Governor Inuwa Joins VP Osinbajo, Other Eminent Leaders As Nigeria Launches Human Capital Development Strategy Document.

Governor Inuwa Joins VP Osinbajo, Other Eminent Leaders As Nigeria Launches Human Capital Development Strategy Document

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, earlier today, attended an international forum and formal launch of Integrated Regional Human Capital Development Strategy Document organised by the National Economic Council ( NEC) in Abuja.

The stakeholders’ engagement, presided over by Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo had in attendance leaders in the public and private sectors across the ECOWAS sub-region, including the Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau, Vice President of ECOWAS Commission among others.

Governor Inuwa was particularly acknowledged as a champion of human capital development, especially for his efforts in tackling the menace of out-of-school children and Almajiri syndrome.

The Nasarawa State Governor, Engr Abdullahi Sule who spoke on behalf of the Nigerian Governors, said ” I am happy my brother Governor Inuwa is here. He is doing wonderfully in addressing the Almajiri and out-of-school children issues in Gombe; and I believe my other colleague- governors too. All of us are committed to human capital development and we identify with this laudable initiative”.

It will be recalled that Gombe government was the first state to key into the federal government’s ARC-P project and other existing social intervention programmes tailored towards finding and implementing local solutions to the menace of out-of-school children.

The Governor while unveiling the ARC-P in Gombe, said the project would also reduce poverty and provide job opportunities to the teeming unemployed youths.

“Addressing this phenomenon will no doubt help to reduce poverty and insecurity as well as address the health, educational and social challenges facing the target group”.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya said his administration will continue to make good use of the opportunities offered by ARC-P to safeguard the rights, welfare and wellbeing of vulnerable children and youths in the state.

Under the programme, Gombe State has so far completed the recruitment and training of 500 youths facilitators across various skills around the 7 pillars of ARC-P.

The government has also engaged the first batch of 500 youths under Gombe State Security, Traffic and Environmental Corps (GoSTEC) trained on different categories in the areas of security, traffic and environmental tasks in close collaboration with statutory security agencies.

Also in demonstration of his government’s commitment to improving living conditions and providing opportunities, especially for the teeming youths, the Governor distributed 1, 000 tricycles otherwise called “Keke NAPEP” to youths drawn from different parts of the state for commercial use.

To accomplish his vision, many programmes capable of improving human capital in the state were launched, data base for teeming unemployed youths created;1,000 persons were already trained on various trades and skills, more than 3000 Development Facilitators employed which is a justification for Governor Inuwa-led administration’s commitment towards human capital development.

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

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Nyuwar: Waja/Lunguda communities reaches truce, denounces all forms of violence…

Pledges to live together in peace and harmony.

The Lunguda and Waja speaking communities in Nyuwar district of Balanga Local Government Area have resolve to eschew all forms of violence that has so far led to the destruction of lives and properties on both sides.

In a Peace and Reconciliation meeting brokered by the district head of Nyuwar and some eminent sons and daughters of Waja and Lunguda ethnic nationalities, the parties resolve to live in peace with one notwithstanding the wrongs committed against each other.

The District head of Nyuwar Mr. James Pisagih said the essence of the meeting is to further consolidate on the peace and confidence building process already initiated by both the Lunguda and Waja speaking communities in the district.

The district head of Nyuwar express confidence that the high level meeting convoked by both parties is an indication of the willingness to eschew all forms of hostilities bearing in mind that peace is paramount to the social and economic wellbeing of any society.

“By the grace of God all parties as you can see have agreed that peace is paramount and we all agreed to embrace it so that there will be progress in this village and let by gone be by gone and let the spirit of forgiveness take the lead”.

On what makes this edition of the peace meeting unique and reassuring, Mr. James Pisagih explains that it was the Waja Lunguda and Fulani speaking communities willingly come together to denounce the conflict and call for an end of it in the interest of peace unity and progress.

He observed that the crisis between the Lunguda and Waja speaking communities in Nyuwar has a direct link with farmlands saying both parties has agreed to return to status quo where no one is deprived of cultivating a piece of land.

The royal father use the occasion to call on the youths on both side to maintain the peace while resisting external influence that can lead to renewed hostilities.

Mr. James Pisagih thank Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, the SSG the Balah Waja and other prominent sons and daughters of both Waja and Lunguda for supporting the process of peace and Reconciliation.

The chairman of Balanga Local Government Area Umar Garba represented by Usman Waziri thanked the District head of Nyuwar for working with critical stakeholders and security agencies in the area to bring about lasting peace in Nyuwar.

The Representative of the Waja speaking community in Nyuwar DSP Joseph Dagu praised the level of sincerity displayed at the meeting pledge to do everything necessary to prevail on the youth from the Waja extraction to denounce violence in all its forms.

In the same vain the representative of the Lunguda speaking communities in Nyuwar Dr. Zaure Charles Sabe said with forgiveness and sincerity of purpose the good old peaceful days for which Nyuwar is known for is within touching distance.

Representative of the Army the Police and the civil defence commended the commitment to organise the peace meeting which they all described as the best and the sure way to achieving a lasting peace.

Joshua Danmalam I.O Gombe SSG’s office.

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Governor Yahaya attends wedding Fatiha of Bala Waja 3 Daughters.

….. wishes the Couples blissful married life.

Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Prof Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi was among hundreds of well wishers who attended the wedding Fatihah of Bala Waja Alh. Danjuma Mohammed 3 Daughters in Tallasse the headquarters of Balanga Local Government Area of the State.

Conveying the Governor’s goodwill message, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi congratulated the monarch for the success of the event and wished the newly wedded couples a happy married life advising them to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, patience and fidelity while their married lasts.

Prof. Njodi was accompanied by top Government officials amongst them are the Commissioners, Special Advisers, Directors Generals and Permanent Secretary Special services and Political.

The SSG use the occasion to harp for peaceful coexistence amongst communities of Waja Chiefdom and beyond assuring of Government continued resolved in maintaining peace which is a catalyst for every human development.

Bala Waja Alh. Danjuma Mohammed thanked the Governor for the honour done to him and his entire Chiefdom pledging continue support to government policies and programmes.

The three (3) weddings between Musa and Maryam, Danladi and Rabiyatu, Sanusi and Amina was contracted after the pronouncement of N50,000 dowry each by the Chief imam of Talasse, Alh. Ahmadu Usman.

Others dignitaries that attended are; Honourable Musa Buba, Ali Isa J.C Mai Kaltungo and the Mai Tangle.

Other Emirs present are those of Akko, Pindiga, Gona, Nafada,Funakaye and the Polo Dadiya.

Special prayers were offered for Allah’s guidance to the newly wedded couples.

Joshua Danmalam information officer SSG’S Office.
18/6/22

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Boshikiri/Lafiya crisis: Gombe Government donate relief materials to victims taking refuge in Bambam and Kaltungo towns.

Gombe State Government under the leadership of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has donated relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons IDPs taking refuge in Bambam and Kaltungo towns as a result of the recent crisis in Boshikiri and Lafiya areas Adamawa State.

The relief materials presented to the IDPs include 40 bags of rice, 5 bags of sugar 10 cartons of vegetable oil and 500 pieces of blankets.

Other items include 300 mats 200 pieces of mosquito net and assorted drugs.

The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency SEMA Abdullahi Haruna had while presenting the items to the IDPs in Bambam and Kaltungo explains that Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is deeply concern by their condition hence the directive for the relief materials to be donated to them.

The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency SEMA pointed out that the relief materials are to meant to compensate the IDPs but to cushion the effect of their current condition pending the return of normalcy to their domain.

He appeal to the representatives of the IDPs, the police and the traditional institution in both Bambam and Kaltungo to ensure justice equity and fairness in the distribution of relief materials to the IDPs.

Abdullahi Haruna said SEMA will not condone any diversion of the materials provided for the Adamawa State IDPs taking refuge in Bambam and Kaltungo towns.

The SEMA Executive Secretary use the occasion to thank Dadiya Chiefdom for playing a comforting role towards hosting the Internally Displaced Persons in their area.

Responding to the gesture the Folo Dadiya Abdulkadir Abubakar Galadima III express gratitude to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for promptly attending to the plight of the Adamawa State IDPs.

He however called on the Gombe State Emergency Management Agency SEMA to interface with their Adamawa State counterpart so that the burden of catering for the welfare of the IDPs will not be let to the Gombe State Government and their various host communities.

Joshua Danmalam information officer SSG’S Office.
17/6/22

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Inuwa Yahaya: A Shining Light In The Midst of Nigeria’s Educational Darkness.

By Ismaila Uba Misilli

While lamentations ring loudly on the academic decay and debilitating state of Nigeria’s education sector, one man is holding tenaciously the light of hope with his educational policies and projects.

This man is Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State and tripple award winning Governor of the Year.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya has demonstrated consistently in his three years in office via his policies, programmes and projects, that education of the citizens of Gombe is the number one priority of his administration.

As a hallmark of a principled administrator, on assumption of office as the 4th democratically elected Governor of Gombe State, Inuwa Yahaya immediately declared a state of emergency in the education sector and moved on swiftly with the agility of a cheetah to match his promises with actions.The records speak volumes of the huge turnaround in the academic history of Gombe State.

What has never been done before in the history of education in Gombe was done with ease by Inuwa Yahaya in just three years.

He sounded it out and clear that he wants all children who are out of school to be returned to school. Whatever was responsible for that he promised to support the parents. He did just that.

He went on a public awareness campaign to educate parents on the huge benefits of enrolling children in schools. He made sure that the information is well mainstreamed. Many parents happily complied. Today, thousands of out of school children have been mopped up and returned to the classrooms.

On the occasion of democracy day celebration, Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya with a great joy and delight, commissioned the Alabura Model Primary and Junior Secondary Schools, Kumbiya- Kumbiya in the state capital. The Model School project is an initiative conceived and executed by his administration in the state to raise the bars of academic excellence above the near average status he met it.

During the inauguration of the magnificent twin complex, named after a famous educationist, Malam Alabura S. Kudi, Inuwa Yahaya stated that with the school being commissioned in that part of the State, he has brought to an end the unpleasant history of the Kumbiya-Kumbiya Community as the only ward without Government learning facility in the entire state.

The Alabura Model School is an edifice of 2 blocks of 18 classrooms each, totalling 36 classrooms, two offices, 2 staff rooms and 2 Computer rooms (e-Library) fully furnished and well equipped with modern facilities. In addition, the School has sporting facilities, water supply and good access roads to enhance total learning for the pupils and students.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya described the commissioning of the school, on the day of the 2022 edition of democracy day celebration as part of the dividends of democracy to the people and his determination to bring vitality to the educational life of Gombe State.

It will be recalled that the foundation of the school was laid on 12th June 2021 and it was commissioned in exactly a year to commemorate the 3rd year of his administration. This significantly paints Governor Inuwa’s administration as a promise keeping one.

Before Governor Inuwa Yahaya came into office, Gombe State was confronted with the problems of high number of out of school children, dilapidated structures and facilities in primary and secondary schools.

Hence, his administration wasted no time in declaring a state of emergency in the education sector which has since led to the total overhauling of the system.

In one of his speeches, he said “If we don’t put our children in school and we continue to say children are the leaders of tomorrow, then what kind of leaders are we going to give to the future? If it takes emergency approach to bring them back to school, then know that we MUST get them back to school by all means possible’’. If this is not what leadership with compassion entails, then I wonder how else to reflect leadership.

From inception of the present administration of Governor InuwaYahaya in 2019 to date, significant achievements have been made in the Education sector of the state.

The administration’s priority is the holistic approach in the development of Education following the declaration of State of Emergency in the sector which has today resulted into remarkable Turn-around of the inherited deplorable and decayed condition of public schools.

After careful study of the situation on ground in the sector, Governor Inuwa embarked on massive constructions and renovation in addition to provision of instructional facilities in all the public schools across the state.

These projects include, but not limited to the following: Establishment of Teachers Resource Centre; Establishment of 45 new schools at Basic level, Renovation of 857 classrooms in 484 schools.Construction of 160 units of storey buildings of 8 classrooms. Construction of 446 units of storey buildings of 4 classrooms, Provision of 30,166 of 2 seater student’s furniture, Employment of 1000 Teachers under the FTS programme, Supply of instructional materials to 247 schools, Supply of sports materials to 163 schools, Provision of Agricultural facilities to 95 schools, Provision of VIP toilet facilities in 135 schools, Provision of motorized boreholes in 159 schools, Distribution of staff furniture, Distribution of over 50 motorcycles, Training of Education Secretaries, JSS principals/teachers and Approval granted to Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for recruitment of 1000 teachers and 288 LGEA Graduate teachers upgrading.

The administration also ensures constant payment of External Examination fees such as WAEC, NABTEB, NBAIS and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in addition to MOCK examination conducted every year.

Governor Yahaya’s administration is currently constructing 5 Mega Senior Secondary Schools as well as improving the standard of other Junior Model Schools in the State.

Inuwa sees the development of education as a potent tool in national development. He believes that if each state of Nigeria pays urgent and dedicated attention to educational development, Nigeria will develop at a faster rate than it is presently doing.

The academic ambience of the schools in Gombe State is a complete departure from what it used to be and Inuwa Yahaya says there is still more to come.

Looking at the overall performance of Gombe State in the last three years, education has indeed enjoyed a phenomenal attention.
There is now a remarkable progress in the general performance of the final year students in public schools across the state.

The most recent one is as captured in the summary of results analysis on candidates in respect of Gombe State Public Schools who sat for 2021 WAEC in which a total of 15,277 candidates in the State sat for SSCE Examination out of which 11,986 candidates, which translates to 79.5% of those who sat for the Exam qualified to gain admission into tertiary institutions.

A comparative analysis of WASSCE results from 2015 to 2021 indicates tremendous improvement in performance of candidates. The percentage rises from 12.7% in 2015 to 79.5% in 2021.

The recent outstanding performance of students in the Examinations is not unconnected with the state of emergency declared by the purposeful Governor and his total commitment and effort towards turning around the education sector for good.

A glance at the Third-year Scorecard and Progress Report of the present administration indicates that the Governor has recorded over 90% overall achievement in fulfilling the promises he made to the people of Gombe State.

The very fabrics of Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s several reforms in the education sector are embedded in Brad Henry’s quote (A one-time Governor of Oklahoma, USA) that “No other investment yields as great a return as the investment in education. An educated workforce is the foundation of every community and the future of every economy.’’ With these efforts towards revamping the sector, there is no doubt that we have in Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, a good investor who is concerned about the foundation of every community in Gombe as well as the future of the economy of the state.

Misilli is the Director-General ( Press Affairs) Government House Gombe

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Education: As Governor Inuwa Yahaya Opens New Vista In Gombe State.

…Commissions Alabura Model Primary and Junior Secondary School Kumbiya Kumbiya

…Says Education Remains His Administration’s Priority

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has commissioned the Alabura Model Primary and Junior Secondary Schools, Kumbiya- Kumbiya in the state capital, conceived and executed by the present administration in the state.

The inauguration of the magnificent twin complex, named after a famous educationist, Malam Alabura S. Kudi,
brought to an end the unpleasant history of the Kumbiya-Kumbiya Community as the only ward without Government learning facility in the entire state.

The Alabura Model School is an edifice of 2 blocks of 18 classrooms each, totalling 36 classrooms, two offices, 2 staff rooms and 2 Computer rooms (e-Library) fully furnished and well equipped with modern facilities. In addition, the School has sporting facilities, water supply and good access roads to enhance total learning for the pupils and students.

Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Inuwa Yahaya described the commissioning of the school, on the day of the 2022 edition of democracy day celebration as part of the dividends of democracy to the people.

He recalled that “By providence, the foundation of this School was laid on 12th June 2021 and it is being commissioned in exactly a year to commemorate the 3rd year of our administration”.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya recalled that since coming into office his administration was confronted with the problems of high number of out of school children, dilapidated structures and facilities in primary and secondary schools.

It was for this reason, the Governor said, his administration wasted no time in declaring a state of emergency in the education sector which has since led to the total overhauling of the system.

“We were able to improve on enrolment figures significantly, renovated more than 400 classrooms and constructed over 200 new ones. We also ensured the provision of learning and teaching materials and recently approved the engagement of 1,000 teachers through the state teachers service commission to boost the human resource capacity in our schools”.

He remarked that his administration is currently constructing 5 Mega Senior Secondary Schools as well as improving the standard of other Junior Model Schools in the State.

He observed that the provision of quality education is a task that must not be left in the hands of Government alone and therefore called on the citizens of the State to rededicate themselves to nation building by remaining united to confront the problems confronting the State and the country with total commitment.

“We must always remember that the task of nation-building is a collective responsibility. Government is always ready to partner with organizations and individuals who are prepared to assist in providing quality education to our citizens. In this regards, prominent sons of kumbiya Kumbiya have in consultation with government have constituted a special committee that would collaborate with the relevant authorities in proving necessary oversight to the school”.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya explained that the 9 Man committee to be headed by Professor A.B Ismail and is expected to serve as a watchdog of the school to ensure that the standard and quality of teaching and learning is not compromised.

On the country’s democracy day celebration, Governor Inuwa Yahaya praised the 23 years of uninterrupted democratic governance in Nigeria which he described as the longest period of civilian rule since independence.

“It is a clear testimony that Nigerian democracy has come of age in-spite of our numerous challenges. We have proven to be adept at managing our disagreements without resorting to military aberration.

It further demonstrates our political maturity and resilience in spite of our regional, ethnic and religious diversities. There is no doubt that the restoration of democracy in 1999 has brought governance closer to the people thereby addressing the yearnings and aspirations of various interest groups in the country”.

He noted that in Gombe State, there is no denying the fact that democracy has ushered in a period of sustainable development to the State.

“So far, three successive civilian administrations have come and gone, paving the way for our own administration which is three years old now. Over this period, we worked hard to consolidate on the achievements of previous administrations and correct the lapses we found. We introduced innovative ideas, policies and programmes aimed at making lives better for our people. The past three years were indeed years of commitment to delivering on our ambitious campaign promises. Our Third-year Scorecard and Progress Report indicates that we have recorded 90% overall achievement in fulfilling the promises we made to the good people of this State. It is indeed an uphill task to be able to fulfil the promises we made to our people in this period of global economic meltdown and uncertainty. However, given our determination, hard work, perseverance, prudent and efficient management of scarce resources, we have been able to wither the storm and deliver on our mandate. Our achievements are glaring and self-evident that even our political opponents have acknowledged”.

The Governor said as his administration marks three years in office, he will continue to remain focused and committed towards improving the wellbeing of the people through equitable provision of socio-economic infrastructure, ensuring peace and security, law and justice as well as providing equal opportunities for the citizens of the State.

He expressed the belief that it is only through the provision of dividends of democracy that the State can continue to address the needs of the people and justify their confidence and trust in the State Government under his leadership.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya used the occasion to commend the vision, courage and patriotism of Kumbiya Kumbiya ward who sacrificed their homes and environment to enable Government establish the School assuring them of Government’s continued goodwill, support and assistance.

He also commended SUBEB, the Consultants and Contractors who worked hard to make the dream a reality, appealing to the school management, teachers and pupils to ensure that the School and its facilities are well maintained at all times.

Earlier speaking, the State Commissioner of Education, Dauda Batari Zambuk described the Commissioning of the Alabura Model Primary and Junior Secondary School as undying desire and steadfastness of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to revamp the education sector for the greater good of the people.

He said the quality of renovation, remodeling, construction and reconstruction of classrooms blocks across the State by the Inuwa Yahaya’s administration signal a departure from the substandard nature of structures being built in the past.

The Executive chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Hon. Babaji Babadidi said the construction of the Alabura model Primary and Junior Secondary School is a promise fulfilled to the people of Kumbiya Kumbiya community which was the only ward in the State without any form of Government learning institution.

Dr Ahmed Adamu Yarma, Chairman of Kumbiya Kumbiya Community Development Association pledged adequate support to protect the facility at community level by taking ownership.

Senior District Head of Gombe, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abubakar Umar commended Governor Inuwa for his giant strides in education and other sectors, describing his achievements in 3 years as superlative and unprecedented.

While appreciating Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for naming such an important school after their father, one of the biological children of late Alabura S. Kudi, Malam Salisu Alabura said the posthumous honour done to their father in remembrance of his contributions to the development of Education in Gombe State will forever remain fresh in their minds.

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

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Waja/Lunguda crisis: Gombe Government donates food and non food items to both communities.

….stresses the need for tolerance, peaceful coexistence.

Gombe State Government has donated food and non food items worth millions of naira to Internally Displaced Persons of Nyuwar and Gilengitu communities respectively .

The donation is coming few days after Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya send a delegation led by the Secretary of the State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi to empathize with the two communities following renewed hostilities.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony in Jessu where IDPs from Nyuwar are taking refuge and Gilengitu a Waja speaking community, the Commissioner of Internal Security and Ethical Orientation Adamu Dishi Kupto enjoin both the Lunguda and Waja speaking communities to embrace peace without which no development can be achieved.

The Commissioner explain that the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is deeply concern over the renewed violent hostilities saying both the Waja and Lunguda must initiate a peace process through mutual understanding and confidence building.

He said the Gombe State Government in collaboration with security Agencies in the State are monitoring and situation closely and equally identifying trouble makers in the crisis for arrest and prosecution.

Adamu Dishi Kupto appeal to leaders in both communities not to siphon the relief materials provided by the State government but to apply justice while distributing it to only those affected by the crisis.

The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency SEMA Abdullahi Haruna enjoin members of the two communities not to further escalate the situation especially at a time when every rural community is preparing for the rainy season.

“My appeal to both the Lunguda and Waja speaking communities in Gombe State is for them to shield their sword and embrace peace so that life can return to normal”.

The Executive Secretary of SEMA noted that the relief materials are provided to cushion the hardship face individual displaced as a result of the crisis and not to compensate them.

He said the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is concern about the safety and welfare of every citizens in the State saying that was the reason why the Governor gave approval for the supply of the relief materials to IDPs in both communities.

Responding on behalf of their respective communities Amos Amako from Nyuwar and Usman Adamu Sirja from Gilengitu express gratitude to Governor Inuwa Yahaya for providing them relief materials to cushion their hardship.

He however pleaded with the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to initiate a peace plan that will end the wanton destruction of lives and properties.

Items donated include 50 bags of rice, 10 bags of cassava flour 10 cartons of vegetable oil 10 bags of sugar 500 blankets and 500 mosquito nets. Others include 500 mats and essential drugs.

Joshua Danmalam information officer SSG’S Office.
8/6/22

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Governor Inuwa Condemns Renewed Hostilities Between Lunguda, Waja Communities, Sues For Peace

Governor Inuwa Condemns Renewed Hostilities Between Lunguda, Waja Communities, Sues For Peace

…Government To Adopt New Measures to Stem Perennial Clashes, Deal with Perpetrators

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has expressed deep concern over the renewed hostilities between the Lunguda and Waja speaking communities of Balanga Local Government Area of the State.

The Governor who sued for peace during the visit to the affected areas at Nyuwar and Gilengitu in company of heads of security agencies, warned for the umpteenth time, that his administration will not spare any person or groups bent on instigating violence and unleashing mayhem to achieve selfish desires.

He assured that perpetrators of the violence would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, the Governor observed that ” there is hardly any dividing line between the people of Lunguda and Waja in view of their long standing historical relationships covering critical areas like inter-marriages, cultural heritage and social ceremonies”.

He said his administration is deeply worried by the renewed violence, especially at a time when the rainy season is setting in for farmers to begin land preparation for this year’s cropping.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya explained that his administration has been diplomatic in ensuring amicable resolution of the Lunguda/Waja crisis in keeping with homegrown solution for peace. He however said the time has come for the government to deploy a new approach in dealing with the crisis which has so far claimed lives and properties worth millions of naira.

He called on the traditional and community leaders as well as the entire people of the area to cooperate with the government and security agencies deployed to ensure safety and security in their communities.

While at the Internally Displaced Persons Camp (IDPs) at Jessu where some of the victims are taking refuge, Governor Inuwa, who sympathised with them over the unfortunate incident, assured them of government’s immediate intervention to cushion their sufferings. He emphasized the need for the people of Lunguda and Waja to eschew violence in all its forms.

Earlier speaking, the district head of Nyuwar, Mr. James Pisagih appealed gor more decisive action in dealing with the perpetrators of the violence, saying ” Of course the Governor has done well in deploying security forces to maintain the peace but we are appealing to him as our leader to arrest and prosecute those instigating violence in this area”.

He said Nyuwar community has been under constant attack by individuals suspected militias from the neighbouring community who have so far “killed our people, destroyed our properties and means of livelihood of the people of this community”.

The traditional ruler expressed gratitude to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for his prompt response and sending a delegation to empathize with the people of Nyuwar, describing decision as a demonstration of examplary leadership.

In the same vain, the spokesperson for the Gilengitu community, Usman Adamu Sirja equally thanked Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for showing empathy with the people of Gilengitu in their most difficult moment.
He however suggested that the opportunities for peace are within touching distance if the government can convoke a peace and reconciliatory meeting to clear grey areas bordering on farmlands and access to Government facilities.

At Jessu, the district head had while responding to Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s message of peace, called for concerted efforts to end the carnage, just as he appreciated the Gombe State Governor for his prompt response to quell the renewed hostilities.

It will be recalled that due to the perennial clashes between the Lunguda and Waja communities spread between Adamawa and Gombe states, the Governors of the two states Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had summoned a peace meeting in Numan, Adamawa state which brought prominent sons and leaders of both communities in their respective states where they discussed on ways to achieve lasting peace in both communities who are brothers from time immemorial. During the meeting, tagged the “Numan Peace Accord”, an agreement was signed for the rebirth of peace and sustaining it among Lunguda and Waja communities.

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

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Renewed Hostilities: Governor Inuwa sues for peace between the Lunguda/Waja communities in State.

……Assures of new approach to punish trouble makers.

Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has sued for peace between the Lunguda and Waja speaking communities of Gombe State. The Governor’s appeal for peace came in the wake of Friday’s renewed hostilities between the two communities who have been at log ahead with each for quiet sometime.

Represented by the Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi the Governor visited the affected communities of Nyuwar and Gilengitu were he had discussions with leaders and youths of the areas on the opportunities for a lasting peace.

In the two communities visited, Governor Inuwa Yahaya observed that there is hardly any dividing line between the people of Lunguda and Waja in lieu of their long standing relationship covering critical areas like inter marriages cuisines as well as cultural heritage and ceremonies.

He said his administration is deeply concerned by the renewed violence especially at a time when the rainy season is setting in for farmers to begin land preparation for this year’s cropping season.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya explains that his administration has been diplomatic over the amicable resolution of the Lunguda/Waja crisis in keeping with homegrown solution for peace.

The Governor however warned that henceforth the state government under his leadership will not tolerate any person or group of persons who are bent on instigating violence in the area to achieve their selfish desires.

He said the time has come for his administration to deploy a new approach in dealing with the crisis which has so far claimed lives and properties worth millions of naira.

Earlier speaking the district head of Nyuwar James Pisagih appealed to the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to be more decisive on merchants of violence in the area and their sponsors no matter how highly place they are.

“Of course the Governor has done well in deploying security forces to maintain the maintain the peace but we are appealing to him as our leader to arrest and prosecute those instigating violence in the area”.

He said Nyuwar community has been under constant attack by individuals suspected to be Waja militias who have so far destroyed the properties and livelihood of the people of his community.

The traditional ruler express gratitude to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for sending a delegation to empathize with the people of Nyuwar describing decision as swift and leadership personified.

In the same vain the spokesperson for the Gilengitu community Usman Adamu Sirja told the representative of the Governor that the opportunities for peace are within touching distance if the State government convoked a peace and reconciliatory meeting clear grey areas bordering on farmlands and access to Government facilities.

He equally thanked Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for showing empathy with the people of Gilengitu in their most difficult moment.

In Jessu where the representative of the Governor also visited it the same message of peace and the need for the people of Lunguda and Waja to eschew violence in all its forms.

The district head of Jessu had while responding to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s message of peace calls for concerted efforts to end the carnage.

He also appreciated the Gombe State Governor for his prompt response to quell the renewed hostilities.

The representative of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya also met with displaced persons taking refuge in Jessu where he assured them that the State will assist them where necessary.

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Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State earlier today attended a meeting of Progressives Governors Forum, PGF in Abuja.

The meeting, held at Kebbi State Governor’s lodge, Asokoro came few hours after their earlier engagement with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa during which the commander-in- chief charged the APC Governors to ensure that the forthcoming convention to pick a presidential candidate reflects all the values and virtues of the party.

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, and Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum had during the meeting with Mr. President said the party must build on successes of its recent elective convention, and the primaries conducted so far, “ and come up with a candidate who will walk in the footsteps of patriotism and love for the country, which Mr President has shown.”

He pledged their support to ensure a very successful convention.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
DG ( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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