The Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has tested NEGATIVE of the Covid -19 virus.
The SSG’s test result came few days after Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya issued a directive to all political appointees especially those working in the Government House to go for the test after confirmation emerge that a Director with SSG office died of the Covid-19 virus some days ago.
Reacting to the development the Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi thanked Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya and well wishers for their show of love support and encouragement.
He equally appreciated the chairman and members of the Gombe State Taskforce on Convid-19 for their professionalism in handling the cases which has led to the closure of the Gombe Government House.
In the same vain, the test results of the chairman Gombe State Taskforce on Convid-19 Professor Mohammed Idris and that of the Secretary of the committee Aliyu Kamara, Principal Private Secretary Government House has also tested NEGATIVE.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri Professor Aliyu Shugaba has Felicitates with the Secretary to the Gombe State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi on his recent elevation of his traditional title from the then DAN RIMI to MADAKIN KALTUNGO by the Mai Kaltungo Engineer Saleh Muhammadu.
In a Congratulatory letter to the SSG, Personally signed by the Vice Chanchallor on behalf of the management and Staff of the University, partly reads; “The upgrade is no doubt as a result of the trust, Confidence and absolute loyalty in your undertakings as manifested visibly all over the Kaltungo Emirate. You have become the symbol of loyalty and hardwork. Your exploits in Scholarships and economic empowerment of the people of the Chiefdom are uncountable.
“The People of Kaltungo Chiefdom and indeed history will always be kind to you. The Royal Highness the Mai Kaltungo must have weighed down on these sterling qualities and thus marking you amongst the most high ranking king Makers in the Emirate. I have every confidence and believe that his Royal Highness the Mai Kaltungo would continue to find you a Worthy son of the Chiefdom”The letter added.
Professor Shugaba described the elevation of Professor Ibrahim Njodi to the position of MADAKIN KALTUNGO as well deserved Praying for God’s wisdom, protection and good health to serve the People of the Chiefdom and indeed Gombe State.
Gombe state Government House has been closed while public officials, including cabinet members and staff are being tested for coronavirus following confirmation that the test result of staff who died recently returned positive.
Already Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has directed that high risk areas such as the offices of the deceased and that of the SSG as well as the Government House Clinic where the deceased was admitted be disinfected and closed from any Physical interactions until Monday 8th June, 2020.
Those tested were also strongly advised go into self isolation pending the outcome of the results.
In a statement, the Governor also urged members of the general public to take the NCDC protocols and medical experts’ advice seriously and strictly observe all precautionary measures of hand-washing, use of sanitisers and face masks as well as maintain social distancing.
He said such measures are important in order to prevent the spread of the disease, especially because the nation has entered into another phase of the COVID-19 spread called community transmission.
The Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi who was the first to present himself for test, commended the effort of the Gombe State Task force on COVID-19 for its decisive approach and response after it was confirmed that the staff in the SSG’s office died of covid-19 complications.
He noted that, “The Task force took the right and by all means, the correct decision to forestall the spread of the VIRUS among the good people of Gombe State by immediately conducting the much needed contact tracing and advising every member of staff, including family members, friends and well wishers to be tested and if found positive, proceed on self isolation”.
Already, samples from Commissioners, Special Advisers, members of the Task force on covid-19 where the deceased served as assistant secretary, Directors, Executive Secretaries, Chairmen of Boards and Commissions, Security Personnel attached to the Government House as well as those of other staff and aides are being taken for covid-19 test while the Rapid Response Team has also commenced contact tracing.
The Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has commended the effort of the Gombe State Taskforce on COVID-19 for its decisive, approach and response after it was confirmed that the late Shuaibu Danlami a Director in the SSG’s office died of covid-19 complications.
“The Taskforce took the right and by all means, the correct decision to forestall the spread of the VIRUS among the good people of Gombe State by immediately conducting the much needed contact tracing and advising every member of staff, including family members, friends and well wishers to be tested and if found positive, proceed on self isolation”.
The SSG said he has since presented himself for test of the covid-19 virus advising individuals who have come in contact with the deceased especially members of the State covid-19 Taskforce Commissioners, Special Advisers, Directors, Executive Secretaries, Chairmen of Boards and Commissions, Security Personnel attached to the Government House to do likewise.
Similarly, high risk areas such as the offices of the deceased and that of the SSG as well as the Government House clinic were the deceased was treated will be disinfected and closed from any Physical interactions until Monday, 8th June, 2020.
…As Task force begins contact tracing after death of staff.
The office of the Secretary to the Gombe State Government, SSG as well as the Government House clinic, have been closed and are to be fumigated after a confirmation that the covid-19 test result of the government House staff who died Sunday returned positive.
The state Task force on covid-19, through its Rapid Response Team has already begun line listing and contact tracing following confirmation that the late Shuaibu Danlami, Director in the office of the Secretary to the State Government died of covid-19.
The Chairman of the task force, Professor Idris Mohammed disclosed this at a press briefing where he equally confirmed that the test result of the late Director was among the 3 covid-19 positive cases the state recorded on Wednesday.
To this end, the Chairman said all high risk areas at the Government House, especially the office of the deceased, that of the SSG and the clinic where he was admitted will be fumigated, closed and samples of the occupants collected for testing.
Professor Mohammed said the Rapid Response Team (.RRT) of the Taskforce has also begun tracing individuals who participated in the deceased’s burial and his family members for counselling, testing and isolation if found positive.
The Gombe task force Chairman said “although we have managed to keep Gombe communities safe for well over 2 months now because of the proactive steps taken by the government”, warned that there is now a clear evidence of community transmission of the covid-19 because two of the seven deaths recorded in the state are individuals who have not travelled out of the state.
He said the Task force has intensified efforts to ramp up sensitization campaign through an expanded involvement of communities in the State.
Meanwhile the chairman Gombe State Task force on covid-19 said Governor Inuwa Yahaya has approved the expansion and modification of the covid-19 laboratory at the State specialist hospital.
The chairman said the approval followed recommendation by officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC before the newly acquired PCR machine is installed.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has sent a delegation led by the Secretary to the state Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi to commiserate with the family of the late Director, Special Services and Political in the Government House, Alhaji Danlami Shuaibu who died yesterday.
Condoling the family at the deceased’s residence in Orji Quarters Gombe,the Governor said he received with sadness the death of Danlami Shuaibu, a man he described as a complete gentleman and hard working administrator.
Reechoeing the Governors’s condolences, the leader of the delegation, Professor Njodi said the late Director was one of the finest and most reliable staff with administrative expertise and experience.
He described his demise as a huge loss not only to members of his lmmidiate family but to the Government of Gombe State.
He prayed Allah to grant the deceased Aljannat Firdaus and the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.
Responsibility on behalf of the family, Alhaji, Abubakar Shuibu thanked Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and the Government of Gombe state for identifying with them during their moment of grief.
The SSG was accompanied to the condolence visit by , the Commissioner for Information, Hon.Ibrahim Alhassan, Principal Private Secretary to the Governor, Usman Kamara, Permanent Secretaries and other staff in the Government House.
Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has expressed grief over the death of a Director in the Government House, Shuaibu Danlami who died today in Gombe after a brief illness.
The late Shuaibu was the Director, special services and political, office of the Secretary to the state Government.
Reacting to the news of Danlami’s death in a statement, the Governor lamented that Gombe state has lost a fine gentleman and an experienced bureaucrat who gave his best in the service of Gombe state.
He said the late director was a hardwirking and dedicated administrator who was always willing to take up tasks and responsibilities, adding that the he will be remembered for his commitment and selfless service, not only in the Government House, but in the state as a whole.
Governor Yahaya extended his heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of the deceased, praying Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and reward his good deeds with Aljannat Firdaus.
On the occasion of the one year Anniversary of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s administration let me use this auspicious moment to celebrate with the entire people of Gombe State. I wish to single out the sacrifice of my colleagues and supporters for believing in our LEADER AND GOVERNOR as he steered the ship of governance in the last one year.
In particular, I want to recognize all the members of the Executive Council, Our Special Advisers, Director Generals, Executive Secretaries, Chairmen of Boards and Commissions, Senior Special Assistants, and the Secretaries/Overseers of LGAs.
Your commitments, sacrifices and selfless efforts were greatly monumental and highly appreciated. I am highly indebted to you because you believed in us as we painstakingly unfold policies and programmes in keeping to our promises during electioneering campaigns.
Also worthy of RECOGNITION are our Party(APC) Leaders both at the State and National levels. Your genuine support, guidance and pieces of advice have helped to sharpen our decisions and focus. With this, we have understood the the real meaning and importance of the saying that, THE WORDS OF ELDERS ARE WORDS OF WISDOM.
Let me recognize the roles of Our Civil Servants for their doggedness and commitment to duty despite the difficulties. I humbly wish to restate our pledge to deliver on our promises to provide dividends of democracy to our people. Permit to also appreciate our Traditional Leaders and their institutions. Your fatherly support,encouragements and prayers are indelible and have been an inspiration to the Government.
Let me use this momentous occasion to recognize and appreciate our Women/Mothers and Youths. Your genuine goodwill and prayers have helped in no small measure to consolidate our efforts and commitment to providing Services to HUMANITY. I wish to note and appreciate the outstanding support and understanding we have been receiving from the other tiers of government. The support and sacrifice of the State House of Assembly were unprecedented and uncommon in our history.
The House leadership has exhibited uncommon love for the State by supporting the Government in whichever way possible. The State Judiciary is both special and unique in its strategic support to the Government in the one year of its existence. I have not seen anything like this, because the Judiciary sees governance as everybody’s business.The Heads of Security Agencies and other Institutions are honestly appreciated for your accommodation and support. Your sacrifice did not go unnoticed.
Let me acknowledge the love and care of our Religious Community. Permit me to particularly appreciate and thank all our Development Partners. Your sustained belief in us and accepting to partner with us has been the inspiration for our continued desire and resolve to succeed. I want to appreciate all and sundry,particularly, our family members, friends and well wishers, at home and in the diaspora, for your innovative guidance, understanding and support as Government tries to mitigate the daunting issues of poverty and underdevelopment and very recently, the onslaught of the dreadful COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Permit me to put on record the unprecedented and uncommon support we have received from the MEDIA at all levels. The Media coverage we have received and enjoyed remains indelible and monumental in our collective resolve to serve HUMANITY. I plead with all our good people of Gombe State to have faith in us and our ability to deliver the good as promised. Together we shall CONQUER!. All hands MUST be on deck!!. Thank you so very much for your wonderful collective and individual love ,care, support, encouragements and above all PRAYERS. Your Sincerely, Prof Ibrahim Njodi, SSG Gombe State, 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.
“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.