Pitapwa, a socio-political group has showned their dissatisfaction concerning the nominated commissioners of Adamawa Governor, Fintiri’s cabinet.
The group, in a press conference on Friday at the state capital, Yola said that the recent list of commissioner-nominees were not commendable.
The group also stated that the Progress and Prosperity of the State and country could not happen without the Government’s deliberate involvement of the Youths in policy making and policy execution.
According to spokepersson of the group, Pitapwa Vokito, his statement reads:
“Gentlemen of the press, Ladies.
“We want to sincerely thank You all for availing yours Ives for this very most important exercise. This
Press conference will be short and precise.
First and foremost, we will like to congratulate all winners of the 2023 general elections in our state, starting with the state Governor His Excellency Rt. H n. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri CON, his Deputy Prof. Kaletapwa George Farauta and all National and State Assembly Members of all the different Political parties.
With the same breath, we will also like to recognize other aspirants and candidates who ran unsuccessfully on all the Political platforms in the last Elections. While we accept that power comes from God and is given to whomsoever He wills, we will also want to commend the courage of the aspirants and candidates currently at the tribunal. Tribunal is part of our electoral process, and we want to employ our judges to hold fast the tenets of their profession and do the right thing without fear or favors.
THE YOUTHS AND GOVERNOR AHMADU FINTIRI
Our gathering here today is not on the premise of any particular Political Party but this is a gathering of Adamawa Youths with a deliberate drive to hold our leaders whom we’ve given our mandate accountable for their political decisions, in particular the State Governor H.E. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
May we start by commending the Governor for kicking off his second term on a good note, most especially by his constant show of interest to further development of our dear state and to make life better for all. We will however not hesitate to state unequivocally that some of the Governor’s take offs are not commendable particularly the recent list of commissioner-nominees submitted to the Adamawa State House of Assembly for screening and subsequent Approval.
It is worthy to note that the desire of all well-meaning adamawa Youth is the Progress and Prosperity of our dear State and the country at large. But this cannot happen without the Government’s deliberate and conscious involvement of the Youths in policy making and policy execution. With over 60 percent of its population being youths, Adamawa State is among the states with the youngest population in Nigeria. In
20 years from now, the youth population will rise by 20 per cent.
This demography, when spiced with the right responsibilities long enough, will be a huge advantage for not only the state but the Country at large. But it’s quite unfortunate what we’re seeing today by the deliberate exclusion of the Youths by the Government of the day under H.E. Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who got into power by the sole mandate of the Youths.
It is of utmost importance we remind H.E. Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri that the Youths of Adamawa State will forever be the backbone of this State. Their physical and intellectual energies matter to the growth and development of this state. One way the government can leverage the manifold talents in its youth is through meaningful engagement, dialogue and participation in policy making.
Prior to the elections, the Governor just like all other Candidates went into social contract with the
Youths of the state to offer a significant recognition of his government by way of involving them in
decision making via appointments. The failure of the state Governor to keep his part amount to a breach of contract which may not go down well with his Peers if he’s known for not keeping up to his promises. Those who cannot honor their words do not qualify for Leadership.
We took research to look at nominees in others states such as Yobe, Kaduna, Kebbi and even our neighboring state, Taraba to mention but a few. From our discovery, all these states afore mentioned all have youths with age range of 33-38years nominate. Even as we
observed from President Tinubu ministerial appointments and other appointments so far, we can see that the youths are given reasonable percentage to participate in the policy making and decision of the country.
We respectfully call on the Governor to the fact that he has highly productive and constructive youths, too numerous to mention in the state that cannot only serve in Commissioner capacities but whose intellectual and vigor can drive more fortune to the state. We dare say, if we the Youths can be instrumental to political victories, we sure can hold political offices and change the narrative of the state for the better.
Your Excellency Governor Fintiri, when young people are disengaged from political processes, a significant portion of the population has little or no voice to influence decisions that affect their bracket and the larger society. This explains why it is essential that the young people are engaged in formal political processes and to also have a say in formulating state policies that are beneficial to all state of the society.
We hereby suggest that it is not too late to withdraw one of the Commissioner-nominees and replace them with the Adamawa youths who were on the verge of being marginalized. We hope that while the government sees reasons in this submission, we also implore it to ensure that rooms are not given to errors in the subsequent moves for Political appointments by ensuring that a significant percentage of youths occupy such offices.
God Bless the Youths of Adamawa State.
God Bless the Government of Adamawa State.
God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Thank You all!
(Convener: Pitapwa Unity Football Competition)
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