Gombe State Acting-Governor, Honourable Charles Iliya, has corroborated recent claims of the utter backwardness of the North-East when he lamented that “Insurgency has made our bad situation worst in the North-East”.
‘Insurgency has worsened our bad situation in the North East’ – Gombe State’s Acting Governor
According to the Acting-Governor who was responding to a call by the Vice-Chairman of the Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI), Alhaji Tijjani Musa Tumsa, during a courtesy call in Gombe state for the State to engage the committee on its areas of priority needs, said “even before the insurgency, our region had been reported to be the most backward in Nigeria in many aspects”.
He stated that “this situation had grown from bad to worst following the calamities brought about by insurgency”. He added that, “in Gombe State, we’ve had our own bad share of the Boko Haram activities of bombings in our markets, motor parks, schools, hospitals, banks security outfits, with many loss of lives among others”.
He commended the President, Muhammadu Buhari, for the initiative which he said is aimed at bringing back life to the region that has suffered economically, socially, educationally and in many other aspects of human endeavour.
“We thank the President for not leaving the region just like that after the insurgency. This issue we are discussing now wouldn’t have been discussed easily in the past, but foremost will be how to protect ourselves”.
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chairman of the Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI), Alhaji Tijjani Musa Tumsa who represented the Chairman of the Committee, General Theophilus Y Danjuma (rtd), said the Committee was in the State to engage the Gombe State Government and highlight areas of the Committee’s responsibilities and special priorities of the State Government.
He said the Committee has a task of charting a way forward in terms of resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) under the “Buhari Plan” which seeks to harmonize the activities of all the five sub-committees into action. The five sub-committees are: Security, Humanitarian, Finance, Economy and Education.
He commended the Gombe State Government over the way it handled the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in the state through resettling them into the society and promised to continue to partner with the State Government.
The position or priorities of the Gombe State Government is said to be in a documented form which was presented to the Federal Government during the North-East Economic Forum, hosted by the State in November 2013.