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Sports: Taraba Qualifies For 6th U-15 National Youth Games In Illorin



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The host of the just concluded Zonal Elimination Championship, Taraba State has qualified to represent the zone in various team events at the forthcoming 6th National Youth Games scheduled for 10th to 29th of October 2021 in Illorin.

The zonal championship was ended on Sunday 5th of September 2021, at Jolly Nyame stadium Jalingo with Taraba taken the first position in various team events, such as male football, female basketball, males and females beach volley, and female beach volley as well which qualified them to represent the zone.

Also, Bauchi State has qualified for the national games by taking the first position in male basketball, males and females hockey ball, and Rugby, while Borno also qualified to take part in handball for both males and females, and beach volley as well.

However, Gombe State emerged winner of Cricket for both males and females, while Adamawa lost out through a walkover in various team events due to late arrival where Yobe State was absent at the zonal elimination championship.

Commenting on the development, the Taraba State Director of Sports Council, Mr. George Shitta was optimistic that the young athletes would do very well in the forthcoming national games in Illorin.

“I was excited especially with our Volleyball team, some players came from Wukari LGA of the state and they did very well and that’s why we qualified and they are very young athletes and I assured you that once they leave the shows of this state, I assured you they will be identified by the national and they will be playing for the national junior team in Nigeria. Shitta expresses hope.

The Director of Sports Council, George Shitta however, expressed dismay on bringing overage players by some states which he said should be discouraged because it’s an act of denying the young ones the opportunity to participate and urged both governments and individuals to continue to invest in sports and train young athletes well to enable them to excel.

The Director further commended Governor Darius Ishaku for given an approval for the hosting of the championship in the state as well as provided an enabling environment for them to aligned young athletes to showcase their talents which his said was part of the governor’s rescue mission agenda for developing the state in all sectors.

She also thanked the Commissioner for youth and sports for his effort toward the success of the championship and reiterated his commitment as Director of Sports Council together with other stakeholders toward transforming sports in Taraba state.

Speaking in an interview with our Correspondent, some sports fans who witnessed the zonal elimination championship Alex Moses, Nuhu Ziko, and Dorathy Daniel applauded both athletes, the Director of Sports Council, George Shitta, and his team for their initiative to hosted a successful tournament and urged him to secure such events for sports to thrive in the state.

“We thanked our Governor, the rescue Captain “DDI” for empowering women and youth and we are also appealing to him to put more resources to the sports sector because we the youth are ever ready and have the talent and capacity to present not even our state and Nigeria at large everywhere in the world at different team sports.

“We are also that aware that Governor Darius Ishaku is a sports lover because his plays Golf at the golf field in Taraba State University Jalingo, therefore, we so much believe that he continue to improve the sector. You can imagine this particular zonal elimination was supposed to be host by another state but because of the passion and commitment of Ishaku’s led administration toward transforming all sectors, the sports council were able to secured and hosted the championship

“And we have not seeing our Commissioner of youth and Sports since this games started, so we want to know why he did not identify with us as young people? But by the way, it was a wonderful one. They added.

Our Correspondent observed that the Taraba state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Abubakar Imam was absent throughout the tournament and when contacted on the phone to respond to the question asked by some athletes over his absent at the event, he did not pick up calls put to him either respond to text messages sent to him in regards to that.

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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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