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Fintiri Salutes UN For Earmarking 375m Dollars To Fight Food Insecurity In Northeast

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Tuesday saluted the United Nations UN for earmarking three hundred and seventy five million dollars to fight food insecurity in the Northeast subregion.

He made the commendation in an interview with newsmen shortly after he led a delegation from UN agencies to a meeting with community representatives of Madagali local government area of Adamawa State in Gulak town.

The meeting was convened to assess humanitarian needs of the people devastated by activities of insurgency especially in the area of food security, with a view to bring intervention.

Fintiri said the role of the state government has been proactive in rendering humanitarian support to the traumatized people and indeed drawing the attention of development partners and donor agencies in that regard.

The Governor represented by the Secretary to the State Government SSG, Malam Bashir Ahmad revealed that the government has allocated a proposed Humanitarian base site to the UN for establishment of humanitarian hub in Madagali.

“The humanitarian hub site has been earmarked for that since 2018. The UN delegation is interested in setting up the hub so as to ease their movements and coordinate all other NGOs in Madagali and environs in the humanitarian aspect.

“I’m very confident, we will get good consideration. What the resident humanitarian coordinator told me was that he will use the information gathered to make a proposal so that Adamawa will get good percentage of the money,” the Governor said.

Earlier at the meeting with Community leaders at the Madagali local government council Secretariat, the UN humanitarian coordinator, Edward Kallon who is the leader of the delegation sympathized with people of the area over the activities of insurgency.

While acknowledging the effort of government and people towards improving security in the area, Mr Kallon urged the state government not allow new Boko Haram to establish governance structures in any part of Adamawa as it will be difficult to extract them.

“We’re here to address both humanitarian and development needs and ensure peace building in Adamawa state. This is because the humanitarian effort doesn’t end in military success,” the UN Chief said.

In their separate contributions, the Chairman Madagali local government council, Mr Aiden Tsukum and district head of Duhu Muhammad Mustafa Sanusi enumerated hunger, poverty, malnutrition, health challenges as some of the problems of the people in the area.

On his part, the district head of Gulak, Bello Ijadi suggested for a construction of earth dam in the area so that youths can engage in a dry season farming, which he believed will take them away from indulging into insurgency.

Governor Umaru Fintiri and the UN delegation after the meeting have inspected the ongoing construction of office complex at the Madagali local government Secretariat and proposed humanitarian hub site.

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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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