Ekiti APC Primaries: Al-Makura, Fayose Condemn Violence


Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura, has condemned the violence that greeted the conduct of the party primaries in the state.

Al-Makura who chaired the committee which organised the primary told journalists on Sunday that he decided to cancel the exercise when he observed that the whole thing had turned violent.

He also promised to report the outcome to the higher authorities with the hope for a peaceful repeat.

He said: “I felt as a party that is driving the process of the administration of this country, we cannot allow any of such important programmes or exercise to be marred by any kind of thing that would reduce its capacity or integrity.”

On the other hand, the Ekiti State Governor Mr Ayodele Fayose also expressed his displeasure over the conduct of the election, while stating alleged plans by some hoodlums to disrupt the Congress of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday.

He, therefore, challenged security agents to do everything necessary to forestall a recurrence of such at his party’s congress.

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“This development should be a great concern to all well-meaning Nigerians as we approach the Ekiti and Osun state elections as well as the 2019 general elections.

“Another worrisome development is the information at my disposal that the APC is plotting to sponsor thugs to disturb the PDP primary election scheduled for Tuesday 8 of May as to create the impression that violence is common to all political parties – they want to give the impression that it is not APC alone, rather than do the needful, put the party in order, save Nigeria this embarrassment and Ekiti People, they believe that if they create problem in the PDP primaries, they will be able to douse the embarrassment that has greeted their primaries.

“I, therefore, call on security agencies to act decisively to nib this sinister plan in the bud,” he stated.

State Economy: Al-Makura Reaffirms Diversification Stance

The Nasarawa state governor, Tanko Almakura, has reaffirmed his stance on diversification of the state economy in line with the Federal Governments initiative.

The governor made his position known when he inspected the Karu international Market.

The governor believes that the provision of a conducive environment will enable businesses to thrive and in turn scale up its revenue base.

He said, “Our diversification initiative has commenced and it is not limited only to agriculture and solid minerals. This diversification, we are carrying it further to commercial activities where the conducive commercial atmosphere will be provided for all categories of traders.

“Our focus is to align ourselves with the vision of Mr. President of providing for every citizen the opportunity to earn a living without having to depend on the government for everyday need”

The governor also used the opportunity to evacuate traders occupying sidewalks and corridors of the Karu international market, a move he says is to reduce gridlock within the axis of the federal capital territory, Abuja and to make the area devoid of unwanted wastes.

“We are evacuating all the traders along the corridor of Mararraba right from the Karu international market up to the boundary with the federal capital territory. That will ease transport and traffic administration within this artery.

“Secondly, we will reduce congestion and clumsy atmosphere that daily churn out waste that menace the entire environment. By the time we take all these petty traders along the setbacks of the road, the road will be motorable not only for traffic to move freely but also free of waste and dirt,” he said.

Al-Makura Wants All Arms Of Govt Restructured

The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura is advocating the restructuring of three arms of government rather than the country in order to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy.

He was speaking when he received members of the Ahmadu Bello University alumni association at the council chambers of the government house in Lafia, the state capital.

“What should pre-occupy our minds as a nation that is gradually building capacity and entrenching democracy is to look at the system and how we can add value to it and rid it off adulteration and things that will becloud the true pursuit of democratic tenets.

“I believe we should look inwards, look at the arms of government and see how we can make them effective and functional rather than thinking about creating more states when there are no resources to support them. My take is to look at the three arms of government and see how we can tinker with them, reduce them or increase them depending on how they add value to the system.

“I find no sense and meaning having a bicameral legislature at the national level giving our challenges – I believe if we are taking senators, let’s take senators across the country and have representatives from every nook and cranny of the nation or to make it better we can take the House Of Representatives where every of the 774 local government areas should produce one member.

“This I believe will reduce tremendous amount of cost and it will make legislators focus to ensure that true democracy is practiced,” he added.

Nasarawa Agency Decries Rate Of Streetlight Vandalism

Nasarawa Agency Decries Rate Of Streetlight VandalismThe Nasarawa Urban Development Board has decried the spate of vandalism of streetlights in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.

The General Manager, Engineering of the board, Mr Enga Ezekiel made the condemnation while in audience with journalists in Lafia.

This act is evident along Lafia-Mararraba round about, Makurdi road, Lafia where most of the streetlights installed have been vandalised.

Mr Ezekiel attributed the act to the attitude of some people who do not take government property as their own.

He noted that such negative acts have resulted to an increase in road accidents, crime rate and other social vices.

He therefore appealed to such individuals to have a change of attitude.

“It is one thing for government to provide a service and it is another thing for the people to embrace the service. Take a look at where there are no streetlights in the night, all social activities will be at a standstill, security too will be challenged.

“We urge the people of Lafia to take such services as their own personal property and they should ensure their maintenance and sustenance” he said.

He further said that the board has taken note of the ugly development and stressed that innovations have been put in place where state of the art streetlights will be provided making it difficult to be vandalised.

He added that a proposal to that effect has since been submitted to Governor Tanko Almakura for approval.

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.

Almakura Threatens To Revoke Contract Of Lafia Market

Tanko Al-Makura, Nasarawa, LabourThe Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Almakura, is threatening to revoke the contract awarded for the construction of Lafia Neighbourhood Market, after an evaluation showed that the work may not be completed at the stipulated time.

Governor Almakura expressed dissatisfaction with the pace of work when he visited the market while inspecting projects across the state.

“I am specifically here in the Lafia Neighbourhood Market to show my displeasure about the slow speed of this project

“My plan was to commission this project before the end of the year, we are now at the end of October and we have only about two months before the year runs out and I am not happy with some of the contractors handling the job here,” he said.

‘In Their Own Interest’

The Governor called on the contractors to quickly get back to work so as to meet up with the deadline.

“I am calling on all the contractors in their own interest in the next one week this place should be roofed,” he instructed.

He also issued threats to revoke the work if they do not comply with the terms of agreement.

“In one week, if any contractor does not come to the site, he should consider the work revoked,” he warned.

The Lafia Neighbourhood market is being built on the site of the demolished Lafia Old Market which the Governor said was part of his efforts to boost economic and business activities in the state with a view to improving the revenue base especially at this time of economic recession.

Almakura Lauds Establishment Of Command Secondary School In Nasarawa

Almakura, military, command science secondary school, nasarawaNasarawa state Governor, Tanko Almakura, has commended the efforts of the Military High Command in ensuring that a Command Science Secondary School is premiered in the state.

Mr Almakura made the commendation when he visited the school.

Although the school has not been commissioned, it has already kick started academic activities with the first set of pupils already in session.

It was Mr Almakura’s first visit to the school and he expressed happiness with its completion as well as commencement of academic activities.

The Governor disclosed to journalists at the school that the realization of the project is as a result of his combined efforts with that of the commandant of the school.

“Through the efforts of the commandant and myself, we have been able to ensure that we succeeded in bringing this school here.

“I know how much war I had to fight to ensure that we got this school completed within the time frame given” he said.

He reiterated that the school would soon be commissioned and hinted that it would likely be done by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai.

“I am really excited that my idea has come to reality, ” he expressed.

The Governor promised more support for the school and gave the assurance that before he leaves office “the school would be fully grounded”.

“I will continue to support the school especially with the efforts the commandant is giving us,” he stated.

Nasarawa @20: Al-Makura Commissions Projects In Northern District

Nasarawa, economic recession, agriculture, Al-MakuraIn commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Nasarawa State, Governor Tanko Al-Makura has commissioned projects in the northern senatorial district of the state.

This is in fulfilment of some of the promises made by the Governor before he was re-elected.

Some of the projects are, six hostels in three higher institutions, a modern market in Akwanga and a water project in Nasarawa Egon Local Government Area.

He reassured citizens of the state that his administration would continue to work hard to fulfill other promises, despite the economic situation in Nigeria.

He said this while addressing the large crowds that witnessed the events at Akwanga and Nasarawa Eggon towns.

Mr Almakura stated that the state government solely financed the facilities from a 10 billion Niara bond which the state had accessed sometime ago, adding that the sum had since been paid back by up to 97%.

Mr Almakura further explained that two of the six hostels were for both male and female students at the Akwanga College of Education.

The construction according to him, was in order to alleviate the accommodation problem being faced by students.

He also stressed that the six hostels had gulped over 2 billion Naira, while the Akwanga modern market cost about 500 million Naira.



FG To Launch Clean And Green Programme

Amina-Mohammed-Environment-Clean-And-Green-ProgrammeThe Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, says the Federal Government will soon launch a clean and green programme.

Mrs Mohammed said that the programme would address the menace of indiscriminate disposal of plastics and polythene bags.

She gave a hint of the plan on Friday at the 10th National Council on Environment held in Lafia, the Nasarawa State’s capital in north-central Nigeria.

Ms Mohammed told reporters that the aim of the programme was to protect the environment from pollution and at the same time create entrepreneurs in waste management and alternative cleaner energy sources.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Useni Uguru, on his part, urged Nigerians to understand the decisions of the government in protecting the environment.

Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura, said that the conference was a platform to call on investors to harness the solid minerals that abound in the state.

He noted that the partnership with investors would go in line with the diversification policy of the Federal Government.

The National Council was tagged “Environment and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria: Empowering People, Taking Climate Action and Protecting the Environment”.

The Environment Minister had earlier signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nasarawa State government, for a partnership to achieve the goals of the ministry.

Governor Almakura lauded the signing and described it as a timely partnership.

Al-Makura Set To Construct Culverts And Bridges In Rural Areas

Tanko-Al-Makura-Governor-Nassarawa-StateGovernor Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State, is set to embark on the construction of bridges, culverts and box culverts in rural areas in dire need of the basic amenities before the rainy season.

The Governor dropped the hint during a visit to the areas, where the bridges and culverts will be built, adding that the gesture is one of the centre-piece of his second tenure.

The Governor said the construction of bridges and culverts has been the centre piece of his administration to ease the difficulties faced by the rural dwellers.

Despite intermittent upheavals that has bedevilled the state, the governor assures that he remains committed to better the lots of the people especially those in rural areas.

He also disclosed his intention to build a resort in Tungan Dauda, a riverine community to harness the tourism potentials of the state.

The people of the area face difficulties during the raining season and have longed for a helping hand to avert destruction of lives and properties.

APC Governors’ Forum Meet In Lagos

State governors, under the banner of the All Progressives Congress Governors’ Forum, have met in Lagos to deliberate on strategies to strengthen the party and have also taken a look at the state of the nation.

Reading from a communique issued at the end of their meeting, the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, said that members of the National Assembly have a right to re-align themselves with parties of their choice without being sanctioned.

Other issues discussed at the meeting included, the alleged police brutality in Rivers State, preparations for the commencement of membership registration and the need for INEC to make adequate preparations for the upcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun states.

The forum maintained that there was need for adequate preparations in order “to forestall a repeat of the electoral sham experienced in Anambra and Delta States and to restore credibility in the electoral process”.

They also reviewed the preparations for the commencement of membership registration into the party, and urged all prospective members, sympathizers and party structures to fully support the process for a comprehensive documentation and registration of members.

On the political and security situation in Rivers State, the forum frowned at the conduct of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu and maintained “that the Nigeria Police Force is not a PDP police and such flagrant violations of the Constitution and laws of Nigeria should henceforth stop”.

They also deliberated on the need for strengthening the All Progressives Congress and its structures as well as discussed political developments in APC States with the aim of building a common development agenda.

Other APC Governors in attendance at the meeting include, Governors of Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo and Rivers states; Tanko Almakura, Rauf Aregbesola, Kayode Fayemi, Ibikunle Amosun, Abiola Ajimobi and Rotimi Amaechi, while the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje represented his State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

PDP Would Have Extinguished Me, APC Is The Ark Of Noah – Almakura

The Nasarawa state Governor, Mr Tanko Almakura has revealed the reasons why he ditched the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the now defunct Congress of Progressive Change turned All Progressives Congress, adding that, he would have been extinguished if he had stayed on in the PDP.

However, he described the APC as the proverbial “Ark of Noah” which will save the nation.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Question Time, the business man cum politician stated that although he was a founding member of the PDP in his state, he faced serious challenges and scares after declaring his intention to run for the office of governor.

“We made the PDP what it used to be,” he said, adding that, he was discriminated against “in spite of the fact that we are the people that brought the party to the level it was”.

If I had succumbed to that mischief, discrimination and terror by the party I probably would have not been a governor”

He continued by saying that he would have stayed in the party and fought and got “completely extinguished” which would have put an end to his aspirations.

He implied that the party did not adhere to democratic tenets.

The APC “is the best for people like me” he said. “These are people that have pedigree and integrity as well as good record of credibility, he added.

“I am inviting all Nigerians to come; this is the Ark of Noah.”

Asked why he chose to run for governor, he said “I have been very interested in what happens within my domain and by virtue of being in the political arena all this while, one cannot but participate more actively by taking positions so you can influence and direct things the way you think will move your people forward”

“A real, sincere, honest feeling for my people” and not “ambition or quest for any ego or any aggrandisement” influenced his decision, he said.