Yobe Governor Appoints New Head Of Service

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has appointed his Chief of Staff, Saleh Abubakar, as the new Head of Service of the state.

A statement from the Secretary to the State Government, Baba Malam-Wali, said the new Head of Service replaces Dauda Yahaya who is due for retirement on April 10, 2017.

The statement read: “In 1999, he (Mr Abubakar) was appointed Deputy Permanent Secretary Administration, a position he held till 2004 when he was posted to the Ministry of Land and Survey as Deputy Permanent Secretary.

“The new Head of Service returned to the Governor’s Office in 2006 as Deputy Permanent Secretary Administration, till 2007 when he was appointed Permanent Secretary/ Chief of Staff to the Governor.

“Saleh Abubakar served as Chief of Staff to the Governor for a decade until his new appointment as Yobe State Head of Service by Governor Ibrahim Gaidam”.

Governor Gaidam Re-opens Katarko Bridge In Yobe

Governor Gaidam Re-opens Katarko Bridge In YobeYobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has re-opened the Katarko Bridge in Gujba Local Government Area of the state, four years after it was blown up by the Boko Haram sect.

The bridge is a major infrastructure that connects the state to neighbouring states in Nigeria’s North-east.

It lies 22 kilometres away from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, and served as a link to the strongholds of the insurgents.

Governor Gaidam, who officially opened the reconstructed bridge on Thursday, emphasised its economic importance, saying his administration will continue to do all it can to develop the state.

He added that his administration will extend the olive branch to other major towns of the state.

“It was in our plan to beautify Damaturu metropolis, it has to look like a state capital before our term ends in 2019 and this does not mean that we will overlook some other urban cities,” the Governor said.

He further inspected the Yobe State Fire Service Headquarters under remodeling, where he tasked the contractors to redouble their efforts to ensure completion as schedule.

Governor Gaidam also inspected ongoing urban road renewal projects across the state capital and praised the the contractors for a job well done.

Speaking at one of the sites of inspection, the Commissioner of Works and Transport, Lawan Shettima, gave a breakdown of the level of work at the Damaturu-Makza road, which he said was 50 per cent completed.

Governor Gaidam expressed delight at the level of work done and promised to construct more roads, schools and other infrastructure, in order to revive various communities in the state.

He, however, urged the contractors to maintain speed and quality of work, in line with the contract specification.

Yobe Stages 2017 Governor’s Cup Finals To Usher In Peace

AFCON 2017: Egypt Defeat Burkina Faso In Penalty Shootout To Reach FinalThe 2017 Governor’s cup finals in Yobe state has been concluded with Gujba Local Government Football team emerging as winner.

The competition which has suffered over the years as a result of the Boko Haram insurgence, has been staged successfully to signify the full restoration of peace in the state.

Gujba Football Club defeated the Ajari United Football Club of Damaturu through the lottery of penalty shootout.

The match was graced by the state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, his Deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, among other other dignitaries and supporters from within and outside the state.

Gaidam said it has strengthened unity among participating teams as well as an created an avenue for physical fitness, assuring that his administration will continue to accord sports the desired attention.

He commended the Ministry of Sports, as well as the organisers of the competition for a job well-done and congratulated the winners while encouraging the defeated team to train hard for the 2018 edition.

“I appreciate the successful staging of this competition which has signalled the full restoration of peace in the state.

“I wish to assure the people of the state and beyond, of the readiness of my administration towards according sports the desired attention,” Governor Gaidam said.

The state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Zannah Zakariya, praised the governor for his enormous contribution to sports development and assured him that the ministry would continue to execute his lofty sports policies.

While congratulating the winners of the competition, the commissioner equally urged the losers to train hard in preparation for the 2018 edition which will kick off by the end of the year.

“Let me congratulate the winners of the 2017 edition of this trophy with a call on losers to cultivate the spirit of sportsmanship and to commence preparation for the next edition with full confidence and hope”.

The winners carted away the sum of 1.5 million Naira, the runners up got as sum of one million Naira, while Potiskum academy won the bronze medal, going away with 500 thousand Naira.

Northeast Rebuilding: UN To Support One Million Displaced Nigerians

IDPs, Phillipo Grandi, Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, International Best PracticesThe United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it will support one million displaced persons in Nigeria’s northeast in the rebuilding process.

This is coming just as peace has returned to three most security threatened northeast states – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

In a press conference in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, the Executive Director of the WFP, Ms Ertharin Cousin, said beneficiaries drawn from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States would use the support to improved agriculture and fight hunger and poverty in the region.

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In Yobe State alone, according to her, 350,000 people will benefit from the arrangement also geared towards checking poverty among the people.

“In January this year, WFP will support one million people across the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe state who are still in need of assistance.

“In Yobe state, 350,000 people will be assisted in the rebuilding process which is aimed at checking hunger and poverty among the people who suffered insurgency over the years,” Ms Ertharin said.

She appreciated the role played by the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) towards actualising the assistance for the less privileged.

Ms. Ertharin assured the people that the WFP would work hard towards returning the affected states to peace, growth and even development.

“We must return these states bedeviled by Boko Haram to the pre-conflict era and that requires us to work assiduously in partnership with other stakeholders to achieve the desired results,” she said.

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UNICEF said over 75,000 children were at risk of death due to malnutrition

The Executive Director told reporters that the WFP would work towards agricultural productivity of the returnees by ensuring they were provided with improved seedlings ahead of the 2017 cropping season so that, with the improved peace, they could engage themselves in gainful ventures that would check hunger and poverty.

She also said they were working in partnership with UNICEF among other stakeholders to address the problems of malnutrition suffered in September last year among the displaced children in the region.

“Our work is all about providing the humanitarian needs to ensure these families have not just the ability to return home but also rebuild their lives.”

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, whose speech was read by his deputy Abubakar Aliyu, said over 600,000 IDPs and other less privileged had so far benefited from cash transfer and food assistance by the WFP.

“While thanking you individually and collectively for your humanitarian role in ameliorating the plight of the IDPs and other vulnerable groups, I wish to stress that over 600,000 IDPs have so far benefited from cash and food assistance from your organisation.

“This development will go a long way in checking hunger, starvation and poverty among the displaced persons in the state and beyond,” he stressed.

The Governor also thanked the WFP for establishing a Center for Capacity Development on Humanitarian Studies at the Yobe State University, saying it will greatly enhance the capacity of operators of humanitarian activities within the northeast zone.

UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said the insurgency had affected about five million people, including more than 2.2 million Nigerians who are internally displaced and almost 180,000 who have fled to neighbouring countries.

Gaidam Launches Annual Animal Vaccination Exercise In Yobe

Ibrahim Gaidam, Animal Vaccination, YobeYobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has launched the 2017 mass animal vaccination, targeting 2.42 million livestock across the 17 local government areas of the state.

Flagging off the exercise in Babangida the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, Governor Gaidam said that the exercise was aimed at checking cross boundary diseases across the state and beyond.

Represented by the state’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Mr Mustapha Gajerima, the Governor explained that with the dwindling revenue from the oil sector, the government needed to focus more on agriculture and livestock production.

With such vaccination, he was hopeful that the health of the people would further improve.

Governor Gaidam, who called for harmonious relationship between farmers and grazers, commended the Yobe Livestock Development Programme for mobilising the required animals for the exercise.

The programme manager, Dr. Mustapha Geidam, disclosed that 900 herds of cattle and other livestock were vaccinated at the launch, aimed at controlling outbreaks of animal diseases across Yobe State, northeast Nigeria.

Dr. Geidam stressed that the vaccination exercise would continue across the remaining 16 local governments and assured the residents that every animal in the state would get vaccinated.

He praised the state government for the support accorded the exercise and the community leaders for mobilising their subjects toward participating in the exercise.

The Yobe State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Mr Garba Mirwa, also applauded the state government for financing the programme.

He assured the Governor that that his members would participate fully in the exercise.

Gaidam Tasks NAFDAC On Unlawful Food And Drugs Control

Yobe, NAFDAC, Drug, Food, Ibrahim GaidamYobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has urged the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to effectively check the consumption of drugs and other unlawful products in Nigeria.

The Governor made the call at a meeting with the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs Yetunde Oni, at the Government House in Damaturu, the state’s capital.

The acting Director General of NAFDAC was accompanied by heads of the organisation in all the six states of Nigeria’s northeast geopolitical zone.

Governor Gaidam urged his visitors to renew their efforts in the fight against counterfeit drugs and products within the security prone zone.

He said unauthorised trading and consumption of counterfeit products add to the activities of the insurgents and tasked NAFDAC to play its part in changing the trend.

The governor lauded the visit, saying it would afford NAFDAC the ample opportunity to disseminate information and sensitise people on the danger of patronising drugs hawkers.

He added that the visit would enable the agency take decisive steps towards eradicating the practice of streets hawking of drugs and put an end to the problems of drug addiction and abuse.

Governor Gaidam also asked NAFDAC to conduct research in the area of farm produce preservation which he said had become a serious concern to farmers and also posed health hazards to consumers.

In her response, Mrs Oni sympathised with the government over the unfortunate and needless destruction of human lives and property by the Boko Haram militants.

She assured the governor that NAFDAC would collaborate with relevant agencies and well-meaning indignes of the state to fight the horrific activity.

The NAFDAC boss added that the agency would not relent in its onerous task of liberating Nigeria from the menace of counterfeit, fake drugs and unwholesome food products among others.

She vowed that the agency would continue to do its best in ensuring that only the right quality, safe and efficacious drugs, healthy foods and other regulated products were made available to the people.

Mrs Oni further presented some food and other items to Governor Gaidam to be distributed among the victims of Boko Haram insurgency who were still traumatised and homeless in their fatherland.

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.

Extortion From IDPs Despicable And Inhumane – Humanitarian Committee

Humanitarian committee, IDP'sThe Senate ad-hoc committee on humanitarian crisis, led by Senator Shehu Sani, has described as inhumane and despicable, the alleged extortion of materials from IDP camps.

Senator Shehu Sani said this during his visit to Yobe state, while performing the committee’s assignment.

While in the state, the team was received by the Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, who stood in for the Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.

Addressing the Deputy Governor, on their mission to the state, Mr Sani expressed concern that some persons were profiting from the tragedy and unfortunate situation of the IDPs as an opportunity to enrich themselves.

“We have seen exaggerated reports and corruption of industrial scales, in the name of IDPs and sometimes, your name as government and institution is being used.

“It is inhumane and despicable that individuals see this as an opportunity for themselves and so surprisingly, many of you that hold positions of power at the state level are not accessible to even know and don’t have even the knowledge of the kind of money that is being pumped from the federal site”, he said.

He revealed that the committee would visit the IDP camps in the state to see for themselves the situation of the displaced, which would help them during the public hearing that will be organized much later after the tour.

He said: “We are here within this very short period of time to go round and have a practical knowledge of what is there on ground and to listen to you with a view of going back to the National Assembly to conduct a public hearing and invite those persons that are concerned to do what we need to do”.

Mr Sani, while also observing that there is corruption at monumental scale in handling the IDP issues, stated that “whoever is involved will surely be prosecuted”.

According to the Governor, the crisis became serious in 2011 and affected 12 local government areas with Gujba and Gulani, worst hit by the insurgency.

He, however, said that despite the destruction caused to the state by the insurgents, “the administration in the state, has since commenced the rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement process”

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Listing some of the activities involved, he mentioned the reconstruction of the Katarko bridge and the Damaturu- Buniyadi-Magza road.

“The challenges before us have now been how to effectively address the humanitarian crisis and further facilitate the recovery of the victims, before full scale reconstruction of the affected areas.

“In order to manage the situation and implement our planned programme for the resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation, a high powered committee under his excellency, the Deputy Governor Abubakar D Aliyu, has been set up,” the Governor said.

Furthermore, he mentioned that the the committee had spent millions of Naira in the restoration of water and health facilities, in addition to supply of food and essential non-food items to the returning communities and the IDPs.

The committee later visited the Pompomari IDP camp, located in Damaturu, the state capital, where they went to find out about the mode of feeding, water supply and health facilities as well as the general wellbeing of the people.

Yobe Govt. Task Traditional Institution To Ensure Peace In Their Domains

Yobe Govt. Approves 3.7bn Naira For Education, OthersThe Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidam has urged traditional institution in the state to explore possible ways of minimizing conflicts among diverse people in the state particularly between farmers and pastoralists.

The governor stated this at the formal installation and presentation of Staff of Office to the first class Emir of Ngelzarma in Fune Local Government Area of the state.

Traditional institution the governor said has a serious role to play in the maintenance of peace among diverse people within their domain, which employs them to also mobilize their subjects to participate fully in immunization exercise as well as embark on self-help projects in complementing government efforts.

He urged the royal father to be prepared for challenges ahead in leading his subjects to the path of meaningful development.

“With this appointment, you should be prepared to shoulder heavy responsibilities associated with your office.

“Your role as Emir of Ngelzarma demands that you serve your people honestly, diligently and uphold the dignity and honour of all people in your domain irrespective of their social-economic, religious and tribal differences and we also expect you to provide able leadership to the people.

“To achieve the desired objectives, of rendering exemplary leadership you should constantly seek the advice of honest, knowledgeable men of wisdom in your immediate domain and beyond and I also urge the followership to be obedient to the new Emir and all those persons in position of authority” the governor said.

The Chairman Fune Local Government Council Umar Sanda commended the governor for upgrading Ngelzarma traditional institution and assuring that the gesture will spur the people to continue to contribute meaningfully in complementing government policies and programs.

He says the institution along with the Local Government will continue to ensure peaceful coexistence among the device people of the area irrespective of any difference.

“We are must grateful to His Excellency for upgrading the Emir of Ngelzarma to a first class emir in the state and I want to assure the governor that we will continue to work assiduously towards promoting government policies and programmes for the development of the state and the country as a whole.

The Emir, Alhaji Mohammadu Zannah Maiyeri Ibn Isah III on his part also commended the governor, traditional leaders and well-wishers across Yobe, Borno and beyond for the love shown to him and the Ngelzarma Emirate Council.

“Let me thank the Governor and all Emirs across Yobe and Borno and well-wishers for the solidarity accorded me and the people of my domain. We are indeed indebted to them“.

Gaidam Wants Review Of Legal Framework In Nigeria’s Mining Sector

Ibrahim Gaidam, Mining SectorYobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has called for a review of the legal structure for Nigeria’s mining sector.

Governor Gaidam also asked the Federal Government to take decisive steps against the upsurge in the exploitation of the available mineral resources in the country.

He made the call on Wednesday in a meeting with a team from the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) at the Government House in Damaturu, the state’s capital.

The RMAFC is saddled with the responsibility of monitoring exercise on royalties’ collection and activities of miners across Nigeria.

The governor was confident that the RMAFC would make a strong case towards removing the restrictions placed on states and local governments on direct involvement in the solid mineral development sub-sector.

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“I wish to advocate for urgent review of the legal framework in respect of the mining sector to clearly define the roles of the states, local governments and communities blessed with solid mineral potential.

“The Federal Government should also take decisive steps towards accelerated exploration and exploitation of the solid minerals that are in Nigeria, particularly in states like our own.

“This will also enable us benefit from the 13% derivation from the revenue from solid minerals that we have been blessed with,” Gaidam said.

In his response, the leader of the delegation, Mr Yakubu Tuktur, said they were in Yobe State to monitor revenue accruable from the solid mineral sector and the activities of miners among others.

He advised the state government to establish a solid mineral selling point, in order to benefit from the revenue from the sector.

Mr Tuktur also expressed confidence that the present administration would succeed in diversifying Nigeria’s economy.

“As you can see, the present administration is committed to diversifying the nation’s economy instead of over relying on oil.

“The government wants to concentrate on solid minerals development (and) agriculture among others, but this team is purely on solid mineral development,” he stated.

Bill Gates, Dangote Appraise Progress In Polio Eradication

Polio Eradication, Bill gates, DangoteThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Dangote Foundation have met with the Yobe State government to appraise progress of routine immunization in the state.

Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Bill Gates, the Chairman of the Dangote Foundation, Aliko Dangote and Yobe State Government met on Wednesday to appraise the progress made in the fight against polio and other eight child killer diseases in Yobe State.

The meeting was joined through video feed by Mr Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote both in the United States and Yobe State government in Damaturu, the state capital.

The video feed meeting had in attendance various developmental partners who pledged to give their all in the fight against the nine child killer diseases.

The meeting observed that 15 local governments out of the 17 in Yobe State were effectively covered during the period under review.

It was stated that the remaining local governments; Gujba and Gulani had suffered insurgency greatly and needed to be covered.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dangote and Yobe State had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in January on strengthening routine immunisation in the security threatened North East state of Nigeria.

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, informed the meeting that his administration was committed to the MoU to ensure that the nine child killer diseases are eradicated from the state and Nigeria in general.

He said that the state would ensure full coverage of the ongoing support for the routine immunisation programme through community engagement, particularly the use of traditional rulers.

Mr Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote commended the Yobe State government for the remarkable progress made despite insurgency.

They urged the state government to work towards meeting the 2017 targets of countering all the nine child killer diseases.

Dangote pledged to partner the Yobe State government in the reconstruction of the 22 health facilities destroyed in Gujba and Gulani LGAs of the state by the Boko Haram militants.

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.