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Yahaya Inherited N119bn Debt In Gombe, Says Committee

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The Transition Committee set up by Gombe State governor, Muhammadu Yahaya Inuwa yesterday disclosed that the current administration inherited N119 billion debt  from the of immediate past governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo.

It equally recommended the trimming down of the state’s ministries from 27 to 16.

The committee made the disclosure, while submitting its final report to the state governor at the Government House, Gombe.

Chairman of the committee, Muhammad Kabir Ahmad, noted that the state has 23 grazing reserves, which according to him, is depleting fast.

He called on the state government to look into it, with a view to forestalling communal crisis.

According to Ahmad, besides the debt profile, Dankwambo administration’s education sector projects, many road projects remained uncompleted, while the civil service is faced with challenges of work ethics.

On lack of funding of the health sector by the immediate past government, Almad disclosed that the state is having, “maternal mortality in excess of 800/100, 000 live birth. The infant mortality rate is 90//1000l live births while the under- five mortality is 162/1000 live births.”

While receiving the report, the governor thanked the committee for leaving their businesses and taking up the task.

He berated the immediate past administration for mismanaging the economy of the state.

He took a swipe at Dankwambo’s administration for being reckless and inept.

He, however, promised to review the report for proper implementation.

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