Governor Inuwa Yahaya Receives Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya at the Government House, Gombe.
Gombe state Governor, Inuwa Yahaya says his administration will not relent in working in synergy with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to maintain and reinforce the prevailing peace in Gombe State.
A statement on Monday, by the Director-General Press Affairs, Government House Gombe, Ismaila Uba Misilli said the Governor stated this when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Gombe.
He stressed the need for a symbiotic relationship between Gombe State and the Nigerian Army to further promote peace and security in the State.
Governor Yahaya lauded the key role of Nigerian armed forces in peacebuilding across the geopolitical zones of the federation.
“I must admit that the presence of the Army gives us a great sense of security and stable mind because the greatest sacrifice that you made to even join the force means that you are there to protect Nigerians against all odds and at all cost; so we appreciate you and we shall continue to do so for what you are doing to the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
The Governor tasked the Chief of Army Staff to expedite action towards the relocation of the 301 Army barracks to its permanent site.
He stresses that while the military does its part, the State Government is equally providing a substantial amount of support to see to the quick and easy movement of the Army base.
According to the governor, the presence of the Army in the State will go a long way to complement the efforts of the Government and the people in order to ensure peace and harmony as well as security and safety within the State.
While reiterating the hospitality of the people of the State, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya said the appointment of Prince Chimack Ewuzie as a Special Adviser on inter-community relations buttresses that the people of Gombe are welcoming to all well-meaning Nigerians.
Speaking earlier, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya said he was in the state in furtherance of his operational and assessment tour of formations and units of the Nigerian army, across the country.
He commended the Government of Gombe State for its proactiveness and commitment to maintaining peace in a zone that is bedevilled by security challenges.
Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya thanked the Governor of Gombe State for not only appropriating a large portion of land for the construction of the permanent site of the 301 Artillery Brigade Barracks but also providing water to the new Army base.
He said the Nigerian Army is determined to end all forms of criminality in the country, calling on the people to partner with the armed forces towards achieving the goal.
Writing by Abdullahi Lamino; editing by Tina Oyesun