The Adamawa State Governor has called all Nigerians to rise above their religion, regional, tribal, social sentiments and prejudice and renew their commitment towards building a united, strong and prosperous nation.
Thanking God for the journey of nationhood this far in his broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 59th Independence Anniversary in Yola, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri said with abundant natural resources in Nigeria, the potentials would build a strong nation that could lead Africa and the world.
“Given our abundant natural resources, favourable climate and a large population of hardworking people, we have all it takes to build a developed nation that is admired by friends, feared by enemies and respected by all,” Governor Fintiri said.
He recommitted himself to the service he is called to offer in the state, pledging that ”he will not disappoint them, because of their high expectations on him and his government.’‘
Enhancing welfare of workers
The Governor also reassured people of the state of his determined to increasingly enhance the welfare and capacity of workers in the implementation of government policies and programmes.
Governor Fintiri pledged his commitments and intentions to ensure that due process is followed in government actions and that all Adamawa people are treated equally.
“I am aware that the decision to review certain actions by the previous administration that affect the Civil Service is causing some anxiety. I want to assure you that our intention is to ensure that due process is followed in government actions and all Adamawa people are treated equally. Under my watch, no qualified indigene of the state should be, or will be, denied access to government employment, promotion or service because of his or her religion, tribe, social background, economic status or political views,” Governor Fintiri explained.
He pledged that his government was committed to paying the new minimum wage, urging the Organised Labour and all workers of Adamawa State that the details of the consequential adjustments would be worked out as soon as possible.
The Governor said he was taking the issue of security seriously, with significant intervention within his 121 days in office.
“With remarkable success, we are tackling the different dimensions of insecurity across the state in a dynamic and effective manner. In this connection, we have purchased 60 Hilux and 20 Land Cruiser pick up vans as well as 50 motorcycles to strengthen our new security outfit Operation Farauta:, with plans to do more. We are also actively engaging traditional rulers and community leaders in various peace-building initiatives to stem the herdsmen/farmers clashes,”he stated.
Governor Fintiri said his administration had granted full autonomy to Local Government Councils in the State, which had brought what he referred to as tremendous “Fresh Air” to workers at that level and the entire grassroots.
The governor also announced that it would soon conduct elections into all the 21 Local Government Councils in the state, while calling on everyone to support the election and ensure it was conducted peacefully and successfully.
He highlighted that his government decided to declare ‘Free Education’ in all public Primary and Secondary Schools in the state.
Governor Fintiri added that the move would cost the state a lot of money, but that no amount of money was too much to spend on education.