The United Nations (UN) has pledged to extend its partnership and support to Gombe State in various sectors, including health, education and more for socio-economic development.
The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Hajiya Amina Mohammed, made the pledge during a meeting with the State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, on the sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly in New York.
She commended the governor for the giant strides recorded under his administration, adding that he has set a precedent in subnational governance.
The UN Deputy Secretary-General encouraged the governor to continue the good works he has started, especially by improving the quality of life in the state.
Hajiya Amina Mohammed equally assured Governor Yahaya of the UN support and partnership throughout his tenure to deliver meaningful development to the state.
The Governor's spokesperson, Ismaila Uba Misilli, made this known in a statement on Saturday.
According to Misilli, she assured Governor Yahaya of her willingness to engage with international development partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Susan Buffet Foundation, and the African Peace Corp to garner support for Gombe State in the realm of healthcare and human resource development.
"She also offered to facilitate the UN's technical support to bolster the Secretariat of the Northern States Governors' Forum, a crucial platform for regional development, as soon as a formal request is made.
"In his remarks, Governor Inuwa Yahaya commended Hajiya Amina Mohammed for her remarkable contributions to the UN's global mission, describing her as a worthy daughter of Gombe and a proud global ambassador of the state and Nigeria.
"During the meeting, he presented an overview of the multifaceted development initiatives that his administration is currently implementing, with a particular focus on healthcare and education.
"The Governor appealed for support in leveraging Hajiya Amina's international networks to enhance Gombe state's healthcare system, particularly at the primary and secondary levels.
"This includes attracting skilled manpower to fortify the operations of the three General hospitals that have either been constructed or rehabilitated across the three senatorial zones of Gombe State.
"He emphasized his administration's unwavering commitment to providing counterpart funding where necessary to facilitate this vital endeavour.
"In his capacity as the Chairman of the Northern Governors' Forum, Governor Inuwa Yahaya also sought the UN's assistance in strengthening the Forum's Secretariat through the provision of technical experts. These experts would work in tandem with the Forum to drive its overarching development objectives," Misilli added.