Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has assured development dartners and donor agencies operating in the state of his administrations’ support.
The assurance was contained in a press statement signed and made available to Journalists by Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity Samaila Uba Misilli in Gombe on Saturday.
The Governor gave the assurance when the coordinators of funded projects and programmes paid him visit in Gombe State at the Government House at weekend.
He said the present administration would ensure prompt payment of counterpart funds in order to facilitate their efficiency, smooth and mutually beneficial operation.
Alhaji Inuwa said, “the dire condition of the people of the State calls for collective and concerted efforts to strengthen and develop more avenues of improving the livelihood of the people through strategic partnership with relevant stakeholders.”
The Governor also said his administration would strengthen partnership with donor agencies and development partners in order to attract enough dividends of democracy to the people across all sectors of human endeavors.
He lamented over the nonchalant posture of the immediate past administration on such viable projects of direct bearing to the common man and non-involvement of the government in the activities of the development partners, a situation he said “led to loss of a lot of opportunities for the state and the people.”
He said his administration would appoint a senior official to monitor all development partner projects in the state with a view to ensuring full implementation for the overall benefit of the people.
He also vowed to ensure that the people of the state benefit maximally from the world bank projects and other interventionists programmes by development partners, indicating his resolve to pursue results at all costs.
Earlier, the coordinators led by the General Manager, Community and Social Development Projects (CSDP), Abubakar ardo Kumo, made presentations on the various projects and programmes they carry out in the state, most of which he said were characterised by common challenge of non-payment of counterpart funds by the previous government.
They however appealed to the state governor to assist in the implementation and timely payment of counterpart funds without which some projects will come to a stand still while others may lose the chances of being extended beyond 2019.