Gombe, Nigeria

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Gombe
LGA
Gombe is located in Nigeria
Gombe
Gombe
Coordinates: 10°17′N 11°10′E / 10.283°N 11.167°E / 10.283; 11.167
Country  Nigeria
State Gombe State
Area
 • Total 52 km2 (20 sq mi)
Population (2006 Census)
 • Total 280,000
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
3-digit postal code prefix 760
ISO 3166 code NG.GO.GO

Gombe is a city in northeastern Nigeria (and a Local Government Area). It is the capital city of Gombe State and has an estimated population of 261,536.[1] The city is the headquarters of the Gombe Emirate, a traditional state that covers most of Gombe State.[2] Recent[when?] developments include an electrical generation operation forming the basis for the Dadin Kowa water project and the opening of the new Gombe Lawanti International Airport serving Gombe State.

Population[edit]

Gombe State is mainly populated by Fulani People or Fulbe, constituting more than half of the state population (more than 50%) Other minor ethnic groups include the Hausa, Bolewa, Tera, Tangale, Waja, Kanuri to mention a few.

The LGA has an area of 52 km² and a population of 268,000 at the 2006 census.

The postal code of the area is 760.[3]

Politics[edit]

The current Governor is Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo.

Transport[edit]

Gombe is served by Gombe Lawanti International Airport, and by a station on the eastern mainline of the national railway network and Gombe Line Terminal in mid-city. On Feb. 1, President Goodluck Jonathan announced that the Gombe -Kafancha-Kaduna intercity train services had been "rehabilitated", saying "the inauguration of the train services was crucial to the growth and development of the Gombe and other adjoining states."[4] "Minister of Transport, Idris Umar ... flagged off the Gombe-Kafanchan- Port Harcourt and Gombe- Kafanchan-Kaduna intercity train services."[5]

Culture and education[edit]

Gombe is home to Gombe State University. The modern Pantami Stadium has replaced the older Abubakar Umar Memorial Stadium, and is home to the Gombe United F.C.

Economy[edit]

In 2008 an agreement was reached "to set up anti-venom manufacturing plant in Kaltungo General Hospital in Gombe," and provide medical training for snakebite patients.[6] The Gombe State government ordered an additional N4 million in anti-venom for the hospital in 2009, due to a local increase in snakebites.[7]

Violence in 2014 and 2015[edit]

Gombe has been impacted by the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in Nigeria.

On 22 December, 2014, a suicide bombing at a bus station in Gombe killed over 20 people.[8][9][10]

On 1 January 2015, a suicide bomber attacked a New Year's Eve service at a Gombe church, injuring several people.[11] On 14 January 2015, a suicide bomber killed two people and left 14 wounded at a Gombe mosque.[12]

On 2 February 2015, just minutes after a campaign rally by Nigerian President Goodluck Johnathan, an attack by a female suicide bomber left one person dead and eighteen injured.[13] Two blasts had occurred in the city the previous day, leaving five people dead.[14] Local residents "have set up checkpoints to defend Gombe" according to the BBC.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World Gazetteer". Retrieved 2004-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Gombe State". Online Nigeria Daily News. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Post Offices- with map of LGA". NIPOST. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Nigeria Completes Rehabilitation of Gombe-Kafancha-Kaduna Inter-City Train". Premium Times - AllAfrica. 2015-02-01. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  5. ^ Danjuma Williams (2015-02-02). "Transport minister flags off Gombe-P’Harcourt train service". National Mirror. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  6. ^ Aliyu M. Hamagam (2008-02-15). "Nigeria: UK, Echitab to Build Anti-Venom Plant in Gombe". Daily Trust - allAfrica.com. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  7. ^ Segun Awofadeji (2009-09-23). "Nigeria: Gombe Orders N4 Million Anti-Snake Venom". This Day - allAfrica.com. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  8. ^ Levinus Nwabughiogu & Susan Edeh (2014-12-23). "Bloody Monday: Bombers hit Gombe, Bauchi, kill 30". Vanguard News. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  9. ^ "Bomb killed 27 people and around 60 were wounded in Gombe". Reuters. December 22, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ Deadly blast at Nigeria bus station
  11. ^ "Nigeria: Another bomber self-destruct outside Gombe Church". P.M. NEWS Nigeria. 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  12. ^ "Suicide bomber kills two, wounds 14 at mosque in northeastern Nigeria". Yahoo News Canada. 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  13. ^ a b "Nigeria elections: Blast hits presidential rally in Gombe". BBC News. 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  14. ^ "Two blasts rock Nigeria's Gombe city, 5 dead: witnesses, source". AFP - Yahoo News. 2015-02-01. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 

Coordinates: 10°17′N 11°10′E / 10.283°N 11.167°E / 10.283; 11.167