WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE CHAIRMAN, MOSQUE BUILDING COMMITTEE, PROFESSOR IBRAHIM ABUBAKAR NJODI, (MADAKIN KALTUNGO, SHETIMA ILMUYE BORNO) SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT OF GOMBE STATE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL COMMISSIONING OF THE RECONSTRUCTED KALTUNGO CENTRAL MOSQUE ON FRIDAY, 26TH AUGUST, 2022.

Protocol.

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahamatullahi Taala Wa Barkatuhu.

Today is an epoch and history making day for all citizens of Kaltungo and Gombe State in general. The Project for the reconstruction of Kaltungo Central Mosque was borne from a general concern and desire of all Kaltungo people, regardless of religious affiliation. We felt that Kaltungo needed an ultra modern mosque befitting of the emerging image of Kaltungo. The old mosque was constructed to fulfil the wishes of the Late Ahmadu Bello, Sardaunan Sokoto, Premier of Northern Nigeria in 1968 with a capacity for 250 worshipers. Following the astronomical growth in the muslim population in Kaltungo and its environs this was found to be grossly inadequate, hence the need for a new one. The present Mosque Building Committee, is the fifth attempt by HRH Engr. Sale Muhammadu, Mai Kaltungo to reconstruct the mosque. Alhamdu Lillah, with your support, donations, contributions, suggestions, criticisms and prayers, we have today delivered on our mandate. The Committee of sixteen (16) members was constituted by HRH Mai Kaltungo in December, 2017. However, actual works on the site commenced in November 2018 with the demolition of the old structure. In addition to this the Committee erected a temporary Mosque for the Ummah.

Your Excellency, Chairman, Your Eminence, distinguished personalities, On the receipt of the design and bills to the tune of two hundred and fifty million naira only (N250m), the Committee engaged in aggressive fundraising efforts. This yielded sufficient results for the mosque project to commence. With your support and prayers, the construction site became so busy that we completed excavation of the foundation, the foundation itself and the super structure within a reasonable time. Unfortunately, we were forced to suspend activities on site due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic affected our activities on site, hence the delay of about eight months on our projected time of completion. The reconstructed mosque has the capacity for 2,500 worshippers. It has a women section, a library and conveniences (Toilets) for male and female: It has two minarets on which are mounted public address systems with a capacity to transmit up to 5-7 kilometres of sound. The mosque has sufficient premises to the northern and southern flanks to accommodate an additional 600 worshippers. In addition, the mosque has a second aquifer borehole and an overhead water tank with a capacity of 3000 litres, a 40KVA sound proof standby electricity generator and some poles fitted with solar lights. The interior of the mosque is sufficiently furnished and fitted with the necessary lighting facilities.
Your Excellency, distinguished eminent personalities, today, we are delivering a project that took only three (3) years to deliver with a total sum of two hundred and sixty-nine million naira (N269m) only. This is in spite of economic problems that forced price fluctuations for materials, other services and labour.
At this junction I wish to appreciate the entire Muslim Ummah and well-wishers, regardless of religious affiliation or creed for believing in the Reconstruction Committee. We also acknowledge your appreciation of our style of reporting progress on site. We have given a total of thirty-six progress reports of the Committees activities on site. This approach helped to earn the trust and confidence of our contributors and Ummah. To all of you, we say a BIG THANK YOU. We pray that Allah in His Infinite benevolence and mercies will replenish your resources.
It is with all sense of humility and respect that I recognise all contributors too numerous to mention here. Of particular interest is an anonymous contributor of N200.00 who had been consistent in finding out the state of the project and when the Masjid will be commissioned since it is completed. This contributor succeeded in putting us on our toes. He indeed inspired us to succeed in the delivery of the Masjid project. If you are among this huge crowd, I say a big Jazak Allahu Khairan to you. May Allah be pleased with you and accept your contributions as an act of your Ibadah.

Your Excellency, permit me to welcome all guests who have come from far and near to be part of this historic occasion. May Allah reward all of you abundantly. My Committee will not take your individual and collective sacrifice in the cause of Allah for granted. May Allah reward you and grant you Aljannatul fiddaus.

Let me particularly single out the presence of His Excellency, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, DAN MAJEN GOMBE, MATAWALLE KATUNGO, Governor of Gombe State, who despite his tight schedules, including serving as the North East Coordinator, Presidential Campaign Council of the APC, was able to accept our humble request to serve as the distinguished Chairman of this occasion.

Your Excellency, the Governor, thank you for honouring our invitation and adding colour to the occasion. The Honourable Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ibrahim Ali Pantami thank you for accepting to speak to this wonderful gathering. Your eloquence and insightful oratory will not only captivate but will surely educate and inspire the muslim Umma. May Allah reward you my dear Professor.

To our Distinguished Senators, Rt. Honourable members of the House of Representatives, the entire people of Kaltungo will never take your presence for granted. You have shown us love and support beyond our imagination. Our father and mentor His Eminence, the Shehu of Borno, Alh. (Dr) Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Amin EL-Kanemi, CFR, your persistant prayers and well wishes have continued to encouraged us to realize our dream of constructing a befitting Masjid in Kaltungo. You have kept fate with us and honoured the commissioning with your esteemed presence. Your Eminence, thank you so very much for your love to the people of Kaltungo. We wish you long life in good health and prosperity. His Royal Highness, Emir of Gombe, Alh. (Dr) Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III, your endless goodwill and encouragement characterised by your contributions, pieces of advice and prayers kept us on our toes to deliver. Ranka ya dade Lamido Gombe, we will forever remain grateful. To all the other Royal Highnesses here present, your physical presence at this commissioning ceremony signify your deep hearted affection and love for one of your own, Mai Kaltungo, Engr. Saleh Muhammadu and by extension to the entire people of Kaltungo. We greatly appreciate you individually and collectively. May Allah reward you with Aljannatul Fiddaus.

To all Distinguished and Eminent invited personalities, we thank you most sincerely for honouring our invitation to be part of this historic event in Kaltungo. We lack enough words to appreciate you all. May Allah be pleased with you and accept your presence at this ceremony to be part of your good deeds to be rewarded by Allah (S.W.T). To other well-wishers, particularly the security agencies, vigilantes, Islamic Aids Groups, FOMWAN and other volunteers, we thank you all for supporting us to organize this ceremony. May Allah reward you abundantly.

Your Excellency, Distinguished Chairman of the occasion, permit me to recognise and appreciate our gentlemen of the media for the excellent coverage we have been receiving from inception of this project to date. The publicity the Kaltungo Central Masjid enjoyed from you is monumental and second to none. Your timely interventions with suggestions and pieces of advice have been very useful and remain indelible in our memories.
On behalf of the Building Committee of Kaltungo Central Mosque, I wish you all a wonderful time as we celebrate this edifice in the name of Allah (S.W.T)

THANK YOU ALL…….

Governor Inuwa gives Mai Tula’s daughter hand in marriage.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya today handed the hand of the daugther to Mai Tula, Miranda Firdausi Buba Attare in marriage to her groom Mustspha Shehu Ibrahim.

The weeding Fatiha which took place at Mai Tula’s Palace was consummated after the payment of one hundred thousand naira dowry by the representatives of the groom.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi stood in for the bride.

Special prayers were offered for the blessings of the marriage and peace of the State.

Similarly the Secretary to the state government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has led a high powered government delegation to deliver Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s best wishes to Mai Kaltungo Engineer Saleh Mohammad for the successful commissioning of Kaltungo Central Mosque yesterday.

The elated Mai Kaltungo appreciated the Governor and the state government for it’s tremendous support to the success of the historic event.

The SSG was accompanied on both functions by the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice Barrister Zubairu Umar and his counterpart of the Special Duties Ministry, Christopher Abdu Buba Maisheru.

Others are the Special Advisers on Health and that of Rural Development, Deputy chief of staff Daniel Timothy, Executive Secretary SEMA, and members of boards and commissions as well as directors in the SSGs office.

Joshua Danmalam information officer SSGs Office
27/8/22.

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At Kaltungo Mosque Commissioning, Gov. Inuwa Charges Citizenry To Imbibe Spirit of Unity of Purpose, Promote Peace, Tolerance.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has urged the people of the state to maintain the spirit of camaraderie, cooperation and collaboration towards achieving their goals as well as continue to imbibe culture of tolerance.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya made the call during the official commissioning of the newly constructed Kaltungo Central Mosque.

The governor, who was the chairman of the occasion, congratulated Kaltungo community for getting a new central mosque with all the needed facilities, describing the event as historic.

Gov. Inuwa called on the community to make good use of the newly built place of worship, stressing that the mosque as an institution has a lot of relevance to the Muslim Ummah.

“The Masjid is not only a place of worship; it is an educational centre, a place to dispense justice, a reconciliation center and a place to bring social justice and ethical orientation to the people”, he said.

The governor appreciated the effort and resilience of the mosque construction committee and all people who contributed either in cash or in kind towards the success of the project, explaining that the effort is a community service worthy of emulation.

“I will commend the perseverance, foresight, doggedness and sacrifice made by the members of the committee in particular and to the entire community which resulted to the successful completion of this outstanding project”

He stressed the need for people to instill the spirit of communalism towards solving their problems, maintaining that government alone cannot do it all.

“I want to stress the fact that we all need to go together; the government, the people and indeed all the operatives within the environment must work together towards the advancement of whatever we do”

He used the occasion to call on the people of Kaltungo and Gombe State to continue to live in peace and harmony for the overall development of the state, maintaining that peace and unity are requisite for development of any society.

“It is only when there is peace that people will build mosques, courts, reconciliation centres or any other institution people may need for their development”, he noted.

He also observed that a project of this sort can bring enormous development to the community, advising that the approach be extended to other sectors.

He said, “If we are to emulate and copy the same, and do so for schools, hospitals and for other social services, it means there will be low crisis in the society, because the ordinary man would have been taken care of. That is the essence of leadership and that is the spirit on which this government, my humble self, and I believe each truth worthy leader, stands for.

“I urge you to work hard and join hands together with the government and the people, and make sure that you work towards advancing development in all aspects, especially in Infrastructures and in all social development structures that will build up a modest, just and equitable society”, he added.

The Guest Speaker at the event, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isah Ali Ibrahim Pantami said, Mosque is an important institution in Islam that serves several social functions.

He said building mosque is one of the acts of ibadah in Islam that attract abundant rewards from Allah even after one dies, giving reference to different Qur’anic verses and Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

On the relevance of mosque to the Muslims, Prof Pantami said, “Masjid is a place of worship, a learning centre, and all encompassing centre of excellence. Masjid is a university, a place for guidance and counseling, a place for promoting peace and unity, skill acquisition centre, centre for societal orientation.

“Mosque as an institution has been performing these institutional functions since the dawn of Islam and has been the genesis for the establishment of the first and second universities in the world”, he added.

He therefore called on the custodians of the mosque and the community to explore other functions for maximum benefit.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Secretary to Gombe State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi who is the chairman building committee of the mosque, thanked Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for the support he has given to their committee throughout the course of their assignment.

Prof Njodi appreciated the efforts of members the committee and the entire Kaltungo community and beyond for their contributions towards the success of the project.

“I wish to appreciate the entire Muslim Ummah and well wishers, regardless of religious affiliation or creed, for believing in our committee” he said.

He said the reconstruction of the mosque became necessary due to the fact that the former structure could not accommodate the people conveniently.

“The old mosque was built in 1968 with a capacity for 250 worshippers. Following the astronomical growth in the Muslim population in Kaltungo and its environs, this was found to be grossly inadequate”

The construction project engulfed the sum of two hundred and sixty nine million Naira (N269,000,000) and was completed within the period of three years.

Shading light on the new mosque, the building committee chairman said, “The newly constructed mosque has the capacity for 2,500 worshippers, it has a women section, a Library and toilets for both males and females; it has two minarets on which are mounted public address systems with a capacity to transmit up to 5-7 kilometers of sound”.

The event featured goodwill messages from Mai Kaltungo, HRH, Engr Saleh Muhammad, Mai Fika, HRH, Muhammad Abali Ibn Muhammad Idrisa and culminated into official commissioning of the mosque by Shehu of Borno, HRH, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Amin Elkanemi after which two raka’at Jumu’at prayers were observed.

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

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Governor Inuwa Says His Administration Is Committed Towards Effective Regulatory Town Planning, Control.

… Gombe Governor Decorated As FNIOB

Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has been decorated as a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Building ( FNIOB) for his his unquantifiable contributions to the growth and development of the building industry.

The investiture of the Governor was performed by the President of the institute, Professor Yohanna Izam in company of national and State officials of the institute.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya who was visibly elated by the honour as FNIOB noted that Nigeria would have been better off if policies regarding regulatory development are implemented through the stipulated channels.

He explained that his administration established the Gombe State Geographic Information System (GOGIS) and the Gombe State Urban Planning and Development Authority (GOSUPDA) as part of efforts to correct the anomaly inherent in land administration and indiscriminate erection of structures in the State.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya remarked that his government equally instituted a committee on land administration and management wherein lands that are meant for public, industrial and residential buildings are reviewed and reverted back to their original purposes.

The Governor revealed that the Gombe State Government through the committee on land administration and management has created a lay out to compensate individuals affected by either mis-allocation or double allocation.

He observed with dismay the flagrant abuse of building code and ethics across the country which usually gives rise to slums in major cities across the country without a clearly defined social and security facilities.

The Governor said such ignoble practices pose a serious challenge not only to the people but also to the leadership, saying leaders in various capacity must work together to take Nigeria out of the current quagmire.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya revealed that despite being a fellow of some professional institutes and associations in the country, that of the NIOB is dear to him considering his long dealings with the building industry.

While pledging his administration’s support to the institute, the Governor said” the honour is not done to me alone but the entire people of the State, especially members of the my cabinet who work day and night to bring about the prevailing socio-economic and infrastructural development in the State”.

Earlier speaking, the President of the Nigerian Institute of Building, Professor Yohannah Izam said they were in the State to decorate the Gombe State Governor as FNIOB for his administrative perceptivity towards the development of associated environment that enhances quality housing as well as for his contributions to the growth and development of the built society.

He used the investiture ceremony to pay special tribute to Governor Inuwa Yahaya over his sagacity in developing social, economic and infrastructural dimensions of State such as the multi billion naira Muhammadu Buhari Industrial park, the network 11-100 road project among others.

He also praised the governor for maintaining the peace in the state, which he noted, facilitated the emergence of Gombe as number one in ease of doing business ranking.

The President of the institute however appealed to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to upgrade the physical planning laws of the State so as to be in tandem with global best practices.

It will be recalled that Governor Inuwa was recently conferred with a fellowship award by the the Nigerian Institute of Building during the Builders Conference/Annual General Meeting, which took place in Akure, Ondo State.

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

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Good Governance: Governor Inuwa Conferred With Fellowship Award By Nigerian Institute Of Building.

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya ( Dan Majen Gombe) has been conferred with a fellowship award by the the Nigerian Institute of Building (NOIB) in recognition of his sterling leadership and contributions to the built environment.

This was during the Builders Conference/Annual General Meeting, which took place in Akure, Ondo State.

The conference, with the theme: The Role of Building Profession in the Maintenance of National Assets”, brought together government functionaries, seasoned industry practitioners, experienced academics and built environment stakeholders to discuss asset management practices for buildings, skills requirements and frameworks for building assets management, in addition to the role, development and deployment of building maintenance manual.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, was represented at the occasion by his Special Adviser on Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Professor Keftin Namala Amuga, accompanied by the Director General Federal Government Relations Bureau Mr. Nuhu Sada Laumara and Alhaji Auwal Abdulkadir, Chairman Mile 3 arket Gombe.

While presenting the award insignia to Governor Inuwa Yahaya, the President of the Nigerian Institute of Building, Bldr. Professor Yohanna D. Izam, who is also the Vice chancellor of Plateau State University Bokkos, described the Gombe State Governor as a bridge builder with track record of goid governance, prudent financial management and uncompromising posture for excellence in execution of projects.

Also in attendance was the Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who was also a recipient of the same award.

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Gombe State Chapter of the NIOB, Bldr Mahmood Yusuf has congratulated Governor Inuwa for being found worthy for the award, describing the honour as a well- deserved one.

” We are proud of this feat and we are happy that we now have the State chief executive as a fellow of the our institute, FNIOB in recognition of his outstanding performance”.

The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) is the professional body for Builders and those who are about to be engaged in the Building Profession in Nigeria.

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

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Gombe SSG commend HalimaFactor for complimenting Govt. Effort.

The Secretary to the State government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has lauded Halima Factor Community Intiative for responding to government appeal for contribution to provision of critical infrastructure for development of education in the state.

Speaking at the official commissioning of twin toilet and renovated facilities at the Mallam Umar Titi Tsangaya Qur’anic school at Ajiya ward in Gombe Professor Njodi charged spirited individuals, corporate organisations and non governmental organizations to emulate Halima Factor Initiative in providing support to succur to vulnerable in the society.
Represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Alhaji Dahiru Kalla, the SSG also commended and congratulated the Halima Factor for recording the feat encouragiging it to more as government cannot shoulder the needs of the people alone in view of dwindling resources.

While praising the proprietor and management of tsangaya school for cooperating with Halima Factor in constructing the toilets and other facilities.

He assured that goverment is ever willing to create the enabling environment for organizations to contribute in developing the state.

Professor noted with delight the effort of the Halima Factor in not only providing education and food to the almajiris but according attention to their health needs as demostrated by the provision of detergents and toiletries.

Giving an overview of the projects the Chief Executive Officer of Halima Factor Mrs Khadijah Kwargana said the initiative followed community engagement and need assessment of the benefiaries aimed at addressing their basic needs to make learning attractive.

Mrs Khadijah also explained that all the teachers whom are volunteers where well equiped through a special training programme by the Halima factor initiative. In their goowill messages, repesetative of Indusrial Training Fund ITF, Engineer Ibrahim Yusuf, Mallam Nazir Bashir, and the Co-ordinator BESDA Dr. Abdullahi Garkuwa appreciated Halima Factor for working tirelessly towards supporting goverment’s effort to reduce illitracy in the state.

In her the Managing Director Halima Factor Community Initiative Mrs Halima Usman said the is part of their missions objective to impact communities positively through the feed and read tsangaya project.

Also speaking the head of the Tsangaya Mallam Abdullahi Umar Titi who traced it’s establishmenet 72years ago also commended all those who have contributed in one or the other in sustaining his late father’s legacy.

He specifically paid glowing tribute to Halima Factor for improving the fortunes of the school and giving the structures a facelift.

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Gombe SSG task ANAN on accountability, transparency in resource management.

The Secretary to the Gombe State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has tasked of members of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) on loyalty, accountability, confidentiality and transparency in the management of public resources.

Professor Ibrahim Njodi who made the appeal when he received Officials and members of the state chapter of the Association in his office Friday,said as financial Managers of public expenditures it is imperative that they imbibe absolute professionalism in the discharge of their functions.

The SSG also reminded the body of Accountants to be mindful of protecting government financial dealings from unauthorized persons in line with their professional ethics.

While commending members of the Association for priotizing capacity development through the necessary courses and professional examinations, Professor Njodi advised them to also take advantage of technology to individually improve on their performance.

He further stressed that government on its part will continue to provide the enabling environment for them to contribute meaningfully to delivery of good governance in the State.

Speaking further Professor Njodi intimate them on government’s resolve to bluck leakages of scarce resources in it’s quest to provide basic amenities for the people hence the introduction of the Treasury Single Account TSA calling on the Association to support government in that direction.

The SSG used the occasion to congratulate the Association for producing credible members in state including the state Governor Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya who is managing the State finances excellently well and providing decided of democracy to the citizenry.

Earlier,in his submission the state chairman of the Association,Mr Wilson Yahaya had informed the SSG that the visit was to identify and align with the positive impact of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s developmental policies and programs.

Mr Wilson Yahaya also said the visit is an opportunity for the Association to restate it’s it loyalty and willingness to work with the state government in it’s desire to provide the people with dividends of democracy in a more transparent and prudent manner.

On his remark, former chairman of the Association,Abubakar Hassan disclosed that they have over two hundred members from both the public and private sectors in the state with majority from the state workforce.

Abubakar Hassan further explained that the state chapter have been active nationality which earned it the North East zonal professional Examination centre appealing to government for financial support to indigent members to register and write those exams.

The occasion had in attendance the Head of Civil Service, Bappayo Yahaya, Commissioners of Justice and Attorney General, Rural Development, Energy, Women and Social Development, and Special Duties, Special Advisers, Senior Special Advisers, Permanent Secretary SSG’s office and other top government functionaries.

Joshua Danmalam information officer SSG’S Office.
19/8/22

Gombe State reiterate willingness to partner health organisations for effective service Delivery.

Gombe State has again reiterated willingness to partner professional organizations in it’s quest to provide quality health care system for the people.

The Secretary to the Gombe State government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi gave the indication Tuesday when he played host to the State chapter of the National Association of Nephrology Nurses at the government house.

Professor Ibrahim Njodi said partnership with Professional health practitioners will help complement government effort in health care services delivery in the state.

He expressed delight with the association’s ability to attract the hosting of the association’s National Conference in Gombe State.

While commending the association for it’s activities especially in ensuring professionalism among members, Professor Njodi assured them of all the necessary support by the state government to guarantee successful hosting of the conference in September.

Earlier,in his submission the chairman local orgarnising committee of the conference,Comrade Baba Lawan Giade had described as commendable the massive infrastructure being provided by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya led administration especially in the health sector.

Comrade Giade noted that the upgrade and esteblishment of additional health facilities has set the state apart from its peers in the country towards improving the health of the people.

He also said the visit was to intimate the state government preparations for the association’s upcoming National conference and as well solicit for support.

Comrade Giade added that the choice of Gombe state to host conference was informed mainly by priority accorded to the health sector and the peaceful nature of the state.

The event was attended by Honourable Commissioners, Advisers and other top Government officials.

Joshua Danmalam information Officer SSG’S Office.
16/8/22.

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Reforms: ‘We have Strengthened Our Internal Control Mechanisms To Improve Governance Outcomes’, Governor Inuwa Says.

…As Gombe Receives Accolades For Taking Lead In Implementation Of USAID’s State2State Activity

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says his administration will continue to strengthen internal control mechanisms and sustain its progress reforms to improve governance outcomes and enhance accountability and efficiency in service delivery.

This is even as the Gombe Governor was warmly acknowledged and commended for keying in and leading the way in driving forward reforms in governance and in the implementation of the Nigeria State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness Activity ( State2State)of the United States Agency for International Development, USAID.

The State2State Activity supports strengthened governance structures in Gombe and five other states to improve their ability to plan and budget, raise revenues, increase civil society participation, and oversee service delivery in the health; education; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sectors.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya, who was a special guest of honour and panelist at a high level discussion tagged Federal Policy Dialogue Series, with the theme “Post State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainably ( SFTAS) Incentivizing Reforms held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, said his administration is implementing major reforms in several key areas including those that have traction with State2State’s key sectors, especially education, health and governance.

He said ” implementing reforms may be quite tasking and daunting but we are doing our best in this regard. Thankfully we have the Development plan for Gombe State (DEVAGOM) 2021 – 2030 which is a blueprint guiding us in accelerating reforms with actionable implementation mechanisms for sustainable growth and development”.

“We worked through our state PFM institutions to ensure that we meet all the requirements of SFTAS- we are utilizing the training received by State2State to consolidate our reforms. Gombe has been among the 5 top states on SFTAS for 3 years running”.

He said ” because of State2State intervention, through capacity building of our staff, we expanded revenue base and raised more Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). We have also reinvigorated the Due Process Office in line with our procurement law and strengthened the Fiscal Responsibility Commission for effective governance”.

Speaking further, Governor Inuwa said his administration has also established the Bureau for Public Service Reforms (BPSR) in 2019 to ensure the successful implementation of its public service reform agenda.

“So far we have engaged in reforms, difficult as they may be, but we are trying to make sure that we change the situation for the better; we made promises to our people and that we cannot do without good governance, transparency and accountability”.

Noting that reforms are supposed to be sustainable, Governor Inuwa advised that the gains of SFTAS must not be left to fizzle out, suggesting that a follow up programme be initiated to entrench the successes recorded.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State and the representatives of Governors of Ebonyi, Adamawa, Bauchi, Akwa Ibom states also shared their views on the topic of discussion, opining that the State2State activity has impacted positively in their respective states.

There were goodwill messages from the USAID Country Director, the Chief of Party and other department partners.

The Gombe delegation at the event included the Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development, Muhammad Gambo Magaji, Special Adviser on Budget Planning and Development Partners Coordination, Dr. Ishiyaku Mohammed, State Auditor General, Muhammed Buba Gombe, Director-General ( Research and Documentation), Dr. Muazu Shehu and other officials.

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

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Gombe Govt Approves 8.8bn For Township Roads Construction, 1.2 bn For Emergency Repairs of Washed Out.

…Lifts Suspension On 7 out of 17 Private Health Institutions Of Learning

The Gombe State Executive Council chaired by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has approved the construction of 17 township roads valued at the cost of 8.8 billion naira.

The Commissioner of Works and Transportation, Engr. Abubakar Bappah disclosed this to newsmen shortly after the Council meeting.

Engr. Bappah said the 17 township road projects will traverse areas like Kagarawal, Pantami/Gabukka, old GRA and Civil Service Commission’s office to Science Secondary School Gombe to link up with Shongo among other locations in the State capital.

He disclosed that the State Executive Council also approved 1.2 billion naira for emergency repairs of washed out roads across the State .

In another development, the State Executive Council has lifted the ban on 7 out of the 17 private health institutions of learning earlier closed down for reasons bordering on accreditation, physical and instructional considerations.

The chairman of the committee on the review of the sustainability of private health institutions of learning in the State, Barrister Zubair Muhammad Umar said those given the nod to resume academic activities include Fountain College of Health Science and Technology Tunfure, Conformance College of Health Science and Technology Billiri, Garkuwa College of Health Science and Technology Gombe, Lamido College of Hygiene Liji, Ummah College of Health Science and Technology, Dukku, International College of Health Science and Technology, Haruna Rasheed College of Health Science and Technology Dukku.

According to him those still under suspension include Ilimi College of Health Science and Technology Gombe, Barunde College of Health Science Kumo, Legacy College of Health Science and Technology Gombe, College of Health Science Filiya, College of Health Science Deba and Bormi College of Health Science and Technology Bajoga.

Others are Bajoga College of Health Science and Technology, College of Health Science and Technology Bambam, Standard College of Health Science and Technology Kwami and College of Health Science Lailaipido

Barrister Zubairu Umar, who is also the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice said the Government’s decision on the matter is to checkmate professional quackery and not aimed at a witch hunt.

While placing emphasis on the position of the chairman to ascertain the sustainability of private health institutions in the State, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Habu Dahiru said the decision forms part of Government’s decision to ensure health safety and efficiency in the State.

Earlier speaking, the overseeing Commissioner for Information and Culture Mr. Meshack Audu Lauco who coordinated the post SEC press conference said, all decisions taken by the State Executive Council were done in the best interest of the people of the State.

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

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