Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) says it has distributed relief materials to 465,000 flood victims to cushion their hardships.
Mr Zachary Allumaga, Executive Secretary of NASEMA told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lafia that the victims were located in 91 communities in the state.
“The total of 91 communities and total of 465 000 persons in five local government areas of the state; Awe, Lafia, Doma, Toto and Nassarawa were affected by the flood.
“These local government areas border River Benue except for Karu where we recorded three flood deaths,’’ he said.
Allumaga said the state government received relief materials from NEMA as a form of assistance, which was added to those procured by the state government and distributed to the affected local government areas.
He listed items distributed to include food and non-food items such as mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets, wrappers, towels, mats, buckets, cups, cooking utensils, and soaps.
Others are detergents, clothes, diapers, bags of beans, rice, maize, guinea corn, garri and bags of sugar.
“The state government and NEMA have since distributed relief materials to the affected local government areas; as a state, we have our own relief materials.
“When NEMA brought its own relief materials, we combined them with what the state government had in store and distributed to the affected people to mitigate their sufferings.
“We went round with the governor to distribute the relief materials; disaster is a daily occurrence; building collapse left and right, especially old buildings without foundation, and we keep assisting,’’ he said.
Allumaga also told NAN that government’s plans to relocate flood-prone communities to safer grounds had always met with resistance from indigenes who have sentimental attachment to their ancestral lands.
“We can’t force them to leave; most of these people are fishermen, if you ask them to relocate to high ground, they find it difficult because they think you want to deprive them of their right to livelihoods.
“If government has the resources recommended, it could build houses and ask the people to occupy them.
That’s the best way to get them to relocate,’’ Allumaga stressed.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nasarawa State Command, says it is on the trail of those who kidnapped the wife of one of its top personnel on Wednesday.
The command Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Jerry Victor gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lafia.
He said that the NSCDC state Commandant, Abbas Bappa-Muhammed, had deployed personnel to track the kidnappers and rescue the victim unhurt.
The gunmen broke into the residence of the Head of NSCDC Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad, Apollos Dandaura in Lafia and abducted his wife.
NAN gathered that the gunmen took away the woman from her residence at about 8:30pm.
They also shot the younger brother to the husband, who was later rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
The PRO assured that the perpetrators would be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
Victor appealed to members of the public to provide useful information to fast track the arrest of the abductors and other criminals in the state.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has confirmed the kidnapping of one Mrs Victoria Dandaura, wife of the head of the Corps’ Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad (CG’SSIS).
This is contained in a statement by NSCDC Director, Public Relation’s Office (PRO), Mr Olusola Odumosu, on Thursday in Abuja.
The Spokesman revealed that the incident happened at the victim’s residence in Gidi-Gidi, around Cattle market, Lafia, Nasarawa State, on Wednesday at about 7 p.
m. According to him, “unknown gunmen stormed the residence of Deputy Commandant, Apollos Dandaura, and took control of the environment by shooting sporadically in the air and thereafter whisked the wife away at gun point.
“She was Kidnapped inside her living room and taken away without any traces for now.
” Mr Odumosu said that DC Dandaura’s brother, a personnel of the Corps serving in Nasarawa State Command, ASC1 Ezekiel Dandaura, was shot during the attack.
“He sustained gunshot injuries in the cause of the attack and is currently receiving treatment in a hospital facility,” the spokesman said.
NAN) The Nasarawa State House of Assembly says the state government seeks its approval to adjust and spend unutilised and idle funds totaling N8.3 billion within the 2022 budget.
Alhaji Aliyu Dogara, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, disclosed this while addressing newsmen after a meeting with the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Daniel Agyeno and the state Accountant General, Mr Zakka Yakubu, in Lafia on Thursday.
Dogara explained that government aimed to spend the funds on other active areas for more Infrastructure development in some capital projects to improve on people’s lives According to him, the adjustment is for unspent allocations to be spent on areas the money will be utilised.
” We had an interactive session with the State Commissioner for Finance and Accountant General regarding the 2022 amended appropriation bill sent to the House by His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi Sule for our consideration and approval.
“The essence of the meeting is for the government officials, that is the Commissioner for Finance and Accountant General, to make clarifications on the amended appropriation bill transmitted to the House by His Excellency.
” This is not a supplementary budget but an adjustment within the 2022 budget as the appropriation bill size remains the same, ” he said.
” The state government needs the House’s approval to adjust and spend idle N8.3 billion in some unutilided items.
” In the 2022 budget, there are some economic codes that have been exhausted, likely to be over spent before the end of the year.
” And there are also some items not used or utilised within the budget, hence the need for the proposed adjustment by the government.
The Chairman assured of the committee’s readiness to give the bill attention and speedy consideration, to enable the government to provide the much needed dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the House on Nov. 2, passed into first and second reading, a bill for a Law to Authorise the Issue Out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the state 2022 Amended Appropriation.
The amended appropriation which was about N110.8 billion, is for the services of Nasarawa State Government to complement for the period commencing from January 1 and Ending Dec.31. Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House, announced the passage of the bill into first and second readings during the house proceedings in Lafia on Wednesday.
The Speaker committed the bill to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation for proper work and report back to the House on Nov. 7.
The Nasarawa State Government has urged youths to shun violence and other negative acts capable of destroying their future and that of the state at large.
The state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Amb. Lucky Yargwa, made the call on Wednesday in Lafia at a townhall meeting with youth various groups across the state.
The forum was themed: “Breaking The Barriers To Meaningful Participation And Inclusion In Advocacy”.
Yargwa said that the importance of peace to human and societal development could not be overemphasised, hence the need of his call in that direction.
He commended the youths for celebrating their day, while calling for peaceful co-existence among the youths.
The commissioner also applauded the youths for supporting Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administration to exceed all expectations in the state.
He assured them that the state government would continue to support youth activities in the state to enable them excel and give them a sense of belonging.
“And to enable them compete favourably with their counterparts around the globe,” he said.
Besides, Yargwa called on the youths to take advantage of the various empowerment opportunities created by the Sule administration to make them become self-reliant.
“You can be employers of labour you can contribute your quota to your families and the state at large,” he said.
The commissioner further called on them to mobilise support for the re-election of the governor and all ensure the success of other APC candidates in the 2023 general elections.
Earlier, the state Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Mr Ja’afar Loko, applauded Sule for approving the celebration of the day in the state, “For appointing young people into various areas of his administration, and for creating programmes and policies that have direct impact on the youths which continue to improve their welfare.
“And place them at par with their counterparts around the Nigerian States,” he said.
The chairman assured the governor of their support at all times.
He however appealed for upgrades of youth development centres and skills acquisition centres across the state to meet acceptable and best standards so that more youths can benefit from the facilities.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NYCN, Nigeria Youth Parliament (NYP), Eggon Youth Movement (EYM) Worlfwide, Youth Assembly of Nigeria (YAN) and Nigeria Youth Congress (NYC) were some of the youth organisations that participate in the event.
Others were the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN, Youth Wi, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI, Youth Wi, Nasarawa State Students’ Association (NASSA), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), and Nasarawa State Social Media Influencers and presidents of ethnic nationalities.
NAN) Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has advised youths in the state to avoid shortcuts to riches, but be sincere, committed and hard working in order to excel in life
Sule gave the advice on Thursday in Lafia when he met with leaders of various youth groups from across the state.
He urged them to remain forbearing, even in the midst of their difficulties.
“I want to urge you to shun shortcuts to riches but to remain committed, sincere and hard working,” he said.
He congratulated the youths for the successful celebration of their day.
The governor explained why his administration has identified capable youths and saddled them with various responsibilities in government.
“I believe our youths should not even be the leaders of tomorrow, they should be leaders of today.
“That is the reason why we selected a lot of members of the youth community and assign them big responsibilities,” he stated.
The governor added that his vision for youths in the state is for them to be resourceful, honest, committed, dedicated and hard working.
He emphasised that his administration embarked on several skills acquisition programmes in order to empower the youths towards becoming self-reliant.
Sule highlighted some of the policy thrusts of his administration aimed at improving the lots of the youths in the state to include various skills and entrepreneurship.
He particularly mentioned the Wing Commander Abdullahi Ibrahim Vocational and Technical Institute, where there is an ongoing programme to train 2,000 youths from across the state.
“As well as the N500m revolving loan in collaboration with the Bank of Industry, where youths in the state will be provided with soft loans to embark on profitable businesses,” he added.
He disclosed that youths from the state can access the revolving loan from the BOI, irrespective of their background, religious or political inclination.
On the endorsement by the youths from across the state, Sule described it as type of endorsement he preferred, without him going out to seek or even bribe someone to endorse him.
Earlier, Mr Jaafar Loko, the Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Nasarawa State Chapter, led other youth organisations in the state to publicly endorsed Sule and his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, for re-election.
Loko acknowledged the efforts of Sule’s administration towards integrating youths into the activities of his administration.
He said it is time for the youths in the state to reciprocate the gesture by endorsing the governor for a second term.
The chairman said that Sule has done well and still doing his best in developing the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the youths were led to the meeting with the governor by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Amb. Lucky Yargwa, as well as the Senior Special Assistant on Youths, Mr Shuaibu Sani.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has restated his administration’s commitment promoting science education in the state.
This, he said would lay the foundation for the production of more indigenous doctors and engineers to meet the growing needs in the state.
Sule said this on Sunday at a reception, organised by Lafia Old Students’ Association (LOSA) for some of its members who were recently honoured with national awards by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governor said that in quest to revamp education sector, attention was also focused on enhancing science education through the renovation and equipping of science laboratories in secondary schools across the state.
He noted that the shortage of manpower in the health sector in the state and the incessant industrial action by doctors had reinforced his government’s determination to lay the foundation for production of more indigenous doctors to fill the gap.
According to him, his administration will attract some private sector players to help rehabilitate the facilities, including science laboratories, in Government Secondary School, Lafia, Government Girls’ School, Garaku, and Government Science School, Wamba.
Sule added that Government Science School, Nasarawa and Government Science School, Akwanga would soon receive same attention.
He congratulated the awardees and other LOSA members for their immense contributions to the school and the society in their various fields of endeavours.
The governor thanked the association for recognising his efforts toward revitalising the education sector.
Also speaking, Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NAPHCDA) and National President of LOSA, said that the event was also for the investiture of the governor as the association’s grand patron.
Shuaib explained that Suyle’s investiture was due to his contribution toward lifting the status of Science School Lafia and the education sector in the state.
He said that the association would continue to complement the outstanding leadership being provided by the governor to revamp the education sector.
According to him, LOSA is working toward making Lafia Science School the best in the country, in tandem with international best practices.
Shuaib said that the association had provided a clinic in the school and paid capitation to the tune of N4 million to the state health insurance scheme to enhance students’ access free health care.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the LOSA members recently honoured by the president included: Retired Justice Sidi Bage (CFR), Amb. Musa Ilu-Mohammed, a former Nigerian ambassador to Switzerland (OON) and Dr Shuaib (OON).
Dr Patrick Dakum, Labour Party (LP)’s governorship candidate for Plateau has promised to leverage agriculture, tourism and mining to improve the state’s economy if elected in 2023
Dakum, who spoke to newsmen on the sidelines of the party’s presidential campaign flag off on Saturday in Lafia, said that Plateau needed focused, experienced and prudent leadership to turn its fortune around.
The governorship candidate said that himself and his deputy, Edward Pwajok SAN, were bringing their integrity, exposure and wealth of experience in governance to bear if given the mandate by the people.
According to Dakum, Plateau is currently ranked 32 in the country in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He, however, promised that his adminstration would work to make Plateau rank among the top 15 within four years by developing agriculture, tourism and the mining sectors.
Dakum said that he would give priority attention to the enablers of the economic drivers — good governance, security and human capital development in order to move the state to greater height.
He assured that women would be properly represented at the policy level in his administration so as to articulate issues germane to women.
“As a public health physician, I would ensure that the issue of maternal health is taken to the Primary Health Care level in an effective way in order to reduce the high rate of maternal mortality, ” he said.
Dakum, who noted the entrepreneurship and hardworking spirit of Plateau women said they constituted about 75 per cent of workers in farms and mining fields in parts of the state.
He said they would be provided with farming inputs and other incentives to ease their work and to boost the economy of their families, and by extension, the state.
He said his government would also provide mining equipments for the women and work towards legalising their vocation.
“N1,000 in the hands of a woman will go farther than N10,000 in the hands of a man.
So, economic development of women is the economic development of the home,” he said.
On the party’s chances of winning the 2023 general elections, Dakum said that Nigerians had clearly demonstrated their yearning for change from the old order.
He said that Labour Party was the way to achieving a new Nigeria given the quality of leadership and sincerity of purpose Mr Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti would be offering.
The governorship candidate said that what they had set out to do in Plateau would be a microcosm of what would happen at the federal level if given the mandate in 2023. He, therefore, urged Nigerians to vote massively for the Labour Party in 2023 for a secure, prosperous and egalitarian nation.
Mr Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) for the 2023 election said in Lafia on Saturday that he would tackle unemployment and insecurity if voted into power.
Obi made at the flag-off of his presidential campaign.
He said he would tackle insecurity to pave way for economic growth and development.
The presidential candidate also pledged to create jobs for youths to lift them off poverty and deprivation.
“I assure you that if we come into power, we will address farmers and herders clashes and farmers will go back to their farms.
We will tackle insecurity bedevilling the entire nation.
“We will also support youths because today, our youths do not have hope.
We will support them to reduce the high level of criminality in the country,’’ he said.
Obi also promised to support agriculture in Nasarawa State to ensure food sufficiency and food security.
“The prices of goods will come down.
Today many Nigerians are finding it difficult to feed themselves.
If India can feed herself, Nigeria can also feed herself.
“We will also solve the flooding problem ravaging the country and ensure that there is adequate supply of electricity for industries to grow.
“When the LP wins, there will be no more strikes in universities.
The government will comprise of youths and women.
We will provide fertiliser to farmers across the nation,’’ he promised.
Obi called on Nigerians to vote for him and all candidates of the LP to enable them to revive the economy.
In his remarks, Mr Julius Abure, LP National Chairman, appreciated Nasarawa State’s people for coming out en-masse to support the party and its candidates to enable them to succeed at the 2023 polls.
He said the LP would deliver Nigeria from insecurity, unemployment, poverty, hunger and starvation.
“In 2023, we must change the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Part (PDP).
“You all should have your Permanent Voter Cards so that you will be allowed to vote for candidates of your choice.
“Our presidential candidate is strong.
We need an energetic and vibrant person.
The nation has been suffering from economic hardship because of the wrong choice of candidates,’’ he said.
He called on the electorate to collect their Permanent Voter Cards and vote for LP to change the fortune of the country.
Earlier, Mr Alexander Emmanuel, Nassarawa State Chairman of LP, thanked the leadership of the party for choosing the state as the venue for the presidential campaign flag-off.
Emmanuel promised to mobilise grassroots support for Peter Obi as well as educate the electorates on the need to vote for all candidates of the LP in 2023.
Mr Yakubu Kwanta, Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources in Nasarawa State, says the state government may demolish shops blocking waterways at the Lafia Modern Market.
Kwanta made the statement while speaking to newsmen after the October monthly sanitation in Lafia on Saturday.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Abdullahi Agwai, Kwanta said the state government was doing everything possible to reduce the impact of the flooding in the state.
He said that the ministry might demolish shops blocking water passage routes around the Lafia modern market.
”The ministry will not allow anybody to block the water ways.
It is not a friendly environmental practice.
We won’t allow it,” he said.
He described the October edition of the environmental sanitation as very successful.
He commended the council, traditional rulers, opinion leaders and security agencies for their efforts to promote environmental cleanliness.
The commissioner urged sanitary inspectors to ensure effective house-to-house inspection in the interest of environmental safety.
”It is our collective duty to keep our environment clean and safe.
We have to do so in the interest of public health,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 63 persons were arrested during the exercice over alleged violation of the state environmental sanitation laws.