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I Secured U-17 Female Northeast Volleyball Championship- Taraba Director Sports

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In less than a week, after his appointment as the Substantive Director of Sports Council in Taraba State, Coach George Shitta has been able to secured the North-east Under-17 female championship which is tagged “Mexico”.

Shitta disclosed this while fielding questions from our Correspondent on his blueprint as he assumed duty at the Sports Council in Jolly Nyame stadium Jalingo, the State capital, Northeast Nigeria.

He said, the championship that is called “Mexico” because that is where it will take place but players will be selected from the north-east zone to represent Nigeria in Mexico.

According to him, the event was supposed to take place in Bauchi State but he was abled to spoke with the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engr. Musa Nimrod on phone with the intervention of the National Coach who is also a Tarabian, Coach Jonna where the President gave the hosting right to the Taraba Sports Council and Taraba State Government.

“I have been in touch with almost all the Presidents of various Associations and Taraba will begin to see the National presence very soon.”

“When i called them, what i told them was just come to Taraba and i don’t want you to do anything but just to see the facilities on ground and from there i know you will do something yourself.”

“By September federation elections will be held for all sporting associations in the country, we were in Bauchi State where a stakeholder in the Basketball federation who coincidentally is the Permanent Secretary in Aso Rock, Mr. Tijjani Yusuf conveyed a meeting where were bargaining for federation because we have zonal representatives and we are trying to secure a zonal representative for Taraba State being it in the sporting in the Board of Sporting Association Federation in Nigeria.” Shitta revealed.

Another achievement recorded within few days of his appointment by Governor Darius Ishaku, George Shitta explained that when he visited handball cut on Wednesday 26th May, 2021, the players complained to him over lack of balls and other things and at the spot he called one of their zonal representatives who wants to represent the north-east zone at the federation which he promised to provide for them.

“I was at the Handball Cut yesterday and when the players complained o me that they don’t have balls and other things and coincidentally i had the GSM number of one of our zonal Representatives and when i called him i put him on loud speaker where there and then he promised to sends balls and even Jessis in the next three days, but the only thing is that he did not mention the number of balls and sets of Jessis he is going to send” Shitta added.

As a grassroot Coach before he became the Director of Sports Council, George Shitta also revealed that as part of his desire in moving the sports to a greater heights, before end of the year 2021 he assured that each functional sporting association in the state will organize either inter-primary or inter-secondary schools competition with a view to discover talents at the grassroots that will participate in the up coming Youths Game that will take place in Ilori, Kwara State.

“The youths game is for U-15, it means we have to go go back to the grassroot and i believe the Coaches knows the challenges, so we will nurture the young talents to greater heights and we expect much from them”.

“Like i said earlier, as a grassroot Coach, i produced the best team of Badminton in Nigeria among whom were the international player, Jimkam Efhraimu who won the National and African championships, so i will continue to expose young talents at the grassroots level. Said Shitta.

While appealing to the staff of the Council, the new Director stressed the need for all hands to be on deck and work hard to move the sports forward in the state.

“I have been a staff, i rose from rank to file, so my appointment as Director of the Sports Council is a challenge to all of us because i know everyone is happy that one of us is running sports in Taraba State, i appealed to all of us to put hands on deck and work very hard, and if we work hard we are going to succeed.”

“We have seen how we worked on Badminton and other sports, so it is not going to be an easy job but we will continue to work hard an move sports forward in Taraba State.” George Shitta reiterated.

Meanwhile, Record had shown that, George Shitta is the 5th substantive Directors of Sports Council in Taraba State.

Our Correspondent gathered that George Shitta received the official handing over document from the Secretary of the Council, Mark Magaji who served at acting capacity following the official retirement of the former Director of Sports Council, Mrs. Yosie Ayuba before the appointment of the substantive one.

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Insurgents Are Again Responsible For Michika Blackout – Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Boko Haram insurgents have again vandalised the lines that generated power from Danboa substation in Borno State to Michika and environs in Adamawa State.

The State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had in July, 2020 commissioned the rehabilitated power sub-station for Michika and Madagali local government areas at the cost of N283.8m.

Before the rehabilitation, it was Boko Haram insurgents that damaged the power lines and installations which cut off power supply from the national grid subjecting the people to a total blackout for over 6 years.

As if that damage was not enough, after the rehabilitation, the insurgents have again destroyed the power lines from Danboa substation.

Fintiri disclosed this at Madzi Development Area in Michika while canvassing votes for the PDP candidates ahead of the forthcoming February and March elections in the country.

Governor Fintiri told the residents that the military has assured him that normalcy has been restored in that area and has given go ahead to the Government to recconect the power lines, promising to act in that regard.

“We have rehabilitated electricity in Michika and Madagali. 2 years ago, Boko Haram insurgents have again destroyed the power lines, coming from Danboa.

“I spoke with Brigade Commander, he told me that they have taken over the bushes around Danboa from Boko Haram and we should send personnel to reconnect the lines,” he said.

In his remarks, Honourable Zira Wampa who spoke on behalf of the communities, assured Governor Fintiri their readiness to deliver him, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other PDP candidates in next elections.

Meanwhile, Governor Fintiri has assured the people of Bazza Development Area that his administration will build roads in the area having constructed many in Michika town and environs.

Governor Fintiri who disclosed this when he takes campaign train of the PDP to canvassing for votes, reminded the people the giant strides of his administration in the areas of education, security, health and Infrastructure among others.

He asked especially the women folk to take advantage of the Government’s Health Insurance Programme and register for free medical services to pregnant ones among them, children from five years and below, the aged and displaced persons.

“I will continue to protect your lives and property. We achieve much in all sectors. We improve payment of pension and gratuity. We have commenced salary payment with minimum wage for workers at the local government level alongside gratuity,” he said.

Former Deputy Governor of the Defunct Gongola State, Barrister David Barau said the people of Bazza will no doubt support Governor Umaru Fintiri in the March election, because of his excellence performance and character worthiness.

“The reasons for our promise to support you are one; excellent performance, two;
Numerous dividends of democracy in the areas of security and health as well as your competence, capacity, knowledge and reliability,” said Barau.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Michael Zirra, Ayuba Fari and Captain Altine Inuwa among other speakers vowed to deliver Governor Fintiri and all PDP Candidates describing Bazza as a stronghold of the party.

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We’ll Soon Flag Off Michika-Kamale Road Project – Gov Fintiri

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Friday announced readiness of the State government to award contract for road project from Michika to Kamale.

The Governor disclosed this in Garta, Michika local government area when he led campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

The Governor said arrangements are in the pipeline to execute the road project with three bridges as according to him survey has already been conducted by the government.

“I want to assure you the people of Garta, we have commenced plans to award contract of this road. By the Grace of God, we will begin the work in the next one or two months,” said Fintiri.

On the request by the community for lifting of ban on the use of mortocycle in Garta and environs, Governor Fintiri promised to make consultations and see the possibility or otherwise of the issue.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Yakubu Tsala, former Managing Director Nigeria Sugar Council and former federal lawmaker, Adamu Kamale assured block votes of the people to Governor Fintiri and other PDP candidates.

Highlight of the rally was handing over of 18 seater bus to Governor Fintiri to help the PDP campaign train by Dr Williams Kamale among other gifts presented as well as various cultural dance.

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Michika Agog As Crowd Storms PDP Rally To Welcome Gov Fintiri

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In what many residents of Michika described as mother of all rallies, supporters of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday afternoon stormed the campaign gathering at the centre of the town.

Upon his arrival to Michika town from Garta, Governor Umaru Fintiri was received by the people who came out en masse from all conners and proceeded to accompany him in droves to the venue of the campaign rally.

Speaking at the event, Governor Fintiri appreciated the people for the show of love and solidarity, promising to continue to make them proud by working for their welfare and development of Michika.

“I will continue to work for you and make you proud. My administration has restored security and today we sleep with our two eyes close. We will continue to fight these miscreants,” said Governor Fintiri.

Fintiri added that, “we will continue to make education free. We’ll make sure that the children of the poor get quality and affordable education across the state.”

He called on the people to vote for Atiku Abubakar as next Nigeria’s President to end the current hardships brought upon on the citizens by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government.

“Let’s continue to fast and pray so that we will get a leader that will bring socour to us. Let’s pray and fast so that we’ll get a leader that will end killings of our brothers and sisters. We will never elect APC again,” he said.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu has presented flag to Zakari Dauda Nyampa, and Moses Yarima as PDP candidates for House of Representatives and State Assembly respectively.

PDP Chairman in Michika, Emmanuel Simbus lauded Fintiri for executing road projects in the area and appointed their sons and daughters into key positions of government.

The Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Dr Ishaya Dabari, and Peter Salihu Gogura both said Governor Fintiri does not need to campaign in Michika as they are set to pay him back by voting him massively.

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