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.
Mr Luka Zhekaba, member representing Obi II Constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has called on Nigerians to leverage their diverse cultural values to promote peace and unity amongst the people.
Zhekaba, of the Peoples Democratic (PDP), made the call on Wednesday while playing host to Kwararafa Women Association of Nigeria, Nasarawa State Chapter in Lafia.
He said that promoting cultural values would not only enhance unity and peace but would also also engender rapid development of the country.
The lawmaker appreciated the group for the visit and urged them to continue to preach the values of Kwararafa culture to other Nigerians in order to promote peace and unity in diversity.
” I am happy with your visit, and for identifying and decorating me with Kwararafa attire.
“I want to call on Nigerians to promote their culture in all ramifications.
“As this will not only promote unity and peace but will also ensure progress and the development of the country,” he saidBesides, he assured of continued effective representation in the House.
Earlier, Ms Kaltume Suleiman-Ogah, the Chairperson of the Association, said that the visit was to identify with the lawmaker and intimate him of their presence.
She assured of the association’s continued commitment to promote Kwararafa culture at all times.
The chairperson added that the importance of culture to the unity and peace could not be overemphasised.
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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.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs has urged the Chairman of Doma Local Government Area of the state, Mr Ahmed Usman and his legislative arm, to maintain good working relationship.
Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, the chairman of the committee, made the call in Lafia on Tuesday.
The chairman said that there were allegations that some appointments in the council were without approval from the legislative arm, among other emerging issues.
He said that the meeting with the councillors was a prerequisite to hearing their own side of the story before the follow-up meeting with the chairman.
Alkali said that they had decided to wade into the issue as no development would take place without peaceful co-existence among the two arms of government of the area.
The lawmaker said that speedy development would not be achieved in the council if the two arms of government in the area were in loggerheads.
The assemblyman also called on the two arms of government in Doma and other local government areas in the state to respect the right of each other.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has summoned two commissioners and state Accountant General to account for some state finances, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The invited commissioners are those for Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Yusuf Turaki; and Finance, Mr Daniel Agyeno, as well as the Accountant General, Mr Zakka Yakubu.
They are to appear before the legislature on Tuesday (Sept. 27) at 10 a.
m. at the assembly chamber.
This, the lawmakers said, was to enable the invitees explain how the State Financial, Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Funds, Ecological funds, State Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) and Paris Club fund were recieved and disbursed between the state and local government councils in the state.
Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House, invited the government officials after Alhaji Agah Muluku, the Chief Whip of the assembly, moved a motion to that effect under Matters of Urgent Public Importance, at plenary in Lafia on Monday.
Abdullahi said that inviting the government officials was not a witch hunt exercise but to enable them explain vividly how the funds are being used between the state and local governments.
The speaker said that their appearance was also to ensure that the right things are done in order to ensure speedy development at the grassroots.
“I want to appreciate Hon. Muluku and all of you for your positive contributions on this subject matter.
“I have said it severally, that we are all elected to represent our people well at this state assembly.
“The people we are representing will judge us, posterity will judge us and God will judge us based on our actions and inactions, these are judgements that await us.
“In the process of discharging our duties, we will receive condemnations and insults from people who do not understand legislative work and activities.
“We are doing our best to protect the system and let them say what they want to say.
“But how can we allow something that was for local governments to be diverted somewhere, we have to investigate that.
“It is in view of this that we invite the State Commissioner for Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs; the Commissioner for Finance; and Accountant General to appear before us on Sept. 27, by 10 a.
m at the chamber,” he said.
Abdullahi said that the assembly has passed a law on how state finances should be disbursed amongst the tiers of government in the state, especially the LG law and “we will not sit and watch the abuse of the laws passed by this Honourable House”.
The speaker assured the state government of continued partnership for the good of the state and people, stressing that the House in doing that will not support what will be detrimental to the development and the lives of the people of the state especially those at the grassroots.
In their contributions, Messers Mohammed Okpoku, Daniel Ogazi and David Maiyaki lamented on how lack of finances at the local government level has affected development at the grassroots.
They said that, if urgent steps are not taken, the aim of establishing local government would be defeated.
They also decried how chairmen of local government councils and Overseers of development areas cannot execute projects and perform their duties effectively due to lack of funds at their disposal.
Earlier, the Chief Whip of the House raised the issue for lack of physical development at the local government level under matters of public interest.
He said that there was the need for those involved in managing government funds to explain how State Financial, Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Funds, Ecological fund, Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and Paris Club were received and utilised by the tiers of government in the state.
“What I want to raise has to do with lack of development in the local government and development areas in the state.
“There is no development at the local government level.
FAAC is being received every month, there is State Financial, Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Funds, “We have over N400 million Ecological fund, but as I am talking no kobo was given to the local government to address ecological problems in their areas.
“The state government by law is supposed to give local governments 10 per cent of its IGR but we learnt that they are not giving.
“How can local government develop without finances, if actually, we want development at the local government there is the need to invite those involved in managing government resources and activities to appear before us to explain why there is no development at the grassroots,” Muluku said.
Mr Yakubu Kwanta, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, has urged residents to clear drains in their areas in order to avert flooding.Kwanta said this on Saturday in Lafia, while monitoring the monthly environmental sanitation exercise.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that flooding from recent heavy rains have wreaked havoc in parts of state with several communities displaced.The commissioner noted that apart from ensuring a clean and healthy environment, clearing drains of silt and refuse would ensure free flow of water, thereby preventing flooding.He lauded the compliance level of residents to the sanitation exercise, especially in the urban areas and called for its sustenance.The commissioner also thanked the Emir of Lafia, Retired Justice Sidi Bage, for his contribution to the success of the exercise in the state capital.He said that the enforcement team from the ministry would restrategise towards ensuring full compliance from the people.Kwanta maintained that the state government would not relent to ensure that citizens live, work and do businesses in clean and healthy environment.He, therefore, called for the support of all citizens to do their bits as government also lives up to its responsibility.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The House of Representatives Committee on Works on Friday, insisted on quality and timely delivery of Abuja-Keffi-Lafia-Makurdi road, urging the Ministry of Works to ensure Nigerians got value for their money.
Rep. Abubakar Kabir, Chairman of the committee who led other members on an oversight tour of the ongoing project, urged the contractor to ensure timely completion of the road by April 2023.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the inspection took off from the Kugbo end of the A-Y-A–Nyanya at the boundary between Abuja and Nasarawa.
The committee proceeded to the Keffi–Akwanga section of the project at kilometer 19, between Gudi village and Akwanga.
Responding to why the project was staggered, Mr Henry Usor, an official from the Road Sector Development Unit of the federal ministry of works, explained that compensation issues were responsible for such staggered implementation.
He said the ministry only took charge of portions on which compensations had been paid and asked the contractor to commence work.
He added that buildings and commercial facilities such as fuel stations could only be demolished after compensation issues had been settled.
He assured that whatever issues and observations on the job raised by the committee would be noted and corrections ensured by the contractor before take over of the project by the ministry.
The Nasarawa State Chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has tasked government at all levels to embark on people-oriented projects that would impact more on the lives of the common man.
Mr Salihu Alkali, Chairman of the Nasarawa State Council of the NUJ made the call on Friday in Lafia, as the union began a tour of the state to assess projects executed by the Gov. Abdullahi Sule led administration.
Alkali noted that the essence of government was for the betterment of the people, hence their interest should be prioritised in project conceptualisation and execution.
The NUJ chairman said that era of white elephant projects was over as the people now yearn for projects that have direct bearing on their lives.
He said that the tour would avail journalists the opportunity to appraise the various projects executed by the present administration across the state, hear the reactions of the people and report same.
“This will also go a long way to promote developmental journalism as against the impression that journalists are always tilted towards negative stories.
“It would afford our members to opportunity to see things for themselves and speak with beneficiaries of the projects,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the three -day tour which began on Friday with projects sites in Toto Local Government Area, would take the team to the three Senatorial districts of the state.
The team comprised of journalists from both print and broadcast media.