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25 Years After, Fintiri Connects Toungo LGA To National Grid

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By Muhammad B Muhammad

Twenty five years after the creation of Toungo local government area of Adamawa State, the people have finally been connected to the national grid for power supply by the Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri led administration.

Toungo, hitherto was the only local government area in Adamawa State and indeed Nigeria that never had public electricity, with residents either living in darkness or providing their own electricity using power generators.

Commissioning the electrification project in Toungo, the former deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Senator Bello Tukur noted that Right Honorable Umaru Fintiri was among the four best performing Governors in Nigeria.

Senator Tukur acknowledged with excitement that the Toungo electrification project is now a reality as God has brought Governor Fintiri to deliver the area from the long total neglect.

In his remarks, Governor Umaru Fintiri said the commissioned project is the first phase which is a 33kv main line from Ganye Tee Junction to Toungo and linked to the YEDC main station with 11kv Low Tension in Gamu and installed transformers and distribution lines.

The Governor added that the second phase is the one from Toungo to Kirri which takes the line from Toungo to Kirri which has already seen ninety percent poles erection and is still in progress declaring that his administration will soon commission the project.

He revealed that even though his administration did not meet the six months deadline as promised, stressing that since his swearing in, he sleeps and wakes up with a pricked conscious on all promises he made including the Toungo electrification project.

Giving reasons for the delay in the execution of the project, Governor Umaru Fintiri said his administration underated the quantum of work required coupled with economic impact occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic across the world.

The Speaker Adamawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Aminu Iya Abbas expressed happiness for the power project and revealed that the state legislature will continue working in unison with the executive for the development of Adamawa.

Contributing, the All Progressives Congress (APC) member representing Toungo in the State House of Assembly Honourable Umar Nyako while expressing joy with the electrification project, assured Governor Umaru Fintiri block votes in twenty twenty three elections.

The Commissioner of Rural Infrastructure and Community Development Alhaji Abdullahi Prambe observed that the electrification project will boost the economic activities in the area and urged the people to take full responsibility of protecting the facility.

In his goodwill message, the Chairman Toungo local government council, Honourable Kefas Calvin said the area has been in darkness for twenty five years and thanked Governor Umaru Fintiri for salvaging the people of Toungo.

Highpoint of the event was cultural dance display among other musical entertainment.

Meanwhile, former deputy Governor Bello Tukur had also commissioned Toungo – Kirri road spanning about 12km which is part of the 347km of rural roads spread across Adamawa constructed by the present administration.

Senator Tukur in company of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and other senior Government officials as well as dignitaries commissioned the project along Kiri road in Toungo local government area on Friday.

The former deputy Governor lauded Governor Fintiri for constructing the road which he believed will open up access to transportation of goods and services thereby revamping the socioeconomic fortunes in the area and Adamawa in general.

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Gov Fintiri Meets CAN Leadership, Reels Out Scorecard

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—I’ll Definitely Take You To The Adamawa Of Your Dream – Gov Fintiri

By Muhammad B Muhammad

Ahead of the forthcoming elections, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State who is seeking for re-election under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has met with leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state.

He was at the CAN State Secretariate in Yola Monday at the instance of the leadership where the officials asked him what he intends to do for the state if re-elected for a second tenue in office.

He started with the security sector where he narrated how his administration has redefined the security architecture that was hitherto in the state of shamble.

He said the government has injected thinking and funds that changed the narratives, enabling the citizens sleep with their two eyes close across the state.

On education, Fintiri said his administration has inherited a comatose system but injected a lot of commitment and resources to revive the sector.

According to him, the successes recorded has helped the government to renovating 5,000 classrooms, announcing that arrangements are in the pipeline to upgrade ten legacy schools in the state.

He added that the government has provided free education and relieved parents burden of payment of WAEC and NECO adding however that UNICEF has also built eighty schools in Fufore and Guyuk and it is set to construct more.

Governor Fintiri has made clarifications over some unwarranted rumours on the workforce, saying his administration has never sacked 10,000 workers as being speculated in some quarters.

He said the Government has only stopped the last minute biased recruitment of 1,500 teachers by then outgoing administration and employed 2,000 competent teachers through a clean process.

Speaking on the Health sector, Fintiri said over 100 primary healthcare centres were built and renovated, eight new cottage hospitals with staff quarters were built and equipped with modern facilities while health workers were also employed.

The Governor said his administration is also reforming the infrastructural sector, as the government has constructed 347km rural roads, built many urban roads in the state capital and some towns.

Governor Fintiri said his administration has initiated Adamawa Agribusiness Support Programme to tap the potentiality in the agric sector for youth employment, improve revenue generation and welfare of the citizens.

He said the Government has also cleared backlog of gratuity of retired workers to the tune of N5b, improved payment of monthly pensions and welfare of retirees across the state.

The Governor has also spoke on environment, housing, Internally Generated Revenue among other sectors and sought for support of the Chiristian Leaders, promising to redouble efforts if reelected.

Earlier, the State Chairman of CAN, Bishop Dami Mamza said Christians in the state are committed to Adamawa unity as according to him, God has endowed the state with all the potentialities to achieve greatness for the citizens.

Hightlight of the meeting was questions and answers session.

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Adamawa: Primary Sch Teachers, Health Workers, LG Staff To Enjoy National 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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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

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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