Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has praised the media for their collaboration and support of his administration since he took office. Fintiri made the remarks during a speech given at a luncheon organised at by the government’s house media directorate in Yola in honour of members of the pen profession.
Fintiri, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr. Edgar Amos, praised the media men for their tenacity in their reporting and called them as cornerstones and vital players in national development, whose importance cannot be overstated.
He revealed that plans are being made by the government to build a modern stadium in Yola, the state capital.He stated that his government has finished the necessary procedures to implement the project, which aims to improve sporting activity and the state’s economy.
He announced the government’s proposal to reintroduce monthly sanitation to maintain their environment clean and free of contagious diseases caused by rampant refuge dumping.
Dr. Edgar provided an overview of their government, stating that the majority of their accomplishments in the last four years have been in the areas of security, infrastructure development in both urban and rural areas, education, health, agriculture, women’s and youth empowerment, and others.
He promised to build on the gains made in the previous four years, stating that in the first hundred days of their second term, they have awarded contracts for the construction of storm water drainages at Saminaka, the superhighway and flyover in Yola North Local Government, and many other places throughout the state.
The governor stated that his second term administration will focus on an eight-point plan that encompasses security, infrastructure development, housing, education, health, and other issues.
As a result, he advocated for more collaboration and urged the state’s media to continue doing a good job in the state and the nation at large.
The Honourable Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Hon. Nedo Geoffrey Kafulto, emphasised the importance of media and journalism in society in her remarks.
“Journalists are the guardians of truth, the sentinels of democracy, and the link between the government and the people,” she said.
They have the ability to shape narratives, reveal hidden realities, and spark change. Our democracy would be incomplete without a free and accountable media. As a result, she extended her hand in cooperation with all members of the press, thinking that through teamwork and communication, they could accomplish great things.”
Mrs. Kafulto stated that she will implement an open door policy to guarantee that the actions and policies of their administration are visible, accessible, and intelligible to all citizens.
“We must strive to create an environment where information flows freely, the public is well-informed, and the voices of the people are heard and respected,” she said.
Earlier, in his welcoming message, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Humwashi Wonosikou, welcomed all of his colleagues to the event. He remarked that the purpose of the ceremony is to eat and toast to their enormous efforts and support for their government.
He asked for long-term collaboration to promote growth in the state and nation.
In his vote of gratitude, Mr. Baba Zare, National Officer of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), praised the event’s organisers and urged Governor Fintiri to sign the media law previously enacted by the state house in order to strengthen the state’s media businesses.