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The Senator – Elect Adamawa Norh Senatorial District, Rev Amos Yohanna

Rev. Amos Kumai Yohanna is an erudite Theologian, a preacher of the gospel a consummate administrator and a teacher of high repute.

He was born on 4th June, 1961 at Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa State, North East Nigeria.

This special rare gem commenced his educational pursuit at the primary level from Yelwa Primary School, Mubi Adamawa State from 1969 to 1975 and later proceeded to the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, LCCN Bible College, Ganye Adamawa state in 1982 where he passed out in 1985 having obtained his General Certificate of Education, GCE.

This Reverend gentleman because of the oil of grace in his life further proceeded to the Theological College of Northern Nigeria in 1988;an institution that is affiliated to the Prestigious University of Jos where he meritoriously obtained his Diploma Certificate in Theology.

Rev Amos Kumai Yohanna is a man with special predilection for education and knowledge; because of this desire he travelled outside the Nigeria shores to faraway Tanzania, East Africa in pursuit of Golden Fleece because he knew his future would be brighter after then.

To this effect, this man of humanity was admitted into the Makaumia University College, Tanzania in 1994 and by 1997 he bagged his Bachelor of DivinityDegree with honors.A man, who sees education as one of the greatest gifts a man should jealously and tenaciously pursue,felt the need to further continue in his academic desire thus enrolled for his Master’s Degree in Theology in 2000, at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria, Jos and graduated in 2002 with specialization in Pastoral Theology.

This man of vision and determination always cash in on every opportunity to add value to his personality, hence in 2009, Rev. Yohanna also obtained a professional Diploma Certificate in Education from the Ahmadu Bello University’s Institute of Education.

After all his educational pursuit, coupled with his academic attainment, Rev Yohanna was then ready for brass-tasks to apply his knowledge to the growth of the Church of God. This is to say that the time for this quintessential leader and thoroughbred preacher to practically concretize his learning into action became obvious.

Consequently and essentially, Rev Amos Kumai Yohanna became the Pastor of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, Vimtim, Adamawa State from 1985 to 1987. He was also a lecturer at Kulp Bible College, Mubi, Adamawa State from 1991 to 1994 as well as Pastor of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, Vonuklang, Yola Adamawa State from 1998 to 2000.

Interestingly, Rev Yohana found himself navigating in the waters of bureaucracy and governance from 2002 to 2021. It was indeed a sharp departure from church administration to State and Federal government Administration.

Indeed, Rev Amos Yohanna had served his state and Nigeria at different sensitive capacities.

He was the Executive Secretary of the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Adamawa State from 2002 to 2007. At the end of his tenure at the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, he was appointed the Chaplain, Adamawa State Government House by the Executive Governor of Adamawa State in 2007 and he served in that capacity up till 2010.

Divinely, the year he step down as the Chaplain, he was appointed the Zonal Coordinator North East by the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission NCPC and he served functionally and effectively in that capacity up till 2013 when he was elevated and appointed the Head of Administration of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC headquarters, Abuja where he served with dignity and humility up till 2016.

He was able to change the landscape and administrative architecture of the Commission with his coming on board as the Head of Administration in 2013. The Commission is still leveraging on the solid foundation he laid in the Administration Department as well as the Operations department up till date.

As Head of Administration of NCPC, Rev. Yohanna left indelible marks in the sands of time which no Head of Administration after him has been able to beat.

He had so much influence and so much power which enabled him to reposition and transform the system effectively and efficiently. It is on record that Rev Yohanna remains the most influential Head of Administration that NCPC has ever produced so far.

As Head of Administration, Rev. Yohanna, a distinguished Reverend, headed the first ever situation Room of the Commission during Pilgrimage operation alongside with top officials of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA and some Select Senior Staff of the Commission.

It is Instructive to emphasise that the only Reverend in Admin then headed the Situation Room at a time when the Commission was airlifting 18,000 pilgrims to the Holy land of Israel, Greece and Rome. This well respected Minister of the Gospel is a stickler to details, a workaholic, a man who believes tenaciously that punctuality is the soul of any venture. He resumes work as early as possible and closes late all through his service year.

Rev. Yohanna is a proud son of Adamawa State who served as the pioneer Chaplain of the Government House, Yola and the only Chaplain till date who handled over successfully to his successor with pomp and pageantry without any ill feeling and bad blood.

Rev. Yohanna is a goal getter, selfless and sacrificial leader. While serving as the Head of Administration, it is on record that he was able to migrate the Commission from the traditional payment system to the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System, IPPIS. He was able to just within three months in office accomplish this feat thereby putting paid to the suffocating enigma that had lingered for years.

As Head of Administration, he was able to swiftly conduct the first ever promotion examination of staff seamlessly as well as the first confirmation examination ever conducted by the Commission.

This Special breed of a leader with his indefatigable team of course with the approval of the Executive Secretary physically structured and reorganized the departments and units of the Commission in such a way that every department is situated contiguously and appropriately in line with their core mandate.

He also produced the door labels of all the offices and was instrumental to the procurement of major furniture in the Commission while serving as the Head of Administration.

This man of many parts can sacrifice his comfort for common good and corporate ideals. Little wonder that while pursing the migration to IPPIS he had at different times boarded the local Keke NAPEP in order to meet deadlines at the office of the Accountant General of the Federation OAGF.

In the same vein, in 2019 he personally paid N80, 000 to effect and reconstruct the main entrance gate of the Commission which had a deep pit in between to avoid casualties and save the image of the Commission.

In 2016, when there was a change of leadership in NCPC, he was reappointed and transferred to Yola as the Zonal Coordinator of the North East Zone. By an act of God, the same Chief Executive who transferred him to Yola recalled him back the following year and appointed him the Director of Operations of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission in 2017, a position he held sway till his glorious retirement from the services of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission on 4th June, 2021.

Rev Yohanna will also be remembered in NCPC as the most effective, dynamic, purposeful and indefatigable Director of Operations the Commission ever produced. He runs Pilgrimage Operations seamlessly with confidence and trust. He is indeed a good team player.

While as the Director of Operations, this quintessential leader spent his own hard earn N60, 000 to purchase a hard disc to store all relevant operational pilgrimage information. What else can we say of this rare gem, an embodiment of humility and candour. Indeed, he is a gift to humanity and his generation.

This leader of Exemplary leadership is contagiously sociable, humane and peace loving.

Rev. Yohanna is indeed a fulfilled man by all standards, by all measurements by all intents and purposes.

This man of grace, is not a character that would bask in the euphoria of any high profile position he finds himself because of his background, philosophy of life and spartanism. He has seen it all. He is truly an epitome of humility and hard work.

Truly, and without sounding immodest, Reverend Yohanna is highly favored specie; a dependable ally which explains why every Chief Executive he serves holds him in high esteem. He is a jewel of inestimable value.

This outspoken and eloquent preacher had garnered sundry training experiences and expositions through capacity building and training programmes.

Rev. Amos Kumai Yohanna, is creative and innovative, enterprising, intelligent and very consistent.

In 2014, he attended a training programme on Freedom of Information Act, organized by the Federal Ministry of Justice,Abuja. He equally attended a programme on Transforming and Sustaining the Economy through effective Asset Management Culture UK Trade and Investment/Codub, Lagos in 2015.

In 2012 Rev Yohanna attended training on Logistics Management with BRATIM in Abuja,Project Management Training with Boardman partners Limited, Abuja in 2013 as well as the National Productivity Centre, Abuja in 2014 on Enhancing Organizational Performance.

This ebullient and effervescent preacher and administrator par excellence was honored with the distinguished award of Lifetime of Selfless Contribution to the Development of Adamawa State by the Adamawa State Government House, Chapel.

On his Successful retirement on 4th June, 2021 as the Director of Operations of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, he ventured into the murky waters of politics.

This Mubi born and ordained Reverend, moved into action by first and foremost registering as  a card carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in his mubi ward, of  Adamawa North Senatorial District.

He eventually took the ticket to contest for Adamawa North Senatorial District under the PDP and scaled through the Primaries with overwhelming margin.

However, the National Assembly election of 25th February, 2023  took place and the Senator-elect was very optimistic that he would coast home with victory, but the APC candidate was declared the winner even at that , he remained resolute and undaunted by following the legal process to reclaim his mandate.

Today it is now history that Rev. Amos Kumai Yohanna is the Senator-Elect of Adamawa North Senatorial District following the landmark judgment of the Appeal Court Tribunal of Monday , 16th  October, 2023  which sacked Senator Ishaku Abbo of the APC and withdrew his  certificate of Return  which  will be presented to Rev. Amos Yohanna, the Senator- Elect who  is the  validly elected Senator of the Federal Republic, representing  Adamawa North Senatorial District 

Indeed this is a new dawn for the People of Adamawa North Senatorial District as they would be sure of quality representation in the hallowed chambers henceforth.

To God be the glory.

Peterideal

A journalist by profession and I have been in active practice for so many years. A graduate of Political Science from University of Abuja. Maried with four children.

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