Gov. A.A Sule ahead of commissioning visited and inspects some ongoing projects;
But ahead of commissioning, today he visited:
1. The ongoing Road construction Linking to Akurba Power substation
2. The Lafia Vocational Skills acquisition Center
3. The Lafia Bus Terminal, and 4. The Lafia Cargo Airport
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Nasarawa State Government has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, for approving over N8bn for the construction of the Farin Ruwa Dam, as well as the Sisin Baki/Farin Ruwa road.
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, made the commendation in an opening remark during an expanded stakeholders meeting to review measures put in place to contain further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, at the Government House, on Thursday.
While expressing deep appreciation to the President on behalf of the government and people of the state, Engineer Sule thanked the Federal Government for coming to the assistance of the state at a time Nasarawa needed assistance.
The Governor restated that, in line with the commitment of his administration to complete all ongoing projects started by previous administrations in the state, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, was among the first ministries the state government approached with a view to ensuring that the Farin Ruwa dam project sees the light of day.
“From my follow up, the money is there, it’s not that they are going to seek for the money from somewhere. It’s just to ensure that they mobilize to site to continue with the project,” Engineer Sule disclosed.
He stated that even though the state government has commenced the construction of the Sisin Baki/Farin Ruwa road, the Federal Government has now taken over the project with the approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday.
The Governor added that the project, initiated by the past administration of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, is capable of generating 20 megawatts of electricity, which he said will be more than enough for Akwanga and possibly Keffi.
Commenting on the status of the state regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Engineer Sule expressed concern over the escalation of the virus in the state.
According to the Governor, out of the 705 samples taken from across the state, 658 have been received, with the state so far, recording 90 positive cases, with four deaths.
Engineer Sule used the opportunity to show appreciation to traditional rulers, security agents and the media, for their continued support while government put measures in place to contain and control the spread of the pandemic.
He particularly thanked the people of the state for their understanding and cooperation throughout the trying moment occasioned by the outbreak of the COVID-19.
“That is why it’s important that we sit today. In the whole country, the situation is being reviewed and some of the restrictions are being relaxed.
“Because some of these restrictions are actually having devastating effects on the economy, so the Federal Government and other states have no option than, in spite of the increase of the number of the cases, relax some of these restrictions,” the Governor stated.
Engineer Sule equally used the opportunity of the meeting to show appreciation over the release of the state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Joseph Masin, who was kidnapped recently.
While thanking members of his family and the Christendom for their patience, understanding and efforts, during the difficult moment, the Governor commended the security agents for effecting the release of Bishop Masin.
GOVERNMENT OF NASARAWA STATE
Address by His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State on the Occasion of the Foundation Laying /Flag-off of the Construction of Special Force Command Headquarters, Doma, Nasarawa State: Monday, 1st June, 2020
1. Your Excellencies and my Colleagues, Executive Governors here present;
2. His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State;
3. The Right Honourable Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly;
4. The Honourable Chief Judge, Nasarawa State;
5. Distinguished Senators and Members of the National Assembly here present;
6. The Honourable Minister of FCT, Alh. Muhammad Musa Bello;
7. The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai;
8. Members of the State Executive and Security Councils;
9. The Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State;
10. The Head of Civil Service;
11. Permanent Secretaries in the Service of Nasarawa State;
12. His Royal Highness, Hon. Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad I JSC (Rtd) Emir of Lafia and Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs;
13. Your Royal Highnesses, Emirs and Chiefs from the North-Central States here present;
14. Your Royal Highnesses, Emirs and Chiefs, Nasarawa State;
15. Representatives of Security and Para-Military Agencies;
16. Gentlemen of the Press;
17. Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am highly delighted to address you today on the occasion of the Foundation Laying/Official flag-off of the Construction of Special Force Command Headquarters in Doma, Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
2. I warmly welcome Your Excellencies, the Executive Governors of Plateau, Benue and Kogi States who found time to be in our midst at this all-important event. Indeed, we are honoured by your esteemed presence. Let me specially welcome the Honourable Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello to Nasarawa State to grace this event.
3. Similarly, I welcome the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai and his entourage to Nasarawa State, whose auspices we are gathered to witness the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of the headquarters of the Special Force Command in Doma. Your presence in our midst today is a demonstration of our collective commitment to address security challenges not only in Nasarawa State, but the country at large. Indeed, this development is an indication that the North Central Zone, including Nasarawa State will soon join the league of States that experience peace and security in the country.
4. Let me express our profound appreciation to His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for graciously approving the construction of the Special Forces Command Headquarters in Doma. I wish to also appreciate Mr. President for the establishment of two (2) Super Camps at Mararaban-Udege and Kanyehu in Nasarawa and Toto Local Government Areas. Similarly, let me appreciate Mr. President for establishing Mobile Police Training School in Nasarawa Eggon and the siting of Airforce Command Base in the Lafia Cargo Airport for air surveillance within the North-Central Zone.
5. Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, as you are aware, Nasarawa State is located in the North-Central Geo-Political Zone alongside Benue, Kogi, Plateau, Kwara, Niger and the Federal capital Territory, Abuja, whose major occupation is farming. It is important to note that our soil has rich potentials with good climatic condition in which over 80% of our population engages in one agricultural activities or the other. The competition for scarce land between the farmers and herders in the zone has made it vulnerable to many security challenges ranging from communal crisis, clashes between herdsmen and farmers, kidnapping, banditry, cattle rustling, among other socio-economic security challenges in the zone. This, no doubt, has continued to threaten the fragile peace and security in our respective States with attendant effects on the security of the zone.
6. Consequently, successive Governments in the State took far-reaching measures, including reporting to Mr. President at various stages of the crisis in addition to the conduct of Joint Security Meetings in the zone with a view to resolving security challenges amicably, especially in our border areas in which resolutions were always reported to Mr. President for consideration.
7. Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, it has become imperative to come-up with holistic measures to address these plethora security challenges in order to avert the likely breakdown of the seemingly peaceful and harmonious co-existence among diverse ethnic nationalities, as well as maintenance of law and order in the society. To address this menace, the Federal Government has set-up different Military Operations in the zone. These include:
i. A Special Joint Military Operations which was codenamed Ayum Kpatuma or Cat Race with the operation headquarters in Nasarawa State to take care of the entire North-central zone.
ii. Operation Whirl Stroke Special Force, with its Command Headquarters in Makurdi, Benue State and operational bases in the States to address farmers herders conflict in the zone.
iii. Establishment of 123 Special Force Battalion in Doma. The Barrack, if fully completed, will serve as the headquarters of the Nigerian Army Special Forces Command which will assist in checkmating the menace of cattle rustling, banditry, kidnapping, farmers/herders clashes and other forms of criminalities in the zone.
iv. The establishment of two Military Super Camps at Mararaban-Udege in Nasarawa Local Government and Kanyehu in Toto Local Government Areas.
8. In furtherance to our commitment to complement the efforts of Nigerian Army in the fight against crime and criminality in the State, the State Government has constructed four (4) bedroom flat and boys’ quarters as Commander’s residence, as well as 5Nos. bedroom semi-detached for other Senior Officers. This is in addition to the provision of three (3) brand new Toyota Hilux Pick-up Vans; brand new motorcycles; Solar-powered boreholes; one hundred (100) 8spring mattresses; Generating sets, as well as provision of Perimeter Excavation round the two Camps.
9. I am happy to inform you that, in 2018, the Nasarawa State Government donated the sum of Two Hundred Million Naira (N200,000,000.00) only as part of its contribution to support the construction of this project. In addition, I have also approved the sum of Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000.00) only as monthly allocation for the sustenance of the two Super Camps.
10. Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, let me use this medium to appreciate the Chief of Army Staff for his doggedness and resilience in fighting insurgency in the North-east; farmers/herders conflict in the North-central and kidnapping & banditry in the North-west. To this end and as part of the measures to combat crime and criminality in the State, the Nasarawa State Government has signed the Kidnapping Act Prohibition Law; Community Volunteer Guard (Vigilante); Executive Order for the Implementation of the Child Right Law of Nasarawa State and Street Begging. All these measures are aimed at ensuring security and peaceful co-existence with the view to providing enabling environment for socio-economic activities to thrive.
11. At this juncture, let me once again express our profound appreciation to Mr. President for approving the establishment of the Special Forces Command Headquarters; Special Military Super Camps in Kanyehu and Udege-Mbeki in Toto and Nasarawa Local Government Areas. Let me also commend our Military Personnel for the untiring effort in the maintenance of peace and stability in the society. I urge you to sustain the tempo for the benefit of our people. I assure you of our continuous synergy in our collective determination to protect lives and property.
12. On this note, it is now my pleasure to flag-off the Construction Headquarters of Special Force Command in Doma, the headquarters of Doma Local Government Area of the State.
13. Thank you and may God bless us all.
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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.
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His Excellency, Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule has driven over three hours from the state capital Lafia, to Ara in Nasarawa Local Government Area to assess for himself the damage wrought by flood which also broke down the Ara bridge which links the palace of Sarkin Ara into town.
It will be recalled that heavy rains destroyed some houses and pillars which hold in place major culverts in the sprawling Ara community, leading to loss of property and closure of the only motorable road which leads into Ara town.
After receiving news of this tragic incident, Engineer Sule mobilized palliatives and rushed to Ara where he was received by His Royal Highness, HRH Jibril Usman, and Emir of Nasarawa in company of Sarkin Ara and Oche Agatu.
In expressing his sympathy with the people of Ara at this trying time, Governor Abdullahi A. Sule stated that this first wave of flood has awakened government to its responsibility to find quick solutions to ensure that Ara has rural roads with proper drainage system.
Accordingly, Governor Sule mandated the state ministry of works to commence the construction of feeder roads immediately after the Sallah weekend.
DG: Strategic Communication & Press Affairs
Thursday, May 21, 2020