Speaking at the ceremony in Yola, Fintiri said that 52 per cent of the budget was for capital expenditure, while 48 per cent was for recurrent expenditure.
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa on Saturday signed the state N140 billion 2021 budget into law.
According to him, the budget is the first of its kind in the history of the state.
“This is cristal budget of stabilisation which will see to more value addition, more infrastructure development to our people and human capital development for the sustainace of our democracy.“Democracy without physical infrastructure will not carry us anywhere.
“For us to develop the democracy, we need to work tirelessly with the available resources.
“In 2020 we witnessed lots of economic challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. Fintiri assured that the people would witness lots of projects like road, schools, hospitals and the human capital development in 2021.
He added that a large chunk of the budget was set aside for women and youth empowerment to train them to became better citizens of the society.
The governor also promised to improve facilities in the camp to make it conducive, secure and convenient for corps members.
Adamawa’s Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri said in Yola on Monday that special security arrangements had been made for the protection of NYSC members posted to the state.
Inaugurating the 2020 Batch ‘B’ stream 1A Orientation Programme for the corps members, Gov. Fintiri, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Maxwell Gidado, urged the corps members to also be security conscious.
“As the Chief Security Officer of the state, I assure you that you will only be posted to where we are sure of your safety.
“However, it is pertinent to remind you that you are your own number one security officer; so, always be security conscious,’’ he said.
Malam Ibrahim Tukur, the NYSC Coordinator in Adamawa, said all the corps members, camp officials and other inhabitants of the camp had undergone COVID-19 tests before entry.
Tukur commended the governor for his passion and love for corps members, and said the governor recently provided an ambulance, 1,000 mattresses and pillows and some equipment at the camp clinic.
NoRM reports that 698 corps members were registered at the camp comprising 358 males and 340 females
The Adamawa State government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew order on two local governments in the state following renewed violence.
This was confirmed in a statement on Thursday by the Press Secretary to Governor Fintiri, Mr. Humwashi Wonosikou, who revealed that the curfew was imposed on the entire Guyuk Local Government Area and Lafiya town in Lamurde Local Government Area.
The statement noted that Governor Fintiri was saddened by the breach of peace in the state following the violence that erupted in some communities and the attendant tension caused by the renewed unrest.
It also informed that the imposition of the curfew on the affected areas will run from 6:00pm to 6:00am with immediate effect.
The statement quoted the governor as saying, “I’m worried that the warring communities have refused to sheath their swords despite the government’s peace-building initiative.”
It said the governor warned those sponsoring violence to have a rethink and allow peace to reign in the areas.
“Government requires residents to abide by this directive until further notice, to restore normalcy to the areas,” the statement said.
This came about a month after the Vice Chairman of Shelleng Local Government Area, Adamawa State, Kama Bakta, was abducted by unknown gunmen.
Reports indicated that a number of suspected kidnappers armed with guns, stormed the residence in Bakta.
Spokesman, Adamawa Police Command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, confirmed the incident, saying police and local hunters have been deployed to track down the culprits and rescue the victim.
Hajia Fatimah Umar Badami, the mother of Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state, has passed on.
She was 68 years old.
According to a statement from the Adamawa State Government, Hajiya Fatimah Badami died Wednesday at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, after a protracted illness.
The statement signed by the Director-General of Media and Communication, Government House, Mr Solomon Kumangar, said the late Hajiya Fatimah Umar Badami is survived by Governor Fintiri, four grandchildren, siblings and other relations.
“Her death at this critical moment creates a huge vacuum not only for the immediate family but the entire State. She was a strong pillar in her community, a disciplinarian and devout Muslim,” the statement said.
It added, “The Governor has taken the death in his stride but will require the prayers of all citizens for God to grant the mother peaceful repose while granting him the fortitude to bear the great loss.”
The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed Ahmadu Fintiri as the authentic governor of Adamawa State.
The apex court dismissed an appeal by candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Jibrilla Bindo, challenging the emergence of Fintiri as winner of the exercise for lacking in merit and failing to prove why its verdict should not stand.
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.
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.
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has commended the Nigerian Army in tackling the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast and restoration of peace in Adamawa state.
Fintiri, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Seth Crowther, gave the commendation during the inauguration of multi-million Naira projects in Gibson Jalo Cantonment on Saturday in Yola.
He said that concerted efforts had been made to review and improve the security structure of the state in order to checkmate threats in the state.
According to him, effort is also being made to provide vehicles, motorcycles, kits as well as other administrative and logistic supports to ensure effective performance by the personnel.
“To reciprocate your effort, the Adamawa State government is making effort to assist in renovating the Command Day Secondary School and road network in Gibson Jalo Cantonment.
Fintiri also commended the Nigerian army for its efforts toward meeting the welfare needs of its personnel and their families through the establishment of entrepreneurial and skill acquisition centre.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said that the projects were part of efforts aimed at ensuring the welfare of officers and soldiers of Nigerian Army as well as their families.
Buratai said that the entrepreneurial and skill acquisition centre, transit accommodation and accident and emergency ward projects being executed at the cantonment were critical to the well being of the personnel.
He explained that the centre would develop the skills of the youths and women in the cantonment in becoming self-reliant.
“In the same vein, the transit accommodation will assist in facilitating the general administration of the large number of personnel deployed here in the north east who use the cantonment as a transit point.
“Also, the accident and emergency ward will enhance healthcare delivery for the soldiers and their families as well as the locals residing around the cantonment,’’ he said.
While congratulating the division and the brigade for the successful completion of the projects, Buratai urged them to ensure proper maintenance of the facilities.
The Army chief commended the governor and people of Adamawa for their support to the army, assuring that the army was committed to providing a safe and secure environment for development of the state.
“As I continue to address your challenges, I want you to keep faith with us and remain loyal and grateful to the federal government of Nigeria under the leadership of president Buhari.
“Let me at this juncture assure you that we will continue to renovate all the dilapidated structures in this barracks and we hope that the promise by the state government to renovate the command school will be effected soon.
“I urge you all to redouble your effort and rededicate yourselves to service as we all collectively defend the territorial integrity of our nation,’’ he added.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division, Maj.-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, said that the project would enhance the well-being of the personnel of the division.
Angbazo pledged that the personnel of the division would continue to initiate projects aimed at improving efficiency of the personnel of the division
The Commander, 23 Brigade, Yola, Brig.-Gen. Sani Muhammed, said that the skill acquisition centre was designed to empower children and wives of personnel.
Muhammed disclosed that the accident and emergency ward of the Brigade Medical centre had the capacity to handle 30 patients at a time.
He added that a block making factory had been established as part of skill acquisition programme towards engaging the youths in the cantonment.
…accompanied by Governors Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe
President Muhammadu Buhari is back to Abuja after a trip to Egypt, where he attended the Aswan Forum designed to set “An Agenda for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa.”
The aim of the forum was to “address the interconnections between peace and development in Africa while promoting Africa-led solutions through strengthening policies and practices.”
He left Tuesday accompanied by Governors Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe for the two-day Forum held on December 11-12.
The presidential chopper, which conveyed him to Aso Rock Villa from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, landed about 3:15pm Friday.
Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, launched the initiative in his capacity as the Chairman of the African Union.
Buhari had at the opening session of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa on Wednesday, announced the visa on arrival as a way of promoting free movement and facilitating the full implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
The President had said: “We in Nigeria have already taken the strategic decision to bring down barriers that have hindered the free movement of our people within the continent by introducing the issuance of visa at the point of entry into Nigeria to all persons holding passports of African countries with effect from January, 2020.”
He also said for Africa to progress, the continent must prevent and resolve the conflicts slowing it down.
Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, has cautioned that no nation can grow politically, economically and enjoy peace and unity when its government or influential citizens chose which court order to obey based on how it favours them or their associatesc
Speaking at the 2019 last quarterly meeting of religious leaders under the umbrella of Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), the Sultan who is the co-chairman, cautioned against the devastating effects of disobedience to court pronouncement and bad precedence it will set for unborn generations.
“We must regularly obey and respect the laws our land. We should never disregard the laws to avoid the consequences. If a court makes a judicial pronouncement on a particular matter, it should be obeyed to the later. If you have any problem or disagree with the pronouncement, the next step is to appeal the pronouncement instead of disregarding or violating court judgments.
“If you are served a court order and you deliberately refused to obey it because you are a Governor, President or any influential person, then you are setting a dangerous precedence. There’s no society that will prosper through lawlessness. Citizens must be law abiding so that we can achieve the desired development.”
He appreciated the role of the religious leaders throughout the year particularly as it concerns the 2019 elections, and challenged to always ensure that outcome of the quarterly meeting of NIREC is properly put to use for the betterment of Nigeria.
In a related development, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to obey the rule of law and the Constitution to avert anarchy.
He said since the DSS is the creation of the Constitution, it must operate within the ambit of the law and the Constitution, which President Buhari swore to protect.
“We the democrats of this country demand that this government must respect and obey our laws and the judiciary. The constitution clearly created a separation of powers between the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary.
“The DSS’s desecration and affront of our Judiciary by arresting Omoyele Sowore in the court is an abbreviation which must be rejected and condemned by all progressives and right-thinking men and women of honour.”
He noted that what the DSS did was an aberration and desecration of Nigeria’s temple of justice.
“Nigerians home and abroad must condemn this lawlessness and a big slap on Nigerians’ faces. We commend the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), in its effort at defending our judiciary. We will not sit back and let our judiciary be intimidated by the executive arm of the Federal Government.”
Warning the DSS against over-running the judiciary, he said: “The judiciary is the last hope of the common man and our democracy. Anyone that wants to assault and desecrate it must be resisted by all legal means. Nigeria should not be turned into a Banana republic. It must at all times be guided and governed by rule of law. It must be vehemently condemned by all patriotic Nigerians.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Egypt ahead of the ASWAN Forum on Peace and Sustainable Development in Africa.
The forum is expected to hold between Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12.
It aims to address the interconnections between peace and development in Africa while promoting Africa-led solutions.
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.
President Buhari is expected to return to Abuja on Friday.