Yobe Governor Pardons Five Prisoners

Yobe Govt. Disburses N18.3 Million To Returning IDPs Who Lost Farms

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 Governor Set To Conduct LG Polls In February

Ibrahim-GaidamThe 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 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.

Gaidam Says APC Will Give Nigerians The Needed Change

The Yobe state Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam says the new merger party, All Progressive Congress (APC) will provide Nigerians the much desired change that will transform the living conditions of the people.

The governor stated this at the Maiduguri International Airport while returning from the first stakeholders meeting of the party since its registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Holding a broom which is a symbol of the party in his hand as he arrived at the airport, was received by a mammoth crowd from Yobe state who also, were brandishing their brooms while calling on Nigerians to give the APC a chance in the quest for a desired change.

“We need change in Nigeria because the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has failed Nigerians. Power sector, the education, health care services, road development among others has all being in shambles and the time to seek for change is now” Gaidam laments.

Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam says while at the meeting he had promised to deliver the state during the 2015 general elections and expressed hope that with the crowd that gathered to receive him at the airport, that promised will surely be fulfilled.

The governors said “I can see hope in this party and my promised that Yobe will be delivered to APC is already achieved. We should work together towards building a virile country for our generation yet unborn and such efforts should be taken seriously and the time for it is now.”

The governor says APC will fight corruption, create job opportunities, and ensure security of lives and property of the people by creating conducive atmosphere for a sustainable development and call on Nigerians to rally round the party for the actualisation of its dreams which is for the progress of the country.

The governor was received at the airport by his deputy Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, top government functionaries, politicians and well-wishers.

Yobe state will likely be a strong ground for the APC, as it has been an All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) controlled state since the return of democracy in 1999, and also one of the leading party at the front burner of the merger.