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UN, Japan govt execute N77.2m projects in Yobe

Hauwa Abubakar, the Yobe Commissioner for Women Affairs, says UN Women and Japanese Government have executed projects worth N77.2 million in the state.

Abubakar disclosed this on Thursday in Damaturu, stressing that in their efforts to support women and girls in the state, UN Women and Japan government had renovated and reactivated empowerment hub.

“They also carried out construction of storage facility, wall fencing and drainage at Women Rice Processing Mill in Gashu’a, Bade Local Government, at the cost of N77.2 million,” she said.

Abubakar stated that economic empowerment was one of the most powerful tools for women to achieve their potential and advance their rights.

“It is noteworthy that investing in women’s economic empowerment is a strategy towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth,” she added.

The commissioner commended Gov. Mai Mala Buni’s administration for its efforts and support to the ministry through laudable programmes and policies that promote women’s development and children’s welfare.

“In most of the interventions, particular emphasis was placed on the vulnerable groups and rural women to alleviate poverty among them and improve their economic status for self-reliance,” she explained.

The commissioner on behalf of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to UN-Women and Japanese government for supporting women and girls in the state.


Two farmers injured as herdsmen attack Yobe community

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have injured two farmers after invading their farmlands in Tila Kala Maina village of Gulani local government area, Yobe State.

The herdsmen were said to have stormed the community on Tuesday and allowed their cows to feed on farm produce, a development that scared the people in the farming community who fled the area for fear of attack.

One of the concerned community members told newsmen that the herdsmen in question on arrival started shooting sporadically with bows and arrows and in the process wounded two farmers namely: Isa Umoru and Rabiu Sa’adu.

One of the farmers who gave his name as Malam Ali condemned the unfortunate act in strong terms.

“The invading herdsmen met our people working on their farms and asked them to leave, they started feeding their livestock on our farm produce. They chased us to our houses and began shooting sporadically. We do not know what they are up to”, he said.

The locals commended the timely intervention of Gulani local government Chairman, Dayyabu Ilu Njibilwa who upon receipt of the report mobilized security agents, who succeeded in de-escalating the crisis and restoring normalcy in the community.


Yobe Govt declares 10% cut in workers’ salaries to boost education

Yobe State Government has announced that 10 percent of workers’ basic salary for November would be deducted as their contribution to the education recovery appeal fund.

The Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information, and Culture, Mohammed Lamin who is also the Chairman Sub-committee for Yobe Education Recovery Appeal Fund disclosed this on Monday Novemer 22, in Damaturu while briefing newsmen.

He said the devastating effects of Boko Haram insurgency in the state have compelled the state to embark on fundraising for education recovery in the state.

The commissioner also made an appeal to the Civil Servants whom he describe as major stakeholders to contribute 10% of their basic salaries towards achieving the set objective.

“It is imperative here to state that, educating our citizens is our collective responsibility as a people. In this regard, apart from reaching out to people outside, the government feels that civil servants in the state should also give their modest contribution to the programme, by contributing 10% of their November 2021 basic salary to the scheme.

“By this briefing, therefore, civil servants are informed that the deduction will be for only the month of November 2021”, he said.

Mohammed Lamin also explained that it is no longer news that the decade-long insurgency has impacted negatively on the entire lives of the citizenry. “The devastating effect it has meted on the state’s education system and structures is overwhelming and must attract the attention of any responsible government”.

He noted that this attracted the compassionate attention of Governor Mai Mala Buni to on assumption of office in 2019, declare a state of emergency on education, after taking the oath of office.

“Gentlemen of the press, some of you have been in the state since the start of the ugly phenomenon called insurgency which has destroyed everything about our educational systems including the psyche of our children and parents.

“Our communities are dotted with destroyed and devastated school aged children and parents with lukewarm attitude towards education.

“Similarly, records have not been favourable to the state on the national education index. Yobe has always occupied the low base on the education index. This is not an acceptable profile.

“Thus, the administration of his Excellency, Hon. Mai Mai Mala Buni feels that the right steps must be taken to address this terrible trend in our educational system, hence the declaration of emergency on education sector and the implementation of subsequent policies and programmes that will bail the state out of this quagmire”, he said.


Police arrest 2 for allegedly chopping-off each others wrists in Yobe


The Police in Yobe has arrested two men, Adamu Mohammad and Bukar Audu for allegedly cutting off their wrists during a fight at Garin Alkali community, Dapchi Local Government Area of the state.

This is contained in a statement by the  Spokesman of the Command, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, on Monday in Damaturu.

Abdulkarim said the suspects, both aged 25, were believed to be members of criminal gangs in the area.

“The suspects were arrested after information reached the police at about 20:30 p.m. today, that they fought each other with cutlass and sticks, which turned out to be bloody.

“As a result, both suspects palms of the wrist of the left hands were chopped off.

“The reason of the fight is yet to be known because both suspects are unconscious and admitted at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Nguru for medical treatment,” he said.

The spokesman said investigation was ongoing in the incident, adding that the Command had adopted proactive measures to rid the area off miscreants.


Gov. Buni approves N422m for pensions, gratuities

 Mai Mala Buni
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Monday approved over N422 million for payment of pensions and gratuities of 359 former workers in the 17 local government areas of the state.

According to a statement by the governor’s Director-General, Press and Media Affairs, Alhaji Mamman Mohammed, in Damaturu, the payment was for batch 44.

It said next-of-kin of 89 deceased former employees would be paid over N125 million, while 270 retirees were to receive over N296 million.

“The beneficiaries were carefully screened after submission by the Office of the Auditor General Local Government, to ensure payment of only genuine beneficiaries.

“ The payment of these benefits will no doubt contribute to the well-being of the beneficiaries and their families after retirement from service,” the statement said.

It noted that “Gov. Buni’s administration has maintained a leading position in payment of salary, pension and gratuities.

“ The National Union of Pensioners had recently appreciated the governor with an award in appreciation of his commitment to payment of pension and gratuity.

“ Similarly, independent organisations including ‘Budgit’ and the Centre for Transparency and Integrity Watch Nigeria, acknowledged the prudence and fiscal transparency of the Buni administration.


Police arrest headmaster for allegedly raping 10-year-old pupil in Yobe

The Police Command in Yobe on Tuesday paraded Abubakar Musa, an Assistant Headmaster, for allegedly raping a 10-year-old pupil (name withheld) in Jajere, Fune Local Government Area of the state.

Parading the suspect in Damaturu , the command’s Spokesman, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, said Musa was with Jajere Central Primary School ,in which the victim, a primary five pupil, was schooling.

He said the culprit had canal knowledge of the victim on July 15 and 17.

“ Investigation revealed that Musa met her in the market where she sells sachet water.

“ He then picked two sachets and left after telling her to meet him in an uncompleted building for her money.

“ As soon as she arrived, he took advantage of the situation and had sexual intercourse with her.

“ It was also gathered that Musa lured the victim to a-yet-to-be identified place and had canal knowledge of her for the second time

“ We are now working with the victim to identify the second crime scene,” Abdulkarim said.

The spokesman said the matter was under investigation and the suspect would soon be charged to court after the investigation.

Responding, Musa, 37, confessed to having sexual intercourse with the victim twice, but said it was the handiwork of devil.

He insisted that he had an affair with the victim with her consent without any threat or force.

“ She has been soliciting for money from me on numerous occasions, that was what brought her very close to me.

“ It is an unfortunate incident that I regret so much,” he said.