It is now a few days to the governorship election in the country. In Gombe State, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is seeking a second term and I believe that we should all rally round him to enable him to govern our beloved state again.
Why Governor Inuwa Again? Gombe State is still a young state as such, it requires a focused and visionary leader who will initiate and execute development projects to make the state a progressive one.
Inuwa should be supported by all and sundry across the divides to come back as the chief executive of the state in view of his performance in the first tenure and the numerous projects he initiated and or completed in the last four years.
One of these great projects is the multi-billion naira Muhammadu Buhari Industrial Park. The project, which is almost completed, will attract investors to the state from across the nation and beyond. It will boost business activities, create jobs and improve internal revenue of the state.
Inuwa needs to complete this visionary project and make it a reality. This can be done when he comes again after the governorship polls.
As part of efforts to ensure fairness and equity among the electorate, he initiated the construction of at least 100km roads in all the 11 local governments of the state. Some of these roads have been completed, some others are ongoing.
Erosion is a major problem faced by the state. There are over 200 active gullies in parts of the state which destroy houses and displace their owners every rainy season. To curb this, the governor came up with a programme tagged ‘Gombe Goes Green’ (3G project) where four million trees are being planted to help in controlling the erosion. This project also needs to be sustained by the governor.
On education, he built many schools in places that lack them and upgraded those that needed to be upgraded. One of the new schools worthy of mention is the ultra-modern nursery, primary and junior secondary school in Kumbiya-Kumbiya community of the state that hitherto lacked any public learning facility.
The school has befitting libraries, classes, toilets, sports facilities and offices. It is a magnificent edifice sited in a community predominantly occupied by low-income earners.
Another school that attracted encomiums for the governor is the newly built storey-building Almajiri School in Yelenguruza community as part of succour and reform to the Almajiri education system.
In the new school, children will learn Qur’anic recitation, basics of western education and skills as it has not only classes but skills acquisition rooms where different trades and occupations are being taught to the children. This is meant to address the problem of child begging associated with the Almajiri system.
Prominent personalities including the Sultan of Sokoto, His eminence Sa’ad Abubakar III, attended the commissioning of this model Almajiri school.
The governor has improved internal security in the state and has done well in addressing the thuggery perpetrated by ‘Kalare boys’. He established the Ministry of Internal Security and Ethical Orientation and provided special jobs for the youth to mitigate restiveness and redundancy.
The special jobs were provided under the newly established Gombe State Security, Traffic and Environmental Corps (GOSTEC). Not less than 500 youths were recruited into the corps.
Within this year, he flagged off a water expansion project to improve water supply in the state that has been grappling with natural water scarcity. Over N11 billion was expended.
The project targets to establish five more water booster stations to provide water to places like Tumfure, Investment quarters, labour quarters and parts of Akko local government.
In view of the aforesaid reasons and many more not mentioned, I advise fellow Gombe citizens to consider re-electing Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya in the upcoming governorship election.
Arc Aminu A. Muhammad wrote from Gombe