Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has expressed his condolences to the family of Muhammad Barkindo, outgoing Secretary General, Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, Press Secretary to the Governor, issued this in a statement on Tuesday.
“I received news of the passing of Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo with sadness; the late Barkindo will be remembered as a respected son of Adamawa and OPEC family.
“His demise is a sad day for me and the people of Adamawa and Nigeria.”
Fintiri stated that the late Barkindo made Adamawa proud during his 6 years service as OPEC Secretary General.
“Governor Fintiri prayed for the eternal repose of the late OPEC boss, describing his death as a great loss not only to Adamawa and Nigeria, but the whole world.
“I extend, on behalf of the people and Government of Adamawa State, my heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the immediate family, NNPC, OPEC, the people and Government of Adamawa State, over the death of the historic, 4th Secretary General of OPEC.
“We take the occasion to renew the ties of friendship and bonds of cooperation that exist between Nigeria and the OPEC Community. May his soul rest in perfect peace,” he said.
“I wish the family and associates of Muhammad Barkindo the strength, comfort and love of the Almighty Allah in these difficult times.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barkindo died in Nigeria on Tuesday, at 63 years.
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has asked for understanding of the citizens over delay in payment of June salary.
Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, Press Secretary to the governor, stated this in a statement, on Saturday in Yola.
He said the Fintiri administration was in keeping with its tradition of prompt payment of salaries on 23rd or 24th day of every month, adding that the government would not renege.
“Because of the upcoming Sallah celebration, expected on July 10, salary will be paid at the end of the month just in time for the Sallah festivities.
“This is to ensure the people celebrate comfortably as Sallah is around the corner, I assure that salaries would be paid by the end of this month,” he said
He appreciated Civil Servants for their patience and understanding, as the delay is to enable them to celebrate Sallah without challenge.
By Muhammad Adam
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa urged the people of the state to never give up hope for a better Nigeria, despite the current insecurity in the country.
Fintiri gave the advice on celebrating Easter this year, according to a statement released on Friday by his press secretary, Mr. Humwashi Wonosikou, in Yola.
The governor also advised the people to play their role of true citizens, out of love and sacrifice, for the general good of society.
The statement read in part: “As we celebrate, let us remember that our lives are of great use and great value.
“We must never give up hope for a better Nigeria and as citizens of Adamawa State, let's play our roles as true citizens, out of love and sacrifice for the general good of society.
“The holy day marks that moment in time when good has overcome evil, hope has overcome despair, and life has triumphed over death.
“As we celebrate the commemoration of the central event in the history of Christendom, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us learn the tolerance and sacrifice taught by the teachings of Jesus,” said Fintiri
He urged the citizens of the state to tolerate, live in peace and harmony with one another, regardless of their differences, asserting that the greatest legacy left to the people by Jesus Christ was love, tolerance and sacrifice.
The governor challenged the people to show love and make sacrifices in order to maintain the harmonious and peaceful coexistence, for which the Adamawa people were known.
He reminded people that when they celebrate Easter, they must strictly adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols in all their gatherings.
Likewise, the acting Murum Mbula of Mbula chiefdom in the state, Mr. Feny Fwa, advised the residents of the state to live in peace with each other for the economic development of the state and the Nigeria as a whole.
The traditional ruler, in an Easter message, observed that no meaningful development was possible in a crisis situation.
“I call on our people in the Mbula chiefdom, especially the young people, to renounce all forms of drug addiction and to engage in entrepreneurship for self-sufficiency.
“In addition, our farmers and herders must live in peace with each other for the common interest and the development of our region”. Said Fwa. (NOPE)(NAN)
#ENDSARS:Adamawa Govt relaxes 24- hour curfew
Yola, Nov. 2, 2030 The Adamawa Government has relaxed the 12- hour curfew imposed on the state in the wake of #ENDSARS protest, which was hijacked by hoodlums.
This is contained in a statement by Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, Press Secretary to Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri on Monday in Yola.
Wonosikou said that the curfew will now hold from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., daily.
He quoted Fintiri as saying that the action followed gradual return of peace in the state.
”The Adamawa government has reviewed the 12- hour curfew imposed on the state following events of the aftermath of the #ENDSARS protest.
” The curfew earlier imposed from 6p.m to 8a.m has now been relaxed with immediate effect.
” People are allowed to move around and go about their normal businesses from 6a.m to 10p.m.,” he said.
He lauded residents of the state who complied with the directive to return looted items to government.
“We as a people are resolute to move this state forward.
” As we put this events behind us, I assure you that I will not relent, but ensure that all we have set to achieve are achieved,” Fintiri said. ( NAN)
Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa
Nigeria at 60: Fintiri congratulates Nigerians
Yola, Oct. 1, 2020 ( NAN) Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of the nations 60th independence anniversary.
The information is in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou on Thursday in Yola.
The governor said that after two decades of democratic process, the political class must advance democracy, peace and prosperity through mutual interests based on shared democratic values.
He added that “it is with great pleasure that I extend congratulations to Nigerians on the occasion of the nations 60th anniversary celebration.
“It is possible to achieve a truly free society rooted in common values in order for democracy to thrive.”
Fintiri advised against allowing those challenges threatening the nation’s co-existence, but rather see challenges as possibilities.
The governor noted that the 2020 anniversary theme “Nigeria @60 together” was an opportunity for joint efforts to confront the twin crisis of COVID-19 and poverty through deepening capacity cooperation to overcome the challenges.
He regretted that “these are trying times in Nigerian history” and challenged all to endeavour to work toward unity in the country.
He said “we fought an unfortunate civil war, been through cycle of conflicts and crisis and most recently, kidnapping and insurgency, but going forward, we must fight obstacles to moving forward the boundaries of freedom, the only danger to the hope that is Nigeria.
“Let’s borrow from our founding fathers and preserve the better Nigeria they have hoped for in our journey to nationhood.
“As a government, we will not fail to liberate our people, to restore material wealth and true essence of democracy and bring prosperity in our social contract with the people of the state.”
Fintiri said that Adamawa people deserved more after 60 years of self rule and promised to make a difference within the period of his mandate.
He said his adminstration was ready to restore the pride of the people, heal the cruel legacies of suspicion, underdevelopment unemployment, poor housing and inadequate education and security. ( NAN)
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Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has described Gov. Godwin Obaseki as one that has changed the Edo politics by putting ‘godfatherism’ to rest.
Fintiri, in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, on Sunday in Yola said that the re -election of Obaseki was well deserved.
Obaseki was declared winner and returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Benin after defeating Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of APC in the Saturday’s governorship election in Edo.
“The Edo election result is an affirmation and demonstrated that Obaseki’s re-election is indeed a true reflection of the wishes of the people of Edo.
“Obaseki should write his name in gold as one who changed the politics of Edo by putting ‘god fatherism’ to rest,” Fintiri said.
He advised Obaseki to dedicate himself to re-uniting the people of the state and be governor to all.
“The path is now clear for focused piloting of the states affairs toward doing more for the people of Edo in your last term as Governor.”
He noted that the people of Edo had spoken well and made their votes count ( NAN)
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Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has saluted former Governor of the defunct Gongola State, and one time National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, on his 85th birthday.
Fintiri felicitated with the elder statesman in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Mr. Humwashi Wonosikou, on Tuesday in Yola.
He Described Tukur as a quintessential businessman and politician, who made a difference in service to Nigeria and the state in different capacities, with the whole of his heart.
Fintiri noted that Tukur’s tenure as National Chairman of the PDP, was a sacrifice where he offered himself for service at a difficult time and succeeded in uniting the party.
“Hope that the elder statesman’s 85th birthday, like his lifetime, is full of love from family and friends, unbridled joy, unforgettable moments and ultimately, happy memories.
“You were able to carve a niche for yourself in the wheels of Nigeria’s democratic progress,” Fintiri said.
The governor prayed that Tukur’s 85th birthday would bring joy, peace and health that would come with a life well lived.
He described the former governor as an illustrious son of Adamawa, adding that his outstanding services to the state and Nigeria would never be forgotten easily; and wished him a happy birthday.
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Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa said on Tuesday that the demise of Malam Wada Maida, former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria , has created a vacuum in journalism profession.
In a statement issued in Yola through his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, the governor stated that Maida’s death was a great loss to the profession.
“Late Wada Maida was a man who, during his lifetime, gave direction to the journalism profession in Nigeria, and northern Nigeria in particular.
“He stood as a pillar in protecting the right of every Nigerian journalist and the media across the country.
“For us, his death is a great loss. He died at a time Nigeria needed his service and experienced, as well as his dedication to nation building,” the governor said.
Also reacting, Alhaji Mohammed El-Yakub, Managing Director, Gotel Radio and TV, Yola, described Maida’s death as the loss of a strong pillar in journalism.
El-Yakub, who is also a traditional title holder in Daura Emirate, Katsina state, said that Maida played a significant role in charting a befitting course for journalism in Nigeria.
“We lost a pillar, somebody who played his own role in his own right in promoting journalism in the country.
“His demise has created a big vacuum in the profession.
“On behalf of the staff of Gotel Radio, Television and Communications, we extend our condolence to his family, staff of News Agency of Nigeria and Katsina people .
“We pray that his gentle soul would rest in perfect peace,” El-Yakub added. ( NAN)
Edited By: Sam Oditah/ (NAN)
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, has expressed shock over the death of a former governor of defunct Gongola State, Amb. Wilberforce Juta at the age of 75.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Juta, who was governor in 1983 during Nigeria’s 2nd Republic, died on Saturday in Yola, after a brief illness.
Fintiri, in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, on Saturday in Yola, described the ex-envoy’s death as a tremendous loss to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and the entire state.
The governor said he received the news of the elder statesman’s demise with a heavy heart, because he was a committed and versatile politician, who brought his knowledge and ingenuity to bear on his calling.
He said that the late Juta’s outstanding contributions to the growth and development of defunct Gongola, and subsequently Adamawa; and indeed Nigeria, will forever be remembered.
“History will remember Amb. Wilberforce Juta as a great politician and a true son of Adamawa. His legacy will live on.
“I and the people, have been beneficiaries of the deceased’s great wisdom and service over the years.
“In the years I knew him, his moral and physical strength, and dedication to service, were an inspiration to me” Fintiri said.
He said Adamawa felt his impact in various sectors, especially in education and politics.
“I will miss not only his wise counsel, but also his person and all he stood for” Fintiri added.
He condoled with the family, the people of Adamawa and PDP, saying that Amb. Juta was a great man.
Finitiri prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest, and his family, the grace to bear the loss.
The governor said that as a mark of honour to the late elder statesman, he had declared a three-day mourning from Saturday Aug. 15, 2020, and flags were to fly at half-mast.
Late Juta is survived by his wife, four children, and many grandchildren.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
The Adamawa Government has relaxed the curfew imposed on the communities and towns of Guyuk and Lamurde Local Government Areas of the state, to now run from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri made this known in Yola on Monday in a statement by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that six communities were initially under curfew following recent disturbances in the area.
The governor, however, said that the relaxation of the curfew excluded Boshikiri and Dumna towns in Guyuk Local Government as well as Lafiya town in Lamurde Local Government Area.
Fintiri gave an assurance that government would not leave anything to chance until peace was restored to the areas.
The governor warned that anybody caught flouting the curfew in the three excluded communities would have himself to blame as security agencies had been directed to ensure strict observance of the curfew.
Fintiri called on the people to be tolerant of one another especially at this difficult period of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He warned those sponsoring violence in the state to desist for peace to reign.
The governor said that the hard-earned peace in the state must be sustained as the state government’s social contract with the people.
He appealed to the people to maintain peace, remain calm as the committee set up to investigate the crisis continued with its work.
He gave an assurance that the state government was doing everything possible to maintain peace.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)