Gombe To Recruit 1,000 New Teachers, ‘First Time’ In Its History

Gombe, usually referred to as Gombe State to distinguish it from its capital city Gombe, is located in northeastern Nigeria
Gombe, usually referred to as Gombe State to distinguish it from its capital city Gombe, is located in northeastern Nigeria

 

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, says he has granted the approval for the recruitment of 1,000 fresh teachers by the Gombe State Teachers’ Service Commission, the largest of its kind in the state’s history.

A statement signed by state government spokesperson Ismaila Uba Misilli, said the move was as a result of the Governor’s genuine concern over shortage of teachers in public secondary schools across the state.

“I’m very delighted to inform you that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya (Dan Majen Gombe), moved by the huge shortage of teachers in government schools, has on Wednesday 6th April, 2022 graciously approved the recruitment of 1000 fresh teachers”, Chairman of the Teachers’ Service Commission, Mrs Na’omi Philip Maiguwa said, as quoted in the statement.

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“His Excellency equally approved the transfer of 288 staff of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) who had applied for transfer of service from the board for placement into the State Ministry of Education’s secondary schools and technical colleges,” she added.

“This development is one of the steps the Governor has taken to turn around the fortunes of education in the state. He had earlier in January this year, consented to kick starting the teachers’ recruitment process at the TSC. This approval is a continuation of the process to place qualified teachers in the state’s post basic education schools”.

The TSC chairman noted, that this is the first time since the creation of Gombe state that government is recruiting and deploying as many as 1288 teachers, as the last exercise which was carried out in August 2018 involved only 700 teachers, less than 60 percent of the number involved in the current exercise.

FG Partners Gombe To Set Up Another Grazing Reserve

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Gombe, usually referred to as Gombe State to distinguish it from its capital city Gombe, is located in northeastern Nigeria

 

The Federal Government says it will partner with Gombe State, establish another grazing reserve in the Nono district of Yalmatu Deba Local Government Area of the State.

The establishment of the reserve is aimed at consolidating the gains so far recorded in the national livestock transformation programme.

The Gombe State Commissioner of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Muhammad Magaji Getado disclosed this at a meeting with officials of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Gombe State Chapter.

The Commissioner explained that the Nono Grazing Reserve, which is expected to sit on one hundred hectares of land, will consist of solar and motorized boreholes, clinics for both humans and animals, a milk collection centre and hay growing field for animal feeds among other facilities.

He said the establishment of a new grazing reserve in Nono district will not undermine the gains so far recorded in the Wawa-Zange Grazing Reserve, but a deliberate and conscious effort by the Federal and the Gombe State governments to bolster livestock production.

Magaji Getado remarked that the present administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is committed to the smooth implementation of the FG’s livestock transformation agenda in the State.

It is for this reason that the Gombe State Commissioner of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry disclosed that plans have reached an advanced stage to commence the vaccination of livestock in the State.

The commissioner appealed to members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in the state to be vigilant in maintaining peace and security by reporting to security agencies, any strange or suspicious movement within their vicinity.

Earlier, the Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders, Modibbo Yahaya, thanked the administration of Governor Inuwa for being steadfast towards the welfare of its members in the State.

“The establishment of the Nono grazing reserve is another step in the right direction; so to me herders have never had it this good in Gombe State and we want to sincerely thank Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for always being there for us,” he said.

Modibbo Yahaya used the occasion to call on the Federal Government to expedite action towards the commissioning of the facility at the Wawa-Zange Grazing Reserve so that herders can begin to reap the benefits of the National Livestock Transformation Programme.

“We want to thank the Federal Government for the transformation at Wawa-Zange grazing reserve,” he added.

“However, if these facilities are not immediately put to use for the benefit of herders in the state and beyond, I am afraid the beautiful structures may deteriorate at the expense of taxpayers’ money”.

While thanking the Gombe State governor for consistently providing the association with animal feeds and vaccines, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders appealed for an increase in the quantity of animal feeds being distributed to cattle breeders in the State.

In a goodwill message, the Federal Director in charge of agricultural activities in Gombe State, Musa Mohammed Inuwa, challenged cattle breeders in Gombe State to derive pleasure towards sending their children to school so that the transformations associated with the fast changing times will not catch them unawares.

Gombe Governor Swears In New Acting Chief Judge

Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya swears in Justice Joseph Awak as the new Acting CJ.

 

Gombe State Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya has sworn in Justice Joseph Awak as the new Acting Chief Judge of the state.

The swearing-in of Joseph Awak followed the retirement of Justice Mu’azu Abdulkadir Pindiga on January 1.

In his remark, Governor Yahaya urged the CJ to dispense justice to all without discrimination, fear or favour.

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This is even as he reiterated his administration’s support for judiciary and legislature in discharging their statutory responsibilities effectively for the overall benefit of the good people of the North-Eastern state.

“On our part, this administration will continue to support the Judiciary and Legislature in discharging their statutory responsibilities effectively for the overall benefit of the good people of Gombe State,” he said.

“Let me reiterate that it is the desire of this administration to have a harmonious working relationship with both the Judiciary and the Legislature; the three arms of Government have to partner for the development of our dear State and our country’s young democracy, no doubt our unity is our strength.”

While commending Justice Awak on assuming office as the acting CJ, Governor Yahaya equally paid tribute to the immediate past CJ, Justice Mu’azu Pindiga for his service to the state.

Gombe Governor Signs N154.9bn 2022 Budget Into Law

A file photo of Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Yahaya.

 

Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, has assented to the 2022 Appropriation Act of over N154,963,964 billion as passed by the State House of Assembly.

He signed the budget at the Council Chamber of the Government House where he attributed the expeditious passage of the bill into law to the harmonious relationship between the Executive and the Legislature in the state.

The governor thanked the people of the state for their support to the present administration, as well as the lawmakers for the effective and efficient way they handled the budget and other bills sent to them.

“This shows the level of synergy existing among the three arms of government,” he said.

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Governor Inuwa stated that despite the consequential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, his administration has shown resilience in the implementation of the previous budgets.

He was also hopeful that the implementation of the ‘budget of consolidation’ for the 2022 fiscal year would not be anything short of a distinction.

The governor said prior to presenting the budget proposal to the State House of Assembly, his administration, as always, subjected the process to the people’s court in line with international best practices and good governance.

In his remarks, the Speaker of the Assembly, Abubakar Luggerewo, who witnessed the signing explained that the budget was given expeditious passage because of its content which he said gave priority to the economic development and welfare of the people.

After a clause-by-clause consideration of the budget, according to Luggerewo, the House was impressed to note that the appropriation act had a high percentage ratio of capital expenditure as against recurrent.

He commended the governor for concentrating on people-oriented projects, policies, and programmes in the state.

According to the speaker, these are the hallmarks of inclusive governance which prioritises accountability and transparency.

Nursing Mother, 24 Other Corps Members Test Positive For COVID-19 In Gombe

A file photo of National Youth Service Corp members on a field.
A file photo of National Youth Service Corp members on a field.

 

Twenty-five prospective Corps Members, including a nursing mother have tested positive for the coronavirus disease at the Gombe State NYSC camp located in Amada – Akko Local government Area of the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Habu Dahiru confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday via a telephone interview.

He disclosed that the 25 prospective corps members were tested between the last 3 days and have been moved to the state-owned Infectious Disease Centre in Kwadon.

“Out of 1,291 that were tested  25 persons turned positive by Polymerase Chain Reaction, one is a nursing mother” the Commissioner stated.

“For the sake of coordination the incident management system in Gombe, chaired by  myself has conducted a meeting at the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre and we have also moved as required by the guideline to Kwadon Isolation centre.”

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On the welfare arrangement of the corps members, Dahiru noted that the state government has made provisions for it at the isolation centre, as well as their medication and security.

He also assured that the patients will be managed at the isolation centre until they test negative and are made to join other corps members, adding that the state government has also put machinery on ground to avoid fear and trauma among them.

The Commissioner added, “We have also provided psychosocial support because some of them may be asymptomatic and may wonder why they are kept there. So we had to educate them that they are at risk to the general public because unconsciously they will be infecting others.

“We have introduced sporting activities such as football, volley ball and also activated satellite dishes with televisions to keep them entertained.”

With the new Delta Variant in Nigeria, Dahiru asked members of the public to observe the protocols, noting that the virus is still raging.

He also called on residents of the state not to relent on the use of the non-pharmaceutical interventions to avert further spread of COVID-19 in the state.

“We have to continue testing, so that the more they come, they get verified and everybody that comes into the camp must be tested.

“We are only telling the community in Gombe that there’s Covid-19 still in transmission and they need to observe the non-pharmaceutical measures and when vaccines are available, we urge them to avail themselves for inoculations,” the commissioner stated further.

Gombe Govt Imposes Curfew On Three Communities After Violent Clash

File photo of Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Yahaya

 

The Gombe State Government has declared 24 hours curfew on three communities in Balanga Local Government after a violent clash erupted and claimed lives and destruction of property in Nyuwar, Jessu and Tolde.

The affected communities share borders with Adamawa State.

The announcement of the curfew was disclosed on Tuesday by the Secretary to the State Government, Ibrahim Njodi via a statement.

He said the curfew will remain until further notice.

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“Gombe State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Nyuwar, Jessu and Yolde communities in Balanga Local Government Area of the state with immediate effect,” he said.

“The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, who made the announcement, said the decision followed the violence that erupted in the communities.

“According to the SSG, the curfew becomes necessary to douse the tension and restore peace and order in the affected areas.

“He said security personnel have been deployed to restore normalcy while the curfew will subsist until further notice.”

Police Arrest Three Kidnap Suspects In Gombe

A Logo of the Nigerian Police Force

 

The Police have arrested four suspected kidnappers and killed one with the help of local vigilantes in Gombe State.

This comes after a failed attempt to adopt a man in the Bileri and Filiya area of the state.

Addressing journalists at the state police command, the Commissioner of Police, Maikudi Shehu, said the suspects confessed to have been hired by another man in Adamawa state, who believes that a reasonable ransom could be extracted from the victim.

The Police Commissioner confirming a surge in kidnapping across the state noted that the command will not sleep until it rid the state of the menace.

Gombe LG Poll: APC Wins all 11 Chairmanship, 114 Councillorship Seats

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Gombe, usually referred to as Gombe State to distinguish it from its capital city Gombe, is located in northeastern Nigeria

 

The Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission (GOSIEC) on Saturday declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of all the 11 Local Government Councils seats in the just concluded election.

The GOSIEC Chairman, Saidu Shehu Awak who made the declaration after the collation of results as submitted by the 11 local government electoral officers, also announced the APC as winner of all the 114 Councillorship positions.

The Chairman, in accordance with section 26, sub sections 1 and 2 of the Gombe state Independent Electoral Commission Law 2013 as amended, and as the chief returning officer of the Commission, declared the following candidates of the APC who scored the highest number of votes as winners.

1. Akko LGA: Abubakar Usman- Barambu Chairman with Mahmud Saleh Tabra as Deputy Chairman

2. Balanga LGA: Garba Umar as Chairman with Salamu Ezikiel as Deputy Chairman

3. Billiri LGA: Margaret Bitrus as Chairman with Rev. Panuel Nicodemus Lashobok as Deputy Chairman

4. Dukku LGA: Jamilu Ahmed Shabewa as Chairman with Umar Manu Malala as Vice Chairman

5. Furnakaye LGA: Ibrahim Adamu Cheldu as Chairman with Mu’azu A. Yahaya Tongo as Deputy Chairman

6. Gombe LGA:
Aliyu Usman Haruna as Chairman with Gambo Sulaiman Garko as Deputy Chairman

7. Kaltungo LGA: Faruk Aliyu Umar as Chairman with Solomon Lande as Deputy

8. Kwami LGA: Ibrahim Buba as Chairman with Muhammadu Musa Kolo as Deputy

9. Nafada LGA:
Musa Abubakar as Chairman with Salisu Shuaibu Dandele as Deputy Chairman

10. Shongom LGA: Yohannah Nahar as Chairman with Ambrose Alfred ( Bobby) as Deputy Chairman

11. Yamaltu Deba LGA:
Shuaibu Umar Galadima as Chairman with Garba Usman as Deputy Chairman.

The GOSIEC Chairman said three political parties that participated in the elections included the APC, PDP, and PRP.

The announcement and declaration was made in the presence of leaders of the Inter-Party Advisory Council ( IPAC), members of the Civil Society, the Media, the Nigeria Police and other security outfits as well as representatives of candidates.

Gombe Governor Signs N107.3bn Revised 2020 Budget

Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Yahaya.

 

The Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, has signed the revised N107.3billion 2020 budget into law.

Signing the budget on Monday, Governor Yahaya said the downward review of the budget was due to the global economic shocks occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected national and personal incomes.

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According to him, despite the downwards review of the budget, the state government ensured that health, education, agriculture and other critical sectors remain the top priorities of the state.

The governor explained that the health sector’s budget, in particular, has been increased as a demonstration of the administration’s resolve to combat the virus and its socio-economic impact on the lives and means of livelihood of the people.

Six Lawmakers Recover From COVID-19 In Gombe

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Gombe, usually referred to as Gombe State to distinguish it from its capital city Gombe, is located in northeastern Nigeria

 

Six members of the Gombe state house of Assembly, who had earlier tested positive to the COVID-19 virus, say they have now recovered from the virus and tested negative.

The six members, led by the speaker Abubakar Kurba, in a press briefing on Friday, said they are grateful to the medical team from the state task force on COVID-19 while stating they would do more for the health sector in Gombe state.

For two weeks the legislators said they had to undergo a series of treatments against the virus in isolation, away from family members and friends.

With concerns on the review of the state budget, the legislators pledged their support to the health sector

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Gombe reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

The state has reported 451 cases of the virus, 220 recoveries, and 13 deaths as of Friday evening.

Three Commissioners Test Positive For COVID-19 In Gombe

A health practitioner tests for COVID-19. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
A health worker carries a sample collected for COVID-19 test. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

 

Three commissioners have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in Gombe State.

The Commissioner of Information and Culture in the state, Ibrahim Alhassan, disclosed this to reporters on Tuesday.

He explained that the COVID-19 status of the infected persons was discovered after all 21 commissioners in Gombe and the governor’s aides took the test.

Alhassan also confirmed that the test results of one of the governor’s aides and five members of the Gombe State House of Assembly came back positive.

He said, “We conducted massive tests for all the government functionaries – the commissioners, special advisers, and all the staff of the Government House.

“Out of the 21 commissioners, it is unfortunate that we are having three positive cases. Of the special advisers, we have one positive case.”

“Of the members of the State House of Assembly, we have five positive cases. This is so far, the update within the government cycle,” he added.

The commissioner decried that the pandemic was already within the community and the state has begun to witness community transmission of the disease.

He revealed that the government has decided to lead by example by ensuring that 100 per cent of its workforce took the test.

“Therefore, all hands need to be on deck to see that we fight this pandemic head-on and as of today, permanent secretaries and directors in all the government ministries and agencies are now undergoing the screening (the test),” he stated.

The Chairman of the Task Force on COVID-19 in the state, Professor Idris Muhammad, also gave an update on the outbreak of the disease in Gombe.

He noted that the government has tested 609 people in four days and the results of 63 persons returned positive.

Professor Muhammad also confirmed that the infected members of the executive and legislative arms of government in the state were among the positive cases.

He, therefore, appealed to the residents to be cooperative with the task force in its aggressive approach to curb the community transmission of the disease in the state.

The task force chairman also advised the residents, especially those on essential services to wilfully submit themselves for the test.

According to him, Gombe State has a total of 234 positive cases of COVID-19, out of which 33 patients are active with 134 others discharged, as of 2pm on Tuesday.

Gombe Shuts Govt House, Asks Workers To Undergo COVID-19 Test

File photo of Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Yahaya.

 

As precautionary measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease, Gombe has shut the Government House in the state capital.

The state government also ordered public officials; including cabinet members and staff to undergo COVID-19 test.

This follows the death of a Director of Special Services and Political Office of the Secretary to the State Government who tested positive for the virus.

In a statement issued on Thursday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Ismaila Misilli, Governor Inuwa Yahaya ordered that the “Government House Clinic where the deceased was admitted be disinfected and closed from any Physical interactions until Monday 8th June 2020.”

The governor also directed that high-risk areas such as the offices of the deceased and that of the SSG should also be fumigated.

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Similarly, “those tested are also strongly advised to go into self-isolation pending the outcome of the results.”

While urging members of the general public to take the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols and medical experts’ advice seriously, Governor Yahaya called for a strict observance of 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 SSG, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi who was the first to be tested commended the effort of the State Taskforce 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.

“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,” he said.

Meanwhile, samples from Commissioners, Special Advisers, members of the Taskforce on COVID-19 where the deceased served in several capacities as well as those of other staff and aides are being taken test while the Rapid Response Team has also commenced contact tracing.