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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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HON BATHIYA PRESENTS CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO WIDOWS, LESS PRIVILEGED

Hon. Bathiya Wesley Mava’ama, a member of Adamawa State House of Assembly representing Hong Constituency, has donated wrappers, cash gifts to his constituents in the spirit of Christmas celebration.

Hon. Bathiya has while distributing the gifts on Thursday in Hong , said the gesture was borne out of his desire to enable the beneficiaries and their family members to celebrate Christmas with ease and Joy.

He said the gesture was part of his service to God and humanity.

According to him, “Christmas season remains the best time for wealthy individuals to give alms to the widows, orphans and the less privileged in the society.”

He assured the people of more dividends of democracy to improve their standard of living.

“I will continue to initiate good policies and programmes that will have direct bearing on the lives of my people and that of the state in general.

“In the first place, the essence of me joining politics is to touch the lives of my people positively, hence the need for me to continuously to improve the standard of living of my constituents.

“I decided to distribute cash gifts and other essential materials to my constituents to enable them celebrate Christmas with joy, the gesture is not to Christians alone but even to non Christians” he mentioned.

“This will go a long way in improving their standard of living, augment the hardship faced during festive period,“he said.

The lawmaker reminded the people that such gesture was extended to the Muslim community as well, as he did something similar to the Muslim faithfuls during the Sallah celebrations

Hon. Bathiya assured of quality and sound representation at the assembly  in the interest of peace and development.

He solicited the support of the people to enable him to succeed in the task ahead of him.

He further urged the people and the state in general to continue to live in peace, respect constituted authorities and be law abiding for development to thrive.

He also urged them to continue to support and pray for the Fintiri’s led administration so as to enjoy more dividends of democracy the present administration has offered.

One of the beneficiaries only known as Ama Sharp Sharp thanked the lawmaker for the gesture and prayed God to reward him abundantly.

“We are really proud of you as our good representative. You always carry everybody of the constituency along, irrespective of their religious, ethnic and party affiliations” she said.

“We the good people of Hong Local Government Area urge you to continue in that direction as the sky will continue to be your limit, ” she added.

She finally assured the lawmaker of their total loyalty and support to enable him to succeed and bring the positive change and to also address the needs and aspirations of the people of Hong constituency.

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THROUGH THE LENS – By Daniel Tabiyatiya

Bathiya: A lawmaker with a difference.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS

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

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

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

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

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