RUGA: Gombe state traditional rulers support programme

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe

Mai Kaltungo

The Gombe State Council of Emirs and Chiefs says it does not have any problems with having settlements for herders in the Emirates and chiefdoms, because of symbiotic relations which have created harmonious and peaceful living among them.

The Council’s Deputy Chairman and traditional ruler, Saleh Mohammed, the Mai Kaltungo, said such relations were contributing to the peaceful co-existence between the farmers and herders in the state.

He spoke with journalists after a meeting with Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya with Emirs and Chiefs in Gombe State on the need for cooperation and collaboration to ensure peaceful co-existence of the people in the state.

He also said Gombe State belonged to the various and diverse tribes in the state and that there was no basis for one tribe to say it does not want to co-exist with the other.

The Mai Kaltungo said the different tribes in the different emirates and chiefdoms in the state had peacefully co-existed with the Fulanis for many years without any problems.

He dispelled the misconception of the RUGA settlement, that it was not a new development, because the settlements had always existed.

“If the governor wants to develop the Rugas and may be make schools and others, which has been in focus for years, people have been saying it, but to actualize it has not been happening. Now, if this governor says he is going to revamp it and make it nicer than what it used to be, introduce schools and all this and all that, it’s a very welcome development. There is no single emirate that will say we don’t want this kind of a thing,” said Mai Kaltungo.

Consequently, he said if the governor decided to develop the settlements by providing social amenities to the settlements in any or all of the emirates and councils; it would be a welcome development by all of them.

The Mai Kaltungo said the governor promised not to handle the issues alone, but would work in conjunction with the traditional rulers and the needs of their people.

Council revival

The Gombe State Council of Emirs and Chiefs is made up of 15 chiefs and 2 district heads, with the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad Abubakar III, as the Chairman of the council.

The Council of Emirs and Chiefs solicited for the resuscitation of the council, which has been dormant for 18 years.

According to the Deputy Chairman of the Gombe Council of Emirs and Chiefs, Alhaji Saleh Mohammed, the Mai Kaltungo, reviving the regular council meetings would enable them to contribute their quota in tackling security issues in the state.

Mohammed told journalists after the meeting that the government had agreed to reconstitute the council, to enable the traditional rulers function effectively in contributing to the peaceful co-existence of the people and in maintaining peace in the state.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya on his part said he considered it necessary to involve and collaborate with the traditional rulers in achieving the needed development in the state.

The Gombe State Governor said any government that failed to draw traditional rulers close to his administration was bound to face challenges.

“I went round your palaces, for one singular reason, which is to because of your importance and relevance that God bestowed on you and the fact that, it is necessary for us to strengthen our cooperation and collaboration, as well prepare the grounds for us to work together.

“For me, the vision I have is to strengthen the bond between us, so as to create the environment conducive for development to thrive, by providing roles for the traditional rulers, because, you are closest to the people, you know their needs and how the needs can be met,” Governor Yahaya said.