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Adamawa Govt Moves To Improve Its IGR Through Agribusiness



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By Muhammad B Muhammad

Amidst economic crisis in the country, the Adamawa State Government has moved to prioritize Agribusiness to boost its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through the services of a consultant, Arewa Research and Development Project.

The programme which is tagged Adamawa State Agribusiness Support Programme (ADAS) was designed to take full advantage of the agricultural opportunities within the state and will focus on three areas of Crop Value chain, Livestock and Acquaculture.

The Benefits Adamawa state stands to reap include Increase in the annual IGR from N8.3b on inception to N45b by the tenth year, return of the warehoused N5.15b credit Guarantee fund and Increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from N1.7 b to N7.8 trillion among others.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri while commenting after the power point presentation by the consultant in the Government House, Yola urged the lead ministries to work and tidy documents as regards implementation for government to benefit maximally from the programme.

He revealed that his administration is working closely with legislators for the good of the state adding that government is formalising the markets in Adamawa to ensure it unbundles all available resources, in the quest of making the state great again.

While pointing out that the present administration has Inherited huge debt which cannot be bequeathed to the next generation, Governor Fintiri said he is committed to working with purpose driven people to make things right for the state.

In his presentation, the leader of the team, Arewa Research and Development Preject Aminu Buhari said the programme will provide Credit Guarantee Scheme of N5.15 billion that will be used to generate additional IGR of N2.4b in the first year of operations.

He added that it will also upgrade some selected grains and cattle markets in Mubi, Ganye, Song, Gombi, Ngurore, Tungo, Malabu, and Wuro bokki adding that it will drive socioeconomic benefits to the state in the areas of employment generation, poverty reduction, wealth creation and improves security.

Mr Buhari said the programme will improve economic fortunes of the state by “creating one stop program that will focus on Agribusiness over a ten year period, creating and institutionalising market and their associate infrastructure reforms and attracting investment in the key sectors of the economy.”

He said since the engagement of the firm, it met with the ministries of Livestock and aquaculture, Agriculture, Finance and Budget, Planning Commission and Economic team of the state after which it completed all submissions and awaits approval to commence full implementation.

Most of the financial problems of the state according to the presenter was incurred by previous administrations, hence the commendation on the present leadership in the state for tirelessly working to right the wrongs by engaging consultants in the field.

Buhari observed that Adamawa state is obviously an agrarian and livestock state with highly literate but highly unskilled youths in the north hence the need for government to salvage the state from shackles of underdevelopment it inherited

The consultants advocated for aggressive IGR drive through broadening the state’s revenue base,deepening the state’s revenue base,leveraging on the enormous agricultural capacity of the state, and the potential to upscale revenue generation.

The event was attended by the Deputy Governor Chief Crowther Seth, Speaker and some members of the State House of Assembly, as well as members of the State Executive Council.

High point of the presentation was question and answer session.

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Atiku Calls For Speedy Declaration Of Adamawa Guber Election Result




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Former Vice President, Alh Atiku Abubakar has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to release Adamawa State Governorship election results unfailingly today.

Atiku who is the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in this February Presidential election made the call during a press conference in Yola Monday.

He calls on Nigerians and International community to mount pressure on the INEC to announce what he described as the mandate expressed by the people Adamawa people.

“I’m reaching out to Nigerians and international community to put pressure on INEC to release our results in Adamawa State today unfailingly because as the more the delay, the more the tension.

“I personally spoke with the INEC Chairman last night couple of times and pleaded with him to allow the result to be announced as stipulated by law,” Atiku added.

He observed that the actions of INEC has caused serious tension in the state that has been peaceful, saying “we don’t know any violence and yet the attitude of INEC in the state least much to be desired.”

Alh Abubakar said Adamawa is a multi ethnic and multi religious state but the action of INEC was trying to destabilize the stability that has long been existed in the state.

“We thought that the processes are improving by every election but unfortunately with this election, we have not seen improvement that we expect from INEC,” he said.

He maintained that 20 out the 21 local government results were so far collated and it was only Fufore that they tried to alter the results.

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2023 Polls: Taraba Deputy Governor, Manu Commends INEC, Calls For Peace




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Taraba State Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu on Saturday commended the INEC for swiftly testifying the lapses discovered during the 25th February 2023 Presidential and National Assembly election in the state.

Manu who is also the Senator-elect representing Taraba Central, made the commendation while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after casting his vote for the governorship and state house of assembly election alongside his wife at Isa II Kofar Manu polling unit in Mutum Biyu, Gassol local government area of the state.

He said by rectifying the mistakes made during the first phase of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state, Tarabans will exercise their franchise without hitches.

According to him, from the information reached him, the election generally was going on peacefully, adding that people were allowed to vote for candidates of their choice without any threat.

The Senator-elect assured his constituents of quality representation at the Red Chamber and promised to ensure that the needs they highlighted for him would be achieved during his tenure.

Engr. Haruna Manu also expressed confidence that his party the PDP will win the governorship election and the majority of the state house of assembly seats in the state.

He appealed to the people of the state to remain calm, law-abiding, and embrace one another, as well as urged them to accept the outcome of the election in good faith when INEC finally declared the winners of the governorship and state assembly seats.

Our Correspondent gathered that the elections were conducted smoothly across the sixteen LGAs of the state besides Donga LGA where hoodlums destroyed ballot boxes.

He, however, observed a low turnout of voters in some areas, while in some polling units, the turnout was higher than in the Presidential and National Assembly election that took place last month.

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2023 Polls: You Are A Liar, Taraba CAN Chairman Tells Senator Bwacha 




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Hammed Abubakar, Jalingo 

The Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Taraba State Chapter, has faulted claims by the Governorship Candidate of the APC, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, that the Chairman of the association, Rev Dr. Isaiah Magaji Jirapye apologized to him over the endorsement of Col. Agbu Kefas, PDP Governorship candidate by CAN.

Jirapye said, “it was very unfortunate for the personality of Senator Bwacha to have lied on Channels Television that I, the CAN Chairman visited him secretly and apologized over the endorsement of Col Agbu Kefas by the CAN”.

He said that all that Senator Emmanuel Bwacha said about CAN during his interview with Channels TV should be regarded as baseless, adding that the embattled APC governorship candidate is busy chasing a white goose. 

According to the CAN Chairman, “the meeting between myself and Senator Bwacha after the endorsement of Col. Agbu Kefas was for him to take the endorsement in good fate since it was a  unanimous decision by CAN, but I am surprised to hear the Senator on Channels Television lying that I went to apologize to him over the endorsement. 

Jirapye urged Senator Emmanuel Bwacha to desist from dragging CAN in his desperation to govern the State for his selfish reasons. 

“CAN position on endorsement was a unanimous decision and not that of myself the Chairman alone so I  advise desperate politicians to desist from using my name for their selfish interests”.

CAN warns desperate politicians such as Senator Bwacha whom he said lack manners but called themselves Christians, and at the same time insult their spiritual leaders at will to trade with caution. 

CAN is shocked by the kind of outburst of cancerous anger from the Senator and pray God to deliver him from such a problem, saying People of Bwacha’s character should be watched carefully and never be entrusted with Leadership positions to govern the people. 

The Chairman noted that the endorsement of the PDP governorship candidate Col. Agbu Kefas by CAN was in the best interest of the people of the State. 

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