Northern Governors’ Wives Donate Relief Items To IDPs In Nasarawa State

internally-displaced-persons-NEMAWifes of Northern Governors Forum on Wednesday donated relief materials to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nasarawa State.

Addressing the governors’ wives, the Governor of the State, Mr Tanko Al-makura,pledge to compliment the social responsibility efforts of the women.

The forum, which met with the Governor at the Government House in Lafia was led by its chairperson, Miss Yemisi Suswam.

Mr Al-makura and the wives of northern governors said they share the pains of IDPs across the country, stressing the need for such donation which was done in Benue and Borno state to be sustained.

The governor and his guest share the same thought on how to alleviate the plight of IDPs across the state and other parts of Nigeria.

Making the presentation of the relief materials worth millions of naira to the governor for onward distribution to IDPs the state, Miss Yemisi Suswam, called for inclusive effort in addressing insecurity in the north-east.

The wives of northern governors’ forum had last year began a social responsibility programme of reaching out to IDPs across Nigeria and Nasarawa state is the third to benefit from the gesture.

Impeachment: Governor Al-makura Appears Before Probe Panel

Nasarawa-Governor-Tanko-Al-MakuraGovernor Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State has appeared before the probe panel constituted by the State Chief Judge to answer allegations of misconduct and misappropriation levelled against him by the State House of Assembly.

Mr Al-makura arrived at the venue of the panel sitting in Lafia, the state’s capital, at about 9.00am local time in company of his close aids and was received by his cabinet members.

The governor in company of his legal team led by Mr Nnoruka Udechukwu, to guide his response to the 16 point allegation, looked prepared for the panel, as they review and make some notes ahead of the session.

Heavy security presence is seen at the Ministry for Local Government, venue of the sitting, located along Shendam Road. Men of the Nigerian police, department of state service and civil defence corpse were there to maintain civil peace.

The sitting commenced with the chairman addressing parties on the rules of the procedure, asking both the State Assembly and the governor, to address the panel in person or through appointed legal representative.

He also set out the time frame of three months for the panel sitting, everyday of the week, including Sundays and public holidays, to fast track the process.

However, there was no representation by the lawmakers, either in persons or through legal representation. There was no representation as the panel presented proof of service on the lawmakers.

The 20 Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers, pushing for the impeachment of the governor, last week rejected the composition of the probe panel and subsequently directed the Chief Judge, via a resolution at a sitting in an undisclosed hotel at Karu Local government, to disband the panel, saying they have no faith in its membership.

The most important of the rules guiding the process is that, “should any party fail to appear before it, the panel will not be hindered in taking appropriate decision against such party”.

It is not clear, however, if the panel will take any action against the lawmakers that were absent.

Nyanya Blast: APC Governors Set Up Trust Fund For Victims

Rochas-OkorochaThe governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are setting up a trust fund to support victims of Monday’s Bomb attack at the Nyanya Motor Park in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Victims of the bomb blast, which claimed 75 lives, are receiving treatment in various hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory.

At the National Hospital in Abuja on Wednesday, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, on behalf of other governors of the political party, announced the establishment of the trust fund.

He condemned the act, saying it is a dastardly act that must be condemned by all Nigerians.

“We have noticed that the increase in blood shedding in our nation is becoming worrisome and as leaders we believe that this is not a time to see what is wrong or who is wrong. It is a time that we must all close ranks to ensure the security of lives and property.

“We have also, out of our concern, decided to raise funds as the APC governors to support the families of the victims of this blast.

“We shall also join forces with other democrats to ensure that this bad story ends as quickly as possible,” Governor Okorocha said.

Also speaking at the occasion, Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State appealed to Nigerians to team up with security agencies to combat the menace of terrorism in Nigeria.

He advised Nigerians to be observant and vigilant.

“We should not leave the issue of security in the hands of security operatives alone. Security should be everybody’s business. We should be more meticulous, careful and observant of any movement that is not in line with what we see on a day to day basis and report same to the police,” he said.