Vanguard awards

April 20, 2024

Vanguard Personality of the Year: Ahmadu Fintiri, Adamawa Project Master

Fintiri

By Umar Yusuf

Upon assumption of office on May 29, 2019, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri left no stone unturned as he embarked on a pragmatic and aggressive approach to rescue the state from under-development.

Infrastructure development formed the cornerstone of Governor Fintiri’s 11-point campaign agenda. As a result, Adamawa is now one of the few states in the North-East that can flaunt three flyovers and a grade interchange in its capital.

Within a short period, the state, under Fintiri’s admirable leadership, demonstrated commitment to completing all the roads initiated by the past governments and went further to construct new ones, thus opening up the rural areas through aggressive road networks. Dubbed Project Master, he gave further account of himself by lighting up the agrarian communities and ensuring towns unconnected to the national grid were electrified.

In the seven Local Government Areas that make-up the Northern Senatorial Zone and parts of the Central zone, all the facilities destroyed by Boko Haram have been either repaired or nearly rebuilt.

Currently, Fintiri’s administration has undertaken the construction of a super highway that connects Numan road to the Gibson Jalo way through the new greater Yola Layout Ring Road and a drainage project to combat the perennial flooding. In like manner, he has constructed over 300 kilometres of rural roads across the 21 LGAs.

In the health sector, his imprints are also visible as he has completed eight primary healthcare centres, renovated 17 others, constructed 10 new health posts, 30 VIP latrines, two laboratories and established a state health insurance scheme to support low income earners and the vulnerable.

This was as he overhauled the state specialist hospital, renovated seven primary healthcare clinics and constructed the staff quarters at the Maiha Cottage Hospital. To further ease the hardship of mortgage and house ownership in the state, the administration is constructing 1000 units of houses at Malkohi.

With all these, Adamawa State is fast emerging as one of the nation’s developing states. Thanks to the collaboration between the state developing partners and the North-East Development Commission, NEDC.

How Fintiri made his mark

To recall, Fintiri kick-started these wonders by bringing back the contractual firms that had abondoned various road projects in the state due to the government’s inability to meet up with its financial obligations.

With that crucial step taken, abandoned road projects inherited by his administration were completed and new ones were awarded. Estimated to cost no less than N5 billion, the first set of fresh road projects awarded include Bachure, Karewa, Nasarawa borehole, Jambutu Street, Togo Street, Lekki Toba Street, Mambilla Street.

All of these things he did by leveraging the Word Bank funded RAM 2 project – a joint project with the state government. Also, the Project Master paid the counterpart funds that led to the construction of 340 kilometres of roads across the 21 local government areas.

Some of these roads include 8.8 km Sansri rural road (Ganye), Yarima Mayo rural road in Toungo, Parda-Mininga in Fufore, 25km Bazzama’a road in Michika, 16.9 km Mararaban Dumne road, Honbol rural road in Song, 31km Ndikong rural road in Mayo Belwa, 9.3 km Ngongoshi rural road in Yola South, Kuvu-Gaya rural road in Hong. All these have since been completed and commissioned for public use.

This was followed with the award of new contracts for the construction of two flyovers with grade interchange routes in the heart of Yola, the first ever in the history of the North-East. At the cost of over 18bn, he also ensured a new set of township roads in seven local governments of Yola-North, Yola-South, Numan, Jada, Hong, Michika, Madagali that cut across the three senatorial districts.

Other roads and streets include Zumo street and links, Mafia road with two span bridges, Mbamba street, Doctors quarters road, Nyibango-Yolde Pate road in Yola-south and Yola-north local governments. Others are IzalaGwede Mallam-Mallam Rafa-Wayam road in Numan local government, European Quarters road in Hong local government, Gulak township road among other selected roads subsequently awarded, some of which are still ongoing.

Other sectors where Fintiri has made giant strides in the last three years are power and water. He has electrified many communities, particularly reconnecting Michika and Madagali to the national grid.

Toungo, the only local government in the state not connected to the national grid since its creation for almost three decades has been connected.

Adamawa also witnessed upgrading and rehabilitation of water supply schemes, constructions of solar boreholes, payment of counterpart funds for water projects among many other efforts.