Where Change Actually Started Much Earlier

Where change actually started much earlier

The enviable qualities of Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo has exemplified the traits that better define what leadership is all about while essentially and for all intents and purposes making history in the act of human and capital development. Dankwambo, a distinguished chartered accountant, consummate technocrat and admirable public servant par excellence, has in all his dealings distinguished himself by his academic, professional, public service and political career that has exceeded all expectations while shattering all known precedents and records set by his predecessors or peers be it at the state, federal, regional or international levels.
Dankwambo’s career began from Coopers & Lybrand and hightails to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Gombe State Accountant General, and he was later, as a result of his unrelenting hard-work, perseverance, dedication , and commitment to duty as well as displaying the highest level of professional and technocratic achievements, appointed the Accountant General of the Federation before he answered the call of his people and contested the gubernatorial seat and won in 2011 general elections.
In fact, Dankwambo’s commitment to excellence and exemplary performance is only matched by his honesty and sense of integrity which meant that while other public officers delight in looting the public tilt, Talban Gombe is not in that category, a trait which endeared him to his peers, colleagues, underlings and political superiors alike and his watchword was strict neutrality and a rigid apolitical stance that did not favour any partisan interest, an adroit posture that earned him tremendous admiration and even grudging respect from all factions of the political class in Gombe state and beyond. 
Having cut his teeth in turning around Gombe State Accounting System for the better, Dankwambo started applying the same principles while as Accountant General of the Federation in Gombe State as he had formulated viable policies and financial strategies for the state. 
As a son of the soil, Dankwambo needed not to acclimatize and familiarize himself with the terrain to do his work. With the pressure mounted on him to return home, he answered his people’s call and no sooner he returned home than he hit the ground running. It was time for Gombe State to change the prevailing status quo for the better as the Jewel of the Savannah was then in the grip of political godfathers, potentates and crown princes who regarded the state as their personal fiefdom and its resources to be squandered and apportioned as they and their acolytes and cronies so wished. 
Today, under his watch, the state has turned out to be the model in the North east with state-of-the-art infrastructure, a workable administrative policies and strategies as thousands of kilometers of roads had been constructed all over the nooks and crannies of the state. Model primary and secondary schools either built or reconstructed in all the 11 local government areas. Hospitals and other health related interventions have been put in place. Farmers have also annually benefited from the government interventions by providing subsidized fertilizer, tractors, and other farm implements, tens of thousands of women and youths have been trained in numerous skills acquisition programs and start-up capital being provide.
Indeed, the giant International Conference Centre, Petroleum Tankers Parking Bay, Gombe Mega Motor pack are projects that can only be found in Gombe State despite the lean resources at the disposal of the prudent and transparent Dankwambo’s administration.
Sani M. Bala, Gombe.