The Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, commenced his second term in office on Monday, taking the oath of office at a ceremony held in Yola.
In a notable milestone, Professor Kaletapwa Gorge Farauta, former Vice Chancellor of the Adamawa State University (ADSU) Mubi, was also sworn in as the first female deputy Governor of the State.
Administered by Adamawa's first female Chief Judge, Justice Hafsat Abdulrahman, the oath-taking ceremony took place at the Mahmud Ribadu Square, Yola.
Governor Fintiri expressed his gratitude to the residents of Adamawa for their unwavering support and belief in his leadership qualities, which led to his re-election.
Reflecting on his first term, Governor Fintiri emphasized that the foundation has been laid for the realization of policy objectives aimed at strengthening the state for the benefit of its citizens.
Despite facing personal tragedies, including the loss of both his father and mother during his first term, the Governor remained resolute in his commitment to serving the people of the state.
“Few months into the tenure, I lost my father Alhaji Umaru Badami and as if that is not enough, one year after, I lost my dear mother Hajiya Fatima Umaru Badami," he recalled.
The Governor reaffirmed his dedication to serving with humility and devotion.
He said he would utilize the available resources to enhance the living conditions of the citizens.
Building upon past achievements, the Governor outlined his administration's priorities for his second term.
He promised a more focused approach in areas of security, education, health, infrastructure, urban mass transportation, urban water supply, agriculture and the environment.
“Now, more than ever before, we have a deeper and better understanding of some of these issues and would no doubt improve on our approaches and strategies to achieve better results with maximum impact,” he added.
Expressing his gratitude to the electorate, the international community, election monitors, observers, journalists, civil society organizations and the electoral body, Governor Fintiri recognized their contributions to ensuring credible elections in the state.
Barrister Tahir Shehu, the State Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), commended the Governor's achievements thus far and expressed the party's satisfaction with his leadership.
He conveyed his best wishes for Governor Fintiri's success in his second term.
The governor also addressed a jubilant crowd at the government house, Yola where he appreciated their love and support, reassuring them that the tenure will be beneficial to all.