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.



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.



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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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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Chairmen and Members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly Service Commission and the Governing Board of Adamawa State University Mubi have been inaugurated with a call on them to discharge their duties diligently.

The inauguration ceremony which took place at the Conference Hall Government House Yola was well attended by friends, families and well wishers.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has during the inauguration ceremony said that both the chairmen and members were carefully and painstakingly selected based on merit and recommendations.

Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri

He said “the calibre of people we have today is a clear indication to everyone that we are ready to make education the number one priority in this state”
“I have confidence on them, I believe in them that they will work for the betterment of this state. We have no other place like Adamawa and we must make her work, particularly the education sector” he mentioned.

Furthermore, while counting on them to work towards repositioning the state in their fields, he urged them to justify the confidence reposed on them by his administration.

Gov. Fintiri then urged them to cooperate with the existing leadership of the university, for a better working relationship.

“ADSU is the first university among the state universities in the entire Northeast region but today, it is lagging behind because we don’t give positions to the right people” he lamented.

“I believe in the next 4 years, we will a lot of achievements to count and I hope you will be able to cooperate with the existing leadership in the university so that together we will move Adamawa forward and also make the university number one in northern Nigeria and possibly in Nigeria” he added.

In his response on behalf of the newly constituted board and commission, Dr. Auwwal Tukur appreciated the Governor for finding them worthy and promised to work hard for the betterment of the state.

Dr. Auwwal Tukur

He used the medium to applaud the giant strides of the Fintiri’s led administration, especially in the are of education which he described as a the bedrock of any society.

He Promised that they will contribute their quota to revamping the education sector “we as the governing council have a very huge task and we promise to give in our best”

“Your Excellency, you have said and demonstrated that education is and remains one of your cardinal point, we promised never to let you down” he added.

The oath of office was administered by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Barr. Afraimu K. Jingi.

Those inaugurated are Abubakar Abdullahi as Chairman, while Bello Pur, Vidiyeno Bamaiyi, Zainab Ngila and Mohammed Shehu as members Adamawa State House of Assembly Service Commission.

Others are Auwwal Tukur as Chairman, while Zira Maigadi, Mrs. Mary Sawa, Alkasim Njidda, representatives of Ministry of Justice and Higher Education as members Adamawa State University Mubi.

Mrs. Mary Sawa and other members