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Adamu Saidu: Sagacious Academician Erecting Legacies In ATAP

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By Usman Abdullahi Koli

When a person dies, all that he or she has are inherited by other relatives and nothing of benefit goes to him or her except knowledge which he or she taught someone; lecturers therefore are the benefactors to these undying impacts.

Some people are naturally life-supporters, positive influencers and education givers to the known and unknown; all these qualities can be found in no other person than Dr. Adamu Saidu who is the current Rector of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic.

One of the biggest legacies worth remembering by Dr. Adamu is that he built an ever-lasting mutual and cordial relationship between staff and students which made ATAP a crime-free institution when compared with others.

Dr. Alhaji Adamu was born in Bauchi 54 years ago to the family of Late Saidu Adamu and late Hajiya Fatima Muhammad Bello. Adamu’s educational struggles started in Shekal Primary School and after that he moved to Government Secondary School, Futuk. From there he proceeded to Federal Polytechnic Bauchi for his A.E.O Certificate, he did a Diploma and Advance Diploma Business Management from 1997-1999 at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

Alhaji Adamu Saidu attended University of Jos for Bsc in Public Administration in 2007, followed by famous Ahmadu Bello University where he obtained Masters in Public Administration in 2010. He also attended Usman Danfodio University for PGD Education and flied to Utara University in Malaysia for his PhD in Public Management.

After accomplishing the afore-mentioned schools, he started working with Hospital Management Board as an Assistant Executive Officer in 1991 and rose to the rank of Chief Executive Officer. He served as an Administrative Hospital Secretary in General Hospital Shira/Yana, Ningi, Darazo, and Toro from 1991 down to 2003.

The selfless Dr. Saidu saw the need to render his services to people through education, hence started full teaching career as a Lecturer with the College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS) Azare, the college was later merged with ATAP; he rose to the position of Principal Lecturer. He has several academic publications both national and international to his credit, he was appointed as Rector of ATAP in 2020 and fortunately he is an erudite academician as well as experienced administrator who is equal to the tasks.

Knowing fully that time waits for nobody made Dr. Adamu Saidu immediately after his appointment as Rector put into practice the policies of most developed countries; which is continuity of projects; almost all unfinished projects by his predecessor are given due considerations. The emergence of Dr. Saidu as Rector has brought immense transformations ranging from road networks and culverts, power and water supply, lecturers-students’ relations, etc has improved.

To widen the horizons for both lecturers and students, Dr. Adamu had paved way for other institutions to be conducting their researches and studies in the school thereby making it favorable for knowledge seeking and dissemination. Students’ welfarism is at its peak as unions carry out their legal activities without restrictions from the managements.

The visionary Dr. Adamu is indeed a rare personality whose good gestures tell more about him without been told by anyone; if old students that graduated in the last two or three years visit ATAP today, they would definitely be flabbergasted by sudden developmental changes especially in terms of more structures.

Beautiful institution without qualified lecturers is like a luxurious car with dead engine; that is why training and sponsoring lecturers to attend seminars, conferences and further studies are few amongst the pivotal missions and visions of Dr. Adamu Saidu. It is on record that under the distinguish leadership of Mr. Saidu ATAP students access to educational facilities has improved as the central library is supplied with more books, laboratories are equipped with necessary chemical for experiments by science students.

Commendably, Dr. Saidu in an interview with ATAP FM said that the institution has extended its hand to affiliate with other Universities to get more Degree programs so that over 28 PhD Lecturers of the institution would have chance to teach in the affiliated courses.

The perpetual Dr. Saidu so far standardized all lecture halls with sophisticated audio-visual system of lecturing which greatly helps in fast-learning as absent students do not miss a bit. He further said that the blueprint of employing Professors into the different fields is geared towards putting an end to the unbearable cost when they deliver lectures as visiting lecturers.

Plans are on the way to install WiFi at strategic locations in the campus; primarily aimed at making students connected and perform their assignments without much spendings on data subscriptions.

May Allah Grant Him The Wherewithal To Perform More Than Expected. Amen

Usman Abdullahi Koli,
mernoukoli@gmail.com

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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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