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ON FINTIRI AND HIS DEPUTY: Examining Sahara Reporters Wild Goose Chase

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By Concerned youth for good governance.

The Concerned Youth for Good Governance, a civil society organization based in Adamawa has read with dismay, how Saharareporters used its ignominious platform to chase shadows by creating superfluous tales from the pit of hell aimed at causing rift between our amiable Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and his loyal deputy, Crowther Seth.

In a show of journalistic brigandage, the online medium which has earned notoriety for circumventing the norms and etiquettes of the noble profession, true to its character, concocted what will have just passed as a beer parlour gist to the realm of public discuss without caring a hoot about the impact it will make on the profession.

In its desperation to cast a slur on the personality of the deputy governor of Adamawa State, and to put a cog in the cordial relationship that has waxed between the governor and his deputy, the online medium in its September 7, 2021 edition created what will pass as fiction as an “exclusive story.”

Sahara reporters a renegade news portal, has always latched on selling garbage and fake news as its only lifeline for survival at the detriment of editorial integrity just to service the needs of whoever wants to pay for a hatchet job.

That is why they are ready to write shadowy and lowly speculations about relationships between individuals instead of writing developmental reports that will salvage individuals and communities at a time Nigeria is grappling with national crisis that needs the intervention of serious journalists to address.

It appears to us the medium’s audacity for these negative and unwholesome conducts lie in the failure of the authorities to ensure that the long arms of the law caught up with the errant medium coupled with the fact that Nigerians are ready to buy their garbage, hook, line and sinker.

But such tendency should not be the stuff of media organizations in the 21st century where respect for laws, sanity and moderation should be the watch words.

Ordinarily, our group wouldn’t have responded to such speculations as contained in the highly discredited news medium but noting the tension such villainous and mischievous report is causing in the polity, it became necessary to write, to set the records straight.

This is because if left unchallenged, such spurious, libellous and mendacious reports may gain currency in the minds of the citizenry as it is said silence in the face of such falsehoods is not golden.

From the look of the dreary report, one can see clearly an attempt to paint the deputy governor with the brush of ingratitude who despite the lot he received, go about accusing the governor of neglect which is not the actual stuff of the deputy governor whose preoccupation is to ensure that this administration against all odds succeed.

Common sense should tell any discerning individual that the success of governor Fintiri’s administration will rub his deputy positively and its failure will also affect him negatively. But for primitive political partisanship, those bankrolling the sordid bunkum failed to factor this elementary line of thought.

Another inclination for this descent may perhaps be predicated on envy, avarice and the resort to settling of personal or political scores through dubious means as some aggrieved people who find it difficult to appreciate the deputy governor’s meticulous ways of handling state affairs, may resort to blackmail because the deputy governor always insist that the right things must be done and the scarce resources of the state will not be frittered frivolously for political correctness.

It should be noted here that the office of the Deputy Governor was constitutionally recognized to carry out state responsibilities as may be assigned by the Governor, His Excellency, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

Primarily, the Deputy Governor is to deputize for the Governor on all state matters as may be delegated and Chief Crowther Seth has been consistent, loyal, obedient and upright in the discharge of these onerous responsibilities to the admiration of true and loyal Adamawa patriots.

For Sahara reporters to have mentioned that there is sour relationship between Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and his Deputy Chief Crowther Seth despite carrying each other is not only libelous but wicked, false and disgusting.

It is equally reprehensible for the medium to equally state that ‘the Deputy Governor is a liability and politically irrelevant.

For the record, Chief Crowther Seth was a two term local government Chairman of Lamurde local government and a bonafide member of Peoples Democratic party ( PDP) since 1999 up to date and has never defected to any political party.

He participated and contributed immensely to the emergence of the present PDP led Government. Chief Seth, has a strong political clout and contrary to the speculations of Saharareporters, he hailed from Bwatiye tribe, one of the major tribes that occupied about nine local governments in Adamawa State.

He is the ‘Nzeanzo Bachama’ a strategic traditional title in Bachama kingdom, Southern Adamawa. Therefore, the intent of the author to portray the deputy governor as politically irrelevant on account of his tribal inclination is nixed by this revelation. It also underscores how lazy the medium in cross checking basic and simple facts which are already on the front burner. Such crass and a woeful failure is a minus to journalism.

Every right thinking Nigerian knows how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the economy and the MDAs. And so it has affected what accrues not only to the deputy governor but the state government Federal Government and other nations. It is therefore trite for someone to forward such uninformed notion if he is really equipped with the debilitating effect of COVID-19 on global scale.

The deputy governor appreciates the governor for his efforts to rejuvenate the economy despite the impact of the dreaded disease and has always been on the vanguard of frugal use of the scarce resources compelling him to shed unnecessary office load.

If Saharareporters have done a little investigation, they should have found that the official residence of the Deputy Governor was contracted by the Governor for renovation to enable the Deputy Governor relocate and carry out his duties as such he could not have complaint on the issue.

Chief Crowther Seth willingly reduced the retinue of his convey and all his entitlements have been paid accordingly if applied for.

So bringing the issue of payment of entitlements was another low point in that report and has portrayed the innate intension of the paper to cause rift between the Governor and his Deputy. It is so repugnant that Sahara reporters did not make any effort to verify these issues with either the deputy governor, an action that is obverse to the spirit and letters of the noble profession.

The Deputy Governor has been pivotal in peace building of the state, of recent was how he is dialoguing with Gombe state authorities on Waja/Lunguda crisis.

We strongly advise Sahara reporters to review it’s editorial policies by dwelling on responsible Journalism rather than blackmail or yellow Journalism at least for posterity sake.

Concerned youth for good governance is a Yola based civil society organization.

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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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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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