given the topmost priority in the implementation of the 2015 budget.

The Governor disclosed this while inspecting a 200 bed capacity hospital and the Specialist Hospital located in Damaturu, Yobe state capital.

Governor Ibrahim noted that despite the short fall in revenue allocation from the federation account, his administration would do everything possible to ensure that all structures at both hospitals are properly furnished and used.

Mr Gaidam added that his administration will henceforth be focused on the healthcare delivery and quality education after prioritising road construction since inception.

The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Mohammed Bello Kawuwa, said equipping the two structures would immensely solve the health care needs of the people within the state and beyond.

According to him, the various Specialist Hospitals, when furnished with modern facilities would tackle cases of patients with complicated medical issues.

The commissioner further praised the Gaidam administration for the free drugs being given to women, children and accident victims, saying it has gone a long way to improve maternal and child mortality in the state.