FG Delivers 5,136 Bags Of Rice To IDPs In Yobe State

IDPs, Yobe State, RiceThe Federal Government has made available 5,136 bags of rice and some other items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yobe State.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khadija Abba, delivered the items to the state government.

She applauded the resilience of the state government for the unique partnership with security agencies towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

The Minister specifically described as “worthy of emulation”, the commitment of Governor Ibrahim Gaidam’s administration to supporting the war against insurgency.

She similarly commended the Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, who is the Chairman of the Resettlement Committee of IDPs in the state, for implementing all the resettlement policies of the government.

Mr Aliyu, who received the items on Monday on behalf of Governor Gaidam, extolled the Federal Government for remembering the insurgency victims.

According to him, the gesture “will go a long way in addressing food scarcity among the returnees who have not been engaged in any gainful ventures for several years”.

The Deputy Governor also described the action of the Federal Government as “very compassionate that should be emulated by non-governmental organisations and other spirited individuals.

The items received will be shared to some returning communities in Gujba, Damaturu, Gulani, Yunusari, Nguru, Geidam and Karasuwa,” local government areas of Yobe State.

Apart from the bags of rice, other items supplied include: vegetable oil, soap, cloths, foot wears and mosquito coils among several others.

Misunderstanding Results In Gunfire Exchange Between Police And Army In Yobe

Niger, State of Emergency, Boko HaramThe Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police were on Wednesday engaged in a gun battle in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State.

Residents of Geidam town told Channels Television on phone that “sporadic and prolonged gun duel between the two Nigeria forces has caused “pandemonium” in the town.

Witnesses said the two forces engaged themselves in a serious gun battle as sounds of both small and heavy weapons are being heard across town with much concentration around the Mai Idris Aloma Polytechnic laying in between the military base and the Geidam Police station.

The spokesman of the 27th Task Force Brigade in Yobe State, Lt. George Okupe and the Police Public Relations Officer ASP Samaila Solomon, who both confirmed the clash said it occurred as a result of little misunderstanding between both parties.

The officers who could not give further details on the misunderstanding said the situation is currently under control.

On the level of casualties and destruction as a result of the gun duel, they said it’s too early to assess the extent of damage but details will be given as they unfold.

This clash between security forces is the first since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency in Yobe State.

Geidam is 184 KMs away from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital and shares common border with Yunusari Local Government Area bordering the Niger Republic.

Insecurity Thwarts Election In 18 Polling Units In Yobe State

#NigeriaDecides2The Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Yobe State, Mr Habu Zarma, on Monday said elections in 18 polling units in Geidam Local Government could not be held due to security reasons.

Speaking to journalists in Damaturu, the state capital, Mr Zarma revealed that all the electoral materials and INEC personnel deployed to the area were on ground for the exercise but could not go on with the due to security reports of an impending attack.

He further maintained that the tense situation prevented both the INEC personnel and the electorate from coming out to vote.

He however disclosed that the elections delayed in 18 wards in Fika, Potiskum and Yunusari Local Government Areas went on successfully and has been concluded and are currently being compiled.

Mr Zarma also said the collation of results for the presidential election is ongoing, adding that same is going on for the senatorial election.

The Commissioner further maintained that the collation process are progressing at all the centres without any hitch as several electoral officers are on their way to give their various results at the centre.

He commended the politicians, electorates and the security agents for the efforts they put to make the exercise a huge success and hoped similar cooperation will be given in the Governorship and the State Assembly election billed for the April 14.

Gaidam Satisfied With Conduct Of Polls In Yobe

YobeGovernor Ibrahim Gaidam has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the Presidential election.

Following reports from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, the Governor said that election in the state went on smoothly despite initial fear of security in the troubled north east geopolitical zone of the country.

With successes recorded during accreditation and subsequent voting in the state, the Yobe State Governor praised INEC, security agencies and other stakeholders for the success of the exercise in the state.

Speaking to Journalists after casting his vote at Bukarti town in Yunusari Local Government Area of the state, Governor Gaidam expressed satisfaction with the performance of the card reader in spite of the much anticipated fear of the new technology being introduced into the nation’s electoral process.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who commended the people of the state for their efforts towards giving peace a chance, hoped similar cooperation would be maintained during the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

INEC Reassures Stakeholders in Damaturu Of Its Readiness

inecThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has organised a stakeholders meeting in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, reassuring them of its readiness to hold hitch free elections.

Presided over by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Habu Zarma, the meeting had in attendance representatives of various political parties, security formations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and the media.

The meeting appraised the level of preparedness, ranging from the collection of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to the allocation of polling stations for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) among other issues that will enhance peaceful conduct of the election.

Addressing the gathering, the REC said the PVC collection had reached 91 per cent, stressing that efforts were in progress to ensure that all the IDPs were conveyed to their various polling stations.

Mr Zarma said the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in Fika and two secondary schools in Damaturu had been reserved for Gulani and Gujba IDPs, expressing sadness that initial plans did not make preparations for IDPs.

The REC stated that there were few cases of the IDPs in Bursari, Gaidam and Yunusari, but expressed happiness that security agencies had reported the return of peace in the areas and hope for smooth conduct of the exercise.

Zarma also said the PVCs of some registered voters in the state were yet to be printed. he explained that the National Headquarters had called for the collection of some printed PVCs, saying the electoral officers of the affected areas are on standby to immediately distribute the said PVCS as soon as they arrived the state.

Speaking on the use of the card reader for the voter accreditation, the REC said only voters identified would be allowed to exercise their franchise, saying; “there are enough card reader with back up of three per each electoral wards”.

The REC called on the stakeholders and people across the state to ensure orderliness that will would way for free, fair, peaceful and credible exercise.

FG, Yobe, 10 Other States Collaborate To Fight Desertification

desert_EncrochmentThe Federal Government is collaborating with Yobe State and 10 other front-line states across Nigeria to fight desert encroachment.

The Yobe State Commissioner of Environment, Mr Idi Barde Gubana, told Channels Television in Damaturu, a week after the launching of the year’s tree planting campaign, organised by the Yobe State government, that the encroaching desert was speedily evading the state.

Mr Idi Barde Gubana said the federal Ministry of Environment was currently collaborating with 11 front-line states in the country worst hit by desertification to implement a programme call “Great Green Wall” and involve Sub-Saharan African countries stretching from Senegal in the west down to Njibouti to the east with Nigeria as a party.

Gubana stressed that the programme was intended to establish a wall of trees inform of shelter-belts covering a distance of 8,000 kilometre, cutting across the West African sub-region.

He said: “In Nigeria the programme cuts across eleven front-line states that are seriously affected by desertification and which share common boundary with the Republic of Niger covering a distance of 1,500 km with Yobe State having the larger share of about 323 km.

“Under the Great Green Wall programme, the Federal Ministry of Environment is currently collaborating with Yobe State’s Ministry of Environment in the area of shelter-belt and orchard development, sand dunes fixation and grazing resources development”.

According to Gubana, the affected Local Government Areas in the state are; Machina, Nguru, Karasuwa, Yusufari, Yunusari.

Twenty-eight kilometre of shelter-belt has been established in some selected locations along the trans-Saharan route starting from Kanamma in Yunusari Local Government up to Falimaram in Machina Local Government Area.

He also said 12 boreholes had been drilled in 12 communities with two in each of the six local government catchment areas.

He added that installation of solar panel and wind driven facilities were near completion while 36 out of 52 forest guards identified and drawn from the six participating Local Government Areas had been trained and gainfully employed under the Great Green Wall programme.

The Commissioner of Environment, Mr Idi Barde Gubana stated that the present administration had approved the additional fencing materials, tube walls and the engagement of casual labourers to ensure effective post planting management of the shelter-belt with a view to enhancing forestation.

He praised the Federal Government-States initiative, saying it will go a long way in conserving the environment thereby controlling desert encroachment.

APC Will Only Support Proactive Candidates – Gov. Gaidam

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not support any candidate who will not embark on meaningful programmes that would improve the lives of the people.

The Governor made the statement while launching the second phase of the Strategic Constituency Empowerment and Poverty Alleviation Programme initiated by the House member representing Bursari, Geidam and Yunusari Federal Constituency, Bukar Goni.

While urging others to emulate the initiator of the programme, Gaidam said: “The electorates who brought us to these offices must not be neglected as they are responsible for the current offices we are presently holding and we must reciprocate this gesture with meaningful projects that will improve their lives.

“Most of the political office holders are busy enjoying themselves in Abuja and other major cities, forgetting the electorates who brought them to power, and the APC will not tolerate that,” Gaidam said.

He appreciated the efforts of the initiator who he said “have complemented the efforts of his administration in reducing youth unemployment and restiveness in the state.”

The governor also urged the recently sworn in Local Government chairmen in the state to provide water to all communities in their areas, stressing that they should as a matter of concern attend to the education needs of their people.

He revealed that 36,000 university graduates in the state were employed by his administration while 6,572 diploma holders had also been placed on monthly allowances all with the aim of reducing joblessness among the youths.

The initiator of the programme, Bukar Goni, said that Geidam Local Government Area would be allocated 22 tricycles; while Bursari and Yunusari would be allocated 20 each. Geidam was allocated 33 motorcycles while Bursari and Yunusari would get 30 each. He called on the youths to make the best use of the programme in improving their well-being.

The latest provision of the tricycles and motorcycles to youth of his constituency by the lawmaker was the second in six months.