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N500m Youth Revolving Funds Scheme: BoI, Nasarawa State Government sign MoU

The Bank of Industry (BOI) and Nasarawa State Government have signed a memorandum of understanding and officially launched N500m youth revolving funds in an event that took place at the Late Aliyu Akwe Doma Banquet Hall on 27th October, 2022 in Lafia.
In his speech during the signing ceremony, Governor Abdullahi Sule said the initiative would help in wealth creation through investment and employment opportunities generation for the youth of the state as government would closely monitor the scheme multiplyer effect.
The governor noted that the over two hundred youths that had already been trained through the human capital development office would be the first to access the funds to set up businesses that would help reduce restiveness amongst youths.
“Today’s occasion is significant as it is in tandem with the philosophy and vision of our administration particularly in the development of youths through the creation of equal opportunities for them to realize their potentials for socio-economic development of the state,” Governor Sule noted.
He commended the Bank of Industry for conceiving the idea of youth revolving scheme which is designed to grant soft loans to the youthful population to boost their economic viability through entrepreneurship.
Governor Sule explained that he had since approved the N250m matching counterpart fund and assured the people of the state that in the second phase, he intends to provide N500m as matching funds and the Bank of Industry would augment it with another N500m to make it N1bn youth revolving funds scheme in Nasarawa State.
On his part, Olukayode Pitan Managing Director/CEO Bank of Industry who was represented by Dr. Rislanudeen Muhammad who is the General Manager Small and Medium Enterprises, North said the Youth Revolving Funds Scheme is a matching funds agreement where the state government and BOI contributes N250m each.
The MD BOI stressed that research has shown that Nigeria has one of the highest youths population in the world with current unemployment rate estimated at 33.3 percent which makes the need for intervention imperative.
“We are optimistic that this funding partnership will expand the capacity and productivity of MSMEs in this great state,” Dr. Pitan said.
He assured that the Bank of Industry would continue to play significant role in boosting Nigeria enterprises through the provision of innovative financial services mostly in single digit interest rates on loans.
On her part, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor and Focal Person, Human Capital Development, Habiba Balarabe Suleiman appreciated the Bank of Industry as well as the governor for adopting what she called game changer.
She stressed that, the state government had lived up to it’s responsibilities by paving the way for the youths of the state to access funds to finance their business ideas thereby curbing restiveness which is prevalent amongst the youths.
In his vote of thanks, the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe who is the Chairman Human Capital Development said he realized that the agreement with Bank of Industry had become imperative soon after they trained over 200 youths on employability skills with nothing to offer them as startup incentives.
He appreciated the governor for making the process seamless through prompt approval of the N250m matching funds which culminated into the MoU signing ceremony.

Engineer Sule awards over N4bn contract for Toto/Umaisha road, says Nasarawa Speaker

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has awarded the contract for the construction of the about 50km road linking Toto, headquarters of Toto Local Government Area, with Umaisha, estimated to cost over N4bn.

Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, disclosed this while delivering a speech during the distribution of relief materials to victims of the recent flood in Umaisha, on Thursday.

This is just as the speaker confirmed that Engineer Sule, only three days ago, approved for the relese of another N500m for the electrification of Ugya to Umaisha, with work on the project already commencing.

Commenting on the impact of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration led by Engineer Sule, Rt. Hon Abdullahi, appreciated the Governor for tackling the menace of bandits and kidnappers, who previously plied their nefarious trade freely and unchecked.

He commended Engineer Sule for taking appropriate measures to secure the lives and property of the people of the area.

The speaker equally lauded the Governor for the award of a contract for the construction of a modern market in Toto to enhance economic activities, just as he acknowledged that Toto Local Government has its fair share of political appointees both at the Federal and state levels.

Rt. Hon Abdullahi also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for awarding the contract for the construction of the Abaji/Keffi road.

As a measure of the confidence and trust, the speaker assured the Governor of maximum support during the 2023 general elections.

“The people of Toto know the right thing to do. We are the home of APC. We will continue to support our amiable Governor and ensure that he secures another term in office,” the Speaker said.

In his speech, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, sympathized and commiserated with those affected by the recent flood in the area.

Engineer Sule disclosed that, aware of the perennial nature of the flood with its devastating impact, governors met to find lasting solutions to the flood caused by the release of water from dams in neighboring Cameroon.

He said that governors have agreed to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on a two-way approach that could permanently address the seasonal flood.

“We will not wait every year for the floods to come and ravaged our communities, which explains why Nigerian governors sought for a permanent solution to the recurrent floods. Even with the flood detection technology installed here in Umaisha, the flood still came with its devastating impact.

“We approached the Federal Government with a view to contacting Cameroon to address the seasonal release of water from dams. We agreed to support Cameroon to expand their dam to contain more water. Also, we intend to appeal to commercial farms along waterways to construct their dams in order to reduce the inflow of water,” the Governor explained.

He announced a combined donation of relief materials from the Federal and Nasarawa State governments, aimed at cushioning the plight of the people affected by the recent flood.

The Governor equally made a personal donation of four million naira, to be shared among the four communities affected by the flood in Umaisha, as well as another one million naira to be shared among women and youths who witnessed the event.

He used the opportunity to appeal to the people, particularly the youths, on the need to live in peace, appreciating security agencies operating in the state, especially the police, army, special forces and the Nigerian Air Force for their surveillance which saw to the banishment of criminals from the area.

The Governor thereafter presented the combined relief materials to include mattresses 150, mosquito nets 380, blankets 290, towels 290, plastic mats 290, wrappers for women290, brocade for men 290, buckets 290, plates 290, cups 290, spoons 290, diapers for nursing mothers 38 cartons, sanitary pads 38 cartoons, soap 24 cartoons, detergent 22 cartoons, cooking pots 38, stoves 22, men’s clothing 220, children clothing 290 and women clothing 290.

On its part, the Nasarawa State Government donated beans 38 bags, rice 38 bags, maize 38 bags, millet 16 bags, guinea corn 22 bags, sugar 11 bags and garri 11 bags.

Engineer Sule equally appreciated spirited individuals who came to the rescue of the flood victims through the donation of food items and cash.

In a goodwill message, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, appreciated the Governor for not only coming to the rescue of the people of the area affected by the recent flood, but for his laudable development strides in Toto Local Government Area.

Earlier in a welcome address, Chairman, Toto Local Government Area, Hon Abdullahi Tashas Aquatic, appreciated Engineer Sule for awarding the construction of an asphalt road linking Toto to Umaisha, as well as the construction of a divisional police station in Umaisha.

Hon Aquatic used the opportunity to further request for the fencing and furnishing of the newly completed police divisional office in Umaisha, urging the Governor to reactivate the decision taken 20 years ago, to construct a bridge across the river passing through Umaisha that will link the North with the South East.

He announced that spirited individuals already came to the rescue of the affected persons whose houses and farms were destroyed by the flood.

He listed those that donated to the victims of the flood to include the Right Honourable Speaker of the state assembly who donated N4m, National Chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu donated food items and cash, Architect Oseze donated N1m, Dr Faisal Shuaib donated two trailers of food items and cash, Hon Ahmed Aliyu Wadada gave N2.5M, Barrister Labaran Magaji donated 250 bags of rice, Architect Shehu Tukur brought food items and cash and Alhaji Saad Ibrahim Turaki who donated N500, 000


The Nasarawa State Teachers’ Service Commission wishes to notify the Public particularly applicants who applied for teaching job and were invited for interview that, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, in his magnanimity, has graciously granted approval for the release of appointment letters to successful applicants scheduled as follows:-
Thursday, 15th September, 2022:
Toto, Nasarawa and Karu
Friday, 16th September, 2022
Keffi, Kokona and Akwanga
Monday, 19th September, 2022:
Nasarawa Eggon,Wamba, Awe and Obi
Tuesday, 20th September, 2022
Keana, Doma and Lafia
Time: – 9:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: – Teachers’ Service Commission

2. Consequently, all successful applicants are expected to check their names on the portal via this link: Facebook, WhatsApp and other platforms (Social Media) and to come along with the following documents for documentation and collection of appointment letters: –
i. Original copies of credential
ii. Three photocopies of credentials
iii. Three copies of acceptance

NOTE: Successful applicants are enjoined to come strictly according to their local Government areas, to enable the Commission distribute the letters orderly. Any applicant who is caught in local Government other than his/her own local Government will be copiously embarrassed
Pastor Benjamin chindo Baka
Teachers’ Service Commission

Engineer Sule distributes over 30 additional vehicles to security, other government agencies.

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has distributed over 30 additional operational vehicles to security agencies operating in the state, traditional rulers, as well as other government agencies, as part of the continuous efforts by his administration towards ensuring the protection of life and property of the people.

Engineer Sule distributed the vehicles comprising of 20 number of brand new Hilux, 10 brand new saloon cars, as well as a number of fairly used vehicles, at a ceremony at the Government House, on Wednesday.

The Governor listed among the beneficiaries of the gesture to include traditional rulers, the police, 4 brand new Hilux, army, 3 new Hilux, DSS, Air Force, NSCDC, FRSC one Hilux each, NDLEA 1, Police medical unit,1 Hilux.

Others are Nasarawa Waste Management Bureau, 1 Hilux, Pension Bureau, 1 saloon car, Shehu Ibrahim, DG, BITC, 1 brand new car, Mallam Yakubu Lamai, DG, Strategic Communication, 1 brand new car, NADP, 1 Hilux, Ministry of Youth and Support, 1 Hilux, Ministry of Science and Technology, 1 Hilux, NASIDA, 1 Hilux, Ministry of Women Affairs, 1 Hilux, Office of the Auditor General (State and Local Government), 2 Hilux, while the Office of the Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, gets 1 one pick up van.

Also benefitting are Christian leaders under the aegis of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), 2, leaders of the Muslim community, 2, as well as vigilante and hunters group, one Sharon each.

While appreciating God, as well as all the stakeholders and the people of the state, for the continued support given to his administration, leading to making Nasarawa State one of the safest states in the country, in spite of the prevailing security challenges, Engineer Sule said his administration will continue to support security agencies in the state to facilitate their operations towards enduring peace and security.

He described security as the responsibility of all and sundry, adding that is the reason why his administration will not just remain grateful but will continue to make stringent efforts towards sustaining peace and security in the state.

The Governor recalled recently that his administration had cause to order for the shutdown of schools as part of the continuous efforts to curtail insecurity.

“Recently, if you remember, when we were told about a possible attack by some criminals, we decided to shutdown our schools. God almighty helped us to ensure we didn’t have any crisis whatsoever as a result of shutting down the schools. We thank both the institutions for their cooperation as well as the students for accepting the schools to be closed,” he said.

As the country inches towards another political campaign period, he appealed to both Christian and Muslim leaders, to pray for the state and to create awareness especially among supporters of politicians seeking political offices.

“We must have a state before the leaders. Let’s have a peaceful state. Preach to supporters. We must live peacefully in our state first,” he stated.

Earlier, in an opening remarks, Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, Barrister Mohammed Ubandoma Aliyu, noted that, since his coming into office in 2019, Governor Abdullahi Sule has continued to give priority attention to the provision of security for the protection of life and property of the people, as well as, creation of desired environment for socioeconomic development in the state.

The SGNS said the distribution of operational vehicles to security agencies and other government agencies, is intended to further strengthen the operation of security personnel and also enhance execution and implementation of government policies and programmes.

Barrister Ubandoma disclosed that, so far, the Engineer Sule administration has purchased and distributed 129 vehicles, comprising Hilux, land cruisers, buses and other exotic cars.

“In order to sustain the tempo of performance of our security agencies, as well as government institutions, we are gathered here today to witness the distribution of 30 brand new vehicles, 8 Sharon cars and 4 fairly used Hilux pickups,” he added.

In a vote of thanks on behalf of the benefitting security agencies, Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Adesina Soyemi, appreciated the Governor for the continuous support given to security agencies operating in the state.

Represented at the event by DCP Umar Shehu Nadada, the police commissioner assured that security agencies will continue to maintain the lead for Nasarawa to remain one of the safest in the nation and the safest in the North Central geopolitical zone.

The CP used the opportunity to call on all the indigenes of the state, to continue supporting the security agencies by way of divulging information to the agencies, as according to him, “security business is not a one man business, security is for all. Everybody has to contribute his own quota to ensure that the state is secured.”

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