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.

Herdsmen Crisis: Agatu Victims Urge State Governments To Uphold Peace Deal

AgatuSurvivors of attacks on communities in Agatu Local Government by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen have called on the Nasarawa State Government to implement the peace agreement signed with Benue State.

The survivors, on Saturday, urged the State Government to also put a leach on the militia herders.

The traditional ruler of Obagaji and the survivors made the call when a member representing Agatu in the Benue State House of assembly, Mr Audu Sule, visited the affected communities to see the level of destruction carried out by the imposing herdsmen.

Although, both the Army and Police had been mobilized to Agatu Local Government Area where over 20 villages were overran by the herdsmen, the security forces have not been able to subdue the Fulani militia.

Security forces said that the armed Fulani herdsmen with over 5,000 cattle, confronted them at Okokolo at the banks of the River Benue.

The crisis left a huge number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who now share public schools with students during school hours.

The IDPs said life has been difficult, as little is being done to help them cope with the displacement.

Some of the young men left behind in Obagaji, the headquarters of Agatu Local Government Area to defend their homes, told Channels Television that the herdsmen were still occupying six villages as at Friday, February 26.

Chief James Edoh, said that three pregnant women put to bed along the road while fleeing from the crisis.

The Chief further lamented the inability of his people to recover the corpses of their loved ones for proper burial.

The member representing Agatu in the Benue State House of assembly, Mr Sule, urged the Nasarawa State Government to uphold their end of the peace deal, which the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Silas Agara, insisted is on course.

The renewed clashes after both Governors of Benue and Nasarawa State had convened a peace meeting have underscored the need for the Federal Government to step into the crisis and end hostilities.

Benue, Nasarawa Governors To Stop Bloody Clashes

BenueThe Governors of Benue and Nasarawa States have agreed to hold a security and peace meeting in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State where nine persons were killed last week.

The Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Silas Agara, on Sunday, said the decision to visit some communities in Agatu was reached because of the consistent clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

Last year, at least 86 persons were killed despite existing peace accord.

The killing of nine Agatu villagers came barely two weeks after a renewed peace deal was reached at a meeting between Governor Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State and his Benue State counterpart, Mr Samuel Ortom.

Benue State Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu, however, visited the affected communities in Agatu Local Government Area where he pledged the government’s support for the people.

While making comments about the killings in Agatu, Mr Agara said that both Governors of Nasarawa and Benue States would visit the community to rebuild the peace.

Speaking on the crisis, Governor Ortom stated further that the meeting would hold on both sides of Nasarawa and Benue States – in communities across the banks of the River Benue.

The massacre that saw the death of 86 people by suspected Fulani herdsmen occurred in 2015. Several persons were injured and houses were burnt down.

While some of the women made widowed in that attack cried out their heart, the injured were taken to local clinics for treatment while the dead were given mass burial, with as much as four corpses in a shallow grave.