STATE GOVERNMENT INVESTS OVER N600 MILLION TO BOOST TRANSPORTATION, REVENUE AND ENSURE SAFETY
Yobe state government has procured 20 seater Toyota Buses worth over 500 million Naira to boost the Transportation sector in the state.
Speaking at the launching ceremony of the 20 seater buses and the unveiling of 250 Marshall of the Yobe state Road Traffic Management Agency and YOROTA equipment at the event center Government House Damaturu, the Governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to enhance assessable and affordable public transport for the wellbeing of its people to ensure safety on the road and to improve the internally generated revenue of the state.
The Governor directed the management of Yobe State Transport Company Limited to ensure proper use and maintenance of the new vehicles and all other vehicles on its fleet, to promote efficiency productivity and transparency in its service.
He warned that government would not condone any act of abuse, recklessness, and diversion of revenue generated.
According to the Governor, government has recruited and trained 250 Marshalls of the YOROTA and also procured operational vehicles worth over 100 million Naira to enhance dynamic traffic management control strategy to create free traffic flow, good driving culture, and improvement of traffic rules and regulations on all roads network in the state.
He urged the motorists to always observe traffic laws, reduce Speed, avoid overloading and ensure that their vehicle is always in good condition to be on the road and to co-operate with the road traffic safety Agencies. Governor Buni added that “driver’s theory test center has been established to assess the knowledge of drivers on the highway codes and traffic regulations to ensure strict compliance with standard rules for the prevention of accidents on the road”
The Governor directed Ministry of Transport and Energy to liaise with the office of the Head of Service for permanent office accommodation and to submit the estimate for the renovation of the Yobe line workshop to the office of the Secretary to the State Government for consideration.
In his welcome address, the commissioner of Transport and Energy, Alhaji Abdullahi Usman Kukuwa assured the governor of close monitoring and proper maintenance of all the vehicles to ensure good value for the money expended for their procurement.
The commissioner commended the Governor for making transport across the state cheaper and affordable to the citizens adding that the Buni’s administration is working tirelessly to put the state on the right track of speedy development in all aspects of human endeavor.
YOBE SUPPORTS 200 ORPHANS WITH CASH TO CURB STREET BEGGING
Yobe state Governor Hon Mai Mala Buni has called on the people of the state to assist the orphans to avert Street begging in the state.
The Governor disclosed this at the official launching ceremony of support to 200 orphans with cash backing of 50,000 each at the WAWA Hall, Government House Damaturu.
Governor Buni said,
“Allah (SWA) has promised to assist those who help orphans in one way or another, and would reward them abundantly”. Governor Buni noted that the gesture was to assist the orphans with a little start-up capital to be introduced to skill acquisition and self-reliance at a very early stage in life. He urged the individuals to assist the orphans in cash or kindness to make them feel a sense of belonging. The orphans whose age ranges from 9 to 14 years cut across the 17 local government areas of the state.
Earlier speaking, the coordinator of the program and also a special adviser to the governor on Religious Affairs, Ustaz Babagana MalamKyari expressed appreciation to Governor Buni for his untiring effort in assisting the orphans through feeding, clothing, school fees among others in the state.
Ustaz Babagana said, “This is the first of its kind in the history of the state for a government to assist orphans with such a gesture“.
He prayed to Allah (SWA) to reward the governor abundantly and urged other people to emulate the kind gesture of Governor Buni.
GOVERNOR BUNI CONDEMNS GASHUA BOMB BLAST, PRAYS FOR LASTING PEACE
The Executive Governor of Yobe state, Hon Mai Mala Buni has condemned the bomb explosion at GidanAmaryaAbasha ward Gashua, Bade Local Government Area.
Buni expresses his mind when he visited the victims of the bomb blast currently receiving treatment at Specialist’s Hospital Gashua
Hon. Mala Buni was represented by his Deputy His Excellency Hon Idi BardeGubana who described the incident as cruel, evil and inhuman.
The Deputy Governor alongside Head of security agencies met survivors of Gaidam Thursday attack by the terrorist and sympathized with the families who lost loved ones. While sympathizing with the families the Deputy urged the residents of the two communities to be vigilant always and to report strange visitors to their community promptly to the security agencies and traditional authorities in their domains
Equally, He Appealed to members of the public to intensify prayers especially at this Holy Month of Ramadan for the Almighty Allah to Grant our prayers for lasting peace.
The entourage visited Emir’s palace of Bade, Ngazargamu, Government Science & Technical College Gaidam as well as specialist’s hospital Gashua.
Office of the Deputy Governor
YOBE STATE GOVERNMENT COMMISERATES WITH THE GIBRIMAS
The State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni visited the scene of the collapsed mosque of Gibrima’s family under construction at Machina road of Nguru town.
Represented by his Deputy His Excellency Hon Idi BardeGubana,the Gov. described the incident as unfortunate and shocking.
He commiserated with the families who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate incident and prayed Allah comfort them for the irreparable loss.
Buni assured the Gibrima’s family support towards completion of the Mosque and urged them to continue to pray for the state and the Nation in general.
Briefing the Governor at the site, KhalifaFatihuShiekGibirima, explained that the mosque was initiated by him and with the support of community and muslimummah to construct a befitting Jumma’a Mosque and Islamic Center in memory of late Sheik Mohammad Gibirima. The mosque has been under construction for over four (4) years and suddenly the doom leading to the death of 4 workers while 30 others have been rescued from the rubble.
KhalifaFatihuShiekGibirima commended Yobe state government for their show of concern assuring to continue to pray for peace and progress of Yobe state and the country at large.
The Deputy Governor, also visited the palace of Emir of Nguru, Alh Mustapha IbnKyari where he extended state government’s condolence to the Emirate, praying for quick recovery of the victims.
The Deputy Governor was accompanied by the Head of civil service, Hon Commissioners of religious affairs, Health, APC state party secretary, special advisers of Religious affairs, works, Agriculture, security and finance.
Deputy Governor’s Office
ALHAJI MUHAMMAD B. NURA VOWS OUT OF SERVICE AND ALHAJI GARBA BILAL TAKES OVER AS AG. YOBE STATE HEAD OF THE CIVIL SERVICE
The Yobe State Head of Civil Service Muhammad B.Nura has retired from the Civil Service, after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.
The former Head of Service has since handed over the affairs of the office to the new Acting Head of Service in the person of Alhaji Garba Bilal.
Nura during the ceremony commended His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni and the entire workforce of the State for giving him all the necessary support and enjoyed them to accord same to the incoming Ag. Head of Service.
In his response, the acting Head of Service Alh. Garba Bilal said the Civil Service is the engine room for building and driving an effective & result oriented Service. The Ag. Head of Service said in line with the present Administration’s Policy of good governance, he will strive to ensure the implementation of Government policies and programmes, staff welfare issues, discipline, training and re-training for effective & efficient Civil Service.
Alh. Garba Bilal said he will work with the organized labour Unions & partner with all critical stakeholders towards improving the Civil Service.
The acting Head of Service use the forum to thank His Excellency, the Executive Governor, of Yobe State Hon Mai Mala Buni for finding him worthy to be appointed to this exalted position as the State’s acting Head of Service.
Alh. Garba Bilal said he is short of words to express his immense appreciation to His Excellency the Executive Governor and will put in his best to justify the confidence reposed in him.
He wishes the outgoing Head of Service all the best in his future endeavors.
Alhassan Sule Mamudo
Office of the Head of Service
ALHAJI GARBA BILAL HANDS OVER TO ASSUME HEAD OF SERVICE POSITION
Following his recent appointment as the Acting Head of service by the Executive Governor of Yobe state, His Excellency Honorable Mai Mala Buni, the permanent secretary Ministry of Environment, Alhaji Garba Bilal has handed over the affairs of the Ministry to the overseer permanent secretary Alhaji Ali Mustapha.
The handing and taking over ceremony took place at the office of the permanent secretary Ministry of Environment, Greenhouse Damaturu.
Alhaji Garba Bilal thanked the entirely staff for their cooperation and support given to him during his tenure and called on them to give more support to overseer permanent secretary.
He also thanks everyone for their commitment, endurance and support
In his remarks shortly after taking over after taking over the mantle leadership of the Ministry, Alhaji Ali Mustapha solicited for the support and cooperation of the staff in other to move the Ministry forward.
Present at the occasion are Directors of the Ministry, Deputy Directors as well as other senior staff of the Ministry.
In a related development, Governor Mai Mala Buni has again been commended for taking bold steps towards executing various infrastructural development projects in the state.
The newly redeployed permanent secretary Ministry of works, Abdullahi Musa Shehu made the commendation while taking over the affairs of the Ministry.
Speaking at the occasion, Abdullahi Musa Shehu solicited the maximum support and cooperation of the staff to enable him discharged his duties effectively for the progress and development of the state.
He charged the staff to be punctual and dedicated to their duties pointing out that his door would remain open for successful implementation of Governor Mai Mala Buni lauded policies and programs to achieve a more progress society.
Earlier, the Director Civil Engineer of the ministry, Engineer Usman Ahmed called on staff of the ministry to give the newly redeployed permanent secretary all the needed support to succeed.
Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Works
GROUPS AND ORGANIZED BODIES FELICITATE WITH THE NEW HEAD OF SERVICE.
The Chairman of Yobe State Civil Service Commission (CSC) Alhaji Gagarau Isa Bizi, has expressed confidence and happiness on the appointment of Alhaji Garba Bilal as acting Head of Service.
He described Garba Bilal as trustworthy, transparent, dedicated and honest and a disciplined civil servant.
Alhaji Gagarau added that he has previously worked with the Ag. Head of Service in the commission when he was a Permanent Secretary.
The Chairman also commended Governor Mai Mala Buni for making the right choice by appointing a well experienced Civil Servant as Ag. Head of the State Civil Service.
In their separate remarks, the Permanent Members of the Commission, Barrister MaduJankoli and Alhaji Bukar Jumbam extolled the good virtues of the Ag. Hos. They also prayed for the success of the new Ag. Head of Service and urged him to lead by example.
Responding, the Ag. Head of Service Alhaji Garba Bilal thanked the Chairman and members of the commission and assured them that he would justify the confidence reposed in him by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni.
In another development, The Executive Members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Yobe State Branch paid a courtesy visit to Ag. Head of Service Alh.Garba Bilal.
Speaking during the visit, the Chairman of the Council, Comrade MuktariTarbutu, said they were in the office to congratulate the Ag. Head of Service on his well-deserved appointment by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe State Hon. Mai Mala Buni and to pray for his success.
Also, the Chairman of Yobe State House of Assembly Service Commission Alh. Mohammed Nur Alkali and members of the commission have congratulated the new Ag. Head of Service Alh.Garba Bilal.
The Chairman said the State Government has made the right choice by appointing Alh Garba Bilal to be at the helm of affairs as Ag Head of the Civil Service in the State, because of his track record as a seasoned Administrator.
Alh. Nur Alkali prayed for the success of the new Ag. Head of Service and urged him to justify the confidence reposed in him by His Excellency the Executive Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni.
In the same vein, the Chairman and Members of Audit Service Board led by its Chairman Alh. Goje Modu Balube paid a courtesy visit on Ag. Head of Service Alh. Garba Bilal.
Speaking during the visit, Alh.Goje said they were in the office to congratulate him on his appointment and to pray for him to succeed in discharging this onerous responsibility bestowed on him by His Excellency the Executive Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni.
In a similar development, the Executive Members of Nigeria Union of Public Service Reportorial, Secretarial, Data Processors and Allied Workers Yobe State Council, have also paid, congratulatory visit on the Ag. Head of Service Alh Garba Bilal.
Speaking during the visit the Chairman Comrade Lawan Amadu, felicitates with the new Ag. Head of Service on his well-deserved appointment as Ag. Head of Service Yobe State, by His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni.
The Chairman called on the Ag. Head of Service, Alh Garba Bilal to bring to bear his wealth of experience in the Civil Service in the discharge of his duties. In his remakes, the Ag.Head of Service Alh. Garba Bilal thanked the Chairmen and members of the House of Assembly Service Commission and the Audit Service Board, assuring them that he would justify the confidence reposed in him by His Excellency, the Executive Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni.
He also thanked the Executive Members of the NUPSRAW and other union for the visit and well wishes.
Alhassan Sule Mamudo
Office of the Head of Service
RAMADAN: STATE GOVERNMENT APPROVES NEAR 80MILLION NAIRA AND FOOD FOR 2022 TAFSIR AND IFTAR
The Yobe state Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has approve over N17 Million for this year’s Tafsir 1443AH 2022.
According to the Commissioner Ministry of Religious Affairs, Alhaji Mala Musti, the Governor equally approved the Sum of 76, Million for Iftar across the state in addition to 1,200 bags of rice and 120 cooking oil, the statement added.
Meanwhile Iftar has been described as one the unqualifiable accomplishment the present administration in the state.
The secretary Sha,ria committee Bade local Government Area, Mallam Ibrahim Babagana, made the assertion when an assessment team from the ministry of Religious Affairs, under the leadership of the Director finance and supply, called on him, in the area.
He said, he is particularly impressed with the quality of food as well as the way and manner it is being prepared.
He commended the state Government through the Ministry of Religious Affairs, for reaching the ordinary man with such qualitative food and at a time of need. Mallam Yakubu Shugaba Dakasku, says only God can reward all those behind the success of this work.
Some of the beneficiaries interviewed in the area commended the state Government for the gesture adding it will go a long way in improving their living condition.
Some of the areas visited by the team include state low-cost, Bade west, and Ali Baffa filling station Gashua.
Ministry of Religious Affairs
BASIC AND SECONDARY EDUCATION MINISTRY PARTNERS UNICEF IN A 5 DAY WORKSHOP
Yobe State Ministry of Basic And Secondary Education In Collaboration With UNICEF has organized a 5 Day Workshop for the Review of Basic and Secondary Medium Term Sector Strategy.
Held at Millennium Hall at Tahir Guest Palace, Kano the workshop is aimed at cross-pollinating ways forward towards actualizing Gov. Buni’s emergency on education.
Declaring the workshop open, the Commissioner Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education applauded the efforts of Gov. Mai Mala Buni for his uncommon passion for education. He equally commended the efforts of partners who have supported the ministry in so many ways, assuring the participants that the Ministry is ever ready to make Yobe education Sector great in the country.
He therefore suggested the following
1. Let there be serious approach in bringing out-of-school children to school.
2. There should be more concern on areas the people of Yobe State so much like in education.
3. There should also be a comprehensive advocacy on improving the quality of education.
The Commissioner urged all the partners to take into consideration on adopting measures of making sure that Almajiri Schools accept the dual curricular.
Earlier the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Alh. Hamidu gave a welcome while Goodwill messages were given by some of the selected participants from SUBEB, CSOs, Save the Children and other ministries and agencies.
The workshop was attended by Permanent Secretary Hamidu A Alhaji, Chairman TSB, ES AISEB, Director from Min of Basic education, SUBEB, Agency for Mass Education, STSB, Ministry of Budget, Chairman CSOs, Development Patterns.
Ibrahim Adamu Saleh
Secondary and Basic Education
HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS MINISTRY PARTNERS FAO FOR SMOOTH RECOVERY PLANS
The Hon Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs Dr. Abubakar Garba Iliya has expressed readiness to work with development partners to strengthen humanitarian coordination and delivery in the state.
The Hon Commissioner disclosed this when he received officials of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nation (FAO) at his office.
…we need capacity building of the staff of the Ministry to enable them to acquire the much-needed competencies to respond to humanitarian challenges.
Dr. Abubakar Garba Iliya expressed appreciation to FAO for smooth partnership as part of the recovery plans to get people back to their communities.
Earlier, the Area Coordinator Miss SAHAL FALLAL said the mandate of FAO is to support Nigeria government for Agricultural inputs such as Fertilizer, Livelihood, Livestock and Entrepreneurship skill to Vulnerable Women who are victims of conflict in the state.
‘… Basically, we support the Ministry program in terms of distribution and other aspect of Humanitarian’
YOBE STATE MINISTRY OF HEALTH MEETS STAKEHOLDERS TO STRENTHEN FREE DRUGS PROGRAMME IN THE STATE
Yobe State Ministry of Health and Human Services commissioner, Dr. Muhammad Lawan Gana, has convened a high level stakeholders meeting within the health sector to discuss the ongoing implementation of Yobe State Government funded FREE DRUGS PROGRAMME with a view to strengthen and increase the fiscal space of the programme.
In his opening remark, the Commissioner highlighted the objectives of the meeting in accordance with the Executive Governor of Yobe State Hon. Mai Mala Buni’s administration that is aimed at increasing uptake of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health services by addressing out of pocket expenses through procurement and distribution of high-quality drugs to selected health facilities across the state. Since 2009 when the programme was introduced, the state free drugs programme has greatly contributed to the increased uptake of maternal, newborn and child health services. Also, the programme has successfully maintained a cycle of procurement to distribution over the years without break, and Yobe State government in the last eleven years has been keeping to its funding commitment for the programme.
However, stakeholders acknowledged that recently, because of combined factors of inflation, weakened naira, heightened exchange rate, population increase, pandemics, increased utilization, the free drugs programme has experienced decreased access among the targeted beneficiaries in some health facilities in the state.
Therefore, stakeholders thoroughly discussed and expressed their appreciation to His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni for his administration’s continuous commitment to sustaining the implementing of free drugs programmes in the state.
The Honorable Commissioner and stakeholders in the meeting pledged to review the programme strategies to improve its implementation through innovative resource mobilization. Most significantly, the meeting also deliberated on the free drugs programme’s sustainability plan that will ensure progressive expansion of population coverage through the existing programmes such as Basic Healthcare Provision Fund and Social Equity programme under the Yobe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (YSCHMA) and activation of deferral and exemption under Yobe State Drugs and Medical Consumable Management Agency (YODMA) that will guarantee equity, development priorities and social inclusion in line with Governor Buni’s health policy agenda and priorities in the state.
The meeting was attended by the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Adamu TellaZimboh, Executive Secretaries of YSCHMA, YODMA, HMB, ED YOSACA and representative of the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Management Board. Also in attendance are State Programme Manager, Saving One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOML-PforR), Dr. Babagana Abba, Director Programmes YSCHMA, Dauda Suleiman, CMAC State Specialist Hospital Damaturu, Dr. Usman Abba Geidam, Principal Medical Officer (PMO), Women and Children Hospital Damaturu and members of the Free Drugs Programme in the state.
Suleiman Gambo Yusuf Bakoro
YSCHMA and YODMA
MORA DISTRIBUTES RELIEF MATERIAL TO VULNERABLES IN YOBE
The state Commissioner Ministry of Religious Affairs, Alhaji Mala Musti has distributed relief material to orphans, windows, and converters.
The commissioner said the relief material is a gesture being distributed by the Ministry to support members of the less privileged in the society especially during the Ramadan period. He called on the beneficiaries to make best use of the items given to them for the purpose intended.
The commissioner praises the effort of state Government under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni, for the effort toward improving the life’s of the Citizens.
Items distributed include millets, rice among others
MINISTRY OF HEALTH ORGANIZES ORIENTATION FOR NEWLY EMPLOYED 196 HEALTH TECHNICIANS
As part of efforts to engage the newly employed 196 health technicians by Yobe State Government to work as public health workers in various health facilities across the state, the Yobe State Ministry of Health and the State Hospitals Management Board has held an orientation for the newly employed 196 health technicians.
The event which took place at the premises of Saving One Million Lives Programme at the State Specialist Hospital Complex in Damaturu the state capital was organized to educate the health professionals on the civil service rules and regulations governing the conduct of public health workers in the state and to also orient them on the technicalities involved in carrying out their official duties as public health workers in various health facilities in line with the ethics of their noble profession.
It could be recall that Yobe State Government under the current administration of His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni recently approved the appointment of 196 health technicians to work as health workers in primary and secondary health facilities across the state. The 196 healthcare professionals employed comprised of dental technicians, pharmacy technicians, health information management officers and laboratory technicians among others.
Delivering his opening remark, the Honorable Commissioner for Health and Human Services Yobe state, Dr Muhammad Lawan Gana who was represented at the event by the Executive Secretary of Yobe State Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Musa Muhammad Baba while congratulating the newly employed 196 health technicians for successfully being engaged by the Yobe State Government as health workers, stated that “health care service delivery is one of the most important aspects of Governor Mai Mala Buni’s administration in line with his health policy agenda and is also among the top priorities of the Yobe State Government.
According to the Commissioner, this is to ensure that an affordable and quality health care service is being provided in an effective and efficient manner. He also encouraged them to be hardworking staff and to be dedicated to their official duties as public health workers, working to save lives. The Commissioner also said, “It is very important for you to know your job description as health technicians working in health facilities and I am using this opportunity to warn you against engaging yourselves in unethical practices”. “The Yobe State Ministry of Health and its implementing agencies would also not tolerate the habit of late coming to work by anyone of you”,in the whole of the state, it is only in the StateMinistry of Health and its implementing agencies that health professionals from the state are usually engaged after graduation from their various citadel of learning and that there is no where you will find such good gesture”.
He thanked Governor Mai Mala Buni for finding it worthy to employ new health professionals to work as health technicians in the various health facilities across the state and also commended him for his giant strides in the health sector and other sectors in the state.
Emphasizing on the routine monitoring and supervision of health facilities in the state by Dr.Yusuf Bukar Ngamdu’s led-committee on standards, quality and regulations, Dr. Muhammad Lawan Gana told the newly employed health technicians that there will be placed under regular supervision when on official duty and that anyone found wanting will be dealt with according to law.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Secretary of Yobe State Drugs and Medical Consumables Management Agency (YODMA), Pharmacist Abdul-Aziz Garba Muhammad congratulates them for being engaged as health workers by Yobe State Government. Pharmacist Abdul’aziz Garba Muhammad stated that, “after this orientation, it is very important for you to know what to do as public health workers”. “This is a forum for you to acquaint yourselves with the knowledge and technicalities involved in carrying out your official assignment”, he added. The Executive Secretary further said that “this is an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime; I therefore urged you to be very hard-working and dedicated to your official responsibilities”.
In his goodwill message, the State Programme Manager, Saving One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOML-PforR), Yobe State, Dr. Babagana Abba while congratulating the newly employed 196 health technicians stated that, “Your attitudes and characters will determine the success of your work and how far you can excel in the work you do”. “You have to behave in a responsible way and you should always be kind to your clients while on official duties”, Dr. Babagana Abba added.
The Yobe SOML-PforR State Programme Manager also charged them to be hard-working and dedicated as public health workers in the state.
In his closing remark, the Executive Secretary of Yobe State Primary Health Care Management Board, Dr. Babagana Kundi Machina said, “it is because of the importance attached to the health of the citizens of the state that the state governor in his wisdom decided to employ the 196 health technician’s in spite of the scarce resources”. Dr. Babagana Kundi Machina congratulated the newly employed health technicians and encouraged them to be hard-working and to also be dedicated to their official duties at all times.
The orientation lecture was delivered by the Director Human Resource Management and the Director Medical Services from the State Hospitals Management Board respectively.
Suleiman Gambo Yusuf Bakoro
Saving One Million Lives Programmefor Results (SOML-PforR)
MINISTRY OF WORKS INSPECTS ONGOING ROAD PROJECTS
Yobe state commissioner Ministry of Works Engineer UmaruWakilDuddaye has inspected the ongoing construction work of Damaturu – Kalallawa dual carriage way.
The commissioner represented by the permanent secretary of the Ministry Alhaji Abdullahi Musa Shehu, expressed satisfaction with quality and level of progress of the projects
He charges the contractor handling the ongoing project to ensure timely completion of the projects for the benefit of the teeming populace.
Engineer UmaruWakiliDuddaye applauded the leadership style of the Governor Mai Mala Buni which is geared towards uplifting the living condition of the common man in the state.
Ministry of Works
YOCHMA TAKES ADVOCACY ON INFORMAL SECTOR PROGRAMME ENROLLMENT TO FUNE.
As part of ongoing efforts in enrolling informal groups into the Yobe State Contributory Health Scheme under the informal sector programme, YSCHMA management team led by the Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr. Babagana Tijjani who was ably represented by the Director ICT, Saleh Ibrahim was recently at the office of the Executive Chairman of Fune local government area, Hon. Baba Goni Bade on to inform him on the commencement of the informal sector programme in his local government area and to solicit for his support in order for him to educate and sensitize the people of his LGA to enroll into the informal sector programme.
Saleh Ibrahim informed the chairman that they were in his office to pay him an Advocacy visit in order to seek for his support and cooperation and to also notify him on the proposed plan to enroll 80 people in Fune LGA into the informal sector programme based on money donated by a Philanthropist amounting to the sum of One Million Naira as his personal donation for the enrollment of vulnerable and less privileged groups into the informal sector programme. According to the ICT Director, the Philanthropist who is an indigene of Fune local government area directed that the money donated is used to enroll the targeted groups in the local government area who do not have access to basic and quality healthcare services.
While commending the kind gesture made by the Philanthropist, Saleh Ibrahim stated
“..This is a charity work that requires the collective efforts of concerned persons for the interest of our people”. The Director ICT also informed the LGA chairman that beneficiaries selected from different communities from the two constituencies in the LGA are expected to be enrolled into the YSCHMA informal sector programme in line with the criteria set out to ensure that only people who are qualified are enrolled into the YSCHMA scheme.
In his response, the Executive Chairman of Fune local government area, Hon. Baba Goni Bade represented by the Vice Chairman of the LGA, Hon. Alhaji Musa Yusuf Bakoro, commended YSCHMA management team for their good efforts in implementing the health policy agenda of Governor Mai Mala Buni’s administration. The vice chairman said,
“..We are now seeing the benefits of being enrolled into the YSCHMA contributory health schemes because people are now accessing affordable and quality health care services in YSCHMA accredited and engaged health facilities across the nooks and crannies of the local government area”.
He also applauds YSCHMA for their regular monitoring and supervision of all YSCHMA engaged and accredited health facilities across the state.
“We will assist you with the Advocacy by reaching out to political leaders in the LGA and encouraging them to enroll their people into the informal sector programme”, the vice chairman asserted. “It is better to enroll people into a very important healthcare programme like the informal sector programme than giving out money to people unnecessarily”, we would educate and sensitize our leaders and other people of our various communities within the LGA on the importance of the scheme”.
Musa Yusuf stated that the Advocacy visit is timely and thanked the YSCHMA management team for the Advocacy visit and also assured them of the local government council’s continuous support and cooperation at all times.
Suleiman Gambo Yusuf Bakoro
YOBE STATE GETS 860 SEATS FOR HAJJ 2022 FROM NAHCON:
The Yobe State Pilgrims Commission has been allocated with a total of 860 seats for the year 2022 Hajj exercise by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
The Executive Chairman of the Commission Alhaji Bukar Kime disclosed this to newsmen while briefing top Management of the Commission, Local Government Fare Collectors and other Hajj Stakeholders on Saturday 23rd April 2022 at the Hajj Hall of the Pilgrims Commission Damaturu.
The Chairman of the Commission advised those who made deposit in respect of the 2022 Hajj to ensure that their Hajj deposits reach up to N2, 565,265.84 before the computations and announcement of the final 2022 Hajj fares by NAHCON.
Alhaji Kime explained that due to current realities, the cost for this year’s Hajj is projected up, stressing the need for the Intending Pilgrims to top up their deposit and await the final announcement of the 2022 Hajj fares by NAHCON.
He further said that the education and orientation exercise of the Intending Pilgrims is expected to start immediately after the EidFitr festivities are over on Monday 9th May 2022.
Suleiman Alhaji Sabo
Yobe State Pilgrims Commission
YOBE STATE CELEBRATES WORLD MALARIA DAY
The Executive Secretary Yobe State Primary Healthcare Board Dr. Babagana Kundi Machina held a press conference on the celebration of the 2022 WORLD MALARIA DAY. Every 25th of April, Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate World Malaria Day. A platform to sensitize the people on the burden
of malaria and mobilize resources to end the malaria scourge in the country.
The text of the Executive Secretary press briefing.
It is with a great sense of duty and responsibility that i welcome you to the commemoration of 2022 World Malaria Day, following the first Africa Summit on Malaria in the year 2000 when the Abuja Declaration was made the Roll Back Initiative was instituted. This year’s theme is Advance Equity, Build Resilience End Malaria and the slogan is Every Effort Counts.
At the African Summit, 44 countries committed themselves to intensive effort to combat the scourge of malaria. I am delighted to address you on this very important occasion to the achievements and progress made in the fight against Malaria, especially in the last one year in Yobe State.
As you all know Malaria is the most common preventable public health problem in Nigeria yet about 97% of Nigerians especially Children under the age of five and pregnant woman are at risk of malaria infections and its complications.
It is the commonest cause of absenteeism from school, office, farms, market, etc. resulting to lower productivity.in addition to the direct health impact; it exerts a huge social and economic burden on our communities and country. Billions of Naira is lost to malaria annually in form of treatment cost, prevention and loss of man hours.
A variety of scientifically proven preventive measures to control malaria especially in developing countries have been conducted Yobe Yobe State viz: mass distribution of Insecticidal Treated Nets (ITNs), seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention targeting children under 5 years and intermittent Preventive Therapy (IPT) for pregnant mothers.Yobe State has made huge progress in the fight against malaria since 2013 resulting in a significant reduction in malaria burden. The 2013 NDHS shows that malaria is now responsible for 2 out of 10 deaths in children less than 5 years, as against 30% in previous years.
Furthermore, the NMIS 2015 shows a remarkable fall in malaria prevalence from 42% to 27%, which is commendable stride in government’s efforts to stem malaria.
In 2019, Yobe State Government and partners distributed Two Million Two Hundred Thousands (2.2M) long lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) through mass campaigns across the 17 LGAs of the State. Similarly, this year the Yobe State Government, NMEP and Malaria partners have concluded plans for Mass ITNs replacement campaign scheduled from July – August 2022 in all the 17 LGAs.
The State along with NMEP and partners has also planned to conduct third round of seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) across 17 LGAs.
All these preventive measures are to protect our people from the scourge of malaria in communities and also to reduce morbidity and mortality among children under five years and pregnant mothers.
I wish to call on all of us to double our efforts and encourage the private sector to commit more resources to support the fight against malaria.
The huge resources required to combat malaria in the country can only be effectively mobilized with the contributions of both the Government, RBM partners, Philanthropy and the Private Sector.
Finally, I also wish to comment the rewarding partnership and support we enjoy with the press all of these years. We however call for more concerted efforts to get this life saving message out to our people. This tempo needs to be sustained.
I implore us to strive towards effective leadership and partnership this is what will give the needed leverage to free Nigeria and indeed Africa of Malaria.
I call on you all to participate actively in the 2022 World Malaria Day celebrations as we continue in our efforts towards achieving a Malaria free Nigeria.
Thank you and God bless
SHEHU SULE COLLEGE OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY BREAKS RECORD; GRADUATES MIDWIVES WITH A 100% SUCCESS
The huge investment in the health sector by the Yobe state government has made a new record with the graduation of 90 students as qualified Midwives with a 100% Success rate, from the Shehu Sule College of Nursing and Midwifery Damaturu.
This is contained in a release signed and issued by the Director-General Press and Media Affairs to Governor Buni, Alhaji Mamman Mohammed, and made available to the newsmen.
The release said this history-making record is the first since the establishment of the College, producing a large number of Midwives with a 100% success record.
It added that The College had under Governor Mai Mala Buni’s administration enjoyed increased infrastructural development and facilities to qualify for full accreditation stressing that the present administration also constructed more classrooms and hostels, road networks, instructional materials, and equipment for improved teaching and learning in the college.
According to the release says, the successful graduation of the Midwives will boost the qualified manpower required to run the Primary Healthcare Centers established by the Buni administration.
The release also said the state government has completed the construction of over 130 functional Primary Healthcare Centers proposed at the inception of this present administration for each of the 178 political wards across the state.
Similarly, to make healthcare delivery accessible and affordable to the people, the Buni led administration upgraded six comprehensive Health centers to General Hospitals and four General Hospitals to Specialists hospitals, in addition to continuing to train and retrain health workers under the Continuous Medical Education Programme, as well as, employment of many more to provide adequate manpower to health facilities in the state, the statement added.
Abubakar Iliya Griba,
SHEHU SULEH COLLEGE OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY VISITS HEAD OF SERVICE
The Management and Staff of Shehu Suleh College of Nursing and Midwifery Damaturu under the leadership of the Provost, Mrs.Hadiza Sabo has visited the acting Head of the Civil Service (HOS), Alhaji Garba Bilal in his office.
Welcoming the guests, the HOS appreciated the achievements recorded in the college under the dynamic leadership of His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni the Executive Governor of Yobe State.
The acting HOS pledged maximum support to the College and urged them to always channel their request accordingly for government consideration.He used the forum to congratulate the Provost for the renewal of her second term tenure, saying that she was found worthy for the job that is why government re-appointed her.Alhaji Garba Bilal, promised to give the College all the necessary support. Earlier in her address, the Provost Shehu Suleh College of Nursing and Midwifery, Mrs. Hadiza Sabo, felicitated and solicited for the support and cooperation of Head of Service. She disclosed that the College witnessed tremendous development courtesy of the pragmatic leadership of His Excellency the Executive Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni.
Alhassan Sule Mamudo
Office of the Head of Service
FIRS AWARDS YOBE GOVERNMENT BEST PERFORMING STATE
Yobe state government has won the best performing state revenue remittance award 2021 from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)
Receiving the award presented to him at the Government House Damaturu by the state Coordinator in charge of Borno, Yobe, and Bauchi states, Mr. Mohammed AbareMayanda, the state Governor, Hon Mai Mala Buni assured that his government would continue to live up to expectations.
The Governor charged the federal agency to work towards improving the synergy between the state government and the service.
Earlier the state Coordinator in charge of Borno, Yobe, and Bauchi states, Mr. Mohammed AbareMayanda while presenting the award of Excellence plague to the governor, explained that Yobe state under the leadership of Governor Buni has been an exceptionally performing state in Revenue Remittance.
He said Yobe state is a role model for other states to emulate in collation and Remittance of Revenue.
According to the coordinator, the states were categorized with Yobe state emerging as the best in the Zone B category.
Abubakar Iliya Griba