Gombe @ 26: Yahaya dedicates achievements to residents
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has attributed his administration’s achievements to the populace’s support and encouragement.
In his statewide broadcast to mark the state’s 26th and the nation’s 62nd anniversaries, Yahaya listed massive infrastructural construction and rehabilitation, steady security, healthcare delivery and socio-economic drive, among others, as accomplishments that have set him out as a reference point to other state governments in the country. He warned politicians to play the game by the rules, as he would not mortgage the relative peace in the state.
The governor said: “Today, (Independence Day) is a day of double celebration as it coincides with the 26th anniversary of the creation of our dear state. The occasion also provides us an opportunity to reflect on what we did and what we need to do to actualise the dreams of our founding fathers of building a peaceful, all-inclusive, cohesive and prosperous state.
“From relative obscurity, Gombe has risen to become one of the fastest developing states in Nigeria, surpassing its peers and predecessors. Twenty-six years down the line, Gombe State has remained faithful to the dreams of its founding fathers. By leveraging on our unity in diversity, faith in God, rich heritage, abundant human and material resources, the jewel in the savannah is shining brightly atop the entire country,” he said.
“I am conscious of the weight of responsibilities that history has placed on my shoulders. I’m committed, together with your support and prayers, to steer the ship of our collective destiny towards progress.
“Our journey after attaining statehood is not without challenges but with your support and prayers, there are no challenges that are not surmountable. We have been able to prove that Gombe is capable of becoming a bastion of peace and stability despite the scourge of Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges in the North-east sub-region and the country at large.
“Over the past three and half years, our record speaks for itself. Our approach to governance has been pragmatic, evidence-based and prudent; one that is guided by the need of our people and the realities of our finances. We have been able to consolidate on past gains, complete projects started or abandoned by previous administrations, break new grounds and initiated new reforms and projects. Some of our achievements so far include: the charting of a long-term roadmap for the development of Gombe State as encapsulated in the 10-year Development Agenda for Gombe State (DEVAGOM), which is the first of its kind in the history of our state, and fully aligned with the United Nations sustainable development goals.
“Massive infrastructural development in all spheres of development, especially the Network 11-100 project, with over 500km of rural and urban roads constructed across our 11 local councils.
“Remobilisation of contractors for the completion of the abandoned Gombe Mega Motor Park project; construction and renovation of over 1200 classrooms in various schools across the state and upgrading of five Legacy Secondary Schools to Mega Schools that are capable of accommodating up to 15000 students with special facilities,” he added.
He said his government was able to mop up over 400,000 out-of-school children through BESDA as well as recruited 1000 teachers to address the human resource gap in education sector.
“We provided one fully functional primary healthcare centre in each of the 114 wards across the state and establish Hospitals Services Management Board to improve service delivery in our hospitals just as we upgrade the State Specialist Hospital Gombe, General Hospitals Kaltungo and Bajoga and also construct a brand new 200-bed capacity General Hospital in Kumo.
“We constructed a brand new 600-student capacity College of Nursing and Midwifery; provide affordable health coverage to over 100,000 residents including over 40,000 poor and vulnerable under the GoHealth scheme; expand and rehabilitate Gombe Regional Water Supply Scheme, and other water and sanitation interventions through PEWASH, RUWASSA, among others,” he noted.
“The above reforms and projects have earned us national and international recognition. Only recently, our state was invited to share the experiences behind our success in health system reforms at the world-renowned Royal Institute of International Affairs, popularly knowns as the Chatham House. You may also recall that at the beginning of this year, our state was adjudged the best state in the entire country in terms of ease of doing business, a testament to our success in transforming Gombe into the commercial hub of the North-east subregion.
“In the next few days, all eyes will be on Gombe, as we host the First-ever Gombe State Investment Summit. The summit will bring business leaders from within and outside the country, showcase our huge investment potentials, and attract the much-needed investments in targeted sectors of our economy and livelihood.
“Despite all these accolades, there’s no greater recognition than the support and cooperation our administration continues to enjoy from our people. In my daily interactions with individuals, groups and organizations, the feedback I receive on our overall performance has been outstanding and encouraging. This support will come handy as we move towards all-important local and national elections in the next few months. We are going to campaign on our records and people will get the chance to choose between four more years of progress and responsive governance, and the uninspiring alternative that’s being dangled before them by the opposition,” he stated.
On the approaching elections, he implored all stakeholders to play by the rules, embrace peace and eschew political violence and blackmail.
“Our administration is committed, in line with the reforms introduced by President Muhammadu Buhari, to provide a level-playing ground for all parties.
“However, our commitment to the rule of law and democratic tenets should not be mistaken for timidity. As the chief security officer of the state, I will stand firm and deal decisively with any individual or group seeking to disturb our peace for political gains.
“The peace and security of our State are non-negotiable. The peace and stability of Gombe State is bigger than the political ambition of any individual or group,” he said.