Inauguration: North East States get new administration

Nnenna Okoronkwo, Abuja, Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe, Salisu Waziri, Taraba

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Adamawa State

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa has been sworn -in for a second term of office in Yola.

The Oath of office was administered to the governor by the state Chief judge, Justice Hapsat Abdurrahaman in Yola.

Abdurrahaman also administered the oath of office to the deputy governor, Prof. Kaletapwa Farauta.

In his address, the governor thanked the people for their resilience, commitment and dedication to the democratic idles.

He said the 2023 governorship election witnessed an unprecedented drama especially during the supplementary election.

Fintiri said that his administration recorded tremendous achievements in infrastructure, education, agriculture transparency and accountability.

He added that other areas were environment and climate change,  food security, civil service reforms ,youth development, commerce and industry and security .

The governor promised to consolidate on  the gains recorded in his administration, “The oath we just took is  a sacred act not just a constitutional duty,” he said.

Alhaji Attahiru Shehu, the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman ,thanked the electorate for voting for the party to ensure Fintiri’s second term in office.

The ceremony was attended by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, traditional rulers  politicians ,members of the diplomatic corps and former governors of Adamawa, Boni Haruna and Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankombo.


Gombe State

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State and his Deputy, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, have been sworn in for another four-year term in office.

In his inauguration speech, Governor Yahaya said he would in the next four years focus on economic empowerment, job creation, Education and Human Capital Development, Healthcare and Social Welfare, Infrastructural Development, as well as Good Governance and Accountability.

Specifically, Governor Yahaya said his second term in office, he would ensure the continuation of the ease of doing business policies to consolidate the position of the most business-friendly state in Nigeria.

“These policies are designed to foster a conducive business environment, attract investments, and stimulate economic growth. We shall also train and upskill our youth, invest in ICT skills and innovation, and harness our agri-business potentials in order to enhance food security and create employment opportunities,” Governor Yahaya said.

EducationOn education and human capital development, he said the administration would continue with ongoing upgrades of school infrastructure, provision of instructional materials and improving the capacity of our teachers and administrators.

“We are committed to expanding access to education, particularly for out-of-school children, girl-child and other marginalized groups, through various initiatives like the Adolescent Girl Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE),” Governor Yahaya said.

According to him, his administration is committed to enhancing vocational and technical education, such as agriculture, energy, oil and gas sectors, to align with the needs of the rapidly evolving job market.


He said the administration would leverage on the health scheme, Go-Health and the Gombe State Primary Healthcare Development Agency to strengthen healthcare systems and infrastructure. to ensure accessible and quality healthcare services for all.

“We shall improve the capacity of our healthcare professionals by investing in training and capacity building, as well as partner with FG and other relevant stakeholders to implement social welfare programs that support vulnerable groups and alleviate poverty,” said Governor Yahaya.

Infrastructural Development

Governor Yahaya has promised to consolidate on existing achievements by investing in critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, water supply, and electricity.

“We shall improve our rural and urban transportation networks, and investing in climate-friendly and sustainable projects. Urban renewal and redevelopment, especially in the State capital and the local government headquarters will be pursued vigorously in order to ensure decent living and also attract the much-needed investment in hospitality and tourism,” said Governor Yahaya.

Good Governance and Accountability

The Gombe State Governor said also promises to sustain the principles of people-driven, needs-based and participatory governance, by improving open government policies, which enabled his government during his first tenure to become one of the top seven states in the country in the 2022 Transparency and Integrity Index.

“The efficient use of public resources through plugging leakages and reducing wastage will foster a culture of meritocracy and inclusivity in governance, thus improving the efficiency of the system,” stated Governor Yahaya.

Overall, Governor Yahaya sought the support of the people of Gombe State, as well as their active engagement and constructive feedback to succeed in the next four years.

“I need your continued support, It is only by coming together as one united people that we can transform our aspirations into tangible realities. I am confident that, with your continuous support and prayers, we shall overcome these challenges, seize emerging opportunities, and create a future that is brighter and more prosperous for every resident of Gombe State,” he stated.

The Gombe State Governor pledged to be just and fair to all, irrespective of political, ethnic, religious and sectional affiliations, saying, “The collective interest of Gombe State supersedes all other interests and considerations.”

He recounted the significant strides made in the critical sectors of his first term in office, such as education, healthcare, infrastructure, civil service, agriculture, energy, water supply, environment and sanitation.

Governor Yahaya specifically mentioned the construction and renovation of over 1, 440 classrooms across, mopped up of over 350,000 out-of-school children, the upgrading of five secondary schools to mega-school standards and the construction of four special schools (to take care of special needs).



Borno State

The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum and his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, have taken oath of office for the second term.

The Chief Judge of the State, Justice Kashim Zanna administered the oath of office to them..

Speaking at the ceremony, the governor thanked the people of Borno for voting him into office for the second time.

He said that during his first tenure, his administration executed over 700 projects and hoped to do more during the second term.

Zulum, who announced his plan to tour 27 LGAs of the state, said during the tour he would interact with stakeholders on priority projects for implementation in their respective areas.

The governor expressed joy over the return of peace to Borno, adding that the development had led to the return and resettlement of over one million displaced persons across the state.

“I stand here with the greatest sense of responsibility to you, the good people of Borno State.

” I accept the mandate to begin our shared journey, which we hope will be of enduring stability and prosperity for a second term of four years, insha’Allah.

“For me, serving you, the good people of Borno State has been the greatest honour of my life and I hereby reaffirm that,” he said.

Zulum promised that he would never lose focus in the discharge of his obligations to the people of the state.

Taraba State

The newly inaugurated Governor of Taraba state, Col. Agbu Kefas while taking oath of office as the 4th elected governors of Taraba state has asked the people of the state to put aside their differences and move Taraba forward.

Kefas disclosed this during the swearing-in ceremony at the Jolly Nyame stadium in Jalingo, the state capital.

In his words, “You the people of Taraba state have given me the mandate to deliver and I stand here today to state my commitment to you. I ask us all to put our differences aside and come together as one to move Taraba forward.

 “After all, the task of governance can only be successful when it’s inclusive by engaging people from all works of life. We will ensure that we will remain accountable, and responsive to all. Today, my administration is open to working with all of you and I’ll always welcome constructive criticism.

 “One of my key challenges is to address the challenges of insecurity, unemployment, gender marginalization and many more,” he said.

Governor Kefas took oath of office alongside the deputy governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Aminu Alkali, by the Acting Chief Judge of Taraba State, Justice Joel F. Agya in a colorful ceremony which was attended by traditional chiefs, stakeholders and foreign dignitaries.

Governor Agbu Kefas took over from his predecessor Former governor Darius Dickson Ishaku who served for eight years.


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