Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has assured the Christian Pilgrims Commission of his administration’s commitment to provide support for successful and hitch-free pilgrimage to Israel.
Speaking during the visit of the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission NCPC, Revered Yakubu Pam, in Gombe, Governor Yahaya said in spite of the over 250 million naira unsettled claims left by the previous government for the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, his government was committed to providing Christians in the State the opportunity and the needed support to undertake their spiritual journey.
“This Government inherited a liability of about 120 billion in a state that is just about 3.2 million, so spread it per capita on the citizens and you can imagine what it is. And that is just for the liabilities that were booked and recorded. Issues to do with unsettled liabilities of pilgrimage of close to 250 million naira were not part of our assessment. But despite this we will make sure we continue to fulfil our own obligations to provide support to those who wish to perform their pilgrimage”, Governor Yahaya said.
Gombe to host North East zonal meeting
the governor appreciated the leadership of the NCPC for their choice of Gombe to host the North East zonal meeting and to also flag off the next pilgrimage to Israel, noting that this will not have been possible without the peace and tranquillity the State enjoys, as well as its centrality and neutrality.
The Governor said in spite of the cosmopolitan nature of Gombe, the state remained peaceful, attributing the feat to the government’s proactiveness and the understanding of the people.
“I can beat my chest to say that peace doesn’t bring itself, we worked for it and God answered our prayers and gave us peace, so we shall continue to work assiduously to guard and protect the peace and the human resources of the State for the benefit of our people”, he said.
Mitigating the impact of Covid-19
The governor who decried the setback caused by Covid-19 pandemic to the global economy, said the novel Coronavirus was a wake-up call for Nigeria and Nigerians to do the right thing.
He said his administration had made budgetary provisions to stimulate the economy and mitigate its impact, especially on women and the youths in the post Covid-19 era.
Security challenges in the north
Governor Yahaya said the security challenges confronting the North could be attributed to years of neglect of the ways and means human beings have been managed over time.
“Neglecting an endeavour that can take a people to the doorsteps of economic prosperity can be detrimental to the present and future generations. Before now, the economy of the north used to hinge on agriculture but the discovery of oil relegated the agric and the mining sectors to the background. But I am confident with wise counsel from people like you, the North can once again regain its pride of place in the country”, Governor Yahaya said.
The NCPC Executive Secretary, Reverend Yakubu Pam, said they were in Gombe for a zonal meeting aimed at building synergy between the NCPC and the Gombe State Pilgrims Welfare Board for successful and hitch-free Christian pilgrimages.
He commended Governor Yahaya for his giant strides in road construction, youth empowerment and the ambitious Gombe Goes Green, 3G, Project which seeks to regenerate the environment.
Reverend Pam equally thanked the Governor for the cordial relations that exists between his administration and the State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, as well as the Christian community in general.
Reverend Pam, who doubles as the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, Northern region, described Governor Yahaya as a God-sent leader, who is working tirelessly for the betterment of the masses and the entire citizenry.
Source: Voice of Nigeria