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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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Insurgents Are Again Responsible For Michika Blackout – Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Boko Haram insurgents have again vandalised the lines that generated power from Danboa substation in Borno State to Michika and environs in Adamawa State.

The State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had in July, 2020 commissioned the rehabilitated power sub-station for Michika and Madagali local government areas at the cost of N283.8m.

Before the rehabilitation, it was Boko Haram insurgents that damaged the power lines and installations which cut off power supply from the national grid subjecting the people to a total blackout for over 6 years.

As if that damage was not enough, after the rehabilitation, the insurgents have again destroyed the power lines from Danboa substation.

Fintiri disclosed this at Madzi Development Area in Michika while canvassing votes for the PDP candidates ahead of the forthcoming February and March elections in the country.

Governor Fintiri told the residents that the military has assured him that normalcy has been restored in that area and has given go ahead to the Government to recconect the power lines, promising to act in that regard.

“We have rehabilitated electricity in Michika and Madagali. 2 years ago, Boko Haram insurgents have again destroyed the power lines, coming from Danboa.

“I spoke with Brigade Commander, he told me that they have taken over the bushes around Danboa from Boko Haram and we should send personnel to reconnect the lines,” he said.

In his remarks, Honourable Zira Wampa who spoke on behalf of the communities, assured Governor Fintiri their readiness to deliver him, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other PDP candidates in next elections.

Meanwhile, Governor Fintiri has assured the people of Bazza Development Area that his administration will build roads in the area having constructed many in Michika town and environs.

Governor Fintiri who disclosed this when he takes campaign train of the PDP to canvassing for votes, reminded the people the giant strides of his administration in the areas of education, security, health and Infrastructure among others.

He asked especially the women folk to take advantage of the Government’s Health Insurance Programme and register for free medical services to pregnant ones among them, children from five years and below, the aged and displaced persons.

“I will continue to protect your lives and property. We achieve much in all sectors. We improve payment of pension and gratuity. We have commenced salary payment with minimum wage for workers at the local government level alongside gratuity,” he said.

Former Deputy Governor of the Defunct Gongola State, Barrister David Barau said the people of Bazza will no doubt support Governor Umaru Fintiri in the March election, because of his excellence performance and character worthiness.

“The reasons for our promise to support you are one; excellent performance, two;
Numerous dividends of democracy in the areas of security and health as well as your competence, capacity, knowledge and reliability,” said Barau.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Michael Zirra, Ayuba Fari and Captain Altine Inuwa among other speakers vowed to deliver Governor Fintiri and all PDP Candidates describing Bazza as a stronghold of the party.

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We’ll Soon Flag Off Michika-Kamale Road Project – Gov Fintiri

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Friday announced readiness of the State government to award contract for road project from Michika to Kamale.

The Governor disclosed this in Garta, Michika local government area when he led campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

The Governor said arrangements are in the pipeline to execute the road project with three bridges as according to him survey has already been conducted by the government.

“I want to assure you the people of Garta, we have commenced plans to award contract of this road. By the Grace of God, we will begin the work in the next one or two months,” said Fintiri.

On the request by the community for lifting of ban on the use of mortocycle in Garta and environs, Governor Fintiri promised to make consultations and see the possibility or otherwise of the issue.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Yakubu Tsala, former Managing Director Nigeria Sugar Council and former federal lawmaker, Adamu Kamale assured block votes of the people to Governor Fintiri and other PDP candidates.

Highlight of the rally was handing over of 18 seater bus to Governor Fintiri to help the PDP campaign train by Dr Williams Kamale among other gifts presented as well as various cultural dance.

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Michika Agog As Crowd Storms PDP Rally To Welcome Gov Fintiri

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In what many residents of Michika described as mother of all rallies, supporters of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday afternoon stormed the campaign gathering at the centre of the town.

Upon his arrival to Michika town from Garta, Governor Umaru Fintiri was received by the people who came out en masse from all conners and proceeded to accompany him in droves to the venue of the campaign rally.

Speaking at the event, Governor Fintiri appreciated the people for the show of love and solidarity, promising to continue to make them proud by working for their welfare and development of Michika.

“I will continue to work for you and make you proud. My administration has restored security and today we sleep with our two eyes close. We will continue to fight these miscreants,” said Governor Fintiri.

Fintiri added that, “we will continue to make education free. We’ll make sure that the children of the poor get quality and affordable education across the state.”

He called on the people to vote for Atiku Abubakar as next Nigeria’s President to end the current hardships brought upon on the citizens by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government.

“Let’s continue to fast and pray so that we will get a leader that will bring socour to us. Let’s pray and fast so that we’ll get a leader that will end killings of our brothers and sisters. We will never elect APC again,” he said.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu has presented flag to Zakari Dauda Nyampa, and Moses Yarima as PDP candidates for House of Representatives and State Assembly respectively.

PDP Chairman in Michika, Emmanuel Simbus lauded Fintiri for executing road projects in the area and appointed their sons and daughters into key positions of government.

The Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Dr Ishaya Dabari, and Peter Salihu Gogura both said Governor Fintiri does not need to campaign in Michika as they are set to pay him back by voting him massively.

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