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Gombe Inaugurates Committees For Newly Created Drugs And Consumables Agency

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Gombe Inaugurates Committees For Newly Created Drugs And Consumables Agency

By Yunusa Isa, Gombe

Gombe State Government has inaugurated steering and technical committees for the recently created State Drugs and Consumables Management Agency for effective operations.

Inaugurating the committees on behalf of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, the State’s Commissioner for Health Dr Habu Ɗahiru, said the committees are put in place to ensure uninterrupted supply of qualitative drugs and medical consumables in the state’s health facilities.

He said the State Steering Committee of the Integrated Sustainable Health Supply System, will oversight and monitor the activities of the agency to ensure its effective operations.

The commissioner will serve as chairman of the 8 member steering committee, with Director Pharmaceutical Services as secretary.

He said Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is very passionate about the agency, and asked the committees to ensure effective monitoring and implementation of its activities.

While congratulating them for being selected to serve, the commissioner charged them to work assiduously to achieve the set objectives.

Dr Habu Ɗahiru said the technical committee has Director Pharmaceutical Services in the State’s Ministry of Health Philimon Idi as chairman with members from various sectors of specialization, while the Head of Essential Drugs, State Primary Healthcare Development Agency will serve as secretary.

He said the committee’s major terms of reference is to offer technical support for seemless provision of drugs and medical consumables, and to ensure availability of same in all primary healthcare centres across the state.

The commissioner urged them to use their professional expertise to guide the drugs management agency, to ensure that its services are optimally provided to clients.

While describing the agency as the live wire of healthcare services, the commissioner charged them to ensure that services are provided for patients at all the time.

He expressed hope for synergy and cordial working relationship between the agency and the two committees.

In his remark, the Executive Secretary Gombe State Drugs and Consumables Management Agency Pharmacist Caleb Faransa said the tasks ahead is a collective responsibility among all stakeholders, calling for synergy to achieve the set targets.

He charged members of the committees to take ownership of their services, as the services are directly for their people across the state.

On his part, the chairman of the technical committee Philimon Idi, said they will put in their best in serving the people of the state.

While assuring of best services, the chairman said they shall never fail the state government, considering the caliber of members that formed the committees.

He appreciated the state government for the opportunity to serve their people.

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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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