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Gombe Chief Executive Bags Award As Most Outstanding Chairman Of State IRS

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..Attributes Feat to Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s Economic Diversification, Result- Oriented Policies

The National Productivity Centre, a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity has presented a prestigious award of excellence to the Executive Chairman of Gombe State Internal Revenue Service, Mr Abubakar Inuwa Tata as the most outstanding Chairman of state revenue service in the country.

The Gombe state awardee was formally recognized during the special award presentation summit held at the Nigerian Army resource Centre Abuja.

The Director General of the Centre, Dr Kashim Akor while presenting the award to the recipient, said the National Productivity Centre found Abubakar Inuwa Tata worthy of the award for his resilience in revenue generation, productivity and compliance ever since he assumed office two years ago.

Dr Kashim noted that despite Covid-19 economic bite, Gombe state internal revenue service has in the last two years recorded rapid and significant improvement in revenue generation, productivity and compliance.

“We are celebrating Gombe state today because of the leadership role the Governor, the awardee and his management team have been playing resiliently by steering our nation while deftly navigating uncertainties brought about by economic pressure, security challenges and Covid 19 pandemic among others through initiating of ideas, innovations and investment required to build and nurture Nigeria to a stable and peaceful socio-political entity”

The Director General added that the award presentation summit was organised to recognise and celebrate chairmen and members of management team of various institutions across the six geopolitical zones who played exceptional roles in enabling and facilitating growth in the political space and by extension the national gross domestic product (GDP) through breaking new grounds in development, implementation and institutionalization of forward looking policy direction, projects delivery and process improvement in the areas of budget and finance, taxation, e governance, legislation, Agriculture, staff development and training among others.

Speaking shortly after the award presentation summit at a civic reception organised by Gombe state internal revenue services in his honor, Mr Abubakar Inuwa Tata attributed his achievements in the said financial institution to the people- centred and result- oriented economic policies of governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya as well as the free hand granted him to run the affairs of the institution coupled with dedication of his management team and other stakeholders operating within the system.

Mr Tata acknowledged the commendable support and cooperation he is being accorded by tax payers at both individual and institutional levels without which he noted, the institution’s objectives of meeting its periodic target cannot be achieved.

He said despite the stiff resistance he met from vested interest when he took over, yet he was able to summout the challenges through tactful and strict measures coupled with severe penalties on defaulters.

Abubakar Inuwa Tata further said his institution had reviewed and reintroduced some motivational policies that encourage his staff in competing for revenue collection such as cash of collection allowance (coca) where revenue collectors with high turnover legitimately benefit from what they have generated.

“The measure we took to ensure tax and revenue leakages are checked was the prohibition of cash collection by our staff as it was in the past where public funds generated from tax payers get into personal pockets of few individuals and that significantly improved our revenue generation from 6.8 billion in 2019 to 8.56 billion in the year 2020”.

The chairman who assured tax payers in Gombe state that while their funds have already started being put to use for road construction, assured that more infrastructural developments will come on stream across the nooks and crannies of the state so long they maintain compliance in tax payment.

He stressed the need for the institution to be financially and operationally autonomous as the case in many commercial states of the country to enable them have absolute power in decisions making.

“Gombe state internal revenue services is undergoing transformation as such paradigm shift requires absolute power to initiate in house policies in all areas of operations for maximum productivity”.

He thanked Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for finding him worthy to contribute his quota back home through steering the affairs of Gombe state internal revenue services and Gombe state Fiscal responsibility Commission.

The civic reception held at the Custodian Hotel in Abuja was attended by Hon. Commissioner of environment and forestry, Dr Husaina Danjuma Goje, Accountant General, Alhaji Umar B.Babagoro, officials of Gombe state internal revenue services, members of Gombe community in Federal Capital Territory and other well wishers.

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Wike: APC Chieftain Lampoons Northern Politicians In Tinubu’s Cabinet

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A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Sai’du Bobboi lampooned Northern politicians who have formed the cabinet of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a bunch of failures in representing the entire region.

He said the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Barrister Nyesome Wike is an intruder and the Party’s interloper who came from the opposition ruling party and displaced them in silenced any issues concerning the northern region.

He accused Wike of attacking some well-meaning Nigerians, especially those from the Northern extraction at will without any of the politicians in the current government fighting for the injustice being meted out by the current FCT minister to many sons and Daughters of the party.

Sai’du from Adamawa Central Senatorial District gave the example of Messrs Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd managing the affairs of the International Conference Center (ICC) Abuja abruptly revoked its contract with the federal government by Wike without following due process.

According to him, Wike did that because the company is owned by a Northerner and revoked the contractual agreement with the sole aim of empowering his political cronies who will be loyal to him in 2027.

The Adamawa State-born politician said the crop of ministers from the Northern region in the current cabinets are Wike stooges who do not have the capability and capacity to stand against injustice and defend anyone in the North.

Worried that if they cannot defend the interest of the North and any politician who has served the party well and wholeheartedly worked for the success of the party they have become failures and all Nigerians should boo them because they are a disgrace.

Sai’du further said that Mallam Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi, a non-serving Senator who has represented Adamawa Southern Senatorial District in recent times became a victim of Wike’s “rascality” of attacking Northerners.

Sai’du who was the former National Chairman of the KOWA Party said Moallayidi was one of the few individuals who sacrificed a lot in delivering President Tinubu and all he could get in return was Wike’s sheer wickedness in attacking Northerners.

He called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency replace Wike with a more decent politician from Rivers State who is a true member of APC otherwise, the excesses of his leadership are becoming more unbecoming and will consume everyone in the party, including the president.

“Wike from PDP is getting on the nerves of everyone in APC, the Man is having his field day and his atrocities are going unhindered being aided by the so-called Ministers who are afraid to call him to order.

“All I’m saying is he should stand up for Justice and stop fighting those who worked for the party that’s today a beneficiary of their hard work and labor through all sorts of pains to bring Tinubu on board,” Sai’du said

Sai’du a one-time Vice Presidential Candidate of the KOWA PARTY in the 2015 Presidential Election With Professor Oluremi Sonayya as the only woman Presidential candidate continued to say that the APC party is becoming evil with the glaring tendencies of killing her own bonafide Sons and Daughters.

“Many people sacrificed a lot, who against all odds served the party and spent their time, energy and resources in bringing into power the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu are today crying for marginalization because the likes of Wike are the Alpha and Omega of all that’s happening in the party.” He said

He said Northern politicians in Tinubu’s regime are dosing off, they should wake up and fight for the collective interest of the entire region.

“Your silence is too much for our liking, you are becoming stooges to a Man that ought to be under your tutelage. He has silenced you and is making you irrelevant in this administration for his personal interest. Under your nose is fighting one of our own for no just course, under your watch is meting out injustice to some northern politicians and none of you can address him. You are failing us, you are not representing us well and you all will regret it later. Remember the consequences of your actions or inactions will bore down to the electorates to decide.” Sai’du further stated

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ADSUBEB Acting Chair, Shehu Felicitates With Gov Fintiri, Muslim Faithful On Eid-el-Fitr

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The Acting Chairman Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board, (ADSUBEB) Malam Shehu Umar Shehu has congratulated Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and Muslim faithful in the state on the occasion of the 2024 Eid-el-Fitr, marking the end of the Ramadan fast.

Shehu, in his Sallah message made available to this platform, urged Adamawa people, especially Muslim faithful, to continue devoting themselves to prayers for unity, peaceful coexistence, and the progress of the state.

He called on people to keeping faith with the leadership of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, assuring that the state would continue to witness the type of greatness desired by citizens.

Malam Shehu acknowledged that the efforts of the Governor Umaru Fintiri led administration to improving the education are yielding results, and advised people to continue to support the present administration. 

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How Gov Fintiri, Atiku, Others Celebrate Eid-El-Fitir In Yola

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Wednesday joined hundreds of Muslims at the Yola Eid ground to observe 2-raka’at supererogatory prayer in commemoration of this years Eid-el-fitir celebration.

Other dignitaries at the Eid ground include Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Waziri Adamawa, Alhaji Mustafa Aminu, the Galadima Adamawa among other senior government officials, traditional title holders, district heads among others.

In his sermon shortly after he led the 2 raka’at prayer, the Chief Imam of Modibbo Adama Central mosque, Yola, Khadi Ahmadu Bobboi admonished Muslims to fear Allah, shun away from all sinful activities even after the Ramadan period.

Bobboi urged the faithful to be thankful to Allah at all times, supplicate and pray fervently with their families for God guidance so that peace and tranquillity will continue to reign in the state and the country in general.

Governor Umaru Fintiri in an interview with newsmen shortly after the prayer, expressed gratitude to Almighty Allah for the successful completion of Ramadan fasting and celebration of the Eid-el-fitir.

He said: “We are grateful to Almighty Allah for allowing us to observe one of the five Pillars of Islam. With this, I congratulate all Muslims across the world particularly Adamawa and Nigeria.

“And to urge us to live a life of modesty as enjoyed by Islam, help the needy, coexist peacefully and respect one another. This is my message today for the good people of my state and the country.”

Contributing, the Waziri Adamawa, Alh Atiku Abubakar while congratulating Muslims on the celebration of Eid-El-Fitir, describes the hardships Nigerians are going through as most unfortunate but expressed optimism that the country will overcome it.

“We should work hard and support government policies that are designed actually to alleviate the sufferings of the poor people. Basically, I’m not satisfied with the federal government policies, ” he said.

Meanwhile, 4 years down the line, the palace of the Lamido Adamawa HRH Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa, was back to life as Muslim faithful from various district and ethnic groups joined in the famous durba celebration and paid sallah homage at the palace of the Lamido in Yola.

The colorful event which was suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic was revived, to enable the faithful mark the end Eid-El-Fitr celebration in grand style.

In attendance at the Lamido’s palace for the epoch celebration was Governor Umaru Fintiri, former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Awwal Tukur, Security Chiefs and other top Government officials among others.

In his speech, the former VP who is the Waziri Adamawa, congratulated the Muslim faithful for successfully completing the 2024 Ramadan fasting and urged the faithful to be steadfast in their commitment to humanity and respect for authorities.

He lamented the current economic situation of the country, and called on people to turn to God in prayers and support leaders to address the situation.

He commended Governor Fintiri for coming through in the face of the current hardships by distributing palliatives ro the citizens and urged the people not be tempted to sale the food items freely giving to them.

He further urged the government to assist farmers with farm inputs and called people to embrace farming as a means of survival to overcome the current hardships.

The Waziri Adamawa also urged farmers to plant early maturing crops in order to have a bumper harvest.

He also called on the people to work closely with security operatives and support them with relevant information that will aid in addressing insecurity in their communities.

Regarding the 2024 Hajj operation, he appealed to the government to look into the situation that is fast becoming affair for the rich and assist the pilgrims to enable them tap into the blessings of one of the important pillars in islam.

The Waziri Adamawa who stood in for Lamido Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa throughout the celebration has received a Sallah gift from Governor Umaru Fintiri at the event.

SAHEL REPORTERS.

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