By Mathew Dadiya
Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, Thursday said there is need for more collaboration between the Federal and State governments in the country.
The governor said doing so will help a lot in achieving development in all sectors thus bettering the lot of citizens.
Yahaya made the remark in Abuja while interacting with State House Correspondents soon after he met with President Bola Tinubu behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa.
“There were several engagements between us towards the end of 2023 particularly pertaining healthcare and enabling business environment reforms and many more. Without the economy picking and doing well, we will continuously be where we are or even worst of.
“Collaboration of the states and the federal government; infact including the local governments is very key and fundamental for us because if there is any disconnect, we may not deliver on what we have to do for the people,” he said.
Commenting on the importance of agriculture to human development and attaining food sufficiency, the Governor said there is need for farmers to embrace modern techniques in order to boost their production.
“The way it is now, people have to understand that we must modernise. There is need for machine tools, there is need for processing and luckily Gombe is among the States that have been approved to be part of the Special Agric Processing zones.
“We have set up an industrial park where we can process all the raw materials or the agricultural produce that we have in the State. I think if all States will key-in and work in tandem and work with the federal government, we shall easily reach the desired destination for Nigeria,” he added.
Governor Yahaya, who is also the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, also commented on security challenges troubling some parts of the country.
He commended President Bola Tinubu for sending Vice President Kashim Shettima to visit Kaduna and Plateau States, in order to get the details of what transpired at Tudun Biri, Kaduna state as well as Bokkos and Barikin Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau State.
“In my capacity as the Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum, I praise the steps taken by the President in order to get to the rot of what happened in these two States and the pledge he made that the right action would be taken to prevent future occurrence of these incidents. Above all, I am thanking him for the support given to victims or survivors,” the Governor stated.
Speaking specifically on the Plateau crisis, the Governor said it is not a new thing but there is need for a review of the immediate and remote causes in order to find a lasting solution.
“Despite the fact that this matter has been there for long, it is time for stakeholders to have a round table and tell each other the truth and then take deliberate steps toward loving each other. Before now, the people were living in peace and going about their normal businesses.
“Some of the major issues that seem to allow the problem to persist include issues like farmer-herder clashes, the clamour for indigenes versus settlers. But the world over, if any society or country doesn’t welcome visitors, such a nation will not progress. Afterall we here are one and the same family.
“Therefore, we are commiserating with those who lost their loved ones. There should be no reason why anyone should go and kill or take the life of a fellow human being since it is not a war situation. Reprisal attacks have not taken us anywhere so, what we need to concentrate on doing is to understand ourselves and know that we have leaders at all levels whim we can lodge our complaints to. We should imbibe the habit of loving one another and living in peace for the progress of all of us,” the Gombe State Governor advised.
The Governor told Journalists that he was in the State House to intimate the Nigerian leader on the achievements the State has made under his leadership as Governor.
He said the State government is ready to put more words into action in order to bring about faster development in the State known as the Jewel in the Savannah.