By Fatima Sadiq
The Federal Character Commission (FCC) has applauded Gombe state government over fair and equitable distribution of social services, amenities, and infrastructural facilities across the nooks and crannies of the State with strict adherence to Federal Character principles.
FCC Executive Chairman, Dr. Muheebba Dankaka made the commendation while speaking during a courtesy visit to Governor Inuwa Yahaya at the Government House, Gombe.
Dr. Muheebba said Governor Inuwa’s administration has exemplified the federal government’s vital national aspirations by extending projects across all the senatorial zones and the local Government areas, thus ensuring a sense of belonging among the people.
“Yours was a gamut of developmental projects that have impacted positively on the lives of the people, the Industrial Park under construction is novel, so also the massive infrastructure in health care, roads, schools, women and youth empowerment among others” she said.
The FCC Chief Executive said, with what her commission has witnessed in Gombe, it will make sure that same is replicated in other states.
“We are taking the Gombe model under your able leadership and we’ll request other states of the Federation to copy from you as public and political posts, as well as democracy dividends, are distributed evenly here”, she said.
The Chairman explained that the visit was part of wide consultations embarked by the Commission with critical stakeholders to help deliver on its mandate of nation-building, inclusiveness, promoting peace and unity among diverse people of Nigeria.
She said the consultation became pertinent considering the enormous challenges the country is facing.
“Our nation is at crossroads; six decades after independence, there is still a scramble for resources, job opportunities amongst the contending ethnic groups, the cry of marginalization by one section or another has remained a recurring decimal in our political and economic history” – she stressed.
According to her, these pressing issues were what necessitated the creation of the Federal Character principle aimed at addressing these vital national questions.
In a response, Governor Inuwa Yahaya, who lamented the bad condition of roads linking Gombe to other parts of the region, urged the commission to ensure enforcement of the Federal character principle in provisions of infrastructural facilities such as roads and railways which he described as prerequisites for development.
“We are at the center of North East, but for us to reach any of our neighboring states, we spend hours of the difficult journey because of bad roads,” he said.
The governor called for the extension of the eastern railway network to Adamawa and Taraba States to provide easy movement of goods and services across different regions of the country.
The governor also called on the commission to ensure equitable distribution of Federal government job opportunities for the people considering the looming challenge of unemployment, especially in the insurgency-wrecked Northeast.
He expressed confidence that despite the myriad of challenges the country was facing, with strong political will and determination, the country would overcome them.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya appreciated the Commission for choosing Gombe to crown its consultation visits, adding that his administration was ready to collaborate with any organization willing to help the state towards improving the lives of its people.