- Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri sets up a 65-man committee to get details of the activities of the out-going Adamawa governor
- Fintiri says his action cannot be described as witch-hunt but an attempt to have adequate information
- The committee is to look at the workforce, contracts awarded as well as the size of the cabinet
Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, the Adamawa governor-elect, has constituted a 65-member transition committee to ensure a smooth take-over from the out-going administration of Muhammadu Bindow.
Fintiri inaugurated the 65-man committee in Yola on Monday, April 1, saying the measure was necessary for smooth handing over by the out-going administration.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Fintiri said the committee should obtain the detailed description of the structures of government, its institutions and number of work force.
The governor-elect also expects the committee to get the number of those on pension roster and number of political office holders including members of the state executive council, senior special assistants, advisers and special aides.
“The committee is also to obtain a detailed list of general staff by their ministries, departments and agencies including their date of first appointment, rank and date of last promotion, salary grade level and a remarks column.
“The remark column should reflect additional information such as in-service course and out of station among such information.
“The committee will be expected to work closely with a similar body which I believe the outgoing administration will set up.
“You are expected to obtain detailed information on assets and liabilities of Adamawa state government to guide us on the necessary decisions that will be made as soon as we come into office,” he said.
The report said Fintiri told the committee he further expects it to obtain the number of contracts, outstanding balance on such contracts awarded, mobilized but not started or abandoned.
The governor-elect directed the committee to work closely with the staff of the accountant general’s office, board of internal revenue, the state auditor general, and local government auditor general so that it can obtain up-to-date general picture of the financial situation of the state.
“You should indicate whether or not the enabling laws setting up such boards are current or outdated.
“We expect the transition committee to proceed to recommend a functional cost effective structure and the composition of the in-coming administration.
“The recommendations should avoid making the administration top heavy with political appointments at the expense of a modest size cabinet to enable us deliver prompt socio-economic services to the people of the state,” he said.
He promised that his administration would accord local government special attention, adding the committee should also collect the staff list of all the 21 local governments in the state.
The committee, it was learnt, has John Yahaya as secretary and a former minister, Hajiya Zainab Maina, and former Adamawa Head of Service (HoS), Musa Kaibo, as members.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the outgoing governor of Adamawa state, Jibrilla Bindow, reportedly conceded defeat and congratulated Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the winner of the state governorship supplementary election, held on Thursday, March 28.
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