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Yobe combats insecurity through mechanised farming



Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Wednesday said his administration would enhance mechanised farming, to boost economic empowerment and combat insecurity.

He disclosed this in Damaturu while flagging off the distribution of 100 tractors procured by the North East Commodity Associations (NECAs) to farmers.

Buni challenged the people, including civil servants, to engage in agriculture individually and through associations to benefit from the incentives provided by government and development partners.

“Mechanised farming makes agriculture more productive and profitable; government will support the scheme to boost it and improve the economy of the state.

“Government will continue to partner with NECAs and other organisations to improve agriculture and economy of the state, as reflected in my inauguration speech.”

Alhaji Sadiq Daware, National Chairman, NECAs, said that the programme, which provide mechanised farming equipment for the economic recovery of inhabitants of the North East ravaged by insurgency, was supported by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Daware, who was represented on the occasion by Alhaji Ahmed Dukku, National Secretary of the Association, said that youths and women constituted the 15,000 targeted beneficiaries for the 2019 cropping season.

According to him, every unit of the 100 tractors provides employment opportunities for six persons; “this means the scheme is generating 600 employment opportunities aside the farmers, who are the major beneficiaries.”

He said that 2,000 hectares of land would be cultivated under the scheme in the state.

“Some farmers from Borno have been moved to Yobe to benefit from the programme,” Daware said.

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Gov Buni urges community leaders in Yobe to report rape cases



Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has tasked community leaders in the state to be vigilant and report cases of rape in their domains to appropriate authorities.

The governor made the call in statement by Mamman Mohammed, Director-General Press and Media Affairs to the Governor on Friday in Damaturu.

He said “government will apply the state laws on rape which stipulates life imprisonment for rape cases involving minors  and where the victim is an adult, the perpetrators shall be jailed for a term of 25 years.”

The governor charged the police and judiciary to conduct adequate investigations and expedite action on judicial process and procedures on rape cases.

“Government will not tolerate any abuse deliberately caused by reckless persons who have no self-control.

“The full wrath of the law will be applied on anyone who is proven to have committed rape in the state,” he warned.

NAN reports that in 2018, former Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam,  signed into law; life imprisonment and 25 years jail term for rape of minors and adults respectively.

NAN reports that under the law, ”whoever commits rape, where the victim is a minor, shall be punished with imprisonment for life and where the victim is an adult, shall be jailed for a term of 25 years.

“Anyone who is ascertained to have carnal knowledge against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal is said to have committed unnatural offence and shall be convicted with a prison term that may extend to 25 years or not below 14 years.

“The law stipulates that whoever takes, entices, confines any person by means of force, threat or deceives such person without his consent or lawful authority with intent to deprive him of his personal liberty will be construed to have committed a crime”.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)


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Community Service: NYSC members evacuate blocked drainages in Yobe



Some National Youths Service Corps (NYSC)  members in Yobe State, on Monday voluntarily embarked on evacuation of some blocked drainages within Damaturu, the state Capital.

The three corps members, two men and a lady, who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Damaturu narrated what motivated them to embark on the tedious work.

Tarzoho Paul with registration number YB/19C/1652, who was a graduate of English from Benue State University, Makurdi, disclosed the reason why he initiated the community development exercise.

“I started this work alone with the belief that it would improve the health and environmental hygiene of this community.

“One good thing about community development service is to reawaken the spirit of responsibility to others. Now because of this effort, other people started doing similar work in the community,”  Tarzoho said.

He also noted that the NYSC was not all about wearing good khaki and moving around, but about making positive change in the community.

Uche Egbuemike, the lady corps member with registration number YB/19C/0973, a graduate of Economics from University of Nigeria Nsukka, said she was motivated by the courage of her colleague Paul, who started the work alone.

“My friend Paul motivated me to join him in this community development project.

“He told me about the work he was doing and showed me some pictures of the work. I was amazed at his performance and I made up my mind to join him,” she said.

As a female, she said it was not easy to do that kind of work especially at the beginning.

“But then I want to help my host community and send a message to other female corps members that they can do anything they want to do.

“I really feel honoured to be in this kind of position,”  Egbuemike added.

On his part, Richard Peter with registration number YB/19B/0946 also a graduate of Economics from Benue State University, appealed to other corps members to always identify what their host communities needed and work on it.

“I appeal to other corps members to be humble and sincere. There are lots of challenges facing our host communities so it is good to identify such challenges and address them,” he said.

The three corps members also expressed gratitude to the community members and passers-by, who sometimes provided them drinking water and other little gifts in appreciation for their dedication and service to the community.

They however, stated that their major challenge was excessive heat due to weather condition.

Alhaji Ali Mustapha, a resident of GRA Damaturu and one of the beneficiaries of the corps members’ efforts, registered his appreciation on behalf of other community members.

“Being one of the beneficiaries of this noble objective, on behalf of this community I want to register my appreciation to all the youth corps members in the states.

“And particularly to these two boys and a lady. They have done a good job for us at least they have assisted in clearing this blocked drainages in our community.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)


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Yobe Road Agency to enforce traffic regulations – Official



Alhaji Babagana Modu, General Manager, Yobe Road Traffic Agency (YOROTA), said the agency was set to instil the culture of traffic control, management and regulations across the state.

He made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Damaturu on Sunday.

Modu said the control of traffic operations was necessary to avoid abuse of traffic regulations capable of causing accidents on the roads.

“The agency is committed to ensuring hitch-free traffic flow on all Yobe roads.

“Our vision is to reduce injuries, economic loss and deaths arising from road traffic accidents,” he said.

According to him, personnel of the agency will be trained on prevention, maintenance and enforcement to inject sanity on the roads.

“We appeal to all road users in Yobe State to cooperate with the agency in the interest of safety on the roads” he said.

Modu, however, commended Gov. Mai Mala Buni for establishing the agency to curb the menace of traffic accidents and loss of lives on the roads.

“The establishment of the road agency will seek to substantially reduce road accidents in Yobe,” he said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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Yobe earmarks N200m monthly for pensions, says Buni



Gov. Mai-Mala Buni of Yobe announced on Friday that his administration had ear-marked N200 million monthly for the payment of retirees.

Buni made the announcement in a radio programme in Damaturu as part of activities to mark the anniversary of his one year in office.

“I have approved N200 million every month for payment of entitlements to retirees,” he stated.

Buni said he had also directed the state’s Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to develop a Qur’anic education model that would integrate western education to accommodate almajiri pupils in the state and those repatriated from other states.

“The commissioner of basic and secondary education is hereby directed to develop a model that will accommodate the almajiri.”

The governor assured that education, healthcare delivery, agriculture, youth empowerment, security and economic development would remain the priority areas of his administration.

He pledged that his administration would create opportunities for youths to build a prosperous future for the state.

“This administration has engaged many youths with political appointments. We have also provided them with various skills to promote self-reliance and productivity.

“No fewer than 800 youth have been trained on paint- making, while many others have been trained as automobile technicians, some of whom have become employers of labour,” Buni said.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Silas Nwoha (NAN)


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First aircraft lands at new Yobe Int’l cargo airport



Two aeroplanes, on Friday landed at the new International Cargo Airport in Damaturu, Yobe State, in a test run ahead of the official opening of the airport.

The first plane with registration number NAF 961, landed at about 1:59pm, while the second, registered N100EK, carrying medical consumables for the treatment of COVID-19, landed about 30 minutes later.

Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni who witnessed the historic event, expressed happiness over the aircraft landing and completion of the project

“This is promise made and promise kept. We have delivered. The next step will be commissioning of the airport by the special Grace of God,” Buni said.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that contract for the construction of the cargo airport was awarded in Sept. 2017 by the immediate past governor of the state, Ibrahim Gaidam.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Yobe Int’l Airport to be test landed on May 29 — Gov Buni



Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Monday said that the Damaturu International Airport would be test landed on May 29.

Buni disclosed this in Damaturu while  hosting the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

“The Damaturu International Airport will be test landed on May 29, and we are going to provide Nigeria Air Force (NAF) quarters there as we have already promised.

“We are soon commencing on the quarters project and all other facilities will also be provided,” the governor said.

He noted that such gesture would go a long way in addressing the problem faced in the region.

“This is quite reassuring and a clear sign that the madness called insurgency is coming to an end very soon,” Buni said.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support and the military for their efforts.

In his remarks, Abubakar commended the governor for being supportive to the military.

“I am very excited that Buni has been supportive to the air force and provided additional land area where we are putting certain facilities that will add lots of value to what we are doing,” he said.

The CAS also expressed confidence to address insecurity in the state with the facilities in place.

”I am very confident with what we have. It is going to be much easier for the air force to respond to any threats within Yobe rather than going to Maiduguri and coming back.

“We can now operate from Damaturu which is very exciting for us indeed and to our comrades that are fighting on land as well,” Abubakar added.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Yobe celebrates peaceful Eid-el-Fitr



The Eid-el-Fitr Sallah was celebrated on Sunday in Yobe peacefully with Muslim faithful attending various prayer grounds.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there is no restriction of vehicular movement as was done in the past due to security challenges.

Some of the residents who spoke to NAN commended Gov. Mai Mala Buni for allowing prayers to be conducted on Eid grounds.

Alhaji Ali Usman, a Damaturu resident, said “this is the best Sallah we had in recent times because there is no restriction of movements as was done in the past.

“Vehicles were allowed to move, giving us the opportunity to transport our families to the prayer grounds,” Ali said.

Mr Bukar Mohammed, another resident, noted that Buni’s administration has been up and responsive to the needs of the people.

Malam Bala Audu, a resident of Sabon pegi in Damaturu, said some people used the Ramadan period to pray for the success of this people oriented government, because they listen to the yearnings of the people.

Buni had in a Sallah broadcast to the people urged them to pray for peace, unity and prosperity of the state and Nigeria at large.

He said his administration would continue to execute people oriented programmes and projects to improve the lives of the citizenry.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: NSCDC deploys 500 officers to provide security in Yobe



The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in Yobe, says it has deployed 500 officers across the state to provide security and to monitor compliance with Coronavirus (COVID-19), health guidelines during the Sallah celebration.

Mr Ayinla Olowo, State Commandant, NSCDC, disclosed this on Sunday in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Damaturu.

Olowo said: “As regards Ed-el-fitr celebration, my men will go out and ensure that people abide by the government’s directive on social distancing, washing of hands, wearing face masks and other health directives.”

NAN reports that Muslims across the world are celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr amidst the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday.

Olowo urged Muslims to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols during Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

While wishing Muslims happy Ed-el-fitr celebration, Olowo advised people not to engage in self medication, but report to a healthcare facility immediately they felt unhealthy.

He advised residents to be security conscious and report any suspicious persons or movement around them to security agencies.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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Gov Buni is committed to industrialisation of Yobe — Commissioner



Yobe State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Barma Shettima, says the Gov. Mai Mala Buni’s administration is committed to the development of commerce and industry.

The Commissioner told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Damaturu that Gov Buni’s commitment was  geared toward improving the  state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Barma said the governor remained  committed to the industrialisation of Yobe and provision of the needed infrastructure for economic growth.

He added that when this administration assumed office, almost all the industries in the state were not functioning.

“Buni, however, swung into action by resuscitating most of the industries such as Yobe Flour and Feeds Mills Limited, Sahel Aluminium Company, the Woven Sacks Company.

“They were not in use for quite long time but now the government gave directives and approval for immediate resuscitation and now the companies are fully operational.

“With all these industries working in full capacity, we can say we have recorded much progress in terms of revenue generation to the state.

According to Barma, Buni’s administration also recorded tremendous achievements in the commerce sector.

He said  the construction of Damaturu modern market was  50 per cent done and in final level of completion.

“Government has also issued a tender for the construction of other modern markets in Potiskum and Gashua Local Government Areas of the state,” he said.

The commissioner said another plan for the construction of rural markets in Buni-Yadi and other local government areas were also underway.

He said the progress recorded within the first year of  Buni’s administration,  particularly in the industry and commerce sector had created more job opportunities for the populace.

“The gesture has equally made some products available in state, like roofing sheets that were scarce,”  Barma added.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


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