By Ibrahim Sani Shawai
As the popular saying goes, a journey of 1000 miles begins with a step. The journey into 2019 that will lead us to get a credible, suitable and trustworthy person that will take Gombe to a greater high is no doubt a journey that the people of Gombe state are eager to undertake with a leader that will wear the shoes that Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo will remove and not only that but a committed, hardworking, dedicated, selfless, intelligent, corrupt free, and promising personality.
Now that we are fast moving towards the most talk-about year 2019, now that the wind of elections is seriously blowing with the new and old or the incumbent political office holders making new promises about the future. It will not be out of order to draw our attention to go back to the drawing board to revisit the action and inactions of our political leaders, Governors, to see who really marry words and action to enable us know who among them deserves a second term based on performances or who will take over from those that have completed their Eight years in office like the case of Governor Dankwambo of Gombe state.
In the present era of democracy and political consolidations, where individuals and groups are making desperate efforts to capture or win the support and co operations of their people diplomatically in order to actualize their political missions, others are busy designing ways and strategies to deceive their people to perpetuate themselves in office.
Wars in the contemporary world have been shifted from the battle of guns to the battle of ideas. Yet, we are everyday being entertained with unedifying drama where the actors involved are trying to outsmart one another through unsavory acts and comments that are in total disregards for genuine efforts that will translate into visible gains, such as the upliftment of the welfare of the electorate.
One undisputed fact about human life is that people differ in terms of their skin color, language, what they see or think to be good or bad, their conception of, and attitudes to the world around them and in several other important aspects. These basic differences are subsumed within the large subdivision of human life in terms of tribe, religion, ethnic group, locality and nation.
It is the belief of the majority of Gombawas that the best person that will no doubt wear the shoes of Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and continue with the good works of taking Gombe to the next level of development is no other personality than Sardaunan Gombe Dr. Jamil Isyaka Gwamna, a graduate of Accounting from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, M. sc in Business Economics and a PhD in Economics, and Finance. These and other qualities make him stand tall among other people who are nursing the ambition of vying for the post of Governor in Gombe state come 2019. Dr. Jamil is so versatile in Economic analysis and policy options associated with public private partnerships (PPP), public Finance Initiative (PFI) and other modern Economic related issues that will make Gombe a shining star not only among its peers but the country at large.
A generous, easy going, accessible, humble, hardworking, educated and highly discipline Economists of international refutes as attested by his peers and associates is the right person for the job of the Governor of Gombe state.
These and other qualities of Dr. Jamil Gwamna was seen, tested and has provided a positive impact on the Economy of Gombe when he was appointed as Executive Chairman of Gombe state water Board by the former Governor of the state, Alhaji Habu Hashidu, 1999-2003, where he restructured the board to function well and meet the water need of the people of Gombe state and not only that but it was restructured in such a way that the board created more rooms and space to accommodate and give job to the teeming youths in the state.
He also extended a similar gesture to the people and youths of Gombe when he was a Chief Accountant with Kaduna Aluminum Company and even with his current status of the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) Dr. Jamil carry the good people of Gombe state alone and give them a means of livelihood. He also provides scholarship to deserving students of Gombe origin who are studying in various universities, polytechnic, Colleges of Education across the country.
He also buy JAMB, NECO, and WAEC forms for distribution free of charge to deserving prospective candidates who wishes to further their Education and also pay for the training of youths on various skills acquisition programs at the end of which those trained in their chosen fields of endeavors will be empowers with working tools and some token amount of money to set up their own small scale businesses and these gestures cut across all the 11 local Government areas of the state without consideration to issues such as tribe, religion and political affiliations. It was done based on merit and interest of the person involved in his or her area of interest.
Man of the people as described by majority of Gombawa’s, Dr. Jamil’s attitude of modesty, compassion and respect to humanity without tribal or ethnic differences are among the qualities that endeared him most to his people which of course makes him the best among all the people that are contesting for Gombe State Governorship seat. In a chart with this writer Jamil once said that his government will give attention to all stakeholders in the state to come together and focus on poverty, inequality, population growth and Economic development stressing that Agricultural transformation, human capital development, the Environment as well as export promotion shall also be taken into consideration in order to boost the Economy of the state to compete favorably among its peers.
If given the chance Dr. jamil Gwamna will make sure that for any meaningful development of Gombe to take place emphasis should be laid on the provision of opportunities that will empower the youths to set up a small scale business and the eradication of illiteracy by providing qualitative and compulsory education at all levels in the state.We must agree to work together in order to achieve our goals. The imperative need for the moment is to take the bull by it horns, by way of taking concrete step toward peace and stability of the young and promising state of Gombe and its people. We can no longer be left behind in the schemes of things in this country. This is a clarion call on the Gombawas come 2019.
It is on record that the present Governor Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, in his Eighth years in office has achieved a lot in the areas of health, education, infrastructure, and the need to search for a successor who will take over from Dankwambo’s good works for the development of the state cannot be over emphasis and that individual is no other personality than Dr. Jamil Isyaku Gwamna from a PhD holder to a PhD holder Gombe will make a difference.
Shawai writes via email@example.com