Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, on Wednesday, made history on Wednesday as swore in two special advisers, urging them to complement efforts of his administration in ensuring effective and efficient service delivery to the people.
Those sworn in by the governor included Prince Chidebelu Ewuzie who is an Igbo man and Group Captain Peter Bilal (retd.). While Ewuzie was appointed as Special Adviser on Inter-community Relations, Bilal assumed the position of Special Adviser on Development Control and Enforcement.
Yahaya urged them to bring to bear their wealth of experience and expertise, saying their coming into his administration would impact positively on the execution of government policies and programmes.
To Bilal, the governor said, “We all know there has to be code of conduct in putting up structures and ensuring compliance to codes and regulations.
“For us to have cities throughout the state and put up development structures that we can leave as a legacy to our people, we need to have people that are up and doing, hence the appointment of Group Captain Peter Bilal as Special Adviser on Development Control and Enforcement.”
He said the development control and compliance unit was established as part of his administration’s determination to transform the state into a model.
Yahaya further described inter-community relations as one area that needed to be pursued with all vigour, noting that Ewuzie, who he said was well known, would use his office to unite not only the Igbo-speaking community but other ethnic nationalities resident in the state.
Meanwhile, the governor ordered the immediate suspension of salaries of 135 Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) officials, including 20 doctors. Yahaya gave the directive on Thursday, September 10, after the personnel failed to appear for verification exercise set up by the Gombe state government.
Yahaya gave the order while receiving the report of the verification committee whose duty was to verify the state’s workforce. The Gombe state governor went on to direct that all PHCDA officials with non-relevant qualifications be transferred out of the agency. It was gathered that the payroll of the affected staff will be moved to other departments where their qualifications are needed within their respective local government areas.
Governor Yahaya further suspended the salaries of 20 medical doctors who were on the government’s payroll but not at their duty posts for a very long time and in some cases for years.