Engineer Sule performs ground breaking for N2bn Karu retail, recreational centre
Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has performed the ground breaking ceremony of the Karu Retail and Recreational Centre, estimated to cost N2bn.
Engineer Sule performed the ground breaking at the site of the project into Karu, Karu Local Government Area, on Thursday.
The Karu Retail and Recreational Centre is a joint venture between the Nasarawa State Government and the Barlow and Barrow International Nigeria Limited.
According the governor, it is a dream come through for his administration for retail institutions such as ShopRite to come to the Karu International Market, which was built from public funds but left to fallow.
He pointed that, being an investor and coming from the private sector, it was difficult for his administration to watch while the Karu International Market, located in a prime location, is not being utilised in order to generate revenue for the state.
“It’s a dream come true to have an institution such as the ShopRite coming to open up this area. I think it’s a huge success,” he stated.
He noted that his administration’s leverage on the proximity of the state to the Federal Capital Territory, has continued to yield investments, stressing that the Karu Retail and Recreational Centre is significant offering both for economic and social impact, while being in line with the Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy (NEDS).
Engineer Sule appreciated both the Etsu Karu, HRH Pharmacist Luka Panya Baba, for ensuring cordial relationship with landowners, as well as the Barlow and Barrow International Nigeria Limited, for investing in the state.
It would be recalled that barely few months ago, the Nasarawa State Government, signed joint venture agreements with private firms for the construction of the Peninsula housing estate and the Nasarawa Technology Village.
Chief Executive Officer of the Karu Retail and Recreational Centre, Yahaya Yahaya, said Nasarawa State has become an investment destination, with the Karu Retail and Recreational Centre a well thought out development and business model, which promises to deliver sustainable return on investment for all the parties involved.
He added that venture will feature ShopRite as the retail anchor and a balance of international and local retail businesses, as well as a community park for recreational activities.
The CEO however urged the Nasarawa State Government to build a pedestrian bridge to link the mall with the newly constructed Karu Mega Bus Terminal.
Yahaya said his firm will uphold the
On his part, Managing Director and CEO of the Nasarawa Investment Development Agency, Ibrahim Abdullahi, described the event as a landmark partnership for the retail sector in the state.
In a goodwill message, the Etsu Karu, HRH Pharmacist Luka Panya Baba, appreciated the governor for his development initiatives across the state.
The royal father thanked the governor for the significant change in the development of particularly Karu Local Government Area.
In continuation of his diplomatic relations to drive Gov Abdullahi Sule industrialization and economic development, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Nasarawa State liaison office Abuja HonYusuf Maianguwa had a fruitful discussion with the Canadian high commissioner to Nigeria Ambassador Kevin Tokar at the Embassy of Canada in Abuja.
Maianguwa who used the visit to present Nasarawa Economic development strategy NEDS document to the Ambassador said it would guide him to know the economic potentials of the state for possible partnership and investments.
Mr Kevin Tokar who appreciated the visit expressed his country’s readiness to collaborate with Nasarawa State government especially on Agriculture, health care development at the grassroots, Minerals exploration and Renewable energy.
The Canada Ambassador applauded Governor Abdullahi Sule developmental strides and assured him of his support to exceeds all expectations.
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
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.
Dr. Janet Angbazo
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health
Nasarawa State Government has flagged off the mass vaccination campaign against COVID-19, aimed at rapidly increasing the number of fully vaccinated residents of the state.
Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, flagged off the campaign at a ceremony that held in the premises of the state infectious diseases and research diagnostic centre, in Lafia, on Friday.
Against the threat of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor said his administration has continued to evolve measures towards the control and containment of the spread of the virus among others.
According to Engineer Sule, even though the state revieved lots of commendations for the priative steps and initiatives taken to curtail the spread of the virus, the state government has no choice but to take all the steps already taken mostly because of the state’s proximity to the FCT.
“Majority of the lower cadre working in Abuja are living in Nasarawa State. These are the people that are mostly espoused,” he stated.
He noted that, as a responsive government, his administration took proactive measures by rushing to complete and commission the state-of-the-art infectious diseases and research diagnostic centre, towards ensuring protection, as well as fighting the scourge ravaging the society.
The governor disclosed that, as part of the mass vaccination campaign, the state government will step down the vaccination campaign across schools, markets, hospitals, as well as ensure all civil servants in the state take full vaccination against the virus.
“I’m happy that the Head of Service is here. As you are paying salaries on Monday, maybe you can say anybody who has not taken the vaccination may not recieve his or her salary, ” he added.
Engineer Sule emphasized that his administration is ready to take all the measures necessary in order to ensure that every resident of the state is vaccinated.
The governor reiterated that he was among the first to take the vaccination, calling on the people of the state to step up by taking the vaccination.
“In fact, I have taken the first and second dose and if you are ready to give me the third today, I’m ready to take that again,” he said.
He used the opportunity of the event to remind residents about the cholera outbreak that has so far affected over 100, 000 persons across the country, with several deaths also recorded.
As part of the proactive approach to curtailing the spread of cholera in the state, the governor appealed to the general public to avoid open defecation and unnecessary dumping of refuse along waterways.
“This will go a long way in mitigating the spread of cholera and other diseases in our communities,” the governor said.
Engineer Sule equally used the opportunity to commend both the state and national primary healthcare agencies for continuously working hard since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He explained that, Nasarawa State keyed into the Federal Government initiatives from the onset of the pandemic, constituting a COVID-19 task force under the leadership of the state deputy governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe and other professionals.
The governor further appreciated the Country Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF Chief of Health in Nigeria, as well as prominent sons and daughters of the state that attended the event.
Earlier, in a goodwill message, UNICEF Chief of Health in Nigeria, Dr. Eduardo Celades, said in spite of the negative health consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, the world now has the most powerful tool that works in the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the UNICEF chief, COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.
“People vaccinated is unlikely they will get severe COVID-19 pandemic. Most people admitted in hospitals from COVID-19 have not vaccinated,” he stated.
He pointed out that UNICEF being a leading agency in vaccine and vaccine management, is working with governments, states ministry of health, alongside other partners like the WHO and other global agencies, to make the vaccines available.
Dr. Celades disclosed that, so far, 33m doses have arrived Nigeria, with more being expected.
He however noted that, it is not enough to have the vaccines but that it must be administered, stressing the significance of the mass vaccination campaign.
“We need to work with traditional rulers, religious leaders, health workers, media in order to ramp up and increase the vaccination,” he said.
Also speaking, Executive Chairman of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaibu, noted that Nasarawa State has consistently been among the best performing states in the utilisation of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr Shuaibu described the mass vaccination campaign as a unique opportunity to get and achieve herd immunity, to control the pandemic and get Nasarawa State back on the fast track way to industrial and socioeconomic development that was being propelled by the Engineer Sule administration before the pandemic.
He disclosed that, so far, 6, 242, 224 people revieved the first dose of the vaccine across the country, while 3, 487, 298 people have received their second dose and are fully vaccinated.
“From the data, it’s clear that Nigeria still has a far road to go before it reach the target of vaccinating about 112m eligible people.
“According to the National Population Commission, about 15m persons are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination in Nasarawa State,” he stated.
Dr. Shuaibu explained that the state was only able to vaccinate 8.1 percent of eligible Nasarawa residents with the first dose and only 5.2 percent are fully vaccinated with the second dose.
He added that, in order to bridge the gap, the Federal Government is collaborating with state government, to expand vaccination sites in Nasarawa State, with COVID-19 vaccine now available in public health facilities, designated primary healthcare facilities, shopping malls, markets, schools and general hospitals.
Others are religious centres, motor parks, as well as other designated sites.
“Anyone that is 18 yrs and above is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination free of charge,” he said.
The Laws are;
– Violence Against Persons (Prohibition)
-Primary Healthcare Development Agency
-Nasarawa State Hospital Management Board
-Law that Provides for Harmonization and Collection of all Revenues (TAXES, Duties, Levies, Rates, Fees Charges E.T.C) Due to the State and Local Government in Nasarawa State and the Establishment of Relevant Administrative Structures and other Purposes Connected
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