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Adamawa Assembly committee make case for indigenous construction companies



Adamawa Assembly Committee make case for Indigenous Construction Companies

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Adamawa State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Rural Infrastructure and Community Development, has appealed to the state government to consider engaging indigenous construction companies in all the construction work it intends to embark upon in the state.

The Chairman of the Committee and member representing Ganye Constituency in the assembly, Hon. Alhassan Hammanjoda made the appeal when he lead other members of the committee to inspect ongoing rural roads being rehabilitated by Rural Access and Mobility Projects RAMP Two across the State.

Hammanjoda said that his Committee had inspected so many rural roads being executed by RAPM 2 by foreign and indigenous contractors in the state and was satisfied with there performance.

In his remarks, a member of the committee representing Verre constituency, Hon. Abdullahi Umar Yapak, urged World Bank to pass a vote of confidence on construction companies that perform beyond expectation.

He also appealed to the committee and the house in general to influence the award of remaining road project to performing companies.

Responding, the Contractor handling Muchalla- Rivawo Project, Chief Adams Gongola, appreciated the committee, saying that his company has been working tirelessly to deliver.

Gongola assured the committee of more improvement in service delivery inline with contract agreement.

He informed the legislators that he has been engaging the services of indigenes in the construction work as way of creating job and giving them a sense of belonging.

In a related development, the House Committee has also inspected Konan Yaji- Mijiwana- Giltambara- Amdur road and Hong – Mijili – Kuvagaya and Wuro Bokki -Uding- Pella roads being handled by Tec Engineering Company Nigeria Limited.

Speaking while at the site in Gombi LGA, a member of the committee, Hon. Japheth Kefas said as a matter of urgency, the company should embark on the construction of culverts before rainy season sets in.

On his part, the Chairman Gombi Local Government Area, Engineer. Dimas Shekel, appreciated Gov. Fintiri for awarding the contract which he described as people oriented.

Aso speaking in Hong, the member representing the area Hon. Wesley Bathiya thanked Gov. Fintiri for the project and the committee members for visiting his constituency, adding that the project would impact positively on his people.

On his part, Hong LGC chairman, Mr James Pukuma said that the rehabilitation of the rural roads would go along way in boosting the economy of his people.

The committee led by its Chairman, Hammanjoda of Ganye Constituency had earlier inspected Toungo-Kiri road, Longa Ewa -Wuro Abbo road, Kola-Boshikiri road, Numan-Bare road, and Pole Wire-Dikong road.

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Gov. Zulum Visit Remote Kala-Balge Shares 100M to 10,000 Trapped Households



Zulum visit remote Kala-Balge, shares N100m to 10,000 trapped households

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The Borno State governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, was on Tuesday in Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge, Local Government Area, remotely located around a boarder between Nigeria, Cameroon linking to Chadian territory, where he distributed N100 million to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the town.

Governor Zulum who flew from Maiduguri to Kala-Balge on board a helicopter because it is currently impossible to access the LGA by road due to massive waterlog caused by discharge from a dam in Cameroonian territory in July 2019, gave Male householders received N15,000 each, while their female counterparts received N10,000 each.

The Governor, who was accompanied by Dr Zainab Gimba, member of house of reps for Kala-Balge, Bama and Ngala federal constituency, Kala-Balge’s representative at the state assembly and a special adviser from there returned back at night.

The governor who led the officials of the Borno giverment personally supervised the distribution of N100m in cash to the residents in Rann, whose only option is to trek about 10 kilometres to border communities in order to buy food and other basic needs. Each of the 10,000 households in the community was given between N10,000 and N15,000 cash because there is no banking service. Zulum had to fly cash as last option.

More than 10,000 households in the agrarian community of Rann, have been trapped while crops planted last year were destroyed by a herd of 250 elephants sighted by UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) officials from their helicopter back in December 2019.

Farmlands still flooded cannot be cultivated by the residents forcing them to completely depend on aid transported to them through humanitarian air services.

Rann, largely populated by Borno’s Shuwa arabs, is considered Nigeria’s most severely disadvantaged local government headquarters. Despite 25 years of existence, Rann is usually inaccessible during rainy season as there is neither road nor bridge linking the council headquarters with the rest of Borno State. The council is also not connected to the national grid for electricity supply.

Tuesday’s was Governor Zulum’s third humanitarian visit to Kala-Balge since June 2019.

It coukd be recalled that the Governor was in Rann on June 9 and December 8, 2019. In the first visit, he traveled by road before the flood while he flew by chopper in December. On both occasions, he supervised the distribution of food and non-food aid to residents, many of them in critical need.


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Empowerment : wives of Adamawa lawmakers solicit Assembly support



Empowerment: Wives of Adamawa lawmakers solicit Assembly support

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Association of Wives of Adamawa House of Assembly Members has urged for the lawmakers support to enable the association contribute its quota in empowering the electorates at the grassroots.

Chairperson of the association who is also the wife of the Speaker, Hauwa Aminu Iya Abbas made the call when she led other members of the association on a courtesy call to the state assembly.

Hauwa said the association has a lot of programmes plan of action in areas of health, education and women empowerment that would impact on the lives of the people and needed the support of the lawmakers to actualize the plans.

According to her, wives of the members needed more capacity building on how to mobilize, encourage and support women to be productive for the growth of the society.

She said that as wives to the lawmakers, they remain committed in supporting the lawmakers in ensuring quality representation needed to the desired transformation of the state.

Responding, the Speaker, Rt Hon Aminu Iya Abbas, appreciated the visit by the women and tasked the association to come up with viable projects that have direct bearing on the electorates.

Iya Abbas assured them of the lawmaker’s readiness to support them in complimenting government transformation effort.

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Adamawa students laud Gov. Fintiri for sustain support to education



Adamawa Students laud Gov. Fintiri for sustain support to education

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The President of National Union of Adamawa State Students (NUADSS), Comrade Gaddafi Hussaini, has lauded Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa for his commitment to restore the lost glory of education in the state.

Hussaini made the commendation Monday in Yola while addressing the press on successes recorded by his five months old administration.

“After we got sworn into office, we did not fold our hands waiting for miracles to happen. We stepped our boots on the ground and marched forward with our advocacy, meeting and expressing our problems to the right stakeholders.

“It was as a result one of these advocacy visits that we now boast of this brand new union vehicle, fully donated by our elders from the Nigeria Union of Teachers under the sound and visionary leaders of Comrade Rodney Nathan,” Hussaini said.

He also noted that his administration was also focusing on skills’ acquisition for indigent students.

“We will be focusing on personal development and skills acquisition for our members. We will partner with relevant organizations and stakeholders to empower our members with the requisite skills and knowledge to become creators of businesses and value or to become more employable.

“This is inline with our vision in NUADSS of making our members productive and self-sustaining and inline with the vision of his Excellency Governor Fintiri to transform the economy of Adamawa State,” Hussaini.

Hussaini said the construction of the union permanent secretariat has commenced in earnest and work had reached advanced stage.

“We are going to name the secretariat after Governor Fintiri for his administration commitment to education in the state,” Hussaini said.

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