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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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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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