Agara Scores Al-Makura High On Governance

Al-makura Shifts Focus Towards Rural DevelopmentThe Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Silas Agara, has rated Governor Tanko Al-Makura high on governance since the inception of his administration in the year 2011.

Mr Agara stated this in Akwanga Local Government Area, while receiving a delegation from Akun Development Area of the state.

“Everybody in the state has seen what the government of Governor Al-Makura has done since its inception; in fighting poverty, hunger, unemployment, youths and women restiveness, as well as boosting the socio-economic development of the state.

“Apart from transforming the education, agriculture, economic, health, judicial, commercial sector, he has also constructed some reasonable kilometres of roads in each Local Government Area in the state, to boost our transportation system.”

The Deputy Governor further stated that: “the developmental strides of the government under the Tanko Al-Makura administration has improved the standard of living of the people of the state, generated employment as well as boosted the socio-economic development even for the country at large”.

He, therefore, called on stakeholders to continue to pray and support President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Tanko Al-makura to enable them to succeed.

Nasarawa Government To Empower Youth

Nasarawa Government To Empower YouthThe Nasarawa State Government has assured youths in the state that the government will soon roll out programmes to address restiveness.

The State Deputy Governor, Silas Agara, made the pledge when he met with a group of youth who paid him a courtesy visit.

The group, All Progressives Congress (APC) Young Patriots, has representatives drawn from the 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state in north-central Nigeria.

Mr Agara acknowledged the youth’s contributions towards the success of the present administration and the APC, especially the grassroots mobilisation they are engaged in.

He assured them of the resolve and readiness of the government to carry them along in its programmes and policies.

The Deputy Governor also urged them to galvanise support for the reconstituted State Executive Council members, while appealing to them to monitor and protect the ongoing building of culverts and bridges spread across the 13 LGAs and 18 council development areas of the state.

“We have awarded a lot of jobs spread across the state and they are worth over 700 million Naira.

“We want to urge you as soon as you leave here go out and help see what is going on there,” he appealed.

Agara further hinted on the government’s plan to roll out new empowerment programmes for youth and women in the state.

He said they would commence by the end of the first quarter of 2017, in order to ease the burden of unemployment and poverty in the state.

“We just signed our budget into law. In implementing the budget, we have far reaching plans that will address youth unemployment and not only the youth, but women and some indigent of the state.

“We are going to roll out programmes that will be done quarterly,” said the Deputy Governor.

In his response, leader of the group, Musa Umar, commended the leadership style of the APC administration, saying it is premium on youth development.

Nasarawa Labour Crisis: Al-Makura Inaugurates Renegotiation Committee

Tanko Al-Makura, Nasarawa, LabourThe Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has inaugurated a 29-man renegotiation committee that would arrive at a consensus between the government and the organised labour.

The inauguration is in line with a directive from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, following a face-off between the government and workers in the state.

After the inauguration, Governor Al-Makura directed the committee to submit its report in eight weeks.

The newly constituted committee is being chaired by the Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Mr Silas Agara.

Members of the committee are drawn from the state organised labour, the national headquarters of the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity and some members of the State Executive Council.

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

There were claims that the shots were fired by the police.

Two persons died from gunshot wounds, as a result of the alleged police shoot out at the gate of the Government House in Lafia, the state’s capital in north-central Nigeria.