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Month: December 2020

NASARAWA STATE GOVERNMENT DEVICED MEASURES OF CHECK-MATING & CONTAINING THE SECOND PHASE OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC 24th December, 2020

As the nation grapple with a surge of COVID 19 pandemic on the second phase, Nasarawa State Government has taken steps towards ensuring citizens are not contracted with the deadly virus.

The measures were part of resolutions adopted during an expanded meeting of the State Security Council and Taskforce on COVID 19 held at the Council Chamber of the Government House Lafia today.

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HER EXCELLENCY SILIFAT SULE BAGS HUMANITARIAN SERVICE AWARD

Nasarawa State First Lady, Hajiya Silifat Abdullahi Sule played host to the management of Option FM Akwanga led by its General manager Abraham Boniface where he sought for working synergy between the office of the First Lady and the station for optimal broadcast.

Mr Boniface Abraham said the station chose the First Lady for the award after carefully x-raying her Humanitarian services in the state since inception as the state First Lady and finally resolved to present her with award of meritorious services to humanity.

The General Manager further appreciated the support of Governor Abdullahi A. Sule to ensure that the station stays on and performs its duty of information dissemination, pledging to continue offering services to the people of Nasarawa State.

Speaking after receiving the award, the state First Lady, Hajiya Silifat Abdullahi A. Sule stressed that the award will spur he to do more for humanity as she assured the management of Option FM Akwanga of her availability at all times.

The First Lady was also appointed the “Mother of Option Radio Akwanga” and presented with the medal to that effect.

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HIS EXCELLENCY’S GOODWILL MESSAGE @ CHRISTMAS 25th December, 2020

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”74″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_crop=”0″]The Acting Governor of Nasarawa State, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe says the Christmas season provides an opportunity for the purification of hearts, forgiveness and charity amongst citizens. This formed part of his Christmas message during Mass at the Saint William’s Cathedral Lafia.

Dr. Emmanuel Akabe who felicitated with citizens on the celebration of Christmas, enjoined them to celebrate with decorum and in observance of government’s directive on COVID 19 safety protocols. He noted that the resumption of some restrictions by government is not with ill motives, saying the COVID 19 variant is currently aggressive, killing young people more than ever before as he cautioned people of the state against taking it for granted.
The Acting Governor extended Governor Abdullahi Sule’s good will message to Christian Community in the State, urging faithful to do things with the love of Christ in their hearts and forgive one another. Assuring all of government’s commitment to ensuring the State is safe and secured for all citizens,

His Excellency implored all and sundry to make security their business by being vigilant, share credible information to the authorities concerned and expose criminal elements in their domains.

In a homily, the Saint William’s Cathedral Administrator, Reverend Father Alfred Azige said Christmas is not just a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ but reminds faithful of the moments of peace and salvation which he brought to the world as well as highlights his second coming. As such he charged believers to exhibit Christ – like attitudes by shunning envy, jealousy, injustice and all forms of societal ills, calling on Christians in the State to be obedient to higher authorities.

The Catholic priest reminded citizens to have in mind those who are starving, the homeless, vulnerable groups and those whose livelihoods are threatened as they honour Jesus Christ whom he described as the new light of the world.

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Nasarawa distributes 4000 bags of wheatflour, 500 gas cylinders as palliatives to women

[8:47 AM, 12/9/2020] +234 803 630 6741: The Nasarawa State Ministry for Women Affairs, has commenced the distribution of 4000 bags of 5kg wheat flour to women, being food items sent to the state by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, as palliative to women in the state.

Flagging off the distribution of the food items at a ceremony at the Government House, on Wednesday, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, appealed to officials handling the distribution to ensure that only those in dire need of the food items, benefit.

Engineer Sule equally appealed to women associations and groups, through which the food items will be distributed, to ensure that the wheat flour does not end up being sold in the market, which will defeat the essence of the exercise.

The Governor also tasked chairmen of local government areas, as well as officials engaged in he distribution at the council and development area level, to show leadership by ensuring that they distributed all food items in their charge and not to keep some for personal use.

“The idea is that, even if you are taking delivery on behalf of the association, as long as you can afford, show leadership by sharing it all to those who need it and keep none for yourself,” the Governor pleaded.

Engineer Sule then announced the donation of 500 gas cylinders, as further support from the state government, to be distributed alongside the food items.

Earlier, in her opening remarks, Hon. Halima Ahmadu Jabiru, Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, said her ministry has taken delivery of a truckload of wheat flour, earlier approved by the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Paulen Tallen, for distribution as palliative to women.

Hon. Jabiru added that the food items, about 4000 bags of 5kg wheat flour, have been allocated to various women groups and associations, as well as local government and development areas of the state, for onward distribution to women in their localities.

While describing the presence of the Governor at the event as further demonstration of his affection for women and what affects them, the Commissioner gave the targeted beneficiaries as the aged, indigent, vulnerable, widows and women with disabilities.

Those present at the event, include the Nasarawa State First Lady, Hajiya Silifat Abdullahi Sule, the wife of the state Deputy Governor, Mrs. Sheila Tosan Akabe, Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, state Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Suleiman Umaru Dikko and Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, Barrister Muhammad Ubandoma Aliyu, among others.
[3:34 PM, 12/9/2020] +234 803 630 6741: Nasarawa among states benefiting from $10m World Bank fiscal transparency grant
….Earmarks N950m to build markets, pay gratuity

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has disclosed that the state has joined other elite states in the country benefiting from the $10m each World Bank fiscal transparency grant.

Engineer Sule disclosed this while delivering a speech at a sensitization workshop organized by the National Population Commission, on Enumeration Area Demarcation, in Lafia, on Wednesday.

According to the Governor, even though the state has missed out on similar interventions previously, his administration is committed to exploiting every available intervention programme that is of benefit to the state.

Engineer Sule announced that Nasarawa State has benefited from the World Bank State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SIFTAS), with his administration dedicating the funds for things that will make impact on the lives of the people.

He specifically said his administration will take N250m out of the money and as he earlier promised, to pay gratuity of retirees who may have lost hope of ever getting their entitlement, as well as N350m each for the construction of markets in Nasarawa Eggon and Akwanga.

“I am happy to tell you that Nasarawa State has just received its own $10m. I told the Accounant General not to touch it for everything else.

“That money will be dedicated for things that will make impact to the people of Nasarawa State, things that you can touch and feel,” he stated.

Engineer Sule added that even though the state lost out on several other intervention programme, Nasarawa has also recorded some success in some areas, with for instance, an organization of the United Nations, coming to Nigeria for the first time, selected Panda, in Karu Local Government Area, to build a school.

“There are so many other things that are coming up, that Nasarawa State is qualified but there are so many that we were losing.

“That is why we are not resting, we are following every of the intervention programme,” the Governor said.

He said his administration was lucky to have experts in development work, who are assisting the state in that direction.

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NASG to provide necessary tools for NASIEC to conduct upcoming LG election

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has assured that his administration will provide the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC), with the necessary tools to enable the commission conduct the upcoming local government election in the state.

Engineer Sule gave the assurance while being presented with the report of the Gangaren Tudu electoral ward bye-election in Keffi Local Government Area, by the NASIEC Chairman, Barrister Ayuba Usman Wandai, at the Government House, on Thursday.

According to the Governor, as the commission is preparing towards the conduct of the local government election, NASIEC will require all necessary tools In order to carry out the exercise in line with its mandate.

While noting that his administration is looking forward to the conduct of the LG poll, which he described as most challenging, Engineer Sule assured that government will do everything possible to ensure fairness for all concerned.

Commenting on the challenges being faced by the NASIEC, the Governor assured also that government will address some of these challenges, especially that of a vehicle for the use of th chairman, which will be resolved in a matter of days.

Engineer Sule commended the NASIEC Chairman, for successfully conducting the bye-election in Gangaren Tudu, in spite of the prevailing challenges.

The Governor was particularly happy that weeks after the bye-election, no single petition was filed challenging the exercise.

“I want to commend you. I know you are going through lots of other challenges, lack of vehicles, lack of other materials, yet you have continued with the work.

“You have proven that indeed, we did not make the wrong choice in making you the chairman,” he stated.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, NASIEC Chairman, Barrister Ayuba Usman Wandai, informed the Governor that the commission, in line with its mandate, successfully conducted the November 14 bye-election in Gangaren Tudu electoral ward, in Keffi Local Government Area, in which two political parties namely the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) participated.

The NASIEC Chairman noted that in spite of the challenges associated with inadequate funding, skyrocketing price of election materials due to mostly inflation and inability of voters to comply with COVID-19 protocols, the exercise was generally successful.

“With rising costs of materials in the market, funds approved for the exercise became inadequate at the point of procurement.

“But for the prudence of the commission, the approved funds was managed efficiently and the election was conducted smoothly,” he explained.

According to Barrister Wandai, having satisfied the requirement of the law by scoring the highest number of votes, the candidate of the APC was declared winner, with the commission since issuing him with a certificate of return.

The chairman pointed out that 24 days after the conduct of the bye-election, no single petition emerged challenging the outcome of the election.

Barrister Wandai used the opportunity of the visit to inform the Governor about some of the challenges being faced by the commission, which include among others, lack of pool operational vehicles.

The commission then recommended that in future elections, there should be adequate sensitization for voters on the need to observe all COVID-19 protocols

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Nasarawa to partner with NAIC to protect farmers, youths venturing into agriculture

Nasarawa State Government, said it will partner with the National Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) to protect farmers in the state against natural disasters and other diseases.

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, made this known while hosting officials of NAIC, led by Bashir Babajo, Executive Director Operations, who were on a courtesy call at the Government House, on Thursday.

Engineer Sule said his administration strongly believes in supporting farmers and insurance coverage is one way the Government can support all farmers in the state.

Specifically, the Governor sought to partner with NAIC, to provide protection for farmers under the outgrower schemes in firms operating commercial agriculture such as the Olams, Dangote Group and Azman Rice Farms.

Also, youths under the youth empowerment programme in agriculture, which has since commenced with 430 youths in Doma, with a view to enlarging the number to 2000, as well as extending similar exercise to Tide, in Akwanga Local Government Area.

And then the local farmers, who are mostly subsistence farmers.

While reiterating the significance to providing some level of protection to all category of farmers in the state, Engineer Sule, recalled that only recently, an outgrower lost 50000 hectares of rice to flood and because he was not ensured, he was left at the mercy of government to support him.

According to the Governor, young farmers under the youth empowerment programme in agriculture, that are just venturing into agriculture, may be discouraged if they experience any form of loss, hence the need to support them with some level of insurance.

He emphasized that local farmers who produce mostly for their consumption, need to be protected also against hunger in the event of natural disaster or effects of herdsmen.

Engineer Sule therefore directed the Commissioner of Agriculture and Water Resources, the ministry and NAIC, to work together, towards evolving a relationship aimed at protecting farmers in the state.

Earlier, in an opening remarks, Bashir Babajo, Executive Director, Operations of NAIC, said they were in the state to intimate the Governor about the activities of the corporation, as well as seek the collaboration of the state government, with a view to bringing lots of benefits to local farmers.

Babajo added that NAIC was established over three decades ago, to assist farmers in terms of lost due to natural disaster or diseases.

“We try to sensitize them, to encourage them to take insurance policy on agriculture so that in the event of loss, they will be taken care of by NAIC,” he said.

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