*tasks members to provide policy direction, good leadership to move institutions forward
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has inaugurated the Governing Council of the State University and boards of School of Nursing and Midwifery and College of Health Sciences and Technology, Kaltungo with a charge on members to ensure that their various institutions adhere to the principles of accountability and compliance with the best practices in the discharge of their responsibilities.
According to a statement signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs)Government House, Gombe, Ismaila Uba Misilli, the Governor stated this while performing the inauguration of the Governing Council and Boards of the three institutions at the new banquet hall of the Government House.
He charged members of the Governing Council and the Boards to provide policy direction and desired leadership in order to move the institutions to greater heights.
To the Governing Council of the State University, Governor Inuwa Yahaya noted that “the institution was established in line with the tripartite mission of institutions of higher education which involves teaching, research and service as well as production of knowledge through research, building of an exemplary character in the individual student through learning and engaging the society in the exchange of ideas through service”.
He said in order for any university to achieve its mission, the governing council has a big role to play in maintaining its functions as enshrined in the law establishing it.
These functions, the Governor explained, include the general principles of control and supervision of policy implementation, finances and property of the University, including its public relations.
He further tasked the Council to ensure that proper accounts of the University are kept and audited annually by auditors appointed by the State Auditor-General and an annual report published by the University together with certified copies of the audited account.
“In carrying out its functions, the Governing Council should cooperate with the State Government, the management of the University, the various Unions in the University, external bodies and local communities for the purpose of fairness, equity and justice”.
As for the College of Nursing & Midwifery, Gombe, Governor Inuwa Yahaya reminded the board members that “the institution was established in order to train the much-needed manpower for our health institutions and serve as a vehicle for effective healthcare delivery in State”.
To the Board members of the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Kaltungo, the Governor said that the institution was established to produce skilled health technologists and allied personnel to help the health institutions respond to emerging and re-emerging health challenges across the State.
“Discharging those responsibilities require the efficient mobilization and application of resources. This is even more important considering the prevailing economic condition caused by Covid-19 which calls for prudence and accountability. The Boards should therefore help their institutions create innovative ways to generate revenue and reduce their financial dependence on government”.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya said in order to ensure that higher institutions achieve their statutory objectives, his administration selected individuals of impeccable character and track records into the council and boards, expressing the belief that they will bring their wealth of experience and unique expertise towards the development of the institutions.
“I charge you to exhibit exemplary character in the conduct of your affairs in order to move the institutions forward so as to justify the confidence reposed in you. Your appointments and inauguration are coming at a critical time when Government is seriously focusing its attention investing heavily in the education sector, culminating in the declaration of state of emergency in education after considering the reports of the Transition Committee and the Taskforce on Tertiary Institutions which highlighted the negligence and systemic rot in the sector”.
He extended his appreciation and that of the Government and people of Gombe State to the members of the immediate past Gombe State University Governing Council chaired by His Royal Highness, Alh. Haruna Kadiri Rashid, the Emir of Dukku and those of the two Colleges for their services and commitments to duty.
The Governor appealed to the management, staff and students of the institutions and the general public to give the members of the newly inaugurated Council and Boards the support and cooperation in order to succeed in their new responsibilities.
Earlier speaking, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi said the inauguration of the Governing Council of the State University and the Boards of the School of Nursing and Midwifery as well as the College of Health Sciences and Technology Kaltungo is another milestone in the history of the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.
He said the inauguration ceremony is just another commitment of the present administration of bringing life back into the state owned institutions of higher learning.
Speaking on behalf of the members of the three boards, the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Gombe State University, Senator Joshua Lidani thanked the Governor for the confidence reposed in them, assuring that the trust will not be misplaced.
“We have accepted to serve because we have identified with your laudable programmes which you initiated upon assumption into office as Governor of Gombe State.
“Every one of us is a witness to the giant strides of your administration in various sectors. When you talk of education, we are seeing renovations and constructions going every where.
He said the renovation construction of Schools as well as the training of teachers under the present administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya mark a departure from what obtained in the past, where only physical structures where the main focus.
The Chairman of the Gombe State University Governing Council also lauded the Governor for building roads across the entire length and breadth of the State, through his flagship project, the network eleven hundred among several other developmental initiatives.
He assured the Governor that the Council and Boards will continue to identify with his administration all through.
The memberships of the Governing Council of Gombe State University and the Boards of the two Colleges are as follows:
A. Gombe State University Governing Council
(i) Sen. Joshua Lidani – Chairman (ii) Prof. Fatimah Sawa – Member (iii) Prof. Umaru Gurama – Member (iv) Prof. Hassan Bello – Member (v) Arc. Suleiman M. Kumo – Member (vi) Dr. Ibrahim J. Daudu – Member (vii) Prof. Babagana Bako – Senate Rep. (viii) Prof. Hajja Gana Hamza – Senate Rep. (viii) Dr. Rasheed Abdulgany – Senate Rep. (ix) Dr. Adamu Muh’d Tukur – Senate Rep.(x) Mahmoud Moh’d Hassan – Representing the Congregation. (xi) Sani Rabiu- Representing the Convocation (xii) Representative of Min. of Justice(xiii) Representative of Min. of Higher Education(xiv) Representative of NUC
B. COLLEGE OF NURSING & MIDWIFERY
(i) Alh. Sa’idu Moh’d Abubakar – Chairman (ii) Mrs. Margret Yusuf Member (iii) Alh. Babangida Adamu Jigawa Member (iv) Bashir Funawo – Member (v) Perm. Sec. Higher Education Member (vi) Perm. Sec. Finance – Member (vii) Perm. Sec. Health – Member (viii) Perm. Sec. Local Govt.-Member (ix) College Provost – Member(x) Mohammed Musa (Rep. Academic Board)(xi) Lami C. Ubale (Rep. Academic Board)(xii) Danladi Abubakar (Rep. Congregation)(xii) Director Nursing Min. of Health -Member(xiii) College Registrar – Secretary
C. COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES & TECHNOLOGY (i) Alh. Ahmed Sallau Pindiga – Chairman (ii) Mrs. Briskila Tanko – Member (iii) Dr. Muhammad Lawan- Member (iv) Haruna Mahdi Deba – Member (v) Perm. Sec. Higher Education Member (vi) Perm. Sec. Finance – Member (vii) Perm. Sec. Health – Member (viii) College Provost – Member(x) 2 elected members of Academic Board of the College(xi) 1 elected member representing the congregation(xii) Director Pharmaceutical ServicesMin. of Health- Member
(xiii) Dir. Primary Health Care System Dev. Member
(xiii) College Registrar- Secretary.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Siddi Buba, Secretary to the state Government, Chief of Staff, Hon. Commissioners and Advisers as well as other senior government officials.