Nigeria: Fintiri Retooling Adamawa

After just one year, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is walking the talk. He has touched Adamawa in diverse ways, despite myriad challenges; economy, security, political, social, and many more.

The fact sheet, which had been unfolded a year after has shown some unassailable truths that can never be swept away. As Sir Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister said; "Truth is incontrovertible. Ignorance may deride it, panic may resent it, malice may destroy it, but there it is."

The governor and his team are steadily and painstakingly retooling Adamawa. Out of sheer and deliberate ignorance, some people deride it, saying we see nothing, we hear nothing. Yes. When you have become deliberately blind, you can see nothing, even when it is thrust before your very eyes. You won't see it. When you have become willfully deaf, when it is noisy to your hearing daily, you won't hear.

Some other people do theirs out of panic. Shall it be said that what Napoleon couldn't do, has been done by that simple, unassuming man from Madagali? Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Madagali of all places. That small place. Not a man from a major city. And he wants to be recorded in history as the man who turned Adamawa right side up. They resent it out of panic.

Yet some others operate out of malice. He is not of my ethnic stock. Nor of my religion, language, political party. Why must Adamawa work under him? It won't happen. We won't see anything, nor hear anything. In fact, he is doing nothing. The state is even worse off than he met it one year ago.

One year ago, thousands celebrated the victory of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who defeated the incumbent governor in a fierce encounter at the 2019 general elections.

Governor Fintiri in less than a year in office has been inspiring and has impacted positively on the lives of the people of the state.

He has proven, by all accounts, to be a good manager, and has made significant progress in all aspects of life.

The people of Adamawa State will bear me witness to the fact that the state is now on the path of development.

All these things made him stand out among his peers even as he was crowned the "Leadership governor of the year 2019".

The early part of his administration has been punctuated by development that provides assurances for good governance and prospect for a state like Adamawa, which has remained under the shackles of poverty, deprivation, repression and under development.

His popular policies and a handful of achievements during the early part of his administration rekindled the hope of the Adamawa population for a better deal.

For an administration that has to contend with a huge debt profile of about 140 billion on assumption of office, the debt status of the state may be contrary.

As a leader who understands the art of governance and the frustrations of his people, his determination to translate into concrete reality his 11-points agenda, apparently because the source of the strength to take his teeming supporters out of our present political and economic quagmire.

In his wisdom, he has established a pattern, spanning 5 major critical areas of governance, which have so far yielded positive results and these areas include, security, education, infrastructural development and workers welfare.

Governor Fintiri has proven times without numbers that he values humanity more than anything.

His first task of humanitarianism came in handy when Boko haram insurgents kidnapped and killed the CAN Chairman Michika LGA, he made it a point of duty to award scholarship to the children of the murdered clergyman.

He donated 3million for the education of the children of soldiers killed by Boko Haram in Garkida, Gombi LGA.

His benevolence was extended to fire victims at the markets in Ganye, Michika and Loko in Song LGAs as he donated 3million each to the 3 local government areas to ameliorate the hardship caused by the inferno.

He is benevolent enough to donate his 3 months salaries to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

As if that was not enough, he donated 20million to tricycle riders in the state in an effort to ameliorate the hardship caused by the lockdown order in the state.

The governor went further to direct the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) to distribute foodstuff as palliatives to the 21 Local Government Areas of the State.

Items distributed include 3,948 bags of 50kg rice, 4,545 gallons of 25 litres of vegetable oil, 135 bags of 50 kg sugar, 21 cartons of couscous, 21 bags of 50 kg of beans and 1, 530 cartons of tomato paste.

Others are 1, 060 cartons of spaghetti/macaroni, 480 bales of second hand clothes as well as 57 pieces of second hand wrappers among others.

Rainstorm victims in Jada Local Government Area also felt the breath of fresh air as the governor donated 5 million naira to enable them rebuild their damaged homes.

I doff my hat to the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintri, for what he has done so far in the last one year and I will unforgettably say his administration's judicious and dexterous use of tax payers' resources, still stands out among other administrations.

His coordination of people-oriented projects have in daylight explained the prudent utilisation of public funds Despite the increasing challenges of the current public health crisis unleashed by COVID-19, His Excellency, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintri uniquely halted the outrageous spread of the virus.

He ensured the available supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); Isolation centres are beefed up with unending medical supplies; Health workers' hazard allowances are without arguments regularly made available to encourage their defying battle against coronavirus in the state.

Different palliatives continue to flourish at the nooks of the state to alleviate the hardships the pandemic has visited on the people. He even donated his 3 months salary to help fight off the pandemic in the state.

Yet, some people don't see what the government is doing (please who off light?).

But those who see and hear, are full of appreciation.

True, facts are stubborn things. "Truth is incontrovertible. Ignorance may deride it, panic may resent it, malice may destroy it, but there it is."

Foya Puja wrote from Yola, Adamawa State.

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