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His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule supervised the distribution of 1300 bags of the commodity to farmers from the 13 wards of the LGA.

The FG FREE NPK & UREA FERTILISER distribution train stopped at Nasarawa Eggon LGA.

His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule supervised the distribution of 1300 bags of the commodity to farmers from the 13 wards of the LGA.

The fertilizer was provided to the State at NO COST by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR while Nasarawa State Government paid the costs of transportation and other charges.

The 13 wards in Nasarawa Eggon received 100bags.

Friday, 12/07/2024

Former Bauchi State Governor, Alh. Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu and the Polish Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E. Mrs. Joanna Tarnawska, today Commissioned two projects executed by the Engr Abdullahi A. Sule administration in Akwanga LGA.

Former Bauchi State Governor, Alh. Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu and the Polish Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E. Mrs. Joanna Tarnawska, today Commissioned two projects executed by the Engr Abdullahi A. Sule administration in Akwanga LGA.

The projects are the Remodeled Youth Centre named after Suleiman Z. Jakonda and Youth Centre road named after Adamu Mu’azu mother’s Hajiya Halima( Baaban Akwanga) road.

The two personalities praised Governor Sule for his exceptional leadership in the state.

 

Friday, 12/07/ 2024

INDIAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY KEEN ON NASARAWA, AS GOVERNOR SULE TAKES INVESTMENT DRIVE TO MUMBAI.

Major companies and investors in India have indicated strong interests in taking their businesses to Nasarawa state as Governor Abdullahi Sule commenced a three day working visit to India.
During two engagements shortly after arriving the commercial city of Mumbai, Governor Sule met with representatives of Rites Limited, a global giant in infrastructure development, transport and manufacturing as well as a consortium of investors.
On the cards for discussion between Engr. Sule and officials of the company is the planned Keffi-Abuja Rail System, saying it is an important project with great potentials that his administration is serious about.
Engr. Abdullahi Sule is in Mumbai on the invitation of a company that specialises in tractor and agricultural production. The visit is in continuation of the administration’s efforts at mechanising agricultural practice in Nasarawa as well boosting President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s foods security initiatives.
During the visit the governor will engage his hosts on the prospects of acquiring more tractors for farmers in the state as well as silos development to cut post-harvest loses and harvesters. “We are eager to quickly mechanise and deploy technology in our agricultural practices. We want to boost food production and complement the efforts of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s initiatives”. He said.
At another meeting that brought together investors, Diplomats and the business community under one roof, Engr. Sule shared his dreams for Nasarawa while highlighting the opportunities that abound and the prevailing ease of doing business environment in the state.
Areas on interest that came up for discussion include pharmaceuticals, oil and Gas, Textile, Education, Infrastructure, health and agriculture in Nasarawa state and the country at large.
Accompanying Governor Sule on the investment drive are the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry for Agriculture, Umar Abubakar Danakano and the ADP state Programmes Manager, Alanana Emmanuel amongst others.
Ibrahim Addra
Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Governor, Nasarawa State.

Barely ten days ago during the 60th Anniversary celebrations of NIPR (Nigeria Institute of Public Relations), which held in Abuja on 27th July 2024; NIPR decided to honour Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule with the prestigious award of DIAMOND PRIZE FOR INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP.

ABDULLAHI A. SULE: “FROM GLORY TO GLORY!

By Yakubu Lamai:

Barely ten days ago during the 60th Anniversary celebrations of NIPR (Nigeria Institute of Public Relations), which held in Abuja on 27th July 2024; NIPR decided to honour Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule with the prestigious award of DIAMOND PRIZE FOR INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP.

The NIPR whose primary function as enshrined in the constitution is to use PR to enhance the image of Nigeria by creating positive narratives about the country, stated that Governor Sule has shown remarkable foresight by taking up the historic responsibility to host the first ever NIPR Finishing School and NIPR University, which will be the first of its kind in the entire world. Since this remarkable feat, NIPR has now become a drum major of telling the world that indeed Nasarawa State is an open, secure and peaceful Investment Frontier because the state is blessed with a governor who is focused on attracting investments and uniting his people for collective prosperity, while preaching peace and staving off purveyors of hate, division and retrogression.

In the same manner, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Nasarawa State recently embarked on an independent critical survey of the direct impact of the policies and programs of the A.A. Sule administration on rural people. According to the State Director of NOA, Dr. Priscilla Gondoalour; in order to ensure that the ordinary village people speak truthfully and without any preconceived bias or coercion, the NOA team told the respondents as captured on video and photographic evidence, that NOA was conducting a statewide public perception survey of government policies, programs and activities in Nasarawa State.

NOA was taken by surprise with the positive results of its survey across the 13 local government areas, that the agency immediately decided to compile its findings in a new book entitled ENGR. ABDULLAHI A. SULE: RAISING THE BARS OF GOVERNANCE which is different from all other publications, because the book focuses strictly on the behavior, character and evidence-based achievements of Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, which will be presented to the public as a model of exemplary approach to governance, practical achievements, and worthy leadership deserving to be integrated into the civic education of upcoming politicians, as a way to inculcate patriotism in emerging politicians.

NOA State Director, Dr. Priscilla Gondoalour has said that the National Orientation Agency will soon unveil and share this valuable book to various schools, institutes of democracy and the National Library. And as if to confirm the independent findings of the National Orientation Agency, on Saturday 6th July 2024; the NIGERIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS IN PUBLIC SERVICE (NEAP) which is organized bi-annually by the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF) held at the State House Conference Hall of the Presidential Villa, where Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule was conferred with DISTINGUISHED AWARD FOR RURAL TRANSFORMATION.

In his remarks at the event, Vice President Kashim Shettima stated that: The Nigeria Excellence Awards shows that excellence is not an orphan and the only way Nigeria can create an ecosystem of service which will forestall dysfunction in our public institution is if we applaud the culture of hard work and recognize unsung heroes like Governor Abdullahi A. Sule who serve as the role models that will create a ripple effect of sacrifice and commitment to GOOD governance!

Just as Governor A.A. Sule was receiving the NIGERIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS IN PUBLIC SERVICE which aims to inspire patriotism and the pursuit of excellence; another breaking news reached Nasarawa State that the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) will also confer on H.E. Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule a “ROLE MODEL AWARD IN ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP” during the forthcoming National Diaspora Merit Award (NDMA) slated to hold on Friday July 26th 2024 at the State House Auditorium, Presidential Villa in Abuja by 4pm; as a way to instill pride in Nigerians living in the diaspora who are being encouraged to follow the worthy example of Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule by also returning home and contributing to national development.

In conclusion, it is said that for a person to go out in a blaze of glory, then it is because such an individual must have done something truly remarkable at the end of his life or career which makes him famous. However, the same cannot be said of Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, since he is still rising and not retiring anytime soon. For indeed and without doubt, Governor A.A. Sule of Nasarawa State keeps flying high, not too close to the sun for the heat to burn his skin and not too low to the ground for the ocean waves to dampen his feathers. Engr. A.A. Sule simply keeps transforming “from glory to glory” and proving time and again that, when the righteous is on the throne, the people (will always) rejoice!

YAKUBU LAMAI is Director General; Strategic Communication & Events Management to H.E. Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, Governor of Nasarawa State.
Sunday 7th July 2024

The Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule performed the ground breaking for the construction of the 250 Housing Units under the Renewed Hope Cities and Housing Units Scheme of the Federal Government. The project is located in Shabu, in Lafia LGA. At the event were the Honourable Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, the Minister of State, MD CEO FMBN, Developers and other stakeholders. Lafia, Saturday, 6th July, 2024

Renewed hope housing: Governor Sule makes case for graduates of vocational, technical institute to be employed

…accessibility, free land cuts cost per unit by 30 percent in Nasarawa-Housing Minister

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has appealed to contractors handling the construction of the 250 housing units under the Federal Government’s Renewed Hope Cities and Estate programme in Shabu, to employ graduates of the Wing Commander Abdullahi Ibrahim Vocational and Technical Institute Lafia.

Governor Sule made the case in his address during the groundbreaking for the construction of 250 housing units by the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development in Shabu, Lafia Local Government Area on Saturday.

According to the Governor, His administration has since inception committed itself to providing technical and vocational skills in various fields for the indigenes of the state, stressing that employing them on the site of the construction would afford them the opportunity to practice what they must have learned.

While expressing joy that the construction work would provide jobs for 6500 skilled and unskilled labour, he said the contractors would even it find it cheaper recruiting graduates of the technical and vocational institute because most of them reside in Lafia.

Governor Sule also called on the trainees to avail themselves the opportunity by going to the construction site to be employed.

“This is a big jump for us. Since our inception we have committed to providing technical and vocational institute were people are being trained in all the areas that you mentioned. Iron bending, wielding, fabrication, electrical installation, motor mechanics, agricultural mechanization, air-conditioning and refrigeration and ICT.

“I’m calling on the trainees to come to this site and get the opportunity to practice what they have learned. I urge our contractors to assist us by employing some of these people because they are going to be cheaper for you to engage since they are closer here, and live here,” he stated.

He commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Federal Government for conceiving the initiative for the construction of 5000 units across the 13 states of the Federation under the Renewed Hope Cities and Estate programme.

“I also wish to commend the honourable ministers for selecting Nasarawa State as one of the pilot states to benefit from this initiative aimed at alleviating the sufferings of the public servants who have to contend with increasing house rents vis-a-vis their take home salary,” he said.

He used the opportunity of the event to reiterate the commitment of his administration to providing affordable and comfortable accommodation to civil servants in the state, recalling that only recently, the state government approved the allocation and issued letters to deserving civil servants occupying government quarters within Lafia on owner-occupier basis.

Governor Sule assured the Federal Government of the continued support of his administration towards the successful execution of the renewed hope housing scheme in Nasarawa State.

On the reduction in cost by 30 percent as a result of the accessibility of the site, he showed appreciation to his predecessor, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura for his foresight in acquiring the land and for making it available to the government for use.

“The Honourable Minister made me even more excited by saying that since the cost of construction is less, the cost of also selling the property is also going to be less. This site was acquired by my predecessor, Senator Tanko Al-makura. At the time he got it lots of people wondered what he was doing acquring a bush. Thank you for your foresight and for your vision,” he added.

This is just at the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, thanked Governor Sule for promptly providing free land and the most accessible location for the 250 units housing project.

“This singular action has helped us to reduce as much as 30 percent of the cost of units in this estate for the benefit of potential home owners. This is a dividends of responsible governance and I applaud Your Excellency for this,” the Minister said.

He disclosed that under the phase one of the Renewed Hope Cities and Estate programme, his ministry planned to deliver a total of 50, 000 housing units across Nigeria, including the seven renewed hope cities that will have between 501 housing units per site in each of the six geopolitical zones in the country and the FCT.

Arc Dangiwa while flagging off the construction of the 250 units under the Renewed Hope Cities and Estate programme of the Federal Government, said project comprise of 50 units of one-bedroom semi detached bungalows, 150 2-beddroom semi detached bungalows and 50 units of 3-bedroom semi detached bungalows.

He warned contractors handling the project that his ministry would not tolerate substandard work, charging them to ensure that they build according to specifications.

I want to emphasize in very strong terms that we will not tolerate substandard work from any of the developer. We will explore all necessary legal means to ensure that they deliver as per the contract. If you collect government money, you must do the work,” he said.

The minister further called on the developers to adhere to the timeline and finish within three months so that the ministry can begin to give them to Nasarawa indigenes to purchase and move in.

He highlighted on the efforts by the Ministry to make the houses affordable for the intended beneficiaries.

“To ensure affordability, we have created different options to enable everyone who has a source of income and livelihoods to own these homes when they are completed. This includes single digit mortgage loans, and the beneficiaries can pay over 30 years. Rent on skills provided by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to which the MD/CEO has confirmed to you. And any outright purchase options or installment payment for those who can afford to pay upfront,” he added.

Arc Dangiwa explained that for the 350 units in Nasarawa State, the project hopes to create jobs for over 6500 people in various trades for professionals such as architects, quantity surveyors, civil, mechanical and electrical engineers to masons, plumbers, tilers, electricians, laborers, iron benders.

“We have seen that an unskilled worker at the project sites earns 35, 000 naira per week at an average of 5 thousand naira per day. This amounts to about 140, 000 naira per month which is more than even the minimum wage. This in addition to other economic activities including foodstuff, supplying blocks and providing building materials,” he said.

The Minister appreciated President Tinubu for the political will to embark on the project and for making available N50bn out of the N100bn earmarked in the 2023 supplementary budget for delivering 50, 000 housing units across the country under the phase one of the Renewed Hope Cities and Estate programme.

For Shehu Usman Osidi, MD/CEO of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, the bank have provided a one billion naira off-takers guarantees for the development and construction of 3112 housing units, which is part of a global plan to deliver 100, 000 housing units across the country.

Osidi disclosed that in Nasarawa State, the FMBN has financed 11 housing projects in various parts of the state most of which have been completed and delivered.

“We have also disbursed 7.5bn under our home renovation loans to 8583 indigenes of Nasarawa State while 105 FHA beneficiaries recently emerged as home owners under our rent-to-own scheme,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the developers handling the project, Danmallam Saleh, the Minister of their commitment to ensuring that the renewed hope estates meets the highest quality of standards and design.

He further assured that their team is dedicated to completing this project within a stipulated time frame of 3 months, adhering strictly to all specifications provided.

 

 

Chairman North Central Forum and Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule has clinched the Nigeria Excellence Awards in Public Service, NEAPS for 2023. Gov. Sule was honoured in the area of Rural Development. He is one of the 42 awardees at this years’ award. In the 2022 edition. Engr. Abdullahi Sule was honoured for Agricultural Development. Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima (GCON) presented the award at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja Saturday, 6th July, 2024

Chairman North Central Governors Forum and Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule hosts Governors from the zone, the Hon. Minister of Works, H.E Dave Umahi and other Stakeholders’ for an Engagement on the Alignment of Superhighway for the Renewed Hope Legacy infrastructure project. The project comprises the following; Nasarawa State (95km), Kogi (111km) Benue (66km) and FCT(12km), 284 km out of the 477km Government House, Lafia. Friday, 5th July, 2024

Nasarawa State Governor Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule led a delegation to from the state to brainstorm with the World Bank team at the Bank’s Head Office in Abuja.

Nasarawa State Governor Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule led a delegation to from the state to brainstorm with the World Bank team at the Bank’s Head Office in Abuja.

Discussions centred on the various partnerships and projects being jointly executed by the Bank and the Nasarawa State Government.

At the meeting is the Bank’s Country Director Taimur Samad.

These include projects in health, agriculture, nutrition, environment, infrastructure, power, Social Investments.

His Excellency’s team comprised of Sen. Aliyu Wadada, Hon. Gaza Gbewfi and Hon. J.J Umaru. Others are Hon. Commissioners Finance, Environment and Women Affairs, the Accountant General, ACreSAL state Project coordinator and the DG NSSIA amongst others.

Nasarawa earns first signature bonus in mining to access 4m USD for business enabling reforms

Nasarawa earns first signature bonus in mining to access 4m USD for business enabling reforms

For the first time since its creation, Nasarawa State will earn its first signature bonus in mining following the agreement reached with Avatar New Energy Materials Co Ltd that will establish its second lithium factory in Udege.

Governor Abdullahi Sule disclosed this while chairing the quarterly Nasarawa Enabling Business Environment Council (NEBEC), at the Government House, on Thursday.

Governor Sule explained that part of the agreement entered with Avatar is that the company will not only pay a signature bonus into the state government account, the firm also undertakes to pay a percentage for every ton of lithium to be mined at the new site to the coffers of Nasarawa State.

He explained that this was only made possible because the Nasarawa State Government has interest in part of the land where Avatar will establish its second lithium factory.

“In part of that area where the factory will be established, the Nasarawa State government has an interest. They are concluding right now with the Commissioner for Environment about the signature bonus that would be paid to the account of the state government. Once they conclude, for the first time in the history of the state, we will receive a signature bonus as a result of mining.

“In addition to that, we came up with an agreement about how much the state will continue to get for every ton of lithium. That is a part of our agreement. The exciting thing about that aspect is that, even after I am gone, the benefits of our structure are going to be there. The next administration will continue to utilize that percentage of what is going to come to the state,” he stated.

This just as Governor Sule announced that Nasarawa State has joined seven other states in the country to qualify for the State Action Business Enabling Reforms (SABER), with the state poised to access four million dollars.

“I am happy to inform you that Nasarawa State has made all the requirements of SABER, and Nasarawa State is among the seven states in the country under the programme. We remain committed to these ideals, and we shall continue to provide the required support in order for us to have seamless platforms for these businesses,” he assured.

The Governor therfore tasked all relevant stakeholders, chief executives, and business related MDAs to continue to collaborate closely with each other in order for the state to continue on this line of success.

He explained that the NEBEC with him as Chairman, sits quarterly in order to take far-reaching decisions that would provide and make the state’s environment conducive for businesses to thrive.

According to him, the council has continued to play very significant role in ensuring that the state participates and meets the requirements for the SABER, a World Bank and Federal Government assisted programme.

“At the end of this meeting, I trust all other necessary actions that have been taken by the relevant stakeholders will be implemented. The decisions taken by the council would be fully implemented,” he stated.

It’s on record that, states must achieve the annual eligibility criteria as prerequisites for being part of programme’s result- based financing, with Nasarawa State now in pole position to access four million dollars.

The council equally reviewed the just concluded second Nasarawa Investment Summit, with the Chairman commending the Nasarawa Investment Development Agency (NASIDA) for organizing a successful summit.

Governor Sule announced that four million naira was received as part of the donation by the Dangote Group, with the money channeled to NASIDA.

“Also, just to conclude, in the area of business. Let me also congratulate the NASIDA for putting together a very successful investment summit that we have had. This morning the Dangote Group also donated 40 million naira that is coming to NASIDA,” he stated.

Some commissioners and heads of MDAs addressed the media shortly after the NEBEC meeting.

Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Yakubu Kwanta, commended Governor Sule for creating enabling business environment in the state that is attracting investors into Nasarawa State.

On his part, Managing Director/CEO, Nasarawa Investment Development Agency (NASIDA), Ibrahim Abdullahi, the NEBEC meeting sits quarterly to discuss the state’s business environment and deliberate and bring up solutions that would continue to improve the state’s attractiveness, effectiveness and competiveness with the sole aim of making it conducive for businesses to thrive.

Abdullahi said the meeting on Thursday received updates on the implementation of the state’s action for enabling business reforms, which is a World Bank programme for results in which all Nigerian states are participating.

“We are very happy to announce that Nasarawa State has made tremendous progress. We have qualified for the SABER prior results which gives the state the sum of 4m dollars under the prior results programme.

“We will continue to work on other DLIs to achieve the objectives of the programme both for 2023. We are currently under review for results implemented in 2023. We will continue to implement the results for 2024,” he said.