…Urges Appointees To Uphold Highest Standards Of Ethics, Integrity
Also sworn-in were the Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Ahmed Kasimu Abdullahi and 12 newly appointed Permanent Secretaries.
While performing the ceremony at the new Banquet Hall of the Government House, the Governor emphasized that his administration has zero tolerance for corruption and incompetence, maintaining that his focus is on delivering results to the people of Gombe State.
Governor Inuwa outlined his vision for the state, which is centered around improving infrastructure, boosting agriculture, promoting education, and enhancing healthcare delivery, urging the cabinet members to support him achieve the goal.
He said, “I would like to remind you that your appointments go along with important responsibilities. You are entrusted with the task of serving the people of Gombe State with integrity, transparency, and accountability. The decisions you make will have a direct impact on the lives of our citizens, and I have every confidence that you will approach your roles with a great sense of duty and highest ethical standards”.
“Let me also remind you that our administration has zero tolerance for corruption and incompetence. As members of the Executive Council and as leaders in the civil service, you are expected to be diligent in your duties and be prudent in the management of the scarce resources to be placed at your disposal. You must be ready to put the collective interest of Gombe State at the forefront of every decision you make. As a servant of the people, your objective should always be about the progress of our dear state and the welfare of its people,” the Governor warned.
He added that his administration has in the past 4 years, introduced various reforms as part of efforts to transform the civil service and place it on a part to achieve greater efficiency and improved service delivery. “This includes the establishment of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms to reposition the civil service. We also settled over N7.9 billion in gratuity obligations inherited from the previous administration, ensured timely payment of pensions, and implemented the new minimum wage at the state level since February 2020,” Governor inuwa Yahaya stated.
He reminded the new executive Council members that engagement of relevant stakeholders in running governance is crucial to successful implementation of institutional developmental agenda.
The Governor described the posts of commissioners and permanent secretaries as two important positions that are crucial in the successful implementation of the development agenda for the state.
The Governor noted that their appointment was informed by their qualification, dedication, loyalty, and commitment to the progress of the state.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya noted that the State Executive Council which comprises of the Governor, Deputy Governor and commissioners, plays a vital role in formulating policies, implementing programmes and ensuring the translation of the administration’s vision into tangible results for the people.
“In the same vein Permanent Secretaries as fulcrum that form the back bone of the Civil Service as they came in providing administrative expertise in executing government programmes and continuity that is needed for effective and efficient governance”.
“The decisions you make will have a direct impact on the lives of our citizens, and I have every confidence that you will approach your roles with great sense of duty and highest ethical standards.”
Earlier in an address of welcome, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi described the swearing-in of members of the State Executive Council, Head of Civil Service and 12 Permanent Secretaries as clear tastament to the Governor’ deposition as a political icon whose footsteps are worthy to be followed by men and women of goodwill in the State.
He noted that the reappointment of some members of the State Executive Council justified their hard work, dedication and commitment to duty which ultimately impacted on the incredible performance of Governor Inuwa Yahaya in the last four years.
In his vote of thanks on behalf of the newly sworn-in commissioners, Barrister Zubair Muhammad Umar, thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve the state, assuring of their total commitment to service, dedication and loyalty.
“We pledge and give you our words that we know your vision, we know your aspirations, and we know where you want to take Gombe State to, and inshallah Allah we will go with you, we will accompany you; and we will serve you with all honesty, loyalty and dedication”, he affirmed.
Those sworn- in as members of the state executive Council are: Abdulkadir Mohammed Waziri (Local Government and Community Development), Adamu Inuwa Pantami (Youth and Sports Development), Barr. Zubairu Mohammed Umar (Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice), Dr. Abdullahi Bappa Garkuwa (Science, Technology and Innovation), Dr. Aishatu Umar Maigari (Education) and Dr. Barnabas Malle (Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Cooperatives).
Others are : Dr. Habu Dahiru ( Health), Dr. Usman Maijama’a Kallamu ( Works, Housing and Transport), Hon. Asmau’u Mohammed Iganus ( Women Affairs and Social Development), Lt. Col. Abdullahi Bello, Rtd ( Internal Security and Home Affairs) and Mijinyawa Ardo Tilde ( Information & Culture).
The rest are Mohammed Shetima Gadam (Higher Education), Mohammed Gambo Magaji (Finance), Mohammed Saidu Fawu (Water, Environment and Forest Resources), Nasiru Mohammed Aliyu (Trade, Industry and Tourism), Salihu Baba Alkali ( Budget and Economic Planning) and Sanusi Ahmad Pindiga (Energy and Mineral Resources).