Gombe Governor-elect laments debt profile of the state

Gombe state governor-elect Alhaji Inuwa Yahya has said all is not well with governance in the state particularly the state civil service as outgoing administration failed to summit their handing over notes to the Transition committee.

 Alhaji Yahya stated this while speaking during the presentation of the committee report in Gombe on Saturday.

He assured that the incoming administration will employ all means necessary to forestall total collapse of government services.

“The outgoing administration did not render to the sectorial committee the desired cooperation and assistance where it was needed most in terms of allowing them to have direct interaction and interface with relevant government functionaries in order to have first-hand information and data for use by them.

“Most sectorial committee had to rely  on inter personal relationship with government functionaries, their past experience, their personal knowledge to prevailing circumstances, among other things, to produce their respective sectorial reports, he said.

In his remark, the Chairman Gombe state transition committee, Muhammad Kabir Ahmad said the debt profile of Gombe state has accumulated to the tune of 110 billion naira as at December last year.

 Alhaji Ahmad described the debt as outrageous compared to the state’s government revenue profile, adding that the incoming administration had a huge task of addressing the challenges facing the state particularly in areas such as education, civil service, water supply and youth empowerment.

He said 65 percent of teachers in the state were unqualified adding that seventy- seven percent of primary school age children are out of school.

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