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Adamawa @30: Gov Fintiri’s 2 Years Of Impactful Stewardship

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By Abubakar Idris Papah
 

Today, I feel obligated to reflect on the last three decades after Adamawa state was carved from defunct Gongola state which birthed both Adamawa and Taraba states. This reflection became imperative, looking at the positive changing faces Adamawa state is witnessing under the stewardship of His Excellency Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri. 
 
It could be recalled that this day, 30 years ago, precisely on the 27th August 1991, Gongola state was divided into two states of Adamawa and Taraba.
 
As government progresses, Adamawa state for the last 30 years had about 5-6 leaders who governed the state. Yet, Adamawa state in the last 28 years was on snail pace of development until the 2019 general election which ushered in the project master, His Excellency Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who upon took off as the Executive Governor of the state rejigged all facets in the state.
 
These developments ranging from Education, Security, Health, Agriculture and urban/Rural renewal are glaring and cannot be disputed.
 
Different sectors have their shares in the developmental prowess shown by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, under just two years of stewardship.
 
In the Educational sector, Governor Fintiri relieved parents from paying the mandatory Exams fees of WAEC/NECO for two years, and possibly till he leaves office, he has for two consecutive years been paying scholarship funds to Adamawa indigenes studying in all the tertiary institutions in the country.
 
Not only that, the Governor procured school learning materials, improved on school structures with the construction and rehabilitation of 5000 classrooms within the 21 LGAs of the State.
 
Apart from reintroducing free school feeding, he also reintroduced free and compulsory basic Education. Similarly, Governor Fintiri offered scholarship allowances to 60 Adamawa indigenes to study Engineering Courses abroad, India to be precise. 
 
His Excellency Fintiri, improved on the capital projects being implemented by the state Universal Basic Education Board Yola, by offsetting the backlog and fresh counterpart funding to UBEC. 
 
In the Health sector, Governor Fintiri approved the upgrade of all general hospitals in the state, he initiated 7 new cottage hospitals which 4 are almost completed while 3 are ongoing. During the covid-19 first wave, Governor Fintiri procured some basic equipment like the ventilators, Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE), logistics and staff welfare. 
 
In the thorny of Security, Governor Fintiri procured logistics for Army, DSS, Police, Civil defence and local hunters. He galvanized support which saw security arrangements tackling the dreaded Shila boys, kidnappers are not spared and the farmers/ herders clashes reduced to its bearest minimum.
 
The Governor achieved all these by setting up the OPERATION FARAUTA apparatus that saw a synergy amongst security agencies towards curbing crime rate throughout the state and its borders. Other communal clashes have also been nipped in the bud due to the Governor’s tough stance on maintaining peaceful co-existence.
 
In the Agricultural Sector, His Excellency Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri approved N233m for farm inputs after distribution of Fertilizer to Farmers across the state for wet and dry season. This prior to an earlier similar gesture for the 2020 wet season.
 
 INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
 
His Excellency Gov Fintiri having completed most of the abandoned projects initiated by previous administrations, has on one hand came up with new architectures that changed the developmental strides in the state.
 
Notable among Fintiri’s new and gigantic projects include Rehabilitation/ Construction of over 300 township roads both within the state capital and some LGAs. Plus, the establishment of two giant flyovers in the heart of the capital city to ease traffic and promote comfortable traverse of road.
 
One is located at the Total filling station/ capital junction in Yola while the grade interchange Flyover replaced the old police roundabout at the heart of the city and the road linking Yola town, Government house and several other routes this giving the capital city a beauty to marvel, as well as being the first in the Northeastern part of the country.
 
His Excellency who is also dubbed the Hasken Toungo, will forever be remembered by the people of ancient Toungo town for his ability to connect them with National grid, the first time since the creation of the Local Government Area more than 15 years ago. It is imperative to note that until then Toungo was the only LGA in the country without power supply, similarly he connected all the communities without electricity to the national grid. This major feat is now regarded as historic.
 
I can go on and on in a bid to enumerate on the impactful changes done by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in Adamawa, the truth is Adamawa is still counting its blessings under a leader who has been code named MR TRANSFORMER.
 
The revolution in development as demonstrated by our young amiable Governor is a testament to the fact that he came prepared to change the fortunes of the state for the better.
 
All that is needed for Adamawa people is to replicate this gesture by giving him the necessary support and cooperation needed for development to thrive.
 
Yes! 30 years down the line… I make bold to say that Governor Fintiri has not disappointed us in the few years he attained mantle of leadership.
 
Truly, FRESH AIR IS BLOWING as nothing and no one will be left BEHIND OR UNTOUCHED!!!

Abubakar Idris Papah, writes in Yola.
 

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Former Perm Sec Commissions 4.6km Damare Road, Lauds Fintiri’s Achievements

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A retired federal permanent secretary and elder statesman Alhaji Ahidjo Bamanga has lauded Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his outstanding achievements in 3 years which have uplifted the status of the state

He was speaking during the commissioning of 4.6km ATV Damare road in Girei local government area.

Speaking shortly before the commissioning Alhaji Bamanga applauded the Governor for his commitment towards changing the fortunes of the state.

The elder statesman described Governor Fintiri as a committed, result oriented and great achiever who has salvaged the state from the shackles of underdevelopment urging all Adamawa people to support him for continuity.

Earlier Governor Fintiri said the 4.6km road is part of the landmark achievements in the deliveries of the urban renewal campaign of his administration.

The Governor said government has developed a two way approach to infrastructural strides which is urban renewal and rural infrastructure and community development and it will not rest on its oars till it achieves that.

He proudly noted that Adamawa is wearing a beautiful look and has fast become an investment hub for investors.

While pledging to continue to flag off and commission projects till the end of his tenure he reiterated his resolve to ensure that no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched.

Commissioner of works and energy development, Adamu Atiku
said the 4.6km ATV Damare road is strategic and important as it has ameliorated the plight of commuters and opened up the area for development.

There were goodwill messages from the District Head of Girei, Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Mustapha, and chairman Girei Local Government Council Judah Amisa and Baba Salam.

High points of the event was a display of three hearty cheers from corp members who are major beneficiaries of the road which leads to the NYSC orientation camp Damare.

The Governor while inspecting the road had a stopover at the NYSC camp and was cheerfully welcomed by the corp members.

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Accountability: Nat’l Lottery Trust Fund Emerges 2nd Best Compliant Agency In Nigeria

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Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary , National Lottery Trust Fund, has said that the Agency emerged the second best accountability compliant in Federal Government Agency’s Anti Corruption and Transparency Units ( ACTU) in 2021.

Dr Bello Maigari made the agency’s stand clear in a statement issued on Monday and signed by Muhammad Auwal Adam, Media and Puɓlications unit of the Trust Fund.

Dr. Maigari equally stated that the agency was the fourth best compliant among the government MDA in efficiency and transparency in the workplace.

“In less than Three years of the constitution of the Unit, the agency scored 84.45% to emerge the second best compliant in agency category in Nigeria and the fourth best compliant MDA with systems and processes put in place to promote efficiency and transparency in the workplace”. Maigari said.

According to Dr. Maigari, the success is attributed to the efforts put by the agency’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).

The Executive Secretary stated that the development equally followed the high standards of transparency and accountability collectively exhibited by the management and staff of the agency.

Similarly, Federal Government has lauded the National Lottery Trust Fund for gigantic intervention in National Sports Development and urged other government MDAs to emulate.

According to Dr Bello Maigari, the commendation followed the giant intervention so far made by the agency in promoting nation’s sport.

He said that over N574m worth of sports equipment procured by the National Lottery Trust Fund and distributed to over 2000 selected public primary schools across the country.

He noted that the significance of the intervention would go along way in promoting good causes and sport Development among Nigerian Youths.//

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Ishaka Dedan Reelected As Adamawa NUJ Chair

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The Adamawa state Council of the Nigeria union of Journalists, NUJ Saturday held its election which saw the emergence of Ishaka Donald Dedan as the Chairman for the second term.

This was announced by the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the twenty twenty two election, Comrade Bashir Liman at the N UJ’s Secretariat, Press Centre Yola.

The returned Chairman, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan polled one hundred and ten votes to defeat his rival Comrade Kate Aliyuda who polled seventy two votes.

Meanwhile, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan polled one hundred and twenty votes to clinch the position of Secretary defeating his closest rival Jonathan Filibus who polled seventy three votes.

The office of the treasurer was won by Joy Diamond Leka with one hundred and sixteen votes beating her rival Felicia Amos who polled thirty seven.

Other positions of Auditor and Assistant Secretary were unopposed.

The newly elected leaders were administered oath of office by Barrister Sunday Wugira.

In an inaugural speech, the Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist, North East zone, Comrade Zare Baba charged the new executive to carry every body along and eschew bigotry and favoritism.

In an acceptance and victory speech, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan who thanked God for the victory pledged to play an open door policy.

Comrade Dedan who solicited prayers and support of the members urged them to advise them where necessary.

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary ministry of information, Barrister Isuwa Misali who congratulated the new executives to work together towards forging the union forward.

Other speakers at the event who presented their good will messages include NUT state Chairman, Comrade Rodney Nathan, representative of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN Adamawa state Chapter and Radio Television Theatre and Art Workers Union, RATTAWU.

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