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Gombe Drugs Agency Commissions Warehouse With Stocked Of Over 200 Million Naira

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By Jenis Irmiya Manni, Gombe

In its continuous effort towards prioritizing the Gombe State health sector and ending the out of stock syndrome of the public hospitals across the state, the Gombe State Drug and Medical Consumables Management Agency, GODMA, in collaboration with the state ministry of health and other key players in the health sector, has commissioned a medical warehouse fully stocked with drugs and medical consumables worth over 200 million Naira.

The commissioning took place at the medical warehouse behind Timber Market Gombe, on Friday.

The Executive Secretary GODMA, Pharmacist Caleb Faransa described the event as a history making one, which will mark the beginning of ending the out of stock syndrome experienced in public hospitals in the state.

He said “We are going to start by hitting the ground running, and I’m glad to announce to you that we are opening the GODMA warehouse with 95% needs of our facilities, if you go to the hospital now and someone says we don’t have a particular drug, ask them why because GODMA is here to ensure that they have everything they need courtesy of of the visionary and the supportive leadership of his excellency the Governor of Gombe State”.

Pharmacist Caleb also appreciated the leadership of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, the State Commissioner Ministry of Health, Dr Habu Dahiru, board members of GODMA, as well as all the key players in the state health sector for their usual cooperation, support and synergy, while calling for more support from them.

Giving background knowledge of how the state Governor established the GODMA, the state commissioner of health, Dr Habu Dahiru said “The state governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya conceived the idea of establishing the drug management agency, this was about two years ago, a bill was sent to the state house of assembly, it came back, and he accented the bill and appointed an executive secretary and directors particularly those for procurement, quality assurance and key directors that will run the place”.

He said “Today this warehouse has come to be, and we have injected about 200 million Naira worth of drugs and medical consumables into the warehouse and arrangement has also been made for a big capitation from about two to three sources, one of which is from the state governor and in no distance time GODMA will receive another big support that will add up to what has been brought to the warehouse so that there will be steady and sustained supply of drugs and laboratory consumables in the facilities”.

In their separate remarks, the Executive Secretary Gombe Contributory Health Scheme, (GoHealth), Dr. Abubakar Musa, the Executive of Gombe State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Abdulrahman Shuaibu, the representative of the Executive Secretary Hospital Services Management Board, GODMA board member Dahiru Kalla, the state coordinator NAFDAC, Pharmacist James Agada amongst others described the feat as a milestone for Gombe State health sector and reiterated their commitment to keep in synergy with all health agencies in the state for the betterment of Gombe State health sector.

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Tekan Peace Desk Encourages Gombe Citizens On Religious Tolerance, Human Rights Protection

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By Yunusa Isa, Gombe

The need for Gombe People to respect one another’s belief, strengthen human rights and remain brothers keepers has been stressed.

The encouragement was given by the lead resource person Dr Obadiah Samuel from University of Jos, during a stakeholder consultative meeting on human rights and religious tolerance, organized by Tekan Peace Desk in Gombe.

Presenting a paper titled “Understanding Religious Intolerance and Its Effects on Human Rights Protection” and another on “Strategies for Creating Safe Space for Human Rights Protection”, Obadiah said religious tolerance has to do with respecting other people’s beliefs and avoiding anything that could make them intimidated.

While encouraging people of the state to remain brothers keepers, the resource person maintained that religious tolerance bring about peace, social cohesion and national development.

On human rights, Dr Obadiah said national, regional and international treaties recognized right to life and right to religious belief amongst others for every human being, maintaining that it is a duty on individuals and states to recognize and safeguard same.

He urged participants to become advocates of peace by reaching the unreached, to step down the knowledge acquired during the meeting.

Some participants at the meeting Lami Andrew and Ali Alola Alfinti, identified ignorance, poverty, political sentiments and extremism as major factors responsible for religious intolerance in the state.

They however highlighted love, education, awareness creation, understanding for one another and fight against poverty as panacea to religious intolerance and human rights violations.

They assured to step down the knowledge to grassroots.

Tekan Peace Desk with support from Brot and European Union is implementing a project ‘Faith for Peace’ in six communities; two each in Kwami, Yamaltu Deba and Ɓillliri local government areas of Gombe State.

The project focuses on empowering local actors to promote peace building, human rights, democracy and religious tolerance in Nigeria.

Participants at the meeting cut across community, religious and civil society organizations, media outfits, government & security agencies as well as human rights activists.

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DZ Rice Rekindles Hope Amidst Economic Challenges

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By Auwal Muhammad Adamu, Gombe

In a beacon of hope amidst soaring food prices and unemployment, the newly established rice mill industry ‘DZ Ventures’ has pledged to alleviate some burden by subsidizing the cost of processed rice and fostering employment opportunities in Gombe.

During the grand opening ceremony at Ajiya Nasarawo in Gombe metropolis, Alhaji Salisu DZ, the Managing Director of DZ Ventures, revealed the company’s commitment to gender and age-inclusive job creation, aiming to complement Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s efforts in tackling economic hardships.

In his remark, the Chairman Northeast Cooperative Stakeholders Forum, Barrister Abdullahi Jalo, commended the inclusivity efforts of the Gombe State Rice Processors Association, urging them to support DZ Ventures to excel.

Also the chairman Gombe State Rice Processors Association, Alhaji Lawan Yusuf, praised Alhaji Muhammadu Dan Zaria DZ for his dedication in turning the rice mill vision into reality. He emphasized the commitment to producing high-quality and affordable rice for the people of Gombe State and the nation at large.

The event, attended by top government officials, industry stakeholders, cooperative society representatives, and community members, marks a significant step towards economic resilience and prosperity in the state.

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UNICEF Engages Journalists On Ending Child Poverty In Three North Eastern States

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By Vasty Bala Jonah, Gombe

The need for government at all level to improve access to quality education, healthcare services and strengthen social safety policies as well as empower marginalized households has been stressed so as to tackle child poverty.

This was stressed at a two day media dialogue on Child Poverty for journalists drawn from Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe at Evolution Hotel Tumfure which was put together by UNICEF Bauchi Field Office.

Presenting their papers, a lecturer from Federal University Kashere Ali Madina Dankumo and Dr. Yusuf Auta a social policy specialist UNICEF Bauchi Field Office described child poverty as the inability of a child to have the basic necessities of life.

While enumerating the drivers of child poverty which includes corruption, unemployment, violence and insurgency, inadequate investment in social sectors, bad governance among others, Dankumo called on governments at all level to emulate the steps and measures taken to address child poverty by countries of the world so as give the large number of Nigerian children the opportunity to have a better life.

At the end of the two day engagement, UNICEF called for more attention to social safety policies, employment opportunities for the poor, economic and institutional reforms, provision of farming inputs for rural settlements among others, while urging the media to advocate for child friendly policies in order to tackle the menace.

In an interview, a participant from Adamawa Dr. Solomon Z. Kyagya; the director planning and Research Adamawa State Planning Commission described the engagement as timely and hoped that child poverty can be tackled within the shortage period of time while calling on journalists to be proactive in following through government budget, policies and programmes towards addressing the issue.

Another journalist from Voice of Nigeria Rebecca Muazu said the media dialogue was impactful, stressing the need for government to put things in place to increase consumption levels of families, so it can translate to having enough for children’s developmental growth, while pledging to educate the public on child poverty and also hammer on agriculture for more food production and security.

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