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Director research

Mr. Idris Umar
Mr. Idris Umar
Research, Documentation & ICT

IDRIS UMAR is a product of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, he read B.A (Combined Hons) History/Political Science in 1987. After the usual National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Imo State, he joined the service of the then Bauchi State Government (Civil Service) in 1991 and posted to Bauchi State Health Management Board as an Information & Public Relations Officer. He worked from 1991-to-1994 as a PRO II and in 1996 he was promoted to the post of PRO I. With the creation of Gombe State in 1996, he was deployed to Gombe State Civil Service and posted to Ministry of Health as a Senior Information Officer. He worked in different Ministries, Boards, Office of the Head of Service, Deputy Governor’s Office and later Government House in different capacity. He worked as a Principal Information Officer, Assistant Chief Information Officer, and Deputy Director Information in the Government House between 1996-to-2014.

In 2014, the Directorate of Research & Documentation was created in the Government House; he was then posted as the Deputy Director Research to take charge of research activities in the newly created Directorate. With the reorganization of the Directorate in 2019 and renamed Directorate of Research, Documentation & ICT, he served as Ag.  Director of Research and later promoted to Director Research in the Government House.

He attended many conferences and seminars within and outside Gombe State. Among many which include the Information Management Process in Gombe State, 2001, National Workshop on Public Relations Officers, 2001 in Abuja, Capacity Building Workshop for Civil Servants in Gombe State 2014, (2days) and 3days Capacity building for Prospective Permanent Secretaries 2021.

Idris Umar is married and has one wife, five children and a grand-daughter. 

WHO WE ARE Established in 2016, the Directorate of Research, Documentation and ICT was restructured and strengthened in 2020 by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya as part of his efforts to pursue an evidence-based approach to public policy; establish a robust system of record keeping for planning and policy in the state; and increase the use of digital technology in public service delivery. The Directorate is headed by the Director-General Research and Documentation and it consists of three (3) sections namely: Research, Documentation and ICT. The research section is charged with the responsibility of gathering and analysing empirical data necessary for the formulation of policies, programs, projects and other day to day critical decisions of the Government. The documentation department is responsible for maintenance of modern data base of accurate records and information of government, while the ICT unit manages the digital infrastructure and process of the Government. Specific functions An outline of the functions of the sections under this Directorate is as follows:
  • Data collection and analysis on infrastructure requirements of all communities in the State in order of the communities’ priority;
  • Documentation of intertribal relations and conflicts in the State;
  • Development of a small but administratively functional library and archives for ease of reference as input to critical decisions;
  • Development of database on the achievements of the past and present administrations in the State;
  • Development of database on major security challenges and crime statistics with a view to enabling predictions for proactive purposes;
  • Conducting of opinion polls on critical political and social issues with a view to shaping Government’s political focus whenever the need arises;
  • Keeping a chronicle of events as they affect the lives of the various communities of the State;
  • Impact analysis of Government policies along the lines of acceptable performance indicators;
  • Keeping track of online information blogging same and drawing Government’s attention;
  • Updating the Gombe State Website and developing synergy with other popular sites with a view to advertising the State website;
  • Establish and maintain a small cybercafé for use by Government House staff and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies whenever the need arises;
  • Training of Government House Computer Operators on relevant software and maintenance of Government House computers and internet facilities;
  • Keeping a data bank of curriculum vitae of all relevant Citizens of the State.
In carrying out the duties outlined above, the department adopts the following methods:
  • Collaboration with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs);
  • Raising teams drawn from within and outside the State Civil Service to work on particular issue(s);
  • Collaboration with reputable relevant consultants; Library and field research to be carried out by the office; and
  • Any other method(s) within the rules developed from time to time by the office as necessitated by issues at stake.