YOBE MICROFINANCE BANK LAUNCHES NEW PRODUCT, BACKS CBN BEST PERFORMER AWARDS 2021
Governor Mai Mala Buni has launched the Social Group Insurance Financing Product of Micro Finance Bank Limited while receiving CBN award for best performing Agricultural loan Bank 2021 Speaking at the launching ceremony which took place at the Banquet Hall of the Government House Damaturu, the Governor said, agriculture remains the mainstream of the major occupation in providing food, employment, and income for the people of the state.
Alhaji Mai Mala Buni added that
‘’..this present administration’s focus on the agricultural sector is to concentrate on exploring avenues that would promote the much-needed food security, employment income, and self-reliance of our teeming populace.
In our attempt to accelerate the socio-economic growth and development of our people, we accorded the agricultural sector a top priority in the implementation of our policies and programs.With this respect, we consider a steering committee on the revitalization of agriculture under the chairmanship of the re-known agriculturist, Dr. MairoAmshi the commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The committee has continued to work tirelessly in the execution of its mandate, as part of its achievements, the committee collaborated with the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation leading to the production of a document title ‘Yobe State Strategic Plan for Revitalizing Agriculture from 2021 to 2025″
According to the Governor, the committee is also collaborating with relevant Federal organizations and donor agencies to fulfill the necessary criteria for the state participation in various Federal, Africa Union (AU), and World Bank-supported programs for speedy agricultural development.
Governor Buni disclose that construction work in Jakusko-Nazare livestock development in Jakusko local government area has reached an advanced stage of completion, while work is to commence in Gurjaje and Badegana in Fika and Bursari local government area respectively.
The Governor expressed appreciation to the Central Bank of Nigeria for collaborating with the Yobe Micro Finance Bank in providing loan facilities to smallholder farmers adding that the scheme has undoubtedly impacted positively on the lives of many households in the state as the government is making a concerted effort to turn the fortune of the people around in the current multi-faceted drive of post insurgency recovery. He then commended the effort of Yobe Micro Finance Bank for mobilizing and making loans accessible to farmers and ensuring the condition of the loan repayment was strictly adhered to by the beneficiaries.
Earlier speaking, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Yobe Microfinance Bank Limited, Dr. SherrifAlmuhajir said that the program is aimed at assisting the people of the state from hardships. Dr. Almuhajir urges the participants to engage in farming activities to reduce unemployment in the state.
In his goodwill message, Alhaji Mohammed Abacha said that agriculture has helped the Yobe people, especially during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.
Highlights of the occasion were the presentation of awards to various business groups across the state and three best female farmers.
YOBE STATE GOVT TO CONSTRUCT BIO-MEDICAL RESEARCH AND TRAINING CENTER (BioRTC)
Governor Mai Mala Buni has reiterated his administration’s commitment to provide modern facilities that would improve health care delivery services through research for a healthier and more productive citizenry in the state.
He made this known when the BioMedical Research and Training Center (BioRTC) team led by the Vice Chancellor, Yobe State University, Professor Mala Mohammed Daura, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government, House Damaturu.
The Governor said the center would further promote the positive image of the state in the field of academic research in the country, saying that it is the motive behind the construction of a Mega laboratory to support by government to support the center.
He said “the present administration is committed to the development of education and knowledge acquisition in all ramifications for socio-economic rejuvenation and speedy development of the state.
The governor stressed! “the government is determined to consolidate on the achievements gained so far to put Yobe State on a solid platform for sustainable development as this occasion has further underscored our resolve in that respect”.
Governor Buni noted that the contract for the construction of the mega laboratory has been awarded by government to enhance biomedical research in Yobe State and to make the center be reckoned with in the country.
Governor Buni further disclosed that government is close to completing the maternal newborn and child healthcare complex at the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital Damaturu the biggest in the country to boost maternal and newborn healthcare services.as well as healthcare research activities.
He also said government has fully upgraded Four General Hospitals to Specialists Hospitals in Buni Yadi, Gashua, Potiskum, and Geidam, while seven Primary Health Care Centers have also been fully upgraded to General Hospitals, among several other initiatives in the health sector.
Hon Mala Buni appreciated the effort of Dr. Mahmoud Bukar Maina, the founder of the center who facilitated the donation and procurement of medical research equipment worth millions of naira and the International and local guest’s volunteers who organized and have agreed to teach in during summer in Yobe State and Nigeria.
Earlier in his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Yobe State University, Professor Mala Mohammed Daura, said Biomedical Science Research and Training Center (BioRTC) has organized International Summer School Workshop for both academic and non-academic staff, students, and medical personnel across the nation in the state.
Professor Daura commended governor Buni for his untiring effort in assisting the university, stressing that he has never denied the university’s request and emphasizing that the institution would continue to do its best under his watch.
The Vice-Chancellor also revealed that the laboratory equipment donated and procured for the University by Dr. Mahmoud Bukar Maina is unique in the West African region and urged him to maintain the tempo.
In his speech, Dr. Mahmoud Bukar Maina, founder of the center appreciated the effort of governor Buni in hosting the event, saying that this could not have been achieved without the support and guidance of the governor, who awarded contract for the construction of the center.
Dr. Bukar appealed to the state government to allocate a special budget of 10 million naira annually for maintenance of the equipment as the center that has the best equipment in the country and West Africa sub region,
He also requested government sponsor two personnel abroad for a refresher course on how to maintain the equipment for the sustainability of the center.
In her goodwill message, Dr. Karen Marshal of the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, commended the government and good people of Yobe State, for a warm reception accorded to the team, saying; “the hospitality we received is very overwhelming and we have an unforgettable experience in the state”.
Abubakar Iliya Girba.
GOVERNOR BUNI SEEKS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITIES SWEPT AWAY BY FLOODS.
Yobe state Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni has called on the the federal government through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to support communities devastated by flood in Gulani, Gujba, and some other local government areas of the state.
The Governor said the need for collaborative efforts with the federal government and NEMA became imperative given the huge devastation suffered by the communities
A statement issued by the Director General, Media and Press Affairs to the Governor, Alhaji Mamman Mohammed indicates that the flood came following hours of heavy downpour which swept off many downstream communities, and farmlands and livestock were lost to the floods.
The governor has directed the State Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to provide emergency relief materials to the affected communities.
Meanwhile, SEMA visited the affected communities for a detailed assessment of the damage and the scope of support required, as well as to provide emergency relief materials to the victims.
Similarly, about half a kilometer of the road linking Gulani and Gujba local government areas has been washed away, cutting off Gulani local Government areas from other parts of the state.
Governor Buni expressed deep sympathy to the victims who lost their houses, farms, and livestock, assuring them of government assistance
Abubakar Iliya Griba,
GOV. BUNI DONATES 300 SAUDI RIYALS TO ALL 860 2022 YOBE PILGRIMS
The Executive Governor of Yobe State Hon. Mai Mala Buni has donated the sum of 300 Saudi Riyals to each of the State Pilgrim who performed the 2022 Hajj exercise to cushion the high cost of Rams this year.
The Executive Chairman of the State Pilgrims Commission Alh Bukar Kime disclosed this to newsmen at Arafat.
Alh Kime, therefore called on the State Pilgrims to reciprocate the gesture by offering special prayers on the special day of Arafat for the State and the Country at large.
It could be recalled that Gov. Buni also did such gestures in the previous Hajj exercise.
Suleiman Alh Sabo
Yobe State Pilgrims Commission
GOVERNOR BUNI CONGRATULATES MUSLIM FAITHFUL ON EID AL ADHA CELEBRATION
Yobe state governor, Hon Mai Mala Buni has congratulated the Muslim Ummah in the state on the occasion of the Eid-El-Kabir Sallah festival.
Buni urged the faithful to observe the virtues of peace, love, accommodation, and tolerance as preached by the religion of Islam.
He said the Eid-El-Kabir, is a period of sacrifice, forgiveness, submission, and benevolence saying;
……”We should imbibe these teachings to accommodate one another and promote peace for growth and development of the state and country”
Governor Buni further urged the faithful to continue to pray for the peace and prosperity of the state and country.
“…… as we approach the 2023 general elections, we should also pray for peaceful electioneering. Activities“
He equally admonished the people of the state to engage in farming as the rainy season commences for food sufficiency, and security as well as economic growth.
Governor Buni also congratulated Pilgrims from the state for the successful Hajj exercise, saying;
“I rejoice with our Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia for the opportunity to perform the Hajj exercise this year, you should pray for peace to reign in the state and country.
“I wish everyone a rewarding, peaceful, and memorable Sallah festival,”
He then assured that his administration would continue to execute people-oriented projects intended to improve the lives of the citizenry.
CHINESE INVESTORS TO CULTIVATE 10,000 HECTARES OF RICE IN YOBE STATE
Governor Mai Mala Buni has expressed the readiness of his administration to partner with the Chinese investors for agricultural development in the state.
He made this known when a group of Chinese investors paid a courtesy call on him recently.
The Governor said agriculture is the major pre-occupation of the people of the state and would continue to enjoy priority attention.
……”We are ready to partner with you and we should immediately take advantage of the cropping season,” he said.
He urged the people of the state to take advantage of this investment to improve agricultural production in the state.
Earlier speaking, the leader of the team, Mr. Yung Wang said they would cultivate 10,000 hectares of rice plantation in a trial agricultural project in the state.
Mr. Wang said the group is interested in investing in agriculture to boost food sufficiency, and food security and contribute to the economic growth of the state and its people.
He explained that the group is planting a high-yielding improved variety of rice in the state.
“The variety would produce five times the quantity of local rice produced on the same piece of land.
“We are transferring modern agricultural technology currently used in agricultural production in China,” he said.
Abubakar Iliya Griba,
GOVERNOR BUNI RECEIVES NEW NSCDC STATE COMMANDANT.
Governor Mai Mala Buni has received the new state Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) Alhaji Sa’idu Yakubu Aliyu.
The Governor urged the new commandant to contribute positively to the security and peace building process in the state.
He further commended security organizations in the state for their commitment and resilience toward ensuring sustainable peace in Yobe state calling for improved synergy among security organizations to build on the peace and security so far achieved in the state.
Alhaji Sa’idu Yakubu Aliyu pledged to support the state government in its efforts towards building lasting peace and security in the state.
He assured the governor and other security agencies of positive partnership to improve security in Yobe state.
Abubakar Iliya Griba,
YBSG COMMENDS BESDA FOR REDUCING PREVALENCE OF OUT OF SCHOOL CHILDREN IN THE STATE.
Governor Mai Mala Buni has commended the achievements recorded by the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) which is about to round up its programme in the state.
Hon. Mala Buni made the commendation when he received in audience the National Adviser on Implementation of BESDA, who was on a courtesy visit at the Government House Damaturu.
The Governor represented by his deputy, Hon. Idi Barde Gubana, commended the effort of BESDA in bringing in positive changes in the education sector across the state, applauding the successes recorded by the programme in view of the enormity of the challenges in the education sector.
Governor Mai Mala Buni said;
“…government has been demonstrating commitment towards basic education revitalization as can be seen from the efforts such as the conduct of education recovery programmes such as; education summit in 2019, education appeal fund, etc. all intended to uplift the standard of education in the state.”
He further appealed to the World Bank to extend the program by another three years so as to consolidate on the gains recorded by the program so far
He said the approval for this justifiable request would go a long way in the post insurgency recovery in the state by further putting the state on a solid ground for accelerated development, hoping the World Bank to accede to this request.
Earlier in a remark, the National Adviser on the Implementation of BESDA, Dr. Danjuma Adamu Dabo, disclosed that, his team was at government house to pay a courtesy call to the governor and reiterate the commitment of BESDA towards increasing equitable access for out of school children, improve literacy and strengthen accountability for results at the basic education level.
Dr. Dabo, said they would visit the facility and identify problems militating against the success of the programme.
He enjoined the state government to follow up the process with keen interest in order to ensure that the state benefit immensely from the World Bank projects.
Deputy Governor’s Office
YOBE SPENDS OVER 7 BILLION NAIRA ON DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS.
Yobe state government has expended the sum of N7,771,564,656.32 on various developmental projects for the improving the living standard of the people across the state.
This was disclosed by the state commissioner of Information and Alhaji Muhammad Lamin, while briefing the press on the outcome of the State executive council meeting chaired by governor, Mai Mala Buni, at the government house, Damaturu.
The information commissioner said the state EXCO approved the Establishment of the Yobe State Education Trust Fund (YETFUND) and the modalities of its operations.
Alhaji Lamin said the council has approved the construction of steel pedestrian crossing bridges at Nguru and Gashua modern markets at the total cost of N127,519,220.00 and N127,519,220.00 respectively.
According to the commissioner, the executive council also approved the construction of a 4.6km Asphalt overlay at the new Bra-Bra Estate and NEP layout Damaturu at the cost of N461,001,044.00.
The sum of N4,527,657,292.00 was similarly approved by the council for the procurement of medical equipment, medical curtains, Hospital furniture, water supply, and installation of medical oxygen/piping at the Maternal and Child Health Complex at Yobe State University Teaching Hospital, Damaturu, he said.
The commissioner added that the council deliberated and approved variation for additional structure, construction of the walkway, and electrification at the Maternal and Child Health Complex at Yobe State University Teaching Hospital, Damaturu at the sum of N200,243,549.48.
Also approved was the procurement and installation Of double arm solar street lights, all in one 1589 units as well as the procurement and installation of 111 units of single arm solar street lights all within Damaturu metropolis, at the total cost of N2,087,624,330.84
The EXCO also approved the sum of N240,000,000.00 for the provision of 2,500 students double decker beds and 5,000 mattresses.., the commissioner added.
Abubakar Iliya Girba.
FG DONATES 360 METRIC TONS OF ASSOCIATED FOOD COMMODITIES TO THE VULNERABLES IN YOBE STATE
Yobe state Government has on 1st July 2022, received 360 metric tons of Assorted Food Commodities from the federal government for distribution to the vulnerable population in the state.
The food commodities were handed over to the state by the Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the presentation ceremony.
While presenting the commodities, president Buhari enjoined that the items be distributed to the victims affected by the disasters.
While receiving the Items, Gov. Mai Mala Buni, who was represented by the Deputy Gov., Idi Barde Gubana, expressed appreciation over the gesture, disclosing that the commodities were sourced from the National Strategic Reserve Stock.
Governor Buni assured the Federal government that the commodities received would be justly and judiciously distributed to the targeted members of the affected communities.
Deputy Governor’s Office
YOBE TO ESTABLISH LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES
Governor Mai Mala Buni says, Yobe state government would establish Local Government Emergency Management Committees (LGEMC) at the local government level for early response to the disaster.
The Governor stated this when he paid a working visit to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Headquarters saying, the LGEMCs are to provide first support to victims of the disaster at the grassroots before support from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
He noted that the local government Committees would be adequately equipped to function efficiently,
…..”These Committees would serve as first aid to victims of disaster across the state,” he said.
Responding, the Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mustapha Habib commended the Yobe state government for the initiative.
He said the initiative will provide fast and efficient support to disaster victims.
“Yobe state has been a leading role model in disaster management providing efficient support to victims” the DG stated.
The Governor was decorated by the Director General, National Emergency Management Agency as the NEMA Ambassador on Disaster Management.
Governor Buni was accompanied to NEMA office by the commissioner for finance Alh. Mustapha Musa, the Chief of Staff to the Governor Alh. Abdullahi Yusuf and Chairman Potiskum Local Government Council Alh. Salisu Mukhtar.
Abubakar Iliya Griba,
YOBE STATE GOVERNOR VISITS FLOOD AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
The Executive Governor of Yobe state Hon. Mai Mala Buni has called for the immediate intervention by the Federal Government to the devastating flood in some communities of Gujba and Gulani Local Government Areas of Yobe state.
The Governor made the call when he visited the affected communities ravaged by flood in Gujba and Gulani Local Government Areas which includes Buni Gari, likdir, Kukuwa, Bularafa, Gumsa and Dokshi villages, where the Governor said the damage caused by the flood during this raining season is so unprecedented.
The Governor who was represented by His Excellency, the Deputy Governor Hon. Idi Barde Gubana who noted that, the state has never experienced such kind of devastating flood before.
Buni commiserated with the victims who lost their Love’s one, Houses and farmlands to flood.
He assured the affected communities of Government support to ease their sufferings assuring that the attention of the relevant agencies is drawn to the road washed away by the flood.
….”We are concerned and we have already directed SEMA to adequately compensate the victims so as to cushion the effects of the damage caused by the flood”
Conducting the Governor round, the Executive Secretary State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA) Dr. Mohammad Goje explained that the incident accrued after a torrential rainfall on Saturday which damaged over 780 farmlands and 620 Houses in Gujba and Gulani Local government areas.
According to him, at the moment the bridge linking Dokshi, Bursari, Bara, Gulani, Tettaba, Njibulwa and Ngurum villages were completely cut- off as a result of heavy rain downpour.
The executive chairmen of Gujba and Gulani Local government areas as well as village heads of the affected Communities, expressed gratitude to Governor for the timely visit to see things for himself. The leaders also appealed to Government to come to their aid frontlet.
Special prayers were offered at Bularafa Jumma’a Mosque led by the special adviser on religious affairs Ustas Babagana kyari for Allah to reward the victims with the best and for further assurance of the flood.
The Deputy Governor was accompanied by the Speaker Yobe state House of assembly, secretary to the state government, Head of service, Hon. Members representing Gujba and Gulani constituency.
Others include:- Hon. Commissioners of Home affairs information and culture, Humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Housing and Urban development, higher Education, state attorney general and Commissioner for justice Transport and energy, head of security agencies were also on the entourage.
Also on the visit to the affected areas were special advisers on political and legislative matters, Religious affairs, permanent secretary water resources and General Managers of REB and Sanitation respectively.
Deputy Governor’s Office
EID: DEPUTY GOVERNOR URGES YOBEANS TO PRAY FOR PEACE, BUMPER HARVEST.
The Deputy Governor, Hon. Idi Barde Gubana, attended the two raka’at Congregational Eid EL-Kabir prayer performed at the Yobe mosque and Islamic center, Damaturu, to mark the 2022 Eid Al Adha celebrations.
Shortly after the Prayer, Gubana in an interview with journalists thanked Almighty Allah for making it possible for the people of state to witness this auspicious religious obligation in peace.
He commended Governor Mai Mala Buni, for the prompt payment of July salaries on time to enable civil servants in the state, celebrate the eid el kabir with ease and joy with their family members.
The two rakat prayer was led by the chief Imam Yobe mosque and Islamic center, Ustaz Hudu Mohammed Yusuf, who in his sermon, admonished the Muslim faithful to use the good teachings of the Eid El- Kabir to promote love and brotherhood as well as live in peace and harmony with one another.
The Islamic Cleric stressed that the Eid celebration has provided an opportunity for Muslim to come together and help the less privilege among them as commanded by Allah, further emphasising that the Eid celebration is all about sacrifice and total obedience to the will of Allah.
Ustaz Hudu Muhammad Yuduf slaughtered his ram signifying that the Muslim faithful can now go ahead to slaughter their sacrificial animals, prayers were also offered for peace to reign in the state as well as bumper harvest for this year’s cropping season.
A special Walima was organized by state government at the Wawa hall, Government House Damaturu to celebrate the day.
In his brief remarks at the walima, the special advisor to the governor on political affairs, Hon Aji Yerima Bularafa commended Governor Buni for organizing such reception and prayed for successful festivities and holiday.
Deputy Governor’s Office
BUNI, GUBANA FOUNDATION EMPOWERS YOUTH WITH (15) MOTORCYCLES IN FUNE. LG
As part of its activities to empower youths and make them self-reliant, the Buni and Gubana empowerment Foundation has distributed 15 motorcycles to youths in Fune Local government area.
Presenting the allocation letter to one of the beneficiaries, Governor Mai Mala Buni, represented by the Commissioner Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Dr. Abubakar Garba Iliya, who is also the Chairman Board of Trustees of the foundation, noted that the empowerment foundation was initially founded to complement the present administration in its drive at uplifting the well-being of the people in the state
The motorcycles were given out to each of the beneficiaries free of charge, and it is not a loan and it is designed to empower youths and women in the state.
Governor Buni said, his administration has been making strides towards ensuring that youths become valuable assets to the society
In his remarks, the commissioner, Ministry of Wealth Creation, Empowerment and Employment Generation, Hon. Abdullahi Bego, appealed to prospective voters in the state to register and obtain their PVCs to complement their eagerness of participating in the fourth coming general elections.
Bego said the gesture is part of the dividends of democracy, further urging electorates to ensure they get their PVCs to continue reaping the dividends of democracy.
A member representing Jajere constituency of Fune Local Govt Area, at the State House of Assembly, Hon Chiroma Buba Mashio appealed to the beneficiaries to put them into use and avoid selling them for their own dignity and self-reliance.
Also contributing, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Bazuwa, member representing Potiskum central, explained that the gesture would .go a long way in alleviating poverty among the youth. Urging the beneficiaries to utilize the motorcycles for benefit of their motorcycles so they would benefit their immediate families.
Earlier in his welcome address, the executive chairman Fune gocal government area, Alh Baba Goni Bade, commended Governor Mai Mala Buni for his examplery leadership that encourage Quality service delivery and generosity to the people.
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY VISITS PROJECT SITES
A delegation of the Yobe state House of Assembly committee on energy, under the chairmanship of Hon Engr. Saminu Musa Lawan has visited the project sites of the newly acquired and installed electrical equipment and facilities in Damaturu metropolitan, to assess the level and quality of the work at the sites.
Projects visited include; the 500kva substation at Don Etibet Housing Estate extension, 500kva substation at Buhari Housing estate, 500kva substation at Hashmeri ward, as well the 500kva transformer that would serve Abbari YBC area.
The house committee expressed satisfaction over the level and quality of work, describing it as a fulfilment of campaign promises of Governor Mai Mala Buni to the people of the state.
The delegation was led to the sites by the General Manager Yobe State Rural Electrification Board, Engr Umara Mustapha Goniri,
Meanwhile following directives by the state Governor, Hon Mai Mala Buni for the quick restoration of power supply to Geidam, Gashua, Jakusko, Yusufari, Yunusari, Jajimaji and other communities affected by lack of power supply due to recent destruction of 33KV line by heavy windstorm, the General Manager Engr Umara Mustapha Goniri and his team are at the sites to ensure speedy reactivation.
Auwal Mohammed Ago
Rural Electrification Board (R.E.B)
AUDA – NEPAD SETS TO TRAIN 17000 FARMERS IN YOBE.
The Yobe State Coordination office of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development and African Union Development Agency AUDA – NEPAD, has begun a training programme preparatory to the commencement of train the trainers programme in the state.
Speaking at the opening session of the workshop, the Commissioner of Agriculture and National Resources, who doubled as the Chairman Technical Committee of AUDA – NEPAD, Dr. Mairo Ahmad Amshi, said Yobe State Government has fulfilled all the conditions required for the implementation, noting that governor Mai Mala Buni has shown commitment and support for the team to meet the criteria set for participating states to qualify in the programme.
Dr. Mairo disclosed that already a work plan has been developed, budget and timelines conceived, as well as farmers’ associations enrolled and sensitized, stressing that the All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN members were invited to participate in the workshop as key partners through which farmers in the state would be reached.
She lauded the commitment and resourcefulness of the state team for their diligence as well as the farmers’ groups for the success recorded calling for youth and women’s inclusion in the programme.
Addressing participants earlier, the State Coordinator AUDA – NEPAD, Alh. Matawalle Kachallah Barko, welcomed them to the programme and praised their patience and perseverance during the long period of waiting saying, the period has been a window of reviewing the state document and addressing gaps.
Also speaking, the State Programme Focal Person, Dr. Yusuf Iliyasu Maina revealed that 17000 farmers would be trained for the 10 years under the programme across the 17 local government areas of the state, adding that the first phase of the training would start with the training of 105 selected farmers who would be trainers and are expected to step down the training to farmers in their respective localities.
..”We have identified crops that perform well in the state for which we have a comparative advantage in the country.”
Dr Yusuf listed the crops identified as maize, wheat, sorghum, rice, sesames and livestock production, which form part of the intervention.
He stressed that special focus is given to agro pastoral production, where 100 hectares of land is dedicated at Nasari in Jakusko Local Government Area; the second largest in the northeast region, stressing that this is strategically aimed at providing pasture and settling nomadic herders, which is the new trend in the country.
The Chairman AFAN Yobe State, Alh. Usman Gari said, the Association appreciates its full inclusion by the ministry in the programme, pledging to take the messages to their members and mobilize them to participate in all aspects of the invention.
Ministry of Agric
VULNERABLE GROUPS TO ENJOY FREE HEALTHCARE SERVICES IN YOBE, SAYS HEALTH COMMISSIONER
The Yobe State Ministry of Health and Human Services recently organized an orientation exercise for healthcare service providers on the Buni expanded free healthcare service scheme for the vulnerable groups in the state.
The event which took place at Cedars Hall of Fame in Damaturu the state capital, was attended by participants drawn from selected secondary health facilities across the state and the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital, Damaturu.
Speaking during the orientation, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Dr. Muhammad Lawan Gana, said;
“since 2009, Yobe State Government has been implementing free medical treatment and drugs for free to pregnant women, children under five years of age and accident victims in the state”.
According to the commissioner, the Yobe Government also saw the need to look at more sustainable ways towards addressing issues of providing healthcare services for free health care services to vulnerable people in the state.
He further said that the Buni expanded free healthcare services scheme is basically to provide free healthcare services to population under one umbrella to avoid duplication and to ensure that the right population benefits from the health programme adding that the orientation was organized to sensitized the healthcare service providers to enable them understand the structures, processes and procedures, needed to put in place in their various health facilities.
Suleiman Gambo Yusuf Bakoro
Yobe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (YSCHMA)
INFORMATION COMMISSIONER ASSURES UNOCHA OF GOVTS SUPPORT
Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Muhammad Lamin, has urged the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Yobe State, to closely liaise with the ministry for the successful implementation of its programmes in the state.
Muhammad. Lamin made the call when he received the UNOCHA Coordinator, Asther Hagos, in his office recently.
He disclosed the Ministry of Information is vital in the implementation of policies and interventions by government and any stakeholder; hence there is the need for close collaboration and engagement.
The Commissioner further assured that the Ministry would continue to play its conventional role and responsibility of educating, enlightening, Informing and mobilizing the populace in the state, for sustainable development geared towards improving the lives of the citizenry.
Earlier in her remarks, the Coordinator, Northeast Accountability to affected Population/Community Engagement, Asther Hagos, appreciated the cordial relationship existing between the state and the UN Agencies as well as other partners in the state.
She said that the collaborative effort between her agency and the Yobe State would help in the successful implementation of the new project in the state for the benefit of people who are affected and displaced by crisis.
The project hopes to make use of the media in identifying need gaps and possibly ways forward in the communities, rebuilding relationships, improving system, and building the capacity of the people as first agents of change in their communities.
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE ORGANIZES 3 DAYS VALIDATION WORKSHOP ON AGRICULTURAL POLICY
The Yobe State Ministry of Agriculture has organized a three day stakeholder’s workshop to validate the policy that would guide agricultural programmes in the state.
Declaring the workshop open, the Speaker Yobe Houde of Assembly, Hon. Ahmad Lawan Mirwa. Urged participants to contribute maximally and support the process of revamping agricultural development in the state.
The speaker disclosed that, improved agriculture would reduce over dependence on government and address unemployment problem in the country.
He added that the value chain of agricultural produce would also addto internally generated revenue base of the stat
Earlier in her key note address, the Commissioner Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Mairo Ahmad Amshi, enumerated strategies for the revitalization of the agricultural sector in the Twenty first century.
These she said are vital vision tools that will guide and redouble productivity in the state
She also called for women inclusion into agricultural processes to atleast thirty percent stating women are the work force who participate in land clearing to post harvesting of farm produce but are less considered for large scale farming.
The workshop witnessed participation of actors and stakeholders in the Agric sector
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND ENERGY, A 10, TRAINS STAFF ON AVIATION SECURITY
While declaring the Training workshop Open, the state Commissioner ministry of Transport and Energy, Hon. Abdullahi Usman Kukuwa, said the programme is in Collaboration with the Yobe State Government under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni, has commitment and support for the training workshop.
Addressing the participants earlier in the training workshop, the permanent secretary of the Ministry Dr. Mustapha Abba Geidam, Welcomed them to the programme urging them to pay adequate attention to the training.
The Event which took place at I.C.T. Center Governor’s office Damaturu was attended by 12 participants.
Ministry of Transport and Energy
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE ENDS 3 DAYS AGRICULTURAL POLICY VALIDATION WORKSHOP WITH 9 PPA*.
A three day validation workshop for stakeholders on Agricultural policy in Yobe state has ended recently at Chilla Luxury Suites Hotel, in Kano, with nineteen policy priority areas (PPAs).
During the workshop, the speaker YBHA Rt. Hon. Ahmad Lawan Mirwa, promised to expedite all legislative actions on Agricultural policies in the state.
Hon. Ahmad Lawan Mirwa appreciated the ministry of agriculture and natural resources for the timely development of the agricultural policy where the world attention is on Agriculture for food security and climate change.
In her remarks, the Commissioner Ministry of Agriculture and natural resources, Dr. Mairo Ahmad Amshi solicited the support of the house committee members of Agriculture in proposing a Bill to enact a law that would guide the policy.
Dr. Amshi also appealed that, the school of Extension workers be established in the state, adding that extension workers are paramount in the Agricultural sector, especially in the 21st century.
She pointed out that gender inclusion should also be considered, as women are at the forefront of plantation, post harvesting and value chain processes.
The workshop explored four cross cutting of issues (CCI) such as environment, Gender, Rural infrastructure and ICT in Agriculture among others.
Certificates were awarded to all the participants at the end of the workshop as symbol of attendance.
Ministry of Agric
MINISTRY OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS DISTRIBUTES FOOD ITEMS
The Commissioner, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Dr. Abubakar Garba Iliya, has Flagged off the distribution of Food Items to most vulnerable groups and individuals in the state in response to the global economic challenges of food crisis.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, the Commissioner said the level of economic challenges experienced by the people as a result of inflation and hike in prices of food items in the country is alarming and government cannot leave this concern unattended to.
This, he said, informed the directive by the governor Mai Mala-Buni, for the release of food items to the vulnerable so as to alleviate the suffering of the people of the state which is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda on eradication of hunger
The Commissioner thus, called on all the partners in the state to intensity efforts in supporting the vulnerable people in the state.
NIGERIAN ARMY TO RECONSTRUCT BRIDGE IN GULANI COMMUNITY
The Nigerian Army engineers corps commanding officer 23 support engineer regiment Jos fewer than 43 engineer Brigade led by Lt colonel M A David has visited the affected communities in Gulani Local government area for assessment and possible reconnecting of the bridge.
Speaking at the bridge site the special adviser on security matters Brigadier general Dahiru Abdulsalam Rtd. explained that the army engineers were in the state based on the request of Yobe state governor Hon Mai Mala Buni to reconnect the community so as to enable them continue with their farming and business activities.
The General further observed that the bridge will also improve the security situation in the area in terms of protecting lives and property.
He added that the team of Nigerian Army Engineers corps has assessed the damage and will soon embark on the reconnection work on the bridge.
Also contributing, the Commissioner for transport and energy Hon. Abdullahi Usman Kukuwa, appealed to the federal government to come to the aid of communities ravaged by the flood.
According to him flood swept through communities leading to the loss of houses, farmlands and other valuable items.
The special adviser on political and legislative matters as well as member representing Gulani constituency Hon Bunu zannah Bularafa and Aji Yerima Bularafa Maltarab of Gujba, expressed gratitude to the governor for his concern and positive response to resolving their problems.
The three bridges in Dotchi, Gumsa and Bara are expected to be fixed in a very short period of time.
It could be recall that following the recent flood disaster, Governor of Yobe state Hon Mai Mala Buni had earlier appealed to the federal Government agencies including Nigerian Army for immediate response and intervention in the affected areas.
Deputy Governor’s Office
WFP AND UNICEF UNVAIL NEW HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION IN BORNO AND YOBE.
In an effort to build the capacity of people affected by conflict in the Northeast region, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF have launched a new humanitarian intervention in Yobe and Borno States.
Speaking at a workshop organized by the two international bodies which held on at Summit hotel Conference hall, Damaturu, the head of Field Office UN World Food Programme in Yobe, Dr. Agbessi Amewoa said Bade local government area in Yobe and Shani local government area in Borno are the first to benefit from the Resilience and Social Cohesion Interventions.
He revealed that over five hundred thousand beneficiaries are expected to benefit from the new humanitarian and development packages.
According to him, the humanitarian project is funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation through the German Development Bank, aimed at enhancing peace, increase livelihood opportunity and providing education, health, nutrition, child protection and sanitation support to strenghten the resilience of vulnerable population in the state.
Dr. Agbessi shows that the resilience and social cohesion Programme would contribute to the seven Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of poverty eradication, zero hunger, access to quality education gender equality good health and well-being, climate change action, peace and strong institution and partnership for goal respectively.
Also speaking at the workshop, the acting head of UNICEF Maiduguri Field office, Dr. Clement Adams, said the implementation period of the humanitarian project for Bade in Yobe and Shani in Borno states is three years, commenting July 2022 to December, 2024.
According to him, the expected outcome of the project would enable children, adolescents, women and other vulnerable persons to have improved inclusive and sustainable access to quality basic services and sustainable livelihood opportunities. Earlier, while declaring the workshop open, Commissioner, Yobe State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Alh. Mohammed Garba Gagiyo, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alh. Modu Maji Ajiri said the new humanitarian project is a welcome development to the state and saying it would go a long way in complementing the state government’s efforts, policies and programmes of enhancing the well-being of the citizenries.