Dr Emmanuel Akabe, Deputy Gov. of Nasarawa State, said 40 per cent of Nigeria’s total sugar needs would come from Nasarawa state by 2024.Akabe said this at the closing banquet of the Association of Hospital and Administration Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) Annual National Scientific Conference in Lafia.
According to him, the 40 per cent sugar needs of the country will be produced by Dangote Sugar Refinery in Awe Local Government Area (LGA) and Flour Mills of Nigeria in Toto LGA.
He explained that once the companies started production in 2023 and started producing maximally in 2024, they would be producing 40 per cent of Nigeria’s sugar needs conveniently.
“I can tell you that by 2024, 40 per cent of the total sugar needs of Nigeria will be coming from Nasarawa state because the Dangote Sugar farm on 60, 000 hectares of land will start production by 2023.He said that would take care of the 30 per cent of the total sugar needs of Nigeria.
“For the Flour Mills of Nigeria in Toto area, they will also produce 10 per cent of the total sugar needs.
“So 10 per cent plus 30 per cent gives us 40 per cent from Nasarawa State alone,” he said.
Akabe applauded the association for holding its annual conference in Nasarawa state.
He assured them that the state was hospitable, peaceful and yearning for investments from investors from all sectors of the economy, including the health sector.
“Nasarawa state is one of the most peaceful states in the country.
Thank God for the traditional institution and others who have worked day and night to ensure we have peace and stability in our state.
“And so, we are a state in a hurry and yearning for industrialisation.
Please come and invest in Nasarawa State.
He said the state had many incentives to offer since it needed the investments as the only way to grow and compete.
Earlier, Mr Olabode Ogunjemiyo, National Chairman, AHAPN, appreciated the government for providing a conducive environment for investment and bodies like AHAPN to be able to hold its annual conference in the state.
He said inin spite of initial concerns about security, the weeklong conference took place peacefully with many invited dignataries and about 1,000 pharmacists from across the country in attendance.
Mr Luka Augustine, Chairman of AHAPN in Nasarawa state, later told newsmen that the chapter was grateful to its national body for having faith and giving the chapter the opportunity to host the conference in spite of insecurity concerns.
He said one of the highlights of the weeklong conference was the launching of the state chapter’s Health Systems Pharmacy Magazine aimed at educating readers and showcasing the efforts of pharmacists in the state with regards to their research and work.
“It’s a scientific magazine showcasing clinical trials of colleagues.
So we decided to use this opportunity at this conference to showcase what we are doing to the world,” he said.
Also, Mr Nwaora Okpalaeke, Chairman, Local Organising Committee, said the conference was the best organised in the last 15 years.
He appreciated Gov. Abdullahi Sule, Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage (Rtd) and other well meaning Nigerians for their support and contribution to the success of the conference.
“I am sure in the next 10 years, we might not have any conference as interesting as this so I thank God for everything,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that AHAPN’s 23rd Annual National Conference held in Lafia from Aug. 1 to 5, with the theme: “COVID-19 Experience: Expanding the role of health system pharmacists.
”Pharmacists from Federal Medical Centres Keffi and Owerri, National Hospital Abuja and University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan among many other health institutions across the country, were in attendance.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has restated his government’s drive to support real estate sector towards addressing housing challenges.
Sule, represented by his deputy, Mr Emmanuel Akabe, made this known at the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of 25, 000 housing units project by Domark Group in Karu local Government Area of Nasarawa state.
Sule, who said initiative was mega project, said the Nasarawa state government would do everything within her resources to support the project.
“We are aware of the great potential that this project would bring not only to the government, but to the people who dwell and live around here because the multiplying effect can only be imagined.
“If a project like this can give a government, when fully complete, four billion naira every month, we don’t need to wait for federation account, for allocation.
“Because from this estate alone, we can pay all our civil servants,’’ the governor said.
He said he was excited when he heard about the proposed garden and all that would be built.
”I was informed that the project will be completed in 11 stages.
`It is expected that we will have about 25, 000 housing units,’’ he said.
Sule stressed on the importance of maintaining peace and security of the place, adding that no investor would like to venture into unsecured terrain to invest.
He noted that the investor, Chairman of Domark Group, Amb. Kingsley Azonobi was an indigene of Delta who took it upon himself to invest in Nasarawa state.
He said the gesture was worthy of commendation and emulation as that was exactly what the state was looking for.
Responding, Azonobi, said that his decision to invest in the state was a dream come true.
“This project is more that Nasarawa state, this project is a global project,’’ he said.
He further said that the housing project had already secured about 6, 700 subscribers.
“We’re looking forward to bringing in not less than 25,000 subscribers into this very project which covers a population of 480,000 population of human beings that would stay in this city,’’ he said.
He, however implored the state government to commence work on the road infrastructure in the local government for easy access.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Lafia, Nasarawa State, inaugurated the 118km Lafia-Obi-Awe-Tunga Road.The president said that the project was a demonstration of his administration’s commitment to improving road infrastructure, enhance ease of doing business, creating jobs and ending poverty.Represented by the Minister of Environment, Muhammed Abdullahi, the president assured that the last lap of his administration would be dedicated to completion and delivery of projects.President Buhari pointed out that the road project which links agrarian communities in three local government areas —Lafia, Obi and Awe, would ease the movement of farm produce.“By linking these communities, this road becomes a critical component of our national road network,” Buhari said.The president urged the people of the state to take charge of the road and safeguard it from misuse.He cautioned drivers against acts that could lead to the failure of the road, such as over loading, spilling of petroleum products and indiscriminate parking on the road shoulder.Also speaking, the Minister of Works and Housing, (FMWH) Babatunde Fashola, said the project was the first of the second phase of projects completion and handover by the Buhari-led administration.Fashola, represented by Engr. Emenoge Rugba, North Central Zonal Director, FMWH, said the project was a major investment in road transport infrastructure and a driver of economic growth and prosperity.He said the Nguru-Gashua-Bayamari Road in Yobe, as well as Gombe-Numan-Yola Road, covering Gombe-Kaltungo, were next in line for inauguration and handover.He said that these projects were visible and incontrovertible assets, being proof of how the country’s earned resources and borrowings were being utilised.“This occasion affords the opportunity to restate that in addition to other innovative sources of funding, our budgetary provisions are also being diligently applied to complete projects such as this,” he said.Bashir Alkali, Permanent Secretary, FMWH, represented by the Federal Controller Works in Nasarawa ,Daikwo Idah, said apart from easing movement, the project provided the people with direct, indirect jobs and other socio-economic benefits.Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, while receiving the newly inaugurated road, thanked the president for the various infrastructural interventions in the state.Represented by his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the governor appealed to the Federal Goverment to take over the construction of the bypass from Mararaba to Mpape in Abuja in order to ease traffic congestion on the Abuja-Keffi highway.
Dr Emmanuel Akabe, thevDeputy Governor of Nasarawa State, says the government will continue to come up with programmes that will benefit the youths in all relevant sectors.
He said in Akwanga on Wednesday that Gov Abdullahi Sule led administration could not afford to neglect or toy with the future of youths in the state.
Akabe made the assertion while declaring open a leadership retreat and inauguration of local government and development area officials of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).
He said “government will always provide a platform for youths to explore their potential.
“That is why it is encouraging them to be resourceful for their general wellbeing and overall development of the state.
He appreciated the youth for their support to the present administration, saying as a youth- friendly government, every necessary thing would be taken to improve their lots.
The deputy governor urged officials of the youth council in the state to be exemplary in leadership.
He noted that their input is needed to entrench the much desired socio-economic transformation of the state.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Vice Chancellor, ANAN University Kwall, Plateau, Prof. Musa Fodio, said “to build the youths is to build the nation”.
Speaking on the essence of the leadership retreat, the state Chairman of NYCN, Mr Ja’afar Loko, noted that apart from orienting the newly elected local chapter officials, it was with a view to chatting a new course for the development of youths in the state.
Loko explained that the training programme would expose participants to the rudiments of the council’s activities and business of governance.
On his part, the Chairman, Akwanga Local Government Area, Mr Safiyanu Isa-Andaha, commended the youth in the state for their support to the government.
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The Nasarawa State Government has renewed its commitment to youth empowerment aimed at curbing youth restiveness in the state.
Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the Deputy Governor of the state said the current administration cannot afford to neglect the future of the youths in the state.
Akabe stated this during a two-day leadership retreat and inauguration of the state, local government and development areas officials of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in Akwanga on Tuesday.
This, he said, was why the state government would continue to initiate good policies and programmes that would improve on the standard of living of the youths.
He said that Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administration was commitment to youth empowerment for the overall development of the state.
The deputy governor appreciated the youths for giving their maximum support to Sule’s adminisitration to succeed beyond 2003 and called for its sustenance.
“The state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule, is committed to youths development.
“We will continue to empower the youths to enable them become self- reliant and contribute their quota positively to the development of the state and the country at large,” he said.
Akabe urged them to be exemplary in their leadership in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the state.
He also urged the youths to remain peaceful at all the times for development to thrive.
The Chairman of Akwanga Local Government Council of the state, Mr Safiyanu Isah, also appreciated the youths for supporting Sule’s policies and programmes to succeed.
Isah urged the officials of the council to live above board, while discharging their duties.
Earlier, Mr Jafar Loko, the Chairman, NYCN, Nasarawa State chapter, said that the leadership training was to expose participants to the rudiments of the council’s activities and business of governance.
He said that the retreat was also to give orientation to the newly elected local chapter officials of the council.
Former Minister of Transportation and All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Rotimi Amaechi, has promised to diversify Nigeria’s economy through agriculture and industrialisation.Amaechi said this during a meeting with Nasarawa State APC statutory delegates in Lafia, on Wednesday.According to him, it is time to change the nation’s economy by focusing on agriculture, building industries; manufacturing and processing industries as well as fabrication in order to create job for the teeming youth.“I will not only focus on agriculture, but also create manufacturing and processing industries.“If you have a poultry farm and turn it into a commercial farm that produces and processing your chickens, you will employ more hands,”he said.Amaechi said Nasarawa State was blessed with arable lands suitable for agriculture productions, which puts it at vantage position to change the economy if given the necessary support.The APC presidential aspirant, said that Nigeria needed a president who have the capacity, tested and trusted to navigate the country into a prosperous nation.According to Amaechi, having served in several capacities as two term governor of Rivers state, Minister of Transport, he has the capacity to replicate and surpass his achievements if given the opportunity to rule the country.“As a Minister of Transport, I delivered on Abuja – Kaduna railway, Warri – Itakpe, Lagos – Ibadan, while work is ongoing in Kano – Kaduna and Port Harcourt to Maiduguri railways.“I have changed the face of Maritime Security and revived the seaports, so I’m tested and trusted, I count on you to vote for me so that together we can move Nigeria to greater height,”he said.Gov Abdullahi Sule, represented by his Deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, described Amaechi as a man, who was tested and trusted, given his records of his performance and antecedents in various offices he had occupied in the country. (www.nannew.ng)
The Alago All Progressives Congress (APC) Forum in Nasarawa State has passed a vote of confidence on Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s adminisitration and drummed support for APC to continue beyond 2023.
Mr David Ayewa, the Chairman of the forum, declared this on Wednesday during a meeting of the forum in Lafia.
Ayewa, who is the Executive Secretary, Nasarawa State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, said the governor had performed in office beyond expectations.
He said the forum had also passed a vote of confidence on Sule and his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, over what he dectibed as their ‘purposeful leadership’ in the state.
“His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule and his Deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, are exceeding all expectations.
“Gov. Sule is developing the state in almost all sectors of the economy, and is still doing his best in the area of security.
“We, and the people of the state are enjoying the governor’s dividends of democracy.
“It is in view of this that I am calling on our people and other people of the state to support him (Sule) to succeed beyond 2023,” he said.
Ayewa commended the governor for appointing Alago sons and daughters into key government positions in the state.
He called on members of the forum and other people of the state to continue to be law abiding, live in peace and tolerate one another, irrespective of their affiliations for development to thrive.
Also speaking, the Woman Leader of the Forum, Mrs Victoria Bako, assured of their readiness to mobilise support for governor to succeed beyond 2023.Bako commended Sule for not disappointing the electorate and developing the state in critical areas. (NAN) (
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The Nasarawa state government says it is willing to collaborate with more investors by providing land for its housing program.
State Deputy Governor Dr. Emmanuel Akabe had this to say when a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Public Works and Housing commissioned Phase 1 of the National Housing Program in Lafia on Monday.
Akabe said the state government's housing program was a priority because of the importance of housing to its citizens.
According to him, our state is blessed with natural and human resources and we call on investors to come and join us in building houses for our people.
He said that although the state government had collaborated with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to build low-income houses, the state government would be willing to collaborate with other investors to do more.
"We thank the ministry for building these houses and we also ask them to help us build our roads, especially the one leading to the airport," Akabe said.
Earlier, Mr. Solomon Labafilo, leader of the delegation, praised the state government for its support to the ministry in the housing program.
Labafilo said Nasawara state was the first state in the federation to benefit from the ministry's housing program because of the collaboration it got from the state government.
“We (the ministry) want infrastructure development to go through every part of the country, but this has not happened because some states find it difficult to donate unencumbered land to the ministry to examine this program.
“The ministry is grateful to the Nasarawa state government because whenever we cry out to the state, the government is always willing to give us land,” he said.
Labafilo added that last year, some contractors were transferred from some states in the middle belt to Nasarawa state because they did not have land for this program.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the program was launched in 2016 in 34 states and the FCT with the purpose of closing the housing deficit in Nigeria.
The ministry has so far built more than 6,000 housing units across the country.
The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) awarded Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa the "Best North Central Pilgrimage Sponsorship Governor of the Year 2020."
The governor took home the award for sponsoring the virginal pilgrimage of Christians to the Kingdom of Jordan.
A statement Tuesday, Toruka, Head of NCPC, Media and Public Relations, revealed that NCPC Executive Secretary Rev. Pam Yakubu presented the award to the governor during an awareness visit to him.
Pam said the award was unique considering the fact that the governor, a surrounded Muslim, was able to sponsor the pilgrims to Jordan.
In his words: This award is to show our appreciation and encouragement; only God can reward you, ”he said.
Pam praised the governor for his tremendous infrastructure development in the state.
In particular, he praised it for its youth and women's empowerment program, which aims to meet the needs of vulnerable people.
The NCPC helmsman also praised the governor for the Cargo Airport project in the state, which, he said, would be of immense benefit to the pilgrims when completed, as they would be flown to the Holy Land directly from there.
In his comment, Governor Sule thanked the NCPC chief for the award, which he said was a statewide award.
According to him, this means a lot, as it shows that people live in peace.
He urged his people to make sure they get involved in worthwhile ventures that would help promote the image of the state.
He thanked Pam for her determined and innovative leadership at NCPC, which had paid off with the success story of the inaugural pilgrimage to Jordan.
He noted with enthusiasm that all the pilgrims from the state who participated in the Jordan Pilgrimage returned home more satisfied and spiritually fulfilled.
He added that everyone was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the event.
The highlight of the awareness visit was the presentation of the plaque of appreciation to the governor.
The award ceremony was attended by the Governor of Nasarawa, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe and other dignitaries.
By Olukayode Babalola
Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has charged youth corps members to develop interest in agriculture to enable them be self-reliant.
He stated this at the inauguration of the 2021 Farming season by NYSC Youth Corps members on a 16-hectare farm land secured by the NYSC in Doma local government area of Nasarawa on Saturday.
Ibrahim said since 2012, NYSC had introduced a number of programmes, including Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Programme, aimed at teaching corp members skills they would need to be self-employed given the scarcity of white collar jobs.
He said one of the trainings offered by SAED is agriculture, a sector capable of lifting many from poverty and employing many young Nigerians.
”With demonstrations on this farmland, we want to encourage corps members to show more interest in agriculture and earn their livelihood through it,” he said.
Ibrahim thanked the Andoma of Doma, Alhaji Aliyu Onawo, for offering the land to NYSC for agriculture demonstration to corps members, among other uses.
He said that the acquisition of the land and the practical use of it would go a long way to convince corps members to see agriculture as a viable alternative.
“We urge other royal fathers and state governments to emulate the good gesture of the Andoma to avail lands to our corps members so that they can showcase their talents and get experience in farming,” he said.
Also speaking, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, Nasarawa state Deputy Governor, lauded the commitment of the NYSC in pushing the agriculture agenda of the Federal Government to youth corps members with a view to encouraging them to be self-reliant.
Akabe, represented by Prof. Allalana Otaki, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Water Resources, pledged Nasarawa state government’s support for the NYSC agriculture initiative.
In a remark, Mr Stephen Dewan, Coordinator of the NYSC in the state, expressed excitement over farming season development.
He promised to ensure that corps members in the state are thoroughly trained and exposed to the numerous opportunities available in the agriculture sector.
In a speech, Mr Johnbenedict Tyoakosu, a youth corper and President, NYSC Nasarawa state Agro Allied Community Development Service (CDS) Group, said the group would commence the farming season with planting of melon seeds.
He said melon seeds mature in three months and two weeks, adding that they would also plant beniseed.
“This farm will be used for demonstration purposes for corps members interested in farming to learn the best agronomic practices of the crops that will be cultivated here.
”It will enable us to train the beneficiaries not just theoretically but practically,” he said.
Tyoakosu noted that the agricultural activities on the Demonstration Farm would contribute to the food security of Nasarawa State and Nigeria as a whole.
“Practical work on Agro based SAED can also be done to equip the corp members with the skills which will make them self-employed and subsequently employers of labour,” he said. (NAN)(NAN)