Seven Parties To Participate In Yobe LG Election – IPAC

IPAC, Yobe LG ElectionThe Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Yobe State says seven political parties will participate in the Local Government (LG) election slated for February 11, 2017.

The State Chairman of IPAC, Mr Umar Kukuri, made the disclosure during an interview with reporters in Damaturu, Yobe State’s capital, in northeast Nigeria.

Mr Kukuri said: “The seven political parties have already conducted their various primary elections in which their respective candidates have emerged, submitted to the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) and screened by the electoral commission”.

The seven parties are PDC, SDP, CPP, ACD, APC, NCP and MPPP.

The IPAC Chairman hinted that campaigns had commenced across the state with political parties canvasing for support ahead of the poll.

He asked SIEC to ensure a free and fair election that would be accepted by all the political parties and observers nationally.

Kukuri also appealed to the political parties to conduct themselves according to the rules of the game and avoid issues that could breach peace in the state before, during and after the election.

He praised security operatives in the state for ensuring peace in the previous elections and urged them to maintain the same tempo during the imminent poll.

Hitch Free Election

The chairman further commended the Yobe State government for conducting the election despite the security threat poised by the Boko Haram insurgents.

“The council wishes to appreciate the Yobe State government for promoting democracy throughout the conduct of the local government election.

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“It is noteworthy that the Yobe State government had consistently conducted LG elections in spite of security challenges faced by the state. While states without such challenges failed to conduct LG elections, the council elections are being conducted in Yobe.

“As democrats and proud citizens of the state, it is to the credit of the state government that the council elections of 2015 encouraged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the 2015 general elections in the northeast region that was bedevilled by serious security challenges,” he said.

Mr Kukuri assured the people of the state that IPAC would work with all the participating political parties to ensure a hitch-free election.

The last time Yobe State held an LG election was in 2014 at the heat of the Boko Haram insurgency.

IDPs Resettlement: Yobe Governor Inaugurates 9-Man Committee

gaidam-idpsThe Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has inaugurated a 9-man committee for the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

Inaugurating the committee on Monday at the Government House in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, Governor Gaidam, who was represented by his Deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, said that from 2010 when the influx of IDPs became pronounced in the state, motivated by the Boko Haram insurgency, it has gulped 800 million naira.

According to the Governor, the IDPs who are drawn from Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu, Fika, among other parts of the state, continue to escalate, as attack on the said communities remained.

At the initial stage, the Governor said that host communities were integrating the IDPs in their various homes, but as the number continued to increase; two camps were established at Pompomari and Bukar Ali Primary School, all in Damaturu, with the population of over 4,000.

He disclosed that at the moment, 135, 511 IDPs were located in 15 Local Government Areas of the state, with others in neighbouring communities, and also in Bauchi, Plateau, Jigawa, Kano and many other states.

Governor Gaidam also revealed that the Kukareta and the Kasaisa camps, in the outskirts of Damaturu, also had a total of 13,767 IDPs.

According to him, with the current improved security situation, a committee is needed to devise ways on improving conditions in camps and host communities, to ensure effective coordination and distribution of humanitarian services to the displaced persons.

The committee is chaired by the Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, while the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Musa Jidawa, is the Secretary.

 

Nigerian Army Honours Officers In Yobe

armyThe 27 Task Force Brigade of the Nigeria Army in Yobe State, north-east Nigeria, has honoured its officers and men for their gallantry in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.

At a ‘Medal Parade’ in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, all the officers and men involved in the operation “Zaman Lafiya” for a period of six months, were honoured with the medals.

Another category of the awards is the Nigerian Army Purple Heart Medal Award meant for those killed or injured while in active service.

At the ceremony in Damaturu, the State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, applauded the officers and men for giving their all, for the restoration of peace and stability in the troubled state.

‘Never Be Forgotten’

The Governor said the awards symbolise the expression of government’s gratitude and assurances that the sacrifices and services rendered to their fatherland shall ‘never be forgotten’.

Ibrahim Gaidam also said that apart from the proactive role his administration had been playing since the beginning of the insurgency, the provision of logistic support and giving wrap attention to welfare of officers and men would continue to receive the needed priority.

He said: “In addition to providing logistic support, we have been according priority attention to the welfare of the officers and men who prosecute the insurgency campaign through the provision of drugs to the brigade clinic, payment of allowances, payment of medical bills of those who sustained injuries and assistance to the families of our heroes who lost their lives while combating insurgency in the state”.

He paid glorious tribute to those killed in the various operations saying “they have not died in vain as their patriotic act will forever remain green in the memories of well-meaning Nigerians”.

The Army Spokesman of the 27 Brigade, Captain Eli Lazarus, while reading out the citation of “Operation Zaman Lafiya” and the Purple Heart Medals Awards, said the awards were approved by the Chief of Army Staff for the gallantry exhibited by the officers and men of the brigade in the various operation against the insurgency which has of recent liberated Gulani and Gujba from the terrorists.

He said the brigade had deployed personnel in Nguru, Damaturu, Geidam, Gashua, Katarko, Goneri/Buni Yadi and would continue to work assiduously towards restoration of peace in the affected areas.

Death Toll Rises To 10 In Damaturu Blast

DamaturuThree more victims of the Damaturu bomb blast have died on Sunday, raising the death toll to 10.

Seven people were killed in a blast carried out by a female suicide bomber on Saturday, who attacked the northern entrance of the Damaturu motor park in the Yobe State capital, North-east Nigeria, detonating an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that killed people who were entering or exiting the park.

The Medical Director of the Damaturu Specialists Hospital, Dr Garba M. Fika, said three more victims of the blast died while receiving medical attention at the hospital, bringing the death toll from the blast to 10.

He also noted that three of the victims have been referred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Nguru and one had further being referred to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano.

The Medical Director further revealed that twelve more victims of the blast are currently being treated at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Damaturu Hospital, stressing that all of them would be given free treatment in line with the free drug exercise of the Yobe State Government.

An eyewitness, Bala Mainasara, confirmed that most of those killed in the blast were children selling sachet water or groundnut cake, calling on parents and guardians to restrict their children from wandering about. He also warned that such children could be used for carrying out suicide missions.

The Chairman of the Damaturu Harmonised Traders Association, Mr Usman Mu’azu, in an interview with Channels Television, called on security agents and the State Government to deploy security officials to man the entrance of the park and urged them to re-open the blocked gates.

He noted that much people were affected in the explosion as a result of the only gate currently opened, for both entrance and of the park.

However, business activities have picked up at the market, as most shops were opened for business, while few others were closed probably in observance of Sunday, being a worship day for Christians.

Former Minister, Yarima Ngama Defects To APC

apcA former Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yarima Ngama, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Announcing the defection of the former minister from the PDP to the APC on Friday in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, a prominent indigene of the state, Mr. Lawan Gana Lantewa, said that the former minister, among several other supporters of the PDP, have thrown their weight behind APC to help the state to be in the ruling party for the first time since its creation in 1991.

Mr Lantewa, while praising people of Yobe State for remaining in the opposition since 1991, said that if they can work for the formation of a central government for the first time, the state would benefit maximally.

“We are defecting to the APC so as to add to the course of ensuring the state governor wins under the platform of the APC so that our state will be among the ruling party for the first time in the history of the state.

“We believe this will bring lots of dividend and development for the state which has suffered greatly under the opposition over the years,” Lawan Gana said.

He also said that their decision would develop the state which has suffered insurgency and neglect over the years being in the opposition.

The National Secretary of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, who received the defectors on behalf of the party, applauded their decision. He said that the APC would transform the country and the state for the better in no distant time.

Yobe To Prioritize Health And Education In 2015 Budget

yobeYobe state governor, Mr Ibrahim Gaidam, has said that health care services and education will top government expenditure for the 2015 fiscal year.

Governor Ibrahim said education and health care would be given the topmost priority in the implementation of the 2015 budget.

The Governor disclosed this while inspecting a 200 bed capacity hospital and the Specialist Hospital located in Damaturu, Yobe state capital.

Governor Ibrahim noted that despite the short fall in revenue allocation from the federation account, his administration would do everything possible to ensure that all structures at both hospitals are properly furnished and used.

Mr Gaidam added that his administration will henceforth be focused on the healthcare delivery and quality education after prioritising road construction since inception.

The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Mohammed Bello Kawuwa, said equipping the two structures would immensely solve the health care needs of the people within the state and beyond.

According to him, the various Specialist Hospitals, when furnished with modern facilities would tackle cases of patients with complicated medical issues.

The commissioner further praised the Gaidam administration for the free drugs being given to women, children and accident victims, saying it has gone a long way to improve maternal and child mortality in the state.

Boko Haram: Yobe Governor Asks Police To Be Extra Vigilant

Niger RepublicThe Yobe State Governor, Mr Ibrahim Gaidam, has reminded security forces in Yobe State of the need to be extra vigilant, as the dreaded Boko Haram sect members also have an intelligence unit.

The Governor was speaking on Wednesday after inspecting places destroyed recently by the terrorists group in Damaturu, the state capital.

The Governor said the tracing of strategic places burnt by the insurgents’ shows that they have been moving in and out of the formation with a view to strategising the attack carried out in Damaturu.

While praising the security forces for their gallantry, he advised them to be extra vigilant and take note of who goes in and out of the command to avoid surveillance by the sect members.

The Governor thanked Damaturu residents for their consistent prayers and urged them not to leave the town as the insurgency would soon become a thing of the past. He assured them that more troops would be deployed to the north-east to counter the terrorist activities.

He promised that all the burnt structures would be rebuilt and assured the affected persons of the government support, after it had received and reviewed the assessment report from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

Places destroyed during the attack were; the ‘A’ division, the Area command, the police officers mess, the Izala mosque and some shopping centres located at the Damaturu motor park.

Official vehicles of the Nigeria Police Force and some cars belonging to the officers and men of the command were also burnt by the terrorists.

The Damaturu attack was carried out by suspected members of the Boko Haram insurgents on Friday, January 9.

State Government Expends N669m On Scholarships

Meanwhile, the Yobe State Government has expended N669 million in sponsoring 15, 745 students in various institutions of learning within and outside the country for the 2014 academic session.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Yobe State Governor on Press Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego said “Governor Ibrahim Gaidam gave the approval for the release of the funds to the State Scholarship Board for the payment of the student bursaries as part of his drive to ensure that Yobe students get the best possible education, skills and training as they need to play a part in moving the state forward”

Of the 15, 745 beneficiaries of the government’s scholarship payments in 2014 according to the statement, 15, 649 students enrolled in institutions of learning in Maiduguri, Kano, Kaduna and the Nigerian Law School, among others and were paid a total of N309.13 million.

The statement also said other beneficiaries include 17 PhD, 39 MSc and 40 medical students enrolled in overseas universities who received a total of N360 million.

It revealed that the Gaidam administration is committed to supporting Yobe students in every way possible to make it easier for them to enrol in and graduate from universities and other institutions of higher learning which will help the state in the near future.

“The Yobe State Government will also continue to pursue an all-hands-on-deck approach to revitalising and retrofitting its primary and secondary schools to enable them provide quality education to Yobe pupils and students” the statement concluded.

Normalcy Gradually Returns To Damaturu After Boko Haram Attack

Damaturu is calmNormalcy is gradually returning to Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, after Boko Haram sect members stormed the town early morning of Monday, December 1 in an attempt to take over the control of the troubled north east state.

With the imposition of a 24 hour curfew yesterday on the town in efforts to clear it of any further attack and with the reopening of the town today, residents came out early in search for basic necessities to life.

The Power Holding Company (NPHC) have been seen carrying out some installation works on some high tension cables within the town which has been without power since the attack.

Shops and other commercial activities within town were also seen open for business as residents assemble around financial institutions in search for money.

Also, at various motor parks in the town, people were seen trying to reunite with their loved ones having been cut up by the attack and the subsequent imposition of the curfew.

Although, it was a sad scene at the General Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital, Damaturu, as residents stormed the hospital in search of the corpses of their relatives.

Cameras were barred from taking shots of the hospital premises as residents continue to claim the bodies of their relatives, friends and colleagues who were few at the hospital at the time of our arrival.

Since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency, the recent attack is the first time the insurgents have stormed the state capital.