Yobe Govt Empowers Para-Soccer Players

The head coach of Yobe Para-soccer team, Mohammed Bashiru, on Wednesday in Abuja said Yobe State was set to eradicate

The head coach of Yobe Para-soccer team, Mohammed Bashiru, on Wednesday in Abuja said Yobe State was set to eradicate poverty by empowering Para-soccer players in the state.

Bashiru told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, had been giving the state Para-soccer team allowance every month.

He said that the state governor has always been supporting the team at local and national competitions.

“The state government has been motivating the team since they joined Para-soccer tournament, it has been encouraging us morally, physically and financially, which is the most important thing.

“The state governor is paying them minimum wage, which will reduce poverty level, he also empowered our atheletes by putting them in some handworks.

“They received salary every month from the state government as a player because most of them are bread winners of their families and some of them have their own businesses.

“The aim of the Government is to take them away from street begging and say no to violence,’’ he said.

Bashiru said Yobe team would work hard to win the National League Championship coming up in Katsina in August.

Yobe team won the just concluded First National Open Para-soccer Championship at the package B of the National Stadium Abuja.

Yobe Govt Acquires GAAT Hotel In Damaturu

Yobe State Government has acquired GAAT Hotel based in the state capital, Damaturu at the cost of N578, 161, 010.43.

Yobe State Government has acquired GAAT Hotel based in the state capital, Damaturu at the cost of N578, 161, 010.43.

Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Alhaji Mala Musti revealed this moments ago while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting, which held today at the Government House, Damaturu and was chaired by H.E Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam.

The commissioner explained that the purchase of the hotel came about when its owners offered it out for sale.

Housing Commissioner, Alhaji Bukar Dauda, who was part of the EXCO meeting briefing, explained that the government considered three options for the property, deciding finally that, as the best hotel in town, the government would partner with potential investors to manage it and generate revenue for the state.

The EXCO, Mala Musti added, has also approved the rehabilitation of Ngibi Bridge along Bara-Teteba-Gulani road at the cost of N369, 910, 405.71. The rehabilitation of the vital bridge becomes necessary as the rains threaten its stability and with that the movement of people and goods around the area.

Also approved by the EXCO meeting today was the construction of 2.23 kilometres of road and 4.46 km of concrete drainage line at Buhari Estate in Damaturu at the cost of N396, 727, 580.00.

The State Executive Council has also ratified the approval of counterpart contribution for health infrastructure development towards the implementation of the SDGs Conditional Grants Scheme amounting to N250, 000, 000.00.

As part of the continuing effort of the state government to support and partner with security agencies to improve peace and security in the state and boost the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, the EXCO also ratified the approval for the purchase of 14 Toyota Hilux vehicles at the cost of N245, 000, 000.00.

The approval for the construction of 3 numbers of 4-bedroom VIP Guest chalets inside of the Government House at the cost of N126, 714, 147.00.

The total amount approved by the State Executive Council at today’s meeting stood at N1, 966, 513, 143.00.

Yobe Govt Creates Dedicated Account For N11bn Cargo Airport

The Yobe Government says it has established a dedicated account to ensure the completion of the N11billion Damaturu International Cargo

The Yobe Government says it has established a dedicated account to ensure the completion of the N11billion Damaturu International Cargo Airport before the tenure expiration of the present administration.

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam made the disclosure on Tuesday while inspecting work on the project in Kalallawa village, 17 kilometres from Damaturu.

‘‘We have opened a dedicated account called the Airport Project Account, money is there waiting for payment at any time,’’ Gaidam said.

The governor expressed satisfaction with the speed and quality of work at the airport.

Gaidam said the contractors should complete the project on time because government has the money to execute the project.

He said the state government had paid N5.6 billion out of the N11.3 billion contractual fee.

According to the governor, the project is cost effective compared to airports constructed at over N63 billion in other states.

Gaidam said work has reached 51.5 per cent completion with impressive speed and quality.

The contract was awarded in September 2017 with 15 months completion period.

Gov. Gaidam Raises Health Workers Salaries By N74 Million Monthly

Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has approved 100 percent implementation of salary structures of health professionals and workers, jacking

Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has approved 100 percent implementation of salary structures of health professionals and workers, jacking up the existing salaries being enjoyed by them to N74, 335, 339.2 per month.

In a statement by the Director-General, Press Affairs to the Governor, Malam Abdullahi Bego, said the governor gave approval for 100% implementation of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals in the state’s health sector.

“Prior to the approval, the CONHESS implementation rate was 70 percent.

“The governor has also approved 100 percent implementation of the revised Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) for medical officers.

“A submission on the salaries of administrative staff of the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital (YSUTH) was also approved by His Excellency the governor” he said.

Bego noted that “The total monetary implication of the approvals – which is the differential on the existing salaries being enjoyed by the three groups of beneficiaries – is N74, 335, 339.2 per month.

“With the Yobe State Government now implementing CONHESS, CONMESS and YSUTH administrative staff salaries at 100 percent, His Excellency Governor Gaidam has brought the remuneration package in the state’s health sector at par with what obtains in federal government health institutions” he added.

Yobe Approves N63.5m For Free Ramadan Feeding, Others

Ahead of the Ramadan, Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has approved the sum of N65.5 million as part of free

Ahead of the Ramadan, Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has approved the sum of N65.5 million as part of free Ramadan feeding of less privilege in the state during the Ramadan period.

According to a statement released by the governor’s spokesman Abdullahi Bego, the feeding exercise and other activities like Tafsir will be carried out by the ministry of Religious Affairs.

The statement explained that the sum of N48.5 million will be used for the purchase of Rams and cooking condiments in 42 centres while N15 million will be used for the payment of muslim preachers during the period.

The statement reads: “His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has approved N63.5 million through the Ministry of Religious Affairs for the provision of Ramadan feeding ( Iftar ) to the less privileged in 42 centres across the 17 local government areas of the state and for the conduct of Tafsir during the incoming Holy Month.

“Of the amount approved by the governor, N48.5 million will be used for the purchase of rams and cooking condiments for the 42 feeding centres while N15 million will be used for the payment of allowances to Muslim preachers who will seek to guide the Muslim faithful through the Holy Month.

“His Excellency the governor had also approved 1, 260 bags of rice and 630 jerry cans of cooking oil to be used in the 42 designated feeding centres during Ramadan”.

Over the years, the state government has consistently approved similar monies but the less privilege  have always complained of feeling the impact of the funds during the fasting period.

Gov. Gaidam Attends Funeral Prayers For Late Bashir Alkali

Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam was among hundreds of Muslim faithful who attended the funeral prayers for late Bashir Alkail,

Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam was among hundreds of Muslim faithful who attended the funeral prayers for late Bashir Alkail, a staff of the Yobe State University, Damaturu who died yesterday and was buried in the morning today in Damaturu.

Late Bashir Alkali is a younger brother of the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Alhaji Muhammad Nur Alkali.

Bashir died at 54 years old and is survived by his wife and three children, his aged mother and many brothers and sisters, amongst others.

In addition to the Chief of Staff, late Bashir’s other brothers include Dr. Muhammad Bashir Alkali of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) and Kaumi Alkali of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The funeral prayers for the deceased were led by Goni Shehu.

H.E Gov. Gaidam, who condoled with the family, prayed Almighty Allah (SWT) to admit late Bashir Alkali to al-Jannatul Firdausi.

H.E Gov. Gaidam had also condoled with his Secretary to State Government (SSG), Alhaji Baba Mallam Wali over the death of his older brother, Saidu Nguru.

A retired police inspector, late Saidu Nguru was 80 years old. He is survived by his wife and eight children.

The governor also prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

NMA Honours Gov Gaidam As Yobe Makes Amazing Healthcare Progress

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), at its 58th Annual Delegates Meeting and Scientific Conference held in Abuja at the weekend,

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), at its 58th Annual Delegates Meeting and Scientific Conference held in Abuja at the weekend, has honoured H.E Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam for his contributions to healthcare in Nigeria and spearheading the transformation of the healthcare sector in Yobe State.

Outgoing National President of the NMA Prof. Mike Ogrima, who presented the award to the governor, described as ‘marvellous’ and ‘wonderful’ the progress that Yobe has made under Governor Gaidam in healthcare, saying the governor deserves commendation for defying challenges to achieve so much.

The NMA cited the broad spectrum of interventions in the healthcare sector that Gov. Gaidam has made, saying that those interventions have improved service delivery and maximise the quality of care across the state.

The Gaidam administration has built a brand new teaching hospital and a college of medicine at Yobe State University to improve tertiary healthcare and grow Yobe’s own corps of indigenous medical doctors.

Major hospitals in Damaturu, Potiskum, Gashu’a and Gaidam have also been totally retrofitted and equipped to make healthcare more accessible and affordable to the people.

“The infrastructure I have seen in Yobe during my visit…The establishment of a new medical college and all the interventions in the healthcare sector are marvellous”, Prof. Ogrima said as he presented H.E Gov. Gaidam with his award plaque.

The public may recall that NMA Yobe State branch and the Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Nigeria (SOGON) have earlier conferred awards on Gov. Gaidam for his strides in healthcare and for improving the health of women and children in the state.

The NMA has also recognised the governors of Sokoto and Taraba States as well as the wife of the governor of Kebbi State, Hajiya Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, herself a consultant pediatrician and member of the NMA, amongst others for their own roles in promoting healthcare in their individual states and the country.

Medical Practitioners Endorse Reform Programmes In Yobe State

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Friday, endorsed the medical reform programmes of the Yobe Government, aimed at effective healthcare

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Friday, endorsed the medical reform programmes of the Yobe Government, aimed at effective healthcare delivery.

Prof. Mike Ogirima, NMA President, stated this while exchanging views with the Secretary to Yobe Government Baba Malam-Wali in Damaturu.

He said that the rehabilitation of medical institutions and facilities, manpower development and provision of equipment had set the reform programme of the state government on the right step.

The president commended the state government for investing its resources in areas beneficial to the people.

“Yobe government has justified usage of its resources by providing dividends of democracy that is truly beneficial to its citizens,’’ he said.

Baba Malam-Wali said the state government in 2012, declared state of emergency in the health sector in order to ensure overhauling of the sector.

He said, “Government launched a deliberate programme to rehabilitate medical institutions, train medical personnel and equip the hospitals.’’

The secretary to the state government said government also entered into partnership with international and local donor partners who donated equipment worth billions of naira for distribution to medical institutions across the state.

He said that the state government also established medical college and a University Teaching Hospital to boost medical manpower.

“We are optimistic that with the reform programmes in the health sector, Yobe will be a centre of medical tourism in Nigeria,” he said.

Yobe Govt Disburses N300m Furniture Loan To Workers

The Yobe state government has disbursed N300 million furniture loan to workers with a maximum of a million naira each.

The Yobe state government has disbursed N300 million furniture loan to workers with a maximum of a million naira each.

Announcing the step recently in Damaturu, the Head of Service, Saleh Abubakar disclosed that the furniture loan is a revolving one to enable others to benefit.

According to him, the 2018 N300 million loans is interest free and expected to be paid within 25 months.

“This furniture loans is revolving one and only those who have not benefitted, are to be granted to furnish one’s house in any part of the state”, Abubakar said.

He further disclosed that the loan is in categories, with the Chief Executive Officers of parastatals and boards to get N1 million each, while workers on grade levels one to five are qualified for N50, 000.

#DapchiGirls: I won’t return to Dapchi school – SS2 Student

A year two senior student of the Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, has said she will not return to

A year two senior student of the Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, has said she will not return to the school even after Boko Haram returned nearly all 110 students kidnapped from the school.

Rakiya Adamu, SS2, who was among the lucky few that escaped on February 19, when dozens of her friends and schoolmates were kidnapped, said, “I will not go back to Dapchi again.”

Although Rakiya had a lucky escape when the terrorists struck, she shared her horrific experience in the current edition of The Interview magazine, “We were in school waiting for the Magrib prayer when we started hearing gunshots. We started running with our teachers, looking for where to hide. We ran and ran and jumped the fence. We became tired and ran into a nearby village where we asked for help….”

Rakiya described how the terrorists arrived and entrapped them. “They wore army uniforms and were begging us to come. They said, ‘Come to us, we will help you!’”

The MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview, Azu Ishiekwene, described the story as “one that would prick the conscience, even if one had eaten the head of a tortoise.”

In a series of interviews conducted before and after the girls were released, the magazine spoke with parents, including the chairman of the parents of the abducted girls, Bashir Manzo, the Dapchi youth leader, security men, and residents of town, especially those living close to the school.

Mr Manzo, chairman of the abducted girls’ parents, said he knew something bad was going to happen on February 19: “I felt somehow throughout the day. I knew something bad was going to happen to me. But I prayed to God to protect me from evil and other bad things.”

As it turned out, his daughter, Fatima, was abducted as she went to fetch water to break her fast that evening.

Another parent, Abdullahi Kawi, and father of kidnapped JSS2 student, Aisha, said the most traumatic part of the kidnap saga was the misinformation given the parents by Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.

The father of five – one boy and four girls – said, “People like me stoned the governor’s convoy because he lied to us when he knew how terrible we were feeling. I’ll never regret stoning him.”

After the return of the girls, the parents have been divided on whether or not they would return their children to the school, despite assurances by the government that the school is now safe.

Also in this edition, good governance activist and former House of Representatives contestant, Aisha Osori, shared first-hand experience on how elections work in Nigeria; while member of the US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, Bukola Oriola, spoke on how traffickers prey on the victims.

The Confidential section of the magazine returned to the Abuja bike accident scene of the President’s only son, Yusuf Buhari.