Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, CON has reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to the proper implementation of land reforms and town planning standards in Gombe State. During his visit to various sites, he inspected the BAP/4 Layout, Township Road Project, and other crucial areas in Gombe.
Revitalizing BAP/4 Layout
Governor Inuwa emphasized the importance of restoring the integrity of the BAP/4 layout in the State capital due to its significant relevance to the development of Gombe State. He instructed the Director General of Gombe Geographic Information Systems (GOGIS), Dr. Kabir Usman Hassan, to utilize Executive Order No. 4, signed by the governor in 2021, to take all necessary measures to revitalize the layout.
He stated, “Go back to executive order No. 4 and take immediate action. And whatever is necessary we shall do. If it means redesigning, revoking, and restoring titles based on what is available, we shall do so without any hesitation. Gombe has no any other place to expand beside this, so we cannot afford to lose it to the gully erosion.”
Fighting Environmental Degradation
The governor inspected the environmental degradation at BAP/4 layout, particularly behind Gombe International Hotel, which is located within the proposed Gombe Capital Special Development Zone. He expressed his administration’s commitment to providing a safe living environment by addressing the challenges posed by active gully erosion within the layout.
Governor Inuwa voiced concern over the increasing degradation caused by the expansion of gullies, largely attributed to the construction of buildings, including the Gombe International Hotel, which drains into the BAP/4 layout. He called for more responsible land management and town planning standards to combat the erosion problem.
During his visit, Governor Inuwa also inspected the Bauchi Motor park and the proposed site for the construction of a State secretariat, House of Assembly complex, and High Court, referred to as the state version of the Three Arm Zone. He revealed plans to work in partnership with AcreSAL to address the gullies within the BAP 4 layout, facilitating development in the area and around the proposed Three Arm Zone.
Infrastructure and Road Project
Additionally, Governor Inuwa examined the progress of a 1.6km road project linking Gabukka to Waterboard and extending to Pantami Livestock market through densely populated settlements. He expressed satisfaction with the work’s quality and speed, reiterating his commitment to providing infrastructure and social amenities to the people of the area and Gombe State in general.
He urged citizens to refrain from encroaching or building on road back spaces, warning that such actions would hinder further development projects in the area.
The representative of the company handling the road project, Triacta Nigeria Ltd, acknowledged the challenges posed by the rainy season but pledged to complete the project by October while maintaining high-quality standards.
Speaking on behalf of the community, the Village Head of Gabukka, Haruna Abdullahi, expressed gratitude to Governor Inuwa for bringing development to their doorstep. He commended the governor for the road construction, marking a historic moment for the community.
Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General (Press Affairs) Government House, Gombe
26th August, 2023