Thursday, 28th September, 2023
His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule receives in audience, Sustainable World Advanced Technologies(SWAT).
The company is expressing interest in the area of road construction using a new technology.
Her Excellency, Hajiya Silifat Abdullahi A. Sule, First Lady Nasarawa State alongside some Governors’ spouses were led by the Chairperson of the Nigeria Governors’ Wives Association, NGWA, Amb. Olufolake Abdulrazaq on a courtesy visit to the Mayor of New York, Eric Adams.
22nd September, 2023.
The Chairman, North Central States Governors Forum and Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule pays a courtesy visit on the President, Nigeria Football Federation, Alh. Ibrahim Musa Gusau.
Engr. Sule is the first Governor to visit the new president of the Nigeria Football Federation.
Governor Sule seeks for robust collaboration between Nasarawa state and the Football Federation in the area of football development amo
Friday, 22nd September, 2023
Engineer Sule flags off distribution of farm inputs to 8, 200 farmers
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has flagged off the distribution of farm inputs and assets to 8, 200 farmers from across the state, under the Nasarawa State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-CARES) programme.
Engineer Sule flagged of the distribution in a ceremony at the Government House, on Thursday.
The Governor disclosed that N-CARES is providing 4, 000 farmers with an input package of herbicide, fertilizer and 4,000kg of sesame seeds in order to support them with climate-smart agricultural inputs to increase farm yield and livelihoods.
He further disclosed that N-CARES is also providing 4, 200 farmers with asset package of sprayer, rain boot, hand glove and nose mask to serve as Personal Protective Equipment in line with global best practices.
The Governor commended the N-CARES for the provision of farm inputs to support local farmers in order to improve yield and boost agricultural production for food security and value-chain addition in the country.
“As you may be aware, the NG-CARES programme was designed to serve as a response to the hardship, occasioned by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which affected the global economy over the years.
“It is also intended to provide support in form of grant to the poor and vulnerable households, with a view to enhance access to livelihoods and other social services,” he stated.
He emphasized that the Nasarawa State N-CARES programme is focused on agriculture because agriculture remains the mainstay of the economy of the state, with over 80 percent of the population engaging in one form of farming activity or the other.
Engineer Sule used the opportunity of the event to announced that his administration has approved for the immediate procurement and distribution of fertilizers and other farm inputs to farmers, in addition to other farm inputs which are being distributed towards delivering the objectives enshrined in the Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy (NEDS).
In her remarks, State Commissioner of Finance, Hon Munirat Abdullahi, described the event as a turning point in the state government’s commitment to supporting agriculture while recognizing that a thriving agricultural sector is vital for the prosperity of the people and the growth of the state’s economy, as well as growing the IGR of the state.
Represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary at the ministry, the Commissioner explained that N-CARES set out to focus on empowering farmers to ensure food security through the programme.
She admonished the beneficiaries to utilize the items given to them as the agency will be monitoring the utilization of the items.
On his part, Umar Dahiru Ibrahim, NG-CARES state coordinator, disclosed his agency has so far impacted on 100 beneficiaries, adding that the flag off ceremony would witness 400 beneficiaries from Lafia Local Government Area that would benefit from farm inputs and assets.
He further disclosed that 7 trucks have been set aside for distribution across the remaining local government areas of the state.
Engineer Sule seeks further collaboration with FCT on infrastructure, security
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has solicited for further collaboration with the FCT administration for a metroline from Apo to Keffi, as well as partnering to build the 13,000 hectares Gurku/Kabusu mega city that is only 5km away from Maitama 2.
Engineer Sule made this known when he paid a working visit on the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike in his office on Friday.
The Governor expressed optimism that with the Gurku/Kabusu project, Nasarawa State and the FCT could collaborate to build another Kigali or Dubai, that would be the pride of all and sundry.
Pressing in further, Engineer Sule made it known to the FCT Minister that close to 40% of those working in the FCT live in Nasarawa State.
“In Nasarawa State, about 5km away from Maitama 2, we do have about 13,000 hectares of land. It is an initiative of the previous Governor. It is in Gurku/Kabusu area. We can jointly build another Kigali, another Dubai; We can’t do it alone, we can only do it with FCT and build a clean city that everybody will look up to,” he said.
On the Apo-Keffi metroline, the Governor recalled that his administration had earlier approached the immediate past FCT minister, where Nasarawa State made agreed to fulfill its part of the bargain regarding the construction of the metroline linking Apo to Keffi.
“We discussed with the previous minister that whatever it is, we don’t want free meal. Nasarawa State would bring its own part of the bargain. What would link Apo to Keffi and we have even initiated and met with CCECE that are willing. We also met with a Russian company that is willing. And with that, we said we are more than happy to come jointly with the FCT to be able to develop that. Once we develop that, again it would open up another area of land administration for housing for us, not only for Nasarawa State but for the FCT,” he stated.
Engineer Sule used the opportunity of the visit to thank the FCT for initiating work from the Abacha Barracks all the way to the border between Nasarawa State and the FCT.
He however said that the expectation is that the work would extend to Masaka, especially that his administration has already fulfilled its part of the bargain by collapsing all the 22 motor parks causing gridlock on the Abuja-Keffi road and building the Sani Abacha Mega Bus Terminal with 900 vehicles capacity.
He assures the FCT Minister that his administration would provide the necessary security towards ensuring that there is no encroachment on both sides of the road.
Engineer Sule lauded President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for appointing Wike as FCT Minister, expressing hope that Wike would replicate the exceptional performance he demonstrated during his two-term governorship of Rivers State, particularly in the area of infrastructure development.
“I want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to come in because we are your biggest neighbour, we are the ones next to you, we are the ones that will always feel what you feel here in the FCT and we believe we should be among the first to come and congratulate you.
“We have no doubt in our minds that the FCT needs a person like you. I have told you in private, I have told you in the open that anybody can say whatever they want to say. One thing they can never take away from you is that, indeed, you are Mr. Project among all the governors in Nigeria during our time,” he added.
Responding, FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike underscored the need to deepen cross -border ties and enhance development, between the FCT and Nasarawa State especially on infrastructure and security.
Wike reiterated the readiness of the FCT administration to collaborate with Nasarawa government on their request to work on the Abacha road-Keffi and the Metroline from Apo to Keffi.
He however emphasized that any project he would initiate would be based on available funds to guard against having additional uncompleted projects.
The Minister announced plans to convene a security meeting involving the neigbouring states of Nasarawa, Niger, Kaduna and Kogi, with a view to addressing prevailing security challenges.
“One of the problems we have here, I must tell you is the problem of award of contracts without conclusion. Metroline from Apo to Keffi is key, but very expensive.We will discuss further with you.
“I’m trying to see how we can arrange a meeting between neighbouring states and FCT, so that we can put our heads together and get a system that we can see how we can tackle insecurity, because we cannot do it alone. So people like you, I think will make sure that the renewed hope agenda of the President can be achieved. Be assured that together we will work together, and make sure that the problem is tackled or reduced to the barest minimum.
”You are the first elected Governor that has come to pay us a courtesy call.The role of Nasarawa state as regards the development of the FCT cannot be overemphasized. FCT is at the centre; we have boundaries with Niger, Kogi, Kaduna and Nasarawa states. But of all the states, Nasarawa is the biggest, and very close to us. So, I assure you that we could work together for the development of FCT and Nasarawa State ” Wike stated.
The Chairman, North Central States Governors’ Forum and Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule grants audience to Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Ali Muhammad Pate, who led a high-powered delegation of GAVIN interim CEO DAVID MARLOW, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, at the Nasarawa State Governor’s Lodge Asokoro, Abuja.
Engineer Sule promises free land, woos global health giant, Gavi to establish vaccine factory in Nasarawa
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has promised to donate a free land to Gavi, a public–private global health partnership with the goal of increasing access to immunization, for the firm to establish a vaccine factory in the state.
Engineer Sule made the pledge when he hosted Gavi’s interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. David Marlow, who was led by the Coordinating Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Professor Ali Pate, on a courtesy call at the Nasarawa Governor’s Lodge, in Abuja, Thursday.
While appreciating the global giant in health funding for its support and contribution to Nigeria and particularly Nasarawa State, the Governor said his administration is ready and willing to provide free land for Gavi, if the organization giant would establish its vaccine production company in Nasarawa State.
He used the opportunity of the visit to highlight competitive advantages in favour of Nasarawa State to include being at the centre of Nigeria making it accessible to every part of the country, access to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, as well as the Lafia Cargo Airport, and excellent road network.
“I am so happy that you mentioned the aspect of vaccine production in Nigeria. In Nasarawa we are ready, we are willing and we are leaning and indeed, we are providing the land for free. We are providing the land for free because we believe in it and we believe very strongly that if this comes to Nasarawa, you would have the desired market.
“Usually, again coming from the private sector coming from my background, you take your business to where you have the market for it. Nigeria with this huge population and Nasarawa being the centre of Nigeria, whatever we are producing will reach every part of the country.
“And we are very lucky we have two major airports to it, the Abuja International Airport and the cargo airport in Nasarawa. These are all the opportunities that we have. The road network are excellent. We have all these advantages in the state,” he stated.
Engineer Sule emphasized that Nasarawa State has all these advantages and have the people who are willing and motivated.
“Please, if you are selecting any state, Nasarawa State is willing and is ready to give the land free of charge. Most of these things that we are talking about are part and parcel of the Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy,” he explained.
He particularly appreciated Gavi for coming to the rescue of Nigeria following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, stressing that, the outbreak of the pandemic brought out the weaknesses in the country’s health sector, which made the idea of establishing a vaccine production factory necessary.
“We want to sincerely thank you for your support and contribution to Nigeria when it came to that area of Covid-19. Nigeria got to realize its health sector weaknesses during the Covid era. That was the time it was blown directly in our face that we have not taken the health sector as serious as we could have done.
“When you mentioned vaccine production, we have done a lot of work in Nasarawa to ensure that we are part of it. I am so happy that you mentioned the aspect of vaccine production in Nigeria,” he added.
The Governor equally commended the Coordinating Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Professor Ali Pate, for all the things he did globally, especially with what he did with the Bill Gates Foundation and the eradication of polio in the country.
He thanked the Gavi CEO for not only selecting Nigeria for his first visit but also Nasarawa State and Karu Local Government Area in particular.
In his remarks, Chief Executive Officer of Gavi, Mr. David Marlow, revealed that Gavi is focusing focusing on the broader African continent and have signed an MoU with the African Union and also working with Africa CDC to think about how to bring regional manufacturing to Africa.
“I will also want to recognize that we have been partners of Nigeria since 2002. And we would like to build on this very important partnership. It’s very insightful for me to really see on the ground what is really happening. Although we have made progress, I also see huge opportunities to continue the good work.
“And anything we can do in that regard to support your state, with broader Nigeria as a whole, we would be welcoming us back and we will work with you and other leaders of Nigeria to make this a success,” he said.
On his part, the Coordinating Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Professor Ali Pate, said Nigeria would continue to count on support from Gavi.
“I will say Gavi is the largest fund in the global health arena. In the last three years, Gavi raised twenty billion dollars and have seven billion dollars in donations. So it is twenty-seven billion dollars. It’s quite significant in terms of global funds for health,” he said.
The Minister disclosed that in the last ten years alone, Gavi has invested 10 billion dollars in Nigeria in immunization programme.
He pointed out that there’s a lot that Gavi can do but a lot of it also, depends on the leadership that Engineer Sule is providing, which the Federal Government would continue to count on, in terms of resourcing the primary health care system, providing the operational funds so that the vaccines the frontline health workers are able to work with, regardless of difficulty of priotizing the health of the population.
Professor Pate explained that the political will by governors to fund the public health sector would yield significant dividends economically, politically and otherwise.
He added that the team’s visit to the Esu Karu, HRH Pharmacist Luka Panya Baba and Karu community, showed the alignment of what is happening at the state level, local government level and the community leaders.
While appreciating Gavi as a valuable partner, Prof Pate said for the organization to select Nigeria and Nasarawa State is a very special privilege, adding local manufacturing of vaccines is consistent with what President Bola Ahmed Tinubu also asked the ministry to unlock the market potentials of the health sector, to foster domestic manufacturing of some of the commodities so that Nigeria can retain some value chain and create jobs in the country.
The Chairman, North Central States Governors Forum and Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule visits Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Mr. Henry Dele Alake at his office in Abuja.
He congratulated the Minister on his appointment also to look at areas to improve the synergy between Federal Government and Nasarawa State Government.