The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) says it has trained no fewer than 50 communities volunteers on climate change monitoring and reporting in Nasarawa State to create awareness on climate change in the community and report back to relevant authorities.
Hajiya Habiba Suleiman, Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Abdullahi Sule of the state on Human Capital Development, while declaring the workshop open on Friday in Lafia, lauded the efforts of YMCA towards reducing impacts of climate change.
According to her, the Nasarawa State government is concerned about the security of lives and property of people, and will continue to checkmate activities that will contribute to climate change so as to mitigate its effects on environments.
Suleiman advised people to desist from activities capable of increasing damage already caused by climate change such as cutting down of tree, building on water ways, bush burning, use of charcoal, dumping of refuse in the drains among others.
“There’s no doubt the effects of climate change is staring right here in front of all of us; flooding, drought, heat spell, truly speaking is quite commendable that YMCA has taken this upon itself.
“YMCA community service is beyond measure, and as a government we are proud to associates with and partners YMCA, government has never taken climate change issues for granted, it has done a lot and will continue to do,” she said.
Also speaking, Mrs Matayashi Aselema, Director, Women Affairs in the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Mr Angbashim Ishaku, Director, Climate change in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources both called for concerted efforts to reduce climate change impacts.
Aselema said that the state Ministry of Women Affairs in collaboration with education ministry, was going to present a memorandum to include climate change in the curriculum of primary and secondary schools in the forthcoming national council on women affairs.
“We have to put a stop to all the activities that impacts negatively on climate such as cutting down tree, building on water ways, dumping of refuse in the drain, let’s cooperate with one another in joining this global campaign to save our environment,” she said.
Mr Ango Adamu, the Executive Secretary of YMCA Mada Hills, said that the training aim at equipping 50 monitoring and reporting volunteers officers with relevant knowledge that would help them in the field.
Adamu, who is also a coordinator, African Activists for Climate Justice project in Nasarawa State, said that YMCA was working with government agencies; Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Women Affairs to support government activities towards tackling climate change.
According to him, the training is a continuation of African Activists for Climate Justice Project, which YMCA in collaboration with the Association of Small Scale Agro- Producers in Nigeria is jointly implementing in Nasarawa state, with the support from Oxfam.
Adamu said that the 50 volunteers officers were selected from five local governments of Akwanga, Kokona, Nassarawa Eggon, Lafia and Obi and they are expected to step down the knowledge to the larger community.
Nasarawa State government has restated its commitment to full deployment of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in governance to ensure a robust digital economy.
Mr Yakubu Lawal, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, stated this on Friday in Lafia, when he received a team from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
The team also included officials of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMCDE).
Lawal said that the state government had embarked on the training of various cadres of the workforce to be ICT compliant, as part of its efforts to achieving the goal of e-governance.
According to him, the state government is also partnering some international organisations on digital economy and other ICT-related programmes.
The commissioner thanked the team for the visit and gave assurance of government’s willingness for collaboration that would ensure the development of all sectors of the state’s economy.
Earlier, Mr Sungill Son, Country Representative of KOICA, said that they were in the state to conduct a need assessment that would ensure the training of civil servants on e-governance.
Son, represented by the Country Deputy Director, Mr Minjae Kang, said that the assessment visit was part of implementation of its project-building foundations toward digital governance in Nigeria.
He said the need assessment would enable the agency to train 100 beneficiaries, both civil servants and government officials on basic and advanced skills on e-governance for the growth and development of the state.
According to him, the visit was to enable them get basic information that would assist them to carry out an accurate survey of facilities and institutional capacity of the state for the proposed training.
“We are planning to hold the capacity building training in 2023 and we are currently in the process of selecting the number of states which will be our beneficiaries for this particular training.
“We are working in consultation with Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
“We, therefore, want you to provide the data to us which will help us with our assessment,” he said.
On his part, Principal Analyst (FMCDE Project), Mr Hussein Umar, said the Federal Government was working in collaboration with KOICA to ensure the selection of benefiting states for the training.
Umar, however, said the survey was not a guarantee, but to express optimism that the state would be selected after the assessment.
In his remarks, Mr Shehu Ibrahim, Director General of Nasarrawa State’s Bureau for Information and Communication Technology (BICT) disclosed that the state currently has three Computer Based Test centres.
He said that five e-libraries being used to train students on ICT skills across the state.
“We are collaborating with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and we have trained civil servants and government officials to ensure the use of ICT in our offices.
“The office of the Head of Service is one of our greatest partners on ICT and all our ministries, departments and agencies have functional ICT departments and we are getting ready for e-governance,” he said.
Nasarawa State Lawmaker, Mr Mohammed Omadefu, has called on Nigerians to vote the Presidential Candidate of APC, Sen. Bola Tinubu and other APC candidates during the forthcoming general elections.
Omadefu (APC- Keana), Chairman, House Committee on Information, made the call while hosting the Nigeria Youth Movement for Asiwaju ( NYMA), Nasarawa State Chapter, in Lafia on Thursday.
He said that if Nigerians elected Tinubu, he would consolidate on the gains and achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari.
” Nigerians will continue to enjoy more dividends of democracy if they elect our Presidential candidate, Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Gov. Sule and other APC candidates.
” APC governments at all levels have achieved a lot in the state and the country at large,” he said.
Omadefu also urged the group to continue to mobilise and drum more support for Gov. Abdullahi Sule and all APC candidates to succeed in 2023. ” I want to call on you to continue to drum support for Gov. Abdullahi Sule to succeed beyond 2023. ” His Excellency has done well and still doing well in almost all sectors of the economy,” he said.
He appreciated the group for appointing him as patron and assured them of his support to succeed.
Besides, he reiterated his continued commitment to empower more people of his constituency, if re-elected in 2023. Earlier, Mr Usman Ibrahim-Ogah, the Coordinator, North Central of the group who led the delegation, said the visit was to identify with Omadefu and inform him of their existence.
He said that the visit was also to present the lawmaker with appointment letter as patron of the group in the state.
The coordinator asked for support and synergy with the lawmaker to drum more support for Asiwaju and APC at all levels.
Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, has called on executive and legislative arms of local government areas of the state to work in synergy for peace, development.
Alhaji Muhammed Alkali, the Chairman of the committee, made the call on Thursday at a meeting with Chairman, Doma Local Government Area, Mr Ahmed Usman and his councillors.
Alkali (APC- Lafia North) said that development in the local government areas will continue to suffer a setback, if the chairmen and their councilors are not working in synergy.
“With the ongoing lingering crisis between Doma chairman and his councillors, if not resolved as quickly as possible, it will be difficult for the local government area to move forward and develop.
“There is the need for the two arms to work together for the peace, progress and development of Doma Local Government “Both of you cannot stand independently and expect that development will be achieved in Doma. “The chairman needs the councillors and the councillors need the chairman.
“It is in view of this that I call on you to work together and in synergy for speedy development to achieve in the area,” he said.
Alkali also urged the Chairman and his councillors to resolve their crisis in the interest of APC and for the victory of Gov. Abdullahi Sule come 2023. ” The campaign has already commenced, if you are not working together, I do not know how you will collectively mobilise the people for the re-election of Sule in Doma,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting had in attendance Alhaji Aminu Muazu Maifata, ALGON Chairman and Chairman, Lafia Local Government Area, Mr Danlami Idris, Chairman, Nassarawa Eggon Local Government Area and Mr Igbabo Albert-Rabo, Speaker, Doma Local Government Legislative Council, among other councillors.
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Nasarawa State, has commenced the training of 100 unemployed youths and women, on Techno Cultural Craft and Quick-Fix. Mr Chris Bamsida, the State Coordinator of NDE, who made this known on Wednesday, during a combined orientation ceremony for 100 selected trainees in Lafia, said the training was to help beneficiaries become self-reliant.
Bamsida said that the scheme was to also help young persons acquire functional skills, and earn legitimate income that would enable them contribute their quota to the development of the state, and the country at large.
“To revamp indigenous crafts that stand the risk of extinction, to produce a new generation of youths that take pride in practicing indigenous skills.
“To provide gainful employment to the unemployed youths and women, especially in rural and sub-urban areas; to provide source of foreign exchange in view of the high demand for indigenous crafts and artefacts.
“And to curb societal crimes and youth restiveness due to unemployment,” he said.
Bamsida also explained that the quick fix training was aimed at inculcating marketable skills in trainees within a short period.
“The Techno cultural craft Training Scheme (Tech craft), is a new scheme of NDE that connotes talent, tradition and technology.
“The scheme seeks to deploy local and indigenous talents, using traditional technology to solve societal problems.
“It is worthy of note that these two schemes have the inherent potentials of providing the human capital needed for the onerous task of nation building amidst the rising rate of unemployment in the country.
“They are weaving, blacksmithing and artisanal aluminium craft; and for the Quick Fix, five easily acquired skills set were also selected.
“They are cosmetology, barbing, confectionary, make-up art and interior decoration,” he added.
The state coordinator disclosed that 3,700 trainees were recruited into both schemes and were currently undergoing training nation-wide “The Quick Fix programme is scheduled to last for four weeks, while the Tech Craft scheme will last for three months,” he said.
He urged the participants to exhibit high level of commitment, hard work, honesty and discipline for a successful apprenticeship.
Also speaking, Mrs Lisa Onyedinefu, Vocational Skill Development Officer 11 (VSDO 11), NDE Headquarters Abuja, called on the participants to take the training serious in order to excel in life.
Onyedinefu appreciated the NDE for supporting the different good policies and programmes that would improve the lives of unemployed Nigerians.
In the same vein, Dr Idris Umar, the General Manager of Nasarawa State Vocational and Relevant Technology Board (VRTB), also appreciated NDE for training the youths and other people of the state in different skills.
Idris, who was represented by Mr Umar El-Adam, Manager, Lafia Centre of VRTB, assured all stakeholders of effective partnership and collaboration with the NDE, in order to tackle unemployment in the state.
Responding, Monica John, a beneficiary, who spoke on behalf of others, thanked NDE for the gesture and pledged their commitment to utilising the opportunity provided by the training.
Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, has called on Journalists to always uphold professional ethics in their reportage for development to thrive in the country.
The speaker gave the charge at a lecture series on ” The Role of the Media in the 2023 General Election,” organised by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ) Nasarawa State Council in Tuesday in Lafia.
Represented by Mr Mohammed Omadefu, Chairman, House Committee on Information, the speakers said that when journalist uphold the ethics of the profession and embraced developmental journalism, the society would always be better for it.
According to the speaker, journalist have a duty to report factually about development and issues that would enhance good governance for the benefit of the people.
The speaker while commending the chapel for the lecture series, urged journalists to be more focused and objective in their reportage of activities leading to the conduct of the 2023 general election in the country.
” I want to commend you for organising this lecture series and for always publicising the activities of the House and that of the government among others in the state.
” So far, you have been fair in reporting our activities, especially our proceedings, public hearings, oversight functions among other activities and I call for its sustenance.
” You have been doing well for the state, I urge you to continue to shun selfishness and avoid sensational reportage,” the speaker said.
He assured that the state assembly would continue to partner and support media practitioners in the discharge of their duties in the state.
” The House under my leadership is media-friendly and we want to assure you of robust relationship, effective partnership and collaboration,” he said.
On their parts, Alhaji Danladi Halilu Envulunza, the Nasarawa North APC Senatorial candidate, represented by Alhaji Mukhtar Wakeel and Mr Rabiu Abdullahi, former Director of Press to former Gov. Abdullahi Adamu, in their separate presentations, commended the chapel for organising the lecture series.
They appreciated journalists for contributing positively to the development of democracy and the state at large.
The duo assured journalists of their support to enable them carry out their activities effectively.
In his remarks, Mr Isaac Ukpoju, the Chairman of Correspondents’ Chapel, thanked the speaker and other dignitaries for attending the event and their disposition towards the media.
The chairman said that members of the union would continue to be professional in the discharge of their duties.
“We will continue to do our work professionally and I want to assure the government, stakeholders and other citizens of our committment to give everyone the opportunity to be heard,” he said.
Ukpoju said that the lecture series would be a countinuos exercise to kept journalist abreast of their responsibility to society.
( NAN) ( www.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has lauded the Eggon people in the state for their peaceful disposition and promised to include them in the scheme of political development.
The governor gave the commendation while delivering his address at the fund-raising of the Eggon Youth Movement, Akwanga branch, on Monday at Akwanga Local Government Area. Sule, represented by Bala John, his Senior Special Assistant, said “Eggon people are known for peace, industrious, hardworking and patriots who believe in nation building.
“Eggon of Akwanga have contributed a lot to the development of the area and had always seen themselves as one with other ethnic nationalities in the locality.
“I urge you to continue in that spirit and shun politics of sentiments, especially now that the 2023 general elections are approaching.
“I gave appointments to people of Eggon extraction in Lafia, Nassarawa-Eggon and Kokona local government areas in line with my principle of inclusiveness.
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) has currently given tickets to two Eggon persons for House of Assembly in Lafia, one in Kokona, two in Nassarawa-Eggon and one senatorial ticket in Nasarawa North Senatorial Zone. “Eggon people are currently serving as Deputy Chairmen of Keffi, Lafia, and Kokona local government areas in addition to local government area chairman of Nassarawa-Eggon among others”.
He promised to provide more infrastructures and better welfare for the people in the remaining period of his first tenure.
Sule urged people of the state to vote for him again and all the candidates of APC in all positions in the 2023 general elections.
Earlier, Mr Adgizi Anzaku, the chairman of the association in Akwanga, welcomed the dignitaries for gracing their occasion and urged them to support the association to complete the building of its secretariat.
Adgizi said that apart from promoting peace and unity among the Eggon and other ethnic groups in the area, “the association is also into humanitarian service and empowerment of the vulnerable”.
He explained that since inception in the last two years, the association had trained 74 vulnerable youths in different skills, ranging from tailoring, event planning, catering to fashion and design, among others.
“We appeal to spirited individuals to support us so that we can give them start-up parks to enable them to be self-reliant and employers of labour,” he said.
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.
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.
( NAN) ( www.