Gombe State celebrates 18 years of democracy transformation

Rebecca Mu’zu, Gombe

The Gombe State Ministry of Environment celebrates eighteen years of positive democracy transformation.

Speaking with Voice of Nigeria in Gombe, on why Gombe people should celebrate 18 years of democracy in the state, the Commissioner of Environment, Mrs Sa’adatu Sa’ad Mustapha, described the administration of Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, as highly sensitive to the issues of youths and women, which has transformed the lives of these groups of Gombe people.

Mrs Mustapha said the state government had seen to the rehabilitation of the popular political thugs, the Kalare boys, who were now being engaged productively in the development of the state, through various services they render to the public.

The State Commissioner of Environment also said an average Gombe woman had cause to celebrate the return of democracy, especially through the pet project of Governor Dankwambo’s wife, Mrs Adama, which had empowered a lot of women who are now self-employed.

According to Mrs Mustapha, Governor Dankwambo has invested heavily on the environment to ensure its neatness, which has a multiplier effect on the health of the people.

She also said that the government had been able to ascertain the status of one of the neatest states in the country, because he spent a lot of resources to resuscitate the State Environmental Protection Agency, which deals mainly with the cleanliness of the environment, such as waste evacuation.

“The agency was abandoned for a while, but Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo spent some money to revive the agency. He bought sweepers and also waste collecting trucks that helped the collection of liquid waste in the state,” she said.  

The Commissioner further listed some of the transformation in the environment sector to include the employment of one hundred guards to protect the forest and ensure the prevention of the incessant felling of trees, attacks on wild animals, especially hippopotamuses which the state is endowed with.

She added that the services of a private company had been employed to ensure the constant cleanliness of the streets.

Mrs Mustapha said democracy under the present Governor had attracted the presence of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP.

“NEWMAP Project is a World Bank Project and Governor Dankwambo paid 30 million Naira for Gombe State to be enlisted among the states that were going to enjoy the NEWMAP Project.

Just last week we had a programme on desilting. We flagged off the Gombe State Desilting Programme, within the metropolis, part of the NEWMAP Project,” she reiterated.

Mrs Sa’adatu Mustapha also stated that one other achievements of the present administration in the state was the reduction in open defecation, which the government had sought ways to ensure that measures are put in place to provide alternatives for the public.

She said the government had also minimized the use of firewood in the state, as provisions had been made to supply and encourage the use of a solar cooking stove.

“We are trying to introduce more of cooking stove and that cooking stove doesn’t need kerosene. It has to go with solar and just a little part of firewood, a little bit, like two sticks and more of sugarcane sticks. That will give you the meal for let’s say ten to fifteen people in a household. Which I think will minimize the cutting down of trees and opening our land to desertification and erosion,” she said.

Some of the programmes to improve on in the state is reviving the monthly sanitation, which the Commissioner said the government was trying to ensure the use of sanitary inspectors and bring back the sanitation mobile court to prosecute violators.

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