Education: Gombe maintains stream as construction of new classroom blocks progresses.

Despite the Coronavirus Pandamic which has literally slowed down economies across the world, the Gombe State Government appears determined to complete as many blocks of classrooms as possible before Schools in the State resume back to session.

To this end, the Governor through the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB has in less than one year in office constructed over one hundred and thirty 130 blocks of classrooms across the State.

The blocks of classrooms so far completed and ready for use come in storey buildings with an average of eight classes, offices and convenience.

Some of the Schools that have so far benefited from the Gombe State Government’s drive to holistically reposition the education sector include Junior Secondary Schools Malam Inna, Nayinawa, Gelengu, Sangaru and Vocational Training Centre Nafada.

The Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board , SUBEB Hon. Babaji Babadidi attributed the successes so far recorded in basic education in the State to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s commitment towards revamping the sector for optimal productivity.

He said apart from the one hundred and thirty one blocks of classrooms so far completed in various communities across the State, some other forty three blocks of classrooms are at various stages of completion and will soon be ready for use.

Aside from the construction of blocks of classrooms, Governor Inuwa Yahaya has reconstructed the Teachers Training Centre in Kwami.

The Gombe SUBEB chairman said the centre is the first of its kind in the North East region of the Country and will be responsible for teachers training and retraining on modern teaching techniques and methodology.

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Governor Inuwa excited over Jalo-waziri’s appointment into ISSA operating committee.

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has congratulated the Chief Executive Officer of Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc and illustrious son of Gombe state, Alhaji Haruna Jalo-Waziri on his nomination and appointment as the representative of the global community of central securities depositories (CSD) on the Operating Committee of the International Securities Services Association (ISSA).

Governor Yahaya said the appointment is a great feat and a call to service.

He descired Jalo-waziri as a financial expert of reputable standing and global recognition who remains a good ambassador of Gombe state and a source of inspiration for the younger generations.

He said the Government and people of Gombe state are elated with his appointment by the world’s largest central securities depositories, global custodians and securities transaction services banks.

The Governor expressed confidence in the ability of the CSCS’ Chief executive to bring to bear his wealth of experience in promoting and engendering efficiency in the global security services industry.

An illustrious son of Gombe, Alhaji Jalo-Waziri has three decades hands-on experience across multiple financial disciplines, with a career spanning Investment Banking, Securities Trading, Pension Funds Administration and conventional Asset Management, Business development and Regulation. He is an award-winning Executive, with reputable track record in leading successful start-ups and business transformations.

The Operating Committee of the ISSA is the pivotal Committee saddled with the responsibility of providing technical support and execution to the Executive Board of ISSA, with Headquarters in Switzerland, in proposing, executing and managing work projects aimed at advancing securities services globally.

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Covid-19: Gombe State Government maintains steam on Basic Education construct 131 blocks of classrooms, others at various levels of completion.

Despite the Coronavirus Pandamic which has literally slowed down economies across the world, the Gombe State Government appears determined to complete as many blocks of classrooms as possible before Schools in the State resume back to session.

To this end, the Governor through the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB has in less than one year in office constructed a total of one hundred and thirty one 131 blocks of classrooms across the State.

The blocks of classrooms so far completed and ready for use come in storey buildings with an average of eight classes, offices and convenience.

Some of the Schools that have so far benefited from the Gombe State Government’s drive to holistically reposition the Education sector include Junior Secondary Schools Malam Inna, Nayinawa, Gelengu, Sangaru and Vocational Training Centre Nafada.

The Executive chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board , SUBEB Hon. Babaji Babadidi attributed the successes so far recorded in Basic Education in the State to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s commitment towards revamping the sector for optimal productivity.

He said apart from the one hundred and thirty one blocks of classrooms so far completed in various communities across the State, some other forty three blocks of classrooms are at various stages of completion and will soon be ready for use.

Aside from the construction of blocks of classrooms, the Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya has constructed Teachers Training Centre in Kwami. The Gombe SUBEB chairman said the centre is the first of its kind in the North Eastern region of the Country will be responsible for teachers training and retraining on modern teaching techniques and methodology.

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Covid-19: Governor Inuwa Yahaya to address the state today, Tuesday.

…extends stay at home order for civil servants on levels 1-12

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has extended the 2-weeks stay at home directive issued to Gombe state civil servants on grade levels 1-12 by another 2-weeks from today, 14th April, 2020.

However, civil servants on essential services, such as security men, health workers, electricity and water workers and the likes are to continue with their duties.

Meanwhile, Governor Inuwa Yahaya will later today Tuesday address the state on covid-19 response in Gombe state.

The state wide address will be broadcast live by 2: pm on all radio stations in the state and via the social media platforms.

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Easter: Gombe Governor felicitates with Christians.

…calls for sustained prayers against covid-19 pandemic, other challenges

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has felicitated with the Christian community on the occasion of this year’s Easter celebration, calling on the faithful to use the period to pray for continious peace, stability and end to the covid-19 pandemic.

He said although this year’s Easter celebration is coming when the world is going through difficult times occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, its consequential restrictions and economic downturn, the season provides an opportunity for unity of purpose, reinforcement of bond of brotherhood and dedication in service to God and humanity as exemplified by Jesus Christ.

He noted that Easter symbolises love, sacrifice, service to God and country as well as triumph of good over evil, urging the people to always reflect on the lessons and significance of the season and demonstrate same in their lives.

“On this occasion of Easter feast, I want to enjoin our Christian brothers and sisters in Gombe State and the world over to continue to promote peace and good neighbourliness ”.

” I want to also urge you to remain steadfast in prayers and continue to sacrifice for the good and advancement of our dear state”.

” I also call on you to continue to pray fervently against the Covid -19 pandemic that is threatening humanity and its means of livelihood”.

“We are indeed in a trying moment but I am optimistic that with collective commitment, sacrifice and by turning to God through prayers we shall overcome the trial and emerge stronger”.

Governor Yahaya said although there is no recorded case of coronavirus in the state, Government has taken necessary steps and put measures in place for the containment of the dreaded global pandemic and mitigation of its impact.

“As you celebrate the Easter, I call on you to be mindful and observe the Covid- 19 protocols of social distancing, hand sanitizing and other protective and preventive measures”.

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Covid-19: Governor Inuwa Yahaya receives young Gombe indigenes who produced Ventilator.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state today received the trio of Dr.Yunusa Muhammad Garba of the Human Anatomy Department, Gombe state University; Aliyu Hassan, a graduate of Mechatronics Engineering and Usman Dalhatu, a 200 level student of Mechanical Engineering at ABU Zaria all of whom are illustrious sons of Gombe state who have been trending in the media for producing a locally made Ventilator to support the ongoing battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Governor Yahaya pledged the support of his administration to the young innovators to achieve their dreams and even obtain the patent to produce more for the world.

” I commend you for this Innovation and guarantee you of my support and that of my administration in this your endeavor. We are indeed proud of you”.

The Governor directed the Secretary to the state Government and the Commissioner of Science, Technology and Innovation to liaise with the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology respectively as well as other relevant agencies and organisations with a view to attracting patronage for the young inventors.

He said with the Gombe industrial park in the offing, young scientists and innovators will have a platform to leverage on and showcase themselves and their products to the world.

Governor Yahaya noted that ” if we can go back to the rudiments, pursue and improve on what we have, we can be like Japan and China who utilized their local talent to achieve greatness. We have the brains and intellectual resources to become a reference point like other developed nations”.

The Commissioner of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Aishatu Umar Maigari and senior officials of her ministry accompanied the 3 young investors to the Governor’s office.

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Covid-19: Gombe Governor approves the commencement of Open School programme for Students across the State.

Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has given the nod to the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB Gombe to commence the Open School programme in all media organisations in the State.

It will be recalled that due to the Coronavirus Pandamic, Schools in Gombe State came to an abrupt closure two weeks earlier to the official calendar arrangements.

Speaking at the inauguration of a committee to oversee the implementation of the Open School Programme, the Executive chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board Hon. Babaji Babadidi said the lockdown has seriously affected the smooth academic flow of Education in State especially as Government battles to redeem the ailing Education sector in the State.

He said the Open School programme will give students staying at home due to the Coronavirus the opportunity to have lessons in their various homes through listening to radio or watching television.

The six man committee on the Open School programme which has seven days to present its report, has the following as its terms of reference.

1. To design in detail modalities for the Open School Programme for Basic Education in the State in order to fill the vacuum created by the stay at home policy of preventing the spread of Covid-19.

2. To Identify competent resource persons from the Board’s existing staff.

3. To contact and arrange with reputable Media Organisations on the modalities for the successful implementation of the program.

4. To come up with an acceptable time table.

5. To proffer solution(s) to challenges and that may confront the successful implementation of the programme.

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Gombe SUBEB Chairman presents appointment letters, inaugurate 5 man committee on Open School Programme.

The Executive chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB Gombe Hon. Babaji Babadidi has presented appointment letters to some deserving Senior officers at both the State and Local Government levels.

The Officers include: Adamu Gurama Dukku, Director Teachers Training Centre Kwami, Mrs. Hannatu Madaki Ag. Zonal Education Coordinator Deba, Abubakar Boyi Ag. Education Secretary Akko L.G.E.A and Ali Hassan Ag. Education Secretary Deba L.G.E.A.

Others are Bello Buba Head of Personal Management Deba L.G.E.A, Musa Buba Treasurer Deba L.G.E.A and Titus Ladoli Head of Personal Management Billiri L.G.E.A.

Performing the exercise which took place at the headquarters of the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB, the Chairman of the Board Hon. Babaji Babadidi said their appointment followed the retirement of some Education officers hence the need to fill the void.

He said some of the parameters use in arriving at the selection of the officers include: Seniority, Dedication, Punctuality, Cooperation, Honesty, Qualification and loyalty.

Hon. Babaji Babadidi therefore challenged the newly appointed officers to justify the confidence repose in them by taking the Education sector in the State to the next level.

In the vain the Executive chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB Gombe Hon. Babaji Babadidi has inaugurated a 5 man committee for Open School Programme.

The Open School programme as explained by the Gombe SUBEB chairman becomes necessary in view of the abrupt closure of schools in the State two weeks earlier to the official calendar arrangements due to the Coronavirus.

He said the Board in its wisdom thought wise to come with the Open School programme where students in the State will be given the opportunity to have lessons in their homes through listening to radio and watching TV.

Responding on behalf of the appointees and the committee the Director Teachers Training Centre Kwami Alhaji Adamu Gurama Dukku assured Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya as well as SUBEB of their readiness to deliver on the mandate given to them.

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COVID- 19: Governor Inuwa Yahaya Taking Tough Decisions To Mitigate Economic Impact of Pandemic.

By Ismaila Uba Misilli

The ravaging coronavirus pandemic hit the world suddenly, thereby becoming one of the biggest threats to humanity, global economy and financial markets. The World Health Organization’s report revealed that the virus, first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, has infected over one million people in at least 120 countries with more than 60,000 deaths recorded globally so far.

The acclaimed World Powers such as United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain and others are becoming overwhelmed with increasing cases of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) daily.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 did not spare Nigeria as the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed over 200 cases with 5 deaths as at 5th of April, 2020. The escalation of COVID-19 forced many nations to shutdown their economy as well as lockdown the streets to curtail spread of the communicable disease.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari last week announced additional measures including lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory coupled with stay at home order to prevent the spread of the pandemic, while in Gombe state, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya had taken proactive steps, including constituting a Taskforce with adequate funding, closing of the state’s borders and engagement with traditional rulers, religious leaders and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that Gombe maintains clean record and prepare for any eventuality.

No doubt, Coronavirus pandemic is having negative effect on Nigeria’s economy, making Gombe and other states to feel the heat. For instance, the global crude oil price has dropped to less than $30 as against $57 projection in 2020 budget and millions of Nigeria’s oil barrels are on the high sea waiting for buyers. Also, revenues from non-oil sectors are affected, including Value Added Tax due to shutdown in some countries which is slowing down the economy.

Unsurprisingly, the recent FAAC meeting indicated about N50billion decrease in revenue available for sharing among the Federal, States and Local Governments. The ongoing Stay at home/lockdown would further deplete our revenue, thereby reducing allocation to each state. We are in this cloudy situation together, hence a good leader must restrategise and act fast!

Therefore, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya seems to be in agreement with United States Army General, General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) who said: ”A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others’. The Governor is already restrategising, rethinking and working out modalities to ensure the state stays strong and continues to meet its financial obligations amidst this crisis.

Gombe State Government is now putting in place measures aimed at mitigating the economic impact, including minimizing recurrent expenditures in order to save cost and make funds available for projects amidst Coronavirus crisis.

In a recent interview with journalists, the state Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development, Alhaji Muhammad Gambo Magaji said, “We begin to plan ahead for those months that will be extremely difficult.”

He hinted that the quick-fix measures being taken by the state government were to strengthen the Internally Generated Revenue base to ensure that it meets most of its needs in terms of the yearnings and aspirations of the people.
He said the state had commenced reviewing its 2020 budget to reflect the effect of the pandemic on the economy with a view to maintaining financial discipline as allocation from Federal Government dwindles.

“For us in Gombe, we have started to look at our budget for 2020 and already in the process of reviewing it to reflect the changes that have already been adopted by the Federal Government.
“Our budget should also reflect the reality, so that we capture correctly what we expect as revenue from federal allocation and that of course, translates to a reduction in the overall revenues accruable to the state.

He said that the suspension of the N30,000 minimum wage after due consultation and deliberation with labour leaders in the state and slashing the salaries of all political appointees are part of the measures to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19. The Commissioner said the worst days were yet to be seen but, “as a responsible government, we will try to ensure that we are able to meet our obligations within these periods”.

“The suspension of new minimum wage implementation was a painful decision for the governor but the current administration acted in good faith after due consultation with labour leaders”.

Interestingly, Governor Inuwa Yahaya since assumption of office has shown commitment to workers’ welfare as can be attested to in prompt payment of salaries, clearing of outstanding wages including those of staff of State Owned Higher Institutions, taking over full payment of higher institutions staff salaries and payment of backlog of gratuity to state retirees.

The process of reviewing the 2020 budget is ongoing but priority projects such as roads, education, health, rural development and others will continue to receive attention for common good. It is noteworthy that some of the projects initiated or inherited by this administration will be ready for commissioning soon. Also, prudence in governance and effective utilization of funds will remain the hallmark of Inuwa Yahaya’s administration, as such public funds would not be deployed for frivolous activities.

Having said this, the diversification of Gombe state economy through revamping of agricultural sector, industrialization drive by setting up of an industrial park and attracting investors, revitalizing government owned companies such as Gombeline and resuscitating others like Manto as well as boosting of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) are the routes towards building stronger economy for our dear state.

It may be recalled that Governor Inuwa Yahaya had recently effected change in the management and affairs of Gombe State Board of Internal Revenue and deployed technology for its operations with the view to strengthening it and blocking leakages as well as sharp practices in manual revenue collection. Just last week, the new management of the Board Internal Revenue uncovered a syndicate printing fake e-receipt to shortchange the state government and indeed the people of the state. Without mincing words, the strengthening of the revenue collection agency is already yielding good fruits with increment in State IGR and the revenue will be used to augment government purse.

The lesson from the impact of the coronavirus on the nation’s economy only reminds us of the need to diversify by encouraging people to move into other sectors to harness the potentials there.

Gombe state is already moving on high speed to diversify its economy and this is the reason Governor Inuwa Yahaya is passionate about the Gombe industrial park which has already started attracting investors even before it comes on stream.

With these and many more initiatives and measures, one must agree that Gombe state is already on a sound pedestal to absorb the consequential effects of the coronavirus pandemic as Governor Inuwa Yahaya continues to take far-reaching and multi pronged steps to address the challenges of the state and in particular the concerns of covid-19, which is threatening lives and means of livelihood of the citizenry.

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COVID- 19: Governor Inuwa Yahaya Taking Tough Decisions To Mitigage Economic Impact of Pandemic.

By Ismaila Uba Misilli

The ravaging coronavirus pandemic hit the world suddenly, thereby becoming one of the biggest threats to humanity, global economy and financial markets. The World Health Organization’s report revealed that the virus, first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, has infected over one million people in at least 120 countries with more than 60,000 deaths recorded globally so far.

The acclaimed World Powers such as United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain and others are becoming overwhelmed with increasing cases of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) daily.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 did not spare Nigeria as the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed over 200 cases with 5 deaths as at 5th of April, 2020. The escalation of COVID-19 forced many nations to shutdown their economy as well as lockdown the streets to curtail spread of the communicable disease.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari last week announced additional measures including lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory coupled with stay at home order to prevent the spread of the pandemic, while in Gombe state, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya had taken proactive steps, including constituting a Taskforce with adequate funding, closing of the state’s borders and engagement with traditional rulers, religious leaders and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that Gombe maintains clean record and prepare for any eventuality.

No doubt, Coronavirus pandemic is having negative effect on Nigeria’s economy, making Gombe and other states to feel the heat. For instance, the global crude oil price has dropped to less than $30 as against $57 projection in 2020 budget and millions of Nigeria’s oil barrels are on the high sea waiting for buyers. Also, revenues from non-oil sectors are affected, including Value Added Tax due to shutdown in some countries which is slowing down the economy.

Unsurprisingly, the recent FAAC meeting indicated about N50billion decrease in revenue available for sharing among the Federal, States and Local Governments. The ongoing Stay at home/lockdown would further deplete our revenue, thereby reducing allocation to each state. We are in this cloudy situation together, hence a good leader must restrategise and act fast!

Therefore, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya seems to be in agreement with United States Army General, General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) who said: ”A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others’. The Governor is already restrategising, rethinking and working out modalities to ensure the state stays strong and continues to meet its financial obligations amidst this crisis.

Gombe State Government is now putting in place measures aimed at mitigating the economic impact, including minimizing recurrent expenditures in order to save cost and make funds available for projects amidst Coronavirus crisis.

In a recent interview with journalists, the state Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development, Alhaji Muhammad Gambo Magaji said, “We begin to plan ahead for those months that will be extremely difficult.”

He hinted that the quick-fix measures being taken by the state government were to strengthen the Internally Generated Revenue base to ensure that it meets most of its needs in terms of the yearnings and aspirations of the people.
He said the state had commenced reviewing its 2020 budget to reflect the effect of the pandemic on the economy with a view to maintaining financial discipline as allocation from Federal Government dwindles.

“For us in Gombe, we have started to look at our budget for 2020 and already in the process of reviewing it to reflect the changes that have already been adopted by the Federal Government.
“Our budget should also reflect the reality, so that we capture correctly what we expect as revenue from federal allocation and that of course, translates to a reduction in the overall revenues accruable to the state.

He said that the suspension of the N30,000 minimum wage after due consultation and deliberation with labour leaders in the state and slashing the salaries of all political appointees are part of the measures to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19. The Commissioner said the worst days were yet to be seen but, “as a responsible government, we will try to ensure that we are able to meet our obligations within these periods”.

“The suspension of new minimum wage implementation was a painful decision for the governor but the current administration acted in good faith after due consultation with labour leaders”.

Interestingly, Governor Inuwa Yahaya since assumption of office has shown commitment to workers’ welfare as can be attested to in prompt payment of salaries, clearing of outstanding wages including those of staff of State Owned Higher Institutions, taking over full payment of higher institutions staff salaries and payment of backlog of gratuity to state retirees.

The process of reviewing the 2020 budget is ongoing but priority projects such as roads, education, health, rural development and others will continue to receive attention for common good. It is noteworthy that some of the projects initiated or inherited by this administration will be ready for commissioning soon. Also, prudence in governance and effective utilization of funds will remain the hallmark of Inuwa Yahaya’s administration, as such public funds would not be deployed for frivolous activities.

Having said this, the diversification of Gombe state economy through revamping of agricultural sector, industrialization drive by setting up of an industrial park and attracting investors, revitalizing government owned companies such as Gombeline and resuscitating others like Manto as well as boosting of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) are the routes towards building stronger economy for our dear state.

It may be recalled that Governor Inuwa Yahaya had recently effected change in the management and affairs of Gombe State Board of Internal Revenue and deployed technology for its operations with the view to strengthening it and blocking leakages as well as sharp practices in manual revenue collection. Just last week, the new management of the Board Internal Revenue uncovered a syndicate printing fake e-receipt to shortchange the state government and indeed the people of the state. Without mincing words, the strengthening of the revenue collection agency is already yielding good fruits with increment in State IGR and the revenue will be used to augment government purse.

The lesson from the impact of the coronavirus on the nation’s economy only reminds us of the need to diversify by encouraging people to move into other sectors to harness the potentials there.

Gombe state is already moving on high speed to diversify its economy and this is the reason Governor Inuwa Yahaya is passionate about the Gombe industrial park which has already started attracting investors even before it comes on stream.

With these and many more initiatives and measures, one must agree that Gombe state is already on a sound pedestal to absorb the consequential effects of the coronavirus pandemic as Governor Inuwa Yahaya continues to take far-reaching and multi pronged steps to address the challenges of the state and in particular the concerns of covid-19, which is threatening lives and means of livelihood of the citizenry.

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