By Muhammad B Muhammad
Adamawa State (the land of beauty) was created on 27th August 1991 by then administration of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
It covers a land Mass of 39,742.12sq km. This is about 4.4% of the land area of Nigeria. It lies between latitudes 8oN and IIoN, and Longitude H.SoE and 13.5oE.
Base on the 2006 census, Adamawa has a population of 3,168,101. This consists of 1,606,123 males and 1,561,978 females giving population density of 80 people per sq km.
The state has a large number of ethnic groups who live in segmented communities speaking different languages and dialects. English remains the official language, Fulfulde and Hausa are widely spoken in the state.
Majority of the people in Adamawa are farmers. Crops produced include groundnuts, cotton, maize, yam, cassava, guinea-corn, millet, beans, sweet-potato and rice.
Cattle rearing and fruit production are the major occupations, while communities along the banks of River Gongola and Venue engage in fish farming. The main religions are Islam, Christianity and Traditional.
There are 21 local government council areas and 50 development areas, 226 political wards, 3 senatorial districts, 8 federal constituencies and 25 state constituencies.
Adamawa State is known for its cultural heritage which reflects in its craftsmanship, music, dance and dress patterns, the people’s hospitality and cordial relationship.
The state essentially has a picturesque mountainous land traversed by big river valleys of Venue, Gongola and Yedsarem. The valleys of Cameroon, Mandata and Adamawa mountains form part of its undulating landscape.
Adamawa has a tropical climate marked by dry and rainy seasons. The rainy season commences from April and Ends in October.
Moreover, the average rainfall for the state is 79mm in the northern parts and 197mm in the southern parts especially around Ganye and Toungo local government areas. The wettest months are August and September.
The dry season starts in November and ends in April. This is the harmattan period when the dusty laden North-Easterly Trade winds blow from the Sahara desert with a marked effecting the climate of the state.
In addition to that, the period of cold and dry temperatures varies from place to place, but the average recorded minimum temperature is 15.2oC.
There are two notable vegetation zones in the state. The sub-Sudan and the Savannah zones. The Sudan is characterized by short grasses and short trees commonly found in the northern parts. To the south, the vegetation is thick with tall grasses and trees, constituting the Guinea Savannah zone.
Adamawa is the millennium tourist destination in Nigeria. All major towns in the state are adequately connected to the national grid and have standard health facilities spread all over the state.
There are good catering services provided by both government and private hotels. Some of the wonderful scenes the state is endowed with include:
- Kiri Dam: it is located near Kiri town and was specifically built to supply the electricity and water needs of Savannah Sugar Company in Numan. On the hilly side overlooking the dam are beautiful structures with modern facilities to accommodate tourists. Apart from irrigation and fishing, the dam is also suitable for boat racing and surfing.
- Ruwan Zafi: it’s located in Lamurde LGA. Here a hot water gushes out to meet with cold water in a confluence that forms a warm water stream. The area is a tourist attraction and has economic potentials for investors.
- Koma Hills: it is a beautiful scenery with stone writings and paintings of medieval inhabitants of the area called Koma people. The hills give an insight to their history.
- Gumti Park: this is part of Gashaka Gumti National Park that shares border with Taraba state. It is a Games Reserve and harbours all sorts of wild life.
- Sukur Kingdom: this is located in Madagali LGA and has been accredited as world heritage site by UNESCO because of its natural exposition of human nature and its preserved structures dating more than 500 years.
- Three Sisters Rocks: they appear in three formations, making a beautiful scenery that overlooks the town of Song in Song LGA.
- Old Palace of Hamman Yaji in Madagali town in Madagali LGA.
- Sassa water falls at Toungo and Yadim water falls in Fufure LGA.
- Elephant houses in Guyuk LGA.
- Gorobi Rock Formation in Mayo-Belwa LGA
- Fombina Palace Museum, Yola
- Makam Walls in Toungo LGA.
- SellaNegis Falls, Yadim Fufore LGA.
Adamawa State has the following Tertiary Institutions;
- Modibbo Adama University, (MAU) Yola
- Adamawa State University, (ADSU) Mubi
- American University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola
- Nigerian Law School, Yola Campus
- Federal Polytechnic Mubi
- Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola
- Federal College of Education, (FCE) Yola
- State College of Education (COE) Hong
- College of Nursing and Midwifery, Yola
- College of Health Technology, Michika
- College for Legal Studies, Yola
- College of Agriculture, Ganye
- School of Health technology Mayo Belwa SOTHAMA
The state has the following media houses:
- Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Yola
- Adamawa State Television Corporation (ATV) Yola
- Adamawa Press Limited, Publishers of Scope Newspapers
- Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Yola
- Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Fombina Yola
- Federal Information Centre
- Gotel Communications- Radio and Television
- Pulaku FM Yola
- NAS FM Yola
- AIT Raypower Yola
Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is the current Executive Governor of Adamawa State. He was sworn into office on 29th May, 2019 for his first tenure.
Adamawa, My State, My Pride!
By Muhammad B Muhammad (B.A.Ed.Eng. UNIMAID)
Fintiri’s Initiative: Fresh Air Buses Revolutionize Travel Costs In Adamawa
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has ushered in a new era of affordable transportation in Adamawa State with the introduction of Innoson’s Fresh Air buses.
These CNG coaches, capable of carrying 100 passengers each, have commenced operations to Mubi in the northern zone and Numan in the southern zone, receiving a warm reception from the public.
The decision to acquire these buses was a strategic response to the challenges posed by the removal of fuel subsidies, a move aimed at alleviating the increased transportation costs burden on citizens.
Prior to this initiative, the regular transportation fare from the state capital to Mubi and Numan Local Government Areas stood at 4,000 and 1,000 Naira, respectively.
With the introduction of the Fresh Air Buses, passengers can now enjoy a subsidized fare, with rates reduced by 50%. This means that the journey to Mubi now costs just 2,000 Naira, while the fare to Numan is a mere 500 Naira.
This substantial reduction in transportation costs is set to have a positive impact on the lives of the people of Adamawa State, making travel more affordable and accessible.
It also showcases the commitment of the government to improving the quality of life for its citizens, particularly in the face of economic challenges.
100 Days With Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri
So far so good, it has been a journey to witness and to see the good intentions of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri become a reality as we move inwards the 4 years of greatness with Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
The second term emergence of his Excellency Governor Ahmadu Fintiri at a critical time in the history of Nigeria, when the economy needs serious fix from the sudden removal of subsidy, comes timely with the aspirations of the people of Adamawa State.
He is a leader with great political prowess who has gathered an experienced team of technocrats to actualize his 8 points agenda of moving Adamawa forward in all sectors. This is a dream come through.
Since the inception of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s administration, he has given much focus to evolving a democratic system in Adamawa state as he himself is a product of a democratic process.
His Excellency, the ATM and the harbinger of ‘fresh air’ has achieved the basic cardinal principles in Public Administration:
1.Fairness in the democratic system ensuring adherence to explicit administrative procedures
- Devolution of power as being enjoyed at local government areas today
3.Introduction of people’ based policies that impacts directly on the lives of the masses
The first 100 days has given birth to innovations that are sustainable and reliable with the vision clearly spelt out in it’s short and long term programs summed up as “8point Agenda
The Governor’s administrative style has evolved into a philosophy that fellow comrades and team members have adopted as the project of ADAMAWAFIRST before self.
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri came with the self-realization that we could fix our problems, resolve issues, enhance systems, empower personalities, stabilize structures to be physically positioned not just for unity but in alignment and in pursuit of a developmental master plan for a progressive and unified future.
The above mentioned can only be achieved if we tolerate and accommodate the views and expectations of others.
We must ensure that his philosophy moves from one community to the other incorporating different interest but achieving same goals of a better Adamawa than we met.
The government as a corporate entity also works with its citizens feedback and interest which differs from community to community, that is why projects may not be uniform because needs differs across board.
As we celebrate this 100 days in office, it is certain that the few impacts below are meant to set the ground for grand breaking landmark projects and policies.
- His prompt approval for continuity of scholarship application/disbursement to Adamawa students by the Adamawa State Scholarship Trust Fund.
- Provided Five Million Naira to victims of Fire Disaster in Yola main market.
- Paid additional ₦10,000 to all State & Local Governments civil servants, as well as pensioners as part of palliatives to cushion subsidy removal hardships.
- Procured 50 Trucks of Fertilizer for distribution to farmers at subsidized rate.
- Empowers over 50 youths with appointments as Special Advisers, SSAs and SAs.
- Purchased 10 New IVM Air-conditioned Luxurious Buses as palliatives, to ease transport difficulties across the State.
- Purchased 50 trucks of Rice to be distributed as palliatives.
- Procurement of 2100 metric tons of maize for distribution as Palliatives.
- Purchased SUVs to State Chief Judge, President of Customary Court and Grand Khadi Sharia Court of Appeal.
- Commissions 454 housing units for IDPs in Labondo, championed by UNHCR.
- Ongoing public health laboratory project at State Specialist Hospital, Yola.
- Approval for the construction of storm-water drainages at sami-naka, Yola.
- Ordered for delisting of blocked drainages to subdue forecasted flooding across the State.
- Approval of ₦2.5 Billion re-capitalization for establishment of first Mortgage Bank in Northeast Nigeria.
Welcome to the new Adamawa of our dreams, a land where everything is possible under Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
By: Hon Dogo Victor “PSA Social Mobilization to Adamawa State Governor
NYSC Taraba: Learn From The Diverse Cultures Of Our People- Nzoka
The Coordinator of NYSC Taraba State, Mr. Anthony M. Nzoka has advised the 2023 Batch B stream II Corps Members deployed to the State to learn, promote, and sustain positive aspects of the diverse cultures of the good people of our nation, as they prepare to commence the primary assignment program in the state.
Mr. Nzo disclosed this when presided over the Inter- platoon Cultural Carnival of the orientation course at the permanent orientation camp, Sibre, wherein the respective platoons in attendance were provided with an opportunity and platform to process as well as display their cultural ingenuity, costume, and historical background to the admiration of all and sundry.
The Coordinator of NYSC Taraba State, Mr. Anthony M. Nzoka has advised the 2023 Batch B stream II Corps Members deployed to Taraba State to learn, promote as well and sustain positive aspects of the diverse cultures of the good people of our nation, as they prepare to commence the primary assignment program in the state.
Mr. Nzoka disclosed this when he presided over the Inter- platoon Cultural Carnival of the orientation course at the permanent orientation camp, Sibre, wherein the respective platoons in attendance were provided with an opportunity and platform to process as well as display their cultural ingenuity, costume, and historical background to the admiration of all and sundry.
The various platoons on the camp made painstaking efforts to display the rich cultural heritage of the people of Mumuye, Mambila, Kutep, Jukun, Tiv, Chamba, Hausa, Yoruba, and Igno people respectively.
It was indeed a good display of our cultural heritage geared towards equipping the corps members with the necessary information and behavioral and dressing patterns of the people of their body community in preparation for the primary assignment program of the NYSC scheme.
The colorful event equally availed the State Coordinator, the opportunity to appreciate and award prizes to selected groups of corps members.
He noted that distinguished themselves during the orientation course as well as the platoons that excelled in all the scheduled competitions in the camp.
In attendance include the Camp Director, Mrs. Ladi Gambo, Assistant Directors, and Heads of Collaborating Agencies amongst others.
The various platoons on the camp made painstaking efforts to display the rich cultural heritage of the people of z Mumuye, Mambila, Kutep, Jukun, Tiv, Chamba, Hausa, Yoruba, and Igno people respectively.
It was indeed a good display of the Taraba NYSC cultural heritage geared towards equipping the corps members with the necessary information and behavioral and dressing patterns of the people of their body community in preparation for the primary assignment program of the NYSC scheme.
The event equally availed the State Coordinator, Mr. Nzoka the opportunity to appreciate and award prizes to selected groups of corps members that distinguished themselves during the orientation course as well as the platoons that excelled in all the scheduled competitions in the camp.
The Camp Director, Mrs. Ladi Gambo, Assistant Directors, and Heads of Collaborating Agencies amongst others were those that graced the occasion.
NYSC Coordinator, Nzoka Drops Strong Message To Corps Members In Taraba
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