GOMBE SSG ELEVATED TO “MADAKIN KALTUNGO”

The Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has been elevated with the traditional title of the Madakin Kaltungo by the Mai Kaltungo Engr Sale Mohammed.

The elevation followed consultations within the Kaltungo traditional ruling council prompted by the sterling leaders qualities and sacrifice of Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi to the growth and development of Kaltungo Chiefdom.

Presenting the appointment letter to the Secretary to the Gombe State Government, on behalf of the Mai Kaltungo, the Alkeban Kaltungo Sa’adatu Sa’ad Mustapha said the elevation was in recognition of SSG’s qualities of leadership and his keen interest to the socio-economic development and progress of Kaltungo Chiefdom.

The Alkeban Kaltungo Congratulated the Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi on his elevation and wish him well in his new role of the Madakin Kaltungo.

Also felicitating with the Madakin Kaltungo, the Permanent Secretary Special Services and Political Mohammed Umar and his counterpart at the Government House Yakubu Bajoga both commended Kaltungo Chiefdom for elevating a man they as a enigma hardworking, dedication and commitment to the overall good of the society.

Responding, the Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi said he was overwhelmed by the honour done to by the Kaltungo traditional ruling council.

He said as the new Madakin Kaltungo he will discharge his duties according to the dictates of Kaltungo Chiefdom bearing in mind that the Mai Kaltungo remains a father figure him and his family.

By this appointment as the Madakin Kaltungo, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi is now one of the highest traditional titles holder in Kaltungo Chiefdom

Until his elevation as the Madakin Kaltungo, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi was the Dan Rimin Kaltungo.

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One year Anniversary: As Governor Inuwa Yahaya walks the talk. By Ismaila Uba Misilli.

“We are not unmindful of our promises to the good people of Gombe State. This administration is determined to confront head-on all the issues bedevilling our state. We shall take advantage of all available opportunities in order to achieve the goals as outlined in our manifesto.”

These were the candid words of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State at inauguration, with avowed commitment to renewal and hope for a new era of possibilities. Thus as he marks his first year in office, it is fit and proper to take a stock of some of the giant strides of the administration. Without question, it is gratifying that Governor Inuwa Yahaya has walked his talk as evident in his record of achievements. To discerning observers, his leadership is looking consequential because government is truly addressing key issues of development in all sectors and the people are better for it.

Leading the pack of achievements is education. It is recognized that for any society to be developed, it must accord education a priority, moreso, considering the parlous state of the critical sector inherited by the administration. This is why Governor Yahaya upon assuming office immediately declared a state of emergency in the sector and the outcome has been revealing.
Key achievements so far include the construction of 234 new classrooms across 80 schools in the state to enhance enrolment, renovated 190 classrooms across 47 schools to have good learning environment, complete renovation of various infrastructure across 15 schools – hostels, dining halls, staff quarters, laboratories, examination halls and provided classroom furniture to over 120 schools across the state. Others are the establishment of a Teacher Resource Centre in Kwami for continuous capacity of teachers, mopping up of about 350,000 out-of-school children and enrolling them into various learning centres established by the highly successful BESDA programme, procured and distributed various instructional materials to about 119 schools across the state and attracted the donation of N150m worth of books and a Science Laboratory complex for GSSS Kaltungo.

Infrastructure, with an impressive focus on road construction, has helped to open up the state, thereby adding value to economic development. The starting point was the launch of the Network 11-100 project, which targets construction of 100 kilomtres of roads in each of the 11 LGAs of the state. And then followed the widespread construction, signifying that Governor Inuwa Yahaya is in a hurry to develop the state.
Road projects executed/ being executed by the administration include the construction of 16km Malala – Zaune – Dukkuyel road in Dukku LGA, 15km Mararraba – Jabba – Sambo Daji – Pandi Kola – Gwarar – Garin Wada road in Akko LGA, 21km Degri – Bembelem – Reme – Dong – Talasse road in Balanga LGA, upgrading of 19km Gona – Garko – Gujuba – Kalshingi road with spur to Maidugu in Akko LGA and upgrading of 26km Billiri – Gujuba – Kamu – Awak road in Billiri LGA,
It is indeed forward looking that road projects inherited from the immediate past administration have also been continued and financed. Such road projects are those of the 11.25KM network in Jekadafari North in Gombe LGA, construction of 11.50km Malam Inna – Kurba – Titi road with spur to Kundulum in Gombe, Y/Deba, Akko and Kwami LGA, 23.53km Gombe Township roads phase VI in Gombe LGA including Dawaki, Madaki, Bolari-East etc,30km Ladongor – Kwiba – Amtawalam – Pobawure – Sabon Layi – Ayaba road in Billiri LGA,15km Bambam – Tula – Yiri in Kaltungo LGA and the 9.50km Boltongo – Nono road with spur to Garin Malami in Y/Deba.
Others are 11.50km road taking off from Gombe/Potiskum Federal Highway – Gerkwami – Daniya road in Kwami LGA, 27km Dukku – Kalam – Dokoro – road in Dukku LGA, 36km Dukku – Dokoro – Jamari road in Dukku, 9km Bajoga Township road in Funakaye LGA, 9.10km Bambam – Nwona – Kutare – Yola road in Balanga LGA, 1.59km road network in Rice/Vegetable oil Industrial Cluster at Nasarawo in Gombe LGA, 13km Kumo – Kalshingi road in Akko LGA, rehabilitation of 42km Ngaji Buahci – Baure – Zambuk – Lubo – Daban Fulnai road in Kwami and Y/Deba, 9.9km dualization of the section of Bauchi Gombe Federal Highway Phase II (Tumfure International Conference Centre – New City Gate in Gombe and Akko to ease means of transportation and economic activities. To complement the essence of the huge investment on roads, the government also procured 50 brand new 18-seater buses for the Gombe State Transport Service ( Gombe Line).

Yet, a major development issue which had subsisted till Governor Inuwa Yahaya came on board is water scarcity. Water was hardly available but which the governor promised the people during his campaign and has now delivered. I think we need to qualify this achievement because water is critical for socioeconomic development, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. Indeed, “water sustains life”. Governor Inuwa Yahaya was pragmatic upon assuming office by setting up a Task Force to immediately restore regular and constant water supply from the Dadin Kowa water treatment plant to the metropolis and the communities.

Notable achievements in the provision of water are the extension of water reticulation to Wuro Juli, Tabra, Nayinawa, GGS Doma, Bogo, Kanoyel, bye-pass and some parts of Federal Low Cost communities around Gombe metropolis,
rehabilitation of 120 handpump boreholes and 30 solar powered boreholes in rural communities in Akko, Balanga and Dukku LGAs, strengthened the activities of RUWASA and the Ministry for Rural Development to undertake aggressive rural water provision and rehabilitation of handpumps and boreholes.
Payment of outstanding liabilities and remobilization of Pindiga water augmentation project was important just as the collaboration with Discos to improve electricity supply in the state. The state government, leveraging on the 40MW hydro power plant at Dadin Kowa, has also concluded arrangements to set up a 1,000-hectare Industrial Park. The industrial park will utilize the available power supply by the Hydropower plant in order to attract a cluster of multiple industries that are agriculturally tied to propagate production, processing and marketing.

Now, health is wealth. Health is a crucial indicator of development. Since assumption of office, Governor Yahaya has invested hugely in the health sector which suffered years of neglect from the previous administration Key achievements: Upgrading of the Specialist Hospital Gombe to a modern tertiary health facility with state-of-the-art equipment, built and equipped a 12-bed capacity Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the State Specialist Hospital, revitalized one (1) PHC facility in all the 114 wards to provide 24-hour service to the people, completion of internship quarters at the specialist hospital which was abandoned for over 20 years and completed, renovation of Cottage hospitals at Mallam Sidi and Bojude and General Hospital, Nafada. The administration, partnering with a US based organization, Project Cure, is supplying several containers full of medical equipment and supplies, established the Hospitals Management Board for a more effective and efficient management of hospitals around the state.
The governor also established the State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency in a bid to improve access to health care for the people. He facilitated the state’s readiness for participation in the Basic Health Care Provision Fund programme, strengthened the activities of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency through the full implementation of the PHCUOR policy and mounted one of the best state response strategies in the country against the covid-19 pandemic.
Likewise, agriculture as the mainstay of the state economy enjoyed generous attention and funding by the Yahaya administration in the last one year. To watchers of the state, this is understandable because of the revelation about how the sector was treated by the previous administration to the effect that not a single bag of fertilizer was available in the state for the 2019 farming season. This was how fertilizer was immediately procured and distributed to all the 114 wards across the state for sale to farmers at a record subsidized rate of N5,000 per bag. 19,500 bags of improved seedlings were also distributed for the 2019 dry farming season,
Built 2 agricultural research centers in 2 LGAs with support from Global Environmental Facility, UNDP and FGN, established Farm Demonstration and Technology Adoption Plots to train farmers on modern farming techniques and allocated about 3,000 hectares of land for Irrigation farming near Dadin Kowa.
Closely related to the above is that for the first time in over 10 years, a state wide livestock vaccination campaign was conducted to improve the health of livestock and increase the yield of its products.
Among other achievements, government allocated the Wawa – Zange grazing reserve for the piloting of the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP), increased budgetary allocation to the agricultural sector in the 2020 budget to allow for the introduction of an all-encompassing agricultural revolution programme in the state. Similarly, the irrigation component of the project would now be awarded by the end of December 2020. The pilot scheme of the irrigation project covers three thousand hectares which will be used for animal production and fisheries. The establishment of fisheries will also provide ample employment opportunities for the youth. Really, it is instructive that government is set to launch a comprehensive Agricultural Transformation Programme aimed at harnessing the agricultural and manufacturing potentials of the state across all segments of the agricultural value chain through the adoption of innovative and modern solutions and practices.
Rural Development and the environment have also had a fair share in the state government’s revolution in good governance. On rural development, there have been a lot of activities including the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) which will construct 700km of rural roads that will open up rural agricultural communities and provide easy access to market for people and their products, drilling of 89 Hand pump boreholes in various rural communities, construction of 27 2-3 classroom blocks in various communities, 44 VIP toilets in various communities, 6 solar powered boreholes and 6 motorized boreholes as well as construction and equipping of 23 health centers.
The environment which is a challenging issue in Gombe is getting the right attention from Governor Inuwa Yahaya. This is critical because in the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself, forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to people”. This pivotal quotation stresses the importance of protecting our environment.

It is for this reason that Governor Inuwa Yahaya initiated the Gombe Goes Green (3G) project that targets the planting of four million trees within his four-year tenure to protect the environment and to foster the socio-economic development of Gombe State.
Government also engaged and deployed 27,000 youths under the YESSO programme to nurture the trees being planted under the 3G programme and established nurseries in 5 LGAs and raised about 1.2m assorted seedlings ready for planting in the 2020 raining season. Government further established 100 hectares of woodlot plantations across 5 desert-prone LGAs to combat desertification and land degradation, paid counterpart fund of N500million to a World Bank assisted project, the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) for the control of 3 major gully erosions in the state.

With such remarkable achievements in just one year, expectations are high that the future of Gombe is quite bright and in safe hands as Governor Inuwa Yahaya continues to lead the way and inspire.

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Gombe discharges another batch of 153 almajiris after 2- week quarantine.

Gombe state government has discharged another batch of 153 almajiri children who tested negative to coronavirus after the two weeks mandatory quarantine period at its Amada facility in Akko Local Government area of the state.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya was at the quarantine centre to mark the 2020 children’s day celebration with the kids preparatory to their departure to their respective communities.

Addressing the lads, Governor Yahaya said his government is committed to prioritizing basic education through a sustained support to both western and islamic systems of education.

He noted that no body can manage a child better than his parents as such government will ensure the state’s indigenous almajiris returned from various states are reunited with their family members.

He said “these children deserve to achieve anything in life if given the desired care and attention. I assure that our administration will support them to attain their goals through a sound western and islamic education. In fact we are committed to bequeathing a good future for them. We shall provide structures and facilities that can accommodate them and take care of their basic needs so that they can learn and attain their goals like every other child. Education is a right and not a privilege”.

The Governor encouraged the children to nurse and pursue their dreams of a bright future, citing Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, a minister of the federal republic as one of the products of tsangaya system who embraced the western education and became a shining example.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Habu Dahiru said the 153 Almajiris discharged from the quarantine camp were those returned from Adamawa and Bauchi states and are indigines of Dukku, Nafada, Balanga and Yamaltu Deba Local Government areas.

He disclosed that there are currently 13 almajiris in the camp waiting for their second test results.

The Commissioner revealed that the camp registered a total of 684 people since inception, including 377 almajiris and 307 intercepted travellers, adding that so far 671 have received a clean bill of health and were discharged after second test that returned negative.

The Deputy camp Director, Yusuf Danbayo described the condition at the camp as suitable for children, with the kids taking good meals and having access to qur’anic education as well as enjoying the recreational facilities there.

He said the two weeks stay in the quarantine centre was recreational hence they were provided with all the basic things they needed throughout their stay.

All the 153 discharged Almajiris were kitted with new clothes, shoes and bags containing educational materials and are to be integrated into a formal education system under the Basic Education Service Delivery for All, BESDA at their respective localities.

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2020 Children’s Day: Gombe Governor assures of Govt’s commitment to children’s welfare, sound education.

As children in Gombe state join their counterparts all over the world to commemorate the 2020 Children’s Day today, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has reiterated that his administration will continue to prioritise children’s wellbeing and sound education for a brighter future.

In a statement to mark the day, the Governor described children as the hope and essence of the state and the nation, calling on them to look forward to a better tomorrow and remarkable future.

He said , “to build a better tomorrow, we must build our children, therefore, I wish to reiterate our total commitment to your welfare and also to acknowledge your importance as the future and essence of our dear state and nation”.

Governor Yahaya said as future leaders, children require absolute care, security and right upbringing from both parents and government.

He noted that it is very imperative for parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide good leadership to them.

The Governor, while felicitating with the children on the occasion of this year’s celebration, described as apt and timely, the theme of the year, “Promoting Girl-Child Education for Sustainable Future”, considering the importance and place of the girl-child in the attainment of the UN’s sustainable development goals ( SDGs).

He emphasized that his administration will continue to strengthen measures that will revamp the education sector in the state by ensuring that out-of-school children and those of school age, especially girls enjoy basic and sound education.

He described education as the best weapon of preparing children for leadership and resultant peaceful and prosperous society.

Governor Yahaya who noted that as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, children’s education might have suffered some setbacks nationally and internationally due to the lockdown and restriction orders, however expressed optimism that with adequate measures and strategies in place, the children will regain the lost grounds and emerge stronger with renewed vigour in academic pursuit”.

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Covid-19: Gombe discharges 44 Almajiris after 2-weeks quarantine.

Gombe state has discharged another set of Almajiri children from the Amada quarantine camp having tested negative to coronavirus after completing their two weeks quarantine period in the state.

The forty-four children discharged today were part of the batch of sixty four children at the transit camp, with the remaining twenty children awaiting their test results later today.

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya said at a ceremony that the almajiris are children of the state and urged the people not to stigmatize them.

Represented by the state commissioner for education, Dr. Habu Dahiru, the Governor admonished the children to be ambassadors on the campaign against the spread of the virus as they would be provided with face mask and other preventive materials so they would enlighten their families and peers on the dangers of covid-19.

He said the children will be handed over to the Balanga Local government administrator.

The Deputy camp director, Malam Yusuf Danbayo described the condition at the camp as suitable for children with the kids taking good meals and having access to qur’anic education as well as enjoying the facilities at the quarantine area.

This batch of almajiri children were from Adamawa state and were kitted with new clothes, bags and educational materials courtesy of the Gombe state government to continue a new form of education under the Better Education Service Delivery for All ( BESDA) at their home base in Balanseni, Balanga Local Government Area of Gombe State.

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GOMBE SSG FELICITATES WITH MUSLIMS AT EID EL FITR, TASK FARMERS TO BE INDUSTRIOUS ON FARMING ACTIVITIES.

The Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has Congratulated all Muslims in the State for the Successful Completion of the Ramadan Fast.

In a message to mark the festival, the SSG pay glowing tribute to Muslims in the State for the Successful Completion of the Ramadan Fast in spite of the unusual challenges, calling on the entire people of the State to be law abiding and cooperate with Government as it tries to prevent the scourge of the Corona Virus Pandamic in the State.

“As you Celebrate the Eid el Fitr, I enjoin you to be mindful of the Covid-19 precautionary measures in order to STAY SAFE. I also urge you to remain steadfast, faithful and prayerful for the Almighty God to bring to an end the dreaded Corona Virus Pandamic.

The SSG calls on Farmers in State to take their farming activities seriously much as the State and the Country at large continue to pray for lasting peace and tranquility.

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Eid el-fitr: Gombe Governor felicitates with Muslim Ummah.

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has felicitated with the Muslim Ummah in the state as they join other faithful the world over in celebrating the Eid el-fitr which marks the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.

In a goodwill message, the Governor urged the Ummah to sustain the lessons of the holy month and replicate them in their daily lives for the good of the society.

” Eid el-fitr festival connotes sacrifice, selflessness, love and obedience to the tenets of Islam. I therefore enjoin us to draw enduring lessons from the Ramadan and show love to one another as well as promote harmony and peaceful coexistence among our diverse people “.

“The same way we all remembered the less privileged and those afflicted by poverty and disease during Ramadan, I implore us to carry over these attributes beyond Ramadan”.

While urging the traditional rulers, religious and community leaders to sustain the prevailing peace and security for the socio-economic development of the state, Governor Yahaya assured that his administration remains committed to the provision and implementation of viable projects and programmes aimed at taking the state to the next level of prosperity and development.

The Governor commended the Muslim Ummah and the entire people of the state for their steadfastness in the midst of challenges occasioned by the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, urging them to remain prayerful and continue to support the Government in its efforts to contain the scourge.

” I also enjoin you to continue to complement government efforts in confronting the dreaded covid-19, by observing all the preventive protocols and complying with restriction orders, while assuring you of our resolve to continue to adopt measures and strategies to curb the spread of the pandemic in the state.

Governor Yahaya assured that Government will spare no effort in working for the safety, wellbeing and prosperity of the state.

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Covid-19: Distribution of palliatives, relief materials continues in Gombe.

The distribution of palliatives and relief materials to the less privileged members of the society continues in Gombe.

Today’s distribution exercise took place simultaneously at the ten wards of Gombe Local Government Area targeting five thousand six hundred and seventy households drawn from the one hundred and eighty nine polling units of the council.

Performing the exercise at Ajiya ward in Gombe metropolis, the Chairman of the Palliative Committee and Emir of Gombe, Dr. Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll said the package is meant for the poorest of the poor whose means of livelihood has been greatly affected due to the Coronavirus Pandamic.

Dr. Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll said the Committee will spare no effort to justify the confidence repose in it by Governor Inuwa Yahaya by ensuring that the relief materials get to the intended beneficiaries.

“To those that are privileged to get the relief materials, I enjoin you to share with your neighbours no matter how little and to those that have not gotten yet, be rest assured that the exercise is a continuous process, so be patient”.

The Secretary of the Committee, Barrister Mela Nunghe, who is also the commissioner for Special Duties said the Governor Inuwa Yahaya- led administration places much premium on the welfare of the people, particularly the less privileged and downtrodden in the society.

He said to ensure orderliness while the distribution of the relief materials lasts, beneficiaries had earlier been given coupon and will be presented with their food items upon presenting the slip to the officials.

Same scenario played out at the Kumbiya Kumbiya ward where beneficiaries took turns to collect their relief materials based on their respective polling units.

One of the supervisors and a foremost medical practitioner in the State, Dr. Yarma described the distribution of the relief materials especially at a time when residents of the state are preparing for the Eid Celebrations as timely and strategic.

One of the beneficiaries, who simply identified herself as Ummi described the palliative as a soothing relief and expressed appreciation to the state Government for the gesture.

Items distributed include rice, maize, millet, pasta, sugar etc.

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Gombe state Governor constitutes 9-man committee for implementation, enforcement of TSA.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has constituted a committee on the implementation and enforcement of Treasury Single Account in the state towards entrenching transparency, accountability and probity in the conduct of government fiscal operations.

The Committee, chaired by the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau had its inaugural meeting at the Deputy Governor’s office on Friday.

Addressing the members shortly before commencement of the technical meeting, the Deputy Governor congratulated them on their well-deserved appointment.

He charged them to honestly and objectively carry out the assignment with the fear of God and for the betterment of the good people of Gombe State.

In a press statement released after the meeting by the Committee’s Secretary who is also the Administrator, Gombe State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Abubakar Inuwa Tata, the committee noted the importance of the TSA as “it occupies a centre stage in the collective effort towards entrenching transparency, accountability, and probity in the conduct of fiscal activity especially during this trying moment”.

It reiterated the importance of the TSA in the national economic life as it gives a consolidated view of Government’s cash resources.

It also noted that the TSA represents e- bank account, or two sets of linked accounts, through which the government monitors all its receipts and payments, as a requirement for sound management of government cash resources.

The Committee’s membership include the Secretary to the State Government, Head of Civil service, Commissioner of Finance and Economic Planning and Representative of Commissioner of Justice.

Other Members are State Accountant- General, Auditor- General and Director, Treasury while the Administrator of Gombe State Internal Revenue Service, Mr Abubakar Inuwa Tata is the Secretary of the committee.

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Gombe state Governor constitutes 9-man committee for implementation, enforcement of TSA.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has constituted a committee on the implementation and enforcement of Treasury Single Account in the state towards entrenching transparency, accountability and probity in the conduct of government fiscal operations.

The Committee, chaired by the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau had its inaugural meeting at the Deputy Governor’s office on Friday.

Addressing the members shortly before commencement of the technical meeting, the Deputy Governor congratulated them on their well-deserved appointment.

He charged them to honestly and objectively carry out the assignment with the fear of God and for the betterment of the good people of Gombe State.

In a press statement released after the meeting by the Committee’s Secretary who is also the Administrator, Gombe State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Abubakar Inuwa Tata, the committee noted the importance of the TSA as “it occupies a centre stage in the collective effort towards entrenching transparency, accountability, and probity in the conduct of fiscal activity especially during this trying moment”.

It reiterated the importance of the TSA in the national economic life as it gives a consolidated view of Government’s cash resources.

It also noted that the TSA represents e- bank account, or two sets of linked accounts, through which the government monitors all its receipts and payments, as a requirement for sound management of government cash resources.

The Committee’s membership include the Secretary to the State Government, Head of Civil service, Commissioner of Finance and Economic Planning and Representative of Commissioner of Justice.

Other Members are State Accountant- General, Auditor- General and Director, Treasury while the Administrator of Gombe State Internal Revenue Service, Mr Abubakar Inuwa Tata is the Secretary of the committee.

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