The Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule presided over the swearing-in ceremony. Tuesday, 29th August, 2023.

The Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule on Tuesday presided over the swearing-in ceremony  of Commissioner representing Nasarawa Eggon LGA, 20 Special Advisers, HoS and members of Local Government Service Commission, Members of Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission, Chairman and members of Nasarawa State Teacher’s Service Commission, Chairman and members of CPWB and Governing Council of the College of Agriculture Science and Technology, Lafia

The inaugurations was held at the Alh. Aliyu Akwe Banquet Hall, Government House.

Tuesday, 29th August, 2023

The Chairman, North Central States Governors Forum and Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule attended Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the United Nations Development Programme’s Executive Leadership Retreat Closing Dinner hosted by Rwandan President, Paul Kagame. 26th, august 2023.

in honour of Executive Governors of Nigeria
after three-day retreat, which is themed; the Future of Pan-Africanism and Integrating in a Changing World.

Nasarawa State Government Signs Pact With UKNIAF On Gudi Industrial Hub, Others.

Nasarawa State Government and the United Kingdom Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (UKNIAF), have signed a Public Private Partnership for the establishment of the 450 hectares Gudi Industrial Hub, as well as a 4000-bed student’s hostel at the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK).

The agreement between the two bodies were signed at a ceremony in Abuja, on Thursday.

Speaking shortly after signing the agreement, Nasarawa State Governor,  Engineer Abdullahi Sule, restated the commitment of his administration to develop the state and its people.

According to Engineer Sule, the PPP agreement with UKNIAF, was a fallout of the reforms introduced by his administration geared towards boosting the confidence of private investors, especially in the area of sustainability of project.

“In Nigeria, most times without sustainability that is how projects are killed. That is the reason why all aspects of our vision we want to back them by law so that somebody don’t just wake up tomorrow and say I don’t like this and kills it. Because people are going to invest their resources into this and they will want some level of sustainability,” he state.

The Governor explained that his experience from the Dangote Group,  with investments across 14 African countries,  informed the decision of his administration to back all the systems and processes established during the past four years,  to be backed by law, in order to guarantee sustainability of project.

United Kingdom Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (UKNIAF), a power sector and infrastructure finance development programme funded through the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), and delivered by the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO).

Sally Woolhouse, Head of Economic Development, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), said with the signing of the agreement, UKNIAF and the Nasarawa Investment Development Agency (NASIDA), will be collaborating to develop climate smart infrastructure projects and unlock critically private financing for the development of the state.

“The support is provided through the UKNIAF which is our flagship infrastructure and energy programme.  It is central to the long standing partnership between the UK and Nigeria on infrastructure.

“Infrastructure is critical to economic growth and transformation. The PPP offers the opportunity to leverage that important private sector capital. No state government can do that on their own but to accelerate infrastructure development and help meet the needs of citizens,” she said.

She explained that Nasarawa State was chosen for the project mostly because of the reforms introduced by the state government under the leadership of Engineer Sule in the area of ease of doing business.

“We are very excited to be working with you given the positive context we can run a programme such as this. It’s not coincidence that those things go together. But equally we see the need for infrastructure in addressing climate change both in terms of decarbonizing the economy, also increasing resilience to impact,” Sally added.

Earlier, in an opening remarks,  Prof Chidiebere Onyia, Managing Director UKNIAF,  said five key reforms initiated by the Engineer Sule administration, were the catalyst that is facilitating the PPP agreement between UKNIAF and Nasarawa State.

Prof Onyia particularly mentioned the development of the Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy (NEDS),  evolving a PPP framework backed by law, with Nasarawa State among the few states to initiate the policy, establishment of NASIDA, an agency constituted beyond the  state for sustainability and most significantly, establishment of Nasarawa Infrastructure Fund, as well as instituting a high-powered investment advisory council chaired by the Governor.

“These five high level processes and systems, are part of the reasons why it was not difficult for us to select Nasarawa State

“The work that we are doing with your team is something that is quite remarkable.  UKNIAF,  on the leadership side, we really appreciate your forthrightness, even in giving us the necessary data to begin to think about the pipelines

“One thing we have learnt over the years in engaging with some state governments and governors,  is that they are not always forthright in what is not there. They paint glossy picture when we begin to dig deep, we found out that things are not there. That has not been the case with you, you have always been open. That is why we are commiting to work with Nasarawa State,” he state

Also speaking,  Managing Director/CEO of Nasarawa Investment Development Agency,  Ibrahim Abdullahi,  said the state under Engineer Sule is committed to the partnership for mutual prosperity

Abdullahi assured that,  Nasarawa State will continue to have deliberate policies to ensure that when developers come to the state, communities engage with them and traditional rulers give the necessary support.


His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule and Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of NNPC represent President Muhammad Buhari at the Presidential Flag-off of the Spun-in of Ebenyi-A Well, in Ajibu (Kayarda) Obi Local Government Area, Nasarawa State, on Tuesday 28th March, 2023.

As President Muhammadu Buhari officially flags off the spud-in of the Ebenyi-A Well located in the Middle Benue Trough, in Obi Local Government of Nasarawa State, Governor Abdullahi Sule, has appealed to both the President and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), to expedite action to develop the field, especially with rising competition from green energy.

Governor Sule made the appeal while flagging off the spud-in of the Ebenyi-A Well, in Ajibu, Obi Local Government Area, on Tuesday.

This is even as the Governor further appealed to the NNPCL to equally adopt the Integrated Field Development it is employing in Kolmani, Gombe State, to develop the Ebenyi-A oil field.

“Let me make this special appeal to you Mr President and of course, the NNPCL. With the strong competition that the fossil oil is getting from green energy, we will to appeal Mr. President, that the NNPCL should expedite action on the development of this field.

“While congratulating the NNPCL once more on the concept of the Integrated Field Development that was just carried out in Gombe, we also pray and hope that the Ebenyi-A field will also experience another IFD,” Engineer Sule stated.

The Governor expressed appreciation to the President, GMD/CEO NNPCL, Malam Mele Kyari and all those who made the spud-in possible.

He equally solicited for the continued support and cooperation of the host community towards ensuring the success of the project.

“I call on our host communities to see this project as your own. I ask you to take ownership to ensure you not only protect the project but the people working on the project. As somebody who has worked in similar conditions, the relationship with the host community is extremely important. The cooperation that we will get from you, will make the people more comfortable to believe that this is also their home,” he stated.

While declaring that the discovery and drilling of oil in Nasarawa State will lead to greater prosperity for Nigerians as well as enhance overall energy security for the country, President Buhari directed NNPCL and its partners to take due care of the environmental consequences of these oil exploration activities and to mitigate the negative effects.

The President recalled that the official commencement of drilling activities in the Middle Benue Trough is in line with ongoing campaigns for the exploration of crude oil and gas in the Nation’s Frontier Basins.

He listed the Chad Basin, Dahomey Basin, Anambra Platform, the Calabar Embankment, Sokoto Basin, Bida Basin, Benue Trough as well as the Ultra-Deepwater Niger Delta as areas where NNPC is extending its crude oil exploration.

‘‘This is consistent with the commercial discoveries of hydrocarbons in the Kolmani Area of the Upper Benue Trough.

‘‘I am pleased to note that activities are currently ongoing to develop the Kolmani petroleum discoveries to commercial production to add to the nation’s considerable hydro-carbon assets.

‘‘I am encouraged by the enormous work done by NNPC Limited to exploit the prospects in the Middle Benue Trough, leading to the event of today.

‘‘I congratulate NNPC Limited, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission and other partners for their immense contributions towards making this day and this event possible,’’ he said, directing Governor Abdullahi Sule and Group CEO, NNPC Limited, Mele Kyari to spud on his behalf.

Earlier speaking, Group Managing Director/CEO of the NNPCL, Malam Mele Kyari pointed out that findings are very indicative of potential commercial hydrocarbon discovery in the area.

The GMD/CEO expressed optimistimism that the positive outcome of the campaign will contribute to increasing the country’s national hydrocarbon reserve from 37bn barrels to 50bn barrels in the short, while also increasing its oil production capacity to the target of 3m barrels per day.

He equally assured stakeholders that NNPCL will conduct its activities in Obi Local Government Area with utmost care and attention to health, safety and environment.

His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule performs official ground breaking of the Karu Retail & Recreational Center at the Muhammadu Buhari International Market, Karu LG. 3rd February 2022

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.