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Dividends Of Democracy In Gombe State

Ben Ngwakwe

 In order to deliver the dividends of democracy ahead of his2023 second term bid, Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya on 13th November, 2021attended the graduation ceremony of the first batch of 500 ARC-P Youth facilitators in state.. 

The Governor recalled that on the 21st of June, 2021, he launched the ‘At-Risk Children Project’ (ARC-P) with aim of providing a multi-pronged approach for the rehabilitation and reintegration of vulnerable children and youths at risk in the society. 

  Speaking at the ceremony, the governor said in the past Gombe State had been lagging behind in participating in several interventions initiated by the Federal Government and or donor agencies in spite of the high number of out-of-school children and other vulnerable groups in the state.

He reiterated his determination to change the narrative, even as the administration has keyed into and facilitated the implementation of ARC-P in the state. “Our commitment towards realizing this dream is clearly evident through the concerted efforts we made to ensure that Gombe State is first to launch the programme at sub-national level”. 

Gov. Yahaya commended the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing the programme to tackle the crisis of vulnerable children, including the‘Almajiri’, street children and youths potentially at risk physically and psychologically. 


“The introduction of this programme to provide succour to the less privileged and vulnerable in our society to live a more dignified life is indeed timely and welcome”.  

 Yahaya also commended the determination and commitment of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) under the leadership of Gombe State First Lady, Haj. Asma’u Inuwa Yahaya, and the Project Implementation Team (PIT) under the stewardship of her Special Adviser on Human Capital Development; Barr. Sani Ahmadu Haruna.

 He said, “without doubt, the success of ARC-P activities in the state including conduct of the 500 Youth Facilitators’ Induction training could not have been attained without their dedication. We are indeed proud of your commitment which has made the state to be a model in the implementation of the laudable initiative”. 

“This batch of ARC-P facilitators that have completed their training were selected from the databank of unemployed graduates that our administration established in order to link skilled graduates with appropriate job opportunities. As pioneers of this programme, I urge you all to work hard, uphold your knowledge for good practice and training, remain focused and above all, be good ambassadors of our administration’s effort towards improving human capital development in the state”, he said. 

The Governor noted that, ” since coming to office in 2019, the policies of government is clearly spelt out in our actions, which would be predicated on continuation, consolidation, fine tuning of on-going critical infrastructural projects embarked upon by the previous administrations and to further initiate more people-oriented policies and programmes for the overall development of our state. We shall remain resolute and committed to fulfilling the pledges we made to take our state to the next level”.

He promised to improve human capital development, preparations for the engagement of 2,000 youths under the home-grown human capital development initiative; Gombe State Traffic and Environmental Corp (GOSTEC) have reached advanced stage so as to harness the energies of the youth for socio-economic development.

  Similarly, they are processing the purchase of 2,000 tricycles to be distributed to a new set of youths across the 11 LGAs of the state in order to enable them a living.

Stressing that they are mindful of the vulnerability of the women folk and they are equally working to commence another initiative that will empower more than 5,000 women across all the 114 political wards of the state with various entrepreneurial skills and starter-packs so that they can earn a living and support their families.   

    “Our administration shall continue to partner with all relevant national and international organizations, development partners, traditional institutions, the civil society and religious groups in order to improve human capital in Gombe State and create decent and sustainable jobs for our teeming youth population”. 

 He called on all relevant stakeholders to play their respective roles towards the successful implementation of the At-Risk-Children Project (ARC-P) and rid the  streets of the most vulnerable members of the society, while expressing  appreciation especially to the ARC-P National Lead Haj. Maryam Uwais and her team, the representatives of UNICEF, STANBIC-IBTC, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for their various contributions towards the successful conduct of the training programme. 

In another development, Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya on November14,flagged-off payment of compensation to affected property owners at Malam Inna, Kagarawal, Unguwa Uku, Bolari Communities and inspected  ongoing London Maidoruwa- Alkahira- Arawa road project. 

Gov. Inuwa Yahaya

In a statement, his press aide, Ismali Missili said that Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya flagged off the payment of compensation for 309 property affected by the recently awarded road construction projects in Malam Inna, Kagarawal, Unguwa Uku and Bolari communities in Gombe metropolis. 

According to him, “a sum total of three hundred and eighty one million naira (N381m) has been released for compensation payment in all the quarters put together”. 

 He said the Governor who flagged-off the ceremonies, held separately at Kagarawal and Bolari respectively, said road construction forms part of his campaign promises to execute projects that have direct bearing on lives of the people, especially those at the bottom rung of the ladder. 

Gov.Yahaya remarked that in spite of the global economic meltdown, occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic, his administration has continued to place premium on infrastructural development, social engagement and economic transformation. 

“For this reason, my eyes and ears are wide open and my legs still standing firm and strong to go round the nooks and crannies of the state to evaluate and re-evaluate the pressing and immediate needs of the people”. 

He  explained that the Malam Inna-kagarawal- Unguwa Uku road project as well as that of Bolari quarters is a replica of what obtained in other parts aimed at opening up the entire state for social and economic activities. 

He described road network as an important artery for ease of not only doing business but the movement of goods and accessing educational and health services within the state.

“We are going to complete the road in Malam Inna Kagarawal and Unguwa Uku with the complement of solar powered streetlights. We have constructed a 120 bed capacity hospital in the area and have completed the multi billion naira 7.5 kilometres erosion control project which has over the years been a thorn in the flesh of these communities”. 

He said his administration will continue to provide dividends of democracy to the people without recourse to dissenting voices whose stock in trade is to raise false, baseless and unfounded criticism. 

The governor frowned at the attitude of some individuals who had wanted to overheat the process for the payment of compensation, noting that the composition of the committee for the evaluation of individual property is persons with proven integrity. 

Inuwa Yahaya called on the people to remain resolute and steadfast to his administration’s commitment to turn around the fortunes of the state while keeping at arms length anyone who does not mean well for them. 

“My administration is built on the trust you gave me and I shall continue to protect your interest and your human dignity at all times. The responsibility of building a virile state lies on our shoulders and we shall continue to do all that is necessary to fulfill our promises which are to place Gombe on the path of sustainable economic development”. 

He  said the road construction will commence upon completion of compensation payment to all individuals whose property will be affected by the infrastructural development, adding that his administration will continue to focus on areas that are densely populated within the state capital and environs so as to open them up and give people a sense of belonging. 

Same scenario played out when the governor went to Bolari quarters to flag-off the payment of compensation to individuals whose property will be affected by the road construction there. 

Governor Inuwa Yahaya told the crowd that under no circumstances will he watch and allow the people to be short changed. 

In his welcome address, chairman of the compensation committee and Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development, Muhammad Gambo Magaji told the gathering that the state under the leadership of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is committed to paying those whose property will be affected by the construction of roads.

Explaining modalities of compensation, the Commissioner of Works, Engr. Abubakar Bappah said payment will be made in accordance with the guidelines based on the type and overall state of each property. 

He said the policy of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of providing infrastructure was predicated on the importance of road network to the social and economic development of the people. 

He therefore announced a period of two weeks for individuals to be affected to evacuate their movable properties before commencement of the road construction. 

Representatives of individuals whose property will be affected commended the governor for his natural attachment to the down- trodden and therefore pledged their support to the administration and the road project. 

Impressed by the governor’s political ingenuity in granting the road construction,  the village Head of Kagarawal, conferred the traditional title of “Sarkin Yakin Kagarawal “on Gov.Yahaya while the District Head of Bolari honoured him with title of “Ma’Dawakin Bolari”. 

Earlier, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya had inspected the

London -Maidoruwa- Alkahira road project which has reached an advanced stage of completion.