ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU INUWA YAHAYA, GOVERNOR OF GOMBE STATE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE SWEARING-IN OF HONOURABLE COMMISSIONERS, SPECIAL ADVISERS AND PERMANENT SECRETARIES, HELD ON SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER, 2019, AT THE GOMBE TOWNSHIP STADIUM, PANTAMI, GOMBE STATE.
The Deputy Governor
Members of the National Assembly
The Honourable Speaker, Gombe State House of Assembly and other Honourable Members
Honourable Chief Judge and Honourable Grand Khadi
Honourable Judges and Khadis
Secretary to the State Government
Chief of Staff
Head of Civil Service
Chairmen Statutory Boards and Commissions
Heads of Security Agencies here present
Your Royal Highnesses
Our Party Elders
Secretaries of Local Governments
Distinguished Invited Guests
Gentlemen of the Press
Ladies and gentlemen
It is with great pleasure that I address you today on the occasion of the swearing-in ceremony of Commissioners, Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries in Gombe State.
- I congratulate the newly sworn-in members of the State Executive Council, Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries who have just taken their oaths of office, affirming their commitment to discharge their responsibilities to the best of their abilities for the overall development of our dear State.
- I would like to express my warm appreciation to the Gombe State House of Assembly for its timely approval of the list of Special Advisers and prompt screening and confirmation of our commissioner-nominees. Today’s event is made possible by the generosity, cooperation and understanding of the Honourable House. I urge you to sustain this excellent working relationship between the Legislature and the Executive in order to work collectively in the best interest of our people.
- With the swearing-in of Honourable Commissioners and Special Advisers, the machinery of Government can be said to be fully established. The challenge is now on us to work together in order to deliver good governance and more democratic dividends to the good people of Gombe State.
- As you are all aware, our administration rode to power on a tremendous public goodwill and support. Our people, across all tribes, faiths and sectional divides, gave us their mandate in an unprecedented show of political support and unity. Therefore, we cannot afford to fail them at all cost.
- We are conscious of the responsibility and the weight of expectations that has been placed on our shoulders. Even before I was sworn-in as Governor, immediately after our election victory, we commissioned a needs assessment study in order to assess the level and availability of basic services and infrastructure in our communities. The study covered over 400 communities across the 114 wards of the state. That enabled us to know in detail what our people want and their order of priority. The outcome of the needs assessment report formed the basis on which we run the affairs of government over the last five months. Furthermore, it is our plan that very soon, we shall convene a stakeholder summit that will discuss our challenges in detail and proffer possible solutions to them. It is hoped that such a discourse will enable us to produce a long-term development plan with specific milestones and timelines that will guide the administration into the future.
- Indeed, the recent retreat, the first ever to be held in the state, for incoming members of the State Executive Council, Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries exposed us more to the magnitude of the problems we face as a people. We have seen how the mistakes of the past plunged our State into a terrible financial situation. We also observed how mistakes by one administration will continue to drag the State downwards even after that administration had left.
- I am happy that at the end of the retreat, all our Commissioners, Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries signed onto a declaration, affirming their commitment to a noble set of principles on good governance, transparency and accountability. The ball is now in your courts to prove that to the world by your complete fidelity to that declaration.
- This Government is a true Government of the people. It is a public trust bestowed on us by Allah (SWT) and our people. The power, authorities and funds belonging to the Government must be used for the benefits of our people, and not for the benefit of any single individual or group no matter how highly placed.
- To our Commissioners, you were carefully selected with the expectation that you will help drive our development agenda with vigour. The expectations are very high and there is no time to waste. You need to hit the ground running. Already, you will find that the business of government has continued apace. Even without a full cabinet in place, we have recorded tremendous successes in the last five months. We have solved the water problem within Gombe where we are now pumping over 40 million liters daily. We have provided support to our farmers through timely provision of fertilizer, purchased new vehicles for Gombe Line, make strong investment in education through BESDA and SUBEB and delivered strong results in healthcare delivery, power supply and construction of road networks.
- To our Special Advisers, you have been tasked with special and unique responsibilities. In doing that, we are counting on your expertise and wealth of experience in your assigned portfolios. Most of you are men and women of high accomplishments and we expect the highest form of commitment and quality in developing and implementing people-oriented policies and programmes that will take our State to the next-level.
- To our Permanent Secretaries, you are coming from the honoured tradition of the Civil Service. Over the years, that tradition is fast eroding. Years of neglect, impunity and unprofessionalism has sapped morale in the Civil Service, thus undermining its ability to deliver on the policies, plans and programmes of the government. Our administration takes the Civil Service in high regards. That is why the Civil Service reform is high on our priority and will be pursued vigorously especially with the setting up of the Bureau of Public Service Reform.
- On our part, we will provide the enabling environment for the Civil Service to thrive, we shall also demand commensurate improvement in quality and productivity. It is no longer going to be business-as-usual. You are appointed as Permanent Secretaries because of your hard work, dedication to duty and appreciable track records, it is our hope that you will do your utmost best in order to justify the confidence reposed in you.
- The biggest task before us is for us to work together as a team in order to pursue our common objectives of improving the social, economic and political conditions of our people. We are one administration, working towards a single goal. I therefore urge all of you to treat each other as partners rather than rivals, comrades rather than competitors. It is the spirit of cooperation, collective ownership and shared responsibility that brings success in Government.
- The mistakes of the past should provide important lessons for us to learn from. We should avoid repeating similar mistakes. In discharging your responsibilities, you will face enormous challenges, but behind those challenges lie tremendous opportunities to explore. It is our hope that you will deploy your wealth of experience and administrative prowess to provide innovative and result-oriented solutions to those challenges. It is hoped that at the end of the day, we shall leave the state better than we found it. Finally, the newly appointed Honourable Commissioners and Special Advisers and their portfolios are as follows:
- Zubairu Muhammad Umar – Attorney-General & Commissioner of Justice
- Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo Waziri – Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs
- Aishatu Usman Maigari – Science, Technology and Innovation
- Muhammad Danladi Adamu – Lands & Survey
- Ahmed Mohammed Gana – Health
- Muhammad Gambo Magaji – Finance & Economic Development
- Usman Jafun Biri – Rural, Community Development & Cooperatives
- Nasiru Aliyu Mohammed – Commerce, Industry and Tourism
- Shehu Ibrahim Madugu – Energy & Mineral Resources
- Naomi JJ Awak – Women Affairs and Social Development
- Julius Ishaya – Youth & Sports Development
- Meshack Audu Lauco – Higher Education
- Mela Audu Nunghe – Special Duties
- Abubakar Bappah – Works & Transport
- Mijinyawa Yahaya – Water Resources
- Dauda Batari Zambuk – Internal Security & Ethical Orientation
- Habu Dahiru – Education
- Hussaina Mohammed Goje – Environment & Forest Resources
- Mohammed Magaji Gettado – Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
- Ibrahim Alhassan Kwami – Information & Culture
- Adamu Kupto Dishi – Housing & Urban Development
- Ishiyaku M. Mohammed – Budget, Planning, & Development Partners Coordination
- Dijatu Bappah – Social Investment Program
- Garba Jijji Gadam – Inter-Governmental Relations
- Godfrey Namu Birma – Security
- CP Mohammed Wakili (Rtd) – Security
- Sani Adamu Depsia (Rtd) – Security
- Dahiru Mohammed Kala – Health
- Hamma Adama Ali Kumo – Legislative Matters
- Mohammed Bello – Political
- Ana Ibrahim Kubalu – Public Communication & Strategy
- Auwalu Abdullahi (Gafakan Akko) – Community Relations & Ethical Orientation
- Usman Aliyu Garry – Abuja Liaison
- Barrister Caleb Ubale – Legal Matters
- Umar Bello – Inter-Party Relations
- Damina Sardauna – Local Government & Chieftaincy Affair
- Muhammmad A. Umar
- Umar Bello Babagoro
Once again, I congratulate the newly appointed Honourable Commissioners, Special Advisers and the Permanent Secretaries on your well-deserved appointments and wish you successful tenures of office.
Thank you and may God bless us all.