Inuwa Yahaya’s Moment of Honour and Reward As He Gets Second Term Ticket.

By Bola Saliu

For a man who has radically and demonstrably rewritten the socio-economic history of Gombe State within barely 3 years of his stewardship as Governor, Muhammdu Inuwa Yahaya’s emergence as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC for the second term running was merely a red carpet of honour and appreciation for his superlative performance and sterling leadership qualities.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya who stood as a sole aspirant in the APC primary election received an overwhelming affirmation through a voice vote of 563 accredited State delegates.

The Chairman APC Governorship Primary Election Committee in charge of Gombe State, Dr. Danjuma Dabo who presided over the exercise in the presence of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC led by the Gombe State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Umar Ibrahim declared Inuwa winner of the primary and affirmed him as standard bearer of the Party in Gombe State for the 2023 general elections.

Magnanimous as usual in victory, the APC flag bearer said, ” the overwhelming affirmation will spur me to deliver more dividends of democracy and build on successes recorded “.

Over the course of Yahaya’s term, his administration has recorded so much successes in education, security, healthcare, and agricultural transformation, human capital development even amidst daunting socio-economic challenges. In terms of his performance, Yahaya was particularly praised for uncommon feat in healthcare development and the ease of doing business”.

Going through the Inuwa Yahaya’s Mid-term report, it is obvious that his administration has moved the State far ahead of where he met the Infrastructure. Such remarkable commendations deserve a good reward.

This perhaps explains why Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s nomination and expression of interest forms for his re-election bid on the platform of the All Progressives Congress was purchased and presented to him by friends, associates and political support groups to ‘persuade’ him seek re-election in the 2023 gubernatorial election.

One can then safely submit that it was in appreciation of his sterling performance that Inuwa Yahaya was returned unopposed in the APC Governorship primary election like his Borno, Lagos and Kwara counterparts.

Even before the primary election, it was clear that Inuwa Yahaya is the man to beat at the gubernatorial election in Gombe. Recall that after submitting the nomination forms on behalf of the Governor, the Chief of Staff, Inuwa Kari expressed confidence that Governor Inuwa will win both the APC ticket and his re-election in 2023 general elections.

He said: “We have a saying in Gombe and I will say it in Hausa, ‘Ko Gezau’ either today, tomorrow or now we are ready for the elections, no shaking.”

APC boasts of a performance and feedbacks that guarantee its success at the next elections.

According to Kari, the bold imprint of Inuwa Yahaya’s administration is a compass for a huge success in the forthcoming election.

“Any person that goes to Gombe state now knows that Governor Inuwa Yahaya has transformed the state over the last three years. The people of Gombe are grateful for what he has done. You go to Gombe today, you know you’ll see a new Gombe. And like one of his colleagues said when he came a few weeks ago, he called my principal the quiet storm and reference point of purposeful leadership. Gombe has changed and Gombe is for the better. So I invite you to come to Gombe and see for yourselves. The Governor has succeeded in creating a clear development roadmap and has placed Gombe State on the trajectory of sustainable development through a 10-year plan known as Development Agenda for Gombe State”. Kari said with pride.

The citizens too appear to be a lot appreciative.”As far as Gombe is concerned, there is no vacancy in the Jewel in the Savannah. We want the Governor to come back in order to consolidate what he started”.Says Muhd El-Bonga Ibraheem.

Another citizen a business moguland chieftain of the APC, Dr Bala Bello, praised Inuwa Yahaya’s passion and ability to navigate Gombe State away from the messy and stagnated water like scenario he met the state when he assumed the leadership of the State. It was akin to saying Gombe was bankrupt.
Records have it that the immediate past Governor of the State, would tell those in PDP who were jostling to succeed them that he pitied the next Governor of Gombe because the next administration would struggle a lot to the extent that they may not be able to even pay salaries.
But here is Gombe State today, not only paying salaries but clearing all arrears and paying backlogs of pensioners dues.

The Inuwa Yahaya-led administration immediately coming on board, only struggled a bit, but thanks to the outstanding capacities of Governor Inuwa, the state was able to weather the storm. The governor collaborated with development partners and experts in order to outsource funds to the state. If he ha solely depended on the federal government, many things wouldn’t have been achieved today.Today, Gombe is one of the states that pays salaries promptly. While it is understandable that salary payment shouldn’t be applauded, it is pertinent to realize that some states owe civil servants several months.

During the inception of his administration, Governor Inuwa approved a whopping sum of N1.6 billion for gratuity to be paid in tranches. In March 2021,the sum of N755 million was released of the first tranche in order settle pension and gratuity; and in January this year, the second tranche of N755m was equally released. Interestingly, these are inherited expenditure dating back to 2012 where the PDP held sway and which enjoyed huge crude oil sell that culminated into a huge revenue for Nigeria as a whole.
Going further, Governor Inuwa successfully put up structures and friendly policies that attracted investments in Gombe. This therefore explains why Gombe was befittingly voted as the number one state in terms of ease of doing of business in Nigeria— ahead of states like Kaduna, Lagos, Kano, Rivers etc.
For the first time in the state’s history, Gombe recorded a huge rise in IGR under the leadership of Governor Inuwa Yahaya. In 2021, for example, Gombe generated a staggering N10 billion which is a huge increase compared to past figures. The above figure is an increase from that of 2020 where they generated N8 billion.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya has already exceeded the opposition’s expectations by clearing the mess they left behind.

Notwithstanding that Governor Inuwa came at a time Nigeria was on the threshold of another recession. Few months after taking over, the global pandemic hit the entire world where things got stagnated for a year. This didn’t deter him from his dreams of changing Gombe in order to make it great. It takes a very committed, visionary and exemplary leadership to have weathered the storm Inuwa Gombe State.
Gombe has recently been named as the most peaceful State in Nigeria and has been praised for it’s ability to manage its diversity issues without any ethnic conflagration. Many other tribes resident in Gombe feel most comfortable because of the State’s policy of equality for all residents who they refer and deal with as Gombe citizens.

An Ibo businessman, Osita Nwabugwu says ” We want him to come back and complete the plethora of network 11-100 road projects that seek to construct 100km of roads in every local government of Gombe. We want him to come back and complete the Muhammadu Buhari industrial park that will serve as the fulcrum of Gombe State’s industrial drive”.
His network of roads is a catalyst indeed for economic transformation of the State continued Nwabugwu.
“The gigantic project, if completed, will serve as a home to many industries, factories, as well as create jobs thereby adding to the development of not only Gombe but Nigeria as a whole”.

A Public Affairs commentator summarises the citizens expectations thus.”Inuwa Yahaya has exceeded expectations. Even members of the opposition know that the governor has performed and is still performing. They’re just playing games in the name of opposition politics which is what politics is all about anyway. One excellent terms surely deserves another superlative accomplishments from Inuwa Yahaya.

At the end of the Primaries it was a smooth sailing second term mandate for Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

In his acceptance speech, Governor Inuwa expressed gratitude to the Almighty Allah for giving him another opportunity to emerge as the APC flag bearer.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for “standing firm and for providing good leadership in Nigeria in this hard time that there is indeed a global challenge, as well as the APC Chairman,Senator Abdullahi Adamu for effectively coordinating the affairs of the party.

He praised and appreciated the citizens of Gombe for the unflinching confidence in their ability in him to continue to lead them.
” I am convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that the people of Gombe State are really very supportive and are ready to go with us because we move hand in hand to achieve all that we have mentioned to you in our manifesto and we are working in accordance with the guidance and perseverance of the leadership of the people”.

Governor Inuwa also thanked members of his team for supporting and working hard to produce results that have convinced the people of Gombe State, assuring that the confidence reposed in him through the affirmation would spur him to deliver more dividends of democracy to the people.
With the emergence of Inuwa Yahaya as the flag bearer again, it very obvious that Gombe State is up for another radical and dynamic lease of cosmopolitan development and prosperity for its citizens.

Saliu is an Abuja based media practitioner

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Projects: Gov. Inuwa Inspects Idi-Unguwa-Uku Malam-Inna Kagarawal Road, Gully Erosion Control Projects In Gombe.

…Expresses Satisfaction With Quality, Level Of Works

…Cautions Against Indiscriminate Dumping of Refuse On Water Canals, Encroachment Of Right Of Ways

…Government To Connect Sabon Kudi, Aliyu Modibbo Roads Through Dan Maliki Res.

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has inspected the ongoing gully erosion control and roads projects being undertaken by his administration in some areas of the state capital.

The places visited included the gully erosion control site at Herwagana and the 4.5km Idi-Unguwa-Uku-Malam-Inna-Kagarawal road.

At the erosion control site in Herwagana area, the governor noted that the menace of the removal of soil along drainage lines by surface water runoff has been one of the serious environmental problems affecting the state capital causing destruction of properties worth millions of Naira and disruption of businesses. This, he said, “prompted our government to come to your rescue and save the situation”.

The governor explained that there are more than 200 active gullies across Gombe State and most of them are within the vicinity of the state capital.

” You’ll recall that we had already executed the Gombe State University-Malam Inna erosion control works in collaboration with the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP with a view to addressing severe Gully Erosion problems in the short term, reduce vulnerability to soil erosion and climate variability in the medium term, such as our aforestation programme, the Gombe Goes Green Project”.

He promised to continue to work in collaboration with other development partners to address the problem of gully erosion in the state.

“we shall continue to work in collaboration with World Bank and Federal Ministry of Environment to address the problem of gully erosion and other related problems in Gombe State”, he vowed.

He warned people against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages to avoid flooding and other related consequences.

“People should avoid building houses or erecting structures on water ways and also stop the attitude of dumping refuse in the drainages. This obstructs free flow of water which may result into catastrophic flooding”, he warned.

The governor promised to construct a linking road parallel to the gully erosion site to ease movement of goods and services in the area.

Earlier speaking at the gully erosion site, the Commissioner of Works and Transportation, Engr Abubakar Bappah revealed that the gully in the area started expanding rapidly after the 2004 catastrophic flood that affected many parts of the metropolis . “Unfortunately, this problem did not receive the deserved attention until the coming of this administration”, he noted.

Responding on behalf of the benefiting communities, An APC stalwart, Alhaji Kawu Adamu Dan Malikin Gombe thanked Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for coming to their rescue at a time when their communities were battling with acute shortage of social amenities and environmental challenges. They pledged continued support to the good policies and programmes of Inuwa Yahaya-led Administration.

The governor also inspected the ongoing 4.5km Idi-Unguwa-Uku-Malam-Inna-Kagarawal Road initiated by his administration which has reached a considerable level of completion.

Speaking at the road site, Governor Inuwa expressed satisfaction with the speed and quality of the project.

“I am very impressed with the quality and speed of the work. In fact, the contractors have performed beyond expectation. With this rate, I am hopeful that the project will be completed in the next two months”, he said.

The governor cautioned the citizens to desist from illegal encroachment on right of ways, maintaining that it is on this pavements that other facilities such as streetlights and water pipes will be installed for the benefit of the people.

He urged the benefiting people to take ownership of the projects and safeguard them from anything that may affect their usefulness to the communities.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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Governor Inuwa Clinches Vanguard Newspaper’s Most Outstanding Governor of the Year Award.

Barely three days after receiving the Leadership Governor of the Year Award, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has again been honoured by Vanguard Newspaper, one of the foremost and reputable Newspapers in Nigeria as the the ‘Most Outstanding Governor of the Year 2021’.

The Award Ceremony which took place at the prestigious Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos, is an annual event that celebrates excellence, national pride, and service to humanity in governance, business, politics and other facets of human endeavour.

This year marks the 10th edition of the award which is tagged ‘Celebrating a Decade of Excellence’ and it held amidst pomp and pageantry with four Governors, Deputy Governors, Former Governors, Ministers, many heads of private sector organisations, diplomats, elder statesmen and other eminent personalities in attendance.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s award was presented to him jointly by former Governors of Akwa Ibom and Ogun States, Obong Victor Atah and Chief Olusegun Osoba respectively.

While presenting the Award, which was received by the Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau on behalf of Governor Inuwa Yahaya, Vanguard described the Gombe Governor as a befitting recipient, noting that after 25 years of existence as a state, the Jewel in the Savannah under the leadership of of the incumbent chief executive is clearly set on the path of a new dawn.

The Vanguard Board of Editors which scrutinised the credentials of the awardees before finally selecting them, indicated that the APC led administration in Gombe State has succeeded in creating a clear development roadmap and has placed Gombe State on the trajectory of sustainable socio-economic development through its 10-Year Development Plan known as the Development Agenda for Gombe State, DEVAGOM.

“There is a wide spectrum of giant strides by the current administration which has resulted in the provision of critical infrastructure, especially the completion of the regional and township roads, thereby catalysing an unprecedented economic vibrancy for Gombe State”.

Vanguard singled out Inuwa Yahaya from the pages of Gombe history as a leader who has been able to change the dynamics of socio-economic development of Gombe and put it on a remarkable pedestal of growth which has magnetized investors to the State.

Gombe State Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau told journalists, shortly after the ceremony, that Gombe State had been very methodical and meticulous with governance under Governor Inuwa Yahaya.

He said the State has placed a great emphasis on provision of critical infrastructure, like road network simultaneously so that development can be fast-tracked and goods and services can be delivered to the citizens faster.

Dr. Jatau also told the press that the peace and tranquility being enjoyed in Gombe is as a result of good management of the diversity of the citizens by the government.

He said further that in the security architecture of Gombe, nobody is left out.
“The traditional rulers, the local hunters, vigilantes and all the security agencies are all involved. It is not surprising therefore that Gombe was recently adjudged as the safest state in Nigeria”. He added.

The also attributed the influx of investors into Gombe not only to its relative peace but also because of its ease of doing business.

He commended Vanguard for helping to build a better society through the awards.

Chairman of the occasion, Obong Victor Attah said in his opening remarks, that the awards have been of immense benefit to the society given the calibre and accomplishments of the recipients over the years.

He said: “It is indeed a mark of distinction and well deserving. I congratulate Vanguard for sustaining the awards for 10 years.

In his address of Welcome, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye, GM/Editor-in-Chief, Vanguard Media Ltd., said the front line national newspaper is celebrating a decade of recognition without blemish.

“This year’s special edition themed; “A Decade of Excellence” is still in line with our desire to celebrate and award Nigeria’s finest individuals for their societal impact, excellence and outstanding achievements across different sectors and industries”.

The Gombe delegation to the award ceremony, which was led by the Deputy Governor, included the Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development, Muhammad Gambo Magaji and his Higher Education counterpart, Mr. Meshack Audu Lauco ( overseeing Commissioner of Information).

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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Leadership Governor of the year Award: MD Investment felicitates with Governor Yahaya.

The Gombe State Investment and Property Development Company heartily rejoice with His Excellency the Executive Governor of Gombe State Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya (Dan Majen Gombe) on his conferment as the Leadership Governor of the Year (2021) by the Leadership Newspaper.

Your Excellency this honour is a clear manifestation of your sterling leadership qualities that encapsulate into transparent and purpose driven leadership of Gombe State.

The reforms that you undertook in the last three years in sectors such as road, health, education, environment and the economy has since led to an unprecedented transformation of the State as a one stop shop in the ease of doing business in the country.

Sir, your choice as the leadership Governor of the year 2021 is a clear testament of your administrative acumen and political sagacity towards putting Gombe State on the path of sustainable social economic and infrastructural development.

Once again congratulations Your Excellency.

Sign; Muawuya Umar Faruq
MD Gombe State Government and Property Development Company.

Gombe SSG Thanked APC stalwarts, support for attending Unity Feast.

The Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi (Madakin Kaltungo) wishes to express his profound appreciation to APC supporters who turned out enmass on the 15th of May 2022 at his country home in Kaltungo to participate in a unity feast.

Special thanks goes to the Executive Governor of Gombe State His Excellency Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya (Dan Majen Gombe), the Majority Leader of the Gombe State House of Assembly and other Honourable Members of the House, the Commissioner of Higher Education, the chairman of Shongom Local Government Area and other senior political appointees to the Governor of Gombe State.

Others include bigwigs of the All Progressives Congress APC in the State, political support groups and their members and the hundreds of APC supporters from within and outside Kaltungo Local Government Area.

I am indeed overwhelmed and proud by believe and steadfastness in the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya in particular and APC in General.

It is my strong belief that all those who participated at the Unity feast got to their various destinations in sound health.

Once again thank you

Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi
SSG Gombe State.

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2023: Governor Inuwa Appears Before APC Governorship Screening Committee In Abuja

…Lauds Smooth Conduct Of Exercise

…Upbeat About APC Victory

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, earlier today, appeared before the All Progressives Congress, APC Governorship screening committee headed by Sen. Abubakar Sodangi ahead of the party’s primary elections.

Governor Inuwa, who is standing unopposed in the APC Governorship primary election in Gombe State, arrived the screening venue, Fraser Suites, Central Business District, Abuja around 2:pm and was received by party officials and panel members.

In a brief chat with newsmen after his screening, the Governor described the process as smooth and commended the panel members as well as the party leadership.

Recall that, while submitting his expression of interest and nomination forms which were purchased and presented to him by friends, associates and political support groups, the Governor was upbeat about victory for APC in Gombe State and the country at large.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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Eid el fitri: Gombe SSG host APC stalwarts, supporters to civic reception in Kaltungo.

……Says Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s second term bid non negotiable.

The last may not have been heard of the just celebrated Eid el fitri festival, this is because the Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has organised a reception to unwind with APC stalwarts and supporters in the spirit of celebration.

Addressing participants at the reception the chief scribe of Gombe State Professor Ibrahim Njodi thanked them to honouring the invitation which is aimed cementing relationship among the people of the area irrespective of ethno religious affiliations.

Professor Njodi extends Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s best wishes to the members of the Gombe State House from Gombe South Senatorial district for their support and solidarity throughout administration so far.

He said as the Secretary to the Gombe State Government he will continue to work for the benefit and progress of the Inuwa Yahaya’s administration.

The Commissioner of higher education Meshack Audu Lauco said Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s political disposition to Gombe south sentorial is one that is devoid of sentiments as some people tend to portray.

He said under the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa institutions of higher learning in the State have given their pride of place in the advancement of academic breakthroughs.

The chairman of Shongom Local Government Area Yohanna Nahari thanked the SSG for organising the reception to celebrate with the people of Kaltungo in the spirit of the just concluded eid el fitri festival.

He commended the SSG for been an excellent leader and a worthy ambassador to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s administration.

Nahari called on the people of Kaltungo Local Government Area to keep supporting those in position of authority so they can continue to provide the dividends of democracy.
The Shongom Local Government chairman described the concept of continuity in governance as imperative to the steady growth and development of any given society.

He also harp on the need for the people of Gombe south Senatorial district to unite and forge a common front as without unity of purpose no development can be achieved.

The majority leader of the Gombe State House of Assembly Hon Ladan Yerima Gaule commended the SSG for organising the reception to further cement the relationship that exists among the people of Gombe south Senatorial district.

He said the time has come for the people of Gombe south Senatorial district to unite and work for the common good of the people by amassing their political thoughts and actions towards his second term bid of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

He described the relationship between the Executive and legislature in Gombe State as cordial for the overall interest and benefit of the people of the State.

The Gombe South zonal Chairman of the APC Musa Wali Awak observed that the Secretary to the Gombe State Government is literally the only political appointee that projecting the party’s and Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s political ideology.

He said Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi will continue to occupy an important position in the political permutation of Kaltungo Local Government Area in particular and Gombe south in General.

The zonal chairman remarked that Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya deserves every support he can get from the people of Gombe south in order to actualize his second term ambition.

There were goodwill messages from some party bigwigs endorsing the second term bid of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

Joshua Danmalam information officer SSG’S Office
15/5/22

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Gombe SSG task Gombe State Water Board on effective water supply.

The secretary to the State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has tasks the Chairman and board members of Gombe State Water Board to redouble their efforts towards effective water supply which is key to human survival.

Professor Njodi threw the challenge when he granted audience to the newly constituted board members of the board by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya in his office Friday.

Njodi said as board members much is expected from them to deliver on the mandate given by government. ” You are to look at the issues on ground that needed government attention to ensure that water is provided to the citizenry as promised by present administration of Governor Inuwa Yahaya”

He further said that government on it part is spending a lot adding that the delivery of the commodity lies on the board and management urging them not relent in their mandate.

He advised them to prepare their roadmap with a view of presenting it to the governor during a courtesy anytime soon.

Earlier the Chairman of Water Board Engr. Yakubu El-rasheed said they were in the SSGs office to appreciate Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for finding them worthy for the appointment as Chairman and board members of the water board.

Yakubu who described Water as issue pegged to life says they will put in their best in towards the discharge of the tasks assign to them.

Joshua Danmalam information officer SSG’S Office.
13/5/22

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2023: Governor Inuwa Returns Nomination Forms, ‘Says No Shaking’ Gombe APC Ready For Polls

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has submitted his nomination and expression of interest forms for his re-election bid on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The forms were returned on behalf of the Governor by his Chief of Staff, Abubakar Inuwa Kari at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, accompanied by party stalwarts, officials and political associates.

Recall that both the expression of interest and nomination forms were earlier purchased and presented to the Governor by friends, associates and political support groups to enable him seek re-election in the 2023 gubernatorial election. The Governor is standing unopposed in the APC Governorship primary election like his Borno, Lagos and Kwara counterparts.

Speaking with newsmen after submitting the nomination forms on behalf of the Governor, the Chief of Staff, expressed confidence that Governor Inuwa will win both the APC ticket and his re-election in 2023 general elections.

He said: “We have a saying in Gombe and I will say it in Hausa, ‘Ko Gezau’ either today, tomorrow or now we are ready for the elections, no shaking.”

He also ruled out the recent defection in the state as a threat to Inuwa’s re-election in 2023.

He said: “We are taking the campaigns from the PDP, nobody is leaving the APC, yes we had a few defections a few months ago but people are trooping into the APC. We are solidly on ground and we are fully ready.

“Any person that goes to Gombe state now knows that Governor Inuwa Yahaya has transformed the state over the last three years. The people of Gombe are grateful for what he has done. You go to Gombe today, you know you’ll see a new Gombe. And like one of his colleagues said when he came a few weeks ago, he called my principal the quiet storm and reference point of purposeful leadership. Gombe has changed and Gombe is for the better. So I invite you to come to Gombe and see for yourselves. The Governor has succeeded in creating a clear development roadmap and has placed Gombe State on the trajectory of sustainable development through a 10-year plan known as Development Agenda for Gombe State”.

The Chief of Staff was accompanied by the Gombe State Commissioner of Finance, Malam Muhammad Gambo Magaji, APC Deputy National Financial Secretary, Hon. Hamma Adama Dattuwa Ali Kumo, Hon. Usman Aliyu Garry, board member, Gombe State Investment and Property Development Company, Auwwal Musa Bashir and other associates.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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Governor Inuwa Parleys NIPSS Executive Course Participants On Study Tour To Gombe.

…Tasks Them To Recommend Implementatable Policies, Strategies To Address Nation’s Challenges

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has challenged participants of Executive Course 44 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS not to see their study tour on Local Government Administration in the State as a mere routine but a call to service towards proffering practical and workable implementation strategies and solutions that will address the challenges of the country, especially at the grassroots level.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya gave this indication when he granted audience to NIPSS officials and participants of executive course 44 who are on a study tour of Local Government Administration in Gombe State.

The Governor stressed that the study undertaken by EC44 and other fellows should be truthful and objective so that Government at all levels can leverage on such report for better administrative performance.

“We know our problems better than anybody who’ll come to study or under study but we need to relate; so tell us the truth so we can rectify but be on the side of justice and make sure you recommend proper implementation strategy”.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya observed that lack of implementing previous reports and findings by research institutions and other relevant bodies has been the bane of Nigeria’s social, economic and political underdevelopment.

He told the team to assess local governance and performance in the state that the local system in Nigeria is rotten and needs an honest approach to be addressed.

He said: “You have come to study our local governments principally and I believe you have seen the rots, but I know you will do justice to what you have seen, but all I will ask you to do is to, when you make up your report, please take them on side of implementation.

“Don’t just go and file them and stock them somewhere else. We know our problems better than anybody, but we need to relate, tell us the truth so that we will rectify, but be on the side of justice, make sure you recommend proper implementation,” the governor said.

The Governor noted with dismay that inspite of the comparative advantage Nigeria has over China in terms of natural resources, the Asia country has since advanced to become one of the leading players in global economy and politics.

This quantum leap, Governor Inuwa Yahaya maintained, was made possible due to the foresight, visionary and exceptional leadership qualities produced by Beijing and other Asia countries like Singapore and Malaysia.

He noted that Nigeria has diviated from prioritising productivity to becoming a consuming nation, saying it is practically impossible for country to consume what it did not produce and expect to stay afloat.

On current security challenges rocking the country, especially the North East sub-region, Governor Inuwa Yahaya applauded efforts by security Agencies in the State but called for more proactiveness in dealing with the situation.

“Like any other State in this country, especially up north, our greatest challenge at the moment is security. Yes compared to other states ours is relatively peaceful, but we are getting the threat because the pressure that has been exerted on the insurgents from the Eastern end of Borno and Yobe and equally from the bandits, cattle rustlers and kidnappers from the North West “.

He said due to the relative peace in Gombe State and its location at the centre of the North East , criminal elements often take advantage of the quiet environment to hibernate and plan their nefarious acts, saying his administration, in collaboration with security Agencies, is doing all that is necessary to wade off possible breakdown of law and order.

Earlier in his remarks, the team lead of the Executive Course 44 of NIPSS, Dr. Emmanuel Mamman explained that they were in the State to undertake a study of Local Government administration in the State.

He said the theme for this year’s course is Strengthening Local Governance in Nigeria: challenges, options and opportunities.

Dr. Emmanuel Mamman commended Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for his developmental stride in infrastructural development such as health, road networks and economic empowerment.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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