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Fintiri’s Midterm Score Card: “No One Is Left Behind And Nothing Is Left Untouched”

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State reels out midterm score card

The past two weeks have seen us crisscrossing the State in a manner that suggests the proverbial season of harvest. From the commissioning of the urban roads in ๐‘ต๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ and ๐‘ด๐’Š๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’Œ๐’‚; to the ๐‘ป๐’๐’–๐’๐’ˆ๐’ ๐’†๐’๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’‹๐’†๐’„๐’•, we resumed this early week with the commission of urban roads in ๐’€๐’๐’๐’‚-๐‘บ๐’๐’–๐’•๐’‰, and ๐’€๐’๐’๐’‚ ๐‘ต๐’๐’“๐’•๐’‰. The crown of the activities was the colorful commissioning of the ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’…๐’ ๐‘จ๐’๐’Š๐’š๐’– ๐‘ด๐’–๐’”๐’…๐’‚๐’‡๐’‚ ๐‘ฉ๐’“๐’Š๐’…๐’ˆ๐’† which was done by our ๐…๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ, ๐Œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š ๐‚๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ญ๐ข๐ค๐ฎ ๐€๐›๐ฎ๐›๐š๐ค๐š๐ซ, ๐†๐‚๐Ž๐, ๐–๐š๐ณ๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ง ๐€๐๐š๐ฆ๐š๐ฐ๐š ๐š๐ง๐ ๐…๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ ๐•๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐…๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐‘๐ž๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ข๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐š.

The last two weeks have indeed been extensively loaded and exhaustive. I therefore feel that there is no better way to cool it down than a dinner like this. This will give me an opportunity to thank everyone who has been on the commissioning train from the beginning to the end; the invited special guests, who demonstrated their friendship to us and Adamawa State by honouring us with their presence to commission these life changing projects; the ๐‘ณ๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’‘ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐‘ฎ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’• ๐‘ท๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’š โ€“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ท๐‘ซ๐‘ท in Adamawa State led by our Chairman ๐˜ฝ๐™–๐™ง๐™ง, ๐˜ผ๐™ ๐™Ž๐™๐™š๐™๐™ช; the State Assembly under the able leadership of the Honourable Speaker, ๐‘น๐’•. ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’. ๐‘จ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’– ๐‘ฐ๐’š๐’‚ ๐‘จ๐’ƒ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’”, my Council of dedicated and modest ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ, ๐€๐๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐€๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ; ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ-๐ฐ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ of the administration and above all, the ๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐€๐๐š๐ฆ๐š๐ฐ๐š ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž. Words are indeed not good enough to express my appreciations to all.

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, today, our administration is 2 years old. 2 years is half the lifespan of a single tenure in our constitutional democracy. It is equally an age ripe enough to give an account of a mandate and support freely and willingly given. It is my modest thought that while we descend on our meal, it is equally important to present to you our Scorecard as an appetizer. This is in line with our democratic tradition which is always rooted in citizensโ€™ engagement.

On May 29, 2019, we constitutionally took the oath of office to serve the State for the next 4 years. Since then, we went boots-on to the business of governance and service to the people as dictated by the sacred lines of our oaths. We met a State that was virtually devastated in all ramifications, requiring more than ordinary ingenuity to patch and revamp. Conscious of the task at hand, we went all out, dared distractions and subdued impossibilities.

Today, the ugly narrative is fast reversing, Adamawa State is changing and our people are happier. For me, beside any other achievement that might be credited to this administration, the one that stands out is the fact that we have been able to draw a line between politics and governance. We have in the last 2 years pulled the State out of election mood and placed her on the pedestal of good governance.

We have carefully and deliberately guarded our status as constitutional leaders of the State and resisted all the provocative temptations that could reduce us to bigotry. This has freed the State from unnecessary political tension that retards development.

It is our fervent belief that we stand to benefit more when political scuffles are off our table.

Differences during elections are divine requirement during elections, but once elections are won and lost; the players need to dissolve or at best suspend those differences for the greater good. This is our philosophy where ๐ง๐จ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐จ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐. It is working well for us and the State is the greatest beneficiary.

๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐’๐œ๐ž๐ง๐š๐ซ๐ข๐จ ๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐Œ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—, ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—

๐Ÿ. ๐ˆ๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ

We inherited a socially destabilized society with a disenchanted citizenry who live in constant fear of losing their lives, livelihood and properties. While general loss of trust, attendant upon by ethnic and religious suspicions and intolerance was brewing among our plural nationalities. Absence of justice and fairness has instituted a culture of identity politics which was negatively taking its toll on our people. Perennial farmer herder conflicts, was claiming lives, herds, farm produce and even settlements of our people.

The situation was so bad that no community in Adamawa State can claim freedom from it. Kidnapping and unrestrained urban crime such as the activities of โ€˜Shila-Boys cult went on brazenly as if there were no constituted authority to contain them. The Northern Zone which was just recuperating from the attacks of the dreaded Boko haram insurgents were practically abandoned to their faith with most of them converting the emergency IDP camps into a permanent abode with no hope of return to their ancestral homes. The State was sliding into anarchy with no demonstrated authoritative commitment to sanity and control.

๐Ÿ. ๐ˆ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ซ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐ƒ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ญ

We inherited poor infrastructure. Despite the relative commitment of our predecessors in constructing urban roads within the State capital and a few other places, such effort was only good enough to place Adamawa State at its lowest ranking of 33 out of 36 States in the federation. Rural infrastructure has remained a rarity, as our access to our rural communities remain a herculean task, if not impossible. This is not to talk of other basic infrastructures such as electricity which was seen as prized impossibilities.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐๐ฅ๐จ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ˆ๐ฅ๐ฅ-๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐‚๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž

We inherited a civil service which was deliberately bloated by our predecessors out of brazen mischief. While the service was stuffed by a lot of workers who were hurriedly recruited without due process, the machinery of service was not oiled to provide the right results with the level of indolence we met in the service. There were Backlog of salary arrears and general uncertainty on wage dates and accumulated pension areas of retired workers and senior citizens.

๐Ÿ’. ๐…๐ข๐ง๐š๐ง๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐‚๐ซ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐…๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž

In 2018, the annual IGR of Adamawa State was about 6 Billion. This was considered paltry in this age where every State is deploying all its arsenal to transit to self-reliance and sustainability. We inherited a Suffocating 140-Billion-Naira debt burden which we had to service every month from the Federal Allocation. As if this was not bad enough, there was standing monthly overdraft line to pay salaries provided by commercial banks that chocks. This has led to budget indiscipline and non-compliance with extant appropriation laws.

๐Ÿ“. ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐„๐๐ฎ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐’๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ

Our Education system was in a deplorable state. With Dilapidated schoolsโ€™ infrastructure; Ill-motivated teachers; insufficient instructional materials in our schools; abdication of feeding in our Boarding Schools; inability to pay counterpart funding for UBEC projects in the State (since 2015); refusal to lift the burden of sponsorship for school fees and registration of national examinations such as WAEC and NECO, off the shoulders of our already impoverished parents, etc., our education system was reduced to a dreadful ebb.

๐Ÿ”. ๐๐จ๐จ๐ซ ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐’๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ

With tiresome access to secondary health facilities; crumbling and inadequate infrastructure in existing secondary health facilities across the State; poor state of hospital equipment and general lack of sufficient medical consumables in our hospitals; insufficient staff in both Primary Health Care Centers and Secondary Health facilities; lack of State health and social insurance to support the poor and the vulnerable Our health system was among the worst in terms of access, service and delivery;

Distinguished Stakeholders, I have taken the pain to take us through some of these gloomy indicators so that you can have a mental picture of the situation at hand when took over. I am not lamenting. Far from it. I do know, these are pitiably extraordinary problems created by the wrong people in leadership. And your collective anger that you require a true leader to turn the fortunes of the State for the better was the result that brought me on board. The sure way to thank you for this decision is to periodically give you a detailed breakdown of what we are doing to reverse the ugly narrative.

๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฐ

Upon assumption of office in 2019, we were aware of the daunting task ahead. So, we were clear on the energy and intellect required to surmount it. We reeled out our 11 Point Agenda which is now the compass of the administration. The first task was to unbundle the financial crunch and restore fiscal discipline. This is the most important, though intangible, part of our reform. Unfortunately, it is the most unappreciated by outsiders because it is not a physical project that can be touched and commissioned.

Sometimes, I sit down and wonder, where the State would have been by now, if we had not done what we did in this sector? We deployed all our ingenuity and re-engineered the financial mesh of the State. This financial reengineering was able to lessen the weight of the debt burden on our shoulders and provided us with the required oxygen to breath and unleash our energy on other sectors. We went on to key reform drivers such as:

โ€ข ๐‘๐ž๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ
โ€ข ๐๐ซ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ
โ€ข ๐„๐ง๐ก๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ฎ๐ž ๐Ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐’๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ
โ€ข ๐Œ๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐•๐š๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐
โ€ข ๐ˆ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ฒ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ

While instituting a culture of discipline around these key drivers, to engender transparency and accountability, we submitted completely to the Treasury Single Account System (TSA) to manage Revenue Collection and Accounting Processes, Capital and Recurrent Expenditure Payments. This helped us to record all government inflows of revenues from IGR, FAAC and other sources.

We removed the chocking standing overdraft line provided by commercial Banks. This removal returned sanity to the compliance with budgetary provisions, expenditure pattern and government ability to pay salaries as at when due.

We achieved discipline in our budgetary process and implementation. This led to the budget size of N244Billion earlier approved by our predecessors to be reduced to N143 Billion for 2020 which was considered more realistic for 2019. Subsequently, in 2021 the budget size was N140 Billion. In view of the global COVID-19 Pandemic, this is necessitated by the amount of revenue generation internally, Federation accounts, Capital receipts, grants and other sources. The desire of this administration is to have a realistic Budget where expenditures are matched against revenue.

We equally achieved prompt payment of Salaries and Pension of workers and retirees. We have been faithful to our commitment to pay the wages and pensions of our workers on the 23rd or 24th of the month; ๐‘ค๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐น๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘†๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘–๐‘š๐‘๐‘™๐‘’๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ข๐‘๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘‘ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘’๐‘ค ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘–๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘š ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘โ„Ž ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘30,0000.00. We not only implemented the minimum wage as approved by the Federal Government, but ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š ๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ,๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ.๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ ๐ญ๐จ ๐‚๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง ๐†๐‹ ๐Ÿ โ€“ ๐Ÿ” and also agreed on the consequential adjustments to those on GL 7 and above to civil servants of the State.

With the relative success in unbundling the financial crunch, we took on a multisectoral approach to development.

We invested heavily in the peace and security of our people. We launched an aggressive campaign for peaceful coexistence and made justice and fair play the watch word of our administration. We reclaimed the trust and good will in government, which our predecessors wasted.

This reduced the heated tension among and between our ethnic nationalities and identity groupings. We hosted a security summit and redesigned the Security architecture of the State to accommodate local intelligence and incorporated vigilantes and local hunters in the frontlines; we procured and donated 60 ๐‘ป๐’๐’š๐’๐’•๐’‚ ๐‘ฏ๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’™ ๐‘ป๐’“๐’–๐’„๐’Œ๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… 50 ๐‘ด๐’๐’•๐’๐’„๐’š๐’„๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐‘ถ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’–๐’•๐’‚; ๐‘จ๐’„๐’’๐’–๐’Š๐’“๐’†๐’… 10 ๐‘ป๐’๐’š๐’๐’•๐’‚ ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’„๐’“๐’–๐’Š๐’”๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ป๐’“๐’–๐’„๐’Œ๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐‘ถ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’‡๐’Š๐’š๐’‚ ๐‘ซ๐’๐’๐’†; Procured 30 operational Trucks from Local Manufacturer IVM to support Vigilantes and Local hunters in 21 LGAs of the State; paid monthly stipends to Vigilantes and Local hunters in the State; organized a Joint Taskforce raid on mini Sambisa which is the den of the dreaded urban miscreants known as Shila boys in the State Capital.

These proactive measures and many others which will remain covert, were enough to send the message to the underworld that there is a serious government in place. The result is the relative peace we now enjoy. Interestingly most of our IDPs camps are being closed and our people from the northern zone are gradually returning to their ancestral abode. The perennial farmer-herders conflict has been reduced to the barest minimum.

In the Education and Human Capital development sector, we lessened the economic burden of impoverished parents by introducing a tuition-free education in our public schools and paid for WAEC and NECO fees for our final year students in the public schools; we reintroduced the school feeding system with balanced diet in our boarding schools. We awarded ๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™š๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™˜๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™–๐™ง๐™จ๐™๐™ž๐™ฅ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง 120 ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™™๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™˜๐™ช๐™ง๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™™๐™ฎ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ข๐™š๐™™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š, ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™˜๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™„๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™–; we equally reintroduce annual bursaries to indigent students studying in the various tertiary institutions within the country. With support from UNICEF and KFW- German Partners, we are constructing and rehabilitating over 80 ๐™Ž๐™˜๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™ก๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™๐™ช๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™š and ๐™‚๐™ช๐™ฎ๐™ช๐™ .

We are equipping the schools and distributing instructional material, sporting facilities to the public schools. We have Paid outstanding UBE counterpart funds from 2015 โ€“ 2020. This has enabled us access the required funding for the construction of over 5000 class rooms in basic education schools across the State. We have completed selected internal roads with storm water drainage totaling 5.3km in Adamawa State University (ADSU) and convocated graduands of the School, an event last conducted in 2013.

In the health sector, in order to ensure equitable access to secondary health care services across the State, we are constructing 5 ๐’๐’†๐’˜ 60 ๐’„๐’๐’•๐’•๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’‰๐’๐’”๐’‘๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’Š, ๐‘ฎ๐’Š๐’“๐’†๐’Š, ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’–๐’“๐’…๐’†, ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’†๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’ˆ and ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’Ž๐’”๐’‚ and ๐’–๐’‘๐’ˆ๐’“๐’‚๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ญ๐’–๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’…๐’‚. We are also renovating and upgrading facilities in the ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’ ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’”๐’‘๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’” located in ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’๐’š๐’†, ๐‘ต๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ and ๐‘ด๐’–๐’ƒ๐’Š. We have provided a modern Infectious Diseases Center (IDC) to manage and contain epidemics generally.

This has been put to use in the containment of COVID -19 Pandemic. To improve the quality of service delivery in our Primary Health Centers, we have recruited over 1,200 personnel into the Primary Health care system; constructed 22 Primary Health Care Facilities and renovated over 20 existing facilities across the State with support from our partners.

Working hard to bridge the infrastructure gap, we have embarked on aggressive urban renewal programme. Our signature projects in the State Capital under this Programme are the ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’…๐’ ๐‘จ๐’๐’Š๐’š๐’– ๐‘ด๐’–๐’”๐’…๐’‚๐’‡๐’‚ ๐‘ฉ๐’“๐’Š๐’…๐’ˆ๐’† and the ๐‘ฎ๐’“๐’‚๐’…๐’† ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’† with an ๐’–๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’‘๐’‚๐’”๐’” at ๐‘ป๐’๐’•๐’‚๐’ ๐‘ฑ๐’–๐’๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ and ๐‘ท๐’๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐‘น๐’๐’–๐’๐’…๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• respectively.

To compliment these monuments and ensure a coordinated traffic management and guarantee free vehicular movement within the metropolis, about 20 km road network have either been provided or rehabilitated. Over 15 Km out of these roads have so far been completed and commissioned within the week; also completed in the urban renewal campaign are the projects in ๐‘ต๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’, ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’๐’ˆ, and ๐‘ป๐’๐’–๐’๐’ˆ๐’; ๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’…๐’‚ ๐‘ป๐’๐’˜๐’๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’‘ ๐‘น๐’๐’‚๐’…๐’” is also ongoing. We are also completing works started by our predecessors: Resumption of work on 37.5 ๐’Œ๐’Ž ๐‘ฒ๐’Š๐’“๐’Š โ€“ ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’†๐’๐’†๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘น๐’๐’‚๐’…, ๐‘ช๐’๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’†๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’‡ 7 ๐’Œ๐’Ž ๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’ โ€“ ๐‘บ๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’”๐’–๐’Ž๐’Š ๐‘น๐’๐’‚๐’… ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’๐’š๐’†, resumption of work on 40 ๐’Œ๐’Ž ๐‘ท๐’†๐’๐’๐’‚ โ€“ ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’Š๐’‰๐’‚ ๐‘น๐’๐’‚๐’… and Completion of 5.3 ๐’Œ๐’Ž ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐‘น๐’๐’‚๐’…๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘จ๐‘ซ๐‘บ๐‘ผ among others. It is gratifying to note that most of these projects have been completed, commissioned and put to use for our people.

To open up our rural areas for access, we have leveraged on our partnership with the Rural Access and Mobility Programme (RAMP II) supported by world Bank to construct 347 km of Rural roads across the State. Key among them are: ๐’€๐’๐’๐’…๐’† ๐‘ท๐’‚๐’•๐’†- ๐‘ท๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’€๐’‚๐’…๐’Š๐’Ž (27.91 ๐’Œ๐’Ž), ๐‘ท๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐’‚ ๐‘ด๐’–๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’‚ โ€“ ๐‘ญ๐’–๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’† (18.09 ๐’Œ๐’Ž), ๐‘ฒ๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’š๐’‚๐’‹๐’Š โ€“ ๐‘จ๐’Ž๐’…๐’–๐’“ (15.58 ๐’Œ๐’Ž), ๐‘ณ๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’‚ ๐‘ฌ๐’˜๐’‚ โ€“ ๐‘พ/๐’€๐’๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’† (19.71 ๐’Œ๐’Ž), ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’๐’ˆ โ€“ ๐‘ด๐’–๐’‹๐’Š๐’๐’Š โ€“ ๐‘ฒ๐’–๐’—๐’‚ ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’š๐’‚ (25.58 ๐’Œ๐’Ž), ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’š๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’–๐’๐’Š โ€“ ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’๐’‹๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†๐’ โ€“ ๐‘บ๐’‚๐’๐’Ž๐’‚ (10.90 ๐’Œ๐’Ž), ๐‘ต๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ โ€“ ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’“๐’† (7.42 ๐’Œ๐’Ž), ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’†๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’ˆ โ€“ ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’Œ๐’•๐’‚(16.93 ๐’Œ๐’Ž), ๐‘ป๐’๐’–๐’๐’ˆ๐’ โ€“ ๐‘ฒ๐’Š๐’“๐’Š (11.47 ๐’Œ๐’Ž), ๐‘ท๐’๐’๐’˜๐’†๐’˜๐’Š๐’“๐’† โ€“ ๐‘ต๐’…๐’Š๐’Œ๐’๐’ (13.14 ๐’Œ๐’Ž), ๐‘ต๐’ˆ๐’–๐’“๐’๐’“๐’† โ€“ ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’š๐’๐’ƒ๐’†๐’๐’˜๐’‚ โ€“ ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’๐’”๐’‰๐’Š (9.3 ๐’Œ๐’Ž). Again, all the rural roads have been completed and put to use by our hardworking rural dwellers.

The rural electrification project has equally reconnected communities of Michika and Madagali LGAs to the National grid after five years of destruction by Boko Haram Insurgents. We have also connected Tahau in Demsa LGA, and made the history of connecting Toungo LGA to the National Grid. I continue to draw joy and pride in the Toungo electricity project. Not only because of its landmark status but more because of my ability to fulfil an electoral promise I have always carried as a burden. It is indeed a huge relief.

Youths development and empowerment have been elevated to an institutional level by creating the Ministry of Entrepreneurship Development and an Agency of Poverty Alleviation and Wealth Creation to provide the right skills for our teaming youths and prepare them for selfreliance. This will also stimulate the development of Micro-small and Medium Enterprises in the State.

Our agriculture and livestock masterplan development is on course. With the establishment of the State Livestock Transformation Office (SLTO).

We have commenced the Cocoa Rehabilitation and Regeneration Programme in Toungo and Ganye LGAs, consistently procured and supplied fertilizers and other farm inputs to our local farmers at subsidized price, completed the ultra-modern Jimeta Abattoir as well as well ongoing rehabilitation of selected Abattoirs in the State. We have also engaged a consultant on an endto-end Agribusiness Development which would empower our farmers to unlock the relegated economic base of the State. A preliminary analysis, reveals that the State IGR will grow by over 90% in a Span of 10 years from the agribusiness alone.

๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐‡๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐

Fellow Citizens, above are our modest achievements even in the face of glaring impossibilities by the time we took over. This is further worsened by the hard effect of the COVID โ€“ 19 Pandemic on the economy.

As an administration, with the right forecast, when COVID-19 started early last year, we foresaw that the effect of the global economic shut down, will bite harder and tougher in the second half of this year (2021). For the State, just as it is for other entities across the world, this is one of the toughest moments for survival.

As a responsible government, we deployed adequate resources into the design of an economic response stimuli for the State. While admitting that the situation is tough, it can only be tougher for those who refuse to act at the right time. Our window for economic survival is unlocking our potentials that is secretly hidden in Agriculture and its value chain. It is against this background that we are set to launch the ๐€๐ƒ๐€๐Œ๐€๐–๐€ ๐’๐“๐€๐“๐„ ๐€๐†๐‘๐ˆ๐๐”๐’๐ˆ๐๐„๐’๐’ ๐’๐”๐๐๐Ž๐‘๐“ ๐๐‘๐Ž๐†๐‘๐€๐Œ๐Œ๐„ (๐€๐ƒ๐€๐’) and I hereby call on all our citizens to explore the programme and prepare to exploit the vast opportunities that abound therein. It is necessary to reveal that the successful implementation of the ADAS Programme will create 750,000 direct jobs with a corresponding 1,500,000 indirect ones. It will grow our GDP from its current level of 1.7 Trillion to 7.8 Trillion Naira. Above all, it will raise our IGR from 8.3 Billion in 2020 to 52 Billion Naira in 10 yearsโ€™ time.

Our vision is to have an Adamawa State that is financially self-sufficient; where cost of governance (both recurrent and capital) can conveniently be defrayed from the streams of revenues invented within. The guiding philosophy is to ensure that ๐‘ต๐’ ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’๐’†๐’‡๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’๐’†๐’‡๐’• ๐’–๐’๐’•๐’๐’–๐’„๐’‰๐’†๐’….

๐—š๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ, ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ:

โ€ข Build institutions for sustainability and unleash the required sectoral reforms that can drive development and entrench a culture of patriotism and progress.

โ€ข Set a tall standard of good governance where accountability and people centered policies and programmes are key.

โ€ข Shrink the infrastructural gap by completing all projects initiated and even the ones abandoned by our predecessors.

โ€ข Empower the youths and women through carefully crafted entrepreneurial programmes.

โ€ข Make Adamawa State a preferred destination of choice for investment.

โ€ข In the next two years, introduce a sustainable social intervention program that can cushion the effect of the current economic reality, fight poverty and create a minimum safety net for the poor and the vulnerable.

โ€ข Continue to reduce political tension within the polity and sensitize Adamawa elites around the knowledge that the State is greater than each of us individually.

Distinguished Stakeholders, this is our Scorecard. Today we submit ourselves to the temple of popular mandate which is the hallmark of democracy. As we move into the other half of the constitutional mandate, I want to reemphasize that this is our Government. The peopleโ€™s Government in Adamawa State. We are opened to all forms of constructive counsel for the unity and progress of Adamawa State.

Once more, thank you and God bless.

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Gov Fintiri Sends List Of New Members Of Boards, Commissions To Assembly

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Adamawa State House of Assembly has received 57 nominees from Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for confirmation as Members and Executive Directors of various Boards and Commissions. News Plartform.

The nominees for screening and confirmation for Adamawa State Local Government Service Commission include: Kennedy Dauda, Fibi Nuhu , Amos Drambi , Aliyu Umar Toungo, Barr. Abdulhamid Alkali and Aminu Dahiru

Those nominated for Local Govt Staff Pendion Board are; Dr. Nuhu Tari, Hajiya Habiba Hassan, Musa J. Afraimu, while Ibrahim Abba, Mr. Philemon Bakari Amtonbito, Hon. Jika Mustapha , Sabiru Yari , Hon. Yosi Lerum Jp have been nominated for State Pension Board.

Adamawa State Planning Commission has Mary Paninga, Hon Harald Mirchalum, Isa Shettima while those for Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency include: Dr. Sulaiman Saidu Bashir , Adamu Simon, Renos B. Peter.

The assembly also received the names of Barr. Musa Kaibo, Alh. Salizu Buba, Mrs. Patience Ahmadu, Jephet Kefas, Kennedy Bartimawus for Adamawa State Civil Service Commission.

Likewise, Dr. Aiden Amzaranda, Jibrilla Dauda Hamidu , Solomon S. Domsanda, Dr. Yahaya Bapetel, have been nominated for Hospital Services Management Board, while Hon. Umar Daware , Alh. Adamu Chagwa, Barr. Lillian Stephen Nobe , Hassan Kaigama are for Fiscal Responsibility Commission.

The assembly equally received the names of Mohammed Umar Jabu, Zidon Love , Emmanuel Anuhu Abba, Gidado Abdussalam , Mark Balanso, Suleiman Yahaya Vokna , Mohammed Tuki, for State Independent Electoral Commission.

Others include: Hanatu Kadala, Ahmed Salihu Kabillo, Ahmed Abdulsalan Shelleng, Talatu Yohanna Kusari , Adwawa Dongolok Guyuk for House of Assembly Service Commission, while Dr. Murtala Umar Babayi, Adiel Kurda, Dr. Aliyu Sa’ad, Mrs. Korah Bongi, Abdullahi Ndjidda Damare, Umar Isa, Hassan Dadi for State Universal Basic Education Board.

The nominees for State Boundary Commission are; F. B. Bilala, Zainab Ahmed, while Hon. Daniel Ijafu, Hon. Hassan Mamman Barguma and Mrs Egla Nashon are nominated for Board of Internal Revenue.

The names of the nominees is contained in a letter sent to the assembly by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and read by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bathiya Wesley , while presiding over Wednesday, plenary session.

After reading the letter, the Speaker directed the nominees to appear before various relevant House Standing Committees for screening and submit their report in the next 2 weeks.

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JUST IN: Gov Fintiri Appoints Special Assistants

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Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has approved the appointment of Special Assistants to help in the running of the administration.

Those appointed include:

  1. Diana Beatrice Gayus
  2. Ahijo Hammaadama
  3. Barr. Mahmud Gurumpawro Abubakar
  4. Mohammed A. Hamma
  5. Mohammed Hayatu Umar
  6. Ajuji Nuhu
  7. Hon. Thomas Godwin
  8. Mr. Audi S. Tagiya
  9. Hon. Joseph Gadzana Apagu
  10. Ishyaka Yusuf
  11. Arc. Zidon Nzangopwa
  12. Philip Kenan
  13. Alh. Adamu Abdu Zumo
  14. Engr. Yusuf Abdu Audu
  15. Abubakar Muhammad Barkindo
  16. Mr. Wodinughoro Obed
  17. Ismaila Bila Lakamso
  18. Wilberforce Y. Songhai
  19. Isa Alhaji Hamidu
  20. Hadaya Yusuf
  21. Tsamari Fakuta
  22. Hon. Adamu Jikan Sarki Mohammed
  23. Kiliyobas Sunday
  24. Istifanus Johnson Hadabi
  25. Hon. Peter Daโ€™ape Gengle
  26. Kingsley Clement Tumba
  27. Bala Usman
  28. Mr. Geoffrey Garba
  29. Tanko B. Ezra
  30. Alh. Musa Aliyu (Wali)
  31. Kabiru Hammanlai
  32. Mohammed Buba
  33. Comrd. Mohammed Faisal Abubakar
  34. Barnabas Pata
  35. Yahya Abdullahi
  36. James Tallachi Yusuf
  37. Gani Gideon
  38. Manu Kondo
  39. Muhammad Hayatu Atiku
  40. Umar Sadiq (UJ)
  41. Hon. Kavohgye Ezra
  42. Christopher Adamu Tsuda
  43. Suleiman Musa Belel
  44. Musa Mohammed Gengle
  45. Sabastine Lines Tumba
  46. Daniel Amos
  47. Mr. Robert Pwadimadi
  48. Alh. Abubakar Muhammadu Bomu
  49. Mal. Mauludu Shuaibu
  50. Andrew Gangbonso
  51. Danlami Ahmed
  52. Alh. Hamidu Aji Jada
  53. Kaleshi Zephaniah Niyorodo
  54. Salihu Haruna
  55. Ibrahim Ngyibeso
  56. Maiborno Hammawa
  57. Mohammed K. Bello
  58. Hon. William Dathini
  59. Suli Adamu Fagami
  60. Hon. Jehaziel Pwanidi
  61. Alh. Hayatu Bobbob Alkali
  62. Titus Samaila
  63. Augustine Anthony Ndaghu
  64. Ishaku Hyalaba Zira
  65. Ms. Ellah Walter
  66. Hajj. Halima Ayuba
  67. Grace Ayuba Balenjeso
  68. Umaru M. Dikko
  69. Aishatu Dahiru
  70. Donatus Raymond Bwano
  71. Danladi Isa Farang
  72. Basari Christopher Columba
  73. Abubakar S. Raji
  74. Isa Allen Lindagard
  75. Kwantau Jaringyal
  76. Hon. Mathew Ali
  77. Dickson Wangamorti
  78. Mrs. Justina Patrick Sebastian
  79. Sylvanus Kafina
  80. Hon. Anthony Yamdu Emmanuel
  81. Kabiru Hassan
  82. Marshal Zamani
  83. Ibrahim Paul Wampana
  84. Hon. Ibrahim Zubairu
  85. Mr. Friday Vactor
  86. Abubakar Aliyu Kolejo
  87. Ahmed Adamu
  88. Gidado Tahir Tukur
  89. Akham Jaloh
  90. Abubakar Abbo Waziri
  91. Bukus Ishaku Kisinomi
  92. Yunusa Bakari
  93. Nathan Bumani Gabun
  94. Comrade Chakukuyada G. Bulndi
  95. Dishon Daniel
  96. Hon. Hickson Michael
  97. Hon. Amos Dali
  98. Alh. Usman Bobbo
  99. Benson Kpantizang
  100. Mark Zira Thlavaghi
  101. Adamu Risku
  102. Yakubu Musa Dirbishi
  103. Kadiri Alhaji Mai
  104. Hassan Ahmadu
  105. Muktar Mohammed Aliyu
  106. Mrs. Pwanahakai Asura Bakari
  107. Dahiru Guruma
  108. Abubakar Ribadu Audi
  109. Boniface W. Ugwabiya
  110. Sunday Garba
  111. Andrew Dunah Shalldang
  112. Suleiman M. Ibrahim
  113. Mr. Abalis Luka
  114. Francis Zamman
  115. Haruna Maksha
  116. Abubakar Usman Teri
  117. Markus Sunkwa Jimre
  118. Yusuf Eli Chimaro
  119. Sanusi Mohammad
  120. Zeal Jibrailu
  121. Usman Babba
  122. Aliyu Belllo
  123. Adamu U. Dallatu
  124. Wandara Ellon Philimon
  125. Hon. Ikurhyel Hananiya
  126. Hon. Julius Jockthan
  127. Hon. Paul Wankari Singari
  128. Abubakar Abdullahi Jingi
  129. Audu Buba
  130. Fashe Yanna
  131. Aliyu Mamza
  132. Isa Giwa Bajam
  133. Hon. Bashiru Adamu Abdullahi
  134. Liman Yahya
  135. Suleiman Bello Abubakar
  136. Polycarp Bayaro
  137. Caleb Ngimanchi Simon
  138. Geoffrey Haniel Chatuda
  139. Elizabeth Paul
  140. Mrs. Mary Ijabani
  141. Faith Samuel
  142. Ahmad Alhassan
  143. Aliyu Hamman Adama
  144. Kusaniel Amos
  145. Ushiwa Drambi Kwabe
  146. Azumi Dauda
  147. Alheri Musa
  148. Hon. Hamza Abdullahi
  149. Danjuma Yuguda
  150. Adamu Jauro
  151. Adamu Jibrilla Maigonjo
  152. Bristone Buba Wariyaki
  153. Adamu Mohammed
  154. Sikamyaโ€™an Stephen Audu
  155. Mr. Bala Usman
  156. Ahmadu Adamu Ijakirayu
  157. Newton Nyaviyuse
  158. Danbaba James
  159. Luka Filibus
  160. Cecilia Jonathan (Mrs)
  161. Rasheeda Ahmed Almustapha
  162. Gershon Sylvester
  163. Samaila T. Wutsuware
  164. Fimbar Kpasi
  165. Christopher Bakeri Mapeo
  166. Musa Iya Yadafa
  167. Barr. Jibril Ibrahim Jimeta
  168. Christopher Bakeri Mapeo
  169. Sulieman Usman Buwanga
  170. Usman Muโ€™azu Dalatu
  171. Rabiu Ibrahim
  172. Abubakar Musa
  173. Buba Mohammed Joda
  174. Mohammed Gidado
    Mohammed
  175. Ahmad Umar
  176. Chubado Mohammed
  177. Sajo Abubakar Jada
  178. Adamu Alimu
  179. Hon. Sherrif Elijah
  180. Wamcaku Ishaya Nicholas
  181. Hon. Sanusui Musa
  182. Joseph Eto

The appointments are with immediate effect.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
22:05:2024

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Summit: Gov Fintiri Urges Youths To Embrace Digital Skills Acquisition

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has urged youths in Adamawa to embrace the acquisition of skills created by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the betterment of the state.

He gave the charge on Wednesday while declaring open a 2-day Youth Summit on ICT skills convened by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth empowerment, Safrat Dungus which held in the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yola.

Governor Fintiri says as a matter of deliberate policy, his administration, has always placed youths at the centre of its programmes and projects especially in the area of education and entrepreneurship among other sectors.

He therefore commends the eagerness of the participants to acquiring new skills in the ICT at the summit which he noted is a testament to their determination to succeed and contribute to the development the state.

The Governor urged youths to commit to innovation, continues learning and progress as well as collaborate with one another to build Adamawa to prosperity that the yet unborn generation will be proud of.

Earlier in her remarks, the convener of the programme, who is the Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth Empowerment, Safrat Dungus said the summit was organised to empower youths and shape their future.

She underscores the committment of the government to ensuring that youths regardless of their background, religion, social status or party affiliation have the opportunity to contribute to the progress of Adamawa.

The Youth Summit which has the theme “Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders was being attended by youths from across the twenty one local government areas of Adamawa State.

SAHEL REPORTERS.

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