FG Delivers 5,136 Bags Of Rice To IDPs In Yobe State

IDPs, Yobe State, RiceThe Federal Government has made available 5,136 bags of rice and some other items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yobe State.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khadija Abba, delivered the items to the state government.

She applauded the resilience of the state government for the unique partnership with security agencies towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

The Minister specifically described as “worthy of emulation”, the commitment of Governor Ibrahim Gaidam’s administration to supporting the war against insurgency.

She similarly commended the Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, who is the Chairman of the Resettlement Committee of IDPs in the state, for implementing all the resettlement policies of the government.

Mr Aliyu, who received the items on Monday on behalf of Governor Gaidam, extolled the Federal Government for remembering the insurgency victims.

According to him, the gesture “will go a long way in addressing food scarcity among the returnees who have not been engaged in any gainful ventures for several years”.

The Deputy Governor also described the action of the Federal Government as “very compassionate that should be emulated by non-governmental organisations and other spirited individuals.

The items received will be shared to some returning communities in Gujba, Damaturu, Gulani, Yunusari, Nguru, Geidam and Karasuwa,” local government areas of Yobe State.

Apart from the bags of rice, other items supplied include: vegetable oil, soap, cloths, foot wears and mosquito coils among several others.

Bill Gates, Dangote Appraise Progress In Polio Eradication

Polio Eradication, Bill gates, DangoteThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Dangote Foundation have met with the Yobe State government to appraise progress of routine immunization in the state.

Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Bill Gates, the Chairman of the Dangote Foundation, Aliko Dangote and Yobe State Government met on Wednesday to appraise the progress made in the fight against polio and other eight child killer diseases in Yobe State.

The meeting was joined through video feed by Mr Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote both in the United States and Yobe State government in Damaturu, the state capital.

The video feed meeting had in attendance various developmental partners who pledged to give their all in the fight against the nine child killer diseases.

The meeting observed that 15 local governments out of the 17 in Yobe State were effectively covered during the period under review.

It was stated that the remaining local governments; Gujba and Gulani had suffered insurgency greatly and needed to be covered.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dangote and Yobe State had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in January on strengthening routine immunisation in the security threatened North East state of Nigeria.

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, informed the meeting that his administration was committed to the MoU to ensure that the nine child killer diseases are eradicated from the state and Nigeria in general.

He said that the state would ensure full coverage of the ongoing support for the routine immunisation programme through community engagement, particularly the use of traditional rulers.

Mr Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote commended the Yobe State government for the remarkable progress made despite insurgency.

They urged the state government to work towards meeting the 2017 targets of countering all the nine child killer diseases.

Dangote pledged to partner the Yobe State government in the reconstruction of the 22 health facilities destroyed in Gujba and Gulani LGAs of the state by the Boko Haram militants.

Teachers In Yobe To Undergo Psychosocial Counselling

Nigerian teachersThe Yobe State government says it will give psychosocial counselling to teachers working in the areas initially taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Announcing the plan on Saturday, the Commissioner for Education, Mohammed Lamin, said the counselling become necessary, as teachers in the said areas had passed through series of trauma complications which would negatively affect their productivity.

The commissioner spoke to Channels Television on the state of schools in the affected areas, as people continue to return to their homes after the military had restored peace to the northeast.

Sharing the current state of schools in Yobe State, Mr Lamin said insurgency had greatly caused devastating effects on education in the state.

He pointed out that the counselling had become necessary since teachers in some communities were finding it difficult to return to their duties due to the bad experiences they had gone through at the time of the senseless killings by Boko Haram insurgents.

On the structural setbacks suffered in the sector, the commissioner said several schools were destroyed by the insurgents in six council areas of Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu, Tarmuwa, Yunusari and Geidam with Gujba and Gulani facing a demoralising effect.

In Gujba and Gulani, according to him, schools were completely closed down as, laboratories, classrooms and hostels among others were not functioning because of the activities of the militants.

Mr Lamin also stated that rebuilding the destroyed schools was beyond the capacity of state government and appealed to the Federal Government as well as donor agencies and spirited individuals to contribute towards the reconstruction.

With the provision of food, water among other basic needs to affected communities, their schools need to be fully reconstructed and reequipped so as to encourage learning among the children as well as refreshed the minds of the traumatised teachers.

Boko Haram: VSF Takes Stock Of Destroyed Buildings For Immediate Reconstruction

Dalori-attack-Boko-Haram3The Victims Support Fund (VSF) has commenced assessment of destruction caused to public buildings in the North East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents.

While on an assessment visit to Yobe State, the Executive Director of the Trust Fund, Prof Sunday Ochoche, says the aim of the assessment tour is to support the process of normalcy with a view to making the stay of the returnees a comfortable one.

While in the state, the Victim Support Fund visited Gujba and Gulani Local Government Areas worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency in the state where the team took stock of the destruction done to hospitals, schools, Local Government Secretariats among other structures and infrastructures that will help as efforts are been made towards the full restoration of civil authority in the affected areas.

Briefing the press shortly after the tour, Prof Ochoche said upon return to Abuja, they will take appropriate measures that will enhance stabilisation for the people to return to their ancestral home.

Prof Ochoche commended the security forces for the restoration of peace in the affected areas and called on the Internally Displaced Persons to start thinking of returning to their homes.

He added that the current administration is doing everything possible to make their return home a historic one.

On the extent of destruction caused to various buildings in the areas visited, the Executive Director expressed sadness on the huge damage done in the two council areas, saying the Trust Fund will work quickly to reconstruct the destroyed buildings with a view to supporting the process of normalcy in the affected areas.

One area Government will consider seriously for possible rebuilding is destruction done to private buildings.

Though he said government will first consider the public structures in the rebuilding process, efforts should also be made in considering the urgent rebuilding of private houses as the inhabitants must be effectively accommodated for any meaningful governance.

Boko Haram Landmine Claims Seven Lives On Yobe Farmland

LandminesA landmine allegedly planted by fleeing Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly killed seven returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Goniri town of Gujba Local Government Area, Yobe State.

The victims had returned to their places of abode sequel to relative peace in their area after it was recaptured by security forces.

The Yobe State Commissioner of Home Affairs Information and Culture, Aji Bularafa, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said that the returnees were clearing their farmlands in preparation for the cropping season, when they met their untimely death due to the explosive devices buried in the farmland, killing seven of them.

The Yobe State government, through its Ministry of Home Affairs Information and Culture, is embarking on a sensitisation campaign to educate inhabitants of Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu, Geidam and Yunusari Local Government Areas worse hit by the insurgency to be careful while farming as the insurgents might have planted explosives across several farmlands in their previously controlled territory.

The Commissioner said that security report has it that the explosive devices may have been  buried in the farmland by the terrorists group, since the Boko Haram had lived in the area over the years.

Apart from farmlands, the Commissioner caution residents to be careful with their houses as similar explosive devices might have been buried by the fleeing militants during their sojourn in the areas.

Aji Bularafa cautioned the inhabitants of Gujba, Gulani, Geidam, Yunusari and parts of Damaturu Local Government Areas to be careful while embarking on farming activities and to contact security agents to deploy bomb detectives to areas or spots suspected of  accommodating such explosive devices for confirmation and subsequent diffusion.

The Yobe State government carried out the enlightenment campaign across the Boko Haram infested areas of the state to save lives of innocent citizens as there are high indications that similar landmines could have been embedded in other areas previously under the control of insurgents.

APC Wins Yobe National Assembly Bye Election

APCThe All Progressive Congress (APC) has emerged winner of the Yobe National Assembly bye election held on Saturday across four council areas of the state.

The National Assembly bye election was conducted to fill the vacant seat left by the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Hon. Khadija Bukar Ibrahim, who vacated the seat to serve in the Buhari-led administration.

Declaring the results, the returning officer of the election, Prof Sunday Alao, said the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Abdullahi Usman Kukuwa scored a total of 23, 745 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Nasiru Hassan Yusuf of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 6990 votes.

Other candidates, Mr Adamu Mohammed Dina of the Advance Congress for Democracy (ACD) scored a total of 163 votes to emerge third, while the candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Mr Jibrin Ladan scored 139 votes.

Agents of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the collation centre, Mr Hassan Abba and his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Dr Zaji Bunu accepted the outcome of the election and commended INEC, security personnel, observers, and monitors among others for the hitch free exercise.

The four party agents, who all signed the result sheet of the election congratulated Mr Abdullahi Usman Kukuwa of the APC for the victory and wished him a productive representation at the National Assembly.

The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zannah Ibrahim, while speaking at the collation centre said the exercise recorded no incident of violence in any of the participating Local Governments and praised the participating political parties for the maturity exhibited before and during the election.

With the emergence of Abdullahi Usman Kukuwa as elected member of the House of Representatives, the state is set for yet another bye election to fill the vacant position left by the lawmaker representing Gulani Constituency in the State House of Assembly.

The seat contested for was the Damaturu, Gujba, Gulani, Tarmuwa Federal Constituency located within the Yobe East Senatorial zone of the state.

With the victory of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the bye election, the state currently has two of the three senatorial seats and five out of the six seats in the House of Representatives.

Yobe Holds National Assembly By-Election

Yobe National Assembly Election The National Assembly by-election is currently holding in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria.

The election is taking place in order to fill the vacant seat left by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Ibrahim.

Mrs Ibrahim represented the Damaturu, Gujba, Gulani and Tarmuwa Federal Constituency before her nomination to serve in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

The election is holding in Damaturu, the state capital, as well as Gujba, Gulani and Tarmuwa Local Government Areas, constituting the federal constituency.

The streets of Damaturu, like other affected council areas remain deserted, as security operatives continue to search for vehicles and people using the road.

Reports say that electoral officials arrived most venues on Saturday morning in good time for the polls.

The Minister for State Foreign Affairs Khadija Bukar Ibrahim while casting her votes at the Emir of Damaturu polling station commended INEC and electoral officers for the conduct of the exercise.

She also praised the conduct of the electorate whom she said conducted themselves in orderly manner.

Four political parties: National Conscience Party (NCP), Advance Congress for Democracy (ACD), All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are participating in the by-election.

INEC Gears Up For National Assembly Bye Election In Yobe

inecThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has concluded plans for the National Assembly bye election in Yobe State slated for Saturday the 23rd of April 2016.

The election will be held in Damaturu, Gujba, Gulani and Tarmuwa Federal Constituency.

INEC Spokesman in Yobe State, Bagudu Mma, while briefing journalists on the level of preparation ahead of the election said the non-sensitive materials have been distributed to all the affected Local Governments, while the sensitive materials will be distributed on Friday.

He said all logistics and security arrangements have been concluded and assured of a hitch-free exercise.

The INEC spokesman also said corps members among other adhoc staff have been recruited and trained for the exercise.

He further revealed that the people of Gujba Local Government Area will cast their votes in Damaturu, considering the security threat in the area, while the people in the other three council areas will hold the exercise within their jurisdiction.

The National Assembly bye election will be conducted to fill the vacant seat left by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bukar Ibrahim, before her appointment to serve in President Buhari’s cabinet.

INEC Reconsiders Yobe By-Election Timetable

INEC-Materials-Bayelsa-electionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria, is taking a second look at the by-election timetable earlier released for the Damaturu, Gujba, Gulani, and Tarmuwa Federal Constituency.

The Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Yobe State had last week disagree with the timetable released by the electoral body for the propose by-election.

The seat at the lower chamber of the National Assembly became vacant sequel to the vacuum created by the appointment of Hon Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim of the House of Representatives as ministerial nominee from the state.

INEC had fixed the February 27, 2016, as the date for the by-election to fill the vacuum created by the exit of Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim who is now the Minister of State Foreign Affairs.

IPAC in Yobe state had unanimously rejected the propose date saying “the three weeks given to political parties for the conduct of the exercise was inadequate”.

Making the decision of the INEC known to reporter, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of INEC in Yobe state said that Yobe IPAC had contacted INEC headquarters on the need to extend the election timetable.

“INEC is now deciding on the complaint forwarded to it.

“The decision will be made known by tomorrow God willing,” he said, appealing to the people to exercise patients, as the election umpire will take a suitable decision for the conduct of the exercise.

The by-election will be conducted in Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu and Tarmuwa Federal Constituency of Yobe East Senatorial zone.

Yobe IPAC Disagree With INEC Over By-Election Timetable

Voter-register-INEC-2015-electionThe Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Yobe State has expressed displeasure with the timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a planned by-election into a vacant National Assembly Office in the northeast Nigerian State.

The vacant office is sequel to the nomination of Hon Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim of the House of Representatives to serve in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari.

INEC had scheduled the by-election to hold on February 27 to fill the vacuum created by the exit of Mr Ibrahim who is now the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

While addressing reporters on Wednesday in Damaturu the capital of the State, the Chairman of IPAC in the state, Umar Kukuri, said the three weeks given for political parties to prepare for the conduct of the election was inadequate.

They sought for an extension.

“The council wishes to note with concern the timing of the election is inadequate for us to mobilise our electorate to participate in the election.

“In view of this therefore, we wish to appeal to INEC to extend the time by two months for adequate preparation on their part and our part as political parties,” Mr Ibrahim stressed.

The party emphasised that some electorate in the state were in faraway Gombe, Bauch, Kano and Kaduna States and needed sufficient time to mobilise them for effective participation.

Some politicians in an interview at the media briefing called for more time, as the constituency that the election would be held was worse hit by the current insecurity problem bedevilling the state.

They pointed out that an extension would afford the political parties more time to mobilise their members for credible and acceptable polls.

The spokesman for INEC in Yobe State, Mr Bagudu Nna, in response to the request of IPAC, said INEC had taken its stand on the issue, as they were already implementing the decision of the National secretariat.

He urged Yobe IPAC to channel its grievances to electoral body’s national headquarters.

The election will be conducted in Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu and Tarmuwa Federal Constituency located in Yobe East Senatorial Zone of the state.

Yobe Seeks FG’s Support In Re-positioning Healthcare Systems

yobe-gaidamYobe State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to urgently reposition deplorable healthcare facilities in the state.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam made the appeal on Monday in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, in a meeting with the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who was in the state to access the situation of the healthcare facilities ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The Governor said that the insurgency had grounded most healthcare facilities in the state thereby affecting the entire healthcare system.

He said that despite the tremendous efforts made in the health sector by the State Government, a lot needed to be done to improve the health needs of the people.

‘Occasional Wind’

The Governor, represented by his Deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, said that the acts of terror of the Boko Haram sect had led to destruction of several health facilities in Gujba and Gulani Local Government Areas of the state while the ones in Damaturu and other major towns of the state, had been over stretched by the accumulated number of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

According to Governor Gaidam, the State Government had upgraded and restructured healthcare facilities at the state specialist’s hospital as well as the construction of 200 bed capacity in the state capital with the hope of meeting the healthcare needs of the people.

The Minister of Health, however, said that his visit to the state was timely as he was in Yobe for assessment purpose with a view to upgrading the needed facilities.

The Minister said that President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to reposition healthcare facilities across the country with emphasis on Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, which were bedeviled by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Attention on such upgrade, he said, would focus on the primary and secondary healthcare systems as such would tell positively on the lives of the common man.

The Minister said that President Buhari’s administration would work assiduously towards improving the health situation, pointing out that the government would provide mobile ambulances, urgent health care needs, as well as potable water.

On the Lassa fever epidemic, Professor Adewole described it as an ‘occasional wind’ which the present administration would work hard to fizzle out of the country permanently.

The Minister also visited some IDP camps in Damaturu where he assured them of the Federal Government’s support in the improvement of their well being.

The Minister would proceed to Adamawa and Borno States for similar assessment tour of the insurgency prone states of the North-East geopolitical zones.

IDPs In Damaturu Get NEMA’s Relief Materials

IDPsThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Damaturu.

The materials were given to the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency at Kasaisa, Phase I Secretariat and some non-conventional camps of the IDPs in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital in northeast Nigeria.

Speaking after the presentation, the Assistant Coordinator of NEMA in Yobe State, Mrs Shizzer Bada, stressed the significance of the succour to the IDPs who are homeless in their fatherland.

She said NEMA, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, would continue to distribute relief materials to the IDPs in view of their pressing needs.

Mrs Bada pointed out that the agency would strive to cover every nooks and crannies of the state, particularly disaster, flood and insurgency victims.

She said NEMA had identified the IDPs drawn from Buni-Yadi, Gujba, Gulani and neighbouring Borno State and would reach out to them as timely as possible to alleviate their sufferings.

Some of the beneficiaries applauded the efforts of the agency towards alleviating their sufferings.

Items distributed to the IDPs include; mattresses, blankets, buckets and foodstuff such as maize, millet, beans, rice, amidst several others.