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.

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.

Boko Haram: Yobe Electoral Body Suspends Council Polls Indefinitely

The Yobe state Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) has postponed indefinitely the Local Government Election earlier scheduled for June this year.

Announcing the postponement on Thursday  in Damaturu after a stakeholders meeting with members of political parties and security agents in the state, the Chairman of the commission, Jauro Abdu attributed the postponement to the insecurity problem bedevilling the state and by extension the northern part of the country as a whole.

‘‘The postponement of the election is because of the degenerating security situation in the state and I want to state clearly that the election will be rescheduled at a later date when the security situation improves’’.

He further disclosed that the present curfew imposed  as a result of the deteriorating security situation does not provide enabling environment for the conduct of the election across the state.

The state governor,  Ibrahim Gaidam, had seven days ago reviewed a dusk to dawn curfew in the state after a meeting with the various security agencies in the state.

The review was sequel to recent killings in Geidam and Babbangida towns of Geidam and Tarmuwa Local Government Areas of the state respectively.

The Yobe state executive council had seven days ago also approved the sum of N192.5 million for the SIEC for the conduct of the LG Polls billed for June 2013

The approval was meant to cater for the cost of printing ballot papers and other electoral materials ahead of the election.