The Gombe State Government has set up two committees, one for the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the state and another on naming of streets in the State.
Inaugurating the committees in Gombe, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, said the purpose of celebrating the 20th anniversary of the creation of the State was to exhibit gratitude to God for the state and for nurturing it to the present level.
Governor Dankwambo also said the naming of streets in the metropolis and other towns would ensure timely response during emergency situations, especially as regards to security, fire outbreaks and medical needs.
The committee on the 20th anniversary has been given up July 25, to submit its report, while the committee on street numbering has been given up to August 8, to submit its report.
By October 1, this year, Gombe State will be 20 years old.
It will also mark one hundred years of Gombe as a town, established by the First Spiritual and Traditional Ruler of Gombe, His Royal Highness Buba Yero.
The 20th Anniversary is being viewed by the Gombe State Government as its commitment in laying a solid foundation for transforming the state and improving the well being of the people of Gombe state.
Governor Dankwmbo during the inauguration called on members of the committee to draw a list of individuals and groups to grace the anniversary and also make recommendations on how to organise the events.
“Without street names, visitors often have to rely on imprecise descriptions of locations, which in some instances are very difficult to locate. Street naming will enable easy location of particular address or property. The exercise has become expedient in order to ensure timely response during emergency situations, especially as regards to security, fire outbreaks and medical needs of our citizenry,” The Governor said.
Governor Dankwmbo equally called on the Committee on Naming of streets in Gombe Metropolis and other towns in the state to classify the streets into three categories and develop objective criteria for generating a pool of names of distinguished Nigerians, citizens of Gombe State, historic events, among others.
“The terms of reference of the Committee are, to take stock of all streets in the state capital, as well as all local governments areas across the state. To classify the streets into three or more categories on the bases of an objective criteria to be developed by the committee. To develop an objective criteria for generating a pool of names of distinguished Nigerians, citizens of Gombe State, places, historic events etc. To propose a suitable name for each of the streets in accordance with the categorisation,” said Governor Dankwambo.
Responding, the Committee Chairman on the 20th Anniversary Celebration, the Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Dr. Charles Iliya, said the anniversary was a fruit of the efforts by the leaders of the state.
On his part, the Committee Chairman on Naming of Streets in Gombe Metropolis and Towns in the State, Alhaji Muhammad Bala Magaji, said naming of streets had become a necessity.
Governor Dankwambo said he had no doubt that members of the committees would undertake the assignment credibly and to the glory of God and benefit of the citizens of Gombe State.