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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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11 YEARS AFTER, ADAMAWA VARSITY SETS FOR CONVOCATION

Daniel Tabiyatiya

Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri couldn’t come at a better time than this, Adamawa citizens must be proud of electing him as the number one citizen of the state.

Tagging him as a “Saviour” is not out of point, within a short period he has changed the narratives, he has restored hope to the hopeless.

Governor Fintiri had during the weekend embarked on a historic journey to the ancient city of Mubi, the hometown of the immediate past Governor.

Not only did he receive a rousing welcome, the whole town stood still as they welcomed a true son of the soil.

The Governor who was in the state for a tripartite mission first visited the palace of the Emir of Mubi for his royal blessing.

The palace was filled to the brim upon the arrival of the Governor, which signaled the love and adoration the Mubi emirate council has for him.

Not only did he intimate the Royal Father on his plans in the area, he urged him to sit with his council members and produce a suitable land so that he can build an international market since Mubi is known to be a market hub.

The 2 days working visit by the Governor was to have an on the spot assessment of facilities and equipment’s at the refurbished Mubi water treatment plant, Adamawa State University Mubi and the Mubi General Hospital so as to address the yearnings and aspirations of the masses.

On the issue of pipe borne water, we all know that water is an essential part of life and it was in this regard that the present administration under the leadership of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri collaborated with the European Union (EU) to provide water to the people of Mubi.

Upgrading of the treatment plant is a proof that water shortage will soon be a thing of the past.

At the Mubi General Hospital, which is the only referral centre in the whole northern senatorial zone, the Governor was taken round some wards.

There and then, he revealed that plans are under way to upgrading facilities and equipment’s, improving management staff by employing more doctors and nurses to meet up the needs of the patients.

A visit to the Adamawa State University Mubi proved to be a mission to rescue the once centre of excellence.

Not only did he go round to inspect projects currently ongoing in the school, he visited the newly renovated boys hostel that was razed down by fire months ago.

Amidst roaring cheers from the students, he gave them a message of hope that his administration will build 3 more faculties, a hostel that will accommodate 2000 students, and will also pay scholarship allowances to all tertiary indigents.

The crowd went agog when he finally told them that he was briefed about the institutions inability to organize a convocation ceremony for almost 11 years, where he promised them that he will facilitate for the school to hold its first convocation ceremony after a long period.

You might think that Governor Fintiri is just like the ordinary Nigerian politicians who don’t stick to their words, even the opposition are aware of his talk and do antics.

All these are not just mere promises, Fintiri has proven without any iota of doubt that he means business.

He is calmly fulfilling his campaign promises, let’s just continue to pray for his success.

The greatest investment in this world is to invest in human beings, and Governor Fintiri is an expert in that field.

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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.

Photo Credit: Domiya

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.

Photo Credit: Domiya

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.

Photo credit: Domiya


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.

Photo credit: Domiya

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.

Photo credit: Domiya

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.