Adamawa acting Governor fires Nyako’s cabinet

Adamawa acting governor dissolves nyako's cabinet
Following the impeachment of Governor Nyako who was impeached last Tuesday by the state House of Assembly for gross misconduct, the acting Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, has dissolved the cabinet and fired all political appointees of the administration of Governor Murtala Nyako.

In a statement signed by Prof. Abdullahi Liman Tukur, who was
sworn in on Wednesday by the acting governor as the new
Secretary of the State Government (SSG), Fintiri announced the
dissolution of all political appointees of the Nyako administration.

The statement read in part: “Following the resignation of the
Deputy Governor and the impeachment of former Governor Nyako,
by the state assembly on the 15/07/2014, all political appointees
(Commissioners, Special Advisers, Principal Assistants and
Special Assistants) are hereby relieved of their appointments as
directed by the acting governor, Umaru Fintiri.”

It also directed the dismissed government functionaries to hand
over all government properties in their possession to their
respective Permanent Secretaries and other appropriate officers
within the government establishment.

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In another development, the acting governor has also ordered the
scrapping of the Special Projects and Programmes Unit (SPPU)
under Government House.

This was contained in a press release signed by Mr. Solomon
Kumangar, the newly appointed Director of Press and Public
Affairs, Government House, Yola.
According to the statement, the Acting Governor directed the Head
of Service to retrieve all government property in custody of the unit
with immediate effect.

The statement said the Acting Governor revealed that SPPU was
an adhoc body that had generated controversy since its
establishment and was established contrary to the law and civil
service procedures.

However, the sacked Nyako commissioners had yesterday paid a
courtesy call on the acting governor, pledging their loyalty and
adding that they were ready to cooperate with the new government
in place.

The spokesman of the sacked commissioners, Alhaji Aminu Yawa
and the former Commissioner of Rural Development and
Infrastructure, said they approached the acting governor on the
modalities of the handover to their various permanent secretaries.

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However, feelers in some quarters in the state revealed that all the
local government chairmen of the 21 local governments in the
state were making moves to return to the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP).

Earlier, the council chairmen across the state had defected from
the PDP to follow the former Governor Nyako to the All
Progressives Congress (APC), following the PDP intra-party crisis
that led to the former governor’s defection with four other
aggrieved PDP governors to join the APC.

Meanwhile, the Adamawa State Youths Forum has said the
emergence of the Acting Governor, Umaru Fintiri, would no doubt
restore the lost glory of the state and rekindle the hope of the
Adamawa people.

In a press statement signed by the Director General of the
Adamawa Youth Forum, Jamilu Yusuf and made available to
journalists in Yola, the youth forum expressed faith in the
leadership of the Acting Governor, due to his style of leadership at
the State House of Assembly before his new position.

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According to the release, Fintiri has paid the outstanding civil
servants’ salaries for the month of June in the state, something the
Nyako administration could not do.

“Indeed Adamawa State will never remain the same again, we
therefore call on all sons and daughters of the state to join hands
with Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, to move the state forward.

“Although the impeachment of the former governor Nyako will not
go down well with his supporters, but we the youth are calling on
the Adamawa people to put aside their grievances and embrace
peace for the betterment of our state,” the statement emphasised.