ADAMAWA APC: STOP ENDANGERING OUR LIVE’S TO COVID-19 BECAUSE OF YOUR DESPERATION.

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The Adamawa APC has shown an outrageous act of civil disobedience to the measures put in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19 by wilful breaching and ignoring the state restrictions.

We condemn this act in its totality considering the efforts the State Government has and is still making to secure the freedom of the citizens as they implement successful public health policies in response to the COVID—19 pandemic.

To be clear: we all know in modern day politics in this part of the world, most crowds around desperate politicians are rented. But it should not be at the detriment of our lives and safety.

The truth is that only few politicians excite crowds to such a point where many would brave the odds and flock to rallies to listen to them. Gone are the days of speakers like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Bola Ige and maybe Tafawa Balewa. Gone are the myths that surrounded men like Awolowo and J.S. Tarka that made many troop out to come and see if it was true that they grew so tall while speaking that their heads reached into the sky.

Gone are the entertainers like Adegoke Adelabu who once drove his Volkswagen car to a political rally and allow crowds to enter in through one door and out the other to spite Awolowo whom he claimed was too elitist to permit such a thing. Politicians these days are too predictable, rhetoric too common and the only person I can think of who still draws huge crowds without mobilisation is Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

Now, crowds do not necessarily translate into acceptability or votes. Uncle Bola Ige in his book People, Politics And Politicians Of Nigeria: 1940-1979 said in relation to crowds that spectators will always be drawn to spectacles – people come to political rallies for different reasons and crowds are not always an indication of acceptance so I think the APC might be counting its chicks before they are hatched with the celebration of the carefully taken pictures of crowds they see at their political rallies. The desperation to make APC appear to many as an acceptable party in Adamawa may not be an exact reflection of what is actually on ground.

Now, crowds work in curious ways but usually in tandem with crowd mentality – a coinage from herd mentality where one goat jumps over a cliff and the rest follow – crowds tend to think in a particular dimension and here, I have a small concern for APC’s image in the mind of the crowds. They see the fanfare, they see the carefully sewn clothing and adornment but they also notice the fact that when they were in power, APC could not pay workers salaries, students couldn’t seat for WAEC and NECO, Hospitals were dilapidated, insecurity rising, gratuities increasing, education only for the rich, communal clashes always on the news, to mention but a few.

The crowds would notice that APC has nothing to tell them in respect to development because Governor Fintiri has now defined development in a way they can see, feel and touch.

A long shot to the way crowds think of course but then again: it’s called crowd mentality and it can work for or against a politician.

We hold that Adamawa APC should apologise to the government and people of Adamawa State for breaching and ignoring the state restrictions.

VANDI ZIRA (PRO)
Concern Northern Zone Forum

Is Bindow In An Unholy Tryst With Fintiri?

By Ibrahim Aliyu

The 2023 elections seem far off but political pundits across the country are already making permutations on the possible outcome of the election that is about two years away.

It is a tradition that political parties hold their primary elections to elect whoever will fly the party’s flag at various levels before the general election.

Most political analysts say, it is the most critical stage in the survival of any political party. In Nigeria, most of the crisis witnessed by political parties is due largely to lack of entrenchment of internal democracy. The Adamawa APC witnessed serious intra party crisis in 2019 as a result of dissatisfaction by its members with the way former Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow emerged as the flag bearer of the party. This led to legal battles, massive anti-party activities by its members and subsequently loss of the control of the state to the opposition PDP.

Big players in the party like the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr.Babachir David Lawan, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Senator Abdulaziz Nyako, Halilu Modi, Engr. Markus Gundiri and so many other influential members of the party were actually not happy with the way and manner the party primaries were conducted.

The infighting in the APC did not only cost them the governorship seat but two senatorial seats and five House of Representatives seats as well.

Although the 2023 elections is still far, the APC in Adamawa appears to be making efforts to put its house in order as they strategize to take back power from the incumbent PDP government of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who appears to be losing its popularity and goodwill by the day.

This is evident by the recent defection of former Governor Bala James Ngillari, Senator Ishaku Abbo, two former House of Representatives members; Nwagubi Fons and Titsi Ganama among others.

This is not to mention the speculations going round that very soon some members of the state House of Assembly and indeed his cabinet members will defect to All Progressives Congress (APC).

Dr. Umar Ardo, a former governorship aspirant of the PDP has severally expressed his dissatisfaction with the leadership style of the Governor Ahmadu Umar Fintiri to the extent that he led a splinter group of the party known as the r-PDP. Today Adamawa PDP is factionalise with one group led by Tahir and the other by Dr Ardo.

While the opposition APC is putting its house in order and loading its arsenals ahead of the 2023 elections, several party bigwigs have started indicating interests openly or secretly to run for the office of the Governor of Adamawa state.

Among them is former Governor, Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow. Although he is one of those who has not publicly made his intentions known, it is, however, clear from his activities since his return to the state for the first time since he lost power to the PDP-led government that he is actually working to get back his office. While some of his supporters are indeed happy with the steps he has taken to reclaim his office, they are indeed sad with his utterances in respect to Governor Fintiri led government. The former governor did not speak like an opposition leader rather a senior member of Fintiri’s government.

For instance, during his first visit to the party secretariat after about two years since he lost power, Bindow asked party members not to criticize or attempt to sabotage the Fintiri-led government.

“Adamawa state Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is my younger brother, friend, and confidant. I will not be a party to anything that will spoil or portray his government in bad light and I will not encourage anyone of you to do so. The Governor is doing his best and needs the support of all citizens to succeed.” Bindow said.

These statements were not taken lightly by the APC leadership during the meeting. The party chairman Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal had in his response assured the former Governor they will not cease to criticize the PDP-led government because that is the role of the opposition in every democratic setting.

Bindow’s statements according to some party members are in a way giving credence to the allegationthat he is planning to team up with Governor Fintiri to defect to the PDP to run for the northern zone senatorial seat which he once occupied in 2011.

Analysts are worried as to why an opposition leader who just lost power to the incumbent drum support for the same person who took power from him? It has become clear according to some members that handing over the APC governorship ticket to Bindow is like adopting Fintiri for a second term in office. For APC to succeed in 2023 they need somebody that can challenge Fintiri with all seriousness.

With the return of Senator Abdulaziz Nyako to the party, and his subsequent alliance with former governor Bindow not minding what transpired in 2019, many thought the party will wax stronger but the utterances of Bindow Jibrilla on Fintiri has weaken a lot of APC members and in particular his supporters.

If Dr. Ardo who is from the PDP and Senator Abbo who just defected to the APC will be firing salvos at the incumbent Governor, one would only wonder why the opposition is instead calling for support for the same government who accused him of not building a single classroom while in government for four years.

Abbo had severally accused Fintiri of enriching himself and abandoning party loyalists who struggled to get him to power.

The senator in an interview in 2019 published in tribuneonlineng.com said, “as a result of Fintiri’s pettiness and dictatorship in governance and party affairs in the state, PDP is not only in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but on life support machine struggling for survival. The Governor is running the party like a gangster and I will never eat on the same table with dictators.”

Abbo said his exit from the PDP was as a result of the mismanagement of the party’s Adamawa state chapter by the state Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who he accused of causing an internal crisis.

While delivering his address when he and others were received by the APC at the Adamawa state party secretariat, the senator reiterated that he is not desperate about power.

“We are not desperate about power, but we are desperate about one thing, which is removing that thief (referring to Fintiri). We have come together to take over power from this kleptomaniac government of the PDP. We knew what Fintiri did in power when he was acting Governor for just 76 days in office, he nearly sold government house and the records are there with the EFCC. The situation now is that a thief was caught in a house, taken to court, and returned to the same house to be in charge. That is our unfortunate situation in Adamawa state,” senator Abbo said.

If people who were in the same party with the Governor and from the same zone will point out defects in the present administration and also leave the ruling party in the state to the opposition APC, one would only but wonder why Bindow, a former Governor who Fintiri snatched power from will want to play soft on the government. If Binow continues with this attitude, it will be better for APC to adopt Fintiri as its candidate.

This surely gives rise to a fundamental question bugging the minds of many, is Bindow having a tryst with Fintiri?

Ibrahim Aliyu is a public affairs commentator and he writes from Mubi.

Gov. Fintiri Mourns PDP Chieftain, Ahmed Song

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of late Alhaji Ahmed Song who died in Yola on Tuesday January, 12 2021 at the age of 75, describing his demise as a huge loss.
Governor Fintiri noted that “I received the news of the passing of Alhaji Ahmed Song with deep sadness and grief. He was a true patriot and forthright leader with a deep conviction who remained loyal to the end”.
The late Ahmed Song had served as Managing Director of the famous Savannah Sugar Company Numan, founding MD of Rico Gado an animal feed Company in Adamawa State and was the Chairman of Kelele Investment, an agricultural consulting firm which he founded.
The deceased during his lifetime also ran for the Governorship of Adamawa State under the defunct National Republican Convention party and was one time National Vice Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party North East.
While appreciating his sacrifices to the growth and development of the State, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri pointed out that “Ahmed lived a life of service to nation and humanity until he breathed his last. We thank Allah for giving him to us, his legacy and consistent belief in the Adamawa project will live on”.
Governor Fintiri extended his profound condolences to the immediate family, Song community, the People’s Democratic Party and the entire State, describing the death of the politician and elder statesman as “Sudden and shocking. I pray Allah to comfort the family and give them courage and hope”.
Rt.Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri disclosed that the “Government and people of Adamawa will surely miss him and his contributions to the development of the state and Nigeria at large”.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Press Secretary to the Governor of Adamawa State
12:01:2021

Gov. Fintiri Signs N140.340 Billion 2021 Adamawa Budget Into Law

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The Adamawa state Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has on Saturday December, 26th signed the 2021 budget of One hundred and Fourty Billion naira, Thirty Four million, Four Hundred and Nine Thousand, Four and Fourty (N140,340, 409, 440.00) Naira into law.

The Budget which is Tagged Budget of Stability, was earlier passed into Law by the State House of Assembly on Thursday December, 24th.

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri while performing the ceremony at the Dougerei Government House Saturday, said the budget is designed to strengthen and sustain the government’s massive projects in the state and to revamp the economic and infrastructural landscape of the state.
Fintiri said, “Democracy without human and infrastructural development amounts to nothing because governmnent must add value to the lives of its people.

“For the first time in the history of the state, about 52% of the budget is earmarked for capital expenditure while 48% of the budget is for recurrent expenditure.”
He noted that his government has earmarked N11 billion in the 2021 budget for youth and women empowerment explaining that his governmnent is committed to addressing youth restiveness experienced in the country in the wake of the EndSARS protest which he said was a result of unemployment and that his governmnent intends to address that challenge through economic empowerment of Youths and women in the state.
The governor challenged the media to keep track of his government’s activities in order to ensure that the budget is fully implemented.

Christmas: Gov. Fintiri Calls For Peace And Love Among Citizens

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The Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has called on Christians and citizens in the country, to celebrate the Christmas season bringing into mind the legacy of peace, harmony and love that Jesus preached.

Fintiri said, the yelutide should be used as a moment for prayers for love, unity and prosperity of the state and the nation at large.

This is contained in a press statement issued by his press secretary, Ahamadu Umaru Fintiri, and made available to Newsmen, Friday.

The statement said, “Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has extended his heartiest felicitations to the people of Adamawa State and to all Christians as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

“While wishing Christians a successful Yuletide celebration, Governor Fintiri urged them to use the festive season to pray for unity, peace and prosperity of the State.”

“The Yuletide season presents us an opportunity once more to love, share and forgive.

“I urge all to utilise the period to pray for unity, peace and prosperity of Adamawa State.

“We must also rededicate ourselves to the true virtues of faith in God, love for one another, honesty and peaceful-coexistence.” it added.

Gov. Fintiri use the occasion to challenge Nigerians and the people of Adamawa state to make the virtues of Christ more evident and practical in their daily dealings through spreading love to their neighbours and remember the underprivileged as they celebrate Christmas.

He described Jesus Christ as, “An embodiment of sacrificial love and advised Adamawa residents to exhibit unconditional love to one another, saying the impact will bring about a positive change that will lead to unity and development towards moving Adamawa and the Nation forward.

Saying, “We must therefore rededicate ourselves to the service of humanity in line with the true teachings of Jesus Christ which emphasises tolerance, patience, brotherly kindness, care for the needy and love for one another.

“Over the years, the teachings of Jesus, an apostle of peace, compassion and brotherhood, had guided human beings on the path of righteousness and perhaps more relevant today than ever before, when the world is facing increasing hatred, intolerance and violence.

“I hope the celebration of this joyous occasion will strengthen the bonds of communal harmony, brotherhood and reinvigorate the secular and pluralistic traditions for which our people were known for in the past.”

While wishing, “All Christians and the entire people of Adamawa State a bright and merry Christmas urging for prayers for peace and prosperity in the state.

“Such occasion reminds us to rekindle the spirit of harmony, brotherhood and lead a virtuous life.”

Southern Zone Youths Attack Grace Bent, “We Threw You Out, Not Fintiri”

News RendezvousA group, Concerned Southern Zone Youths have fired back at the former the Senator representing Southern Adamawa, Grace Bent, over her attacks on the state chairman of the PDP, AT Shehu, saying, her attacks on the Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and AT Shehu were unnecessary because they did not throw her out but that they the people of the southern Zone responsible for her failure to return to office because they are done with her.The concerned youths said, they through their power of choice, decided to do away with her over arrogant and Demigod attitude she constantly display, the same character she is displaying now in her attacks on the governor and the state party chairman.This is contained in a press statement issued to Newsmen, and signed by the groups chairman, Pwadeno Micheal, Monday, in Yola, Adamawa state.The Concerned Southern Zone Youths said, “Grace Bent, is making frantic moves to blow her trumpet of superiority over the men of Southern zone Adamawa state in her arrogant use of words aimed at the Adamawa state PDP chairman which is a clear demonstration of what led to her fall.”Her response was a total departure from the truth and certainly another display of the egoistic tendencies and lack of humility befitting of public servant that Grace Bent is supposed to be.”The group pointed out that, “Her claims to have single-handedly brought the chairman to office is one of her failed attempts to project herself as the alpha woman that dominated the Numan zone.”But to the credit of the southern Zone, though Bent not biologically daughter of the area and with no discrimination of gender, because the zone has no problem with women taking their rightful places of leadership, she was able to win elections and it is disturbing to hear her make such outrageous claims and attempts to assassinate other people’s character just because she could not get what she wants.”They added that, “It is so funny to hear a self-aclaimed ‘political gladiator’ in Adamawa fuming over lost elections forgetting that in the past concerned citizens kept quiet back then in the PDP owing to the fact that the youruba connection at the national played a dynamic role in imposing her at the southern zone up here in the North contrary to the interest of the Numan federation elders wishes.”The structure of the PDP as at that time was that purely the Yoruba connection.“You cannot brush aside the issue of indigene and non-indigene (which means exactly what the coinage means and you know it exist loudest in the Yoruba land where it is completely impossible to grant a northern woman married to a Yoruba man the privilege given to you) and your arrogance suggests that you have taken our magnanimity for granted.”Quoting the constitution does not invalidate the principle of indigenous interest of the people to want a biological son or daughter vie for such elective positions as in Section 42 sub-section 1.”And your ignorance of the shift in status quo of the events is an embarrassment to the Concerned Southern Zone youths.”The group argues that, “We all agree that the Constitution and the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) regarding qualifications for election exist but that is not the issue today.”We are saying take a bow and stop pushing blames as though we the Southern zone are enslaved to you, there was voting, there was an election and we threw you out simple.”One thing is true about us in Adamawa state, we are endowed with reason and conscience and we act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood, that was what informed our first step in giving you the position.The group contended that, “Why can’t this same support and brotherhood be applied to support our Northern women in their own biological state?”Also I ask her, can our women married in Osun state, ever be allowed to teach in a state school in her state?”Well we are homely in Adamawa and will continue to give opportunities to all people but the decision to stop you is the people’s choice.”The party did not want to loose the seat so we went ahead, mobilized and voted, but we the people have overturned it to allow for equal representation of our zone by one of our own biological inclined indigene to fill the space.”The reason being we have learnt our lesson that our liberal tendencies out here in the north are not applicable to our married women down there where you biologically hail from (Osun state).”Please your game plan has been exposed and we want you to face it and stop pushing blames on others, today our Senator is Binos, and we willingly voted him in.”

It is Gender Discriminatory, Tribalistic, to Call Me “Non-Indigene,”-Grace Bent Slams Adamawa PDP Chair

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The former Senator representing southern Adamawa, Grace Folashade Bent, has described the reference to her person as “Non-Indigene” by the Adamawa state chairman of PDP, Tahir Shehu, as a cheap resort to tribalistic Slur and that only a woman can be conveniently and demeaningly called a non- indigene after being married to a man for over four decades.

Bent contended that the state chairman should have denounced her position with superior facts instead of condescending to making globally unacceptable comments on ethnicity and gender that degrades commonness of humanity and portrays Adamawa and Nigeria in a disgraceful and demeaning light in the eyes of the world.

The senator states strongly that, after over forty years of marriage to her husband, it is only ignorance of the law and a chronic sense of treachery, that would make a man in the position of the state chairman of a party, to make such a derogatory and backward statement about her and that his comments is a reflection of his awareness, exposure and pedantry resort to tribalism.

This is contained in a press statement issued to News Rendezvous, over the weekend in Yola, Adamawa state.

Grace Bent while making reference to the statement made in his rejoinder concerning her interview with Daily Sun, where she remarked that her return to the Senate was frustrated by the state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri said, “I didn’t make “spurious allegations” against Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and the person of A.T. Shehu as the state chairman of the PDP, neither did I misrepresent any fact in the said newspaper interview regarding happenings in Adamawa PDP pre-2019 elections and thereafter.

“Secondly, he rightly said the people of Adamawa South senatorial district were magnanimous to me having “overwhelming” voted for me in 2007 against the choice of Senator Jonathan Silas Zwingina not minding that I was a “non-indigene”.

Denouncing Shehu as a tribalist, she said, “Only a tribalist like A.T. Shehu believes that people of same ethnic groups are related by blood, hence his coinage of “blood brother” like that of “non-indigene” – one against conventional English and the other against the law of the land respectively.

“For someone like Shehu, who claims to be a Lawyer by training, to refer to a bonafide Nigerian in Nigeria as a non-indigene (whatever the coinage means) is an exhibition of crass ignorance of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution (as amended) – Section 42 sub-section 1.

“His ignorance is an embarrassment to the Bar and I hereby call on the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to call A.T. Shehu to order if he is truly a member of the noble profession.

“In this 21st Century of Universality, a Lawyer is still beclouded and myopically tribalistic to still see a woman that has lived with her Adamawa husband for 40 years as a non-indigene.

“What a shame to the Lawyer like Shehu, who has little or no knowledge of the Nigeria’s Constitution and the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) regarding qualifications for election.

“Also, there is a subsisting order of a competent court of law in Nigeria that affirms the use of the coinage – “non-indigene” – on any public document as unconstitutional.”

While making reference to her towering legacy as a politician, Bent said, “On winning my election in 2007, If I was not loved by the teeming populace of Adamawa South senatorial district, I wouldn’t have won overwhelmingly as attested to by A.T. Shehu.

“This is a clear testimony to my popularity and good works to my constituents.

“If I was a “non-indigene” in Adamawa, was it only the Yorubas that overwhelmingly voted for me in 2007? This is a poser for A.T. Shehu and his ilks to ponder on and provide an answer.

“After my first four-year stint in the Senate between 2007 and 2011, I was conspired against and was stopped from returning to the National Assembly, thereby denying the good people of Adamawa South the kind of representation they deserve.

“My good works while I was representing the Adamawa South electorate still speak for me, contrary to the futile attempt by Shehu and his paymasters to poison their minds against me.”

Describing the Adamawa state chairman of PDP as a serial political looser, she said, “It is on record that he who is supposedly an indigene of Adamawa State has never won election in his unit in Ganye LGA for PDP, the party he chairs now.

“As we speak, Shehu’s State Constituency of Ganye is being represented by APC in the State House of Assembly.

“While Grace Bent, who he claims is a “non-indigene” has consistently delivered her unit, ward and indeed Demsa local government area with landslide victory in the whole of Adamawa South senatorial district in all elections.

“The records are in the public domain for confirmation.”

She maintained that, “In the November 29, 2020 newspaper interview in question, I responded to a question thus inter alia: “…I happened to be the only female in PDP that contested the primary election in 2019 and won the election, but the political party withdrew the ticket and gave it to someone else.

“My governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, played a key role in that regard. Perhaps, because of his personal interest.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the original result as compiled by the electoral committee sent from Abuja is still domiciled at the PDP national headquarters for verification.”

Restating her position in the interview and the instability the leadership of Shehu is causing in the party in the state she said, “I am not a desperate politician and I am not an ingrate as Shehu and his paymasters will want the good people of Adamawa South and the Nigerian public to believe, hence, I let go of the injustices meted against me in 2011 and 2019 elections.

“The revelations of their lack of dynamism and not being team players in my recent newspaper interview are statements of fact and I stand by them.

Adding that, “Was it not the same “ungrateful” Senator Bent who fought assiduously to nominate Shehu as the state party chairman despite protests from some quarters about his suitability?

“Could he say with all honesty that I was not instrumental to his emergence as the PDP State chairman?

“It’s laughable today to hear him ranting in his so-called rejoinder.

“Has he quickly forgotten the enormous role I played alongside a few major stakeholders in constituting the present State Working Committee (SWC) of the party that he is enjoying today with others?

“My doggedness and determination alongside a few other stakeholders repositioned and stabilised the PDP in Adamawa State, which produced the Governor Fintiri-led administration today. But here we are, most of the stakeholders that repositioned the party for its success today have been alienated and marginalised.

“So, where is the dynamism and teamwork by Shehu and his paymasters, who are at the helm of affairs of governance and party in our State?

“How would A.T. Shehu explain that under his watch, his deputy chairman defected to APC and few days ago, the Senator representing Adamawa North, Elisha Abbo, elected on the platform of the PDP in 2019, defected to the same APC?

“I have been a very loyal member of the PDP from inception, never have I for once, cross-carpeted to any other political party.

“Prior to my becoming a member of the PDP, I was the Deputy National Chairman of the then Progressive Liberation Party (PLP), which later merged with the PDP. I subsequently became the first female Political Adviser to the then National Chairman of the party.

“By God’s divine providence, I went on to become the the first female Senator in Adamawa State, and also in the North-East geo-political zone.

“My being a member of the BoT was earned and well merited, its most uncharitable of A.T. Shehu to adduce that he did me a favour by ‘making me’ a member of the BoT.

“Therefore, A.T. Shehu’s latest tantrums against me can be best described as a defeatist stand of a treacherous person.

“It’s bizarre and incomprehensible that Shehu, whom I single-handedly influenced his emergence as the Adamawa State PDP chairman against the wishes of the larger stakeholders, who knew him to be a betrayer, will turn around to betray me now just because of the crumbs he get from the table of his paymasters.

“The hatchet job by A.T. Shehu, which he dubbed ‘press release’, as a purported rejoinder to the newspaper interview I granted was done in bad faith, and it exposed him as ignorant, ethnic jingoist and a betrayer that he is for the world to see and know him better.”

Nigeria At 60: Atiku to Fintiri “You Made Me a Proud Citizen of Adamawa State”

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The former vice president of Nigeria and PDP’s candidate in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has endorsed the leadership style of the Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, describing him as the first among all first term governors in the country to have implemented a revolutionary style of governance that has led to a successful conduct local government elections, expunged a culture of unpaid salary arrears of local government workers, primary school teachers and the primary healthcare sector.
Atiku praised the governor for defying the challenge of inherited N115 billion debt to deliver a solution-based style of leadership with practical policies that promotes nationhood, prosperity and growth in Adamawa State.
Atiku Abubakar made this known in a personal letter to the Adamawa state governor over the weekend.
Atiku praised the governor as to have exhibited the highest qualities of Leadership that deserves commendation and that his developmental strides and visionary leadership has made him a proud son of the state and that it will forever change the land scape of Adamawa.

Atiku in an independence congratulatory letter to the governor said, “As Nigeria celebrates its diamond anniversary of 60 years, the emergence of democracy in May 1999 ended a consecutive 16 years of military rule. We have come a long way!
“Although there are roadblocks to a dynamic democracy in Nigeria at all levels of government; conflict—triggered by insecurity, political competition, communal, ethnic, religious or resource allocation rivalries—poses a major threat to democracy, we continue to hold our Nation and each other up.”
Commending the Adamawa state governor, Atiku said, “I recognise your spirited efforts and applaud the noble and onerous policies that you have undertaken in order to promote nationhood, prosperity and growth in Adamawa State.

“Even though you inherited a whooping N115 billion of debt from the previous administration, you championed a world class transformation of the macroeconomic structure of the state to a position where every modicum of corruption has been eradicated is most commendable.
“It is not for nothing that you are popularly referred to as ‘ATM’ and ‘fresh air’ as the first amongst first term governors to successfully conduct local government elections and expunge a culture of unpaid salary arrears of local government workers, primary school teachers and the primary healthcare sector.”
He added that, “Your Excellency, your recent infrastructure development strides will forever change the landscape and economic fortunes of Adamawa.

“You have exhibited the highest qualities of leadership for the diverse ethnicities of our state.
“Indeed, I am a proud citizen of Adamawa state under your stewardship.”
While Commending the governor he made a passionate call for diversification of the country’s economy, Atiku said, “There is a global call and looming fundamental shift and diversification of the economy.
“As we celebrate our diamond jubilee, this is a time for us to reflect and appreciate that Northern Nigeria was developed without oil, and in order to achieve continued development, it is our obligation to ensure that the North is the nerve of economic diversification in Nigeria.
“Aware of our strength and potential to grow without oil, I would like to seize this medium to call for a strategic diversification for the prosperity of our people.

“This will support security, innovation, eradication of poverty, economic transformation, regional integration, and most importantly, a significant development of our region.
“Please accept my best wishes as we celebrate our unrelenting strength as a Nation.”
Atiku praised the governor for defying the challenge of inherited N115 billion debt to deliver a solution-based style of leadership with practical policies that promotes nationhood, prosperity and growth in Adamawa State.
Atiku Abubakar made this known in a personal letter to the Adamawa state governor over the weekend.
Atiku praised the governor as to have exhibited the highest qualities of Leadership that deserves commendation and that his developmental strides and visionary leadership has made him a proud son of the state and that it will forever change the land scape of Adamawa.

Atiku in an independence congratulatory letter to the governor said, “As Nigeria celebrates its diamond anniversary of 60 years, the emergence of democracy in May 1999 ended a consecutive 16 years of military rule. We have come a long way!
“Although there are roadblocks to a dynamic democracy in Nigeria at all levels of government; conflict—triggered by insecurity, political competition, communal, ethnic, religious or resource allocation rivalries—poses a major threat to democracy, we continue to hold our Nation and each other up.”
Commending the Adamawa state governor, Atiku said, “I recognise your spirited efforts and applaud the noble and onerous policies that you have undertaken in order to promote nationhood, prosperity and growth in Adamawa State.

“Even though you inherited a whooping N115 billion of debt from the previous administration, you championed a world class transformation of the macroeconomic structure of the state to a position where every modicum of corruption has been eradicated is most commendable.
“It is not for nothing that you are popularly referred to as ‘ATM’ and ‘fresh air’ as the first amongst first term governors to successfully conduct local government elections and expunge a culture of unpaid salary arrears of local government workers, primary school teachers and the primary healthcare sector.”
He added that, “Your Excellency, your recent infrastructure development strides will forever change the landscape and economic fortunes of Adamawa.

“You have exhibited the highest qualities of leadership for the diverse ethnicities of our state.
“Indeed, I am a proud citizen of Adamawa state under your stewardship.”
While Commending the governor he made a passionate call for diversification of the country’s economy, Atiku said, “There is a global call and looming fundamental shift and diversification of the economy.
“As we celebrate our diamond jubilee, this is a time for us to reflect and appreciate that Northern Nigeria was developed without oil, and in order to achieve continued development, it is our obligation to ensure that the North is the nerve of economic diversification in Nigeria.
“Aware of our strength and potential to grow without oil, I would like to seize this medium to call for a strategic diversification for the prosperity of our people.

“This will support security, innovation, eradication of poverty, economic transformation, regional integration, and most importantly, a significant development of our region.
“Please accept my best wishes as we celebrate our unrelenting strength as a Nation.”

Nigeria at 60: “We Will Make The Difference,” Gov. Fintiri

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The Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has called on the political class in the country to made a difference by promoting peace, democratic values and enhance prosperity among Nigerians as evidence of the two decades of uninterrupted democratic practice in the country.
The governor laments that after sixty years of self rule and two decades of uninterrupted democracy, Adamawa state deserves more and that his government is committed to using its term in office to bring about prosperity, economic development and heal the wounds of suspicion and insecurity of the past.
Fintiri made this known in his independence remarks, issued by his press secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou, Thursday, in Yola, Adamawa state.
He said, “It is with great pleasure that I extend congratulations to Nigerians on the occasion of the nations 60th anniversary celebrations.”
“We will not fail to liberate our people, to restore material wealth and true essence of democracy and bringing prosperity in our social contract with the people of the state.
“The fresh air government believes Adamawa people deserve more after 60 years of self rule and promised to make a difference within the period of his mandate.
“We stand ready to help restore the pride of the people, heal the cruel legacies of suspicion, underdevelopment unemployment, poor housing and inadequate education and security,” he said.
While calling on the political class in the country to improve the quality of governance, the Adamawa state governor said, “After two decades of democratic process, the Political class must advance democracy, peace and prosperity through mutual interests based on shared democratic values.
“It is possible to achieve a truly free society rooted in common values in order for democracy to thrive.”
The Governor notes that the 2020 anniversary theme, “Nigeria At 60 Together” presents an opportunity for joint efforts to confront the twin crisis of COVID-19 and poverty through deepening capacity cooperation to overcome challenges.
He regretted that these are trying times in Nigerian history and tasks all to endeavour to bring together an ever-divided country.
He said “We fought an unfortunate civil war, been through cycle of conflicts and crisis and most recently kidnapping and insurgency, but going forward, we must fight obstacles to moving forward the boundaries of freedom, the only danger to the hope that is Nigeria. Let’s borrow from our founding fathers and preserve the better Nigeria they have hoped for in our journey to nationhood”.

Adamawa: Fintiri Fixes 12th October to Reopen Schools – State Poly Fabricates 20 Hand washing Machines, Built 30 Washing Points- Dr. Teneke

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The Adamwaa state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has directed that all schools from basic to tertiary, public and private in Adamawa state, to resume academic activities on the 12th October, 2020.
The governor who express regrets over the prolonged school closure as well as the shutdown of several sectors of the economy as a result of the coronavirus pandemic urged schools to maintain all the necessary safety protocols for prevention against the pandemic.
Fintiri made the remarks in a Statement issued by his press secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou, Thursday, in Yola Adamawa state.

He said, “The Adamawa State Government has announced Monday October 12th 2020 as date for the reopening of both Public and Private Schools across the State.

“Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who issued the directive, regretted the long closure of schools due to the crisis of COVID-19 Pandemic alongside other sectors of the economy.”

Fintiri said, “I am pleased to announce Monday October 12th as the date for resumption of academic activities from the Basic to Tertiary levels having wasted so much time.
“As a Government we will not leave any stone unturned towards ensuring enforcement of the COVID-19 Protocols.”
“Consequently, the Governor has directed the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development to meet with stakeholders in the sector to discuss modalities for the reopening.

“The Governor has also directed school managers to observe the COVID-19 Protocols and provide the necessary requirements needed for the safety of Students.”

He warned that “Schools must ensure Washing of Hands at entry points, use of Facemask and Hand Sanitizers, as well as, Social Distancing and proper Hygiene as any institution or school found wanting risk closure and sanctioning.”
The governor also called on parents to take interest in the well-being of their Children and Wards by supporting schools with the provision of basic requirements needed for their Children to observe the basic safety guidelines in the fight against the coronavirus Pandemic.
In a related development, the Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola, has fabricated about 20 water dispensing machines, three thousand of hundred millimetres hand sanitizers, one hundred, hundred millimetres of liquid soaps, among other facilities, provided by the school management in preparation for school reopening in Adamawa state.
The Director Academic Planning of the Polytechnic, Gabriel Gladstone Teneke while giving details of the polytechnic’s readiness for resumption said, “We are fully ready for school resumption and the school management led by the Rector, Professor Ibrahim Umar, has set machinery in place to ensure that every protocol for the prevention of coronavirus pandemic is observed and respected.

“Besides several other facilities obtained by the school management, the school has first of all, set up a Covid-19 Task Force, and the committee has swung into action setting up all the necessary facilities and guidelines for the school resumption in view of the COVID-19 Protocols.
“We have received several facilities as support from relevant school bodies including the donations of infared thermometers, liquid soaps, among other items,” Teneke said.

Teneke added that, “We have also initiated measures for classroom management in view of the pandemic.
“We have already set up hand wash facilities in all lecture theaters, departments, and and colleges and have purchased thousands of facemask to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

“We have already designed strategies to break large classes into smaller classes as is consistent with COVID-19 social distance safety protocol.

“Furthermore, we have stipulate that diploma one would have their classes in the morning periods up to noon time, while diploma two will take all their classes from the noon time up to the evening session.
“We have fumigated all classrooms, lecture theatres and have embarked on the complete mowing of the school premises, so we are fully ready for resumption.”