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Ishaku Ada Ali Coronated As The 25th Aku Uka Of Wukari

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Friday, 28th January, 2022 was a historic day in Jukun race especially those that have never witnessed the (PANKAN), that is, the selection and crowning of a new Paramount Ruler of the Kwararrafa Kingdom, the Aku Uka which was done last in 1976.

The event, that has not been witnessed again for 45 years untill that Friday after the immediate past Aku Uka of Wukari, His Majesty, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyu II who joined his Ancestors on the 8th October, 2021.

Dr. Shakarau who was the 24th Aku Uka, ascended to the throne in 1976 in succession to the 23th Aku Uka, Mal. Ada Ali who is the father of the new coronated 25th Aku Uka, HRH. Ishaku Manu Ada Ali whose dream became fulfilled as Prince.

Recalled that at the time when Dr. Shakarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyu II, ascended the throne, Wukari was in the defunct Gongola State and with the creation of Taraba State in 1991 by the former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Aku became the highest ranking traditional ruler.

However, on that faithful Friday 28th January, 2022, the Kunvyi of Wukari, Manu Irimiya installed Manu Ishaku Ada Ali as the 25th Aku-Uka of the Kwararrafa Kingdom, following his selection by the four Kingmakers guided by the Supreme Oracle.

The ceremony that look place at “Puje” a reserved area where all traditional and spiritual activities of the Jukunoid take place, was well attended by sons and daughters of Yukon land, as well as well-wishers.

Our Correspondent Sani Yarima who was among many that we’re privileged to witness the occasion for the first time reports that “Pankan” is the selection, Crowning, and Oath-taking of the new Aku-Uka.

It could also be recalled that the Wukari Traditional Council had on Friday 14th, January 2022 held ‘Pankya’ the official transition of former Aku Uka, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyu 11 who joined his ancestors in October last year.

Upon that, hence the selection and Crowning of his successor in the person of Manu Ishaku Ada Ali within fourteen days (2 weeks) exactly.

Our Correspondent also reports that the two days program commenced with the arrival of Princes who were all in ‘White Attire’ tied to their waists, Waziris as well as well-wishers and at Pankya’, only men were present.

However, the new Aku-Uka took Oath of allegiance at 1.30 pm at Kuntsa, a land believed to be the Land of the Immortals reason why women are deprived of entering and Nando where only men with traditional titles matched in a long procession from Bye-vyi to Kuntsa where he took the oath.

The Aku arrived at Puje on a White Horse with a procession of “Akye” led by Princes and some tittle holders known as the red necks at 4.30 pm.

The current Aku Uka addressed his subjects by saying, “I appreciate you all my subjects for your resilience and show of love, I solicit your support and cooperation to enable me to succeed on this Throne.

“let me also use this opportunity to call on my fellow contestants who contested this position with me to please join hands in moving this Kingdom to the greater heights because all of us cannot ascend this Throne at the same time”. Said Aku.

HRH. Ishaku Manu Ada Ali thanked Governor Darius Ishaku for going by the lay down traditional rules to see that the event was successful.

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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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