By Usman Abdullahi Koli
Local governments in democratic settings are universally known as the tier closer to the people especially at the grassroot levels. For candidates contesting various positions ranging from councillorship, chairmanship, state and national assembly representatives, governorship as well as president to win elections, they must secure highest votes from local governments. After the creation of Bauchi State in 1976, Ningi was amongst the ‘A’ listed local governments because it had leaders that cared for the welfarism of the people not themselves. In a democracy, passive leaders are easily forgotten but those that carried-out life-touching projects are like writings on stones that never vanishe. Honorable Mahmuda Hassan Tabla is the current Chairman of Ningi local government who deserved national awards because of his philanthropic activities, selfless attribute, impactful works but low publicity made many not aware of them.
Growing up amidst inescapable challenges are what inspire those that found themselves on mantles of leadership to reverse and do everything in their powers to change the narrative by benefiting all and sundary. Honorable Mahmuda believed that the rich and the poor are the same that is why there is no variation in most of his projects. From the time he assumed office in this year, through his skill acquisition programmes thousands of people have broken the shackles of vicious circle of poverty into daily income earners. If other local government Chairmen could imbibe Mahmuda’s style of leadership, rate of criminal activities would reduce, youths would have something relevant doing, both married and single women would no longer be idle at homes and level of meandering in offices seeking for helps would be mitigated.
Early this year, when rumors circulated about kidnappers and criminals trooping to Bauchi from where they were been chased, Honorable Tabla in conjunction with police and local securities swung in to action by beefing check-points, encouraging people to secretly report unwholesome activities or persons in their domains and use community radio in re-orienting them on dangers of harboring criminals, etc. Also, Honorable Mahmuda Tabla intervened and put a stop to flinching deforestation in surrounding forests and those caught were legally punished. Individual and groups of people use their monies by travelling down to Bauchi city, pay for the airtime just to appreciate Tabla and inform the general public in radio on his record-breaking laudable achievements.
People in local areas are majorly known for rearing domestic animals and cultivating crops, Honorable Mahmuda without waiting for grants from State government on several times uses his own money to purchase fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides and sold them out to farmers at subsidize and affordable prices. Uncountable numbers of graduated students that are yet to be employed have ventured into agriculture because of the efforts made by amiable Mahmuda, he made it attractive by giving them land, seeds and other items necessary for farming free of charge. This years’ raining season came with unexpected damages, Tabla’s rigorous efforts led to the renovation of drainages, built new bridges, also he informed the Governor on the collapsed of a bridge that link Bauchi to Kano State and it yielded positive results as commuters are now passingby easily.
Water as wise men say is life, without which nothing could survive, in view of that Honorable Mahmuda has installed boreholes and digged numerous wells in communities that have been suffering from water shortages. He built ponds for headers’ animals to be drinking clean water without intruding into streams and rivers where people fetch for domestic use. For the enduring peace to reign, Tabla has cordial relationship with community and religious leaders, he often seek for their advises and consent before making any decision. In the area of empowerment, recently he distributed items worth more than 6 million naira, ha gave out capital to prospective and well-deserving people to boost their businesses, paid educational scholarships aimed at sponsoring students from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions and he dashed out sawing machines along with local spaghetti making device to less privileged women.
Factually, many could attest that getting a true leader at local government level who is doing similar works like those of Honorable Muhmuda Hassan Tabla is like looking for a needle in a darkest room, he superseded his contemporaries in almost all areas. The secret behind his successes are the caliber of people he has, as one Hausa proverb says ‘Ba a mugun Sarki sai mugun bafade’, therefore it is pertinent upon him to continue maintaining such personalities because they are after the developments of Ningi and its good people not interest of their pockets. Despite the fact that what local governments are getting from State governments has reduced, the Ningi council Chairman has came up with other means of generating income which are assisting him to carry out lots of projects and other Chairmen should follow suit. Lastly, Honorable Mahmud Tabla is joyfully married and endowed with blessful children.
Usman Abdullahi Koli,
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.
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