Nasarawa Governor Presents Revised N62.9bn Budget To Assembly

(FILE PHOTO) Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has presented a revised 2020 budget of N62.96billion to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval due to the effect of coronavirus on the economy.

The Speaker of the House, Balarabe Abdullahi announced this after the lawmaker representing Awe North constituency, Tanko Tunga, read the governor’s letter during the House Proceedings in Lafia.

Abdullahi said the revised budget tagged “Budget of Inclusive Development” was necessary as the pandemic has affected the socio-economic activities of the state, the country and the world at large.

He noted that in furtherance of its support to the Governor Sule administration, the House has expeditiously passed the 2020 Appropriation Amendment Bill of the sum 62.96billion naira into first and second reading respectively.

“A bill for a law to amend the Nasarawa State 2020 appropriation bill of N62,968,348,139.00  only for the services of Nasarawa State has scaled first and second reading at the House.

“The accelerated passage was due to the importance of the budget to the development of the state as a result of COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.

“The recurrent expenditure is N31,943,912,285.00.billion only while the Capital expenditure is N26,465,632,374.00 billion only and the consolidated revenue fund charges are N4,558,803,479.00 billion only,” the Speaker said.

What We Are Doing To Rescue Over 30 Kidnapped Persons – Nasarawa Govt

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

The Nasarawa State government says it is collaborating with the security agencies to secure the release of over 30 people kidnapped in the state.

According to the government, the persons were recently kidnapped by armed men and taken to the bush around the Udege Development Area in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.

The state governor, Abdullahi Sule, revealed the effort of the government to rescue them while delivering his opening remarks at an emergency Executive Council Meeting held on Friday at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

He also used the opportunity of the meeting to give an update on the emerging security challenges, especially in the western senatorial zone of the state.

Governor Sule decried the recent incident in which occupants of three vehicles, numbering more than 30 were kidnapped by gunmen.

He said, “We are working along with the Federal agencies, the police, Department of State Services (DSS), and the military to ensure that we are able to rescue the people who have been kidnapped  and taken to the bush in that area.”

“The government is on top of the situation and we are going to do the best we can to ensure that they are released,” the governor promised.

He added that the state government was taking measures to reduce the inherent risk in the area, especially around the major road leading to Benue State.

Governor Sule Relieves SSG Of Appointment Over Alleged Fund Misappropriation

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has relieved Mr Ahmed Tijjani of his appointment as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

The Permanent Secretary of the Government House Administration, Hamza Gayam, announced this in a statement on Monday.

According to the statement, Governor Sule asked Tijjani to hand over all the government properties in his possession to the Permanent Secretary (Cabinet Affairs and Special Duty) in the office of the SSG with immediate effect.

This followed Tijjani’s indictment by the Nasarawa State House of Assembly for alleged misappropriation of over N200 million.

The money was said to be part of the N1 billion approved for the renovation and fencing of government secondary schools in the state.

The former SSG was alleged to have committed the offence when he served as the Commissioner for Education during the previous administration.

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46 People Test Negative For COVID-19 In Nasarawa

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

 

The results of 46 coronavirus (COVID-19) tests out of the 50 samples collected in Nasarawa State have returned negative.

The state governor, Abdullahi Sule, disclosed this to reporters on Thursday before the State Executive Council meeting held at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

“About 50 tests were conducted yesterday in Nasarawa State; we were able to cover this huge number in these days of the COVID-19 tests,” he said.

Governor Sule added, “I am happy to tell you we received 46 results and all of them are negative.

“There are four results that are being retested and we are going to invite the press most likely after this meeting when we must have received the results of those four but the good news is that the 46 are all negative.”

According to the governor, the results received do not include that of the samples of the members of the Nasarawa State of Assembly.

He explained that they were expecting the results of the tests of the lawmakers’ samples, and that of the contacts of the first death in the state.

Meanwhile, Governor Sule has announced the donation of N10 million to the State Task Force on COVID-19 to support the fight against the pandemic in the state.

This comes as the committee continues to receive donations from various individuals within and outside the state.

” I want to announce my own personal contribution of N10 million naira to the COVID-19 committee,” the governor said.

The state executive meeting is the first in Nasarawa since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

It was convened to brainstorm on how government functionaries in the state can contribute to the fight against the pandemic.

Nasarawa Records Index Case Of COVID-19

File photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

Nasarawa State has recorded its index case of the coronavirus.

Governor Abdullahi Sule made the announcement on Tuesday morning at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

According to the governor, the index case is a young lady who came into the state from Kano state last week despite restrictions in both states.

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She is now in isolation at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist hospital in Lafia where she is receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, her family members who had refused that the lady be tested are now quarantined and samples were taken to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in Abuja for testing.

“Just yesterday, we had five tests that have been conducted for Nasarawa State. Four out of the five are the most important of them being the celebrated lady that ran away from Abuja and was isolated in Akwanga.

“The result came out yesterday and she is negative. I am happy to announce to you that she was negative. However, we are not that lucky. For the first time, we have a lady that tested in Kokona and she is positive.

“The lady actually travelled from Kano to come to Kokona and she was tested. After the test, it came out that she is positive. So it is sad for us and we have identified her as the first case of the positive case from the lady that travelled from Kano to Kokona,” he said.

 

Nasarawa Security: Governor Sule Donates Vehicles, Other Items To Army

Some of the vehicles donated to the Army by the Nasarawa State Government on April 27, 2020.

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has donated vehicles and other items to the Nigerian army in the state.

The governor noted that the move is part of the efforts made by his administration to boost the security situation in the state.

Governor Sule also reiterated the state government’s commitment to facilitate the take-off of the recently established army camps in Nasarawa and Toto local government areas of the state.

He also assured the security agencies of his administration’s support, pledging to wipe out criminal elements from Nasarawa State.

“This is a time that we are faced with the challenge of COVID-19 globally. The statement we are trying to make here is to state that in spite of all the challenges of COVID-19 and all the issues that we are facing in the state, we are not shying away from one of our major responsibilities – the security of our state.

“We have to say thank you for coming out to provide some of these simple supportive materials and this is not the end of it. I assure you that we will continue to support you as well as all the other security agencies that we have continued to do all the time so that this state is rid of criminal elements by the grace of God,” he said.

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COVID-19: Nasarawa Bans Motorcycles, Tricycles

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule speaks on the banishment of ex-Kano Emir, Muhammad Sanusi II in Nasarawa during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on March 16, 2020.

 

The Nasarawa State Government will on Thursday ban motorcycles and tricycles as precautionary measures to control the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Governor Abdullahi Sule revealed this on Wednesday while issuing the Government’s Proclamation No.4 which he signed.

The order equally restricted the use of private motorcycle to only one passenger per motorcycle and only in other parts of the state not placed on total lockdown.

“The issuance of this restriction remains necessary to protect the citizens of the state from possibility of contracting the disease from infiltrators and to minimize the potential for spread,” the governor said.

Governor Sule noted that it has become necessary to take these measures as a result of the continued violation by commercial motorcycle operators, of the restriction on human and vehicular movement and total lockdown of Karu Local Government Area, as well as curfew imposed in all urban centres of the state between the hours of 8pm and 6am daily.

He also directed all security personnel, government functionaries and traditional rulers, to ensure full compliance, stressing that security patrols will be intensified to ensure proper monitoring while warning that defaulters will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

According to the governor, the proclamation is in line with the powers conferred pursuant to Paragraph 7 of the Nasarawa State Dangerous Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020.

Jukun-Tiv Crisis: Nasarawa Governor Sule Sues For Peace

(FILE) Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on March 16, 2020.

 

 

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasaraw State is suing for peace between the Tiv and Jukun ethnic groups in Benue and Taraba states especially as the country battles to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The governor made this call on Tuesday during a meeting at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital to broker peace between the two warring parties.

“We are the same people, we have TIVs in Benue and Taraba states but let each of them see the two States as their homes. Let them not consider a situation where once we have a problem, we run to where we have the majority of our people.

“If we continue to do that, we would not solve these problems. It will not make any sense especially at a time like this when the whole world is fighting COVID-19 and we have our brothers and sisters who want to live in peace being killed and their assets destroyed in the name of a petty problem that has nothing to do with life.

“I am praying and hoping that this will be the first and the last meeting so that we can have a lasting solution to this and every one of you will write your name in gold that you have finally come here, face each other directly, solve this problem and we have gone back and our people are living finally in peace,” he said.

The meeting which held behind closed doors was chaired by the Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe and had the deputy governors of Taraba, Haruna Manu and his Benue state counterpart, Benson Abounu in attendance.

Also, in attendance were security personnel, traditional rulers, lawmaker and government functionaries from the three states.

This is not the first meeting held between the two groups but the governor hopes that this mediation will ignite a lasting solution to the conflict.

What Ganduje Told Me After Sanusi’s Removal As Kano Emir – Governor Sule 

 

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has reacted to the removal of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Sule said his colleague, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano called him to receive Sanusi.

According to the governor, he was eager to receive the banished Emir following a history of good working relationship with him.

“Yes, we were consulted after he (Sanusi) was removed as Emir. So when they made the decision to remove him, the governor directly called me and said ‘we have just removed the Emir. He said since he has been removed, we have to take him somewhere.

“We have decided to relocate him to Nasarawa. Will you accept him? Who am I not to accept someone like the former Emir of Kano?” he asked.

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Speaking further, governor Sule recalled that when he was the Group Managing Director of Dangote, the deposed Emir was the Group Managing Director of First Bank before rising to become Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule speaks on the banishment of ex-Kano Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II in Nasarawa during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on March 16, 2020.

He also noted that when Sanusi emerged as Kano Emir in 2014, the state was his second-largest market for Dangote industries after Lagos State.

Explaining that it would be a great honour to receive him, Sule stressed that he pleaded with Ganduje to decide on the location to host Sanusi.

“The only thing I will plead is that you allow me to select where he will go. I know where he will go is going to be a factor if people don’t understand where he is. And his safety was of utmost importance to me,” he stated.

Governor Sule’s remarks come a week after the Kano State government removed Sanusi, accusing him of insubordination.

Although the dethroned Emir accepted his removal in good fate, he, however, approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja seeking an interim order of his immediate release from detention.

Third Term: APC Never Thought Of Presenting Agenda To President Buhari – Gov Sule

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party never thought of presenting the idea of a third term to President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

The governor who was on Channels Television Politics Today said that to the best of his knowledge, the idea was never thought of, owing to the understanding the party has about President Buhari.

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He stressed that there are some people who belong to the school of thought that owing to his respect for the rule of law, President Buhari will not begin to manoeuvre and change the constitution in order for him to remain in power.

“Whether the President says he is leaving or not, people like us believe he will leave because of his credibility and his rule of law and he is ensuring that he will leave by the constitution.

“So this is not the president that will begin to manoeuver and change the constitution in order for him to remain in power.”

Engineer Sule debunked the insinuation that such news is being peddled in the party, stressing that even if it exists; it will never see the light of day.

“I think the APC had never even thought about a third term agenda if it did, I was never a part of it because the man being talked about will not accept it.

“Therefore I don’t think anybody will carry this kind of news and face the president about third term agenda, so if there is such news, I don’t think it will fly.”

Make APC Proud, Buhari Tells Governor Abdullahi Sule

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, on his 60th birthday, urging him to make good governance his priority in order to leave a lasting and favourable legacy.

President Buhari said: “Life is the most invaluable gift from God and we should use our birthday to thank our creator and reflect on life, with humility.’’

The President, who wished the governor “many more years and good health’’, advised him “not to rest on his oars because the task of fulfilling campaign promises is even greater than the campaign efforts.’’

“I urge you to make good governance your watchword because your good performance will be the yardstick by which your tenure will be judged for years to come. I wish you a happy birthday and more prosperous years ahead,’’ President Buhari added.

Nasarawa Governor Extends Olive Branch To Opposition

A file photo of Governor Abdullahi Sule.

 

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Mr Abdullahi Sule, has extended the olive branch to members of the opposition political parties in the state.

The governor, who hosted chairmen of the 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) at the Government House in Lafiya on Monday, urged them to support his administration towards developing the state.

Reacting to his recent victory at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, he called on every citizen of the state, including members of the opposition to work together for the progress of the state.

“I think we are now putting Nasarawa on a course of development and we are making global impact; we are taking information about Nasarawa all the way to the UN and discussing with the various SDGs, in order for people to understand that Nasarawa exists and Nasarawa is on the map and Nasarawa has a focus and direction,” Governor Sule said.

He added, “If that is the case, we cannot do it alone. We need everybody with various knowledge to come together to do that.

“Therefore, I am using the opportunity to call on all good people of Nasarawa, irrespective of religion, age or political affiliations, to come together so we can develop our state because our state needs to be developed.”

The governor recalled that on receiving the news of his victory at the Tribunal, he immediately reached out to Mr David Ombugadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), urging him to see the judgement as a victory for all.

“I sent a special text message to my brother, the PDP candidate, David Ombugadu, and informed him that in reality, he should take the victory for all of us,” he said.

Governor Sule equally used the moment to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for selecting him to be part of the delegation that escorted him to New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

The council chairmen were at the Government House to welcome the governor back from his trip, as well as congratulate him on his recent victories at the Tribunal and Supreme Court.