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Bauchi Speaker Seeks Support Of USAID, Others On Budgeting, Financial Management

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The Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman has sought the support of USAID and other development partners to enable the legislative arm work in tandem with international best practice on public financial management, procurement, budget and budgeting and financial discipline among others.

He was speaking during the opening ceremony of a three day workshop for members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly and Budget Officers from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Bauchi State, organised by USAID funded state accountability and effectiveness (State2State) activity, held at Tahir Hotel, Kano on Tuesday.

The Speaker who is also the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, commended the Government and people of the United States of America for the various assistance and interventions to Nigeria in particular and the continent of Africa in general, saying these actions and intentions are geared towards strengthening governance with a view to ensuring better standard of living for the people.

“As you may be aware, this training Workshop is part of series of activities contained in the new Five year State Accountability and Effectiveness (State2State) Activity, which was launched on the 24th March, 2021 by USAID with a view to strengthening subnational governance systems in six key states of Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe and Sokoto. We are also particularly grateful to USAID for not only including Bauchi as benefiting State, but also making us to be the Headquarters of the Programme.

“I believe without doubts, the activity will help improve how we, the benefiting states, plan and budget, raise revenues, increase civil society participation, and oversee service delivery in the Health, Education; and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sectors. Indeed these selected areas are no doubts relevant and very essential to the survival of our people.

“You will agree with me that this programme is very important and timely because it has come at a time when Financial Autonomy is being implemented in our Legislative and Judicial arms of government at the state level in our country. The Honourable Members, Judges and management staff of the two arms of government are expected to have required knowledge and understanding of budget and budgeting system for effective and efficient discharge of their respective constitutional roles.” He explained.

Speaker Abubakar Suleiman also enjoined the participants to make best use of the rare opportunity in order to comprehend the lectures that will be delivered for better performance of their Constitutional roles especially that of Law Making and Oversight function.

He assured that the Bauchi State House of Assembly will not only work to sustain the already established partnership and collaboration with the USAID, but shall continue to explore areas of mutual interest to both the USAID and the Bauchi State in particular and Nigeria in general.

On the implementation of financial autonomy to States legislature and judiciary, the Speaker requested USAID to consider organizing a special training workshop for the entire Honourable Members and relevant staff of the State Houses of Assembly in the Six focal states of State2State operations in order to expand and improve their knowledge of Financial Management and Discipline which will ultimately ensure good governance in the respective states.

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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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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

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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