Nasarawa State Government has formally Commissioned the twenty five kilometre Mararaba Udege – Udege Mbeki road in Nasarawa Local Government Area with a renewed vigour to meet the yearnings and aspiration of the citizenry.
Governor Abdullahi Sule Commissioned the newly completed road at Udege Mbeki today. Governor Abdullahi Sule represented by the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe noted that the construction of the over three billion Naira twenty five kilometer Mararaba Udege – Udege Mbeki road is in line with his administration’s commitment to continue to provide infrastructural facilities for the development of Nasarawa state.
According to him, government saw the need to complete the road project, considering the economic potentials of the area, having been a major hub of agriculture and mining activities and pledged. While affirming that the delay in the completion of the road project was due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 which brought work to a standstill, the governor commended the Tongy Group Limited for meeting specifications.
Earlier, Chairman of Nasarawa Local Government Council, Mohammed Sani Otto’s underscored the benefits of the successful completion of the road, describing it as unprecedented in the history of the locality and appreciated Governor Abdullahi Sule for his foresight and commitment that saw to its completion.
Representative of Chairman of Tongy Group Limited, the engineering company that was awarded the contract for the construction of the road, reinterated the company’s commitment at using their expertise to help the state develop rapidly.
Goodwill messages from the Emir of Nasarawa Alhaji Usman Jibrin, the Osu Ajiri, Alhaji Halilu Bala Usman and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. John Mamman among those who spoke at the occasion stressed the need for people of the area to reciprocate the gesture by giving the required support to governor Abdullahi Sule and his team.
Meantime, Governor Abdullahi Sule’s representative, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe performed the foundation laying ceremony of Nasarawa Trailer Park and Market, courtesy of a member of the state Economic Advisory Council and Chief Executive Officer, Hilibiz Consult limited, Quantity Surveyor Aliyu Adamu Ewa who noted that he is constructing the project to bring investment home where indigenes will get employment opportunities.
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has emphasized on the need for Nigerian graduates to acquire technical, vocational and entrepreneurial skills towards self-reliance.
Engineer Sule made the call while speaking as a special guest at the commissioning of the NYSC skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development centre, at the Magaji Dan Yamusa NYSC Orientation Camp, in Keffi, on Monday.
According to the Governor, the high turnover of graduates from institutions of higher learning across the country, makes it imperative that Nigerian graduates acquire not only degrees but also skills that will make them self-reliant and employers of labour.
While commending the director general and management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), for siting the project in Nasarawa State, he promised that his administration will not only patronise the products here but will find ways to work together the NYSC as team.
He said the inauguration of the skills and technical skills acquisition centre, is in line with the policy thrust of his administration, aimed at empowering youths with skills to make them self-reliant.
Engineer Sule expressed optimism that the inauguration of the skills acquisition centre couldn’t have come at a better time, with Olams Nigeria Limited investing USD100m in the vicinity of the centre.
He specifically commended the NYSC DG, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim, for the vision to redefine and reinvigorate the scheme and for turning the NYSC into a revenue generating facility for the federal government.
The Governor equally appreciated the first civilian governor of the state and national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, for his vision to establish the NYSC camp.
It would be recalled that only recently, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the Wing Commander Abdullahi Ibrahim Skills Acquisition Institute in Lafia, while on a two-day working visit to the state.
In a welcome address, the Director General of the NYSC, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim, said the inauguration of the North Central Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED), as well as the NYSC bakery, water and garment factories, is in line with his cardinal policy thrust to reinvigorate the NYSC Ventures and SAED programme in order for the NYSC Act more impactful.
Earlier in a goodwill message, first civilian governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, traced the establishment of the permanent NYSC camp in Keffi, to his desire to fulfil the objective for setting up the scheme.
Senator Adamu explained that he was motivated by the objective of setting up the NYSC, especially the need to integrate Nigerians.
The national chairman of the APC noted that, with the high turnover of graduates from higher institions of learning across the country, no government can be able to give every NYSC member job, stressing that there is every need for Nigerian graduates to acquire technical and vocational skills towards self-sufficiency.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Lafia said leaders who take the oath of office, swearing with the Holy Book, must be careful not to abuse the trust of leadership placed on them by the people and God.
Speaking at a courtesy visit to the palace of Emir of Lafia, retired Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad 1 , the President reaffirmed that he has no intention whatsoever to stay beyond the constitutionally recognised two terms of office as leader of Nigeria.
”The traditional ruler is on a terminal appointment. Constitutionally, we (elected public office holders) are not. I cannot go beyond two terms and I have sworn by the Holy Quran that I will uphold the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
”Politics apart, whenever we are made to swear by the Holy Quran, we have to be very careful. We must make sure that we do not abuse the trust God has given us as leaders.
”I have seen former Governors here and I am looking forward to also becoming a former President,” he said.
President Buhari thanked the people of Nasarawa State for a rousing welcome, expressing delight that the North-Central State was wearing a new look since his last visit in 2019.
He congratulated the immediate past Governor and Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and the incumbent, Governor Abdullahi Sule for the laudable initiatives and accomplishments in the State.
Welcoming the President to the over 200-year old palace, the Emir of Lafia thanked him for ending the problem of insufficient power to Nasarawa State with the provision of 330kVA sub-station.
The Emir, who is also the Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, told the President that the provision of the electricity plant ”has taken out 80 percent of our problem.”
”Our people have never had it so good. Our people are back to their normal life as entrepreneurs, ” he said, adding that the Federal Government projects that were ”standing as ghosts” in the state in the past have now become a reality.
The retired jurist listed the newly inaugurated CBN Building in Lafia, the Federal Secretariat, UBEC Smart School and completed Ecological projects, just to mention but a few.
On arrival in the capital for his 2-day State Visit to Nasarawa, President Buhari inaugurated the Lafia Airport, Vocational and Skills Acquisition Centre, Modern Bus Terminal and the Shinge-Barkini Abdullahi-Kilema road, executed by the State Government.
He also inaugurated CBN Lafia Branch building and a 330kva Akurba Transmission Substation executed by the Federal Government through the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) to boost power supply in the state and its environs.
The Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage gives President Muhammadu Buhari a white horse as token of appreciation for the historic visit to his palace.
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ALSO INAUGURATED KILEMA-SHINGE ROAD IN LAFIA.