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Hardship: Governor Sule distributes rice, cash to 2000 students of COE Akwanga and appeals to striking unions to be patient

Hardship: Governor Sule distributes rice, cash to 2000 students of COE Akwanga and appeals to striking unions to be patient

In continuation of the efforts of his administration to cushion the effects of the prevailing economic hardship, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has distributed two bags of 7.5kg rice, alongside five thousand naira each to 2000 students at the College of Education Akwanga.

Governor Sule distributed the food item and cash as palliative to the students, at a ceremony inside the premises of the COE Akwanga on Wednesday.

While commending the State Commissioner for Special Duties on Humanitarian Affairs, Hon. Magret Elayo, the Provost of the COE Akwanga, as well as the students for the orderly conduct of the event, the Governor used the opportunity to inform the students about the efforts being put in place by President Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the 36 states governors, as well as other top government officials, to address the prevailing hardships being experienced by the people.

He explained that even though the hardships were brought about by some policies of government, these policies were not implemented in order to hurt anybody but for the future of the country.

Governor Sule reiterated that both the Federal and State Governments are working hard to alleviate the plight of the people.

“As you all know, we have done so much for the civil servants, retirees and farmers but when we were sharing food items to vulnerable persons across the state, I came to realize that students were not involved. That is the reason why we took the decision to go round the state and ensure that we give food to our students in tertiary institutions to support you,” he said.

He added that it is the responsibility of his administration to cushion the effects of the hardships for students in the state.

This is just as he appealed to the striking staff unions at the COE Akwanga to be patient as his administration looks into their grouse.

“We almost suspended the event today if not for the insistence of the Provost and his management as well as the Commissioner for Special Duties on Humanitarian Affairs and NGOs. Because we were informed that the staff unions were on strike and we didn’t want any situation were there would be problems between the students and the staff,” he added.

He pointed out that, even though he does not see anything wrong with peaceful protest, he still want to appeal to the striking unions to consider the plight of the students by not truncating their academic activities.

The Governor emphasized that his administration is doing a lot to show sincerity in promoting education and supporting those imparting knowledge on the children.

He disclosed that on coming onboard in 2019, his administration approved for the recruitment of 286 and 217 academic and non academic staff respectively at the COE Akwanga.

“When we came in, we also did everything possible to approve the accreditation of several NCE and undergraduate programmes that were previously not accredited. When we came in in 2019, there were promotions from 2015 to 2018 that were not implemented. To show good faith, we implemented that promotion.

“We came in and realized that there was no convocation for nearly eight years. We now approved and held the combined convocation two years ago. When we came in, there were several projects that we brought to this same institution. We approved several projects including renovation of hostels that are ongoing, the water project that I even came to inspect the overhead tank. We brought something else we never thought about, the official fiber optics installation that made it possible for students to access free internet and to aid their learning,” he stated.

The Governor noted that while it is their rights to seek for promotion from 2019 to date, the striking unions that the cost of implementing such would be a telling burden on government, especially that government doles out over one hundred million naira as monthly subvention to the institution.

He however denounced the approach where the striking unions are trying to hold the government to ransome.

“We believe it is your rights, the unions, to ask for what you deserve, to ask for this promotion but we strongly plead with you that you can come ahead and do everything that you can so that these students do not loose lectures as a result of that. I assure you as a state government, even if we are going to do it in stages, we will look at it and carry it out in stages like that of civil servants,” he assured.

In her speech at the event, State Commissioner for Special Duties on Humanitarian Affairs and NGOs, Hon. Magret Elayo, appreciated Governor Sule for taking time put of his tight schedule to bring the dividends of democracy to the students.

Hon. Elayo Commended the students for their orderly conduct, assuring them that the administration of Governor Sule will continue to provide them with conducive teaching and learning environment.

She however urged the students to learn necessary skills as according to her, government can not be able to employ every one.

In a welcome address, Provost, College of Education Akwanga, Rev. Jonathan Wakili Thani, thanked the Governor for putting smiles in the face of the students of the institution.

“This is a very laudable task. You can see the numerous students that are seated, filled with smiles to receive this palliative that will go a long way in bringing sucour to the students,” he said.
In a vote of thanks, president of the Students Union Government (SUG), Comrade Mustapha Mohammed Umbugus, described Governor Sule as the most youth friendly governor.

Comrade Umbugus particularly thanked the Governor for showing concern over the prevailing hardships confronting the students and the country at large.

“Thank you for this commendable and remarkable gesture,” he said.

 

 

His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule today distributed CNG buses as part of efforts of his administration to cushion the effects of hardship in the land.

His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule today distributed CNG buses as part of efforts of his administration to cushion the effects of hardship in the land.

The security agencies particularly the army also received Hilux Vans to assist in security surveillance and operations in the state.

Nasarawa United and Amazons football teams equally received one bus each at the event.

The Nasarawa State Government said it will pay registration fees for the 2024 National Examinations Council (NECO) for all final year students in public schools.

Nasarawa to pay NECO registration fees for final year students and to begin distribution of palliative to students of tertiary institutions

The Nasarawa State Government said it will pay registration fees for the 2024 National Examinations Council (NECO) for all final year students in public schools.

Governor Abdullahi Sule disclosed this while inaugurating four newly appointed permanent secretaries, as well as the executive chairman and members of the Nasarawa State Disabilities Rights Commission, at the Government House on Monday.

This is just as Governor Sule said his administration will embark on the distribution of food items as palliative to all the indigenous students of tertiary institutions.

The Governor emphasized that his administration decided to offset the registration fees for final year students writing NECO, as well as distribute items as relief to students of tertiary institutions, as parts of efforts to cushion the hardships being experienced across the country.

He reiterated that President Ahmed Bola Tinubu is fully aware of the hardships being experienced by Nigerians and that the president is working hard through the governors and other agencies, to cushion the effects of the hardships.

“Nasarawa State has just concluded the distribution of food items throughout the state in order to bring relief to the people. This week, we are going to all out tertiary institutions in order to distribute items to the students. Government has also taken a decision that all our secondary school students we are going to pay their NECO this year. There are some who have already paid,” he stated.

Governor Sule said all the final year secondary students who have already paid their NECO registration fees would be refunded their money.

He added that his administration is working hard to bring industrialization to the state, as well as agricultural activities, in order to engage the people in meaningful ventures.

He explained that his administration is on the verge of acquiring 10, 000 hecatres of land for the production of rice and maize.

“Nasarawa State is currently working on the acquisition of 10, 000 hecatares of land in order for us to be able to produce some crops such as rice or maize but more importantly to engage our people so that we can provide for the people and cushion the effects of the hardships.

“Palliative is what we need now. But what we need permanently is something to do,” he stated.

Governor Sule charged the new appointees, especially the new permanent secretaries, to shun corruption by imbibing the culture and principles of transparency, accountability, and probity, in line with the posture of his administration.

“At this moment, let me specifically show great appreciation to my mentor, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, for initiating this and for the good work that he did in order to ensure that today becomes a reality,” he added.

He futher urged them to endeavor to ensure budgetary discipline and prudence in the management of public resources.

Governor Sule pointed out that the inauguration of the executive chairman and members of the state’s disabilities rights commission, was in line with the resolve of his administration to give every citizen of the state a sense of belonging.

He said the coming onboard of the Nasarawa State Disabilities Rights Commission was also in line with the National Disabilities Act 2018, which encourages the promotion, protection, and priotization of the rights of the people with disability as well as enhance their productivity through education, health, and other socio-economic activities.

In a vote of thanks, Idris Umar Idris, newly inaugurated permanent secretary representing Keffi Local Government Area, thanked Governor Sule for finding them worthy of the appointments.

ENGR SULE RECOMMENDS BOOK ON PRESIDENT TINUBU AS A TOOLKIT FOR CIVIC EDUCATION

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ENGR SULE RECOMMENDS BOOK ON PRESIDENT TINUBU AS A TOOLKIT FOR CIVIC EDUCATION:

His Excellency, Engr Abdullahi A. Sule has applauded Sam Omatseye, who is Chairman of Editorial Board of THE NATION Newspaper describing him as an avid political writer who has for years written directly and indirectly, against military interregnum in Nigeria, totalitarianism and for the enthronement of a fair, just and equitable democratic society.

The Governor made this assertion at the launch of the diaries and essays on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, which was written by Sam Omatseye and entitled:” BEATING AGAINST ALL ODDS!”
Engr A.A. Sule described President Tinubu as a historic political figure whose life is filled with heroic chapters and cinematic reels of captivating titanic battles fought by the President to ensure the survival of democracy in Nigeria.

Given that the life of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been laced with struggle after struggle to enthrone democracy; Governor Sule said that the book “ BEATING AGAINST ALLL ODDS” written by Sam Omatseye will show the life lessons of Mr. President and how he was able to surmount the fiercest of political storms and trials.

Engr Abdullahi A. Sule who was represented by DG: Strategic Communication & Events Management Yakubu Lamai, thereafter launched and recommended the book “ BEATING AGAINST ALL ODDS” as a worthy contribution to the civic education of Nigerians.

YAKUBU LAMAI
DIRECTOR GENERAL: STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION & EVENTS MANAGEMENT

Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule was at the College of Education Akwanga where he inspected the recently installed 10kilometer broadband fibre optic internet network by NCC.

Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule was at the College of Education Akwanga where he inspected the recently installed 10-kilometer broadband fibre optic internet network by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the College to enhanced e-learning.

He visit the College to inspect the installed free optic fibre network  inline with his administration’s commitment to entrench a formidable digital economy which is knowledge driven to the state own tertiary institutions in order to bring them at per with their contemporaries.

He was also at the newly established faculty of agriculture where he was conducted round the entire facilities, soil science laboratories, lecture halls and other key components of the faculty by the College Provost Rev. Jonathan Wakili Thani and the Director of ICT during his visit.

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Governor Sule names Nasarawa Technology Village housing estate, road after Shettima, Zulum

Governor Sule names Nasarawa Technology Village housing estate, road after Shettima, Zulum

Governor Abdullahi Sule has named the newly commissioned first phase of the Nasarawa Technology Village (NTV) Housing Estates in Karu, comprising of 100 housing units, after Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima.

Governor Sule made this known during the official commissioning of the Phase One, NTV Housing Estates, flagging off of Phase Two and groundbreaking of the Tech Hub, in Aso Pada, Karu Local Government Area, on Monday.

The Governor equally named the road leading to the Senator Kashim Shettima Housing Estate after his Borno State counterpart, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum.

He said the idea of the NTV came to him while still working at the Dangote Group, having visited the Silicon Valley in the United States, noting that the event symbolizes the steadfast and commitment of his administration to the prosperity of Nasarawa State.

“The NTV stands as a cornerstone of our development strategy to capitalize on the opportunity presented by the digital revolution. It presents a significant leap, hope in unlocking our State’s potentials and constructing a self-sufficient economy that rewards diligence, safeguarding the vulnerable and compete on the global stage.

“We are determined not only to keep pace with the technological advancement but also to lead the charge in building a dynamic knowledge economy that empowers our citizens that will position Nasarawa State as a regional power house,” he stated.

Governor Sule identified infrastructural development, urban housing, and sustainable housing development as part of his administration’s five game changers opportunities with the ability to catalyze advancement, economic growth, as well as attract wealth and investment.

“I have seen it, I have touched it, I have experienced it. Today, the digital economy is the way to go, not mineral deposits. Knowledge is the way to go, and Nasarawa State has both. With our proximity to the Federal Capital, we must use both to achieve our goals,” he added.

The Governor extended his appreciation to all the partners involved in the project for their dedication and foresight to support his administration development agenda.

He particularly commended ABS Consortium, Modern Shelter, Shelter Afrique, InfraCredit Quarantee Company, Family Home, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), as well as other stakeholders for supporting the NTV project and making it a reality.

“Once more, let me show great appreciation to my brother, the Governor of Borno State, who is one of the most busiest governors that we have, yet he has been able to honour this invitation. We invited Zulum to commission the project because we believe these are the kinds of projects we see him commissioning every day in Borno State.

“We are happy to announce that the First Phase of the NTV is named after his predecessor, our dear Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima. The major road leading to the estate is named after Professor Zulum,” he stated.

In his remarks, Borno State Governor and Special Guest at the event, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, commended Governor Sule for his visionary leadership in conceiving the NTV project which he described as not only being monumental but that it holds immense promise for the state, leveraging the state’s abundant minerals resources to fuel innovation and technological development.

Also speaking, Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, described the commissioning of the NTV as not only brilliant and timely intervention but that it would catalyze sustainable development in Nasarawa State and the FCT.

“The project shows clear vision and demonstrates the belief in the power of education and investment, and that human capital development of citizens is the foundation for sustainable development,” he said.

On his part, Shehu Osidi, Managing Director/Chief Executive officer (CEO) of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), disclosed that through robust collaboration with the Nasarawa State Government, FMBN has financed a total of 11 housing projects in Nasarawa State, some of which have been fully completed.

Osidi added that a total of 7, 886 indigenes of the state benefitted from the bank’s home renovation loan, with Governor Sule within the next couple of weeks, also commissioning 150 housing units being developed by a private company funded by the bank at the Peninsula Hills City.

The Nasarawa Technology Village project is a Public-private Partnership between the Nasarawa State Government, ABS Blueprint Consortium and Modern Shelter for the construction of housing units and a Technology Incubation Hub to promote ICT skills development.

Beyond housing, the NTV project embodies a holistic approach, integrating technology-driven solutions to nurture talent and foster innovation, with the initiative holding the promise to propell Nasarawa and Nigeria onto the global tech stage while retaining local talent.

Some of the dignitaries that witnessed the event include Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, Speaker Nasarawa State House to Assembly, Danladi Jatau, Minister of State Police Affairs, Imaan Sulaiman, Senator Umaru Tanko Almakura, former governor of Adamawa State, Jibrilla Bindow, Hon. Jonathan Gaza, Hon. Aliyu Tijjani Ahmed, Federal Commissioner (NCFRMI) as well as captains of industries amongst others.

Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule was in Garaku the headquarter of Kokona LGA where he shared rice and 5,000 to each 100 beneficiaries drawn across the 11 electoral wards in the area.

Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule was in Garaku the headquarter of Kokona LGA where he shared rice and 5,000 to each 100 beneficiaries drawn across the 11 electoral wards in the area.

The incentives is his administration’s compassionate effort aimed at cushioning the harsh realities of the current economic downturn in the Country.

Thursday, 29th February, 2024.

 

Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule was in Akwanga Local Government Area of the State where he personally supervised the distribution of palliatives to indigent people from the 11 electoral wards that makes up Akwanga.

Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule was in Akwanga Local Government Area of the State where he personally supervised the distribution of palliatives to indigent people from the 11 electoral wards that makes up Akwanga.

In addition to the 4 bags 7.5kg of rice given to each beneficiary, they also received 5,000 naira cash gift each

The gesture is part of his administration’s deliberate efforts to ease the effects of rising cost of food items.

Thursday, 29th February, 2024

Hardship: Governor Sule brings succour to Keana, Obi, others, shares 10,400 bags of 7.5kg rice, N52m

In continuation of the third phase of the distribution of food items as palliative, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has distributed ten thousand, four hundred 7.5kg bags of rice, as well as fifty-two million naira as cash gift to beneficiaries across Keana, Obi Local Government Areas and Jenkwe, Giza and Deddere development areas.

Governor Sule distributed the palliative and cash gifts to the beneficiaries cutting across the designated venues on Monday.

The Governor reiterated that the gesture, which cuts across political divide, is meant to alleviate the plight of the people currently experiencing hardship and economic challenges.

He said his administration decided to repackage the 50kg bags of rice into 7.5 kg, with each beneficiary receiving four bags each, alongside five thousand naira cash gift, in order to not only make it easy for the elderly to handle but to also make it easier for the beneficiaries to extend similar gesture to other members of their communities who may not have benefitted for this particular event.

Governor Sule appealed to people to remain patient as both the Federal Government under President Ahmed Bola Tinubu and his administration are working hard to address the challenges currently being experienced across the country.

In Obi, headquarters of Obi Local Government Area, where 500 vulnerable persons benefitted, the Governor said while President Tinubu goes about finding solutions to the plight of the people across the country, his administration has embarked on multifaceted approach to tackle the hardships including approving N250m for the procurement of quality and affordable drugs, another N500m for the Nasarawa State Health Insurance Agency (NSSIA) in order to be able to capture more people under the state’s health insurance scheme.

He added that his administration has also paid one hundred percent gratuity for retirees starting from 1996 to 2010, in a bid to enable the retirees take care of their families.
Governor Sule further disclosed plans to commission CNG vehicles purchased with a view to subsidizing the cost of transportation across the state.

In Giza where 400 persons benefitted, Governor Sule disclosed that his administration will make adequate arrangements for the internally displaced persons in the area to be able to return to their homes.

He again, assured the people that President Tinubu will unfold policies and programmes aimed at cushioning their plight.

“I also want to use the opportunity to brief you on so many other interventions that we are having. We are doing it because of you so that you can benefit from it. In the state, because of the hardships, there are lots of fake drugs in the pharmacies. What we have done is to ensure that we give one of our medical agencies N250m to go and buy genuine drugs so that they will be able to sell it to the people at subsidized prices if you go to our hospitals. We also know that we needed a lot of interventions in healthcare, and that is why we are approving N500m to the NSSIA in order to support the people towards providing good healthcare,” he stated.

In Keana Local Government Area, with ten electoral wards, 600 vulnerable persons benefitted, with each taking home an additional five thousand naira as cash gift, while 100 persons benefitted in Deddere development area.

Earlier, State Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and NGOs, Hon Magret Elayo, while welcoming the Governor at the various venues of the palliative distribution, appreciated Governor Sule for his selfless efforts to rescue the people from their plight.

Hon. Elayo particularly commended Governor Sule who despite his tight schedule took it upon himself to personally supervise the distribution even with the harsh weather conditions.

Also speaking, Chairman of Obi Local Government Area, Hon Joshua Ozhe-Yekpowudu, commended Governor Sule for embarking on the third phase of palliative distribution across the state.

In a remarks, Overseer of Deddere development area, Dauda Danladi Agbo, described Governor Sule as an honest man, a friend of the poor and an individual whose simplicity is beyond human comprehension.

On his part, the Osoku of Obi, HRH Dangiwa Ogiri Orume, said as the true custodians of the culture of the people who reside in the rural area amongst to common people, they are aware of the challenges currently being faces by the people.

The royal father made a case for a downward review of the cost of fuel, which according to him, would cascade down every sector of the economy.

Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule was in Keana Local Government area of the state where he personally distributed 2,400 (7.5kg) bags of rice to its indegent people.

Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule was in Keana Local Government area of the state where he personally distributed 2,400 (7.5kg) bags of rice to indigent people across: Amiri, Oki, Obene, Iwa, Aloshi and Agaza electoral wards along with 5,000 naira cash gift to all the beneficiaries.

The gesture is part of Engr. Sule’s administration compassionate response to the hardship being experienced by Nigerians as result of rising cost of food items.

Monday 26th February, 2024.