Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state has paid a surprise visit to the state pension board, during which he engaged the management over disbursement of N1.5 billion earlier released to the board.
The governor who took them unaware by the visit walked straight to the office of the executive chairman Adamawa state pension board chairman Mr Thomas Madi.
Fintiri ‘grilled’ the chairman on sensitive questions related to corruption and scandal being peddled and the governor seems worried on the allegation after releasing over N1.5 billion to settle pension backlog.
In his words, ‘’ I have received my own negative report on what’s happening. Of course, people must complain but definitely there are some complaints, most times are genuine and need to be cleared by the board and officials in charge, so I am here to know.
‘’ I am here to know the procedures/ process and probably the challenges you faced. Because some of the reports reaching me is that there is a tendency of recycling people, though I am not questioning your integrity.
‘’Another issue, is the allegations that staff here are in the habit of hiding peoples’ files, so that they must be bribed before the files are out!
‘’Thirdly, people are not paid their complete money until they part-away with a certain amount of money. And on my own, I want to know why you are still paying 2010 and 2011, when before this management, the information from the report that was submitted to me was even in 2012, there were just some few staff that did not receive their entitlements. So what has now taken us back to 2010-2011? While I expected that we would have now moved 2014.
But after explanation by the board chairman, Mr Thomas Madi, the governor seems to be satisfied as he applauded the management for the coordinated disbursement of the fund.
‘’ The management of this board that I appointed to head this place are carefully selected and are men and women of integrity.
‘’ I am always sure that they will always do right to all manners of people, but whenever allegations come up, it’s my responsibility to investigate,’’ said he.
Fintiri, however warned politicians in the state to avoid playing politics with government’s policies, ‘’ people should avoid playing politics with every good effort government is making.’’
While fielding questions from the governor, the executive chairman of the board, Mr Thomas Madi said that they were diligent in discharging their duties.
‘’Your Excellency, your questions are apt sir. But let me begin with the process of payment which I earlier told you that we adopted as a board a process of payment whereby we designed a form based on approval form issued to pensioners. There is also bank scrutiny.
‘’We will do more and this visit will ginger us,’’ he noted.
Fraud : Pastor deceived me to sell my only house, Jilted Evangelist tells Yola court
A deceived female evangelist who was allegedly jilted by her fiancee and pastor of Fire House Revival Ministry, Kwanye Tumba has told a criminal area court II sitting in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, that her ex-fiancee, Pastor Marwa Tumba deceived her with marriage proposal, squandered her money and later ended up frustrating her life.
The distraught looking evangelist, had 2 weeks ago sued the Pastor and said she first met with Pastor Marwa at a programme in Yolde Pate, Yola South Local Government Area, and that after event, the Pastor told her that God has blessed her with a husband and that he is the husband.
At the resumed sitting of the court, she told the court that the pastor lured her and made her to sell her house and kept on collecting the money, squandered it and thereafter abandoned her.
She said all through the period of their relationship, the pastor kept assuring her that he will marry her as a result of which she was very open to him and gave him access to everything, noting that it was heart rending to know that the man’s intent was to defraud her.
As evidence, she tendered a bank teller, list of items for their proposed marriage and evidence of how and where their relationship started after a prayer meeting at Yolde-Pate.
She further told the court that despite the frustration ,she is worried that her ex-fiancee has consistently said she was fighting him, and that if she is not careful she will die.
She then prayed the court to recover all her money and her house which he made her to dispose on the premise that he will marry her.
The 33-year-old complainant had informed the court that the man had asked her to saw a seed, and that she immediately gave him N1,000 as the seed he demanded, saying that from there, he went to her house and started their relationship proper.
She stated that he asked her to start attending Freedom Power Chapel Yola, the church he was worshipping before opening his Fire House Revival Ministry.
Evangelist Kwanye added that the man asked her to sale her house which she built threatening to abandon her if she refused to hearken to his demands.
She noted that because of her desperation to get a spouse, she agreed and sold the house at the sum of N500,000 and that she paid N50,000 tithe directly into his bank account as he requested.
She said that she kept supporting the church with her money until all the money got exhausted saying that he later abandoned her after wreaking her life.
She told the court as a result of the financial predicaments facing her she is now hawking vegetables so as to eke out a living.
At the court, the accused pastor appeared along side 3 lawyers led by E.O Udo and a cross section of his church members, while the complainant came with no legal representation.
The presiding judge, Honourable Nuhu Garta, after hearing the submission of the complainant adjourned the case to February 10th, 2021 for ruling.
I almost lost my job as FCT minister over Baze university- Gov. Mohammed
Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has revealed that he almost lost his job as FCT minister, under President Goodluck Jonathan, for allocating a piece of land to Yusuf Ahmed, the founder of Baze University, in Abuja.
Mohammed disclosed this, on Thursday, when the founder and members of the university management paid him a courtesy visit, in Bauchi.
The governor, who said that there was nothing he would not do to free resources for the improvement of society, adding that he was only freeing land from speculators and those that would only use it for other unpleasant purposes.
“You all know my relationship with the Baze very well, the struggle we had. One lady even wanted to snatch your land. I almost lost my job because of Baze university, you didn’t know that portion of the story, but I’m saying it today.
“There is nothing I cannot do to free resources for the betterment of society and that is what I did for you. I believe it was the best thing to do.
“I did it because I was freeing the land from speculators and those that would use it for other obnoxious uses. I congratulate you and I’m proud to be associated with you in this very noble endeavour,” Mohammed said.
The governor, who noted that the university was known worldwide, said that he felt elated seeing the university advertisement on Cable News Network (CNN).
Mohammed promised the university proprietor, who had come to offer the state a 75 per cent subsidy on scholarship for students, that the state government would subscribe to the offer.
He added that the best graduating secondary school students, who were indigent, would be selected through a transparent process and be placed in the university.
The governor mandated the state Commissioner for Education, Mr Aliyu Tilde, to effectively work towards that with utmost sincerity.
Speaking earlier, Mr Yusuf Ahmed, the founder and Pro-Chancellor of the university, said that the institution became what it is today by the grace of God and the support of leaders like Gov. Bala Mohammed. (NAN)
Hunters Group in Ganye Intercept Local pistol, ammunitions
This motorcycle and a locally made pistol with this life ammunitions where intercepted by a team of hunters who were placed on patrol by the DPO Ganye DSP Mohammed Yahya Nuhu at Gangtum Area.
Gangtum is in Ganye local government area of Adamawa state.
The Suspect when sighted the hunters abundant the bike and the arms as he ran into the bush.
When contacted, Ganye local government information officer Mr Kabiru Njidda had confirmed the interception of the arms .
Residents of Ganye and its environs are sleeping with two eyes opened due to insecurity plaguing the area.