…As Sultan of Sokoto commissions road named after him in Gombe metropolis
…Governor also names road in honour of Cardinal Onaiyekan
By Umar Kaltungo
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, of Gombe State, says the “Network Eleven Hundred” road project”, which his administration is currently championing, was initiated to boost economic activities and social interaction.
The Governor stated this when he led the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, (NSCIA), His Eminence, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll, to Commission a road named after the Royal Father in Gandu quarters, of Gombe metropolis.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya noted that the “Network Eleven Hundred”, which seeks to build at least one hundred kilometres of roads in each of the eleven Local Government Areas, (LGAs) of the State, was part of his administration’s holistic approach to putting the State on the path of sustainable growth, development and shared prosperity. He said already, a significant milestone has been recorded in the execution of the road projects with virtually all the local government areas being connected with standard road networks.
He told the Sultan that Gombe State government, under his leadership, will not relent in executing projects that have a direct bearing on the lives of the people.
The Sultan expressed gratitude to the Gombe State Governor for naming a newly constructed road in his honour.
The Islamic spiritual leader used the ceremony to commend Governor Inuwa Yahaya for exhibiting courage in leadership and his holistic approach to development.
Earlier, the Gombe State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Engr. Abubakar Bappah had told the visiting Sultan that the newly constructed road formed part of the Phase-6 of township road network project being executed by the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.
He said the same applies to urban, semi-urban and rural areas across the State, in fulfillment of the Governor’s “Network Eleven Hundred” initiative.
In a demonstration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s avowed commitment to promoting harmony and peaceful co-existence, a newly constructed road at Herwagana quarters was commissioned and named in honour of John Cardinal Onaiyekan, former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese.
The naming of both roads in honour of the two eminent personalities coincided with the ‘3rd National Summit of Peaceful co-existence and Nation Building’, organised by the Da’awa Coordination Council of Nigeria, (DCCN), to which the Sultan was in the State and to which the former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja was also invited to deliver a keynote address.