The Government House is the administrative structure in which the office of His Excellency the Governor is domiciled. Headed by the Permanent Secretary/ Principal Private Secretary (PS/PPS) who is the head of the principal staff of His Excellency the Governor owing to the direct responsibility of his office in the management of His Excellency the Executive Governor’s office, the Government House is responsible for organizing the Governor’s public functions, administrative schedules and the daily operations of his office.
The office has four Directorates and two (2) units. These are the Directorate of Administration and Finance; the Directorate of Protocol; the Directorate of Press Affairs; and the Directorate of Research and Documentation, each of which is headed by Director-level officers (and in the case of the Directorate of Press Affairs a newly-appointed Permanent Secretary (Press Affairs) is currently in charge. The two (2) units, on the other hand, are the Government House Clinic and the Pool Vehicles Unit (PVU). The clinic is headed by a Medical Doctor supported by the Governor’s personal Physician while the PVU is headed by a Senior Admin Officer/Transport Officer. The heads of these Directorates and Units are answerable to the PS/PPS.
DIRECTORATE OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DR SANI JAURO
The Directorate is headed by the Director Administration and Finance (DAF) and it consists of four (4) sections namely: Personnel, Accounts, Stores and Transport. It is mainly responsible for implementing administrative policy decisions, administration of personnel and finance matters, coordinating the activities of the non-administrative directorates and execution of routine administrative duties. A synopsis of the functions of the sections under this Directorate is as follows:
The section is headed by a Staff Officer and it is responsible for the administration of all personnel matters. This includes general supervision of staff, processing of employment cases, promotion and disciplinary matters, etc.
This section is headed by a Deputy Director Accounts who is responsible for the processing and custody of all funds allocated for the operations of the office. He is also entrusted with the custody of funds disbursed under the security sub-head of the Government House vote.
The Section is headed by a Chief Stores Officer and its major function is to receive stores and issue out the same for official use. It also maintains records of stores allocated to, or purchased by, the Government House.
In addition, the section advises management on matters affecting stores through regular conduct of market surveys, reporting on stock levels, and reporting on the condition of stores in custody. It also ensures prudent management of stores by way of vetting requisitions to minimize abuse and/or wastages.
The section is responsible for the custody and maintenance of all vehicles in the Government House fleet.
DIRECTORATE OF PROTOCOL
The Directorate is headed by the Director of Protocol who is answerable to the Permanent Secretary/Principal Private Secretary. The essence of its work is the observance of a code of correct procedure at State ceremonies as well as the promotion of cordial relations between visitors and their hosts. In this sense, the duties of the Protocol Department could be said to incorporate:
Undertaking all protocol arrangements at public functions and ceremonies organized by the State Government;
Receiving visitors/guests in a way and manner that projects a favourable image of His Excellency the Governor and the State Government;
organizing civic/border receptions and arranging luncheons, State banquets, gala nights, etc for state guests/visitors from within and outside the State;
Supervision of Housekeeping staff and maintenance of Guest Houses and Lodges located within and outside the State capital;
Ensuring that the right amenities and/or facilities are both available and functional in the Governor’s office, the Main House and the Government Guest Houses;
Arranging hotel accommodation for guests in situations where the room-capacity of government lodges is exceeded;
Organizing hospitality gifts for presentation to visiting officials at the point of their departure;
DIRECTORATE OF PRESS AFFAIRS
The Directorate is under the new Permanent Secretary (Press Affairs) who until recently was the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity), it is saddled with the responsibility of enlightening the general public on the policies and programmes of the State Government by way of:
Providing news coverage of the Executive Governor’s functions and activities with a view to ensuring that they are properly and adequately understood and appreciated;
Promoting the image/profile of His Excellency the Governor through systematic and sustained public relations programmes;
Issuing of press releases/statements on government decisions, activities and achievements;
Insuring proper documentation of important information by assembling and storing press cuttings, audio and video cassettes, pamphlets, etc;
GOVERNMENT HOUSE CLINIC
The Clinic is a mini medical facility devoted to the provision of essential health care service to His Excellency the Governor and members of the Governor’s household. However, over time, its scope has been expanded to cover other functionaries, both within and outside the Government House. The Clinic is manned by two Doctors, as well as an NYSC Medical Lab Scientist. They are supported by eleven (11) Nurses.
DIRECTORATE FOR RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION
The Directorate is headed by the Director Research and Documentation and it consists of two (2) sections namely: Research and Documentation. The department is charge with the responsibility of gathering data necessary for the formulation of policies, programmes, projects and other day to day critical decisions of the Government. An outline of the functions of the sections under this Directorate is as follows:
Data collection 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;
Conduct 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 cyber café 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 adopt 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.