Fintiri swears in 10 permanent secretaries, tasks them to drive bold reforms

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has sworn in 10 newly appointed permanent secretaries.

The governor presided over the swearing-in on Monday with a charge on them to drive bold reforms to build a modern civil service for the state.

The newly designated permanent secretaries include the governor’s Director-General for Media and Communications, Mr Solomon Kumanagar and the General Manager of state-owned Adamawa Television (ATV), Ibrahim Buba

Fintiri charged them to work out “a government machine inspired by timeless values, a civil service that’s more open, innovative, collaborative, unified, empowering, forward-thinking, flexible – aspirational, transformational, talent-spotting, nurturing, tech-savvy, diverse, socially mobile and most importantly merit-driven.”

Reminding them that they were selected through an examination conducted by an outside independent body to ensure transparency and merit, Fintiri asked the new permanent secretaries to justify their performance in the examination with their performance in office.


“Leadership is about taking the task at hand, and inspiring others, confident in their ability, and empowering them to deliver. It’s about expressing views straightforwardly and with clarity. It’s about innovation and problem-solving.

“As we welcome you onboard the team, I urge you to remain focused, productive and accountable not only to the administration but to the people we are all hired to serve.

“The guiding philosophy of the government as always is ensuring no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched,” Fintiri said.