19 November 2013, Gombe – Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe on Tuesday commenced the electrification of 32 rural communities in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ceremony, which took place in Kufa village of Yamaltu-Deba, would take care of the Chilo-Tila axis of the state.
Dankwambo said the project which was awarded at the cost of N245.80 million would benefit 32 villages.
He said 14 communities in Akko Local Government Area would benefit from the project while the remaining 18 communities were in Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Area.
Dankwambo said the provision of electricity “is the key to the socio-economic development of any society’’.
He urged members of the communities to protect government facilities in their domain and ensure their longevity.
In his speech, the Commissioner for Rural Development and Cooperative, Mr Hassan Ahmadu, said the provision of electricity in the communities would transform the area from rural to semi-urban city.
Ahmadu, represented by Dr Yusuf Garba, the Permanent Secretary, said the electrification would also pave way for cottage industries in the communities.
Also, Alhaji Dauda Zagi, the Chairman, Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Council, commended the governor for his developmental projects.
Zagi said the central transformer that had been serving Dadin Kowa town of the local government, was damaged by thunderstorm during the rainy season.
“We are appealing for replacement to reverse the difficulties experienced by the people in their socio economic activities,” he said.