Aftermath Of Insurgency: 12bn Naira Required To Rebuild Yobe – Geidam

Yobe Governor Gaidam on InsurgencyThe Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Geidam, says the state will require 12 billion Naira to rebuild structures destroyed by insurgent group, Boko Haram.

The Governor gave the figure on Saturday, when he received the Minister Of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan, who was on an advocacy visit to the state.

With the return of peace in the state, the Governor said majority of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have returned to their ancestral homes while 3,000 were still being catered for at the official camp in the state.

The Minister of Women Affairs said she was in the state to ensure the well-being of the IDPs, as well as fact finding on the social protection programme of the Buhari administration.

She also highlighted that in the course of her visit, she would interact with the IDPs, with a view to discovering if there were issues of violation against women and children in the camps.

On the funds required for the rehabilitation, Governor Gaidam told the Minister that the process had gone beyond the financial capacity of the state.

He called on the Federal Government to assist the state in actualising the rehabilitation of the insurgency ravaged areas.

The Governor, however, praised the macro finance scheme policy of the Buhari administration; saying it would go a long way in benefiting the women folk and the less privileged.

Senator Aisha further stated that it was one of the priorities under the administration, to provide a macro finance scheme to the tune of 1.6 billion Naira.

This according to her, would be shared among benefiting women in the state while benefiting states would receive 200 million Naira.


Yobe Govt. To Construct First Cargo Airport In Northern Nigeria

Yobe, cargo airport, airport, NigeriaThe Yobe State government is set to award contract for the construction of the first ever cargo airport in northern Nigeria.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, Transport and Energy, Sirajo Wakil, revealed this on Monday in an interview with Channels Television in Damaturu, the Yobe State’s capital.

He said that the airport which would be for ticketing, cargo and located in the state’s capital, would facilitate the export of meat, dairy products, and gum Arabic among others which will be source of foreign exchange to the state.

Mr Wakil regretted that Yobe State was the only state among the 19 northern states of the country without an airport, hence the need for an outstanding one.

He affirmed that the state government had concluded plans for the award of the contract which according to him, would be the first of its kind in the Nigeria’s northern region.

The Commissioner also lamented the non-functioning of most airports in the north, saying they were constructed on the basis of ticketing which ordinarily according to him could sustain the survival of any airport.

He disclosed that regulatory agencies like the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigerian Meteorological Agency and the Ministry of Aviation had visited the state for the feasibility survey of the proposed airport and had certified the award of the contract.

Wakil assured the people of Yobe State that the Governor Ibrahim Geidam-led administration would complete all the ongoing road projects across the state despite the tough economic situation.