Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has commended the convener of the Kwantamania Progressives Movement and Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources, Hon Yakubu Kwanta, for empowering 1507 persons with cars, motorcycles, grinding machine, fertilizer and cash, among others.
Engineer Sule gave the commendation when he spoke as a special guest during the Engr. A. A. Sule empowerment programme, in Akwanga, on Saturday.
The governor, who couldn’t hide his excitement, specifically commended Hon Kwanta for reaching out to help the less privileged members of his community, even though he is not aspiring for any political office.
“This is the kind of loyalty we talk about and I want to sincerely appreciate you for this gesture. I have seen events similar to this but mostly by people who are contesting for office for themselves.
“But for you, to continue to say you are doing something like this just to show support to the governor, I’m deeply moved,” he stated.
While recalling that Hon Kwanta was only appointed as commissioner less than a year ago, the governor said Kwanta was able to organise the event because he has the will, wisdom and focus.
“I heard so much from people, when they will get up and hide over the fact that, we are not the governor that’s why we couldn’t do this. No, because we didn’t have the power. Well, Kwanta is not the governor, he is not a deputy governor, he does not have the powers, yet he is doing things a lot of us couldn’t do. This is what you call loyalty, this is what you call care for your people,” he said.
Engineer Sule was equally thrilled seeing the Mada Nation coming together in unity, stressing that he is continuously happy seeing the people of Akwanga united.
“For you to gather all these people here, our royal fathers and for me to see the excitement on the face of our paramount traditional ruler, the Chun Mada, I am moved by that,” the governor stated.
He however charged the close to 70 political appointees from Akwanga, the highest ever, to emulate this gesture and to reach out to the people they represent.
“It’s not about being a commissioner, especially under A.A Sule. It’s like being a minister under Buhari. There is no money to steal. All the money is for us to work for the people. Good people will always remember good things done to them,” Engineer Sule said.
Convener of the Kwantamania Progressives Movement and Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources, Hon Yakubu Kwanta, said the empowerment programme was conceived out of the desire to emulate Engineer Sule’s leadership qualities.
Hon Kwanta revealed that the Kwantamania Progressives Movement for Engr. A. A. Sule, which has grassroots appeal, is a strong political force that rose for the promotion, defence and championing the mandate of the Governor beyond its first tenure.
“Today, I am confident to say that the Movement has grown in root and top from Local Government to Local Government; from Ward to Ward; from Polling Unit to Polling Unit and from Village to Village,” he said.
The commissioner emphasized that the members of the movement, stood by the Governor, at a time primordial sentiments was a major useful tool to turn against him and that they stood strong in face of this challenge, believing in him as a man of capacity who will turn the fortunes of Nasarawa State for the better.
Earlier in an opening remarks, Chairman Organizing Committee for the Engr A. A .Sule Empowerment Initiative, Mr. Dan Yakubu, disclosed that a total of 1, 507 persons, including six groups will benefit from the largesse.
Mr. Yakubu gave the break down of items to be distributed to include, two cars, 11 motorcycles, 13 grinding machines and 11 agro-sprayers.
Others are, 534 persons, including all LGA and Ward exco members, as well as 3 members of the Kwantamania Progressives Movement in each of the 70 polling units in Akwanga will receive N5000 each, 300 others will receive a bag of fertilizer each, 500 persons will each receive a branded wrapper, while another 120 persons will receive 2 litres of herbicide each.
The chairman pointed out that the gesture is a personal response to the people of Akwanga Local Government Area.
He appreciated the Governor for his ability to identify the best and make them members of his cabinet.
In a goodwill message, the Chun Mada, HRH Pastor Samson Gamu Yare, commended Hon Kwanta for initiating the biggest empowerment programme ever in the history of Akwanga Local Government Area.
As a token of appreciation, the royal father promised to confer a beffiting traditional title on Hon Kwanta for making the Mada chiefdom proud.
Among those present at the occasion are Deputy Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Nehemiah Tsentse Dandaura, former deputy governor, Hon Damishi Luka Barau, All Progressives Congress (APC) local government party officials, among others.
Nasarawa State Government has formally Commissioned the twenty five kilometre Mararaba Udege – Udege Mbeki road in Nasarawa Local Government Area with a renewed vigour to meet the yearnings and aspiration of the citizenry.
Governor Abdullahi Sule Commissioned the newly completed road at Udege Mbeki today. Governor Abdullahi Sule represented by the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe noted that the construction of the over three billion Naira twenty five kilometer Mararaba Udege – Udege Mbeki road is in line with his administration’s commitment to continue to provide infrastructural facilities for the development of Nasarawa state.
According to him, government saw the need to complete the road project, considering the economic potentials of the area, having been a major hub of agriculture and mining activities and pledged. While affirming that the delay in the completion of the road project was due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 which brought work to a standstill, the governor commended the Tongy Group Limited for meeting specifications.
Earlier, Chairman of Nasarawa Local Government Council, Mohammed Sani Otto’s underscored the benefits of the successful completion of the road, describing it as unprecedented in the history of the locality and appreciated Governor Abdullahi Sule for his foresight and commitment that saw to its completion.
Representative of Chairman of Tongy Group Limited, the engineering company that was awarded the contract for the construction of the road, reinterated the company’s commitment at using their expertise to help the state develop rapidly.
Goodwill messages from the Emir of Nasarawa Alhaji Usman Jibrin, the Osu Ajiri, Alhaji Halilu Bala Usman and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. John Mamman among those who spoke at the occasion stressed the need for people of the area to reciprocate the gesture by giving the required support to governor Abdullahi Sule and his team.
Meantime, Governor Abdullahi Sule’s representative, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe performed the foundation laying ceremony of Nasarawa Trailer Park and Market, courtesy of a member of the state Economic Advisory Council and Chief Executive Officer, Hilibiz Consult limited, Quantity Surveyor Aliyu Adamu Ewa who noted that he is constructing the project to bring investment home where indigenes will get employment opportunities.
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has emphasized on the need for Nigerian graduates to acquire technical, vocational and entrepreneurial skills towards self-reliance.
Engineer Sule made the call while speaking as a special guest at the commissioning of the NYSC skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development centre, at the Magaji Dan Yamusa NYSC Orientation Camp, in Keffi, on Monday.
According to the Governor, the high turnover of graduates from institutions of higher learning across the country, makes it imperative that Nigerian graduates acquire not only degrees but also skills that will make them self-reliant and employers of labour.
While commending the director general and management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), for siting the project in Nasarawa State, he promised that his administration will not only patronise the products here but will find ways to work together the NYSC as team.
He said the inauguration of the skills and technical skills acquisition centre, is in line with the policy thrust of his administration, aimed at empowering youths with skills to make them self-reliant.
Engineer Sule expressed optimism that the inauguration of the skills acquisition centre couldn’t have come at a better time, with Olams Nigeria Limited investing USD100m in the vicinity of the centre.
He specifically commended the NYSC DG, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim, for the vision to redefine and reinvigorate the scheme and for turning the NYSC into a revenue generating facility for the federal government.
The Governor equally appreciated the first civilian governor of the state and national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, for his vision to establish the NYSC camp.
It would be recalled that only recently, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the Wing Commander Abdullahi Ibrahim Skills Acquisition Institute in Lafia, while on a two-day working visit to the state.
In a welcome address, the Director General of the NYSC, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim, said the inauguration of the North Central Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED), as well as the NYSC bakery, water and garment factories, is in line with his cardinal policy thrust to reinvigorate the NYSC Ventures and SAED programme in order for the NYSC Act more impactful.
Earlier in a goodwill message, first civilian governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, traced the establishment of the permanent NYSC camp in Keffi, to his desire to fulfil the objective for setting up the scheme.
Senator Adamu explained that he was motivated by the objective of setting up the NYSC, especially the need to integrate Nigerians.
The national chairman of the APC noted that, with the high turnover of graduates from higher institions of learning across the country, no government can be able to give every NYSC member job, stressing that there is every need for Nigerian graduates to acquire technical and vocational skills towards self-sufficiency.