DSS urges ASUU to call off strike Strike By Nabilu Balarabe Damaturu, Sept 22 The Department of State Security (DSS) on Thursday appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing strike.
The Director of the Service in charge of Yobe, Mr Yunusa Abdulkadir made the plea in Damaturu at the Third Quarterly Conference of the State Directors of Security in the North-East Zone. He noted that the strike, which paralysed university education in the country, had security implications.
“In as much as we know that ASUU is pursuing a genuine cause, they should take a deeper look at the peculiarities of North-East region that has stayed for over a decade in the hands of insurgents,” Yunusa said.
The director also called for the establishment of psychiatric hospital in Yobe to check post traumatic disorder caused by insurgency.
He said failure to do so could lead to high victims of trauma, who could pose another security threat to the state other than that of the insurgents.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Occasion, Mr Hassan Abdullahi said the conference would analyse security threats, share experiences and chat a way forward.
Abdullahi, who is also the DSS Director for Bauchi State, listed the security challenges in the zone to include insurgency, Kidnapping, banditry and cattle rustling.
He commended the state government for its unwavering support and co-operation to the DSS and other security outfits.
The state deputy governor, Alhaji Idi Gubana described the conference as timely considering the current security challenges in the country.
He said although successes had been recorded in the fight against insurgency, more work needed to be done to ensure total decimation of remnants of the terrorists in the state and the region.
Gubana assured that Gov. Mai Mala Buni’s administration would always align itself with the goals and objectives of all the security agencies in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that highlights of the occasion included award presentation to the Emirs of Fika and Damaturu, Muhammad Ibn Abali and Alhaji Shehu Hashimi, for their critical roles in the war against insurgency, respectively.
The Federal Government, on Friday, donated 360 metric tons of assorted grains to Yobe government to assist vulnerable groups in the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari stated this while presenting the items to Yobe government in Damaturu.
Buhari, represented by Mr Abubakar Aliyu, said: “ I have come to deliver this message of 360 metric tons grains to Yobe government for onward delivery to the vulnerable groups across the state,” he said.
Gov Mai Mala Buni, who received the items, expressed gratitude to the federal government, describing the gesture as timely.
Buni, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Idi Gubana, said that the gesture would complement the state government’s efforts at providing humanitarian support to improve food security in the state.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Mohammed Goje, said that the items were received in good condition.
Goje, represented by SEMA’s Director of Personnel, Malam Hassan Bomai, said that the agency received 210 metric tons of maize, 60 metric tons of millet, 60 metric tons of sorghum and 30 metric tons of garri.
Goje assured of the agency’s commitment to judicious distribution of the items to the vulnerable groups in the state.
Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe said on Wednesday that his administration would launch sweeping reforms to revitalize the non-formal Koranic school, also called the Almajiri education system.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Hausa word Almajiri is derived from the Arabic word “Al-Muhajirun”, which refers to a person who migrated from home in search of Islamic knowledge.
The term refers to the young man who begs in the streets and does not attend secular school.
Buni, represented, Alhaji Idi Gubana, stated this in Damaturu at a three-day stakeholder engagement on Almajiri education.
He said the reform was part of efforts to revitalize education so that citizens are well-informed and mentally equipped to face growing development challenges.
The governor noted that, “at the height of the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, some states took unsavory measures that almost strangled Almajiri education in their areas.
“Yobe carefully adopted a measure that adapts to the COVID-19 prevention protocols, which culminated in the migration of many Almajiri to the state.
“The Almajiris joined a special program and accepted donated start-up materials for their income generation and self-sufficiency,” said Buni.
The Governor commended the State Almajiri Education Steering Committee and UNICEF for co-hosting the meeting with the theme: "Almajiri Education and Contemporary Challenges."
He urged the participants to bring their wealth of experience to the meeting aimed at providing a solution to the modern challenges facing Almajiri schools.
In his remarks, Dr. Mohammad Idris, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, said that Almajiri education was a system of education to learn Islamic principles, values, jurisprudence and theology.
Idris, also chairman of the state-run Almajiri Educational System Steering Committee, said the essence of the reform was to improve the system and reduce stigmatization of students.
Alhaji Balarabe Kakale, a member of the Presidential Steering Committee on the Alternative School Program, expressed his joy that the improvement of Almajiri's education was receiving support from international organizations.
Kakale, who represents the Dange – Shuni-Tureta federal constituency in the House of Representatives, called on stakeholders to identify regulations that would make the system work effectively.
Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe praised the federal government for initiating the "Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA)" program in the state.
Buni delivered the eulogy Monday when he received the Minister of State for Education, Chukuemeka Nwajiuba, in Damaturu.
Buni represented Alhaji Idi Gubana, also commending the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for including Yobe among the 17 beneficiary states.
He also praised the World Bank for providing credit support to strengthen the universal basic education sector in the state.
In particular, he thanked the minister for taking the time to visit Yobe for the program review.
Earlier in his remarks, Nwajiuba emphasized the need for accountability in the implementation of the program to reduce the challenge of out-of-school children in the country.
The minister said that his visit to Yobe was part of his review tour of the BESDA program in the beneficiary states.
He added that the program sought to support designated federal and state agencies in line with the specific goals of increasing equitable access to education for children who do not attend school.
He also said the program was meant to improve literacy in targeted states.
Nwajiuba noted that BESDA's intervention focuses on states with the largest number of out-of-school children in the country.
Yobe Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have commenced reconstruction and renovation of 80 schools in Fika and Bade Local Government Areas.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni said on Monday in Kashaka, Fika local government that the project would go along way in transforming the education sector in the state.
“This ceremony provides us with opportunity to witness a very important intervention by UNICEF to assist the government in transforming the education sector in the state, especially in this post insurgency period,” he said.
Buni who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Idi Gubana, said that his administration was not oblivious of its pupils’ disadvantaged position and the importance of quality education in the state’s economy and its socio-political development.
“Which is why on assumption of mantle of leadership of the state, I declared a State of Emergency in the education sector,” he said.
The governor urged parents, community leaders and other stakeholders to improve on students’ enrollment to bridge the existing gap in the sector.
Dr. Clement Adams, UNICEF head of Borno Office, represented by Abdullahi Bula, said UNICEF had been committed to ensuring that children have access to education and learn in safe environments wherever they live.
“With the support of partners, including the German Government, UNICEF has consistently implemented projects that will reverse the glaring effects of armed conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic on the education sector,” he said.
Adamu called on the state government and corporate organisations to invest more in education and the protection of children, particularly in undeserved areas.
In his remarks, Alhaji Iliyasu Maluri, Director Personnel Management of Fika local government, said the gesture was not only for the benefit of Gashaka community, but for the entire local government.
He urged the benefiting communities to take ownership of the project and utilise the opportunity to enrol their children in school.
Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Yobe COVID-19 Prevention and Control Committee said on Wednesday that the state’s first molecular laboratory had commenced operations.
Alhaji Idi Gubana, the State Deputy Governor and Chairman of the committee made this known in Damaturu.
Gubana said the lab had so far tested 40 persons with only one positive, adding that the lab had the capacity to test 98 persons daily.
According to him, since Feb. 27, the state has recorded 362 cases of COVID-19 out of which 67 were positive; eight deaths, 225 were negative while 59 had been treated and discharged.
Meanwhile, the state government had directed that civil servants on grade levels 1-12 should resume at their duty posts on Monday, Aug. 17.
Gubana called on the general public to always wear face mask, especially in public places.
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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was made through First Bank of Nigeria Limited.
Mr Marcus Dibel, the bank’s Business Manager, Damaturu branch, said that the gesture was part of the measures to fight against COVID-19 in the state.
Dibel also said that the fight against the virus was not just the responsibility of the state government, but a collective responsibility.
He called on the general public to continue to observe all the COVID-19 safety protocols.
While receiving the items, Gov. Mai Mala Buni expressed appreciation for the efforts of CACOVID.
“I am delighted to receive food items donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 to all the 17 local government areas of the state.
“We have taken delivery of about 80 percent of the 56,454 cartons of noodles; 28,227 bags of 5kg of sugar and 28,227 bags of 10 kg of rice,” he said.
Buni, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Idi Gubana, listed other items received to include 28,227 bags of 5kg of maize/semovita; 28,227 cartons of pasta and 28,227 bags of salt,” Buni said.
In his remarks, Dr Muhammed Goje, the Executive Secretary Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, said that the items would be distributed to the targeted beneficiaries within the agreed timeline.
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By Ahmed Abba
Damaturu, July 9, 2020 (NAN) The Yobe Government on Thursday inaugurated a task force on the rehabilitation, resettlement and reconstruction of public buildings destroyed by insurgents.
Speaking during the inauguration in Damaturu, Gov. Mai- Mala Buni, said said that the Task Force would coordinate and give policy direction on humanitarian interventions in the state.
Buni, represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Idi Gubana, said “inspite of the achievement made during the immediate past administration under a similar committee, there is need to sustain all efforts.
“To ensure full return of normalcy by reconstructing public buildings and providing essential social services to enable our citizens pursue their legitimate goals.”
The members of the task force include the Deputy-Governor, Alhaji Idi Barde Gubana as Chairman, Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Baba Wali.
Other representatives of the Yobe House of Assembly member, Ahmed Mirwa; Mohammed Nura, Head of the Civil Service; and Mr Saleh Samanja, the Attorney-General and state Commissioner for Justice, among others. (NAN)
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
The governor was represented at the occasion by his deputy, Alhaji Idi Gubana.
“Through the committee, law enforcement agencies, especially the police can promote positive and productive community cooperation, collaboration and participation in curbing crimes,” he said.
Members of the committee included, the state Commissioner of Police as Chairman, the Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers as co-Chairman, and heads of Security agencies in the state as members.
Other members were the state Chairman of Police Community Relations Committee, the state representatives of Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, and the state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Buni said some of the mandates of the state advisory committee were drawn from the Nigeria Police Force Community Policing Framework.
According to him, the committee was to proffer advice on the local needs and priority areas for police services in the state based on the prevailing circumstances.
Buni said it was also to advise the leadership of the police in the state on the issue of crime and quality of life that affected local communities in the state.
He further said that the committee members were expected to disseminate information received from the police to community and vice versa.
The governor urged security personnel, traditional rulers, community leaders and the people of the state to support and co-operate with the committee to achieve its objectives.
In a message, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, noted that one of the strategies of addressing the lingering issue of insecurity in northern Nigeria, was through the community policing scheme.
Adamu, represented by Aminci Baraya, a Deputy Inspector General of Police said, “we have conducted a research into it and what we are doing today is implementation of the findings of the research.”
The Police Commissioner in Yobe, Abubakar Sahabu, said that the concept of community policing had been adopted and implemented with great success in many parts of the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia and USA.
Yobe Government has a imposed a curfew on the state from 8p.m. to 6a.m. daily to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Mr Idi Gubana the Deputy Governor and Chairman of the state COVID-19 committee disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Damaturu on Monday.
Gubana said that the curfew would last till the end of Ramadan fast.
He also said that the committee has made wearing of facemask in public place mandatory across the state to prevent the spread of the virus.
He said that the committee has also directed that hand washing facilities and sanitisers must be provided in all public place like filling stations, shopping complex and markets to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“Political office holders who travel out of the state and visitors coming to the state or on transit must be quarantined for two weeks.
“Only political appointees, directors, heads of agencies and essential workers should come to work till the end of Ramadan.
“The committee also agreed that interstate travel be banned for the next two weeks.
“The committee wish to emphasis that people must adhere strictly to physical and social distancing at all times to spread COVID-19,” he said.