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Gov. A.A Sule Swears in Commissioners

His Excellency Gov. A.A Sule Swears in Commissioners and SAs.

Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has sworn-in 14 newly appointed commissioners and 18 special advisers, charging the appointees on leaving legacies that will stand the test of time.

Engineer Sule laid the task shortly after swearing in the commissioners and special advisers at a colourful ceremony that took place at the Lafia City Hall, on Wednesday.

According to the governor, following his approval for the dissolution of the last state executive council, his administration found it necessary to select persons with requisite ideology, creativity and pragmatism, expected to accelerate implementation of policy decisions, as well as enhance execution of programmes and projects.

He used the opportunity to appreciate the speaker and members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, for the accelerated screening and confirmation of the nominees submitted by his administration.

Engineer Sule noted that the cooperation by the assembly is further testimony to the collective commitment towards purposeful leadership and service delivery for the people.

“I salute this display of patriotism which has continued to define our relationship with the Sixth Assembly,” he said.

Commenting further, he pointed out that the special advisers were appointed in order to make available to his administration valuable counsel that will serve as impetus towards uplifting the standards of living of the people.

The governor informed the appointees the value his administration places on hard work, dedication, commitment, loyalty, selfless service and the fear of God.

He reminded them on the need to see publice service as public trust, especially that they are coming at a trying moment in the life of the administration, with people yearning for more dividends of democracy, while the administration is in the last half of its first tenure.

“This has put heavy burden on you as appointees. You must discharge your duties having in mind our principles of accountability, probity, loyalty and prudent management of our resources.

“This is the only way we can leave a legacy that will stand the test of time,’ he stated.

The governor further urged the new appointees to acquaint themselves with the administration’s blueprint for development, encapsulated in the Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy (NEDS).

While congratulating the new appointees, Engineer Sule urged them to develop healthy personal relationships with their permanent secretaries, as well as their surbodinates, in order to further the cause of the administration.

He used the opportunity of the event to caution the people of the state against the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the Omicron variant, urging the people to strictly maintain all protocols relating to the pandemic.

The newly inaugurated commissioners and their portfolios are as follows; Hon Yakubu Kwanta- Commissioner For Environment and Natural Resources, Hon Yusuf Aliyu Turaki- Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Hajiya Aishatu Rufai Ibrahim- Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development and Hon. Salihu Enah- Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment,.

Others are; Prof. Umar Mika’il Gurku- Commissioner for Science and Technology, Nuhu Ibrahim Oshafu- Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources, Engr. Idris Mohammed Idris- Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, Mohammed Tanimu Sarki – Commissioner for Land and Urban Development and Barr. Abimiku Hannatu Bala- Commissioner for Special Duties and Legal.

Also, Hajiya Fatu Jemita Sabo- Commissioner for Education, Yakubu Mohammed Lawal- Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Daniel Agyeno – Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Planning, Pharm. Ahmed Baba Yahaya- Commissioner for Health and Amb. Lucky Isaac Yargwa- Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The Appointees are as follows;

  1. Yakubu Kwanta-Enviroment
  2. Yusuf Aliyu Turaki-LG & Chieftaincy Affairs
  3. Aisha Rufai Ibrahim- Women Affairs
  4. Salihu Ena-Doma-Trade, Industry & Commerce.
  5. Umar Mukailu Gurku-Science & Technology.
  6. Nuhu Oshafu-Agric & Water Resources
  7. Idris Mohammed Idris-Works & Housing
  8. Mohammed Sarki Tanimu-Land & Urban Development
  9. Abimiku Hanatu Bala-Legal, Special Duties.
  10. Fati Jimeta Sabo-Education
  11. Mohammed Yakubu Lawal-Information & Culture
  12. Daniel Agye-Finance, Budget & Economic Planning
  13. Ahmed Baba Yahaya-Health
  14. Lucky Isaac Wamba-Youth & Sports Development
  15. Abdulkarim Kana – Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice.

His Excellency Engineer A.A Sule flags off fertilizer sales for dry season farming, warns against racheteering

Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has flagged off the sales of fertilizer to farmers for the 2021/22 dry season farming, warning officials incharge of the distribution of the commodity against racheteering.

Engineer Sule flagged off the fertilizer and other farm inputs sales, at a ceremony which held at the headquarters of the Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme (NADP), on Wednesday.

According to the governor, his administration will continue to support farmers in the state towards retaining the current position of Nasarawa State in the country in terms of crops production, especially seseme, yams and rice, with the state rated first, second and third respectively in the country.

He announced that for the 2021/22 dry season farming, government has purchased 600 metric tonnes of 50 kg bag of fertilizer at N9, 300 per bag but will sake it to farmers at a subsidized rate of N7, 000 per bag.

Engineer Sule however frowned at situations where fertilizer meant for farmers are diverted and sold in the open market.

He therefore called on local government chairmen to liaise with traditional rulers and community leaders, towards ensuring that the commodity is sold only to genuine farmers.

Commenting further, the governor said his administration has given priority attention to agriculture, because it is the major occupation of the people of the state, aimed at improving the livelihood of the citizens through employment generation, as well as achieving sustainable food security.

He emphasized that the event was in furtherance of the determination of his administration to ensure all year round agricultural production, adding that government is committed to improving post-harvest and value chain management for sustainable food production.

While recalling last year’s collaboration between the state government and the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM), where a field day was organised to showcase and demonstrate some agricultural equipments and machineries, the governor announced further collaboration with the centre in the area of manpower development, which saw to the training of selected youths processing, preserving and packaging of identified agricultural produce for small and.meduim scale entrepreneurship.

He added that, in another collaboration with the Nigeria Stored Product Research Institute (NSPRI), which saw to the training of selected staff from the NADP on technological innovations on post-harvest management.

This is even as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), recently donated 55 irrigation pumps to 55 dry season farmers across three groups, in order to boost agricultural production.

The governor used the opportunity of the event to commend the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, for collaboring and partnering with the state in the areas of provision of training and spray kits to 50 youths in the state, as well as provision of three Bajaj motorcycles.

He however urged the Federal Government to explore more areas collaboration in the collective effort to turn around the economy of the country.

In a goodwill message, state chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), and former chairman of Akwanga Local Government Area, Hon. Samuel Meshi, commended the governor for sustaining the previous feat of launching the sales of fertilizer for dry season before the year runs out.

Hon. Meshi equally commended Engineer Sule for the relative peace being enjoyed across the state, which made it possible for farmers in the state to enjoy bumper harvest.

On his part, the Emir of Lafia, HRH Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad (rtd), urged farmers in the state to take advantage of the gesture by the state government to engage in dry season farming

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

This is to inform the general public that in line with the posture of the present Administration to broaden inclusion and enhance sound policy formulation anchored on wise counsel, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State has approved the appointment of Special Advisers.

  1. The new Special Advisers are as follows:

i. Alh. Hamza A. Gayam – Civil Service Affairs – Awe
ii. Umar Abubakar Dan’akano – Agriculture – Awe
iii. Haruna Kasimu Idris – Local Government
& Chieftaincy Affairs – Akwanga
iv. Hon. Akala Gajere – Urban Development – Karu
v. Hon. Jafaru Ango – Lands Administration – Karu
vi. Hon. Yahaya Adams – Rural Development – Keana
vii. Hon. Musa Ali – Legislative Affairs – Keffi
viii. Hon. Mohammed y. Dikko- Political Affairs – Keffi
ix. Dogara Daniel Anche – Education – Kokona
x. Bashir Aliyu – Revenue Generation – Lafia
xi. Barr. Mohammed Usman Elagu- Legal Matters – Lafia
xii. Musa Magaji Arikya – Financial Services – Lafia
xiii. Hon. Hajo Danyaro -Special Education – Nasarawa
xiv. Samuel Egya – Govt. House Affairs – Nasarawa
xv. Hosea Emmanuel Kuje – Mining – Nasarawa-Eggon
xvi. Hon. Isa Mohammed Sani KK – Ecological/Env – Obi
xvii. Dr. Magaji Joshua Ibrahim -Science & Technology – Obi
xviii. Prince Ibrahim Sani- Investment – Toto

  1. The date for the swearing-in of the new Special Advisers would be announced in due course, please.

BARR. MUHAMMAD UBANDOMA ALIYU
Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State
7th December, 2021

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MINISTRY OF HEALTH

As part of effort to provide a Better Healthcare Delivery Services for all, the Nasarawa State Government under the able leadership of Governor Abdullahi A Sule in collaboration with Kokona Local Government Council through the initiative of the State Ministry of Health with a support from the Saving One Million Lives (Program for Results)has put in place a Program on FREE MEDICAL OUTREACH.
The exercise will involve Medical consultations, and Minor to some Major surgical procedures, the program shall also provide standard eye care services, provision of eye glasses to persons who may need them for eye sights improvements as well as ultrasound services.

This free Medical Outreach, will be taking place in the General Hospital Garaku for 2days, from Tuesday 7th to Wednesday 8th December, 2021.

In view of the above, Members of the General Public, especially those with Health related challenges are advised to take full advantage of this all important offer of these Free Medical Services being provided by the State Government.
His Excellency Engr. Abdullahi A Sule, the Governor of Nasarawa state, will grace the occasion on Wednesday 8th December, 2021.

The program will Start from Tuesday 7th – Wednesday 8th December, 2021.
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Venue: General Hospital Garaku.

Signed,
Dr. Janet Angbazo
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health

His Excellency Engineer A.A Sule laments slow pace of work on 25km Mararaba-Udege road project while inspecting on Tuesday 30th November 2021.

Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has lamented the slow pace of work on the ongoing 25km Mararaba-Udege road project.

Engineer Sule made his feelings known while inspecting the project site in Udege-Mbeki, on Tuesday.

The governor directed officials of the Tongyi Group, the contractor handling the project, to expedite action in order to complete the project.

He particularly emphasized on the need to complete the bridge leading into Udege-Mbeki, to which the contractor assured of its completion this month.

Engineer Sule tasked the Tongyi Group to deliver quality work first before seeking additional jobs, even as he assured the contractor of payment of 50 percent of the contract sum.

The governor, while commissioning a 10-bed ward built by a Chinese mining company in Udege-Mbeki, assured the commitment of his administration to complete the road project, including township roads.

He pointed out that when completed, the Mararaba-Udege road will enhance security and facilitate movement of people in the area.

An official of the Tongyi Group, who conducted the governor round the site, assured that the project will be completed by this month.

Earlier, while enroute to Udege-Mbeki, the governor inspected the Model Government Girls Science Secondary School (GGSSS) Eyenu, where he interacted with the management of the school, as well as critical stakeholders from the area, with a view to further enhance academic activities in the school.

Along the way, Engineer Sule demonstrated his abiding love for children when he stopped intermittently to interact with school children that lined up the road to welcome him.

It will be recalled that the governor flagged off the N3.6billion Mararaba-Udege road project while marking his second anniversary in office, with the project expected to be completed within a period of one year

Nasarawa signs joint venture agreements with three investors in retail agribusiness. Thurseday 2nd December, 2021

Nasarawa State Government has signed separate joint venture agreements with three investors, in agribusiness and retail, aimed at turning around the local economy, as well as create jobs opportunities for the people.

The three joint venture agreements were entered into between the Nasarawa State Government and the investors, at a ceremony which held at the Government House, on Thursday.

The investors involved in the agreements are Vertmance Resources Ltd and Silvex International Ltd, for agribusiness, Barlow and Barrow International Ltd, for the establishment of retail and recreational centre in Karu, estimated to cost N2bn and Oasotech and Design, for cassava industrial plant in Azuba.

Speaking shortly after the signing ceremony, Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, said his administration is in hurry to add value, especially that signing of joint venture agreements are relatively new in the state.

The governor therefore urged the investors to focus on the key performance indicators for the projects, in order to ensure strict adherence to the timeline to deliver the projects.

He emphasized that his administration is in a hurry to see to the maturity of the projects, so that subsequent administrations would inherit the dividends.

Engineer Sule disclosed that the Barlow and Barrow are injecting roughly N2bn inside the Muhammadu Buhari International Market in Karu, within a period of only six months from initiation to completion.

The governor noted that the cassava industrial plant, will not only provide employment opportunities, it will afford the state a window of opportunity to start exporting processed cassava products, especially starch.

For the Nasarawa State Agro Commodity Company, he pointed out that the state is already producing saseme, ginger, with all that remains, is to create opportunities to start exporting such agric commodities.

Engineer Sule decried a situation where Nasarawa State produces the commodities but are taken to either Lagos or Kano to be exported.

He therefore urged both parties involved in the joint venture, to do their best in the area of implementation.

“I’m calling on you and pleading with you. That I do understand you and I understand some of the challenges you will have,” the governor stated.

Engineer Sule was emphatic that Nasarawa needs people who understand how to structure these types of businesses, so that it can be seen clearly where the initiative began, the benefits and value addition, so that the people gain from the projects.

Earlier, in a welcome address, Managing Director/CEO of the Nasarawa State Investment Development Agency (NASIDA), Barrister Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the signing of the three separate joint venture agreements in agribusiness and retail, shows that Nasarawa is fast becoming an investors haven in the North Central geopolitical zone and the country at large.

Barrister Abdullahi thanked sister government agencies namely Nasarawa Geographic Information Service (NAGIS), Nasarawa Market Bureau, Ministries of Agriculture and Justice, as well as the office of the Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, for their role in making the deals successful.

He gave a highlight of the agreements to include the Karu Retail and Recreational Centre, for the development of the Karu mall, with ShopRite as an anchor tenant, the Azuba cassava processing plant that will explore end to end value chain of cassava with focus on five products, ethanol, starch, high quality cassava flour, syrup sweetener and animal feed.
Barrister Abdullahi explained that the cassava processing project will support and empower small holder farmers.

The NASIDA MD added that the Nasarawa agro commodity project, is a partnership that will see Nasarawa key into the global market, since the state produces high grade agro commodities such as saseme, rice and soya beans.

“The projects under the Engineer Sule administration are ambitious, unconventional and forward thinking and as such require our collective understanding to yield results,” he stated.

He expressed confidence that the projects will turn around the state’s economy and translate into more jobs for the people.

In their separate remarks, representatives of the three separate investors, Yahaya Yahaya for Barlow and Barrow International Ltd, Dr Adnan Aminu, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Silvex International, for Nasarawa agro commodity project and Mallam Abdulkadir Hussain, for the cassava processing plant, took time to highlight why Nasarawa State is conducive for doing business.

For Dr. Aminu, ED Silvex International Ltd, the signing of the agreement was the fastest he has seen so far, stressing that there is no state in the country that is ideally positioned for agribusiness as Nasarawa State

His Excellency Engineer A.A Sule commissions 10-bed ward built by Chinese mining company in Udege-Mbeki….Urges other mining companies to emulate gesture. 30th November, 2021

Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has commissioned newly constructed 10-bed ward built by the Kenyang Mining Company, at the Udege-Mbeki Primary Healthcare Centre.

Engineer Sule commissioned the facility at a ceremony which held in Udege-Mbeki, on Tuesday.

While commending the Kenyang Mining Company for the laudable project, aimed at providing needs and wellbeing of the people of the area, the governor urged the company to sustain the tempo for the overall development of the people.

He noted that the construction of the additional ward is apt and timely, in view of its significant impact to the people of the community and its environs, which Engineer Sule maintained will go a long way in complimenting the efforts of his administration in developing the primary healthcare system.

The governor added that the gesture will equally seeks to address the high infant and maternal mortality rates, especially in the rural areas.

He used the opportunity of the event, to call on other mining companies operating in the state, to emulate the gesture from the Kenyang Mining Company, so that other communities can also benefit.

Engineer Sule said the 10-bed ward was built as part of the social corporate responsibility entered into with the Udege-Mbeki community and the Chinese company, as enshrined in the Minerals and Mining Act 2007.

He disclosed that already, his administration has clearly identified to the Kenyang Mining Company that rather than going to see a few people in Lafia, the state capital, it’s better for the company to put the money where it belongs.

The governor urged the people of the area to make judicious use of the healthcare facility for the benefit of all, while assuring that his administration will continue to create enabling environment and give necessary support in order to enhance the health living conditions and wellbeing of the people.

He equally assured that his administration will continue to enhance the security and movement of the people in order to utilize the potentials that abound in the area.

The governor also used the opportunity to re-echo his earlier call while launching the COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign, stressing that the world is still faced with the scourge of the delta variant of the pandemic, which is further complicated by the emergence of the Omicron variant.

“It’s therefore imperative to continue to adhere strictly to the protocol for COVID-19, through constant washing of hands, wearing of face mask and observing social distance,” he stated.

Earlier, in his speech, General Manager of the Kenyang Mining Company, Mr Miller Xu Guang Hui, said the 10-bed ward project was part of the company’s social responsibility agreement and a payback from the firm to the host community.

Mr. Miller added that the gesture was the company’s way of showing gratitude to the host community where the company has operated for the past 10 years in a peaceful environment.

The Kenyang Mining Company general manager used the opportunity to show appreciation to the Nasarawa State governor, as well as the state government, for the continued support given the company, which have remained key to the development aspirations of the mining company.

He particularly thanked the state government for encouraging miners through policy formulation to guide the mining sector, as well as the significant improvement in security, which combine to further propel the company to make additional investments.

In his goodwill message, the Osu-Ajiri, HRH Alhaji Halilu Bala Usman, highlighted on some key interventions by the Kenyang Mining Company to the host community, stemming from the signing of two agreements on social responsibility.

Also, in a welcome address, deputy chairman of Nasarawa Local Government Area, Hon. Idris Musa Gomna, who stood on behalf of the chairman of the council, commended the mining company for undertaking the project.

According to the deputy chairman, the 10-bed ward will assist towards addressing health challenges of the people in the area.

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