With recent happenings in my state, Adamawa, one could outrightly say Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has enemies within his cabinet. As the 2023 elections draw nearer, the governor, instead of coming up with policies that would cushion the hardship Adamawa citizens are facing, has chosen the other way.
A release from Adamawa State Board of Internal Revenue indicated that Fintiri’s government has increased revenue for cattle from N200 to N5000. Revenue of a bag of grain which was N29 is now N300.
Others are horses and donkeys at N10,000, sheep, goats and pigs at N500.
This development has shaken most of the grassroots markets in Adamawa state as many see it as an anti-people policy.
What prompted this sudden increase? Is the governor forfeiting second tenure? Does the governor have people at heart? Is he fighting the Fulani?
Another irony of Fintiri’s government is the announcement that he is about to employ 4,000 youths next month. It is surprising that the same Fintiri who sacked thousands of workers in the state due to last minute appointment is trying to copy former Governor Bindow Umar Jibrilla.
Does that mean he is planting wickedness against the incoming administration? With this happening, why did he sack those employed by his predecessor? When did appointment into the civil service become campaign tool?
The governor and his outdated advisers must sit up, think outside the box and live above board.
Bilyaminu Gambo Kong-kol,
Bayero University, Kano