Gombe Governor greets Oshiomole at 68.

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has felicitated with the National Chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomole as he turns 68 years today.

In a congratulatory message, Governor Yahaya said Oshiomole’s personal attributes of courage, discipline and forthrightness have helped greatly in strengthening the APC and stabilizing the polity.

He commended Comrade Oshiomole’s political sagacity and maturity in handling party affairs and his unwavering commitment to party supremacy, democratic tenets and nation building as well as his avowed support and commitment to the success of the next level agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“As a comrade and former labour leader, public servant and accomplished politician, Oshiomole has always stood firm on his conviction and demonstrated remarkable courage and exemplary leadership”, Governor Yahaya noted.

He added, “We in Gombe state are happy to identify with the indefatigable National Chairman of our great party on this auspicious occasion of his 68th Birthday anniversary. This is indeed a great milestone that calls for celebration, especially given the fact that his life is one full of patriotic service, commitment and struggles in the interests of the common man and the nation”.

The Gombe Governor prayed Almighty God to bless the APC National Chairman with many more years of good health to continue to serve the nation and humanity.

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COVID-19: Take precousionary measures: Professor Njodi tells Gombe citizens.

The Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has visited Kaltungo in order to monitor the level of people’s compliance on the preventive measures of the coronavirus pandamic.

Professor Njodi admonished the people of Kaltungo as well as the entire citizen’s of Gombe State to key into the preventive measures such as social distancing, regular hand washing, use of hand sanitizer and to avoid a gathering of more than 50 People.

He said, even though there is no record of Covid-19 case in Gombe State the State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, the SSG explains has taken drastic measures by inaugurating a 21 member Commitee of experts which is currently working tirelessly to ensure that the virus does get into the State.

While calling for prayers from all and sundary at this moment of global anxiety, the SSG appealed to the citizens of the State to cooporate with government effort to prevent the State from joining the league of States coronavirus Pandamic.

Professor Njodi who describe the virus real express worry over the alarming increase in the number of new case of the disease across the world saying it is big challenge not only to Nigeria but the entire globe.

While in Kaltungo, the SSG had an interactive session with stakeholders where he was briefed by the Secretary of the Local government, Mohammed Dantata Ndus on the modalities put in place by the council which includes the setting up of a 17 member Commitee to enlighten the people of Kaltungo local government council on the Coronavirus among others.

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Covid-19: Gombe set to establish testing centre.

…places order for PCR machines

…Tasforce receives cash donations, sanitization items

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has approved the establishment of covid-19 testing centre in Gombe.

The Chairman of the Taskforce on Covid-19, Professor Idris Mohammed who disclosed this at a press briefing on the activities of his committee, said already the state has placed order for Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines.

“We have ordered for the supply of PCR machines for testing the suspected case for the state own centre and it will be available in the next two weeks”.

” Although we have 3-5 functioning PCR machines in Gombe state, but there are no primas for covid-19 because every micro organism has to have it’s own specific prima for molecular biology testing and unless you have a specific prima for a disease, you cannot diagnose it “.

The Chairman who lamented that there is no single covid-19 testing machine in the north east region, noted that for any suspected case; sample has to be referred to Abuja, Enugu, Edo or Lagos for laboratory analysis.

He said the committee had produced a blue print which received the approval of Governor Inuwa Yahaya for providing testing, isolation and treatment facilities.

” We have made tremendous progress since our coming on board. I am pleased to inform you that there are 3 possible centres for testing which should come on stream in the next couple of weeks or so “.

He said there is now an isolation centre in Kwadon that can accommodate 150 people, adding that for patients with moderate or severe cases, the committee is ready to admit them.

“Today, if we have patients with severe coronavirus infection, we have places that are fully equipped with ventilators, oxygen concentrators, cardiac respiratory monitors and all other things required to manage a severe patient and we intend to expand it in the next two weeks”.

The Chairman disclosed that his committee has received cash donations and other essential materials to boost the state’s campaign against coronavirus pandemic.

He said the taskforce has so far received 28.5 Million naira from United Bank for Africa, UBA and 2 Million naira from former chief medical director of Federal medical centre Gombe, Dr Abubakar Ali Gombe.

According to the Chairman, 200 pieces of water buckets and 50 cartons of soap for hand sanitization were also received from the management of a Gombe based private school, PEN Resource Academy.

While appreciating the gesture, the taskforce head said that though the Committee was not primarily set up for fund raising, but still they are ready to receive any donation from any organization or individual willing to contribute towards curbing the spread of the covid-19 in the state.

He added that, his Committee has intensified advocacy and sensitization across the eleven LGAs in the state on the precautionary measures against the dreaded pandemic.

He said leaders of the two major religions, traditional rulers, health workers and other relevant professionals form part of the Committee and are committed to ensuring smooth implementation of the taskforce’s terms of reference.

Professor Mohammed noted with satisfaction the compliance level of Gombe residents so far, urging the citizenry to continue to heed to advice on protective and preventive measures against the global pandemic.

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Gombe Governor salutes Tinubu at 68.

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has felicitated with the national leader of All Progressives Congress, APC and former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as he turns 68 years today.

In a goodwill message, Governor Yahaya described Tinubu as a true democrat, a rare breed and large hearted individual who sacrificed a lot for Nigeria, describing as legendary and inspiring, his relentless commitment and love for the nation and democracy.

He said with his pedigree and track records of mentoring, guidance and support for upcoming leaders to accomplish their dreams, Tinubu has written his name in gold in the annals of history and earned for himself, national and global accolades and respect.

Governor Yahaya who said the APC leader personifies courage in leadership and patriotism, saluted his abiding faith in ideals of democracy and the Nigerian project.

He also showered encomiums on the chieftain for his bridge-building and humanitarian disposition, his dogged commitment to the success of APC and president Buhari’s administration as well as the unity and invisibility of the country.

Governor Yahaya prayed God Almighty to continue to bless Asiwaju Tinubu with good health and long life to continually serve the nation and humanity.

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Gombe suspends public gatherings, interstates travellings.

Gombe suspends public gatherings, interstates travellings

…orders civil servants on grade levels 1‐12 to work from home

…As Gombe Governor commits over 500 million to fight Coronavirus

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has suspended all public gatherings in the State just as he ordered civil servants on grade levels 1‐12 to work from home.

The Governor equally directed the suspension of interstate travels and commuting from, through or to Gombe state with effect from Sunday, 29th of this month.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya who gave the directives while addressing a press conference at the new banquet hall of the Government House, said the order instructing civil servants on grade levels 1‐12 will come into effect from Monday next week.

The Governor however said the work at home order excludes civil servants on essential duties such as those working in hospitals, fire service department, water board and electricity workers.

In his words ” Government has also resolved to implement some measures to curb the spread of the deadly disease as follows:
i) All public gatherings are hereby suspended in the state until further notice;
ii) Interstate travels/ commuting by public/private mass transport agencies and operators will be suspended from Sunday 29th March, 2020;
iii) Civil servants from grade levels 1-12 should work from their homes for 2 weeks from Monday, 30th March, 2020. However, this order does not affect officers on essential services, e.g. health workers, fire service, water and power supply etc; and
iv) All social life outfits like clubs, bear parlours, etc have been suspended with immediate effect.

The Governor said such precautionary measures become necessary in order to halt the possible spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state and to guarantee the general well being of the people.

He called on members of the public to continue to observe protective measures such as maintaining social distance and personal hygiene which have been proven to be effective in the control of the dreaded virus.

While reiterating his administration’s commitment towards the prevention and control of the Coronavirus pandemic, Governor Inuwa Yahaya said though there is no confirmed case in Gombe state, Government has so far identified 4 isolation centres at the state specialist hospital and Kwadon cottage hospital while Kaltungo and Bajoga General hospitals are on standby in case the two centres are overwhelmed.

He appealed to traditional rulers and religious leaders, youth groups, civil society and non-governmental organisations in state to join Government in the sensitization campaign on the dangers of the pandemic and the need to adhere to professional advice on ways to prevent or control it.

Answering questions from journalists, Governor Yahaya disclosed that his administration has committed over five hundred million Naira to the fight against coronavirus. He said, ” I have already approved two hundred and ninety six million Naira to the state Taskforce on covid-19 for the purchase of hospital equipment to be used for setting up of the isolation centres and purchase of essential facilities and equipment”.

“Another two hundred million naira has also been approved for local Government councils of the State to ensure that the Coronavirus is contained at the local Government level through advocacy and enlightenment campaigns.

” Prior to the setting up of the Taskforce committee on the covid-19, the state Government had released the sum of twenty eight million naira to the ministry of health for purchase of hospital consumables and relevant items”, the Governor revealed.

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Covid-19: Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s multi-pronged measures and battle against coronavirus pandemic in Gombe.

By Ismaila Uba Misilli

True to type, the Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya did not waste time in swinging into action immediately the news of the Covid-19 outbreak started to filter into the country as he has vowed to do all humanly possible to ensure the welfare and wellbeing of the residents of Gombe State notwithstanding the magnitude of the challenge or obstacle at hand.

Indeed ever since the inception of his administration, Governor Inuwa Yahaya has led the way in positively transforming the lives of the people in the social, economic and infrastructural sectors, turning the tide against years of monumental graft, infrastructural decay, stagnation in the civil service, dilapidated health and educational facilities and rising levels of poverty and socio-economic malaise perpetrated by the past administration.

Thus, it was with archetypal alacrity that Governor Inuwa Yahaya convened a series of top level meetings involving key health personnel and experts, government functionaries in which crucial decisions and policies were formulated with directives issued to health care providers, the civil service establishment and the general populace in order to nip in the bud any imminent threat to public health and the physical wellbeing of the citizenry at large.

The Governor had earlier directed the state Ministry of Health to mobilize its Rapid Response Team and place the emergency operations centre on high alert. The government has since commenced intensive community enlightenment, sensitisation and mobilisation towards prevention in the state and massive IEC materials were distributed statewide. The government had also procured PPEs and required consumables for management of cases and health workers are being trained

To underscore the seriousness with which the Governor takes the covid-19 issue, Governor Yahaya delivered a statewide address and thereafter inaugurated a 21-member committee under the chairmanship of a renowned immunologist and professor of infectious diseases, Prof. Idris Mohammed with the following terms of reference:

  1. Assess the situation in the state in terms of the risk of the outbreak occurrence and design a response plan to prevent, contain and mitigate the consequences of such outbreak
  2. Identify a suitable isolation center (s) for the management of moderate to severe form of Covid 19 and equip such center (s) with required equipment including ventilators
  3. Ensure the availability of necessary consumables and other medical supplies critical for the management of Covid 19 outbreak in the state
  4. Identify and recommend to the Government a Laboratory facility in the state for upgrading to a Covid 19 compatible Public health Laboratory for testing of suspected cases
  5. Coordinate a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder response to the containment of the Pandemic
  6. Mobilize resources required for the Covid 19 response in the state
  7. Facilitate the training of relevant health care workers in the State on the management and containment of Covid 19
  8. Design and Implement risk Communication strategies including robust community engagement, sensitization and mobilization of the general public and community leaders to minimize the impact of the outbreak
  9. Recommend to the Government other measures needed to strengthen the state’s health system capacity to respond effectively and adequately to emergency situations in the future
  10. Provide weekly update and report to the Executive Governor and the Executive Council on the situation (Covid 19 response)

Having solidified the medical front against any untoward health infractions, Governor Inuwa Yahaya met separately with religious leaders, traditional rulers and local Government Secretaries in an apparent move to carry along leaders across various sectors of the society to ensure that the proactive effort of his administration against the dreaded coronavirus is inclusive and enjoys the support of all and sundry.

The meetings held in strict compliance with protective measures, including observing hand sanitizing and social distancing.

Governor Yahaya, during the meeting informed the leaders on measures taken by his administration to guard against the spread of the virus in the state, including directing the immediate closure of schools, restricting gatherings that involve large number of people. The general public were urged to embrace social distancing, shun physical contact, engage in constant washing of hands and avoid persons prone to coughing or high temperature levels.

Also the Governor used the occasions to encourage the citizenry to report any suspected case(s) of COVID-19 to the nearest health facility or by utilising the emergency hotlines provided by the Taskforce while any violations of the directives against mass gatherings should be channeled to the appropriate authorities.

The Gombe State owned media organs, the Gombe State Radio and GMTV went into high gear with constant
hourly jingles spreading the COVID-19 prevention messages across the length and breadth of the state in both Hausa and English.

Indeed civic awareness is just as important as the medical emergency measures adopted because ignorance, fear, superstition and misinformation are as dangerous in spreading contagion and confusion as the virus itself.

Meanwhile, the Taskforce set up by the Governor has already swung into action in line with His Excellency’s directives. At a press briefing, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Gana disclosed that the committee is considering shutting down any section of or the whole state once a case is confirmed. “We would rather shut down and suffer than to have the virus spread and kill us all”.

He assured that the state is on red alert with the activation of a response team in the 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, “with the state-level response team to coordinate activities of responding to emergencies and suspected cases.
“We are in the process of equipping our isolation centre in the state specialist hospital. We have also converted a hospital built by Yamaltu-Deba LGA in Kwadon community, which was handed over to the state government for upgrading to a cottage hospital, to an isolation centre for management of mild and moderate cases of COVID-19,” Dr Gana said, adding that more hospitals are being identified and converted to isolation centres, while the task force is working on building the capacity of the state to be able to detect and test suspected cases without travelling out to Abuja.

He urged residents to “stay safe and observe all precautionary measures outlined, while also avoiding rumour-mongering. These rumors are capable of killing people, let’s face the reality of COVID-19 as it is not a joking matter,” the health commissioner added.

Undoubtedly with the preventive and proactive measures adopted so far by the Government, it can be safety said that Gombe State is well prepared to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic as the government and the people are virtually on the same page as far as testing, treatment, prevention and safety measures are concerned. Much of this healthy scenario can be traced to the humanitarian and benevolent posture of Governor Inuwa yahaya who from day one has never hidden his unvarnished love and affection for the people of the state particularly the down trodden segments of the society.

The Governor’s timely, decisive, and multi-pronged proactive approach towards the COVID-19 pandemic is an adjunct of his political ideology and leadership desiderata; to transform the welfare and wellbeing of the people for the better as vividly encapsulated in his manifestos.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Senior Special Assistant
( Media and Publicity)

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Gombe SUBEB monitors compliance of School closure vows tougher actions on erring ones.

The State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB Gombe has embarked on monitoring to ensure that schools in the State complied with the State Government directives on all institutions of learning in the State to shut down as means of containing the Coronavirus.

The chairman of the Board Hon. Babaji Babadidi who led the monitoring visit within the State capital and environs said the move becomes necessary to enforce the State Government directives while taking appropriate measures on any School that failed to comply.

Hon. Babaji Babadidi however praised the level of compliance by Schools in the State but was quick to advise institutions of learning to always improve on their sanitary conditions even beyond the Coronavirus.

The monitoring visit took the SUBEB chairman and members of the Board to both public and private schools.

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Pray for the nation peaceful coexistence, Coronavirus Gombe SSG tells Christian Leaders.

The Secretary to the Gombe State Government Prof Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has challenged religious leaders in the State to continue praying for the nation’s stability and the dreaded Coronavirus.

Professor Njodi who stated this when he granted audience to the Executive members of the Kaltungo District Church Council of the Evangelical Church Winning All ECWA said as the mouthpiece of the living God, the clergy should always intercede for the overall wellbeing of the Country.

The Secretary to the Gombe State Government appeal to religious leaders to always focus on issues that unite the nation rather the once that divide the country saying religious bickering is in no one interest.

He thanked the Kaltungo DCC Executives for coming to felicitate with him on his appointment as the SSG but was quick to note that his elevation was nothing short of a favour from God and Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya.

Earlier the Chairman of Kaltungo District Church Council of ECWA Revered Gerson Laushigi said they were in the SSG’s office to felicitate with him on his appointment as the Chief scribe of Gombe state and to thank Governor Inuwa Yahaya for the honour done to the people of Kaltungo.

High point of the visit was the offering of special prayers for the Governor, the SSG and the dreaded Coronavirus.

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Covid-19: Gombe Governor Inaugurates Taskforce to review, monitor Coronavirus Pandemic.

…Shuts down schools, advises on distancing, limit on congregations, social gatherings

…as state Executive Council holds emergency session over convid-19

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has inaugurated a 21-member state Taskforce to review and monitor Coronavirus pandemic in the state.

The Taskforce is to be headed by a renowned professor of immunology and infectious diseases, Professor Idris Mohammed.

Inaugurating the committee at council chamber of the Government House, Governor Yahaya said the constitution of the Taskforce became necessary as part of preventive measures to contain the dreaded global pandemic.

The Governor gave the committee the following 10 points terms of reference:

  1. Assess the situation in the state in terms of the risk of the outbreak occurrence and design a response plan to prevent, contain and mitigate the consequences of such outbreak
  2. Identify a suitable isolation center (s) for the management of moderate to severe form of Covid 19 and equip such center (s) with required equipment including ventilators
  3. Ensure the availability of necessary consumables and other medical supplies critical for the management of Covid 19 outbreak in the state
  4. Identify and recommend to the Government a Laboratory facility in the state for upgrading to a Covid 19 compatible Public health Laboratory for testing of suspected cases
  5. Coordinate a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder response to the containment of the Pandemic
  6. Mobilize resources required for the Covid 19 response in the state
  7. Facilitate the training of relevant health care workers in the State on the management and containment of Covid 19
  8. Design and Implement risk Communication strategies including robust community engagement, sensitization and mobilization of the general public and community leaders to minimize the impact of the outbreak
  9. Recommend to the Government other measures needed to strengthen the state’s health system capacity to respond effectively and adequately to emergency situations in the future
  10. Provide weekly update and report to the Executive Governor and the Executive Council on the situation (Covid 19 response). Governor Inuwa Yahaya charged the committee not to spare any effort towards combating the Pandemic should the virus is reported in the State.

The Tasforce chairman, Prof. Idris Mohammed thanked the Governor for exhibiting courage in setting up the the committee despite the fact that there is no reported case of the virus in the State.

Professor Mohammed said the World is facing a global health emergency of unprecedented proportion which demands the buy in of all and sundry to mitigate its spread.

He said there is no place or time to play politics with convid-19, assuring the Governor that the committee will deliver on its mandate.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya had earlier in a statewide live broadcast, urged the people of the state not despair or get discouraged, assuring that with continuous effort and perseverance, the challenges will be overcome.

The Governor announced that” in accordance with the directives by the Presidential Task force on COVID 19, all schools in the state are hereby directed to close effective from tomorrow Tuesday 24th March, 2020 until further notice”.

” Furthermore, congregations for ceremonies, religious and other social activities are advised to limit numbers so as to not exceed the 50-person maximum as advised by the committee”.

He assured of his administration’s effort and commitment to fight the coronavirus disease, while appealling to the citizenry to complement government’s effort in the fight against the dreaded disease irrespective of different shades of opinion or position.

He said people must come to terms with the fact that the human race is facing one of its greatest challenges in history, urging traditional rulers, community and religious leaders to join in the enlightenment and sensitization on the dangers of the disease and the need to adhere strictly to medical advice.

“Our Government has always taken the health of its people as a serious business. It is against this background that we released funds to the Ministry of health in order to facilitate public sensitization on preventive measures against the disease, enhance surveillance activities for early detection of potential cases and ensure that medical supplies and equipment’s are stockpiled in the event of occurrence of the disease in our state”.

“I will like to assure you that we have been monitoring the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic with keen interest, and all the proactive measures we took were guided by advice from technical experts. The reality is that COVID-19 is already at our door-steps, we must therefore brace-up to face this challenge. Over the next few weeks, we shall continue to review the situation and might have to make tough decisions where and when necessary. There is no easy way out of this very difficult situation”.

The state Governor also convened an emergency executive council meeting, where he charged cabinet members to brace up and take all necessary measures to combat the dreaded disease.

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Gombe gets SEOF’s donation of educational materials, healthcare facilities.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has secured for Gombe state, a donation of educational materials and healthcare facilities worth millions of Naira through the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, SEOF.

The Governor, who was special guest of honour at the flag-off of SEOF 2020 National Books/ Educational Materials and Medical Equipment Distribution Programme held in Oraifite, Anambra state, said Gombe state will continue to partner with well meaning individuals and organisations within and outside the country towards improving the educational infrastructure of the state for effective teaching and learning.

He said he had to personally attend the event to encourage and appreciate the founder of SEOF, Chief Emeka Offor for his humanitarian service and to further strengthen relationship with the foundation in his quest to revamp education and other critical sectors of the state.

He lauded Chief Offor’s style of philanthropy which targets at helping the humanity by touching the lives of the less privileged members of the society in many areas of human endeavours, urging other well to do individuals to emulate his humanitarian intervention by investing in the people and giving back to the society.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya was earlier conducted round the warehouses storing the materials by the Coordinator of SEOF Hon. Tony Obi in company of other dignitaries.

Gombe state University, Federal University of Kashere as well as public primary and secondary schools in Gombe state are among the beneficiaries.

In addition, four other tertiary institutions and some selected public schools in Gombe state will also receive books and other educational materials as a special gesture by the foundation.

The Chairman of SEOF and founder of Chrome group of companies, Sir Emeka Offor said over one million, four hundred and sixty thousand volumes of books are to be distributed to universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, public libraries as well as primary schools across the country as part of his support to education.

He said, added to the educational materials, his foundation has procured medical equipment and supplies for distribution to some designated hospitals with Gombe state as one of the beneficiaries.

SOEF Chairman commended Governor Inuwa Yahaya for prioritising education and and focusing attention to human capital development, assuring of his foundation’s resolve to collaborate with the Governor and support his efforts in achieving his targets.

Minister of state for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, former President of Senate, Sen. Ken Nnamani, and other speakers at the event, commented Chief Emeka Offor for his generosity and benevolence as well as his support to Government in eradicating illiteracy and improving education.

Governor Yahaya was accompanied to Anambra state by the Commissioner of Special Duties, Barr. Mela Nunghe, his associate, Alhaji Mala Sheriff and other aides.

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