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Gombe State Government has harvested multiple awards and honours as the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Bureau for Public Reforms (BPR) rewarded government agencies and individuals for their remarkable achievements in technology and digital innovations in the country.
In a colourful ceremony held at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, Gombe State stood out brilliantly among many Federal Establishments and State Agencies from across the Six geopolitical zones, receiving three prestigious awards.
Gombe Geographic Information System (GOGIS) clinched the coveted “Best State in Geographic Information System” Award, with its Director-General, Dr. Kabiru Usman Hassan, being honoured with the “Distinguished GovTech Trailblazer’s Award” for his outstanding contributions to the field.
The Gombe State Due Process Office received the best State Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in innovative Digital Services award while the Director-General of the Agency, Babayola Mohammed Isa, was also recognized with the “Distinguished GovTech Trailblazers’ Award” for his exemplary leadership in advancing GovTech initiatives and digital governance in the public sector.
Further adding to Gombe State’s accolades, Gombe State University (GSU) was recognized as the best State University in Website Operation, a proof of the institution’s commitment to digital excellence.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aliyu Usman El-nafaty, was honored with the “Distinguished Trailblazer’s Award” for his significant contribution to the advancement of Digital Governance in the education sector.
Speaking at the event, the Director General of Bureau for Public Service Reforms (BPR), Dr. Dasuki Ibrahim Arabi, commended Gombe State Government for its historic and technology achievements, hailing the State as one of the fastest-growing digital economies in Nigeria.
He said the awards for Gombe are a reflection of the State’s commitment to advancing GovTech initiatives, digital governance as well as technological innovation and excellence.
Dr. Arabi revealed that none of the agencies were aware that they were being scrutinized for the awards, explaining that it was sequel to a nationwide nomination and online voting process advertised through radio, television and newspaper publications.
He said it was initiated to honour and motivate those who develop solutions, initiatives and programmes as well as harnessing technology for the betterment of public services and digital governance.
In their separate remarks after receiving the awards, Dr. Kabiru Usman Hassan and Babayola Mohammed Isa thanked Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya CON for his tremendous support to them and their agencies as well as his administration’s interest and investment in digital governance and economy.
The event was graced by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, OSGF, Retired Federal Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ibrahim Jalo Daudu, Director-General, NASREA, Prof Aliyu Jauro, illustrious son of Gombe who also received an award at the occasion, among other dignitaries, as contained in a statement by Ismaila Uba Misilli, DG (Press Affairs), Government House, Gombe.