Gombe Students Pay Solidarity Visit to Governor Inuwa Yahaya

…Decorate Governor With Medal Of Excellence Over Student-Friendly Policies

… As Gombe Governor Assures Of Payment Of Outstanding Scholarship Allowance, Provision Of Utility Vehicle, Others

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says his administration is determined to create a window of opportunity for students and non students alike, hence the establishment of a data bank of unemployed graduates in the State.

The Governor stated this when the immediate past and newly elected national leadership of the Gombe State Students Association GOSSA paid him solidarity visit at the Government House, where they also decorated him with a medal of honour as an Ambassador of students.

He pledged his administration’s commitment to continuously initiate policies that will bring effectiveness and efficiency in the education sector for the benefit of the younger generation.

“You will all recall that on coming to office barely some four, five months we declared a State of emergency on Education that is for us to use whatever means possible in order to make sure that we bring the required change in terms of educational development of Gombe State and I am happy to say that so far so very good the people are appreciative especially our students for what we did in education and that is why you came to acknowledge and recognize and even give this award to my humble self”.

He said the “Gombe State government under my leadership is poised to creating a window of opportunity for students and non students alike hence our commitment to establishing a data Bank of unemployed graduates in the State that could readily serve the the government should any opportunity presenst itself within and outside the State”.

During the event, the Governor directed the State Ministry of Higher Education to work out modalities for the payment of outstanding scholarship to students of Gombe State origin.

He equally directed the Commissioner of Finance to make available funds for the procurement of a utility bus for the National Secretariat of the Gombe State Students Association, GOSSA.

Th Governor also approved the engagement of Special Assistants on Students Affairs from each of the 3 Senatorial Districts to coordinate the activities of the students.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya thanked the leadership of GOSSA, especially the outgoing Executives for their coordination and the efforts they made towards making sure that there is unity and harmony as well as understanding within the students populace in Gombe State.

The Governor assured the incoming Executive members of GOSSA that his administration will work with them to ensure that the long journey of academic pursuits students take right from primary, post primary and to the university level ends in self fulfillment.

Earlier in his valedictory speech, the immediate past President of the Gombe State Students’ Association, GOSSA, Comrade Aliyu Sa’ad said they were at the Government House to introduce the new national executives of the association to the Governor.

He thanked Governor Inuwa Yahaya for changing the narrative in students matters, especially with the payment of scholarship to students of Gombe State origin.

“Prior to your coming, no scholarship was paid to students of Gombe State for the past four years but since your coming into office you have substantially paid some of the outstanding scholarship to our students, for this we are saying thank you Your Excellency”.

He equally commended the Governor for constructing and renovating schools across the State for the learning convenience of students.

The newly elected GOSSA President, Comrade Ahmed Adamu Hinna had observed that the Governor’s friendly policies in the Education sector leave the students body with no other choice than to endorse him for a lsecond term.

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

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Ease of Doing Business: Governor Inuwa reiterated commitment to welfare of investors.

Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says one of the mandate of his administration is to develop and promote commercial and industrial business activities in the State hence the commitment of the State government to support investors through partnership with the organize private sector.

The Governor stated this at the North East stakeholders forum on non oil exports held at the Medical and Health Workers Union Hall.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, the Governor said his administration embarked on upgrade and provision of infrastructures for the smooth conduct of business activities such as roads, water supply, electricity, communication and security among others.

The Governor said in order to fast track and promote export activities in the State, his administration in collaboration with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council has trained 150 Gombe State Indigenes on exports of Agricultural products.

“This stakeholders forum with the theme “Embracing Export for Sustainable Economic Growth” is a call to serve and to rally round on Export business activities in order to promote Non-oil in the region for Export”.

The Governor commended the regional office of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council for taking the bull by the horn despite daunting challenges in the North East sub-region such as power outages, high cost of raw materials among others.

Earlier in his address of welcome the Gombe State commissioner of Trade Industry and Tourism Nasiru Aliyu commended the Nigerian Export Promotion Council for its numerous roles in National Economic Diversification

Joshua Danmalam
Information officer SSG’S Office.
7/12/21

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Governor Inuwa Yahaya Performs Ground Breaking Ceremony For 2021 Dry Season Wheat Production.

..Says His Administration Will Continue To Work With FG, Relevant Bodies To Boost Food Production, Creat Job Opportunities

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says his administration will continue to partner with the Federal Government in its Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) geared towards facilitating the development of various value chains in order to ensure food security and job creation among the teeming populace in the State.

The Governor was speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the 2021 dry season for wheat production by National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) in conjunction with the Gombe State Government at Dogon Ruwa in Kaltungo Local Government Area.

He said the development of these value chains in Rice, Sorghum and Tomatoes among others will help provide employment opportunities to many people, who will serve as service providers, manufacturers, financiers, producers and transporters.

The Governor emphasized that his administration is ready to render all the needed assistance NALDA would need to execute the present and future projects in Gombe State.

He observed that the ground breaking ceremony forms part of the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and that of Gombe state government to attract youths and encourage them to see agriculture as a way of life and means of livelihood in order to attain economic prosperity.

Governor Yahaya said the dry season wheat production is in line with the ongoing efforts to bridge the national deficit in wheat production and reduce importation, maintaining that the project which targets 9 states with a land size of about 2,500 hectares is expected to yield about 10,000 metric tons of wheat.

The Governor revealed that the state governments are to provide the lands while inputs such as seeds, pumping machines, generators, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are to be delivered to the selected farmers by NALDA.

“Gombe State is the only state in the federation that ensured bush clearing, land preparation and wash boreholes for the farmers as a means of subsidy to the loans by NALDA. We are indeed happy and grateful for being part of this national feat”.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya appreciated the laudable projects executed by NALDA in Gombe State which include support for dry season cultivation of wheat on 200 hectares for about 400 farmers at Fafa in Nafada and Dogon Ruwa in Kaltungo Local Governments; Perishable Vegetables Market at Kwadon in Yamaltu/Deba Local Government; support for 250 pepper farmers across the State; support for fishermen at Dadinkowa Dam, and support of 50 farmers at Kumo, Akko Local Government Area.

“All these are testimonies in fulfilling our campaign promises to the people of Gombe State and the federation at large by the APC led administration. You are aware that agriculture is the mainstay of our economy which provides food and employment to over 75 per cent of the populace. Government will not relent efforts in providing the necessary assistance and supports needed by this group to meet up with their requirements”.

He added that Gombe State Government will continue with the implementation of various agricultural programmes which are aimed at assisting farmers with inputs such as fertilizers, water pumps, seeds, agro-chemicals and other irrigation equipment which is in line with the State 10-year development plan.

“Government will continue to provide the enabling environment for our youths to be engaged in agriculture. We will ensure the take-up of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Training Centre at Garin Tafida, Yamaltu Deba LGA. Equally, the farm estate institute of NALDA will take-up at the same centre. Government will commence the training of youths in poultry and livestock production to boost the economic base of the State and empower them economically”.

Earlier in his address, the Executive Secretary, National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA Prince Paul Ikonne said they were in Gombe State at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate to boost food security and provide job opportunities to the youths through the agricultural value chain.

He said Nigeria is in dire need of wheat production in view of the fact that the nation’s value import is more than its output and that the country consumes more than it produces.

He maintained that the prevailing scenario presents a lucrative opportunity for farmers in Gombe State to explore and make a fortune.

The NALDA Executive Secretary noted that Gombe State is favourably endowed by the mother nature for the production of wheat and therefore engaged in Agriculture, especially wheat production.

He commended Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for his positive disposition towards the development of Agriculture in the State, saying the one hundred hectares of land provided by the Gombe State Government at Dogon ruwa and another one hundred in Nafada Local Government Area will engage 400 youths in dry season wheat production.

Earlier in his address of welcome, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Muhammad Magaji Gettado said the disposition of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya towards the development of Agriculture in the State has earned Gombe so many national and international interventions, one of which is the one coming through NALDA which seeks to boost wheat production in the State.

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

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Condolence visit: Governor Inuwa sympathise with survivors of Baba Tasha Ankamu.

The Secretary to the State Government SSG Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi today has led a high powered government delegation at the instance of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to commiserate with the family of late Baba Tasha Ankamu ( Sarkin Sulken Tangale).

The delegation comprised of Commissioners of information and Culture Julius Ishaya Lapes, Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Naomi J.J Awak, Special Advisers on Health Dahiru Kalla and Development Control Group Captain Bitrus Peter Bilal as well as the Director General Gombe Media Cooperation Kabir ibn Mohammed among others.

Delivering the Governor’s Condolence message, Professor Njodi enjoined the family and the entire Tangale Community to take solace in the fact that the late Baba Tasha lived a worthy life and serve his Community well.

He also reminded the bereaved family and the entire Tangale Community that every living being must taste death calling on the people to always leave a life that will be of benefit to humanity.

Professor Njodi further tasked survivors of the deceased to work towards maintaining the legacy left behind by late Baba Tasha Ankamu.

Responding on behalf of the family, Mr. Jack A. Tasha a Senior Special Assistant to Governor Yahaya on Media ( Deputy Governor’s office), Appreciated the Governor and Government of Gombe State, for identifying with them in their moment of grief.

Mr. Jack Tasha said the family is honoured and encourage by the visit of the delegation.

It will be recalled that Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya had through the Director General Press Affairs Government House Ismaila Uba Misilli issued a statement Condoling the family of the late Malam Tasha Ankamu.

Joshua Danmalam
Information Officer SSGs office
5/12/21

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Gombe SSG assures Mol-molle women group of Government support.

The Secretary to the Gombe State Government SSG Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has assured Mol- Molle Woman Association in Kaltungo Chiefdom of Government Support to their noble course of reaching out to the needy in Society.

Professor Njodi who was visibly elated with the activities of the Women group whose large chunk of its membership are retirees equally appreciated them for identifying with the Developmental efforts of the Inuwa Yahaya led administration in the State.

The SSG praised the Mol-Molle Woman Association whose Membership also cut across women from both Kaltungo and Shongom Local Governments for their desire to give back to society even in their retirement.

While assuring them of his personal Commitment and the achievement of the lofty ideals of the group, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi directed the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Naomi J.J. Awak, Director General Protocol and Facility Management Hajiya Sa’adatu Sa’ad, SSA on Woman Mobilization Finney David and the Special Assistant to the first Lady to liase with the group to identify areas of Collaboration and Support.

Professor Njodi further assured the Woman Association of a link up with Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya in furtherance of Government Support to revitalization of the Special School, Orchard and Woodlots for the benefit of the People.

The president of the Mol Molle Woman Association Mrs Asabe Chechera had earlier told the SSG that their visit was to register their Support to the Developmental initiatives of the State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

Mrs Chechera also said the visit is to afford them the opportunity to share their objectives and challenges as well as Commend the Governor for considering Professor Njodi their Son for appointment as Secretary to the State Government.

She intimated the SSG that the Association’s major projects includes, purchase of Anti-Snake Venom, and other necessities to Hospitals, Operation of Special Education School in Pokwangli, Orchard in Lakweme and Woodlots in Shongom have all been grounded due to lack of funds and appealed to the State Government for support.

Highlights of the visit was the presentation of Letter of Appointment to the SSG as Board Member of the Mol Molle Woman Association.

Joshua Danmalam
Information officer SSG’S Office.
3/12/21.

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Investor’s friendly policies of Governor Inuwa yielding results – Gombe SSG.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi says Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s determination towards wooing potential investors into the State has began yielding positive results.

Speaking at an interactive session with Official of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission at the Government House, the SSG says as a result of Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s unwavering commitment towards building a sustainable economic system that the State was rated the best in the ease of doing business in the country, a feat that is now attracting quite a number of investors.

He expressed the State Government readiness to work in partnership with development agencies wishing to bring meaningful transformation to the state such as that of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission.

Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi said the appointment of conpetent hands to man the State Investment and Property Development Agency (GSIPDC), the construction of the Gombe Mega motor park, the multi billion naira Muhammadu Buhari industrial Park and the second Cement factory project are some of the monumental investment drive of the present administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

The SSG further said, apart from the various Developmental strides by the Inuwa Yahaya led administration, a lot was equally achieved in terms of business and investment opportunities especially the provision of security which is key to any investor.

While wishing the meeting a fruitful deliberations Professor Njodi also task them to come up with a new proposal different from what the State Government is doing. ” I charge you to come up with results, give us something far away of what we have, don’t tell us what we have, I expect a very robust outing”

Earlier, the team leader Mr. Ahmad Isa Ghondi said the commission was in Gombe State to discussed ways of collaboration to make the State vibrant in terms of investment and job creation for the teeming unemployed youths.

According to the Director, the collaboration is aimed at improving the State readiness to attract more investors by using information, Property and marketing strategies.

He said the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission will continue to engage and provide on site and off site Support to various MDA’s in the State.

The coaching engagement with States by the NIPC was attended by representatives from the line MDA’s and the Management of Gombe State Investment and Property Development Company led by its Director General, Muawiyyah Faruk.

Joshua Danmalam
Information officer SSG’S Office
2/12/21

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Governor Inuwa Yahaya Urges Support, Care For Widows, Other Vulnerable Groups.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has underscored the imperative of prioritising the welfare and other needs of widows and families of those who sacrificed their lives for others to live in peace.

Governor Yahaya was speaking earlier today, as the Special Guest of Honour, during the launching of a book, titled “the teardrops of a widow” , written by Hajiya Hassana Abubakar under the auspices of Police Officers Wives Association, POWA.

The event, held at Peace Keeping Hall, Nigeria Police headquarters, Abuja, was attended by the first lady, Aisha Buhari, represented by Mrs Lauretta Onochie, Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, Governors of Kebbi state and Niger States( represented), members of the National Assembly, traditional rulers and other eminent personalities.

Governor Yahaya, charged men and women of goodwill to continue to give recognition and provide care to the widows and families of men who have lost their lives in the line of duty as well as other vulnerable groups.

” I have taken it upon myself to be personally present today in order to identify and show solidarity to to the POWA, the Nigeria Police and in particular, to my dear brother and friend, the IGP whom I got to know since 1982 and with whom we share a common friend, Lamido Ahmed, who is now late. So coming to this event is emotional and is like giving the both of us an opportunity for sober reflection because both myself and the IGP have lost a dear friend whose wife is now a widow”.

” You know in our society, cultural, religious ( in some climes) and societal issues mostly cause some distress to women who have lost their husbands, but as people of faith, we must always rise to our responsibilities in order to help alleviate those burdens and pains they, and their children go through”.

He lauded the author, Hajiya Hassana Abubakar, who is also a widow with nine children for bringing to the fore, the experience of widows in the society and galvanising the unique support that they require as well as for giving the people the opportunity to reflect.

Governor Yahaya also commended the President of Police Officers Wives Association, POWA and wife of the IGP, Hajiya Hajara Usman Baba Alkali for her selfless and purposeful leadership, which he noted strengthened the association towards attainment of its lofty goals.

He assured of his support to such a noble course.

There were goodwill messages from the First Lady Hajiya Aisha Buhari, Governors of Kebbi and Niger States and other dignitaries.

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

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DG Protocol and Facility Management task Staff on transparency, dedication to duty.

…. Thanked Governor Yahaya for bringing her on board.

The Director General Protocol and Facility Management Government House Hajiya Sa’adatu Sa’ad Mustapha has tasks Staff of the Protocol Unit to imbibe the spirit transparent and be dedicated to their assign responsibilities.

The Director General gave the charge while addressing Staff of the department on Tuesday, at the Government House.

She said as head of the department, her priority is to dedicate herself to work in order to deliver and will therefore not expect anything less from them.

“I am here not to witch hunt anyone but to work, all of us knows the importance of Protocol in Government House. Any thing you do that is good the credit goes to the Government and by extension Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and anything God forbid,that is bad it affects the State Government, so we have a big challenge on our hands”.

She said the essence of the meeting is to familiarise herself with staff and to solicit for their support and cooperation to enable the department succeed in bringing a desired change in the unit.

The Director General said her door is always open for suggestions and new ideas aimed at moving the unit forward.

“Let us bring up some ideas to compliment all that have been lacking in this department so that, the change we desire can be actualized”

Hajiya Sa’adatu thanked Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for bringing her on board in other to contribute her quota in the service of the State calling on Staff to consider themselves as a family working together to achieve a desired goal.

Earlier speaking the Deputy Director in the Protocol office Mr. Christopher Panwa Congratulate the Director General over her appointment and assured of the Staff readiness to work with the new DG in order to move the department to greater heights.

Joshua Danmalam
Information officer SSG’S Office.
1/12/21

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2021 World AIDS Day: Gombe State Remains Committed Towards Optimal Control Of HIV/ AIDS.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya ( Dan Majen Gombe) says his administration remains committed towards optimal control of HIV and AIDS, just as he noted tremendous progress in the prevention, treatment and care of persons affected or infected by HIV in Gombe State.

The Governor stated this in a message to mark the 2021 World aids day today, 1st December.

He described as apt, the theme of this year’s commemoratiion, “End Inequalities, End AIDS” which highlighs the fact that as much as the virus itself, the social stigma attached with it also greatly affects people.

Governor Inuwa noted that there must be deliberate efforts to move faster on a set of concrete actions agreed by United Nations Member States to address the inequalities that are driving HIV.

“AIDS remains a pandemic, the red light is flashing and only by moving fast to end the inequalities that drive the pandemic can we overcome it. Progress in AIDS, which was already off track, is now under even greater strain as the COVID-19 crisis continues to rage, disrupting HIV prevention and treatment services, schooling, violence prevention programmes and more”.

He said, “Today, we also celebrate the drop in HIV prevalence in Gombe State from 2.5% in 2014 to 1.2% in 2021. This great achievement was a result of our collective hard work and commitment and due largely to the leadership of the State Government in partnership with local government institutions; development partners, the UN systems, Global Fund, civil society organizations and others”.

The Governor however said, despite the remarkable successes recorded there are still gaps that must be filled in order to get to the last mile, saying “We can only achieve this if we continue to work as a team. Let’s remain focused as we approach the finish-line of this important race against HIV and AIDS”.

“We have recently released funds for the procurement of HIV testing kits to enable testing of over 200,000 people across the state.

“let me appreciate the contributions of our State Government’s HIV/AIDS Coordinating organ (GomSACA), our Implementing Partners; the State STI/AIDS Control Programme (SASCP), the Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA), Center for integrated Health Programme, Network of People Living With HIV and AIDS (NEPWHAN), UNICEF, Society for Family Health (SFH) and our numerous CBOs. We remain grateful for the positive impact you have made so far”.

“Let’s not relax for the fight against HIV and AIDS is not over until we get to Zero prevalence in Gombe State. The 2021 World AIDS Day theme is “END INEQUALITIES. END AIDS. END PANDEMICS”. We must align our activities with our communities in Gombe State”.

“Every minute that passes, we are losing a precious life to AIDS. We don’t have time.We shall continue to strategically target all Key populations across communities in Gombe State with HIV and AIDS Control activities”.

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

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Gombe SSG describes death of Sarkin Sulken Tangale “as one too many”.

The Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has described the death of Sarkin Sulken Tangale Malam Tasha Ankamu as one too many.

In a statement, Professor Njodi says he personally received the news of the death of the revered traditional title holder with great shock and sadness.

“The death of Malam Tasha Ankamu is indeed a painful loss especially coming at a time when his valued, priceless and fatherly counsel is most needed by his family members,the Tangale Maidom and the State at large”.

He said the demise of malam Ankamu an accomplished teacher and an examplary leader is not only a loss to his immediate family but , Gombe State and Nigeria at large.

While praying God to give his family the fortitude to bear the loss the Chief scribe enjoin the family to take solace in the fact that their late father lived a fulfilled life.

Age 95 the late Malam Tasha Ankamu died recently leaving behind Children and relations among them is the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya in the Office of the Deputy Governor Mr. Jack A. Tasha.

Joshua Danmalam
Information Officer SSGs office
39/11/2021

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