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GOVERNOR FINTIRI WARNS APC, SAYS HIS URBAN RENEWAL PROGRAMME IS HERE TO STAY

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has warned the opposition party the All Progressive Congress (APC) not to dictate to him how to govern the state after failing in that aspect. 

The Governor gave the warning when he received Yola North Community who paid him a thank you visit at the Banquet Hall Government House Yola. 

Governor Fintiri while commending the community led by the District Head of Jimeta who doubles as the Dan Isa Adamawa Alhaji Muhammad Inuwa Baba Paris applauded them for rejecting the All Progressive Congress in the last general election.

The Governor stated that the immediate past All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration in the state failed in providing good governance during their regime which led to them being dumped by the citizens. 

While appreciating the community for opting to vote for him and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, he said that his Urban Renewal mandate remains unshakable. 

The Governor explained that his administration has engaged relevant stakeholders before embarking on the Urban renewal programme, which is aimed at remodeling the state capital to make it compete with other developing state capitals in the country. 

While promising to continue with the developmental projects he started across the state, the Governor wondered how politicians who couldn’t provide dividends of democracy to the people rant about the major developmental projects he is currently executing. 

Furthermore, Governor Fintiri while reeling out plans to transform the state and not to relent stated that “We came prepared with our agenda well planned even before winning the elections”.   

He used the forum to intimate them of his plans to empower the youths, so as to give them a sense of belonging, thereby stopping them from engaging in illicit acts. 

While calling on citizens to continue to give his administration all the needed support, he went further to state that his doors are always wide open for meaningful contributions from the people.

Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation, the District Head of Jimeta and Dan Isa Adamawa Alhaji Muhammad Inuwa Baba Paris said the purpose of the visit is to commend the Governor for his Urban Renewal Programme and also for appointing prominent sons and daughters of the community in his administration.

He said that as an overseer of the traditional institute in Jimeta, the community has never experienced mega infrastructural developments as it is experiencing under the Fintiri’s led administration.

He commended the Governor for his foresight in kicking off the construction of roads, a flyover and a grade interchange and also the dilapidated road leading to his house. 

While assuring the Governor of their prayers, total support and commitment to his administration, he challenged the appointees to repay the confidence reposed on them by contributing their own quota to the development of the community and the state at large. 

The District Head used the medium to call on the Governor to ban all illegal motor parks in the community and direct all commercial motorists to operate in the central park for orderliness and safety of passengers.

He also urged the Governor to as a matter of urgency assist the Local Government Council in the completion of the Yola North Secretariat. 

Finally, he commended the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Bashir Ahmad and other too political appointees for the role they are playing for the development of the state capital.

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TOWN PLANNERS COMMEND GOVERNOR FINTIRI FOR UPGRADING URBAN LANDSCAPE, REVIEWS PLANNING REGULATION

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has been commended for his desire and commitment to renew and upgrade the landscape of urban centers in the state by constructing a fly over bridge, roads and a grade interchange in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

Speaking at a one day Review of Planning Regulations and Developers Guide at the Adamawa State Urban Planning and Development Authority Headquarters in Yola, the General Manager, Town Planner Alice Ambrose Gombe said that the aim of the meeting was to chart a new course in practicing sustainable city management through effective and efficient planning and development control of activities that will ensure orderly development and improve aesthetic values.


She said that in an effort to compliment the Fintiri’s led administration achieve its mandate of urban renewal, the commission deemed it fit to review the Planning Regulations and Developers Guide.

She said that the planning regulation when put in place will assist field officers and other professional bodies in the built environment to guide and maintain development control activities

TPL Alice revealed that the meeting will provide Town planners, Engineers, Surveyors and other Professional bodies them with a platform to make genuiune efforts in the idea of moving forward the frontier knowledge in relation to physical planning.


“I would like us to know that the Adamawa State Urban and Regional Planning Law (ADS Law No.3 of 2010) section 92, make provision for by-laws by the Authority which Planning Regulations is one, so as to compliment the law. The Authority at this time, desire to make significant difference in attaining its mandate and objectives” she mentioned.


In his remarks, the Director Planning Research Adamawa State Urban Planning and Development Authority, Town Planner Hussaini Ali, who spoke on the procedures to follow while buying a land to development sage said that citizens cut corners and as such ends having issues in the end.

He advised that citizens should always go to the Director Planning Research Adamawa State Urban Planning and Development Authority or Ministry of Land and Survey for them to be put through on the procedures to follow.

Furthermore, Zonal Coordinator, Yola Zonal Office, Town Planner Samuel John said that the commission decided to review the development control regulation of Adamawa State Urban Planning and Development Authority so as to enable them perform their function effectively and efficiently

He said that it is in line with the Governor Fintiri’s 11 points agenda, to see that the goals of the current administration of physical infrastructural development is achieved.

The zonal coordinator blamed residents who construct houses or commercial centres on waterways as the main cause of floods, he then urged citizens to always follow due protocols by coming to the office for development permit before embarking on any developmental project.

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COVID-19: SEN. BINOS DISTRIBUTES 1800 BAGS OF GRAINS TO CONSTITUENTS AS PALLIATIVE

As people are placed on a two-weeks lockdown in Adamawa State in a bid to curtail the spread of coronavirus, poor people in the society are the ones that are directly affected because some of them have to work for their daily needs.

It is in the line of this that Senator Binos Yaroe, the Senator Representing Adamawa Southern Senatorial Zone, distributed 1800 bags of 20kg grains to his Constituents as paliative measure to caushion the hardship caused by the pandemic.

The Senator invited nine Council Chairmen Representing the Constituency or their representatives alongside the Zonal Vice Chairman of PDP and the nine LGA Party Chairmen for the distribution.

Speaking at his residence at Mayo Belwa, the venue of the distribution, Sen. Binos said it became paramount for him to distribute the grains as part of palliative to his people.

He said that the lockdown which was borne out of the government’s desire to contain the spread of Coronavirus has brought unnecessary hardship to people at the grassroots.

“Various governments have taken various actions to contain the virus, one major step is to ask people to stay at home and because of that there are people that are suffering” he said.

Sen. Binos revealed that though the palliative won’t be able to go round everyone in the constituency, it will at least be beneficial to the poor and vulnerable in the society.

Furthermore, he revealed that he invited LGC boss’s under his constituency to aid in distributing the palliative because they are closer to the people and have engaged in distributing the palliatives by the state government.

The Royal Fathers were also not left behind, with the zone having 6 First Class Chiefs; the Senator extended same gesture to them to aid them in helping their subjects.

While thanking them for obeying the Stay at home order, the Federal Lawmaker urged them to strictly observe the hygienic tips of washing hands, distancing and avoiding large crowds.

In a vote of thanks, the Chairman Jada Local Government Area Hon. Abdulkareem Bakala appreciated the Lawmaker for providing palliative for the people. 

He said that the palliative is going to compliment the palliative measures by the state government. 

Bakala assures that the relief materials will be judiciously distributed to the poorest and vulnerable in the society. 

Also speaking, Toungo Local Government Voss Hon. Kefas Calvin appreciated Senator Binos for providing the palliative.

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SENATOR BINOS DONATES .5M Naira TO FIRE VICTIMS

The Senator representing Adamawa Southern Senatorial Zone, Senator Binos Yaroe has redeemed the pledge of N500,000 made to the Dilli Community following the fire incidence that burnt down a number of houses in the town on Sunday 23rd February, 2020.

would be recalled that following the fire incidence and on being informed, Sen. Binos visited the town on Thursday 27th February 2020 in company of the Executive Chairman of Demsa Local Government, Hon. Elkanah Fwa.

After been taken around by the traditional ruler of Dilli, Sen. Binos Yaroe made an on the spot donation of N100,000 and pledged an additional N500,000 to be redeemed in due course. This pledge was redeemed in full today.

The money is meant to ameliorate the hardship being faced by the residents affected by the inferno.

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GOVERNOR FINTIRI OF ADAMAWA, 3 OTHERS EMERGE JOINT LEADERSHIP GOVERNORS OF THE YEAR 2019

Daniel Tabiyatiya

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State was among the quartet of Governors, Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa, Ben Ayade of Cross River and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara to emerge joint leadership Governor of the Year 2019.

The LEADERSHIP conference and awards is an annual event organised by LEADERSHIP Group Limited to celebrate those considered by the organisation as having distinguished themselves in the public and private sectors in the previous year.

In December 2019, LEADERSHIP had, in line with its annual tradition of celebrating individuals and organisations that have distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavours and made outstanding contributions to Nigeria and the world in the course of the year, picked the nominees for its 2019 awards.

Speaking shortly after receiving his award at the International Conference Center Abuja, Governor Fintiri reiterated his commitment to continue with the work his administration has started that will turn around the fortunes of the State for a better tomorrow.

He explained that his administration came on board to salvage the people of Adamawa from the clutches of underdevelopment, poverty, unemployment and bad leadership.

After enumerating his achievements in the areas of security, free education, infrastructure, health, water supply and restructuring the civil service, among others, the Governor thanked the Leadership Newspapers for identifying and recognising his achievements and pledged to rededicate himself to the service of the people.

“I’m grateful for the great recognition in just for 100 days in office. I think it is unprecedented for LEADERSHIP Newspaper and Nigerians to recognize the excellent policies and programmes that were deployed through the 11 point agenda in our state to deepening democracy and providing good governance” he mentioned.

“I want to dedicate this award to all my drivers, cleaners, all staff members, House of Assembly members, the workers of Adamawa State as well as the good people of Adamawa State. I dedicate this award to you all” he said.

Governor Fintiri added that “I think this is a challenge to enable us to work harder than what we’ve being doing in order to restore the dignity of Adamawa state to ensure that we are one of the best in the sub-sahara Africa region under my leadership and we will ensure that we deepen democracy and we will make our state better”.

In his goodwill speech, the Group Managing Director of Nigeria Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Malam Mele Kyari, commended the organisers of the event which he said will serve as a moral buster to those in position of authority.

The 2019 Leadership Award was handed to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri by former Vice President Namadi Sambo

The issue of border closure was the subject of conversation at e LEADERSHIP Conference and Awards ceremony, with economic experts and informed stakeholders expressing their views on the propriety and benefits of the federal government’s policy.

Discussions at the annual event unanimously pointed to federal government’s decision to close the country’s land borders as one of the strongest impressions the Buhari administration has made.

In the other categories of the LEADERSHIP Annual Awards, the quartet of Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State and Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa emerged joint LEADERSHIP Governors of the Year 2019.

Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Silva, clinched the award for Politician of the Year 2019, while the award for Banker of the Year was won by president of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina.

Access Bank PLC won Bank of the Year award, while Government Agency of the Year went to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

The Public Service Person of the Year award went to executive secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof Elias Suleiman Bogoro, while the CEO of Aiteo Group, Benedict Peters, clinched the Business Person of the Year award.

Former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru, won the CEO of the Year award.

Other award categories are: Product of the Year, Tiamin Rice; ICT Company of the Year, MainOne; E-Commerce Company of the Year, OPay; Telecom Company of the Year, Huawei Technologies Company Limited, and Brand of the Year, Airtel.

The Outstanding Young Person of the Year 2019 award went to Leah Sharibu; Burna Boy clinched the LEADERSHIP Artiste of the Year award, even as the LEADERSHIP Sports Persons of the Year award went to the female basketball team, D’Tigress.

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CEMETERY DUMPED BABIES: Adamawa State First Lady (Maman Marayu) Rescues, Sponsor Surgery.

Five (5) and Seven (7) months old babies dumped at the Jimeta Cemetery in Yola have been rescued and taken to Federal Medical Centre (FMC) where they underwent surgery.

The two (2) babies who were reportedly dumped at the Jimeta Cemetery were found by good Samaritans on separate days.

Following checkups and tests by medical personnel, the babies were diagnosed with Congenital Hydrocephalus, also called water in the brain, an excessive and abnormal condition.

Congenital Hydrocephalus is a brief up of fluids in the cavities deep within the brain, the extra fluid puts pressure on the brain and can cause brain damage, it’s most common in infants and older adults.

Immediately after getting the information, Her Excellency, Maman Marayu, Hajiya Lami Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri swung into action in a move to save the dying infants, paid for a special surgery called SHUNTS.

The service of Dr. Babagana Usman, a Neurosurgeon, and Consultant from the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital was needed because the surgery is only done by a Neurosurgeon.

After undergoing successful surgery, the babies who were born with the condition (Congenital Hydrocephalus) are stable and recuperating steadily.

The babies who were later named Fintiri Senior and Junior respectively are now discharged from the hospital to be taken care of at Orphanage Home Karewa.

In the same vein, the First Lady, Maman Marayu, Haiya Lami Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, also extended her Humanitarian Gesture to four (4) cancer stricken children and other patients at the Emergency Paediatrics Unit (E.P.U), Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yola, by making cash donations towards their medical bills.

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BOKO HARAM: Sen. Binani calls for the re-establishment of a Military Command Base in Garkida

Following the recent attack by suspected Boko haram militia at Garkida town in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State, The Senator Representing Adamawa Central Senatorial Zone, Sen. Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani has admonished the chief of Army Staff General Tukur Burati to Immedietly Re-establish a Military Commmand Based in the community as well as other Major Settlements Boardering Sambisa forest.

Binani who made the call during Tuesday’s Prenery at the Senate under order 42 and 52 of Matters of urgent Public importance, also called on the North-East Development Commission to as a matter of urgency embark on rehabilation of Public and religious institutions destroyed in the attack and also to provide assistance to other institutions affectted .

While describing the community as a peaceful, and United town, she observed that the insurgents had a religious connotations in the recent attack considering the selected religious institution’s and residents of some prominent indigines which were either desgtroyed or burned down.

She also admonished the National Emergency management Agency (NEMA) to quickly set up action towards accessing the level of destruction with a view to provide relief materials to the area in no distance time.

She also called on the federal government to put more innovative measures in holistically fighting the Boko Haram Insurgents in the Country.

It could be recalled that Just Few days after the attack left churches, and many buildings belonging to prominent individuals and government burned down, Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani visited the community where she sympathized with them.

She visited Garkida General Hospital, where the insurgents carted away drug, Hospital Equipments, and other valuables Worths millions of Naira where carted away.

The Lawmaker described as painful the burning of the only Ambulance in the Hospital as well as many the level of damage done to the area.

 While at the Church of the Bretheren EYN Garkida, the Senator was visibly moved with sympathy as she prayed God to return that was lost in hundred folds.

The Senator who led the powerful delegation to Garkida comprising of Sen. Mohammed Hassan Barata, the State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress APC Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal as well as some members of the State Executive of the Party, were at At the Palace of the District Head of Garkida Mallam Saidu ItaHari Tarfa.

She told the Royal Father that as a Lawmaker, she will not hesitate to make relevant laws and pass motions that will completely restore peace in Adamawa State and in Particular, North-East as a whole and the country in General.

While Praying God to avert future accurance, Senator Binani Pleged to support the victims of the area with items that will cushion their hardships shortly.

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SENATOR BINOS COMMISERATE WITH FIRE VICTIMS, DONATES CASH

Following the recent fire outbreak in Bayami, Dilli ward of Demsa Local Government Area, the Senator representing Adamawa Southern Senatorial Zone Sen. Binos Yaroe has sympathized with the victims as well as donated an undisclosed amount to ameliorate their hardship.

The Senator led a powerful delegation to the affected community comprising the Chairman Demsa Local Government Area Hon. Elkanah Kados Fwa for an on the spot assessment.

While commiserating with the community, he said that he will do everything possible to make sure that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) provides relief materials.

The fire outbreak destroyed properties and houses alike and almost razed down the entire village.

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SIA: BEHIND EVERY GOOD MAN, SHOULD STAND A GOOD WOMAN

“The best possible thing you can get out of a relationship or marriage is that you’re with someone who encourages you to be the best version of yourself every day.” ~Nishan Panwar

A supportive partner is on your side no matter what go, ready to war with you and take the gift of life, regardless of the obstacles. She is a fighter and a loyal friend, against all odds.

Now imagine, a man, who has a good reputation, is respected, and holds a place of authority … What kind of woman would he want to be known as his wife?

Wives are called to be a helpmate, and this call to companionship is of extreme importance. A helpmate is a team player in the marriage, and a helpmate understands that each partner in the holy union must give all of themselves to further the relationship. It’s not a 50/50 kind of deal, but more like a 100/100.

A helpmate understands that somedays their partner may not be at their best, but it is in these instances that a true companion steps in to pick up the slack.

A helpmate is that unconditional loving partner who takes her eyes off herself and focuses them on her spouse. It’s easy as a human to think “me, me, me,” but to love like Jesus you take your eyes off simply what you’re getting out of the relationship. Instead you focus on what you may give to it.

I know that you might be wondering where these write up is heading to, so let me take you out of the misery. The woman I am referring to is none other than Mrs. Emily Elisha Ishaku, the wife to Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo.

She might be popular in her own little way but trust me, she is not impetuous, scatterbrained, or unpredictable. Rather, she is a trustworthy companion to the young Senator.

Her noteworthy character has made her distinguished herself among her peers, she has supported her husband through thick and thin; in fact even to his lowest ebb.

This is the kind of woman every man hopes to spend the rest of his life with, a bridge builder, respectful and down to earth individual.

Do you remember the scandal he faced months after becoming a Senator? Emily has been the backbone of his comeback, she supported him in all ramifications during the trail.

Isn’t these the kind of woman you are wishing for? Someone who will stand by you even when the world is against you.

That single act, made her an envy to a lot of people. They praised her courage and doggedness for giving her husband the emotional support which enabled him overcome the trails.

It is said that when two people are married, they tend to adopt the traits of their partners.

It is no longer hidden that Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo is a great humanitarian, he is so obsessed with helping people, most especially the poor and the vulnerable in the community.

Against this back drop, Emily decided to embark on numerous humanitarian visits to prisons as well as hospitals.

She visited both the prisons and hospitals in Mubi the hometown of her husband, these two places are were you will find people irrespective of tribe, religion or party affiliations.

She was at Mubi General Hospital and Al-Ummah Hospital Mubi where she interacted with patients in celebration of Christmas.

She didn’t just interact with them, she offset bills of some of the patients who were unable to pay for their medical bills.

Not only that, she also visited the Mubi Prison twice, during Christmas and New Year celebrations where she donated foodstuffs to the inmates in festive celebrations.

Have it in mind that there is no office of the wife of the Senator, she is just passionate about helping people; just like her husband Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo, the Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial Zone in the red chamber.

A good wife is Royal in Heart. She is a crown to her husband, and pride to the home where she was raised. She is called a W.I.F.E because she is a Woman In Full Effect.

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.

Woman was not made out of man’s feet to be below him, nor was she made from his head, to be above him, but she was made from his rib, to be beside him.

And she has been on his side in good and in bad times, Emily is a role model to a lot of ladies and men alike.

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GOV FINTIRI APPOINTS HIS CAMPAIGN DG MARAFA, OTHERS INTO ADAMAWA STATE MUSLIM PILGRIMS WELFARE BOARD

Following the recent constitution of viewed members of the Adamawa State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board, the 17 Board Members of the Board were finally inaugurated.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony which took place at the Government House Conference Hall, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri said his administration is geared towards repositioning relevant Government machinations and institutions for effective service delivery, hence the constitution of the board members that will pilot the affairs of the board.  

While tasking them to be steadfast and diligent in discharging the responsibilities vested on them, he mentioned that their role is so strategic in the society.

“You are needed now more than ever, especially in handling the statutory responsibility of organizing and administering Hajj Operations for intending Muslims Pilgrims in Nigeria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” he said.

Governor Fintiri said his administration has the responsibility to restructure institutions with a view to correcting  abnormalities “this development therefore calls for individual and collective responsibilities from all relevant stakeholders inorder to maximally achieve the desired objectives for which the board was established. 

The Governor who mentioned that his administration is not unmindful of the irregularities that characterized previous Hajj operations, he challenged them to use their wealth of experience in ensuring irregularities are avoided in subsequent Hajj Operations in the state.

He revealed that his administration will provide a level playing ground for all citizens of the state irrespective of ethnic, religion, social and political affiliations.

While congratulating them on their well deserved appointments, he stated that despite the lean resources, his administration will fulfill all its campaign promises.

In a vote of thanks, the Chairman of the newly constituted Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board Alh. Usman Marafa who was the Governors Campaign General appreciated Governor Fintiri for finding them worthy and for the confidence reposed on them.

He said that even with the complex nature of Hajj Operations, he and his team will work hard to see that they deliver on the mandate given to them.

Marafa assured the Governor of their total commitment to render selfless service towards observing a hitch free pilgrimage.

While commending Governor Fintiri for his visionary and purposeful leadership that has placed the state on the path of accelerated development that has never been recorded in history, he urged the Governor to give them all the necessary support for the board to achieve the desired results.

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SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT: BETWEEN GOVERNOR FINTIRI, HIS TRADUCERS AND THE TASK AHEAD – TAKING ADAMAWA OUT OF THE DOLDRUMS by George Kushi

At last the Adamawa State governorship tussle has been resolved by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The Apex Court in its ruling again reaffirmed the mandate of Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri as elected Governor of Adamawa State. All said and done, the amount of pressure and attempts to truncate the People’s mandate has prove abortive.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has again proved himself an indomitable overcomer that has survived several machinations to put down his political career. He weathered the storm of being Acting Governor twice.

When it became clear that Fintiri would be Governor in 2014, he was suppressed and prevented from vying for the office. The story of Fintiri did not end there. During the Presidential campaign of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, at the mention of his name, the crowd was ecstatic.

On later occasions when the name ‘Fintiri’ is mentioned, the response of the crowd further revealed how he has captured the hearts of Adamawa citizens. It therefore did not come as a surprise that having endured the vicissitudes of the political clime that did not seem to favour him he was returned as the Governorship Candidate more than four years after. The ” INDOMITABLE OVERCOMER ” by the will of God and Adamawa people became Governor of Adamawa State.

But things that should have been kept to rest did not work out that way. Technicalities and political mumbo Jumbo were put in his path.
It began with the MRDD a party relatively unknown under the mentorship of the then administration under erstwhile Governor Bindow became hell bent on distracting the normal electoral processes that were taking place to propel him to the Governorship position.

The challenge of the ommission of the MRDD then could be faulted on many grounds . For one, they pretended not to notice the ommission when the list of Governorship contestants was published by INEC, instead they waited until the election was declared inconclusive ( even when Fintiri was leading) before approaching the court to have the election cancelled. Once again Fintiri was vindicated following the subsequent litigation at the state High court where the case was dismissed.


It is instructive to note that this particular case roused the ire of Adamawa electorates who visibly voiced their angst in homes , streets, markets, work places etc…it was an AGONISING MOMENT then.

Not to let matters rest, a case was file at the Governorship petitions tribunal after his leading opponent former Governor Umaru Jibrilla Bindow congratulated him on his electoral victory. What would have been an end to the electoral process proved yet abortive as the APC took the case to the tribunal and lost out for lacking in merit.


The APC threafter took the case to the Appellate Court whereby Ex Governor Bindow was persuaded to apply and join join in the suit seeking to oust Governor Fintiri and declare him ( Bindow ) as duly elected . The suit was again thrown out.

Things would not rest again as the APC proceeded with the case to the Apex Court ( The Supreme Court of Nigeria). Beside being the Supreme Court at the helm of Affairs, the normal JAW JAW that is frequent in Nigerian politics and legal manipulations , word was abroad that the powers that be would manipulate the judgement of the Supreme Court to deny Fintiri’s mandate, but the votes of the people and their prayers could not give the ” manipulators ” their desired results.


It is pertinent to note here again that the tension and anxiety that gripped the minds of Adamawa electorates while awaiting the final judgement of the Supreme Court was EXCRUCIATING!! This is because while the Adamawa APC guys were relishing in the confidence of” grabbing back the power”, PDP supporters were genuinely in prayers and living with a realization of uncertainty as to ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. Especially, bearing in mind the way IMO case was decided.

It could be recalled that before the Adamawa ruling, the case in Imo state in a much debated fashion that continues to hover round Nigerian political discussions created furor over interpretations.

Only after 2019 General elections did Nigerians wake up to learn a new phrase called ” inconclusive “. The word inconclusive to many Nigerians practically means being denied! Having agreed on anything, when you loose out the result is inconclusive “. So it was inconclusive in Imo when arose the claim that results from over three hundred units were ” inconclusive ” that made it possible for the number four position in an election to be declared winner.

This created fear in the hearts of those that voted for Fintiri , while the hawks of the APC became confident and were even publicly boasting that the people’s mandate will be snatched by a manipulated judiciary to hand over and ” underserved victory” to the people that have been rejected by popular votes and wish of the people. This of course did not happen.

The judiciary has proved that all said and done, it could stand up to its duties.
And now that the mandate of Governor Fintiri has been affirmed by the highest court of the law in Nigeria, he is saddled with the task of delivering what he promised the people and this is no easy task .

His pronouncement at the victory Rally which held in the state capital of checking the fraudulent activities that preceded him will not endear him to the people that soiled their hands in defrauding Adamawa citizens of what rightfully belongs to them. This is one aspect our Governor must pay attention to.

The Governor should be wary of people that would appear to be friends while in reality they mean him and the people of Adamawa no good.

The travails of Governor Fintiri might not have been over, his traducers will not rest and the people of Adamawa must continue to watch carefully how attempts would be made to hinder his government from achieving what was promised the people.

What transcends in the public domain might be unknown to him but his grassroot connection that has kept him will not be forgotten. He is set to work and will deliver on promise made to the people.

For Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, he knows that the act of governance is not easy. He has been there, at the bottom up to the top.

Governor Fintiri knows what the people are , how they can change behaviour and under what pressure they would bend.

Adamawa has suffered a lot. Her resources has been plundered over the years and her future mortgaged in debts. It is high time the opposition, the fence sitters and traducers alike join hands in helping the FRESH AIR Governor to take the battered state out of the DOLDRUMS!!

George Kushi is the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Adamawa State

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KAREWA WARD COUNCILLOR RE-LAUNCHES WEEKLY SANITATION EXERCISE

Hoping to restore the once aesthetic beauty of Malamre in Karewa ward of Yola the Adamawa State capital, where Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s personal residence is located, the Councillor of the ward Hon. Micheal Okopi has re-introduce the Saturday weekly sanitation exercise.

Environmental and health issues have been a major challenge in the vicinity, following indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

But the Councillor, who disclosed this during the clean up on Saturday, noted with dismay that cleanup and sanitation exercise was not conducted over the years.

He stressed that he decided to reintroduce the weekly Saturday sanitation exercise to keep the environment clean and tidy.

“In our determination to keep the environment clean at all times, we have decided to re-introduce the weekly sanitation exercise” mentioned.

Okopi was also appreciative of the people of the community for coming out in large numbers to support the exercise.

While urging residents and traders in the area to sustain the sanitation and cleanup exercise, he advised them to always keep their environments clean to be healthy.

The young politician while restated his commitment to execute good policies and programmes that would affect the lives of the people positively, urged the people to change their attitudes to environmental cleanliness.

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ADAMAWA STOOD STILL FOR GOVERNOR FINTIRI AFTER SUPREME COURT VICTORY

Daniel Tabiyatiya

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has once again proved his Zero tolerance to corruption as he vowed to probe public office holders who stole public funds in the last administration.


The Governor who recieved a hero’s welcome after his victory at the Supreme Court, said that corruption which occurred in previous administrations is responsible for the decay in the local government administrations as well as the entire system of governance and that no corrupt government official will be spared.

Governor Fintiri While speaking to a mammoth crowd of supporters and well wishers said under his administration security of lives and property has improved significantly and that he will not relent till peace is finally restored. 

On his victory at the highest court in the land, the Governor thanked Almighty God for the victory, also appreciated the people of Adamawa for electing him and also staying by him till the court tassel was over. 

He used the forum to call on opposition parties to join hands with him to move the state forward, stated that the its not a time for campaign but positive development.

Earlier in his remarks, Adamawa State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Barr A.T Shehu expressed joy over the Supreme Court verdict and declared that the party will continue to take the state to greater heights.

He applauded the good people of the state for sticking with the party since day one, he promised that Governor Fintiri is equal to the task of providing dividends of democracy to all.

The mammoth crowd which welcomed the Governor and his team from the Yola International Airport all the way down to Ribadu Square is testament that the people of the state are with the Governor whose giant strides in development can not be overlook.

If you can recall, the main opposition party in the state, the APC challenged the victory of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri starting from the election petition tribunal, the appeal court and finally the Supreme Court where all courts declared that he won the 2019 gubernatorial election with a landslide.

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60 YEARS OLD HERNIA PATIENT, 5000 MORE BENEFIT FROM SENATOR BINOS FREE MEDICAL OUTREACH

A 60 years old Hernia patient was among the over 5000 patients who benefited from the 2nd phase of the Free Medical Outreach sponsored by the Senator representing Adamawa Southern Senatorial Zone Sen. Binos Dauda Yaroe in Ganye Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

The 3 days Medical Outreach which took place at the General Hospital Ganye took car of medical consultations and treatment, General surgeries, Dental care, Optometric services, Laboratory services and Counseling to people from all walks of life.

Speaking at the end of the 3 days exercise the Federal Lawmaker explained that the free medical care was necessitated by the need for the intervention to be taken to other parts of the southern zone for more people to benefit after the maiden intervention in Demsa. 

The senator mentioned a peculiar case of a woman who had persistent termination of pregnancy but was operated upon.

He stated that after the operation performed by his team of doctors, the woman gave birth to a healthy baby girl, stated that it is enough justification for the free medical care.

The lawmaker also narrated that  it was easier and reasonable for him to provide adequate free health care service to thousands than to provide individual empowerment; added that it is actual empowerment.

In his own remarks, Dr. Jama Medan said a total of 50 medical personnel participated in the medical outreach, pointed out that the exercise was a huge success; as they attended to various illness like Optic, Dental as well as other major surgeries.

The Principal Medical Officer (PMO) General Hospital Ganye Dr. Nnebue Chinedu said the hospital which is the oldest in the area receives patients from neighboring local government areas even patients from Cameroon Republic. 

While describing the intervention as timely, he pointed out that the people usually access medical attention after harvest and festive periods.

The Medical Practitioner enumerated some of the challenges been faced by the hospital to which include epileptic power supply, inadequate staff strength and equipments which will help them in rendering services to patients.

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to newsmen commended Sen. Binos Dauda Yaroe for such an initiative.

Hureira Yuguda couldn’t hide her joy and was grateful to the Senator that relieved her of persistent stomach ache through surgery. 

She appreciated Senator Binos for providing free medical care, stated that it had brought relief to the poor and elderly considering how much they would have spent to meet their health needs.

Another benefactor, Robinson Augustine said people of the area are delighted that they have benefitted from the outreach considering the economic hardship currently experienced by the people of the area. 

“Thousands of people came for the outreach, may of us are farmers in this chiefdom and can’t afford to treat their illness but because of this intervention we were able to see doctors and even given drugs” he said

While assuring the Senator of heir unalloyed support and cooperation, he explained that it is the kind of intervention they desire from their leaders where many will be able to access free medical health care service.

Some of those who had major surgery included 60yrs old Halilu Aliyu who had hyena for over 10 years and was operated upon.  

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FINTIRI SHOWERS SEN. BINOS WITH ENCOMIUMS, SAYS ADMINISTRATION PRIORITIZES HEALTH SECTOR

Daniel Tabiyatiya

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has challenged political office holders in the state to emulate Sen. Binos Yaroe by engaging in people’s oriented programme that will have a direct impact on the lives of the people.

The Governor threw the challenge while fielding questions from journalists after going round Ganye General Hospital, venue of the free medical outreach sponsored by the Senator representing Adamawa Southern Senatorial Zone.

Sen. Binos Yaroe taking Governor Fintiri round

While passing a high encomium on the lawmaker for his foresight for organizing a yearly free medical outreach to people of his constituency, disclosed that his administration has made the Health sector one if it’s top priorities.

In line with the adage “Health is Wealth” Governor Fintiri revealed that plan is in the pipeline to deploy medical equipments in an effort to make the hospital a referral center.

He said that the Health Sector which is one of the critical sectors will be revived, as such his administration Will make Ganye General Hospital working again due to it’s role in providing quality healthcare services to the people of the chiefdom.

Governor Fintiri used the medium to reveal his administration’s plan of renovating and upgrading other hospitals in the state, stock it with state-of-act facilities and to also provide qualified medical workers that will take care of the health needs of the people.

He finally urged political office holders to engage in human capital development programs for the overall interest of the people.

Following the success of the maiden Free Medical Outreach in Demsa last year, Senator Binos Yaroe who promised constituents of the yearly programme flagged off a 3 days Medical outreach for his constituents to access free medical diagnosis and treatments in Ganye.

The free medical outreach at Ganye General hospital is expected to cover more than the 8000 beneficiaries in Demsa, the screening of various ailments which includes HIV, Hepatitis a/b, tuberculosis, diabetes, terminal illness, eye problem, minor surgery, and dental issue.

At the flagging off exercise, Sen. Binos explained that as a legislator, he remains resolute and committed to serve his constituents.

While promising the good people of Southern Senatorial Zone that more projects are on the way, he explained that scholarships and empowerment programmes are in the pipeline.

He called on them to remain resolute, as he will provide dividends of democracy to all nooks and crannies of the zone.

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GOV. FINTIRI, SEN. BINOS EULOGIZES LATE ALHAJI ISMAILA NUMAN

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has described the death of Alhaji Ismailia Numan as a great lost not only to his family but the state and country at large.

In a press statement signed by the Director Media and Communications to the Governor Solomon Kumangar and released to newsmen, Governor Fintiri consider the sad event as a big blow to the state.

“I received with deep shock, news of the demise of Alhaji Ismaila Numan who has joined the pantheon of modern Adamawa State’s great architects and Elder Statesmen” he said.

While expressing his profound sympathy to the bereaved Family, the people of Numan, the State and Country, for the great lost, he said the elder statesman died at a time his counsel and contributions are needed.

“Mr Governor also considers this sad occurrence as a big blow to the State, coming at a time when the Late Alhaji Ismaila’s repository of wisdom, dependable counsel and excellent forebearance, are required by the Government of the day, to stear it on the firm course of delivering on its mission” he mentioned.

While praying for the soul of the deceased Allanna Firdausi, he assured that the Government and the people share in the bereaved Family’s grieve and sense of loss.

In a related development, the Senator representing Adamawa Southern Senatorial Zone Sen. Binos Yaroe described the deceased as a patriarch who has left behind a legacy that will be hard pressed to match.

Sen. Binos in his condolence message mentioned that he received the news of the transition of the elder statesman to the great beyond with total submission to God.

“Baba Numun or Baban Kowa, as he was fondly called, has left behind a legacy that will be hard pressed to match” he added.

“I extent my most sincere condolences to the immediate and extended family, as well as the people of Numan Federation, Adamawa State and Country at large over this great loss” he added.

He prayed that “May Allah in His infinite  mercy grant the family, the Governor, government and people of Adamawa State the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. And may Allah grant the repose of the soul of Baba Numun Aljannatul Firdausi”

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FINTIRI’S 2019 DEVELOPMENT STRIDES: A PLEASANT JOURNEY INTO THE PAST AND HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

Daniel Tabiyatiya

As year 2019 ran out, it was full of packaged events.

Amidst the sweet chaos, I took a step back to reflect on the achievements of the Fintiri’s led administration and what we should expect in the coming year.

Prior to the emergence of the new administration, I was optimistic that the people of Adamawa State made the right choice by voting Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri as the Executive Governor of the state. This assumption was predicted on the fact that in only 3 months in acting capacity changed the fortune of the state.

Having said that, you will agree with me that Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has done exceedingly well in his first 7 months in office, from the education sector, security, infrastructure as well as welfare and if he continues with the current pace, believe me that he will project our state on a high pedestal.

EDUCATION SECTOR
Being an educated leader, in the 2020 budget tagged “the budget of rebirth”, the sector “Ministry of Education and Human Development” got the lion share of 17.3B.

Fintiri who is a product of quality education has not relent on reviving the education sector, the sector has received attention since the inception of the present administration.

He argues that free and high quality education is the key to the future as well as harnessing the potentials of the younger generation, that was why he had to introduce free and compulsory education for primary and secondary school pupils.

He restocked public secondary school clinics with drugs and first aid kits, he also facilitated for the distribution of 40,440 textbooks, 3,800 students desk, 200 teachers chairs and 26,000 science literally charts for public secondary schools across the 7 Local Government areas ravaged by insurgency in the state, as well as providing teaching materials to the 21 LGCs in the state.

He signed and approved scholarship for 60 students willing to study engineering courses in Mewar university India.

He ordered for the payment of scholarship funds to Adamawa Students studying in various universities all over the country, also ordered the construction of a 2,000 capacity hostel for students of Adamawa State University Mubi. He approved the conversion of college for legal studies to a faculty of law at the State University.

To provide a conducive learning and teaching environment, Governor Fintiri approved for the rehabilitation of 5000 classrooms in schools across the state and introduced free WAEC/NECO examinations to students.

The Governor was also instrumental for the conversion of Moddibbo Adama University of Technology Yola (MAUTECH) to a conventional University that will make it possible for the institution to make employments, accommodate more courses and admit more students.

HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

There is a saying “Health is Wealth” and in view of these, Governor Fintiri allocated the huge sum of 10B to the sector in the 2020 budget.

He approved the sum of 26m for the release of 6 containers load of medical equipments abandoned at the Lagos ports for years.

The medical equipments were bought for the maternity section of Adamawa German Hospital which was constructed by former Governor Murtala Nyako.

He facilitated for a bill, under the Adamawa Health Insurance Law No 7 as amended which will provide free healthcare services to these set of people:
Unemployed
Persons under 20
Pregnant Women
Indigent
Persons above 65
And physically challenged

Just recently, he commissioned the Dougirie Primary Healthcare Center, the medical facility which will provide services to Dougirei community is a joint project by the Adamawa State Primary HealthCare Development Agency and the Department of State Service (DSS).

Many General and Cottage Hospitals in the state are expected to undergo renovation and upgrading this year.

INFRASTRUCTURE
Infrastructure is the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities needed for the operation of a society.

This is now bringing us to the Ministry of Works and Energy who were allocated 16.2B, Ministry of Rural Infrastructure and Community Development got 7.5B while that of Housing and Urban Development is 2.8B.

This has to do with buildings, road construction and power supplies, which are essential commodities for a fast growing economy and development.

As regards to infrastructure, the urban area isn’t the only place benefitting, as he kick started the construction and rehabilitation of 281km rural roads in 15 rural communities across the state.

The communities the construction is taking place simultaneously are Konan Yaji – Mijiwana – Gilanbara – Amdur.
Hong – Mijili – Kuvagaya
Wurobokki – Uding – Pella
Longa Ewa – WuroAbbo – Wuroyombe
Toungo – Kiri
Kola junction – Boshikiri Shelleng Bakta
Numan/Biu road junction – Bare
Tolde Pate prison – Yadim
Gurin – Falingo
Parda – Muninga
Daba- Mayo Belwa
Pole wire – Ndikong
Ngurore/Mayo Belwa road junction – Gongoshi
Ribawo junction – Muchalla
Mayo Nguli- Manjeken – Salama

Can you remember the much talk about Pella – Maiha road during Governor Nyako’ tenure? Governor Fintiri has ordered the contractors back to site, now they have done almost half of the road, these with numerous roads contract abandoned by contractors all over the state.

The most popular and deadly road at the center of the town (Bachure road) will have a new look as the Governor approves and even flagged off the construction and rehabilitation of the road.

The Bachure road is among the roads listed from the 18kms road to be constructed within the state capital and environs.

Some of the these roads include Benue street
Kaduna street
Lusaka street
Abeokuta street
Ndafaro street
Philip Maken and link roads
Lagos, Falu and link roads
Old Government House street
Man ills and Jambutu streets at Nasarawo borehole.

You will agree with me that these are the major roads in the state capital that is in dire need of rehabilitation and reconstruction, other roads will be included subsequently.

The last time citizens of the state benefitted from housing allocation is close to 10 years during the time of Former Governor Nyako and Boni Haruna.

Governor Fintiri flagged off the construction of 2000 houses across communities in the state, 1400 houses will be built in the state capital, while the remaining to be constructed in other communities across the state.

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.

The state secretariat has been operating without electricity and portable water, thanks to Governor Fintiri, lack of electricity and portable water is a thing of the past.

Streetlights installed in the state capital that were not functional due to the sabotage by hoodlums have been restored.

INSECURITY

Prior to the advent of this administration, the state has been battling with unresolved security challenges 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.

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.

So far, the present administration has recorded huge success in the fight against insecurity, you hear little or no cases of criminality.

Every decision and policy this government has rolled out is for the betterment of the people and not for the Governors personal benefit.

The government had so far shown faith with the people and the future looked very good for the state.

With what the people saw, expectations will be high this year as other communities and local government areas will want to breath the fresh air of the present administration. If I were them, I wouldn’t stress a finger knowing well that Governor Fintiri is equal to the task and will deliver on the mandate given to him.

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ADAMAWA UNITED SACKS HEAD COACH

Following series of poor outing in the Nigerian Professional League, the Head Coach of Adamawa United Coach Mohammed Bello has been sacked.

Coach Bello guided the Yola based football club to the Premier League from the Nigeria National League in September even after his side lost to Akwa Starlets now Dakkada FC in the finals of the NNL Super 4.

Coach Bello’s sack is coming after the team lost 0 – 2 to Rivers United in front of home fans.

Adamawa United have recorded only three wins after 11 games, drawing one and losing seven.

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I WILL CONTINUE TO PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENTAL STRIDES OF THE FINTIRI’S LED ADMINISTRATION- M.B TUKUR

Daniel Tabiyatiya

Following the released of list for the Governor’s personal aides, the newly appointed Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on New Media, Malam Muhammad Bakari Tukur has promised to justify the appointment given to him by working tirelessly in promoting the developmental strides of the present administration.

In a Press Statement released and released to pressmen, the SSA New Media appreciated Governor Fintiri for finding him worthy of the appointment despite numerous available and capable persons.

He explained that within 7 months in office, the present administration has so far proven to be the government of the masses, assured the people that he will use his influence to make sure they enjoy the dividends of democracy by promoting good governance, transparency and accountability.

Popularly known as M.B Tukur, stressed that he will justify the confidence reposed on him by the Governor through working hard for the betterment of the citizens of the state.

He revealed that despite the high expectations and demands of the citizens, he will align himself with the 11 points agenda of the Fintiri’s led administration in-order to achieve the desired result.  

Furthermore, he urged citizens to rally round and support the present administration’s drive for a better and flourishing Adamawa State.

He equally appreciated all those who wished him well over this appointment and appealed for prayers, support and understanding as the task before him requires patience, perseverance and above all hard work.

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GOV. FINTIRI FLAGS OFF 18.1km ROAD CONSTRUCTION IN YOLA

In fulfillment of his campaign promise, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has flagged off the construction of 18.1kms roads within Jimeta metropolis.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, the Governor stated that the construction is part of the promises he made during electioneering campaign.

“For the people of Bachure Community, you recall that the closing of our electioneering campaign I promised that this particular road will be the first to be awarded” he said.

“I’m glad that we are here today to witness this giant step of promise fulfilled, I hope that the people of Bachure community will breath the fresh air that comes along with this development” he added.

On abandoned projects, Governor Fintiri explain that despite the lean resources of the state, his administration reached an agreement with contractors and that they have been mobilized back to site.

He mentioned that he is resolute in making Adamawa work again by fulfilling all his campaign promises.

“We have recently flagged off rural roads construction and have concluded plans to to commence the construction of 2000 housing units for civil servants” he said.

Furthermore, Governor Fintiri revealed that his administration will not rest until it meets the high expectations of the masses, added that plans are on the way to modernize the road transport network in the metropolis with the construction of fly overs at critical locations in order to ease traffic flows especially at peak times.

He finally challenged the contractors to use their wealth of experience to ensure qualitative and timely delivery of the roads.

In his speech, Commissioner of Works and Energy Development Adamu Atiku commended the Governor for his foresight in marking key areas for the construction.

Adamu Atiku
Commissioner of Works and Energy Development

He said that the construction is in tandem with the present administration’s 11 points agenda of providing dividends of democracy to the people.

While appealing to the host community to support the construction company, he challenged the construction company to stick to to the agreement they signed with the government.

Representative of Batco CMC Africa Ltd, the construction company handling the road construction, Mr. Nabil Suliba who also spoke at the ceremony said they have mobilized equipment to the state.

Representative of Batco CMCAL Africa
Nabil Shuliba

Mr. Nabil added that in an effort to show their commitment in delivering within the stipulated time, their team of surveyors will work throughout the holiday.

In their goodwill messages District Head of Jimeta Alh Muhammed Baba inuwa Paris and State PDP Chairman Barr AT Shehu commended the Governor for awarding the contract, stating that the road has been neglected for so long.

They then urged the people to support the Fintiri led government in its quest to turn the fortune of the state around.

The 18.1kms road construction was awarded to Batco CMC Africa Limited at the initial contract sum of Five Billion, Eight Hundred and Fifty Nine Million, Forty One Thousand and Seven Hundred Naira (N5,859,041,700.00).

The amount is based on difficulty of construction in built-up areas, enlargement of drainages and culverts in muddy terrain, compensation on affected property and relocation of utility services.

The roads to be constructed include Benue Kaduna, Lusaka, Abeokuta and Ndaforo streets.

Others are Philip Maken and link roads, Lagos, Falu and link roads, Old Government house, Mambilla and jambutu streets (Nassarawo borehole).

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FINTIRI BANS COUNCIL BOSS FROM UNNECESSARY TRIPS

Daniel Tabiyatiya

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has challenged sworn-in 21 newly elected local government chairmen to identify the peculiar needs of the people inline with his administration’s 11 points agenda and to desist from unnecessary trips. 

The Governor threw in the challenge at the swearing-in ceremony of the 21 elected local government chairmen at Mahmud Ribadu Square Yola.

Governor Fintiri commended the Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC) for conducting a widely acknowledged free, fair and credible local government election. 

“It is unfair to say that there won’t be no exercise without hitches but the ability to overcome the challenges ADSIEC demonstrated is what made the difference” he stated. 

He disclosed that “mischief makers and bad belle politicians made attempt to twist the truth about the election, labeling it as not free and fair when that could not be said about the previous local government election conducted under their watch”

Governor Fintiri while congratulating the 21 Local Government chairmen, said the landslide victory is a clear indication that the people are happy with the proactive agenda of his administration. 

Furthermore, he called on the people to rally round his administration as he provides them with the dividends of democracy. 

In his speech, the PDP state chairman Barr. A.T Shehu applauded the chairmen over their resounding victory at the just concluded polls. 

He challenged them to key into the 11 points agenda of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for the betterment of the society. 

The Secretary to the State Government, Bashir Ahmad who spoke at the event congratulated the 21 elected chairmen, said it is a well deserved victory. 

He described the election as the most credible free and fair local government election ever conducted in the history of the state. 

The SSG while commending Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for not interfering in the election process, described the Governor as a statesman who believes in electoral process and the rule of law. 

Responding on behalf of the newly sworn-in chairmen, Chairman Michika Local Government Hon. Micheal Shehu appreciated the Governor for not interfering with the election, described it as free and fair. 

While commending ADSIEC for providing a level playing ground for all aspirants, he also commended the electorates who excel used their franchise and voted the ruling party into power. 

Hon. Micheal further promised that the chairmen will make the government of the day proud by providing the needed dividends of democracy to the people.He mentioned that as they take over the affairs of the local government areas, he promised that they will discharge their duties diligently just as they have taken the oath of office.

The 21 local government seats were all won by the ruling PDP as declared by the Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC) in the just concluded December 7th local government polls.

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FINTIRI APPROVES CONSTRUCTION OF 18.08KM ROADS IN YOLA

Daniel Tabiyatiya

In a move to modernize Jimeta, the Adamawa State capital, 18.08km road is to be constructed by the Fintiri’s led state government.

The Adamawa State Executive Council has during its 2nd Council Meeting approved the sum of 5,859,41,700 Naira for the construction.

In line with the school feeding programme introduced by the present administration, the council also approved 308m for the scheme for the months of October, November and December respectively.

Speaking to newsmen immediately after the State Executive Council meeting at the conference hall, Government House Yola, Commissioner for Information and Strategy Dr. Umar Garba Pella said the construction of the township roads was awarded to Batco CMC Africa, a leading construction company in the world.

He revealed that the construction will give the state capital a new look.

Dr. Umar also revealed that for the new feeding programme, the council approved the sum of 102,960,000 for October, 102,960,000 for November, while the sum of 103,054,217 for the month of December, totaling above 308m.

“We have equally approved as a council the sum of 5,859,041,700 for the construction of township roads in the state capital, the contract was awarded to Batco CMC Africa” he said.

He added “Very soon there will be a lot of construction work going on in the capital city, as we move to modernize it”.

Furthermore, his counterparts Commissioners of Commerce and Industry Justina Nkom and that of Tertiary and Professional Education Umaru Iya Daware said the feeding policy initiated by the present administration has made students to enroll more into government schools.

They revealed that the construction of the roads in the state capital will give it a new look.

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GOV FINTIRI’S DEEDS AS A LAWMAKER PROPELLED HIM TO GREATNESS -Tabiyatiya

Daniel Tabiyatiya

There is no doubt that Adamawa State Governor Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is the Moses of our time.

He is regarded as a special baby, being the only son of his Mother while the first to his father, a dogged and fearless leader, he is the first person in the history of Adamawa state to be an elected Governor, after serving as a legislator.

Being a courageous leader, since childhood, Governor Fintiri is known to always keep to his words. He face obstacles squarely.

In this write up, I helped you analyze the performance of the Governor while he was a member of the house of assembly.

He executed unforgettable projects in his constituency and beyond, which itched his name in gold .

His love for education has been there in his heart since, it was the love for education that made him to construct 2 classrooms and headmasters office in each wards of his constituency. Constructed Primary School classrooms in the 10 wards of his constituency in collaboration with the Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board, through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In the education sector, he gave scholarship to the final year students from his constituency .

His drive to providing portable water to his people made him drill 20 boreholes/hand pumps which spanned through this constituency.

He facilitated for the construction of 9 kilometers road from Shuwa to Kirchinga.

The Health sector wasn’t left behind as he Purchased  Ultra  Modern Scanning Machine for use in Gulak Cottage Hospital.

Free medical service was given to all patients of Madagali Local Government Area and some part of Borno State.

He also billing clinics/dispensaries in Duala, Kirchinga and Wuro – Gandi villages.

He provided free malaria drugs in various hospitals and clinics in Madagali Local Government Area and also organized Free treatment of victims of eye complication and sharing of medical glasses by foreign eye consultants.

9 kilometers electricity project to Kirchinga town, the only town that lacks power in Madagali Local Government Area.

His philanthropic gesture of providing to the unfortunate led him visit unit to unit, Ward to Ward sharing of food items to refugees from Borno State and some citizens of Madagali Local Government Area.

He took the responsibility for treating victims of cholera as a result of the outbreak from Borno State and some citizens in his constituency.

The youths too were not left behind, being a young man himself,  he sees youth empowerment as something very important.

The contributions of the youth in community development cannot be over looked that is why the youth of Madagali are continuously empowered so as to give their maximum contributions to the economic development of Madagali LGA and Adamawa State at large.

His first empowerment programme was responsible for the upliftment of 8 youths  from the 119 units in Madagali Local Government Area,

He distributed, Cars, Motorcycles, Generators, Water pumps, Welding machines, Vulcanizing machines, Sewing machines, Barbing Kits ETC

He also gave out financial assistance to medium and small scale business owners.

Looking back to his achievements during his time as a member representing Madagali Local Government Area, there is no doubt that the people of Adamawa State made the right choice.

As a great politician and a humanitarian, his scorecard alone propelled him to greatness, it speaks volume and also carries weight.

It’s like a Déjà vu as Governor Fintiri is repeating the feets that propelled him to the scene, but the only difference is that this time around it is for the whole state.

If you check well, there are similarities between what he did as a member of the house of assembly and what he is currently doing as a Governor.

He has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he means business, he is unbiased as he treats everyone the same way irrespective of party, ethnic and religious affiliation.

Governor Fintiri is changing the narratives

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EMULATE GOV. FINTIRI’S EDUCATION POLICY – ATIKU TELLS FG

Daniel Tabiyatiya

Former Nigerian Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has challenged the Federal Government to emulate Adamawa State Governor Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri policy of allocating at least 10% of the total budget appropriations to the education sector.

The former Vice President gave the challenge while presenting a paper titled “A pathway to exit the dubious record of being a word headquarters for extreme poverty”at the 14th American University of Nigeria ceremony held at the Aliyu Mustapha Commencement Hall American University of Nigeria Main Campus in Yola.

He said “We cannot grow Nigeria if we do not invest in education, reason why we have insecurity is because we have poverty, and the reason why we have poverty is because we have illiteracy. It is a cycle that we can only break by educating our people”

He further described education as the ultimate key to greatness “Education is the principal thing. When we get this right, we will get Nigeria right. The easiest way, to make the most significant impact, in the shortest amount of time, is via education”.

“As proof, I cite the fact that 2014 represented the year Nigeria invested the most in education with a ₦493 billion allocation (then the equivalent of $3.3 billion) to education, representing 9.94% of the total budget” he mentioned

“The very next year, the trio of the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, and CNN Money rated Nigeria as the third fastest-growing economy in the world. Again, I ask, was that a coincidence?” he queried.

“If you think that it is, then how do you explain the fact that Nigeria slid into a recession the same year that our education budget began to drop from their pre-2015 levels? The total percentage of the budget allocated to education in 2014 was 9.94%, which dropped to 6.10% in 2016. It is as clear as night and day” he stated.

In ending poverty, he mentioned that “if we can find a way to ensure that all Nigerian children leave school with at least basic reading and writing abilities, we would have found a way to end extreme poverty in Nigeria, which is why we must devote the bulk of our resources to education”.

Furthermore, the former Vice President explained that with support from the government by way of tax incentives and part funding, Nigeria can ease her educational challenges by adopting the German Dual VET model. “And it is a win-win for both government and the Organized Private Sector in that the educational boost will lead to an increase in highly skilled workers for the real sector, which will boost the economy and reduce unemployment”.

“I want to see an MTN Academy for Telecommunications Studies, an Access Bank School of Business and Banking Studies, a Dangote Institute for Agriculture and Engineering and an Innoson School of Automotive Studies” he challenged.

He added that vocational education is so big in Germany and Japan that a lot of the German and Japanese labour force are vocationally educated by the private sector.

He finally challenged students to reach for the stars and change the face of Nigeria and the world for the betterment of mankind.

Earlier in her remarks, the President American University of Nigeria Dr Dawn Dekle applauded the former Vice President for his foresight in establishing the university with a conducive learning environment for students.

She said the former Vice President has changed the face of education not only in Nigeria not Africa but the world in general.

Also in his remarks, the president of the Student Union Government (SUG) of the university Mr. Taslim Oladoja appreciated the effort of the former Vice President in contributing his quota in the upliftment and development of education in the country.

He said that AUN has given them the opportunity to learn and develop their skills while impacting them with knowledge.

Mr. Oladoja mentioned that AUN students can compete with any student from around the globe, all thanks to Atiku Abubakar. 

There were presentation of awards to staffs, students and lecturers alike who distinguished themselves in their area of specialty.

Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion include Adamawa State Governor Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Speaker Adamawa State House of Assembly Aminu Iya Abbas, Lamido Adamawa Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa ably represented by Kaura Adamawa, Sen. Binos Yaroe, Commissioners and other top government functionaries.

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FINTIRI TARGETS 10,000 ADAMAWA YOUTHS FOR EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME

Daniel Tabiyatiya

10,000 youths are expected to benefit from the entrepreneurship programme of the Adamawa State Government under the leadership of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

This was disclosed by the Governor at the PDP campaign rally for local government elections at the Kurhaye Dishon Sanda square Guyuk local Government Area.

Speaking at the occasion, Governor Fintiri revealed that he has since directed the Commissioner in charge of Ministry of Entrepreneurship to train 10,000 young men and women in different field.

He mentioned that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow and as such needs the desired attention.

Furthermore he revealed that it was because of the love he has for the youths that made him to appoint youths into his government.

The Governor highlighted some of his achievements to which includes defeating insecurity, free education and the introduction of school feeding programme.

The campaign train also stopped at Shelleng local government areas where the Governor revealed to have directed the contractor handling Kiri-Shelleng road to mobilize his men back to site for the completion of the road contract.

He told the mammoth crowd that his administration is putting all formalities in place for the construction of a befitting hospital which will address the health challenges face by residents.

Governor Fintiri was then escorted to the  palace of Kwandi Nungurya Kurhaye Dishon Sanda and Anna Shelleng Abdullahi Isa Dassong by the PDP state chairman Barr. A.T Shehu, federal lawmaker representing Guyuk and Shelleng at the national assembly Hon. Gibeon Goroki, members of the State Executive Council and some party stalwarts.

While at both palace of the royal fathers, Governor Fintiri explained the purpose of his visit, where he reiterated his administration’s commitment to providing dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

In their separate response, the Royal Fathers while applauding Governor Fintiri for the giant strides recorded so far by his administration assured him of their unflinching support and loyalty.

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GOVERNOR FINTIRI INAUGURATES COMMISSIONERS

The 23 Commissioners-Designate recently screened and cleared by the Adamawa State House of Assembly have finally been inaugurated as members of the State Executive Council by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri with a call on them to justify the trust reposed on them.

Government House Banquet Hall Yola venue of the swearing-in ceremony was filled to capacity with friends, family, party stalwarts and supporters who trooped in to witness the gigantic event.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri said at the inauguration of the new cabinet members that the expectation on the government to perform was high and as such should they should work together to deliver good governance and dividends of democracy to the people of Adamawa State.

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“What we have just witnessed is the result of a painstaking process designed to constitute a State Executive Council with the combined capacity to deliver the primary objective of this Administration which is hinged on providing good governance, transparency and accountability” he said

“You are joining this Government at a critical period in a difficult journey to correct the ills of the past.

This task has been made more difficult by the heavy debt burden and liabilities imposed on this Administration.

He argued that Government has been compelled to take decisive action to clear the mess which it has inherited and still meet-up the challenge of providing for the welfare of the people despite the precarious financial condition. 

Governor Fintiri therefore urged them to bring their wealth of experience and competencies to bear in the implementation of policies and programmes of the present Administration.

While calling on them to promote a conducive atmosphere and synergy between Permanent Secretaries and Principal Officers, to drive success in execution, monitoring and evaluation of projects and vital services, Governor Fintiri said his administration will continue to create an enabling environment for every Public Servant to perform maximally, through establishing and strengthening of relevant institutions.

The new commissioners are

Mohammed Umar – Ministry of Local Government Affairs

Elijah Tumba – Ministry of Construction, Rehabilitation, intervention and Humanitarian Services (New)

Dr. Ishaya John Dabari – Finance and Budget

Barrister Sunday Mathew – Housing and Urban Development

Professor Isa Abdullahi – Health and Human Services (New)

Hassan Kaigama – Water Resources

Dr. Umar Garba Pella – Information and Strategy

Lami Patrick –  Women Affairs and Social Development

Abdullahi Prambe – Rural and Community Development

 Usman Yahaya Diyajo – Livestock and Aquaculture Development (New)

Umaru Iya Daware – Tertiary and and Professional Education (New)

 Ibrahim Mijinyawa – Land and Survey

Mustapha Musa Jika – Transportation

Sunusi Faruk – Youth and Sport and Development

 Bappa Dalhatu Isa – Mineral Resources

Aloysius Babadoke -Special Duties

Adamu Atiku – Works and Energy Development (New)

Shuaibu Audu – Environment and Natural Resources Development (New)

 Iliya James – Entrepreneurship Development (New)

Dr. Dishi Khobe – Agriculture

Mrs Justina Nkom – Commerce and Industry

Mrs Wulbina Jackson – Education and Human Capital Development (New)

Adamu Titus – Culture and Tourism

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SEN. BINANI CONDOLES ATIKU, ADAMAWA STATE GOVERNMENT

Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani has described the death of Late Alhaji Njidda Pariya, a close ally of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the former Chief Protocol Officer Government House Yola Alhaji Ahmed Mahmud as a great loss to Adamawa State and Nigeria at large.

The senator who is representing Adamawa Central Senatorial Zone in the red chamber through one of her aides commiserated with the people of the state for the loss of the two illustrious sons.

“I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of Late Alhaji Njidda Pariya and Late Ahmed Mahmud over the demise of their loved ones” she mentioned.

She said “It’s a sad thing for the state to lose two of its illustrious sons in the space of 48 hours”.

She described the deceased as humble, kind and above all peace loving people.

While praying to Allah to grant the deceased aljannah firdausi, she also prayed that may Allah give the family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

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ADAMAWA SENATOR UNFOLDS SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FOR CONSTITUENTS

The Senator representing Adamawa Southern Senatorial Zone Sen. Binos Yaroe has disclosed that very soon, people of his zone will soon have a cause to smile as plans are underway to roll out a scholarship scheme for tertiary institution students in his senatorial district. 

The Senator made the disclosure when he received the leadership of the Youth Wing of Bwatiye Community Development Association Abuja Chapter on a solidarity visit at his office.

While assuring the group that he is working round the clock to introduce ‘skills acquisition training’ to boost self-employment among the youths, a ‘scholarship scheme’ will soon be introduced so as to address the educational needs of the constituents. 

He mentioned that the role of the youths in nation building is enormous and as such, they should be accorded the right ingredients to succeed. 

“The youths are the leaders of tomorrow, in fact they are the leaders of today because they are currently the majority in the country, I’m not helping them by introducing the skills acquisition training or even with the scholarship, that’s what they voted me for, to work for them and I will continue to do just that for as long as possible” he stressed. 

He equally pledged to use his influence as a Member, Senate Committee on ‘Solid Minerals Development’, and include the exploration of the ‘much talked about’ Guyuk Cement Factory in the 2020 fiscal budget. 

The Chairman of the group who led the delegation , Mr Lofty Tahula congratulated the Legislator on his well deserved election to the Red Chamber, and subsequent victory at the tribunal and appeal courts. 

While commending the legislator for the laudable people- oriented programmes he has initiated so far, they have no doubt that he will take the constituency to the Promised Land before the end of his first tenure. 

He also lauded the Senator for initiating the free medical services months back, stated that the project has helped changed the lives of citizens in the constituency. Mr. Lofty the I used the opportunity to plead with the Senator to influence ‘federal projects’ like schools and industries to Numan Federation and indeed the Southern zone, to ameliorate youth restiveness in the society.

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SENATOR BINANI URGES MUSLIM FAITHFUL TO EMULATE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH)

The Senator representing Adamawa Central Senatorial Zone Sen. Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani has called on Muslim faithful to emulate the example of Prophet Mohammed who founded Islam as a religion of peace.

The senator in a Maulid message counseled Muslims to strive for peace, and to bring glory to Islam and the nation in general.

“one of the significance of the commemoration of Maulid is that it serves as a reminder to Muslims to continuously emulate the exemplary lifestyle of Prophet Muhammad” she mentioned.

She urged them to highlight the virtues of the Holy Prophet(SAW) and seek to admonish his audience to follow the path of Allah and his Messenger for a better Life in this World and the Hereafter.

While urging them to live in peace and harmony with one another despite the religion and ethnic differences, she urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for the development of the country.

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EID-EL-MAULUD: Adamawa Gov’t to lift 38,000 Almajiri’s off the street

Muhammed B. Muhammed

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri Sunday joined hundreds of Muslims in Daware Fufore local government to commemorate 2019 Edl-El-Maulud celebration.

The Governor was accompanied to the ceremony by Secretary to the State Government SSG Alhaji Bashir Ahmad and Professor Liman Tukur Vice Chancellor Modibbo Adama University of Technology MAUTECH Yola among other senior government officials.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of the event, Governor Umaru Fintiri stressed the readiness of his administration to pool out 38,000 Almajiri’s from the street to educate them freely.

He said so far the present administration has performed creditably well in the area of education in addition it has tackled the bottleneck in the local governments by granting them financial autonomy.

According the Governor, the present administration will not rest on its oars in terms of delivering good governance to the masses to justify the confidence reposed on the government.

Governor Umaru Fintiri declared that his administration will not condone corruption of whatever kind and he will continue to be just and fair to all manner of people in the state.

He called on the participants to used the knowledge acquired during the celebration for spiritual benefits and extend same to others in the society for positive development of all.

He sought from the faithfuls prayers and support to enable his administration to continue in the provision of good governance to the people of Adamawa.

In his remark, the host of the ceremony, Sheikh Modibbo Ibrahim Abubakar Daware enjoined people to use the teachings of Islam in all their dealings and unite live for peace and prosperity

Sheikh Daware called for understanding among the less privilege, the well to do in the society, religious leaders and government for the benefit of the society.

He commended the giant strides so far achieved by Governor Umaru Fintiri in his administration and prayed for guidance to him by Allah for Adamawa to forge ahead.

He equally advised the citizenry to not to disturb political leaders with frequent unnecessary requests but allow them to face governance for the overall interest of Adamawa.

Among dignitaries present at the ceremony include the District Heads of Daware and Ganye Alhaji Hassan Yarima Jafaru and Alhaji Aminu Adamu Sanda.

Others were the District Heads of Belel and Dasheng Alhaji Abubakar Dan Lawal Mubi and Alhaji Ahmadu Baba Ganso who is the Wamban Ganye among other prominent Islamic scholars from within and outside the country.

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EL-RUFAI WAS PRAISED, WHY CASTIGATE FINTIRI?


Daniel Tabiyatiya

There was wild celebration when Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri ordered for the payment of salaries with the new national minimum wage, starting from this month.

For me, it didn’t come as a surprise because Gov. Fintiri has proven times without number that he is a man who matches words with action.

Being a staunch supporter of the present administration and Gov. Fintiri, I cannot but applaud him for how he has been able to tackle numerous issues he met on ground upon his assumption into office. 

There is no doubt that Governor Fintiri is known to be a civil servant Governor, he proved that during his first spell as acting Governor in 2014, apart from paying the 2 months arrears left by the Nyako’s administration, salaries were constantly paid. 

Fast forward to this year, immediately he assumed office as the democratic Governor of the state, just like he did in the past, he settled 2 months outstanding salaries left behind by the Bindow’s era, he paid leave grants as well. 

Not only that, he flagged off the construction of 2000 housing units for civil servants in the state. No doubt, Governor Fintiri has civil servants at heart. 

For some reasons, he had to suspend the sunset employment of more than 5000 workers that were employed by the immediate past administration of Gov. Bindow. 

That is the only issue that is jeopardizing the efforts of the Governor who is hell bent on reviving and restructuring of Adamawa State. 

It’s actually a thing of joy to see the issue put to rest once and for all, I was tired of seeing people grumbling about the situation. I have family and friends alike who are affected, I believe the Governor himself has relatives that are affected by his decision but I also know that it is in the interest of the state. 

But the decision of the present administration to terminate the employment of staff employed from 2017-2019 was greeted with so much rumbling. 

I must commend the Governor for taking the bold step of disengaging some of the staff employed at the Adamawa State Polytechnic Yola, I believe that the action was taken in the best interest of the state. 

Not that I’m happy about the engagement but I believe that the weed was separated from the chaff. 

There was numerous case of incompetence and illegality in the whole employment process, while some were suspected of buying the employment letters, some of the employments was done not in tandem with federal character as is enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

Prior to the disengagement, the Governor constituted a committee to look into the whole employment saga and it was after the committee report that the Governor acted on the recommendations of the committee. 

Even though some people, most especially those affected and people connected to the opposition party are not happy, it’s not about a particular set of people not being happy but about the future of the education sector. 

I heard from a very reliable source that the present administration is working out modalities to create a portal for employment opened to all citizens of the state unlike what was done by the immediate past administration who gave out employment letters to their friends and cronies who are  unqualified

I urge the people affected to take the decision in good faith and apply when the portal is open, Adamawa will be great again.
We can’t castigate Governor Fintiri while we praised Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna when such action was taken in Kaduna State

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FINTIRI TASK CORPS MEMBERS TO BE PROACTIVE

Prospective corps members posted to Adamawa State for a mandatory one year service have been challenged to emulate a fellow corps member Stephen Teru who personally sacrificed his time, energy and resources to impact positively in the community he found himself. 

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri gave challenge at the induction ceremony in respect of the over 2000 2019 Batch C stream 1 held at the NYSC permanent in Yola.

While commending the prospective corps members for their decision of accepting to serve in the state, he urged them Toto disregard any negative perception about the stage. 

“The people of Adamawa are always peaceful and hospitable, who are always willing to accommodate and embrace with a wide arm people from all parts of the country” he mentioned.

He also said “In your 3 weeks stay at the camp, you will meet people of different culture, belief and heritage, use the opportunity to make as many as friends”

“I expect that as a crop of young, energetic and vibrant young men and women, you should promote the ideals of NYSC” he added.

Meanwhile, In a welcome address, the NYSC state coordinator Ibrahim Tukur congratulated the prospective corps members on this graduation which qualified them to partake in the mandatory one year service. 

The state Coordinator while applauding the present administration under the able leadership of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for the support he has been rendering to the scheme. 

Also speaking, the Chairman Governing  board of NYSC who doubles as Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youths and  social development Hamidu Bashir who commended the Governor for taking out time out of his tight schedule to grace the occasion 

He enjoined the prospective corps members to abide by the rules and regulations of the camp and also to embrace the skills acquisition and entrepreneur in the camp

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NEW KWANDI NUNGURYA TO RECEIVE STAFF OF OFFICE

Following the installation of a new King for the Lunguda Kingdom, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has directed the Secretary to the State Government to start the process of conferring staff of office on the new Kwandi Nungurya before the end of the year.

The Governor gave the directive when he granted audience to the new Kwandi Nungurya Kurhaye Dishon Dansanda and leaders of the kingdom who paid him a thank you visit at the Conference Hall Government House, Yola.

He disclosed that the present administration under his leadership provided a level playing ground towards the selection of the new Kwandi Nungurya which he said was done according to the customs and tradition of the Lunguda people. 

He then reiterated his administration’s commitment to do its best to ensure welfare of the people of Adamawa state by providing dividends of democracy to the citizenry. 

Furthermore, he congratulated the people of Lunguda Kingdom for having a new King who will care of the traditional institute. 

Speaking earlier, the new Kwandi Nungurya Kurhaye Dishon Dansanda on behalf of the Lunguda community appreciated the Governor for abiding by their customs and traditions in the selection process of a new Kwandi Nungurya following the demise of the previous Kwandi Nungurya. 

The royal father eulogised the giants strides achieved by the present administration in terms of infrastructure, education and security. 

He finally pledged absolute loyalty and support of the Lunguda Traditional Council and the whole Lunguda community to the Fintiri led administration for the benefit of the area and the state in general.

Until His emergence, Kwandi Kuruhaye Dishon Dansanda, was a Senior Executive Officer with the National Commission for Museums and Monuments.

The newly appointed First Class Royal father who is 45 years of age was born on the 22th October 1974.


His appointment was as a result of a traditional selection process by the Lunguda Kingmakers after the demise of HRH Afred Kimde.

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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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ADAMAWA ASSEMBLY TO REVIEW CONDITION OF SERVICE/ RETIREMENT YEARS OF MEDIA WORKERS

Johnathan Filibus

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.

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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.

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MICHIKA, MADAGALI RECONNECTED TO NATIONAL GRID AS FINTIRI COMMISSIONS POWER SUB-STATION

 

6 years after Boko Haram activities left Michika and Madagali local government areas completely in the dark, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has officially commissioned the rehabilitated power sub-station for the twin communities.

The attack on the twin communities by the insurgents in 2014 left transformers, power lines and installations completely damaged, thereby disconnecting the communities from the national grid.

Its been 3 months since the present administration under the able leadership of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri contracted Electro Max Engineering Services Limited for the reconnecting of the twin communities for the sum of ₦283.8m and the Governor was on ground to commission the project after its completion.

Delivering his speech at the memorable ceremony which took place in Michika town on Tuesday Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri revealed that the electricity project covers major towns of Baza, Watu, Michika Shuwa, Gulak and Madagali in the northern part of the state.

He maintained that developing rural communities remains the priority of the present administration under his care so as to enable people at the grassroot contribute their quota to national building and development.

 

Governor Fintiri then urged the people in the twin local government areas to take full advantage of the electricity by engaging in commercial activities that will improve their income and livelihood.

 

While appealing that the people to be vigilant, he stressed that government will not tolerate the activities of economic saboteurs, who go about vandalizing public properties and electrical installations.

 

Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Rural Infrastructure and Community Development Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Prambe noted that the electricity project covers the areas that were cut off from the national grid by Boko Haram insurgency that dates back to 2014.

 

He applauded the Governor for the support given to his ministry towards implementing the rehabilitation work of the network from michika to Madagali and rehabilitation of 7.5MBA 33/11 KB power transformer at Michika.

 

On his part, the Zonal Managing Director of Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) Baba Umaru Mustafa applauded the state government for facilitating the return of electricity to the 2 affected local government areas.

 

He declared that plans are also in the pipeline to improve power voltage in Mubi and environs that have been experiencing low voltage for so long.

 

While calling on electricity consumers in the 2 communities to ensure payment of electricity bills as at when due, he called on them to take full responsibility of safeguarding the facilities for the benefit of the larger society.