When The Fact Checker unveiled our Fintiri Promise Tracker in December 2019, we received a phone call from an anxious incoming government House official who demanded: “Where did you get this list?” We got it from the governor.
With Fintiri nearing the end of his first year as governor, it’s time for an update — and a reality check. Contrary to what he tells his fans, Fintiri has broken more key promises than he has kept. With our latest update, Fintiri has broken about 43 percent of 60 key promises. He settled for a compromise on 12 percent.
During the 2019 campaign, Fintiri made more than 50 promises, though many were contradictory or just uttered in a single campaign event. So that posed a conundrum: What would be a good list of promises to track that Fintiri was really serious about? We did not think it would be fair to rate a promise that might have been tossed out without much serious discussion by the candidate and his staff.
But Fintiri did issue a specific plan — what he called the “Contract with the Adamawa Voter.” He even crested it with his pictures and invited supporters to sign their own copies. That plan listed 60 promises, some of which he said he would fulfill on the day he took the oath of office. Others, he said, would be implemented or launched in his first 100 days.
Of course, no one really expected him to meet those timelines. But this list seemed so specific — and official — that we decided it represented the ideal platform to measure Fintiri’s promises, even though it was perhaps a bit light on free education policy.
Since The Fact Checker was relaunched in 2019.
Here’s a quick assessment of some of Fintiri’s most significant promises. The full list can be seen on The Finder Fintiri metre page.
Announce the free education in primary and secondary schools. Fintiri did this on his third day in office. Despite this promise parents still pay 640 naira against the 1000 naira that was paid in previous administration of his predecessor. But this remains one of his biggest broken promises.
Announce the free health care for women and children. A few months after taking office, Fintiri announce the commencement of free education policy in primary school and secondary school. A visit to the state owned specialist hospital show that this particular promises of the governor was not kept. Fintiri will never meet his goal, and so this is a promise broken.
Provide agricultural inputs for mechanise farming for Adamawa farmers. In 2019, Fintiri promised to make life easier for farmers by providing subsidize fertilizer for farming. Since the inauguration of the administration of Fintiri no single farm inputs or fertiliser has been prvided to any farmer by the Fintiri government. Fintiri will never meet his goal, and so this is a promise broken.
Direct the demolition of building in schools and market infield. This was a promise broken at first — and then suddenly kept. On June 12, 2019, Fintiri announced he would not spare any building within the environment of school premises and the shops building erect outside Jimeta market. Why this promises was partially implemented, investigation reveal that the governor himself owns some shops in the market and so jettison the plan idea of some the shops demolition in the market. Fintiri will never meet his goal, and so this is a promise broken.
Fintiri promised school feeding programme. There are various ways one could try to count whether this promise has been achieved, not all of which would support the administration, but it was later discovered the much touted school feeding programme end as a hoax and students of secondary was seen in photograph brandishing plates of rice, inside source of many school in within the metropolis confirmed to us that such did not happen as nothing as school feeding programme is on-going in their school. Fintiri will never meet his goal, and so this is a promise broken.
Fintiri promised to run youths based government when elected. Fintiri, in a 2019 gubernatorial campaign declared to run a youth’s base government and he promised to give most of his appointments to youths when elected. The governor has so far made almost of the appointments and youths presences in his government are not up to 10 per cent of his appointments. Fintiri will never meet his goal, and so this is a promise broken.
Fintiri promised to end insecurity in Adamawa. In fact insecurity has hit the roof top since the administration of Fintiri, Adamawa residents cannot sleep with two eyes close any longer as kidnapping and killings has taken centre under Fintiri’s watch as governor of the state. Fintiri will never meet his goal, and so this is a promise broken.
Fintiri promised to build the first flyover in the Northeast. Despite the governor’s promise to be the first governor to build a flyover bridge in the northeast, Fintiri end up making another Pinocchio as Gov. Zulum of Borno state flag off the first flyover in the entire north-eastern Nigeria. Fintiri will never meet his goal, and so this is a promise broken.
Fintiri promised to renovate 5000 schools in Adamawa before September, 2019. This is also another false claim made by the governor as fact check show that Adamawa has about 3000 schools not the five thousand as claimed by the governor and till date no single school was renovated under his watch as governor of the state. Fintiri will never meet his goal, and so this is a promise broken.
Fintiri promised to build 2000 housing units in Adamawa for civil servants. Despite taken 9.9 billion naira loan to finance the building of 2000 housing units for the state workers over six months ago, Fintiri reneged as no single building has been flag off for construction by Fintiri. Fintiri will never meet his goal, and so this is a promise broken.