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Governor Fintiri Appoints More Special Assistants

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The Adamawa State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has approved the appointments of Principal Special Assistants, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants with immediate effect.

The appointments are in line with Governor Fintiri’s vision to strengthen Government machinery in the State with the aim of making it more people-oriented and effective, right to the grass-root.

Those appointed in the category of Principal Special Assistants include:

  1. Leader Leneke
  2. Saidu Yahaya Nuhu
  3. Hon. Shuaibu Babas
  4. Dr Zainab Kwonchi
  5. Hon. Alhassan Hammanjoda
  6. Penuel T. Medan (Ph.d)
  7. Chief Penticost Agiso
  8. Dr David Malgwi
  9. Daniel Balami
  10. Hon. Adwawa W. Donglock
  11. Egla Felix Yaji
  12. Dr Herbert Hanawa
  13. Yusuf Mohammed (OC)
  14. Mary Kadzai
  15. Hon. Umar Nashon
  16. Dr Emmanuel K. Kwaghe
  17. Dr William Ishaya Kamale
  18. Hon. Shuaibu Musa
  19. Habu Doctor
  20. Babangida Maina
  21. Hon. Musa Umar Bororo
  22. Alh. Abubakar Mahmud Wambai
  23. Rev. Amos Sa’ad Duwala
  24. Magdiel Morrison
  25. Dr Aminu Aliyu Numan
  26. Hon. Abubakar Isa
  27. Hon. Adamu Titus
  28. Hon. Mustapha Saidu
  29. Rev. Joshua Kallamu
  30. Hon. Hamidu A. Sajo
  31. Zayyad Isa Mohammed
  32. Mallam Ali Mamman
  33. Abdulhamid Aminu Alkali
  34. Sheik Tijjani Tahir
  35. Abdulkareem Bakala
  36. Tanko Wazumtu
  37. Japhet Gajere

Senior Special Assistants Category

  1. Dr Benjamin Dire
  2. Patrice Dele Loko
  3. Hon. Elkanah Kados
  4. Mu’azu Garba
  5. Hon. Musa Gurin
  6. Hon. Farouk Mohammed
  7. Rev. Istifanus M. Habila
  8. Raji Bamanga
  9. Luri Zephaniah
  10. Mohammed Bello
  11. Hon. Dimas Shekel
  12. Musa Galabu
  13. Hon. Kassah D. Shallum
  14. Dr Wesley Philemon
  15. Umar Abdulrahman Bobboyi
  16. Idris Salihu
  17. Umar Bello
  18. Bristone Limuga Daniel
  19. Joshua Dariya
  20. Hon. Burto William
  21. Hon. Aiden Tsokum
  22. Saidu Adamu
  23. Raymond Lunyaluwa
  24. Hon. Gershon Kasuwa
  25. Mohammed Dabo
  26. Danbiyu Tumba
  27. Hon. Michael Shehu
  28. John K. Muva
  29. Abdulkadir Jahadi
  30. Pwagwadi Omeno
  31. Hon. Innocent Koto
  32. Yawale Baltingo
  33. Sadiya Husseini Shelleng
  34. Rukayya Audu Shelleng
  35. Hon. Danjuma Abdullahi Kedi
  36. Victor Phanuel
  37. Adamu Usman
  38. Yusuf Baba Yola
  39. Alh. Audu Gambo
  40. Usman Bala Kurma
  41. Femi Adeniran
  42. Seth Danpullo
  43. Hon. Salihu Usman Malkohi
  44. Mohammed Mai Musa
  45. Alh. Manu Ngurore

Special Assistants Category

  1. Gideon Ali Wonos
  2. Cletus Yuguda Baraje
  3. Usman Sanda
  4. Mohammed Njidda Tukur
  5. Hamman Barau
  6. Afraimu Dankal
  7. Ibrahim Ndotti
  8. Ahmadu Babalele
  9. Dimas Bello
  10. Ibrahim Zadaku
  11. Abubakar Nasuru
  12. Hammajoda Bashiru
  13. Emmanuel A. Fungus
  14. Hassan Musa
  15. Ahmadu Dahiru
  16. Pwadadi Hassan
  17. Adamu Buba Kiri
  18. Ali Buba
  19. Lawson Yaro
  20. Abdullahi Haruna
  21. Ahmadu Mujeli
    All those appointed are expected to forward their curriculum Vitae to the office of the Secretary to the State Government at the State Secretariat on Monday 9th October, 2023 unfailingly.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Chief Press Secretary To The Governor

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FG Urges Workers To Foster Culture Of Integrity In Government Business 

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By Mohammed Manga

.…says Directors should harness collective expertise to drive meaningful change within our institutions.

The Federal Government has called on Civil Servants in the country to uphold the highest degree of principles,  standards, transparency, accountability, and ethical values in the conduct of government business.

The Permanent Secretary, of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Lydia Shehu Jafiya gave the advise in Abuja on Thursday, when she flagged off the first sensitization workshop for the year 2024, organized for the Directorate Cadre  Officers (GL 15-17) by the Ministry’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) under the Special Duties Department.

She stated that corruption, in all its forms, poses a grave threat to the foundation of our society, as it destroys trust, erodes justice, and also impedes progress.

Represented by the Director, Special Projects, Hajiya Aisha Omar, the Permanent Secretary informed that the sensitization workshop provides an opportunity to delve into the intricacies of the systems and practices, guided by the beacon of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), System Study and Evaluation  Scorecard.

*As leaders entrusted with the responsibility of safeguarding the public trust, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to integrity and excellence. We must lead by example, inspiring those around us to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and accountability, by the ICPC Scorecard Template*, she said.

Mrs. Jafiya stated that as part of efforts to continue to raise awareness and identify existing gaps in the anti-corruption initiatives that had been put in place by the Federal Government, there was the need to sensitize officers on transparency, discipline, and accountability in the service.

The Permanent Secretary informed that the Federal Government, through the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, had considered and approved the request of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on the establishment of ACTU in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that workers properly understand what constitutes corruption and how they could collectively and individually support the efforts of government in checking corrupt practices.

She emphasized the need for civil servants to key into the anti-corruption war of the government, which is one of the operational mantras of the present administration and an integral part of the crusade for national rebirth and social regeneration. 

*Corruption goes beyond financial crimes. It includes other forms of malpractices in the conduct of government businesses such as acts of omission, negligence, and asking for commission in the discharge of official responsibilities*, Mrs Jafiya said.

While calling on the Directors to harness the collective expertise and wisdom to drive meaningful change and foster a culture of integrity within our institutions, the Permanent Secretary said, *we are expected to engage wholeheartedly and share insights with our wealth of experience and collaborate in charting a course towards a corruption-free future for Federal Ministry of Finance in line with the policy objectives of government. We should stand united in our resolve to achieve this,* she emphasized. 

The sensitization workshop according to her was put together to conscientize and sensitize the Directors on the need to continue to exercise their supervisory roles of educating staff of the Ministry to imbibe the culture of integrity and shun corrupt practices while discharging their statutory functions as civil servants, to promote transparency, discipline, and accountability at the workplace.

*We must all join hands together with the Honourable Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun in his quest to ensure sound work ethics that would position the Ministry, not only as a leading, responsive, and responsible Ministry as the MDAs with zero tolerance for graft but also in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Administration*.

Earlier in an address, the Director, Special of Duties, Mrs. Egundebi Yemisi stated that the workshop aims at providing the opportunity to deepen staff understanding of the systematic evaluation of processes and procedures of systems study and review. 

*As Directors, it is imperative that we ensure our systems are not only efficient but also seen to be transparent through examination and collaborative discussion, we aim to identify areas for improvement and enhance organizational effectiveness*.

She said that it has become imperative to recognize the importance of the ICPC Scorecard Template in gauging performance and progress toward our goals, stating further that, the scorecard serves as a compass, guiding us toward excellence by providing a comprehensive overview of performance indicators and the benchmarks of Anti-Corruption measures.

*By leveraging this tool effectively, we can measure our success, identify areas of excellence, and address issues requiring attention with precision and clarity*, Mrs. Egundebi said.

She commended the Honourable Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Lydia Shehu Jafiya, and the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Federal Ministry of Finance Mr. Okokon Ekanem Udo, for their avowed determination to ensuring the entrenchment of the Anti-Corruption crusade through the creation of an enabling environment to ensure the successful flag-off of the sensitization workshop for the Directorate Cadre Officers in the Ministry.

She expressed optimism that the aftermath of the workshop will spur the Directors to put more effort into combating corruption and anti-ethical behavior of staff in the conduct of government business.

During a paper presentation entitled *Integrity Scorecard and System Study*, the Deputy Director, *System Study and Review* ICPC, Mr Obaniyi Adebayo said corruption is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the fabric of the society and has portrayed Nigeria in a bad light over the years.

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Gen Faransa, Jalo, Isma’il, Patrick Makes List Of Board Chairmen, Special Advisers To Gov Kefas 

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By Sani Yarima

An official statement was released by the Secretary to the Government of Taraba State, Chief Timothy Kataps, on Friday, announcing the appointment of various individuals by Governor Dr. Agbu Kefas. 

Notably, General Aliyu Jeremiah Faransa (Rtd) has been named Chairman of the Taraba State Board of Internal Revenue, while Alhaji Kabiru Jalo has been designated as Chairman of the Taraba State Promotion Agency. 

Additionally, Hon. Charles Maijankai has been appointed as Special Adviser to the Governor on Homeland Security Matters.

Rev. Fr. Sunday Muke Patrick is now the Special Adviser to the Governor on Christian Religion Matters, and Zanau Hassan Maikasuwa as Special Adviser on Agriculture and Food Security.

Furthermore, Mallam Husseini Isma’il, who also serves as the Taraba State Chairman of the Forum of Islamic Preachers, has been appointed as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Muslim Religious Matters. 

Governor Kefas has also appointed some permanent secretaries among others to serve as board members. 

It is worth noting that the appointments are aimed at enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the Taraba State government in delivering its services to the people.

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JUST IN: Gov Kefas Directs Immediate Payments Of Gratuity, Approves N1b

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Dr. Agbu Kefas, the Governor of Taraba State, has authorized the allocation of one billion naira to offset the payment backlog of gratuities. 

Emmanuel Bello, the Special Adviser on Media and Digital Communications to the Governor, released a statement on Sunday indicating that no payments have been made since 2011.

Governor Kefas signed the approval, directing the Ministry of Finance to ensure that the overdue entitlements are paid immediately. 

He expressed regret for the delay and promised workers that his administration would not abandon those who had served their state diligently.

In addition to the initial one billion naira, the governor also approved a monthly sum of N200 million to continue the payments and offset the backlog. 

During his campaign, Dr. Agbu Kefas had promised to offset pensions and gratuity despite the significant backlog and reaffirmed his commitment to this promise.

The Permanent Secretary of Pensions, Mrs. Rose Garba Ajiya, expressed her appreciation for this gesture, stating that it would effectively end years of anguish and frustration for aged pensioners. 

She assured the public that she and her team were well prepared to begin payments as all records were available and accurately kept.

In reaction to the gesture, the Chairman of the Forum of Islamic Preachers, Taraba State chapter, Malam Husseini Isma’il, commended Governor Kefas for his outstanding leadership and described him as a God-fearing person.

He prayed for God’s continued guidance, protection, and wisdom in the Governor’s governance of the state. 

He also urged the people of the State to maintain peace with one another to allow the present administration to fulfill its Moving Forward Agenda.

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