Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says his administration’s campaign manifesto falls in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs which emphasize human capital development for social and economic emancipation of the people.
The Governor stated this at the commissioning ceremony of the Amina Mohammed skills acquisition centre located along Gombe bye-pass constructed by the SDGs in partnership with the Gombe State Government.
The centre is designed to be a strategic instrument for the economic empowerment and to cater for various life-skills trainings for young men and women in many areas.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya who used the occasion to pay glowing tribute to the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Hajiya Amina Mohammed said the skills acquisition centre been would not have come to reality without her personal effort.
He described the contribution of Amina Mohammed to the cause of humanity as cutting across all social, political and cultural boundaries, saying the Government and people of Gombe State are proud of her achievements and will continue to remain grateful for her love and magnanimity to the State.
He said while campaigning for the seat of Governor of Gombe State, his manifestos were tailored in line with the SDGs because of the fact that the goals are basically geared towards service to humanity.
“And that is why little wonder that we emphasize on the need to enhance human capital development in Gombe, encourage our youths, provide them with skills and labour and opportunity to serve with the skills that they acquire and equally provide opportunities especially for the women fork”.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya assured dignitaries at the occasion that his administration will utilize the skills acquisition centre for the benefit of the teeming youths in the State, saying the joy and happiness that greeted the commissioning ceremony show the readiness by the people to tap from the opportunities that abound in the centre.
The Governor expressed optimism that by the end of his first tenure, the centre would have trained young men and women with at least a skill so that they will be able to stand on their own and fend for themselves and their families.
He explained that his administration will continue to carry women along in the scheme of things considering the feat the UN Deputy Secretary General has achieved both locally and internationally as a diplomat and public servant.
The Governor assured of his administration’s commitment to providing an environment of peace where the girl-child can achieve her full potential through sound education which the Gombe State Government is doing everything necessary to reposition for better and effective service delivery.
The Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed said the SDGs is all about human development, the environment, and an inclusive economy which has been the hallmark of the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.
“It has been amazing to watch the growth of Gombe many leaders will come and they set aside what was done before but in this case what i have seen the Governor do is to build on the blocks that have been built by others but only to do it faster and to do it with purpose and focus and to really give everybody a sense of hope, a sense of belonging and a sense of pride and that is not what you often get in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So we thank you for being an example, not only for Gombe State but for Nigeria”.
Amina Mohammed equally thaanked the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals for not only filling the gap she left behind but also assisting her home State in priority areas.
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs Princess Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire said the establishment of the skills acquisition centre at the doorstep of the State is a unique opportunity that must be fully utilized for the benefit of the younger generation.
“Our office and Gombe State Government have worked tirelessly to construct and furnish this skills acquisition centre known as Amina Mohammed skills acquisition centre Gombe as a strategic tool for the economic empowerment of our teeming youths in the State to address SDGs goal one, two, four, five, eight and seventeen”.
She said the SDGs in conjunction with the Gombe State Government will construct a one hundred and twenty bed capacity women and children hospital as well as a girls school billed to be completed in the next two months in honour of the UN Deputy Secretary General.
In a goodwill message, the UN Resident coordinator, Edward Kallon said the establishment of the skills acquisition centre is in line with 2030 agenda and SDGs shared vision and transformative agenda to end poverty, rescue the planet and build a peaceful world through solid partnership while leaving no one behind.
Earlier in an address of welcome, the secretary to the Gombe State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi commended Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for always putting the interest of the State and its people above any other primordial sentiment.
Ismaila Uba Misilli
( Press Affairs)