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I will step on toes – Fintiri warns as he receives ATC report

Adamawa Govvermor-elect, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri warned that his administration will not hesitate to step on toes in addressing any injustice against the people of Adamawa by the outgoing administration.

Fintiri made this known Saturday in Yola while receiving report by a 67-Member Adamawa Transition Committee (ATC).

Fintiri said findings by the committee revealed a lot of breeches and mismanagement of government funds that needed to be address.

“We shall rise and boldly face the challenges, fully conscious that we were voted to fix them. We will not turn a blind eye to breaches of the law, mismanagement of funds, or abuse of privilege.

“Adamawa State, our only home has been battered and bruised but I am optimistic that it will heal.

“Let me restate the call on our people to join me in the task of correcting the ills of the past. In doing so, we shall not hesitate to step on toes where public interest have been compromised.

“As a corrective government popularly elected by the people, we will not hesitate to step on toes in the interest and advancement of public good,” Fintiri said.

While lamenting that the outgoing administration of Gov. Muhammadu Bindow collected N332 billion with nothing much to show, Fintiri said his administration would look into the report in detail with the aim of implementing its salient recommendations.

Presenting the report earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Aliyu Isma’la Numan, said the outgoing administration of Gov. Bindow has messed up the state in various sectors and was leaving a debt of N115 billion.

“It is disheartening to note that the outgoing government had, from inception, always been taking over-draft to augment salary payments while internally generated revenue were being collected but not applied judiciously in the interest of tax payers in the state.

“While also the government had failed to create businesses for the state and even resort to the sales of state-owned assets in corporate organizations simply to service personal interest.”

Ismaila said that the committee found out that some of the lands sold out by the outgoing administration included school land and a historical German cemetery of 1948.

While noting that Adamawa is an agrarian state, the committee said that it was regrettable that farmers in the state were not considered good enough by the outgoing Bindow administration to enjoy some incentives in area of agriculture.

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