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, who was impeached last Tuesday by the state House of Assembly for gross misconduct.
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.
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.
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.
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.