Briefs From the Nasarawa Sate Executive Council Meeting of 27th June, 2018.

Following the Executive Council Meeting the Press were briefed by the Hon. Commissioner of Information , Tourism and Culture Barr. Yusuf Usman Shehu flanked by the Commissioners of Education , Women Affairs, Agriculture , Works , Housing and Transport and Lands and Physical Planning .

Barr. Shehu disclosed that the Council meeting which was held at the Council Chamber of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affair was presided over by His Excellency Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura and had His Excellency the Deputy Governor and all members of Council in attendance .

He gave some of the highlights of the resolutions reached which included:
1. The disposal of some toxic Nasarawa State properties outside the state, in Kaduna , Lagos and Plateau States, where Council received the report of the consultant and approved the consummation of the transactions, however Council noted that some of the properties could not be consummated because of pending legal issues. He disclosed that a majority of the properties were cleared and approved by Council, which came following the judgment by the High Court of Justice Lafia 1 dismissing the application by the PDP and some stakeholder s seeking to restrain the State Government from the sale and disposal of such properties .

2. Council also approved the Grazing Reserves and Resettlement of displaced persons . Where they approved the creation of a Committee as required by the Federal Government on the issue, and the contribution of 15% by the state to the project.

Shedding more light the Commissioner of Agriculture Hon. Jamil Zakari explained that Federal Government felt it wise to do something about the unfortunate herder / farmer problems that had caused distress and efforts were being made such as the Vice President visiting Nasarawa state as well as a Technical Committee. He disclosed that the Federal Government had a plan to rebuild and resettle some of the IDPs and ensure that the grazing reserves that have been 80% encroached are resuscitated , he spoke of a programme where the Federal Government would invest Billions of Naira to ensure this . Stating that Council approved that the monitoring committee for the programme be setup by His Excellency and Nasarawa State would bear 15 % of the resettlement cost which would started by the Federal Government. Hoping that the farmers and herders would support the Government and ensure all misunderstanding are resolved.

3. Council received and deliberated on the report of the investigation panel earlier setup by the Government to inquire into activities of the three (3) state owned tertiary institutions College of Agriculture , Lafia , College of Education Akwanga and the Nasarawa State Polytechnic , Lafia. Where Council approved the recommendations of the Governments white paper committee, which had very far reaching recommendations .

Shedding more light the Commissioner of Education Hon. Aliyu Tijjani spoke about the laws establishing the three institutions of which His Excellency as Visitor to the institutions set up fact a finding committees in October , who submitted reports in January, where a white paper drafting committee was constituted which completed its report , which was submitted to Council this afternoon . Council looked into the report and approved the white paper on the institutions.

4. Council approved the establishment of an orphanage , which the Governor has promised would be delivered within the shortest time and placed in the heart of the Lafia GRA , stating that this was part of the Governors project toward having impact on the disabled and the underprivileged persons in society .

Shedding more light the Commissioner of Women’s Affair Hon. Chief (Mrs.) Mary Enwongulu explained that since the creation of Nasarawa State efforts had been put towards vacating the rented quarters housing the state orphanage, thanks to the passion and vision of His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura and his desire to modernize the state by putting things in order ,he approved the construction of the permanent site for the state orphanage which would now be sited in the Lafia GRA , where vehicles , playgrounds , mini schools and visitors rooms would be available making one of a kind and uplifting the lives of the orphans.

5. Council also considered and approved the ratification of 13 memos on various projects across the state , which include facilities for critical infrastructure , roads and other projects with benefit and impact to the state .

Shedding more light the Commissioner of Works Housing and Transport Hon. Mohammed Wada disclosed that the various projects which include roads both township and intercity roads which have been awarded and ongoing were ratified by Council such as the construction of township roads in Doma phase 2 which is 2.5 km. the construction and rehabilitation of 47km Doma – Akwata road , construction of drainages and asphalt road at the peninsula in Karu LGA, construction of the dual entrance road into Bingham University , construction of 7.6 km intercity road that links Nasarawa with Kaduna State from Panda to Kube . construction of 4.3 asphalt road with drainage on both sides for Shabu and Lafia, 2 km township road for Uke in Karu LGA , construction of 1.3km road and a 2 span bridge which links Keffi -Nasarawa express road with Saura in Keffi LGA, approval was given by Council for the completion of the Nasarawa State Liaison Office Abuja which has been under construction since 2006, but was abandoned and had various cases including EFCC which have be resolved thanks to Governor Almakura , which had been awarded at the cost of one billion one hundred Naira also the contract of the sites and services by the old Orange Market Karu was also ratified.

Adding more the Commissioner of Lands and Physical Planning Hon. Sonny Agassi explained that there were two key projects that stood out , one was the peninsula project which needed to start once and for all to be constructed after being considered since 1996 , where His Excellency had found how to commence the construction of infrastructure at the cost of two billion Naira , where five hundred million would be given up front to the contractor to mobilize to site, assuring residents living around the area work would soon commence. Secondly he spoke on the Sites and Services Karu which was previously one of the most dangerous slums in the North Central which has now been transformed in to one of the most livable and sustainable areas available , making it known that the land administration system in the state was to be upgraded to provide even more values for the people.

Lastly, the Commissioner of Information made it known that Council give its support to the aspiration of Governor Almakura following his acceptance to contest the Nasarawa South Senatorial Seat, applauding the decision and wished him success.