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Delta Is A Reference Point On Implementation Of Financial Autonomy To States Legislature, Speakers’ Chair

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The Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria and Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly has said that Delta State is one of the few states in Nigeria that have become good reference points on the implementation of financial autonomy for states legislature and judiciary.

He made the statement while delivering a goodwill message during the opening ceremony of the 2021 Third Quarter General Meeting of the Conference which takes place at Event Centre, Asaba, Delta State, today.

The Chairman explained that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s support for the implementation of financial autonomy for both the state legislature and judiciary as granted by the 4th Alteration to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is commendable.

“We are however not surprise at your passion and support for the independence of these arms of government. Your Excellency, being a senator of the federal republic, you have simply demonstrated through your rich experience that one of the ways our democracy can endure is by strengthening the relevant institutions.

“Your Excellency, we are also aware of many developmental projects being delivered by this government under your able leadership in the State. We equally acknowledge the feats would not have been realistic without the support of the Delta State House of Assembly. Therefore, we like to express our appreciation to the 6th and 7th Delta State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt Hon Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori Oborevwori, JP for good governance and unalloyed support to this government on one hand and for successful hosting of the Second Quarter General Meeting of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria on the other hand.” He said.

Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman highlights that the quarterly meeting in Asaba will avail them a medium to deliberate on issues affecting the states legislature; and other topical national issues for the development of the country, especially security which is top on their agenda.

According to him, the Conference acknowledges that this is a critical stage in the life of the Country hence the need that all hands must be on deck to proffer solutions to all the problems threatening our unity.

In his welcome address, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Conference, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori thanks the Conference for choosing Delta State to host the Second Quarter Meeting, saying that the State has become a beautiful bride for hosting of national events because of its peaceful and serene environment.

The Deputy Chairman reiterates that the Conference of Speakers has become integral part of the Country’s political architecture and during the Asaba meeting, they will discuss critical issues confronting Nigeria as a nation with a view to proffer solutions where possible.

While commending the Conference’s Chairman and all stakeholders for resolving issues on the implementation of the financial autonomy to States Legislature and Judiciary, Speaker Oborevwori explained that Delta State House of Assembly has been enjoying financial autonomy since 2019 and they don’t take their memos to the Executive for approvals thus they will remain thankful to Governor Okowa.

Declaring the Meeting open, the Executive Governor of Delta State Senator Dr. Ifeanyi notes that the first step to building sustainable partnership between the executive and legislative arms of government for effective service delivery is for both organs of government to work with the consciousness that separation of power for good governance.

He added that each arm must realise that the principle of checks and balances as constitutionally provided for, is to prevent abuse of power, which, if allowed to fester, will ultimately circumvent the rights and will of the governed.

“The relationship between the executive and legislature should be governed by trust, mutual respect, and deference, each bearing in mind the tenets of separation of powers as required in the presidential system of government.

“It is exigent that both see themselves as complementary partners working towards the same goal, which is the development of the State for the greater good of all. Trouble looms when the executive arrogates to itself the power to do as it wills or the legislature takes undue advantage of its oversight function to twist the arms of the executive for selfish ends.

“In Delta, this has been the secret, if you will call it that, of our success in the last six years. The relationship between my administration and the legislature has been one of respect, cooperation, and trust. That is not to say that we have not had moments of disagreement but whenever this occurred, we engaged ourselves in proper dialogue, rather than open confrontation, to reconcile our differences.” The Governor said.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa asserts that Delta State is one of the first States to implement financial autonomy for the legislature with the enactment of the Delta State House of Assembly Fund Management (Financial Autonomy) Law, 2019, adding that they are currently proposing some amendments to the law to align it with current realities.

He urged the Conference to redouble its efforts to work for greater synergy between the executive and the legislature in a way that the States can develop sustainably and democracy strengthened.

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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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