Alhaji Ibrahim Barde, the Village Head of Gubana in Yobe has died at the age of 100. Barde, who died on Sunday in Gubana village after a protracted illness, was the elder brother of Yobe Deputy Governor, Alhaji Idi Gubana.
The deceased, who was buried on Monday in Gubana, left behind three wives and 16 children.
One of the children is Alhaji Hamidu Ibrahim, a retired Director of Finance in the state civil service.
The funeral prayer was led by the Special Adviser to Gov Mai Mala Buni on Religious Affairs, Alhaji Baba Kyari.
The deputy governor described the deceased as a dynamic and humble leader who spent greater part of his life serving, uniting and guiding his people.
Gubana prayed Allah to forgive the deceased and grant the family and people of the area the fortitude to bear the loss.
Those at the funeral prayer were the Speaker, Yobe House of Assembly, Alahji Hassan Mirwa, Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Baba Wali, the Emir of Fika and Chairman, Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Mohammad Ibn Abali, among others.
A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, nullified the nomination of Governor Isiaka Oyetola of Osun as the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate in the July 16 governorship election.
Justice Emeka Nwite, in a judgment, nullified Oyetola and his deputy governorship candidate, Benedict Alabi, on grounds that Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, who submitted their names to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) violated the provisions of Section 183 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Section 82(3) of the Electoral Act, 2022.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had filed the suit against Governor Buni, Governor Oyetola and others.
The PDP, through its counsel, Kehinde Ogunwumiju, SAN, had, on April 7, commenced the suit, challenging the nomination and sponsorship of Oyetola and his deputy as the duly nominated candidates of the APC for the recently concluded governorship poll, in which Sen. Ademola Adeleke was declared the winner by INEC.
Challenging the competence of the suit, Kunle Adegoke, SAN, who represented Oyetola, had contended, amongst other grounds, that the PDP did not have the locus to commence the action and that the suit was statute-barred.
But Ogunwumiju argued that the plaintiff (PDP) rightly commenced the suit under Section 285(14) (c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
Delivering the judgment, Nwite agreed with the submissions of the PDP counsel and declared as null and void, the nomination of Oyetola and Alabi by the APC.
The court also held that Buni acted in contravention of the provision of Section 183 of the Constitution when he held dual executive positions as the Governor of Yobe and the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of APC.
The court said that the decisions taken by Governor Buni, including forwarding the names of Oyetola and Alabi to INEC, amounted to a nullity in law.
NAN reports that INEC declared the candidate of the PDP, Adeleke, the winner of the July 16 Osun governorship election.
The returning officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, announced that Adeleke got a total of 403,371 votes beating the incumbent, Oyetola of the APC, who got 375,027 votes in a keenly contested race.
Yobe government says it has establishdd four specialists and eight general hospitals to enhance delivery of quality healthcare services at the grassroots.
The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Lawan Gana stated this at a news conference on Tuesday in Damaturu.
He said four general hospitals had been upgraded to specialist facilities in Buni Yadi, Postiskum, Gashua and Geidam while Machina, Yusufari and Jaji Maji healthcare centres upgraded to general hospitals.
Others were Babbangida, Bara, Buni-Gari, Yunusari and Asibitin Malam Baba, Nguru.
Gana disclosed that a Special Baby Care unit had been set up at Specialist Hispital, Gashua, while 20-bed capacity isolation centres established at Potiskum, Gashua and Yunusari Specialist Hospitals.
The commissioner said the state government also upgraded the Emergency Paediatric Unit and Trauma Centre at Specialist Hospital, Damaturu as well as provision of modern equipment at general hospital Damagum, Buni Yadi, Gashua, Potiskum, among others.
He commended Gov. Mai Mala Buni for his commitment towards transforming healthcare services in the state.
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.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Monday inspected Jumbam and Kaliyari communities ravaged by devastating floods in Tarmuwa Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the governor had to use a helicopter to access the affected communities as all roads leading to them were destroyed by the floods.
Shortly after the aerial inspection, Buni directed the state’s Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Umar Dudaye, to immediately rehabilitate the road leading to the area.
He also directed the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to ensure that all victims of the disaster were given relief materials and those admitted in the hospital received free treatment.
“We have to act fast and smoothly, to restore life in these communities,” the governor said.
” Alhaji Mohammed Goje, SEMA Executive Secretary, confirmed that the death toll from Saturday’s boat mishap in the area had risen to 11. He added that the flood, triggered by torrential rains, had destroyed 180 houses and washed off 752 hectares of farmlands.
NAN recalls that two passenger boats bound for Babbangida weekly market capsized in a flood wave in the area.
Yobe State Educational Trust Fund on Monday paid an inspection visit to its new mega and model schools in the state.
Mr Muhammad Abubakar, the Chairman of the trust fund, was in Potiskum to lead the visit.
He said that the visit was to examine the state’s education facilities and prepare the basis for interventions based on the stakeholders’ requisitions.
Abubakar said after examining the facilities, they would meet the officials of the Ministry of Education and Yobe State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) to outline critical issues that needed intervention.
He said the intervention would commence as soon as possible.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Mai Mala Buni on Nov. 9, 2021 inaugurated a 21-member committee to raise funds for the revitalisation of the education sector in the state.
Mr Musa Yarima, the Project Site Engineer of the schools, said each secondary school had 30 classrooms, administrative block that had the principal and vice principal’s offices, toilets, male and female staff rooms.
Yarima said that in the primary section, there were head teacher and assistant head teacher’s offices, males and females staff rooms and toilets.
He added that the model school had clinic, library, ICT block, technical workshop and two-bedroom staff quarters in each of five model schools in the state.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, has received hundreds of defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Mr Abba Tata, the state 2011 deputy governorship candidate of the party, as they joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking at the ceremony in Damaturu on Sunday, Buni said that Tata was a political asset to the APC.
He expressed joy for receiving Tata, a foundation PDP member, who left it for the first time since joining in 1998. The governor urged other members of opposition parties to join the APC, saying the party was big enough to accommodate all politicians in the state.
Buni said his call was borne out of the desire to unite the people of the state and forestall rancour among politicians.
He said that the APC would be fair and just to all the defectors.
Earlier, Alhaji Aji Bularafa, the Special Adviser to the governor on Legislative and Political Matters, said Tata was endeared to the APC due to the developmental strides of the Buni-led administration.
He listed the achievements to include construction of four ultra-modern markets, renovation and construction of 134 primary health care centres across the state.
In his remarks, Tata, also an ex- PDP governorship aspirant for 2023 election, said Buni’s goodwill and open-door policy motivated him to defect to the APC.
He thanked the party for the warm reception and pledged to be loyal as well as co-operate with its leadership.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has expressed shock and sorrow over the boat mishap in Jumbam, Tarmuwa Local Government Area of the state.
Buni made this known in a statement by his Director-General Press and Media Affairs, Alhaji Mamman Mohammed, in Damaturu on Saturday.
He said the incident occurred on Saturday afternoon when two passenger boats bound for Babbangida weekly market capsized in a flood wave.
The governor said two bodies were so far recovered, while an unascertained number of passengers were still missing.
Buni directed relevant agencies in the state to commence intensive search for the remaining victims.
He described the accident as sad, unfortunate and devastating, and prayed for the safe rescue of the remaining passengers.
He advised people traveling by road or water to always be cautious.
The governor direct those living along waterways to move to higher grounds for their safety.
“The heavy rains and floods usually come from far and unannounced; we should always be on the watch out and avoid dangerous waterways,” he said.
Buni prayed to Allah (SWT) to protect the people of the state, their properties, livestock and farmlands against the increasing menace of flood.
Yobe State Rural Electrification Board (REB) said it executed 160 electrification projects within the three years of the present administration of Gov. Mai Mala Buni. Mr Umara Goniri, the General Manager of the board made this known while addressing newsmen on Saturday in Damaturu.
“Total of 160 electrification projects were undertaken by this administration, out of which 133 had been completed and inaugurated.
“The remaining 27 are ongoing and they are scheduled to be completed before the end of this year,” he said.
Goniri added that the projects included the procurement and installation of transformers of different capacities.
The board, according to him, had also carried out upgrades and extensions, electrification and re-electrification of power supply in various communities across the 17 local government areas of the state.
He added that other projects also included rehabilitation and strengthening of 33KV lines from Potiskum to Fika, Potiskum to Kukar-Gadu, Gashua to Nguru among others.
Goniri said that the board had also replaced burnt transformers in Bayanai bakin tasha, Sokol Potiskum, Anguwan kaji Potiskum, and military barrack, Damaturu, along Potiskum road, among others.
The GM commended Buni for creating an enabling environment for the management of the board and the confidence he reposed on them.
He also lauded the technical team and the management staff of the board for their support and cooperation.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Wednesday donated three houses to the three widows of late Sheikh Goni Aisami, an Islamic cleric recently murdered in the state.
Presenting the houses’ documents to the Emir of Bade in Gashua, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Suleiman, Gov. Buni said the donation was in fulfilment of his promise to support Goni’s family.
Represented by Ustaz Babagana Kyari, Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Affairs, Buni said the widows had houses of their own to look after their children.
Responding, Suleiman thanked the governor for the love and support to the family of the renown cleric.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buni had earlier offered automatic employment to two children of the deceased.
NAN recalls that Aisami, a native of Gashua, was allegedly shot dead on Aug. 19 by two soldiers in Jaji-Maji, Karasuwa Local Government Area of the state.
On Aug. 27, Lance Cpl John Gabriel and Lance Cpl Adamu Gideon were dismissed by the Nigerian Army, and handed over to Police Command in the state for prosecution.