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Agribusiness: Adamawa Govt Approves Issuance Of N100b Bond

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By Muhammad B Muhammad

The Adamawa State Executive Council Wednesday during its first meeting in twenty twenty one has approved the issuance of one hundred billion naira bond for the Adamawa State Agric Business Support for the period of four years.

The Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Doctor Umar Garba Pella disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after the council meeting presided over by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in the council chambers Government House, Yola.

The Agric bond will draw twenty five billion naira annually which will be used to offset alot of state liability and loans, and open a window for generating a lot of revenue as well as galvanizing the market in the Agric business, especially the livestock subsector.

The Council according to the Commissioner of Information has also approved establishment of Adamawa State Agric Business Support Programme, Five agencies and repositioning of the Agricultural Development Programme and Board of Internal Revenue.

He revealed that government had engaged a consultant to raise its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through the Agribusiness plan which the council adopted generating about one hundred billion naira upward improvement in the revenue base of the state in the next ten years.

He listed some of the agencies to be established to include Agricultural Project Coordination Agency, Infrastructural Concession Agency, State Agricultural and Land Development Agency, and finetuning the mandate of Adamawa Investment Company and to link it with the Investment Promotion Agency that will be established.

According to the Commissioner, the Council had during the meeting also approved engagements of a consultant for the development of architectural design, supervision, construction and rehabilitation of health facilities across the state.

He further revealed that the consultants were engaged but their reward was not captured in twenty twenty budget,hence in the twenty twenty one budget, provision has been made for that reward, and therefore the council had approved over one hundred and thirty nine million naira for the consultants.

Doctor Garba said the council has also approved the variation in the contract for the design and construction of flyover at total filling station junction, to allow for expansion of approach road for the length on each way, to accomdate the heavy traffic in the area being close to the ultra mordern market.

He said the work will include expanding the road from bishop street junction to PZ roundabout on Galadima Aminu Way ,widening of the road on each side, provision of storm base, design and construction of two pedestrian paths across the flyover.

He added that the work will also cover demolition and construction of new one by one metre size on both sides of the roads,drainages and provision of lightening along the road and under the flyover among others which will all cost over one point two billion naira.

On his part, the Commissioner of Finance and Budget Doctor Ishaya Dabari while speaking on the issue of April Salary of workers, said the delay is from the Central Bank of Nigeria and as soon as the apex bank disburses the money into the state government account, payment will commence.

Contributing, the Commissioner of Agriculture Mr Dishi Khobe said the Agric business plan has worked in Kaduna and other two states in the country and it will generate seven hundred and fifty as well as one thousand five hundred direct and indrect jobs.

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Adamawa: Primary Sch Teachers, Health Workers, LG Staff To Enjoy Minimum Wage

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

It appears that the incessant calls by Primary School Teachers, Primary Health Care and Local Government Workers in Adamawa State on salary increment have come to an end as henceforth they will start enjoying the national minimum wage.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri revealed this while addressing Primary Health Care Workers who were on a one thousand man march solidarity visit in the Government House, Yola, Monday.

He said arrangements have been concluded for the payment, assuring them however that the government will also address the issues of their leave grant allowances and promotions.

The Governor further told the workers that the government is working on some structural reforms to enable primary Health Care Workers’ remuneration go intune with Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS).

The Executive Secretary Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Suleiman Saidu said the visit was to show solidarity for Governor Fintiri for his numerous achievements not only in the health sector but the entire state as a whole.

Speaking separately, Malam Yahaya Sa’idu, Lawan Abubakar Umar and Emanuel Cartwell commended Governor Fintiri for providing them motivation that enabled them to achieve excellence and vowed as grassroot workers to mobilize massive votes for his re-election.

The State Chairman of Medical Health Care Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Usman Babbada thanked Governor Fintiri for implementing promotion benefits at the hospital services management board up to 95%.

The one thousand man march solidarity to Governor Umaru Fintiri by the primary school health workers was commenced from Women Development Centre, Yola and terminated at Banquet Hall Government House, Yola.

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Adamawa Govt Approves 16.6km Roads Network At 1,000 Housing Estate Malkohi

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Adamawa State Executive Council at its first 2023 meeting has approved 16.6km roads network at the 1,000 Housing Units Malkohi in Yola South Local Government Area at the cost N3.744b.

According to the resolution of the council meeting presided over by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the project was awarded to Messrs Jodas Salamu Global Nigeria Limited.

State Commissioner of Works and Energy, Alh Adamu Atiku Abubakar revealed this to newsmen after the council meeting that held in the Council Chambers, Government House, Yola Monday.

Abubakar added that the road network project which is to be completed in 12 months, is inline with the policies of the present administration to ensuring rural and urban renewal.

The Commissioner further said the Council after deliberations has approved construction and renovation of 12 lots of classroom blocks, laboratories and library in Government Secondary School Fufore.

He said the project awarded at N151m is being spread across 12 independent contractors adding that work will soon commence.

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Gov Fintiri Mourns Apostle Hinjari, Calls For Arrest Of His Killers

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has expressed sadness over the gruesome murder of Apostle Jerry Hinjari at his residence recently, describing it as a colossal loss. “I am heartbroken and devastated by this senseless loss.”

Governor Fintiri in a statement by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou noted that , “Apostle Hinjari while on earth led a purposeful and impactful life. He was an ardent preacher of the word, a passionate soul winner, a transformational leader and a builder of men.”

Though young at heart, the Governor said “He stood tall and had never wavered in continuously delivering messages of hope, talking about boisterous relationship issues and good Christian conduct that found ready expression with the youths. Adamawa community has lost a true soldier in the army of Christ.’’

The Governor who described as wicked the act of his assailants assured that on no account will Government allow enemies of progress have their way and directed security agencies to rise to the occasion and unearthed the killers of the popular preacher.

“Going into elections, we as a Government will do everything humanly possible to ensure criminals have no hiding place. We have worked hard to restore the peace of the State and will not allow hoodlums turn the wheel of progress of Adamawa State.”

He stated that the Preacher will be remembered for his life-changing messages and that the church and indeed the Christian community is elated that he left a worthy legacy behind.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has also expressed sadness over the death of Abdullahi Duda a former Chairman of Madagali Local Government, describing as shocking the news of his passage.

“Honestly, I lack words; I got confused when I got the message and could not recover, but I had to sum up my courage and strength.”

Abdullahi Duda who was the Interim Chairman before the present leadership in Local Government Councils of the State died on Saturday at the age of 55.

“Abdullahi’s contribution to the development of the state will not be forgotten in a hurry. He was an astute politician who was very loyal. He continued to contribute his quota to the development of the state.”

“On behalf of the government and good people of Adamawa State, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and Madagali community on this great and irreparable loss. He surely paid his dues and the State and Madagali community will always remember him.”

“The State Government under my administration will continue to ensure that the ideals he propagated while alive will continue to be upheld and improved upon,” the Governor said.

The deceased who returned from treatment in India on Thursday died Saturday night.

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