In a move to hit the ground running following the inauguration of the newly constituted state Exco, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri presided over the maiden State Executive Council meeting with the deliberation of the 2020 appropriation budget tagged “Budget of Rebirth” as the focal point at the Council Chamber of the Government House Yola.

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The Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Dr. Umar Garba Pella who briefed Government House Correspondents disclosed that to hit the ground running immediately, the Ministry of Finance and Budget presented the 2020 budget and the council members after extensive deliberations agreed that the budget will give Adamawa people a new lease of life.

“The Governor charged us to works towards rebuilding the state, he stated that the task is not going to be an easy one due to the decay they found on ground” he said.

“We all agreed that the state needs to move forward as fast as possible and in being proactive, a budget of rebirth was presented by the Ministry of Finance and Budget and we all agreed that the budget is a realistic budget” he stressed.

The young Commissioner stressed that “We are optimistic that the budget will give a new lease of life to Adamawa state”

He also disclosed that during the meeting, the Governor challenged them to take their assignment with all seriousness as his administration has come to make a difference.

The Commissioner of Finance and Budget Dr. Ishaya John Dabari who also spoke said they reviewed the performance of the 2019.

“While discussing the 2020 budget, we also reviewed the 2019 budget in terms of revenue and expenditure, performance of each ministry” he mentioned.

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“The level of performance of the last budget was below par, so in order to make the current budget more realistic, we reviewed the 2019 budget downward to reflect the realization on ground so that people will get to feel the impact of the Fintiri’s led administration.

Dr. Ishaya discussed that “We want the best for the state, if the House of Assembly approves the budget as it is, we believe the masses will enjoy the dividends of democracy”

Contributing, the Commissioner of Education and Human Development Mrs Wulbina Jackson revealed that the present administration has prioritized education and as such will receive the lion share due its importance.

“We want to make a difference, we have to make it different that’s why we convened for our first Exco meeting moments after our inauguration” she mentioned.

The former state lawmaker while expressing optimism that the present council will change the fortunes of the state around urged citizens to support the present administration in its drive to making the state work again.