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Gombe State University ASUU distributes items to fight coronavirus



The Gombe State University chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday distributed hand sanitisers and liquid soap to the state government, communities and religious groups towards curtailing COVID-19.

Speaking during the distribution in Gombe, Mr Lawal Oladimeji, the chapter chairman, said ASUU was a union with a fundamental principle of working for humanity.

He added that the chapter thereafter found it essential to play its role in preventing the pandemic.

“Hence, the directive by the National Executive Council (NUC) for all chapters of the union to key in to the activities in spite of the fact that members of the union have been on an indefinite strike action,” Oladimeji said.

He said the branch had, with the support of medical professional colleagues, been engaged in enlightenment campaigns in the mass media apart from distributing posters.

In his message to the gathering, Mr Biodun Ogunyemi, the ASUU President, said the union had encouraged members to work with medical and paramedical teams as volunteers in the fight against COVID-19.

Ogunyemi, who was represented by Mr Mohammed Said, Chairman of Federal University Kashere ASUU chapter, said the union has pledged to demonstrate its concerns for Nigerians’ welfare and well-being.

“Our primary concern is how to reconnect education and health, which are the two clear indices of human development.

“When people say `health is wealth’, we also insist that ‘good health is a product of good education’,” he said.

Prof. Aliyu El-Nafate, the Vice-Chancellor of Gombe State University, expressed appreciation of ASUU’s efforts in contributing to the fight against coronavirus in the state and the country.

Alhaji Marafa Shamaki, who represented the Tudun Wada community and spoke on behalf of the recipients, thanked the ASUU chapter and promised that they would make effective use of the items.

Shamaki called on other unions and associations to emulate ASUU as government alone could not do the job of curbing the spread of COVID-19.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the beneficiaries included the State Task Force on COVID-19, state chapters of JNI and CAN, and the university community.

Others were the host communities of the university, namely Tudun Wada, Arawa and Mallam Inna.

Items distributed were 80 cartons of hand sanitisers, 15 cartons of liquid soap and 6,000 pieces of posters in English and Hausa languages.

Edited By: Razak Owolabi and Olawale Alabi) (NAN)

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Gombe spends N1.6b on payment of 2015 gratuities



Gombe state government, on Friday said it had spent N1.6 billion on the payment of 2015 retirees in the state.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya, stated this in Gombe on Friday during a state wide broadcast to mark his one year in office.

He said that in spite of limited resources inherited from the previous administration, the welfare of both serving and retired civil servants was paramount in view of their contribution to the development of the state.

“So far, we have settled outstanding gratuities to the tune of N1.6 billion for 2015 retirees.

“In the same vein, consideration is being given to serving civil servants based on a defined arrangement.

“It is our hope that other welfare package for existing civil servants like housing and transportation, will be considered when the economic situation improves,”he said.

The governor also stated that in the education sector, about 300,000 out-of-school children were taken back to school through Better Education and Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme.

He stated that the state government had also paid over N1.5billion as counterpart funds in respect of developmental programmes in the areas of health, education, agriculture, and environment.

In education sector, Yahaya said within the period under review, 234 classrooms were constructed across 80 schools and 190 classrooms were renovated in 47 schools.

He said this was in addition to rehabilitating  four legacy Secondary Schools namely GSSS, Gombe, Kaltungo, GSS, Dukku and GGSS Kuri, to restore their lost glory.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso (NAN)

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Gombe govt. constructs 12-bed Intensive Care Unit



The Gombe State Government has constructed and equipped a 12-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at its Specialist Hospital, Dr Ahmed Gana, the state’s Commissioner for Health, has said.

Gana said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Friday while giving an account of Gov. Inuwa Yahaya’s stewardship in the health sector within one year in office.

According to him, the decision to construct the ICU was informed by the recommendations of a  task force on health which was inaugurated by the governor to identify the challenges in the sector as well as solutions.

He said prior to the construction of the ICU unit, patients were being referred to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe.

Gana said the health sector under the Yahaya administration was accorded the highest priority in terms of intervention.

The commissioner said prior to the advent of the Yahaya administration, the health sector was in a state of decay, with the general hospitals across the state on the verge of collapse.

He said the Specialist Hospital, the premier health facility, also had its own challenges, although “90 per cent” had now been addressed in terms of equipment and expansion to meet demand.

Gana said within one year in office, the Accident, Emergency and Trauma Unit of the Specialist Hospital was demolished and reconstructed while the Maternity Ward was expanded and laboratories equipped.

He said digital X-ray machines were equally procured for the first time in the history of the state while a transit camp for the training of house officers was at the level of completion.

The commissioner also disclosed that the Medical and Dental Council would soon be visiting the state, preparatory to commencement of training of house officers.

The commissioner further said the governor facilitated relationships with international organisations to fund health activities in the state.

He said in the area of primary health care delivery, 114 primary health care facilities were identified across the 114 wards in the state and equipped for optimum service to the people at the grassroots.

Gana said allocating 10 per cent of the 2020 total budget was a clear indication that the governor had prioritised the health sector.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in January, Yahaya signed three bills into law in a bid to reposition the health sector for easy accessibility and affordability to a greater majority of the people in the state.

NAN reports that the bills earlier passed by the state House of Assembly included the Gombe State Management Board Law 2019 and Gombe State Contributory Healthcare Management Law, 2019.

Also passed was the Gombe State Council on Public Procurement and Public Procurement Bureau Law, 2019.

Edited By: Hawa Lawal/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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NYSC to upgrade skills’ acquisition centre in Gombe to school—DG



The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says it will seek approval for its skills ‘acquisition centre in Lafiyawo community, Gombe to be upgraded to a school.


It said this would serve youths and corps members in the northeast.

The Director-General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, said this on Thursday  while assessing the centre, which was damaged by windstorm recently.

Ibrahim said the school would be one of the six skills’ acquisition schools to be built in the six geo-political zones of the country.

He said that skills’ acquisition was very important in view of its capacity to make youths become self-employed and even become employers of labour.

According to him, the impact of skills acquisition centres in the fight against COVID-19 by corps members has been impressive.

“By producing face masks, sanitizer, antiseptic soaps and other fabricated machines, you can see why we need to fix this centre as soon as possible,” he said.

He advised corps members to continue to put to maximum use skills acquired during their service year to ensure that they were financially independent.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Peter Dada (NAN)


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Gombe: NYSC urges corps members to comply with COVID-19 protocols 



The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Gombe State office, on Thursday, urged corps members passing out in the state to comply with all health authorities’ directives against Coronavirus.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 1,311 corps members for the 2019 Batch “B” stream 1, passed out at a low-key ceremony held at NYSC Zonal office in Bolari, Gombe Local Government Area of the state.

Mrs Florence Yaakugh, NYSC Coordinator in the state, stressed the need for corps members to comply with the directive to protect their health and those of their family members.

Yaakugh also urged the passing out members to put to use all the skills acquired in the course of their one-year mandatory service year, adding that they must not stay idle after service.

She said that it was imperative for youths to acquire skills that would be used to sustain themselves and become self-sufficient while contributing to the development of the country.

The state coordinator explained the reason for the low turnout of corps members, saying “it is in line with the Federal Government and NYSC protocols to ensure social distancing to protect corps members.

“The passing out would last for the next ten days in adherence to the COVID-19 protocols as directed by our Director General. If all members are allowed to gather, we can’t observe the physical distancing directive.

“We have outlined the schedule for the next ten days and corps members are to come in batches; 30 will come daily until we exhaust the numbers in this Local Government Area.

“All corps members not in the state at the moment would collect their certificate after the interstate lockdown is eased,” she said.

She commended both the Federal and the Gombe state governments for taking proactive measures through sensitisation to protect Nigerians.

Yaakugh added: “In Gombe state, there is no report of our corps member with COVID-19 and we thank God.”

She also commended the corps members and the entire team of NYSC in Gombe state for supporting the state government’s fight against the virus through donations of sanitiser, face masks to the state’s Taskforce on COVID-19.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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June 8: Gombe Govt warns against re-opening of schools



The Gombe State Government has dismissed rumours that the Federal Government has fixed June 8 as resumption date for schools in the country  just as it warned against the re-opening of schools in the state.

Dr Habu Dahiru, the state Commissioner for Education, refuted the claim during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Thursday.

Dahiru said that the ministry of education was yet to receive any circular from relevant agencies on resumption date for schools in the country,

“The decision to close schools was in the best interest of pupils and students,” he said.

According to him, no responsible government will allow pupils and students to be exposed to this pandemic and we expect parents and all stakeholders in the sector to understand and be patient.

“We did not close the schools on our own. There were directives and these directives were received based on the technical guidelines given by World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“The directive was given by relevant authorities, if we are going to re-open schools, we will need the same directive and this will only be when it is safe to open schools again,’’ he said.

The commissioner added that there was no plan in the state to re-open schools until the virus was put under control.

“Schools must be fumigated and made ready; teachers and students properly sensitised and all other measures taken before schools will be re-opened,’’ he explained.

Dahiru advised private schools to adhere strictly to the directive in the interest of pupils and students, warning that “schools attempting to operate without getting the ministry’s nod would be closed and their licenses revoked”.

According to him, the ministry has a monitoring team conducting routine checks and anywhere they see public gathering in any school, we will take action on them.

He urged parents to support the government to ensure the protection of all pupils and students in the state.

Dahiru restated that Gov. Inuwa Yahaya was committed in ensuring that the health of citizens was prioritised.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Gombe childrens’ parliament tasks children on compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures



The Speaker of the Gombe State Children Parliament, Umar Farouk, has tasked children in the state to adhere to all government and health authorities’ directives so as to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Farouk made this appeal while delivering his speech in Gombe on Wednesday during a press conference organised by Save the Children International to commemorate the 2020 World Children’s Day.

He stated that the fight against COVID-19 needed the cooperation of everyone, including children, to ensure that no one was left behind.

According to him, everyone is vulnerable to Coronavirus, hence the need for collective efforts to protect the state and country at large.

The speaker also called for more supports from government and relevant stakeholders to ensure that the rights of children in the state, were protected.

He added that it was the right of every child to get educated to enable him or her fulfill his or her dreams, and contribute to the development of the state and country.

He further called for more supports for girl-child education in the state to ensure that children, irrespective of their gender, were given the foundation to attain greatness in life.

Also speaking, Gombe Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs Naomi Awak, said the state government was committed to the issues of child-education in the state, adding “children are the hope of the state and nation.”

Earlier, the Community Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator of the Save the Children International, Mr Akpan Effiong, said the girl-child needed all the supports to develop her potentials in life.

Effiong, while canvassing more supports for girl-child education, stressed that educating a girl meant giving value to the society, adding “educating the girl-child will fast-track the attainment of sustainable development goals.”

He called on government to make education compulsory and free for the girl-child as such would go a long way in helping to address some of the challenges militating against girl-child education.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/ (NAN)


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Child-spacing: Rate of contraceptive usage in Gombe rises to 17 per cent in 5 years



Gombe State Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) has risen from 4.7 per cent to 17 per cent in five years, says an official.

Mrs Rejoice Molta, Gombe State Coordinator, Child Spacing, State Primary Health Care Development Agency (GSPCDA), disclosed this during an interactive session with newsmen on Wednesday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines contraceptive prevalence as the percentage of women who are currently using, or whose sexual partner is currently using, at least one method of contraception, regardless of the method used.

It is usually reported for married or in-union women aged 15 years to 49 years.

Molta said that the National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) of 2013 placed the state CPR at 4.7 per cent, while the current NDHS released for 2018 indicates that the per centage had significantly increased to 17.

“The state is targeting 20 per cent by the end of 2020, and we are highly optimistic that this is achievable, given the level of awareness in the society.

“The success recorded is as a result of the role played by traditional and religious leaders in creating awareness in their communities,’’ the coordinator said.

Also speaking, Malam Alhassan Yahaya, Co-chairman, Advocacy Working Group on Child Spacing in the state, said the benefits of child spacing could not be overemphasised.

Yahaya appealed to men, who could become stumbling blocks to their wives, to embrace it.

“Child spacing makes babies grow healthier because the mother will give a lot of attention to the baby.

“Research has shown that subscribing to child-spacing will avert over 30 per cent of death rate among women during and after birth.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare (NAN)

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Children’s Day: Gombe Govt. to prioritise children’s education



Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has restated his administration’s commitment to continue to prioritise children’s well-being and sound education for their brighter future as the world commemorates the 2020 Children’s Day.

The governor, in a statement in Gombe on Wednesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Ismaila Uba-Misilli, described children as the hope of the state and the nation.

Yahaya said to build a better tomorrow, “we must build our children,’’ describing children as future leaders, who required absolute care, security and right upbringing from both parents and government.

“ Education is the best weapon of preparing children for leadership and resultant peaceful and prosperous society; therefore, I wish to reiterate our total commitment to their welfare.

“ My administration will continue to strengthen measures that will revamp the education sector in the state by ensuring those out-of-school children and those of school age; especially girls enjoy basic and sound education,” he said.

The governor said this year’s theme: “Promoting Girl-Child Education for Sustainable Future” was apt and timely, considering the importance and place of the girl-child in the attainment of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

While advising children to remain focused and resolute for the future, Yahaya said it was imperative for parents, teachers, community leaders and all stakeholders to be involved in mentoring and providing good leadership to them.

The governor noted that due to the lockdown and restriction orders as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, children’s education had suffered some setbacks nationally and internationally.

He, however, expressed optimism that with adequate measures and strategies in place, children would regain the lost grounds and emerge stronger with renewed vigour in academic pursuit.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Gombe Govt provides N600m for community projects – Official



The Gombe State Government has provided N600 million to communities and groups in the state to implement 256 micro projects of critical needs.

Alhaji Abubakar Kumo, General Manager of the Gombe State Agency for Community and Social Development (GMCSDA), disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Wednesday.

NAN reports that GMCSDA was established in 2009 to empower communities in the state by supporting them with grants and building their capacities for projects implementation and supervision.

Kumo said the 256 micro projects undertaken in 64 communities cut in the 11 Local Government Areas of the state are to benefit about 480, 000 people.

He said that the support was given to the communities and groups to implement various projects in their communities in line with agency`s mandate to galvanise development at the grassroots.

Kumo said that the projects cut across eight sectors of education, health, water, socio-economic, rural roads, electricity, environment and Gender and Vulnerable.

He added that they are targeted at poor communities, vulnerable groups and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The general manager said the support from the state government was attracting resources and attention from different developmental partners especially World Bank because “when you are not giving counterpart as a state government, they won’t give you resources.

“The communities and groups plan the projects, they draw up the cost estimate while we vet the cost estimate; they do everything and elect leaders while ours is to monitor, supervise and then fund the projects.

“The communities are contributing 10 per cent while groups contribute five per cent. In a nutshell, we have disbursed N600 million in last one year under the present administration of Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State.

“We have 256 communities/group micro projects implemented across the state and the bulk of the projects are in water, health and education but we have a lot in electricity, skill acquisition centres and environment,’’ he said.

Kumo said that in line with the maintenance culture of the governor, about 2, 560 community members across the state were trained on maintenance and sustainability of these projects and on conflicts resolution.

The agency`s boss stated that the impact of these projects from assessment carried out in 2019 were ‘marvelous’ having achieved a lot in acute health issues leading to a reduction in maternal deaths.

He said that it was very difficult for most communities assisted by the agency to access healthcare services especially during the raining season before the intervention projects.

“In education, there were lots of communities where their children were not attending school before but now they are attending schools. For water, we have reduced the long distances children walk to get water,’’ he said.

He commended the state government for prioritizing project interventions in communities.

Kumo charged the benefitting communities to continue to maintain these projects for maximum benefits of their communities.

Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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