Ordinarily, I would have maintained a dignified silence because responding to unconfirmed statements by misguided persons would have amounted to a complete waste of time and energy. But on a second thought I decided to write this rejoinder not necessarily because of the importance I attached to the earlier write-up by the so-called ‘critical’ Stake holders but because of the good people of Jimeta and some gullible members of the public who might swallow hook-line-and-sinker the dish of lies being served by a group of self-seeking individuals. I am writing as an indigene of Jimeta and a well-informed and ardent supporter of the PDP. I stumbled upon this piece credited to Jimeta ‘critical stakeholders’, which does not exist in PDP constitution.
The sponsored article did not display any intellectual depth or academic prowess. The sponsored writer probably woke up from a bad dream and remembered one personality and decided that the only way he and his cohorts can achieve a level of relevance in the present political equation of the state is to try character defamation because in all his three pieces that I read, he only castigated the SSG maintaining same style of writing and raising same points. Hence, evidently same sponsor(s). Jimeta community has responsible stakeholders who maintained their dignity and have remained relevant in their wards, and the LGA in its entirety. Therefore, I would not generalize my rejoinder because of the action of a few selfish sadists. They would rather want everyone to be a colossal failure as they have been. Hence any attempt to think outside the box is termed anti-party because they epitomize greed and self-aggrandizement. They are mostly capitalists, mainly concerned about themselves and their cohorts and not the greater majority.
We will still address their nauseating and obnoxious allegations. A Kangaroo meeting was said to have taken place at HAMAB motors. The venue of this meeting was indicative of the caliber of individuals that constitute the so-called ‘critical’ Stakeholders. The venue also spelt the agenda of the meeting which was anchored on nothing but envy which clearly confirmed the clique behind it. The squabble with these disgruntled elements is primarily because mallam Bashiru is a principled technocrat that cannot be easily jostled with. There is yet another laughable point raised by the misguided and sponsored writer.
To start with, the writer raised the issue of Bashir’s indigeneship. For an adult that was born in Jimeta and lived for over 55 years therein, what more are you looking for? The story of Bashiru who was orphaned even before birth, because I am privileged to know, would be an interesting read. However, this is the problem of people putting themselves
in a cul-de-sac. These are people who rejoiced when the current Prime minister of Britain was said to be of Indian ancestry and jubilated when some Nigerians won elections in the USA. Hypocrisy is indeed a cancerous disease. I wish they have something tangible to offer in terms of contemporary life experiences. In this age, are we capitalizing on heritage or what one brings to the table? What you have to offer and how you have contributed to the development of Jimeta – both infrastructurally and in terms of human capital development should dictate how you are valued in the society and not where one’s ancestral linage could be located. Confining ourselves and repeatedly claiming ‘Dan
Jimeta’ is not what matters, but being intentional and instrumental to the development of the city with any little opportunity we have. The envious critics who have been capitalizing on heritage are beneficiaries of government at state and National levels for more than three decades with nothing to show in Jimeta and even their wards. In the last four years alone, Bashir has facilitated the construction of tarred roads in Ajjya, Alkalawa, Bekaji and other parts of Jimeta. Bahiru can boast of drilling not less than 20 boreholes in Jimeta –with 10 specifically in Ajiya ward. These are verifiable facts. Can any of these self�acclaimed ‘critical’ stakeholders beat their chests on any developmental project in their wards to their credit? Who should we consider as pride of Jimeta? The few selfish capitalists or the SSG? The SSG is not a man of many words but actions. He believes in doing what will impact positively on the lives of the populace. The cheap blackmail by the disgruntled individuals cannot deter him, that is why he never bothered about their previous write-ups attempting to blackmail or dent his image – now we are enlightening the populace on true position of things.
Secondly, while he was giving reasons for PDP’s failure in Jimeta, I was a bit embarrassed because there shouldn’t be any need to revisit that. H.E is aware of specific people that resolved to work for only the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. They rented an office and named their movement ‘Atiku Tan’ – a Fulfulde phrase meaning ONLY Atiku. The author clearly indicated that the clique did not work for H.E Governor Ahmadu Fintiti, as they left only the SSG to deliver Jimeta for him. If only mallam Bashiru and his supporters would ganner 24,000 votes for H.E. in Jimeta, if the so-called ‘critical’ stakeholders had supported, H.E. could have obtained more votes to even win Jimeta. It’s a known fact that this clique supported the APC governorship candidate during the election which is no news to governor Fintiri. Therefore, commending the governor at this stage is sycophancy of the highest order. Now that the table has turned, this ‘critical stakeholders’ are looking for how to become relevant. They misjudged. They believed that sacrificing the SSG on their altar of mediocrity can win them the favour of the Governor. Unfortunately, His Excellency knows better. He cannot buy into their lies and shot himself on the foot. He knows those who worked for him. He cannot consult a group of rag-tag politicians who have nothing to offer while considering people that worked hard for his success. The author equally raised the issue of Mallam Bashiru’s involvement in anti-party activity
during the governorship and state assembly elections. For the records, this ‘Atiku TAN’ movement did not only fail to work for H.E. during his election, but the condescending hypocrites worked for his strongest opposition, Senator Binani. Saying that the SSG supported the Labour Party candidate at the presidential election and the SDP candidate at the state assembly election is synonymous with saying he chased shadows; in fact, it is an insult on his intellect and personality – well, I leave this to readers to judge.
Mallam Bashiru was the very person that stood through thick and thin during the
membership party primaries and ensured that all the 35 votes were cast in favour of the out outgoing member, Hamidu Sajo Lekki. Most of the stakeholders were dissatisfied with
the outcome. The member has parted ways with everybody that supported him while he was canvassing for support in his first term. Immediately after the election, he left his home and relocated to the government lodge where he isolated himself from the same
electorates and supporters that voted him into power. According to his supporters, he became inaccessible, he rarely picks no returns calls which further isolated him from the public, which is not good for a member representing his constituents. He created Lekki network during 2019 electioneering campaign and toured the 11 wards with the group. From his assumption of office till date, none of the members has reaped the fruit of their labour which caused them to part ways with him. No wonder, the same network
campaigned against him in the recently concluded election. Lekki was nick-named ‘Maradona’ because of his mischievous attitude – he always wants to play safe by being a mischief maker. This soured relationship between him and the and the so-called ‘critical’ stake holders, most of whom vowed not to support his reelection bid
because he is not a sellable political commodity. Sheer arrogance and pride have made Lekki not to tour the 11 wards to canvass for votes, and he even got confrontational with anyone who mobilized electorates for him to campaign to. When it was obvious that Lekki’s relationship with the electorates has turned sour, H.E had to intervene by inviting Jimeta PDP stakeholders, and not the self�acclaimed critical stakeholders, to canvas support for the member. It is on record, that on
two separate PDP functions, the SSG had admonished the member to mend his relationship with the electorates, but he did not heed to these pieces of advice. His failure to campaign at ward levels as done by other candidates including H.E. caused him to lose the trust and votes of the electorates which unfortunately, negatively affected the
governor’s votes in Jimeta.
There is nothing wrong with having a team to complement the party’s effort in campaign, but instead of working with the party structure, Hamidu formed a 10-man campaign committee in each ward outside the party structure and solely relied on them for his votes. In fact, Lekki could not even distribute bulk of the resources given to him for his own re�election but kept it to himself, which many sarcastically refer to as his gratuity. Consequently, the member was clearly the architect of his own doom. What does a man expect when he is hunting with hounds and chasing with the hares? Failure of course. It is an anathema for one to eat one’s cake and still expects to have it. Our state assembly member should lick his wounds with serenity and calmness of spirit because any attempt to attribute his failure to any person or group amounts to efforts in futility.
Finally, it is the governor’s prerogative to appoint the SSG, which he can pick from any LGA but most importantly, it should be an experienced, trustworthy, a confidant and reliable fellow. Mallam Bashiru must not necessarily maintain the position of the SSG, but I hope among this clique, we have an educated and experienced person to take up the role. Mallam Bashir is not only a technocrat, but he is intelligent, principled, focused, dogged, resilient and most importantly, he is a reliable and dependable ally of H.E. Ahmadu Umau Fintiri. My heart bleeds as a handful of critics get unnecessarily envious when we should be thinking of utilizing our good offices for the success and progress of not just Jimeta but the state in its entirety.
Abubakar Ibrahim writes from Jimeta, Adamawa State.
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.
NIPR: Unveiling A World Of PR Possibilities In My Debut Conference
What an exhilarating time I had at the just concluded Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) Conference and Annual General Meeting held at the prestigious Nigerian Air Force Conference Hall Abuja. This year’s event was nothing short of extraordinary.
From riveting discussions on the power of effective communication to insightful sessions on the evolving landscape of public relations, the NIPR Conference was a true eye opener. It was an honour to be part of the event that gathered some of the sharpest minds in the industry under one roof.
L: Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, NIPR Member, Mr Ijafiya Domiya ANIPR
The conference was expertly chaired by the outgoing NIPR President, Mukhtar Sirajo fnipr, whose leadership and commitment to advancing the field of Public Relations are truly inspiring. In attendance were distinguished figures like the new Minister for Information and National Orientation, Mallam Idris Mohammed, who is also a fellow of the institute, who added an extra layer of prestige to the event.
The presence of eminent personalities like the Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, Chairman of the Conference Planning Committee and DIG Frank Mba, General S.K Usman, alongside other prominent fellows of the institute, created an electrifying atmosphere of knowledge sharing and networking.
L: Mr Ijafiya Domiya ANIPR, Maria Albert Zirra, Humwashi Wonosikou, Tanimu Leneke
Engaging in discussions, exchanging ideas and connecting with fellow professionals made this experience truly enriching.The energy and enthusiasm that filled the air were contagious, leaving me feeling inspired and motivated to contribute more to the field of Public Relations.
As the curtains closed on this year’s NIPR Conference, I’m filled with gratitude for the opportunity to be part of such an incredible gathering.The knowledge gained, connections made and memories cherished are treasures that will undoubtedly shape my journey in the world of Public Relations.
Mr Ijafiya Domiya ANIPR with some Soldiers ( NIPR Members)
Special thanks to my boss, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, for his fatherly role in providing the necessary support and also not forgetting Professor Emmanuel Danduara for his mentorship and stance on making sure II amregistered and enrolled in the institution while going through the rigorous process to become an Associate member.
My colleagues in this newfound path, my boss Mr. Humwashi (CPS), Felix, and Maria were also here to learn, grow and collaborate in the exciting realm of communication.
Please allow me to reintroduce myself as Ijafiya Domiya ANIPR, an
Associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.
Ijafiya Domiya ANIPR
SSA Digital and Visual Communication
August 25th, 2023.
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