Nasarawa Lawmaker Lauds Performance Of Al-Makura

almakuraA member representing Akwanga west constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Peter Mbucho, has scored high the performance of governor Tanko Al-makura.

The lawmaker applauded Al-makura for an excellent performance as the third democratically elected governor of the state, adding that he has performed better than the past governors.

He made the remarks at the Red chambers in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, saying that the incumbent governor has done his best in the history of the state.

Furthermore, he commended the governor for the execution of infrastructural projects in the nooks and crannies of the state, founded in 1996.

Two other lawmakers, Oberre Kana and Tanko Tunga, also supporting the view of Mbucho, commended the state governor for presenting the 2017 budget at the appropriate time.

Aisha Buhari, Al-Makura Distribute Food Items To Underprivileged

Aisha Buhari, Gombe, IDPsThe Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari in collaboration with the Nasarawa State Governor, Mr Tanko Al-Makura have distributed food items worth millions of Naira to the physically challenged, under privileged, orphans and women who are mostly widows.

Governor Al-Makura who was represented by the wife of the President said the objective of the distribution is to ameliorate the plight of the underprivileged classes in the state.

She disclosed to the gathering that the state government is also complimenting  efforts to alleviate the sufferings of it’s citizens thus improving their well-being.

The items were well received by the beneficiaries as they appealed for more from other well meaning Nigerians

Al-Makura Commits To Reviving State’s Commercial Base

rice productionThe Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura, has initiated some projects he said were bold steps that would expound the State’s economy.

He said that the projects were in line with the vision of the Federal Government to overcome Nigeria’s economic challenges made critical by the drop in crude oil price.

The made the statement while on a working tour to the Western Senatorial District of the state to identify unexploited ventures in the area.

He began with a visit to the special school in Gudi village that is under construction to see the pace and quality of work.

The Governor then moved to the Bokoko Bridge which is also under construction in Agwada Development Area of the state.

He visited the abandoned modern abattoir at Keffe, and promised to put it into use as soon as possible.

The Governor also visited the abandoned special school at Keffi Local Government Area and expressed disappointment at the level and quality of work. He quickly withdrew the contract.

Governor Al-Makura said he believes the step would improve the state’s internally generated revenue and would encourage investors to troop into the state.

In the past few weeks, Al-Makura has been touring facilities across the state to see the pace of work and to see activities going on there.

Al-Makura Commends FG For Construction Of Military Barracks

Orange MarketThe Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura has commended the Federal Government for the construction of a military barrack in Doma Local Government Area of the state.

The Governor gave the commendation when he stopped over at the ongoing construction site of the barrack while on a tour of rural road projects in the southern senatorial district of the state.

Governor Al-Makura believes the barracks will improve security operations and minimise the challenges facing the state and neighbouring states.

The Governor commended the Federal Government and the Army for the gesture, as he believes it will improve the security situation of the north-central region.

The tour is also to identify some areas in dire need of culverts and bridges before the rain sets in.

While on the tour, the Governor revoked a contract for the construction of a General Hospital in Awe Local Government Area for being abandoned for over two years.

The Governor and his team inspected the Daddere Water Works where he called on residents to compliment the efforts of the government.

Governor Al-Makura also assured the people of rural areas that the provision of basic amenities for them was one of the centre piece of his second tenure.

Nasarawa Flood: Al-Makura Approves 25 Million Naira For Settlement Camp

flood-nasarawaNasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has approved 25 million naira for the construction of a temporary settlement camp for the Riverine community of Guto in Nasarawa Local Government.

The intervention became necessary following the early warning of flooding by the Federal Ministry of Environment to coastal communities, which Guto community on the banks of River Benue from the Nasarawa axis lies.

Governor Al-Makura disclosed this in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital, after an air surveillance of the coastal communities on the bank of River Benue.

The Governor also promised to relocate the Palace of Oche-Agatu  six kilometers from the present location.

Over 100 Displaced Communities In Nasarawa Get Re-settlement Packages

internally-displaced-persons-NEMA (1)Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from over 100 communities in Nasarawa State have received relief materials worth over 150 million Naira, as part of their re-settlement package from the state government.

Thousands of Nasarawa indigenes fled their native homes following months of violence in 2014, that left hundreds dead and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed by assailants.

The relief materials, comprising of building materials, food, and beddings, were on Friday presented to the representatives of IDPs from the various communal crisis across the state in 2015 by the Governor.

The Governor also released Hilux vans for each of the 10 newly created re-settlement and security centres in areas considered too prone to violence.

The year 2014 will remain memorable in the heart of many indigenes of Nasarawa State who lost relations, property and local economy to ethnic violence across hundred villages in the state.

Governor Al-makura flagged off the distribution of the relief materials, asking the IDPs to take solace in the fact that they are alive to rebuild after the crisis.

One of the displaced persons, Ibrahim Arykia noted that life had been difficult relying on charity and goodwill.

Some of the traditional rulers, whose palaces were burnt down along with the houses of their subjects, said they had become residents of neighbouring chiefdoms where they have been taking refuge.

One of them was the Emir of Daddare, Balarabe Mohammed.

Allaying fears that the relief materials will not get to the actual IDPs due to unscrupulous activities in the distribution chain, the Executive Secretary of the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency, NASEMA, Abdullahi Idris, assured the people that the process would be carried out properly.

The IDPs had expressed fears that they may not take part in the elections, but Governor Al-makura said arrangements had been made to accommodate them in the electoral process. He however, said that their safety was the topmost priority for the state government.

The IDPs also confirmed to Channels Television correspondent in Lafia, that they were able to pick up the Permanent Voter Cards and would actively vote at the polls.

Insurgents Paid N3,000 To Rain Terror In Nasarawa – Army

more Troops“Insurgents operating among the warring tribes of Nasarawa state get mobilisation fee of N3,000 naira to rain terror across communities in the state.”

Commanding officer of the 177 guards brigade, Keffi, Colonel Musa Ibrahim, revealed the intelligence report when he led the governor of Nasarawa state and other security agencies through 13 communities affected in the on-going killings in the state.

In recent times, rural communities of Adogi, Ashangwa, Gidan Gambo and Assakio, all along the lafia shendam road have been attacked by militia forces.

During an impact assessment by Governor Al-makura, Colonel Ibrahim while filling in the governor on the strategies adopted by the insurgents, also noted that looting, killing and rape had also been employed by the assailants in their destruction and vendetta.

Governor Al-makura who arrived Assakio through several villages that had been burnt to the ground in company of security agents.

The impact assessment tour saw the governor and his team move through rural path used by the insurgents to cross from Assakio to Obi where communities like Sabo Gida, Lega-Obi, Tudun Adabu and Daddere were also troubled.

Mister Al-makura proffered the solution of rationalized security structure to protect affected communities.

One of the concerns raised was the near security absence in some of the communities which the governor admitted, that there was inadequate personnel to provide security services round the clock.

Nasarawa Impeachment: Commissioner Insists Case Against Al-Makura Is Over

Nasarawa Impeachment_Hamza MohammedFollowing the dismissal of allegations against the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-makura, the Commissioner for Information in the state, Hamza Mohammed, believes that as far as the law is concerned, the crisis in Nasarawa State should be over.

He made this assertion on Channels Television’s weekend breakfast programme, Sunrise.

The Nasarawa impeachment investigative panel set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko, to investigate the 16-count allegation of misconduct and breaches of the constitution levelled against Governor Al-Makura had dismissed the allegations against the Governor following the failure of the State House of Assembly to provide evidence in support of the claims.

The panel held that in criminal proceedings, the onus lies on the person who had made the allegations to prove culpability and that since the state’s lawmakers had failed to prove the allegations, the panel had no choice but to dismiss the allegations.

On the back of this, Mr Mohammed, during the conversation, said: “Section 188 subsection 7 of the constitution says that as soon as the report of the panel is a ‘not guilty’ charge, no further proceedings has to be undertaken in regards to impeachment issue and we believe that is the situation now”.

He, however, berated the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, for allegedly urging the Assembly men to carry on with the impeachment process, during a rally of the People’s Democratic Party.

He maintained that as far as the party was concerned, the Governor “has not committed any misconduct to warrant any impeachment” since his assumption of office, adding that he has the support of the people of the state.

A legal practitioner, Wahab Shittu, who was also on the programme, said that the respect for the constitution and the rule of law was most important and that it should be the perspective that Nigerians should be concerned about, as adhering to it would help the country’s democracy survive.

According to him, “impeachment is both a constitutional process as well as a political process.

Al-Makura: Disabled Persons Threaten Protest Against Nasarawa Lawmakers

Governor-Umaru-Tanko-AlmakuraThe Kaduna State Chapter of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria have threatened to mobilise the over 25 million of their members across the country to stage a peaceful protest in Nasarawa State, against the plot by the state lawmakers to impeach the State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al Makura, who is also a member and supporter of the association.                                                          

In an interview with Channels Television in Kaduna on Thursday, spokesman of the association, Mohammed Abdullahi, and some other members said that the Nasarawa State lawmakers were plotting to remove the Governor not because of any tangible offence as alleged, but because the Governor is a disabled person, having developed deafness at the age of 37. They, therefore, vowed that such move would be resisted by the association.

They also criticised the statement credited to the Nasarawa State PDP Chairman, Yunana Iliya, sometime ago that Al-Makura should resign over his hearing impairment or face impeachment by the State House of Assembly, expressing disappointment that someone so high in the society would make such remarks on disability.

While describing the statement as “immoral, inhuman and ungodly”, the association accused the PDP of being behind the plot to remove the governor by all means.

They stressed that Governor Al Makura had alleviated the sufferings of the less privileged and persons with disabilities in the state through empowerment programmes and recruiting their members into the state civil service, pointing out that being disabled is not the end of life as according to them, Al Makura became the governor of Nasarawa State as a person with hearing impairment, and has also transformed the state more than his predecessors.

Emir Of Lafia Intervenes In Al-Makura Protest

Emir-of-Lafia-Alhaji-Isah-Mustapha-Agwai-IThe Emir of Lafia, Dr. Mustapha Agwai, has opened a peace pact between members of the State Assembly and Governor Al-makura, as street protests in the state capital enters day two.

The intervention came as the mass protest in solidarity with Governor Al-makura, continued to ground activities and obstructing free movement, shutting down the state capital.

Tension rose among the protesters who throng the streets of Lafia, Doma and Keana, with reports of impending break down of law and order.

Some protesters, made up of politicians, youths, women, non-indigenes and some PDP members were at the Emir’s palace in Lafia with placards that had solidarity messages inscribed on them, demanding the Emir’s intervention between the lawmakers and the Governor.

Addressing the crowd of protesters at the palace, Dr. Mustapha Agwai urged the people to remain law abiding, as the traditional institution wades into the dispute to find an amicable solution.

Consoled by the assurances of the Emir, the non-indigenes from Igbo, Igala, Yoruba and South-South tribes, resident in the state, also added their voices, urging the lawmakers to heed the advice of their electorates.

With Military men and Police in most parts of the state, it is hoped that an amicable solution would be found, as reports have indicated security concerns about the safety of the people.