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Nasarawa flags off mass vaccination campaign against COVID-19…WHO Country Director, UNICEF Chief of Health in attendance

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.

His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule Signed 4 Bills into Law

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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Nasarawa organizes summit for three arms of government on way forward

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”31″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_crop=”0″]Nasarawa State Government has convened a summit bringing together members of the three arms of government, namely the executive, legislature and judiciary, with a view to understanding and appreciating their distinct roles.
The summit, which is the first of its kind since the creation of the state, was organized by the office of the Secretary of the Government of Nasarawa State, which held at the Government House, on Thursday.
The parley between the three arms of government was part of activities marking the 60th and 24th anniversaries of Nigeria and Nasarawa State respectively.
Speaking at the event, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, said the summit will provide the opportunity for the arms of government to understand each other, even as he emphasized that the executive arm of government is receiving maximum support from the legislature and judiciary.
Engineer Sule added that the summit will also deepen the democratic process in the state, towards the socio-economic development of the society.
The Governor explained that top government functionaries and other critical stakeholders, from the three arms of government, to facilitate the cross fertilization of ideas, share experience, as well as appraising distinct responsibilities of the arms.
He stressed that this was with a view to evolving the needed enduring synergy for a conflict free administration, as well as reinforcing interdependence of each of the arms, according to the tenets of the constitution.
“This is in line with the pledge which I made when I took over the mantle of leadership, to create the enabling environment for the arms of government to effectively and efficiently, discharge their responsibilities, for peace, progress and development of our dear state,” Engineer Sule stated.
Engineer Sule said his administration has supported the call for the independence of the legislature through the provision of required tools for it to carry out its statutory functions with minimum hitch.
This is even as he added that his administration has continued to sustain its regards and reverence to the judiciary and its independence, towards quick dispensation of justice and the interpretations of the laws.
The Governor further emphasized that, considering the journey so far, especially towards entrenching the democratic process, in tune with global best practices, the existing unity of purpose, have been inspirational, which has given the administration the needed strength to forge ahead in the collective commitment to provide leadership for growth and development.
He noted that it’s however pertinent to often review certain tendencies that could jeopardize the seeming harmonious relationship between the arms of government, which informed the need for the summit.
The Governor then harped on the need for maturity and tolerance so that the arms of government can work together to the benefit of Nasarawa State and the people.
Other speakers at the event include, the first civilian governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House  of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe, the Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Justice Suleiman Umaru Dikko, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Associate Prof. Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana and the Emir of Lafia, HRH Justice Sidi Bage, among others.
The summit has the theme: “Examining the Role of Government on Security and Economy of Nasarawa State.”

Engineer A.A. Sule Commissions Remodelled Government House Press Centre 3rd September 2020.

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has commissioned the remodelled Government House, stressing that the decision to give the centre a facelift was informed by the desire to provide conducive working environment for inhouse press crew.

Engineer Sule commissioned the press centre at the Government House, on Thursday.

While commending the media for its significant role in propagating activities of government, the Governor noted that support from the media during the past one year, has ensured that the people were adequately sensitized about the policies, programmes of his administration.

“I must say that without the support of the media, our development aspirations would not have been visible,” he stated.

According to Engineer Sule, the media has continued to set agenda in its determination to entrench an all-inclusive governance for the benefit of the people.

The Governor emphasized that his administration will continue to encourage working journalists in the state, towards the discharge of their responsibilities, urging them however, to remain guided by the ethics of the journalism profession.

Engineer Sule warned that government will not condone undue sensationalism, even as he stressed that his administration is open to constructive criticism in the effort to deliver on its mandate to the people of the state.

The Governor disclosed that the remodelling of the Government House Press Centre, was carried out at no cost to the government, as according to him, the centre was refurbished from his personal donation, alongside some of his friends.

“The remodelling of the press centre was not captured in the budget, as such some of my friends and I pooled resources together to give the place a facelift,” he explained.

Earlier, in a welcome remarks, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ibrahim Addra, thanked his principal for promptly accepting to give the press centre a facelift.

Addra used the opportunity to appreciate working journalists in the state for being partners in the task of taking Nasarawa State to the next level of development.

Prominent dignitaries witnessed the unveiling of the remodelled press centre, including state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, Director General, Nigerian Television Authority, Mallam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed and members of the state executive council.

Others are heads of media organizations in the state, Lafia LGA and ALGON Chairman, Emir of Lafia, HRH Justice Sidi Bage (rtd), Andoma of Doma, HRH Alhaji Aliyu Ogah and top government functionaries.

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Governor Abdullahi A Sule Inaugurates the State Technical and Expatriate Monitoring Committee of Engineering Regulations(COREN)

His inaugural speech, Governor Abdullahi A Sule mentioned that, members of the Committee were selected base on their track records, professionalism, experience, hard-working, patriotism, pedigree and Commitments.

The Governor further mentioned that the Committee while discharging their responsibility should be guided as thus:
. To observe and report cases of non-compliance to approved Engineering Codes of practice in respect of Public and Private works to the registrar, to report all defaulters of COREN ACT, to verify that all Engineering Practioners (local and foreign) have valid COREN Practicing License, to act as COREN watchdogs on maintenance, to locate documents, Organizations and Personnel to report to registrar among other guidelines.

The Governor reiterated the commitment of his administration to put in place strategies for zero building collapse in the state to save it attendant effects on human lives and properties. He assured his Government continue support in providing conducive atmosphere for engineering profession to achieve its noble Objectives for standards and deliverance of quality projects.

Engr Abdullahi Sule use the occasion to reaffirm the stringent and consistent measures taken by the Government of Nasarawa State to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state and to cushion it effects to the economy, even when some of the measures are difficult, he appealed to the residents of the state to bear as it remains the best approach to deal with the pandamic.

His Excellency, finally charged the Committee members to live above board and justify the confidence reposed on them and urged them to come up with stringent regulations that will further guide the ethics and practices of Engineering Profession as well as adherence to project specifications.

The historic inauguration was attended by Deputy Governor Dr Emmanuel Agwado Akabe, Speaker NSHA, President of COREN, Engr A.R Maisuya, top Government functionaries, traditional rulers, Local Government Council Chairmen, party leaders among other dignitaries.

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Nasarawa State citizens urged to take ownership of their environment 5th June, 2020.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”9″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_crop=”0″]As Nasarawa State join the rest of the world to mark this year’s World Environment Day, The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources Hon Musa Ibrahim Abubakar called on Nasarawa State citizens and Nigerians to take ownership of their environment and actively engage in the protection of the earth.

The well to do Commissioner who led the world Environment Day celebration in Nasarawa State avowed that the State citizens should rise and become agents of transformation by planting of trees and promotion of environmental conservation for sustainable development.

While Appreciating the Uncommon Administrator Governor Abdullahi Sule for making sure Nasarawa State is not left behind in this historic day themed, “Time For Nature” the honourable Commissioner admonished citizens against illegal Dumping Of Refuse in the state.

Meanwhile, world Environmental Day is the largest global celebration for pragmatic environmental action, where nations are brought together to commit to their responsibilities towards Mother Earth.

World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5, every year. It is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

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