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Bindow Sets To Change ATM Alert Tune From Fintiri To Bindow By Offseting Outstanding Salary Arrears, Before Xmas



Bindow Sets To Change ATM Alert Tune From Fintiri To Bindow By Offseting Outstanding Salary Arrears, Before Xmas

By Adamu Muhammad Dodo PhD

* Bindow will shame the Periscope doubting Thomas by outstanding salary arrears bequeathed to him by previous regimes – Bindow’s Supporter

* Which Regimes? Fintiri has not left any unpaid salary – PDP Stalwart

* One promise too many, yet unfulfilled in spite of the means not beyond the reach – Political Analyst

* Seeing is believing, our memories aren’t defective, previous promises proved deceptive – Literary critic

* We’re tired of deception occasioned by public lies, we want action in implementation – LG worker

Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa state might have been threatened by Fintiri’s effrontery on the issue of the outstanding salary arrears of public servants in the state.

Rt Hon Ahmadu Fintiri the former acting governor, former speaker of Adamawa state house of assembly and the present PDP gubernatorial aspirant who was being referred to as ATM by the civil servants in Adamawa, was said to have challenged Bindow to submit to his inefficiency and the lack of financial discipline, lest he sunk the state into the ocean of uncalled for debts in the guise of settling outstanding arrears of salaries.

Workers who jubilated over the payments of two months outstanding salaries owed to Nyako government resulting from what political analysts would describe as implementation of no work no pay, due to the uncalled for industrial action embarked upon by workers at the behest of the NLC state chapter leadership said, ATM machines in Adamawa used to make “Fintiri, Fintiri” onomatopoeic sounds while counting the workers’ two months old outstanding salaries that were eventually settled by Fintiri.

Bindow was reported to have said that it would be beyond ATM machine by the time workers would be receiving payments of their outstanding salary arrears anytime soon.

The newshawk would report Bindow as making another rather once too often repeated promise to offset the outstanding, seven months salary arrears of local government workers, primary health workers and primary school teachers before Christmas.

Bindow was quoted to have made the promise at the official inauguration of Adamawa Central Zone of Buhari/Bindow Reelection Campaign Committees in Yola, Monday.

The Newshawk would report that governor Bindow has previously made botched promises to offset salary arreas in the past, which he failed to accomplish despite collecting huge amounts of handouts from the federal government including the bailouts and the Paris Club refund funds.

Bindow has, in July last year, made a promise to offset the backlog of outstanding salaries of local government workers after which it would appear, as the Newshawk has gathered that the governor was economical with the truth telling President Muhammadu Buhari, during the anti corruption summit that he had settled all outstanding salaries owed to the state.

Bindow, the Newshawk would analyse, made another promise during the commissioning of a capital project at the main campus of Adamawa State Polytechnic, stating that he “would like to put it catigorically that, in the next one week, teachers’ outstanding salary arrears will be a thing of the past in the state.

“This administration have never at any time, refused to pay salaries of civil servants in the state. Let me appreciate federal government intervention support to higher institutions, through TETFUND, in promoting standard of education in the country,” he said.

There was however, a growing concern in the public sector over the failure of the state government to offset the outstanding salaries of various classes of workers despite accessing a loan of N5b recently.

Workers with the Local government authorities, primary healthcare workers as well as primary school teachers lamented being paid one month salary only, despite collecting the said loan.

According Bindow, the renewed gesture would be aimed at ensuring a colourful Christmas festivity.

Bindow therefore, urged the Christian community to use the period and pray fervently for the unity and peaceful coexistence.

“You would start expecting your salary alert for all the outstanding arrears as from today. government have taken this bold decision for our Christian brothers and sisters to have enough money for celebration.

“Government is settling the salary backlog to ensure hitch free Christmas celebration,” Bindow said.

Bindow reiterated government commitment to offset all outstanding salary arrears bequeathed to his administration by subsequent regimes.

Bindow’s supporter was quoted to have teased a correspondent with the Periscope Global Invested that “Bindow would shame the Periscope doubting Thomas by settling outstanding salary arrears bequeathed to him by previous regimes.”

However, the claim that Bindow was bequeathed with outstanding salary arrears was said to have been duly challenged by Rt. Hon. Umaru Fintiri PDP gubernatorial aspirant as obnoxious falsification of facts a propaganda because he was able to settle all the outstanding salaries of civil servants in the state in his capacity as the then acting governor.

Social commentators have equally argued, defining the scenario as typifying Wole Soyinka’s title of a book in his InterInvention series: “Between Defective memory and the Public lies”

A literary critic would articulate Bindow’s as one promise too many yet unfulfilled, in spite of the means not beyond the reach

“We’re tired of deception occasioned by public lies, we want action in implementation,” a seeming famished local government worker, close to retirement age who has got a farm, whose children couldn’t get to further their education, with poor background in any skills acquisition for self-reliance, would say.

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Yobe SUBEB Constructing six model schools at N1.8 Billion



Yobe SUBEB Constructing six model schools at N1.8 Billion

Daily Hint  Damaturu

Yobe State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) is currently constructing six model schools in Potiskum, Damaturu, Nguru, Gashu’a local government areas and Buni-Yadi the headquarters of Gujba local government area at the cost of N1.8b.

The Executive Chairman Yobe State Universal Basic Education Prof. Musa Alabe while speaking on the projects said the model schools were designed to accommodate more pupils with a view to decongest schools in places like Potiskum and Damaturu among others.

Alabe said the model schools awarded at the cost of about N300m each is designed to house six classes of five upstairs making it 30 classrooms per model school in addition to administrative blocks as well as teaching and learning materials.

The professor said, “We prioritize projects based on the mission of his Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni’s of revitalizing basic education and as I am talking to you, some of the model schools under construction are completed with sets of classroom fully equipped with teaching and learning materials.

We have a lot of projects going on in all the primary schools across the state. In some primary schools we provide furniture because there are some that are lacking furniture so we supply. We also renovate classes in some primary schools while in other we are constructing classes.” Alabe added.

The SUBEB Boss disclosed that apart from the construction of model schools by the board, plans are on top gear to construct mega schools in the major towns of Potiskum, Damaturu, Buni-Yadi, Nguru and Gashu’a all geared towards providing the much needed infrastructure as well as conducive teaching and learning atmosphere in the state.

Algabe said, “The Mega schools were designed to be bigger than the model schools under construction and we hope to establish three to four of these mega schools in each local government area before the expiration of the tenure of His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni.”

The Prof. revealed that plans are also underway to recruit additional qualified teachers through a process designed to get capable hands that will impact knowledge to the pupils and students of junior schools in the state.

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Borno Governor Visits 28 displaced Communities



Borno Governor visits 28 displaced communities,

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state has on Sunday ferried across Lake Alau where he visited 28 communities displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents on the shores of the Lake.

The Governor was ferried by a combat boat provided by the Nigerian military which has Naval, Army and Air force components involved in fighting boko haram in Borno state.

Governor Zulum’s trip to the agrarian communities was to explore how irrigation activities can be restored in other to create livelihoods for settlers.

”We are purposely here to look into ways we can bring back irrigation activities along the shores of this lake Alau. As we know, 28 communities were displaced and we will look into the possibility of resettling our brothers and sisters. The military is very committed, we will laise with them to ensure sustained security of lives and property” the Governor said during the visit.

Before ferrying across the Lake, the Governor was at water pumping station at Alau to inspect maintenance works and equipment. He was also at Maiduguri water treatment plant to see turn around maintenance carried out by the Borno state ministry of water resources.

Zulum said he was delighted by the quality of work undertaken by the management and staff of the ministry of water resources.

Prof. Zulum said “I am happy with what I have seen here, you have done a very good job. Sustainable, portable water remains critical to our administration, we must do everything for our people to continually supply clean water to citizens. However, this can only happen when we keep working day and night and with all sense of commitment” .

Maintenance works in the pumping station and the water treatment plant were directed by Governor Zulum in June last year, during an assessment visit. He had ordered complete overhaul of the plant.

The governor was in Kawuri town of Konduga Local Government Area where he assessed ongoing construction of 750 houses towards the resettlement of displaced residents of the village.

The Governor had last year, promised the completion of the houses by mid this year.


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Gov. Zulum seeks forgiveness of Borno residents for his shortcomings, outbursts.



Gov. Zulum seeks forgiveness of Borno residents for his shortcomings, outbursts.

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has asked for the forgiveness of his outburst while reactiing to some challenges facing the state, since he assumed office as Governor of the state.

It could be recalled that the governor have been reacting with outburst while trying to find solutions to problems such extortion at the checkpoints, hoarding of petroleum among other issues.

Gov. Zulum in a State broadcast at Government House, Maiduguri, yesterday said: “ I acknowledge with thanks those well spirited individuals
who spoke of my occasional outburst and other shortcomings in good faith.

While I hold no grudges against anyone, I sincerely seek your forgiveness for the shortcomings outburst action and inactions before during the global COVID-19 crisis.” the governor added.

He said “I have remained focused since my assumption of office on May 29, 2019 solemn pledge to ensure peace and security in the state. This is as well to reposition the state on the path of development.”

The task envisaged is herculean and enormous requiring sacrifices,
commitment and resilience.
“We’re making frantic efforts to resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and provide mechanism for their independent means of livelihoods.” he further explained.

I ensured that all good advises heeded to e i wil try to accept . I hold no grudge against anyone, I sincerely seek
your forgiveness for the shortcomings to ensure good governance and better quality of life for our people.,” governor Zulun.said.

He said the state government is a principally people-oriented with

broad based participation.

“lHe said our doors a open for consultations and worthwhile advises to take our state to the next level,” he said, while thanking everybody for the
concern shown for his life personally.
According to him, we will do all it takes to ensure better quality of
life to the people and prosperity of state.


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