Gombe Governor Praises President Buhari’s Ideals, Personal Principles, Moral Rectitude.

…Receives “Baba for All Nigeria” , as Group Donates Food Items to Women in Gombe

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has described the ideals and personal principles of President Muhammadu Buhari as traits worth emulating by all Nigerians.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya gave this impression when he granted audience to the Baba for All Nigeria Initiative, an association of like-minds formed to promote and project the ideals and progressives disposition of President Buhari.

The Governor praised the group for bringing with it, support to the less privileged in Gombe State, especially in the holy month of Ramadan which encourages such gestures.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for always supporting the government and people of Gombe State through different interventions such as provision of assorted food items, economic empowerment and various other social intervention schemes for youths, women and other vulnerable members of the society.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya said since his military career through to his political sojourn, President Muhammadu Buhari has been relating perfectly well with the Gombe State, noting that it was during his watch as Minister of Petroleum that the Gombe NNPC Depot was conceived and which has so far been serving the people of the State.

The Governor equally noted that Gombe State has consistently supported the President in all his previous contests in APP, CPC up to the APC time in 2015 when he was elected president and 2019 when he was re-elected as the number one citizen of the country.

He stressed his belief in the ideals and principles of President Buhari and his leadership style especially in the fight against corruption and impunity.

“As far as we are concerned there is no person in recent history that has shown an acceptable ideals and took it to this level in terms of fighting corruption and making people to be aware, to be involved like President MuhammaduBuhari. So I don’t think of recent there is that person that has achieved such a feat, so his character is worth copying, learning from and taking as role model”.

He assured that his administration will support the “Baba for All” initiative in its bid to promote the ideals of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the food items so donated will be distributed among women in the State who are the main building blocks of the society.

Earlier speaking, the National Coordinator of the group, Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji said the initiative is an association of like- minded people who came together to support, promote and project the ideals and principles of President Muhammadu Buhari whose moral standing is worthy of emulation.

He said in keying into the compassionate disposition of the President, the group deemed it necessary to come with it, to the State, food items to be distributed among the less prevailed in the society.

Hon. Sani Jaji thanked Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for the warm reception accorded to members of his group as well as his drive of leaving the State better than he met it through his developmental programmes and projects across the nooks and crannies of the state. He said Governor Yahaya is at the forefront in supporting the Baba for All initiative, commending the Gombe state chief executive for being a true vanguard and reliable ally of the president.

Shortly after the courtesy visit, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya led the National Coordinator and members of the Baba for All to the APC square for the official flag of the distribution of the food items.

At the ceremony, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya reiterated his administration’s support to the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, assuring that Gombe State Government under his leadership will not give in to sinister move by agents of doom to cause confusion and disunity in the country.

The Gombe state Coordinator of the initiative, Hon. Aishatu Jibir Dukku who represents Dukku/ Nafada Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, commended Governor Yahaya’s women-friendly and pro-poor disposition, saying the distribution of the palliatives was aimed at complimenting his efforts in that regard.

Beneficiaries of the food items, all of them women, were full of praises and appreciation to the “Baba for All” group and Governor Yahaya for the gesture.

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Gombe Governor Greets Lalong at 58

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has felicitated with his Plateau state counterpart and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong on the occasion of his 58th birthday anniversary today 5th May, 2021 .

In a congratulatory message, Governor Inuwa Yahaya joinied the family, friends and associates of Governor Lalong to celebrate God’s favour and grace upon his life as he attains this great milestone.

He said, “Happy birthday to my dear brother and our indefatigable Chairman. On this auspicious occasion of your birthday, I wish you God’s exceeding grace, blessings, guidance and protection in all your endeavours”.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya used the occasion to pay glowing tribute to Governor Lalong for creating sustainable peace and unity on the plateau, describing the Northern Governors’ Forum Chairman as a selfless and exemplary leader who has succeeded in changing the negative narrative about his state through various developmental programmes and projects as well as enthronement of peace and harmony among the diverse peoples of his state.

He prayed Almighty God to continue to bless the Plateau state Governor with good health to keep serving the nation and humanity.

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Governor Inuwa Hosts FUK Management, Visitation Panel.

…Says Gombe will Continue to Work with Varsity to Provide Quality Education to the People

…Warns Agents of Doom to Desist from Fanning Embers of Disunity

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says his administration will continue to work in partnership with the Federal University of Kashere, FUK in a manner that the varsity can keep providing quality education to the people of the State.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya stated this when he granted audience to the joint delegation of FUK management and the Presidential Visitation Panel to the university led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Umar Pate at the Council Chamber of the Government House.

The Governor assured that Gombe State Government under his leadership will continue to support the University based on the fact that the institution does not only provide tertiary education to the people of the State but also employment to its citizens.

He said the presence of the Federal University of Kashere in Gombe has helped greatly in reducing the risk attached to distant travels in search of tertiary education and has ultimately provided less financial obligations on parents who will rather patronize the institution than send their children very far to acquire university education.

On some of the challenges confronting the University, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya assured the management of the institution that his administration will do everything necessary to ensure that the varsity is allocated additional land for expansion.

On request by the University to have a link with the Leventis Foundation in Tumu for its sugar research programme, Governor Inuwa Yahaya said the initiative was in line with his administration’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Training Centre, saying his administration will look at the best way possible to collaborate for optimal results.

He said despite the paucity of funds being experienced by the State, in the midst of multitude of demands, his administration will remain resolute towards supporting the University, as according to the Governor what goes into the Federal University of Kashere will eventually trickle down to the people of the State.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya used the forum to advise secessionists and agents of doom to desist from fanning embers of disunity in the country, describing the unity, peace and progress of Nigeria as non-negotiable.

He said what Nigerians want is an improvement on what God has endowed the country with so that everybody can have a sense of belonging and ownership in the affairs of the country

Earlier speaking, the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Kashere, Professor Umaru Pate said they were at the Government House to officially introduce the new management of the University and to intimate the Governor on the vision of the new team going forward.

This vision as explained by Professor Pate is to develop the University and to consolidate on past achievements in the institution, saying anything less will not be accepted by his leadership.

Professor Pate said as a young institution, the Federal University of Kashere is desirous of development where its certificate can be respected, research work noted and its scholars acknowledged any where in the world.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Presidential Visitation Panel to the Federal University of Kashere, Dr. Mac John Nwobiala said the 6- man panel will appraise the performance of the institution in terms of leadership qualities of the Vice Chancellor, principal officers and governing councils with a view to ascertaining the extent to which they have fulfilled their mandate for public good during the period under review spanning ten years.

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World Press Freedom Day:Gombe Governor Tasks Journalists on Ethics, Professionalism.

…Pledges Continued Partnership with Media to Entrench Transparency, Accountability in Governance

As Journalists in Gombe State join their counterparts the world over to commemorate the world Press Freedom Day, today 3rd May, 2021, the State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has charged the media practitioners to continue to uphold the ethics of their profession by promoting the ideals of democracy, justice, accountability, peace and unity.

In a goodwill message, Governor Yahaya paid tribute to media practitioners in the state for their resilience and commitment in enlightening and sensitizing the citizenry on government policies and programmes as well as updating the general public on developments around the world through their reportage and editorial contents.

While making reference to the theme of this year’s celebration, “Information as a Public Good ”, the Governor said as watchdogs of the society and voice of the people, jounalists must always guard against fake news and misinformation as well as ensure accurate and balanced reportage of events and activities.

Governor Yahaya assured to continue to work with the media as partners and critical allies in his determination to entrench transparency, accountability and openness in governance in Gombe state.

This year’s World Press Freedom Day’s theme, “Information as a Public Good” serves as a call to affirm the importance of cherishing information as a public good, and exploring what can be done in the production, distribution and reception of content to strengthen journalism, and to advance transparency and empowerment while leaving no one behind.

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May Day: Gombe Governor Salutes Nigerian workers,Tasks them to Show More Commitment, Dedication to Duty.

…Says Government Working Hard Towards Repositioning Civil Service for Efficiency, Improved Service Delivery

…As NLC Lauds Governor Inuwa for Prompt Payment of Salaries, Pensions

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has charged workers in the state to exhibit commitment and dedication to duty even as he assured that his administration will continue working hard towards repositioning civil service for better efficiency, improved service delivery

Governor Inuwa Yahaya gave this indication while addressing workers in the State to mark this year’s International Workers’ Day Celebration at the Pantami Township Stadium.

The Governor described the theme for this year’s workers day celebration, “COVID – 19 Pandemic, Social and Economic Crisis: Challenges for Jobs, Social Protection and Peoples Welfare” as apt and timely because of the significant labour, economic and social disruptions caused by the pandemic.

He noted that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated measures such as lockdown have led to loss of jobs, transition to remote work and productivity losses, saying governments all over the world are experiencing economic downturn, and are struggling to pay salaries and meet the welfare needs of their workers.

He however said, “In Gombe State, we have been able to continue the payment of salaries to workers and monthly pension to retirees as at when due. Moreover, we are also able to pay billions of naira to settle outstanding pensions and gratuities inherited from previous administration, our intention is to clear all outstanding pensions and gratuities because we believe that our civil servants deserve to live in comfort and dignity after retirement”.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya used the occasion to commend the leadership of the organized labour for their resillence as well as support and cooperation on issues affecting workers and the general progress of the State.

He assured them of his administration’s unwavering commitment to provide socio-economic development to improve the well-being of people.

“As we are all aware, the Civil Service is the engine room for the implementation of Government policies and programmes. It is in consideration of this that our administration is working hard towards repositioning the civil service for better efficiency and improved service delivery. To this end, we have established the Bureau of Public Service Reforms to spearhead the transformation of our civil service. We are also embarking on ambitious housing projects to cater for the welfare needs of our civil servants”.

The Governor said he is fully aware of the challenges affecting workers in the State, noting that since assumption of office, his administration has been working with the NLC leadership on how to better improve the welfare and working condition of the state’s civil servants.

He explained that Gombe State is among the first States that implemented the 30,000-minimum wage, though it had to suspend it due to the pandemic and eventually bring it back as promised, immediately after the economic situation had stabilized.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya called on civil servants to demonstrate commitment and dedication in the discharge of their responsibilities, saying Government will not condone the culture of laziness and ineptitude that characterized the service over the years.

Earlier in his address, chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Gombe state chapter, Comrade Muhammad Adamu Musa explained that workers day celebration is to commemorate the struggles of workers around the world for the advancement of their rights to humane condition of work and enhanced welfare.

The Gombe NLC chairman lauded Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for the prompt payment of workers salaries and pensions as well as the restoration of the 30,000 minimum wage to workers in the State which was earlier suspended due to a dip in the economy occasioned by the covid-19 Pandemic.

Comrade Adamu Musa also praised the Governor for the release of 1.5 billion naira and the 775 million naira respectively for the payment of first and second tranches of gratuities arrears to retired civil servants in the State.

He appealed to the Governor to consider the extension of the 30,000 minimum wage to local Government workers in the State.

On his part the controller of labour in the State, comrade Magaji Lamido said the rights of Trade Union is guaranteed under a democratic environment and therefore want to pursue their demands within the confines of the law.

Highlights of the occasion include march pass by the industrial unions and cultural performance.

It will be recalled that the state Commissioner of Finance, Muhammad Gambo Magaji had earlier announced that no fewer than 668 workers in Gombe State have been suspended from the payroll following the commencement of the implementation of biometrics.

He said the affected workers did not show up for verification after the commencement of the enrollment, hence their suspension from the payroll.

The commissioner said 431 workers from the 84 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the state were affected.

He said the biometrics had been piloted in two local governments – Gombe and Akko – and also in the Local Education Authority (LEA) of both local governments.
According to him, in Gombe LG, a total of 103 staff didn’t show up for the biometrics comprising 44 LG staff and 59 LEA staff.

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Governor Inuwa Yahaya Leads Government Functionaries, Traditional Rulers in Attendance at Opening of Juma’at Mosque Built By Sen. Danjuma Goje at Tukulma Village, Akko LGA.

…Urges Nigerians to Remain Resolute in Prayers for Allah’s Intervention in Nation’s Challenges

Earlier today, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya attended the opening ceremony of a Juma’at mosque built by former Governor of Gombe state and Senator representating Gombe central, Dr. Muhammad Danjuma Goje at Tukulma village of Gona Emirate in Akko Local Government area.

Speaking at the occasion after the congregational Juma’at prayer, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya urged Nigerians not to despair but to remain resolute in prayers for Allah’s intervention against the current insecurity and other challenges bedevilling the country.

The Governor who stressed that the protection of lives and property of the citizens remains the priority of his administration, called on the people of the state to continue to support Government and security agencies in achieving a crime-free and peaceful state.

“The level of insecurity we are experiencing today in Nigeria, especially in the northern region is unprecedented. I enjoin us all to continue to persevere and remain faithful and prayerful for the country at this trying moment. We need unity of purpose to deal with this monster”.

While congratulating Sen. Danjuma Goje for executing the mosque project and many others across the state, Governor Yahaya urged the benefiting community to properly utilise the place of worship through the daily congregational prayers, recitation of Qur’an and propagation of true teachings of Islam, especially to the young ones.

Senator Muhammadu Danjuma Goje, represented by Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman Ali Man, thanked the Tukulma community for giving him the opportunity to construct the mosque in their locality, which he said was done wholeheartedly to contribute to the growth of islam and to gain endless reward from Almighty Allah.

He also joined Governor Inuwa Yahaya in calling for prayers for Nigeria and its leadership at all levels to deal with the current challenges of insecurity in the nation.

He called on the community to make good use of the mosque and keep it neat and tidy.

Also speaking, the Chairman of Akko LocalGovernment, Alhaji Usman Abubakar Barambu thanked the Governor for sparing time to grace the opening ceremony of the mosque, which according to him signifies the love the Governor has for the people of the area.

In their separate remarks, Emirs of Akko, Alhaji Umar Muhammad Atiku and that of Gona, Alhaji AbdulKadir Abdussalam expressed appreciation to both Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and Senator Danjuma Goje for working in synergy towards bringing developmental projects to the grassroots. The two royal fathers who traced the history of the mosque to over one hundred and forty years ago, said Inuwa Yahaya was the first sitting Governor to attend Juma’at prayer there, describing the honour done to their area as heartwarming and one deserving of reciprocity.

While commending the Governor for the numerous projects being undertaken by his administration in their respective domains, the
monarchs assured him that they’ll continue to mobilize their people, especially the clerics to offer special prayers for the peace, unity and development of the state and the nation.

The District head of Tukulma, Alhaji Umar Mohammed Bashar and the Guest speaker, Mohammed Hamma Adama ( Walin Tukulma) paid glowing tribute to Senator Danjuma Goje for reconstructing the mosque and for his constituency outreach programmes across his senatorial district, praying Almighty Allah to reward him abundantly and build for him a befitting House in Aljannah

The commissioning ceremony was attended by the Speaker, Gombe state House of Assembly, Hon. Abubakar Mohammed Luggerewo, SSG, Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari, Head of service, Alhaji Bappayo Yahaya, Commissioners, Special Advisers, Alhaji Buba Sharif ( Buba Sharu), Mai Tangle, Alhaji Danladi Sunusi Maiyamba, Emirs of Gona and Akko, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdussalam and Alhaji Muhammad Umar Atiku respectively, Senior District Head of Gombe among others.

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Governor Inuwa Yahaya Presides over State Executive Council Meeting.

….As SEC Approves Recapitalisation of Bubayero Micro Finance Bank, Payment of Compensation for Property Owners Earmarked for Some Road Projects

…Govt Spent over 4. 3bn for Operations, Maintenance of Water Supply Process Since Inception in May 2019; SEC reveals

The Gombe State Executive Council, presided over by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya also approved the recapitalisation of the Bubayero Micro Finance Bank to a shareholding capital of 500 million Naira by April ending of 2021 and subsequently to 1 billion Naira ordinary shares by April next year.

Gombe State Commissioner of Information and Culture, Julius Ishaya Lepes who coordinated the press briefing after the Exco meeting told newsmen that all approvals, deliberations and de-classification of information by Council were done in the interest of the State and the promotion of transparency and accountability which is the hallmark of the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

Speaking in specifics, the Commissioner of finance and economic development, Muhammad Gambo Magaji stressed that the recapitalisation of the Bubayero Micro Finance Bank was in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s policy and directive to all Micro Finance Banks in the country to recapitalize or risk being shutdown.

He said the Bubayero Micro Finance Bank, which is jointly owned by the State and Local Governments in the State, provides a financial life line to citizens of the State who cannot approach conventional banks for credit facility and other financial services, saying it is in view of this that the State Executive Council deemed it fit to swiftly act in the interest of the people and in accordance with Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s disposition.

Also shading light on matters discussed under the purview of his Ministry, the Commissioner of lands and survey, Usman Jafun Biri said Council approved over 200 million naira for payment of compensation to individuals and companies who’s property will be affected by the 3.39 kilometres London Maidorawa-Alkahira-Arawa and Layin Shehun Brema- Bolari- Izala to State New Lodge roads.

Also speaking, the Commissioner of Water Resources, Mijinyawa Yahaya said the present administration has expended about 4.3 bn naira for the operations and maintenance of the process of waters supply to Gombe metropolis and environs from the period covering May 29th 2019 to date.

While giving a breakdown of the 4.3 bn expended, the Commissioner said a sum total of 3.2 billion naira was paid to CGC Nigeria Limited for operations and maintainance since the inception of the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

He also revealed that the sum of 36 million naira was paid to the State Water Board as overhead, while salaries and wages for the staff of the board gulped over 430 million naira and payment made to Jos Electricity Distribution Company JEDC for its services stood at 740 million naira for the period under review.

He said considering the humongous amount being spent by the administration of Governor Inuwa Yahaya in the provision of water to the people of the State and the paltry sum of 18 million generated as revenue, the Gombe State Government will soon come up with a technologically driven method of pay as you consume while expanding the supply of water networks across the state.

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NITT Outreach Learning Centre Inaugurated in Kumo, Gombe State.

…Governor Inuwa Yahaya Says Centre Will Provide Opportunity for Youths to Learn Skills for Self Reliance

…Announces Plan by Gombe State Government to sponsor some youths to enroll in skill acquisition programmes of the centre

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says the establishment of the Gombe Outreach Learning Centre of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, NITT in the Gombe State will offer an opportunity for youths in the State and the North East sub-region to acquire skills and become gainfully employed.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya stated this at the commissioning ceremony of the Gombe Outreach Learning Centre of the National Institute of Transport Technology in Kumo.

He described the siting of the Centre in the State as apt and timely in view of the programmes it will offer, saying Gombe is honoured to have been chosen to host the learning Centre of the National Institute of Transport and Technology, NITT.

“I must therefore commend the Federal Ministry of Transportation and Indeed NITT Zaria for selecting Gombe State for the establishment of the Centre. I must say there would not have been a better choice than Gombe State because we are at centre of the North East Zone and share common border with all the other five sister States”.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya said he was made to understand that the Centre has been equipped with modern state-of-the–art facilities and equipment for research, practical and theoretical training in all modes of transportation, thereby offering wide range of courses leading to the award of Advanced Professional Diplomas, Professional Diplomas and Professional Certificates in Transport and Logistics.

“We are particularly happy to learn that the Centre will run skill acquisition programmes in Auto Mechatronics, Electrical, Body Work (Panel Beating), Spraying (Painting and Decorations), Vehicle Wheel Balancing and Alignment, Vulcanizing, Welding and Fabrication, Passenger Vehicle operation and Management, Tricycle Operation and Management, Motorcycle Operation and Management, Tractor and other Farm Plants Operation and management as well as Women Small Scale Business Enterprises Empowerment Programmes”.

The Governor observed that the courses will no doubt assist the youths with the relevant skills and know-how to realize their dreams and become self-reliant.

He said the North East zone has been bedeviled with insecurity for more than a decade, which has affected the means of livelihood of the people especially the youths who form the majority of the citizens, saying the existence of this institute will offer an opportunity to acquire skills and become gainfully employed.

“Gombe state Government under my leadership is ready and willing to support any person who is interested in enrolling into programmes of the Institute. I’m therefore calling on our youths to take advantage of this exciting opportunity,
I must emphasize here that transportation is an important enabler of development”.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya noted that any government or nation which toys with transportation sector is doing so at its own peril, saying it in realization of the importance of Transportation to economic growth that the state government has been according the sector the desired attention.

“Apart from sustaining the services and operations of the Gombe State Transport Agency (Gombe Line), the State Government is equally providing similar support to the Gombe International Airport where aviation services are being provided to the people of the Sub-region”.

He used the opportunity to assure that the State Government will continue to support the transport sector to facilitate movement of people, goods and services thereby boosting the economy.

The Governor appealed to the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Transportation to hasten the resuscitation of the Port Harcourt – Gombe- Maiduguri rail line to boost economic activities and ease transportation in these areas.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya assured the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the management of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria of his administration’s support to the Centre to enable it achieve the purpose for which it was established.

“For a start, I wish to announce that the Gombe State Government will sponsor some youths to enroll in the skill acquisition programmes of the centre. May I also appeal to my colleagues to also patronize the Centre by sponsoring their youths to enroll in these programmes as part of efforts to build the skills and capacities of our teeming youth”.

The Minister of State for Transportation , Senator Gbemisola Saraki said the centre was established to reposition the activities of the National Institute of Transport Technology NITT Zaria in the training and retraining of manpower to improve the nation’s transport system, safety and reduce carnage on the highways.

She said the Institute will serve clients in the North East, adding that Gombe was selected to host the centre due to its strategic location and centrality to other states within the region.

While underscoring the importance of transportation to the growth and development of any nation, Senator Gbemisola said the Federal Ministry of Transportation is investing heavily in the resuscitation of rail and maritime transport in the country.

Earlier in his address of the welcome, the Director General of the Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology NITT, Bayero Salih Farah said the Gombe outreach learning Centre Kumo was established to fill in the transportation gap inherent in the North East sub-region.

He said the centre is fully equipped to offer relevant transportation courses leading to the award of Diploma and certificates to prospective students of the centre.

H e said that the centre was sited in Gombe State to serve the North East Geo-Political zone, urging individuals, public and private sector players to avail themselves of the opportunity and enroll in the institute.

“We have started with preliminary activities, we will soon be fully functional in the next two months. We are going to deploy more staff to this centre to make it fully functional and conducive for everyone”.

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Gombe Governor Receives Minister of State for Transportation.

…Makes case for Resuscitation of Port Harcourt-Gombe-Maiduguri Rail Line

…As Governor Inuwa Becomes NITT Ambassador in North East

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has informed the visiting Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Rukayyat Saraki that the rail line connecting the North Eastern corridor of the country has been the most neglected, hence the urgent need for the Federal Government to expedite action towards its resuscitation.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya gave this indication when he granted audience to the Minister of state for Transportatation who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House ahead of the commissioning ceremony of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, NITT’ Gombe Outreach Learning Centre in Kumo.

The Governor noted that no reasonable manager of human resources can do without transportation due to the critical role it plays in the movement of goods and services, describing the siting of the Gombe outreach learning centre of the NITT in Kumo as a welcome development for the people of the State and by extension, the North East subregion.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya observed that the centre will not only assist the youths in acquiring skills for the proper management of transportation in the zone, but will also help equip them with relevant skills for self employment, especially in such a time when jobs are hard to find by both the educated and the uneducated.

He said, “Recently we set up a portal to find out the numbers of the unemployed, believe you me I was shocked to realize that we have 4752 unemployed graduates that registered, some of them have been unemployed for more than 6 years waiting for the white colar job. That is only for the graduates for you, 24 of them with first class honours and when we extended it to OND and NCE holders, within 24 hours more than 750 registered and I believe by now we should be counting thousands”.

He however expressed optimism that the NITT centre will provide a fertile ground for the teeming unemployed youths in the State to acquire skills that will benefit them in the future.

The Governor informed the visiting Minister that his administration is investing heavily in the transportation sector through its flagship programme, the network Eleven-Hundred which seeks to construct at least one hundred kilometres of roads in each of the eleven Local Government Areas of the State thereby linking up the State to ease the movement of goods and services.

He stressed the need for the Federal Ministry of Transportation to facilitate the restoration of railway services in the North East sub-region as it is a priority to the people of the zone, adding that his administration will do everything necessary to support the institute in particular and transportation sector in general.

Earlier speaking, the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Rukayyat Saraki told Governor Inuwa Yahaya how strategic the State is to the growth and development of the Transportation sector in the North East zone of the country as well as the role NITT can play in providing the needed manpower for improving transport and logistics management operations not only in Gombe State but the entire zone.

The Minister sought the support and patronage of the Gombe State Government towards the programmes and services the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology NITT offers, just as she craved the indulgence of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to be the institute’s Ambassador in the NorthEast.

She appealed to Governor Inuwa Yahaya as well as his counterparts in the North East sub-region to mobilize youths in their respective states to enroll in the institute skills acquisition training programmes with a view to reducing unemployment in the zone.

The Minister said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is working to revamp the economy to which the transport sector is one, saying the Federal Government through the Ministry of Transportation is investing heavily towards the revitalization of rail lines across the country to restore rail transport to Nigerians like the Port Harcourt/Gombe/Maiduguri rail line.

Sen. Saraki thanked the Governor for providing support to the institute, describing Gombe State Government as a great client of the NITT.

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Governor Inuwa Yahaya Commiserates With Kano, Bichi Emirs over Mother’s Death, Hajiya Maryam Ado Bayero.

…Leads Gombe Delegation on Condolence Visit to Kano

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya earlier today led a delegation to the palace of the Emir of Kano in Kano state to commiserate with the Emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and his brother, the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero over the demise of their mother, Hajiya Maryam Ado Bayero, popularly known as Mai Babban Daki.

Delivering the condolence message on behalf of the government and people of Gombe state, Governor Inuwa Yahaya described the late martriach of the Bayero family as a great woman and pillar of the royal family who lived an exemplary life and left behind a legacy of honour, dignity and good character.

He said the late Hajiya Maryam Mai Babban Daki died at a time her counsels were most needed, especially by the two emirs as they rule over their respective domains in Kano and Bichi.

He prayed Almighty Allah to console the bereaved monarchs and the entire royal family as well as the people of Kano state over the huge loss.

The Governor who also paid similar visit to the Governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje at the Government House, kano, described the relationship between Gombe and Kano States as long standing one.

He said the death of Hajiya Mai Babban Daki is also a huge loss for Gombe state and Nigeria as a whole, praying Almighty Allah to forgive her shortcomings and reward her good deeds with Aljannat Firdaus.

In his response, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje expressed appreciation to his Gombe state counterpart for identifying with them in their moment of grief, concuring with Governor Yahaya’s position that Gombe and Kano states share a lot of historical and commercial ties, hence what ever affects one, affects the other.

On the Governor’s entourage were the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll, Speaker Gombe state House of Assembly, Hon. Abubakar Mohammed Luggerowo, Chief of Staff, Government House, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari and the Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo.The Gombe state Murshid of Jama”atu Nasril Islam, Usman Baba Liman led the prayers for Allah’s mercy upon the deceased.

Hajiya Maryam Bayero passed on early Saturday in Cairo, Egypt after a protracted illness and was buried in Kano.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
( Press Affairs)
Government House

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