****Says Their Selection Not Automatic Cabinet Appointment.
As many states across the country prepare for change in leadership come May 29, Gombe State Governor-elect, Alhaji Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya has on Tuesday, inaugurated a transition and sectoral committees to oversee the take over of administration from outgoing governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo.
The Governor elect while inaugurating a 31 member transition committee as well as 23 sectoral committees in Gombe cautioned the members not to see their selection as synonymous to appointment into the incoming administration.
According to him, a casual perusal of the list of the members will disclose to all discerning minds that some of the appointees have at one time or the other occupied positions beyond state levels.
He said some are occupying federal positions such that recalling them to serve at the State level will be more a disservice to the State than an advantage in view of the fact that their replacement may not necessarily come from Gombe State.
Alhaji Inuwa said the transition committee and the sectoral committees are to compliment each other adding that, ” the sectoral committees are the technical arm of the transition committee “.
” As can be seen, the committee is not meant to witch-hunt anybody, it is not a probe panel any it is certainly not an audit committee. The committee is to help us collate, evaluate and analyze data, information and statistics regarding the performance of the various sectors of the State administration and proffer proposals that can improve the sectors”, the Governor-elect stressed.
He also called on them to bring to bear their wealth of experience and knowledge in the discharge of their heavy responsibility without fear favour, affection or ill-will”.
The transition committee has five terms of reference which include developing a clear framework of liaison between his government and the incoming government; receive handover documents from ministries, departments and agencies of the State;
Assess the quality and accuracy of information provided to it and advise the Governor-elect accordingly; review and make preliminary assessment of the balance sheet of the State Government and to suggest ‘quick fixes’ which will result in tangible and noticeable changes to be achieved within 30 days, 100 days and six months of the administration.
The transition committee is to submit its report to the Governor-elect within three weeks from the day of the inauguration.
In his response, the Chairman of the Transition Committee and pioneer Director-General of the National Pension Commission of Nigeria (PENCOM), Alhaji Mohammed Kabir Ahmed, promised to put in their best for the sake of the State.