By Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Executive Governor Adamawa State
A Speech Delivered at the Commissioning of the Izala-Gweda Malam-Rafa-Wayam Road, Numan Adamawa State – Nigeria, 19th – May, 2021
It is with profound gratitude to God that I stand to address you once more in what is clearly heralding our season of harvest. It is a season that marks the harvest of most of the seeds of the projects we planted at the beginning of this administration.
Today, we are starting with Numan. Tomorrow it will be Michika by God’s Grace. We are dutifully set to commission all the first phase of the projects we initiated and even the ones our predecessors initiated but were unable to execute to completion.
The Izala-Gweda Malam-Rafa-Wayam Road is a 3.5 Km road in Numan. It comes with a complete drainage system as part of the package of our diversified urban renewal campaign. While understanding that the infrastructural gap in Yola – the State Capital is wide with the attendant urban pressure, we deliberately decided to address the issue with a broader plan of building infrastructure in the State capital as well as equally improving on the infrastructure in the semi-urban centers across the State. This, we believe, will ultimately lead to injecting municipal life in the suburbs, reduce pressure on the State Capital and make life more meaningful for our people wherever they choose to live within the State.
Your Excellency, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, in this historic town, when I came for the official coronation and presentation of Staff of office to His Royal Majesty, Homun Dr. Daniel Ismail Shagah (OON) Kpawo Nomwe, Gilongo Diya as the Hama Bachama on the 23rd- December, 2020, barely five months ago, I did reiterate our commitment to providing inclusive development to the people of Adamawa State.
The driving slogan has always been "Never to leave no one behind and nothing untouched". It is in keeping faith with this that we make every part of Adamawa State a proud beneficiary of our development crusade. Today Numan and indeed the entire Bachama Kingdom is having its fair dose. We have delivered on this road which has been a nightmare to the residents of Numan and their vistors. More importantly, tremendous progress is being recorded on the renovation and rehabilitation of Numan General Hospital. Work on the new Lamurde Cottage Hospital has reached advanced stage as well.
I have always maintained that the Southern part of Adamawa, especially the Numan Federation represents the most fertile agricultural belt of the State. With the water bodies, the lush land and nourishing pasture for livestock husbandry, it is a belt we must all take serious especially as we get set to launch our agribusiness campaign. We are investing enough resources to ensure sustainable peace and the provision of infrastructure is a strategic step towards complimenting such efforts.
I have deliberately invited my elder brother, His Excellency, Alh. Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, the Executive Governor of Gombe State to come and commission this project to demonstrate the level of brotherhood and comradery that we share as leaders of our respective States. Gombe State and Adamawa equally share a bond that is difficult to clearly separate. And when we hear of squabbles in the form of conflict among some of our respected ethnic identities, we know it is the handiwork of the devil. Today, we are leveraging on this occasion to pronounce total peace in the entire southern zone, the State, our neighbours and the nation at large.
To our people, I want to assure you that the best is yet to come. You shall remain our priority and we wouldn’t rest until everyone and everywhere is positively touched.
On this note, may I respectfully invite my brother, the Executive Governor of Gombe State to formally commission the 3.5 km Izala-Gweda Malam-Rafa- Wayam Road, for the use of my beloved Numan people, humanity in general and to the glory of Allah the Almighty.
Thank you and God bless.