A good beginning has a good ending. This aptly captures the decision of Governor Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow to appoint Malam Hammanadama Jabbari Hammanjoda, as the new Chairman of the Adamawa State Board of Internal Revenue.
His appointment was a step in the right direction for the simple fact, that he was the Director of Collection in the Internal Revenue Service. The department he headed could be described as the life-wire of the board as it was responsible for collecting revenue for the government. In other words, his former office was the engine room of the board.
His appointment was strictly based on merit and done through a competitive process and he emerged victorious in the interview conducted with the other contenders.
It is important for the new Chairman of the board, to assiduously work for the good of the state and initiate ways to boost revenue generation that would complement the statutory allocation from the federation account. As the former Director of Collection, the new helmsman is in the best position to enhance the revenue drive of the government at the Adamawa State Board of Internal Revenue.
Hammanjoda should use the position to articulate the sources of revenues accruing to the government in order to bring the dividend of democracy to the people.
With him on the saddle, expectation is right now high for the simple fact that he is a workaholic in nature and there is no doubt whatsoever, that the government of the day under the able leadership of Governor Jibrilla Bindow, has made the right choice in making him the new Chairman of the Adamawa State Board of Internal Revenue.
With the dwindling fortunes in the economy, there is need to explore avenues, which would increase the generation of revenue to the government so as to carry out developmental projects for the benefit of the people of the state. He would block all holes hitherto used to tamper with what needs to go into the coffers of the government.
Commenting on the new appointment, Malam Ahmed Babangida, a resident of Gwadabawa ward, said that the government made the right choice because the new helmsman is somebody who believes in delegation of responsibility and also creates the right atmosphere and level playing field for the staff to do their job.
In fact, the dawn of a new era is in place with the appointment of this young but energetic fellow to steer the ship of the board at this period of time, when governments at all levels are looking for money to execute meaningful programmes and projects for the overall benefit of the people.
The appointment has come at a good time, and all hands should be on deck to salvage the state from the shackles of want and deprivation.
It is imperative to stress the very fundamental fact that the new chairman should as a matter of principle rejuvenate and reinvigorate the board in order to achieve the desired objectives of the present administration.
The entire staff of the board should extend their support to the new chairman in order to achieve the goals of the Bindow administration, which wants to make a great difference in the state in no distant future.
► Usman Santuraki wrote from Jambutu, Jimeta. Yola.