President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, inaugurated a 55 kilometers Nguru – Gashua – Baymari road and handed it over to the Yobe government.
Buhari, represented by the Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, said the project was part of Federal government’s commitment to improving road transport infrastructure and economic growth by extension.
“As you can all see, we are handing over the 55 Kilometers road, which links Nguru-Gashua-Bayamari in Yobe to Jigawa and Borno.
“A very important road that connects agrarian and trading communities to ease movement of farm products.
“By linking these communities together, this road becomes a critical component of our national road network,” he said.
Buhari enjoined road users to drive in accordance with the law as stipulated in the Highway Code.
In his remarks, Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, noted that the ministry had commenced the first of the second phase of project completion and handovers in the country.
Fashola was represented by Mr Celestine Shuwusu, the ministry’s Director, HighWays, Northeast.
He expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Finance, members of the National Assembly and Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Works in the eight and ninth assembly for their support.
He also commended his staff, contractors and affected communities for their hardwork and cooperation.
Also Speaking, Alhaji Bashir Alkali, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said the focus was to link the major arterial roads to refineries, ports, tertiary institutions and high volume commercial centres.
Alkali represented by Mr Olusegun Akinmade added that the ministry had successfully completed several roads and maintained several bridges to ensure that road users had a rewarding road travel experience.
Speaking at the occasion, Gov Mai Mala Buni said the inauguration of the road was historic to the people of the state after several years of neglect by previous Federal government administrations.
“The importance of this road to the socioeconomic development of the state cannot be over emphasized.
“It is a link between Zone C Senatorial District and other parts of the state.
“It also serves as bridge connecting social and international trade between other parts of the state and the border communities of Niger Republic.
“Therefore, the road is a life wire to the means of livelihood to many families within and outside the state,” he said.
Buni added that For several years, business activities and economic growth of those depending on the road, had been slowed down by its deplorable state.
He also thanked the President Buhari’s administration for investing hugely in rebuilding peace in the northeast region and Yobe in particular.
Buni expressed gratitude to the Federal Executive Council for refunding the sum of N18 billion expended by Yobe government for the reconstruction of Federal roads in the state among others.
Irked by the large scale destruction caused by perennial flood, state governments in the North-East region have scaled up sensitisation activities as part of a renewed campaign to control the menace in the region.Some of the stakeholders in the environment sector who spoke in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe and Yobe, said the campaign was imperative to create awareness on the dangers and preventing measures of flood.The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) in its 2022 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) predicted flooding in parts of the country.The agency indicated that flash flood triggered by high-intensity rainfall would be recorded in the Northeast region.In Adamawa, the State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) has recommended relocation of communities in the riverine areas to higher grounds to avert flood, save lives and property.The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr Muhammad Suleiman, said the AFO predicted flood in nine of the 20 local government areas in the state.He listed the areas to include Yola-North; Yola-South, Lamurde, Demsa, Numan, Guyuk, Fufore, Song and Gombi.According to him, five LGAs are being placed under high probability while four others will experience minimal flood.He said the Agency had extended its outreach in flood prone areas to educate the people on the need for them to relocate to safer areas.Suleiman said the Agency also identified upland areas to fast track effective response, evacuation and resettlement of the affected communities.He said SEMA was working in collaboration with sister agencies to enhance response to emergencies, and urged residents to shun indiscriminate dumping of waste on water ways to check perennial flood.Also, Mr Mohammed Ahmed, General Manager, Gombe State Environmental Protection Agency (GOSEPA), said proactive measures had been employed to mitigate the impact of flood in the state.He said the Agency had conducted desilt exercise to clear drains in flood prone areas, adding that the measure was necessary to mitigate the environmental impact of the disaster.“We have evacuated dirt and sand in drains to ensure that they are empty to take only water during raining season.”He said the Agency accorded pririoty to drain and waste clearance to ensure free flow of water from residential areas.Similarly, Dr Muhammad Goje, SEMA’s Executive Secretary in Yobe, said government had mobilised resources to scale up its preparedness against flood and other disasters.He said Gov. Mai Mala Buni had directed the agency to replenish its manpower and equipments, to facilitate effective response to emergencies.He said the agency was creating awareness in major towns and red flag locations to promote sanitation and good environmental habit.In the same vein, some residents of Maiduguri in Borno had embarked on drain and waste clearance to control flood in the area.Maiduguri and its environs had experienced perennial flooding caused by rainfall due to lack of drains and blockage of water ways in the metropolis.The residents through communal effort conducted drain clearance exercise at GRA, Gwange, Bolori and Polo areas of Maiduguri.Mr Bako Muhammed, a resident, said the exercise was necessary to control flood due to indiscreminate dumping of waste and blockage of waterways.“Drain clearance exercise will allow easy flow of water and control flooding.” he said.Babagoni Umar, an official of the Borno State Environment Protection Agency, blamed the flood to negative attitude of the residents toward the environment.He said the state government had embarked on drain construction projects to address the disaster.Also, Mr Augustine Bangshak, Progress Officer, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Bauchi Field Office, attributed flood on highways to installation of service cables on road ends.
He said the installation were not done properly which exposed the roads to flood, adding that rain water covered the area where the cables laid thereby eroded the embankments and the roads submerged by flood.
“At culverts and bridge locations, there is erosion caused by poor laying of the service cables.
“This resulted to increase in the flood disasters in the state,” he said.
He further urged the contractors handling cable installations to desist from destroying road shoulders and embankments to avert flooding.
On his part , Mr Adamu Nayola, Director, Planning Research and Strategies, Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said the agency had set up emergency management committees to educate the people on the disaster across the 20 LGAs of the state.
He said the committees were educating the people on how to mitigate the adverse effects of flood.
According to him, the Agency is working in collaboration with media and other stakeholders to disseminate information on flood outlook and how to prevent it.
For his part, Philip Jakpor, Director, Programmes, Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), an NGO, said flood are caused by climate change and human induced activities.
CAPPA is working to address challenges and abuse of natural resources, environment and people through the promotion of corporate and state policies as well as environmental best practices.
He said the world has been experiencing unusual rain patterns due to climate change which resulted to flood in urban and rural areas.
The environmentalist attributed perennial flooding to lack of vegetation, drains and poor urban planning in Bauchi State.
He said flood disaster could be control by ensuring effective mitigation of climate change through tree planting, reforestation and construction of drains in the communities. (
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.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has commended the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approving N18 billion to the state as refund for construction of five federal roads.
Buni, in a statement by his Director-General, Press and Media Affairs, Alhaji Mamman Mohammed, in Damaturu on Thursday, pledged judicious use of the funds.
He said the refund would provide the state government with opportunities to execute projects that would improve the lives of ithe people.
“I want to specially commend Mr President and members of the Federal Executive Council for the sense of fairness to Yobe.
“The refunds would finance other projects that would impact positively on the lives of our people.
“Government would direct the resources into education, healthcare delivery, water supply, employment opportunities and other infrastructure to improve the lives of our people,” the governor said.
He explained that such understanding between the state and federal governments would spur the state to commit more resources on federal projects with direct bearing on the lives of the people.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the FEC on Wednesday approved N477 billion to 24 states as refunds for construction and maintaining federal roads.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Tuesday says his administration will engage 315 teachers to man the newly completed 14 Mega schools across the state.
Buni made this known in Damaturu when he received briefing on the school projects by Dr Muhammad Idris, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to improve the quality of education in the state.
“This administration declared state of emergency on education, we shall do everything possible to support and improve education in Yobe state,” he said.
The governor charged the commissioner to ensure that adequate and qualified teachers were employed to achieve the set target.
“We must collectively work hard and sincerely, for us to have value for resources invested in the sector and for Yobe to have a prosperous future.
“I also call on all stakeholders, parents, guardians, pupils, and students to support government efforts in revamping education in the state,” he said.
In his remarks, Idris said the schools would commenced activities in the next academic calendar in September.
He said headteachers and their deputies with requisite qualifications had already been recruited to run the schools.
“The schools are to operate two curricula of western and Quranic education.
“We want to provide a strong and pure academic background in the two curricula, closer to the people.
“This is to bring more opportunities to less privileged parents who can not sponsor their children to go outside the state to acquire the combined Western and Qur’anic education.
“We have already interviewed 2,500 applicants to select the best 315 who are most qualified to give quality Western education and unadulterated Islamic knowledge to our students,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Mega schools are established in Damaturu, Gashua, Nguru, Geidam, and Buni Yadi to fast track sustainable development of education in the state.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has clinched the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial ticket unopposed for 2023 election in the state.
Announcing the result in Damaturu, the Returning Officer, Umar Kareto, said Buni, the sole candidate in the election, was declared the winner and returned elected.
He said 890 delegates were accr
Chief Ogbonnaya Onu,immediate past Minister of Science and Technology has called for a free, fair and transparent All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election ahead of 2023 presidential election.
The minister made the call on Friday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen through his campaign Director-General, Dr Uche Egenti who returned his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to the APC National Secretariat.
Reacting to the possibility of the party arriving at a consensus candidate, Onu said he would have no objection to it if the party felt it was the right way to make the country work.
He, however, assured that he would abide by the rules guiding the party’s primaries.
“I am not in the administrative process of the party. Every party member is supposed to abide by the rules, if the party feels that consensus is the right way to make Nigeria work, so be it.
“My principle is a man of faith, you know that very well, he is a man that does not like controversies, he will be at peace with anything that will make Nigeria work,” he said.
He further called for transparency, sincerity of purpose, deep discipline and political leadership, saying that these were critical to happiness.
“My prayer is that the party should be sincere, strong and be credible in whatever thing they do, so that they can show the world that they are ready to get Nigeria working again,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Onu had on May 6, declared his intention to contest the 2023 Presidential Election on APC platform.
He had promised to provide free medical treatments in public hospitals and reduction in maternal mortality rate, if elected as the country’s next president in 2023.
“As a man of great compassion, I am of the belief that women are great builders of nations and as such, no pregnant woman or child should die either during pregnancy or at child birth.
“This is the most challenging period in any woman’s life and they must be adequately cared for. No woman should suffer because the family cannot afford to pay hospital bills.
“Hence, all pregnant women will receive free treatment in public hospitals,” Onu said.
Meanwhile, the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, had returned his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to contest 2023 presidential election on APC platform.
The forms were returned on his behalf by Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, the National Chairman of the defunct APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo.
The governors were accompanied by some APC Senators to the party’s national secretariat to return the forms. (NAN)
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has commiserated with the families of the five people who died from building collapse, following heavy rainstorm in Damaturu on Monday.
Buni said this in a statement issued by the Director-General, Press and Media Affairs to the Governor, Mamman Mohammed.
The governor, who described the incident as sad and unfortunate, however, said that it was an act of Allah.
“It is very sad loosing the victims in this very unfortunate natural disaster, but that is the decreed time by the Almighty.
“We pray to Allah (SWT) to forgive their shortcomings and grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.
He also sympathised with those who sustained injuries and prayed for their quick recovery.
The governor directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to ensure treatment of those who sustained injuries and provide the victims with emergency relief materials to cushion their hardship.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a heavy rainstorm had, on Monday, claimed the lives of five people, while over 40 others sustained injuries, in Damaturu.
The affected areas were: Waziri Ibrahim Extension, Abbari Extension, NayiNawa, Pompomari, House of Assembly quarters, Gujba Road and Maisandari quarters.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Monday, felicitated with the people of the state and entire Muslim on the Eid-el-fitr celebration.
Buni’s Sallah message is contained in a statement signed by Alhaji Mamman Mohammed, the Director General Press and Media Affairs to the governor and made available to newsmen in Yobe.
Buni said the one month Ramadan fasting had inculcated virtues of patience, devotion, self-control, humility, kindness and forgiveness among others on the Muslim faithful.
He said such Islamic virtues should be extended beyond the month of Ramadhan to ensure a just and peaceful society.
The governor reminded the people of ‘Zakatul Fitr’, as a charity and an obligatory form of alms-giving required of every able Muslim at the end of Ramadan.
He prayed to Almighty Allah to accept the acts of worship and supplications made for the full return of peace and prosperity in Yobe and the entire country.
The governor also admonished the people to continue supporting government policies and programmes.
He assured that his administration would continue to sustain its infrastructural developments to improve the lives of the people.
He charged the people to be security conscious and report any strange movement of people and object to security agents.
Buni urged the people to remain peaceful and law abiding as the 2023 electioneering sets in, saying, “Peace is a necessary tool for successful election and development.”
Accordingly, the governor called on the people to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards to fully participate in the 2023 general elections.
“All political parties are enjoined to promote peaceful electioneering, devoid of rancour to promote the spirit of sportsmanship in politics and to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy,
“I also wish to commend the Nigerian Armed Forces, other security operatives and the Vigilante groups for their patriotism and gallantry in the fight against insurgency and other crimes,” Buni said.
He called for peaceful celebration of the Eid-el-fitr festival with prayers for a rewarding cropping season and prosperity in Yobe and Nigeria.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Wednesday in Damaturu expressed condoled with the Nigeria Air Force and the families of officers who died in its plane crash on Tuesday.
Buni expressed his condolences in a statement issued by Mamman Mohammed, Director-General Press Affairs and Media to the governor.
He described the accident as tragic, unfortunate and a huge loss to the country, the Nigeria Air Force and families of the departed officers.
“The Nigeria Air Force had unfortunately recorded a huge loss with its officers paying the supreme sacrifice in its efforts to safeguard the nation.
“On behalf of the government and the people of Yobe, I condole with the Nigeria Air Force and the families of the deceased officers,’’ Buni was quoted as saying.
He specifically condoled with the family of Flt.-Lt. Abubakar Alkali, an indigene of Yobe who died in the crash.
“The unfortunate incident consumed a young, talented and determined officer who was committed to doing the state proud in the service of his fatherland.
“May God grant the souls of Abubakar and the other victim eternal rest and their families, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,’’ the governor prayed.
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