OrderPaperToday – The governor of Gombe state, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has commended the federal government for the RUGA settlement for nomads.
The governor stated this while addressing a delegation sent by the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar on a ‘thank you’ visit over the monarch’s appointment as State Amirul Hajj for 2019 pilgrimage.
The governor in his speech reiterated the readiness of the state to support the federal government in the implementation of the initiative.
He said: “Like I said in my address at the flag-off of distribution of fertilizers to farmers, I believe the Ruga initiative is a well conceived idea and my administration is ready and willing to support the federal government in actualizing it.
“We had a meeting with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry with the view of engaging them to make sure that, while the Federal Government is being driven away and chastised in other states for embracing or deciding to help our native Fulani people who are mostly cattle rearers, we will engage and make sure that we provide all that they need to facilitate the take off of the Ruga Program in Gombe state.”
He also pledged to reform the fertilizer distribution in the state, noted that farmers who constitute ” 80%” of the population will be supported.
Speaking on the appointment of the Emir, Governor Inuwa said Hajj operations in Gombe state requires improvement in various areas and the choice of the Emir was deliberately made considering his commitment and capacity to deliver.
He added that ” Hajj is one of the pillars of islam and Gombe Emirate was founded under the islamic caliphate, therefore appointing the Emir to lead and coordinate hajj operations in Gombe is not out of context”.
While expressing appreciation to the delegation, the Governor thanked the Emir for his numerous humanitarian services in Gombe and promised to support the Monarch in ensuring that such community services are sustained.
Earlier Speaking, the Senior District Head of Gombe, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abubakar said the delegation was at the Government House to express gratitude to the Governor on behalf of Gombe Emir and the entire Emirate for appointing the monarch to lead the Gombe state 2019 hajj contingent