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We’ll galvanize support to tackle insecurity, socio-economic challenges in Northern Region – Gombe Governor, Yahaya

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Gombe Governor, Inuwa Yahaya with Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Senator George Akume, left

By Akanji Alowoludo, Gombe

The Governor of Gombe State and Chairman of Northern States Governors’ Forum, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya,  has expressed commitment to galvanize support among his colleagues and other critical stakeholders across the North  with a view to finding a lasting solution on issues bordering on security and socio economic development among the people of the region.  

The Governor stated while answering questions from newsmen shortly after he visited  the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume in his office in Abuja.  

Governor Inuwa Yahaya recalled with nostalgia when the North was an indivisible entity and peaceful region devoid of crimes, ethno-religious conflicts and other socio-economic challenges. 

He said that his leadership as Chairman of the NSGF will give priority attention to restoring its past glory through constant engagements,  peer reviews and deliberate action and consensus building.  

He observed that the region is now challenged by insurgency in the North East, ethnic and religious crisis within the North Central as well as farmers/herders clashes and the subsequent effect of banditry and cattle rustling among others.

“Whether we like it or not the issue of banditry is as a result of farmer-herder clashes  that led to people loosing their sources of livelihood hence the incessant fighting, and that is why there is insecurity in the North.  But I am sure if we continnue to collaborate and engage with one another, with the understanding and accommodation of everybody’s interest, the better for us and that is what we are doing, and I believe it is going to be for the betterment of the whole North and the entire country”. 

“So, we must use this platform to properly place the North on the smooth trajectory of social cohesion, economic emancipation and infrastructural development in line with the vision of our heroes past”.

Responding to a question on his administration’s economic and infrastructural revolution,  Governor Inuwa Yahaya explained that “in our quest to meet the yearnings and aspirations of our people, we came up with a 10-year Development Agenda fashioned in line with the global Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs”.

” The secret is that our administration has placed high priority on human capital development as the catalyst of growth with special focus on education, health and youth development as well as agriculture, commerce and trade. 

He said with the development agenda being implemented, Gombe is now a terminus that encapsulates growth, development, peace, and shared prosperity for all. 

“In Gombe,  we have comparative advantage in our tremendous human and natural resources, and our strategic position at the centre of the Northeast sub-region. 

Governor Inuwa explained that his administration was able to deliver the goods in education, health care, infrastructure, industrial and commercial development; hence the ranking of the State as the best in Ease of Doing Business for two consecutive times by the KPMG,  a reputable consultancy firm commissioned by the Federal Government. 

On the prevailing peace in Gombe State,  Governor Inuwa Yahaya attributed it to the cordial relationship existing among the different ethnic and religious groups in state, saying “this is the basis upon which Gombe is able to continually maintain peace and tranquility despite sharing borders with some insurgency hit neighbouring states. 

He also explained that the synergy with which his administration engages security agencies and the traditional Institution in the state equally plays an important role in maintaining the peace and neutralising any form of crime and criminality in the state. 

“We are a cross breed because in our state you find alot of different ethnic groups;  we are a cosmopolitan state and within the State itself there are a lot of cultures that have crossed- breed and become one; we have a very good understanding of one another and to that extent there is an enabling ground for every religion and tribes”. 

Governor Inuwa Yahaya pointed out that the open arm with which his administration received the bulk of those that fled the Boko Haram crisis in the contiguous states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states through the resettlement and assimilation policy also contributed to the peace of the State.

On details of his visit to the SGF, the Gombe State Governor revealed that he was in his office to congratulate him on behalf of the government and people of Gombe State as well as the entire Northern region in his capacity as  chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum.

He described Senator Akume’s appointment as a well- deserved one considering his outstanding leadership qualities and background as former Chairman, Governor, Senator and Minister. He assured him of the support,  solidarity and goodwill of the people of Gombe State and the entire northern region as contained in a statement by Ismaila Uba Misilli, Director-General, (Press Affairs), Government House, Gombe. 

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