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Congress: El-Sudi Returned As Taraba APC Chair Despite Court Order

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The All Progressives Congress APC on Sunday elected Barr. Ibrahim El-Sudi as the substantive Chairman of the party to lead thirty-five other state executive members.

The leader of the party in the state, Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf said that the party had resolved to go with affirmation rather than the tedious election process with the consent of all critical stakeholders of the party.

“We are doing affirmation and not election because that is our collective decision.” Said Sen. Yusuf.

He assured that as the leader of the party in the state, what they have done today was the only legitimate Congress of the APC in Taraba State, and “anything outside here is an illegality that should not be given a second thought.

The Chairman of the Congress Committee, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsa described the affirmation process as unprecedented in the state, saying that after due consultation with all the critical stakeholders, they have arrived at an arrangement that is sure to guarantee the future of their party (APC).

“I call on all those that indicated an interest in running the affairs of our party to throw their weight behind the leader for the overall good of the party.

“I appreciate the INEC and security agencies that have been very vigilant to ensure that we have a hitch-free exercise”. Tumsa concluded.

An his part, Secretary of the election committee, Rachael Akpabio who read out the names of the officials called for the hundred percent affirmation and was greeted with overwhelming affirmation from the party stakeholders who were present at the Congress.

Akpabio named Chairman Alhaji Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi with Shamaki Danladi as the Vice-Chairman, while Fidelis Francis emerged as the state Secretary.

Others included Musa Sheka as the Assistant secretary and Jediel Apollos who was elected as the Organizing Secretary.

In his response, Barr. Ibrahim El-Sudi saluted the Congress for the confidence reposed in them and urged the people to work for the good of the party.

He assured that his leadership would provide a level playing field for all members to participate actively for the general good of the party in the state.

“It is an honor to be reelected to serve. APC is bigger than any individual. We must remain focused and stay united and forget our differences to make sure we deliver in 2023 and beyond.

“The overwhelming affirmation of this new team shows a high sense of sportsmanship from all those who had earlier indicated interest to contest various positions – said El-Sudi.

It could be recalled that there was a court order flying around on social media restraining the APC national secretariat from conducting the state congress in Taraba as earlier scheduled for Saturday 23th October, 2021.

However, in an interview through a telephone, Barr. Ibrahim El-Sudi on Friday said “The Court says go and served APC and they have not served us and we cannot work on what we didn’t see, we have to see the original Court Papers signed by the judge then we will obey.

“As a lawyer, am telling you when there is no personal service you can’t be charged for not obeying but once Its served on you and you sign and collect, you must obey or be charged for contempt now if we go ahead with our Congress we cannot be charged for contempt because the National Secretariat is not aware of the order,” said El-Sudi.

Reacting on the matter, the Taraba APC Congress Contestants Forum through it’s Secretary, Hon. Sani Abdullahi Tullu said there was no congress held in the state because according to him “what they did was not a congress, they went to Ardo Kola local government area and did what they did but as for us there was no any congress that held in Jalingo.

One of the contestants, Hon. Albani also told our Correspondent on telephone that ” They could not come to the party secretariat and thank God the congress committee chairman has seen that they don’t have anybody, therefore, we are going to react to what they have done shortly after this meeting that we are holding now”

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Gov Fintiri Meets CAN Leadership, Reels Out Scorecard

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—I’ll Definitely Take You To The Adamawa Of Your Dream – Gov Fintiri

By Muhammad B Muhammad

Ahead of the forthcoming elections, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State who is seeking for re-election under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has met with leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state.

He was at the CAN State Secretariate in Yola Monday at the instance of the leadership where the officials asked him what he intends to do for the state if re-elected for a second tenue in office.

He started with the security sector where he narrated how his administration has redefined the security architecture that was hitherto in the state of shamble.

He said the government has injected thinking and funds that changed the narratives, enabling the citizens sleep with their two eyes close across the state.

On education, Fintiri said his administration has inherited a comatose system but injected a lot of commitment and resources to revive the sector.

According to him, the successes recorded has helped the government to renovating 5,000 classrooms, announcing that arrangements are in the pipeline to upgrade ten legacy schools in the state.

He added that the government has provided free education and relieved parents burden of payment of WAEC and NECO adding however that UNICEF has also built eighty schools in Fufore and Guyuk and it is set to construct more.

Governor Fintiri has made clarifications over some unwarranted rumours on the workforce, saying his administration has never sacked 10,000 workers as being speculated in some quarters.

He said the Government has only stopped the last minute biased recruitment of 1,500 teachers by then outgoing administration and employed 2,000 competent teachers through a clean process.

Speaking on the Health sector, Fintiri said over 100 primary healthcare centres were built and renovated, eight new cottage hospitals with staff quarters were built and equipped with modern facilities while health workers were also employed.

The Governor said his administration is also reforming the infrastructural sector, as the government has constructed 347km rural roads, built many urban roads in the state capital and some towns.

Governor Fintiri said his administration has initiated Adamawa Agribusiness Support Programme to tap the potentiality in the agric sector for youth employment, improve revenue generation and welfare of the citizens.

He said the Government has also cleared backlog of gratuity of retired workers to the tune of N5b, improved payment of monthly pensions and welfare of retirees across the state.

The Governor has also spoke on environment, housing, Internally Generated Revenue among other sectors and sought for support of the Chiristian Leaders, promising to redouble efforts if reelected.

Earlier, the State Chairman of CAN, Bishop Dami Mamza said Christians in the state are committed to Adamawa unity as according to him, God has endowed the state with all the potentialities to achieve greatness for the citizens.

Hightlight of the meeting was questions and answers session.

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Adamawa: Primary Sch Teachers, Health Workers, LG Staff To Enjoy National Minimum Wage

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

It appears that the incessant calls by Primary School Teachers, Primary Health Care and Local Government Workers in Adamawa State on salary increment have come to an end as henceforth they will start enjoying the national minimum wage.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri revealed this while addressing Primary Health Care Workers who were on a one thousand man march solidarity visit in the Government House, Yola, Monday.

He said arrangements have been concluded for the payment, assuring them however that the government will also address the issues of their leave grant allowances and promotions.

The Governor further told the workers that the government is working on some structural reforms to enable primary Health Care Workers’ remuneration go intune with Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS).

The Executive Secretary Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Suleiman Saidu said the visit was to show solidarity for Governor Fintiri for his numerous achievements not only in the health sector but the entire state as a whole.

Speaking separately, Malam Yahaya Sa’idu, Lawan Abubakar Umar and Emanuel Cartwell commended Governor Fintiri for providing them motivation that enabled them to achieve excellence and vowed as grassroot workers to mobilize massive votes for his re-election.

The State Chairman of Medical Health Care Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Usman Babbada thanked Governor Fintiri for implementing promotion benefits at the hospital services management board up to 95%.

The one thousand man march solidarity to Governor Umaru Fintiri by the primary school health workers was commenced from Women Development Centre, Yola and terminated at Banquet Hall Government House, Yola.

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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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