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Sultan Of Sokoto Visits Gombe, Hails Gov Inuwa’s Leadership Style

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By Ismaila Uba Misilli

…As Gombe Governor Names Road in Honour of President- General of NSCIA

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll has described Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya as a truthful, passionate, accountable and steadfast leader with passion for peace, unity and development of his state and Nigeria.

The Sultan of Sokoto passed the compliments when he paid a courtesy visit on the governor at his official residence in Gombe.

Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar who also described Governor Inuwa as a long standing ally, saying he has been following the governor’s laudable achievements on several developmental projects in the last two years.

The spiritual leader of Muslim faithful in Nigeria noted that as a long standing close confidant to the governor for nearly four decades, he will continue to encourage him to do more of such gigantic projects and will equally advise him to correct and improve on his shortcomings, if any.

He assured that in no distant time he will pay a visit to the state to fully appreciate the excellent work of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

The Sultan also enjoined leaders at all levels in the country to put in more effort in order to tackle insecurity, poverty hunger and all the negative indicators confronting the Nigerian State.

The NSCIA President- General added that the traditional institution exist to always guide and advise political leaders and not to criticize or cast aspersions on them.

“We do not criticize leaders, we advise them, we critique their activities because criticism is different from critique so when you are doing something right we pray for you and push you to do more and when you are doing wrong as a human being, we’ll advise and caution you on what you are supposed to do and if the Almighty makes it happen for you to do what we advise and it becomes good for us we thank you and if you don’t we have discharged our responsibility very well”.

The Sultan of Sokoto was also of the view that traditional institutions will not shy away from constantly advising leaders to be just and do right to all manner of people irrespective of tribal or religious affiliations.

He noted that both the traditional and political institutions in the country are partners in progress and not competitors, saying the two parties should continue to have a healthy working relationship for the benefit of the Nigerian people.

He emphasized the need for leaders at all levels to fear Allah knowing fully well that he is the one that gives and takes power to whomever he pleases and at the time he chooses.

Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar said the Sultanate Council in appreciation of governor Yahaya’s humble attributes and accomplishments will soon confer a chieftaincy title on him.

In his response, Governor Inuwa Yahaya described Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar lll as a charismatic leader ordained by God and who epitomizes the true essence of Islam and engenders peace and tranquility, especially at a time when the country is faced with numerous social, economic, political and religious challenges.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya expressed satisfaction with the leadership qualities of Sultan of Sokoto and gratitude for uniting the Ummah within and outside the country, describing the traditional ruler as an embodiment of truthfulness and forthrightness.

He said being a Governor in a cosmopolitan State like Gombe, his administration remains committed and is determined to carry everyone along without recourse to indigene settlers dichotomy, citing an example with an igbo man residing in Gombe among the appointees in his government which he said signifies unity and social cohesion among all the multi ethnic groups in Gombe state.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya assured Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar lll that his administration will continue on the path of peace of equity, equality and justice to which the Sultanate stands for and ultimately Islam as a religion.

“We would like to assure you that the path on which you put us, we shall never derail, we shall work hard to make sure that we bring prosperity, peace, harmony and progress to our people because without that it means we as leaders have failed and we shall not fail you by the grace of God”.

The courtesy visit witnessed the presentation of two historical books on the Caliphate by the Sultan of Sokoto to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and the 10 Year Gombe Development Plan by the Governor to Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Shortly after the visit, Governor Inuwa Yahaya led the Sultan of Sokoto Sa’ad Abubakar lll, Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll and other dignitaries to Commission a road named in his honour of the Sultan at Gandu quarters of Gombe metropolis.


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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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Gov Fintiri Mourns Apostle Hinjari, Calls For Arrest Of His Killers

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has expressed sadness over the gruesome murder of Apostle Jerry Hinjari at his residence recently, describing it as a colossal loss. “I am heartbroken and devastated by this senseless loss.”

Governor Fintiri in a statement by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou noted that , “Apostle Hinjari while on earth led a purposeful and impactful life. He was an ardent preacher of the word, a passionate soul winner, a transformational leader and a builder of men.”

Though young at heart, the Governor said “He stood tall and had never wavered in continuously delivering messages of hope, talking about boisterous relationship issues and good Christian conduct that found ready expression with the youths. Adamawa community has lost a true soldier in the army of Christ.’’

The Governor who described as wicked the act of his assailants assured that on no account will Government allow enemies of progress have their way and directed security agencies to rise to the occasion and unearthed the killers of the popular preacher.

“Going into elections, we as a Government will do everything humanly possible to ensure criminals have no hiding place. We have worked hard to restore the peace of the State and will not allow hoodlums turn the wheel of progress of Adamawa State.”

He stated that the Preacher will be remembered for his life-changing messages and that the church and indeed the Christian community is elated that he left a worthy legacy behind.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has also expressed sadness over the death of Abdullahi Duda a former Chairman of Madagali Local Government, describing as shocking the news of his passage.

“Honestly, I lack words; I got confused when I got the message and could not recover, but I had to sum up my courage and strength.”

Abdullahi Duda who was the Interim Chairman before the present leadership in Local Government Councils of the State died on Saturday at the age of 55.

“Abdullahi’s contribution to the development of the state will not be forgotten in a hurry. He was an astute politician who was very loyal. He continued to contribute his quota to the development of the state.”

“On behalf of the government and good people of Adamawa State, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and Madagali community on this great and irreparable loss. He surely paid his dues and the State and Madagali community will always remember him.”

“The State Government under my administration will continue to ensure that the ideals he propagated while alive will continue to be upheld and improved upon,” the Governor said.

The deceased who returned from treatment in India on Thursday died Saturday night.

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Work On Gyawana-Opalo-Hoki Electricity Project Will Begin Soon – Gov Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has announced that work on Gyawana-Opalo-Hoki electricity project in Lamurde Local government area will commence soon.

The Governor who revealed this when he led the campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvassing for votes in Gyawana, Lamurde Local Government Area ahead of the forthcoming elections said Government will begin connection of the remaining communities without light to the national grid.

He told the people of Gyawana, Opalo Ngbakowo and Dubwangun wards that his administration has constructed 4km in Lamurde town, 11km of rural road and built 60-bed capacity hospital among others in the local government area.

Governor Umaru Fintiri while noting how his administration turned around the education sector, said he has given local government council chairmen approval to employ more qualified teachers into primary schools to enhance teaching and learning in the state.

On the tussle between host community/workers and management of Dangote Sugar Refinary Numan, Governor Fintiri told the electorates how he asked Alhaji Aliko Dangote to pay compensation among other things to the victims.

He called on the people to support his re-election bid and vote for all PDP candidates in the forthcoming general elections from top to bottom for better Adamawa and Nigeria as a whole.

After the Gyawana rally, Governor Umaru Fintiri alongside top government officials has commissioned Lecture Hall at College of Agriculture Ganye Satelitte Campus Gyawana in Lamurde Local government area.

Meanwhile, Governor Umaru Fintiri in Suwa, Lamurde LGA for the campaign has reassured his commitment to maintain the diversity of Adamawa people and provide equity and fairness to all tribes in the state for peace and tranquility.

Governor Fintiri told the people of Suwa, Sabon Layi and Waduku Wards that the government would continue to protect their lives and property to the best of its ability urging them to vote for PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections.

According to the Governor, It is only quality and affordable education that will bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and therefore reiterates his continued commitment to provide free education in the state.

He promised to drill borehole in Suwa and directed the State Ministry of Rural Infrastructure and Community Development to connect the area and Waduku to the national grid with immediate effect.

Governor Fintiri has during the rally sympathized with the people over the death of PDP Youth Leader in Suwa Ward, Hon. Mairiga Yohannah who was being laid to rest today (Saturday) in Lamurde and prayed to God to grant him eternal rest.

An elder statesman in Suwa, Mr Gabriel Yakubu commended Governor Fintiri for his free education Programme among other giant strides of his administration and assured him and other PDP candidates massive votes of the community.

While on a stop over in Timnu in the Local Government Area, Governor Umaru Fintiri has promised to procure brand new additional transformer for the community for improved electricity as requested by leaders of the community.

The Governor asked the electorates to continue to maintain peace among them as according to him government on its part will not relent until the citizens sleep with their two eyes close across the state.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu while presenting flag to Hon. Pawikai Bauna as the party’s Candidate for State Assembly Member Lamurde Constituency in Gyawana urged the people to maintain their support for the party.

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