Gaidam Pays Tribute To Fallen Heroes, Donates 10m Naira

NigerGovernor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State says his administration will continue to assist retired military personnel who worked tirelessly for the oneness of Nigeria.

At the launching of the 2016 Emblem Appeal Week preparatory to the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration due for January 15, 2017, Governor Gaidam made a state donation of 10 million Naira, as mark of appreciating the invaluable contribution of retired military men who worked for peaceful coexistence at various times in the past.

The Governor made a personal donation of 500,000 Naira and praised the retirees for the immense contribution to their fatherland.

“We must contribute to this noble course to show appreciation for the contributions made by these retired officers and men in the first and the Second World War as well as during the civil war and lately the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency all in defense of truth, justice and liberty.

“They fought the wars to save mankind from oppression and tyranny as well as to preserve the sovereignty and integrity of our great country, Nigeria,” Governor Gaidam says.

The Governor regrets that some were killed at the battle field while some still returned with various degrees of deformity, a situation he said called for the need to help them cater for their group and individual needs.

“In the process, many made supreme sacrifice and never returned from the battle field. As a result of this, they left behind their beloved ones made up of wives, children, and dependents yet others returned disabled in numerous ways.

“I wish to state that the excellent performances of our armed forces, exemplary conduct and professionalism demonstrated by Nigerian soldiers over the years have continued to be commended worldwide by other countries, the United Nations and indeed in the home front,” the Governor stated.

He called on the people of the state and beyond to always contribute in improving the lives of retired security personnel who always remain dogged in service to their fatherland.

“It is imperative for me to indicate that the efforts of the Yobe State government in assisting the war veterans and their families need to be supplemented by the contributions of all citizens of Yobe and indeed Nigeria towards achieving the desired objectives” the Governor said.

Mr Gaidam then directed the state Commissioner of Finance to remit the money to the retirees account immediately.

The chairman of the Nigerian Legions in Yobe State, Captain Ibrahim Gadine, on his part appreciated the annual contributions of the Gaidam-led administration in the improvement of the lives of retirees in the state.

“I want to place it on record that our amiable Governor has been doing a lot for us and only the Almighty will reward him for the tireless support to the legions.”

“We have benefited from owner occupier housing scheme, some of us have gone to holy land courtesy of the magnanimity of the Governor as well as presentation of utility bus. Office among several others. We are indebted to this government,” Captain Gadine (rtd) said.

Prominent personalities contributed in cash at the launching with the aim of improving the living conditions of the retired war veterans.

Yobe Govt. Challenges Journalists On Professional Reportage

Yobe, Journalists, NUJ, ReportageThe Yobe State Government has tasked journalists to sharpen their reportorial skills, as the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) doles out 110 laptops to its members in the state.

The Special Adviser to the Yobe State Governor, Abdullahi Bego, challenged the journalists to take advantage of the new information technologies to improve on their reportorial skills.

He disclosed that the 110 laptops were given free to the council by the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) with the aim to widen the prospects of journalism practice in Yobe State and to also meet the challenges of modern day journalism.

The Governor’s spokesman praised journalists who remained in the troubled northeast region to keep the society informed about happenings during the heat of the Boko Haram insurgency.

With the development in information and communication technology, he said although everybody has an opportunity to be a journalist, being professional would make the difference.

Bego urged the reporters to rise up to the task, saying the development in the ICT world requires more from them in terms of adding more flesh to what makes the headlines.

He also tasked them to be more in-depth and truthful in their reportage and make the best use of social media websites such as the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter among others”.

The Zonal Vice President of NUJ in charge of Zone E, Aisha Ibrahim, commended the partnership between the Yobe State Executive Council and NCC and urged members of the union to make the best use of it.

She said the ICT training would go a long way in improving professionalism among the journalists and called on them to leverage on the knowledge acquired in their day to day professional duties.

On his part, the Yobe State Chairman of NUJ, Yusuf Isah, thanked the state government and the NCC for the gesture, saying it would greatly uplift the status of journalism in the state and beyond.

He said that the union would commence an ICT training, in view of the new trends in journalism to educate members on how to face new challenges.

Yobe Govt. Flags Off Distribution Of Radio Sets To IDP’s

Yobe, Yobe state government on Tuesday, commenced the distribution of 5000 radio sets to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in the state.

The government believes giving the IDP’s transistor radio sets would keep them conversant with happenings across the globe.

Flagging off the distribution exercise at the Pompomari IDP camp in Damaturu the state capital, the state commissioner of home affairs, information and culture, Aji Bularafa, said it would also enable them contribute their opinions in the daily activities of governments.

The commissioner noted with dismay, that the activities of the Boko Haram insurgency displaced the people, thereby depriving them access to timely and accurate information.

“Today’s occasion is catalyzed by the North East Regional Initiative (NERI), to fill the gap in the information dissemination process in our communities.

“The 5,000 radio sets are provided to the state government by NERI, through bilateral agreement for distribution to IDP’s in the 17 LGA’s of the state.

“It is my fervent hope and believe that these radio sets would help in providing the necessary information on the activities of government to the IDP’s, which may eventually enlighten and educate them, thereby giving them the opportunity to express their views and opinions,” the commissioner said.

Internally Displaced Persons In Yobe

He disclosed that the state government has been magnanimous in the area of providing both food and non-food items to the IDP’s.

The state coordinator of the North East Regional Initiative (NERI) Mr Kachalla Abacha, also added that the aim of providing the IDP’s with the transistor radio is to bridge the gap between the government and the governed in the area of keeping themselves up to date with happenings.

He described the radio as an indispensable companion that would help them know and contribute to the nation’s development, he therefore urged beneficiaries to make the best use of the facility.

“Radio is a ubiquitous medium which is very important in the area of educating, entertainment and enlightening the populace.

“This medium will help them know of developments and contribute their opinions that will directly or indirectly shape the policies of government at all levels,” Mr Abacha said.

Since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency and with the presentation of food and non-food items to the IDPs in the state, this is the first time the Displaced Persons are been provided with a transistor radio which the government believes would help to educate, enlighten and entertain them while in the camp.

Yobe, Sudanese Government Partner For Establishment Of Medical School

yobe, Sudanese University, medical schoolThe Yobe state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam has sought for collaboration and effective partnership with Sudanese Al- Ahfad University, Khartoum, for the commencement of the School Of Medicine of the Yobe State University.

The Governor made the call when he received visiting professors and council members of Al-Ahfad University, who called on him at the Government House Damaturu, the state capital.

Governor Gaidam said the need for the partnership which could be achieved through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), was born out of the fact that the College of Medicine is set to kick-off at the Yobe state University, in 2017.

“To this end, I wish to request for collaboration from the Sudanese Government and institutions, towards take-off of the Yobe State University School of Medicine, as this will scale up studies and research in our school and it will greatly encourage training and exchange of ideas”.

The request of the partnership according to the governor, was based on the fact that Sudan has the largest number of Yobe students, studying medical sciences abroad.

“Available records have indicated that that there are 163 Yobe state students, studying medicine and related fields in Ten Sudanese Universities.

“This represents about 40% of Yobe indigenes studying medicine within and outside Nigeria and out of the 163, 10 are studying at Al-Ahfad University,” Governor Gaidam explained.

The required fields of medical sciences according to the governor are in the areas of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology as well as students exchange programmes for students of Sudan universities and university teaching hospitals.

He informed the team of the peace currently being enjoyed across the state and the efforts government has invested in remodeling hospitals across the state.

This according to him, would provide enabling an environment for the medical profession.

The leader of the delegation, Professor Mubarak who gave a vivid requirement of setting up a college of medical sciences, assured the Yobe state Government of partnership that would lead to the establishment of the school of medical sciences in the Yobe state University.

He assured that “the partnership will further scale up the number of medical students studying in Sudan as well as provide scholarships that would also encourage learning among the undergraduates”.

Furthermore, both parties discussed the need for partnership in other fields in which development still seems rudimentary across the state.

Yobe Government Establishes Fiscal, Public Procurement Boards

Yobe, new boards, chief executivesIn providing support for reform initiatives by public institutions, the Yobe state government has set up the Fiscal responsibility and Bureau of Public Procurement Boards.

Inaugurating the heads and members of the boards in Damaturu the state capital, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam said the Board of Fiscal Responsibility will monitor and enforce the provision of the law, as well as disseminate standard practices that would result in greater efficiency and undertake fiscal and financial studies among others.

The Bureau of Public Procurement on the other hand, “will consider, approve and amend the monetary and prior review threshold, consider and approve policies on public procurement, approve the appointment of the directors of the bureau, as well as approve changes in the procurement process, to adopt in improvement of modern technology.

“The development has earned the state commendation from various national and international organizations, development partners, concerned with financial trends in addition to providing support to reform initiatives by public institutions”

“The two new boards will also institutionalize comprehensive monitoring and evaluation of systems by tracking budget performance, establishing institutional structures, drafting policy framework and building human resource capacity,” the Governor said.

He also revealed that his administration had recorded various achievements in the area of public finance management, citing instances from 1999 to 2008, when the government was able to clear backlogs of its accounts.

Yobe, new boards, chief executivesWith the support of the United Kingdom, Mr Gaidam mentioned that the partnership had helped the state to succeed in the development of medium term sector strategies in many sectors.

He further stated that the partnership had also contributed in the development of medium term expenditure framework as well as medium term fiscal framework, which will enable the Ministry of Budget and Planning to undertake thorough analysis of all capital receipt, with a view to making the annual budget realistic.

With the 2003 bio-metric data capturing exercise carried out in Yobe, the Governor said his administration was able to eliminate the ghost workers in the state’s payroll.

Mr Gaidam urged members of the boards to build on existing structures that would ensure the achievement of objectives, while expressing optimism that with the caliber of the personalities that made up the boards, they would succeed.

The inauguration also witnessed the swearing-in of six new permanent secretaries assigned to different ministries in the state civil service.

Insurgency: Nigeria Begins Reconstruction Of Buni-Yadi In Yobe

Buni-Yadi, YobeThe Presidential Initiatives for North East Nigeria in collaboration with the Yobe State government on has added impetus to the reconstruction work in devastated communities in the State.

Some residents sacked from their homes in Buni-Yadi area in the heat of terrorists activities in the state received succour, as they were handed some building materials.

The development is aimed at aiding the rebuilding of destroyed houses in the community.

Buni-Yadi is the capital of Gujba Local Government Area which at the heat of the Boko Haram insurgency, suffered severe destruction.

Residents of the community have been taking refuge in Damaturu, the state’s capital and some neighbouring communities in and around the state in northeast Nigeria.

As reconstruction gets underway following the restoration of relative peace in troubled communities, Buni Yadi stands out in the rebuilding process, even though some surrounding communities equally suffered destruction of public and private structures as well as facilities.

The Resettlement Sub-committee Chairman, Mohammed Lamin, revealed that the building materials conveyed to the liberated town to be shared to the returnees include: 9,850 bundles of Zinc, 700 bags of cement and 300 bags of nails.

Lamin, who believed that the materials would bring succour to the returnees, expressed hope that it would be shared evenly based on the level of destruction.

Receiving the materials, a member of the House of Assembly from the area, Representative Bulama Bukar, appreciated the government’s gesture.

He said it would go a long way in aiding the rebuilding of the devastated community.

Mr Bukar lauded the government and various organisations for their frequent provision of food and relief materials to the displaced persons.

Yobe Govt. Lauds WFP, UNICEF Partnership To Aid IDPs

Yobe, UNICEF, IDPs, WFPThe Yobe State government has expressed delight at partnering with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), to address the plights of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The government reveals that the collaboration is aimed at providing food and rehabilitative services to the IDPs in Yobe State, being one of the troubled states by the Boko Haram insurgents in northeast Nigeria.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, made the remarks when he met with representatives of the humanitarian organisations on Thursday, to discuss the future of the partnerships.

Giving an account of their largesse, Mr Aliyu said that since peace began to return to the troubled region, humanitarian agencies have increased their activities.

He added that at least 300,000 persons displaced by the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists had received aid in the form of food, water supply and medical attention.

The Deputy Governor also commended the humanitarian organisations for their assistance in increasing their capacity for further humanitarian works in Yobe State.

In their responses, the Director of UNICEF, West and Central Africa, Gianfranco Rotigliano, and the WFP Director of Emergencies, Denise Brown, commended the initiative.

They said they were impressed with the state government’s data gathering and promised to scale up assistance to the IDPs.

Joint Operation To Wipe Out Boko Haram Is Ongoing – Buratai

Boko Haram, Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army StaffThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, says that a joint operation to wipe out remnant of the Boko Haram terrorist group is currently going on at strategic borders of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

General Buratai was speaking on Friday in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, during a visit to the recently established Army Special Forces School in Buniyadi, aimed at addressing insurgency issues in northeast Nigeria.

He said that an operation by the Multinational Joint Task Force was currently going on to clear the remainder of the Boko Haram militants as well as consolidating the gains by opening up more roads that were hitherto taken over during the ceaseless attack.

According to the Army Chief, such opening of roads would further give people the opportunity to move about freely, hoping that it would further boost economic activities within the areas initially under the control of the terrorists.

He thanked the Yobe State government for all the support to security forces towards curbing the insurgency and pledged their resolve to be committed to wiping out the militants.

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, commended the establishment of the school.

He said that improved peace machinery has been set in motion to relocate the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their ancestral homes.

The Governor also pointed out that the greatest task ahead of the government and other stakeholders was the resettlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction of war devastated areas to make those places more habitable.

General Buratai is also expected to visit the 241 Racce Battalion in Nguru, Yobe State to boost the morale of the troops who are located close to the Nigeria-Niger boarder.

Yobe State Govt Boosts Access To Healthcare With 200-Bed Hospital

yobe gaidam The Yobe State Government in Nigeria’s northeast is looking to boost access to healthcare with the provision of a 200-bed ultra-modern hospital in Damaturu the capital city.  

The project is at its completion stage, with installation of new equipment and it will be put to use in August, according to the State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.

Governor Gaidam, who was on an inspection tour visited the hospital to assess progress of work, expressed satisfaction with work done so far and revealed that President Mohammadu Buhari would be invited to commission the hospital.

“The hospital will provide specialised medical care not just to the people of Yobe State but to people in other parts of Nigeria,” the Governor said.

Responding to questions from reporters after the inspection, Governor Gaidam said when he took over office, construction work on the hospital structure was at 30 per cent, but that he had ensured that its completion.

He said he had expanded the structure and also built staff housing facility before proceeding with the installation of equipment to serve the desired purpose.

Doctors From India

The current administration has spent 2.5 billion Naira to procure the state-of-the-art equipment at rates that are currently double the amount because of the present-day exchange rate instabilities.

The Governor praised the contractor for the installation work and directed that certain anomalies he observed be corrected, as he would visit the hospital again in the next four days to ensure compliance.

On specialised hands to manage the hospital, Governor Gaidam said some of the existing doctors and nurses, who would work in the new hospital would be sent to the United Kingdom for additional training even as the State Government was completing partnership formalities with doctors from the Republic of India who would come to work in the hospital.

Taking the Governor round the hospital, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammad Kawuwa, told him that all remaining works and arrangements would be completed in the next two months.

Dr. Kawuwa said the hospital has 16 in-patient wards, 19 specialist departments and units, seven specialist operations theatres, over 10 out-patient clinics and other supporting services units.

Gaidam’s administration has prioritised healthcare delivery with upgrades on the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital, Damaturu as well as the Damagum General Hospital.

The General Hospitals in Potiskum, Gashu’a and Gaidam are now in line for reconstruction works with the State Executive Council approving over N1.4 billion for the contract awards.

Yobe State is one of Nigeria’s states in the northeast that have experienced years of terrorism and attacks on communities, leading to the displacement of over 1.5 million citizens and death of thousands.

Yobe Govt. To Construct First Cargo Airport In Northern Nigeria

Yobe, cargo airport, airport, NigeriaThe Yobe State government is set to award contract for the construction of the first ever cargo airport in northern Nigeria.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, Transport and Energy, Sirajo Wakil, revealed this on Monday in an interview with Channels Television in Damaturu, the Yobe State’s capital.

He said that the airport which would be for ticketing, cargo and located in the state’s capital, would facilitate the export of meat, dairy products, and gum Arabic among others which will be source of foreign exchange to the state.

Mr Wakil regretted that Yobe State was the only state among the 19 northern states of the country without an airport, hence the need for an outstanding one.

He affirmed that the state government had concluded plans for the award of the contract which according to him, would be the first of its kind in the Nigeria’s northern region.

The Commissioner also lamented the non-functioning of most airports in the north, saying they were constructed on the basis of ticketing which ordinarily according to him could sustain the survival of any airport.

He disclosed that regulatory agencies like the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigerian Meteorological Agency and the Ministry of Aviation had visited the state for the feasibility survey of the proposed airport and had certified the award of the contract.

Wakil assured the people of Yobe State that the Governor Ibrahim Geidam-led administration would complete all the ongoing road projects across the state despite the tough economic situation.

Yobe Boko Haram Victims: Families Get Tricycle From Government

Boko-Haram-YobeYobe State government on Wednesday distributed 350 tricycles to some families of those killed by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The materials were sent to the State by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration as reliefs, to reduce hardships faced by families of those killed by the radical religious fundamentalists.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam appreciated the gesture while distributing the materials to 350 selected beneficiaries in the Nigeria’s northeast state.

The Governor also appealed to the beneficiaries to utilise the materials for the purpose intended and not sell it to some ‘few well to do’, who he said could be hanging by with some token.

Governor Gaidam, who was represented at the event by the Yobe State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, said that although all inhabitants of the state were either directly or indirectly victims of the insurgency, some were more victims than others, as the number supplied to the state could not go round.

He said that the state government had expended 20 million Naira to transport the tricycles from Lagos State to Damaturu, and to assemble them for use.

In his remark, the Secretary to the Yobe State Government, Baba Wali, stressed the importance of the distribution to alleviate the sufferings poised by the Boko Haram militants.

He called on other well to do individuals, philanthropists and spirited individuals to contribute their quota towards assisting the affected persons.

Some of the beneficiaries, Bukar Sheriff and Useini Ya’u, appreciated the gesture while expressing hope that it would go a long in reducing the hardships on their families.

Yobe Adopts Media To Prevent Lassa Fever Epidemic

YobeThe Yobe State government has adopted the use of available media to curtail the spread of the Lassa fever virus in the state.

The Executive Secretary of Yobe State Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr. Hauwa Goni, disclosed this during an interview with Channels Television in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

While the state had not recorded any case of the disease, Dr. Goni said that efforts were being devised to educate the populace on how best to prevent the infiltration and eventual spread of the sickness in the northeast state.

According to her, “The available media include; production of jingles and announcements in local languages on television and radio, the use of public awareness campaign in churches, mosques and discussion arenas as well as the use of posters and pamphlets among others.”

Dr Hauwa Goni also revealed that traditional and religious leaders have been drafted in educating the people on the dangers of the disease and how to curtail its encroachment and subsequent spread across the state.

She hinted that the use of social media platforms such as WhatsApp had also been identified as a good way of enlightening the people on the scourge of the epidemic.

The medic urged the people of the state to help disseminate the information through their contact numbers when it gets to them.

She added that the Yobe State government would invent all the necessary measures within its reach to prevent the disease from entering the state.