Gombe: The present administration does not render to the Transition Committees the desired cooperation – Governor Elect
ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, ALHAJI MUHAMMADU INUWA YAHAYA, GOMBE STATE GOVERNOR-ELECT ON THE OCCASION OF PRESENTATION OF REPORT BY THE TRANSITION COMMITTEE HELD ON
SATURDAY, 11TH DAY OF MAY 2019.
You may recall that on Tuesday 2nd April 2019, I inaugurated a 37-member Transition Committee and 23 Sectorial Committees comprising of eminent personalities to facilitate smooth and orderly transition.
We thank Almighty Allah for making it possible for the Transition Committee to complete its assignment in good time and for us all to witness the presentation of its report today.
Today therefore, marks another milestone towards the day when the incoming administration will come on board with the mission of making life more meaningful for the people of Gombe State.
From the calibre of the people who carried out this assignment, I am sure that a detailed and comprehensive job has been done despite a couple of handicaps that may have been encountered.
I learnt that the present administration did not render to the Sectoral Committees the desired cooperation and assistance where it was needed most in terms of allowing the Committees to have direct interaction and interface with relevant government functionaries in order to have first-hand information and data for use by the Committees.
In place of direct interaction, the administration advised the Committees to route their requests for information through the Office of the Secretary to the State Government. The Transition Committee sent a couple of such requests. The administration responded to only one.
Worst of all, the administration has not even fulfilled its promise to make available to the Transition Committee its hand-over notes up to this afternoon. As a result of this, I understand that most sectoral committees had to rely on inter-personal relationship with government functionaries, their past experiences, their personal knowledge of prevailing circumstances, among other things, to produce their respective sectoral reports.
I will at this juncture, therefore, appeal to members of the Transition Committee, especially sectoral committee members, to be readily available as they may be called upon at later dates to update their reports, where necessary, if and when the hand-over notes are made available to us at any time.
Even though the administration has not afforded the Transition Committee the desired cooperation, I thank them for providing office accommodations for the Transition Committee and meeting rooms for some of the Sectoral Committees.
I wish to register my most sincere gratitude however, to the Legislative and Judicial arms of government both of whom, I understand, gave full cooperation to the sectoral committees during their assignments.
The interaction with their officials was aimed at exploring avenues for closer cooperation and mutual respect. I believe the interactions must have assisted the committees immensely. I assure both arms of government of my firm resolve to work with them for the good of our people.
I want to seize this opportunity to thank individuals, corporate bodies and federal government agencies who provided meeting rooms and other facilities to the Transition Committee.
I also appreciate all those people who gave the Committee valuable information and suggestions.
The support and words of encouragement from the generality of our people towards this exercise is reassuring.
A casual observer of the state of affairs in Gombe will tell you that all is not well with governance of the state.
It cannot be far from being correct if one concludes that the Gombe State civil service has not been working optimally and satisfactorily due to no fault of a good number of the civil servants.
The in-coming administration will therefore employ all means necessary in all sectors in order to forestall total collapse of government services.
We shall, in sha Allah, put Gombe State government BACK TO WORK!
The challenges are certainly enormous but by the special grace of the Almighty Allah they are not insurmountable.
We are determined to restore good governance that would ensure better life for all residents of the State.
I will therefore use this medium to appeal to our people most especially, our civil servants, for their understanding, cooperation and support as we put our heads together to address all issues militating against the wellbeing of our people and the development of the State.
At this auspicious occasion I sincerely thank all members of the Transition Committee and Sectoral Committees who have made available their depth of knowledge, wealth of experience and valuable time in the course of putting up the report presented today. Their dedication, patriotism, commitment and passion are worthy of commendation.
Let me assure all members of Transition Committee that the valuable time, energy and resources you sacrificed in producing this report will not go in vain. It will certainly form the fulcrum of policies, projects and programmes of the incoming administration.
I will rightly assume that some of the recommendations of the Transition Committee may be hard-hitting but necessary, if we must move forward.
The process of implementing some of the Committee’s recommendations may be painful but the outcome may be more beneficent in the long term. I will accordingly crave the understanding and patience of the good people of Gombe State in implementing some of the recommendations of the Transition Committee. Together we can take our dear State to the next level.
Thank you and God bless us all.