The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has approved the recruitment of 38 nurses who have just graduated from the state own Dr. Shehu Sule College of Nursing and Midwifery, Damaturu.
The approval was contained in a statement from the Director of Press to the governor, Abdullahi Bego.
According to the statement, the recruitment was aimed at boosting the state’s healthcare sector, “as the Gaidam-led administration continues with the biggest and most far-reaching expansion of the sector in the history of our state”.
The governor also approved the recruitment of 32 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) doctors, pharmacists, radiographers, and physiotherapists into the healthcare service with commensurate professional allowances.
Earlier, Governor Gaidem approved the recruitment of a total of 386 doctors, consultants, nurses and other categories of specialists and professional medical workers for the newly established Yobe University Teaching Hospital (YSUTH), Damaturu., which has already commenced the provision of clinical services to the public.
The hospital had already commenced the provision of clinical services to the public in the state capital, North-East Nigeria.
The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to strengthening the health sector, as he inspects the Medical College Complex of the Yobe State University.
Established as part of the administration’s effort to develop and enhance human resource for health, the College is also to support the newly established Yobe University Teaching Hospital (YSUTH), Damaturu.
The Governor was conducted round the Medical College Complex by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Yakubu Mukhtar and the Chairman of the University Governing Council, Barrister Ado Isyaku.
He expressed satisfaction with the quality of work at the site but asked the contractors to speed up work to meet the six months’ dateline as content in terms of the contract.
“Despite my appreciating the quality of work, I urge you strongly to speed up work to ensure you beat the stipulated dateline.
“You need to put in a lot of men and resources to meet up the dateline and make this complex ready for the resumption of new medical students who will be admitted from the next academic session beginning in September, this year.” Governor Gaidam said.
Answering questions from newsmen after the inspection, Governor Gaidam recapped that the Yobe State government under his leadership accord healthcare services a high priority.
“This administration accords utmost priority to the health care services, this is why we are making huge investments in the sector.
“This is why we establishing a Medical College here in our state university and a Teaching Hospital apart from the reconstruction works going on across major hospitals in Potiskum, Gashua, Geidam and Damaturu, the state capital.”
Gaidam also disclosed that 17 medical doctors have been recruited from the Republic of Egypt as “efforts are been done to bring quality medical services to the doorsteps of our people”
Governor Gaidam also revealed that the Yobe State government is currently sponsoring over 400 medical students of Yobe origin within and outside the country all with the aim of bringing quality healthcare closer to the people.
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor of the university commended the Governor for his resilience in ensuring the growth and development of the institution and assures him that he will continue to implement policies that will speed development.
He identified additional structures that would need to be provided within the complex to make the Medical College fully accommodate the needs of a modern medical institution.
The Medical College Complex under construction comprises of academic and non-academic offices, classrooms as well as lecture theatres and laboratories.
Others include; departments of human anatomy, physiology and microbiology among others.
Thousands of workers in Yobe State converged on the Damaturu Township Stadium to observe the May Day celebration in grand style for the first time in five years.
The celebration witnessed a high turnout as a result of the relative peace being enjoyed across the state, as well as Nigeria’s North-East geopolitical zone.
Addressing the workers, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented by his deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, appreciated their contributions in the development of the state.
He assured the civil servants that his administration would continue to evoke ways of improving their living conditions.
The governor promised them that the upward review of pensions, leave grants and other entitlements of the civil servants would be worked out by the Secretary to the State Government and the Head of Service for government consideration.
He also expressed appreciation to security agencies for their dedication towards the return of peace and urged the citizens to partner with the security operatives in sustaining the existing peace in the state.
The State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ibrahim Lawan, commended the State Government for the frequent payment of workers’ salaries.
He however, called for the review of pension allowances, leave grants and completion of the building of the Labour House currently under construction among others.
Some of the workers who spoke to Channels Television, Malama Fatima and Musa Buba, praised security operatives for the return of peace which they said was the reason they could celebrate Workers’ Day in Yobe State for the first time in five years.
They called on the State Government to consider all the recommendations put forward by the NLC Chairman, saying it would encourage their productivity.
The Yobe State Government is partnering with the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) to tackle the menace of insurgency in North-East Nigeria.
Speaking at a meeting in the state, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam noted that securing the lives and property of the people was everyone’s business and called for effective collaboration in waging the war against terrorism.
He appealed to the Federal Government to step up efforts to fully rid the region of the Boko Haram terrorists, promising that his administration would continue to accord security issues the desired attention.
“I wish to make an appeal to the Federal Government through the Office of the National Security Adviser, to intensify the mopping up ofthe remnant of Boko Haram terrorists in all nooks and crannies of the North-East, in conjunction with the vigilante group and with the aid of the organised community policing and surveillance training,” the Governor said.
He stressed that the meeting would enable participants to exchange ideas and find a way out of the restiveness engulfing Yobe State and the North-East as a whole.
“A workshop of this nature will enable participants to exchange ideas and arrive at a far reaching resolution on security issues unique to our zone, and take appropriate steps to arrest the threat to lives and property.
“It will equally avail us the opportunity of realising the need for us all to work together collectively towards eliminating the menace of the men of the underworld and miscreants,” Governor Gaidam stated.
Information Is Power
The NSA, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), whose address was read by the Head of the Counter-terrorism Office, Alhassan Useini, lauded the State Government’s effort in the rebuilding process and called for effective collaboration between security forces and the civil populace in tacking insecurity.
He emphasised the need for intelligence and information sharing as an effective way of tackling insurgency across the country.
“The country as a whole must now understand the importance of information sharing and the essence of timeliness in doing so. Information is power and the timely sharing of information is super power.
“This State Workshop should be seen as a call to reawaken the collaborative action which we must all embrace, as victory by one is victory by all of us, and a greater victory for our entire nation and the world. Our motto therefore should be mutual interest, mutual gain and mutual respect,” he said.
The Secretary to the Yobe State Government, Baba Mallam-Wali, described the workshop as timely, saying it would address key issues in the fight against terrorism and work out ways in the rebuilding of the war devastated areas.
He praised the present administration in the state for its role in relocating the Internally Displaced Persons to their ancestral homes.
The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, on Wednesday, swore in a new Head of Service, Saleh Abubakar.
The new appointee, who is the Chief of Staff to the Governor, takes over from Dauda Yahaya, who has attended the mandatory years of service.
While administering the oath on the Head of Service, the Governor said the swearing in of the new appointee would reinvigorate his administration by ensuring transparency, probity and accountability.
“Today’s event will further reinvigorate the administrative machinery in the state, strengthen the promotion of rule of law, equity, and justice, accountability, transparency and probity in the conduct of government business and it will serve as a step forward towards entrenchment of our reform programme in all sectors of our state economy”
Governor Gaidam, however, praised the outgoing Head of Service whom according to him, was equally an experienced technocrat.
He, therefore, urged the new Head of Service to emulate him, while also expressing optimism that Abubakar, who has served diligently since the beginning of his administration, will justify the confidence reposed in him.
“I am glad to say that Saleh Abubakar had impressive record of service before his appointment to the present position as Head of Service and it is this yardstick which informed my approval of his appointment.
“I however have no doubt in my mind that owing to his wealth of experience, exposure and records of performance in the past, he will be able to discharge his duties to the satisfaction of all,” the governor said.
The swearing in ceremony also witnessed the oath taken of the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Saboli Mohammed. Also, Baba Gishiwari took an oath as a member of the State Judicial Service Commission, while Ali Garga was sworn in as member of the Fiscal Responsibility Board.
The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has appointed his Chief of Staff, Saleh Abubakar, as the new Head of Service of the state.
A statement from the Secretary to the State Government, Baba Malam-Wali, said the new Head of Service replaces Dauda Yahaya who is due for retirement on April 10, 2017.
The statement read: “In 1999, he (Mr Abubakar) was appointed Deputy Permanent Secretary Administration, a position he held till 2004 when he was posted to the Ministry of Land and Survey as Deputy Permanent Secretary.
“The new Head of Service returned to the Governor’s Office in 2006 as Deputy Permanent Secretary Administration, till 2007 when he was appointed Permanent Secretary/ Chief of Staff to the Governor.
“Saleh Abubakar served as Chief of Staff to the Governor for a decade until his new appointment as Yobe State Head of Service by Governor Ibrahim Gaidam”.
Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has re-opened the Katarko Bridge in Gujba Local Government Area of the state, four years after it was blown up by the Boko Haram sect.
The bridge is a major infrastructure that connects the state to neighbouring states in Nigeria’s North-east.
It lies 22 kilometres away from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, and served as a link to the strongholds of the insurgents.
Governor Gaidam, who officially opened the reconstructed bridge on Thursday, emphasised its economic importance, saying his administration will continue to do all it can to develop the state.
He added that his administration will extend the olive branch to other major towns of the state.
“It was in our plan to beautify Damaturu metropolis, it has to look like a state capital before our term ends in 2019 and this does not mean that we will overlook some other urban cities,” the Governor said.
He further inspected the Yobe State Fire Service Headquarters under remodeling, where he tasked the contractors to redouble their efforts to ensure completion as schedule.
Governor Gaidam also inspected ongoing urban road renewal projects across the state capital and praised the the contractors for a job well done.
Speaking at one of the sites of inspection, the Commissioner of Works and Transport, Lawan Shettima, gave a breakdown of the level of work at the Damaturu-Makza road, which he said was 50 per cent completed.
Governor Gaidam expressed delight at the level of work done and promised to construct more roads, schools and other infrastructure, in order to revive various communities in the state.
He, however, urged the contractors to maintain speed and quality of work, in line with the contract specification.
The 2017 Governor’s cup finals in Yobe state has been concluded with Gujba Local Government Football team emerging as winner.
The competition which has suffered over the years as a result of the Boko Haram insurgence, has been staged successfully to signify the full restoration of peace in the state.
Gujba Football Club defeated the Ajari United Football Club of Damaturu through the lottery of penalty shootout.
The match was graced by the state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, his Deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, among other other dignitaries and supporters from within and outside the state.
Gaidam said it has strengthened unity among participating teams as well as an created an avenue for physical fitness, assuring that his administration will continue to accord sports the desired attention.
He commended the Ministry of Sports, as well as the organisers of the competition for a job well-done and congratulated the winners while encouraging the defeated team to train hard for the 2018 edition.
“I appreciate the successful staging of this competition which has signalled the full restoration of peace in the state.
“I wish to assure the people of the state and beyond, of the readiness of my administration towards according sports the desired attention,” Governor Gaidam said.
The state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Zannah Zakariya, praised the governor for his enormous contribution to sports development and assured him that the ministry would continue to execute his lofty sports policies.
While congratulating the winners of the competition, the commissioner equally urged the losers to train hard in preparation for the 2018 edition which will kick off by the end of the year.
“Let me congratulate the winners of the 2017 edition of this trophy with a call on losers to cultivate the spirit of sportsmanship and to commence preparation for the next edition with full confidence and hope”.
The winners carted away the sum of 1.5 million Naira, the runners up got as sum of one million Naira, while Potiskum academy won the bronze medal, going away with 500 thousand Naira.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it will support one million displaced persons in Nigeria’s northeast in the rebuilding process.
This is coming just as peace has returned to three most security threatened northeast states – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
In a press conference in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, the Executive Director of the WFP, Ms Ertharin Cousin, said beneficiaries drawn from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States would use the support to improved agriculture and fight hunger and poverty in the region.
Towards Agricultural Productivity
In Yobe State alone, according to her, 350,000 people will benefit from the arrangement also geared towards checking poverty among the people.
“In January this year, WFP will support one million people across the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe state who are still in need of assistance.
“In Yobe state, 350,000 people will be assisted in the rebuilding process which is aimed at checking hunger and poverty among the people who suffered insurgency over the years,” Ms Ertharin said.
She appreciated the role played by the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) towards actualising the assistance for the less privileged.
Ms. Ertharin assured the people that the WFP would work hard towards returning the affected states to peace, growth and even development.
“We must return these states bedeviled by Boko Haram to the pre-conflict era and that requires us to work assiduously in partnership with other stakeholders to achieve the desired results,” she said.
The Executive Director told reporters that the WFP would work towards agricultural productivity of the returnees by ensuring they were provided with improved seedlings ahead of the 2017 cropping season so that, with the improved peace, they could engage themselves in gainful ventures that would check hunger and poverty.
She also said they were working in partnership with UNICEF among other stakeholders to address the problems of malnutrition suffered in September last year among the displaced children in the region.
“Our work is all about providing the humanitarian needs to ensure these families have not just the ability to return home but also rebuild their lives.”
The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, whose speech was read by his deputy Abubakar Aliyu, said over 600,000 IDPs and other less privileged had so far benefited from cash transfer and food assistance by the WFP.
“While thanking you individually and collectively for your humanitarian role in ameliorating the plight of the IDPs and other vulnerable groups, I wish to stress that over 600,000 IDPs have so far benefited from cash and food assistance from your organisation.
“This development will go a long way in checking hunger, starvation and poverty among the displaced persons in the state and beyond,” he stressed.
The Governor also thanked the WFP for establishing a Center for Capacity Development on Humanitarian Studies at the Yobe State University, saying it will greatly enhance the capacity of operators of humanitarian activities within the northeast zone.
UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said the insurgency had affected about five million people, including more than 2.2 million Nigerians who are internally displaced and almost 180,000 who have fled to neighbouring countries.
Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has launched the 2017 mass animal vaccination, targeting 2.42 million livestock across the 17 local government areas of the state.
Flagging off the exercise in Babangida the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, Governor Gaidam said that the exercise was aimed at checking cross boundary diseases across the state and beyond.
Represented by the state’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Mr Mustapha Gajerima, the Governor explained that with the dwindling revenue from the oil sector, the government needed to focus more on agriculture and livestock production.
With such vaccination, he was hopeful that the health of the people would further improve.
Governor Gaidam, who called for harmonious relationship between farmers and grazers, commended the Yobe Livestock Development Programme for mobilising the required animals for the exercise.
The programme manager, Dr. Mustapha Geidam, disclosed that 900 herds of cattle and other livestock were vaccinated at the launch, aimed at controlling outbreaks of animal diseases across Yobe State, northeast Nigeria.
Dr. Geidam stressed that the vaccination exercise would continue across the remaining 16 local governments and assured the residents that every animal in the state would get vaccinated.
He praised the state government for the support accorded the exercise and the community leaders for mobilising their subjects toward participating in the exercise.
The Yobe State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Mr Garba Mirwa, also applauded the state government for financing the programme.
He assured the Governor that that his members would participate fully in the exercise.
The Yobe state Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, has reiterate his commitment to hold Local Government elections in the state in February 2017.
During a meeting with the National Leadership of Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC), at the Government House Damaturu, the Governor assured them that his administration would hold election on February 11, in conformity with the tenets of democracy.
The council, is in the state to create awareness on the need to ensure regular conduct of LG elections across the 36 states of the country and Abuja.
According to Gaidam, since he assumed office as the Governor of the state, he had conducted LG elections on two occasions, while the February election would be the third.
With the improved peace, the Governor said he can do more to ensure the growth and development of democracy, adding that it remains the best system of Government known to man.
According to him, the insurgency has never deterred him from developing the state as he continues to construct roads, schools, houses among others.
The National Chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, Mohammed Lawal, then expressed appreciation for the Governor’s efforts in ensuring democracy at the grassroots and urged other governors across the country to emulate him.
He also praised the efforts of the president as well as security operatives for the restoration of peace in the northeast, while calling for its sustenance.
Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has urged the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to effectively check the consumption of drugs and other unlawful products in Nigeria.
The Governor made the call at a meeting with the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs Yetunde Oni, at the Government House in Damaturu, the state’s capital.
The acting Director General of NAFDAC was accompanied by heads of the organisation in all the six states of Nigeria’s northeast geopolitical zone.
Governor Gaidam urged his visitors to renew their efforts in the fight against counterfeit drugs and products within the security prone zone.
He said unauthorised trading and consumption of counterfeit products add to the activities of the insurgents and tasked NAFDAC to play its part in changing the trend.
The governor lauded the visit, saying it would afford NAFDAC the ample opportunity to disseminate information and sensitise people on the danger of patronising drugs hawkers.
He added that the visit would enable the agency take decisive steps towards eradicating the practice of streets hawking of drugs and put an end to the problems of drug addiction and abuse.
Governor Gaidam also asked NAFDAC to conduct research in the area of farm produce preservation which he said had become a serious concern to farmers and also posed health hazards to consumers.
In her response, Mrs Oni sympathised with the government over the unfortunate and needless destruction of human lives and property by the Boko Haram militants.
She assured the governor that NAFDAC would collaborate with relevant agencies and well-meaning indignes of the state to fight the horrific activity.
The NAFDAC boss added that the agency would not relent in its onerous task of liberating Nigeria from the menace of counterfeit, fake drugs and unwholesome food products among others.
She vowed that the agency would continue to do its best in ensuring that only the right quality, safe and efficacious drugs, healthy foods and other regulated products were made available to the people.
Mrs Oni further presented some food and other items to Governor Gaidam to be distributed among the victims of Boko Haram insurgency who were still traumatised and homeless in their fatherland.