He was conferred the award during the 2022 annual security conference and recognition award ceremony held at the National Merit House in Abuja.
Governor Yahaya said his administration had taken effective measures to maintain the prevailing peace in the state, by turning it to the epicentre of development, despite the insecurity in the North-East region.
“We thank God for helping us as far as the issue of security is concerned.
We are in the midst of the North-East, sharing borders with the frontline states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.
So, we’ve tried as much as possible to manage security in Gombe state. We are happy and by the grace of God, we shall try to sustain that.”
The Governor, who was represented by the member Representing Akko Federal Constituency and Chairman, House Committee on Police Affairs, Mr. Usman Bello Kumo, said the Governor acknowledged the support of security agencies in facilitating peace and harmony in the state.
He said despite the diversity in religious, social, ethnic, and other differences that normally cause friction among the people, Gombe State had been able to surmount the challenges with the understanding of its people.
The Governor disclosed the adoption of a holistic approach by enhancing its internal security architecture.
“In addition to the novel ministry of internal security and ethical orientation which we set up on coming on board in 2019, we have security management committees in place, comprising traditional rulers from the ward, to districts, emirates, and chiefdoms, up to the state level.
Therefore, we share information and manage whatever decision we take, and whenever there is an issue, we nip it in the bud without allowing it to get to an alarming level,” Governor Yahaya said.
He appreciated the People’s Security Monitors for the recognition of the modest efforts of his government in the area of security while giving the assurances that his administration is ready to work with the organisation.
The Chief Executive Officer of the People’s Security Monitors, Mr Ishiaka Mustapha, explained the award on Governor Yahaya as Security Ambassador of Nigeria was in recognition of his dedication, sacrifice, and commitment to the promotion of peace and security in the country.
The event had in attendance top security personnel, enthusiasts and diplomats.
Gombe Governor receives Security Ambassador of Nigeria Award