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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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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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GOVERNOR FINTIRI PRESIDES OVER MAIDEN SEC MEETING

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.

Photo credit: Thomas Terry

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.

Photo credit: Thomas Terry

“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.