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His Excellency Engineer A.A Sule flags off fertilizer sales for dry season farming, warns against racheteering

Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has flagged off the sales of fertilizer to farmers for the 2021/22 dry season farming, warning officials incharge of the distribution of the commodity against racheteering.

Engineer Sule flagged off the fertilizer and other farm inputs sales, at a ceremony which held at the headquarters of the Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme (NADP), on Wednesday.

According to the governor, his administration will continue to support farmers in the state towards retaining the current position of Nasarawa State in the country in terms of crops production, especially seseme, yams and rice, with the state rated first, second and third respectively in the country.

He announced that for the 2021/22 dry season farming, government has purchased 600 metric tonnes of 50 kg bag of fertilizer at N9, 300 per bag but will sake it to farmers at a subsidized rate of N7, 000 per bag.

Engineer Sule however frowned at situations where fertilizer meant for farmers are diverted and sold in the open market.

He therefore called on local government chairmen to liaise with traditional rulers and community leaders, towards ensuring that the commodity is sold only to genuine farmers.

Commenting further, the governor said his administration has given priority attention to agriculture, because it is the major occupation of the people of the state, aimed at improving the livelihood of the citizens through employment generation, as well as achieving sustainable food security.

He emphasized that the event was in furtherance of the determination of his administration to ensure all year round agricultural production, adding that government is committed to improving post-harvest and value chain management for sustainable food production.

While recalling last year’s collaboration between the state government and the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM), where a field day was organised to showcase and demonstrate some agricultural equipments and machineries, the governor announced further collaboration with the centre in the area of manpower development, which saw to the training of selected youths processing, preserving and packaging of identified agricultural produce for small and.meduim scale entrepreneurship.

He added that, in another collaboration with the Nigeria Stored Product Research Institute (NSPRI), which saw to the training of selected staff from the NADP on technological innovations on post-harvest management.

This is even as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), recently donated 55 irrigation pumps to 55 dry season farmers across three groups, in order to boost agricultural production.

The governor used the opportunity of the event to commend the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, for collaboring and partnering with the state in the areas of provision of training and spray kits to 50 youths in the state, as well as provision of three Bajaj motorcycles.

He however urged the Federal Government to explore more areas collaboration in the collective effort to turn around the economy of the country.

In a goodwill message, state chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), and former chairman of Akwanga Local Government Area, Hon. Samuel Meshi, commended the governor for sustaining the previous feat of launching the sales of fertilizer for dry season before the year runs out.

Hon. Meshi equally commended Engineer Sule for the relative peace being enjoyed across the state, which made it possible for farmers in the state to enjoy bumper harvest.

On his part, the Emir of Lafia, HRH Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad (rtd), urged farmers in the state to take advantage of the gesture by the state government to engage in dry season farming

His Excellency Engineer A.A Sule laments slow pace of work on 25km Mararaba-Udege road project while inspecting on Tuesday 30th November 2021.

Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has lamented the slow pace of work on the ongoing 25km Mararaba-Udege road project.

Engineer Sule made his feelings known while inspecting the project site in Udege-Mbeki, on Tuesday.

The governor directed officials of the Tongyi Group, the contractor handling the project, to expedite action in order to complete the project.

He particularly emphasized on the need to complete the bridge leading into Udege-Mbeki, to which the contractor assured of its completion this month.

Engineer Sule tasked the Tongyi Group to deliver quality work first before seeking additional jobs, even as he assured the contractor of payment of 50 percent of the contract sum.

The governor, while commissioning a 10-bed ward built by a Chinese mining company in Udege-Mbeki, assured the commitment of his administration to complete the road project, including township roads.

He pointed out that when completed, the Mararaba-Udege road will enhance security and facilitate movement of people in the area.

An official of the Tongyi Group, who conducted the governor round the site, assured that the project will be completed by this month.

Earlier, while enroute to Udege-Mbeki, the governor inspected the Model Government Girls Science Secondary School (GGSSS) Eyenu, where he interacted with the management of the school, as well as critical stakeholders from the area, with a view to further enhance academic activities in the school.

Along the way, Engineer Sule demonstrated his abiding love for children when he stopped intermittently to interact with school children that lined up the road to welcome him.

It will be recalled that the governor flagged off the N3.6billion Mararaba-Udege road project while marking his second anniversary in office, with the project expected to be completed within a period of one year

Nasarawa signs joint venture agreements with three investors in retail agribusiness. Thurseday 2nd December, 2021

Nasarawa State Government has signed separate joint venture agreements with three investors, in agribusiness and retail, aimed at turning around the local economy, as well as create jobs opportunities for the people.

The three joint venture agreements were entered into between the Nasarawa State Government and the investors, at a ceremony which held at the Government House, on Thursday.

The investors involved in the agreements are Vertmance Resources Ltd and Silvex International Ltd, for agribusiness, Barlow and Barrow International Ltd, for the establishment of retail and recreational centre in Karu, estimated to cost N2bn and Oasotech and Design, for cassava industrial plant in Azuba.

Speaking shortly after the signing ceremony, Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, said his administration is in hurry to add value, especially that signing of joint venture agreements are relatively new in the state.

The governor therefore urged the investors to focus on the key performance indicators for the projects, in order to ensure strict adherence to the timeline to deliver the projects.

He emphasized that his administration is in a hurry to see to the maturity of the projects, so that subsequent administrations would inherit the dividends.

Engineer Sule disclosed that the Barlow and Barrow are injecting roughly N2bn inside the Muhammadu Buhari International Market in Karu, within a period of only six months from initiation to completion.

The governor noted that the cassava industrial plant, will not only provide employment opportunities, it will afford the state a window of opportunity to start exporting processed cassava products, especially starch.

For the Nasarawa State Agro Commodity Company, he pointed out that the state is already producing saseme, ginger, with all that remains, is to create opportunities to start exporting such agric commodities.

Engineer Sule decried a situation where Nasarawa State produces the commodities but are taken to either Lagos or Kano to be exported.

He therefore urged both parties involved in the joint venture, to do their best in the area of implementation.

“I’m calling on you and pleading with you. That I do understand you and I understand some of the challenges you will have,” the governor stated.

Engineer Sule was emphatic that Nasarawa needs people who understand how to structure these types of businesses, so that it can be seen clearly where the initiative began, the benefits and value addition, so that the people gain from the projects.

Earlier, in a welcome address, Managing Director/CEO of the Nasarawa State Investment Development Agency (NASIDA), Barrister Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the signing of the three separate joint venture agreements in agribusiness and retail, shows that Nasarawa is fast becoming an investors haven in the North Central geopolitical zone and the country at large.

Barrister Abdullahi thanked sister government agencies namely Nasarawa Geographic Information Service (NAGIS), Nasarawa Market Bureau, Ministries of Agriculture and Justice, as well as the office of the Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, for their role in making the deals successful.

He gave a highlight of the agreements to include the Karu Retail and Recreational Centre, for the development of the Karu mall, with ShopRite as an anchor tenant, the Azuba cassava processing plant that will explore end to end value chain of cassava with focus on five products, ethanol, starch, high quality cassava flour, syrup sweetener and animal feed.
Barrister Abdullahi explained that the cassava processing project will support and empower small holder farmers.

The NASIDA MD added that the Nasarawa agro commodity project, is a partnership that will see Nasarawa key into the global market, since the state produces high grade agro commodities such as saseme, rice and soya beans.

“The projects under the Engineer Sule administration are ambitious, unconventional and forward thinking and as such require our collective understanding to yield results,” he stated.

He expressed confidence that the projects will turn around the state’s economy and translate into more jobs for the people.

In their separate remarks, representatives of the three separate investors, Yahaya Yahaya for Barlow and Barrow International Ltd, Dr Adnan Aminu, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Silvex International, for Nasarawa agro commodity project and Mallam Abdulkadir Hussain, for the cassava processing plant, took time to highlight why Nasarawa State is conducive for doing business.

For Dr. Aminu, ED Silvex International Ltd, the signing of the agreement was the fastest he has seen so far, stressing that there is no state in the country that is ideally positioned for agribusiness as Nasarawa State

Nasarawa signs joint venture agreements with three investors in retail Agribusiness

Nasarawa State Government has signed separate joint venture agreements with three investors, in agribusiness and retail, aimed at turning around the local economy, as well as create jobs opportunities for the people.

The three joint venture agreements were entered into between the Nasarawa State Government and the investors, at a ceremony which held at the Government House, on Thursday.

The investors involved in the agreements are Vertmance Resources Ltd and Silvex International Ltd, for agribusiness, Barlow and Barrow International Ltd, for the establishment of retail and recreational centre in Karu, estimated to cost N2bn and Oasotech and Design, for cassava industrial plant in Azuba.

Speaking shortly after the signing ceremony, Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, said his administration is in hurry to add value, especially that signing of joint venture agreements are relatively new in the state.

The governor therefore urged the investors to focus on the key performance indicators for the projects, in order to ensure strict adherence to the timeline to deliver the projects.

He emphasized that his administration is in a hurry to see to the maturity of the projects, so that subsequent administrations would inherit the dividends.

Engineer Sule disclosed that the Barlow and Barrow are injecting roughly N2bn inside the Muhammadu Buhari International Market in Karu, within a period of only six months from initiation to completion.

The governor noted that the cassava industrial plant, will not only provide employment opportunities, it will afford the state a window of opportunity to start exporting processed cassava products, especially starch.

For the Nasarawa State Agro Commodity Company, he pointed out that the state is already producing saseme, ginger, with all that remains, is to create opportunities to start exporting such agric commodities.

Engineer Sule decried a situation where Nasarawa State produces the commodities but are taken to either Lagos or Kano to be exported.

He therefore urged both parties involved in the joint venture, to do their best in the area of implementation.

“I’m calling on you and pleading with you. That I do understand you and I understand some of the challenges you will have,” the governor stated.

Engineer Sule was emphatic that Nasarawa needs people who understand how to structure these types of businesses, so that it can be seen clearly where the initiative began, the benefits and value addition, so that the people gain from the projects.

Earlier, in a welcome address, Managing Director/CEO of the Nasarawa State Investment Development Agency (NASIDA), Barrister Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the signing of the three separate joint venture agreements in agribusiness and retail, shows that Nasarawa is fast becoming an investors haven in the North Central geopolitical zone and the country at large.

Barrister Abdullahi thanked sister government agencies namely Nasarawa Geographic Information Service (NAGIS), Nasarawa Market Bureau, Ministries of Agriculture and Justice, as well as the office of the Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, for their role in making the deals successful.

He gave a highlight of the agreements to include the Karu Retail and Recreational Centre, for the development of the Karu mall, with ShopRite as an anchor tenant, the Azuba cassava processing plant that will explore end to end value chain of cassava with focus on five products, ethanol, starch, high quality cassava flour, syrup sweetener and animal feed.
Barrister Abdullahi explained that the cassava processing project will support and empower small holder farmers.

The NASIDA MD added that the Nasarawa agro commodity project, is a partnership that will see Nasarawa key into the global market, since the state produces high grade agro commodities such as saseme, rice and soya beans.

“The projects under the Engineer Sule administration are ambitious, unconventional and forward thinking and as such require our collective understanding to yield results,” he stated.

He expressed confidence that the projects will turn around the state’s economy and translate into more jobs for the people.

In their separate remarks, representatives of the three separate investors, Yahaya Yahaya for Barlow and Barrow International Ltd, Dr Adnan Aminu, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Silvex International, for Nasarawa agro commodity project and Mallam Abdulkadir Hussain, for the cassava processing plant, took time to highlight why Nasarawa State is conducive for doing business.

For Dr. Aminu, ED Silvex International Ltd, the signing of the agreement was the fastest he has seen so far, stressing that there is no state in the country that is ideally positioned for agribusiness as Nasarawa State.

His Excellency Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule wins coveted Zik Leadership Award

Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has clinched the coveted Zik Prize for Leadership.

Engineer Sule emerged as co-winner alongside Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the 2021 Zik Leadership Award ceremony, held in Lagos, on Sunday.

Since 1995 when The Zik Prize in Leadership Award scheme started, it has held consistently, and has now evolved to become one of Africa’s most respected award schemes.

It would be recalled that, while announcing nominees for the 2021 awards, Chairman, Selection Committee, Board of Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre, Prof. Pat Utomi, in a statement, said the Zik Prize had become Africa’s most respected award schemes, since 1995.

According to Utomi, “I am delighted to inform you that since 1995 when the Zik Prize in Leadership Award scheme started, it has held consistently annually and has now evolved to become one of Africa’s most respected award schemes. We must give credit to board members over these years that have shown uncommon zeal and commitment to building and encouraging true leadership across the face of the continent.

“These leadership values should be nurtured in Nigeria and also across the continent.

“A cursory look across our continent shows that leadership remains a critical challenge in our body politic. We fully understand this and thus remain committed to this noble venture of encouraging and nurturing the most beneficial leadership that can be found on the continent as an embodiment of the leadership values of the Great Zik of Africa in whose honour this award was instituted.”

With this award, Engineer Sule has once again demonstrated his sterling leadership qualities, being the only governor to have been so recognised from Northern Nigeria.

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