From Joseph Asegba, Yola
Adamawa State governor, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of 21 local government council chairmen in the state.
He therefore urged them to improve the fortunes of the people or be voted out during the next council polls.
The governor declared this following series of complaints that the council chairmen are not doing their best for the betterment of their electorate.
Fintiri stated this while addressing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders meeting at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yola recently.
He stressed that: “The people of the state, especially those at the grassroots, are not happy with the performances of the council chairmen.”
He told them that: “But be reminded that you better change or be voted out in the local government election which is just few months from now.”
He emphasized: “It is unfortunate that as elected people to represent the government at the grassroots, you are the ones attempting to undermine the administration. We will not fold our arms and see the decay in the local government administration as the few ones that are committed will be re-elected.”
The governor explained that his administration inherited a socially-destabilized society with a disenchanted citizenry who live in constant fear of losing their lives, livelihood and properties.
He said: “There was general loss of trust attendant upon by ethnic and religious suspicion and intolerance was brewing among the plural nationalities.”
While speaking on infrastructural deficit, he said: “the present administration inherited poor infrastructure despite the relative commitment of our predecessors in constructing urban roads within the state capital and few other places which placed Adamawa at its lowest ranking of 33 out of 36 states in the federation.”
Fintiri stated further that the civil service was deliberately bloated by his predecessor out of brazen mischief with service stuffed by workers who were hurriedly recruited without due process.
Speaking on the deplorable education system, Fintiri said, to have motivated teachers in all categories, he provided sufficient infrastructural materials, abdicated feeding programme in the boarding schools and paid counterpart funding for UBEC Projects abandoned in the state.
“In order to achieve discipline in our budgetary process and implementation, this administration had reduced the budget size of N244 billion earlier approved by previous administrations to N143 billion,” said Fintiri.