Fri, 06/07/2012 ? 12:34am | JUNAIDU USMAN Opinion Comment & Opinion

In both developed and developing economies of the world, one year performance of any government could be used to determine or judge the performance of that regime. And so, the achievements of any government in its first year of its existence could be the yardstick to predict its general performance.

By May 29,2012, the accolades received by the Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo?s administration in Gombe State was a reflection of the commitment of the regime to ensure a turn around in the development of the state.

Immediately he was elected in April 2011, Governor Dankwambo set up 11 committees to look into various sectors of the economy of the state, including such critical areas as education, healthcare delivery, commerce, trade and industry,  culture and tourism, security, agriculture, water resources, etc.

To underscore its seriousness, the government implemented the recommendations of the various committees and embarked on its  implementation. To tackle the problems of the state, the administration declared as illegal the activities of the dreaded group, popularly known as ?Yan Kalare?.

The governor therefore banned the activities of the groups  and directed the relevant security outfits to arrest any one found engaged in such acts.  This was to give the people of the state a sense of freedom and create a conducive atmosphere for developmental strides.  These groups of youths, who were armed to the teeth, posed serious security threat to the residents of the state.

Observers say the prevalence of such menace, therefore, undermined whatever gains that had been recorded by the administration, as citizens could not interact or use such infrastructure freely.  About 1,200 youths who were hitherto, members of the group were enrolled in the government?s rehabilitation and training programmes.

They were trained in various disciplines, such as traffic wardens, environmental vanguards, now engaged in sanitation monitoring, etc. with monthly allowances ranging between N15,000 to N20,000.

Beisdes the 1,200 youths that were rehabilitated about 320 young men and women were also trained in various skills such as hair dressing, tailoring, carpentry, welding, etc.   The governor, in his usual magnanimity graciously approved the disbursement of N200,000 each for the graduands to enable them set up their businesses.

The training and rehabilitation programme of the youths in the state is a continuous programme with the state government targeting the training and engagement of about 30,000 youths.  Provision of infrastructure and road construction received top most priority of the Dankwanbo?s administration in the last one year.

The administration has awarded contract for the construction of 53 roads in both Gombe metropolis and the other remaining10 local government areas of the state.

Some of the road projects have been completed and commissioned, some nearing completion, while others have reached an appreciable level of completion.  The contracts for road projects totalling over 140km have gulped over N19 billion from the state treasury.

Among these, are the construction of 12 township roads in Gombe spanning 16km at the cost of N3.5 billion while additional contracts for 19 roads in the state capital was awarded at the N3.8 billion.

In its efforts to ensure that other towns of the state were developed, government awarded contract for inter-township roads  from Bajoga-Ashaka Gari at the cost of N950 million.  Others include the 10 km Akko-Mbula road in Akko local government awarded at N859 million which the government plans to upgrade to serve as bye-pass road which upon completion would  gulp additional N700 million.

The 17km Gona-Garin Galadima-Tukulma road in Akko local government which has three bridges cost N1.8 billion, while in Billiri, the 27km Billiri-Gujba-Kamu Awak road and Ture-Sabon Layi Awak-Dogon ruwa road which is 24km cost over N2 billion each.  In the same vein, two roads are being constructed in Balanga local government area of the state at the cost of N587 million with another in Billiri to cost N683 million.

To compliment the road projects, government also awarded contract for the installation of solar traffic lights in 19 road intersections in Gombe town at the cost of N275 million. which the contractor is expected to complete in four months. The project would ensure smooth traffic as well as reduce road accidents when completed.

As a government that is responsive and responsible to the electorate, the sum of N900.8 million was paid as compensation to 826 people displaced by the dualisation of four roads in Gombe metropolis.

The vice president, Arch. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, who commissioned one of the roads named after him in Gombe town recently, commended the governor for the giant strides he had made in one year in the areas of road construction, water supply, education and other projects that had direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.

The giant strides made by Governor  Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo in the last one year, has earned him the reputation of the most performing governor in the North East.

?Usman is special assistant to Governor Dankwambo on media and publicity

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