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Immunization: Take Ownership, VDNC Urges Gombe Govt

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…As State Appreciates Domestic Resource Mobilization Strategies

The Vaccine Network for Disease Control (VNDC) has urged Gombe State Government to take ownership in child immunizations to reduce number of zero-dose children in the state.

VNDC’s Head of Programs Mrs Chika Nwankwo made the appeal on Wednesday, when her team met with the Permanent Secretary, Gombe State Ministry of Health Pharmacist Mohammed Jalo.

A press statement signed and made available to Jewel Times by the Information Officer State’s Ministry of Health Hauwa Salami, said Mrs. Nwankwo elaborated on the critical funding challenges faced by the country which is evident in her inability to properly release the earmarked immunization funds, and the increase of zero-dose children in the country.

She said “Since Gombe is one of the 18 zero-dose states, it is important for the state government to take ownership in preparation for the inevitable exit of international donors”.

While highlighting VNDC’s previous engagements, to include meetings with national-level agencies like the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and ministries of health, finance and the ministry of budget and planning, she suggested some domestic resource mobilization strategies that had worked in other states like Lagos, Ogun and Delta.

In his response, the Permanent Secretary Pharmacist Mohammed Jalo appreciated the team, while expressing delight in the domestic resource mobilization strategies.

He said Gombe is doing a lot in the health sector including the revitalization of 114 Primary Health Centres (one in each ward of the state).

“This administration had also renovated the state specialist hospital, and is currently working on three general hospitals, each in one senatorial zone”, he added.

The permanent secretary assured of his commitment to work with the team to achieve set targets in reducing the number of zero-dose children in the state.

The meeting which took place at the ministry was part of the VNDC’s planned advocacy activities for Partnership To Reach Zero-Dose Children (PREACH Project).

PREACH Project; a GAVI-funded initiative through Global Health Advocacy Initiative (GHAI), aims to expand and solidify multi-stakeholder commitments to investing in immunization and primary healthcare strengthening through innovative domestic resource mobilization.

It also aimed to increase domestic resource mobilization for Immunization, efficient allocation, use and accountability of domestic resources, timely release of vaccine financing, including Gavi co-financing obligations.

In attendance at the meeting were some key officers of the ministry of health.

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Gombe NNPP Exco Holds Emergency Meeting Over Mailantarki’s Exit

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By Yunusa Isa, Gombe

 

The State Executive Council of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Gombe State has held an emergency meeting following Hon Khamisu Ahmed Mailantarki’s resignation from the party.

 

Speaking during the meeting in Gombe, the state party chairman, Hon. Barrister Rambi Ibrahim Ayala, expressed dismay over the new development. He maintained that the state party stakeholders did everything possible to retain the party leader, but he personally decided to leave.

While reading through Mailantarki’s letter of resignation, Barrister Rambi appreciated the former NNPP leader for his immense contributions during his stay in the party.

 

The state party chair, however, said, “Our doors are always wide open for our former leader whenever he decides to rejoin the NNPP. We are very much ready to welcome him back to our fold.”

While encouraging members and officials on the party ideals, Barrister Rambi maintained, “We remain confident and determined to continue our struggle to emancipate and bring about positive change to our people.”

 

He appealed to all NNPP members in the state not to demoralize, insult, or speak badly of the former leader. He said, “Though he is no longer with us, we still respect him. As responsible comrades, let’s not spread negativity about him, please. In his letter, he didn’t accuse us of any wrongdoing. Rather, he commended and appreciated the opportunity and support we accorded him during his stay in the NNPP.”

Barrister Rambi charged the party executive at all levels to brace up and woo more members for the party. He noted that their commitment would make NNPP the most active party in Gombe State, ready to seize power come 2027.

 

Other members who spoke during the emergency meeting, including the party’s Financial Secretary Ibrahim Umar Babangida, Zonal Vice Chairman Gombe North Hon Sa’idu Baba Gombe, and Welfare Secretary Kabiru Muhammad Puma among others, all renewed their commitment to NNPP. They assured everyone that the new development would not discourage them but inspire them more for success.

They emphasized unity, commitment, and perseverance to keep Gombe NNPP flying on the trajectories of its national leader, Engineer Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

 

While appealing to the state party chairman to carry everyone along, the stakeholders commended his moral and financial commitment to NNPP in Gombe State.

 

They also advised on early scouting and identification of responsible candidates at various levels to make NNPP more vibrant and inclusive before 2027.

 

Mailantarki was the NNPP gubernatorial flag bearer in the 2023 General Elections in Gombe State.

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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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