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Taraba: Council Chair Urges For Assistance To Victims As Flood Ravages Communities



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Residents of various communities in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State woke up in the early hours of Saturday 10th July, 2021 in a sad mood as flood submerged several houses and some business premises.

Our Correspondent reports that the flooding followed a heavy rainfall which started at about 2am and lasted four three hours.

Most affected by the flood were houses and business premises located close to River Mayo_Gwai area in the state capital.

Our Correspondent who visited the area also gathered that the Hamman Ruwa bridge (Mayo-gwai Bridge), on major road leading to government house was flooded leaving several motorists stranded by both side of the bridge.

Further investigation revealed that household items, food stuffs and animals as well as farm crops worth millions of Naira were lost in the flood which affected more than 200 houses all located by the Mayo-gwai River.

When visited the affected communities under his watch, the Chairman of Jalingo local government area council of the state, Hon. Abdulnasir Bobboji appealed to both federal and state governments for urgent provision of relief materials and medication to victims of the Flood disaster in the LG.

The affected areas include Mayo-Gai, Rubi, Magami among others.

The chairman described the disaster as the will of God and very devastating as the flood ravaged more than 200 houses and displaced thousands of people including women and children.

Hon. Abdulnasir Bobboji, therefore called on Taraba state government, the National Emergency management Agency (NEMA) and the federal ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management as well as the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to come to the aid of the victims.

He maintained that he has seen the level of destruction where many of the victims lost their belongings which called for immediate assistance to reduce their suffering.

” You can see many houses have collapsed, property including food stuffs destroyed by the Flood and therefore there is the urgent needs to assist the victims and after our assessment, we are going write to all the authority concerns that i mentioned to provide succor to the victims” said Bobboji.

He however, re-warned people to desist from living within flood front areas, saying that an awareness enlightenment campaign had been sponsored on both Radio and Television stations in the state in regards to that.

Some residents who spoke to newsmen, Hadiza Musa, Esther Bulus and Adamu Muhammed all attributed the disaster to the will of God and thanked God that no life were lost, while they appealed to the government at all levels including wealthy individuals to come to their aids as almost all their belongings has been carted away by the flood.

Meanwhile one lane of the Mayo-gwai bridge was closed to traffic because of a crack noticed on a potion of the bridge following the flood that also submerged the bridge.

The Jalingo local government Chairman alongside team of the Nigerian Red Cross Society officials in the state while at the bridge said, Engineers from the state Ministry of Work would be invited to assess the bridge and certify if it is safe to ply the lane.

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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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