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11 YEARS AFTER, ADAMAWA VARSITY SETS FOR CONVOCATION

Daniel Tabiyatiya

Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri couldn’t come at a better time than this, Adamawa citizens must be proud of electing him as the number one citizen of the state.

Tagging him as a “Saviour” is not out of point, within a short period he has changed the narratives, he has restored hope to the hopeless.

Governor Fintiri had during the weekend embarked on a historic journey to the ancient city of Mubi, the hometown of the immediate past Governor.

Not only did he receive a rousing welcome, the whole town stood still as they welcomed a true son of the soil.

The Governor who was in the state for a tripartite mission first visited the palace of the Emir of Mubi for his royal blessing.

The palace was filled to the brim upon the arrival of the Governor, which signaled the love and adoration the Mubi emirate council has for him.

Not only did he intimate the Royal Father on his plans in the area, he urged him to sit with his council members and produce a suitable land so that he can build an international market since Mubi is known to be a market hub.

The 2 days working visit by the Governor was to have an on the spot assessment of facilities and equipment’s at the refurbished Mubi water treatment plant, Adamawa State University Mubi and the Mubi General Hospital so as to address the yearnings and aspirations of the masses.

On the issue of pipe borne water, we all know that water is an essential part of life and it was in this regard that the present administration under the leadership of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri collaborated with the European Union (EU) to provide water to the people of Mubi.

Upgrading of the treatment plant is a proof that water shortage will soon be a thing of the past.

At the Mubi General Hospital, which is the only referral centre in the whole northern senatorial zone, the Governor was taken round some wards.

There and then, he revealed that plans are under way to upgrading facilities and equipment’s, improving management staff by employing more doctors and nurses to meet up the needs of the patients.

A visit to the Adamawa State University Mubi proved to be a mission to rescue the once centre of excellence.

Not only did he go round to inspect projects currently ongoing in the school, he visited the newly renovated boys hostel that was razed down by fire months ago.

Amidst roaring cheers from the students, he gave them a message of hope that his administration will build 3 more faculties, a hostel that will accommodate 2000 students, and will also pay scholarship allowances to all tertiary indigents.

The crowd went agog when he finally told them that he was briefed about the institutions inability to organize a convocation ceremony for almost 11 years, where he promised them that he will facilitate for the school to hold its first convocation ceremony after a long period.

You might think that Governor Fintiri is just like the ordinary Nigerian politicians who don’t stick to their words, even the opposition are aware of his talk and do antics.

All these are not just mere promises, Fintiri has proven without any iota of doubt that he means business.

He is calmly fulfilling his campaign promises, let’s just continue to pray for his success.

The greatest investment in this world is to invest in human beings, and Governor Fintiri is an expert in that field.

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GOV. FINTIRI PARTNERS MEDICAL AND DENTAL COUNCIL OF NIGERIA ON ESTABLISHMENT OF NORTHEAST ZONAL OFFICE

Following the request made by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria to set up a zonal office in the state, Adamawa State Governor Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has promised to liaise with the Ministries of Land and Survey and Housing to provide an office accommodation and a suitable piece of land respectively for a smooth take off.

Speaking when he received the Executive members of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria who paid him a courtesy visit in his office, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri applauded them for choosing the state to establish a zonal office which will regulate the practice of Medicine for the people of the Northeast.

He said “Your coming to Adamawa to establish the zonal office is not only commendable but timely and necessary following the recent case of quackery in the state”

Gov. Fintiri intimated them that the state government in collaboration with the security agencies identified and arrested two quack doctors that have been operating illegally in the state.

He said “We have had cases of quack doctors practicing in Yola, one of them had the highest qualification but only wrote NABTEB in his life, he has been practicing as a Surgeon and has been responsible for more than 69 death in the state. The other person was a quack ophthalmologist”.

He used the medium to congratulate the son of the soil Prof. Abba Waziri Hassan for emerging the National Chairman Dental and Medical Council of Nigeria.

He also promised to allocate a temporary office accommodation so they can start expanding their net of regulation particularly by licensing only those that are qualified to practice.

Speaking earlier, the National Chairman Dental and Medical Council of Nigeria Prof. Abba Waziri Hassan who led the delegation said they were at the Government House Yola to intimate the Governor on the council’s decision to site the Northeast zonal office in Yola due to it’s central location within the Northeast zone.

Prof. Abba Waziri delivering his speech as Gov. Fintiri looks on

He explained the urgent need to bring their services closer to the people due to the numerous registered medical and dental practitioners and training institutions in the Northeast geopolitical zone of the country.

Prof. Abba added that establishing the zonal office will help regulate the practice of Medicine, dentistry and alternative medicine in the most efficient manner that will safeguard the beat healthcare delivery in the zone.

He used the medium to condole the Governor over the demise of his father and also congratulated him on him on his victory at the polls and the recent affirmation of his election by the Tribunal.

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PDP HAILS ADAMAWA GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION TRIBUNAL VERDICT

Daniel Tabiyatiya

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the affirmation of the election of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa by the State Governorship Election Tribunal, as victory for democracy and a triumph of the will and aspiration of the people.

In a press statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, the victory did not come as a surprise, as it affirmed the mandate of the people.

While rejoicing with the people of Adamawa state who have been jubilant over the verdict, the statement stated that it marks the consolidation of their aspiration for a purposeful, transparent and result-oriented government for greater cohesion, stability and productivity in the state.

“Unarguably, Governor Fintiri was elected because of his manifest patriotism and dedication to duty as already evinced in his zeal towards the development of the state, empowerment of the people as well as peaceful coexistence in the state” it reads.

It also stated that “Already, Governor Fintiri’s fervor towards the rapid development of the state in various sectors, including agriculture, infrastructure, education, health care, rural development, industrialization and other critical areas of life, stand him out as a leader devoted only to the good of the people”.

While commending the judiciary for upholding justice, public officials elected and appointed on its platform are urged to continue in their selfless service to the people; for which the party is known across the country and beyond.

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SAD DAY FOR LCCN FAMILY

LCCN family was visited with a sad incident involving members of LCCN 1 Jada in Bonotem Diocese of Jada LGA of Adamawa State.

19 church members of the Church were involved in an accident that claimed lives of 7 members (a man and 6 women) along Ngurore – Numan Road.

They were traveling to Guyuk for the burial of a church member.

Among the dead are a couple and also wife of Rev Phanuel Aufrariya.

The Archbishop of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria Rt. Rev. Filibus Panti had while visiting the three hospitals where the surviving victims are receiving treatment prayed with the families of the deceased.

Below the list of those who died:

1.MrCaleb Wulakanje
2.Mrs Milta Caleb
3.Mama Titi Andrew, 
4. Mrs Christy Harrison,
5. Mama Rhoda Aufariya
6. Mrs Askeyona Boniface
7. Mrs Ruth Zidon

Please pray for the families of the deceased and those receiving treatment.

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ADAMAWA FIRST LADY VISITS REMAND HOME, DONATES FOOD STUFF

In commemoration of Nigeria’s 59th Independence celebration, the first lady and wife of Adamawa State Governor Her Excellency Lami Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri celebrated with underage inmates at Yola Remand Home.

The wife of the Governor donated food items worth thousands while charging the inmates to mend their ways and look forward to a better future.

The wife of the Governor promised to  drill a borehole for the inmates in a effort to address water shortage at the home.

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FINTIRI IS A FORCE TO RECKON WITH -Tabiyatiya

Daniel Tabiyatiya

Born into a poor family on the 27th day of October in Gulak, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri enrolled into central primary school Gulak 1975-1981.

As at that time, western education wasn’t an envy to a lot of families but that didn’t stop him from acquiring both western and Islamic education.

He attended Government Day Secondary School Gulak 1981-1986.

In his quest for more knowledge, he attended the prestigious University of Maiduguri where he obtained a B.A Hons in History in 1992 and went for his National Youth Service Corps in 1993 where he served the nation diligently.

His hunger for more knowledge drove him to acquire a Post Graduate Diploma in Policy and Strategic Study in 2004 from the University of Maiduguri.

Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who is fluent in 4 different languages (English, Marghi, Hausa and Fulani) was among the best students in the University of Maiduguri.

He is known for his charisma, boldness, boundless optimism and an insatiable thirst for success, proven ability in taking incisive managerial decision and strong leadership personality.

After joining politics, he contested and won the state assembly election and became the minority whip 2007-2001.

Deputy Speaker 8 February – 6 June 201, Majority Leader June – December 2011, because of his leadership qualities he was elected Speaker of the House of Assembly in 2014 and now the elected Governor of Adamawa State.

He is happily married to Haj. Lami Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and they are blessed with 4 amazing children.

Daniel Tabiyatiya

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FINTIRI: A man of his words

Daniel Tabiyatiya

You will agree with me that the most popular demands of the citizens of Adamawa State is housing.

The last time citizens benefitted from a housing scheme was during the Nyako’s led administration which provided about 500 houses which is grossly inadequate for the people.

Population will continue to grow and not remain stagnant, the state housing problems are daunting and overwhelming, so a good housing scheme has become highly imperative

Worried by the housing shortfall in the state, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in collaboration with Family Homes Fund signed a memorandum of understanding in a move to bridge the housing deficit by constructing 2000 housing units in the state.

The construction might not fully address the housing needs of the citizens of the state but will go a long way in reducing the deficit and giving citizens the assurances of a better deal in the future owing to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s declaration at the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction where he reiterated his administration’s commitment to provide houses for the people.

Not only will the houses be ready by the year 2020 as promised by Family Homes Fund, it will be affordable just like what they signed with the government.

The 2000 houses will be spread across communities in the state, 1400 will be built in 4 locations in the state capital and environs, 300 in Mubi Local Government Area, while the remaining to be shared among other communities.

Apart from the housing deficit, the security situation in the country is worrisome, most especially in the northeastern part of the country with Adamawa inclusive, ranging from banditry, kidnapping, farmers-herders clashes and the Shilla cult group who have been going about their business unabated under the former administration.

Our predicament as a nation is lack of political will enforce our national laws. Adamawa must count itself lucky to have gotten a leader like Fintiri.

It was the political will of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to stem the tide of insecurity in the state that is responsible for the relative peace we now enjoy in the state.

He has placed security top of his priority list after education; this became evident when the Vice President of Nigeria Prof. Yemi Osinbajo commissioned the 60 Toyota Hilux and 50 Motorcycles security operational vehicles tagged operation farauta in an effort to boast the morale of security agents in the state.

His uncompromising stand on insecurity that led to the arrest of close to 300 Shilla cult group members and 50 kidnappers has brought sanity in the state.

Suffice it to say that the present administration has achieved 95% success in the fight against insecurity.

These two programmes are confirmation and evidences of what Fintiri represents in the states political lexicon. Indeed, he is a man who matches words with action.

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THROUGH THE LENS – By Daniel Tabiyatiya

Bathiya: A lawmaker with a difference.

Any eligible voter can run as a candidate for election to the State House of Assembly.
Members are elected to represent the specific interests of their constituents but are also representatives of the their local government and must consider their needs as a whole.
Whatever their political outlook, and regardless of which side of the Assembly they sit on, members’ duties and obligations are considerable.

Across Nigeria political atmosphere there are unsung heroes and heroines whose selfless actions have saved lives.
Others have dedicated their lives for their electorates, they are becoming servants with shining examples to inspire and motivate the
younger generation.

The story of Hon. Bathiya Wesley Mava’ama the member representing Hong in the Adamawa state House of Assembly (ADHA) is inspiring.

As a workaholic, he has many achievements to his name in less than 100 days in office serving the people of Hong constituency.

His progressive ideas over the past few months has endeared him closer to his constituents who regards him as a savior that is sent by God to liberate the people of Hong.

The electorates on their part are now enjoying the dividends of democracy, thanks to the young lawmaker who has been serving humanity since before joining politics.

I’m sure they have not regretted voting him at the last election, because he has since implemented his campaign promises swiftly.

Their yearnings and aspirations are being confronted by these fearless lawmaker who is bent on providing social amenities to his constituents.

Hong Local Government Area which houses the two main religions, Christianity and Islam has been relatively peaceful but are now bonded than before because of his nonchalant attitude towards religious sentiments.

His commitment to run an all-inclusive representation to his constituents without fear or favour to a particular section has given him the name, The Unifier.

Just like Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Hon. Bathiya is someone who matches words with action which is evident for all to see.

Hon. Bathiya Wesley Mava’ama has since embarked on human capital projects in his community with his personal resources even before assuming office as member representing Hong Constituency at the Adamawa State House of Assembly.

He is the only disable lawmaker in the country (I stand to be corrected) but that has not stopped him from executing his responsibilities because he has been working round the clock in the interest of his people.

LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS

• As an intelligent, capable and hardworking lawmaker, he was appointed Chairman House Standing Committee on Education
• Knowing how hardworking Hon. Bathiya is, he was appointed to serve as member of 3 House Standing Committees, Agriculture, Health and Inter parliamentary, special duties and IDP.
3. Hon. Bathiya is the first lawmaker to move a motion in the 7th assembly, the motion is for the house to constitute an investigation panel that will investigate last minute employments and transfer of service of the past administration.

PHILANTHROPICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Even though his Primary assignment as a state lawmaker is to implement laws, he has started providing dividends of democracy to his constituents.
The following are his achievements in less than 100 days in office:
• With the saying ‘Health is Wealth’ he initiated Universal Health for Hong which caters and solve the health problems of people in his constituency.
• Under 2 months in office, with a view of providing portable drinking water for his people, he refurbished and drilled boreholes in some communities like Dada Woloji, Pathalngnda, Kwatau and Shangui ward.
• With the view of providing housing accommodation for his constituents, he led the management of the Adamawa State Victim Support Fund (VSF) to access the damage done to the Housing estate and local government Secretariat by insurgents about 4 years ago.
• For his people to have access to their farms and for easy transportation, he renovated some rural roads like in Uding, Holma and Wuro Bokki
• During Ramadan, he gave out 5 generating set to 5 daily prayer mosques in Anguwan Hausawa and also gave foodstuff worth close to a million for (Eid-el fitr) sallah festivity.
• He visited Munga community which was ravaged by flood and provided food stuff and money to cushion the hardship caused by the disaster.

• He distributed foodstuff, rams and wrappers to the Hong Muslim Community for (Eid-el Kabir) sallah celebration.
Being a devoted Christian, he reached out twice to the Muslim community during sallah (Eid-el Fitr and Eid-el Kabir) celebration.
He is among the young lawmakers in the 7th Assembly who represents hope for the future generation.

He is on track and if he continues then he might as well be the first lawmaker to be reelected for a second term as a state lawmaker representing Hong Constituency.

I stand corrected on the facts and figures in these piece.

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ANALYZING FINTIRI’S 100 DAYS IN OFFICE BY DANIEL TABIYATIYA

SECURITY
The issue of insecurity is a thing of the past now, all thanks to Governor Fintiri,
Gone are the days when kidnapers, gunmen and the deadly Shilla boys carry out their activities unabated.
He made it clear from the start, during his inauguration speech where he gave an ultimatum to the dreaded Shilla boys and Kidnappers in the state to lay down their arms and shape out or be shipped out.
Even before the expiration of the 2 weeks ultimatum, Governor Fintiri held a close door meeting with service chiefs in the state to deliberate on the tactics to adopt.
Following the expiration of the 2 weeks ultimatum, Governor Fintiri in company of Service Chiefs and other top government functionaries stormed the famous mini sambisa forest, the hideout of the dreaded Shilla boys which led to the arrest of more than a dozen suspected Shilla boys.
His tough stand on insecurity is responsible for the arrest of over 200 Shilla boys, over 50 kidnappers and also brought to the barest minimum, farmers and herders clashes which were getting out of hand.
It is safe to say that the present administration has achieved 95% success in the fight against insecurity.
In the same vein, his administration acquired 80 Toyota hilux and more than100 motorcycles to be distributed to security outfits in the state, which will aid them in fighting criminal activities in the state.
Apart from sending a bill to the State House of Assembly concerning the activities of criminals in the state, the activities of cattle rustlers has drastically reduced

Photo credit: Domiya
Photo Credit: Domiya

EDUCATION
The educational system was in a state of comatose before Fintiri came on board; the first place he visited on his first day in office was Government Girls School (GG) Yola to assess the feeding programme which was stopped in the school due to the negligence of the previous administration.
Not only did he interact with the school management, he interacted with the students as well, which led to the reintroduction of school feeding programme in secondary schools in the state.
The school feeding programme which was kick started with 7 schools as a pilot programme was later extended to the remaining schools across the state.
Not only that, he introduced free and compulsory education, with free WAEC/NECO as well.
For students to learn in a conducive environment, he approved for the rehabilitation of 5000 classrooms in school across the state
Higher institutions were not left out as he also approved the conversion of college for legal studies to a faculty of law at the Adamawa State University Mubi.

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The Governor also led top government functionaries and Adamawa State leaders of thought to meet President Muhammadu Buhari, to lobby for the conversion of Moddibbo Adama University of Technology Yola (MAUTECH) to a conventional university that will make it possible for the institution to accommodate more courses and admit more students.
His administration has also reclaimed all illegal allocation of school lands , approved the implementation of the report of the visitation panel set up to investigate the illegal appointments made by the former administration, as well as the payment of matching grant to UBE for accessing over 8 Billion Naira UBE stimulus.

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INFRASTRUCTURE/ URBAN BEAUTIFICATION
The last time citizens of the state benefitted from housing allocation is close to 10 years during times of Former Governor Nyako and Boni Haruna.
It is because of the housing deficit in the state that Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri decided to build 2000 houses for the citizens of the state.
While signing an MOU with Family Homes, he said that 1200 houses will be built in the state capital, while the remaining local government areas will get 40 houses each by 2020.
In an effort to restore the building plan of the Jimeta Ultra Modern Market, he revoked the sale of lands around the market.

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Toungo Local Government Area which has been cut off from the national grid for more that 20 years has now been reconnected all thanks to the current administration. In collaboration with European Union, he launched the Euro 10M solar Nigeria project which will serve as a source of electricity to Health centres for effective service delivery.
Streetlights installed in the state capital that were not functional due to the sabotage by hoodlums have been restored.

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WORKERS WELFARE AND ENTITLEMENT
Known as the ATM Governor, workers welfare, salaries and entitlement is among the top of his priorities.
He pays full salaries as at when due and has made commitment to offset accumulated arrears the moment opportunity presents itself.
Before his assumption of office, he had made it crystal clear that payment of salaries and entitlement shall not be compromised, contrary to the prevailing nonchalant attitude towards civil servants, Adamawa being a workers state are now getting their full entitlements.
Not only is salary being paid before 25th of the month, it is paid even without collecting overdraft, he paid the 2019 leave grants, pension and gratuity of retired civil servants have been paid from 2012 and also he raised the monthly allocation for payments of pension and gratuity from 50 million to 100 million so that the accumulated pension and gratuity of pensioners will be settled.

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AGRICULTURE
As part of efforts towards empowering farmers and transforming farming business, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in partnership with the North East Commodity Association NECAS distributed 600 tractors to small and large scale farmers in the Northeast.

Governor Fintiri approved funds for the ministry of agric to carry out renovation and demonstration of Cocoa farms.
He also approved and allocated 200 hectares of land for Cocoa Pilot farm production in Toungo and Ganye Local Government Areas.
And each local government has been allocated with 100 hectares for the Cocoa plantation
In addition, the state government has purchased 6,000 Cocoa pots from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the seedlings had started arriving in the state.


He also launched the Adamawa Green Project (GAP) of planting 4million trees in 4 years, as part of effort to reduce deforestation in the state.
Apart from the 5 major critical areas stated above, he has touched diverse sectors which have touched the lives of the citizens.

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HEALTH
Meanwhile, in the health sector, aged people, pregnant women and children under the age of 5 receive free treatment from Government owned hospitals and clinics, courtesy of the Fintiri’s led administration

Due to the incessant attack by Boko Haram in villages during the past administration, a lot of people had to flee their homes to avoid being killed and couldn’t come back now that the security situation has improved, so he facilitated the return of 133 Nigerian refugees residing in Cameroon just as promised.
He adopted Treasury Single Account in order to ensure prudence in the management of resources in the overall interest of governance. TSA will checkmate leakages and also boast Internally Generated Revenue. The Governor knows the importance of tackling corruption and so he is doing it amicably.
We might not see the quick effect of his developmental drive because of the rotten system he inherited, but with time, everything will be put in place at the proper time.

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Gov. Fintiri still in Kogi, despite attack

In a press release signed by the Director General Media and Communications Government House Yola Mr. Solomon Kumangar and made available to newsmen, the Governor is safe and sound.

The release also drew the attention of the public to a misleading information that Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has left Kogi after the early morning attack.

It stated that as the Chairman of the panel set-up to conduct the PDP Gubernatorial primaries, he has stayed back and has so far conducted the exercise in a free and fair manner.