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Gombe Govt Approves N3.5b For Construction, Remodeling Of 2 Hospitals

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By Ismaila Uba Misilli

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The Gombe State Executive Council meeting, presided over by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has approved the sum of one billion, eight hundred and ninety two million eight hundred and sixty four thousand naira eleven Kobo (1, 892, 276.11) for construction of a brand new general hospital in Kumo, the headquarters of Akko local government area of the state.

Gombe State Commissioner of Information and Culture, Julius Ishaya Lepes who coordinated the press briefing after the Exco meeting told newsmen that the Council has equally approved the sum of one billion two hundred and seventeen million, six hundred and eighty three thousand one hundred and seventy four naira ten kobo (1,217,683,174,10) for the renovation, remodeling and upgrade of Kaltungo general hospital.

Speaking in specifics terms on the two mega projects, the Commissioner of Housing, Idris Abdullahi Kwami said the construction of a new General Hospital in Kumo follows structural defects on the current structure occasioned by poor and substandard work.

The Commissioner explained that the renovation and remodeling of the Kaltungo General Hospital was to transform the health facility and make it a special referral centre for people seeking for quality medical services from within and outside the state.

The revitalization of both health facilities, Idris Kwami noted, was in fulfillment of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s campaign promise to upgrade at least one General Hospital in each of the three senatorial districts of the state into special referral centres, thereby easing the burden of distant travel by patients into the state capital to seek for medical attention.

The Commissioner of Housing said the construction of the Kumo General Hospital is expected to be completed within 26 weeks while that of Kaltungo is to be delivered within 17 weeks.

Also speaking, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Habu Dahiru said on completion, both health facilities in Kumo and Kaltungo will experience major improvement in all departments, including the provision of both senior and junior staff quarters as well as recreational facilities within the premises of the hospitals.

He noted that the construction and remodeling of the health facilities in Kumo and Kaltungo respectively serve as holistic approach by the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to improve health services in the State especially at the grassroot.

The Commissioner of environment, Dr. Hussaina Danjuma Goje had while reacting to issues within the purview of her Ministry, said the annual report by the Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency places Gombe and some other 26 states in the country on this years flood outlook.

To this end, the Commissioner explained that the State Governor approved over 83 million naira to her Ministry to embark on the desilting of major storm drainages in the State, especially those located within flood prone areas.

Dr. Hussaina Goje revealed that the State Executive Council has equally approved over 361 million for the provision of more waste collection centres across the State to ease the indiscriminate dumping of waste in water channels.

The Commissioner of Information, Julius Ishaya Lapes had earlier disclosed that the State Executive Council has approved the payment of Senior Certificate Examination for the year 2020/2021 for 15000 students of Gombe State origin which amount to two hundred and twenty two million naira.

He said Council also ratified and approved the participation of Gombe State in the second phase of the Partnership for Extended Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene, PEWASH programme through the payment of two hundred and fifty million naira as counterpart funds for three Local Government areas Shongom, Billiri, Nafada and Yalmatu Deba to benefit.

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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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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

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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