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Gombe now reference for public service reforms in Nigeria- HoS

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Gombe now reference for public service reforms in Nigeria- HoS

The Head of Service in Gombe State, Mr Ahmed Abdullahi, says the state has become the reference for public service reforms in Nigeria.

Abdullahi communicated this on Tuesday in Gombe while declaring open a three-day training on validated Gombe State Financial Instructions and Public Finance Bill organised for financial managers in the state’s ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

He said that the state had started reaping the gains of public service reforms initiated by Gov. Inuwa Yahaya.

Abdullahi said through the various reforms, the state’s civil service had been impacted greatly through training of workers and strengthening the capacity of various institutions to improve service delivery and governance.

“The coming of Yahaya as governor has helped in developing and reforming the civil service and the reforms have made Gombe state a model in Nigeria.

“This administration has shown commitments in reforming the service and the general improvement in service delivery through its various capacity building that have been organised for workers in the state.

“It is the desire of the state government that workers in the state are well-equipped towards properly harnessing their skills to contribute to the development of the state.

“Recently, we had workshop for our directors and earlier permanent secretaries; all these are part of the state’s 10-year development plan initiated by the governor.

“This is why Gombe is performing and the workers are now delivering effectively,’’ he said.

According to him, training remains a key component that the Yahaya-led administration is using to revamp and reinvigorate the public service.

He said that such efforts led to the establishment of Bureau of Public Service Reforms in the state.

Abdullahi commended the USAID Nigeria State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness (State2State) Activity’s intervention in training civil servants in the state while urging the participants to leverage the three-day exercise to acquire more knowledge.

On his part, the state’s Commissioner of Finance, Mr Muhammad Magaji, said parts of the reforms that had been initiated in the state were the financial instructions and public financial management.

Magaji said the state would soon pass the Public Finance Bill into law as necessary arrangements had been done in that regard.

He said that the reforms had impacted positively on the state’s rating in the country which he said has moved up several steps.

“We are doing very well; in every ranking you find Gombe, we are never below the first ten.

“That shows that we are doing what we are supposed to do and also keying into international best practices.

“The reforms have helped the state to be able to initiate programs and projects that touch the lives of the people and that is why we have the government.

“Government is for the people; so it is supposed to touch the lives of the people and improve their living standard.

“These reforms have helped in no small measure ensuring that lives of ordinary citizens in Gombe are improved.

“Our GDP has improved; general well-being has improved in terms of infrastructure, health facilities, education, and even in agriculture,” he said.

The Gombe State Team Lead, Mr Muhammad Abubakar, USAID State2State, commended the state government for investing in various reforms towards improving service delivery in the state.

Abubakar said the reforms had made the state a reference point in the country while attributing the recognition that the state is getting to the various reforms being introduced.

Mr Abubakar Hassan, the Director-General, BPSR, in the state, said the training was part of the state government’s efforts to review and update the financial regulation, which he said was outdated.

Hassan said the last financial review was done in 2002; hence the need for review to update it to reflect the dynamics of economic realities.

He said 66 persons comprising all directors of finance in various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), accounting officers, and treasurers from both the state and local government levels.

Hassan expressed optimism that at the end of the training, there would be increased productivity and efficiency through the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the training is organised by BPSR and USAID State2State Activity in the state.

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Flood: NEMA intensifies campaign against improper waste management in Gombe communities

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Flood: NEMA intensifies campaign against improper waste management in Gombe communities

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has taken its campaign on proper waste management to rural dwellers in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State as part of measures to mitigate impact of flooding during the rainy season.

Mrs Ummunah Ahmad, the Head of Operations, NEMA , Gombe State office, who led the campaign team to Kwami community said the exercise was to raise public awareness about proper waste management and its effect on flooding.
Ahmad said the campaign was imperative as part of effort to mitigate the impacts of flood disaster through proactive measures as well as reminding communities of their roles in disaster prevention and mitigation.

She told residents of Kwami that the devastating impacts of flood over the years, especially that of 2012, should served as a wake-up call to all stakeholders, hence the reason NEMA was collaborating with stakeholders to manage disaster risks and associated hazards.

According to her, the campaign on flooding is an initiative to save lives and livelihoods during the rainy season.

She said that there was a connection between improper waste disposal and flooding, hence the need for communities to avoid dumping waste indiscriminately in drains.

According to her, flooding will be minimised if residents take seriously proper waste management and to comply with all measures that will ensure a sustainable environment.

She said that her team was in Kwami because it is amongst the five LGAs in Gombe State that are predicted to be under the moderate flood risk areas, listing others to include Dukku, Yamaltu/Deba, Gombe and Funakaye.

“Our message is simple, they should not build houses along waterways or flood prone areas, evacuate from flood prone areas immediately to safer ground, clear drainages and waterways, and adhere to early warning alerts.

“NEMA is concerned about saving lives and property and that is why we are engaging all stakeholders to remind them of their roles as well as call for proactive measures,” she said.

Ahmad commended the Gombe State government for commencing desilting of storm drains as well as building waste collection centres in the state, adding that such was key to minimising impact of flooding in the state.

On his part, Mr Muhammad Khalid, the Special Assistant, Technical to the Executive Secretary of Gombe State Environmental Protection Agency (GOSEPA), Mr Auwalu Baba-Jada urged residents to imbibe the culture of proper waste disposal.

Khalid advised residents to always be vigilant and not encourage actions that could lead to flooding in their communities.
Our correspondent also reports that NEMA had earlier in the day, organised a training for key stakeholders tagged “Waste Segregation, Recycling and Composting Techniques, Proper Waste Management and Flood Preparedness to selected communities in Gombe State.”

The event which was held at Prof. Isa Ali-Pantami ICT Park, Gombe Statr University had participants such as community leaders, NESREA, SEMA, State Fire Service and Federal Firemen, officials of Ministry of Health, Environment, the Police, NSCDC and the media.

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African Group Backs Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Term

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The African Group at the World Trade Organization (WTO) presented a proposal at its General Council (GC) to re-elect Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as director-general of the organization.

Adebayo Thomas, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, announced this in a statement in Abuja.

According to him, the proposal is for members to consider Okonjo-Iweala to run for another term as chief executive officer of the organization.

He said the proposal was also to enable the Chair of the General Council (GC) to commence the process of the appointment of the director-general as soon as possible.

He quoted Amb. Abdulhamid Adamu, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the WTO, at the GC, as saying that members debated the issue.

“All members highlighted Okonjo-Iweala’s efforts and contributions to the organization, which have led to significant progress and development,” Adamu said. “They all affirmed that she deserves to be reappointed as the director-general. Almost 58 members from all regions supported the proposal.”

He added that members resolved that the General Council Chair should start consultations on the appointment process as soon as possible.

In response, Okonjo-Iweala thanked all members and assured them she would respond soon after consulting with her family.

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SGF Approves Eight New FRSC Deputy Corps Marshals

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Sen. George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has approved the promotion of eight Assistant Corps Marshals to Deputy Corps Marshals (DCMs) of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Olusegun Ogungbemide, Acting Corps Public Education Officer, announced this in Abuja on Monday.

Three of the new DCMs will proceed to immediate retirement, while the remaining five will fill vacancies in the South South, South East, South West, North Central, and North West geopolitical zones.

The promoted officers are DCM Clement Oladele (North Central), DCM Chidiebere Nkwonta (South East), DCM Sunday Iyamah (South South), DCM Musa Yerima (North West), and DCM Abiodun Akinlade (South West).

The retiring DCMs are Kingsley Agomoh, Jonas Agwu, and Zubairu Mato. SGF Akume praised the transparency of the promotion process and urged the new appointees to commit to the FRSC’s vision of reducing road traffic crashes and creating a safer motoring environment.

FRSC Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed congratulated the promoted officers and emphasized the increased responsibilities their new ranks entail.

He encouraged them to stay focused and dedicated, and reassured all personnel of ongoing efforts to improve their welfare.

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