The Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Almakura, is threatening to revoke the contract awarded for the construction of Lafia Neighbourhood Market, after an evaluation showed that the work may not be completed at the stipulated time.
Governor Almakura expressed dissatisfaction with the pace of work when he visited the market while inspecting projects across the state.
“I am specifically here in the Lafia Neighbourhood Market to show my displeasure about the slow speed of this project
“My plan was to commission this project before the end of the year, we are now at the end of October and we have only about two months before the year runs out and I am not happy with some of the contractors handling the job here,” he said.
‘In Their Own Interest’
The Governor called on the contractors to quickly get back to work so as to meet up with the deadline.
“I am calling on all the contractors in their own interest in the next one week this place should be roofed,” he instructed.
He also issued threats to revoke the work if they do not comply with the terms of agreement.
“In one week, if any contractor does not come to the site, he should consider the work revoked,” he warned.
The Lafia Neighbourhood market is being built on the site of the demolished Lafia Old Market which the Governor said was part of his efforts to boost economic and business activities in the state with a view to improving the revenue base especially at this time of economic recession.
The Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura has sworn in eleven chairmen to pilot the affairs of their various Local Government Areas for the one year.
The swearing in ceremony which took place at the conference hall of the Government House in Lafia, the State capital, comes after the chairmen were screened and confirmed by the state lawmakers alongside 114 members of the interim management committee.
During the swearing in, Governor Al-Makura charged them to imbibe the fear of God in discharging their responsibilities.
He, however, pledged that he would synergize with other arms of government to improve the welfare of his people.
Recently in a sitting, 18 law makers amended the Local Government Law which gave room for the appointment of chairmen and members of the Interim Management Committee formerly known as the Transition Management Committee.
The Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura has inaugurated a twenty three man committee, with an inclusion of the organised labour to look into the review of the state salary structure in line with the consensus of the stakeholders’ forum held recently.
The governor who spoke at the council chambers of the Government House in the presence of the Executive and Legislative members said the decision is as a result of the global economic downturn which has affected allocations accruing to the state.
He added that the situation is worsened with an oversight by the committee that worked out the implementation of the minimum wage in 2011, which led to a wrong adoption by the government.
The committee chaired by the State Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Yusuf Shehu was directed to ascertain the revenue accruing to the state and also the thirteen Local Government Councils among other terms of reference which is expected to report in one week
The Governor of Nasarawa State, all political appointees and heads of government boards and parastatals have met to discuss issues affecting the growth and development of the state and the way forward.
Governor Tanko Al-Makura said the meeting was a replica of the objective of the state of the union address, as held in the United States of America.
State Commissioners, Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries, Head of Boards and Parastatals and other top government functionaries were at the Council Chambers of the Government House in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State, for the meeting.
The Governor believes that the meeting is timely and that they all need to work in the same direction to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
Mr Al-Makura also urged state decision makers to live up to the expectations of creating the state years ago.
After the Governor gave a preamble of the rationale behind the meeting, the government officials went into a closed-door meeting to enable them deliberate extensively on important issues at their level.
After the closed door session, the Governor told reporters that the meeting resolved to employ 1,500 youth, train youths in various skills and dissolve all local government chairmen.
He also said they agreed on the payment of scholarship to students and addition of value to farming activities in the state.
Governor Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State, in northern Nigeria, who decamped to the All Progressives Congress from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party is determined to see the mantle of leadership remain with his new party after the April 11 election.
Al-makura’s stance was once again emphasised during the APC governorship campaign train stopover at Nasarawa Egon, an area regarded as a stronghold of the opposition in the state.
As part of his re-election campaign activities in the area, the incumbent governor commissioned a four kilometer township road .
‘Seeing is Believing’
Mr Al-makura whose campaign slogan is “Seeing is Believing” has also embarked on actively engaging the electorate on the basis of his performance, urging them to give him another term in office to complete ongoing projects.
Thereafter, the campaign train proceeded to the Wuse and Akiri communities of the state, where the governor paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Wuse.
The high point of Governor Al-makura’s visit to the Palace was the handing over of the staff of office to the Monarch. He then took time out to list key projects his administration would embark on if voted back into office .
The governor went further to stress the importance of electing credible men and women into office.
“By the rousing welcome you have given me and my party , I am convinced of your support and I assure you that we will consolidate on projects on ground and ensure that we all enjoy the gains of democracy.”
The Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-makura, has named Mr Silas Agara as his running mate in the 2015 governorship election in the state.
The choice of Mr Agara was made after a meeting of party leaders and governorship aspirants in the just concluded primary elections, as a way of reconciling all interest ahead of the general elections.
Announcing Governor Al-makura’s running mate on Sunday, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, said the choice of Mr Agara was reached after wide consultations.
Mr Agara, who is also from Akwanga Local Government, replaces Mr Dameshi Luka, the present deputy governor who defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party early this year.
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) says it is complementing the war against insurgent groups by the military with increased surveillance of borders to check entrance of illegal migrants.
At a meeting on Wednesday with the Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr Tanko Al-makura, the Comptroller General of the immigration service, David Paradang, said that securing the border better would help check security challenges in north-central region of Nigeria, where there has been intense fighting between local farmers and herdsmen.
“Profiling non-Nigerians and illegal migrants is the best way of ridding the country of insurgent groups,” Mr Paradang told reporters.
The Immigration Surveillance and Tracking Campaign, according to the Comptroller General, will also cover border control, as the nation battle to end its Ebola cases, especially with countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak.
He further stated that the ECOWAS convention of free movement did not forbid Nigeria from closing it borders in times of public health concern as with the case of Ebola.
The Comptroller General also stated that the NIS profiling programme was paying off, with the deportation of over 780,000 illegal migrants in June.
Mr Paradang’s visit is part of the service’s efforts in tracking insurgents groups along the planes of the north-central region where fighting has been on since last year.
At the meeting, Governor Al-makura urged local government chairmen and the traditional institution to give the service every necessary support.
Pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia for the 2014 Hajj exercise have been advised to submit to Ebola Virus Disease screening exercise and any security measure when they arrive at Saudi.
The Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-makura, gave the advice at a ceremony organised to flag-off the exercise ahead of the pilgrims air lifting in Lafia.
Governor Al-makura urged the pilgrims to exercise restraints and caution in the foreign country.
The government and the people of Nasarawa State have high expectations from the pilgrims while on the holy land, but the major concern is for the pilgrims to intercede for peace in the state.
The Nasarawa State Muslim Welfare Board told reporters on Monday that adequate security and health measures were in place for this year’s Hajj exercise.
The board chairman, Sani Bawa and some of the pilgrims said they were adequately prepared for some of the risk behaviours and how to avoid harmful health and spiritual practices.
“Both security and health measures have been adequately covered for us to enjoy a hitch free exercise,” Mr Bawa said.
A pilgrim, Maryam Umar, said she was confident that the pilgrims would conduct themselves well in Saudi Arabia during the pilgrimage, stressing that the pilgrims were aware of the possible Ebola Virus Disease screening that they could be made to undergo in Saudi.
As excited as the men and women seem about their participation in this year’s Hajj, concerns among the pilgrims have been high with the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Nigeria, a development that has resulted in stringent screening exercises for Nigerians at the port of entry into some foreign country.
The Nasarawa and Benue State governments have agreed to identify routes and hideouts used by gangs that are responsible for the killing of over 28 people and destruction of property on the border between the two states.
This was contained in a nine point communique issued at the end of a security meeting between the Governor of Nasarawa state, Tanko Al-Makura and Gabriel Suswam of Benue state in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
Mr Al-Makura promised that the two states will share intelligence on how to tackle the communal clashes between both states.
The two governors agreed to set up a committee to ensure that community and traditional leaders are held accountable for any breach of peace within their domain.
The governments of both states want traditional leaders to play active role in ensuring the protection of lives and property in their environment.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Nasarawa state donated 11 Hillux vehicles to the State Security Services and the Police, to replace the vehicles vandalized during a. Violence in Alakiyo community in the state.
From several communal clashes to the Alakyo killing, Nasarawa state has witnessed several security challenges in recent times.
This meeting between the governments of Nasarawa and Benue state is aimed resolving one of the security issues; communal clashes.
The meeting became necessary after a recent communal clash in Rukubi village in Awe local government area of Nasarawa State.