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NEDC Holds Stakeholders Consultative Meeting In Yola On Stabilization, Master Plan

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By Muhammad B Muhammad

The Northeast Development Commission NEDC says it will develop a regional stabilization and development master plan for the region that has been affected by Insurgency.

Managing Director of the NEDC, Muhammad Goni disclosed this at a Consultative Meeting with Adamawa state stakeholders on proposed North East stabilization and Development Master Plan held at Fombina Ambassadors Royal Suites and Apartment Yola.

Represented by his technical Special Assistant, Professor Bobboi Umar, The MD said the plan will guide the Commission’s functions, programmes, projects and schemes to reintegrate the region.

Muhammad Goni explained that the plan will identify the basic needs of the region and spell out strategies, policies and immediate interventions for the recovery, stabilization as well as renewal for the sustainable development of the region in the next ten years.

According to him, the Commission had conducted survey and held consultation with individuals and groups for proper organising of the master plan.

He urged participants at the meeting to share insights that will engender development of the region.

The Management Director of the Commission Aknowledged the support and cooperation from Adamawa state government in implementing programs and policies of the commission in the state.

In a presentation, a lead consultant Doctor Kassim Gidado while presenting an overview of the master plan said the Northeast development commission has been seriously affected by Insurgency which caused threat to education, health and social welbeing of its people.

Doctor Gidado explained that under the plan various developmental projects will be executed such as roads and railway lines to connect states of the region.

He said the plan will seek to ensure the entire states in the region are working together for the betterment of the region.

In his remark, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri represented by the Commissioner for Information and strategy Doctor Umar Garba Pella commended NEDC for the numerous developmental projects in Adamawa and reiterated commitment to continue partnering the commission in that regard.

He said the Master Plan is timely and urged the Commission to speed up plans to guide its operation in the Region.

There were good will messages from Speaker Adamawa state House of Assembly, Aminu Iya Abbas represented by house deputy majority leader Mr Japheat Kefas of Gombi Constituency, Lamido Adamawa Doctor Muhammadu Barkindo represented by dirstrict head of Nyibango Alhaji Abubakar Jika as well as representatives from CSOs and Caretaker Committee Chairmen of twenty one Local government Councils in Adamawa.

Highliht of the event was the presentation of a documentary achievements of NEDC as well as holding technical sessions by groups of participants during the meeting.

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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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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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