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Saluting Sir J.T Abu @ 70



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By Adamu Muhammad Dodo

Congratulating Sir Joshua T Abu, a teacher and mentor, on his Birthday

The teacher has this day attained a fulfilled and to God the glory 70 years of age.

The mentor’s spirit encouraged me in the late 90s and early 2000, while rendering a free of charge, part-time service with ATV Yola as a programme producer of Youth Panorama, Know Your Right and Our Constitution, a professional social responsibility after serving the nation through NYSC.

Abu, who has this day steps into fitting septuagenarian shoes was the National Orientation Agency, NOA boss in Adamawa state. He was the most among my prominent guests to the ATV Yola studio for a discussion programmes aimed at education and enlightenment as a social responsibility.

Whenever I had a discouraging disappointed with an invited guest, NOA boss was the 11th hour option, my richly backup beyond the reach of failure.

I received commendations from viewers who would not get bored with the new and additional knowledge imparted by and from the Abu’s articulations either on “Know Your Right” or “Our Constitution” programmes; the impact was indeed beyond comment.

The last I had, what may be referred to as television encounter with Sir Abu was about a decade or more ago when I was invited to “Safiya,” a Gotel Communications’ live, popular discussion programme with Suwaiba, then as presenter; not as a producer but as a resource person, a guest.

The TV magnet didn’t tell me that I would be on air with my mentor, I would have manipulated a rejection. I also arrived few minutes before my mentor could, I would have forced myself to learning the Michael Jackson’s dance step; backslide to my vehicle and zoom off rather unnoticed. It would not have failed, the programme would have had a one man many resource persons.

“Suwaiba you aren’t fair to me. Mr Joshua Abu is my teacher and mentor, yet you’ve invited me to the discussion table with him…” I queried.

Suwaiba simply smiled, with the excuse that she didn’t know that she was bringing a mentor and mentee to a discussion table together.

My teacher however saved the situation as much as he guided the discussion, giving me the credit by elaborating, to the fullest compression of the entire categories of viewers, on the points I raised, rather than downplaying same; bringing out the mentor in him; the ‘Abuknowledge’ in ‘Joshuastyle’.

It was actually my first appearance in TV Gotel’s discussion programme.

The septuagenarian, a mentor commended me as worthy mentee with two too simple, short and straight forward words, impressive expression of satisfaction; “weldon Dodo”.

The topic of discussion was “Community Service as a Social Responsibility”. It remains fresh in my memory.

This day, I have the honour of saluting Sir Joshua T. Abu at 70 and still counting; contributing to the country, community and humanity as a social responsibility, following what he wrote on his Facebook page, appreciating God’s gift, God’s favour: “On this Special Day!

“Heavenly Redeemer, I come before you today with a humble and contrite heart to thank you for allowing me to celebrate yet another year of my life – this time a Very Special One of attaining the Biblical Age of 70 (Psalms 90:10, NKJV).

“My being alive and healthy today, is as a result of none other than the Almighty God. Everything I have and all that I am, are proofs of His endless love over me.

“I thank God for the priceless gift of life that He has given me, and for the wonderful people He has put in my life.

“Lord, please keep sadness away from my heart and worries from my mind. Bless me with a life of happiness, good health, and bountiful blessings.
Happy Birthday to me!

“Friends join me in praising God for this Special Day – being my 70th Birthday Anniversary!”

Wishing you a happy birthday celebration sir. You truly look contented, healthy, younger and stronger, than your age at 70.

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Fintiri Appoints Auwal SSG, Edgar Chief Of Staff, Ardo Head Of Service




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Adamawa State Governor, Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has approved the appointment of Hon Awwal D. Tukur as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

Hon Awwal was a former Member of the House of Representatives and served as the Director General of the Adamawa Presidential and Gubernatorial Campaign Council in the 2023 national elections.

Governor Fintiri has also approved the the appointment of Dr Edgar Amos as Chief of Staff Government House.

Following the appointment of Dr Amos who before now was the Head of Service, Shehu Isa Ardo takes over as Head of the Civil Service.
The appointments take immediate effect.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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USAID, IITA Unveil 2023 Agricultural Inputs Fair In Yola




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By Abdulaziz Abubakar Damare

The USAID in Partnership with IITA through its project “Feed The Future, Nigeria Integrated Agriculture Activity” has declared its 2023 Agricultural Inputs Fair opened in Yola, the Adamawa state capital on Monday 5th June 2023 at Mahmud Ribadu Square in Yola, Northeast Nigeria.

In his address, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, commended USAID and its Implementing Partner IITA for choosing Adamawa as one of the beneficiaries of various training and supports by the organizations.

The Governor who is heavily represented by his Deputy Prof. Kaletapwa George Farauta, expressed the readiness of Adamawa state government to partner with relevant organization to boost food security in Adamawa.

Fintiri who described the training given to farmers on modern techniques as timely, called for the NGO’s to train farmers on application of fertilizer and manure as part of their project to ensure bumper harvest.

He added that the state government will pay more attention on the stomach infrastructure of the good people of Adamawa in its new tenure.

Earlier in his welcome address, the chief of party Integrated Agricultural Activity (IAA) Mr. Prakash Kant Silwal said they have engaged over 30,000 farmers in Adamawa on various training and modern farming techniques in the state.

Mr. Prakash said the inputs fair is an opportunity for producers of various crops, seeds, food among others to sell their products.

He added that the inputs displayed at Mahmud Ribadu Square are qualitative, accessible and affordable compared to that of market prize.

In his remarks, the chairman Agro Dealers Association Northeastern Nigeria Alh. Usman Bapullo Ribadu, challenged farmers to harvest a certified seed and acquire the knowledge of farming before venturing into the sector.

On their various testimonies on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mal. Dauda Mohammed from Guyuk Local Government and Josia Stanley said the training obtained from the NGO’s has yielded a positive result and made them self reliant.

The two-day inputs fair in Yola continues Tuesday 6th June and in Gombi on 7th June 2023.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is an award-winning, research-for-development (R4D) organisation providing solutions to hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources in Africa since 1967.

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Unmasking The Illiteracy And Hate Of Faceless Stakeholders In Yola North




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In the aftermath of the 2023 governorship election in Adamawa State, a group of faceless stakeholders have emerged, driven by illiteracy and animosity, on a mission to undermine the efforts of the committed and experienced Secretary to the Adamawa State Government (SSG). These self-proclaimed stakeholders, by flagrantly violating the orders given by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to engage their constituents for political appointments, are exposing their true intentions while playing a manipulative game of ‘reverse psychology’.

The recent allegations leveled against the Chairman of PDP Yola-North, Abdullahi Sarki (Audu Kacisa), claiming that he secretly visited critical stakeholders in an attempt to influence the selection process for the best eleven (11) political appointees, are baseless and a desperate ploy by these naysayers. Their accusations hold no merit and only serve to highlight their own incompetence and lack of substantiation for their supposed commitment during the election.

Furthermore, the claim that the stakeholders visited by the Chairman have unanimously refused to comply with the request is nothing more than a display of symptoms resembling a new strain of bipolar disease. These so-called stakeholders, who lack the courage to prove their commitment and support, are resorting to baseless allegations in an attempt to tarnish the reputation of those genuinely dedicated to the progress of Adamawa State.

The assertion that the Chairman’s actions were influenced by the former Secretary to the Adamawa State Government, Mallam Bashir Ahmed, is the pinnacle of irresponsibility exhibited by these pretenders who worked against the victory of the PDP in the last election. While true patriots are eagerly seeking collaboration for the betterment of the state, these nattering nitwits continue to throw tantrums and impede progress.

It is important to note that SSG Bashir Ahmad, through his unwavering determination and strategic political calculations, demonstrated his competence without the support of these detractors. While they were engaged in trivial pursuits, he successfully navigated the political landscape, leaving them in the dust. As the reality of their own ineptitude and irrelevance unfolds, they are quickly fading away like flies.

It is crucial for the good people of Adamawa State to recognize these faceless stakeholders for what they truly are: ill-informed individuals driven by ignorance, illiteracy, and a deep-seated hatred for progress. Their attempts to discredit the Governor and his administration, as well as the dedicated individuals who have been instrumental in the state’s success, should not be taken seriously. Instead, the focus should remain on building a united front and fostering collaborations that will lead to the development and prosperity of Adamawa State.

In conclusion, let us not be swayed by the manipulations of these faceless stakeholders who seek to undermine the progress made in Adamawa State. Their illiteracy and hate are evident, and their actions serve only to hinder the collective efforts of those genuinely committed to the state’s growth. It is time to rise above their petty games and work together towards a brighter future for Adamawa State.

By Concerned Citizens of Yola North

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