…Says his administration will continue to support business and other sectors to thrive
– From Umar Kaltungo
Gombe State governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has given an insight into how his administration is managing security in the State.
The governor spoke to newsmen at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday after meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
He said: “We thank God for helping us as far as the issue of security is concerned. We are in the midst of the North-East and we are aware of the challenges in the frontline States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa are facing, so we’ve tried as much as possible in order to live in peace and harmony.
“This is despite our differences; religious difference, social difference and other social differences that normally cause friction among the people and we have gotten the understanding of our people and with the support of the security agencies, we’ve been able to relate well and manage security in Gombe State. We’re happy and by the grace of God we shall try to sustain that going forward”.
Commenting on the recent killing of some travellers in Jos, Plateau State, Governor Yahaya urged the people to remain calm and desist from reprisals.
He said the Gombe State Government had been able to manage the tension that arose from the incident, noting that “the situation is currently under control in Gombe”.
Governor Yahaya said, “All stakeholders, the traditional institutions, schools and agencies that have to manage a number of people were called for a meeting at the Government House, where we briefed and advised them not to make reprisal attacks.
“We have also successfully evacuated our students studying in the University of Jos back home as a pro-active measure.
“Besides that, we’ve been relating with the religious authorities so that we don’t have reprisal attacks either from the Christian or Muslim sides. Mind you, a lot of families in Gombe are both Muslims and Christians and that relationship transcends current issues that are causing tension and I think we have been able to manage the matter and people are cooperating and we will continue to do that.
“We have security management committees in place, comprising traditional rulers, from the ward to districts, emirates and chiefdoms, up to the State level. Therefore, we share information and manage whatever decision we take and whenever there is an issue, we nip it in the bud without allowing it to get to an alarming state or level”.
On how the State is managing Covid-19 and the outbreak of cholera, the Governor said the State is in close contact with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“Gombe has been very proactive and we have been relating with the NCDC from day one. As of 20th March 2020, we had already set up a task force that has been managing Covid with very competent hands led by Prof. Idris Mohammed who is an authority in virology and epidemiology. So with that, we have been able to manage the disease. As for cholera, Gombe is among the States that witnessed an upsurge recently but we’ve kept the numbers low because with the instant reaction we were able to control its spread and now Gombe is out of that issue”, he said.
On the recent award to Gombe as the best State in ease of doing business, the Governor said the State would continue to support the business and other sectors.
“We realised that for business to thrive, you must facilitate and give adequate support in all aspects, be it security, healthcare, education, skills and trade development, which our people had since keyed into.
“Being a peasant farmers state, we have encouraged our people to indulge in agro entrepreneurship and processing of agricultural produce. That is why there are a lot of business activities and little wonder we’ve gotten to the top as number one because of all those aspects that we have been able to take care of”, the Governor stated.
Furthermore, he said procurement processes have been completed for Gombe Ultramodern Industrial Park and the project will be awarded at the end of this month, adding that the project, covering 347 hectares of land will cost N17 billion.
On current happening in the national body of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Governor Yahaya said:
“I don’t believe our party is in crisis. Politics like every other human endeavor has a lot of ups and downs and I think the caretaker committee is managing the party effectively and efficiently”.