I had waited for the storm generated by the purported suspension of Mallam Bashiru Ahmad, the Adamawa State Secretary to the Government (SSG) from an amorphous association called Jimeta PDP Critical Stakeholders. The purported suspension was contained in a write-up which I cannot place as either a press release, press statement or communique. After the responses and debate that this action engendered, it became quite apparent that the people behind the charade have become reckless enough to show their hands. In their bid to denigrate Bashiru Ahmad, they only succeeded in revealing what they had succeeded in hiding all these years – the fact that his excellency Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is not their favoured candidate and they can go to any length to make sure the governor didn’t succeed.
While trying hard to downplay the role of the SSG, the “critical stakeholders” only showed their ignorance of public communication otherwise they won’t have exposed their underbellies by claiming that PDP lost Yola North during the gubernatorial election because of the high-handedness of the SSG. Is that not an indictment on the “critical stakeholders”? Talk of cutting your nose to spite your face. By admitting that they did not vote for his excellency, they have unwittingly attributed the 24 thousand votes that the PDP garnered in that election to the efforts of the SSG. My question here is that with such admission, why are they expecting the governor to reward Yola North local government with any position of authority and trust? They played the same role against the governor in 2019.
My interpretation of the sour grapes of these “PDP critical stakeholders” is the failure to admit that they have overstayed their welcome on the political scene. Being a recurring decimal since 1979 is admission of lack of mentoring and by extension lack of fresh ideas in a stifling environment in dire need of fresh blood in its politics. The “critical stakeholders” are a handful of spent forces, led by a perpetual “friend” of the government since the beginning of time. He has always enjoyed government patronage and threw crumbs to his fellow travellers who are always content to be his cannon fodder in his endless quest for relevance.
While it is not in doubt that these pseudo-leaders of the Jimeta community have been around since the 2nd republic, I don’t think any of them can beat his chest and point to one person that they have assisted to become a part of a productive society or any physical development in Jimeta attributable to their influence. It is unfortunate that we live in a society that is uncritical and only thrives on mediocrity and quackery. The blood suckers in our society are those who call themselves “critical stakeholders” and we sheepishly allow them to have their way. Pathetic.
The SSG is an institution and not Bashiru Ahmad the person. In their misguided effort to politically ‘destroy’ Bashiru Ahmad, they are undermining the institution. I have followed the activities of the stakeholders’ Capo since the inception of the Fintiri administration and he has always been predictable in his actions. While he worked tirelessly against the success of the governor in the 2019 polls, only to belatedly try to retrace his steps after the presidential elections of 2019, it is the same game plan unfolding in Jimeta right now. His anti-party and anti Fintiri activities in the run-up to the 2023 elections is what is haunting him and he must therefore find a scapegoat and who will be a better scapegoat than the SSG who he has been having a running battle with since the day Bashiru Ahmad was appointed to the exalted office.
It is sad that a man who benefitted maximally from the Fintiri government in forms of contracts is admitting that he worked against the success of the same Fintiri in his second term quest. Scared that Fintiri might decide to strike back and pay him in his own coins, he is now running from pillar to post trying to shift blame to others. It will be better for him to exorcise his demons than keep living in denial. He must resolve the conflicting emotions gnawing his innards in order for him to live in peace with himself. Two facts should be clear to him – the fact that governor Fintiri has emerged victorious in the recently concluded elections despite his machinations and the unstated pact between him and the opposition candidate, and the fact Bashiru Ahmad is the SSG, Adamawa state despite his avowed hatred and the running campaign of calumny he sustained in the past four years.
It is worthy of note that his peers in the Yola North PDP Stakeholders Forum came out in steong words to disown him and his campaign of hatred and exclusion. Being an old man is not the same as being an elder.
Mahmud B. Usman
State Low Cost, Jimeta.
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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