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KaaKaaKey: The Making Abba Tahir As Yola South Council Transition Chair And Matters Arising



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By Adamu Muhammad Dodo

The most of all talked about appointed local council transition committee chairmen and members in Adamawa state is that of the Yola South local government authority; the communication scholar and professional, KaaKaaKey Fombina, Abubakar Abba Tahir, PhD.

There are those who register displeasure that the communication scholar and professional should not have accepted the offer considering how tough, rough and ugly politics is being played, particularly at the local government level.

Most of the commentators in the category, particularly the politicians however, given the opportunity as dropped carelessly – as Emily Dickinson the British poet, would describe of “A Word Dropped Careless On A Page,” could stimulate reading appetite – would have stimulated their leadership appetites to the point of no rejected. Could they be meaning, wishing well to the KaaKaaKey?

There are those who in appreciation, register their satisfaction, kind of approval by joining in the celebration with prayers, text messages wishing well; nursing the spirit of change for sure from the corrupted old fashioned. Having for the first time an intellectual, communication professional, a man of varried capacities, experiences and integrity, having a traditional title with functional portfolio, as LG transition chairman.

Some of the those, could be thinking of joining in milking the cash cow lean without providing fodder for further fattening; the herdsman typical of Tahir, the conscientious KaaKaaKey Fombina would understand the metaphor better to address accordingly, the moral disorder in tune with societal reorientation.

However, the appointment has already gotten to the notice of the public that in turn flooded KaaKaaKey’s entire means of communication with congratulatory text messages, more than mine was flooded late at night, as I wrote previously to explain, before he could even get to be formally served the appointment notice or letter. He was in a fix, as the scenario would determine. It would be unreasonable to the point of being unpatriotic, rather unconcerned about the troubles concerning his immediate community seeking to be gotten out of the maze, should he declined the taxing task.

“It was already in public domain minutes before getting to me by means of congratulatory text messages; defining the impact of social media. What honourably would I have done to remain blameless in that sense?” The KaaKaaKey would ask me.

“You’ve carefully made the cheerfully, matured choice Prof,” I’d respond, when I visited to coordinate the setting of the Periscope satellite that would cover the communication scholar and professional’s activities as KaaKaaKey Fombina and caretaker chairman.

One of the ardent ruling party members in Yola North would tell me that KaaKaaKey was factored into the grassroots politics as a consensus candidate where reconciliation failed rather vehemently.

“The party chieftains and stalwarts could not reconcile, every group would want to present their candidates, with each group conceiving an unacceptable superimposition. However, constrained by the timeframe within which to produce a generally acceptable and accepted candidate, the chief executive of the state would have to join in as mediator to suggest a rather apolitical capable, consensus candidate; that’s how the KaaKaaKey Fombina is factored in,” the party faithful would reveal.

Whether or not it’s an authentic reflection of what had transpired, the KaaKaaKey would not confirm to me, I would not even ask, knowing fully well that he as I, was not part of the groups, was not a witness to the mediatory resolution.

There are the discordant voices, taking to bitter pill politics, have pointed out that the transition committee ought be meant for and man by politicians; the active ruling party, card carrying members, in that sense, to participate, to play their part in making the party popular to the people ahead of the proper LG election.

Some other discordant, rather mischievous voices are only engaged in campaign of calumny; constrained by foundational, party based spirit, pointing towards personality rather than issue based attacks that are eventually dismissed with a simple, soft and smooth to the dimples smile.

The obnoxious discordant voices, who lack the knowledge of history and seem to be in a hurry to dig deep into details would argue that the appointed Prof is not even an indigene of Yola South local government. The argument they would not advance when Abubakar Abba Tahir, the communication scholar and professional was appointed the first KaaKaaKey Fombina and joined in celebrating the turbaning amidst pomp and pageantry.

Records would have proved that the KaaKaaKey Fombina is more native than the ignorant claimants, when I earlier checked scribbling his biography:

Abubakar Abba Tahir was born in 1964 at the home of his maternal grandfather, the late Wakili Mahmudu Hammawa in Yola. His father, the famous Dahiru Abba Iya, was an accomplished Sanitary Health Inspector with the Adamawa Native Authority and moved back to Mubi as the first Wakili Tsapta (Chief Sanitary Health Inspector) in the history of the defunct Sardauna Province. Abba Tahir’s mother, Princess Bilkiisu Hammawa, a descendant of Modibbo Adama, was the first child of her parents.

Abba Tahir is her fourth child, the second son out of six siblings sandwiched by four sisters. From the paternal side of the family tree, he is the twelfth child and the fifth surviving son.

Apart from being a bonafide indigene by birth, the KaaKaaKey Fombina is a descendant of Modibbo Adama by maternal right. Case closed.

The unconstitutionality of the transitional appointments as alleged that some groups of opposition would want to have quashed before the law, is conceived by teeming electorates as being dead on arrival unless otherwise it goes beyond the stipulated three months span.

The KaaKaaKey is made a key, in part owing to his character traits and largely in consideration of his position leading the equals. He is made the ALGON chairman for the state.

To face the challenge of the new politically administrative office head-on, loyal and reliable lieutenants would have to be recruited; the first is the appointment of Aliyu Abubakar as Personal, (PA) to the chairman; followed by the appointment of Princes Atikatu Aliyu Musdafa as Chief of Staff and later some SA’s were appointed.

Aliyu Abubakar, the new PA started his occupational carrier with printing press. He was with Abti printing press before joining American University of Nigeria, AUN Yola. He was among the pioneer staff of the institution and had worked closely with Abubakar Abba Tahir till the termination of their appointments in the institution.

Aliyu remains the Abubakar of Tahir, owing to his uncompromising loyalty, trustworthiness and reliability. I can stand a surety as a referee. He was among my most reliable students at Modibbo Adama University, MAU Yola where he had his first degree in Language and Communication Art and at Konngol SilverTongue: Media and Language Training Institute Yola, founded by the KaaKaaKey Fombina.

Aliyu is currently a postgraduate student, he is almost halfway through.

The choice of tested, trusted, loyal and reliable PA is therefore undoubted.

The inaugural council executive meeting was to say the least, promising.

Among the itinerary of activities of responsibility designed for the three months tenure, is the needs assessment visits to some salient palaces across the LGA.

The findings take another report

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Work On Gyawana-Opalo-Hoki Electricity Project Will Begin Soon – Gov Fintiri




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

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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Gov Fintiri Turbaned As New Gyana Bachama




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Saturday turbaned as the new Gyana (defender) Bachama by Hama Bachama and Paramount ruler of Bachama Kingdom, Homun Daniel Shaga Ismaila.

The colorful event which held in Lamurde, the headquarters of Bachama Traditional Council was attended by State Deputy Governor, Chief Crowther Seth and some top government officials, party chieftains among others .

Speaking at the event, Homun Shaga Ismaila pointed out that the title is an additional responsibility on the Governor to championing the course of peace and prayed that it will be a path to progress and development of the land.

The royal father commended Governor Umaru Fintiri for ensuring peace and security in Bachama Kingdom revealing that his peace loving subjects now go about their lawful businesses without any hindrance.

“Your Excellency, you have brought peace in our land. Our people now go to their farms in peace without any fear of attacks. I wish you the best of luck in the forthcoming elections and beyond,” said the royal father.

In his vote of thanks, Governor Umaru Fintiri appreciated the royal father for bestowing on him the title of Gyana Bachama and noted that it will no doubt spur him to do more in the area of good governance for the state.

He reiterates his resolve to use the title to promote peace, development and prospery in Bachama land and Adamawa State as well as unite the diversed Adamawa people across the nooks and crannies of the state.

Governor Fintiri had after the turbaning ceremony in company of some top government officials proceeded to commission Governor’s Lodge which was a joint project constructed in Lamurde town.

Highlight of the turbaning event was cultural dance display by various groups.

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Just In: Adamawa Govt Set To Construct Modire Road In Yola




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State says the government will soon flag off construction of Modire Road in Yola South LGA to ease the hardships of motorists and the community.

The Governor announced this when he led the campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Yolde Pate in Yola South LGA to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

He said survey of the road will soon be conducted for commencement of the project by the contracting firm, Triacta Nigeria Limited.

The Governor equally reminded the people how his administration built Nyibango – Yolde Pate road, saying that of Lakare – Bole project is still ongoing and will be completed in the next 3 months.

“We have so far delivered on our 11- point agenda and in the second tenure of my administration, we will pursue on 8-point agenda for continued reformation of all sectors in the state,” said the Governor.

The Executive Chairman, Yola South LGA Council, Engineer Mohammed Hamidu commended Governor Fintiri for executing People’s oriented projects in the area and assured him massive votes of the residents.

In their separate remarks, Mohammed Yahaya Marafa and Madam Salome Nelson thanked Governor Fintiri for constructing Lakare – Bole road among other giant strides such as payment of Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations.

Meanwhile, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had earlier assured the people of Yadim and Ukituki Wards of Fufore LGA of continuity towards Improving security, and education among other sectors if re-elected.

The Governor who was in Yadim on the political campaign announced the readiness of the Government to asphalt the rural road leading to the area constructed by his administration adding that more projects will be deployed to the community.

In his remarks, the State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu while receiving decampees into the party, assured them fair treatment while urging them to mobilize votes for the party in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking at the event, PDP Candidate for Verre Constituency, Mr Japhet Hammajabu said Yadim and Ukituki wards supported the Governor in 2019, and will indeed double their votes for him and other candidates of the party in the forthcoming elections.

The Sarki Tsabta Adamawa, Alhaji Hamman Adama Ahijo who recalled how bad the road leading to Yadim was before the coming of the present administration, thanked Governor Fintiri for constructing it and assured him bloc votes of the community and environs.

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