As the momentum continues to gather ahead of the forth coming Local Council elections in Gombe state scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017, the State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, has appealed to the people of the state to eschew violence and destructive tendencies.
Governor Dankwambo made the appeal when the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar paid homage to him at the Government House Gombe.
The Governor, whose appeal was more emphatic with the youths, called on the people not to allow loopholes to be created in any way during the process to cause violence and destruction.
He said, “Play clean politics devoid of rancour, irrespective of political differences and religion. We are all citizens of Gombe, after the election we will all come back and stay in the same place.”
He told those eager to sponsor trouble to desist and realign their thinking stressing that he would not compromise the interest and peace of the state for any reason whatsoever.
The Governor also commended the Emir for his commitment to supporting the less privileged in the society saying that his enrolment of 3,000 IDPs children in schools in the last two years was exemplary.
According to him, “Your effort is commendable because many traditional rulers do not have such initiatives; they just restrict themselves in their palaces and perform their traditional roles.”
He further called on the people to ensure that they evacuate all their farm produce from the farms to avoid the risk of having them destroyed by miscreants and pastoralists who may graze their animals on such crops overnight.
In his remarks, the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III said he was at the Government House to appreciate the Governor for the support given to him when the Federal University of Technology Minna in Niger state awarded him an Honorary Doctorate Degree.
He also commended the Governor for the developmental projects in the state and stressed the need for people, especially the rich to assist government in the education of the less privileged as government cannot do it all alone.
He said it was disheartening that the majority of out of school children in the northern part of the country were from the North East.
He said the situation could be a time bomb waiting to explode if not taken care of now, revealing that he had in the last two years enrolled 3,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)s’ children in schools and put them on scholarships.