The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, has appealed to the Federal and State Governments to do more in the areas of security and education for the overall development of the country.
Abdullahi said no nation would achieve meaningful progress and development without efficient security and sound education.
The speaker made the call on Saturday while fielding questions from newsmen in Lafia as Nigeria marks 62 years anniversary and Nasarawa State 26 years of creation.
Abdullahi however said that since independence of Nigeria and the creation of Nasarawa state, respectively, there was remarkable progress, improvements and achievements despite the present challenges facing the nation.
“I want to appreciate Late General Sani Abacha, the former Head of State, who gave approval for the creation of Nasarawa State and the founding fathers of Nasarawa State for their efforts towards the actualisation of the state.
“Since the creation of the state, unemployment and insecurity, among other challenges, as well as other developmental issues are being addressed.
“The creation of Nasarawa State honestly to a very large extend has brought development and progress to the state, you can go around, there is infrastructural development such as township roads, electricity, water supply, across the state and agricultural development, among others.
“In the areas of education and health, we have Nasarawa State University, Keffi; Federal Medical Centre, Keffi; Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa; state Polytechnic, Lafia; School of Nursing and Midwifery; and Federal University, Lafia, among others.
“We also have cottage hospitals, general hospitals and specialist hospital, among other achievements.
“Even though government is trying in the areas of security and education, but I want to call on government to do more, give more attention to security and education because when there is no peace, there will be no development.
“And where there is no education, no development; so government should focus more on primary, secondary and tertiary education so as to take our state and the country at large to the next level of development,” he said.
Abdullahi also appealed to politicians to focus on issue-based campaign in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the nation as well as success of the 2023 general election.
“The time for fighting ourselves is over, our campaign should strictly be issue-based.
“I urge the youths not to allow themselves to be used by any politician.
I want to call on the youths to urge politicians who want to use them for thuggery to use their children and the politicians should be at the front line,” he added.
The speaker noted that the achievements recorded in the state under the administrations of former governor Tanko Al-Makura and the present administration of Gov. Abdullahi Sule were as a result of good working relationship between the executive and the legislature in the state.
The state number three citizen assured the executive arm of the assembly’s continued readiness under his watch for effective partnership for the overall development of the state.
The speaker, while commending the media for their partnership with the House through adequate publicity, assured of continued open door policy in order to give everybody a sense of belonging in the state.
Abdullahi, who holds the traditional title of Wali Opanda, also enjoined citizens to be law abiding, remain supportive to constituted authorities, and sustain peace and unity irrespective of affiliations.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI), has delivered over 30 million 50kg bags of NPK fertiliser to Nigerian farmers from 2017 to 2021. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the vice-president inaugurated Pandagric Novum Farms, an integrated feed and food manufacturing company in Panda community, Karu LGA, Nasarawa State.
The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and Signature Agri- Investments are major investors in the project.
He said that President Muhmmadu Buhari enlisted NSIA as the project implementing entity of PFI, which was restructured in 2022. The vice-president said that the Federal Government would continue to create the enabling environment to encourage more private sector investments in the agricultural sector.
He called for more private sector investments in the agricultural sector.
Osinbajo said that that the project’s inauguration was a foretaste of many possibilities and opportunities for investments, in agriculture and other sectors in the country.
He said:“What you see today confirms that there is opportunity in Nigeria for investments in agriculture.
“While government commits to creating an enabling environment, we will look to the private sector for the investments to galvanise growth in the sector.
“We must indeed, work together to re-define agriculture for the future in Nigeria.
’’ Osinbajo said that Buhari passionately believed in the role of the country’s agricultural sector as a key driver of job creation and economic growth.
He cited instances in different sub-sectors of the agriculture value chain where the NSIA, as part of its key mandates, had invested in over the last 10 years.
Osinbajo said: “One of these investments is PFI, which was established by Buhari in 2016 to address the problem of cost and availability of fertiliser.
“Over its five-year run (2017 -2021), the programme had delivered over 30 million 50kg bags of NPK 20:10:10 fertiliser to Nigerian farmers and resuscitated the fertiliser blending industry.
“It had revived over 60 otherwise moribund plants scattered across the country, created hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs.
”It had also enabled government to conserve foreign exchange by import substitution amounting to over 100million dollars.
“With the sector now reactivated, the NSIA’s role in the fertiliser value chain has moved upstream.
’’ Osinbajo also highlighted the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN) which was established by the NSIA in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the KfW (a development bank).
The vice-president said that in 2018, the NSIA invested 5 million dollars in Babban Gona – a high impact, scalable agricultural franchise.
He said that Babban Gona sought to sustainably improve the lives of smallholder farmers through the provision of credit, inputs, training in good agricultural practices, harvesting and storage services, and marketing services.
The vice-president said that in order to address unemployment, local production growth and food security in particular areas of the country, the NSIA, in 2017, made a bold step in 2017. “In 2017, the NSIAS established an Agriculture Development Fund under a 50:50 joint venture with the Old Mutual Group of South Africa.
”It was done with a commitment of N50 million (US$25 million each) towards the development and investment in large-scale agriculture projects, combined with out-grower schemes.
“In 2018, the fund committed 29 million dollars towards the acquisition and two-phased development of the Pandagric Novum Farms.
”It is an animal feed processing business with backward integration through the farming of maize and soybean,” Osinbajo said.
He said that in spite of the global challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, between 2018 and 2022, the fund had successfully completed the development of Pandagric Novum Farms.
The vice-president listed some of the key milestones achieved under the project as the installation of 147,000 metric tonnes per annum capacity poultry feed mill Others were the installation of 75,000 tonnes of storage infrastructure in the form of two silos, six bunkers, as well as 35,000 tonnes of raw materials and finished goods storage and the installation of 750ha of center pivot irrigation systems.
He also mentioned the leasing of 3,500 ha of land for the cultivation of maize and soybeans, as well as the construction of a 1.4 million cubic meter reservoir for water management.
More so, the successful planting of 856ha of maize and 1,200ha of maize during the 2021 and 2022 wet farming seasons, respectively.
Osinbajo also lauded Pandagric for providing boreholes for all six of its neighbouring communities and developing an out-grower scheme, while providing inputs and training to over 500 small holder farmers.
“It employs almost 800 direct staff and 2,000 indirect staff, making it the largest contributor of PAYE to Nasarawa State; and presently has the largest maize farm across the country,” he said.
Osinbajo commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa for the visionary zeal he had deployed in three and a half years to make the state a hub for agricultural investments in Nigeria.
The vice-president added that the governor’s support was fundamental to the completion of the project.
The Nigerian Army on Friday, inaugurated solar powered industrial borehole equipped with 20KVA Generator for Rinze Community in Akwanga West Development Area, Nasarawa State to address perennial water problem in the community.
The project was executed by the Department of Civil Military Affairs as part of the Chief of Army Staff’s civil-military cooperation intervention project.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, represented by the Chief of Administration (Army), Maj.-Gen. Ogbe Ali, said the project was in line with his command philosophy of cooperation.
Yahaya said the army had over the years taken deliberate steps towards ensuring that it gave back to society for the corporation it enjoyed from them.
He said the projects was as part of army’s corporate Social responsibility in communities where it conduct internal security operations.
According to him, the project is an immediate response to the request by the community to realise the dreams of the conception and completion of the water projects being commissioned today.
“This enforces the civil military cooperation drive of the Nigerian army, geared towards bridging the communication gap between the citizens and the Nigerian army.
“It is our desire to ensure that we are connected to various communities where they conduct internal security operations in order to enhance civil military cooperation, as well as winning the hearts and minds of our operations.
“The project being commissioned today is one of the several civil military cooperation related activities and quick impact projects executed in various parts of the country towards contributing to national development.
“Thus, I believe this project will assist you to eliminate the dearth of portable drinking water facing this community and its immediate environs.
“Therefore, I want to appeal to you to see this project as a symbol of friendship between the Nigerian army and your community.
“Let it foster the desired peace, progress and indeed bring prosperity to the community as well,” he said.
The COAS commended the people for the cooperation and support they had given to the Command Science Technical Secondary School located in the community over the years.
He urged them to take advantage of the school to encourage their children to go to school, adding that illiteracy was part of the reasons for the insecurity in the country.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, represented by the Commissioner for Water Resources, Nuhu Ochafu, thanked the Nigerian army for bringing succor to the community.
Sule said the projects was aimed at increasing access to safe drinking water and promote sanitation and hygiene in the rural communities.
He said the intervention by the Nigerian army was timely in view of the commitment of his administration to provide potable water and promote sanitation and hygiene across the states.
This, according to him, is a demonstration of the commitment of the government to key into various programmes by the Federal Government and donor agencies as part of efforts to meet global standards has increased, as envisioned by the Sustainable Development Goal. “To address the challenges of rural water supply, sanitation and hygiene in the states, the provision of access and safe water supplies is essential for hygiene and health, productivity and livelihoods, especially for our women and young girls.
“Access to water supply is at 65 per cent in Nasarawa State and it is our desire to improve the access level and make basic water supply accessible to all residents of the state by 2030. “In line with the national aspiration, as outlined in the National Action Plan for the revitalization of the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, I am happy to say that progress has been made in improving portable water supply in Nasarawa State with the provision of water facilities advisory committee.
“It is our hope that this laudable program will be extended to other communities in the state and our doors are open for more support if the need arise,” he said.
The governor urged the community to give the necessary support and desired attention to the maintenance of the project, adding that he expected good reports on the management and maintenance of the facilities for the benefit of the people.
The Chief of Civil Military Affairs (Army), Maj.-Gen. Markus Kangye, said the community had about three months ago requested for assistance from the Nigerian army for the provisions of potable water.
Kangye said the request was necessitated by the acute shortage of drinking water in the community, adding that the community was highly susceptible to different kinds of waterborne diseases such as cholera.
He said the COAS directed the immediate interrogation of the request towards addressing the challenge of acute shortage of portable drinking water in the community.
According to him, the dreams and aspirations of this historic community for a source of portable drinking water have come to fruition with the completion and hand over of brand new solar powered borehole to the community.
The Chun Ngah II of Mada, Alhaji Yusuf Amwe, thanked the army for the provision of portable water and command secondary school to the community.
Amwe said the presence of the command secondary school in the community had boosted the security of the town and encouraged their children to go to school.
He added that lack of portable water had been a major challenge to the farming community until the intervention of the army.
The traditional ruler used the occasion to present artifact as a gift to the CAOS as a symbol of honour and acceptance.
The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, has supported some victims of recent flood disaster in his constistuency with N4 million.
Abdullahi (APC-), Toto Local Government Area of the state, provided the support at the palace of the Ohimege Opanda, Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, on Friday in Umaisha.
According to him, the money is meant to cushion the effects of the flood on the affected constituents.
“Last two weeks, the State House of Assembly came up with a resolution under Matters of Public Importance, calling on the state government to urgently assist our people that were ravaged by flood.
“The unfortunate incident did not only happened in Toto Local Government Area alone, but it also happened in Nassarawa, Doma as well as Awe Local Government Areas of the state and in some other states of the federation.
“So as a follow up, I am here today to sympathise with my people who were ravaged by this unfortunate flood incident.
“I have donated N4 million to them to enable them buy food stuff in order to cushion the effect of the flood,” he said.
The speaker added that the gesture would also the victims a sense of belonging.
Abdullahi however urged the beneficiaries to use the money for the purpose it was provided, adding that it is to put smiles on their faces.
The speaker assured the residents that the state government would soon also come to their aid.
“I want to tell you that the state government will soon come to your aid by way of providing relief materials.
“Already, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has donated relief materials to the state government through the state Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA).
“The state government has also purchased its own relief materials to be given to the flood victims.
“And very soon, the distribution of the relief materials will commence; Gov. Sule has given me that assurance,” he said.
He enjoined the residents to always adhere to government regulations and advices of not building on waterways to avoid flooding in the area.
“I am also reminding our people to always be guided and follow regulations and directives given by the government on preventive measures against flood.
“Residents should not build or erect illegal structures on the waterways.
They should live in safer environments in the interest of their health and for the overall development of the area and the state at large,” he urged.
The speaker also called on residents of the area to vote for Gov. Abdullahi Sule and other APC candidates in the 2023 general election.
Respodinge, the Ohimege Opanda of Umaisha, Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, commended the speaker for being their good representative at the state legislature and for always coming to the aid of his constituents.
Abdullahi informed the speaker of the material and financial support the residents had received from Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the APC National Chairman, Mr Shehu Tukur and Alhaji Ahmed Wadada.
He also acknowledged the financial support and donations of the APC and SDP Nasarawa West senatorial candidates, Aliyu Abdullahi Tasha, and the Chairman of Toto Local Government Council.
The first traditional ruler assured the speaker of judicious distribution of the items to the affected residents.
He however appealed to other well-meaning organisations and philanthropists to help the flood victims.
Responding on behalf of the flood victims, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, thanked the speaker for the donation and prayed God to bless him abundantly.
“We thank you very much for the assistance and we pray Almighty Allah to bless and reward you abundantly,” he said.
Abdullahi also told the speaker that the Ohimege Opanda had also supported the flood victims with N1.5 million.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has donated relief materials for distribution to more than 400,000 people displaced by flood in Nasarawa State.
The Director-General, NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Habib-Ahmed, made the donation to the state government in Lafia on Thursday.
Habib-Ahmed, represented by Dr Fatima Kassim, Director of Planning and Forecasting, NEMA, said the recent widespread flood in several states of the country, including Nasarawa was due to the heavy downpour and release of water from the Lagdo dam in Cameroon.
He said that 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs) were affected in Nasarawa state which are, Awe, Toto, Keana, Doma and Nasarawa.
He said others are flash points, included Nassarawa Eggon, Keffi, Obi, Lafia, Wamba and Karu LGAs.The director-general said that while the Federal Government commiserated with the victims, it could not compensate for lives and properties lost or the aftermath trauma.
“What the Federal Government does through NEMA is to help people get back to their feet and restart their lives with relief interventions.
“Relief intervention is a testimony that the Federal Government through NEMA is always concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of the people,” he saidHabib-Ahmed said that disaster was inevitable, hence the need to learn to prepare for them, mitigate their impact and transfer losses through insurance.
He appealed to the state government to take disaster risk reduction to the grassroots where most incidents happen.
“In addition, set up of functional and vibrant Local Emergency Management Committed in every LGA is the way to go to ensure timely intervention to save lives when disasters occur,” he said.
The NEMA boss thanked the government for its cooperation and assured the state of the agency’s continuous support.
Receiving the items, Gov. Abdullahi Sule, represented by his Deputy Gov. Emmanuel Akabe, thanked NEMA for the gesture, saying it would go a long way to ameliorate the plight of the victims.
He said that the state government had been proactive through its Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) in planning for disasters, especially flooding.
According to him, the state government has made budgetary provision and embarked on massive awareness campaign on flood through NASEMA as well as identified alternative arrangement for those living in floodplains.
He, however, said that the recent devastation caused by flooding was more than the state government anticipated.
Sule further said that the state government was doing its best to provide relief materials to the victims but needed more support given its lean resources and several competing demands.
He, therefore, called for more support from NEMA, assuring that the relief items and that of the state government would be judiciously distributed to the affected persons.
In his remarks, Mr Zachary Allumaga, Executive Secretary, NASEMA, said that more than 400,000 people were displaced by the flood in 92 communities across 11 LGAs of the state.
He expressed gratitude to NEMA for the items and appealed for more from other agencies and good spirited individuals.
Allumaga pointed out that the relief items from NEMA and the state government was grossly inadequate considering the enormity of the disaster.
He gave assurance that the governor would soon visit the affected areas to distribute the items to the victims.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items donated included mattresses, blankets, bath towels, nylon mats, mosquito nets, cooking stoves and pots.
Others include plastics buckets, plates and spoons, wrappers, toilet soaps and detergents, sanitary pads and baby diapers as well as clothing for men, women and children.
The Chairman of Toto Local Government Council of Nasarawa State, Mr Abdullahi Tashas, has donated assorted foodstuff to flood victims in Umaisha community.
The items included 56 bags of 25kg of maize and 44bags of 25kg of rice.
This, he said, was to cushion the effects of the flooding on the victims.
Represented by his Deputy, Mr Abubakar Kwanaki, the chairman urged them to use the food items for the purpose it was meant for.
He added that the donation was part of the council’s commitment to cushion the effect of the flooding on the victims and their family members.
“This donation is in response to the earlier visit by the council’s delegation to the affected communities in Umaisha that were ravaged by flood.
“During our visit, we have ascertained the level of destruction caused by the flood, and today we are donating food items to the flood victims to improve on their standard of living.
“Our administration is poised to alleviate the plight of the flood victims,” he said.
Tashas urged the flood victims to continue to remain focused and prayerful as the state government would come to their aid soon.
Besides, he called on them to support his administration and that of Gov. Abdullahi Sule to succeed beyond 2023.While receiving the food items on behalf of the beneficiaries, Alhaji Abdullahi Usman, the Ohimege of Opanda and President Toto Local Government Traditional Council, thanked the chairman for his prompt response to the plight of the flood victims in the area.
The first class traditional ruler appealed to stakeholders and other residents to help in providing accommodation to the displaced persons as a sign of brotherliness.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has commended the National Population Commission (NPC) for its commitment to ensure a successful population census in 2023.The governor gave the commendation on Wednesday in Lafia at Nasarawa stakeholders Summit on 2023 Population and Housing Census.
He said the successes recorded so far in preparation for the census were pointers to the commission’s resolve to do a credible job that would be acceptable by Nigerians.
According to Sule, the success of activities leading to the population census such as trial census, enumeration area demarcation as well as constant engagement of stakeholders are confirmation of the level of preparedness by the commission to ensure a credible census.
“Population is a critical factor toward sustainable development and any nation desirous of development must know the accurate population to enable proper planning and execution of the plans.
“No nation desirous of development relies on estimated population, because such estimate often ignores demography that can only be revealed by census,” Sule added.
The governor said that Nasarawa needed the census as the state’s population as captured in the 2006 census was highly inaccurate.
“The population of Karu Local Government Area alone should be more that what was captured for the entire state in 2006,” he said.
He assured of his administration’s continuous support to the commission toward the success of the 2023 population census exercise.
In his remarks, Mr Silas Agara, Federal Commissioner representing Nasarawa State at the Commission, commended the Federal Government for approving the conduct of the population census in 2023.Agara also thanked the state government and others stakeholders for their support to the commission towards the success of the exercise.
The federal commissioner assured Nigerians that the commission was ready and would do its best to deliver a credible and acceptable census in line with the United Nations standards in 2023. .
Assemblyman Mohammed Omadefu has promised to initiate more youth and women empowerment programmes, if re-elected in 2023.Omadefu, member representing Keana Constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, said the goal is to improve the standard of living of his constituents and to make them self reliant.
Omadefu, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Information, made the promise while hosting Akena Gbogbo Women Forum from his constituency on Tuesday in Lafia.
He said he would continue to provide more projects and lobby for more projects to the area in order to impact on the lives of his people positively.
The legislator appreciated the women for the visit while re-assuring them of quality representation at all times.
“I want to appreciate you for the visit and for always supporting me to succeed.
“I want to assure you and other people of my constituency of my determination to key into more empowerment programmes, if re-elected come 2023.“This is to make the people of my constituency to be self reliant, make them contribute their quota to the development of the constituency and the state and to change their lives positively.
“I have done my best and still doing in providing quality representation, projects, employment, empowerment and other programmes that have direct bearing on the lives of my people.
“I will do more, if re-elected come 2023,” he said.
Omadefu solicited for support from all and sundry to enable him succeed in 2023 and beyond.
He also called on the people of the state to support Gov. Abdullahi Sule and other All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates to succeed beyond 2023.Besides, the lawmaker enjoined his constituents to be law abiding, live in peace and tolerate one another, irrespective of their affiliations, for development to thrive.
Esrlier, Mrs Jamila Abdulkarim, the Leader of the delegation, said the visit was to identify and appreciate Omadefu over his purposeful leadership at the House.
“We are here to identify with you and to assure you of our support to your re-election bid because you are doing well in the House.
“We will continue to pray for you and drum support for you to succeed beyond 2023,” she said.
She also called on the people of the constituency to support Omadefu beyond 2023.
The Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), as well as over 40 artisans and trade associations have endorsed Gov. Abdullahi Sule for a second term.
Mr Gabriel Angbashi, the Chairman, Contact Committee on the aegis of Engineer Sule Reelection Forum (ESRF), announced the endorsement when its hosted a one-million man rally at the Lafia Square on Tuesday.
He said the groups declared total support for Sule to continue in office in order to carry on with his laudable development strides.
“We want to commend the leadership style as well as development strides of His Excellency, Engineer Abdullahi Sule. “He deserves second term come 2023,” he said.
Angbashi commended the governor for promoting the welfare of workers in the state, implementing promotions of workers that have stagnated for the past 13 years.
” I also want to commend His Execellency’s decision to complete all the projects started by his predecessors, thus paving the way for continuity in governance,” he said.
On his part, the state NLC Chairman, Mr Yusuf Iya, showered encomiums on Sule, commending the leadership style of the governor, particularly his response in tackling issues pertaining to workers in the state.
According to the NLC chairman, their resolve to support Sule and his Deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, for another term in office, as well as the All Progressives Congress (APC) is predicated on the passion and enthusiasm workers of the state have for the administration.
“The programmes and projects that motivate us to support His Excellency are the exceptional policy thrust of this administration and your visionary leadership style which are geared towards transforming the economy and social well-being of the state,” he said.
Earlier, Mr John Ogiri, the state Chairman, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), said the group was able to mobilise support because of the antecedence and purposeful leadership of the governor.
Ogiri explained that this is the first time in the political history of the state that civil servants and organised labour are accepting to openly declare support to a government and the candidature of an individual.
Responding, Gov. Abdullahi Sule showed appreciation to the NLC, TUC and other over 40 trade groups and associations for coming out to publicly declare support for his administration.
Sule described the civil service in the state as the engine room of government without which no government can perform effectively, stressing that this informed why since inception his administration made it a priority to address the welfare of civil servants.
The governor said his administration has cleared backlog of arrears of workers salary, ensured workers are paid promptly, while embarking on holistic rehabilitation of the civil service for effective service delivery.
He pointed out that his administration has so far cleared the backlog of promotion of workers in the state that has stagnated for the past 13 years.
Sule called on workers to join hands with his administration to ensure continuity in governance of the state.
Some residents of Keffi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have expressed delight with the dualisation of two roads by the Gov. Abdullahi Sule administration within the metropolis.
A cross section of residents spoke to members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), who were in Keffi on Sunday in continuation of a state-wide tour to inspect projects executed by the state government.
They noted that the commencement of work on the dualisation of the roads had brought great relief to the people of the area and would go a long way to decongest traffic as well as open up the town.
The township roads being dualised are 1.3 kilometres Federal Medical Centre Keffi (FMC) roundabout to Total Filling Station and the 1.2 kilometres from FMC roundabout to Emir’s Palace.
Malam Mohammed Shaibu, State Trustee of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), commended the governor for gesture describing it as legacy project.
He said that the governor had proven to be a man with true vision to transform the state and bring it at par with advanced states in terms of infrastructural development for the benefit of the people.
He said the expansion of the road was significant and would boost economic activities, address the problem of traffic jam as well as reduce the rate of road crashes in the town.
Also, Iyal Hassan, a commercial driver, described the project as a welcome development and thanked the governor for prioritising the interest of the people through projects with direct bearing on their lives.
Mrs Rosemary Joseph, a pretty trader said the dualisation of the roads and execution of other projects by the governor in the area was a dream come true for residents of Keffi.
“The narrow roads in the town had caused a lot of avoidable crashes, where unfortunately a lot of people had lost their lives over the years.
“I am optimistic that the rate of crashes would reduce and we will record a lot of progress in Keffi when the work is completed,” she added.
Eng. Sadique Sani of Centre Field Engineering Ltd, the firm handling the projects, said work had reached 80 per cent on the two projects.
He promised that the company would deliver quality job on the project within the stipulated 13 months.
He, therefore, appealed for continued support from the people in order to deliver on the job.
On his part, Muhammad Baba-Shehu, Chairman, Keffi LGA appreciated the governor for executing landmarks projects in the area.
The Keffi Council boss listed some of the projects to include construction of Antau bridge linking major parts of the town to FMC, Keffi Neighbourhood market, Keffi Square with a modern museum, construction and renovation schools and Primary Healthcare Centres.