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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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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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