Bulletin

YOBE EDUCATION RECOVERY FUND RAISING: NEED FOR DARING ACTION.

Time, tide and circumstances have brought Yobe State, face to face with dire realities. For the past decade, the State has been grappling with a crisis that has numbingly frustrated effort at making progress towards lifting the State to great height. No thanks to the Boko Haram insurgency which has held the State on the throat beyond reasonable imagination. Thus, today, it is not a contestable assertion, that insurgency has immeasurably destroyed, every facet of our social- economic existence and survival as a people. Education which is the main target of destruction by the insurgents, under the misguided belief and philosophy that Western education is taboo, suffered immensely to the extent that urgent and important response needs to be made to rescue the sector from utter collapse. The sector which had started picking up within the two decades of the State’s creation, due to the collective and concerted effort by Governments in the State, has continued to face massive destruction and nearly a halt in system.

The magnitude of damage and destruction the education sector had been subjected to since then is better imagined than described. Structures like classrooms, laboratories, hostels, staff quarters etc coupled with the killing and abduction of students and staff at all levels of educational institutions, compounded the woes in the State’s education sector.

These disheartening scenarios and more thus, have inspired and instigated the need by the Governor Mai Mala Buni administration to embark on formulation and implementation of policies and programs aimed at salvaging the situation.

Hence, on assumption of office in May, 2019, Governor Mai Mala Buni, having a clearer picture of the despicable State of education in the State, declared State of emergency on the sector. This further led to the pursuance of articulated and robust measures targeted at reversing the negative narrative.

One such measure is the staging by Government of an education recovery fund raising launch. This was further accentuated by the realization of the fact that the conventional annual budgetary appropriation for education is not sufficient to address the enormity of the problem in the sector.

Indeed, Govt. bears the onus of charting the way in the formulation of policies that result in to the improvement in the lives of the populace and on the premise of such a paradigm, the staging of the education recovery fund raising is necessary.

Yobe Bulletin is in tandem with the Yobe State Government and Governor Mai Mala Buni in this epic, bold and noble move, especially when one critically aggregates the magnitude of needs in the education sector. It’s worth noting that one cannot remain aloof when the education of our children and grandchildren is endangered. Similarly, the Yobe Bulletin is in support of the measures employed by Government at making the launch a success and therefore calls on all and sundry to join in this dare crusade.

 However, while the Yobe Bulletin supports all measures taken by government in this regard, it is also imperative that the following observations and suggestions are made to augment government’s drive towards reviving the education sector in the State.

One; timely sensitization and enlightenment as well as advocacy with provision of succinct messages on the program for the purpose of eliciting positive support and maximum participation by key actors.

Two; with the believe that this program is in line with report and recommendations from the education council, besides the formal fund raising, it is hopeful that Government could also consider the possibility of introducing an education levy, so that the action towards reviving education in the State could be a sustainable one. Here, relevant arms of Government, the organized labor, community leaders, civil societies, business communities and many more are to be collectively involved in proffering effective and functional mechanisms for the implementation of the education levy.

In like manner, funds realized from the launch should be domiciled in dedicated account that will be insulated from undue pilferage. This is in addition to mitigation of all leakages in the collection processes.

If education is the course of our problem today, then education should be the better option in addressing the problem. The approach must be comprehensive and collective effort of all and sundry. Government alone cannot do it. You pay your price, I pay my price, we all have a stake.

The education sector in the State is in a dire situation and therefore requires daring actions towards restoration!

GOVERNOR BUNI PRESENTS 2022 BUDGET TO YOBE STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

Yobe State Government has budgeted over one hundred and sixty-four Billion Naira for the 2022 fiscal year.

   The budget tagged “Budget of Continuity, Empowerment and Accelerated Development” is aimed at maintaining a policy on prudent management of resource said the Executive Governor of the State Hon. Mai Mala Buni while presenting the budget to the members of the State Assembly at the hallow chamber of the Assembly Complex.

 The Governor said the 2022 budget would focus on completion of all ongoing projects, provision of basic infrastructure, general increase in agricultural production, improving commercial activities, enhancement of internally generated revenue among others for speedy post insurgency recovery and development.

 The 2022 budget has 17.3% increase over the previous budget with recurrent expenditure of N91, 425,743.00 while

N72, 628,641 is allocated to finance capital expenditure.

   To boost the economic activities in the State, Government would soon commission the Damaturu, Gashua and Nguru modern markets while fund would be release for the completion of Potiskum modern market and Trailer Park and a contract would be awarded for the construction of Geidam modern market to stimulate commerce and economic activities, the Governor added.  According to him, in 2022, Government would also resuscitate the Gujba Fertilizer blending plant, Prestige Pole Company and recapitalize Yobe Flour Mills, Sahel Aluminum Roofing, Yobe Polythene and Woven sack to make them more vibrant to boost Government income and employment opportunity in the State.    On Youth Empowerment, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni said, the present administration has created a new Ministry of Wealth Creation, Empowerment and Employment Generation which his mandated to come out with initiatives that would support small and medium scale enterprises, provide employment opportunities, promote self-reliance for economic empowerment to

teeming youths, women and People Living with Disability (PLWD) and other vulnerable groups in the State.

   Governor Buni disclosed that the 2022 budget proposes for the completion of construction work at the largest maternity complex in Nigeria at Yobe State University Teaching Hospital Damaturu, rehabilitation of General Hospital in Nangere and Fika, completion of ongoing construction of works at General Hospital Machina and Yusufari. Similarly, Government would complete the ongoing upgrading and rehabilitation of Primary Health Care centres in the 178 wards across the State and construction of the critical ones especially in the hard-to-reach communities in addition to engage additional health professionals to reduce the gaps in human resources needed in health facilities.

   On Education, he said, the new model and mega schools would be commissioned soon to give Yobeans access to age long education desire through dualization of education curriculum to encourage blending of Western with Islamic education as government is determined to take Yobe to a zero level of out of school children menace and in addition to recruitment of 2000 teachers to teach in various schools across the state

Abubakar Iliya

Information Officer

Government House

YOBE PREPARES FOR EDUCATION RECOVERY FUND RAISING

The Yobe State Government has said the devastating effect of Boko Haram insurgency in the State for over ten years has compelled the State to embark on raising huge funds for education recovery in the State.

The Commissioner Ministry of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Mohammed Lamin who is also the Chairman Publicity Sub-Committee for Yobe Education Recovery Appeal Fund told journalists in Damaturu that education remains one of the major sectors that is worse hit by the crisis hence the need for a wholistic approach to address it.

The Chairman Sub-Publicity committee in his address said Boko Haram has remained the overwhelming challenge the State has faced in the last decade.

 Also speaking, the Vice Chancellors of Yobe State University, Prof. Mala Daura and his colleague from Federal University Gashua, Prof. Maimuna Waziri both noted that there cannot be a better time of reviving the educational sector in the state than now.

The two university dons who are also members of the committee appealed to civil servants to key into the vision of Gov. Mai Mala Buni in contributing their 10% for the funds.

Engr. Kati Machina who represents the Yobe State Chambers of Commerce and Industry on the committee appealed to all businessmen and women within and outside the State to contribute generously to the funds.

Meanwhile, the Yobe State Head of Civil Service, Muhammad B. Nura has said that Government will no longer deduct 10% of the basic salary of any worker for the Education Recovery Appeal Fund billed to be deducted in November, 2021 salary.

Alhaji Muhammad B. Nura who was reacting on the proposed one-month deduction said Government has now resolved that worker is at liberty to contribute to the fund willingly.

He called on the people, especially the civil servants to understand the reason behind the appeal fund and contribute generously for better result.

Alhassan Sule Mamudo

Information Officer

Head of Service

YOBE STATE GOVERNMENT SWEARS IN GRAND KHADI

Governor Mai Mala Buni has expressed his administration’s commitment in giving maximum support to the Judiciary to effectively discharge it function’s diligently as the last hope of the common man.

The Governor reassured the people during the swearing-in ceremony of the Grand Khadi of Yobe State, Hon Babagana Madi at the WAWA Hall, Govt. House Damaturu.

He said Government is committed to upholding the rule of law and independence of the Judiciary to promote equity and Justice.

   Hon. Mai Mala Buni confirmed the Grand Khadi’s appointment based on merit, Fairless, selfless and impartial services and the experience he has in the Judiciary hoping that the new Grand Khadi would add value to the development of Judiciary and quick dispensation of Justice in the State. The State Judiciary he enjoined, to come up with effective and efficient way of quick dispensation of Justice for equity, justice and fair play with pride and uphold the fundamental right of all citizens.

   Alhaji Mai Mala Buni urged the new Grand Khadi to consider his appointment as trust from Government and good people of Yobe State, calling on him to build on the existing cordial relationship that exist between the Judiciary and the Executive arm of Government for the benefit of the people of the State

Abubakar Iliya

Information Officer

Government House

TOWARDS FULL RECOVERY, YOBE STATE COMMISSIONS INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY SCHOOL, MARKET STALLS AND NEW BORN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

Yobe State Government says it would continue to engage partners in a beneficial synergy to support post insurgency, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration process. Governor Mai Mala Buni made this known while commissioning the Buni International Primary School in Buni Gari.

   He said, the International Primary School would provide the children in the community the opportunity to attend school and obtain education adding that the project would contribute towards long time security and socio-economic status of the beneficiaries by increasing their chances to equal opportunity, employment potential and resultant economic empowerment which would provide a means of livelihood in their lives.

   The Governor commended NNPC and Shell Petroleum Development Company for joint venture and development partners for the laudable achievement and support to the education and other sector in Yobe State noting that their support would complement Government effort in realization of the objectives of State Government in post insurgency recovery drive to improve the wellbeing of the people.    He directed the Gujba Local Government Council and other relevant agencies to

immediately provide necessary security to the facility while admonishing the people of Buni Gari to make good use of the opportunity and enroll their wards in to the school, ensure their completion and help in checking cases of out of school children.

   The project comprises of 4 blocks of class rooms, with a total number of 16 classrooms, one administration building, teachers’ offices, ICT lab, VSat internet facilities, solar power electricity, water supply, recreational facilities among others.

Meanwhile, in commemoration of World Prematurity Day, Yobe State Government in partnership with March Care Initiatives has commissioned the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the Specialist Hospital in Gashua.

   While commissioning the unit, Governor Mai Mala Buni said, modern equipment worth over 250 million naira were installed in the unit to effectively address the problem associated with child health care challenges and to minimize child mortality and morbidity in the State.

   He said Government would continue to uplift health care delivery services in the State to improve the health status of the people.

 Governor Buni emphasized that the commissioning of the unit would add value to Government drive for improving health care and services to children in order to curb child mortality in Gashua and its environs.

    “This administration has introduced some measures including establishment and upgrading of Primary Health Care centers, re-equipping secondary and tertiary health facilities, establishment of Yobe State Contributory Health Care Management Agency and Yobe State Drugs Medical and Consumable Agency to ensure availability of drugs and medical consumable to check the out-of-stock syndrome”.

Buni noted that Government is currently constructing the largest maternity and child complex in Nigeria at Yobe State University Teaching Hospital Damaturu to effectively address the problem associated with child health care in the State, adding that an adult critical care unit have been established at Specialist Hospital Damaturu with proposal for others in four newly upgraded State Specialist Hospitals in the State.

   He urged the health personnel in charge of the unit to guard, protect and maintain the facility and its modern equipment for maximum benefit.

Abubakar Iliya

Information Officer

Government House

231 FRESH NURSES AND MIDWIVES GET EMPLOYEMENT INTO YOBE STATE CIVIL SERVICE

Governor Mai Mala Buni has assured to support Dr Shehu Sule College of Nursing and Midwifery Damaturu towards achieving the desired objectives of producing outstanding Nurses and Midwifery.

   He gave the assurance at the graduation ceremony of students of the college and commissioning of some projects executed in the school. The Governor said his administration has accords priority to health and education so as to produce the desired and qualified health care manpower to serve the people in the State.

   He reiterated Government’s pledge to provide at least one functional Primary Health Care Center in each of the 178 political wards across the State, disclosing his administration has constructed, rehabilitated and upgraded primary, secondary and tertiary health institutions, provided State of art facilities and equipment, drugs and other medical consumable to make health care more accessible and affordable to people.  Alhaji Mai Mala Buni disclosed that Government has constructed a 200 bed capacity girls’ hostel, 1.5 km road and 3.0 km of drainage in the college to create conducive environment and promote academic excellence.

“Government is determined to sustain the contributory health management scheme introduced by his administration to further make health care services affordable to the people, while the Drugs Management Agency is equally established to ensure the timely provision of drugs and consumable to all participatory health care in the State”.

   The Governor urged the graduate to remain good ambassadors and serve with dignity in accordance to the ethics of the profession, emphasizing that Government has already awarded employment to the 231 out of 248 graduates warning that Government would not condone laziness, negligence and or, any act of sabotage in providing efficient health services to the people in the State.

In their separate remarks, the College Provost, Hajiya Hadiza Sabo and the Registrar, Hadiza Ibrahim Chana commended the State Governor for giving quality attention to the college and executing laudable projects within the it. They pledged commitment to the present administration in moving the college and Yobe to a greater height.

Abubakar Iliya

Information Officer

Government House

GOVERNOR BUNI FLAGS OFF CHIMBUSKO-TAGALI ROAD COSTRUCTION

Governor Mai Mala Buni has officially flagged off the construction of 10km road linking Chimbusko to Tagali communities in Karasuwa and Bade Local Government Areas.

   Speaking at the ground breaking occasion, the Governor said the project is in fulfillment of Government desire to bring the dividend of democracy to the door step of the people in the State.

   This project is also in realization of Government vision to provide communities with social infrastructure to boost economic potentials of the State as well as social lives of the people, he added. The road linking two communities of Chumusko and Tagali would stimulate economic activities, facilitate easy movement of goods and services, enhance commerce and trade and create more employment opportunities for the benefitting communities and others. Another opportunity the road portrays is boosting agricultural productivity, reduce waste and enhance accessibility to market for farmers to get value for their agricultural produces and to make agriculture both attractive and economically viable.

   According to the Governor, the project is awarded to Grey Multiple Investment Company at the cost of 2.1 Billion Naira with a completion period of 12 Months.

   He calls on the Commissioner of Works to supervise the project diligently to ensure obligation, specification, standard and time frame are met.

Abubakar Iliya

Information Officer

Government House

GOVERNOR MAI MALA BUNI DECLARES OPEN 9TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT [INWARD]

The Executive Governor of Yobe State Hon. Mai Mala Buni has assured crop and livestock farmers that Government would continue to make agricultural inputs extension services timely and available to boost productivity.

Buni said this while declaring open 9th annual conference of Women in Agriculture Research for Development [NIWARD] which took place at the Government House Damaturu

Represented by His Deputy Hon. Idi Barde Gubana, the Governor said Government is vigorously pursuing agricultural revitalization through a steering committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Mairo Ahmed Amshi who is the Commissioner of Agriculture and National Resources.

He added that the committee is working tirelessly towards achieving Agricultural transformation for enhance productivity, employment generation and self-reliance.

While delivered a keynote address, the chief Host of the occasion and commissioner Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr. Mairo Ahamed Amshi said the theme of the 9th conference is food security Nutrition and sustainable Agriculture.  Dr. Amshi add that NIWARD will empower and build the capacity of women and their communities to fight hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

The Chairman of the occasion and Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Alhaji Baba Malam Wali applauded NIWARD for the initiative saying it will move agriculture forward.

Aminu Usman

Information Officer

Deputy Governor’s office

GOVERNOR BUNI RECEIVES AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FROM NANS ON HEALTH CARE PERFORMANCE IN YOBE STATE

The President Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR has presented an Award of Excellence in healthcare performance in Yobe State to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni on behalf of Nigerian Academy of Neurological Surgeons (NANS) at Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua International Conference Centre in Abuja.

President Buhari who was ably represented by the Minister for Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire congratulated the Governor for the achievement.

  Represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammad Lawan  Gana, accompanied by the Chief Medical Director, Yobe State University (YSUTH), Dr. Baba Waru Goni, the Executive Secretary, Yobe State Hospitals Management Board (HMB), Dr. Musa Mohammed Baba, the State Programme Manager, Saving One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOML-PforR), Dr. Babagana Abba, the Governor expressed delight that the gesture is a morale booster which will no doubt encourage him to put more effort for the benefit of the good people of the State.     

The Award was later presented to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of the State, Honourable Mai Mala Buni at his Abuja official residence by the Commissioner for Health and his team.

Suleiman Gambo Yusuf Bakoro

Information Officer

Health Sector

STATE DEPUTY GOVERNOR HON. IDI BARDE GUBANA BACKS AWARD OF PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP OF GREAT FELLOW, BOARD OF COUNCIL, CHARTED INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND MANAGEMENT

The State Deputy Governor, Hon. Idi Barde Gubana has received an award of professional Membership of great Fellow of the Board of Council, Chartered Institute of Public Diplomacy and Management.  The Executive Secretary Science and Technical Schools Board Dr. Dauda Attiyaye who stood in for the Deputy Governor during the presentation in Abuja, handed over the award to him at his office at the Government House Damaturu.

According to the management of the Institution, the award is in recognition of his outstanding performance, dedication and loyalty towards good governance in the State.

While responding, the Deputy Governor Hon. Idi Barde Gubana expressed gratitude and appreciation to the management of the Institution for the gesture, adding it will ginger him to do more.

The Deputy Governor said that, “I dedicated this award to my Boss His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni who always gives me all the necessary support and encouragement to exhibit my talents”.

Aminu Usman

Information Officer

Deputy Governor’s Office

YOBE STATE GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES NEW ELECTRONIC PROCUREMENT SYSTEM

The State Executive Governor, Hon Mai Mala Buni has explained that the introduction of new electronic procurement system is more effective in executing contracts.

He said this while declaring opened a one-day sensitization workshop organized by Yobe State Bureau on Public Procurement, for vendors and local contractors as well as Government official on procurement system.

Governor Mai Mala Buni was represented by His Deputy Hon. Idi Barde Gubana, who noted that the new software plat form will ensure that its operation move closer to the digital future.

He told the gathering that, measures are being taken with a view to ensuring good value for money so that many people oriented developmental projects could be undertaken at a value cost.

“The essence of the Public Procurement is to achieved value for money”

Speaking at the occasion, the Director General Bureau on Public Procurement Alhaji Ismaila Mai Adamu said, the Bureau has embarked on the projects to enhance its current technology landscape by upgrading its existing procurement function, armed at increasing transparency and value for money.

He enumerated some problems associated with the manual registration that requires physical presence amongst others.

The DG added that, one of the most transparent ways is E-procurement system.  He commended the patience and commitment of His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni, for given them all the necessary support towards the overall success of the organization, assuring that Yobe will favorably compete with other State in terms of E-procurement system.

In his remarks, the Vice chairman council on Procurement, who is also the Attoney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Saleh Samanja urged the local contractors and other participants to employ a legal practitioner that will be guiding and protecting their right interest at all the times. 

Aminu usman

Information Officer

Office of the Deputy Governor

YOBE PREPARES FOR DIGITAL SWITCH OVER,

VISITS YTV AHEAD OF DSO

As Yobe State Government is prepare for the digitization of its media, a delegation of the Digi team led by the Commissioner Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Hon Mohammed Alamin attended the launch of digital switch over (DSO) for Kano State.

The trip is aimed at equipping the team with firsthand information on the process towards a successful DSO in Yobe State.

The switch over is of great benefit to the State and beyond

When launched in the State, the DSO will enable YTV and other communication entities have triple play

People in both urban and rural areas will have enhanced access to over 60 free channels.

Government will make revenue from the sales of the spectrum and that suggest more development.

The rural areas will have access to internet while more youths will be employed as installers.

The Commissioner is accompanied by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information, The General Managers of YBC and YTV, the State Director Information Services and Directors Engineering Department of YTV and YBC.

The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Hon Mohammed Lami and the State Digit team have taken a supervisory visit to the state Television [YTV].

The visit is aimed at ascertaining the level of renovation work going on at the station and the ability of the State to meet up with the digitization process due for December 2021.

The Commissioner noted the show phase of work vise a vise the need to meet for the mandatory date for the switch over, directing the contractor to ensure that the project is completed in order to allow the State join the digital train.

Efforts will be intensified towards making funds available to hasten the work, he says, adding that Government will not compromise standard. Completing the project will go a long way in ensuring that the State media continues to carry out its duties of Educating, entertaining and informing the populace of Government programs and policies.

To this end, all hands must be on deck to ensure success of the Digital Switch Over in Yobe.

Headquarter

YOBE SIGNS 2.5 BILLION NAIRA CONTRACT FOR NASARI/JAKUSKO GRAZING RESERVE

 Yobe State and the Federal Government are co-sponsoring a 2.5Billon Naira Contracts in Nasari/Jakusko Grazing reserve in Jakusko Local government area of Yobe State

Signing the contract at the conference Hall of Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Damaturu, Hon. Commissioner Dr. Mairo Ahmed Amshi said, the contract is in three phases. The first phase is cited in the northern part of Yobe, while second & third phases will come subsequently and expected for Yobe East and South.

She explained the project is for Livestock Development Center to curtail the menace of clashes between the herdsmen and farmers in the State.

Dr. Mario says facilities to be provided in the grazing reserves are 50 units of two bedroom to herdsmen settlement, 12 units of Boreholes with solar panel, 5 units of Earth dams both for Human & Animal water consumption.

Also in the projects is one Veterinary clinic, one Human clinic, Milk parlor, Ware House Milk Centers, accessible Road streets electrification & Primary School among others. The location for the project covers about 10 square kilometers of Land at the grazing reserves says the Commissioner.

She urged the contractors to be prudent & give quality performance to earn them opportunity in subsequent contracts.

Dr. Mairo Amshi appreciated the efforts of Ministry of Justice and Bureau of Public Procurement for their service rendered during the Bidding process.

Earlier in his remark, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Musa Abba Kollere thanked the Federal and Yobe State Government for choosing the State to implement what he described as gigantic project like these, which would boast the socio- Economic of the State and the Country.

The Contracts is to be executed within three months.

Aisha Tijjani

Information officer

Miistry of Agric

YOBE STATE GOVERNMENT CHARGES AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AFDB) ON PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY.

The Executive Governor of Yobe State Hon. Mai Mala Buni has hailed the services of African Development Bank, pointing out that it is making positive impact on the livelihood of the communities especially in the areas of water supply and sanitation among others in the State.

The Governor disclosed this when he received the African Development Bank Country representative, Tom Magoya, former task Manager with African Development Bank, now consultant on the closure of Yobe / Osun State projects and the representatives of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources led by Muhammad Musa Waila, who paid him courtesy visit at the Governor’s Office Damaturu.

The Governor, represented by the Head of Service, Muhammad B. Nura, commended the efforts of African Development Bank in the provision of Water and Sanitation facilities in the 17 Local Government Areas of the State.

He appealed to the Bank to provide avenue for the sustainability of the Water facilities.

The Governor further enjoined all the benefiting Communities to protect the Water facilities for continuous benefits.

Earlier, the Country representative, Mr. Tom Magoya said they were at the State to inspect and supervise projects they executed and all their programs in Yobe State as they plan to wind up by the end of the year, 2021.

Alhassan Sule Mamudo

Information Officer

Head of Service

SPECIAL ASSISTANTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA FORUM TO IMPROVE ON REPORTAGE STYLE

The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Hon. Mohammed Lamin has charged the Special Assistants on social media to H.E Gov. Mai Mala Buni to positively utilise the opportunity given them by this administration.

The Commissioner was speaking during a visit by the forum to his office at the State Secretariat Damaturu.

The importance of social media in this modern world cannot be over emphasized but handled with caution to give meaningful and progressive impact, he continued. This administration has and will continue to carry out projects and programs geared towards bettering the lots of its citizenry, thus the best of all information coverage and dissemination that will amplify these gestures should be the concern of the forum

Though not much can be done towards censoring the social media activities, there is the need for such groups to work in synergy with the Ministry for realistic and optimum publication of information about Government and its activities, says Hon. Mohammed Lamin.

He directed the forum to liaise with the Director of Information for any information on Government policies and programs before releasing such to the public adding that so doing will improve their current status. The Ministry he assures will do its best to help them improve the work.

Earlier, the leader of the forum who also led the delegation to the Commissioner’s officer, Ibrahim Abba said congratulating the new Commissioner and the need to have synergy and an improved working relationship informed their decision to visit the Ministry.  He prayed for assistance and support to the forum to enable them work better.

YSCHMA TEAM EMBARK ON CONTINUOUS STATEWIDE QUALITY ASSURANCE SUPPORTIVE SUPERVISION AND BHCPF DATA VALIDATION EXERCISE

The Executive Secretary of Yobe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency, Dr. Babagana Tijjani alongside with Management Staff has embarked on the agency’s planned Quality Assurance Supportive Supervision and Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) data validation in all the accredited and YSCHMA engaged health facilities within the State.

The Visit took him and his entourage to General Hospital Damagum, PHCC Damagum, PHCC Daura, and PHCC Aigada in Fune Local Government Area of the State. In all the YSCHMA Healthcare Providers visited, the Executive Secretary met with Management and Staff of the health facility and informed them on the objective of the visit.

Dr. Babagana Tijjani said

“we are here as part of YSCHMA continuous supportive supervision and accountability monitoring in order to ascertain the level of health care services that is being provided to YSCHMA enrollees, verify the BHCPF reported data and engage the staff and management of the health facilities with the aim to strengthen the implementation of contributory health scheme to ensure quality services are provided under YSCHMA schemes”.

He emphasized that “one of the main objectives of this agency is to provide affordable and quality healthcare services to YSCHMA enrollees and to other beneficiaries of YSCHMA contributory health scheme as well as to replace the out of pocket expenditure”.

Dr. Babagana Tijjani used the opportunity to direct all the YSCHMA engaged health facilities management to issue all the identity cards of beneficiaries of basic health care provision fund (BHCPF) and that of Equity program to the original owners of the ID cards. This according to him is to enable the vulnerable groups and other targeted population enrolled under the programs who cannot afford to pay for their healthcare services to access free basic healthcare services in the health facilities at all times without having any issues or difficulties

The Executive Secretary also advised the health facility management team to always educate and enlighten enrollees and beneficiaries of other YSCHMA programs so as to enable them understand the benefit of the package especially now that the enrollee handbook and review benefit package document have been distributed to all accredited and YSCHMA engaged health facilities across the state.

The team is conducting the exercise across the 17 Local Government Areas of the State.

This is in line with the health policy of Governor Mai Mala Buni-led administration in ensuring that people of the State have access to affordable, quality and effective health care services at all times.

Suleiman Gambo Yusuf Bakoro

Information Officer,

 (YSCHMA).

2021 YOBE NUJ-SWAN Media Games for peace ends, a success.

The 2021 Media Games tagged ‘media games for peace’ organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists and Sports Writers Association of Nigeria has successfully ended.

The aim of the games is to promote mental and physical health of Journalists and ensure sound mind, and optimal productivity among practicing journalists.

The event commenced with a Road Walk and a Durbar from the City center to NUJ Press Centre along Gashua Road Damaturu

Respective Chapels of the NUJ Yobe Council participated in various sporting activities ranging from Football, Table Tennis, Scrabble, Tag of war and Badminton.

At the end of the competition, prizes were presented to the winning Chapels for their outstanding performance in the games.

Alhassan Sule Mamudo

Information Officer

Head of Service

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