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Taraba, 22nd On National Medals list, 1st In Northeast- Shitta



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The Taraba State Director of Sports Council, Coach George Shitta has reiterated the council’s readiness to use her grassroots sports development to discover talented youths in the state with a view of bringing them to the limelight.

Shitta made this known during an interaction with members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), the Taraba chapter led by its Vice Chairman, Abdulbasil Suleiman in his office in Jalingo, the capital city.

George Shitta described the just concluded Sixth National Youths Games held in Ilorin, Kwara State capital as a huge success.

According to him, the state is currently number twenty-two on the national medals list and the first in the North East.

The Director Sports Council lauded Taraba state-contingent for winning gold medal and bronze in Volleyball males and Karate females respectively at the National Youth Games for under-15 downward.

He revealed that the gold medal was the first in the history of Taraba state in sports events.

He noted that due to excellent performance by state athletes and players, about eight of them have been identified and selected to participate at the national level.

George Shitta, Also disclosed that Taraba state had participated in twelve sports events during the 6th NYG in Illorin, hoping to reach sixteen including cricket at the 7th National Youths Games scheduled to hold in Kano State in 2022.

However, the Director of Sports Council, Shitta appreciated the state Governor, Darius Ishaku for his unflinching support for sports development in the state and urged the state government for more support.

“We are always appreciating His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku for his enthusiasm for sports development. Many states were approved for almost two months ahead of the 6th National Youth Games but could not make it due to lack of cash backing but Taraba was approved and immediately the fund was released.

“Since His Excellency was elected as Governor, Taraba has never missed any national event, and I want to use this medium to also appeal to wealthy individuals as well as corporate organizations to come and invest in sports especially at the grassroots level because it is a business and government cannot do it alone,” he said.

George Shitta who cited an instance with himself, other officials of the state sports council, Omokachi, Rashidi Yekini, Ahmed Musa, Jeje Okocha in the area of football amongst many others said they all started from the grassroots level, believing that if all hands would be on deck, the rate of unemployment and crimes in the society will be curtailed.

He, therefore, expressed gratitude to the parents and guardians of athletes for the trust reposed in them by allowing their children to travel to Kwara state despite the current security challenges and urged them not to relent to continue encouraging the young talents for them to achieve their desired goals.

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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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