Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has restated his government’s readiness to partner with the private sector towards harnessing the power potentials of Gombe State, thereby fostering industrial development, economic growth and prosperity of the people.
The governor was speaking in Kaltungo, at the civic reception and turbaning ceremony of the Secretary to the Gombe State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, as Madakin Kaltungo.
Governor Yahaya expressed concern over the poor condition of power supply in the state and the country at large, the problem he attributed to the inefficiency and failure of leadership at different levels, calling on leaders at various positions of authority to brace up and put things right.
“Gombe State is blessed with various power potentials like coal, uranium, dams, Kolmani oil and gas field, wind and solar resources, among others which if properly harnessed will go a long way in improving the quality and standard of life of the citizenry. We have both human and material resources to harness these potentials and provide our state with adequate power for industrial and socio-economic development,” said Governor Yahaya.
He expressed optimism that with the new law permitting states to generate, transmit and distribute power, things would change for the better, while assuring the readiness of Gombe State to leverage on the opportunity and generate power internally.
“We cannot afford to abandon these enormous potentials that we have. We will leverage this law and ensure that our people benefit from their endowed resources. When there is adequate power, industries will prosper and generate employment for our teeming populace, especially youths, bringing forth economic growth and development in our dear state and the country in general”, Governor Yahaya explained.
He restated his government’s readiness to collaborate with private individuals and all relevant stakeholders towards making Gombe a self-sufficient state in power generation in the country.
The Gombe State Governor used the occasion to call on the private investors from within and outside the state to take advantage of the good atmosphere and business-friendly environment provided by his administration in the state and invest in the power sector, which offers great prospects.
He expressed optimism that Nigeria and Nigerians will emerge stronger from the current economic challenges caused by the removal of fuel subsidy and other global factors.
The Governor appealed to the people to be patient and support government policies and programmes in the interest of growth and development of the society, saying that the government is taking concrete steps to bring succour to the people.
To the leaders and well-to- do individuals in the society, he urged them to lend a helping hand to the needy, citing symbiotic relationship between those in positions of authority and the masses.
The Gombe State Governor congratulated Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi on the honour bestowed on him by his community, attributing it to trustworthy and resourceful public servant that he is.
The traditional Ruler of Kaltungo, the Mai Kaltungo, His Royal Highness Saleh Muhammad, thanked the Governor for the honour done to the people of Kaltungo by re-appointing Professor Njodi as Secretary to the State Government.
The Secretary to the State Government, Professor Njodi expressed gratitude to the Almighty God for the privilege to serve under the administration of Governor Inuwa Yahaya and promised his unalloyed commitment to the Inuwa-led Administration.