Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has scored his administration high saying that despite financial crunch, COVID-19 scourge and insecurity, he was able to give a robust account of his stewardship in the last two years.
The governor who made the position during a stakeholders meeting at government house Yola Wednesday, where he gave detailed account of his stewardship, accused past administrations for the decay in all facets of the economy in the state.
“Distinguished Stakeholders, I have taken the pain the take us through some
of these gloomy indicators so that you can have a mental picture of the
situation at hand when we took over.
” I am not lamenting. Far from it. I do know, these are pitiably extraordinary problems created by the wrong people in
“And your collective anger that you require a true leader to turn
the fortunes of the State for the better was the result that brought me on
” The sure way to thank you for this decision is to periodically give you
a detailed breakdown of what we are doing to reverse the ugly narrative.
Where we are Now,” he said
” We met a State that was virtually devastated in all ramification,
requiring more than ordinary ingenuity to patch and revamp. Conscious of
the task at hand, we went all out, dared distractions and subdued
impossibilities. Today, the ugly narrative is fast reversing, Adamawa State is
changing and our people are happier. This fact is admitted even by our
” We inherited a socially destabilized society with a disenchanted citizenry
who live in constant fear of losing their lives, livelihood and properties.
While general loss of trust, attendant upon by ethnic and religious
suspicions and intolerance was brewing among our plural nationalities.
” Absence of justice and fairness has instituted a culture of identity politics
which was negatively taking its toll on our people. Perennial farmer-
herder conflicts, was claiming lives, herds, farm produce and even
settlements of our people.
” The situation was so bad that no community in Adamawa State can claim freedom from it. Kidnapping and unrestrained urban crime such as the activities of ‘Shila-Boys cult went on brazenly as if there were no constituted authority to contain them. The northern zone which was just recuperating from the attacks of the dreaded Bokoharam
insurgents were practically abandoned to their faith with most of them
converting the emergency IDP camps into a permanent abode with no
hope of return to their ancestral homes.
” The State was sliding into
anarchy with no demonstrated authoritative commitment to sanity and
control,” he said.
The governor who decried the state IGR when he took over said despite the daunting challenges, he was able to restore sanity to the once battered state economy.
” In 2018, the annual IGR of Adamawa State was about 6 Billion. This was
considered paltry in this age where every State is deploying all its arsenal
to transit to self-reliance and sustainability. We inherited a Suffocating N140-Billion debt burden which we had to service every month from
the Federal Allocation. As if this was not bad enough, there was standing
monthly overdraft line to pay salaries provided by commercial banks that
chocks. This has led to budget indiscipline and non-compliance with
extant appropriation laws,” he said.