Gov Inuwa visits President Buhari on issues affecting Gombe
By Matthew ELOYI, Abuja
Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has urged Federal Government to Fast-track Oil Exploitation Activities in Kolmani, and Implementation of National Livestock Transformation Plan at Wawa-Zange in the State.
The Governor stated this while resenting the Master Plan of Muhammadu Buhari Industrial Park to build in Gombe State by his administration to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
This was contained in a press statement by the Director-General, Press Affairs, to Governor Mr Ismaila Uba Misilli, who said President Buhari pledged the support of the federal government to the governor towards sustaining efforts at maintaining peace and security and enhancing socio-economic development.
he said the Governor told State House correspondents that he intimated the President on the award of contract for the construction of an Industrial Park which is named after the President.
He said when completed, the park will not only boost the economic standing and stability of the State but will create jobs for the teeming youths within and outside the State.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya explained that the issue of security was discussed in view of the fact that Gombe State has been playing a comforting role in housing Internally Displaced Persons IDPs from Boko Haram inflicted states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state thus putting a strain on the State’s social infrastructures.
In his words, “For us we don’t put them in IDP camps; we allow them to settle within our people and they have already acclimatized and are staying with our people but that puts a lot of strain on our resources, schools, hospitals and other social facilities and amenities and equally, security management is becoming an issue not only that the de-radicalization centre which is used in rehabilitating and integrating those that surrender from insurgency is located in Gombe and since 6 years now that the facility has not been fully taken over by the Federal Government.”
The Governor observed that the take-over of the NYSC camp by the Federal government has impacted negatively on the State’s ability to attract more Corps members to the State due to lack of a spacious Orientation camp and therefore wants the Federal Government to reimburse the State with the equivalent amount so that it can construct another one.
The governor also tabled before the president, the issue of Wawa-Zange grazing reserve and the need to fast-track work, especially given the fact that it is the largest gazetted reserve in Nigeria with over 144, 000 hectares and the one that is supposed to be the pilot project for the national livestock transformation programme of the federal government.
He said with the return of herdsmen in multitudes to the northern part of the country following the anti-grazing position of some southern states, there is no better time than now to fast-track the Wawa-Zange project to avoid rancour.