The governor of Gombe supports the call to the state police

The push for the establishment of a state police in Nigeria has received a major boost from Gombe State Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya and the Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum.

Yahaya, in an interview with House of Representatives correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday after meeting Vice President Kashim Shettima at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, supported the call for the state police.

“Personally, and I think all the people of Gombe State are behind the idea of ​​having a state police because that will bring security closer to the people and we will be able to monitor more than anyone who monitors or manages our own security. ”said the governor.

The Governor also expressed confidence that the proposed state police legislation would easily pass through the National Assembly and obtain the required approval of two-thirds of state assemblies across Nigeria.

He also noted that states are already inadvertently managing security through their own security teams that support federal agencies.

However, he noted that with the state police, governors would have direct command and control over security operations within their respective states.

“Although governors are said to be the security chiefs, the men on the ground who run the security agencies, i.e. the General Officers Commanding (GOC) or the Commissioner of Police, are accountable to their commanders here in Abuja .

“But with the State Police we will be able to take the pulse and implement any decision quickly, and there will be results,” he explained.

The governor stressed his full conviction in the creation of a state police, believing that many other states in Nigeria would support the move.

The governor also revealed that the state government is taking necessary measures to increase electricity supply to its population, adding that the governors of the northeastern states are doing the same.

“Transmission and any electricity has been on the Exclusive List before, but with the new Electricity Act, it means that states can now do everything from generation to transmission and marketing.

“Even in the last meeting of the Governors of the Northeast we resolved that each of us should generate 10 megawatts of solar energy to start the activities, and all the governors are willing to work with the new electricity law, knowing that Until now , one leg has not been able to free us. “What we had before could not get us out of this situation,” added the Governor.

He assured that there is now a better approach and the governors hope to overcome the persistent problem.

Regarding Education, the Governor said that the governors of the north of the country are willing to provide education to the children of the area, promising that the problem of out-of-school children would be a thing of the past.

“That issue was first on the agenda of our last meeting because it is a very big threat that we unfortunately face, but, look, it is an accumulation of the past; more than approximately 50 years of abandonment of the educational system.

“We are trying to see that this time, with the window that we have had, especially with basic education as a provision of services for all, the states are working and we are going to enroll people and retain them so that they continue from primary level to secondary level and even tertiary. That is a Herculean task and all the governors are doing the best they can and we will continue to do so,” she assured.

On his management of Gombe State, the governor said he counted the cost of governance before assuming leadership of the state.

“I didn’t enter the contest blindfolded. I entered the competition with a clear agenda, vision and mission to achieve what I want to achieve in Gombe.

“These are the things I have tried to achieve over the last five years in all sectors; health, education, infrastructure, social development and promotion of economic investment. We have achieved a lot in all these aspects and I am very proud of what we did in the last five years,” said the Governor.

He assured the people of Gombe that his team will work hard to achieve everything he has set out to do for the state in his remaining three years as governor.