The Governor of Adamawa State, Rt Hon Ahmadu Fintiri, has said he knows the challenges of the poor and he is striving to address them.
The Governor who voiced the commitment to his people during a chat with journalists at the Government House in Yola said he treasures the life of the masses and he works always at improving it.
He said, “I came prepared. I am focused. I know where it pinches the masses. That’s where I am working.”
Reiterating that he is a pro-poor governor, Fintiri said, “I inherited a state where the government could not buy chalk. We have fixed that and we are fixing other problems.”
Taking the matter of funding of the basic education subsector further, the Governor said the previous government starved the subsector with funding by not sacrificing little to get much.
He explained that the previous government was not paying the state’s counterpart funding to qualify it for federal funding available through the Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme, but that he had since paid outstanding counterpart funds and the state has consequently accessed its UBE funds that built up over the years and used the funds to “make great changes.”
Commenting on activities of youths, known in Adamawa State as Shila Boys, which have recently been on the upswing, Governor Fintiri said the street boys, who routinely steal things from residents of the state capital Yola, would be tamed once again.
He said, “I met a raging Shila Boys menace and we were definite and quick in halting them. We have the remnants of these boys who are beginning to show themselves, but they are a lesser challenge than those of them we dealt with upon assuming office.”
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