Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has sent his heartfelt condolences to the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Habu Dahiru over the death of his sister, Hajiya Dija Dahiru Deba who died today after a brief illness.
The Governor, in a condolence message, described the demise of the retired staff of the State Ministry of Education as deeply painful and devastating, consoling Dr. Dahiru and other members of the bereaved family to take solace in the fact that the deceased lived a life of service to her family, community and the state and left behind indelible marks.
The Governor also conveyed his deepest condolences to the Managing Director of Salbrix Nigeria Limited, Arc. Anas Adamu over the demise of his Aunt, Hajiya Hannatu Sa’idu Sarkin Kaji who died yesterday after a protracted illness.
Governor Inuwa described the late Hajiya Hannatu as a great mother who dedicated herself to raising her children as well as serving her family and creator.
The Governor prayed Almighty Allah to give the two families the fortitude to bear the great losses and grqnt the deceased mothers Aljannat Firdaus.
Ismaila Uba Misilli Director-General ( Press Affairs) Government House Gombe
Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has assured the Kaltungo People Progressive Foundation KPPF of continued support so as to enable it carry out its noble course of fostering unity and sustainable development in the chiefdom.
Speaking through the Secretary to the State Government SSG Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi during a ceremony to officially kick start activities of the foundation in Kaltungo, Governor Inuwa Yahaya Commended the founders for their foresight to bring the desired development to area in line with the vision of the state government.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya extend an invitation to leadership of the foundation for a meeting to identify areas that will require government intervention for the benefit of the citizenry.
He assured that his administration will work closely with the foundation to achieve its lofty objectives especially those directed at youth empowerment and emancipation.
In his remark, an elated Mai Kaltungo Engineer Saleh Mohammed praised the men and women behind the establishment of the foundation and assured them that he will personally mobilise sons and daughters of the chiefdom towards achieving the goals of the foundation.
The Mai Kaltungo also advise the leadership of the foundation to be prudent, transparent and accountable in the conduct of the its affairs.
The president of the foundation Reverend Luka Zakka Ture said the vision and mission of the foundation is to among others collaborate with relevant government agencies in ensuring drug free society, youth empowerment as well as inculcate good moral values among the youth.
Reverend Luka Zakka Ture disclosed that community initiatives that will support entrepreneurship for self reliance will also be encouraged to guarantee sustainable economic advancement of the people.
He said the foundation is non political, religious or tribal with a seven man board of Trustees drawn from all sections of Kaltungo chiefdom.
The Guest speaker, Dr Seni James Barka, Provost college of Health Sciences and Technology Kaltungo who spoke extensively on the the role of education in sustainable community development tasked the foundation and people of the area to pay serious attention to education as no meaningful development can be achieved where ignorance and illitracy prevails.
The flag off ceremony which attracted prominent traditional title holders, academicians, serving and former legislators also featured cultural displays and donations for the smooth take off the foundation.
Joshua Danmalam information officer SSG’S Office. 7/5/22
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has commiserated with the Family of the Permanent Secretary SSG’s office, Mohammed A.Umar over the death of his younger brother Murtala Mohammed age 48 years.
Delivering the condolence message on behalf of the Government and people of the state, the Secretary to the State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi accompanied by the Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Bappayo Yahaya and the Principal Private Secretary (PPS) Usman Mamman Kamara said Governor Yahaya received the news with shock, admonishing the family to accept loss as the will of Allah.
Professor Njodi said, the government and people of the state are with them in their moment of grief and therefore prayed Allah to grant the deceased Aljannatul fidausi.
Responding on behalf of the family, the chairman, House of Assembly Service Commission, Suleiman Abubakar appreciated Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for identifying with them in their moment of sorrow.
According to the family late Murtala Mohammed a staff of Ministry of Works and Transport died yesterday after a brief illness and is survived by his wife, 3 children aged parents and relatives.
He has since been buried in accordance with Islamic rites.
Joshua Danmalam information officer SSGs Office. 5/5/22
… Restates Determination To Ensure Sustainable Development Through Industrialization, Make Opportunities Accessible To All
…As Emir Abubakar III Lauds Gombe Governor’s Monumental Achievements in 3 Years
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says the decision by his administration to build the multi billion naira Muhammadu Buhari Industrial Park was born out of the desire to institutionalise an enduring framework that will guarantee sustainable economic development for shared prosperity.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya stated this when he hosted the the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Dr. Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll on a colourful traditional Sallah Homage otherwise known as “Hawan Gidan Gwamnati” at the Government House.
The annual Sallah homage to the Government House is a tradition that predated modern history and is usually led by the Emir in company of district heads and members of his traditional council clad in colourful royal attire to add glamour to the event which usually attracts thousands of people across the State.
Speaking at the event, Governor Inuwa said his government’s strategy is to ensure sustained growth through industrialization that makes opportunities accessible to all people and broadly distributes income and non-income gains across the state.
The governor who expressed gratitude to Almighty Allah for seeing the Muslim Ummah through the holy month of Ramadan which came to a climax with the Eid el fitr festival, called on Muslims and non-Muslims in the State to maintain the peace and tranquility which both Islam and Christianity preach and for which the Gombe is well known.
He assured the people of the State that his administration will not relent in seeking the support, cooperation and wise counsel of the traditional rulers and opinion leaders in order to lead the State in the most effective, efficient and equitable manner.
He added that the achievements recorded in the three years of his stewardship will not have been possible without the support of the traditional institution and the people of the state in general.
The Governor who praised the peaceful co-existence in the State, expressed gratitude to security agencies for their resilience in maintaining the peace in a region bedeviled with insurgency and other forms of threats.
Governor Yahaya noted that it is only when there is peace that Government can provide social amenities and other services for the wellbeing of the people, and therefore appealed to the citizenry to judiciously guard the prevailing tranquillity in the state.
The Governor equally thanked the traditional institution in the State for their role in ensuring peace and tranquility in their various communities in particular and the State in General.
While speaking on the his administration’s desire to leave a lasting legacy for the people of the State, Governor Inuwa Yahaya said the Muhammadu Buhari Industrial park was conceived as a long term economic development plan to boost the socio-economic and infrastructural advancement of the State.
He explained that when completed, the Park will lead to the holistic and comprehensive development of all sectors so that the State will become a one-stop destination for local and international investors.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya revealed that in a bid to expose business men and women in State to the art of International trade, his administration in conjunction with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council organised a sensitization Workshop on export promotion and processing.
He thanked the Emir of Gombe for the Sallah homage, assuring the royal father of his administration’s commitment to continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the people across all the nooks and crannies of the state in line with his campaign promises.
Earlier, the Emir of Gombe, Dr. Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll said he led the retinue of his district heads, emirate council members and traditional title holders to the Government House to felicitate with Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya over the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and to pay him homage on the occasion of the Eid el fitr sallah celebration.
The Emir enjoined Muslims to maintain the spirit of Ramadan which encourages fervant prayers and abiding faith in the Almighty Allah for continued peace and stability of the State and the country, saying until such is done the myriads of challenges confronting the nation may not go any time soon.
The Emir used the occasion to emphasize on the need for the citizens of the State to live in peace with one another irrespective of their ethno religious affiliations.
He commended the Governor for organising special sessions for inter religious consultations aimed at promoting religious tolerance and harmony in the State.
The Emir of Gombe paid glowing tribute to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for his holistic approach in addressing the myriad of challenges in the state and for his pragmatic leadership which he said has led to the execution of life changing projects such as the multi billion naira Muhammadu Industrial Park, ‘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.
He also scored the Governor high in the areas of Healthcare revitalization, repositioning of the education sector; especially the construction of the ultra modern school in Kumbiya Kumbiya, the establishment of five legacy schools across the State as well as the mopping up of thousands out of school children and returning them back to the classrooms.
The monarch equally applauded the Gombe State Governor for the prompt payment of salaries and settlement of outstanding gratuity of retirees among others, describing the achievements so far recorded by the Governor as monumental and unprecedented. He noted that there is no area in the state that has not witnessed the remarkable and developmental strides of Governor Yahaya’s administration.
The Emir later led thousands of Horsemen clad in colorful robes and staged a spectacular durbar to the admiration of the Governor and other dignitaries present.
Ismaila Uba Misilli Director-General ( Press Affairs) Government House Gombe
…Says “My Government Is For All Gombe People Regardless Of Differences”
…As CAN Pledges Support, Prayers For Inuwa-led Administration
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, earlier today, received a delegation from the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Gombe State Chapter which paid him Sallah homage in the wake of the Eid el-fitr celebrations.
The team comprised of officials of both the Youths wing and the main body of CAN.
Speaking at the event, the leader of the delegation and Gombe State CAN Chairman, Reverend Father Joseph Alphonsus Shinga explained that the Christian community in Gombe State deemed it necessary to identify with Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and the entire Muslim Ummah on this auspicious occasion in view of the religious tolerance, understanding and peaceful co-existence between the two major faiths in the State under his watch.
Reverend Father Shinga described the coinciding of the Christian lenten season with the Holy month of Ramadan as a divine predestination to further strengthen the relationship between Christianity and Islam.
He described the administration of Governor Inuwa Yahaya as decisive in the areas of social cohesion, short and long economic emancipation, infrastructural development and youths empowerment among other areas of human capital development.
Earlier speaking, the Chairman of Youth Wing of CAN, Gombe State, Deacon Yusuf Haske attributed the peaceful co-existence currently being enjoyed in the State largely to the administrative ingenuity of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and cooperation of the people which he said deserve the commendation of all and sundry.
Deacon Haske stressed that the quality and futuristic outlook of projects being executed by Governor Inuwa Yahaya across state leaves no one in doubt of his desire to leave an enduring legacy.
He pledged the support and cooperation of the Youths wing of CAN to the Governor in the build-up to the 2023 elections.
Responding, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya expressed gratitude to the CAN for coming to felicitate with him and the entire Muslim community in the State.
“I just pray that both of us across all faiths must have learnt alot, must have learnt to be our brothers keepers and must have learned the feel of the ordinary man who lacks food, shelter and who looks up to us in order to provide the ways and the means for him to survive and live well in this God own country”.
He said despite the evil mercenation of some, Gombe State has continued to enjoy religious tolerance in particular and peace and harmony in general, saying ” the people of the State must stand together in solidarity with one another because poverty, disease and hunger are blind to anyone’s ethnic or religious affiliations”.
The Governor explained that the desire to maintain and protect the peace in Gombe State is a task that must be the responsibility of all the citizens in the State.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya also used the visit to intimate the Christian community, whose population is more in the southern part of the State, that throughout the history of Gombe, no administration has invested more in the zone like his Government did in the last three years.
He said the essence of leadership is to serve humanity irrespective of ethno religious affiliations, maintaining that “that’s the spirit of Gombe State Government. Gombe belongs to all citizens of the State”.
A Special prayer was offered by Reverend Christopher Gwadabe for the success of Governor Inuwa’s administration and for peace, progress and property of Gombe State.
The meeting was attended by the Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau, Sen. representing Gombe South, Sen. Bulus Amos, Chief of Staff, Abubakar Inuwa Kari, Commissioners and other government functionaries.
Ismaila Uba Misilli Director-General ( Press Affairs) Government House Gombe
… Preaches Peace, Unity, Understanding Among Diverse Communities
…As Emir of Gombe Lauds Inuwa’s Transformational Leadership
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and other dignitaries, earlier today joined the Emir of Gombe, Dr Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll to observe the 2- Raka’at prayer to mark the end of Ramadan fast and commemorate this year’s Eid el-fitr festival.
The Deputy Chief Imam, Bubayero Mosque Gombe, Ustaz Aliyu Hammari who led the prayer, described Sallah day as “a day of joy, thanksgiving, generosity, kindness and supplication”.
The presiding Imam enjoined Muslims to be conscious of Allah in all their dealings, calling them to continue to uphold all the lessons learnt during the month of Ramadan and also cautioned them against using this period of sallah festivities to engage in prohibited activities that will attract the wrath of Allah.
In his Sallah Message, delivered during a reception he hosted in honour of top government functionaries at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya appreciated the peaceful co-existence among the diverse ethnic groups and faiths in the state, calling on the people to continue to support his administration for the progress of the state.
He called on Muslims to continue to imbibe the lessons learnt during the month of Ramadan and to continue to pray for the state and the country.
“Ramadan has come and gone, but the beautiful lessons learnt during this holly month should not be forsaken, as it is the major inspiration behind the fasting ritual”, he said.
He also called for prayers for the state and the nation to overcome the enormous security and socio-economic challenges the country is facing.
A colourful Durbar was hosted by the Emir after the Eid Prayer with hundreds of horse riders in colourful traditional attires paying homage to the governor as enshrined in the rich cultural heritage of the people of Gombe State.
In his Sallah message after the durbar, the Emir of Gombe and Chairman Gombe State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, Alh. Dr Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III commended governor Inuwa Yahaya for his uncommon zeal to transform Gombe State. He said, “we are specifically grateful to His Excellency, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for his transformational drive towards the progress of Gombe State. Indeed, the governor’s achievements in areas of security, health, education agriculture, rural development and roads are undoubtedly unprecedented”.
Considering the inception of rainy season, the royal father called on the good people of Gombe State to go back to farm to provide food and raw materials for industries.
He called on farmers and herders to live in peace and harmony with one another and desist from anything that may sabotage or undermine peaceful coexistence and success of their occupations.
He equally called on all people to live in peace, respect one another and obey law and order for the sake of peace, which he described as “catalyst for any meaningful development”.
The governor’s entourage during the occasions include, the Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau, member representing Yamaltu Deba Federal Constituency, Hon. Abubakar Yunusa, Speaker Gombe State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mohammed Abubakar Luggerewo, Chief of Staff Government House, Alh. Abubakar Inuwa Kari, Head of Service, Alhaji Bappayo Yahaya, Commissioners, Special Advisers and other top government functionaries. The Durbar at the Emir’s Palace was also witnessed by a US- based wildlife conservationist and senior research associate at the Institute for Development, Ecology and Cooperation on the invitation of Gombe State Governor.
Ismaila Uba Misilli Director-General ( Press Affairs) Government House Gombe
Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has felicitated with the Muslim Ummah in the state as they join other faithful the world over in celebrating the Eid el-fitr which marks the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.
In a goodwill message, the Governor urged the Ummah to sustain the lessons of the holy month and replicate them in their daily lives for the good of the society.
The Governor tasked the citizenry not to loose sight in face of the current socio-economic and security challenges bedeviling the country but to remain resolute and prayerful with faith that the nation’s trying moment will be over and Nigeria will emerge stronger and more united.
He emphasized that his administration will not condone any act that will undermine the prevailing peace and will remain focused in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of the State.
The Governor enjoined Muslim Ummah to sustain the devotion and other acts of worship performed during the holy month as well as to imbibe the lessons learnt during Tafsir sessions for the good of the religion, society and humanity, saying Nigeria is in dire need of good people with excellent moral standings to overcome the evils being perpetrated by some few who do not mean well for the country.
” Eid el-fitr festival connotes sacrifice, selflessness, love and obedience to the tenets of Islam. I therefore enjoin us to draw enduring lessons from the Ramadan and show love to one another as well as promote harmony and peaceful coexistence among our diverse people “.
“The same way we all remembered the less privileged and those afflicted by poverty during Ramadan, I implore us to carry over these attributes beyond Ramadan”.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya called on the people of Gombe state to always take advantage of the various Federal Government empowerment programmes to uplift their economic status for the good of their individual selves and families.
While urging the traditional rulers, religious and community leaders to sustain the prevailing peace and security for the socio-economic development of the state, Governor Yahaya assured that his administration remains committed to the provision and implementation of viable projects and programmes aimed at taking the state to greater heights.
The Governor commended the Muslim Ummah and the entire people of the state for their steadfastness in the midst of challenges, urging them not to despair but to remain hopeful as well as continue to support the Government in its efforts to guarantee security, wellbeing and prosperity of the state.
Ismaila Uba Misilli Director-General ( Press Affairs) Government House, Gombe
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has felicitated with workers in the state as they join their comrades the world over in celebrating the 2022 International Workers’ Day today.
The Governor, in a goodwill message, described workers as partners in progress, assuring that his administration will continue to sustain and deepen the existing friendy working environment and industrial harmony in the state aimed at increasing productivity of the workforce in particular and improving good governance in general.
He described as apt and timely this year’s May Day theme, ‘Labour, Politics, and Quest for Good Governance and Development in Nigeria’.
“Workers have been partners in progress with our administration in service delivery, providing the dividends of democracy and good governance. We will continue to strive to ensure that our workers get the best and their welfare will continue to be our priority. I therefore urge you not to relent in your support for this administration and to always discharge your duties efficiently and effectively”.
He assured that his administration will continue to do it’s best to live up to its responsibilities and cater for the workers within available resouces, calling for collective sacrifice and solidarity in the midst of daunting socio-economic challenges.
” Since our assumption of office, we have kept to our commitment to prompt and timely payment of workers’ salaries even now with 30,000 naira minimum wage implementation as well as retirees’ pensions and backlog of inherited gratuity despite our meager allocation, a clear departure from what obtained in previous administration, and what currently obtains in some other states across the country”.
” I have recently granted approval for the recruitment of 1000 teachers , the largest of its kind in the state’s history. I have also approved the transfer of 288 from State Universal Basic Education Board, all in an effort to address shortage of manpower in public secondary schools”.
“We have also since commenced the implementation of our social security scheme – the Gombe State Contributory Healthcare Scheme (GoHealth) with workers on the state’s payroll, which is a significant milestone towards ensuring easy access to needed health services without suffering financial hardship due to huge medical bills”.
While acknowledging the cooperation of the organized labour with this administration, Governor Inuwa assured that his government will continue to remain favourably disposed towards the welfare of workers, describing the labour as pivotal and primary factor for production as well as aggregation of all human physical and mental effort used in the creation of goods and services, making reference to their critical role in his administration’s industrial revolution, ease of doing business, repositioning of agriculture, provision of infrastructure among others.
Ismaila Uba Misilli Director-General ( Press Affairs) Government House Gombe
Politics, defined as activities associated with governance, is very crucial to the upliftment of living standards of people. And governance as the action or manner of governing a state is dependant on the type of leaders at the helm of affairs. Having said that any dispassionate observer of the activities of Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya administration since its inception on 29th May, 2019 can not fail to see the monumental strides made in addressing infrastructural deficits. That he fits the bill can not be overstated.
The transition committee set up by Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya administration which produced a report of the activities of their predecessor gave the government an eye view on how to forge ahead. Various committees were later inaugurated to further give an impetus on the way forward. Armed with these reports the government swung in to action to actualise the goals it sets out to achieve. With a well-thought-out and implementable programs aimed at addressing issues of governance, an enabling environment for businesses to thrive became the mantra of the new administration since, as is oft-repeated by His Excellency majority of people are not on government’s payroll and thus fairness demands that attention be focused more on creating enabling environment for businesses to thrive. In this the pedigree of Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya as an Accountant, Civil Servant, Businessman-cum-entrepreneur and Finance Commissioner come in handy and prepared him well for the challenges which lay ahead. There is no doubt that Gombe State government under Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has delivered on its mandate in key areas such as Education, Agriculture, Health care delivery, Roads, Water Supply and Industrialization. The giant strides made in the areas mentioned clearly change the narrative. This is clearly seen by the comments by people on the progress made so far. There is no gainsaying the fact that the position of Gombe as the centre of North East and the hub of business activities is further enhanced by these laudable activities.
Worth mentioning is the on going multi billion Naira industrial hub at Dadin Kowa and the completion of projects left by the previous administration. Also the on going 11-100 (construction of 100km roads in each of the 11 local governments) shows an abiding desire by the administration to open up both urban and rural areas to development.
It is therefore safe to conclude this write-up by stating that Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has etched his name in the sands of time by being focused, resolute and committed to the development of Gombe State inspite of lean resources. His accounting and business background and the mantra of “ko gezau” (no shaking) further embolden him to forge ahead towards realizing the objectives he sets out to achieve. Gombe is now a reference point in the ‘ease of doing business’ and will in the near future become a Mecca of sorts as investment destination.
It was on a Wednesday, precisely the 27th of April 2022 when the residents of Tumfure, a thriving community in Gombe metropolis, woke up to a news that shook its foundation. The news was the death of three persons who bid the world goodbye in a suffocating, painful and undesirable process of electrocution.
To many, it was indeed a black Wednesday while to some others it was an incident never to be forgotten in a hurry. Eyewitness account had it that the trio died in the early hours of the fateful day after a high voltage surged from a nearby transformer disrupted the normal flow of power in a sense that metals in houses within a certain radius became active to deadly electrical current. While some few lost valuables to the incident, others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
However Andy Abu Yaro, a father of two and Mrs. Patrick Okeke and her daughter were not that fortunate. For Mrs. Patrick Okeke it was gathered that her daughter who rushed to rescue her also fell victim to the deadly electric current.
It was an unpleasant and unpalatable incident deserving of every empathy and sympathy the families of the victims can get to perhaps douse their emotional and psychological damage.
Thus, the prompt visit of the Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to the scene of the incident few hours after the unfortunate incident was perhaps a sympathy and solidarity anyone can hope to have especially in such a trying moment.
At the scene of the incident which was literally enveloped with grief, sorrow and disbelief, a visibly disturbed and saddened Governor Inuwa Yahaya commiserated with the affected families, urging them to see the sudden death of their loved ones as an act of God. “On behalf of the government and people of Gombe State, I extend our sincere commiserations with all those who have lost loved ones; we would ensure that there is no repeat of this kind of unfortunate incident in the state. At the level of Government, I assure you that we shall take adequate measures to prevent such from happening and we shall equally seek justice for the the victims”.
The Governor equally visited the home of Pastor Solomon Ayanwale whose family members escaped by the whiskers but lost valuables to the incident. In all the places visited Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya announced a cash donation of five hundred thousand naira each and directed the State Emergency Management Agency SEMA to immediately assess the situation and provide relief materials to the affected families.
The Governor’s milk of human kindness did not only stop at those who lost loved ones and properties but equally extended to individuals that sustained varying degrees of injuries and are receiving treatment in hospitals across the State capital. Further irked by the incident, the governor directed relevant officials to look into the remote and immediate cause of the electrocution with a view to finding a lasting solution.
The Governor’s visit to the electrocution victims in Tumfure and the cash donations as well as the soothing words offered to the affected families and the entire community, indeed smack of excellent and responsible leadership deserving of commendation and appreciation by all.