The Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has been sworn in for a second term in office on Monday.
In his inaugural address at the Pantami Township Stadium in Gombe, Governor Yahaya expressed gratitude to the people of the state for re-electing him and reaffirmed his commitment to building a prosperous Gombe State.
He highlighted the achievements of his first term, despite economic challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic and outlined his administration's key areas of focus for the next four years.
Governor Yahaya emphasized the importance of economic empowerment, naming job creation as his top priority.
He vowed to continue implementing policies that foster a business-friendly environment, attract investments and stimulate economic growth.
The governor outlined plans to train and upskill the youth, invest in ICT skills and innovation and harness the agri-business potentials of the state to enhance food security and create employment opportunities.
The governor further stressed the significance of education and human capital development.
He promised to upgrade school infrastructure, provide instructional materials and improve the capacity of teachers and administrators.
Governor Yahaya expressed a commitment to expanding access to education, particularly for marginalized groups, through initiatives such as the Adolescent Girl Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE).
He said vocational and technical education would also be enhanced to align with the evolving job market, especially in sectors like agriculture, energy and oil and gas.
The governor also noted Healthcare and social welfare as another crucial area of his administration's focus.
Yahaya pledged to strengthen healthcare systems and infrastructure, ensuring accessible and quality healthcare services for all residents.
Speaking further, he assured of capacity building for healthcare professionals and collaboration with relevant stakeholders to implement social welfare programs.
On infrastructure, Yahaya emphasized the development of roads, bridges, water supply and electricity to enhance connectivity and sustainable growth.
The governor highlighted the importance of urban renewal and redevelopment to attract investment in hospitality and tourism, improving living standards for residents.
Yahaya emphasized good governance and accountability, promising to sustain people-driven, participatory governance.
The Governor emphasised efforts to improve transparency, reduce wastage, and ensure efficient use of public resources.
Governor Yahaya concluded his address by expressing gratitude for the support and opportunity to lead Gombe State, calling for unity and cooperation to achieve the shared vision of a prosperous and proud Gombe State.
"My fellow citizens, I cannot achieve these ambitious goals alone.
"I need your continued support, active engagement, and constructive feedback in order to succeed.
"It is only by coming together as one united people that we can transform our aspirations into tangible realities.
"I am confident that, with your continuous support and prayers, we shall overcome these challenges, seize emerging opportunities, and create a future that is brighter and more prosperous for every resident of Gombe State.
"On a final note, I remain eternally grateful for your support, and the opportunity to lead Gombe State at this critical point in its history.
"I will continue to count on your support, goodwill and prayers.
"Let us embark on this journey together, hand in hand, as we build a Gombe State that our children and future generations will be proud to call home," the Governor said.
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