The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday sworn in Alhaji Waziri Bulama as the new acting National Secretary of the party.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the position of national secretary of the ruling APC has been vacant since 2019.
It was formerly occupied by Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe who vacated the office to contest for governorship during the 2019 general election.
Oshiomhole said that the party consulted President Muhammadu Buhari and other relevant stakeholders before adopting Bulama as the party’s acting national secretary.
“The party had been meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and other stakeholders who came to a conclusion that Alhaji Waziri Bulama should be admitted as the acting national secretary of the party, pending the ratification by the National Convention,” he said.
Responding, Bulama said that he had no agenda of his own, promising to work along with other party executives to move the party forward.
Bulama assured the national chairman of his resolve to help build a formidable and united APC.
“I want to assure you Mr Chairman and all party leaders that I will work with my colleagues to ensure that the party works harmoniously a d consolidates on its successes,” he said.
Present at the ceremony were Governors of Borno and Gombe State, Babagana Zullum and Mohammed Inuwa respectively.
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Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, has congratulated Prof. Ibrahim Gambari on his appointment as the new Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buni in a message made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Damaturu on Wednesday, described Gambari as a seasoned diplomat and renowned scholar who had a prosperous career in diplomacy and the academia.
“He has no doubt done Nigeria proud at different times in various capacities locally and internationally.
“I have no doubt that you will bring your wealth of experience to add value to the good governance of President Buhari’s administration,” Buni said.
He prayed God to grant the new CoS the wisdom, strength and good health to carry out his duties successfully to the benefit of the nation.
“I also wish to congratulate Mr President for appointing a very competent hand into the office of the CoS to support him in the task of serving Nigeria diligently.
“On behalf of my humble self, government and the good people of Yobe State, l wish you a successful tenure in office,” the governor said.
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The Yobe State Government said on Tuesday that approximately 90 per cent of the reported mysterious deaths in the state did not have symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Muhammed Gana, who is also the Vice Chairman of COVID-19 Prevention and Control committee, disclosed this in Damaturu while briefing newsmen.
Gana said the deaths were investigated for five weeks, beginnng from the last week of April to the second week of May.
“We actually noticed there were about 471 deaths that were reported within the period.
“96 per cent of those that died had no travel history outside the state and approximately 90 per cent of the cases did not have symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19,” he explained.
He added that 16 people related to some of the 471 deceased persons were investigated and referred to a facility and only 3 of the 16 were found to be coronavirus-positive.
Earlier in his remarks, the Deputy Governor of the state, Alh. Idi Gubana, who is also the Chairman of the committee, praised Gov. Mai Mala Buni for giving the committee all necessary support and cooperation.
He also appreciated the members of the committee for being firm in curtailing the spread of the virus in the state.
He also praised the Federal Government, the North East Development Commission and Victims Support Fund for providing palliatives to the state.
Gubana appealed to the people of the state to continue to adhere to medical guidelines.
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The North-East Development Commission (NEDC) on Friday donated 200 units of infrared thermometers to the Yobe Government, to support government’s efforts in containing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Dr Ibrahim Abbas, the NEDC State Focal Person and Coordinator, presented the items to the state government in Damaturu.
“Today we are here once again on behalf of the staff and management of NEDC to make a complementary effort to Yobe State Government.
“Gov. Mai Mala Buni has been doing quite a lot in terms of addressing the issue of this COVID-19 in particular and healthcare in general.
“So, in this regard the commission is once again providing 200 units of infrared thermometers to complement the effort of Yobe State Government in fighting this pandemic,” Abbas said.
He also assured that the commission would continue to support the state to contain
the COVID-19 pandemic and address other healthcare challenges.
In his remarks, Dr Muhammed Gana, the state’s Commissioner for Health, commended the gesture of NEDC, saying the commission had been supportive to Yobe Government in various ways.
“We do remember all the efforts and support the commission has been making to assist the state government not only during this COVID-19 pandemic but even before then.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NEDC recently presented two ambulances, 50 hospital beds, food items and other medical equipment to Yobe State Government.
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Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has urged Nigerians to disregard an online report claiming there were COVID-19 related deaths in the state, saying that no such case was recorded.
Buni said this in a statement on Thursday by his Director General, Press and Media Affairs, Malam Mamman Mohammed.
“Our attention has been drawn to an online report alleging COVID-19 related deaths in Yobe State.
“The report also claimed that His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni, was in Abuja while his people were dying.
“We had expected the publishers to crosscheck their facts and reflect our position to balance the story.
“For the records, Yobe state was the very first state in Nigeria to voluntarily submit a suspected case of COVID-19 for test. Thank God, it was negative.
“The state had in spite of non-existing case, constituted a COVID-19 committee, established three isolation centres equipped with ventilators and all necessary equipment,” the governor said.
According to him, Yobe recorded its first case just last week, 30th April, 2020 and to date, there is no officially declared COVID-19 related death.
“Secondly, His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni, had not travelled out of the state for six weeks until when President Buhari invited him to Abuja to discuss security matters where he spent just three days and had since been back.
“Therefore, he was not outside the state coordinating the affairs of the Yobe from Abuja as claimed.
“This administration maintains an open door policy, we therefore call on the media to always contact the state government to clarify every issue before going to the press,” he said.
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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Yobe Chapter on Friday celebrated Workers’ Day on a low key with donation of palliatives to Specialist Hospital and motor parks in Damaturu.
The State Chairman of the NLC, Muktar Tarbutu, while donating the items at the Specialist Hospital Damaturu, said the items were meant to complement Yobe Government’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Tarbutu said the items which included face masks, buckets, liquid hand wash and hand sanitisers would also be donated to the Office of the Head of Service and Damaturu motor parks.
The NLC boss commended the state government for taking proactive measures to contain an outbreak of the pandemic in the state.
“NLC appreciates and commends Yobe Government under the leadership of Gov. Mai Mala Buni for proactively taking measures to contain an outbreak of the disease in the state,’’ Tarbutu said.
He advised workers from all sectors of public and private organisations to celebrate the occasion from home while adhering to strict safety measures against COVID-19 as outlined by health personnel
Dr Aisha Buba, the Medical Director, Yobe Specialist Hospital, Damaturu, expressed her appreciation on behalf of the hospital management and Yobe Government.
“This is a very good gesture and it has shown philanthropism of highest order. You have shown that humanity is your priority.
“By God’s Grace we will try as much as possible to use the items to prevent COVID-19 pandemic in this specialist hospital and the state in general,’’ she said. .
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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the nation’s Armed Forces to sustain ongoing counter insurgency operations on the fringes of Lake Chad and the entire North East so that the Boko Haram menace can be totally eliminated.
Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement, said the President gave the directive after receiving in audience Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe in the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.
Buhari, who noted with satisfaction the giant strides being recorded by the Armed Forces in the fight against insurgency, urged them not to relent in the discharge of their mandate.
He specifically warned against complacency in the task of ensuring that the nation’s territory is no longer habitable for the terrorists so that sustainable peace and development can be achieved.
This, according to him, is necessary towards ensuring that farming and other socio-economic activities in the area are not disrupted.
He expressed the belief that ”health and well-being of the nation depends largely on its ability to feed itself and agricultural production is key”.
Buhari also tasked the Yobe governor to continuously mobilise community support for the military operations, saying intelligence sharing and synergy between law enforcement agencies and the civil populace are critical towards achieving the objectives.
The governor, who earlier briefed the President on the security situation in his state, appreciated the Federal Government for the decisive and proactive measures being employed in the renewed onslaught against the Boko Haram terrorists.
He noted that significant achievements had been recorded by the military in containing the criminal elements now in disarray after the recent operations by the Chadian Military.
According to the governor, if the tempo is maintained Boko Haram will soon become history.
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The Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has commenced house-to-house distribution of food items to people living with disabilities to encourage them to stay at home to avoid an outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.
Dr Muhammed Goje, the Executive Secretary SEMA, made this known at one of the distribution points in Damaturu on Monday.
Goje said that the state government prioritised people with disabilities, being the most vulnerable group to contracting the deadly virus.
“When you advise people to stay at home; there are most vulnerable groups among them, which are the physically challenged.
“When this group goes out for their petty trading or begging on the streets, it is believed that they come in contact with different classes of people either on transit or passing through the state.
“They may collect money or shake hands; which is one of the means of contracting the deadly COVID-19,” Goje said.
The SEMA boss also noted that was why the Gov. Mai Mala Buni’s administration came up with the plan to reach them house-to-house and give them the palliatives.
The food items distributed include rice, beans, maize, salt, palm and cooking oi, among others.
In his remarks on behalf of the beneficiaries, Muhammed Isah, the Northeast Zone Disabled Leader, said such kind gesture by the state government was not new to them.
“Though this is not the first or second time we have had this kind of intervention from Mai Mala Buni’s administration.
“However, this is a special one to cushion the effects on persons living with disability.
“This is because the effect of the whole COVID-19 situation is more on the people living with disability,” he added.
Isah appealed to philanthropists, politicians, religious and traditional leaders to support the government’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19 and support the vulnerable groups.
He advised all the beneficiaries to use the items judiciously and abide by the guidelines of the ministry of health, to observe proper respiratory etiquette, social distancing, avoidance of crowded areas and frequent hand washing.
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Yobe State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), says it has prepared a pioneer Strategic Plan to improve quality at basic and post basic level of education in the state.
Prof. Musa Alabi, Executive Secretary of the Board, told newsmen on Saturday in Damaturu that there was no strategic plan guiding its operations since inception in the state.
Alabi said the maiden strategic plan was initiated under the administration of Gov. Mai Mala Buni.
He said: “I want to use this opportunity to inform the public that we have already commenced and about to complete our strategic plan to improve primary and junior secondary education in the state.
“This is the first time that the Board is coming up with a strategic plan which will be launch soon.
“The strategic plan is for us to chat our own course”.
Alabi noted that it was part of new strategic plan to recruit enough and qualified teachers into the system to fill the existing gaps and replace the unqualified ones.
“We have plans to redeploy unqualified teachers to other sections of the civil service and recruit new and qualified ones to fill in those positions.
“Unless we do that there is no way we can have a system running the way we want it.
“We will surely do the recruitment and we hope that will be the turning point,” he said.
Abali disclosed that the Board would construct mega schools in various local government areas in addition to the existing model schools in the state.
He said that the mega schools would be established at Potiskum, Nguru, Damaturu, Gashua and Buni Yadi, among others.
The chairman explained that the mega schools were designed with bigger size and capacity to change the face of education in the state.
“We hope before the lifespan of this administration to have three to four of these mega schools in each local government area, to solve the problem of congestion in schools”.
Alabi revealed that various school development projects were so far executed under Universal Basic Education (UBE) interventions such as construction over 200 classroom blocks, 42 offices and stores as well as 33 x 2 bed rooms and 75 x 3 bed rooms staff quarters.
He lsited other projects to include construction of fencing and barb wiring in 13 schools; provision of 17 boreholes, procurement of 14, 317 classroom furniture and 619 units of teachers’ furniture, among others.
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Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has directed the closure of the state borders from midnight of Tuesday March 31, to guard against importation of Coronavirus. (COVID-19).
Buni gave the order in a statement issued by Mr Mamman Mohammed, Director-General, Press and Media Affairs, on Sunday in Damaturu.
The governor said that the decision became necessary following the spike in spread of the virus in the country.
According to him, in spite of the state’s zero status, government had taken adequate measures by establishing fully equipped isolation centres and also constituted prevention committee on the Coronavirus.
He said that a Rapid Response Team under the chairmanship of the deputy governor, Malam Idi Gubana, was also established to monitor any suspicious case in the state.
Buni urged the people to adhere to medical advices, avoid crowded gatherings and observe hand washing at all times.
He appealed to the people to cooperate with the government and relevant agencies for collective approach against the pandemic.
He called on traders not to hoard essential commodities, hike prices and create additional hardships to the people.
Besides, Buni urged the people to be calm and steadfast in prayers and seek divine intervention to save the state, Nigeria and humanity.
Th governor expressed gratitude to God for sparing the state and its people since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
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