Gombe SSG got pat on the back for Unimaid Gombe Study Centre.

The Secretary to the Gombe State Government Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has been eulogies for establishing the University of Maiduguri Centre for Distant Learning Gombe Study Centre, Gombe State.

Students Chairman of the University of Maiduguri Centre for Distant Learning Gombe Study Centre Malam El-Bashir Ibrahim gave this eulogy when he led a cross section of pioneer students to the office of the SSG on a courtesy visit.

The pioneer students who have just finish writing their final examinations told Prof. Njodi through El Bashir that they were in his office to thank him for making their dreams of becoming graduates a reality.

“But for the former Vice Chancellor who brought the University of Maiduguri Gombe study Centre to the state, many of us wouldn’t have attain this educational feat ” El Bashir was quoted as saying.

He said the entire students of the Centre will continue to remain grateful to the SSG for maximizing his office as a one time Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri to establish the Gombe Study Centre.

Responding the Secretary to the Gombe state government Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi who was visibly happy to see the product of his effort, congratulated the pioneer students on their graduation and charge them to aspire for more academic laurels.

He said all over the world Open and Distant Learning Centres have proofed to be an effective medium through which millions of people across the globe acquired tertiary education.

Prof. Njodi said like any other certificate from a Nigerian University, the Certificates of Open and Study Centres are the same and therefore called on the graduating students to see themselves as full fledged graduates.

While appreciating the foresight of the students in remembering his efforts Prof. Njodi promise host the entire pioneer students to an occasion.

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Gombe gets new Court of Appeal.

…..as Governor Inuwa Yahaya pledges support to ensure quick dispensation of justice

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has expressed optimism that the new Court of Appeal division will help promote faster adjudication of judicial matters and increase access to justice for the people.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya who gave this indication at the commissioning /inaugural Court Session of the Gombe Division of the Court of Appeal held at the temporary Court complex, Tudun Wada in Gombe metropolis, said the establishment of the Court in the state marks an important milestone in the development of the Judiciary.

He noted that since its establishment in 1976, the Court of Appeal has continued to serve as an intermediary and appellate tribunal between the Supreme Court and the lower courts.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya observed that over the years, the appellate court has witnessed expansion with a view to enhancing swift and efficient administration of justice.

“It is for the respect I have for the constituted authority, rule of law and the principle of separation of powers that saw to the support of this government for the judiciary which has a crucial role in nation building”.

He commended the role played by the President of the Court of Appeal and other well meaning individuals in making the dream of the establishment of the appellate court in Gombe a reality.

While paying glowing tribute to Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa for her contribution to the growth and development of the Judiciary in the country, the Governor said it is for this reason that the state government deemed it fit to name the Women and Children Hospital, Idi after her.

Earlier, the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa said the Court of Appeal is primarily an appellate Court which hears appeals from some specified courts and tribunals in the country.

She said the expansion of the Court of Appeal across the country is aimed at reducing difficulties associated with long distant travels to courts, cost of transportation and delays due to court congestion.

The Appeal Court President said the long distance from Gombe, Yobe and Borno states to Jos division of the Court of Appeal necessitated the establishment of the Gombe division to bring justice closer to the people.

She appreciated the Gombe State Government for its support towards the speedy realization of the Court of Appeal division in Gombe.

After the commissioning ceremony, Governor Yahaya and other dignitaries witnessed the inaugural session of the Appeal Court, presided over by Justice Bulkachuwa.

Meanwhile, the President of the Court of Appeal had earlier led presiding justices of various divisions of the Court of Appeal and other judges on a courtesy visit to Governor Inuwa Yahaya at the Government house, where both leaders discussed matters of mutual benefit.

During the visit, Governor Yahaya presented the title documents of the allocated permanent site of the appeal court to justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.

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30,000 minimum wage, Civil servants in Gombe commend Governor Inuwa for meeting obligation.

Civil servants in Gombe the state capital have commended Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya for approving the implementation of the N30, 000 minimum wage in the state.

By this approval, Civil servants in the state will have their February salaries captured adjustments, just as implementation takes effect January one.

Reacting to the development, a civil servant with the Gombe State Ministry of Health Shedrach Ali said by this approval the Governor has demonstrated leadership in the face of limited resources.

This sentiment was also shared by Rehab Innocent a staff with the state Ministry of Information who described the approval by the Governor as a soothing relief.

The Gombe state government and the organized labour in the state had on Tuesday agreed on payment of N30,000 new minimum wage.

This was after series of negotiations between the government team, led by the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, the organized labour and the Joint Negotiation Council.

According to the agreement signed by all the parties at a meeting in the office of the Deputy Governor, the new minimum wage of 30, 000 Naira will be paid to civil servants, including those in Local Government areas and Local Education Authorities (LEA).

As contained in the agreement, “the effective date of the implementation of the new national minimum wage shall be 18th April, 2019 notionally while financially with effect from 1st January, 2020”.

In the meantime, 65 per cent on the increase of CONHESS and CONMESS will be implemented in the state civil service and the remaining 35 per cent will be considered during the review between the period of 6 and 12 months from the effective date of implementation.

It will be recalled that Governor Muhammadu Inuwa had constituted a 15- man committee headed by the state Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau to negotiate the N30,000 minimum wage and the consequential adjustments.

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Prof. Njodi now “Wakilin Ilimin” of Gona Emirate.

In recognition of his giant strides in the educational sector particularly during his stewardship as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri Borno State, the Gona Emirate in Gombe state have conferred on the Secretary to the Gombe state government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi with a traditional title of “WAKILIN ILIMIN GONA”by the Lamido Gona Alhaji Umar Abdulkadir Abdussalam.

Presenting the letter of appointment to the Gombe SSG, the Ajiyan Gona Alhaji Abubakar Alkali Usman told the recipient that the honour was in recognition of his contribution to human capacity development both within formal and informal educational sub sector.

Alhaji Usman who stood in for the Emir of Gona, said the Emirate will continue to hold the Secretary to the Gombe state government in high esteem.

Responding the Secretary to the Gombe State Government thanked the Gona Emirate for the honour and promise to visit the Emir of Gona for further consultation on how he can further consolidate on gains of building the intellectual capacity of the people of Gona Emirate in particular and Gombe State in general.

It will be recalled that the Folo Dadiya had recently Confered on the SSG the traditional title of Kaigaman Dadiya in recognition of his Development strides to humanity.

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How Governor Inuwa Yahaya is addressing basic education challenges in Gombe.

By Ismaila Uba Misilli

When Governor Muhammadu InuwaYahaya assumed the mantle of leadership in Gombe State, he knew there would be challenges but the nature and degree of crises in all sectors of governance were however hidden with the cosmetics of politics and propaganda by the immediate past administration.

It is no longer hidden secret that Gombe State had one of the highest rates of educational exclusion in Nigeria despite being a state with great potentials that could be leveraged to drive development in all sectors but was having a fearful statistics of over half a million out-of-school children, representing nearly 6 per cent of the 10.3 million out-of-school in Nigeria.

No one could really understand how a state like Gombe that is not amongst the top 20 most populous states would have such huge statistics which troubled the minds of every well-meaning citizen of the state including Governor Inuwa Yahaya whom, upon assumption into office swung into action by hurriedly declaring a state of emergency in the sector to quickly reverse the trend before things could fall further apart.

When you listen to the speech of Governor Inuwa Yahaya whenever he speaks about the education sector in the state, you will feel his pains that over half a million in a state of roughly 3.2 million people were out-of-school.

In one of his speeches, he said “If we don’t put our children in school and we continue to say children are the leaders of tomorrow, then what kind of leaders are we going to give to the future? If it takes emergency approach to bring them back to school, then know that we MUST get them back to school by all means possible’’. If this is not what leadership with compassion entails, then I wonder how else to reflect leadership.

Education is the light of any society which most, if not all developed countries have leveraged to improve the living standard of its citizens as well as empowering communities and eradicating poverty. With education, every child can reach the acme of self fulfilment and as it is now, Governor Inuwa Yahaya has shown that robust commitment to make the dream of every Gombe child, irrespective of religion or ethnic affiliation get their basic right because under this administration, education has become the right of every child.

The power to refine whatever skill and ability that a child has rests on education; it is one tool that is capable of revolutionizing the social status of any child and it has made the lives of many children from poor background better than those of their parents as it is also the wish of every parent and Gov. Inuwa too, to have Gombe kids do beyond their parents’ achievements in life.

Juxtaposing the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO’s Education for All (EFA) report released for 2000-2015 proposing that 15 per cent to 20 per cent of annual budgets be earmarked for education and with the approved 2020 budget of education sector which is pegged at N22billion out of the N130.8billion, representing about 17 per cent of the total budget, one needs no soothsayer to tell that the future of our children is safe again and that in Gombe State, Governor Inuwa Yahaya is working in tandem with the best global standards as far as the education sector is concerned. Little wonder the Governor was honoured with the title Wakilin Ilimin Nafada by the Emir of Nafada for his remarkable commitment and determination towards revamping the education sector in the state.

One of the questions that had puzzled many educationists within and outside Gombe was the fact that in spite of the huge number of out-of-school children, the immediate past administration withheld counterpart funding that would have secured international assistance to better the lots of Nigerian children resident in Gombe State. In answering that, Governor Inuwa Yahaya approved the release of money for the payment of counterpart funds for Universal Basic Education (UBEC) that facilitated the securing of about N1.5b Basic Education Grant and ensured compliance with the UBEC partnership guidelines.

In furtherance of Governor Inuwa’s quest to see to it that children were mopped out from streets to school to address the over 550, 000 estimated out-of-school children, Govermor Inuwa Yahaya’s noble administration also flagged-off the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) which will spend $6,000,000.00 (Six Million US dollars) to mop-up out of school children from the streets and return them back to the classrooms, secured assistance through donations of a science laboratory complex which consists of three labs for physics, chemistry and biology with capacity for thirty (30) students.

As it is said that when one invests genuinely, the gains of such investment is first seen by others, such has become the testimonies of the education sector in Gombe as the people and other stakeholders are beginning to see results in steady manners. Today, as a result of BESDA’s intervention, there are now over 791 learning centres with 75, 491 learners and with other interventions that are yet to be added to this statistics; it is an indication that we now can heave a sigh of relief while hoping that the current platforms continue to yield more positives in Gov. Inuwa’s quest towards finding answers to the near decade-long questions in the education sector.

Today, out of the estimated 550, 000 out-of-school children that Gov. Inuwa Yahaya met on ground; he has within roughly 7 months, returned over 140, 000 of them back to school while also strengthening efforts in girl-child education which has also attracted the Norwegian Government to partner with Gombe in that regard. With this feat from a leader that many have describe as an educational enthusiast, analysts have projected that if in 7 months over 140, 000 children were returned back to school, with consistency, in two years, the questions on such large number of Gombe children who are still in the street would have been answered.

For many who have observed with excitements how edifices are now being built as classroom blocks while existing schools are massively being renovated to attract more children to schools and give them the right atmosphere that our pupils and students deserve, it can only get better with Governor Inuwa Yahaya who has not seized to amaze with fresh ideas on renovation and construction. In this regard, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has constructed and renovated several schools across the state; indeed infrastructure is now on the front burner.

As at the last count, the state Government, through SUBEB has constructed and rehabilitated more than 400 classrooms across the eleven local government areas, which is an unprecedented achievement.

With the passion and sincerity of Governor Inuwa Yahaya towards the plights of the people, it will be easy to get the support of the Federal Government and International Bodies. And in any case, with some of the foreign trips that availed the Governor the opportunity to market this state to the world, Gombe has been put on the spotlight for any support and partnership, hence we are anticipating more partnerships because all international bodies are looking for sincere government like Gombe to collaborate with in the interest of the people.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya is a man in a hurry to deliver on his promises especially in the education sector, knowing full well that it takes time for the tree of education to bear fruits while bearing in mind also the level of damage and unrivalled dilapidation of infrastructure prior to the coming of his administration.

The Governor’s trail-blazing approach to the issue of quality education is another aspect of the education sector in Gombe that had won the admiration of many in the state. The quality of education in Gombe had been in comatose or loud silence in the past years. The best explanations for the poor performance recorded by Gombe students in external examinations have their firm root in the poor quality of education in the state. Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s high-taste preference for quality has seen him embarking on capacity building for teachers in the state. Worthy of note also is the introduction of mock, preps in all secondary schools across the state to give students undivided attention and close-marking preparation to improve their performance to change the ugly narratives in external examinations.

This is poised towards answering the monstrous questions with regards to the poor quality of education in the state. It can be recalled that the Transition Committee constituted by Governor Yahaya before taking over the mantle of leadership had submitted that over 60 per cent of primary school teachers were not qualified for the classrooms and that also is being answered through the conversion of the hither-to abandoned and dilapidated Almajiri school complex in Kwami to a modern Teachers Training Centre (TTC) with a training capacity to cater for over 500 teachers per training session with state of the art facilities and accommodation which is expected to be commissioned soon.

Today, whenever you go to any classroom in Gombe, only quality and competent teachers now man classrooms. In addition to that, teachers audit is being conducted in schools across the state to ascertain those that have professional qualifications and those without. This will be followed by competency test that will help to grade teachers for various training categorisation and demand. The competency test is to particularly assist teachers to build their capacity and helping them meet up with the required standard for teachers anywhere in the world.

The very fabrics of Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s several reforms in the education sector are embedded in Brad Henry’s quote (A one-time Governor of Oklahoma, USA) that “No other investment yields as great a return as the investment in education. An educated workforce is the foundation of every community and the future of every economy.’’ With these efforts towards revamping the sector, there is no doubt that we have in Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, a good investor who is concerned about the foundation of every community in Gombe as well as the future of the economy of the state.

Misilli is the Senior Special Assistant ( Media and Publicity) to Gombe state Governor.

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Road Construction: Tanglang community thanked Governor Inuwa pledges support to administration.

The people of Tanglang district in Billiri Local government area of Gombe State says the resumption of work on the Sabonlayi, Kulgul Ayaba road is a clear testament that present administration in the state is committed to the welfare and well being of the people.

The District Head of Tanglang Malam Audu Tahir stated this when he led a delegation from the Community on courtesy visit to state Commissioner of Works and Transport Engr. Abubakar Bappah.

Malam Tahir said the importance of the road to the socio-economic development of Tanglang and it’s surrounding communities is huge adding that the people Tanglang will continue to remain grateful to the Inuwa Yahaya’s led administration.

The District Head equally thanked Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya for appointing individuals from Billiri Local government area into key position of Government

While congratulating Engr. Abubakar Bappah on his appointment as the commissioner of Works and Transport, the traditional ruler appealed to the state government to look into the possibility of taking over the Community Secondary School Kulgul.

Responding the state Commissioner of Works and Transport Engr. Abubakar Bappah said the Inuwa Yahaya’s administration is committed to opening up the state for economic activities through the kilometer eleven hundred.

He said in addition to the kilometer eleven hundred, government is partnering with the World Bank to construct at least five to seven hundred kilometers of road across the state.

The commissioner thanked the people of Tanglang for the visit and assured them that the on going road construction linking Sabonlayi, Kulgul and Ayaba will be completed on record time.

On the request for government to take over the Community Secondary school Kulgul, the commissioner said he will liase with his counterpart on education to look at the possibility.

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Road Construction: Tanglang community thanked Governor Inuwa pledges support to administration.

The people of Tanglang district in Billiri Local government area of Gombe State says the resumption of work on the Sabonlayi, Kulgul Ayaba road is a clear testament that present administration in the state is committed to the welfare and well being of the people.

The District Head of Tanglang Malam Audu Tahir stated this when he led a delegation from the Community on courtesy visit to state Commissioner of Works and Transport Engr. Abubakar Bappah.

Malam Tahir said the importance of the road to the socio-economic development of Tanglang and it’s surrounding communities is huge adding that the people Tanglang will continue to remain grateful to the Inuwa Yahaya’s led administration.

The District Head equally thanked Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya for appointing individuals from Billiri Local government area into key position of Government

While congratulating Engr. Abubakar Bappah on his appointment as the commissioner of Works and Transport, the traditional ruler appealed to the state government to look into the possibility of taking over the Community Secondary School Kulgul.

Responding the state Commissioner of Works and Transport Engr. Abubakar Bappah said the Inuwa Yahaya’s administration is committed to opening up the state for economic activities through the kilometer eleven hundred.

He said in addition to the kilometer eleven hundred, government is partnering with the World Bank to construct at least five to seven hundred kilometers of road across the state.

The commissioner thanked the people of Tanglang for the visit and assured them that the on going road construction linking Sabonlayi, Kulgul and Ayaba will be completed on record time.

On the request for government to take over the Community Secondary school Kulgul, the commissioner said he will liase with his counterpart on education to look at the possibility.

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Gombe SSG Condoles Shongom Community, Danture’s Family.

The Secretary to the State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has paid a condolence visit to the family and People of Shongom Community over the passing away of the District Head of Shongom Mr. Buba Alfayo.

Condoling the Family and people of the district,Njodi describe the death of the traditional ruler as a great lost to not only his immediate family and Kaltungo Chiefdom but to the State and the country in general.

Similarly the Secretary to the State Government was at the residence of Late Mr. Vincent Danture a journalist with Channels Television to condole with his family.

He urged the Family to take solace in God describing his death of Mr Vincent Danture as one too many.

The SSG describe the deceased as hard working, peaceful and one who is passionate about his Job noting that he will be missed by all.

Responding representatives of the grieving families thanked the Gombe State government for identifying with them in their times of sorrow.

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Gombe SUBEB Chairman joins Governor Inuwa to mourn Channels TV reporter, Vincent Danture.

The Chairman of the Gombe State Universal Basic Education Board Hon. Babaji Babadidi has joined Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state to mourn the death of Channels Television correspondent in Gombe, Mr. Vincent Danture, who died today.

Vincent died in the early hours of today, Wednesday, 19th February, 2020 at the National Hospital, Abuja preparatory to his departure to an Indian Hospital for treatment.

Vincent, 39, is survived by his wife, two children and aged mother, among other relatives.

In a condolence message, the SUBEB Chairman describes the death of the Channels Television reporter as a huge loss not only to his immediate family but to journalism profession, the state and the nation at large

He noted that Vincent was a core professional, hardworking and dedicated journalist, who contributed immensely in projecting the programmes and policies of Gombe state through balanced reporting.

Hon. Babaji Babadidi urged his family to take solace in the fact that their son, as an active member of the esteemed journalism profession, lived an exemplary life among his contemporaries and conducted himself with utmost professionalism and dignity while carrying out his assignment.

He prayed God to grant the departed soul eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.

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Gombe Governor mourns Channels TV reporter, Vincent Danture.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has recieved with sadness the death of Channels Television correspondent in Gombe, Mr. Vincent Danture, who died today.

Vincent died in the early hours of today, Wednesday, 19th February, 2020 at the National Hospital, Abuja preparatory to his departure to an Indian Hospital for treatment.

Vincent, 39, is survived by his wife, two children and aged mother, among other relatives.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya, in a condolence message, described the death of the Channels Television reporter as a huge loss not only to his immediate family but to journalism profession, the state and the nation at large

He noted that Vincent was a core professional, hardworking and dedicated journalist, who contributed immensely in projecting the programmes and policies of Gombe state through balanced reporting.

Th Governor urged his family to take solace in the fact that their son, as an active member of the esteemed journalism profession, lived an exemplary life among his contemporaries and conducted himself with utmost professionalism and dignity while carrying out his assignment.

He expressed the deep condolences of the Government and people of Gombe state to the family of the deceased, Management and staff of Channels Television, as well as the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ where Mr. Danture once served as the Gombe state Council Secretary, assuring the grieving family of Government support.

He prayed God to grant the departed soul eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.

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