By Junaidu Usman Abubakar
As the countdown begins ahead of May 29, 2018 Democracy Day, the administration of Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, Talban Gombe, will get the most thumbs-up from people of the Gombe state and Nigeria as a whole having delivered on the dividends of democracy over the last seven years.
Talban Gombe’s achievements and contributions to the development of the state was part of the strongest points for campaign and still is a reference by his party the PDP. His government was prided by the PDP and many Nigerians as “the face of good governance in Nigeria.”
His performance won him several nick names like “Talban Aiki’, ‘Super Governor’ ‘Tomorrow’s President’ and many more accolades.
Before highlighting some of the achievements of the present administration in the state, I want to say that despite the big political witchhunt and distractions from the opposition, he has not lost focus of the real essence of governance, especially in the area of improving the lives of the citizenry by ensuring delivery of infrastructural development that will affect the people both directly and indirectly.
For instance, Dankwambo has been commended for achieving several things much more than all his predecessors put together. One is his ability to dismantle the menace and excesses of the Kalare hoodlums turning them into worthy ambassadors of the state through different skill trainings and jobs. A problem which for many years portrayed Gombe state in a negative perspective.
Governor Dankwambo upgraded the 1500-bed Urban Maternity to Children & Women Hospital Idi. Constructed a Dialysis Centre, in the Specialist Hospital Gombe. Constructed College of Nursing and Midwifery, Dukku. Constructed a Snake-bite Centre in Kaltungo as well as supply and installation of 4 Dialysis machines and 2 chairs.
Governor Dankwambo rehabilitated and reticulated pipelines & extension to Kwami, Gadam etc. And provided extension of water supply to Baure, Dangar and many more communities not forgetting the construction of Earth dam at Boh, Shongom LGA.
Even in the midst of crunched economy, and technical recession, Governor Dankwambo has improved the living condition of Gombe People through laudable and human development oriented projects.
He established a micro finance bank for farmers and SMEs in all of the local Govt areas in the state and was to break the jinx of fertilizer monopoly by making much more available to the farmers as he procures over 200 tractors – from Mersi Ferguson of Italy as well as other farming implements. Talban Gombe constructed 24 times more roads that all of his predecessors – all of them had one dual use road and Talba has eight.
He renovated/constructed over 502 classrooms, recruited of over 1,000 Degree/NCE graduates as teachers apart from training of over 5,000 teachers. He also established a School of Basic and Remedial studies in Kumo, College of Education In Billiri, State Polytechnic in Bajoga, College of Legal and Islamic Studies in Nafada and sponsored 25 Students in Maritime Studies in India & United Kingdom. And also established the University of Science and Technology Kumo Akko.
He has upgraded the Gombe International Airport, which is fully functional and well equipped by the administration with regular flight schedules by Arik Air and Azman.
Governor Dankwambo has been recognized as the best labour friendly Governor for paying workers as at when due and prompt payment of pensions. The NLC themselves honoured him with that award.
Gombe State being known as an agrarian state has been transformed within the past seven years through the procurement of 225 tractor units, markets were constructed to encourage cotton farm; restrained poultry farm among others.
Dankwambo has trained over 320 youths in six different trades in 4 skills acquisition centre. Trained 330 supervisors of citizenship and leadership Training Centre, Jos. Recruited 1500 youths as Traffic, Environmental and Security Marshals.Trained 5000 youths in welding, fabrication POP and Tiling.
Trained 1200 more violent youths under Talba Youths Reorientation and Rehabilitation. Empowered 1500 less poorest of the poor through conditional cash transfer (CCT). Disbursed loan obtained from BOI to 150 Co-operative Societies and released N500 million Trade Intervention Funds to traders in the State.
Dankwambo is by far the best governor in the country and anybody can find out the internally generated revenue and tax-payers money utilisation by Talban in embarking on people oriented projects and their timely completion is second to none.
Maintenance cultures is the back borne of matured democracy world over,Governor Dankwambo Talban Gombe did not only maintained but also completed all the inherited and abandoned projects in Gombe State.
His transparency and accountability to the people of Gombe state on how financial and material resources were expended and distribution of projects across the states’ senatorial districts is almost perfect.
During an on the spot assessment of projects in the states in order to enable anybody have first hand information on the viability and impact his programmes will have on the socio-economic lives of the people – Dankwambo is rated second to none.
If all of these is not clear testimony of Governor Dankwambo’s vision and progressive nature, the fact that the
United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in New York single him out for a special recognition and award for his contributions towards the historic revolution of education and other basic sectors in Gombe. It is also worthy of note that the award itself was presented to him the United Nations Headquarters.