From Joseph Asegba, Yola
Adamawa State Government has urged the newly selected 21 chairmen of local government areas to change the narrative of the state.
The state governor, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri gave the advice shortly swearing-in caretaker chairmen of the local council officials at Mahmud Ribadu Square, Yola, the state capital recently.
He said: “Just as the state government did within 31 months in developing the state and so I expect same from all of you.”
He added: “I want you to do the same for the people by deploying development at the ward and local government levels by using your meager funds and with support from the government.
“With election coming up in the next 90 days, it is expected that you would ensure the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is deepened in the grassroots and so you should do your best.”
Governor Fintiri, who assured the caretaker chairmen that no ward or local government would be left untouched in the development process, congratulated them for the appointment, advising them to carry the people along.
He however advocated that the PDP presidency should be zoned to the Northeast and for former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, calling on the people of the state for support.
Earlier, the state chairman of PDP, Barr. Abubakar Tahir Shehu, reminded the appointees to note that their appointments should be seen as simple luck but not that they were the best.
He also reminded them not to see their appointment as one that they should enrich themselves through toll gates and others.
Shehu equally called for total support for Fintiri’s re-election and Atiku Abubakar’s ambition.
In a response on behalf of his colleagues, Prof. Abba Tahir said their appointment came as a surprise, describing it as unprecedented.
Tahir is accorded as the first Professor for the post of chairman in the region.
He assured that they would work with all communities as ambassadors of the people. According to our correspondent in the state, the occasion was well attended by people from the nook and corner of the state just to see things for themselves.