Gombe partners UNIDO on industrialisation, economic diversification, others.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has assured that his administration will partner with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in order to benefit from part of the 60 million US Dollars set aside by the UN agency to boost Nigeria’s industrialisation.

Governor Yahaya gave the assurance when he received in audience, the UNIDO representative to ECOWAS and Country Director, Nigeria Regional Hub, Mr. Jean Bakole at the Government House, Gombe.

He noted that the UNIDO/ Nigeria Industrialization programme document is in tune with his administration’s vision and economic diversification plan, especially with his determination to set up an industrial park in Dadinkowa as well as the efforts to revitalize the Balanga Dam.

He commended the organisation for its support towards achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development, assuring that his administration will provide its counterpart funding in order to benefit from the UNIDO- Nigeria country industrialisation fund.

Alhaji Yahaya said his government has always paid attention to human capital development aside the provision of basic infrastructure, healthcare services, quality education and good governance aimed at improving the quality of life of the citizenry.

He said due to bad governance in the past, he had to seek for both local and international partnership and intervention in order to galvanise forces and tackle the socio-economic challenges inherited by his administration.

Governor Yahaya also disclosed that with the available potentials in the state, partnering the UN agency will impact positively on the state, assuring his visitor that his Government will do everything possible to ensure the realization of the Balanga Dam in view of its strategic importance to the social and economic development of the state.

Earlier the UNIDO Regional Director, MrJean Bakole, said the purpose of their visit was to seek ways of collaborating with Gombe state Government in domesticating the UNIDO/ Nigeria programme which includes industrial policy, agro allied industry, special economic hubs,science, technology and innovation among others.

He said UNIDO is committing $60 million into agriculture and agro-based businesses, trade and capacity building, housing and construction, infrastructure development, energy and environment, among other sectors.

He said Nigeria has provided a substantial part of its contribution towards the realization of the programme.

Mr. Bakoke said having visited Balanga Dam and seen the potentials, he is confident that if properly harnessed, the people will greatly benefit in terms of jobs and wealth creation.

He commended the Governor’s commitment to the well-being of the state, and assured of his agency’s readiness to support Gombe state’s industrialisation drive and the Governor’s remarkable vision for the state.

Highlight of the visit was the presentation of the UNIDO/ Nigeria programme document to the Governor.

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Gombe SSG host members of the Pharmaceutical society of Nigeria assures of government to fight drug abuse.

Gombe State Government is to partner with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Gombe State Chapter in it’s fight against drugs abuse in the state.

Secretary to the State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi stated this when the newly elected officials of the Society visited him in his office Tuesday.

Njodi said that, Government is concern about the unwanton abuse of drug in the State hence the appointment of a Special Adviser on Drugs and Nacotics to advise the government on how best to tackle the menace.

He maintained that the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has a great role to play in curbing the menance of drugs among the citizens assuring them of the state government support and readiness to work closely with them as partners in progress.

Earlier speaking, the Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Gombe State Chapter Phamaciest Zubairu Sabastine expressed the association willingness to work with the state government in the areas of immunization and Sensitization of the citizenry against drugs abuse.

He call on the State Government to support the Society with a vehicle to enable them embark on sensitization to across the state.

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Governor Inuwa Yahaya receives report on Mega Motor Park, Trailer Parking Bay and International Conference Centre.

…Says Government ready to implement recommendations, complete projects for benefit of people

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State today received the report of the committee on Mega Park,Tankers Bay and International Conference Centre, Gombe.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya described the over 7 billion Naira so far spent on Gombe Mega Motor Park, Tankers Bay and International Conference Centre as a waste and misplacement of priority, decrying that Government will still have to spend over 4 billion to complete the projects and put them to proper use.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya said the change upon which his administration rode into power was predicated on the improvement of the lives of the people.

He said to improve on the quality of human capital, his administration will complete all abandoned projects and manage same in the most effective and efficient manner.

The Governor said the setting up of the committee became imperative in view of his administration’s desire to get value for every kobo spent.

He assured the people of the state that his administration will do all it takes to complete the projects for the benefit of the people.

The chairman of the committee, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, who is also the Deputy Governor of the state, said his committee was appalled by the over one hundred percent increament on the initial contracts sum by the immediate past administration.

He said, “It is surprising Your Excellency, that some of these projects had a jump for very unclear reasons; like the ICC from the initial 2.2 billion increased to 4.2 billion, the ultra modern mega park from 3.2 billion but was later jerked up to 6 billion Naira, Tanker Parking Bay from 352 million to 565 million Naira”.

Dr. Jatau noted that the setting up of the committee pointed to the burning desire of Governor Inuwa Yahaya to ensure transparency and accountability in government spending.

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BESDA Partners SENN, trains School Support Officers in Gombe State.

The Gombe State Better Education Service Delivery for All BESDA in partnership with Strengthening Education in Northern Nigeria SENN are holding a five day refresher training for School Support Officers in the State.

The School Support Officers are to be trained on effective monitoring and evaluation of educational activities at the basic school level and to report findings to the authorities concern for prompt action.

The Gombe State coordinator of Better Education Service Delivery for All BESDA Dr. Mohammed Abdullahi Bappah said participants at the refresher training will be expose on how best to use the tools already developed for monitoring of teaching and learning activities at the basic school level.

He said BESDA adopted the hybrid approach in the selection of participants for the refresher training saying those selected are individuals who are experienced in the educational sector and understands the terrain of each of the rural communities in the State.

Dr. Bappah called on the participants to justify the confidence repose on them through hard work and dedication to duty especially as they assume the role of visiting schools within their jurisdiction to see for themselves what teaching method teachers at the basic School level dishes out to pupils.

The BESDA coordinator said the Service is well on course to deliver on its mandate of taking out of School children back to school and therefore commend the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB for the support and encouragement.

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International Women’s Day: Governor Inuwa Yahaya describes women as wonderful partners in nation building.

…says his administration is committed to addressing women needs, challenges

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has assured women in Gombe state of his administration’s commitment to ensure the promotion of policies and programmes that will address their needs and challenges.

In a goodwill message to mark the 2020 International women’s day, Governor Yahaya said that the occasion is not just a day to celebrate women, but to also reflect on the challenges they face and implement workable solutions towards addressing them and removing barriers that impede their success.

He commended the theme of this year’s celebration, #EachForEqual, which seeks to draw attention to the idea that gender inequality is not only a women’s issue, but economic and community one.

He said, In Gombe state, women hold key cabinet positions which is one of the steps towards demonstrating that indeed, his administration subscribes to gender mainstreaming and providing ease of access to resources and opportunities, including economic participation and decision-making regardless of gender.

Governor Yahaya described women as wonderful partners in the onerous task of nation building, encouraging them to continue to remain positive and be focused as well as use their talents and motherly disposition in ensuring proper upbringing of their wards and contributing to societal growth and development.

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Gombe Governor says APC Government on course in meeting electorate’s aspirations.

…Says measures are in place to address socio-economic challenges

…as Hon. Usman Kumo empowers constituents

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has said that the governing All Progressives Congress, APC is on course in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the electorate in line with its next level agenda.

The Governor was speaking in Kumo town, Akko Local Government area at the flag-off of Youths and Women Empowerment Programme initiated and sponsored by member representing Akko federal constituency, Hon Usman Bello Kumo.

Governor Yahaya said during the last election, then APC pledged change and good governance in their respective capacities and therefore owe it a duty to keep their words through programmes and projects that will improve the lives of the people they represent.

He said elected officials from Gombe state have resolved to adopt a common stand in line with their campaign promises to better the lives of their respective constituents.

He said in the last 10 months, the APC government in Gombe state has put in place measures that will help address socio-economic challenges and infrastructural decay, vowing to continue to pursue people oriented policies for the benefit of the citizenry.

Governor Yahaya hailed Hon. Usman Bello Kumo for his empowerment initiative of distributing 120 each of motorcycles and sewing machines, power generation sets and cash donation to over 400 constituents as a start up capital for small scale businesses.

He noted that the items and cash grant, if properly handled and utilized by the beneficiaries, will no doubt have positive multiplier effect on their immediate communities and go a long way in improving their economy and reducing unemployment among the youths.

He urged other lawmakers to borrow a leaf from Hon. Kumo by initiating programmes that have direct bearing on the lives of their constituents.

Governor Yahaya used the occasion to appreciate president Muhammadu Buhari, National Assembly and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress for the laudable achievements recorded by the Federal government in all facets of human endeavours.

Speaking earlier, the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase said what he witnessed in Kumo has apparently showed how satisfied the constituents in Akko Federal Constituency are with Hon Usman Bello Kumo’ s representation at the green chamber.

He expressed optimism that APC has come to stay in the state for no reason other than the style of leadership which people are yearning for, noting that Hon. Kumo will be remembered in history as someone who has touched the lives of his constituents in many positive ways.

In his remarks at the occasion, Hon. Kumo, who is also the Chairman of the House committee on Police Affairs, said he initiated the empowerment programme in order to support women and youths to be economically independent and self reliant, reiterating his pledge to remain resolute to the yearnings of his people.

Hon. Kumo reiterated his loyalty and support to Governor Inuwa Yahaya and the All Progressives Congress.

Co- Chairmen of the event, Sen. Sa’idu Umar Kumo and Alhaji Abubakar Habu Muazu commended Hon. Usman Kumo for always working in the interest of his people, calling on him to maintain the tempo.

Both leaders declared their unalloyed support to the lawmaker and his future aspirations.

State APC Chairman, Mr. Nitte Amangal also expressed satisfaction with the representation of Hon. Kumo at the National Assembly, saying the lawmaker is working in tandem with the party’s ideologies.

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of empowerment items, including motorcycles, sewing machines, power generation sets and other materials.

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Full text of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s speech at the 1st North east governors consultative meeting held in Gombe.

It is my great pleasure to warmly welcome Your Excellencies, my dear colleagues from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Taraba and Yobe States to this historic, all-important occasion.

  1. The aim of this historic consultative meeting is to close ranks among our States and chart a way forward for the North-East subregion, it will give us the chance to interface and dialogue on the ways to follow in order to attain our aspirations and objectives.
  2. Over the last decade, the North-East subregion has been in the news for various reasons. A devastating insurgency that kills thousands of people and displaces millions, debilitating climate change effects that endanger the livelihood of millions of people along the Chad basin and beyond, coupled with desertification with its attendant environmental damage has led to a systematic decline in the quality of life of our people, making the NE the most underdeveloped subregion in the country.
  3. As leaders, we have to take on these challenges with all sense of responsibility. More so because, the things that unite us are far more than the ones that divide us. We are one people bound by common geography, history and destiny. Poverty, disease, hunger and agony have no eyes. The resultant effect of all these which originated from the BH insurgency has led to the current state of dilapidation in the quality of life of our people.
  4. The prevailing security situation poses an existential threat to our subregion. And therefore, necessitate the need for us to convene this gathering in order to come up with a united front that can address our collective challenges as a subregion. I’m sincerely grateful to my colleagues and brothers from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Taraba States for answering this call. History will remember us for this bold initiative
  5. The security situation and its attendant humanitarian effects usher in a donor industry that has its pros and cons. On one side, donor agencies provide the much-needed interventions to stabilize our communities and prevent an all-out humanitarian emergency, on the other side, some unscrupulous elements/entities are seeking to commercialize the suffering of our people. The solutions, my dear colleague and brothers, is not to throw away the baby with the bathwater. The solution lies in our ability to create, implement and enforce a common regional framework for coordinating donor-driven humanitarian interventions across our subregion. I have already shared these concerns privately with all of you at different fora. On our part, Gombe State has created an office to properly coordinate the activities of donor agencies and development partners. Even as we remain grateful to our local and international partners for their help, the solutions to our problems must spring from within rather than outside, if it has to be sustained.
  6. Another corollary to the security situation and under-development in the North-East is the establishment of the North East Development Commission, the NEDC. We are grateful to the President and the national assembly for this timely intervention. But beyond all the slogans, we must be willing to learn lessons from our history. For the NEDC to position itself as a truly development agency that is capable of creating positive impacts on our people, it must avoid the pitfalls of similar agencies like the NDDC in the Niger Delta. The NEDC should operate as a unique driver of development in the subregion. This can be achieved by creating a strong synergy with all our States and promoting wider consultation among relevant stakeholders. The objective of the NEDC should not be just to execute projects, but to execute those projects that have immediate impacts on our population, that increase the resilience and capacity of our people and institutions to deal with both present and emerging challenges.
  7. Your excellencies, the issue of the Lake Chad Basin is another topic that affects our livelihood on a regional scale. Over the past 6 decades since independence, the Lake Chad has shrunk to 1/10th of its original size. This deteriorating state of affairs pose serious threats to our security and livelihood. The shrinking Lake Chad Basin has led to the loss of livelihoods for millions of our people who rely on the Lake Chad for food as farmers, fishermen and traders. it has also led to declining fauna and flora, thus pushing our nomadic population south-ward, bringing them into contact with farmers and exacerbating farmer-herder tensions with all its awful consequences. The Lake Chad is no less an international issue as it is regional to us, and we must maintain close collaboration with our neighbors in the Chad basin through the federal government to reverse the receding basin and the debilitating effects that are fueled by climate change. The solution to this problem is generational, it cannot be achieved in one single term or by a single government. That’s why we launch a tree planting campaign in Gombe that is committed to planting 4 million trees under the Gombe Goes Green Initiative, to combat desertification, soil erosion and deforestation. Efforts are also in place to phase out firewood and tree-felling in order to transit our people to sustainable energy sources.
  8. Power supply is another issue of great concern to our people. Electricity is one of the biggest enablers of development through large scale industrialization and the proliferation of small-scale businesses. Our ongoing challenges with power transmission and distribution have been of great concern to all of us. While we are open to developing and diversifying our energy mix in order to power our homes and industries, we should work towards creating the enabling environment for peace, stability and economic development in our subregion.
  9. The issue of the Mambilla Hydropower plant is central to the development and industrialization of our region and the country at large. As the largest such project in the country and the second largest in Africa, the project offers great opportunity towards regional energy independence and prosperity. We are glad to hear that all the legal issues surrounding the project have been resolved and the project will soon takeoff. Our people have been waiting for this for too long. Given the size of the project and the potential impacts it will have on regional and local economy, we are pleased by the executive order 5 signed by Mr. President requiring international companies to ensure 30% local content participation in all projects. This opens up a lot of opportunities for our artisans, engineers, welders, fabricators, suppliers, manufacturers across all segments of the entire project value chain. On our part, we have to do everything to prepare our people so as to take good advantage of those opportunities.
  10. The discovery of oil in the North-East has been received with great fanfare by our people. Oil and gas no doubt open up a new window of opportunity for our people, but it also comes with its own challenges. The narrative of resource curse in the developing world (especially Africa) is one that we must all try to avoid. The experience of the Niger Delta is there for all of us to see. We have seen how oil exploration without commensurate investment in the development of local host communities endangered the livelihood of our indigenous communities and created an explosive cocktail of social, political and economic discontents.
  11. To avoid this scenario, we need to promote collective ownership and shared responsibility in the management of our region’s oil wealth. This means, first investing in the welfare and education of host communities to enable them drive the process and committing oil companies to a set of best practices in oil exploration, exploitation, environment management and sustainability.
  12. Today, our subregion stands on the crucible of history, at a moment of serious challenges. But beyond those challenges lies great opportunities. Our subregion is well endowed with a fertile land and precious solid minerals, coupled with our hardworking and industrious people, the challenge is now on us leaders to harness our tremendous human and material potential a colossal scale that will put our region on the path of long-term growth and sustainable peace and prosperity. This dream, my dear colleagues and brothers, is achievable only if we come together via a united front that is galvanized to confront our challenges. The decisions we make as leaders today will determine the fate of our region tomorrow. The ball is now in our courts.
  13. Once again, I thank all my colleagues for honoring our invitation. It is my belief that the outcome of this consultation will open a new chapter of cooperation and development for our people. I wish everyone a safe return to their various destinations.

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Gombe Governor breaking new grounds in Basic Education, Babadidi.

The Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB Gombe Hon. Babaji Babadidi says the policy direction of Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya towards Basic Education in the state is such that the sub-sector will witness a paradigm shift that has never been seen before in the state.

Hon Babaji Babadidi who stated this recently at the sideline of the flag off of the distribution of school uniforms and bags containing writing materials to pupils in public schools by Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya in Bajoga said in less than six months the Board has constructed and renovated over 400 schools across the state.

He praised Governor Inuwa Yahaya for establishing the Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) a development he which he says has so far taken over two hundred thousand out of school children back to school.

The Gombe SUBEB chairman appeal to parents and guardian to support government policy in this regard by sending their children to school.

The flag off of the distribution of school uniforms and bags containing writing materials to pupils in the state by Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya is one of the numerous effort by the present administration in Gombe state to increase enrolement and enhance the quality of teaching and learning.

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North East Governors to meet in Gombe.

Governors of the North East states are to meet in Gombe tomorrow, Thursday to discuss issues of common interests.

The meeting, the first of its kind, will be hosted by Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya. It will discuss among other things, regional challenges, including security, economy and infrastructure.

Other issues to be tabled for deliberations include the discovery of hydrocarbon deposits in the North East, prospects and problems of power generation and the role of Discos.

The Governors will receive presentation from the North East Development Commission ( NEDC) on exploring the potentials of the commission for infrastructure and human capital development of the subregion.

The one-day meeting is expected to set the stage for regular engagement and consultation among governors in the region. At the end of the meeting, the governors will issue a communique outlining areas of common interest and agreements among the 6 Northeastern States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Yobe and Taraba.

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BESDA: Gombe Governor flags-off distribution of school uniforms, writing materials for pupils.

…As Gombe state constructs, renovates over 400 schools

…Governor Yahaya undertakes to sponsor education of visually impaired pupil

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has flagged- off the distribution of school uniforms and bags containing writing materials to pupils in public schools and girl-child learning centers in the state.

Performing the exercise in Jalingo Primary School, Furnakaye Local Government area, the said the distribution of the materials demonstrates his administration’s commitment to improving the quality of education in the state through the provision of instructional materials and basic support to pupils in various public schools across the state.

The Governor expressed the hope that the gesture will help increase enrolement level and enhance the quality of teaching and learning in public schools with a view to producing pupils who will go on to excel in higher stages of life in the future.

He lamented that over the years Gombe state used to be ranked among the poorly performed states in national examinations, as such his government saw the need to change the narrative through sound education policies.

Governor Yahaya added that his administration met an education system that was ravaged by inadequate and decayed infrastructure, large number of out-of school children and a teaching work force that is poorly trained and motivated.

The Governor said through concerted effort, the state government declared a state of emergency in the sector and deployed a broad based approach to deal with the educational challenges in the state.

He said government took necessary actions to improve basic literacy level by venturing into the Federal Government/ World Bank project of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) to ensure the mopping up of out of school children and returning them back to formal learning centres.

” Among other steps taken was conversion and renovation of the dilapidated and abandoned almajiri school in Kwami into a teacher training centre to serve as a capacity building citadel for teachers in the state”.

Governor Yahaya lauded the concerted efforts by BESDA and SUBEB as well as development partners such as USAID and UNICEF for supporting the state towards revamping the standard of education in the state through training and retraining of teachers.

“Other areas of focus in improving education in the state is the renovation of schools across the state to ensure that a conducive atmosphare of learning is put in place for pupils and teachers”.

He added that from September 2019-March 2020 Gombe state government through BESDA project was able to enroll over two hundred thousand out of school children, ranging from almajiri/tsangaya school category to girl-child education.

The governor who urged traditional leaders and parents to suppport government in the sensitization and mobilization, also charged the SUBEB and BESDA officials to be fair and transparent in distributing the materials.

He told the gathering that his administration is committed to free sponsorship of all wards with disability, pledging to personally sponsor an Eight year old visually impaired pupil, Muhammad Ahmad who was at the occasion with the help of a guide.

He said he will personally fund from his pocket, the educational expenses of the boy from primary to any level he aspires to attain.

Commissioner of Education, Dr Habu Dahiru assured the gathering that state ministry of education will continue to ensure the statutory mandate of the ministry of promoting quality educational policies are sustained.

He noted that the ministry closely supports and monitors the basic education projects to ensure the project becomes a success.

The Commissioner commended Governor Yahaya for re-introducing the mock examination which he said will henceforth be used as a yardstick of students’ sponsorship in WAEC/NECO.

Dr Habu Dahiru expressed optimism that the restored policy will make impact on students performance in the senior school certificate examinations.

In his welcome address, the BESDA state Coordinator, Dr Abdullahi Bappah Garkuwa lauded educational initiatives of Governor Yahaya administration and committment of other development partners for supporting BESDA project, attributing the successes recorded by the project in the state to Governor Yahaya’s positive disposition.

Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board Hon. Babaji Babadidi attributed the menace of out of school children to poverty, socio- economic, cultural benefits and security challenges, applauding Governor Inuwa Yahaya for taking necessary measures to nip the situation in the bud.

Over 200, 000 pupils are expected to benefit from the free distribution of uniforms and learning materials.

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