Yobe Govt. Calls On WHO To Support Rehabilitation of IDPs

Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to scale up its activities in the state, and contribute towards the post insurgency plans of rehabilitating the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

The Governor stated this when he received the WHO country representative for Nigeria, Dr. Alemu Wondi at the Government House Damaturu, the state capital.

He said scaling up their activities in the state is required because no government, agency or Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) can on its own handle humanitarian crisis without any assistance.

“As the enormity of the humanitarian crises is monumental that no government, agency or NGO however endowed can handle, we decide to galvanized local, national and global support in addressing the numerous challenges.

“Hence we request the WHO to further scale up its activities in our state and key into our collaboration drive to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the envisaged multi-sectorial post insurgency intervention plan in the state”, the governor said.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam also said scaling up the activities of the WHO and other international donor agencies according to the Governor, will enable the state achieve its set targets of healthier society for a healthy nation.

The Governor revealed that the state recently convened a humanitarian stakeholders retreat on coordination of humanitarian services for post conflict recovery and reconstruction, so as to ensure proper return and settlement of IDPs in the state.

He, however, commended the WHO for providing technical support for the conduct of monthly disease surveillance, review of surveillance focal site and outbreak investigation in the state among others.

The WHO country representative, Dr. Wondi congratulated the Yobe state government for the huge successes recorded in the fight against polio over the last three years.

“Let me congratulate the state for maintaining a polio free state for the past three years and let me put it on record that the polio committee under the leadership of the state Deputy Governor has been doing a fantastic work”, the country representative said.

He also described as enormous, the progress made so far in the health sector by Governor Gaidam and the remodeling of the major hospitals in the state, the setting up of the Yobe state University Teaching Hospital, the maternal and neonatal as well as the free medical services for pregnant mothers and accident victims among others.

Dr. Wondi assured to partner the state in improving the health care services across the state in the post insurgency era.

The WHO among several other agencies, government and NGOs have over the years been playing a key role in improving life among the people in developed as well as, developing states in the world.

Gaidam Presents 2017 Appropriation And Finance Bills

Yobe, new boards, chief executivesThe Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, on Friday, presented the 2017 appropriation and finance bills to the state assembly for its scrutiny.

In the 2017 budget, the Governor said his administration intends to spend the sum of 69.3 billion Naira, which represents a 22% reduction to that of the outgoing fiscal year.

He told the House that in the 2017 fiscal year, government is earmarking 39.5% to cater for capital expenditure, while the recurrent expenditure is put at 60.5%

Tagged “budget of consolidation and self-reliance”, it also represents a decrease of 19.5 million Naira, compared to that of last year.

Governor Gaidam said the down size will ensure budget realism for the attainment of realistic results in the implementation of earmarked programmes.

“This decision is informed by the economic recession, occasioned by the fall in price of oil and consequent need to ensure budget realism for attainment of optimum result in the implementation of planned programmes.

“In spite of the daunting challenges experienced as a result of paucity of funds at the disposal of government, we still remained focused to make concerted efforts, aimed at improving the quality of life of the citizens of the state” the Governor said.

The 2017 budget according to him, is to be executed with funds to be generated from internal revenues, statutory allocation, value added tax, ecological fund, excess crude oil, external and internal loans among others.

Giving a review of the 2016 budget performance, Mr Gaidam said of the 88.9 billion Naira estimated for the year, the total revenue received from all sources covering the period from January to November, amounted to 49.8 Naira giving 56.1% of the required target for the year.

The Governor called on well-meaning people of the state and other interested parties to support his administration in the realization of his developmental objectives.

“In the implementation of the budget, we will involve every patriotic citizen of Yobe, our development partners and indeed all other stakeholders to make meaningful contributions towards realization of the set developmental objectives.

“In so doing, emphasis shall as usual be placed on observance of due process, probity, accountability and transparency, which are the essential hallmarks of good governance” Gaidam said.

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 Governor Reshuffles Cabinet, Swears In New Commissioner

yobe, cabinet, new commissionerThe Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam on Thursday swore in a new member to the state executive, Lawan Shettima.

The appointment is sequel to the restoration of the Ministry Of Environment, which was combined with the Ministry of Agriculture at the beginning of the present administration.

The merger was said to be as a result of paucity of funds occasioned by the present economic realities of Nigeria.

Administering the oath of office and oath of allegiance on the new commissioner, Governor Gaidam said that his consideration for the appointment was based on his track records and urged him to justify the confidence that the government as well as the people of the state already have in him.

“The exemplary leadership quality, good track record, loyalty, honesty and dedication demonstrated by Lawan Shettima, has no doubt justified the decision to appoint him and I strongly believe that this will give him another opportunity to add value to governance, as well as render more services to the people of the state,” Governor Gaidam stated.

He expressed gratitude to the Yobe State Assembly for the speedy screening and confirmation of the appointee, a process which he said would increase his administration’s drive to provide dividends of democracy to the people.

“The swearing-in of the commissioner we have just witnessed is yet another manifestation of the commitment of our administration to further improve governance,” he said.

The Governor then called on civil servants and well-meaning people of the state to accord the new appointee the desired support in the discharge of his duties.

Mr Lawan Shettima is expected to take charge of the Ministry of Works, while the former works commissioner, Sirago Wakil, would henceforth be handling the Ministry of Water Resources.

Also, the former commissioner in charge of the water resources, Mr Jibrin Kortomi, has now been mandated to handle the newly resuscitated Ministry of Environment.

Gaidam Says Boko Haram Will Fail In Its Mission

The Yobe state governor Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam says though Boko Haram insurgent has inflicted pains to Nigerians, the insurgents will not succeed in their mission.

Inspecting the extent of destruction caused by the recent attack by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on Buni-Yadi the headquarters of Gujba local government area of the state , Governor Ibrahim Gaidam condemned the act in its totality describing it as callous and barbaric.

The Local government Education Secretariat, the fire service Unit, resident of the divisional police officer, temporary police station and a residential quarter were the places destroyed by the insurgent.

While commending security agents for the efforts so far in curbing the situation, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam says his administration will continue to assist the security agents in the fight against the insurgents saying it will soon become history.

The governor however assured that as both Muslims and Christians continue to offer prayers for peace to reign in the country, the incessant attacks will soon be over, hinting that there is nothing religious about Boko Haram.

He said Boko Haram’s ideology is completely unacceptable, as no religion believes in killing and compelling others to accept their ways of worship, while sympathizing with those that lost their loved ones and property as a result of the attack.

Suspected Boko Haram extremists launched an attack on Buni-Yadi, the headquarters of Gujba Local Government area of Yobe state leading to the death of three persons while several others were injured on Wednesday 18th of September.

Yobe state government approves N1.7 billion for capital projects

The Yobe state Government has approved the release of N1.7 billion for the execution of various capital projects in the state.

Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidam

Briefing newsmen after the council meeting in the Government House Damaturu, the state commissioner of Integrated Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammed Dakasku said the council approved the sum of N190 million for the construction of 720 meters of road at the 200 bed capacity hospital in Damaturu, while approval was also granted for the procurement of drilling rig and its accessories at the cost of N154 million to assist in the drilling of boreholes across the state.

Furthermore, he disclosed that N276 million was also approved for the additional work on the Yobe Investment House in Abuja and the sum of N472 million was approved for the renovation of dilapidated structures at the Government Unity School in Nguru.

The commissioner also disclosed that N425 million  was agreed to be used for the procurement of 50 16 seated buses while N130 million is set aside for the review of the laws of the state.

Shedding more light on the review of the state laws, the state attorney General and commissioner for Justice, Barrister Ahmed Mustapha Goneri says most portions of the state laws are out dated and need the services of several lawyers and law makers to update.

Gaidam inspects destroyed buildings, promises to re-build

Four days after destruction of telecommunication facilities and state government’s buildings in Yobe state, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam (Monday) inspected some of the destroyed buildings in Damaturu the state capital and accused political enemies of aiding the spread of violence in the state.

Places visited by the governor include the state Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Pilgrims Commission and the Hajj Camp.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam expressed sadness over the continuous violence in the state and accused political enemies whom he said are hell bent on destabilizing the progress of his administration.

Gaidam said he has recorded 50 to 60 per cent of his campaign promises to the people of the state and hope to achieve over 100 per cent before 2015.

“The political enemies have been giving the hoodlums some money to destroy the structures we have put in place for the betterment of the state, they are happy that this crisis is hampering progress we are making in all spheres of life but that will not deter us from improving the lives of our people” Gaidam said.

The governor said he has left a legacy that people of the state will continue to remember him for and will use the rest of his tenure to improve the lots of the people, calling on all to forget the past and join him in the quest for peace in the state without which no progress can be achieved.

The governor, who said he will reconstruct the destroyed structures, expressed sadness that money meant for other developmental projects, will now be channeled into the reconstruction of the burnt buildings.

He called on the insurgents to listen to the cry of the northern elders and the masses which this continuous violence has destroyed their livelihood to embrace the peace option given to them by the federal and the state government for peace to reign across the country.

Although the report of destroyed property has not been presented to government, thirteen vehicles were at the premises of the ministry while travelling documents of intending pilgrims from the state were all destroyed during the inferno a situation that will affect air lift of pilgrims from the state in the 2012 Hajj operation due to commence in two weeks’ time

The latest inspection is the second embarked upon by Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, the first being during the destruction of Schools and churches three months ago by the hoodlums in Damaturu the state capital.


Yobe government relaxes curfew

The Yobe state Government has approved the relaxation of the curfew earlier imposed across the state.

A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the governor on Press Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego Indicates that restriction of movement now starts from 10: PM to 7: AM.

The statement further said ban on the use of motorcycle earlier imposed on Damaturu, Gujba, Geidam, Potiskum, Bade and Nguru remains in place.

The measures according to the statement were taken following a meeting between the state governor and the heads of security and law enforcement agencies in the state.

While calling on the people to go about their legitimate businesses within the hours allowed.

The Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidam called on people in the state to remain vigilant and to assist the security agents in their efforts in ensuring the safety of lives and property across the state.

He urged members of the public to approach the forth coming Ramadan with a renewed sense of determination and to fervently pray for the security and safety in the state and the nation at large.

Earlier on Monday, some suspected members of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram attacked three police formations in Damaturu the Yobe state capital and killed a police recruit.