Ahmadu Fintiri

The transition committee which the Adamawa State Governor-elect, Rt Hon Ahmadu Fintiri, constituted to review the activities of the outgoing government and suggest the constitution and running of his own government, has recommended the training and establishment of youths in gainful employment as a way to turn the state into ‘Japan of the North.’

The committee which presented its report to Fintiri during a ceremony in Yola at the weekend, advised that 10 skills acquisition centres across the state which were abandoned by previous governments be revived to take up youths who will champion the state’s economic revival.

The Chairman of the committee, Aliyu Ismai’la Numan, said during the submission of the committee’s final report, “Skill acquisition was a government programme designed as a platform to educate unskilled youths, which has yielded positive results. However, insincerity of subsequent governments did not accord the initiative appropriate recognition, which led to its present condition.

“It is recommended that government should pay all outstanding liabilities and accord all the 10 centres across the state appropriate recognition for purpose of engaging about 2,700 unemployed youths. It is envisaged that at full capacity, they will facilitate job creation and economic empowerment for the teaming youths and turn the state to Japan of the North.”

The transition committee chairman, who also expressed the regret that Adamawa is ‘the only state in the Northeast without a stadium,’ urged the incoming government to redeem the situation.

“The permanent stadium complex has become a conduit for successive administrations in the last three decades to siphon state funds. The committee, therefore, recommends that the project should be completed through private public partnership because of the obvious benefits this option offers to the state,” he said.

The Adamawa Transition Committee was inaugurated by Fintiri on April 1, 2019. It started as a 67-member committee under Aliyu Numan to review the outgoing government of Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow and chart a course for the incoming government to be headed by Ahmadu Fintiri.

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