Gombe State government has promised continued commitment to the provision of basic amenities and expanding existing ones in view of the upsurge in population resulting from influx of people fleeing insurgency and other insecurity issues in the North East.
Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Jatau gave the assurance when he received the Resident Coordinator of the United Nation in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon.
The Deputy Governor said the influx of people from troubled areas has led to the overstretching of facilities in the state, hence the commitment to provide new facilities and expand existing ones to meet up with the demands of the population surge.
Dr. Manassah Jatau took the delegation round some sections of a Specialist Hospital and Internally Displaced Persons’ camp at Wuro Shiye, in Gombe metropolis.
While using the opportunity to appreciate the development partners for their contributions to the state, Dr. Jatau informed the people how the government used their interventions judiciously and that the government was not only relying on aid to improve the living standard of the people in the state.
The Deputy Governor pointed that the state governments was determined to partner with any individual and organizations towards uplifting the lives of the citizenry.
In his remarks, Mr. Edward Kallon said the team was in the state to inspect projects and interact with government officials for effective collaboration towards identifying areas of assistance.
He said it was unfortunate that just when the region was struggling with insurgency, COVID-19 pandemic reared it’s ugly head putting a lot of pressure on the means of livelihood of the people.
He commended Gombe state for providing conducive atmosphere for peaceful coexistence, and managing diversity in spite of tribal,and religious differences.
Earlier, an official of State Emergency Management Agency, Mallam Mohammed Garba told the visiting UN Chief that as at May, 2020, the total number of IDPs in the state was thirty-eight thousand nine hundred and ninety three spread across the local governments.
Also speaking was the Chairman, Internally Displaced Persons, Gombe State, Abba Jatau who appreciated the hospitality of government and people of Gombe state and thanked the UN officials for concern shown to them.