The Adamawa State Governor, Rt Hon Ahmadu Fintiri, has pledged to make a priority of prompt payment of salaries and annual increment of same.
The governor who made the pledge following his swearing-in at the Ribadu Square in Yola on Wednesday, also said he would make Adamawa a state to be respected worldwide.
Fintiri who earned himself the alias ATM following his government’s generosity towards workers in the brief period he served as acting governor of the state in 2014, said payment of salaries would be similarly accorded a pride of place now that he is back.
“Payment of salaries, pension and gratuity on time shall be my priority, as well as yearly salary increment and promotion. We shall strive to build a robust government-labour relationship,” he said.
On his desire to make Adamawa a model state, Fintiri said, “True change has come to Adamawa State. I pledge to provide leadership that is required to make things work for the good of all.
“My aspiration for Adamawa is for it to be listed among the committee of respected states not only in Nigeria but the world as a whole. The central message is that we will bring development and make Adamawa State a standard to copy.”
He said he knew the task would be difficult but that it is achievable. “It is not what resources you have but how you manage them,” he said.
He also made commitment to security of lives and properties and was emphatic that Shilla Boys, a group of youths that specialize in stealing and abducting people for ransom mostly around the state capital, Yola, would not be condoned.
“Let me sound a note of warning to the local cult group currently terrorizing our neighbourhood not to test our resolve but to stop it or ship out. The so-called Shilla group have two weeks from today to embrace civility or face the full wrath of the law,” he said.