Gombe State Governor-elect, Alhaji Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya has cautioned members of his Transition and Sectoral Committees not to see their appointments as synonymous to appointment into the incoming administration.
Your appointment into our administration not automatic, Gombe Governor-elect tells Transition Committee members
The Governor-elect gave the words of caution while swearing in a 31 member transition committee as well as 23 sectoral committees to spearhead a smooth transition from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, government of Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo to his government on May 29th, 2019.
Alhaji Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya emphatically said, “this is neither our intention nor is it our plan”.
According to him, a casual perusal of the list of the members will disclose to all discerning minds that some of the appointees have at one time or the other occupied positions beyond the state level.
He said some are occupying federal positions such that recalling them to serve at the State level will be more of a disservice to State than an advantage in view of the fact that their replacement may not necessarily come from Gombe State.
Alhaji Inuwa said the transition committee and the sectoral committees are to complement each other adding that, ” the sectoral committees are the technical arm of the transition committee.
” As can be seen, the committee is not meant to witch-hunt anybody, it is not a probe panel and it is certainly not an audit committee. The committee is to help us collate, evaluate and analyze data, information and statistics regarding the performance of the various sectors of the State administration and proffer proposals that can improve the sectors”, he stressed.
He also called on them to bring to bear their wealth of experience and knowledge in the discharge of their heavy responsibility without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.”
The transition committee has five terms of reference which include developing a clear framework of liaison between his government and the incoming government; receive handover documents from ministries, departments and agencies of the State;
Assess the quality and accuracy of information provided to it and advise the Governor-elect accordingly; review and make preliminary assessment of the balance sheet of the State Government and suggest ‘quick fixes’ which will result in tangible and noticeable changes to be achieved within 30 days, 100 days and six months of the administration.
The transition committee is to submit its report to the Governor-elect within three weeks from the day of the inauguration.
In his response, the Chairman of the Transition Committee and pioneer Director-General of the National Pension Commission of Nigeria (PENCOM), Alhaji Mohammed Kabir Ahmed, promised to put in their best for the sake of the State.