Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa donates ambulance to hospital named after her in Gombe.

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has received a brand new ambulance donated by retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to a hospital named after her in Gombe.

The ambulance was presented to the Governor by the state Acting Chief Judge, Justice Muazu Pindiga on behalf of the former PCA.

Governor Yahaya while receiving the medical vehicle, extended the appreciation of the Government and people of Gombe state to Justice Bulkachuwa for the gesture, pointing out that it will go a long way in complimenting government’s efforts towards repositioning and revamping the health sector, especially in this trying period.

Governor Yahaya used the occasion to appeal to well to do and public- spirited individuals in the state to also support the Government it its efforts to address healthcare and socio-economic challenges occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier presenting the ambulance to the state Governor, the Acting Chief Judge of Gombe state, Justice Muazu Pindiga conveyed the gratitude of the former Appeal Court President to the state Government for naming the women and children hospital after her, saying the donation to the healthcare facility was her modest contribution and support and that more will continue to come.

The Secretary to the state Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Chief of Staff, Government House, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari and the Vice Chancellor, Gombe state University, Professor El- Nafaty were present at the brief presentation ceremony held at the Government House, Gombe.

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Covid 19: Gombe receives donation of 2 ambulances, food items, PPEs from NEDC.

Gombe state has received donation of 2 ambulances, food items and other materials worth millions of naira from the North East Development Commission ( NEDC) as part of the commission’s support towards cushioning the effect of covid-19.

The State Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau who received the items on behalf of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya thanked the Commission for the timely intervention.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for establishing the North East Development Commission, pointing out that the state and the entire sub region shall forever remain grateful to the federal government, considering the impact and importance of the commission.

He informed the delegation that for judicious distribution and handling of donations and palliatives, the Governor of Gombe state had on saturday inaugurated a committee under the Chairmanship of the Emir of Gombe, assuring them that the distribution would be carried out in a judicious manner.

He seized the opportunity to call on well-to-do individuals in the state to complement the efforts of government by assisting the weak in order to ameliorate their sufferings.

Also speaking, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi appreciated the gesture of the President through the NEDC, saying the people of Gombe will forever remain grateful for the gesture.

The Head of the NEDC delegation, Yerima Gishawu Gashua who is also the Director Audit in the commission, delivered to the state Government, on behalf of the NEDC Chairman, Major-General Paul Tarfa ( Rtd), two ambulances, 3700 cartons of macaroni, 7900 (25kg) bags of rice, 2400(25. Kg) bags of maize flour, 3700 gallons of vegetable oil, 5600 cartons of tomatoes paste,28000 packets of maggi cubes, 7000 packets of salt, and 1800 bags of (15 kg )beans.

He said, already Personal Protective Equipment ( PPEs) and some hospital consumables were delivered for use in hospitals in the state.

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World Press Day: Gombe Governor hails journalists’ sacrifice, active role in coverage of covid-19 pandemic, others.

As Journalists in Gombe State join their counterparts the world over to commemorate the world Press Freedom Day today, 3rd May, 2020, the State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has paid tribute to media practitioners in the state for their resilience and commitment in enlightening and sensitizing the citizenry on Government policies and programmes and developments around the world amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

In a goodwill message, Governor Yahaya particularly praised the sacrifice and active role of jounalists in the state in the coverage of covid-19 as well as their sensitization of the public on compliance with restriction orders and adherence to the protective measures and protocols of the pandemic.

While making reference to the theme of this year’s celebration, “Journalism without Fear or Favour”, the Governor said as watchdogs of the society and voice of the people, Journalists must continue to uphold the ethics of their profession by promoting the ideals of democracy, justice, accountability, peace and unity as well as updating the general public on developments around the world through their reportage and editorial policies.

While urging the media practitioners to always guard against fake news and misinformation as well as ensure accurate and balanced reportage of events and activities, Governor Yahaya assured to continue to work with them as partners and critical allies in his determination to entrench transparency, accountability and openness in governance in Gombe state.

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Gombe Governor Inaugurates committee on relief, palliatives.

…as Emir of Gombe leads committee

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has inaugurated a 38- man special committee on relief and palliatives to cushion the effect of the partial lockdown in the State occasioned by the Coronavirus Pandamic.

Inaugurating the committee at the new banquet hall of the Government House, Governor Inuwa Yahaya said the setting up of the relief panel was born out of the need to cushion the economic effects of Covid-19 on the people.

“There is no doubt that the special measures taken to tame the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has put our people in severe economic difficulties. We are fully aware of the hardship being experienced particularly by the daily earners whose living depends on their ability to go out and mingle with others. However, these are sacrifices that we must make to save lives”

Governor Inuwa Yahaya said in order to ameliorate the economic hardships brought about by the restrictions imposed to control the Covid-19 pandemic, his administration is obliged to provide support and relief to the people most especially the vulnerable ones in the State adding that his government will ensure that the palliatives reache its intended destinations.

“As people of faith, we are aware that trials and travails are integral part of our lives. We have an abiding faith in the fact that at the end of every difficulty comes some ease. I therefore enjoin us to persevere and continue to pray in order to win the fight against this invisible enemy” Governor Inuwa Yahaya was quoted as saying.

He commend the people of Gombe State for complying with the measures put in place to keep the state safe, appealing for more of such support and cooperation with government officials and security agencies in the enforcement of all the required guidelines and protocols.

While wishing the citizens of the State who tested positive for Covid-19 a speedy recovery, Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya equally paid glowing tribute to health workers in the State, philanthropists and corporate organisations for their solidarity.

The Relief and Palliative Committee which is headed by the Emir of Gombe Alhaji (Dr.) Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III, has the following as its terms of reference

(i) To undertake a general situational assessment and identify the households/individuals that are eligible to receive the palliative support;

(ii) To develop an equitable distribution framework for delivering the relief support to the beneficiaries;

(iii) To ensure that relief items reach the deserving beneficiaries in all the 114 Wards of the Eleven (11) Local Governments in the State;

(iv) To solicit for donation of palliative and other relief materials from the General Public, Private sector organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Philanthropists to complement Government efforts in this regard;

(v) To undertake activities contingent upon the successful completion of the assignment.

(vi) Prepare and present periodic progress report to Government.

The chairman of the committee and Emir of Gombe, Dr. Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll assured the Governor that the committee will exhibit due diligence while carrying out its assignment.

He thanked the Governor for finding them worthy to serve in the committee and promised that the committee will ensure equity and justice.

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Covid-19: Gombe Governor constitutes 38- member relief and palliative committee.

As part of measures to cushion the effect of Covid-19 in the Gombe state, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has constituted a Special Committee on Relief and Palliatives under the Chairmanship of His Royal Highness, the Emir of Gombe and Chairman State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, Alh. (Dr.) Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III.

The Secretary to the state Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi announced the appointment of the committee in a statement he issued today.

The 38- member committee has the Emirs of Dukku, Yamaltu and Mai Tangle as members.

Others are Hon. Adamu Pata , Hon. Shuaibu Adamu and Hon.Samuel Markus; members of Gombe state House of Assembly.

Also to serve as members are Commissioners for Local Government &
Chieftaincy Affairs, Internal Security &
Ethical Orientation and
Representative of SEMA.

Also Alh Damina Sardauna,
Special Adviser on Chieftaincy Affairs;
Hon. Auwalu Abdullahi Gafaka,
Special Adviser on Community relations
& Ethical Orientation; Mr. Nitte Amangal, Alh. Danjuma Babayo, Alh. Sanusi Abdullahi and Mrs. Margaret Yusuf are members.

The committee also has the Representative of Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI,
Sheik Adamu Girbo,
Sheik Usman IsahTaliyawa,
Sheik Adamu Mohammed Dokoro, Alhaji Jauro Bappi, Representative of Christian Association of Nigeria CAN and Rev. Sunday Congo as members.

Also the Representative of Civil Society Organisations
(IbrahimYusuf 3000) , Alh. Adamu Malala , Alh. Ali Usman, Alh. Isiyaku Abdullahi, Mrs. Finey David, Hajiya Uwani Shuaibu Gara, Hajiya Dijatu Bappa, Muazzammil Yahaya and Hajiya Zainab Amin are members.

The list also has Representatives of the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Civil Defence Corps, Department of State Service ( DSS) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC).

The Commissioner of Special Duties, Barr.
Mela Nunghe is to serve as Secretary while Mr. Benjamen Wabida, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties serves as Assistant Secretary.

According to the statement, the Committee will be inaugurated by His Excellency, Governor Inuwa Yahaya tomorrow, Saturday, 2nd May, 2020, at the New Banquette Hall, Government House by 11:00am prompt.

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2020 May Day: Governor Inuwa Yahaya felicitates with Gombe state workers.

Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has congratulated workers in the state as they join their comrades the world over in celebrating the 2020 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.

While acknowledging the support and cooperation of the organized labour with this administration, Governor Yahaya assured that his government will continue to remain favourably disposed towards the welfare of workers, citing prompt and timely payments of workers salaries and wages, the efforts being made in setting backlog of inherted gratuity and the commitment in sanitizing the system to improve productivity in the service.

He observed that although the world is experiencing an unprecedented economic downturn occasioned by the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, 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 the global crisis.

The Governor described this year’s theme, “Stop the Pandemic at Work”, as apt and timely, especially with the global unity to combat covid-19.

He stated that as part of covid-19 containment measures in line with the provisions of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC and other global practices, his administration has channelled resources, deployed personnel and imposed restrictions as well as provided necessary facilities and equipment, calling for collective sacrifice and advising the people to continue to adhere strictly to all the prescribed public health protocols of social distancing, wearing of face mask, use of hand sanitizer and observing personal hygiene among others.

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Governor Inuwa Yahaya mourns PDP elder, Adamu Danjarida.

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has received with sadness, the news of the death of Alhaji Adamu Danjarida (Madakin Kwami) who died yesterday at the age of 78 years.

In a condolence message, Governor Yahaya described the late chairman of the PDP Elders’ Forum as a great loss not only to his immediate family but the state and the nation as a whole.

He described Alhaji Danjarida as a grassroots politician and great community leader who impacted on the lives of many.

Governor Yahaya, extended on behalf of the Government and people of Gombe state, his heartfelt condolences to the deceased’s family, praying Almighty Allah to reward his good deeds with Aljannat Firdaus and give those he left behind the fortitude to bear the great loss.

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Gombe State Government begins Open School Programme on Electronic Media.

To bridge the learning deficit among students of Primary and Post Schools due to the Coronavirus Pandamic which led to the abrupt closure of Schools across the State, the Gombe State Government through the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB has commence the Open School Programm on some selected radio and Television stations in the State.

The Open School Programm will focus on key subjects such as English language, Mathematics, for both Primary and Secondary School students as well as Physics and chemistry for Secondary Students among other subjects.

The Chairman of the Open School Programm Malam Buba Umar Baba’ayi said Students can tune in to the School on Vision FM Gombe at 12:30pm to 1:00 pm as well as 4:30pm to 5:00 pm on every week day. He said the Television version of the Open School Programm is still been worked at assuring students that they will soon enjoy same on television.

Baba’ayi assured parents and students alike that the Programme will run until the resumption of Schools across the State. He appealed to parents to ensure that their children tune in to the Open School Programme so as to keep with their curricular activities.

The chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB Gombe Hon. Babaji Babadidi said the Open School Programme was in line with the State Government policy to revamp the education sector through effective teaching and learning.

He thanked Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya for expressly approving the Open School Programme adding students in the State stands to benefit from the School if they stay tuned to the on air classes.

On how students can get answers to questions arising from a lesson taught the Chairman said a feedback mechanism will establish for students to have their grey areas cleared.

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Covid -19: Gombe to produce, distribute 1 million face masks.

…as NYSC donates locally made items to Task Force

Gombe state government is to produce over one million units of face masks for distribution to people across the state, especially the less privileged as part of measures to curtail the spread of covid-19.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of the state Task Force on covid-19, Professor Idris Mohammed today while receiving a donation of locally made supporting items from the Gombe state office of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.

He said plans are underway to make it mandatory for everyone to wear face mask but that his committee will ensure the items are made available before the policy takes effect.

The Task Force Chairman said already the face masks are being produced and will be made available as soon as they are ready in a couple of weeks.

He appreciated the NYSC for identifying with the state government at this trying time, adding that the gesture will significantly help the state government in attaining its plan of reaching every household with face masks and hand wash items.

The NYSC state coordinator, Florence Yaakugh while presenting the items said the Corps members in Gombe state have benefitted much from the state government as such the state deserves much from the NYSC, especially at this trying time when the entire world is engaged in the fight against the deadly virus.

She further stated that NYSC accords priority to skills acquisition programme, hence the youth corps members in the state took advantage of the scheme to produce locally made items that will compliment government’s effort in fighting the pandemic.

Items presented included 120 units of hand sanitizer, 160 packs of facemasks and 60 pieces of hand washing soap.

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Covid 19: Gombe receives additional support to curtail spread of coronavirus.

Gombe state Government has received additional support to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Keystone Bank plc joined other corporate bodies in donating some operational supporting items to the state task force on covid-19 to compliment the government’s effort in fighting global plague.

The Gombe Branch Manager of Keystone plc, Mr Liyo Mohammed who made the presentation on behalf of the bank’s management said the financial institution resolved to partner Gombe state government in the campaign against the covid 19 pandemic through such support.

Items donated include 5 sets of hospital beds and mattresses, 300 pieces of 100ml hand sanitizer, 60 packs of face masks and 60 packs of hand gloves.

Mr Mohammed said in line with the bank’s corporate social responsibility, Keystone is determined to support the state at this trying time when the world is faced with the ravaging pandemic.

Similarly, the Task force has received a personal donation of 2 oxygen concentrators from Hamza Yuguda, Manager, Gombe Branch of Guarantee Trust Bank, GTB in support of the state Government’s containment efforts against covid-19.

The Chairman, Task Force on covid-19, Professor Idris Mohammed while receiving the items, appreciated the management of Keystone Bank and Hamza Yuguda for the timely support, assuring of judicious utilisation of the materials donated.

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