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FLAG-OFF & DISTRIBUTION OF PALLIATIVES IN RESPECT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN NASARAWA STATE 1st of July, 2020.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”17″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_crop=”0″]Speech Delivered by His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State on the Occasion of Distribution of COVID-19 Palliatives to Vulnerable People in the State, Lafia: Wednesday, 1st July, 2020

1. His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State;

2. The Right Hon. Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly;

3. The Hon. Chief Judge of Nasarawa State;

4. Principal Officers and Members of the State House of Assembly;

5. Members of the State Executive and Security Councils;

6. The Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State;

7. The Head of the Civil Service;

8. Special Advisers;

9. The State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC);

10. Permanent Secretaries;

11. His Royal Highness, Hon. Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad I JSC (Rtd) Emir of Lafia and Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs;

12. Chairmen and Chief Executives of Commissions, Boards and Parastatals;

13. Executive Chairmen of Local Government Councils and Overseers of Development Areas;

14. Your Royal Highnesses, Emirs and Chiefs present;

15. Gentlemen of the Press;

16. Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is with a sense of responsibility that I address you today on the occasion of the second phase of the distribution of food items as palliatives to the vulnerable people across the thirteen (13) Local Government Areas of the State.

2. It would be recalled that Government procured twelve (12) trucks of rice in our commitment to cushion the plight of our people during the locked down period as a result of the need to control the spread of CCVID-19 in the State. You are also aware that the Olam Farms Ltd also donated one (1) truck of six hundred (600) bags of rice bringing the total to thirteen (13) trucks. These trucks were distributed to the vulnerable people across the thirteen (13) Local Government Areas of the State at the first instance.

3. The distribution was carried out by a special Committee of Honourable Commissioners, Special Advisers, Local Government Council Chairmen and other appointees of Government. Today’s event is in furtherance of our commitment to continue to provide succour to the vulnerable households and indeed, the poorest of the poor across the nooks and crannies of the State.

4. My dear people of Nasarawa State, you would also recall that the State Government recently received essential commodities worth thirty-five (35) trucks of different food items from Coalition of Private Organization (CA COVID-19), as part of its support to complement Government efforts in cushioning the effects of hunger in this period of COVID-19 pandemic.

5. I commend the Coalition of Private Organization (CA COVID-19) and other philanthropists for this humanitarian gesture, aimed at assisting the less-privileged and vulnerable groups in the society. Indeed, this gesture is worthy of commendation.

6. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I need to state that these commodities will be shared across the one thousand, four hundred and ninety-five (1,495) polling units in the State. It is important to note that these food items are to be shared to the poorest of the poor who have no source of income to cater for their daily needs. In this wise, salary earners, businessmen and other privileged people are exempted from this intervention.

7. I need to state that Government has re-strengthened the palliatives distribution Committees at the Local Government, wards and polling unit levels to ensure transparency in the distribution of the palliatives. Accordingly, the State Steering Committee on COVID-19 will ensure strict supervision and keen monitoring of the distribution process. I need to put on notice that the Palliative Committee at all levels will be held accountable for any anomaly in the distribution of the palliatives.

8. I, therefore, charge you to justify the confidence Government reposed in you by ensuring transparency and fairness in the distribution of these palliatives which should be conducted irrespective of political consideration, religious affiliation and ethnic bias or any other form of sentiments. Above all, you must allow the fear of God to prevail in the course of carrying out your assigned responsibility.

9. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, as you are aware, Government has continued to issue Proclamations in an effort to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the State. This is aimed at protecting the lives of our people against contracting the virus. As you may be aware, report from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), indicates that, Nasarawa State recorded over two hundred (200) cases. It therefore, becomes necessary on all and sundry to continue to comply with the preventive measures and Government directives in order to prevent further spread of the virus in the State.

10. Let me use this opportunity to thank individuals and organizations for their immense contributions towards the fight against the virus. I assure you that Government will continue to support and complement the effort of individuals and groups in turning around the fortunes of our dear State and the country at large.

11. At this juncture, let me express our profound appreciation to the people of Nasarawa State for your understanding and resilience in our collective commitment to control and contain the spread of the pandemic in the State.

12. On this note, it is now my pleasure to flag-off the distribution of food items to the vulnerable people across the thirteen (13) Local Government Areas of the State

13. Thank you and may God bless us all.

PRESS BRIEFING BY HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. EMMANUEL AGBADU AKABE, DEPUTY GOVERNOR WHO DOUBLES AS CHAIRMAN TASK-FORCE ON COVID-19, NASARAWA STATE.

In the spirit of transparency, accountability and prudent management of resources for the benefit of our dear State, His Excellency Dr. Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe today briefed press on successes recorded as well as give account of all contributions made by organizations, banks, institutions and spirited individuals for the fight against the deadly CoronaVirus disease.

Dr. Akabe maintained that the sum of Ninety-Four Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N94,750,000.00) only was donated to Nasarawa State Government for Covid-19 and the sum of Five Hundred and Thirty-Six Million, One Hundred and Fifty-Six Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy-Three Naira, Thirty-Two Kobo (N536,156,273.32) only was expended. He added that, all breakdown of figures will be made available for the general public.

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Engineer Sule inspects food items donated by COCAVID

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”14″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_crop=”0″]Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has inspected various food items donated by a civil society group, Coalition of Civil Society Against COVID-19 (COCAVID), with a view to ensuring that such food items are kept in safe, clean environment.

This, according to Engineer Sule who inspected the food items stored at the Lafia municipal store houses, on Wednesday, said was in order to avoid possible contamination.

While expressing satisfaction with the condition of the stored food items, which comprises of rice, sugar, semovita, noodles, among others, the Governor explained that so far, 34 four trucks out of the 40 donated by COCAVID have arrived the state, with the remaining six trucks being awaited.

Engineer Sule disclosed that arrangement is underway to distribute the food items across the state, to cushion the hardship brought about by the measures put in place by government to contain and control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nasarawa receives five trucks of food items as Federal Government palliatives

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”10″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_crop=”0″]Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe today received delegation from Federal Ministry Of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development who are on a working visit to present Official document on palliatives as part of Federal Government intervention to Nasarawa State Government on the fight against Covid-19.

The delegation was led by Laurat Ajima Elayo the Director Legal Services of the Ministry who represented the Minister, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq Umar.

The Nasarawa State Government has been presented with five trucks of food items as palliatives from the Federal Government.

The food items, which comprises of three trucks of rice, one truck each of tin tomatoes and groundout oil, are meant to be distributed to vulnerable persons across the state, in order to cushion the hardship brought about by restrictions put in place to curb further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hon. Imran Usman Jibrin, Senior Special Assistant on Humanitarian Service and Focal Person NSIP Nasarawa State, who led a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, officially handed over the palliatives to the Nasarawa State Government, on Monday.

The SSA gave a breakdown of the food items as, 1800 bags of rice, 2500 cartons of tomapep and 600 kegs of groundout oil, stressing that the palliatives are to be distributed to the poor, vulnerable and people living with disabilities.

Receiving the palliatives on behalf of the state government, Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, thanked the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruq for the gesture, promising to distribute the items to the targetted beneficiaries.

Dr. Akabe also appreciated the efforts of both the Federal and State Governments, in facing one of the deadliest challenges confronting the world at the moment, reiterating the support of the state government in the fight against COVID-19.

The delegation from the Federal Government was led by Mrs Laurat Ajima Elayo, Director Legal Service of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, who represented the Minister.

NASARAWA ECONOMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL DONATES #5MILLION AND 5000 FACE MASKS TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT

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Governor Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa State has applauded the contributions of the Nasarawa Investment and Economic Council in selling the state and attracting investors for the economic development of the state.

The Governor stated this when he received in audience a delegation of the council who were on a courtesy call to Government House Lafia on Friday.

He said since inauguration of the council, it has promoted the state and kept the government on its toes with the kind of advice and guidance it gives towards the actualization of an economically viable Nasarawa State.

Governor Sule said “For the council that has continued to sale Nasarawa State globally, make Nasarawa what it is today to now come down and make additional sacrifices in cash and in materials touches me and means Alot to me”

He further appreciated the Chairman and members of the Council for their contributions to the economic development of the state despite the challenges occasioned the the coronavirus pandemic.

While reiterating that the contributions of the council towards the fight against the COVID-19 scourge is indeed motivating and touching, Governor Abdullahi Sule added that the government is proud of Dr Faisal Shu’aib and other indigenes of the state who have been acting as good ambassadors of the state nationally and internationally.

The Governor called on other citizens of the state to contribute their qouta towards taking the state to greater heights as he pledge to continue to enlighten the people on what the council has been doing for the state.

Speaking earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency who is also a member of the State Economic Advisory Council, Dr Faisal Shu’aib maintained that the they will remain a great pillar of this administration.

Dr Faisal Shu’aib said they will continue to provide advice towards the development of the state as the council is amazed at the transformation of the state by the Abdullahi A. Sule led administration in Nasarawa State.

He applauded the vision of Governor Abdullahi Sule in his commitment in ensuring a strong and sustainable economic base for the state by enhancing the state’s revenue base.

“We are in solidarity with your visionary leadership for the people of Nasarawa State, we are here working with you providing advice on economic matters and we have began to see some of the good things that you have envisioned for Nasarawa State” Dr Faisal stressed.

Dr Faisal continued “As we said in one of our meetings, we are proud to be part of this amazing journey you are embarking on and we are assure that the people of Nasarawa State will at the end of your governance see how you have transformed the socio-economic development of the state”.

On the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Faisal said Governor Sule’s fight against the scourge is holistic and worthy of applause as stated by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

“We are also mindful of how you have taken rapid steps to make sure that this outbreak is contained and we are happy that Nasarawa is not one of those states that has wide spread transmission of the disease. Again this is because of the leadership you have provided” Faisal added.

He continued by saying “We also know that you are still preparing for the response and you are not only responding but also preparing at the same time and it’s because of what we have seen at the PTF that we recognize that Nasarawa State is one of the states that has provided very strong leadership in the fight against the pandemic”.

Faisal then announced the donation of 5.4 million naira and 5000 locally produced face masks as the State Investment and Economic Advisory Council’s contributions to the fight against coronavirus in the state.

Anniversary: Engineer Sule performs ground breaking ceremonies for 25km feeder road, neighborhood market

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdulahi Sule has performed the ground breaking ceremonies for the construction of the 25km Mararraba-Udege feeder road, as well as the Keffi Square/Neighbourhood Market, valued at N36bn and Ni.6bn respectively.

Engineer Sule performed the flagging off ceremonies on Monday, as part of activities marking his one year in office.

Performing the ground breaking ceremony for the feeder road in Mararraba Udege, in Nasarawa Local Government Area, the Governor said with the area endowed with lots of minerals, vast potentials for agriculture, as well as tourism potentials, the project is expected to provide enabling environment for harnessing these endowments, for socio-economic benefit of the communities along this axis, the state and indeed Nigeria as a whole.

Engineer Sule recalled that his administration made elaborate provision in the 2020 budget for the construction of a number of roads across the state, in line with the government’s policy of creating interconnectivity in rural communities for economic activities and empowerment of the people.

He pointed out that the Mararraba-Udege 25 km stretch, is the second major project to be undertaken by the present administration, with the other one being the 15km Sisin Baki-Farin Ruwa road awarded last year.

According to the Governor, the Mararraba-Udege road project, awarded to the Messrs Tonghyi Hroup Limited, a Chinese firm, at a total cost of N3.6bn, is expected to be completed within a period of 12 months.

The road which runs for a 25km stretch with a one hour port to Odu, has the following features: “Pipe and box culvert, drainage channels, bridge , double coat 7.3m surface dressed pavement and single coat 1.5m surface dressed shoulders on both sides.”

Performing similar ceremony at the site for the construction of the Keffi Square/Neighbourhood Market, at the location of the Old Keffi market, in Keffi Local Government Area, Engineer Sule, described the day as special for not only fulfilling a campaign promise to the people but making a dream come true.

The Governor pointed out that the project was aimed at upgrading the market for enhanced economic activities.

“It’s against this background therefore, that we conceived the idea of developing the Keffi market into a neighbourhood market and also a square, so that we can release the palace of our royal father as venue for most events,” he stated.

Engineer Sule disclosed that the Keffi Neighbourhood market is designed to be a model market with modern facilities and infrastructure and that when completed, will comprise of 561 locked-up retail and wholesale shops, open traditional shops and covered walkways.

He added that the project is geared towards transforming the economy of the state, which will enhance the internal revenue generation of the state and Keffi Local Government Area.

The Governor used the opportunity of the ceremonies to appeal to the people to uphold all established protocols aimed at curbing further spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

In their separate remarks, former governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Chairmen of Nasarawa and Keffi Local Government Areas, showed appreciation to the Governor, for fulfilling his campaign promises.

The Joint Peace And Security Meeting Between Benue and Nasarawa States

1.0 In furtherance of the efforts of the Governors 0f the two States to ensure sustainable peace among the ethnic groups in the States, particularly, communities living at the border areas of the two States, their Excellencies Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue State and Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule Governor of Nasarawa State respectively convened this meeting.

2.0 The meeting was attended by the Deputy Governor of Benue State, Secretary to the Government of both States; members of the State Executive and Security Councils of the two States; other top Government functionaries of the two States, members of the State House of Assembly representing border communities of the two States, Chairmen of the Local Government Councils of the two States sharing borders, Traditional Rulers and Community Leaders as well as representatives from the border communities of the two States.

3.0 Participants at the meeting commended their Excellencies the Governors of Nasarawa and Benue States for their doggedness in ensuring sustainable peace and security among the different ethnic nationalities in the two States. Similarly, security agencies in the two States were commended for their efforts in ensuring peace, Law and Order as well as their prompt response to crisis situations. The meeting also appreciated the efforts of Traditional Rulers and
Communities’ leaders in conflict resolution among warring parties within and among communities of the two states

4.0 After frank and brotherly deliberations, participants at the meeting from both States resolved as follows:

i. The Deputy Governors of the two States and National Boundary Commission should speedily work towards concluding the demarcation of the borders between the two States so as to address the lingering crisis between the Alago, Tiv and the Fulani from both States and resolve their differences.

ii. Fulani herdsmen should refrain from trespassing and occupying farm lands and communities at the disputed border areas for now until the boundary lines between Benue and Nasarawa States are clearly demarcated by the National Boundary Commission (NBC).

iii. Farmers and herdsmen should also refrain from taking laws into their hands at the slightest provocation; they should endeavor to report any trespass or breach of their rights to the constituted authority nearest to them.

iv. Security agencies to intensify surveillance and patrol activities in their border areas and both States should jointly employ the use of community policing to stop the menace of herdsmen attack and inter border banditry activities.

v. No Livestock guard should cross the border into Nasarawa State while performing their assignment.

vi. Border communities 0f the two States should identify perpetrators, sponsors/financiers of criminal activities and report them to security agencies.

vii. Regular visit on each other by Traditional Rulers and Chairmen of Local Government Councils from Benue and Nasarawa States particular those at the border areas.

viii. The Governors of the two States commend His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up special task force on security to complement the efforts of the regular security agencies in combating crimes in North Central Nigeria.

Signed By: 

His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule

Governor of Nasarawa State

His Excellency, Samuel Ortom
Governor, Benue State.

Nasarawa among 6 states where AfDB will establish agro processing zone, says Engineer Sule

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has confirmed that the state has been identified as one of the six states selected by the African Development Bank (AfDB), for the establishment of agro industrial zone.

Engineer Sule made this known while speaking at the 2019 Bankers Committee dinner and award night, which held in Lafia, on Saturday.

According to Engineer Sule, officials of the bank in the country, confirmed that Nasarawa is among the six states selected to benefit from the project.

The Governor appealed to the banks to partner with the state government to make this a reality, since with the coming of the agro processing zone, lots of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and subsequently major players, will be part of the agro industrial zone.

The AfDB recently said it has earmarked $500m loan for the development of agro-industrial zones across various states.

Called the Special Agro Industrial Process, officials of the bank said it will be similar to the free trade zone, where thousands of direct and indirect jobs will be created for Nigerians across the country.

This is coming on the heels of recent achievement recorded by the administration in the area of agriculture, particularly with the Dangote Group already working in Tunga, Doma and Nasarawa Local Government area, with Azman Farm and Rice Mill having completed all arrangement to cultivate 14, 000 hectares of land for rice production in Toto Local Government Area.

“But just a few days ago, we also received the Flour Mills of Nigeria, who are also going to establish their own 20, 000 hectares of land around Umuasha that they will be establishing cassava and sugar plantations,” he said.

The Governor however noted that all these will not be possible without the support of the bankers.

Engineer Sule vows to transform Keffi to befitting status as gateway to Nasarawa

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has vowed to develop Keffi to attain its befitting status as the gateway to the state from Abuja.

Engineer Sule made the vow while hosting a delegation from the Keffi Emirate, on a special courtesy call at the Government House, on Monday.

The Governor added that with Keffi, being what Agbara in Ogun State is to Lagos, manifests the real essence of Nasarawa State, stressing that with the town noted for its rich history and culture, hosting several prominent citizens, it has become imperative for his administration to build Keffi to the status that portrays the beauty of the state and its people.

Engineer Sule disclosed that to this end, the contract for the construction of the Keffi Circle, to be erected on the old market site, will be awarded in next month.

Also, he further disclosed that his administration will not rest until it carry out major roads constructions within Keffi. Specifically, the road from the roundabout-Old Keffi road-Prison-Keffi Grave Yard.

Other roads identified by Engineer Sule included the dualization of the road from that same roundabout coming towards Nasarawa road to the main roundabout, going to the hospital, as well as another dual carriageway from the Keffi Hotel junction, going through Antau to connect the roundabout, through the palace and going through Karofi to connect the Nasarawa road.

“Because of the historical nature of Keffi and the prominent people of Keffi, we must build Keffi to that status that defines us and beautifies us as people of Nasarawa state,” the Governor stated.

On the restoration of water supply to the ancient town, the Governor expressed satisfaction that he was able to address the issue and to restore water supply in the town.

He however noted that a new water tank will be installed at the Moloney pumping station, to replace the leaking tank.

Engineer Sule used the opportunity of the visit to thanked the Emir of Keffi, HRH Dr. Shehu Usman Yamusa III, as well as the Turakin Keffi, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, for intervening in the controversy surrounding the alleged demolition of an uncompleted mosque located at the old Keffi market.

The Governor equally thanked them for intervening on behalf of the state to seek for the extension of the light rail from Abuja-Keffi-Gudi, which will further serve to decongest traffic on the busy Abuja-Keffi expressway.

Earlier, in an introductory remark, Senator Adamu, the first civilian governor of the state, said the delegation were on the very special courtesy and goodwill visit to the Governor and to the government of Nasarawa State.

Senator Adamu added that the people of Keffi remain loyal to the present administration, as well as appreciate some of the major steps government has taken, which serves as indicators of the commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of Keffi and its people.

In his remarks, the Emir of Keffi, HRH Dr. Shehu Usman Yamusa III, told his host that they were at the Government House to show appreciation over the manifest commitment and dedication to the state and people of Keffi by the present administration.

The royal father thanked the Governor for restoring water supply to Keffi after a prolonged scarcity, making case for further interventions, especially in the area of link roads.