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Adamawa: Where Did Governor Fintiri Go Wrong?

The Gazette Staff
Written by The Gazette Staff

Since the ascendance of the newly elected Governor of Adamawa State, His Excellency Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, water has begun passing under the bridge with new innovations introduced to get “Adamawa Working Again”.

It is vividly clear that wailers in their mournful cry would not accept decisions made by the Governor as a positive strategy to get things in order as it was somewhat dismantled by the former Administration just to enjoy the fake praises “Ipad-ians” render and also to satisfy their selfish demands.

Delighted by his first stage of appointments, Fintiri went rogue on some minds and acted independently against the expectations of the public. In dismay, some even lamented that stakeholders were not consulted before the Governor’s decision of appointing a former commissioner, Engr Ahmad Bashir, as Secretary to the State Government (SSG), alongside two appointments, Director General media and communications, Mr Solomon Kumangar and Chief Press Secretary to his Deputy, Mr George Kushi.

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Though before then according to Alhaji Ahmad Lawal, the organizing secretary of the opposition party, APC, Adamu Aliyu Mustapha was tipped for the office of the SSG.

But as a Governor, should you be influenced by people’s (stakeholders) decisions to run your government? or

Should a governor squander public money on politicians just to be seen as politically correct to the detriment of development?

Fintiri publicly declared that his administration is for all, irrespective of religious and political affiliation. That’s a good omen to unite the people of the state, don’t you think so?

What Adamawa State needs is a government that would frugally and creatively manage the available lean resources. The days of lavishing public money on politicians are over.

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Public service in Nigeria, unfortunately, has been reduced to an opportunity for self-enrichment. That is not the essence of democracy. Democracy lends itself to service, to public scrutiny and accountability, which I believe Fintiri started off well by scraping off all illegal and dying minute employments initiated the Bindow administration.

Adamawa State cannot afford another bazaar of fiscal profligacy. Those who have mounted a garrison against Fintiri just because he is terminating late hour employments are enemies of the people, good governance, the architectural developmental structure of the state, and should be treated as such.

The immediate past administration of Governor Mohammadu Jibrilla Bindow had according to it made an effort to reduce the Number of unemployed youths in the State by employing about 3000 youths into the State and LGs service to fill in the vacant positions created within the Service by deaths or retirement.

Yes, the fact is, a serving governor has the power to provide employment to qualified persons through a process provided constitutionally. You have a total of four years to employ and replace vacant positions created within the Service either by deaths or retirement, how did they go about that?

  • Were there adverts for vacancies on the local, or national newspaper or any local television and radio stations in the state?
  • Quartre system was not used to ensure that all the indigenes of the 21 Local Government Areas of Adamawa State are fairly represented but rather what one can see are just family and friends of politicians.
  • Interview was not conducted to select the right candidates for the right placement
  • People were employed with no job description, just employed to idle around and collect free money every month.
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So, how did it become wrong for Governor Fintiri after having a maiden meeting with Head of Service and Permanent Secretaries, directing them to expunged all the names of the newly employed personnel from the electronic system of the State and LG Services?

By Michael V. Bolgent
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