New SSG for Adamawa

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jul 17th, 2014
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•Tight security in Yola

Yola, the capital of Adamawa State whose governor was impeached on Tuesday, was calm yesterday as a massive security cordon was woven around it.

Acting Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri took the first step into his three-month stay yesterday, with the appointment of a university lecturer, Prof. Liman Tukur, as Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

Fintiri also voided all political appointments made by impeached governor Murtala Nyako.

While administering the oath of office on Tukur, the acting governor said the new wind of change would bring succour to the people of Adamawa State.

Fintiri promised that his administration would include all shades of opinion.

He said although the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had not reopened the state’s statutory Allocation accounts, he had ordered the payment of salaries for June and the May shortfall.

He promised to pay the two months outstanding from 2012 when the workers were on strike and the former governor had to apply the no-work-no pay rule.

Fintiri said the state consolidated revenue account is indebted to the tune of N6 billion.

The acting governor received a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegation from the House of Representatives at the Government House.

The leader of the delegation and member representing Lamurde, Numan, Demsa federal constituency, Anthony Madwatte, said he was happy to see a PDP man at the seat of government. Nyako was an All Progressives Congress (APC) governor.

Yola and its environs remained calm despite the heavy presence of armoured cars, military and Police personnel. There were also Air Force men and Civil Defence personnel on the streets.

It was learnt that Nyako had pleaded with his supporters during a solidarity visit two days before the impeachment, that there should be no demonstrations on the streets.

He pleaded with his teeming supporters to wait for the final outcome of the case in a competent Court of law should the House impeach him.

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