[8:47 AM, 12/9/2020] +234 803 630 6741: The Nasarawa State Ministry for Women Affairs, has commenced the distribution of 4000 bags of 5kg wheat flour to women, being food items sent to the state by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, as palliative to women in the state.
Flagging off the distribution of the food items at a ceremony at the Government House, on Wednesday, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, appealed to officials handling the distribution to ensure that only those in dire need of the food items, benefit.
Engineer Sule equally appealed to women associations and groups, through which the food items will be distributed, to ensure that the wheat flour does not end up being sold in the market, which will defeat the essence of the exercise.
The Governor also tasked chairmen of local government areas, as well as officials engaged in he distribution at the council and development area level, to show leadership by ensuring that they distributed all food items in their charge and not to keep some for personal use.
“The idea is that, even if you are taking delivery on behalf of the association, as long as you can afford, show leadership by sharing it all to those who need it and keep none for yourself,” the Governor pleaded.
Engineer Sule then announced the donation of 500 gas cylinders, as further support from the state government, to be distributed alongside the food items.
Earlier, in her opening remarks, Hon. Halima Ahmadu Jabiru, Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, said her ministry has taken delivery of a truckload of wheat flour, earlier approved by the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Paulen Tallen, for distribution as palliative to women.
Hon. Jabiru added that the food items, about 4000 bags of 5kg wheat flour, have been allocated to various women groups and associations, as well as local government and development areas of the state, for onward distribution to women in their localities.
While describing the presence of the Governor at the event as further demonstration of his affection for women and what affects them, the Commissioner gave the targeted beneficiaries as the aged, indigent, vulnerable, widows and women with disabilities.
Those present at the event, include the Nasarawa State First Lady, Hajiya Silifat Abdullahi Sule, the wife of the state Deputy Governor, Mrs. Sheila Tosan Akabe, Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, state Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Suleiman Umaru Dikko and Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, Barrister Muhammad Ubandoma Aliyu, among others.
[3:34 PM, 12/9/2020] +234 803 630 6741: Nasarawa among states benefiting from $10m World Bank fiscal transparency grant
….Earmarks N950m to build markets, pay gratuity
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has disclosed that the state has joined other elite states in the country benefiting from the $10m each World Bank fiscal transparency grant.
Engineer Sule disclosed this while delivering a speech at a sensitization workshop organized by the National Population Commission, on Enumeration Area Demarcation, in Lafia, on Wednesday.
According to the Governor, even though the state has missed out on similar interventions previously, his administration is committed to exploiting every available intervention programme that is of benefit to the state.
Engineer Sule announced that Nasarawa State has benefited from the World Bank State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SIFTAS), with his administration dedicating the funds for things that will make impact on the lives of the people.
He specifically said his administration will take N250m out of the money and as he earlier promised, to pay gratuity of retirees who may have lost hope of ever getting their entitlement, as well as N350m each for the construction of markets in Nasarawa Eggon and Akwanga.
“I am happy to tell you that Nasarawa State has just received its own $10m. I told the Accounant General not to touch it for everything else.
“That money will be dedicated for things that will make impact to the people of Nasarawa State, things that you can touch and feel,” he stated.
Engineer Sule added that even though the state lost out on several other intervention programme, Nasarawa has also recorded some success in some areas, with for instance, an organization of the United Nations, coming to Nigeria for the first time, selected Panda, in Karu Local Government Area, to build a school.
“There are so many other things that are coming up, that Nasarawa State is qualified but there are so many that we were losing.
“That is why we are not resting, we are following every of the intervention programme,” the Governor said.
He said his administration was lucky to have experts in development work, who are assisting the state in that direction.