As Muslims in Gombe state join other faithful all over the world to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Maulud tomorrow Thursday, 29th October, 2020, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has sent his goodwill message, calling on the ummah to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, humility, modesty and generosity as exemplified by the life and times of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( SAW).
The Governor also admonished both leaders and the led to use the occasion to draw lessons and inspiration from the virtues of service, peaceful co-existence and exemplary leadership of the Holy Prophet and give their best for the overall peace, unity, development and prosperity of the society.
He also sued for continued prayers for the peace, well being and prosperity of the state and the nation at large.
Governor Yahaya who emphasized the need for tolerance among the diverse people of the state, regardless of their differences, urged them to continue to be law abiding and guard jealously the relative peace and tranquillity Gombe State is enjoying by shunning all acts capable of jeopardizing same.
The Commissioner of Police CP. Ahmed Maikudi Shehu of Gombe State has commended the youths of the State for displaying high level of responsibility, calmness, perseverance and restraint in the face of threats and calls from other quarters with deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in the face of unwarranted provocation from other divisive elements hiding under the umbrella of ENDSARS protests currently going on in the Country.
In the Press Release signed by PPRO, Mrs Mary Malum said that the Commissioner of Police used the medium to appreciate the Gombe State Government for its support to the Police and other security agencies, adding that it is very unfortunate that other interests has hijacked these protests and are compounding their collective security in all the States. According to her, the Commissioner of Police, advise all relevant critical stakeholders, parents and youths at various levels to continue to prevail on their wards and subjects to remain peaceful in this trying times and shun any act that will likely cause breach of the peace in the State. He finally called on the public, particularly the residence of Gombe State and enjoined them to continue to support the Police with useful information that would promote harmony and general security in the State.
Earlier today, Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and other Governors, under the auspices of Northern States Governors Forum met in Kaduna where they discussed crucial matters with a view to forging a common front in addressing concerns arising from the ongoing #endsars protests and other challenges bedevilling the northern region.
The meeting was presided over by the Governor of Plateau state who is also the chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong and also attended by Governors of Borno, Jigawa, Niger, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Zamfara and Yobe states while Deputy Governors of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Kogi represented their Governors.
The position of the Northern Governors will be announced later through a communique to be read by the Forum’s chairman.
In it’s determination to provide quality education in the State, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya had on assumption in office provided counterpart funding to access the 2018 UBE marching grant which made it possible to commence the execution of projects across the 11Local Governments of the State in other to provide condusive teaching and learning environment.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya stated this at the Inauguration ceremony of BESDA State Safeguard Team and BESDA Safeguard and Local Government Education Regulating Teams at the Federal College of Education Gombe.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, the Governor said that already 1,466 and 928 head teachers in the selected Schools for the two literacy programs have been trained and relevant materials distributed to the pupils and teachers.
Njodi also noted that School Support Officers have been selected, trained and retrained to effectively support and supervised teaching and learning of literacy in Primary one of selected Schools.
The SSG said, “Government is not unmindful of the growing agitations for remuneration and promotions which started well before now. “I want to assure you that in the near future we will put smile in the faces of our golden teachers accross the State Afterall,no nation grows beyond the status of it’s teacher. And for our golden teachers, to whom much is given much is expected.” ” Our administration look up to you to change the tide in the quality of Education in Gombe State.’He added.
He changed members of the newly inaugurated Committee to work hard towards ensuring that children are protected in schools adding that as a responsible Government,we will not neglect our responsibility of protecting our children in School.
The Gombe State Commissioner of Education Dr. Habu Dahiru as well as the Executive Chairman State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB Gombe Hon. Babaji Babadidi both agreed that the State and Local Government Education Authority BESDA Safeguard teams are necessary for protecting students within the academic and non academic environment.
They praised Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for his passion towards repositioning the education sector through the expansion and renovation of both human and material resources within the Education sector.
The National BESDA coordinator in charge of Gombe State Dr. Sani Abdullahi said Gombe State comes top in the implementation of the BESDA program in the country expressing the hope of a continuity of the project if the world bank assisted programme comes to a close.
A total of 15 abducted children allegedly stolen from Gombe State has been recoverd by the State Government.
The Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Naomi J J Awak disclosed this to Journalists on Friday, adding that the alleged children were well accommodated, well fed, medically taken care off and were happy in their new homes. Mrs Naomi Awak lamented that some of the parents who claimed hold of the parentage of the affected children, one parent from Bauchi State and another parents from Asaba in Delta State hence the State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya decided to solve the crisis by stepping in and paid for the DNA test that was yet to come out to accertain the authenticity of the said parents of those children. According to her, the recovery of the stolen children were fast tracked by the active collaboration of the disbanded SARS in the state while 4 children had already been handled over to their parents.
The alleged children whose ages ranged from 2 years to 10 years incidentally spoke Igbo languages and bear Igbo names such as Okafor,etc She further revealed that that the children who were in the custody of the state government over one month, may be handled over to their parents when appropriate formalities and authentication of the real parents were accertained while efforts are in high gear to recover additional five children that was said to have been stolen from Gombe State. Later, the Commissioner said that the stolen children from the Gombe State was for the past five years. It could be recalled that when the news abducted children broke out and the state Commissioner of police, Mr Shehu Maikudi told Journalists that the alleged children were abducted by one Igbo woman and her cohorts who were specialized in child trafficking at the police headquarters in Gombe recently and both the suspects and its collaborators in crime were paraded to newsmen with the patriotic efforts of disbanded SARS in the state.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says his administration will continue to provide friendly atmosphere and enabling environment for all ethnic nationalities residing in Gombe State to attain their aspirations and contribute to the progress of the state.
The Governor was speaking when he played host to the members of Igbo community and other ethnic nationalities residing in Gombe led by the President General of the Igbo Community Development Association, Sir Ben Aruonu at the Government House.
The Governor noted that there have been flourishing trade relations between the people of Gombe state and the Igbos and therefore emphasized the importance of sustaining the unity and mutual understanding for the progress and development of the state and the nation as a whole.
He also stressed that the task of building the nation and Gombe state is a collective responsibility of all regardless of origins, saying the people stand stronger, live better and happier if they remain united.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya said his administration will continue to involve the Igbo and other ethnic nationalities in the issues of Governance in the State.
“Our pledge during the campaign was to create an environment that will make businesses to flourish and to expand the economy of the State to absorb all and sundry for the benefit of the people”
He said in view of the abundant human and natural resources that abound in the country, Nigerians have every reason to be proud of themselves, accommodate one another and create an environment where up coming generations will be proud of.
“Our relationship is supposed to be harmonious, of joy and happiness. Our relationship should be mutually beneficial. God has blessed this country abundantly in human and mineral resources. We have every reason to be proud of ourselves, to accommodate one another and to provide the ground on which our children and grandchildren will enjoy and have harmonious relationships. Our coming together is a source of strength,” he said.
The Governor said the decision to appoint Prince Chidebelu Ewuzie as his Special Adviser on inter- community relations was born out of government’s desire to foster unity a harmonious relationship in the state.
“Nobody could have done this better than Prince Ewuzie, knowing fully well that he started his life here and rose to become a successful businessman and an employer upon whom alot of people earn their livelihood especially in the construction industry”.
Governor Yahaya also guaranteed the Igbo community a piece of land they requested for to build a secretariat and a cultural centre, pledging same treatment to any other ethnic group residing in the State.
He equally promised the Igbo community and other ethnic groups in the State that his administration will give fair treatment to all in the areas of admission into the state’s institutions, job placements and business opportunities.
The President General of the Igbo Community Development Association in Gombe, Sir Ben Aruonu said they were at the Government House to appreciate Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for deeming it fit to appoint one of them, Prince Chidebelu Ewuzie as Special Adviser on inter community relations.
He described Governor Inuwa Yahaya as a peace maker and detribalized Nigerian calling on other Governors, particularly those in the South East to emulate the Gombe by appointing individuals of northern origin in their respective states so as to diffuse ethno religious lines hunting the country.
He appealed to the Igbo community to continue to support the present administration in Gombe State by paying their taxes to enable Government carry out developmental project.
During the visit, the Governor was formally conferred with the traditional title of Ome Udo Ndigbo 1 of Gombe ( Peace Maker)
Leaders of other ethnic groups, including the Tiv, Idoma, Ebira, Era Edo, Yoruba, Ngas, Margi among others were present during the visit.
Earlier today, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya inspected some ongoing township road projects to assess the progress of work.
He inspected the ongoing 1.2 KM road from Danaje in Gandu area which links up with the Idi express way.
The Governor also inspected the proposed 1KM Idi- Kasuwan Doya- Babban Layi- Main Market road as well as the 1.6KM Layin Kerosene- Jubilee junction road with spur in Herwagana area, all within Gombe metropolis.
He was taken round and briefed on the progress of work by officials of the Ministry of works and the project manager of Triacta, the company handling the projects.
In his remarks, Governor Yahaya appealed to the residents of the affected areas to cooperate with the construction firm as well as adhere with the government’s guidelines and avoid encroachments.
He noted that the roads to be constructed in those areas do not require demolition of structures, hence residents have no reason to panic over relocation, warning against encroachment into roadsides and other public spaces which he explained are usually left for installation of street lights, reticulation of water pipelines, laying of networks broadband lines and planting of trees.
The Governor, also re-opened the road linking Gombe prison with other roads in Shamaki area of Tudun wada and Tashan Dukku roads.
Governor Yahaya directed that the road which was closed about 7 years ago at the height of insurgency be re-opened to allow people of the area and other motorists plying the road have access to other link roads.
He noted, “Even roads earlier closed in Maiduguri where the insurgency hit the most have been re-opened for long, I therefore see no reason why this road will remain closed, especially taking into cognisance the peace and tranquillity we enjoy here in Gombe”.
The Governor said the road was re-opened after due consultation with Gombe Correctional Service authorities and other security agencies and therefore urged residents of the area to desist from violating the traffic rules as well as continue to maintain peace.
The Governor was accompanied on the inspection visit by the Secretary to the state Government, Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari, Commissioners, Special Advisers and other top Government functionaries.
Gombe state Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese conglomerate, TBEA Company Limited and Chinese Railway 18th Bureau Group, parent company of the EEC to generate 450 megawatts of electricity in three phases of 150 megawatts each from coal deposits in the state.
Speaking during the ceremony at the Government House, Governor Inuwa Yahaya described the signing of the MoU as another milestone in his administration’s determination to improve on the lives and means of livelihood of the people.
He said Gombe is one of the states richly endowed with human, solid minerals, forestry and agricultural resources but that several attempts overtime to find ways of improving the lives of the people through the natural endowments had not been followed to a logical conclusion.
” God Almighty has endowed Gombe with a lot of coal deposits, other solid minerals as well as oil and gas. You might have heard that recently I was at the villa to see Mr President on how we could fast track the process of exploiting the oil and gas deposits that the State is blessed with”.
The Governor said the State is equally making effort to harness the coal resources so that it can be used to generate power, stimulate industrial development and economic activities.
“We all know without power hardly could anything be achieved in the course of Industrialisation and bringing development to the people.
He said the meeting with TBEA Company Limited and Chinese Railway 18th Bureau Group which are the parent company of EEC Limited provides a golden opportunity for a mutual relation that will lead to power generation and trigger industrial development in Gombe, the north east and the entire country.
The Governor said after series of engagements, both the State and the two Chinese firms eventually agreed to consummate the pact through the signing of the MoU which will form the basis for the exploitation and utilisation of coal deposits in the State.
“So far it is only the Ashaka cement that is benefiting from the coal deposits in the State and when we visited Ashaka recently we discovered that the plant they are putting up will cover only about 18 megawatts”.
He explained that the agreement with the Chinese firms is going to be in three phases which will see each of these phases setting up a one hundred and fifty megawatts, enough to supply power to the north east and beyond.
He said, “by the end of phase 1,2 and 3, the partnership would have led to the generation of 450 megawatts for use in the State, the North East and the entire country for industrial growth as well as socio-economic development of the people.
The Vice President TBEA Company Limited, Chang Weijuin said their conglomerate which is into power generation for global market, has the capacity to harness the abundant human and natural resources Gombe is endowed with, particularly the coal deposits for the benefit of the people of the State.
He said the company is based in China but has markets in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, assuring the Governor that they will justify the confidence reposed in them and also keep their end of the MoU.
Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi signed the MoU on behalf of Gombe state Government with Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General, Zubair Muhammad Umar signing as a witness, while Mr. Chang Weijiun and Mr. Qin signed for TBEA and CR 18 group respectively.
It is assumed that one of the major features of the Nigerian geopolitical structure is the existence of Boundaries and intermittent disputes between communities in the same or probably in different local Government Areas as well as states. Most often are Boundary disputes which often leads to confrontations, deaths and constituted security risk to life, property and development hence the issue of Boundaries should be given a serious attention by stakeholders to avoid untold hardship such ulgy scenarios may likely create in the Zone..
Considering the seriousness it deserves, the Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya on Thursday hosted the Interactive Session of the National Boundary Commission and the Boundary Committees of States in the North East in Gombe with emphasize that boundary matters played a key role in the economy and security of the North East Zone as well as the Nation as a whole.
He further noted that disputes over farmlands are serious challenges which the limits of territories tend to lead to the loss of lives and destruction of property if not properly managed and handled effectively. When such happened, the occurrences could hamper the sources of livelihood for the people in the North East Zone and affected them drastically thereby contributing to abject poverty, food insecurity and a rise levels of violent crimes and criminalities. To provide a permanent framework for managing boundary issues and preventing boundary- related conflicts, the Federal Government established the National Boundary Commission which similar arrangements were made at the state and local government levels with the mandate to settling up boundary Committees to handle such challenges that may arise. The Governor stressed that the occasion was designed to create a forum to discuss roles, expectations and contributions of individuals, organized groups and other stakeholders state, local Government Areas and community levels for the effectiveness. The Governor therefore charged the Boundary managers to be determined, attentive and favorably disposed towards learning and contributing positively to the interactive session which drew the stakeholders from Bauchi, Yobe, Gombe, Borno Taraba and Adamawa states for the two-day programs. “You are assembled here in pursuit of relevant knowledge that will position you to execute your mandates timely and appropriately as managers of our Boundaries, you must also not fail to recognize the fact that your duties are sacred trusts which must be faithfully discharged to the best of your abilities in order to engender peace and development along Boundary corridors in this subregional”. “In order to promote development within and a long all our Boundaries, there must be not only peace, as defined by the absence of war, but also an atmosphere of tolerance and harmonious coexistence, we all have a role to play in establishing an atmosphere where people have a good understanding of our Socio-Cultural diversity, the strength that comes with it and thus are willing to live together in harmony with one another”. Yahaya assured them that at the end of the engagement,they would be more acquainted with their expected roles individually and collectively towards managing their Boundaries and it was however sad to also note that the differences in the perception of Boundary limits as well as claims and counter claims have tended to cause disunity and animosity amongst the people should reduce drastically as the Governor was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau at the occasion. The Governor who developmental- oriented therefore charged them with the task of coming up with strategies that would address the misconception of interstate Boundaries in the Zone, so that they can focus on other people- oriented developmental projects rather dissipating energies and resources to quell Boundary crisis. Reiterating the need to be both proactive and strategic in to proffering solutions to Boundary disputes dispassionately with the sole aim of fostering peace and cordial relationship amongst the border dwellers assured the Director- General, National Boundary Commission that he would not hesitate to encourage his colleagues the Governors of the states of North East to support the work of the Commission if they articulate their recommendations properly to support the quick definition of the boundaries in the Zone. The Governor added they may request the North East Development Commission to support them so that the Boundaries of the states of North East are quickly defined as Gombe State is well known for peaceful coexistence, ethno religious, tolerance, social cohesion and hospitality.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State says his administration will continue to work with the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON to ensure that hajj operations are made easier and affordable for intending muslim pilgrims in the State.
The Governor stated this when he played host to the management staff of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria led by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan.
He said since NAHCON is being managed by men of God it presupposes that transparency and proper management of resources will be the hallmark.
Governor Inuwa lauded the commission for upgrading a mosque, transit hostel and other facilities at the Gombe hajj camp, assuring NAHCON that the State will continue to partner with it to ensure that hajj operations are made affordable, easier and leisurely for all intending muslim pilgrims in the State.
He said the wise counsel proffered by the commission will be beneficial to both the State Government and the state p ilgrims welfare board in particular.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya explained that his administration has the intention to make the difference because of the new resolve permeating the current system which is tailored towards taking the people out of bondage.
“For me I feel leadership is the ability to take people from where there is nothing to where there is alot for every body to enjoy and if you are not able to deliver on that then you have failed”.
He said the intention of the Commission was quite noble especially in its products and services which come in the package of a saving scheme for easy hajj operations to the digitization of its operations.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan said they were in the State to review the commission’s plan of action with a view to amendments and further investment in the Gombe hajj camp.
He disclosed that NAHCON, in conjunction with Jaiz bank is floating a saving scheme which allows intending Muslim Pilgrims to gradually save for hajj without recourse to selling their property or over burdening themselves for the spiritual journey.
The NAHCON Chairman told his host that the commission had carried out renovation and rehabilitation work at the male and female transit halls and a mosque at the Gombe hajj camp.