How Gombe State defile Economic Hardship To Approves N43 Billion for Governor’s Residence, High Court, and Assembly Complexes 

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In a move that has stirred controversy amidst prevailing economic challenges, the Gombe State Executive Council has sanctioned the allocation of a staggering N43.130 billion for the construction of a new ultra-modern governor’s residence, High Court, and House of Assembly complexes.

 

Chaired by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, the decision was reached during the 37th SEC meeting held at the Government House’s executive chamber in Gombe State. This decision comes as a surprise, especially considering the ongoing economic strain and removal of fuel subsidy, which has impacted the livelihoods of many citizens.

 

Since 2003, successive governors have refrained from occupying the official governor’s residence, opting instead for private accommodations. Despite multiple renovations, the official residence remained vacant, reflecting a trend that Governor Yahaya continues by residing in his private residence located at the New GRA.

 

Commissioner for Information, Mijinyawa Ardo Tilde, disclosed that the council meticulously reviewed and endorsed the substantial budget for the construction projects. The allocation includes funds for an ultra-modern governor’s residence and state-of-the-art High Court and House of Assembly complexes.

 

Further elaborating on the projects, Commissioner for Works, Housing, and Transport, Dr. Usman Maijama’a Kallamu, outlined the allocation breakdown. A significant portion, amounting to N14 billion, is earmarked for the construction of the ultra-modern High Court complex, while N14.23 billion and N14.9 billion are designated for the House of Assembly Complex and the governor’s residence, respectively.

 

Despite concerns about the financial implications, the council greenlit the projects, signaling the commencement of construction activities. Additionally, N10.4 billion was approved for the development of 77 kilometers of roads across four local government areas in the state.

 

The decision to embark on such ambitious projects amidst economic adversity has sparked debate, particularly as workers in the local government service await the implementation of the new minimum wage. However, Governor Yahaya’s administration has sought to alleviate some of the financial burdens by providing a N10,000 palliative to state and local government employees, although pensioners were initially excluded.

 

In response to public outcry, Governor Yahaya recently launched a food distribution program to support underprivileged and physically challenged residents, reflecting efforts to mitigate the impact of economic hardship.

 

Despite these challenges, the council also approved N549 million for the payment of examination fees for indigent students, underscoring the government’s commitment to education and human capital development.

 

As construction commences on these monumental projects, the decision-makers in Gombe State face mounting pressure to justify the allocation of such substantial funds amidst the prevailing economic downturn.


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