Earlier today, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya was in Jalingo, the Taraba state where he paid a condolence visit to former Governor of Gombe State and Senator representing Gombe Central Senatorial District, Sen. Muhammad Danjuma Goje who lost his elder brother, Alhaji Ahmadu Goje.
Governor Yahaya was received on arrival by Governor of Taraba state, Arch. Darius Ishaku and his Deputy, Hon. Haruna Manu at the Government House before proceeding to the residence of the deceased at Bakin Kasuwa, Jalingo in company of the Taraba Deputy Governor.
The Governor told the grieving family that the late Alhaji Ahmadu’s death was a personal loss to him in view close relationship he shared with the deceased when he was alive.
” However, as Muslims we must take solace in the fact that what Allah Has taken belongs to him and to Him belongs what He granted and He Has an appointed time for everything “.
He said deeply saddened by the demise of Alhaji Ahmadu, whom he described as an upright man and exemplary father who sacrificed a lot for his family and the community he lived in.
“Although I had earlier issued a statement of condolence and also visited our mother in Gombe to commiserate with her, I’m also here personally leading a Government delegation in honour of the deceased, whom I shared close acquaintance with and to also identify with our leader and brother, Distinguished Senator Danjuma Goje and his entire family in this moment of grief.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Gombe state, we convey our deepest condolences to you and we seek Allah’s mercy upon the deceased and may He grant him Aljannat Firdaus.
Responding, Senator Danjuma Goje appreciated the visit by the Governor, saying ” Your Excellency, on behalf of our family, I wish to sincerely thank you for personally leading almost the entire Government of Gombe state to Jalingo to come and condole with us. Your Excellency, you have indeed proven to be a good brother. We remain eternally grateful for this show of love.
On the entourage of the Governor were the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Abubakar Mohammed Luggerewo, members of the state Assembly, Secretary to the state Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari,Gombe State APC Chairman, Mr. Nitte Amangal, Commissioners, PPS, Special Advisers and other aides.
In order to checkmate the erosion challenges and other natural indices in the state,the Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has said that the environmental challenges and climate change have become a global issue affecting all human and development actions put in place.
The Governor made the observation during the presentation of 2021 budget proposal to the State House of Assembly on Thursday in Gombe. The Governor added that the challenge in the areas of environmental sanitation, waste management, environmental pollution, flooding, soil erosion, desertification, climate change and the management of the environment itself which his administration is poised towards addressing them should be tackled headlong. This development made his administration to embark on aggressive Gombe Goes Green (3Gs) project that would cover the whole State hence implementing the World Bank Assisted Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) for which this administration paid Five Hundred Million Naira (N500,000,000.00) as counterpart fund to enable us access this World Bank fund. Furthermore, they have established nurseries in five (5) LGAs and raised 1.2Million assorted seedlings that were planted during the 2020 rainy season. ” In the same vein, Government established a 100 hectres of woodlot plantations across five (5) desert prone LGAs to combat desertification and land degradation.”
The Governor assured of his administration”s efforts to continue to tackle the environmental challenges while his administration would come up with deliberate policies and programmes to address the issues
“This is in addition to preparing an Environmental Protection Master Plan that will guide our actions. I am aware that the Ten-Year Development Plan (2020 – 2030) being prepared devoted a pillar in the plan for addressing environmental challenges”, adding they shall come up with relevant Environmental Sanitation Laws to guide their actions and strengthening the operations of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the Environmental Protection Agency to be able to address these challenges. ” For the 2021 fiscal year, the sum of Three Billion, Two Hundred and Twenty-Eight Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira(N3,228,500,000.00.) is earmarked for investment in the Environmental and Forestry sub-sector.”.
He lamented that the abundant potentials for job creation for which most of the youths are engaged thereby mopping up the youths from the streets while the Ministry has the responsibility of repositioning the State in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and promoting innovations in the State. ” With our commitment towards promoting science, technology and innovation in the State that the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is urged to step up its efforts towards realizing our full potentials. The sum of Three Hundred and Seventy-Seven Million Naira (N377,000,000.00) is earmarked for the operations of the Ministry in the 2021 fiscal year.”To achieve our development objectives, the Governor said that it was imperative that they invest in the people through human capital development which means improving access to good and affordable healthcare, nutrition, education, and foster social inclusion for all the people.
” We are therefore poised to improve the disturbing statistics of infant mortality, life expectancy, illiteracy and unemployment”.
According to the Governor, “the challenges we met when we assumed office in the Education sector. We are determined to ensure quality universal education for Gombe State children and youths through improvement in teacher quality, strengthening quality assurance, increase investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), improve funding mechanism for facilities and infrastructure development and a conscious effort at promoting girl-child education and reducing the menace of out of school children”.
He said his administration taken bold steps to addressing these challenges by declaring a state of emergency in education to bridge the infrastructural gaps in the schools by building 234 new additional classrooms across 80 schools, renovated 190 classrooms in 47 schools as well as established a state-of-the-art Teacher Resource Centre at Kwami for training and retraining of Teachers to meet the demands of modern teaching profession. “We are also addressing the high prevalence of out of school children through Better Education and Service Delivery for All (BESDA) Projects for which more than 300,000 children were mopped up and enrolled back to school, paid counterpart funds that enabled the State access the UBEC grant that we are using to undertake the massive constructions and renovations works in our primary and secondary schools as well as attract support from Corporate organizations and Development Partners”. “In order to address the huge gap in teacher availability, we are recruiting 1,000 in the first instance and a total of 2,413 qualified teachers to be deployed to our junior and senior secondary schools with a view to achieving a teacher to pupil ratio of 1 – 40” ” We will also begin the upgrading of 5 secondary schools to model science secondary schools”.
” We shall not falter in our drive towards making a turnaround in the education sector. It is in this regards that the sum of Six Billion, Three Hundred and Forty-Eight Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira (N6,348,400,000.00) is allocated for investment in education in the 2021 fiscal year”.With the pragmatic turnaround efforts being made in primary and secondary education, the Governor noted that the objective is to produce the needed and qualified students that will gain admission into the tertiary institutions in the State and other institutions across the country, adding that they shall continue to accord the tertiary institutions the needed attention through adequate funding, the availability of quality teaching staff, provision of physical infrastructure and facilities and making sure they continue to access the TETFUND grants.
According to him, “the report of the committee set up to review the establishment of higher institutions in the State will further guide the administration in strengthening our tertiary educational institutions in the State”. “To achieve this, the sum of Three Billion, Five Hundred and Ninety-Two Million Naira (N3,592,000,000.00) has been earmarked for investment in the Higher Education sub-sector in the 2021 fiscal year”.
There is no gainsaying that the health system they inherited did not provide the level of services required to meet the needs of the people of the State and it is in view of the situation that they met that and took deliberate actions to improve the availability, accessibility, affordability and quality of healthcare services, and provide regular funding.
“As part of our efforts towards addressing these challenges in the health sector, we also declared a state of emergency in this sector. We embarked on aggressive revitalization of primary healthcare facilities with the aim of providing at least one functional primary healthcare centre in each of the 114 wards of the State. This feat has been achieved in the year 2020” “We also thoroughly renovated and upgraded the State Specialist Hospital, thereby expanding its capacity to meet the increasing demand for normal and specialized healthcare services for our growing population. To meet the rising need for improved human resources for healthcare, we are providing the needed attention to our healthcare institutions in the State – The College of Nursing and Midwifery and the College of Health Technology, providing the enabling environment for our medical and health courses students to pursue their studies, as well as completed the Internship quarters in the Specialist Hospital that has been abandoned for over 20 years thereby meeting one of the key requirements for internship training of our young Doctors and other healthcare personnel requiring internship”. In conjunction,, he said, they have enacted enabling laws for instituting the contributory healthcare programme aimed at reducing out of pocket expenditure for healthcare services and providing risk protection to the people and the establishment of the Hospitals Management Board.On the COVID-19 pandemic that brought about unprecedented economic and public health challenges globally, the administration responded quite early by improving the level of preparedness of the health system including setting up and equipping of isolation and treatment centres.
He noted that Gombe State has one of the highest recovery rates and the lowest death rate from COVID-19 in the country as well as to cushion the economic hardship brought about by the pandemic leading to the setting up a palliative program that delivered palliative support to about 400,000 individuals across 67,000 households. ” We are also working with the World Bank to facilitate the State’s participation in the COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-CARES) project that will support our post COVID-19 recovery efforts”.
He expressed appreciation to the Federal Government, Development Partners, Foundations, the private sector and individuals for their continued support in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic and other healthcare challenges. ” Special appreciation goes to our healthcare personnel for being steadfast in their services despite the attendant risk they took. On our part, we shall continue to provide the enabling environment for fruitful partnership and the work of our healthcare personnel. In our continued effort of improving and ensuring quality access to healthcare services in the state, the sum of Five Billion, Five Hundred and Forty-Nine Million Naira (N5,549,000,000.00) is allocated for the Health sector in the 2021 fiscal year.”.
The Governor noted the challenge of youth restiveness is an issue that required deliberate and urgent attention hence his Government is mindful of the growing unemployment among this category of the population and the worsening poverty situation it has created. ” To this end, we are determined to boost job creation and improve employability by closing the skills gap. We shall also undertake skills training using our skills centres, encouraging and leveraging on development partnerships that addresses the needs of the youths”.On sports development, the administration will continue to encourage the youths and provide the enabling environment for their engagement in sports as well as encourage private sector investment in the sporting sub-sector while thehe Ministry of Youths and Sports Development shall continue with its talents hunt schemes and come up with workable plans towards strengthening the sporting sector.
“For its operations in the 2021 fiscal year, the sum of One Billion, and Fifty-Five Million Naira (N1,055,000,000.00) is earmarked for investment in Youth and Sports sub-sector.”The role of information in the development process cannot be overemphasized hence the administration has continued to provide the enabling environment for the operations of government and private media outfits.
In the 2021 fiscal year, the sum of Six Hundred and Forty-One Million Naira (N641,000,000.00) is earmarked for the Ministry of Information and Culture.
Also, the administration will continue to step up its efforts of ensuring social and financial inclusion of women, children, the physically challenged and the elderly as well as the rising poverty, increasing inequality and rising unemployment that affected the welfare and living conditions of the women. “It is in this regards that we initiated deliberate policies targeting women employment, women engagements in peace and security, and special focus on out-of-school children. We have reached advanced stage on domesticating the Child Rights Act and we are also engaging the Association for the physically challenged towards developing appropriate legislation that will combat discrimination and improve their living conditions. For the 2021 fiscal year, we earmarked the sum of Three Hundred and Eighty-Nine Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N389,500,000.00) for investment on Women Affairs and Social Development”.
In order to reposition the local government administration, we have come up with institutional reforms aimed at strengthening the local government system of which are these efforts which included the establishment of the Local Government Economic Planning Bureau and the passing of the Joint Project Development Agency Law. These initiatives are intended to strengthen the operational base of the Local Governments in addition to their constitutional roles and responsibilities for the people.
While appreciating the roles of our Traditional and Religious Leaders in ensuring peaceful co-existence, the Governor his administration has also ensured smooth and seamless chieftaincy transitions in the State. ” We shall continue to work together for the socio-economic development of the people in the LGAs and the State”. “To continue with these efforts, the sum of One Hundred and Thirty-Eight Million Naira (N138,000,000.00) is allocated for the Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs activities in the 2021 fiscal year”.
” Our administration gives adequate priority to the security of lives and property of the people of our State. This is because no economy can develop in an insecure environment. The Ministry of Internal Security and Ethical Orientation was established to strengthen our resolve in this direction. We are therefore determined to continue to embark on comprehensive internal security actions of ensuring the safety and security of the people of the State, safeguarding critical infrastructures, supporting the operations of the security agencies in the State and improving social engagement of the youths in sports, civic and socio-economic activities to reduce juvenile delinquencies, drug abuse and opportunistic crimes”.
While thanking God for the relative peace and security they enjoy in the State, he promised l continued support the security agencies and all relevant stakeholders in the maintenance of law and order in the communities. “To continue with these efforts, the sum of Seven Hundred and Thirty Million Naira (N730,000,000.00) is allocated in the 2021 budget.”.
According to him, a good governance at all levels is critical for the success of any administration and with effective governance, the public has information and means to hold Government to account for delivering its services in the interest of the State. ” We shall continue to improve governance by entrenching transparency, fighting corruption, reinforcing security, reforming the public service and strengthening coordination within the public service and the other arms of Government. For the General Administration sector, they plan to spend the sum of Three Billion, Nine-One Million, and Twenty Thousand Naira (N3,091,020,000.00) in the 2021 fiscal year.
For the effective dispensation of Justice, having a strong and effective judicial system cannot be overemphasized, this administration will continue to provide the enabling environment for the effective operations of the sector while the sum of One Billion, Three Hundred and Seventy-One Million, Four Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira (N1,371,420,000.00) is provided in the 2021 budget to this sector.
This administration came on the heels of unprecedented economic challenges that were further worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic based on these challenges which affected the inflow of financial resources to the State and to its internal revenue generation drive, the administration is determined to ensure the utilization of its available financial resources prudently. ” It is in this regard that the administration is committed to improving accountability and transparency, improving internal revenue, rationalizing public expenditure, improving public financial management and ensuring debt sustainability. Some of our actions, which are ongoing include strengthening the Internal Revenue Service operations, setting realistic and achievable targets to improve internal revenue generation, compliance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), Publishing the Budget online annually, producing budget implementation performance quarterly, implementing the Single Treasury Account (TSA) and capturing all State civil servants and pensioners biometric data to eliminate payroll fraud and comply with the Fiscal Responsibility Law and reporting obligations”.
Implementing these measures may be painful in the short run, but the long-term benefits would be worth the pains, therefore, he urged all of themto be patient with the challenges the processes might cause. All MDAs, the civil servants and stakeholders are urged to cooperate with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and all other agencies that are responsible for implementing these reforms.With the declining revenues from the oil sector, occasioned by the fall in the price of crude oil as well as the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to improve the internal revenue drive becomes pertinent and they shall continue to strengthen the operations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for higher performance through improvement in its human and technical capabilities.
He urged the people of Gombe State to pay their taxes as at when due to complement Government efforts while the IRS should also come up with implementable strategies for internal revenue generation as well as blocking of leakages. ” We shall continue to partner with the House for the passing of legislations that will guide our efforts”.
For the effective coordination of the budget, planning and development cooperation and partnership, the budget should align with the development plan, and development partner’s resources should be properly captured and integrated into the plan.
. In view of that, they shall forward the plan, along with a plan sustainability bill for passage into law that makes implementation of the plan binding on any administration. This, however, does not stop any administration from making reviews in line with prevailing circumstances. The plan will have a robust monitoring and evaluation framework to track its implementation and to complement the domestic resources, the administration has worked tirelessly to secure the confidence of our Development Partners. Those that have hitherto left, or are operating reluctantly are back and operating at full capacity. This was occasioned by the provision of the enabling environment, instilling their confidence and providing the required counterpart fund within the available resources. “Our engagement with the UN-System, UNDP, UNICEF, UNIDO etc. Foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, USAID, DFID, GAVI, the World Bank, AfDB and many others not mentioned here are yielding the desired results. As part of our administration’s commitment, the sum of N1.5Billion was paid as counterpart fund to various development assistance projects/programmes in the areas of Health, Education, Agriculture and Environment for the year 2020”
The challenges facing the North East sub-region in the area of insecurity and development calls for a closer and stronger cooperation within States in the region. To realize this aspiration, they convened the first ever North East Governors Forum meeting and this was to enable them collectively confront the various challenges facing the sub-region. More so, the State is working towards ensuring that we benefit from the established North East Development Commission (NEDC) and they shall continue to strengthen the regional cooperation initiatives for the benefit of the State and the region.
The Civil Service plays a crucial role in the delivery of government policies and programs. Over the years, the civil service delivery has been relatively weak, with poor coordination and overlapping responsibilities, limited capacity, weak performance management system, and inadequate incentives. In addressing these challenges, his administration set up the State Bureau for Civil Service Reform with the clear mandate to restructure and reposition the civil service for improved performance and service delivery. “Because of our concern for the welfare of the civil servants both during active service and on retirement, we also ensured the regular payment of salaries, released the sum of N1.1Billion for payment of outstanding pensions and N550Million for the outstanding liabilities from the previous administrations up to 2015. We have also proactively engaged with the organized Labour and adopted the N30,000.00 minimum wage which we had started implementing before the circumstances brought about by COVID-19 forced us to reverse the implementation. We are determined to continue its implementation in the 2021 fiscal year for the benefit of our civil servants”. Furthermore, as a demonstration of the confidence of the development partners in the reform efforts, the State was selected for the implementation of the USAID funded State2State programme via Development Alternatives Initiatives (DAI) to support our reform efforts of making service delivery efficient and accountable. More so, to deepen the process, his administration set up and inaugurated a Reform Council chaired by himself and a Steering Committee with a view to giving teeth to the efforts to make Gombe State a model in service delivery.
…As US Agency Selects Gombe for Implementation of State2State governance Programme
Gombe state has been selected for the implementation of the United States Agency for International Development, USAID-funded state2state governance programme through the Development Alternative Initiative ( DAI) to support the state’s reform efforts of making service delivery efficient and accountable.
This was disclosed by the Chief of Party, USAID, Mr. Tressan Sullivan during a courtesy visit the Governor in Gombe.
Mr. Sullivan said the main focus of the programme is to deliver key services in basic Education, Primary health care and Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH sectors.
He said the key component of the project is to support the State in improving delivery of these public services at Local Government level adding that the entry level of the programme is hinged on public financial management, economy and conflict analysis and mitigation.
He said the intervention is expected to commence operation in the State in the second quarter of 2021 and will continually work with the State and Local Government areas to boost capacity for better and effective performance in governance.
Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has lauded the interventions of USAID in the educational, economic and Agricultural development tailored towards human capital development in the State.
He stressed that the International Donor Agency has been playing a pivotal role in championing the training of Teachers at the primary school level and providing basic education materials through its Strengthening Education in the North East Nigeria SENSE project which aligns with the State’s Better Education Service Delivery for All BESDA.
He said if successfully implemented, both programmes have the potential of solving the challenges of basic basic Education in the State.
“Equally the Rural Resilience Activity RRA being implemented by Mercy Corps which is aimed at supporting our local farmers with the Basic skills of improved farming and to provide input to rural farmers who are in the majority because 75 percent of our people are peasant farmers and they need that support so we are happy for the interventions”.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya thanked USAID for coming with yet another intervention to compliment the efforts of the State government, saying everything hinges around transparency, accountability and good governance which is what his administration stands for.
“So far we have engaged in reforms, difficult as they may be, but we are trying to make sure that we change the situation for the better going back to the campaigns we made promises to our people and that we cannot do without good governance, transparency and accountability”.
He said his administration has instituted the Treasury Single Account, TSA to ensure prudent financial management, improvement on the budget system through public engagement and the formulation of a ten year development plan for the State which will be launched soon.
The Governor said his administration has also established the Bureau for Public Service Reforms which is aimed at human resource management in the State and the enhancement of productivity among the State workforce.
He said his administration is open to transparency, accountability and good governance, citizens engagement and improve relationships with civil society organisations since they relate more with the communities.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya told his guests that the centrality of Gombe goes with a lot of responsibility, as the state has been playing host to thousands of IDPs fleeing the conflicts in neighbouring states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Taraba states, thereby causing a huge strain on the State infrastructures.
He expressed the hope that during the cause of the project, the capacity of civil servants in the State will be enhanced to deliver on development, generate accurate data for analysis as well as monitoring and evaluation.
Pays Condolence Visit to Deceased’s Mother in Gombe
Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has received with sadness the news of demise of Alhaji Ahmadu Goje, a Jalingo-based business man and elder brother of former Governor of Gombe State and Senator representing Gombe Central Senatorial District, Sen. Muhammad Danjuma Goje.
Late Alhaji Ahmadu Goje died Yesterday in Jalingo Taraba State at the age of 74 after a brief illness.
Governor Yahaya who was among the early sympathizers who visited the deceased mother’s residence at GRA Gombe, said the death of Alhaji Ahmadu was a huge loss, not only to his immediate family but Gombe state as a whole in view of his fatherly role in the society.
He sate the deceased was as a respected businessman and great community leader who lived an exemplary life characterized by hardwork, selflessness and discipline, saying his death came at a time his wise counsel and guidance were still needed by his family members, community and the state in general.
“We, however, take solace in the fact that the late Alhaji Ahmadu lived a life of service to the people and left behind legacy of honour and dignity”.
The Governor, on behalf of the Government and people of Gombe state, conveyed his heartfelt condolences to senator Danjuma Goje and the entire members of the Goje family over the great loss, praying Almighty Allah to grant the deceased Aljannat Firdaus.
Governor Yahaya was accompanied by the state’s Acting Chief Judge, Justice Muazu Pindiga, Secretary to the state Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari, PPS, Alhaji Usman kamara, Alhaji Abubakar Muazu Yariman Kashere among other aides.
……….Commiserate with Government and People of Borno State over recent massacre of farmers in Zabarmari.
Good afternoon all. Let me use this platform to respectfully express my heartfelt appreciation for your wonderful support during the just concluded meeting of the NEGF in Yola, Adamawa State(23-26,Nov.2020). Your uncommon commitment, teamwork and sacrifice are monumental and legendary.
You have all written your names in GOLD on the sands of history. You have exhibited outstanding qualities that our principals are happy and proud of. I urge you to keep up the tempo.
The North East must be transformed!. I make bold to commend the courage, resilience, outstanding leadership skills and qualities of our Governors. We shall continue to partner with them by providing the much needed support and encouragement. These,I must confess, were clearly exhibited in the conduct of all the SSGs.
The North East yearns for general sacrifice, resolves, understanding and most importantly, PRAYERS. The pathetic underdevelopment, masterminded destruction and economic collapse are indicators for a bleak future and therefore unacceptable!!. I want to put on record our unreserved appreciation of Governors Fintiri of Adamawa; Bala of Bauchi; Zulum of Borno; Inuwa of Gombe;Buni of Yobe; and Darius of Taraba States for their foresight, wisdom and genuine concern interests for the region. May Allah be pleased with them and continue to strengthen, guide, guard and protect them as they assiduously work to reposition the North East.
The pathetic situation of the North East deserves nothing less. To the Secretariat, I am particularly pleased with your wonderful commitment and sacrifice. Your tenacity and strength gives me the confidence and hope that the future of the North East is very bright. I am indeed very proud of you all. As for me, I remain most humbled and honoured by your collective understanding and support. The unity of purpose exhibited is quite extraordinary.
To the resource persons, NEDC,JAMB, RDPN, and SAFARI AIR, we say a big thank you for your quality and insightful contributions. We remain truthfully indebted. TOGETHER WE SHALL OVERCOME. While celebrating our successful meeting, we were rudely shocked by the NEWS of the sad incident of cowardly crime in which over 43 innocent farmers were slaughtered in their farms.
We unequivocally condemn this act of cowardice. We stand by the Governor, Government and the good people of Borno State. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We call on the Federal Government to do everything possible to bring the perpetrators of the heinous acts to Justice. We reject in totality where innocent and law abiding human beings are brazenly wasted in cold blood.
May the souls of the dead find eternal peace and rest in aljannatul firdaush. May Allah grant us all the courage and fortitude to bear the tragic death of our loved ones.
Gombe State Government has awarded a contract worth over 2.9 billion Naira for the Gombe State University to Malam Inna erosion control works to Triacta Nigeria Limited through the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP.
Speaking during the signing of the contract agreement at Government House, Gombe, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi said the signing of the contract was a testament of his administration’s commitment to addressing the devastation caused by gullies in the state.
He said his administration has always been disturbed by incessant flooding in the state caused by gullies which have affected infrastructure, lives, property and people’s means of livelihoods.
The Governor maintained that the signing of the contract was the culmination of the struggle to sustain the environment and protect lives and property through engagement with the World Bank and other development partners, adding that his administration will stop at nothing until the degraded environment is improved on and the menace of gullies addressed.
He called on the Gombe State NEWMAP and the State Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources to ensure that the company completes the job within the stipulated time and does not compromise standard in carrying out the work.
Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner of Environment and Forest Resources, Dr. Hussaina Danjuma Goje said, the contract was awarded in accordance with the World Bank’s procurement regulations and guidelines to Triacta Nigeria Limited following acceptance of the recommendation of the evaluation team by the World Bank.
“The Company was found to be the most advantageous bidder having submitted the lowest responsive evaluated bid”, she added.
The Commissioner commended Governor Inuwa Yahaya for his commitment towards achieving NEWMAP’s objectives in the state which has reflected in the payment of counterpart contribution of N500 million by Gombe state Government.
In his remarks, the Project Coordinator, Gombe State NEWMAP, Engr. Mohammed Garba said the Gombe State University-Malam Inna erosion site consists of 3 communities that include the State University, Malam-Inna, and Kagarawal with a combined length of 4.4km.
Engr. Garba explained that the project is expected to be completed before June 2021.
In his remarks after signing the contract, Engr. Imran Amin Khan, on behalf of the managing director of Triacta Nigeria Limited said his company has a long history of infrascturacural relationship with Gombe State and assured of executing quality job within the agreed contract period and specifications.
The contract agreement was signed on behalf of the Gombe State government by the Gombe State NEWMAP Project Coordinator, Engr. Mohammed Garba, and the Procurement Officer, Abdulkadir Ibrahim Jalo, while Imran Amin Khan and Lateef Abboud signed on behalf of Triacta Nigeria Limited.
In an efforts to improve on the lives of it’s citizens especially the vulnerable in the society, Gombe State Government is partnering with Mercy Corps to give to the less previledge in the society.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya was speaking through the Secretary to the State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi at the signing of MOU between State Government and Mercy Corps a none Governmental Organization at Government House.
He said MOU, which is targeted at improving the lives of Women and Youths in the State will go a long way in solving the problems faced by these sets of people adding that the partnership will help the State Government drive at reducing poverty in the State.
“I am happy most of the issue raised fucuse on Women and Youths because Government has Special interest in these categories of people”
the SSG further added “if you can take woman and Youth, leave the rest of the issues, for as long as you remove them from claws of poverty you have solved about 60-70 percent of the problems”
He assured Mercy Corps of the state Government Commitment of improving the lives of the citezenry through programs and Projects and commended Mercy Corps for it humanitarian services.
Earlier speaking, the representative of Mercy Corps Dr. Yusuf Kukawa remarked that they were concerned about how to improve the lives of the citizenry through it’s rural resilience activity fucusing on market system Strengthening provision of grants and stimulates development in the market in oder to identify market actors, identify constraints and design interventions.
He said” We are tergetting 90,000 Participants at moment in Gombe and other states within the sub region and have selected 7 Value chains some of which are, rice, maize Ground nut value chain in addition to Small ruminants mainly for women as well as SMEs and ICT for the Youth.
Earlier in a remark the Special Adviser Budget and Development Partner Coordination Dr. Isiyaku Mohammed said the signing of the MOU is in fulfilment of it’s promise when they visited the state in April adding that Mercy Corps is in a tripatite arrangements with others such as save the Children and IFDC.
Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya said his administration remains committed towards optimal control of HIV/AIDS and achieving the target of ending the epidemic by 2030.
He made the commitment in a message to mark this year’s World AIDS Day with the global theme “Solidarity, Shared Responsibility” and Nigeria’s adopted theme, ‘United to end AIDS in the midst of COVID-19: Get tested.
Basking on the euphoria of the significant drop in HIV prevalence rate for Gombe state, Governor Yahaya said his administration will continue to provide the necessary political will and financial support to ensure availability of HIV testing kits across health facilities, increase access to HIV services, support for orphan and vulnerable children as well as ensure adequate care for those living with the virus.
The Governor said even as COVID-19 has exacerbated so many health challenges, his administration has remained deeply committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS and the goal of ending the HIV epidemic in Gombe by the year 2030.
He noted that though COVID-19 has been a challenge for many living with or at risk for HIV, the efforts of various stakeholders led by the Gombe State Agency for the Control of Aids, over the past decade and particularly during peak of coronavirus pandemic has helped in stemming the threat.
” Now is the time for us to once again make a leap in our response to work together to end COVID-19 and get back on track to end HIV by 2030.
“The most recent survey conducted in all the states of the federation shows that the prevalence rate for Gombe has dropped from 8.5 percent in 2006 to the current prevalence of 1.3 percent which is a laudable achievement for the state. This is a reflection of collaborative efforts and immense support given to the fight against HIV by this administration and the development partners”.
He however stressed that it is not yet time for celebration, noting that a lot of work still needs to be done to ensure further significant reduction till the goal of global HIV epidemic control is achieved.
The Governor directed the Ministry of health to ensure that frontline health workers, nurses, midwives and community health workers are adequately protected when delivering services for HIV and COVID-19.
He acknowledged and saluted donor agencies and development partners, civil society groups, health workers and all stakeholders for their steadfastness and support over the years.
Ismaila Uba Misilli Senior Special Assistant ( Media and Publicity)
Gombe State First Lady, Hajiya Asma’u Inuwa Yahaya, says the state government is working towards the elimination of all forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the state.
Hajiya Asma’u Yahaya gave the assurance while addressing journalists after a sensitisation walk in Gombe metropolis.
She said the exercise was part of the international campaign being observed in the state to mark 16 days of activism against GBV, adding that the menace has become a serious challenge to all stakeholders.
The governor’s wife stated that the previous year’s campaign yielded results as the governor received “our petitions and the bill has been forwarded to the House for consideration .”
According to her, the sensitisation walk was carried out to sustain the campaign towards ensuring that women and girls’ rights are protected.
“We are raising the awareness for people in Gombe to know that the menace is still with us and we must do everything possible to kick out all forms of violence against women and girls in the state,” she said.
She added that people must continue to say “no to any violations of women and girls’ rights, including rape and domestic violence.
The First Lady explained that stigmatisation remains the biggest threat to getting people to come out to report violations, stressing that stigmatisation is a major cause of low reportage of cases in Gombe State.
“I heard of a case of a 5-year-old girl who was raped and dumped in the street. I went to the hospital to see her. Unfortunately, the girl’s parents ran away with her,” she said.
In efforts to ensure that violence against women is eradicated, the governor’s wife said empowerment is key because when women are empowered, they would not send their children, especially the girl-child, to hawk.
“We are doing a lot as we have started empowering some women in the state; we are targeting to empower 45, 000 women in the next four years,” she said.
She appealed to all stakeholders to help out in the campaign to end violence against women and girls in the state, while encouraging communities to break the culture of silence.
The first lady also appealed to the state governor, Inuwa Yahaya, to ensure that the Child Rights Act and the Violence Against Persons (prohibition) Act (VAPP) are domesticated by his administration.
Also, the Gombe State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Naomi Awak, said the state government has been doing a lot to ensure protection of women and girls in the state.
Mrs Awak stated that part of the mandate of her ministry is to ensure the provision of psycho-social support for survivors of GBV through counselling and financial support, in some cases.
“We are committed to ensuring that we kick out all forms of violence and we appreciate Gov. Inuwa Yahaya for his support.
NAN correspondent reports that participants in the road walk included stakeholders from various Civil Society Organisations, officials of National Human Rights Commission, Coalition of NGOs and the media.
The Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi led Government Delegation to Lawishi Daji in Billiri Local Government to Condole with the Family of an Elder Statesman, Philanthropist, and renowned Farmer late Baba Walbit Lakuto who died at the age of 103 years after a brief illness.
Condoling the family the SSG described the death as a huge loss not only to the family but the state and country at large.
He said Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya was saddened on hearing the sad news adding that, his advise on how to improve farming will be greatly miss.
He recall how late Baba Lakuto strongly advised the present administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa to established a Fertilizer blending plants but, regret to say that ” now that the Fertilizer plant is established, Baba is no more to enjoy products of the plant.
He advised members of the mediate family to take heart as death is inevitable to all mortal.
Responding on behalf of the family, Magaji Lakuto and Mr Bibi Lakuto thanked the Governor for identifying with them at their moment of grief and appealed to the State Government to construct Lawishi Daji road to as mark of giving honour to their late father.