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Northeast Govs Okay Adamawa Agribusiness Model To Be Extended To Other States

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By Muhammad B Muhammad

The Northeast Governors forum has agreed that the research on innovative financial model of the Adamawa State Government tagged Agribusiness Support Programme be extended to all the states in the region.

The Vice Chairman of the forum and Governor of Adamawa state, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri stated this while reading out a communique issued by the forum shortly after its fifth Meeting in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital on Tuesday.

The Governor said the forum directed the management of Arewa Research and Development Project ARDP to submit the project proposal to the forum Secretariat for onward transmission to the various states for implementation.

According to the communique, the Governors deliberated extensively on the Mambilla power project and noted with dismay, that the project is surrounded by a lot of contractual encumbrances which have stalled its take-off and realization.

The forum, therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to accord the project the desired seriousness by establishing a Special Purpose Vehicle SPV to address the encumbrances and bring the project to reality.

“The forum notes the general improvement of the Security situation in the region and calls for continuous collaboration of all the security agencies in the country to sustain the gains. The Forum, condoles Mr. President, the Nigerian Army and the families of the late Chief of Army Staff Major General Ibrahim Attahiru and the other officers who lost their lives while on duty. It also congratulates the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya on his appointment.

“The Forum calls on the diplomatic community, partners and donor agencies supporting the region to activate the process of transiting from humanitarian to stabilization and durable solution within the region. This will ensure sustainability and give people the opportunity to help themselves out of poverty. This will address socio-economic dimension of insecurity in the region.

“The Forum also notes the negative impact of drug and narcotic substances in the region and the extent to which it fuels the insurgency and other forms of criminality in the region. It therefore calls for support in the area of stopping drug trafficking and enforcing narcotic control within the region and across the borders.

“The Forum notes the good work of the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria (REAN) and resolved to support the agency to deliver on its mandate within the region. It however, calls on the agency to intensify working with designated Focal Persons at the individual State level to ensure justifiable spread of projects across the region.

“While noting the activities of the NEDC as an intervention agency in the region, the Forum expressed deep concern that the level of consultation between the Commission and the various State Governments within the region on project priorities and locations is low and the speed of work on those projects already in place within the region, is slow.

“The Forum therefore calls on the Commission to consult the various State Governments within the region on priorities for intervention, location of projects and the development of the North East Masterplan. It equally calls for expedited action to complete the existing projects in the region.

“The Forum notes the technical support on potentials for growth and development of the region especially the Agribusiness Programme using innovative financing model of the Adamawa State Government by the Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP), and agreed that the research be extended to all the States of the region.

“Forum therefore directed the management of ARDP to immediately prepare and submit the project proposal to the NEGF Secretariat for onward transmission to the various States for implementation.

“The Forum while interacting with the Commissioners of the Federal Character Commission, appreciated their effort at ensuring compliance with the Federal Character principle. It however, expressed dismay over the shortfall in the number of applicants from the region in the recent recruitment into some Federal Agencies. The forum therefore, resolved to follow up with all the concerned agencies to ensure that the region gets its fair share in the recruitments into the concerned agencies.

“The Forum deliberated extensively on the presentation on the Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project and noted with dismay, that the project as important as it is, to Nigeria and the North-East sub-region, is surrounded by a lot of contractual encumbrances which have stalled its take-off and realization. The Forum, therefore calls on the President to accord the project the desired seriousness by establishing a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to address the encumbrances and bring the project to reality.

“In its bid to reposition Education in the sub-region, the Forum has received report from the North East Council on Education. It has taken the Councils’ advisory on the improvement of quality and performance of students and teachers screening and training in the region, the Governors affirmed.

The forum says its next meeting will hold in Damaturu, Yobe State, on Saturday, 9th October, 2021.

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Gov Fintiri Performs Groundbreaking Of 2 Flyovers In Bauchi

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Adamawa State Governor, the Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on Sunday performant the ground breaking off the construction of two Flyover bridges in the heart of Bauchi by the State Government.


Performing the flag off on behalf of the Bauchi State Government, Governor Fintiri declared that Senator Bala Mohammad has developed a legacy of promises kept.


“With the projects I have seen in Bauchi State and the ones in the offing including the overhead bridges, we are about to flag off now, I am left with no other option than to congratulate the good people of Bauchi State for having a visionary and courageous leader like Senator Bala.

“The true definition of leadership often times, is not rooted in the quantum of resources at the disposal of a leader. It is more measured by the vision and courage such a leader brings to the fore in the decision of how such resource are deployed and the craft of what project are prioritized.” He said.


Governor Fintiri while commending Senator Bala for the design and prioritization of projects, noted that only few leaders have the courage to rise above lazy routes and brace up to gigantic projects.


He said that overerhead bridges referred to as Flyovers are not just symbols of municipal ecstasies but solutions to vehicular traffic which eases movement. “Having them in Bauchi is therefore a good decision that would continue to define the vision of Senator Bala Mohammed in solving the problem of not only the present-day Bauchi but the Bauchi of tomorrow.”


Speaking earlier, the Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammad noted that population growth informed the idea behind constructing the flyover, adding that it will redefining urban transportation.


Governor Bala said as gateway to the North East it will give a first visitor to the region a good impression.


He noted that the choice of Governor Fintiri to break the ground is deliberate, describing him as one of the best that has changed the landscape of the region through the execution of viable projects.


The Governor of Borno. Prof Babgana Zulum and that of Gombe Mohammad Inuwa Yahaya were present at the event.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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Adamawa Poly Matriculates 2,818 New Students For 2023/2024 Academic Session

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By Atanga Philip

A total of 2,818 student have been matriculated into various discipline of studies at the Adamawa State Polytechnic Yola for the 2023/2024 academic session.

Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof Mohammed Dahiru Toungos gave the revelation at the weekend in his welcome address at the school’s matriculation ceremony Polytechnic.

Breaking down the admission category, the Rector explained that Yola and Jambutu campus have two thousand four hundred and twelve, two hundred and fourteen at Numan campus while it’s National Skill Qualification, NSQF has one hundred and two.

Professor Toungos pointed out that though the institution recorded low enrollment it however poised to delivering quality service to the students.

He enjoined the matriculants to commit to their studies with tenacity and focus.

The Rector urged the learners to be regular and consistent in attendance at lecture and eschew all forms of deviant behaviours.

While assuring them of maximum security and safety, Dahiru Toungos congratulated and them successful and prosperous studies.

Earlier in a remark, the students representative of the Polytechnic, Mr. Kingsley Johanna appreciated the school’s management for the privilege to study.

He counselled the matriculating students to widen their horizon and positively impact the society during and after their stay at the Polytechnic.

Yohanna who expressed their readiness to be law abiding charged his colleagues to seek and embrace wisdom, honesty and integrity among other noble virtues.

It is now left for the students to delve into studies in earnest and all tenacity to justify the oath they took and get their parents to pride in them.

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Bauchi Lawmaker Pledges To Expedite Passage Of Bill On Reduction Of Out-Of-School Children

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Honourable Nasiru Ala, the Chairman, House Committee on Education in the Bauchi State House of Assembly has pledged to expedite the passage of the state framework Bill to reduce Out-Of-School in the state.

He made the pledge during a two-day regional stakeholders meeting on out-of-school children and retention, transition as well as completion models in Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa states.

According to him, any moment the bill is sent to the state House of Assembly from the Executive, the lawmakers would expedite actions to ensure that the bill is passed within three to four weeks.

He said “based on the law making, we are going to enact this particular law on the domestication of the Bauchi state framework to reduce Out-of-School children bill within three to four weeks from the day of reception from the Executive Arm.

“Our governor has been very cooperative and supportive on this particular issue of out of school children because it is a serious menace.

“As an academic, I’m not always happy anytime I hear the word Out-of-School children.

“That is why it’s not going to be a big deal in the Bauchi state House of Assembly to enact the state framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state.

“In three weeks time In-Sha-Allah, we are going to pass into Bill this State Framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state”.

Also speaking, Mr Raphael Aiyedipe, Education Officer, UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, said that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had developed a National Framework of Action to Reduce Out-of-School Children and drive access to education in the country.

According to him, the framework commits to substantially and systematically decrease the number of Out-of-School children in Nigeria by 2030.

He highlighted some of the objectives of the framework to include; improve access and quality of education for all Nigerian children, drive improvement in learning and relevant skills development.

Others, he said, were to accelerate the social and economic development of communities and the country at large.

“The Framework has 5 thematic areas that includes; political actors and this means gaining the political will and government commitment.

“Best practices and alternative pathways and this translates to defeating learning poverty, Community accountability, that is engaging stakeholders to build ownership.

“Technology and ICT which means improving access through innovative solutions and Financing mechanisms, that is, reaching the most vulnerable,” he explained.

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