Gombe Governor parleys NIGCOMSAT Management.

…as agency set to open north east regional office in Gombe

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has said that his administration will leverage on the high tech innovation and services offered by the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, NIGCOMSAT to advance its e-governance and other digital inclusion strategies.

Governor Yahaya stated this when he played host to the Management of NIGCOMMSAT, led by its Managing Director, Mrs Abimbola Alale who paid him a courtesy visit at the Governor’s lodge in Abuja.

Governor Yahaya who underscored the importance of Information communications technology in the sustainability of development, said his administration right from onset had developed an ICT blueprint and keyed into the federal government’s digitization agenda, adding that plans have already reached advanced stage for the establishment of Gombe State Information Technology Development Agency.

He said with NIGCOMMSAT’S setting up of its north east regional office in Gombe, the satellite operator will have in the state government a partner in its broadband and other broadcast services.

” For us, the order of the day is for everyone to go digital. That is why during the transition period prior to my inauguration as the state Governor, I set up a committee on Information Communications Technology under the chairmanship of Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, when he was then the DG of NITDA to help us fashion out a digital technology plan and strategy that will engender efficiency and effectiveness in our governance and support our teeming youth to take advantage of the ICT to advance their knowledge and socio-economic activities”.

“We appreciate the efforts of NIGCOMSAT in trying to change our fortunes for the better through your services. Let me assure you of our support to facilitate your setting up of the regional office in Gombe and patronage as you do your business here which I believe will come with a lot of opportunities for our people, especially with covid-19 and its consequential restrictions and protocols”.

Earlier, the Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT, Mrs Abimbola Alale, commended the efforts of Governor Inuwa Yahaya in bringing Innovation to the governance of Gombe state, saying their broadband and satellite services will further support the Governor’s digitization and e-governance drive.

She disclosed that NIGCOMSAT Limited, which owns and operates the Nigerian Communications Satellite systems is opening its North east regional office in Gombe.

She said the establishment of the office will create a lot of opportunities for the people of the state in terms of manpower development, business, e-learning, tele medicine services and e-governance among others.

The Managing Director said the company will partner with the state ministry of science and technology and other companies that may spring up on account of the presence of NIGCOMSAT in Gombe on all ICT related businesses and activities.

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Gombe SSG bags traditional title of Mukaddam Akko.

The Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has been confered with the traditional title of the Mukaddam Akko by the Akko Emirate Council.

The traditional title confered on the SSG is coming thirty years after it was last given to a recipient.

Presenting the letter of appointment to the Secretary to the Gombe State Government, the Wazirin Akko Alhaji Abdulkadir Mohammed said after due consultations Akko Emirate deemed it fit to bestow on Professor Njodi the title which is only given to individuals with proven records of intellectual capacity.

He said as a University Don, who had once managed the affairs of an institution, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi deserves the Mukaddam Akko and therefore congratulate him for the feat.

Responding to honour done to him the Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi thanked Akko Emirate for bestowing on him the traditional title of Mukaddam Akko.

He assured Akko Emirate that he will do everything necessary to justify the confidence repose on him by the Akko traditional Council.

While thanking the Emir of Akko for recognising his effort particularly in the educational sector, the Secretary to the Gombe State Government said he will soon be coming to the Emirate to pay homage.

Congratulating the Mukaddam Akko, the Principal Private secretary to the Gombe State Governor Alhaji Usman Kamara describe the honour as well deserved.

He said from the pedigree of Professor Njodi the responsibilities attached to the office of the Mukaddam Akko will be effectively and efficiently discharged.

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Gombe Governor mourns Babayo Gidado, former Chief of Staff to Ex- Governor Goje.

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has received with sadness, the news of the demise of Alhaji Babayo Gidado, a one time Chief of Staff, Government House during former Governor Danjuma Goje’s administration, describing his death as a huge loss.

Alhaji Gidado died yesterday in Gombe at the age of 79.

In a condolence message, on behalf of the Government and people of Gombe state, Governor Yahaya described the late Alhaji Babayo Gidado as a devout muslim, distinguished gentleman, dedicated public servant and seasoned administrator who served the state diligently and earned the respect and admiration of the people.

He said throughout his career in service as a teacher, administrator, clerk to the Gombe state House of Assembly and later Chief of Staff to former Governor Danjuma Goje, the late Alhaji Babayo Gidado distinguished himself and exhibited high sense of honesty, discipline and moral rectitude while carrying out his duties.

The Governor said the former COS’s death is a monumental loss not only to his immediate family, associates and community members, but to the entire people of the state.

Governor Yahaya extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved, praying Almighty Allah to reward the deceased’s good deeds with Aljannat Firdaus and grant those he left behind the fortitude to bear the great loss.

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Gombe Governor mourns ex- Higher Education Commissioner, Dr. Wade.

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has received with sadness the news of the death of immediate past Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Isa Mohammed Wade.

The Governor, in a condolence message, described the demise of the former Commissioner as deeply painful and a great loss, not only to his immediate family but to the entire people of the state.

He said Dr. Wade was a fine gentleman, reputable academic, seasoned public administrator and astute politician who gave his best and sacrificed a lot for the development of Gombe state, leaving behind track records of hard work and diligence.

Governor Yahaya extended on behalf of the government and people of Gombe state, his heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of the deceased, his academic and political associates as well the people of Yamaltu Deba Local Government area where he came from, praying Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and grant him Aljannat Firdaus.

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Traditional rulers Commend Governor Yahaya for timely provision of fertilizer.

The Mai Kaltungo Engineer Saleh Mohammed and the Emir of Akko, Alhaji Muhammad Umar Atiku have expressed appreciation to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for ensuring timely provision of fertilizer to farmers at their doorsteps.

The mornachs gave the commendation when they granted audience to separately to members of the committee on sales and distribution of fertilizer, led by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Hon. Mohammed Magaji at their respective palaces in Kaltungo and Kumo ahead of the commencement of distribution of the commodity in Kaltungo and Akko Local Government Areas respectively.

The royal fathers commended Governor Inuwa Yahaya for his untiring efforts towards ensuring that farmers in the State are supplied with high quality fertilizer at an affordable price.

Speaking at his palace, the Mai Kaltungo said Governor Yahaya’s disposition towards farmers is one that gladdens the heart, noting that Agriculture sector has never had it this good. He said the early provision of fertilizer will help boost food production and improve the social and economic activities of the people.

On his part, the Emir of Akko hailed the present administration’s
commitment towards revamping the agric sector, describing the timely distribution of farm inputs to farmers as the Governor’s goodwill towards boosting food production in the State.

Chairman of the fertilizer distribution in Akko Local Government Area, Alhaji Dalladi Adamu, who is also the state Commissioner of Lands and Survey said his committee will ensure that the product gets to the intended beneficiaries.

The committee also visited the farm houses in both Kaltungo and kumo to kick start the fertilizer distribution process where each polling unit will be allocated fifty bags of the commodity which is to be sold at subsidised price of 5000 per bag.

The State Committee on fertilizer distribution also visited Billiri and Shongom Local Government Areas where they performed same exercise.

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Gombe Governor extols Speaker Gbajabiamila at 58.

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has felicitated with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila on the occasion of his 58th birthday anniversary on Thursday, 25th June, 2020.

In a congratulatory message, Governor Yahaya extolled Gbajabiamila’s indefatigable disposition, legislative prowess and managerial skills in creating a harmonious atmosphere in the House of Representatives for effective legislative engagements as well as providing quality leadership in the lower house.

He described the Speaker as a true progressive and democrat who has brought to bear his academic, political and legal acumen in the discharge of his responsibility and in deepening democracy to the admiration of all well meaning Nigerians.

The Governor stated that, ” On behalf of the government and people of Gombe State, I wish to join the National Assembly, family, friends and associates of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as he turns 58 years today.

” We pray Almighty Allah to continue to guide, protect and bless the Hon. Speaker with more wisdom and good health as he continues to preside over the green chamber”.

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Governor Yahaya commiserates with Joshua Danmalam over mother’s death, as SSG leads delegation on condolence visit.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has sent a delegation led by the Secretary to the state Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi to condole with Mr. Joshua Danmalam, an Information officer in the Government House over the demise of his mother, Mama Milka Danmalam who died on Saturday.

Mama Milka died at the age of 80 years and was survived by seven children and many grand children.

Conveying the Governor’s condolence message at the deceased’s residence in Wili Village, Pokwangli community in Kaltungo Local Government area, the Secretary to the State Government described the death of Mama Milka as a great loss not only to her immediate family and community but to the state as a whole.

He noted that the pain of loosing a mother is enormous, consoling the family she left behind to take solace in the fact that Mama lived a worthy life and left behind an enduring legacy through her children, among whom is Joshua, whom the SSG described as hard working and dedicated staff that the government is proud of.

He prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed and God Almighty to grant her family the fortitude to bear the great loss.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Mr. Shehu Umar Wazirin Kalorgu thanked Governor Inuwa Yahaya in particular and the delegation for such a solidarity visit and show of love which he said will remain indelible in their hearts and that the people of the community will remain eternally grateful for the gesture. He however noted that such demonstration of concern is not surprising considering Governor Yahaya’s track record of care giving, love and support to the people.

On the SSG’s delegation were the Permanent Secretary (SS & POL), Senior Special Assistant and other Special Assistants on Media to the Governor, Directors and other staff of the Government House as well as colleagues in the pen profession.

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Governor Inuwa Yahaya commiserates with Mr. Joshua Danmalam over mother’s death.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has expressed grief over the death of Mrs. Milka Danmalam Kiduka mother of Joshua Danmalam the Information Officer to the Secretary to the Gombe State Government.

In a condolence message, through the State Commissioner of Higher Education Mr Meshack Lauco, Governor Yahaya described the late Mrs Milka Kiduka as a great mother, whose death has left a huge vacuum.

The Governor noted that the late Mrs Kidukas was a family pillar who lived an exemplary life and impacted positively on the lives of many both in her community and the state in general.

He consoled the grieving family to take solace in the fact that mama left behind lasting legacies of service and good character through her children which will continue to be cherished.

Governor Yahaya extended the condolences of the government and people of Gombe State to the entire members of the Kiduka family, praying Almighty God to grant the deceased eternal rest and comfort to those she left behind.

Born some 81 years ago the late Mrs. Milka Danmalam Kidukas is survived by seven children and many grandchildren. Among her children is Mr Joshua Danmalam Kiduka the image maker of the Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi.

She has since been buried according to Christian injunction in Willi, Pokwangli district of Kaltungo Local Government Area of Gombe State.

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Gombe Governor Inaugurates Community Policing Advisory Committee.

…pledges synergy with security agencies for peace, safety in Gombe communities

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has said that his administration will continue to ensure synergy with security agencies in the state to achieve the desired peace among the populace.

The Governor made the assertion at the inauguration of the state’s community policing advisory committee held at the banquet hall of the Government House, Gombe.

He noted that the cardinal objective of any committed government is to secure the lives and property of its citizenry, hence his government’s decision to establish a ministry for internal security and ethical orientation to check the excesses of all elements associated to security challenges among youths for a safer state.

He noted that Gombe State had remained relatively peaceful despite being surrounded by states ravaged by insurgency in the North-East geopolitical zone but stressed that more needs to be done to prevent what is happening within the region and even the banditry in the North-West.

The Governor also said that community policing needs to be strengthened and made more effective, as such, all stakeholders including security agents, traditional rulers, religious and community leaders as well as other segments of the society must all come together to work out the best way to secure the people.

Governor Yahaya charged residents in the state to cooperate with the committee, which he said is established as a a body that will jointly work with all security outfits in the state to address all forms of insecurity.

Community policing has worked in many parts of the world, the Governor noted, adding that a rapidly grown state like Gombe with nearly 4 million populace will not be an exception.

The community policing advisory committee chaired by the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III will be co- chaired by the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Maikudi Shehu for co-ordination and in turn will be reporting periodically to the governor as the chief security officer.

Earlier in his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, represented by the Assistant Inspector General of police in charge of zone 3, AIG Halliru Abubakar Gwandu said ever since the formal introduction of community policing approach in 2004, the Nigeria Police has made community policing strategy its cardinal focus for effective service delivery.

He noted that safety and security will be better guaranteed when and where members of communities are actively involved in crime prevention and community safety.

AIG Gwandu added that in line with the strategic vision of the Inspector General of Police in modern policing methods, the force intends to develop and implement the Gombe state crime prevention and community strategy to mitigate youth violence and restlessness.

Delivering his welcome address, the Commissioner of police, Gombe state, CP Ahmed Maikudi Shehu said the command has overtime enjoyed an unprecedented co-operation, support and assistance from the state as such his office will not leave any stone unturned in supporting the government in taming the tide of security challenges in the state.

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ISMAILA UBA MISILLI: RAISING THE BAR OF MEDIA PROFESSIONALISM TO EXEMPLARY HEIGHTS. By Julius Odinaka.

In solidarity with my friend as he recovers and resumes work

When the doleful news of Ismaila Uba Misilli’s involvement in a domestic accident filtered in from the social media and through some of our friends in the pen profession, the immediate reactions were ones of shock and consternation, amongst us, his admirers, colleagues, subordinates and superiors in the media and political arena whom nonetheless heaved sighs of deep relief and gratitude to the Almighty God for sparing his life as Misilli sustained injuries that thankfully were not grievous or life threatening.

This does not detract from the serious nature of the mishap as Ismaila, who is the Special Assistant to the Gombe State Governor on Media and Publicity spent three days in hospital before being discharged with a bandaged arm and is presently recuperating at his residence in Gombe City while receiving constant medical attention to see him through physically and physiologically.

Indeed the fervent relief and unalloyed gratitude felt by all and Sundry at Misilli steady convalescence can be traced to his well worn reputation as an epitome of rectitude, integrity and standard bearer of truth, respect, honour, generosity, tolerance and compassion who is open, approachable and accommodating to all manner of persons, opinions and viewpoints geared towards transforming the society for the better irrespective of ethnic, religious , sectional or linguistic appellations or affiliations. Uba Misilli’s straight forward disposition is such that can be taken literally for his words. His words as the proverbial saying goes can be taken to the bank, his affirmation remains his affirmation while his reprobation remains firmly his reprobation; for the thoroughly principled Misilli, there is no cutting corners, he is as straight as an arrow, no more, no less.
His confident, cheery and convivial disposition, can do spirit and sense of co-operation, tolerance and camaraderie among his colleagues and associates have earned him deserved respect, recommendation and deep seated admiration across the board even among those that may view themselves as his putative rivals or adversaries.
Many have compared his renowned character traits and personality ethics with those of his legendary political superiors including His Excellency, Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya and former House of Representatives Speakers, Rt. Honourables Aminu Bello Masari, Dimeji Bankole, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Yakubu Dogara whom he has had cause to be part of their media teams in the past or present time. Misilli’s famed principals, especially Governor Inuwa Yahaya have been exemplified by their unswerving dedication to the tenets of truth, humility, perseverance, competence, public service and professional excellence in all positive ramifications. Indeed serving in the purposeful and result-oriented administration of Governor Inuwa Yahaya makes the work of Ismaila Uba Misilli so much easier as his sensitization and enlightenment of the people on governmental programmes dovetail with their physical appreciation of the infrastructural, developmental and socio-economic exploits of the Gombe State government; a classic example of the more you look, the more you see.
Ismaila has dutifully chronicled the grand strides undertaken by Governor Inuwa Yahaya in the crucial arenas of health, education, roads, rural and urban infrastructure, water supply, agriculture, manpower development and women and youth empowerment, positively disseminating those gems of democratic dividends delivery to an appreciative Gombe populace who are increasingly locked in step with the transformative next level agenda of the Gombe state government. The SSA Media’s task though made less herculean by the remarkable strides of his principal, is nonetheless painstaking as explaining the policies and programmes of a government no matter how beneficial or benevolent is still an uphill task given the level of skepticism, apathy and mistrust that have been built up in the minds of the people as a result of decades of maladministration, mismanagement, especially by the immediate past administration. However a consistent and coherent Ismaila Uba Misilli has managed to turn the tide in favour of a more appreciative and positively comprehending Gombe populace who have seen, heard and now believed that this administration is indeed working for their common good despite the paucity of financial resources at its disposal given the brazen embezzlement of funds and gargantuan mountain of internal & external loans left by the immediate past administration. However rather than dwelling continually on the past, the SSA Media has continued to harp on a more positive and forward looking notes, enlightening the people on what Governor Iwuwa Yahaya is doing for them and his plans for the future rather than endlessly traducing the errant foibles of the past. This media slant is not surprising as it is keeping with the cheerful, can do, Obama -like narrative of the congenial SSA Media who believes in traversing and surpassing new frontiers of human endeavor and enterprise. Undoubtedly, Ismaila Uba Misilli has elevated the lucidity and erudity of debate and discourse on key governmental policies, programmes and initiatives in Gombe State to a perspicacious and informed paradigm in which issues, perspectives & opinions are thrashed out with intellectual viguor and patriotic riguor without resort to parochial, primordial or defamatory posturings.
Indeed Misilli’s fortitious recuperation is a safe assurance that the resilient public affairs avatar has many more fruitful years to render to the Almighty God, his principal, Governor Inuwa Yahaya, the Gombe people and the nation at large.

JULIUS ODINAKA, A PUBLIC AFFAIRS ANALYLST WROTE IN FROM GARKI ABUJA

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