Nasarawa Holds Special Prayer For President Buhari

Nasarawa Govt. Holds Special Prayer As Buhari ReturnsFollowing the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari from his vacation in the UK, Muslims in Nasarawa State convened a special Jumma’at prayer session after his safe return.

The prayer which was held at the Lafia Central Mosque and presided over by the Chief Imam of Lafia, Dalhatu Dahiru, attracted individuals from all walks of life.

The special prayer was held shortly after the normal Jumma’at congregational prayers, where senior clerics recited different verses of the Holy Qur’an wishing the President good tidings.

The session had in attendance the State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, alongside some of his cabinet members.

In an interview with journalists, the Governor said the people of the state wish the President a quick recovery and strength to carry on with his responsibilities.

“We have offered special prayers for his safe return home and we also pray Almighty God to give him peaceful recuperation, strength, stability and capacity to work effectively.

“We pray that God will to continue to give him the strength to lead this country. I pray that Almighty God should give all Nigerians the patience to support this administration.

“We also thank all Nigerians for all the prayers and support given to this administration. We pray that Almighty God will answer all our prayers “, Governor Al-Makura said.

Some excited residents in the Nasarawa State capital also took the streets to celebrate the safe return of the President to the country.

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.

Al-Makura Seeks FG’s Support On Solid Minerals

Al-Makura Seeks FG's Support On Solid MineralsNasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, seeks to partner with the Federal Government towards harnessing the mineral resources that abound in the state.

The governor made the proposal when he paid a visit to the Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

He also urged the Federal Government to look into the 13% derivation which he said the state was yet to benefit, stressing that it would help increase the state’s revenue base.

Governor Al-Makura also requested that the scope of solid minerals be expanded by establishing a mineral study outfit, as a means of employment creation for the teeming youth in Nasarawa State, north-central Nigeria.

“I would like to kindly request the Honourable Minister to grant Nasarawa State the license for industrial mineral mining; this will increase our revenue generation, especially now that we have an SPV ready to partake in this exercise.

“Besides that, I will like to assure the Honourable Minister that if Nasarawa State is vested with some support like mineral study outfit or mineral skill acquisition outfit that will help low class mineral miners to have the skills and means to prospect, I believe this will give Nasarawa State the opportunity to expand the scope of bringing different kinds of people to earn a living through mineral resources.

Focus On Diversification

“Finally, I will also like to put before the Honourable Minister the issue of derivation when it comes to mineral revenue, as it is now some of the mineral resources revenue that are being generated like Barytes and others, where the end users are in other states than Nasarawa because other state that do not even mine those minerals are the beneficiaries of the 13% derivation.

“So we want to put this before the Honourable Minister to look at it, so that we can carefully identify from which states those minerals are coming and which state deserve those derivation benefits.

“This, I believe at this very difficult period will support the state in doing so many things that will add value to the focus of the Federal Government on diversification,” he said.

Governor Al-Makura also seized the opportunity to invite the Minister to the state, in order to adequately analyse issues pertaining to solid minerals development.

“We want to extend a special invitation to you to come to Nasarawa State so that we can have a more practical interface for you to see what is there for you to support us and support the country at large,” he requested.

Accepting the invitation, Dr. Fayemi assured the governor of the Federal Government’s support to the State Government in realising its diversification drive.

“We have adopted an administrative mechanism to ensure that states are fully on board, in order to realise the objective of active participation in mining.

“Before we finish this month, I will come and I will go round myself to see those specific areas where the Federal Government can assist and partner with Nasarawa State in strengthening what you have already started by way of developing the resources that are available in your state,” the minister said.

Al-Makura Charges Newly Appointed Executives

Armed Forces Remembrance: Al-Makura To Employ 100 LegionnairesNasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura has tasked members of the State Executive Council on upholding the ideals of his administration.

The Governor made this declaration during the maiden Executive Council meeting held at the council chambers of the government house in Lafia, to enable the Council brainstorm and chart a way forward for the state.

”The meeting has become very vital and necessary, with the fact that we want to hit the ground running. there is no time to be wasted, that is why i feel we should meet and discuss generally and chart a way forward”

The Governor explained what the article of faith of his administration is, while charging the appointees to operate with the fear of God in discharging their responsibilities.

He also urged them not to go contrary to the constitution and the rule of law.

”First of all, you should consider the fear of God as the most fundamental preoccupation of anything that we do.
”Secondly, this administration is an extension of constitutional democracy,everything we do must be in conformity with the constitution, because we are a product of constitutional democracy.

”We have no business here, if what we do not conform to the constitution’.

”Thirdly, as people that live in an enlightened society that is governed by rules and regulations , the adherence to the rule of law is very very vital”, he said.

He urged them to consider actions and activities that will be beneficial to the masses while encouraging them to be ensure accountability in their dealings.

”Your actions must bring succour,relief,promotion to the larger society”

”We cannot but be accountable in whatever we do, and this is not only financial accountability, it must go beyond financial terms”

”This are what we call the articles of faith of this administration” he said.

Al-Makura Signs 2017 Appropriation Bill Into Law

Tanko Al-Makura, Nasarawa, LabourThe Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-makura, has signed the 2017 appropriation bill into law.

During the signing at the council chambers of the Government House, the governor lauded the speaker and members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly for passing the 2017 budget promptly.

Furthermore, he gave an assurance that the budget would be implemented accordingly as it would spring up commencement of developmental projects.

“With the passage of the bill now, the state is at complete leverage to implement the budget for 2017.

“This will commence vibrant and functional activities with the leverage to expend funds for the purpose for which the budget was meant, as approved by the state House of Assembly”

“I want to assure Mr speaker and the entire members of the state House of Assembly and the state citizens at large, that as a very responsible administration, we would abide absolutely by what is in the budget”, he said.

The 67.1 billion Naira budget, tagged ‘budget of reformation’, was presented to the House by Tanko Al-makura for consideration on December 15, 2016.

It was then passed into law by the Nasarawa state House of Assembly on February 15, after it had scaled third reading with an upward review of over 2 billion Naira.

The budget now stands at 69.9 billion Naira representing 4.23% of the total appropriation bill which has 31.3 billion Naira for capital expenditure and 38.6 billion Naira for recurrent expenditure.

With the signing of the appropriation bill and its upward review by the state House of Assembly, it is expected that the budget would be implemented fully to meet the aspirations and yearning of the people of the state.

Armed Forces Remembrance: Al-Makura To Employ 100 Legionnaires

Armed Forces Remembrance: Al-Makura To Employ 100 LegionnairesThe Nasarawa State Governor, Mr Tanko Al-makura, has promised to employ 100 members of the Nigerian Legion as security personnel in public places in the state.

He said this during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day emblem launch at the council chambers of the government house in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.

He said that he believes that their expertise would help improve the security situation of the state.

The employment is in reaction to an appeal made by the Nigerian legion for assistance to cater for the wives of their colleagues who lost their lives whilst in service.

The Governor also promised to employ ten widows of fallen heroes into the state civil service to cater for their needs.

Aside this, He donated five million naira to the Legion and 100 bags of rice.

“I want to say that I have accepted that call and we are providing ten slots in the employ of Nasarawa state for the widows and children of the Nigerian Legion.

“So bring applications to the Ministry of Women Affairs, then we will see how to process it depending on the availability but definitely at whatever ranks we find the positions available, I assure you this year we are going to employ ten people among your widows or children”

“There are some members of the Nigerian Legion that are not gainfully employed and what you know best is security services.

“We will offer the Nigerian Legion a slot of 100 people for immediate employment as security personnel,” he said.

Nasarawa Airport To Serve As Agricultural Produce Export Platform

AviationThe Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, says the ongoing Nasarawa State Airport project will serve as a platform for exporting perishable agricultural products.

He also believes that the airport will serve as a catalyst for the development of the economy.

Speaking during a meeting with the Nasarawa State Governor, Mr Umar Al-Makura, in Abuja, the minister announced that the Federal Government was set to support the project as aviation was a reliable source of generating revenue for the nation.

Governor Almakura said that the state had procured 1,000 hectares of land for the project and that the Lafia Airport when completed would be the best alternative to the Federal Capital Territory for aviation activities.

Al-Makura Assures Foreign Nationals Of Safety In Nasarawa

Al-Makura Assures Foreign Nationals Of Safety In NasarawaThe Nasarawa State Governor, Mr Tanko Al-makura, has assured foreign nationals living in the state of their safety.

He gave the assurance when he paid a condolence visit to the Chinese consul, Mr Joseph Yuo to commiserate with them over the killing of a Chinese miner in Alongani village of Nasarawa Eggon village.

The Chinese miner was killed by unknown gunmen in an ambush alongside a police escort and two locals on their way back from the mining site.

One of the foreign nationals survived with gunshots injuries.

The Police Commissioner who was part of the visit said that investigations were on and promised that perpetrators would be known as soon as investigations are done.


Al Makura To Reposition Local Government Administration In Nasarawa

Tanko Al-Makura, Nasarawa, LabourThe Nasarawa State Governor, Mr Tanko Al Makura, has re-affirmed his commitment to repositioning the local government administration in the state.

This, he intends to do through an interface with the chairmen, overseers, directors and councillors of the local governments.

Governor Al Makura announced the plan during talks with the local council officials at the conference hall of the Government House in Lafia.

He says it is only through a synergy with the operators that effectiveness and efficiency can be achieved at the local government units.

Mr Almakura is of the view that if the chairmen do not take charge of the various units at their local governments, it will be a disservice to the people.

“If we do not take charge and be responsive in our various units, we are doing a great disservice to the people of Nasarawa State,” he stressed.

This is not the first time the governor is convening a meeting with the chairmen and overseers of local governments in the state.

Nasarawa Politics Will Soon Change – Al-makura

Nasarawa Politics Will Soon Change – Al-makuraThe Nasarawa state Governor, Mr Tanko Al-makura, has expressed optimism that politics in the state will take a new dimension.

He shared this view when he received the Deputy Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr Godiya Akwashiki, who recently decamped to the APC from the PDP at the government house in Lafia.

“You will very soon notice serenity, decorum, peace, in the activities of politics in Nasarawa state” he said.

He says political positions in Nasarawa state are not for sale but for people with integrity.

The Deputy Speaker who spoke to journalists after the meeting with the Governor, said that he would be loyal to the party both at local and federal levels.

The Secretary of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state was also among the decampees.

Almakura Rewards Nasarawa United Players

nasarawa-unitedThe Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura, has rewarded the players of Nasarawa United FC despite their loss at the finals of the 2016 Federation Cup.

He gave the reward during a reception organised in their honour at the presidential lodge in Lafia where he presented all the players with plots of land at Karu Local Government Council and a token of 200,000 Naira each.

The plots are within the corridors of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja close to the Karu International Market.

He told the crowd that the area considered is the Koroduma district which is just 500 meters from the market.

The Governor also assured them that the road to the housing estate given to the players would be named Nasarawa United Road.

He says the gesture is to spur them to do more in doing the state proud.

Governor Almakura further promises to conclude the Nasarawa township stadium in the next two months, expressing optimism that when completed the stadium would motivate the players to perform at their best calling on other team to take their time.

“By the time we complete the stadium and get the whole field ready for this boys, every team should take their time in Nigeria because Nasarawa state will write history in the history of football in Nigeria,” he said.

On their part, the players expressed gratitude to the governor.

Shammah Tanzi, who spoke on behalf of his team mates, said they were jittery about their performance but only to come home to be celebrated by the governor and their families.