NHIS Lauds Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s Giant Strides in Health Sector.

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has expressed satisfaction with Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s unprecedented transformation of the health sector in Gombe State within just a 2 years period.

This was disclosed by Dr Sikiru Saluwudeen at the debriefing session with the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Habu Dahiru on the outcome of the just concluded accrediatation exercise jointly performed by the NHIS and the State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (GoHealth).

The visit was meant to debrief the Honourable Commissioner on the health facility accreditation exercise carried out to ascertain the level of preparedness of the 114 Primary Healthcare Centres selected to provide services to Basic Healthcare Provision Fund beneficiaries.

Dr Salawuddeen who is the immediate past Coordinator of NHIS in the state, applauded the state government under the leadership of Governor Inuwa Yahaya for transforming healthcare facilities across the state.

He remarked that all the 114 healthcare facilities visited have standard infrastrutures and equipment required to provide the basic minimum package of health services apart from a few flashpoints of manpower gap in some hard-to-reach areas. “Haven worked in the state and left about 2 years ago, I could not believe the transformation I have witnssed in my return to the state”, he said.

In his response, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Habu Dahiru reiterated that the revitalisation of healthcare facilities in the state was as a result of the governor’s resolve in prioritising health since assuming office. He stressed the need for a strong collaboration between NHIS and GoHealth for the smooth take-off of the BHCPF and other programmes.

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Gombe Governor Bags Traditional Title of Madawakin Gona in Akko LGA.

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya earlier today was conferred with the traditional title of Madawakin Gona by the Emir of Gona, HRH Alhaji Umar Abdulkadir Abdussalam.

While performing the turbaning ceremony at his palace in Akko-Gari, Akko local government area, the Emir said maintained that the honour was in recognition of the Governor’s leadership qualities, integrity and remarkable commitment as well as his unwavering determination to take Gombe state to the next level of prosperity and development.

He said the emirate council approved the conferment of the traditional title of Madawaki, a very significant title in the palace, to also show appreciation to the Governor for the developmental projects being executed in the emirate. He particularly praised the Governor for bringing numerous projects to the area including roads, hospitals, schools as well as his support for the establishment of the Nigerian Airforce Reconnaissance ( NAF Base) all within less than two years of his stewardship.

Alhaji Umar Abdussalam added that his emirate remains indebted to the Governor and will continue to give him maximum support and offer prayers for the success of his government.

The turbarning ceremony had in attendance, the Speaker of Gombe state House of Assembly, Hon. Abubakar Luggerewo, Secretary to the state government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Chief of staff, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari, Speaker Gombe state House, Commissioners, Special Advisers, royal fathers, including the Mai Kaltungo, Mai Tangle, Emirs of Akko, Dukku, Yamaltu and the Mai Tula among other dignitaries.

Highlights of the occasion were the presentation of letter of appointment and a well decorated horse to the Governor to complement the title.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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Governor Inuwa Yahaya, Government Functionaries, Traditional Rulers, Others Join Hon. Usman Kumo as Lawmaker Commissions Juma’at Mosque in Akko- Gari.

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has charged religious leaders as well as the entire citizenry to continue to strive in seeking God’s divine intervention on the trials and challenges bedevilling the nation.

Speaking during the official commissioning of a Juma’at Mosque in Akko Gari, Gona Emirate built by member representing Akko Federal Constituency, Hon. Usman Bello Kumo, Governor Inuwa Yahaya decried the security challenges bedeviling the country, urging fervent prayers and special supplications to Almighty Allah especially in this holy month of Ramadan.

He said with prayers, there is no challenge that is insurmountable, calling in particular, the Ulamas to offer special prayers for the peace, unity and development of Gombe state and Nigeria as a whole.

While congratulating Hon. Kumo for having the opportunity and the grace to build the magnificent mosque and many others within his constituency, Governor Yahaya said with this gesture the lawmaker has demonstrated true love for his religion and the people he is representing.

The Governor assured of his administration’s resolve to support any one who has the interest of the state and the people at heart.

He said his government is a people-oriented one, hence will continue to work in tandem with the yearnings and aspirations of the electorate by ensuring that development reaches the nooks and crannies of the state.

In his remarks, Hon. Usman Bello Kumo, who is also the chairman of the house of representatives committee on police affairs, said as a representative of the people, he will continue to subordinate himself before them and always heed to the needs of the masses who gave him the mandate.

Hon. Bello Kumo thanked Governor Inuwa Yahaya for providing the enabling environment, moral support and guidance for him to carry out his duties as a legislator and representative of the people. He said the Governor is always there for him, giving him and other lawmakers from the state all necessary support whenever the need arises. He solicited for support and cooperation of the people of the state for Governor Yahaya, whom he described as a rare breed politician and man of the moment, to continue with the developmental projects he is carrying out in the state.

The Commissioner of rural, community development and cooperative, Alhaji Muhammad Danladi Abubakar thanked the Governor for personally gracing the occasion saying such gesture is clear indication of his love for the people of the area. The commissioner who enumerated some developmental projects executed by Inuwa-led administration in the area covering healthcare, road construction, rural development, schools among others, assured the Governor of unalloyed support of the people of Akko local government area and the state in general.

The Emir of Gona, Alhaji Umar AbdulKadir Abdussalam appreciated Governor Inuwa for undertaking numerous developmental projects in his domain, Akko Local Government and the entire state. He said his emirate is proud of the Governor and will continue to cherish him and give him all necessary support to accomplish his mission in the state.

The Emir also appreciated Hon. Kumo for building a befitting mosque for them as well as for executing many constituency projects in the area, saying the Hon. member has written his name in gold in the history of Gona Emirate and that the people of the area will continue to hold him dear in their hearts.

Also speaking, the Mai Kaltungo Engineer Saleh Muhammad on behalf of the Gombe State Council of Emirs and Chiefs and the Emir of Akko, Alhaji Umar Muhammad Atiku appreciated Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s care and respect for the traditional institution and assured of their total support, cooperation and loyalty to him as he strives to make Gombe a model state.

The commissioning ceremony, which took place after the Jumma’at congregational prayer led by the chief Imam of Gona, was graced by the Speaker of Gombe state House of Assembly, Hon. Abubakar Luggerewo, Secretary to the state government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari, Commissioners, Special Advisers, Emirs and Chiefs as well as notable politicians and businessmen.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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Nyuwar/Jessu attack: Gombe Government Presents Relief Materials to Affected Communities.

In line with Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s directive, the two communities of Nyuwar and Jessu in Balanga Local Government area today received delivery of relief materials to cushion their suffering following the recent attacks on them which claimed many lives and left many property incinerated.

Presenting the food items and other essential materials to the representative of the district head of Nyuwar, the Commissioner of Internal Security and Ethical Orientation, Adamu Dishi Kupto said having visited Jessu and Nyuwar communities to assess the level of damage, the Governor of Gombe state expressly approved the delivery of relief materials to alleviate the sufferings of those affected.

Flanked by the Commissioner of Special Duties, Christopher Abdu Buba Maisheru, Adamu Kupto said the food items provided were meant to address the immediate needs of the people as government mobilises resources for yet another intervention.

He assured the people of Nyuwar and Jessu communities that the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya will continue to work with security agencies to ensure that perpetrators of the carnage are brought to justice.

While condemning the senseless killings and destruction of property in their entirety, the Commissioner of Internal Security and Ethical Orientation called for maximum retraint from both communities in order to de-escalate the tension.

The representative of the district head of Nyuwar, Mr. Yohanna Galmaka Pisagih who received the items on behalf of the community, thanked Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for responding in record time to the plight of the people.

The Commissioner of Internal Security and his Special Duties counterpart were also in Jessu to present relief materials to the victims. The Galadiman Jessu, Mr. Goma Jesimel who stood in for the district head, received the items on behalf of the community.

In a remark at Jessu, the Commissioner for Special Duties, Christopher Abdu Buba Maisheru said the earlier visit by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and the speed with which he approved the delivery of relief materials show his compassion and emotional attachment to the people.

Responding, the Galadiman Jessu Mr. Goma Jesimel thanked Gombe State Government for promptly responding to the plight of the people of Jessu and their brothers in Nyuwar.

He wondered why their communities were attacked without any provocation, appealing to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to ensure that justice is served to any person or group of persons found to have engaged in or sponsored the carnage.

He equally expressed gratitude to the Governor for the deployment of security forces to restore law and order in both communities.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director- General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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Governor Inuwa Yahaya Attends Inaugural Meeting of APC Contact and Strategy Committee in Abuja.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state earlier today attended the inaugural meeting of the Contact and Mobilization Committee of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

The 61-member committee, chaired by Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state was constituted by the Mai Mala Buni-led APC caretaker and extra ordinary convention planning committee as part of efforts by the CECPC to rebuild and reposition the party ahead of the 2023 general elections and beyond.

Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello who chaired the inaugural meeting on behalf of Governor Badaru who is bereaved, urged members to dedicate their time, energy and resources in ensuring that the committee succeeds in its assignment.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya along side his fellow committee members were taken through the 7-point terms of reference set up for them by the party which include: to establish constructive engagements with critical stakeholders at various stages of the party with a view to enhancing confidence in the party and trust among party leaders; to conduct needs assessment survey for party members and the general public to know what they expect from the party; to recalibrate the core values of the party to reflect the current realities; to develop strategies that will place the party in a vantage position in the public domain.

The committee also deliberated on the 17 sub- committees to be set up in order to ease their work and help come up with a strategy and framework that will help consolidate the gains of APC going forward. Some of the sub- committees include those of zonal contact; legal process; reward system; security and special engagements; media and publicity; events and annual convention; party policies, manifestos, culture and philosophy; party integration, synergy and cohesion; funding; mass movement among others.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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Governor Inuwa Yahaya Presides over State Executive Council Meeting.

….As SEC approves 1.4 bn for Procurement, Installation of Biometric Equipment

The Gombe State Executive Council has approved the sum of 1.499 billion naira for the procurement and installation of biometric equipment for the State Integrated Payment Gateway and Human Resource Management System aimed at checkmating absenteeism in the civil service with a view to ascertaining the precise number of civil servants working and also to know the required workforce for fresh recruitment.

The meeting, presided over by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya also considered and approved over six hundred million naira for the renovation and remodelling of Bajoga General hospital in Funakaye local government area.

Briefing newsmen on other details of the meeting, the Commissioner of Information and Culture, Julius Ishaya Lapes said the Council equally deliberated and condemned in strong terms the communal clash between the Waja and Lunguda tribes of Balanga Local Government Area in which Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya wasted no time in visiting the affected communities and taking measures to forestall further escalation of violence.

The Commissioner of finance and economic development, Muhammad Gambo Magaji had while giving more insight on the procurement and installation of Biometric equipment for the State Integrated Payment Gateway and Human Resource Management System, said the measure was to check the excesses of civil servants who do not report to duties in their places of work.

He said it is common knowledge that some civil servants stay in other towns and cities across the country but receive monthly salaries of the Gombe State Government without justification, explaining that the Biometric system will put a stop to such practices and give Government value for its spendings.

The Commissioner said when fully installed, the system will eliminate imaginary workers and save a substantial amount of money for the State government to use in other areas of needs.

“The biometric system was piloted in Gombe LGA and about 23 million naira was realized as left over, the same way the biometric assisted in uncovering nearly 700 ghost pensioners on the state payroll over the years. These 2 factors encouraged state government to opt for the biometric system”.

Also Speaking in specific terms on a matter discussed at Council which falls under the purview of his Ministry, the Commissioner of Water Resources, Mijinyawa Yahaya said the State Government has carried out a feasibility study with a view to expanding the supply of water to areas that have not been covered with taps.

He said the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya will soon come up with taskforce that will not only encourage the citizens of the State to pay for services they enjoy, but also compel those who are in the habit of evading the payment of utilities to comply.

He said in view of the present economic crunch, the State Government can no longer afford to spend about 1 billion in annual budget for the provision of water without a commensurate payment of water bills by the consumers.

“Plans are also underway to install meters so as to gauge the water consumption of our clients in a way that each client pays what he consumes”

The Commissioner of Housing had equally told newsmen that Council approved over six hundred million naira for the renovation and remodelling of Bajoga General hospital and subsequently general Hospitals in Kaltungo and Kumo in Akko LGA may have similar Council’s approval in the next sitting.

He said it is the intention of the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to reposition the health sector for better and effective service delivery.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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Ramadan: Gombe Governor Calls for Fervent Prayers against Insecurity, Other Challenges.

As the Ramadan fasting begins today, Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has enjoined the Muslim ummah to use the opportunity provided by the holy month to pray fervently against the challenges of insecurity as well as for unity and progress of the state and the nation as a whole.

The Governor who made the call in a goodwill message to mark the commencement of the Ramadan, also called for sustained prayers for an end to the coronavirus pandemic which he said is still very much in existence.

He noted that this year’s holy month is coming at a time Nigeria is still battling with challenges of insecurity, characterized by insurgency, banditry, kidnappings and communal clashes, hence the the need for all to intensify prayers to seek Allah’s intervention.

He said, ” as one of the five pillars of Islam, Ramadan fasting avails the Ummah a golden opportunity for spiritual rejuvenation and devotion through supplication and other acts of worship. We therefore must use this opportunity to pray fervently for our dear state and the nation as well as for those in authority as we collectively battle to combat the threat of insecurity, covid-19 pandemic and many challenges facing us today”.

The Governor admonished the Muslim Ummah to always demonstrate in their lives, the spirit and ideals of Islam by living according to the tenets of the religion, which promote peace, kindness and obedience.

“The Ramadan is not just to fast, but to purge ourselves of every iniquity and rededicate ourselves to Allah, sublimate our desires and ambitions to His will and set ourselves up as examples for others by our generosity, honesty and good neighborliness “.

While wishing the Ummah a rewarding Ramadan fast, Governor Yahaya called on Islamic clerics to use their Tafsir sessions to preach peace and unity among the citizenry.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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Gombe State Government imposed 24 hours curfew on Nyuwar, Jessu, Yolde communities of Balanga LGA.

Gombe state Government has imposed a 24 hour curfew on Nyuwar, Jessu and Yolde communities in Balanga Local Government area of the state with immediate effect.

The Secretary to the state Government, Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, who made the announcement, said the decision followed the violence that erupted in the communities.

According to the SSG, the curfew becomes necessary to douse the tension and restore peace and order in the affected areas.

He said security personnel have been deployed to restore normalcy while the curfew will subsist until further notice.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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Gombe Governor Flags-off Statewide Distribution of Palliatives to Poor, Vulnerable Families.

…Targets over 60, 000 Households Across Gombe State

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says his administration will continue to champion policies that give citizens in the State the opportunity to have access to good governance through the provision of life supporting interventions especially in times of need.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya stated this at the flag-off ceremony of phase two of the Statewide distribution of palliatives to poor and vulnerable households in Dukku Local Government Area of the State.

The Governor said the distribution of the relief materials is a tradition of his administration aimed at addressing the hardships faced by the people during the current covid-19 Pandemic and also individuals affected by flood disaster and the over 2000 victims of the recent Billiri crisis.

He said the State Government under his leadership had before the flag-off of the phase ll of the Statewide distribution of palliatives, expended the sum of 775 million on the procurement and distribution of palliatives to the people of the State to cushion their sufferings.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya who reiterated his administration’s commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of the people, said his Government will continue to work within available resources to address the needs and concerns of the people to which he swore to serve irrespective of social, religious or political affiliations.

He said to ensure justice and fairness in the distribution of the palliatives, his administration has put machinery in motion so that the materials get to the intended beneficiaries at the local, ward and polling unit levels.

The Governor revealed that in the year 2020, his administration was able to reach out to over 65 thousand poor and vulnerable households across the State with not less than 6 persons in each of the targeted households, adding that the phase ll of the distribution exercise also targets same number.

He said his administration will always insist on meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people and not stay aloof and watch materials meant for the citizens being siphoned by the previledge in the society.

“My administration is for the masses and we are here to work and better their lives. We shall also come up with realistic plans that can boost their economic status so that they can in turn help the government and those still struggling at the rungs of the ladder”.

On some of the request made by the Chairman of Dukku Local Government Area, the Governor said his administration is not unmindful of water scarcity in the area hence his collaboration with the Federal Government’s PWASH programme and the resuscitation of RUWASSA by his government to address the challenges of water in Dukku, Kwami, Furnakaye and Balanga Local Governments of the State which he observed are the worst hit areas.

He expressed the hope that with these interventions by his administration, the challenges of water scarcity will in no distant time be a thing of the past in the worst hit Local Government Areas of the State.

The Governor equally assured the people of Dukku Local Government Area of his administration’s commitment to ensure that the Wawa-Zange grazing reserve is pursued to its logical conclusion for the benefit of the people of the State, saying a road to link Gombe Abba to Alkaleri in Bauchi State will also be constructed to create easy access.

“Let me assure the people of Gombe that the State Government under my leadership will ensure that every locality gets road network, schools, water and health care facilities. All we seek is the cooperation and understanding of the people”.

Earlier speaking the chairman, Gombe State Palliative Distribution Committee, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau said to ensure equity, justice and fairness in the exercise, the State Government under the leadership of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya constituted his committee which subsequently birthed the local, ward and polling unit committees.

These committees as explained by Dr. Daniel Jatau, who is also the State Deputy Governor of the state, were so constituted to ensure that the relief materials get to the intended beneficiaries without any form of diversion.

He said each of the beneficiaries will go home with 10kg of rice, 2kg of sugar and one carton of either indomie or spaghetti, saying this same package is to be given to each beneficiaries across the State.

The Chairman, Dukku Local Government Council, Jamilu Ahmed Shabewa appreciated Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for not only choosing Dukku for the symbolic exercise, but his compassion for the poor and vulnerable in the society as well as passion towards repositioning the State to be a beacon in the north East.

Emir of Dukku, Alhaji Haruna Abdulkadir Rashid II said the flag-off of the phase ll of the Statewide distribution of palliatives to the poor and vulnerable households in the State is not only timely, but an indication that Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is a leader that has the people at heart.

He called on the people not to relent in supporting the policies and programmes of the Inuwa Yahaya- led administration for the good of the Dukku Local Government Area and by extension the entire state.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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Gombe Governor Extols Senator Goje, as Former Governor Commissions Magnificent Jumma’at Mosque he Built in Shongo Idirissa.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has joined senator Muhammadu Danjuma Goje to commission a mosque built by the former governor in Shongo Idrisa Village, a community in Akko local government area of the state.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the Umar Bin Kattab Mosque, shortly after the friday prayer, Governor Inuwa Yahaya urged the worshippers at the congregation to intensify prayers for Allah’s intervention on the rising insecurity bedeviling the northern region and Nigeria at large.

He lauded Senator Muhammad Danjuma Goje over the multi million naira humanitarian projects he has been executing within his senatirial district and beyond which he said have direct bearing on the life of a common man.

While commending the peaceful coexistence among the people of Shongo Idirissa community, Governor Yahaya said his administration will continue to promote activities that will foster unity and religious harmony in the state.

He also called for unity of purpose among the Muslim Ummah and between them and non- Muslims alike, saying there is no alternative to peace and harmony.

The Governor also assured the community that, very soon the area will witness the commencement of some projects in line with his campaign promise and the developmental agenda of his administration.

In his remarks, Senator Muhammad Danjuma Goje said the construction of Mosques in communities across his constituency and beyond was borne out of his desire to contribute his quota in promoting Islam for reward in the hereafter. He appreciated Almighty Allah for giving him the opportunity to do the charitable act that he believes will earn him reward in the sight of Allah.

He thanked Governor Inuwa Yahaya for honouring him with his presence at the mosque commissioning, recalling the key role the Governor played as Commissioner of Finance during his administration in making the construction of ultra modern Bubayero Central mosque Gombe a reality as well as in many other endeavours.

Senator Goje thanked Islamic scholars who supported his course and encouraged him over the years and other stakeholders who in one way or the other contributed in making the mosque project a success.

The former Governor tasked the benefitting community to take ownership by ensuring adequate maintenance and close supervision of the place of worship.

The national chairman of Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah wa iqamatissunnah, JIBWIS, Sheikh Abdullahi Bala Lau who led the Jumaat prayer to flag-off the majid, described Senator Danjuma Goje as a committed Muslim that is conscious of his religion and the hereafter.

“Senator Danjuma Goje should be a role model for many wealthy people that want to invest in their religion for a better hereafter by engaging in such beneficial projects”.

“Allah Has promised building a befitting House in Paradise for anyone who builds a mosque for him and Senator Muhammadu Danjuma Goje has built many Mosques aside from the ones he either influenced or directly built in other places such as the famous Bubayero Central mosque at the Emir’s palace in Gombe”

“What we build in this world is only for this world like our house but there is a great reward to build a masjid; when we donate to build a mosque, we earn a house in Jannah. It is stated in many ahadees that the one who builds a masjid Allah will build a house for him in Jannah”.

Other speakers at the event, commended Sen. Goje for his act of benevolence and called on other well to do individuals in the society to emulate him.

The event was attended by Government functionaries, traditional rulers, religious leaders and a large crowd of well wishers who came from far and near to witness the commissioning event.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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