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Inuwa Yahaya reveals support for state police

Inuwa Yahaya reveals support for state police

Gombe State Governor and Chairman of the Northern States Governors' Forum, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has expressed his support for the establishment of State Police.

After meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday, Yahaya stated that the creation of the State Police is a constitutional matter that requires the approval of the National Assembly and two-thirds of the State Assemblies in Nigeria.

He emphasized that having State Police would bring security closer to the people and allow for more effective monitoring and management of security.

Yahaya believes that this is in line with the President's vision and is a widely shared opinion among Nigerians.

"I believe when the bill goes to the National Assembly it will have easy passage through the States and very soon because inadvertently, it is the States that are managing security now since almost every State has its own security outfit that is supporting the various security agencies.

“Even though it is said that the Governors are the Chief Security Officers, the men on the ground commanding the security agencies, that is, the General Officers Commanding (GOC) or the Commissioner of Police, are answerable to their commanders here in Abuja but with State Police, we will be able to monitor the pulse and implement any decision hastily and there will be results”, he stated.

The Governor disclosed that he is fully convinced about his love for the creation of State Police, adding that he believes many of the States in Nigeria will go in the same direction.

During the meeting, Inuwa Yahaya briefed the Nigerian leader on the developments in Gombe State under his stewardship over the past five years, the positive impacts of his leadership and the ongoing efforts to improve governance and development at the state level.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, the Governor highlighted his administration's strategic planning and deliberate approach to governance since his assumption of office in 2019

“I didn’t go into the contest blindfolded. I went into the contest with an agenda, a clear vision and mission to see that I accomplish what I want to achieve in Gombe,” he stated.

The Governor outlined the significant strides made across various sectors, including health, education, infrastructure, social development and economic investment

He expressed pride in the accomplishments of his administration, noting the substantial progress made in enhancing the quality of life for Gombe State residents.

“These are the things I have been trying to achieve over the last five years across every sector; health, education, infrastructure, social development and economic investment drive. We have achieved a lot in all those respects and I am very proud of what we did in the last five years,” he added.

Looking ahead, the Governor assured the people of Gombe State that his administration remains committed to continuing its developmental agenda

He pledged that his team would work diligently to fulfil all planned initiatives in the remaining three years of his tenure.

On the current electricity supply challenges in Gombe and other neighbouring States, the Governor revealed that his government is taking the necessary steps towards boosting electricity supply to its people, adding that Governors of States in the northeast zone are doing the same thing.

He said that, “Transmission and whatever electricity had been on the exclusive list before now but with the new Electricity Act, it means that States can now do from generation to transmission and marketing."

According to him, “Even at the last meeting of the North-East Governors, we resolved that each of us should generate 10 Megawatts of solar power so that we kick-start activities and all the Governors are amenable to working with the new electricity Act, knowing that so far, one leg has not been able to deliver us. Whatever we had before was not able to take us out of this situation

The Governor added there is a better approach now and the Governors hope to overcome the persistent problem.

On Education, the the NSGF Chairman said that the Governors in the Northern part of the country are poised to give education to children in the zone and the problem of out-of-school children would be a thing of the past.

Inuwa Yahaya said, “That issue was top on the agenda of our last meeting because it is a very big menace that we are unfortunately contending with but mind you it is a build-up of the past; over 50 years or so of neglect of the educational system."

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