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Yobe upbeat at achievements despite prevalence of terror

03 November 2014, 06:58Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Yobe Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, said his administration had overcome terror to achieve most of its targets set t the beginning of its tenure.

The governor said even with the problem of insurgency, his administration was able to achieve "90 percent" of its targets.

“It was regrettable that at the end of the year 2011, grave security challenges were brought to bear on the state with the Boko Haram insurgency becoming pronounced,” said Gaidam.

The governor added that the state recorded enormous loss of lives and property.

He gave an instance of about 215 government school buildings destroyed by the insurgency.

“This unfortunate event has slowed down the execution of our policies and programmes. The resources we commit to support the prosecution of the war against the insurgents has affected the execution of our capital projects."

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Some of the areas of support to security agencies include provision of over 300 Hilux vehicles, payment of over N250 million monthly as allowances alone, fueling and repairs of security vehicles, assistance to the families of security personnel killed in action, payment of medical bills of those of them who sustain degrees of injury in the fight with insurgents, he added.

The governor also revealed that from the beginning of the insurgency to date, the accumulated expenditure of government is over N10 billion.  

“We have been paying salaries, allowances, gratuities and pensions as and when due. As a manifestation of the commitment of the present administration to reduce unemployment and alleviate poverty, over 20 000 youth have been trained in various skills, trades and empowered.  

"Similarly, over 8 000 unemployed diploma holders have been engaged and placed on a monthly payment of N15 000 each. Loans have also been provided to youth, women and other vulnerable groups.”

He said in the area of water supply for both animal and human consumption, the government drilled over 800 boreholes, rehabilitated 86 boreholes, drilled 627 hand pumps and constructed 703 concrete lined cement wells across the state.

- CAJ News

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