Gombe SSG receives “Integrity Group” challenges movement to be resolute, steadfast in promoting Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

The Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar has charged members of the Gombe Integrity Group to be resolute and decisive in their quest to help actualize the second term bid of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya in the forthcoming 2023 general election.

The SSG stated this when he received members of the group led by its chairman Abdullahi Jalo (Castic) who were at the Government House to pledge their loyalty and readiness to support the second term ambition of the State Governor.

Professor Njodi told his guests that inspite of paucity of funds bedeviling the State, the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya was able to substantially accomplish his campaign promises and even initiated so many to meet with current realities.

He charged members of the group not to be swayed by empty political rhetorics especially as campaigns gets underway but to be focus and determine knowing fully well that Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has distinguish himself in the provision of the dividends of democracy.

“The Governor has done exceptionally well in the provision of infrastructure in both urban and rural communities. So campaigning for His Excellency will be a smooth sailing because the present administration has many things to show and to talk about”.

Professor Njodi intimated the visiting integrity group members that the Governor is appreciative of its activities and is committed towards working with the group and other groups with same agenda and mission.

Earlier speaking the chairman of Gombe Integrity Group Abdullahi Jalo (Castic) said they were at the Government House to show support and solidarity to the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya over his pro poor policies of changing the lives of the ordinary people.

He said the Group is deploying both digital and analogue campaign mechanisms to support and followership for Governor Inuwa Yahaya second term ambition.

Abdullahi Jalo reveals that membership of the group cut across all the 11 Local Government Area’s of the State with a view to registering its presence in all the nooks and crannies of the State.

Others members of the group who took turns to ventilate their admiration for Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya were inspiring in their submissions.

There were strong words of encouragement and solidarity from the Commissioner of Youth development Abubakar Aminu Musa and his Commerce Trade and Industry counterpart Nasiru Mohammed.

Joshua Danmalam information officer SSGs Office

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Gombe State’s Meteoric Rise To National, International Prominence Under Inuwa.

By Ismaila Uba Misilli

When the green white green flag of Nigeria rose jubilantly in ecstatic mood across the length and breath of the country on October 1st, her independence day, and glasses were clinking in every State House in celebration, Gombe State’s was unabashedly louder in the mix because of it’s current beautiful standing as a brilliant shining star in performance and class, going by all social and economic indicators which have positioned the state as one of the best in Nigeria at the moment.

Yes. Gombe State under the dynamic, inimitable and very technocratic administration of Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has become a benchmark of good governance, and the governor is fast becoming a pride of the present dispensation. Little wonder he was given a rosy positioning recently on the highly political podium of Chattam House in the United Kingdom to showcase some of the stellar performances of the Jewel in the Savannah. Inuwa Yahaya is the first governor of Gombe State to be so honoured. He simply lived up to the billing.

As Nigeria takes stock of its nationhood trajectory, it will not be out of place for Gombe State too to look back and look through Its quantum leaps in recent years.
This is necessary to chart the course into the foreseeable future of the State, that is, changing the dynamics of the political economy of Northern Nigeria if not the whole of the nation.
Adjudged as the Best State in the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria, chosen as the best investment destination, described as one of the most peaceful states, choosen as the best manager of human diversity, among many other bests, Gombe State has a lot to show especially under the present administration.

While Nigeria celebrated 62, Gombe State is in its 26th anniversary as a state.
At its 26th anniversary it is very obvious that the ideals behind its creation have been largely defined and shaped by the power of leadership and vision over time.
The quality of leadership has been the propelling factor of its developmetal strides.

At some time, the leadership was like a crescendo. At some other times it seemed as if the state was in a comatose and another time it revved up like an upswinging parabola.

To which of these political phase do we ascribe to the incumbent administration?
Since facts are sacrosanct, it is pertinent and absolutely a sure footed move to count the blessings of Gombe State under Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and then cast a binocular into Gombe’s forseeable future as outlined by the roadmaps of succeses as succinctly elucidated by the plans, policies and program implementations under Inuwa Yahaya.

From its creation on the 1st of October, 1996 till date, the leadership of the state had changed in quick succession from the military era to the civilian and in particular those who have led the state in this 4th Republic and whose commendable efforts deserve some appreciation at this momentous occasion even in relative terms.

Group Captain Joseph Orji and Col. Mohammed Bawa ( late) who though had short stay in office were important part of the history of Gombe State.

Gombe State also had the civilian leaders, namely, former Governors Abubakar Habu Hashidu ( late), Mohammed Danjuma Goje and Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and the current Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, who, no matter the differences in the level of evaluation, contributed to the development of the state most meaningfully and very significantly too. Gombe no doubt seems to be moving in double strides under Inuwa Yahaya.

From the earliest days of the creation of the state often known as the Jewel in the Savannah, the conviction was very clear even to the founding fathers that Gombe was brimming with human and material resources and justifiably this position was at the heart of the spirited proposal to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha on the need to create the state. As a matter of fact, the viability of Gombe State at creation and as presented to the late head of state hastened its approval even though without any take-off grant like other states.

The rest is now a matter of historical revelation as the state has moved from one development trajectory to the other with particular attachment to the leadership at a given point in time, emphasizing the leadership question as a major factor in societal regeneration.

Gombe, the state capital, like most of the other towns around the state, has now grown so phenomenally big as modern city with mind-blowing infrastructure and amenities as envisioned and we are certainly making history.

To some development experts, 26 years may not be so long a period in the life of a state or nation but what counts indeed is the level of achievements relative to expectations.

While it is appropriate to recognize the various roles played by the successive leaders and allied patriots, I cannot but pinpoint the new vistas being heralded and engineered by the current leadership in the state chiefly on the fundamental issue of real growth and development.

In particular, there has been a strategic inter-linkage between the then Goje’s administration and the current governor who was a key member of the Goje administration as Commissioner of Finance and Economic Planning and indeed consequential to the reforms and development trajectories of that era now bolstered under his watch as Gombe State chief executive.

However, we have also seen a marked shift and expansion of good governance in the state, a desirable shift which essentially has changed the attitude of how government business is conducted in deft appreciation of the people’s mandate for renewal and the zeal to develop the state. Governor Inuwa’s strategic leadership is confounding in the context of the array of accomplishments during his short stay in government.

A cursory assessment of Gombe at 26 will require an objective retrospective look at what Governor Inuwa Yahaya met on ground at the assumption of office and compared with the realities today in terms of basic levels of development not only in the state capital but also across the state and in major strategic areas and indices. He has actually made a world of difference in changing our collective narrative amidst socio-economic and political stability.

Since he took office in 2019, Governor Inuwa has matched effective leadership with a broad vision, imbued with hard work, sacrifice and innovative thinking and thus turning the tide even in a challenging political environment as well as a tough economic climate.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya is indeed moderating a new clime of conscious idealism placed side-by-side with realism on the journey so far especially on the challenge of translating the great potentials of the state into real socio-economic enterprise. He’s evidently delivering on the promise envisaged at inception to make Gombe a model state.
Inuwa Yahaya had a clear cut blue prints of the level of development he desired to bequeth on Gombe State.He therefore wasted no time in employing the best of brains in his cabinet and the State had been posting remarkable results. Between May 29 2019 to October 1st 2022, barely 3 and a half years Gombe’s phenomenal lift in developmet indices is quite historic.

While the North East Nigeria is dreaded as the theater of brigandage by insurgents, Gombe remains a safe haven and a beckoning ambience for tourists and investors both local and international.
Let’s visit some of the legendary footprints of Inuwa’s administration in the anals of Gombe State.

Indeed, in 2021, Gombe State, by a landslide, won the number one position in the Ease of Doing Business Index as certified by the National Economic Council under the chairmanship of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

Both the education and health sectors which were at a comatose status on the assumption of office by Inuwa Yahaya, warranting a declaration of the state of emergency have now been brought to vibrancy.

The educational status of Gombe which was at the base among the 36 States of Nigeria, with secondary school students success ratio of 29% is now at 87%.

Just in August 2022,Inuwa Yahaya led administration pumped over 4Billion Naira into the sector and declared an end to the state of emergency earlier declared.

Whereas the out of school children at the inception of his administration stood at almost 700,000,over 350,000 students have been returned to school with better facilities and equally well kitted for uptimum academic performance.

He equally pioneered the new model schools with modern school buildings comparable to the best schools anywhere in the world.
On health, there is now at least one Primary health care center in every ward in all of Gombe State.

He set up Gombe State Health Management Board formerly non existent in the state for better management of the health of the citizens.

What about the GoHealth, a health insurance package that brings all the citizens of Gombe under an umbrella of affordable health delivery via contribution of a token fee but full access to a full compliment of health care services. Gombe State is now listed among the rising status of higher revenue generation states in Nigeria.

Bravo! Gombe State is now among the oil prospecting states in Nigeria.The Kolmani oil possibilities latent for years has been brought to stream by the Inuwa Yahaya’s pragmatic administration.

For the first time in the history of the State,an Industrial Park has been flagged off and construction ongoing in earnest. Named Muhammadu Buhari Industrial Park, the exponential implications of the Park on the industrial revolution in the state is unimaginably huge. Gombe is set for the top among the industrialized states in Nigeria.

By major parameters, Governor Inuwa has excelled and even surpassed the records of his predecessors in all critical aspects of the state’s economy: roads, rural infrastructure, pipe borne water, health, education, power, transportation, urban renewal, agriculture, civil service reform, manpower development and women and youth empowerment. The specific cases of roads construction across the state as well as health centres, greater access to education and water provision will forever be reckoned to be the high points of life changing development incentives of the administration and indeed lasting legacies.

A new clime of possibilities is booming as Gombe State has become the most favoured destination for high net investors who have taken advantage of the relative absence of bureaucratic bottle necks in the issuance of business permits, contract awards, procurement process and tax payments in the state. The high level of partnerships with several agencies of the Federal Government, international bodies and multilateral agencies and development partners is also a huge mark of leadership integrity and performance by the administration as agent of positive change. Indeed the state’s GDP has quadrupled while the GDI has similarly reached record high especially with a newly improved civil service witnessing a momentous leap in workers’ morale and productivity occasioned by incentives, modern work tools and ethics, adequate remuneration and punctual payment of staff salaries and emoluments.

But all these did not happen by accident but a product of painstaking preparation. As a practical and innovative leader, Governor Inuwa Yahaya had prior to his election as governor understudied the Asian leadership and economic revitalization and he was fascinated by the Singapore model under the legendary Lee Kuan Yew as a fitting example of what modern Gombe State should look like.
He had then come to the conclusion that the most effective way of guaranteeing the fast track of economic growth and infrastructural transformation of the state was the enthronement of a virile, productive, efficient and incorruptible civil service, without which any policy or structural reform would be a waste of time akin to erecting a structure on shaky foundations. Thus one of his first priorities was urgent civil service reform and this was kick-started with the establishment of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) which took the lead in identifying those sectors in need of drastic reform and implementing them without let or hindrance and at full capacity, a feat unprecedented in Gombe history.

The Gombe 10- year development plan, is another initiative of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya with the mission to create an enabling environment for sustainable peace, cohesion and an all- inclusive development for the people to leave lasting legacy for succeeding generations.

Governor Inuwa has also led by example as an apostle of peace amidst diversity, as he continually preaches peace, tolerance, co-operation and peaceful cohabitation among the diverse ethnic, religious and linguistic groups in the state. That Gombe State has not turned into a haven for Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and assorted kidnappers as other states in the North-East can be ascribed to Inuwa’s One Gombe, One Destiny philosophy which has permeated all nooks and crannies of the state, thus translating into a peaceful, prosperous and progressive society. Just a couple of days earlier, the conference of state directors of security, North East zone declared, rising from their meeting, declared Gombe as the safest and most peaceful state in the sub-region.
Politically,we cannot but recognize the rising to national and international reckoning of Gombe State under Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

Apart from the indigenes of the State holding key national and international appointments, Governor Inuwa Yahaya has been called upon to handle very sensitive national assignments.
When the South East family of the ruling All Progressive Partyin Anambra State had irreconcilable rift,It was Inuwa Yahaya that was found worthy of being the chairman of that Committee.Inuwa Yahaya posted a remarkable record of reconciliation of the feuding parties in a historic time.
Inuwa Yahaya was also found worthy to chair the Finance Committee of the recently concluded APC’s Presidential Elections Primaries at the Eagle Square in Abuja.

It is no fluke that Inuwa Yahaya has won the Best Governor Award, Most Outstanding Governor of the Year and Best Performing Governor from three major Nigerian Newspapers,The Vangaurd, Leadership and Blueprint Newspapers.

Thus, as Gombe commemorates its 26 years of existence, it is gratifying to note that the state has delivered on its promise at inception to be a model state to the greater good of the people through accelerated development in a stable polity. Gombe is certainly racing to the promiseland under Governor Inuwa Yahaya.

Misilli is the DG ( Press Affairs) Government House Gombe

Governor Inuwa Inaugurates Revenue Recovery Tribunal To Guarantee Fairness, Transparency In Tax System

…Cautions Against Witch- Hunt, Sabotage Of Tax Payers

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has inaugurated the Gombe State Revenue Recovery Tribunal to curb evasion, guarantee fairness and transparency of the tax system.

Previously, both the revenue authorities and tax payers patronised the tribunal in far away Bauchi to settle disputes on tax matters.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Governor Inuwa Yahaya said described the setting up of the tribunal as another milestone in the resolve of his administration to change the old narrative, saying “it was his firm belief that revenue generation must be taken seriously if the people must continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

He expressed optimism that the tribunal will serve as a catalyst and a leading vehicle for the rejuvenation of revenue generation towards the socio-economic development of the State.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya explained that he was convinced that the Tribunal is a necessary body charged with the mandate to expeditiously adjudicate on revenue matters such as levies, taxes, charges, penalties and fines due to the State and Local Governments.

The Governor hoped that the establishment of the tribunal will curb the rate of tax evasion, guarantee fairness and transparency of the tax system, enhance tax payers’ confidence and provide speedy determination of matters and curtail delays and bottlenecks in adjudication of tax matters in conventional courts.

This, Governor Inuwa observed, will facilitate the ease of doing business and cement the State reputation as the commercial nerve centre of the north east sub-region.

“At this juncture, I will like to assure members of the tribunal of the commitment of Government to provide them with all the necessary support in order to succeed in their assignment, especially with regards to office facilities, equipment, capacity building and other required resources”.

The Governor noted with dismay the attitude of some revenue collectors wherein revenues are being lost due to their nonchalant attitude and corruption tendencies.

He called on the citizens of the State to adhere to the decisions of the tribunal and to keep up with the noble civic responsibility to enable government provide basic amenities, invest in education and health care for an expansion on the existing infrastructure, jobs creation for the teeming youths, unlock opportunities for businesses, provide security and ensure effective service delivery in all aspects of human endeavours.

He called on stakeholders to give the tribunal the maximum support and cooperation in the course of carrying out its assignment.

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Barrister Mohammed Tukur Jungudo assured the Governor and the entire citizens of the State that the tribunal shall discharge its assignments without fear or favour on any issue arising from tax matters.

“Any aggrieved person can now simply come and initiate a process before the Tribunal here in Gombe State without taking the risk of going to Bauchi as it was before. A person who is aggrieved by an assessment or demand notice made upon him by the service or aggrieved by any action or decision or the service under the provisions may come to the Tribunal to file an action against such action, decision, assessment, or demand notice within 30 days of such action, decision, assessment, or demand notice.

“On the other hand, the Service, if aggrieved in relation to any person in respect of any provisions of the Tax Laws, can also file an action before the Tribunal in order to recover any revenue that is due to the State or Local Government.”.

The Executive Chairman of the Gombe State Board of Internal Revenue Service, Abubakar Inuwa Tata said the establishment of the tribunal is another bold step by the Inuwa Yahaya- led administration to bolster the revenue base of the State in view of the fact that statutory allocation from the centre is seemingly reducing by the day.

There were goodwill messages from the Chief judge of Gombe State, Justice Joseph Ahmed Awak, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barrister Zubair Muhammad Umar and the Gombe State branch chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association, Barr. Ahmed Tukur.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
( Press Affairs)
Government House

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Gombe SSG lauds contributions of non indigenous tribes resident in Gombe State.

….. As he received the Onu Igala Gombe.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi says Gombe State Government has so far enjoyed the co-operation of people from other States resident in Gombe State urging them to maintained the tempo.

The SSG stated this when he played host to the President, Council of Community Leaders consisting of non indigenous tribes living in Gombe State.

Professor Njodi salute their commitment to the strength and unity in dirversity assuring them of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s resolve for equity, fairness and justice in the treatment of all residents of the State devoid of any form of sentiment.

While commending the Special Adviser On Intercommunity Relations Mr. Cornelius Chimax for being a good rallying point for various communities in the state, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi advised them to continue giving him maximum support being a link between them and Government.

Earlier speaking, President of Council of Community Leaders of non indigenous tribes in Gombe State Mr.Ngwana Monday David said, they were at the SSG’s Office to identify with the State Government and to also introduce the newly appointed Onu Igala Gombe, Dr.Idris Haruna who was recently appointed by Atta Igala, His Royal Majesty Mathew Alaji Oguche.

David Monday commended the Government under the leadership of Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for its developmental projects across the State and assured of non indigenes unfilinching support.

He also use the visit to inform the SSG of their forthcoming award presentation and launch of 2023 almanac scheduled for November this year and requested him to honour the occasion as Guest speaker.

Joshua Danmalam information officer SSGs Office.

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Industrial park: Interim Management Committee Inspects Multi Billion Naira Facility

…Expresses Satisfaction With Quality of Work; Charges Contractors to Maintain Tempo

Members of the interim management committee of the Muhammadu Buhari Industrial park earlier today visited the multi billion naira construction site to prop up contractors to execute the various projects according to specifications.

On arrival at the park, the committee members, led by the chairman, Mohammed Bashir Nuhu Aliko inspected the administrative block, the one stop shop and the water pump station among others.

The water pump station has a one million litre capacity over head tank and a five hundred litre capacity surface tank respectively.

The committee equally inspected the ongoing 19 kilometres road criss-crossing the phase one of the Muhammadu Buhari Industrial Park.

Engineers handling various projects at the site told the committee that baring any circumstances, the phase one of the park is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Impressed by the level and quality of work at the park, the chairman of the committee Bashir Nuhu Aliko charged the contractors not to compromise standard in view of the fact that the administration of Governor Inuwa Yahaya is living up to its terms and responsibilities.

He said the Industrial Park will serve as a one stop shop for potential investors both within and outside the country and therefore commended the foresight of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for establishing it.

“This park will not have come at a more appropriate time when governments across the country are seeking for ways to bolster their Internally Generated Revenue in view of the dwindling allocation from the centre; so this park is certainly going to be the geese that will lay the golden egg for the North East sub-region”.

He noted that so far construction work at the park has since created jobs for hundreds of men and women thereby improving their economic status.

Also speaking, the Secretary of the committee and Managing Director of the Gombe State Investment and Property Development Company, Muawiya Faruk Umar said as the interim management of the park, they are poised to developing a structure and framework so that the facility can achieve its desired objectives which is to create sustainable revenue, employment and attract industries within and outside the country.

He said the committee will work in synergy with the various contractors at the park to ensure that Government’s huge investment is justified for the benefit of the people of the State.

Recall that Governor Inuwa Yahaya had recently appointed a 5-man Interim Management Committee for the take-off of Muhammadu Buhari Industrial Park, tasked with the responsibly for the development of necessary framework for the Management and take-off of the site by creating enabling competitive business environment in order to woo investors at both local and international levels.

The committee has Bashir Mohammed Aliko as Chairman with Mr. Adamu Wuri Lubo , Engr. Bala Adams and Aishatu Abdulkadir Rasheed while Mu’awiya Farouk, Managing Director of Gombe State Investment and Property Development Company (GSI&PDC) serves as Secretary.

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Population Census: Gombe Governor pledges support to hitch free 2023 National head count.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has assured the National Population Commission NPC of the commitment of his adminstration to the success of the 2023 population and housing census in the state.

The Governor gave the assurance while declaring open a Stakeholders Summit put together by the National Population Commission at New banquet Hall of the Government House Wednesday with the theme “Strengthening Collaboration and Soliciting Cooparation and Support of Key Stakeholdres for the successful of the 2023 census”

The Governor described the event as timely as it will create a platform for a robust and informed state level conversation the processes and procedures for conduct of the 2023 that would encourage citizens participation.

Represented by the Secretary to a the State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Governor Inuwa Yahaya expressed the belief that the summit will afford stakeholders the opportunity to brainstorm and profer ideas and strategies that would educate the citizens on the importance of Census in National Development.

He said the state government is convince in the capacity of NPC to deliver to the nation a reliable and credible census especially with the change from analoque to digital deployment of modern technology by the commission as according to the governor will enhance the quality of data and inspire confidence of Nigerians and acceptance of the census outcome.

The Governor also diclosed that as part of support to the census processes the state government has set up a committee including members of National Population Commission to tour the eleven Local government areas to enligthen the populace for a successful conduct of the enumeration exercise.

He further urged the resource persons and participants to use the summit to discuss exhaustively in order to chart a way forward towards achieving the objectives of the commission.

In his speech the Federal Commissioner representing Gombe state, Abubakar Mohammed Danburam appreciated the state government for the tremendous support to the Commission in it’s quest to deliver credible and acceptable census for planning and development of the state and country.

Abubakar Danburam said the summit will also provide stakeholders the opportunity to discuss some of the achievements and challenges of the Commission in preparations to 2023 census.

He also said the summit will strive to create public awareness on census imperatives, methodology and timelines, promote robust and informed national conversation the processes and procedures as well as convince citizens to submit themselves for enumeration purposes for the 2023 census.

He added that unlike the previous exercises the 2023 census will be technology driven assuring that the commission is committed to ensuring that the results of the census are acceptable to Nigerians.

The State Director, National Population Commission, Mr Jude Maigari commended the State Government for its immesurable support in all the phases of Enumeration Area Demarcation EAD exercises, one and two census Pre-test and the just concluded Trial Census aime at actualizing the preparations towards the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

He thereby called on Traditional, Religious leaders and all relevant stakeholders to play their revered roles in advocating for the participation of their subjects and followers.

There were goodwill messages were from Religious and Traditional leaders.

Joshua Danmalam information officer SSG’S Office.

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Welfare of Persons Living With Disabilities remain top priority” Gombe Government.

The Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi says the welfare of persons living with disabilities occupies an important place in the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

Professor Njodi made this known when he received in audience Ceadar Seed Foundation and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion GESI on an advocacy visit on State Inclusive Education Framework.

Professor Njodi maintained that the inate abilities of persons with special need to be fully harness for good of the state and country.

He also directed relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies to introduce budget lines for programmes related to Gender and Social Inclusion across the State.

While appreciating the United States Agency for International Development USAID for its intervention in critical areas of development in state Professor Njodi assures of the willingness of government to continue providing the enabling environment for further collaborations.

In her submission earlier, the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion specialist with USAID, Mercy Filli said the visit is to appreciate the state government for providing a friendly environment for NGOs activities to strive.

Mercy Filli also said their organization has embarked on advocacy drive to sensitize all stakeholders on Gombe state on Inclusive Education Framework which focuses on persons with special needs.

She therefore appealed to government for support and provision for budget lines for social inclusion related programmes.

In his remark the Programme Officer of Cedar and Seed Foundation, Mr John Jessy informed the SSG that the foundation has gotten grant from USAID to provide interventions in the educational needs of persons living with physical challenges in five (5) local government areas of state to include Shongom, Kaltungo, Akko, Yamaltu- Deba and Kwami.

Mr John Jessy further explained that the major trust of the intervention is to create the required environment for children with disabilities to pursue their education side by side with their peers without disablilties so as give them sense of belonging in the society.

Joshua Danmalam information officer SSGs Office

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F.G/Gombe Government to train 2000 youths on vocational skills.

….As portal for application opens.

The office of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Education Intervention has concluded plans to begin the training of 2000 young men and women in the State in vocational skills under its programme code named Teen Maximization T-Max.

T-Max is an offshoot of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya persistent lobbying strategies aimed at attracting policies programmes and projects to Gombe State for the benefit of the people.

In a parley with the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Education Intervention Governor Inuwa Yahaya told his guest that his administration remains committed to building the intellectual capacity of the younger generation for optimal productivity and self sufficiency.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi the Governor disclosed that prior to the Teen Maximization Programme his administration has developed a collaborative structure with the Industrial Training Fund ITF for the training of youths in different vocational training programme in the State.

“Our major issue is the number of the youths we have, we call them untrainable because probably they lack the basic Education for training but if things like this are coming along the line it will click; the most important thing is to most of them has GSM and if they can operate GSM at least learning certain skills will not be as difficult particularly the ICT component so i must tell you His Excellency is so passionate about this and we look forward to working with you”.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya observed that the coming of the Teen Maximization programme to the State is an addendum to the series of youth development programmes already put in place by his administration.

Earlier speaking the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Education Intervention Fela Bank Olemoh disclosed that Gombe is one out of the 7 states selected for the pilot phase of the Teen Maximization T-Max.

He said the programme intend to train 2000 individuals within the next 3 months and will utilize available Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the State for the economic benefit of the people of the State.

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Education Intervention said the programme is part of the Federal Government’s Poverty Reduction programme.

J.D Information Officer SSG’s office.

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Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya sympathise with Shetima over mother’s death.

Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has condole with the special Adviser on Rural Development, Mohammed Shetima Gadam, members of his immediate family and the entire Gadam community over the demise of Hajiya Habiba Shetima who died at the Age of 85 years.

Conveying Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s sympathy shortly after attending the funeral prayers of the deceased in Gadam kwami Local Government Area according to Islamic rites, the Secretary to Gombe State Government (SSG) Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi said the Governor was sadden on receiving the sad news but, was quick to add that as mortals “we are all destined to experience death some day calling on the family to take heart and accept the will of Allah”

The SSG who led a high powered government delegation includes members of state house of Assembly, commissioners, special Advisers and other top Government officials also noted that, the State has lost a mother at a time when her advice is highly needed.

He described late Hajiya Habiba Shetima as a true example of motherhood having mothered and nurtured responsible children such as a special Adviser who has been contributing towards the development of the State.

Special prayers were offered for the reposed of the soul of the deceased.

Joshua Danmalam
Information officer,
SSGs Office.

Photo credit
Umar Keshi

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7th North East Governor’s Forum: Gombe SSG welcomes Technical Working Committee.

…..Assures of a hitch free North East Governor’s Forum meeting.

All is now set for the 7th edition of the North East Governor’s Forum meeting taking place in Gombe the State capital.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Technical Working Committee of the Forum, the chairman of the committee and secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi assures of a hitch free meeting of Governors from the North East.

He said the Gombe State Government under the leadership of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has advance every necessary arrangement to ensure that participants to the meeting feel at home while the meeting lasts.

The chairman of the Technical Working Committee explains that the State have equally activated a robust security network to wade off any security breach that could arise before during and after the meeting.

Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi observed that the little beginning of the Forum has assumed National and International dimension.

“We started as the first and the meeting has gone round the other five States the 7th one is coming up as you can see the Technical committee is responsible for putting everything in place so we have already done that one to the best of every resources we have and to the best of our ability ready for our principals”

Members of the technical working commitee is chaired by Gombe SSG who equally doubles as chairman North East SSG’s forum.

Present at the Technical Working Committee meeting are the SSG of Adamawa State Malam Bashir Ahmed, representative of the DG North East Governors Forum and other members representing various state of the zone.

Joshua Danmalam information officer SSG’S Office.

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