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UMCN Debunks Allegations Of Using Police To Harass Clergies

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The Conference Administrative Assistant to the Bishop of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Baziel Yoila Yayuba has debunked in strong terms a social media report suggesting that the Bishop of the United Methodist Church, Bishop John Wesley Yohanna is using the Nigerian Police Force in Taraba state to harass Clergymen and members of the Church in the state.

Rev. Yayuba, while reacting to a petition signed by one Rev. Musa Lana that claims Bishop John Wesley Yohanna is using the Police Force in the state to harass and intimidate clergymen and Laity of the Church described the report as untrue.

He said the Nigerian Police Force is a respectful and independent Organization which the Bishop of UMCN is not a member of the force and as such cannot have an influence on the operations of the police.

“How can they even drag the Nigerian Police into their misfortune? These were the same set of people who have disconnected themselves from the United Methodist Church when they refused to abide by the discipline of the church by not paying Apportionment and by not conducting charge Conference in the various charges and districts of the church.”

The Conference Administrative Assistant to the Bishop said that it could be recalled that the same Rev. Musa Lana had in some weeks ago approached a High Court in Jalingo to seek for the court to stop the Church from holding its 2021 Annual Conference but the same court granted another electorate order to vacate the earlier order.

” The same Rev. Musa Lana and his cohorts have wanted to stop the church from holding the 2021 Annual Conference in all the four conferences of the Church but when they could not succeed in their plots as the Church had concluded the 2021 Annual Conferences in a peaceful atmosphere, they decided to engaged in character assassination of the Bishop and even involving the Nigerian Police Force Taraba state command, because their plans failed”

He noted that this was not the first time that Rev. Musa Lana and his group had accused the Bishop of using the Nigerian Police Force to harass members without any proof of their claims.

” This is not the first time this group of people is making this allegation, some months ago the same group had accused the former Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Azare of conniving with the Bishop to harass the Church clergymen and laity, shortly after their accusation the CP Mohammed Azare was transferred and replaced with the current Commissioner of Police, Abimbola Shokoya who have not even spent three months as the new CP Taraba State Command;

“and the same people are now accusing him of harassing the clergymen and Laity of the Church, is the Bishop of United Methodist Church in Nigeria the Inspector General of Police that he will be ordering the Police Force in Taraba State Command to be harassing People? And it was the same group who took the Bishop before new Commissioner of Police but since their demands were not met they have now decided to accuse the Commissioner of Police of harassment”. He said.

Rev. Yayuba, however, stressed that Rev. Musa Lana and his group have been under suspension from the church Leadership following their disobedience to the laydown rules and regulations of the church, hence their cheap allegations and blackmail to get the Public sympathy.

He, therefore, called on the general public and members of the United Methodist Church globally to disregard the petition of the said group as Bishop John Wesley Yohanna cannot use the police to harass or intimidate any member of the Church.

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