Osinbajo Presides Over FEC Meeting As Buhari Visits Yobe

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting as President Muhammadu Buhari embarked on visit to Yobe in continuation of his tour of troubled areas in the country.

The President, who left the Presidential Villa for Damaturu, Yobe, at about 9.10a.m., is expected to meet and address traditional rulers and opinion leaders as well as parents of the missing Dapchi schoolgirls.

Buhari had earlier visited Taraba and Benue States where he met and condoled with governors and people of the states over recent incidents that led to tragic loss of lives and destruction of properties worth millions of Naira.

The President is also billed to visit Zamfara and Rivers States over recent terrorist attacks and criminal activities in the States.

It would be recalled that an alleged notorious armed bandit in Zamfara, Buhari Tsoho, popularly known as Buharin Daji, believed to have been terrorising Zamfara communities for several months was on March 7 killed by repentant cattle rustlers in the state.

Tsoho’s death was confirmed by the state government after parading his corpse in Gusau, the state capital, a day after he was killed.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) would today update the FEC on its activities since November 2015.

Fear As Boko Haram Attacks Another Girls School In Yobe

There were fears on Monday over the safety of students of the Government Girls Secondary School, GGSS Dapchi, in Bursari local government area of Yobe State, northeast, Nigeria, over the reported presence of insurgents in the area.

Ahmed Danladi, a civil servant in the local government told newsmen that residents, including the students, scampered for safety when they saw trucks and motorcycles carrying Boko Haram fighters entering the town and shooting sporadically.

According to him, “For now, the shooting has stopped, but we are still indoors as we speak. There is a re-reinforcement of soldiers; may be by tomorrow (today) we will know the extent of attack, but everybody is indoor now only the soldiers can be heard moving in their trucks.”

A security source, who disclosed that none of the girls was abducted, said the attack in Dapchi was not unconnected with the fleeing Boko Haram fighters who were displaced by troops in Sambisa forest.

According to him, there was a red alert on Saturday that some terrorists in three vehicles were seen heading towards Damaturu, and all check points were asked to be on alert.

“They were sighted moving towards Mafa – Sasawa villages in Yobe state. Perhaps they may have taken another route and appeared in Dapchi today or it could be another group since they are all in disarray”, he added.


Gaidam Signs 2018 Budget Into Law

The Yobe State, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, has signed the 2018 budget into law.

Assenting to the bills at the Government House in Damaturu the Yobe state capital, Governor Gaidam said the bills provide for a total expenditure of N92,182,336,000 and remain the same as presented except for some internal adjustments made thereby decreasing the allocation for recurrent services and increasing allocation of the funds earmarked for the execution of capital projects.

The recurrent expenditure of the assented bill according to the governor has been raised to N46, 753, 805, 000, 00 by the state assembly while the sum of N45, 428, 531, 000, 00 is an earmark for capital expenditure and thanks members for the adjustments and expeditious work on the bills.

“This implies that the budget size as presented remains the same except for some internal adjustments made thereby decreasing the allocation for recurrent services and increasing the allocation of the funds earmarked for the execution of the capital programmes”

The budget he said is geared towards service delivery assuring that his administration will continue to evoke ways that will enhance the development of the state.

“During the 2018 fiscal year, we will continue to implement our planned programme to build on the successes recorded in the previous budgets since our assumption of office nine years ago”

Governor Gaidam also said his administration will step up efforts in revenue generation and remittance to ensure the budget is effectively financed.

“In order to ensure greater successes in the mobilisation of funds, we will give renewed emphasis to our drive for enhancing revenue generation through effective monitoring of internal Revenue collection and remittance,” the governor said.

The Speaker of the State Assembly Adamu Dala-Dogo applauded the focus of the budget which according to him is aimed at addressing the pathetic problems of the internally displaced persons as well as provides more infrastructure, job and wealth creation for the people.

“We expeditiously worked on this budget to ensure its implementation in view of the fact that it will address the problems of the IDPs as well as provides more developmental projects to the people of the state,” the Speaker said.

The asserting of the bills was graced by some members of the National Assembly from the state and beyond as well as politicians and top government functionaries among others.

520 Households Benefited From Fadama III AF II In Yobe

Alhaji Musa Garba, State Coordinator of Fadama lll AF ll, on Tuesday in Damaturu said that beneficiaries from six Local Government Areas of the state benefited from distribution of food assistance, Irrigation support, livestock and animal feed to 520 households in the state.

He said that small ruminants, wheat offal, animal feeds and Irrigation support were given to the households in order to restore their means of livelihoods destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Garba said that 360 households in Degubi, Nangere local government area, Gishiwa/Dabuwa in Potiskum local government and Bulan-Bukarti village in Yunusari local government area benefitted from the programme.

“Similarly, 160 households from various communities in Gujba, Gulani and Geidam Local Government Areas also benefitted from the project.

“The package includes food assistance, four goats and a buck or three sheep and a ram for livestock farmers.

“Irrigation farmers were also provided with food assistance, water pumps, fertilizer, seeds, herbicides, insecticides and sprayers among others,” Musa said.

The Fadama lll AF ll Northeast Food Assistance and Livelihood Emergency Support was a tripartite project between the Federal Governments, the World Bank and Yobe state.

The coordinator said the project was to facilitate resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

Newly Appointed Chief Of Staff Resumes Office

The newly appointed Chief of Staff to H.E Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam, Alhaji Muhammad Nur Alkali has formally taken office today According to Abdullah Bego to Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information to Yobe State Governor.

In a brief ceremony attended by all senior Government House personnel, the former Chief of Staff and current Head of the Civil Service, Alhaji Saleh Abubakar said the new COS is a humble, humane and hard working public servant.

I have known Muhammad Nur Alkali for over 30 years. His Excellency has made the right choice in appointing him. He is humble, humane and hard working. I hope that all of you who helped me to succeed as Chief of Staff for ten years will work together with him to advance the cause of the administration, and ensure that His Excellency continues to achieve his objective of moving our state forward”, he said.

Alhaji Saleh Abubakar lauded the close cooperation and sense of camaraderie that characterised senior personnel interactions within the Government House while he was COS, saying he will continue to cherish those memories for a long time.

Alkali thanked H.E Gov. Gaidam for the appointment. “I am grateful to His Excellency for finding me worthy for the appointment. I pledge to do my best to serve him. I am confident that I will work with all of you to make His Excellency accomplish all the tasks before him. I believe in team work. Let’s work as a team”, he said.

Source: Yobe State Government

Police Officer Opens Fire On Vehicle In Yobe

An unfortunate case of open fire of a police officer at a checkpoint in Yobe has led to the death of a 14-year old boy in Damaturu, Yobe State. The incidence was confirmed by the Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Abdulmalik Sunumani.

Sunumani, who described the incident as unfortunate, said the driver of the vehicle was trying to beat a police checkpoint with a smuggled Mercedes Benz car, prompting one of the policemen on duty to open fire on the vehicle, which was carrying the boy and his mother.

Sunumani said the driver picked the woman with her son in Kano on his way from Lagos to Maiduguri, adding that investigation into the matter is still ongoing.

“What happened was an unfortunate incident. From what my men told me, they got information from the last checkpoint that a Mercedes Benz car was coming without any registration number. When the car arrived at the checkpoint, he couldn’t stop and one of my men opened fire at the vehicle and a bullet hit the boy who was rushed to the hospital but later died. We have not concluded investigation but this is how much I can tell you,” he said.


Yobe Governor Swear-in New Head of Service

Ibrahim Gaidam, Yobe Sate Governor, has challenged the newly appointed Head of Service, Sale Abubakar, to reposition the state civil service to be more proactive and value is driven for efficient service delivery.

Gaidam gave the challenge on Wednesday in Damaturu while swearing into office the new Head of Service.

“The civil service should be the proactive and value driven organ that is always expected to deliver timely and quality service to the people of the state in line with the vision of our administration,” he said.

The governor said Abubakar was appointed based on his impressive record of service since joining the civil service in 1983.

“Considering the track records of Sale Abubakar while serving as Chief of Staff Government House, specifically his innovativeness which culminated in changing the face of Government House, I am optimistic that l have made the right choice.”

The swearing-in at the event include Saboli Gwio-Kura as Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Baba Gashiwari as member Judicial Service Commission and Alhaji Ali Garga, member state Fiscal Responsibility Board.