FG To Review Mining Activities

Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, NigeriaThe Federal Government says it is soliciting the collaboration of states endowed with natural resources, in order to review mining activities.

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said this when he visited Governor Tanko Al-makura after a tour of some mining sites in Nasarawa state.
He said the purpose of his visit was to review mining activities in the country and the state.

“We had a purpose for the visit, we wanted to examine precisely what is happening to the active mines, some mines have been active and then dormant since the 50’s and what has been done with the abandoned mines, what do we need to do, to reclaim the mines”

The Minister then revealed three templates which the ministry is working onto achieve the roadmap of the ministry.

“The era of producing raw minerals and shipping them out of the state is gone. Anybody who want to mine in Nasarawa or in any other place must be prepared to benefit and process locally, so that they can employ more people and use the minerals for domestic benefits.

“We are very determined to enforce provisions in the mining and minerals act in support of the host communities because we believe that the host communities are being at the receiving end.

“The law asked for consent to be given by the host communities and consent has been abused.

“The governor said the idea is what the state has been clamouring for and if followed will improve the revenue base of the state.

“I want to appeal very passionately that this is very important if it is done I believe the economic status of the state will be lifted”, he said.

With the tour by the Minister and his team to the state and three other states, it is expected that mining activities will take a new turn.

British Govt. To Partner With Nasarawa On Infrastructure

Al-Makura Commits To Peaceful Coexistence In NasarawaThe British Government has pledged to partner with Nasarawa State Government in the areas of agriculture, mining, housing and infrastructure to help shore up its economic base.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Thomas, stated this when he paid Governor Tanko Al-Makura his first visit at the Government House, in Lafia, the state capital.

On his part, the Governor assured the UK of all the cooperation it needs so as to achieve optimum results.

While stating the purpose of his visit in a swift manner, he said that more needs is to be done in some sectors of the State and the United Kingdom is ready to partner.

“The purpose of my visit is to understand more about the challenges in this state, to understand about the opportunities in the state and see what support the British Government can bring to Nasarawa.

“Some of these opportunities include agriculture, mining, mass housing, infrastructure, and there is a lot of work that needs to be done, I know the Governor is getting on with that work and doing it very well.

“One of those sectors, one of those priorities are areas where the UK has expertise, British companies can come to the state and engage with you.

“We will look at the opportunities and see in what way they can contribute to the economic development of Nasarawa state”, he said.

The governor who appreciated the visit, responded by saying that the state has a conducive business environment and abundant natural resources, and so the United Kingdom will be given all the cooperation needed for a fruitful partnership.

“Agriculture, solid minerals which abound in Nasarawa state is because we have conducive business environment and climate that can produce any kind of crops.

“So, any British entrepreneur that is interested in partnering with this administration or any organisation within the state can come and we would give certain organisation all the support and encouragement” the governor said.

For optimal result to be achieved, Al-Makura assured that when a deal is signed, it would be supervised by him to avoid any hitch.

“I would like to take the opportunity of this courtesy to bring to your notice that we really acknowledge and appreciate all the support we are getting in terms of this international partner support.

“In particular I would want to assure you that whatever support that comes to Nasarawa state, will be personally supervised by me, to ensure that the ultimate objectives and results are achieved”, he said.

Also part of the visit was an exhibition of samples of mineral resources that the state is endowed with and a visit to the special school in Lafia.

Al-Makura Commits To Sustaining Peaceful Coexistence In Nasarawa

Al-Makura Commits To Sustaining Peaceful Coexistence In NasarawaNasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has restated his resolve to end boundary disputes that disrupt peaceful coexistence among communities in the state.

Governor Al-Makura said this during a meeting with a delegation from Mada and Farin Ruwa communities from the north senatorial district of the state at the Government House in Lafia.

He appealed to the people to shun sentiments so that development can thrive in the state.

“On the issue of boundary adjustments, we will look in to it and we will look into history and all kinds of factors that will entrench peace, stability and good neighbourliness.

“I will want you and other neighbours of yours to cooperate with us. By the special grace of God we are going to do something that will be enduring, something that will be fair to all of you.

“I will like to appeal to you, let’s take out sentiments, let’s remove all kinds of clogs that negate some best practices in terms of support and collaboration of partners, neighbours and brothers.

“I believe it is an outmoded thing for every single issue to be settled in the court of law, I believe in community based conflicts resolution approach.

“This is what has succeeded in making Nasarawa State, one of the most peaceful state snow in the federation,” the governor said.

Second Death Recorded In Alleged Nasarawa Police Shooting

Nasarawa, PoliceA second man has died from gunshot wounds after a clash between the Police and labour unions in Nasarawa State.

This brings the death toll to two, following a police shoot out at the gate of the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

The deceased, Rabiu Mohammed, was an administrative staff of the defunct Nasarawa State owned newspaper, ‘Nigeria News Day’.

He passed away at the National Hospital in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital where he was receiving treatment.

The shots were fired as the workers waited for the outcome of a meeting between Governor Tanko Al Makura and the labour union, over the implementation of a new salary template, which prompted them to embark on an indefinite strike.

One of the workers had been killed while at least three others (two from the state Judicial Service Commission and a journalist) were injured in the incident.

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, in his reaction called on the Nasarawa State Police Command to fish out the policeman responsible.

The Police Command spokesman, ASP Umar Numan, told Channels Television that the incident occurred as some of the workers allegedly threw stones at the General Manager of the Nasarawa Broadcasting Service, Mr Yusuf Musa, who was making his way to attend the meeting.

He added that the Police were not sure if the shootings were from the Police or the workers, saying the Police were working to establish the circumstances that led to the shooting.

Nasarawa Police Must Investigate Shooting Of Workers, NLC Insists

NLC 3The shooting of protesting workers in in front of the Government House Nasarawa State on Friday has sparked outrage from the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba.

Mr Wabba has called on the Nasarawa Police command to fish out the policeman allegedly responsible for the incident.

The shots were fired as the workers were waiting for the outcome of a meeting between the NLC boss and Governor Tanko Al Makura over the implementation of a new salary template which prompted them to embark on an indefinite strike.

One of the workers was killed while at least three others, two of them from the state Judicial Service Commission and a journalist, were injured in the incident.

A policeman was said to have been injured in the process as well.

The state police spokesman, ASP Umar Numan told Channels Television that the incident occurred as some of the workers threw stones at the General Manager of Nasarawa Broadcasting Service, Mr Yusuf Musa, while making his way to the Government House to attend the meeting.

He said that the Police were not sure if the shootings were from the Police or the workers.

The Police said that they were working to establish the circumstances that led to the shooting.


Dalung Urges Nasarawa Governor To Develop Sports Sector

Sports, Solomon Dalung, Tanko Al-Makura, NasarawaThe Minister of Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, has appealed to Governor Tanko Al-Makura to work towards the development of sports in Nasarawa State.

Mr Dalung made the call on Friday when he visited Governor Al-Makura at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital in north-central Nigeria.

He commended the Governor for the developmental strides evident across the state and urged him to do more.

Mr Al-Makura who was appreciative of the visit promised to support the Federal Ministry of Sports by promoting sports in the state with a distinct view of minimising youth restiveness.

At the end of the visit, the Governor and the Minister visited the ongoing Lafia Township Stadium to ascertain the level of work.

Aisha Buhari Launches Free Medical Service In Nasarawa

Nasarawa, Aisha Buhari
Wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has flagged off a three-day free health screening programme in Nasarawa State.

The medical outreach was launched on Monday under the auspices of ‘Future Assured Initiative’ to cater for women and children with various health challenges.

The programme was in collaboration with the wife of the Nasarawa State Governor, Mairo Al-Makura.

It complements the efforts of the state government in providing adequate health care service to the people.

A representative of the President’s wife, Grace Shamma, said that the poor health condition of women and children prompted Mrs Buhari’s decision to organise the screening.

According to Mrs Shamma, she maintained that it was only a healthy population that could drive the economy.

While appreciating initiative of the wife of the President, Mrs Al-Makura called on the Nasarawa State Governor to do more for the people with critical health challenges, especially the silent killer diseases.

In his response, Governor Tanko Al-Makura thanked Mrs Buhari for choosing the state for such outreach program, appealing to the beneficiaries to comply with the instructions given to them.Nasarawa, Aisha Buhari

The outreach program was organised to screen women and children, including men for hypertension, diabetes, breast and cervical cancer, hernia, lipoma and  cataract often referred to as ‘silent killer diseases’.

The organisers of the programme assured individuals found positive of various ailments of immediate treatment.

They added that cryotherapy services would be offered to women with cervical problems and there would be referrals and follow ups where the need arises.

The health screening, which is being organised in the six Nigeria’s geo-political zones, is targeting women and children with very severe medical conditions.

Farmers/Herdsmen Clashes: Fact Finding Committee Visits Al-Makura

Orange MarketThe Fact Finding Committee from the Defence Headquarters has visited Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State north central Nigeria on the incessant farmers/herdsmen clash in the region.

The Committee is constituted by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Abayomi Olonishakin, to investigate the causes of farmers/herdmen clashes in affected states and the way the military can come in .

According to the Chairman of the Committee, who is also the Director Of Communications, Defence Headquarters, Major General Edward Nze, the Defence Chief is worried about the turn the clash has taken and says it (Committee) is poised to co-ordinate the activities of security personnel to put an end to the menace.

The Governor who expressed appreciation for the visit believes that all stakeholders must participate in curbing the menace.

Al-Makura, Political Appointees Discuss Issues Affecting Nasarawa

Governor-AlmakuraThe 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.

Al-makura To Build Water Channels In Flood Plain Areas

Tanko-Al-Makura-Governor-Nassarawa-StateThe Nasarawa State Government has taken adequate measures to construct water channels in flood plain areas to cushion ecological problems in the state before the rains set in.

Governor Tanko Al-makura on Sunday, dropped the hint while assessing the topography of the areas in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State.

Governor Al-Makura said that the water channels would be built especially in Tudun Kauri area of the state’s capital.

The Governor noted that the people had suffered a lot of destruction, as a result of floods in the last few years and assured them that it would be a thing of the past.

The project, however, cannot be achieved without the demolition of some houses, but Governor Al-Makura said that he is ready to compensate those whose houses would be demolished.

The construction of water channels is expected to commence in March.

IGP Visits Nasarawa, Seeks Land For Police Housing

NasarawaThe Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has appealed to the Nasarawa State Government to provide lands for the Police to facilitate the Post Retirement Police Housing Scheme.

The IGP made the appeal at the Government House in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State on Friday during his first official visit to Nasarawa State.

The Police boss said that the visit was to see how his men were faring and to assess the security situation in the state, especially with regards to the clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

Appreciating the visit, the State Governor, Tanko Al-makura, thanked Mr Arase for the efforts of the Police towards restoring peace to Nasarawa and its neighbouring states.

He told the IGP that the Police helicopter given to the state has helped immensely in the areas of surveillance.

He promised to further support the initiatives of the Police boss in containing the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

With regards to the IGP’s appeal, the Governor ordered the State’s Commissioner of Lands and Survey, Mr Sunny Agassi, to act swiftly in that direction.

The Post Retirement Housing Scheme for junior officers of the Police Force, if achieved, is expected to reduce corruption and boost the morale of the Police to do more in protecting lives and property.

Nasarawa Govt. Reserves Lands For FG Housing Scheme

NasarawaNasarawa State government has earmarked lands to support the Federal government’s mass housing scheme initiative.

Governor Tanko Al-Makura gave a hint about the reservation on Monday after visiting the office of the Nasarawa Geographic Information System in Karu Local Government.

He gave assurance of collaborating with the Federal Government to ensure the decline of housing deficit.

In similar development, the Governor made an aerial survey of the proposed land in north central Nigeria, and also visited the ongoing Kabayi road construction to ascertain the level of work.

He expressed confidence that the road would be completed before the end of February.

Governor Al-Makura added that the seven-kilometer road would reduce the gridlock on the Mararraba-Karu highway.