Gombe Governor says APC Government on course in meeting electorate’s aspirations.

…Says measures are in place to address socio-economic challenges

…as Hon. Usman Kumo empowers constituents

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has said that the governing All Progressives Congress, APC is on course in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the electorate in line with its next level agenda.

The Governor was speaking in Kumo town, Akko Local Government area at the flag-off of Youths and Women Empowerment Programme initiated and sponsored by member representing Akko federal constituency, Hon Usman Bello Kumo.

Governor Yahaya said during the last election, then APC pledged change and good governance in their respective capacities and therefore owe it a duty to keep their words through programmes and projects that will improve the lives of the people they represent.

He said elected officials from Gombe state have resolved to adopt a common stand in line with their campaign promises to better the lives of their respective constituents.

He said in the last 10 months, the APC government in Gombe state has put in place measures that will help address socio-economic challenges and infrastructural decay, vowing to continue to pursue people oriented policies for the benefit of the citizenry.

Governor Yahaya hailed Hon. Usman Bello Kumo for his empowerment initiative of distributing 120 each of motorcycles and sewing machines, power generation sets and cash donation to over 400 constituents as a start up capital for small scale businesses.

He noted that the items and cash grant, if properly handled and utilized by the beneficiaries, will no doubt have positive multiplier effect on their immediate communities and go a long way in improving their economy and reducing unemployment among the youths.

He urged other lawmakers to borrow a leaf from Hon. Kumo by initiating programmes that have direct bearing on the lives of their constituents.

Governor Yahaya used the occasion to appreciate president Muhammadu Buhari, National Assembly and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress for the laudable achievements recorded by the Federal government in all facets of human endeavours.

Speaking earlier, the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase said what he witnessed in Kumo has apparently showed how satisfied the constituents in Akko Federal Constituency are with Hon Usman Bello Kumo’ s representation at the green chamber.

He expressed optimism that APC has come to stay in the state for no reason other than the style of leadership which people are yearning for, noting that Hon. Kumo will be remembered in history as someone who has touched the lives of his constituents in many positive ways.

In his remarks at the occasion, Hon. Kumo, who is also the Chairman of the House committee on Police Affairs, said he initiated the empowerment programme in order to support women and youths to be economically independent and self reliant, reiterating his pledge to remain resolute to the yearnings of his people.

Hon. Kumo reiterated his loyalty and support to Governor Inuwa Yahaya and the All Progressives Congress.

Co- Chairmen of the event, Sen. Sa’idu Umar Kumo and Alhaji Abubakar Habu Muazu commended Hon. Usman Kumo for always working in the interest of his people, calling on him to maintain the tempo.

Both leaders declared their unalloyed support to the lawmaker and his future aspirations.

State APC Chairman, Mr. Nitte Amangal also expressed satisfaction with the representation of Hon. Kumo at the National Assembly, saying the lawmaker is working in tandem with the party’s ideologies.

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of empowerment items, including motorcycles, sewing machines, power generation sets and other materials.

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Full text of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s speech at the 1st North east governors consultative meeting held in Gombe.

It is my great pleasure to warmly welcome Your Excellencies, my dear colleagues from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Taraba and Yobe States to this historic, all-important occasion.

  1. The aim of this historic consultative meeting is to close ranks among our States and chart a way forward for the North-East subregion, it will give us the chance to interface and dialogue on the ways to follow in order to attain our aspirations and objectives.
  2. Over the last decade, the North-East subregion has been in the news for various reasons. A devastating insurgency that kills thousands of people and displaces millions, debilitating climate change effects that endanger the livelihood of millions of people along the Chad basin and beyond, coupled with desertification with its attendant environmental damage has led to a systematic decline in the quality of life of our people, making the NE the most underdeveloped subregion in the country.
  3. As leaders, we have to take on these challenges with all sense of responsibility. More so because, the things that unite us are far more than the ones that divide us. We are one people bound by common geography, history and destiny. Poverty, disease, hunger and agony have no eyes. The resultant effect of all these which originated from the BH insurgency has led to the current state of dilapidation in the quality of life of our people.
  4. The prevailing security situation poses an existential threat to our subregion. And therefore, necessitate the need for us to convene this gathering in order to come up with a united front that can address our collective challenges as a subregion. I’m sincerely grateful to my colleagues and brothers from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Taraba States for answering this call. History will remember us for this bold initiative
  5. The security situation and its attendant humanitarian effects usher in a donor industry that has its pros and cons. On one side, donor agencies provide the much-needed interventions to stabilize our communities and prevent an all-out humanitarian emergency, on the other side, some unscrupulous elements/entities are seeking to commercialize the suffering of our people. The solutions, my dear colleague and brothers, is not to throw away the baby with the bathwater. The solution lies in our ability to create, implement and enforce a common regional framework for coordinating donor-driven humanitarian interventions across our subregion. I have already shared these concerns privately with all of you at different fora. On our part, Gombe State has created an office to properly coordinate the activities of donor agencies and development partners. Even as we remain grateful to our local and international partners for their help, the solutions to our problems must spring from within rather than outside, if it has to be sustained.
  6. Another corollary to the security situation and under-development in the North-East is the establishment of the North East Development Commission, the NEDC. We are grateful to the President and the national assembly for this timely intervention. But beyond all the slogans, we must be willing to learn lessons from our history. For the NEDC to position itself as a truly development agency that is capable of creating positive impacts on our people, it must avoid the pitfalls of similar agencies like the NDDC in the Niger Delta. The NEDC should operate as a unique driver of development in the subregion. This can be achieved by creating a strong synergy with all our States and promoting wider consultation among relevant stakeholders. The objective of the NEDC should not be just to execute projects, but to execute those projects that have immediate impacts on our population, that increase the resilience and capacity of our people and institutions to deal with both present and emerging challenges.
  7. Your excellencies, the issue of the Lake Chad Basin is another topic that affects our livelihood on a regional scale. Over the past 6 decades since independence, the Lake Chad has shrunk to 1/10th of its original size. This deteriorating state of affairs pose serious threats to our security and livelihood. The shrinking Lake Chad Basin has led to the loss of livelihoods for millions of our people who rely on the Lake Chad for food as farmers, fishermen and traders. it has also led to declining fauna and flora, thus pushing our nomadic population south-ward, bringing them into contact with farmers and exacerbating farmer-herder tensions with all its awful consequences. The Lake Chad is no less an international issue as it is regional to us, and we must maintain close collaboration with our neighbors in the Chad basin through the federal government to reverse the receding basin and the debilitating effects that are fueled by climate change. The solution to this problem is generational, it cannot be achieved in one single term or by a single government. That’s why we launch a tree planting campaign in Gombe that is committed to planting 4 million trees under the Gombe Goes Green Initiative, to combat desertification, soil erosion and deforestation. Efforts are also in place to phase out firewood and tree-felling in order to transit our people to sustainable energy sources.
  8. Power supply is another issue of great concern to our people. Electricity is one of the biggest enablers of development through large scale industrialization and the proliferation of small-scale businesses. Our ongoing challenges with power transmission and distribution have been of great concern to all of us. While we are open to developing and diversifying our energy mix in order to power our homes and industries, we should work towards creating the enabling environment for peace, stability and economic development in our subregion.
  9. The issue of the Mambilla Hydropower plant is central to the development and industrialization of our region and the country at large. As the largest such project in the country and the second largest in Africa, the project offers great opportunity towards regional energy independence and prosperity. We are glad to hear that all the legal issues surrounding the project have been resolved and the project will soon takeoff. Our people have been waiting for this for too long. Given the size of the project and the potential impacts it will have on regional and local economy, we are pleased by the executive order 5 signed by Mr. President requiring international companies to ensure 30% local content participation in all projects. This opens up a lot of opportunities for our artisans, engineers, welders, fabricators, suppliers, manufacturers across all segments of the entire project value chain. On our part, we have to do everything to prepare our people so as to take good advantage of those opportunities.
  10. The discovery of oil in the North-East has been received with great fanfare by our people. Oil and gas no doubt open up a new window of opportunity for our people, but it also comes with its own challenges. The narrative of resource curse in the developing world (especially Africa) is one that we must all try to avoid. The experience of the Niger Delta is there for all of us to see. We have seen how oil exploration without commensurate investment in the development of local host communities endangered the livelihood of our indigenous communities and created an explosive cocktail of social, political and economic discontents.
  11. To avoid this scenario, we need to promote collective ownership and shared responsibility in the management of our region’s oil wealth. This means, first investing in the welfare and education of host communities to enable them drive the process and committing oil companies to a set of best practices in oil exploration, exploitation, environment management and sustainability.
  12. Today, our subregion stands on the crucible of history, at a moment of serious challenges. But beyond those challenges lies great opportunities. Our subregion is well endowed with a fertile land and precious solid minerals, coupled with our hardworking and industrious people, the challenge is now on us leaders to harness our tremendous human and material potential a colossal scale that will put our region on the path of long-term growth and sustainable peace and prosperity. This dream, my dear colleagues and brothers, is achievable only if we come together via a united front that is galvanized to confront our challenges. The decisions we make as leaders today will determine the fate of our region tomorrow. The ball is now in our courts.
  13. Once again, I thank all my colleagues for honoring our invitation. It is my belief that the outcome of this consultation will open a new chapter of cooperation and development for our people. I wish everyone a safe return to their various destinations.

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Gombe Governor breaking new grounds in Basic Education, Babadidi.

The Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB Gombe Hon. Babaji Babadidi says the policy direction of Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya towards Basic Education in the state is such that the sub-sector will witness a paradigm shift that has never been seen before in the state.

Hon Babaji Babadidi who stated this recently at the sideline of the flag off of the distribution of school uniforms and bags containing writing materials to pupils in public schools by Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya in Bajoga said in less than six months the Board has constructed and renovated over 400 schools across the state.

He praised Governor Inuwa Yahaya for establishing the Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) a development he which he says has so far taken over two hundred thousand out of school children back to school.

The Gombe SUBEB chairman appeal to parents and guardian to support government policy in this regard by sending their children to school.

The flag off of the distribution of school uniforms and bags containing writing materials to pupils in the state by Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya is one of the numerous effort by the present administration in Gombe state to increase enrolement and enhance the quality of teaching and learning.

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North East Governors to meet in Gombe.

Governors of the North East states are to meet in Gombe tomorrow, Thursday to discuss issues of common interests.

The meeting, the first of its kind, will be hosted by Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya. It will discuss among other things, regional challenges, including security, economy and infrastructure.

Other issues to be tabled for deliberations include the discovery of hydrocarbon deposits in the North East, prospects and problems of power generation and the role of Discos.

The Governors will receive presentation from the North East Development Commission ( NEDC) on exploring the potentials of the commission for infrastructure and human capital development of the subregion.

The one-day meeting is expected to set the stage for regular engagement and consultation among governors in the region. At the end of the meeting, the governors will issue a communique outlining areas of common interest and agreements among the 6 Northeastern States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Yobe and Taraba.

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BESDA: Gombe Governor flags-off distribution of school uniforms, writing materials for pupils.

…As Gombe state constructs, renovates over 400 schools

…Governor Yahaya undertakes to sponsor education of visually impaired pupil

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has flagged- off the distribution of school uniforms and bags containing writing materials to pupils in public schools and girl-child learning centers in the state.

Performing the exercise in Jalingo Primary School, Furnakaye Local Government area, the said the distribution of the materials demonstrates his administration’s commitment to improving the quality of education in the state through the provision of instructional materials and basic support to pupils in various public schools across the state.

The Governor expressed the hope that the gesture will help increase enrolement level and enhance the quality of teaching and learning in public schools with a view to producing pupils who will go on to excel in higher stages of life in the future.

He lamented that over the years Gombe state used to be ranked among the poorly performed states in national examinations, as such his government saw the need to change the narrative through sound education policies.

Governor Yahaya added that his administration met an education system that was ravaged by inadequate and decayed infrastructure, large number of out-of school children and a teaching work force that is poorly trained and motivated.

The Governor said through concerted effort, the state government declared a state of emergency in the sector and deployed a broad based approach to deal with the educational challenges in the state.

He said government took necessary actions to improve basic literacy level by venturing into the Federal Government/ World Bank project of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) to ensure the mopping up of out of school children and returning them back to formal learning centres.

” Among other steps taken was conversion and renovation of the dilapidated and abandoned almajiri school in Kwami into a teacher training centre to serve as a capacity building citadel for teachers in the state”.

Governor Yahaya lauded the concerted efforts by BESDA and SUBEB as well as development partners such as USAID and UNICEF for supporting the state towards revamping the standard of education in the state through training and retraining of teachers.

“Other areas of focus in improving education in the state is the renovation of schools across the state to ensure that a conducive atmosphare of learning is put in place for pupils and teachers”.

He added that from September 2019-March 2020 Gombe state government through BESDA project was able to enroll over two hundred thousand out of school children, ranging from almajiri/tsangaya school category to girl-child education.

The governor who urged traditional leaders and parents to suppport government in the sensitization and mobilization, also charged the SUBEB and BESDA officials to be fair and transparent in distributing the materials.

He told the gathering that his administration is committed to free sponsorship of all wards with disability, pledging to personally sponsor an Eight year old visually impaired pupil, Muhammad Ahmad who was at the occasion with the help of a guide.

He said he will personally fund from his pocket, the educational expenses of the boy from primary to any level he aspires to attain.

Commissioner of Education, Dr Habu Dahiru assured the gathering that state ministry of education will continue to ensure the statutory mandate of the ministry of promoting quality educational policies are sustained.

He noted that the ministry closely supports and monitors the basic education projects to ensure the project becomes a success.

The Commissioner commended Governor Yahaya for re-introducing the mock examination which he said will henceforth be used as a yardstick of students’ sponsorship in WAEC/NECO.

Dr Habu Dahiru expressed optimism that the restored policy will make impact on students performance in the senior school certificate examinations.

In his welcome address, the BESDA state Coordinator, Dr Abdullahi Bappah Garkuwa lauded educational initiatives of Governor Yahaya administration and committment of other development partners for supporting BESDA project, attributing the successes recorded by the project in the state to Governor Yahaya’s positive disposition.

Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board Hon. Babaji Babadidi attributed the menace of out of school children to poverty, socio- economic, cultural benefits and security challenges, applauding Governor Inuwa Yahaya for taking necessary measures to nip the situation in the bud.

Over 200, 000 pupils are expected to benefit from the free distribution of uniforms and learning materials.

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BESDA: Gombe Governor flags-off distribution of school uniforms, writing materials for pupils.

…As Gombe state constructs, renovates over 400 schools

…Governor Yahaya undertakes to sponsor education of visually impaired pupil

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has flagged- off the distribution of school uniforms and bags containing writing materials to pupils in public schools and girl-child learning centers in the state.

Performing the exercise in Jalingo Primary School, Furnakaye Local Government area, the said the distribution of the materials demonstrates his administration’s commitment to improving the quality of education in the state through the provision of instructional materials and basic support to pupils in various public schools across the state.

The Governor expressed the hope that the gesture will help increase enrolement level and enhance the quality of teaching and learning in public schools with a view to producing pupils who will go on to excel in higher stages of life in the future.

He lamented that over the years Gombe state used to be ranked among the poorly performed states in national examinations, as such his government saw the need to change the narrative through sound education policies.

Governor Yahaya added that his administration met an education system that was ravaged by inadequate and decayed infrastructure, large number of out-of school children and a teaching work force that is poorly trained and motivated.

The Governor said through concerted effort, the state government declared a state of emergency in the sector and deployed a broad based approach to deal with the educational challenges in the state.

He said government took necessary actions to improve basic literacy level by venturing into the Federal Government/ World Bank project of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) to ensure the mopping up of out of school children and returning them back to formal learning centres.

” Among other steps taken was conversion and renovation of the dilapidated and abandoned almajiri school in Kwami into a teacher training centre to serve as a capacity building citadel for teachers in the state”.

Governor Yahaya lauded the concerted efforts by BESDA and SUBEB as well as development partners such as USAID and UNICEF for supporting the state towards revamping the standard of education in the state through training and retraining of teachers.

“Other areas of focus in improving education in the state is the renovation of schools across the state to ensure that a conducive atmosphare of learning is put in place for pupils and teachers”.

He added that from September 2019-March 2020 Gombe state government through BESDA project was able to enroll over two hundred thousand out of school children, ranging from almajiri/tsangaya school category to girl-child education.

The governor who urged traditional leaders and parents to suppport government in the sensitization and mobilization, also charged the SUBEB and BESDA officials to be fair and transparent in distributing the materials.

He told the gathering that his administration is committed to free sponsorship of all wards with disability, pledging to personally sponsor an Eight year old visually impaired pupil, Muhammad Ahmad who was at the occasion with the help of a guide.

He said he will personally fund from his pocket, the educational expenses of the boy from primary to any level he aspires to attain.

Commissioner of Education, Dr Habu Dahiru assured the gathering that state ministry of education will continue to ensure the statutory mandate of the ministry of promoting quality educational policies are sustained.

He noted that the ministry closely supports and monitors the basic education projects to ensure the project becomes a success.

The Commissioner commended Governor Yahaya for re-introducing the mock examination which he said will henceforth be used as a yardstick of students’ sponsorship in WAEC/NECO.

Dr Habu Dahiru expressed optimism that the restored policy will make impact on students performance in the senior school certificate examinations.

In his welcome address, the BESDA state Coordinator, Dr Abdullahi Bappah Garkuwa lauded educational initiatives of Governor Yahaya administration and committment of other development partners for supporting BESDA project, attributing the successes recorded by the project in the state to Governor Yahaya’s positive disposition.

Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board Hon. Babaji Babadidi attributed the menace of out of school children to poverty, socio- economic, cultural benefits and security challenges, applauding Governor Inuwa Yahaya for taking necessary measures to nip the situation in the bud.

Over 200, 000 pupils are expected to benefit from the free distribution of uniforms and learning materials.

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Gombe to begin construction of Madaki- Bamusa- Yelenguruza road.

…as Governor Inuwa Yahaya flags-off payment of compensation for affected property

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has urged residents affected by road construction projects to comply with government’s directive of vacating the compensated structures within the scheduled period, saying their prompt compliance will facilitate timely take off and completion of the project.

The Governor was speaking during the flag-off of payment of compensation to residents of Madaki, Bamusa and Yelenguruza whose property were affected in the road construction project planned to be executed by the state government.

He said despite the lean resources in government coffers, his administration will ensure lives of citizenry are improved from all facets of human endeavours

Governor Yahaya said road network construction across the eleven LGAs of the state is one of his administration’s priorities and therefore urged the host communities to cooperate with the construction companies for a hitch free project.

“Residents’ prompt compliance will enable the construction companies mobilize to site for project take off and possibly complete before rainy season begins”.

He said government will henceforth ensure due process in land allocation and sale of plots by individuals, warning that government will not take it lightly with any person found violating land allocation laws.

“During our campaigns, we pledged improving your lives in all facets of human endeavours, we therfore have to keep to our words no matter the economic status of the state because the resources belong to the people “.

Speaking earlier, the Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development Mohammed Gambo Magaji, who is the Chairman of the compensation payment committee, said about 109 affected persons will be presented with cheaques of about 80 million naira by the state government.

The commissioner for Works and Transport, Engineer Abubakar Bappah in a remark said the idea of the road project in the 3 communities was conceived since year 2012 but could not be reaized until the present administration came on board.

He said the residents of Madaki, Bamusa and Yelenguruza over the years experienced flood and other environmental threats as a result of lack of roads but if this project is completed the sad experience will soon be a history.

Speaking on behalf of the host communities, the Senior District Head of Gombe, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abubakar Umar thanked governor Yahaya for making the road projects in the 3 communities a reality.

He said after years of project expectations by the residents of the area, eventually governor Yahaya made their dream a reality.

He said traditional and community leaders are fully committed to suppprting government in whatever task they are found relevant in the course of the project implementation.

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Mai Tangle throws weight behind state of emergency on education.. as teachers in Gombe South commits to revamp sector.

Head Teachers in Gombe South says the declaration of state of emergency by Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya on the educational sector is a worthy course that need the buy in of all men of good will.

The teachers where speaking at a one interactive session organise by the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB for Head Teachers in Gombe South with the topic “Effective Teaching and Learning a student centered approach.”

The interactive session which was held at the Federal government College  Billiri, climax the series of engagements Head Teachers in Gombe State have had with Gombe SUBEB to re-orient and re-position their minds towards correcting the abnormally in the basic educational sub-sector.

Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB Gombe Hon. Babaji Babadidi says Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya is committed to revamping the Educational sector through the provision of condusive learning environment and teachers welfare among other.

Babadidi enjoin the teachers to rededicate themselves to duty and to desist from any act that is capable of landing them into trouble.

The Mai Tangle Dr. Abdul Buba Mai sheru II said the interactive session organise by SUBEB for Head Teachers could not have come at a better time when the present administration is pursuing the path of peace, unity and progress through quality education.

The royal father who was represented at the occasion thanked Gombe SUBEB for the laudable initiative.

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Gombe SSG got pat on the back for Unimaid Gombe Study Centre.

The Secretary to the Gombe State Government Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has been eulogies for establishing the University of Maiduguri Centre for Distant Learning Gombe Study Centre, Gombe State.

Students Chairman of the University of Maiduguri Centre for Distant Learning Gombe Study Centre Malam El-Bashir Ibrahim gave this eulogy when he led a cross section of pioneer students to the office of the SSG on a courtesy visit.

The pioneer students who have just finish writing their final examinations told Prof. Njodi through El Bashir that they were in his office to thank him for making their dreams of becoming graduates a reality.

“But for the former Vice Chancellor who brought the University of Maiduguri Gombe study Centre to the state, many of us wouldn’t have attain this educational feat ” El Bashir was quoted as saying.

He said the entire students of the Centre will continue to remain grateful to the SSG for maximizing his office as a one time Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri to establish the Gombe Study Centre.

Responding the Secretary to the Gombe state government Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi who was visibly happy to see the product of his effort, congratulated the pioneer students on their graduation and charge them to aspire for more academic laurels.

He said all over the world Open and Distant Learning Centres have proofed to be an effective medium through which millions of people across the globe acquired tertiary education.

Prof. Njodi said like any other certificate from a Nigerian University, the Certificates of Open and Study Centres are the same and therefore called on the graduating students to see themselves as full fledged graduates.

While appreciating the foresight of the students in remembering his efforts Prof. Njodi promise host the entire pioneer students to an occasion.

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Gombe gets new Court of Appeal.

…..as Governor Inuwa Yahaya pledges support to ensure quick dispensation of justice

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has expressed optimism that the new Court of Appeal division will help promote faster adjudication of judicial matters and increase access to justice for the people.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya who gave this indication at the commissioning /inaugural Court Session of the Gombe Division of the Court of Appeal held at the temporary Court complex, Tudun Wada in Gombe metropolis, said the establishment of the Court in the state marks an important milestone in the development of the Judiciary.

He noted that since its establishment in 1976, the Court of Appeal has continued to serve as an intermediary and appellate tribunal between the Supreme Court and the lower courts.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya observed that over the years, the appellate court has witnessed expansion with a view to enhancing swift and efficient administration of justice.

“It is for the respect I have for the constituted authority, rule of law and the principle of separation of powers that saw to the support of this government for the judiciary which has a crucial role in nation building”.

He commended the role played by the President of the Court of Appeal and other well meaning individuals in making the dream of the establishment of the appellate court in Gombe a reality.

While paying glowing tribute to Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa for her contribution to the growth and development of the Judiciary in the country, the Governor said it is for this reason that the state government deemed it fit to name the Women and Children Hospital, Idi after her.

Earlier, the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa said the Court of Appeal is primarily an appellate Court which hears appeals from some specified courts and tribunals in the country.

She said the expansion of the Court of Appeal across the country is aimed at reducing difficulties associated with long distant travels to courts, cost of transportation and delays due to court congestion.

The Appeal Court President said the long distance from Gombe, Yobe and Borno states to Jos division of the Court of Appeal necessitated the establishment of the Gombe division to bring justice closer to the people.

She appreciated the Gombe State Government for its support towards the speedy realization of the Court of Appeal division in Gombe.

After the commissioning ceremony, Governor Yahaya and other dignitaries witnessed the inaugural session of the Appeal Court, presided over by Justice Bulkachuwa.

Meanwhile, the President of the Court of Appeal had earlier led presiding justices of various divisions of the Court of Appeal and other judges on a courtesy visit to Governor Inuwa Yahaya at the Government house, where both leaders discussed matters of mutual benefit.

During the visit, Governor Yahaya presented the title documents of the allocated permanent site of the appeal court to justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.

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