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Barely ten days ago during the 60th Anniversary celebrations of NIPR (Nigeria Institute of Public Relations), which held in Abuja on 27th July 2024; NIPR decided to honour Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule with the prestigious award of DIAMOND PRIZE FOR INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP.

ABDULLAHI A. SULE: “FROM GLORY TO GLORY!

By Yakubu Lamai:

Barely ten days ago during the 60th Anniversary celebrations of NIPR (Nigeria Institute of Public Relations), which held in Abuja on 27th July 2024; NIPR decided to honour Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule with the prestigious award of DIAMOND PRIZE FOR INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP.

The NIPR whose primary function as enshrined in the constitution is to use PR to enhance the image of Nigeria by creating positive narratives about the country, stated that Governor Sule has shown remarkable foresight by taking up the historic responsibility to host the first ever NIPR Finishing School and NIPR University, which will be the first of its kind in the entire world. Since this remarkable feat, NIPR has now become a drum major of telling the world that indeed Nasarawa State is an open, secure and peaceful Investment Frontier because the state is blessed with a governor who is focused on attracting investments and uniting his people for collective prosperity, while preaching peace and staving off purveyors of hate, division and retrogression.

In the same manner, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Nasarawa State recently embarked on an independent critical survey of the direct impact of the policies and programs of the A.A. Sule administration on rural people. According to the State Director of NOA, Dr. Priscilla Gondoalour; in order to ensure that the ordinary village people speak truthfully and without any preconceived bias or coercion, the NOA team told the respondents as captured on video and photographic evidence, that NOA was conducting a statewide public perception survey of government policies, programs and activities in Nasarawa State.

NOA was taken by surprise with the positive results of its survey across the 13 local government areas, that the agency immediately decided to compile its findings in a new book entitled ENGR. ABDULLAHI A. SULE: RAISING THE BARS OF GOVERNANCE which is different from all other publications, because the book focuses strictly on the behavior, character and evidence-based achievements of Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, which will be presented to the public as a model of exemplary approach to governance, practical achievements, and worthy leadership deserving to be integrated into the civic education of upcoming politicians, as a way to inculcate patriotism in emerging politicians.

NOA State Director, Dr. Priscilla Gondoalour has said that the National Orientation Agency will soon unveil and share this valuable book to various schools, institutes of democracy and the National Library. And as if to confirm the independent findings of the National Orientation Agency, on Saturday 6th July 2024; the NIGERIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS IN PUBLIC SERVICE (NEAP) which is organized bi-annually by the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF) held at the State House Conference Hall of the Presidential Villa, where Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule was conferred with DISTINGUISHED AWARD FOR RURAL TRANSFORMATION.

In his remarks at the event, Vice President Kashim Shettima stated that: The Nigeria Excellence Awards shows that excellence is not an orphan and the only way Nigeria can create an ecosystem of service which will forestall dysfunction in our public institution is if we applaud the culture of hard work and recognize unsung heroes like Governor Abdullahi A. Sule who serve as the role models that will create a ripple effect of sacrifice and commitment to GOOD governance!

Just as Governor A.A. Sule was receiving the NIGERIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS IN PUBLIC SERVICE which aims to inspire patriotism and the pursuit of excellence; another breaking news reached Nasarawa State that the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) will also confer on H.E. Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule a “ROLE MODEL AWARD IN ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP” during the forthcoming National Diaspora Merit Award (NDMA) slated to hold on Friday July 26th 2024 at the State House Auditorium, Presidential Villa in Abuja by 4pm; as a way to instill pride in Nigerians living in the diaspora who are being encouraged to follow the worthy example of Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule by also returning home and contributing to national development.

In conclusion, it is said that for a person to go out in a blaze of glory, then it is because such an individual must have done something truly remarkable at the end of his life or career which makes him famous. However, the same cannot be said of Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, since he is still rising and not retiring anytime soon. For indeed and without doubt, Governor A.A. Sule of Nasarawa State keeps flying high, not too close to the sun for the heat to burn his skin and not too low to the ground for the ocean waves to dampen his feathers. Engr. A.A. Sule simply keeps transforming “from glory to glory” and proving time and again that, when the righteous is on the throne, the people (will always) rejoice!

YAKUBU LAMAI is Director General; Strategic Communication & Events Management to H.E. Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, Governor of Nasarawa State.
Sunday 7th July 2024

The Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule performed the ground breaking for the construction of the 250 Housing Units under the Renewed Hope Cities and Housing Units Scheme of the Federal Government. The project is located in Shabu, in Lafia LGA. At the event were the Honourable Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, the Minister of State, MD CEO FMBN, Developers and other stakeholders. Lafia, Saturday, 6th July, 2024

Renewed hope housing: Governor Sule makes case for graduates of vocational, technical institute to be employed

…accessibility, free land cuts cost per unit by 30 percent in Nasarawa-Housing Minister

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has appealed to contractors handling the construction of the 250 housing units under the Federal Government’s Renewed Hope Cities and Estate programme in Shabu, to employ graduates of the Wing Commander Abdullahi Ibrahim Vocational and Technical Institute Lafia.

Governor Sule made the case in his address during the groundbreaking for the construction of 250 housing units by the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development in Shabu, Lafia Local Government Area on Saturday.

According to the Governor, His administration has since inception committed itself to providing technical and vocational skills in various fields for the indigenes of the state, stressing that employing them on the site of the construction would afford them the opportunity to practice what they must have learned.

While expressing joy that the construction work would provide jobs for 6500 skilled and unskilled labour, he said the contractors would even it find it cheaper recruiting graduates of the technical and vocational institute because most of them reside in Lafia.

Governor Sule also called on the trainees to avail themselves the opportunity by going to the construction site to be employed.

“This is a big jump for us. Since our inception we have committed to providing technical and vocational institute were people are being trained in all the areas that you mentioned. Iron bending, wielding, fabrication, electrical installation, motor mechanics, agricultural mechanization, air-conditioning and refrigeration and ICT.

“I’m calling on the trainees to come to this site and get the opportunity to practice what they have learned. I urge our contractors to assist us by employing some of these people because they are going to be cheaper for you to engage since they are closer here, and live here,” he stated.

He commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Federal Government for conceiving the initiative for the construction of 5000 units across the 13 states of the Federation under the Renewed Hope Cities and Estate programme.

“I also wish to commend the honourable ministers for selecting Nasarawa State as one of the pilot states to benefit from this initiative aimed at alleviating the sufferings of the public servants who have to contend with increasing house rents vis-a-vis their take home salary,” he said.

He used the opportunity of the event to reiterate the commitment of his administration to providing affordable and comfortable accommodation to civil servants in the state, recalling that only recently, the state government approved the allocation and issued letters to deserving civil servants occupying government quarters within Lafia on owner-occupier basis.

Governor Sule assured the Federal Government of the continued support of his administration towards the successful execution of the renewed hope housing scheme in Nasarawa State.

On the reduction in cost by 30 percent as a result of the accessibility of the site, he showed appreciation to his predecessor, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura for his foresight in acquiring the land and for making it available to the government for use.

“The Honourable Minister made me even more excited by saying that since the cost of construction is less, the cost of also selling the property is also going to be less. This site was acquired by my predecessor, Senator Tanko Al-makura. At the time he got it lots of people wondered what he was doing acquring a bush. Thank you for your foresight and for your vision,” he added.

This is just at the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, thanked Governor Sule for promptly providing free land and the most accessible location for the 250 units housing project.

“This singular action has helped us to reduce as much as 30 percent of the cost of units in this estate for the benefit of potential home owners. This is a dividends of responsible governance and I applaud Your Excellency for this,” the Minister said.

He disclosed that under the phase one of the Renewed Hope Cities and Estate programme, his ministry planned to deliver a total of 50, 000 housing units across Nigeria, including the seven renewed hope cities that will have between 501 housing units per site in each of the six geopolitical zones in the country and the FCT.

Arc Dangiwa while flagging off the construction of the 250 units under the Renewed Hope Cities and Estate programme of the Federal Government, said project comprise of 50 units of one-bedroom semi detached bungalows, 150 2-beddroom semi detached bungalows and 50 units of 3-bedroom semi detached bungalows.

He warned contractors handling the project that his ministry would not tolerate substandard work, charging them to ensure that they build according to specifications.

I want to emphasize in very strong terms that we will not tolerate substandard work from any of the developer. We will explore all necessary legal means to ensure that they deliver as per the contract. If you collect government money, you must do the work,” he said.

The minister further called on the developers to adhere to the timeline and finish within three months so that the ministry can begin to give them to Nasarawa indigenes to purchase and move in.

He highlighted on the efforts by the Ministry to make the houses affordable for the intended beneficiaries.

“To ensure affordability, we have created different options to enable everyone who has a source of income and livelihoods to own these homes when they are completed. This includes single digit mortgage loans, and the beneficiaries can pay over 30 years. Rent on skills provided by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to which the MD/CEO has confirmed to you. And any outright purchase options or installment payment for those who can afford to pay upfront,” he added.

Arc Dangiwa explained that for the 350 units in Nasarawa State, the project hopes to create jobs for over 6500 people in various trades for professionals such as architects, quantity surveyors, civil, mechanical and electrical engineers to masons, plumbers, tilers, electricians, laborers, iron benders.

“We have seen that an unskilled worker at the project sites earns 35, 000 naira per week at an average of 5 thousand naira per day. This amounts to about 140, 000 naira per month which is more than even the minimum wage. This in addition to other economic activities including foodstuff, supplying blocks and providing building materials,” he said.

The Minister appreciated President Tinubu for the political will to embark on the project and for making available N50bn out of the N100bn earmarked in the 2023 supplementary budget for delivering 50, 000 housing units across the country under the phase one of the Renewed Hope Cities and Estate programme.

For Shehu Usman Osidi, MD/CEO of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, the bank have provided a one billion naira off-takers guarantees for the development and construction of 3112 housing units, which is part of a global plan to deliver 100, 000 housing units across the country.

Osidi disclosed that in Nasarawa State, the FMBN has financed 11 housing projects in various parts of the state most of which have been completed and delivered.

“We have also disbursed 7.5bn under our home renovation loans to 8583 indigenes of Nasarawa State while 105 FHA beneficiaries recently emerged as home owners under our rent-to-own scheme,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the developers handling the project, Danmallam Saleh, the Minister of their commitment to ensuring that the renewed hope estates meets the highest quality of standards and design.

He further assured that their team is dedicated to completing this project within a stipulated time frame of 3 months, adhering strictly to all specifications provided.

 

 

Chairman North Central Forum and Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule has clinched the Nigeria Excellence Awards in Public Service, NEAPS for 2023. Gov. Sule was honoured in the area of Rural Development. He is one of the 42 awardees at this years’ award. In the 2022 edition. Engr. Abdullahi Sule was honoured for Agricultural Development. Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima (GCON) presented the award at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja Saturday, 6th July, 2024

Chairman North Central Governors Forum and Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule hosts Governors from the zone, the Hon. Minister of Works, H.E Dave Umahi and other Stakeholders’ for an Engagement on the Alignment of Superhighway for the Renewed Hope Legacy infrastructure project. The project comprises the following; Nasarawa State (95km), Kogi (111km) Benue (66km) and FCT(12km), 284 km out of the 477km Government House, Lafia. Friday, 5th July, 2024

Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule in Doma during the flag-off the 250,000 USD Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscape (ACReSAL) Registered Communities Farmers Group Revolving Loan Disbursement Programme.

The Community Climate Residence Initiative is a partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria, World Bank and Nasarawa State Government which is acurrently being implemented in Doma and Toto Local Government areas of the state.

Saturday May 25th, 2024.

 

 

His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule inspects a section of 10,000 hectares of the Nasarawa State Government farm in line with the Federal Government’s Food Security Initiatives.

His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule inspects a section of 10,000 hectares of the Nasarawa State Government farm in line with the Federal Government’s Food Security Initiatives. The farm is in Jangwa, Awe LGA is suitable for rice, sesame and maize farming.

Work has started in earnest to take advantage of the onset of the rainy season.

Jangwa, Awe LGA
Friday 17th May, 2024

 

His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule participates fully on the Oil and gas sessions on Day-two of the Nasarawa Investment Summit.

His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule participates fully at the sessions on Day-two of the Nasarawa Investment Summit. The sessions dwelt on Oil and gas while winners emerged from the MSME challenge and carted home prizes of 1M, 1.5M and 2.5M naira. Participants include Group Managing Director of NNPCL, Engr. Mele Kyari represented by Executive vice President, Gas and Power Olalekan Oguleye, Members of the National Assembly, Captains of Industries, Heads of Government Agencies, and several other influential personalities.

Thursday, 16th May, 2024

 

First-Day 2nd Edition of the Nasarawa Investment Summit 2024

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR represented. by the Honourable Minister Industry, Trade and Investment Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite, Special Adviser to Mr. President on Special Duties office of the Vice President Aliyu Modibo, Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule at the opening session of with the Theme; The Industrial Renaissance. The summit brought together Captains of Industries and Heads of Government Agencies at the International, Federal and Sub-national levels. The two-day event comes to a close on Thursday 16th.

Wednesday, 15th May, 2024.

 

commissioning of the 4,000 tones per day AVATAR New Energy Materials Co. Ltd Lithium Processing plant in Nasarawa Local Government Area.

His Excellency, Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR. President Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria represented by Godswill Akpabio Senate President during the commissioning of the 4,000 tones per day AVATAR New Energy Materials Co. Ltd Lithium Processing plant in Nasarawa Local Government Area.

Avatar New Energy Materials Co. Ltd which is being commissioned by Mr. President is the first Lithium value addition processing plant in Nigeria with an annual processing capacity of one million metric tones.

Friday, 10th May, 2024.

Hardship: Governor Sule distributes rice, cash to 2000 students of COE Akwanga and appeals to striking unions to be patient

Hardship: Governor Sule distributes rice, cash to 2000 students of COE Akwanga and appeals to striking unions to be patient

In continuation of the efforts of his administration to cushion the effects of the prevailing economic hardship, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has distributed two bags of 7.5kg rice, alongside five thousand naira each to 2000 students at the College of Education Akwanga.

Governor Sule distributed the food item and cash as palliative to the students, at a ceremony inside the premises of the COE Akwanga on Wednesday.

While commending the State Commissioner for Special Duties on Humanitarian Affairs, Hon. Magret Elayo, the Provost of the COE Akwanga, as well as the students for the orderly conduct of the event, the Governor used the opportunity to inform the students about the efforts being put in place by President Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the 36 states governors, as well as other top government officials, to address the prevailing hardships being experienced by the people.

He explained that even though the hardships were brought about by some policies of government, these policies were not implemented in order to hurt anybody but for the future of the country.

Governor Sule reiterated that both the Federal and State Governments are working hard to alleviate the plight of the people.

“As you all know, we have done so much for the civil servants, retirees and farmers but when we were sharing food items to vulnerable persons across the state, I came to realize that students were not involved. That is the reason why we took the decision to go round the state and ensure that we give food to our students in tertiary institutions to support you,” he said.

He added that it is the responsibility of his administration to cushion the effects of the hardships for students in the state.

This is just as he appealed to the striking staff unions at the COE Akwanga to be patient as his administration looks into their grouse.

“We almost suspended the event today if not for the insistence of the Provost and his management as well as the Commissioner for Special Duties on Humanitarian Affairs and NGOs. Because we were informed that the staff unions were on strike and we didn’t want any situation were there would be problems between the students and the staff,” he added.

He pointed out that, even though he does not see anything wrong with peaceful protest, he still want to appeal to the striking unions to consider the plight of the students by not truncating their academic activities.

The Governor emphasized that his administration is doing a lot to show sincerity in promoting education and supporting those imparting knowledge on the children.

He disclosed that on coming onboard in 2019, his administration approved for the recruitment of 286 and 217 academic and non academic staff respectively at the COE Akwanga.

“When we came in, we also did everything possible to approve the accreditation of several NCE and undergraduate programmes that were previously not accredited. When we came in in 2019, there were promotions from 2015 to 2018 that were not implemented. To show good faith, we implemented that promotion.

“We came in and realized that there was no convocation for nearly eight years. We now approved and held the combined convocation two years ago. When we came in, there were several projects that we brought to this same institution. We approved several projects including renovation of hostels that are ongoing, the water project that I even came to inspect the overhead tank. We brought something else we never thought about, the official fiber optics installation that made it possible for students to access free internet and to aid their learning,” he stated.

The Governor noted that while it is their rights to seek for promotion from 2019 to date, the striking unions that the cost of implementing such would be a telling burden on government, especially that government doles out over one hundred million naira as monthly subvention to the institution.

He however denounced the approach where the striking unions are trying to hold the government to ransome.

“We believe it is your rights, the unions, to ask for what you deserve, to ask for this promotion but we strongly plead with you that you can come ahead and do everything that you can so that these students do not loose lectures as a result of that. I assure you as a state government, even if we are going to do it in stages, we will look at it and carry it out in stages like that of civil servants,” he assured.

In her speech at the event, State Commissioner for Special Duties on Humanitarian Affairs and NGOs, Hon. Magret Elayo, appreciated Governor Sule for taking time put of his tight schedule to bring the dividends of democracy to the students.

Hon. Elayo Commended the students for their orderly conduct, assuring them that the administration of Governor Sule will continue to provide them with conducive teaching and learning environment.

She however urged the students to learn necessary skills as according to her, government can not be able to employ every one.

In a welcome address, Provost, College of Education Akwanga, Rev. Jonathan Wakili Thani, thanked the Governor for putting smiles in the face of the students of the institution.

“This is a very laudable task. You can see the numerous students that are seated, filled with smiles to receive this palliative that will go a long way in bringing sucour to the students,” he said.
In a vote of thanks, president of the Students Union Government (SUG), Comrade Mustapha Mohammed Umbugus, described Governor Sule as the most youth friendly governor.

Comrade Umbugus particularly thanked the Governor for showing concern over the prevailing hardships confronting the students and the country at large.

“Thank you for this commendable and remarkable gesture,” he said.