BaSAM Gets New Executives
By Bashir Hassan Abubakar
Inline with it’s terms of reference (ToR), the Bauchi State Accountability Mechanism for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (BaSAM for MNCH) has elected new executives to run it’s affairs for the next two years.
The election of the new executives follows a meeting of it’s members to review the ToR and also restructure BaSAM leadership in the state.
The restructuring of the leadership hierarchy saw the creation of additional offices of Deputy Co-chairs, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Financial Secretary accordingly.
At the end of election, Dr. Dayyabu Mohammed and Mallam Sabo Jama’are ( from BSPHCDA) were elected unopposed to serve as the co-chair and deputy co-chair from government side, while the co-chair and deputy co-chair from civil society organizations saw the emergence of Mallam Ibrahim Ladan Wunti and Zainab Lawal Hassan who are to also serve in that capacity.
For the offices of Secretary and Assistant, Mr. John Abu and Mubarak Mohammed were also elected unopposed, while the Anita Turaki and Haruna Sulaiman clinch the offices of Treasurer and Financial Secretary respectively.
In an acceptance on speech on behalf of the elected officials shortly after their inauguration, the secretary of Mr. Abu thanked members for entrusting the responsibility of leading them and steering the affairs of BaSAM. He also pledged justify the confidence reposed in them.
Earlier before the election, the technical advisor of Options, (Technical Partners, implementing Mamaye E4A Project in Bauchi State), Hameed Adediran, took members of BaSAM through some presentations that was centered around good governance, roles and responsibilities of BaSAM leadership that is in line with it’s ToR.
Adediran stressed on the need for documentation of activities and ensuring sustainability of BaSAM beyond E4A Mamaye Project.
Also, a Senior Evidence Advisor of E4A Mamaye Project, Mr Ali Bwala facilitated a technical group session on self assessment of BaSAM performance using the SWOT analysis which focuses on weaknesses and strength of the coalition. This according to him, will make BaSAM stronger in carrying out it’s activities and also identify gaps for capacity building.
BaSAM is a coalition of stakeholders drawn from health related MDAs, CSOs and the media.The coalition was initiated by Evidence 4 Action, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded program tagged Mamaye Project.
The project seek to influence policy and implementation issues around MNCH using evidence as an advocacy tool for improvement in MNCH and other related health issues.
Over the years E4A Mamaye Project has been providing technical support to BaSAM and other benefiting states in Nigeria.