18th January, 2017.
By Yunusa Abdullahi.
Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla has presided over the Fourth State Executive Council Meeting (EXCO ) at the Council Chambers of the Government House Yola.
Briefing Journalists at the end of the Council meeting, the Secretary to the State Government Dr Umar Buba Bindir along side Commissioners of Education Prof Kaletapwa Farauta and that of Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs Alhaji Mustapha Barkindo announced that the EXCO had discussed and deliberated on a number of issues which includes the consideration of a memo submitted by the Ministry of Education on the state of emergency declared on Education by the present administration as well as the quantum regards to revamp the Educational sector which he announced will gulped about Ten to Twelve Billion Naira.
He explained that a powerful technical and administrative committee has been set up to look at it technically so as to know the break up and requirements of the state of emergency into Immediate, Short, Medium and Long term measures as well as the administrative components with a view to impact qualitative education on the children of Adamawa state.
The SSG also said that the EXCO had a presentation from the office of the State Head of Civil Service on the committee responsible for the verification of Local Government Councils staff headed by Maurice Bonavulki on the salaries and e-payment system which he described as Dynamics at the councils, pointing out that as a result of the committee 's report , about Forty - Five to Fifty Million Naira were being saved monthly, which he described commendable by the government .
Dr Umar Buba Bindir also revealed that the London and Paris Club Funds will addressed the payments of outstanding salary arrears of Primary school Teachers, Health workers and the Local Government staff and other emoluments. He then added that the whole Four point Eight Billion Naira is going to be use for the settlement of the salary debts owed by the Local Government staff.
The SSG also said the Council has received a delegation from UNDP Country Representative in Nigeria headed by Mr. Edward Kallon who paid a courtesy call on the Governor and Council Members and had discussed alot of Multi- Lateral and Bi-Lateral agreements with the government in order to move the state forward.
In another development, the Bindir said that the EXCO has received in an audience officials from the Federal Ministry of Health led by Dr, Modokpe Chukwuma a Director of Food and Administration and Control who brought in Truckful loads of medical supplies as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari for the victims of the recent bomb blast in the state and the Internally Displaced Persons.
Also commenting the Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Education Prof. Kaletapwa Farauta explained that the present Government under Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla is taking educational sector as number one priority ,stressing that already the state government has declared a state of emergency on Education which is the bedrock for any society to develop.