Nasarawa State Govt. Assures LG Workers Of Increased Salaries

Nasarawa, World BankThe Nasarawa State Government has promised an increase in salaries of government workers, while assuring them that ongoing payment of the emoluments will soon be over.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Haruna Osegba, during a press briefing at the end of January Joint Account Committee of the Ministry.

The Commissioner, while fielding questions from journalists also hinted that the sum of 160 million Naira has been approved by the State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, which is to settle gratuity of deceased pensioners.

On the issue of percentage payment of emoluments to local government employees, Mr Osegba gave an assurance that it would be a thing of the past as the state government is looking to resolve it sooner than later.

“With the increase in January allocation, there was a marginal increase of 32 million Naira and I’m hopeful that the local government would continue to witness a marginal increase in salary.

“What we got in December 2016 was 864,563 million Niara but January allocation to be shared in February is 896,899 million Naira.

“With the 32 million Naira, any local government under the category of 70 percent will now collect 72 per cent, while those under 60 per cent will get 62 percent, 50 percent will get 52 percent and 40 percent will get 42 percent”, he said.

The commissioner assured that the ongoing construction of 625 bridges and culverts in all the local government and development areas will soon be completed.

Impeachment: Youth Parliament Mock Nasarawa PDP Lawmakers

Nasarawa-Governor-Tanko-Al-Makura The impeachment move by 20 Peoples Democratic Party’s lawmakers in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly against Governor Tanko Al-makura has taken a rather comic dimension with some group pronouncing the removal of all the PDP legislators.

The Lawmakers failed to appear on Monday before the investigative panel set up by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Suleiman Umaru Dikko, to investigate the allegations of misconduct and breach of the constitution levelled against Governor Al-Makura.

However, the Governor appeared before the panel and made a brief statement, pledging to defend himself and clear his name of any wrongdoing.

A group of Nasarawa Youth Parliament for Democracy and Good Governance held a session with a Mace at a beer parlor in Lafia, mimicking the state legislators, who met in an undisclosed hotel in Karu and requested that the State Chief Judge disband the probe panel he inaugurated.

According to a member of the Youth Parliament, Musa Danlafia, the lawmakers fell short of their moral and constitutional responsibilities to the state, displaying openly, the shameful extent of their legislative irresponsibility, ridiculing the state in general.


Peace In Nasarawa After Protest Against Planned Governor’s Impeachment

Nasarawa-Impeachment-protestThe police have restored peace in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, after a violent protest on Thursday against the impeachment notice served on the state governor, Mr Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, by the Nasarawa State House of Assembly. 

Though, the Police said no live was lost as was earlier reported that three persons were killed in the fracas.

Briefing reporters on Friday on the “leave Al-makura alone” mass protest in Lafia, the Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Idris, refuted the media report claiming that lives were lost, saying that only two people sustained injuries but were treated and discharged.

The Police Commissioner added that a total of 23 persons were arrested with four suspects still at large.

Contrary to police’s claims that no live was lost,when Channels Television visited Agu Hospital on Friday morning to see one of the injured, Mr Musa, the hospital could not trace his whereabouts as the hospital denied admitting him.

The streets of Lafia now enjoy relative calm and tranquility as opposed to the sustained mass protest in the last 72 hours.

However, the controversial plot to impeach Governor Al-makura stands as the lawmakers remain defiant to the protesters demands.

The Emir of Lafia, Dr. Mustapha Agwai and other traditional rulers have held a meeting aimed at resolving the issues. At the end of the meeting they urged political leaders  in the state to end the crisis as soon as possible to avoid loss of lives and property.


Assembly Confirm Service Of Impeachment Notice On Al-makura

The Nasarawa State House of Nasarawa-Governor-Tanko-Al-MakuraAssembly has served the State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-makura,  an impeachment notice over alleged gross financial misconduct to the tune of N30 billion.

Despite the mass protest by indigenes and non-indigenes resident in Nasarawa State in the last 48 hours, the State House of Assembly served the impeachment notice on the Governor via substituted means.

The 16-count notice of impeachment, bordering on gross misconduct, missing Local Government SURE-P funds and extra-budgetary expenditure, signed by the 20 PDP lawmakers, was published in the newspapers.

The Clerk of the State Assembly, Mr Ego Abashe, who declined to speak on camera on Thursday, stated several attempts that were made to serve the Governor the impeachment notice in person.

Part of the directive given by the Speaker, Musa Mohammed, on Monday when the resolution from made was to serve the Governor via substituted means in the event of his unavailability.

Leave Al-Makura Alone Protest Enters Day Two

Nasarawa-Governor-Tanko-Al-MakuraThe “Leave Al-Makura Alone” protest by indigenes of Nasarawa state, has entered day 2, with Lafia the state capital completely shut down to traffic.

Thousands of protesters took to the high ways and streets across the state yesterday, July 16, demanding state Lawmakers to discontinue the impeachment proceedings against the state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.

The protest continued on Tuesday morning, as protesters have gone to register their complains which they plan to take to the Assembly Complex at Diamond Bank along Doma Road through the Emir’s Palace.

Another set of protest has also been going on in Keana Local Government Area.

The Nasarawa State Assembly had directed that Mr Al-Makura would be served notice of impeachment for alleged gross misconduct.

According to the Nasarawa Police Spokesperson, Mr Ismaila Numan, the command had increased security in major towns following the protest and also dispersed the youths before the protests could get out of control in all the affected towns.

He said that no life or property was lost and that police officers had been deployed to strategic locations to forestall any breach of the peace. Despite the protests, the State House of Assembly has served the impeachment notice on the Governor through a substituted service.

The State lawmakers are accusing the Governor of misconduct and misappropriation of funds and the notice, which was signed by 20 lawmakers, was published in the newspapers.

Adamawa Governor Impeached, Speaker Is Acting Governor

nyakoThe Adamawa State House of Assembly’s speaker, Umaru Fintiri, has been sworn-in as the Acting Governor after the House impeached the state governor, Murtala Nyako, on allegations of financial impropriety against him and his deputy, Bala Ngilari.

The governor was impeached on Tuesday by the lawmakers after reviewing the report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the allegations against him and his deputy.

Earlier, the state Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, resigned from office to avoid being impeached.

Mr Ngilari’s resignation letter was read at plenary by the speaker of the Assembly, Umaru Fintiri, after which the lawmakers approved it.

The seven man panel, chaired by Mr Bala Kaigama, who submitted the report to the speaker, observed that the panel encountered initial problem of having a venue for sitting but eventually overcame the challenge and produced four volumes of the report on allegations levelled against the governor and the deputy.

Both the governor and the deputy did not appear before the panel, but it continued with the investigation.

Receiving the report, the Speaker of the House, Honourable Umaru Fintiri, assured the panel that the report would be given appropriate attention, considering the importance of the panel in shaping democracy in Nigeria and the state in particular.

One of the accused, the deputy governor, had expressed concern on the procedure that led to the establishment of the panel, citing it as his reason for not appearing before the panel to defend himself on allegations of improper conduct against him.

Impeachment Rumour Will Not Distract Governor Al-Makura- Aide

vlcsnap-2014-07-12-16h15m41s186The Special Adviser on Public Affairs to Nasarawa State Governor, Mr Abdulhammid Kwarra, has described the ongoing impeachment saga involving the governor as “a mere allegation”.

Speaking on Channel Television’s Saturday breakfast programme, Sunrise, Kwarra stated that the rumour of the House of Assembly getting rid of the governor is untrue.

“We do not have a specific issue being mentioned as contentious between the executive and legislature, it is not on record in the State Assembly over any attempt to impeach the Governor.

“The so called allegation over the removal of the Governor does not deter the governor’s determination to be constructive in ruling the state, we see it as a distraction and my governor has never yielded to this distraction, he is very focused to accomplish the test of his own mandate,” he said.

Speaking alongside, the governor’s aide was the Defence Correspondent of Blueprint Newspaper, Jibrin Baba Ndace, who was of the opinion that the issue of stability and good governance should be looked beyond Nassarawa State.

He accused Mr Kwarra of being ignorant of the House of Assembly’s threat to impeach the Governor, insisting that it is in all “Social Media”.

He further claimed that major newspapers and online blogs published the alleged impeachment plot by the State House of Assembly members.

“It was stated in reports (online and print media) that a meeting was held in Abuja by some members of House of Assembly to impeach the Governor”, he said.

He further indicated that the military poses lesser threat to the development of democracy than politicians, who are saddled with the responsibility of developing the state.

“The action and inaction of our politicians is a threat to how our security forces perform their duties, what they say and do not say” he added, insisting that “party politics” also contributes to the major problems in the State.

Last month, Pioneer Chairman of defunct CPC, Mohammed El-Yakub, threatened legal action against the state Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, over the alleged embezzlement of the state’s internally generated revenue.


College Of Agriculture Nasarawa Holds 1st Convocation In 15 Years

colledge of agriculture NasarawaThe College of Agriculture, Lafia, Nasarawa State, has held its 1st convocation ceremony in 15 years, graduating a total of 8,838 students.

The convocation was one of the first steps taken by the governing council, inaugurated in 2013 to address the several challenges confronting the institution.

Some of the issues the council would be seeking to address are, decline in curriculum and academic programmes as well as human capital and internal wrangling, which led to the suspension of projects funded by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

After graduating students had waited anxiously for the ceremony which marked the end of their academic programme at the college, the procession into the convocation square by the Provost, in company of the State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-makura, signaled the commencement of the 1st convocation in 15 years at the college.

Some of the students who shared their pains on the delayed convocation for fifteen years post-graduation revealed that they have been stagnant at work due to lack of original certificate.

The Ag. Provost of the college, Mohammed Salihu, in his address, gave a breakdown of the graduating students and revealed the efforts the authorities had made leading to the convocation eventually becoming a reality.

For the Nasarawa State Governor and guests at the ceremony, the unfortunate relapse of academic activities for fifteen years must not repeat itself again in the institution.

The students had anticipated the convocation since 2013 when governing councils were inaugurated for all tertiary institutions in the state, including the Nasarawa State University, Keffi.