ASUU: NSUK Set To Resume As Nasarawa Govt Agrees To Pay Salaries

 

Barring any last minute changes, academic activities at the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK), will soon resume after the state government agreed to shoulder the responsibility for the payment of salaries of the staff of the university.

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, made this known while briefing members of the state executive council, at the fifth state executive council meeting, which held at the Government House, on Wednesday.

Engineer Sule, while briefing the council on recent developments across the educational, health and security sectors of the state, announced the decision of his administration to agree to takeover the payment of salaries at NSUK, thereby meeting one of the key demands by the local chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), thus paving the way for the possible resumption of academic activities.

According to the governor, based on the available finances to the state and especially because of the importance attached to education, his administration has agreed to take over the responsibility of paying salaries of staff at the NSUK, beginning from this month.

He pointed out that, so far, the management of the university, as well as the non teaching unions namely the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) have all agreed to open the university.

“One of the conditions they gave to us, the most important condition, is to ensure that we take over the full payment of salaries of all the staff, so that they don’t have to use their IGR.

“As far as we are concerned, we looked at our finances and we strongly believe that, based on the cashflow we have available to us and also because of the importance we attach to education, that we should be able to start that from this month.

“That is what we are looking forward to do. We are also hoping they will compliment by the moment we start the payment hopefully by Thursday or Friday, then we are hoping to see them also returning to their classes,” he stated.

Also updating the council about his recent activities concerning education, Engineer Sule disclosed that, following his recent visit to the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, the agency of the ministry, the National Communication Commission (NCC), through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has donated ICT gadgets to the College of Education in Akwanga.

“They have supplied all the ICT gadgets from the NCC similar to what they did for us at the Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic Lafia. The advantage COE Akwanga is having is that two servers will be installed, as part of their contribution to education in the state” he said.

The Governor therefore, used the opportunity of the meeting, to show great appreciation to the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Professor Ali Isa Pantami for the support, as well as the NCC and NITDA for their support in this area.

On the health sector, Engineer Sule recounted that, only last week, Nasarawa State achieved a milestone when it received two awards in the area of COVID-19 treatment and vaccination, with the state emerging not only the best in the North Central but the overall best performing state in COVID-19 vaccination across the country.

“From what some of you have seen, we want to join in thanking everybody, as well as the good people of Nasarawa State, for the milestone we achieved in the treatment of COVID-19. I want to thank the Ministry of Health, especially the Commissioner, his team, including the Nasarawa State Primary Health Care Agency, for all the good work that they have done for Nasarawa State to receive two awards on Friday last week,” he stated.

He reiterated that the awards are dedicated to the frontline workers who did the state proud.

The governor however, pointed out that COVID-19 is still around, with Nasarawa State recording cumulative cases of 2278 with 49 deaths. Karu, Keffi and Lafia constitute 80 percent of the cases recorded.

Other health challenges confronting the state include monkey pox, with 3 outbreaks, chickenpox, 13 outbreaks and smallpox 8, mostly around Lafia and Keffi.

On the aspect of security, the governor recalled his recent visit to the office of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) in Abuja, where he sought the support of the military to address security challenges mostly around the borders between Nasarawa and Kaduna, as well as Nasarawa and Taraba States.

Engineer Sule explained that, based on the request, the COAS has accepted to set up two military super camps in Awe and Karu Local Government Areas.

Gunmen Kidnap Commissioner In Nasarawa

A photo combination of a gun-wielding gunman and the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Information, Yakubu Mohammed Lawal.

 

Gunmen have kidnapped the Commissioner for Information in Nasarawa State, Yakubu Mohammed Lawal.

Lawal was said to have been abducted from his residence in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state on Monday night after sporadic shootings.

Police Public Relations Officer in Nasarawa, DSP Ramhan Nansel, confirmed the kidnap on Tuesday.

Upon receipt of the information, Nansel said the Nasarawa State Police Command dispatched operatives to the area to rescue the commissioner.

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The operatives, drawn from the Nasarawa Eggon Division raced to the scene to ensure that the victim was unhurt.

Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi, immediately reinforced the operatives with a combined detachment of the Police Mobile Force, the Anti kidnapping unit, military personnel, vigilante as well as local hunters.

“Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that the unknown gunmen while shooting sporadically, invaded the residence of one Hon. Yakubu Lawal Addah forcefully abducted him to an unknown destination,” the police spokesman said.

According to the PPRO, a search and rescue operation is ongoing by the combined team, led by Area Commander, Akwanga Area Command, Halliru Aliyu to rescue the victim and arrest the perpetrators of the crime.

On his part, the CP asked the public to avail the State Police Command of useful information that will lead to the rescue of the victim or arrest of the suspects.

He said the public can reach out to the command via the following numbers: 08035951018, 08033806409, 08037461715 and 08036157659.

Gunmen Kill Lecturer, Abduct Two Of His Daughters

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Gunmen have killed a lecturer, a Zakari Kigbu who before his demise worked with the Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia in Nasarawa state.

The gunmen also abducted two of his daughters during the attack.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Rahman Nansel confirmed the incident to Channel Television on Sunday.

He said” We got a distress call at about 12:20 am about the attack and reacted swiftly by mobilising our patrol teams and the military to the scene.

“Upon arrival, it was discovered that the victim had been shot in his abdomen. He was rushed to the hospital and confirmed dead while his two daughters were abducted to an unknown destination.”

Nansel added that “The command has commenced an intensive manhunt for the perpetrators of the dastardly act.”

The commissioner of Police has since visited the scene, condoled with the bereaved and assured the family of the victim that a comprehensive investigation will be carried out and no stone will be left unturned in order to rescue the abducted victims.

Gunmen Release Nasarawa LG Chairman, Police Arrest Three Suspects

Four abducted students of the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State have regained their freedom,

 

Gunmen have released the Chairman of Keffi Local Government, Muhammed Baba Shehu, the police authorities said on Sunday.

Shehu and his aide regained their freedom in the early hours of Sunday, following sustained pressure from the combined team of security personnel.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Rahman Nansel, confirmed the release to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.

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He said Shehu and his aide were released unhurt, adding that the police operatives arrested three suspects in connection with the incident.

The suspects were said to be on their way to collect ransom and are assisting the authorities in the ongoing investigation into the abduction.

This is coming two days after the victims were whisked away by the gunmen.

The perpetrators blocked the Akwanga/Keffi road on Friday night, shooting sporadically in the air, and in the process shot the Chairman’s orderly while carrying out the abduction.

Shehu and his entourage were on their way to Lafia from Keffi when the incident occurred.

Unfortunately, the security detail of the Chairman, Alhassan Habeeb, was killed in the attack and has since been buried Saturday according to Islamic rites.

Buhari Visits Nasarawa To Commission Projects

President Muhammadu Buhari cut the tape at the Lafia cargo airport during the commissioning on Thursday,

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is on an official visit to Nasarawa state to commission some projects executed by the Federal and State governments.

He arrived in Lafia, Nasarawa state capital around 10:00am on Thursday.

The President will first inspect the Lafia cargo airport before inaugurating other projects.

He was received by the state governor Abdullahi Sule and other dignitaries in the state.

Governor Sule, earlier on Tuesday announced that the President is expected to visit the country and urged residents in the State to turn out en-masse to receive the President.

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He listed some of the projects expected to be commissioned to include Loko-Oweto Bridge, CBN complex, Federal Secretariat complex, and Abuja-Keffi-Lafia-Makurdi dual carriageway.

Others are Nasarawa Vocation and Skills Acquisition Institute, Karu and Lafia Bus Terminal, Keffi Square, and Neighbourhood Market.

Four Nasarawa Varsity Students Regain Freedom

 

Four abducted students of the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State have regained their freedom, the school authorities said on Sunday.

The students were kidnapped on Thursday night by gunmen around the university’s campus.

In a statement, the institution’s Head, Information and Public Relations Unit, Abubakar Ibrahim, said the students who were kidnapped outside the university premises were released on Saturday.

“The management of the Federal University of Lafia wishes to happily wishes to happily announce that the students of the university who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Thursday, January 13, 2022, have been released by their abductor,” the statement read.

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Ibrahim extended the appreciation of the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shehu AbdulRahman, to the Nasarawa State Government and the general public for their concern and support during the period.

According to him, the students have undergone medical checks and are found to be in good condition to resume their studies.

While reiterating the commitment of the university to safeguarding the interests of the students to forestall a reoccurrence in the future, Ibrahim added that the Vice-Chancellor has called on staff and students to remain calm and to go about their normal duties.

Buhari Condemns ‘Senseless’ Killing Of 45 Farmers In Nasarawa Communities

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the murder of 45 farmers following renewed attacks in Lafia, Obi, and Awe local government areas of Nasarawa State.

In a statement by a presidential aide, Garba Shehu, the Nigerian leader reiterated his government’s resolve to tackle insecurity in the country.

“I assure the people with all seriousness and sensitivity that this administration is doing its best to safeguard the security of people and will leave no stone unturned in fishing out the perpetrators of this senseless and barbaric incident, and bring them to justice,” the statement quoted Buhari as saying.

President Buhari, who also sent his condolences to the affected families, the state, and the nation over the incident, however, “expressed satisfaction with the immediate response of the State government to the incident”.

The Nasarawa Police Command said the violence erupted on Friday and continued until Sunday. They initially gave a death toll of eight, with other sources suggesting many more had been killed.

Two Nasarawa Doctors, Pregnant Woman Die Of Lassa Fever

Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.
Nasarawa is a state in north-central zone of Nigeria.

 

Two doctors and a pregnant woman have died of Lassa fever in Nasarawa State.

The Director of Public Health of the state Ministry of Health, Ibrahim Adamu confirmed their death to Channels Television on Wednesday via a phone conversation.

He said based on activities conducted on the outbreak response, the doctors are suspected to have contracted the disease from a pregnant woman which both of them operated on recently at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital.

The woman died of a bleeding disorder associated with fever, which brings the number of Lassa fever deaths in the state to three.

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The two doctors, he stated, fell ill, got diagnosed and died in health facilities in Abuja.

“We can confirm the two doctors that have succumbed to the threat of Lassa fever. When they fell ill, they were not in the state, they fell ill outside Nasarawa State, they were admitted for treatment in Abuja, the diagnosis was actually done outside the state and the death also occurred in facilities that are in Abuja not within the state,” Adamu said.

“However based on the outbreak response activities we have conducted, it appears that they might have been infected from the state where a pregnant woman was said to have been operated upon and she died of bleeding disorder connected to fever, so the suspicion right now is that she might have been the source of the infection for those two doctors because they are the two persons that operated upon her.

He added that all contacts of the three victims have been identified and their tests all returned negative but the ministry will continue with surveillance.

Nasarawa Governor Nominates 28-Year-Old Law Graduate, 14 Others As Commissioners

The 28-year-old barrister, Hannatu Bala Abimiku, has been nominated as commissioner in Nasaraws State.

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has nominated a 28-year-old law graduate, Barrister Hannatu Bala Abimiku (Lafia) and 14 others as members of the state executive council.

Majority Leader of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Tanko Tunga, disclosed this while presenting the list of nominees before the assembly, on Thursday.

According to him, the governor submitted the names of the nominees for confirmation as commissioners.

Abimiku graduated from the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) in 2016 and proceeded to the Nigerian law school where she passed out in 2018.

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Those nominated include, Hon. Yakubu Kwanta (Akwanga), who is currently the Special Adviser on Youths and Sports to the governor, Yusuf Aliyu Turaki (Awe), Aisha Rufai Ibrahim (Awe), Salihu Ena (Doma), Umar Mukailu Gurku (Karu) and Nuhu Oshafu (Keana).

Others include Idris Mohammed Idris (Keffi), Abdulkarim Kana(Kokona), Mohammed Sarki Tanimu(Lafia), Fati Jimeta Sabo(Nasarawa), Mohammed Yakubu Lawal (Nasarawa Eggon), Daniel Agye-Obi, Ahmed Baba Yahaya (Toto) and Lucky Isaac (Wamba).

Police Arrest Suspected Human Trafficker, Rescue Three-Year-Old

Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.
Nasarawa is a state in north-central zone of Nigeria.

 

The Police in Nasarawa State have arrested a suspected human trafficker and rescued a three-year-old child.

According to a statement by the Nasarawa Police on Wednesday, the rescue operation was carried out after a complaint was lodged at Garaku Divisional Police Headquarters, Kokona LGA of the state on November 25.

“Upon receipt of the complaints, Police operatives attached to Garaku Division immediately swung into action and got one Rifkatu Kuraga ‘F’ 35yrs of Area 1, Garaku arrested and the missing three-year-old child was rescued and reunited with the family,” the statement read in part.

It further stated that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect abducted the child on November 23 and took him to Imo State to sell to a prophetess before the Police got wind of her nefarious act, trailed and arrested her.

The suspect is also said to have admitted the crime, while efforts are ongoing to arrest the prophetess who is still at large.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi, has directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia for a more exhaustive investigation.

Police Foil Kidnap Of Nasarawa-South PDP Zonal Chairman

Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.
Nasarawa is a state in north-central zone of Nigeria.

 

Police in Nasarawa State have foiled an attempted kidnap of Umar Nasiru Black, the Zonal Chairman of Nasarawa-South for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In a statement on Sunday, the police said a distress call was received that six unidentified gunmen invaded the residence of one Umar Nasiru Black located at Bukan Kwato Area of Lafia and attempted to kidnap him.

Upon receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi, immediately mobilised Police patrol teams stationed at the area to the scene; the kidnap was foiled due to prompt intervention of the Police and members of the community.

In a bid to escape, however, the hoodlums hit Umar with a stick on his forehead and shot one of his neighbours on the right leg before they narrowly escaped into the nearby bushes.

Consequently, the victims were rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.

They are, however, now in stable condition.

Meanwhile, the police say efforts are ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.

How Nasarawa Govt Is Tackling Insecurity With Education – Governor Sule

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.
A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has explained how the government is using education to fight the security challenges in the state.

In his address at an event on Wednesday in Lafia, the governor believes young people will not engage in crimes if they are educated.

“We believe in basic education because that’s where to start,” he said while flagging off a three-day capacity building workshop for education secretaries in the state capital.

“We believe in science and technical education because, in Nasarawa State, we are using education to actually fight insecurity because we believe if people are well educated, independent, well-equipped, then they will get away from this security challenges that we are facing.”

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Governor Sule commended the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for conceiving the training workshop with the theme “Improving the Capacities of Education Secretaries for School Effectiveness.”

According to him, the event is aimed at improving the efficiency of participants, as well as building the capacity of the education secretaries towards enhanced productivity.

The governor noted that with education being the bedrock for the socio-economic development of the society, the theme of the training workshop was apt.

He is hopeful that the event will enable the education secretaries to equip themselves with the requisite knowledge, in line with modern trends.

Elementary and basic education, according to Governor Sule, remains the foundation for better educational pursuits, and that explains why governments at various levels prioritise capacity building for teachers through regular training.

He reiterated the commitment of his administration to providing a conducive environment for teaching and learning.

The governor also thanked UBEC for undertaking various projects in the state, comprising the UBEC Model School ongoing in Lafia Local Government Area and the Second Chance School at Akwanga.

The education secretaries who attended the workshop were drawn from the 774 local government areas of the state.