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UN Promises To Support Gombe In Priority Areas



The United Nations (UN), yesterday expressed readiness to support Gombe State government in its priority areas, aimed at bringing development to the state, as well as transforming the lives of its people positively.

The UN’s position was made known by its Deputy Secretary General, Hajiya Amina Mohammed, when she paid a homecoming courtesy call on Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, at the Government house, Gombe.

The UN’s deputy secretary general, incidentally, is from Gombe State.

She said she came to visit the governor to know his aspirations and vision for the people of the state.

According to her, the young women in the state should be part of its growth, even as she enjoined the government to invest in women as they constitutes 50 per cent of the population of the state.

While saying the UN would accord the governor it’s full support, Mohammed  acknowledged the potential of Gombe State as a hub of investment destination.

She described the state as secured, trusted and where young people could participate in its growth.

The UN DSG noted that Gombe could not succeed without the 11 local governments in the state, and therefore called for the strengthening of the council areas as it is the bedrock of sustainable economy.

“Let us know what your priorities are, because the United Nations under the leadership of Antonio Guiterez, always said we must follow the priorities of states and we will do justice to this”, she added.

Responding, the governor said both the state and the country as a whole are proud of the UN deputy secretary general for attaining her position.

Yahaya thanked Mrs. Mohammed, for the role she played in bringing Federal Medical Centre to the state prior to her present position.

He noted that the people of the state struggled to bring his government to office through the polls, promising to fulfill their hope and aspirations.

Yahaya said the emphasis of his government is on human capital development, adding that “from education to health, to upliftment of the youths especially women and children, we are facing significant challenges despite the scarce resources due to bad government and poor management”.

“Our resources were not properly managed for the need of the people. We are in a deep mess and in difficult situation, we need your help at all times.”

The governor bemoaned the sorry state of education sector he inherited, culminating into the abysmal performance of students in the state in WAEC examination, where the state was placed 34th consistently for the last seven to eight years.

He stressed the resolve of his administration not to be deterred by the development, but forge ahead to catch up with the rest of the developed world.

Yahaya lamented the impact of insurgency in  Gombe State, a situation that resulted  into the influx of people affected by insurgency from neighbouring states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

He said this had put pressure and stress on the infrastructure of his state, adding that as the needs of the people of the state are being taken care of by his government, so also is that of Internally Displaced Persons.

The governor solicited the assistance of the UN in this regard, saying that he would soon convene a stakeholders meeting with a view to identifying and prioritising the needs of Gombe State.