Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has condemned in strong terms the recent deadly attacks on Shaforon and Kudomti communities of Numan Local government Areas in which one person was reportedly killed and several others injured.
The Governor in a press statement signed and released to newsmen by the Director General Media and Communications Government House Yola Solomon Kumangar, the Governor feels that the attack serves no useful purpose except to worsen the prevailing state of insecurity in the area.
The released stated that he is deeply saddened by the loss of live and regrets over those injured.
He however commended the swift action taken by security Agencies to repel and go after the attackers.
Governor Fintiri finally assures of decisive action on His imminent return to the State.
Former Vice President and the Presidential aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election took to social media to pen down a heartwarming message to Nigerians who supported him at the polls.
Dearly beloved citizens of Nigeria,
I write to personally thank you for your support for our shared common goal and the solidarity I enjoyed from all walks of life and every strata of society, right from July 21, 2018, when I informed you, the good people of Nigeria, that I would contest the 2019 Presidential election, to Wednesday, September 11, 2019, when the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal rendered its verdict.
Nothing good comes easy, and hard as the task to rid Nigeria from the forces of fascism, and be an instrument for the full restoration of the rule of law and democracy in Nigeria is, your support makes the struggle worthwhile.
I owe so much to this great land of Nigeria that took me from the streets of Jada, where I sold firewood, to the heights I have attained, by God’s benevolence, in the civil service, in corporate Nigeria, and in public service.
If I do not play my part in making it possible for other orphaned children, indigent youths and the less privileged, to replicate and even surpass my path to significance, I would have failed my Maker. If I do not ensure that the ladder I climbed remains accessible to those at the bottom, middle and top tiers of society, I would not have fulfilled my purpose.
And only by ensuring that democracy is not just done, but seen to be done, can Nigeria and Nigerians have a sense that this our dear land is indeed a land where Unity, Faith, Peace and Progress reside.
It is for this, and other patriotic reasons, that I am pursuing this judicial route: To ensure that the votes of Nigerians count and are counted.
Yes, those who do not want this as Nigeria’s reality, will use every trick in the book to undermine, discourage, misinform and mislead, but with God’s help and the support of Nigerians, we will ensure that Nigeria makes a course correction away from tyranny and towards democracy.
We must return to being Africa’s bastion of democracy, where the rights to Freedom of Speech and Freedom after the Speech, are guaranteed. We must stand together to pursue this just cause all the way so that our judiciary is not afraid to do their jobs and have to be wary of blackmail, intimidation, and victimisation.
I note the immense outpouring of goodwill from ordinary Nigerians in every nook and cranny of Nigeria and from all regions, religions and relationships. Once again I thank you all for your support. I also thank the governors elected on the platform of my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, as well as the National Executive Committee, for their unanimous and unambiguous support for the judicial phase of this struggle, especially after it was announced that we would go on to appeal.
I urge all Nigerians to continue their support for this recourse to constitutional order via the courts. Even if there is little or nothing you can do to ensure that justice is done in Nigeria, just believe that it will happen. Let us never underestimate the effect of our belief in Nigeria.
Finally, I say to all concerned, that we will all die and give an account of our lives to our Creator.
Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his foresight in establishing the Northeast Development Commission and also directed the state Ministry of Finance to fund the commission from the 3% gross collection from the Value Added Tax.
Speaking when he received the leadership of the NEDC at the council chamber of the Government House, Gov. Fintiri commended them for the good work they have been doing. The Governor who said the deductions was enshrined in the act establishing the commission stated that the state government will collaborate with the commission in finding an appropriate office accommodation for the smooth operation of the commission in the state.
He said that a lot of palliative measures have been deployed to the front line local government ravaged by insurgency from Gombi down to Madagali but isn’t enough, stated that the people are devastated by insurgency.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the NEDC who led the delegation Rtd. Gen. Paul Tarfa said they were in the state on a familiarization tour.
He disclosed that the commission was established with the aim to rehabilitate and restructure the northeastern part of the country that has been ravaged by insurgency.
Gen. Tarfa said that insurgency in the North East is responsible for the death of 20,000 people while 2 million people have been displaced from their communities which made Boko Haram in recent time be described as the worse humanitarian crises.
He revealed that the displacement of people in the north east has led to the overstretching of the host communities of IDPs in the areas of schools, hospitals, markets and shops among others while Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba did not experience the problem of insurgency directly.
Furthermore, the Governor who was accompanied by his deputy Chief Crowther Seth visited took the august visitors to the Internally Displaced Persons IDPs camps in Malkohi and Fufore to assess the conditions of the people in the camp.
Addressing Malkohi IDPs, Governor Umaru Fintiri told them that government is doing its best to alleviate their plights by rebuilding their displaced communities for safe return and advised them to live in peace and tolerate one another.
While in Fufore IDPs camp in Fufore local government, Governor Umaru Fintiri urged the IDPs to have faith in the government, as the commission set up by President Muhammadu Buhari will rehabilitate their communities and bring relief materials.
In his remark at the camps separately, the Chairman of NEDC General Paul Tarfa assured the IDPs of the commitment of the commission to rehabilitate them and reconstruct their destroyed communities by insurgents.
Speaking separately the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency Malam Aminu Mohammed Suleiman while taking the Governor and other entourage round the camps revealed that the Malkohi camp was established four years ago.
Malam Suleiman said Malkohi IDPs camp has over seven thousand IDPs at beginning when it was established, but now has only one thousand one hundred and ninety three persons while ninety eight percent of them are from Borno State.
He said Fufore IDPs camp was established in August twenty fifteen as a transit camp for indigenes of Borno state that have been brought back from Cameroon Republic and the camp initially had over over ten thousand IDPs but at present houses one thousand seven hundred and fifty six persons.
Similarly, Governor Umaru Fintiri who made a stop over at the Technical Training School Yola town promised to revive the school by building hostels and give all that will be required by the school to train youths various skills.
The tenure of the Executive Governor of Adamawa State, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri clocked exactly 100 days on Friday, September 6, 2019.
The early part of his administration has been punctuated by development that provide assurances for good governance and prospect for a state like Adamawa which has remained under the shackles of poverty, deprivation, repression and under development. Though 100 days may not be enough to make an effective appraisal of the Fintiri’s administration in terms of development strides, his popular policies and a handful of achievements during the early part of his administration rekindled the hope of the Adamawa population for a better deal.
For an administration that has to contend with a huge debt profile of 115 Billion on assumption of office, the debt status of the state may be contrary.
As a leader who understands the art of governance and the frustrations of his people, his determination to translate into concrete reality his 11 points agenda apparently because the source of the strength to take his teeming supporters out of our present political and economic quagmire.
In analyzing or critiquing Governor Fintiri’s first 100 days in office, the issue to examine is the leadership style or what he has brought into the government that can determine the success of his 11 point agenda.
In his wisdom, he has established a pattern, spanning 5 major critical areas of governance which have so far yielded positive results and these areas include, security, education, infrastructural development, workers welfare and agric.
SECURITY Prior to the advent of this administration, the state has been battling with unresolved security issues of arm robbery, kidnapping and the dreaded Shilla boys. His political will to stem the tide of insecurity has brought criminal activities to its lowest ebb.
The sordid experience of inhabitants owing to criminality activities have now become a forgotten issue. Today, the people of the state can sleep with their eyes closed and go about their businesses unmolested.
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. Unlike other leaders, he spearheaded the clampdown on Shilla boys to their hideouts with security operatives.
Governor Fintiri also 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 of suspected Shilla boys.
His uncompromising 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 through the involvement of vigilante groups and security operatives.
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 60 Toyota hilux and 59 motorcycles for distribution to security outfits in the state, to 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 been drastically reduced. More interesting is the implementation of a salary structure for vigilante groups because of their significance in checking criminal activities, banditry and insurgency.
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 the Government Girls School (GGSS) Yola to assess the feeding programme which he reintroduced after it was stopped by the previous administration.
The school feeding programme which was kick started with 7 schools as a pilot programme and later extended to the remaining schools across the state was precipitated by an earlier interaction with students of Government Girls Secondary School, Yola.
Not only that, he introduced free and compulsory education, with free WAEC/NECO as well.
To provide a condusive learning and teaching environment, Governor Fintiri approved for the rehabilitation of 5000 classrooms in schools across the state.
Similar gesture was extended toHigher institutions as he approved the conversion of college for legal studies to a faculty of law at the Adamawa State University Mubi.
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 lands belonging to School Authorities, 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.
INFRASTRUCTURE/ URBAN BEAUTIFICATION
To demonstrate his concern about the plight of workers and lack of adequate shelter for the state, the Governor signed an MOU for the construction of 2000 Housing Units.
The last time citizens of the state benefitted from housing allocation is close to 10 years during the times of Former Governor Nyako and Boni Haruna.
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, the Governor revoked the sale of pieces of land around the market.
Toungo Local Government Area which has been cut off from the national grid for more that 20 years has now been reconnected owing to the parallel commitment of this administration to the provision of social basic amenities.
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.
WORKERS WELFARE AND ENTITLEMENT
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has created a reputation for himself as the only Chief Executive operating a government with a welfarist posture and concerns for its workers. This has earned him the identity ATM Governor because of his consistency in the payment of salary arrears and leave grants to public servants in the state.
Known as the ATM Governor, workers welfare, salaries and entitlement is among the top of his priorities.
Before his assumption of office, he had made it crystal clear that payment of salaries and entitlements of workers shall not be compromised, owing to the fact that Adamawa is a civil servant state.
Not only is salary being paid before 25th of the month, it is done even without collecting overdraft. He also paid the 2019 leave grants, pension and gratuity of retired civil servants have been paid from 2012.
The Governor also approved 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 within the shortest possible time.
The Fintiri administration recognizes the fact that a constant Agricultural policy could give the nation an economic boast.
In recognition of this fact, the Fintiri in partnership with the North East Commodity Association NECAS distributed 600 tractors to small and large scale farmers in the Northeast to boast agricultural activities within the region.
He also launched the Adamawa Green Project (GAP) of planting 4million trees in 4 years, as part of efforts to reduce deforestation in the state.
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.
Apart from the 5 major critical areas stated above, he has touched diverse sectors which have touched the lives of the citizens.
Due to the incessant attacks on communities by Boko Haram during the past administration, a lot of people had to flee their homes to avoid being killed. With the improvement of the security in the state, the Governor has facilitated the return of 133 Nigerian refugees residing in Cameroon just as he earlier promised.
He also adopted the Treasury Single Account in order to ensure prudence in the management of resources in the overall interest of governance.
TSA is expected to contain incidents of corruption that has eaten deep into the fabric of the society.
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.
For a government with such development intentions to realize its objectives, it will require the commitment of all organs of government to create an enabling environment for the translation of government policies and programmes into concrete reality.
Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aminu Iya Abbas, has raised the hope of journalists and other media workers in public media outfits in the state for an improved condition of service that will enhance better remuneration as well as retirement from service.
According to him, the House under his leadership will review the condition of service most especially the remuneration as well as the retirement from service: 35 to 40 years by service and 60 to 65 by age of the journalists and other media workers.
Rt. Hon. Iya Abbas, stated this while receiving the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Adamawa State Council, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan, who led other Executive Council of the union on a courtesy visit on the Speaker in his office today.
The Speaker stressed the readiness of the hallowed chamber towards according journalists and other media workers in public media organisations maximum support towards the passage of a bill that will meet their demands.
He told the NUJ that he is not aware of any pending bill to that effect, and urged the House standing Committee on Information, Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), Poverty Alleviation and Wealth (POWECO), to trace the bill and strive towards it enactment.
He asked them to work hand in hand with All Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), to enable them know who are true practicing journalists, so as to reduce the kind of atrocities perpetrated in the state, pledging to support the union during the launch of its compendium which will contain the names of the actual practicing journalists.
The Speaker informed them that he had discussion with Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, where he instructed that the Adamawa Press Limited(APL), Publishers of The Scope newspaper, should be given the right to print all documents coming from the government establishments, and should use subvention and procure equipment for effective service delivery.
He observed with concern a situation whereby Adamawa Television Corporation(ATV), Yola, and Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation(ABC), Yola, have booster stations in Gombi, Ganye, Hong and Mubi, yet none is functioning, promising to remind the government on them because there are part of their campaign promises.
Rt. Hon. Aminu Iya Abbas, charged them to put measures on place to check inciting reports from journalists considering the nature of security in the state, congratulating them over their emergence as the new leadership of NUJ.
In his remarks, the Chairman House Standing Committee on Information, SDGs and POWECO and member representing Gombi Constituency, Hon. Japhet Kefas, urged them to exert all efforts towards contributing positively for the development of the union and the state in general.
Hon. Japhet Kefas, promised to work towards the passage of the bill, adding that his committee would strive assiduously to ensure that their requests are made to see the light of the day.
Speaking earlier, the State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan, said that they were in his office purposely to introduce the new exco of the union and assure him and the house of the readiness of the union towards contributing positively for the development of the state.
Comrade,Dedan, appealed to the Speaker to review the condition of service of media workers in the state civil service, as well as the dilapidated nature of media organisations.
He made a passionate appeal on the Speaker to review the retirement age of the affected workers from 35 to 40 years by service and 60 to 65 by age, and commended the house for effective performance.