New Year, A Moment To Enjoy Fresh Air – Fintiri

Ahmadu Fintiri

 

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has said that the new year is a moment of new chances, a time of sober reflections, a period of new starts of viable dreams, a moment to enjoy some fresh air.

In his new year message to the people of Adamawa State, Governor Fintiri stated that the new year which marks the beginning of a new decade on the horizon is a time to truly reflect and look forward to better things in life.

The governor stated that the state has come into a decade in which solutions for combating economic challenges must be found.

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He said, “We should make efforts to contribute our quota to self-development and commit our time, resources and energy to the development of our dear State for our common good. As we go about our businesses, we should remember that the things that bind us are greater than the things that divide us”.

The governor admonished all citizens of Adamawa State to maintain the unity and harmony which the state has largely enjoyed since his government came on board, adding that his cabinet will do its best to contribute its quota to the economic development of the State.

“Let me reiterate that I will do my utmost best to make Adamawa State great again,” Fintiri stressed.

PHOTOS: Buhari, Fintiri, Two Other Governors Depart Abuja For Egypt

 

President Muhammadu Buhari accompanied by Governors Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa; Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State on Tuesday left Abuja the nation’s capital for Aswan in Egypt.

The President is attending Peace and Development Forum designed to set “an agenda for sustainable peace and development in Africa.”

The forum which is scheduled to hold from December the 11th to the 12th is an initiative to address the interconnections between peace and development in Africa while promoting Africa-led solutions through strengthening policies and practices.

The initiative is being launched by the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in his capacity as the chairman of the African Union (AU) and as an advocate of post-conflict reconstruction and development in Africa.

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Adamawa Governor Nominates Atiku’s Son, 22 Others As Commissioners

A file photo of Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu-Fintiri.

 

 

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has nominated Mr Adamu Atiku and 22 others as commissioners in the state.

Adamu is the eldest son of a former vice president and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar.

The governor forwarded the names of the nominees in a list which was read out at Wednesday’s plenary of the Adamawa State House of Assembly presided over by the Speaker, Aminu Iya-Abbas.

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The House Committee Chairman on Information, Mr Japhet Kefas, however, said no date had been fixed for the screening of the nominees.

“The House will decide next week on a date for their screening,” Kefas said.

This comes barely two days after members of the State Assembly approved the list of 40 special advisers nominated by the governor.

Others who made the commissioners’ list include the PDP Secretary in Adamawa, Abdullahi Prambe, and two loyalists of the PDP’s presidential candidate, Ibrahim Mijinyawa and Umaru Daware.

Both men had resigned as commissioners during former Governor Muhammadu Bindow’s administration and defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP.

Governor Fintiri also nominated three women namely – Justin’s Nkom, Wilbina Jackson, and Lami Patrick.

Gov Fintiri Dissolves Political Appointments In Adamawa State

 

Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri has dissolved all political office holders of their appointments with effect from Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

They include all Commissioners, the Secretary to the State Government, Senior Special Advisers, Special Advisers, Special Assistants and State Development Area Administrators who served under the Mohammed Jibrilla led administration.

Governor Fintiri made this known during his maiden broadcast on the state of affairs in Yola the Adamawa state capital. He said these steps have become necessary in order for his administration to bring the state back to the path of sanity, transparency, probity, accountability and rapid development.

The governor also announced the dissolution of all Chairmen and members of Boards, parastatals and Commissions in the state.

All the chairmen and members of boards, parastatals and commission in the state are hereby dissolved; the outgoing chairmen and members should hand over the organisations property in their possession to the most senior civil servant in their establishment.

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Similarly, all appointments into the state Judicial Service Commission, Planning Commission and Board of the Adamawa state Health Insurance Scheme and members of the Jimeta Modern Market Board were suspended.

The under-listed officials are hereby suspended from office pending the receipt of inquiry into their respective organisation; they are the General Manager, Adamawa State Water Board, General Manager, Adamawa State Urban Planning Development Authority, General Manager, Adamawa State Transport Company and Executive Secretary Post-Primary School Management Board.

Also, members of Governing Boards of tertiary institutions were not spared, however, he promised the reconstitution of a committee to review the exercise.

Chairmen and members of governing boards at Adamawa state tertiary institutions are hereby similarly dissolved with effect from Wednesday 29 May 2019. The boards will be reorganised in accordance with the extant laws and where necessary, be reviewed by the Adamawa state assembly.

He added that a bill for a stringent law to provide for stiffer penalties for kidnappers, abductors, armed robbers and their collaborators will be forwarded to the state Assembly as soon as it convenes.

Fintiri warned that it will not be business as usual and all government officials must sit up and be diligent, accountable and transparent in handling public affairs.

The foregoing directives are with effect from Wednesday, May 29, 2019, is just the beginning, as this administration settles down, it will give our citizens a new lease of life, based on respect for human rights, equity of persons and rule of law. We will rekindle hope in our people to believe in themselves for now and in the future.

Wike Receives Adamawa Governor-Elect Fintiri, Advises Him On Governance

Rivers Statè Governor, Nyesom Wike speaks while receiving Adamawa Governor-Elect, Ahmadu Fintiri at the Government House in Port Harcourt on April 3, 2019.

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has advised Ahmadu Fintiri, the Adamawa Governor-Elect to work for the people of his state. 

Wike gave the advice when Fintiri paid him a courtesy visit on Wednesday, at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

“It is important that while we are celebrating your victory, we should be able to let you know that you came through a party and work for the party. Don’t work for your own personal interest,” he stated.

The governor also advised Fintiri to implement a people-oriented project, stressing that it’s necessary to consult before taking decisions on the affairs of the state.

He also reiterated his firm belief in the newly elected governor to govern the people in a way worthy of emulation.

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“You are representing people, you are not representing yourself. But I have that believe, God willing, you will continue to consult people and some other leaders of your party across the board. It is the key,” he stated.

While sharing his recent experience, Wike noted that his victory when soldiers were allegedly involved in the electoral process in the state is because he made consultation with the people and party leaders.

Fintiri was welcomed by other PDP leaders in the state including former governor Celestine Omehia; PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus; former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Austin Opara.

Others include former Rivers State Deputy Governor, Engr Tele Ikuru,  Senators-elect George Sekibo and Betty Apiafi among others.

Fintiri Inaugurates Transition Committee, Promises To Serve Adamawa Better

Adamawa Governor-Elect, Ahmadu Fintiri

 

The Adamawa state Governor-Elect, Ahmadu Fintiri, has inaugurated a transition committee ahead of his inauguration on May 29.

The 65-man transition committee headed by Ismaila Numan will work closely with a parallel committee set up by the outgoing government in the state.

Fintiri charged members of the committee work on a proposed plan that will help the incoming government with political appointments.

Speaking in Adamawa, the governor-elect promised to work well for the good of the people of the state.

“You should, therefore, obtain a complete nominal staff list of local government areas because we intend to direct the local government to sit up and work assiduously for the people at the grass root level unhindered,” he stated.

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He also advised the members of the committee to obtain details into assets and liabilities of the state and to also work with a parallel committee to be set up by the outgoing government

In doing this, he urged them to provide up-to-date information on the financial situation of the state that will help his government take off in May.

Responding, Numan dismissed rumour of witch-hunting, especially members of the outgoing All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government.

He assured the governor-elect to provide the opportunity for those concerned to defend whatever they present to the Committee.

Fintiri Vows To Overhaul Security Architecture In Adamawa

Ahmadu Fintiri

 

The Governor-Elect of Adamawa State, Mr Ahmadu Fintiri, has pledged to overhaul the security architecture in the state.

He said his administration will ensure that people of the state can sleep with both eyes closed, without fear for their safety.

“We will work with the security agencies, change the security architecture of the state. We will make sure Adamawa people sleep with their two eyes closed. I will ensure that whatever belongs to the civil servants is given to them,” he said.

Fintiri made the promise on Friday, a few hours after being declared the winner of the governorship poll in the state.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate secured 376,552 votes to defeat incumbent Governor Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 336,386 votes.

He attributed his victory to the good people of the state and thanked them for giving him the opportunity to serve.

“I give thanks and glory to God for what He has done to my life and the good people of my state for believing in me and electing me to lead them in the next four years,” he said.

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Fintiri, who acted as a governor briefly in 2014, promised to “do better” and improve the quality of lives of the people.

Beyond security, another cardinal area of focus according to him, will be to cater for the welfare of the working population.

He assured the civil servants of his administration’s commitment in paying the minimum wage of N30,000 recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I am going to do much better than I did in 2014. Probably, I will catch up with one of the biggest states in the country.

“We are going around all sectors, particularly security, education, and infrastructure. In the last four years, it has never been this bad for our state,” he stated.

Atiku, Saraki Congratulate Ahmadu Fintiri On Adamawa Election Victory

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Senate President Bukola Saraki have both congratulated the governor-elect of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri.

Fintiri, a former acting governor of the state was declared winner of the election in the early hours of Friday after he secured 376,552 votes to defeat incumbent Governor Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 336,386 votes.

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Atiku in a tweet congratulated him while stating that he was looking forward to working with him.

Saraki, on the other hand, wished him success on the new path.

INEC Issues Certificate Of Return To Adamawa Governor-Elect Fintiri

Adamawa State Governor-Elect, Ahmadu Fintiri.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a Certificate of Return to the governor-elect of Adamawa State, Mr Ahmadu Fintiri.

Responding after the presentation which took place on Friday at the INEC office, Fintiri commended INEC for conducting what he described as a peaceful, credible and fair election in the state.

He also called on the people to join hands with him to address some of the issues confronting the state.

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“God has crowned it with success that we have witnessed today. And I dedicate that to the good people of this state who have believed in me, who have round the state to ensure that they endured and fought throughout this election,” he said.

Fintiri, however, appealed to supporters of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be calm while celebrating his victory ahead of his inauguration on May 29.

Speaking on his plans to transform the state, the governor-elect vowed that his administration would give priority to civil servants.

PDP’s Fintiri Wins Adamawa Governorship Election

Adamawa Governor, Fintiri
Ahmadu Fintiri

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Adamawa State governorship election, Ahmadu Fintiri, has been declared the winner of the poll.

Fintiri, a former acting governor of the state, secured 376,552 votes to defeat incumbent Governor Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 336,386 votes.

The vote margin between the PDP candidate and that of the APC is 40,166.

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The PDP candidate was declared the winner by the Returning Officer for the election, Professor Andrew Haruna, at 00:33 am on Friday morning, bringing to a conclusion a dramatic collation process.

The Returning Officer said Senator Abdul-Azeez Nyako of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) scored 113,237 votes to place third, followed by Emmanuel Bello of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who garnered 29,792 votes.

Earlier, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the governorship poll inconclusive.

According to the Returning Officer, the margin of the lead of 32,476 between the PDP and the APC candidates was less than the 40,988 votes that were cancelled.

He explained that he was constrained to return a winner by such a situation and therefore declared the election inconclusive.

 

Ex-Adamawa Governor Fintiri Gets 500m Naira Bail

former Adamawa Governor FintiriA former Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, has been admitted to bail in the sum of 500 million Naira and two sureties in like sum by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

Trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a ruling on his bail application on Friday said the prosecution failed to show reasonable cause why the defendant would not be granted bail.

The judge rejected the claim of the prosecution that the former Governor would jump bail if granted.

He insisted that the claim could not be sustained because the defendant did not jump the administrative bail granted him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Part of the bail conditions is that the sureties must be owners of landed property in Abuja.

The sureties are also to deposit title deeds of the property with the court alongside two recent passport photographs.

While Mr Fintiri is to also deposit his international passport with the court and cannot only travel outside Nigeria upon receipt of permission of the court.

The trial has been adjourned till October 6.

Fintiri was on Thursday, arraigned by the EFCC on a five-count charge bordering on money laundering involving about two billion Naira.

Adamawa Receives Relief Material For Internally Displaced Persons

FintiriThe Adamawa State government has received relief materials from the Federal Government (FG) for thousands of Internally Displaced Persons occasioned by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.

Taking delivery of the materials, the Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Mr Ahmadu Fintiri, said the efforts being made by the FG to cushion the hardships faced by the displaced persons, were indications of the government‘s commitment to ending the insurgency.

Governor Fintri said that the pronouncement by President Goodluck Jonathan that the Federal Government would do everything humanly possible to end the Boko Haram crisis bedevilling Nigeria particularly the north-east part of the Country.

President Jonathan is widely quoted to have promised that by next month the insurgents, who have embarked on an uncontrolled killing across the country with devastating effect mostly around the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, would have been rooted out.

The Internally Displaced Persons are residents of Madagali, Gulak, Michika and Bazza and environs from three Local Government Areas of the state.

He called on the people of the State to accord the President the required support and cooperation, and praised security agencies for their gallantry in the search for lasting peace in the north-east and the country as a whole.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party stakeholders in the state have resolved to get things right by ensuring the party wins the gubernatorial bye-election slated for the October 11.

At the stakeholders’ forum, Governor Fintiri said the President’s sincerity and patriotism to the development of the country motivated him and other Governors to endorse his candidature in the 2015 general elections.

The acting governor thanked the Stakeholders and assured them that everything would be done by his administration and the party to hand-over power in 2015 as promised.

Former Presidential Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Mr Ahmed Gulak, pledged that with the emergence of Fintiri as the flag-bearer of the party ahead of the state gubernatorial poll, all other aspirants that lost out in the primaries had thrown their support for the candidature of Governor Fintiri for the success of the party.

Another member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Jibrin Aminu, said that the Acting Governor had started performing and commended his efforts in reducing the State’s debt profile.

Professor Aminu proudly concludes that; “Adamawa State is a PDP State and will remain so now and in 2015”.