A group — Coalition for Development of Nasarawa State — has commended the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for its recent feat in protecting national assets.
Mr Namo Maga, the vice-chairman of the group, gave the commendation while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Lafia.
He explained that NSCDC under the current Commandant-General Ahmed Audi has shown capacity, commitment and professionalism in the discharge of his duties.
He said that the NSCDC has also ensured that their personnel gave priority to the protection of critical national assets.
He explained that NSCDC had helped in apprehending rapists, cultists and other criminal elements.
He commended the Commandant-General of NSCDC for approving the establishment of NSCDC training school at Udege community of Nasarawa Local Government Area. He also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State for their efforts towards tackling insecurity.
He explained that it is high time Nigerians should be patriotic enough and support the efforts of the government at all levels at addressing insecurity.
The group also commended the Nigeria military, Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services as well as other security agencies for the recent feats against terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements across the country.
The coalition urged the security agencies to sustain the offensive attack on the criminals and take the battle to their hideouts, as a way of ending the insecurity in the country.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has called on the Federal Government to provide relief materials for victims of recent flood disaster in the state.
The Speaker of the House, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, made the appeal after Alhaji Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader, raised the issue under matters of urgent public importance at plenary in Lafia on Monday.
Abdullahi said that the devastated effect of flooding across the state was colossal, hence the need for the intervention.
He said that such support would ameliorate effect of the disaster that wreaked havoc in many communities across the state.
“I want to use this medium to appreciate Hon. Tanko Tunga and all members for your contributions on this subject matter.
“I am also directly affected as 50 per cent of my people are living in riverine communities.
“The devastated effects of flood are huge across the state as many lives, animals, buildings, farm lands, among other properties, are destroyed.
“Many communities across the state affected by the flood are homeless, they are no longer living in their homes,” he said.
The speaker said that because of the effects of flood on the people, he is appealing to the state and federal governments to urgently provide relief materials to the victims.
“I also want to call on the state government to relocate communities affected by flood to a safer place for their comfortability and to improve on their standard of living,” he said.
The speaker also urged the state government to provide more funds to the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) to enable the agency discharge its duties effectively.
He however advised the national and state emergency agencies, Nasarawa Urban Development Board (NUDB) and the National Orientation Agency to be more proactive in their duties.
According to him, people should be sensitised on the dangers of flooding and ensure proper development control across the state.
In his contribution, Mr John Osewu (APC- Doma South) lamented how flood destroyed houses and properties especially among his constituents, rendering them homeless.
He also called for proper funding of NASEMA and urged NUDB to ensure proper development control in the state to avoid flooding.
Earlier, Tunga who raised the issue, said that the 2022 flood appeared to be worst.
“This year’s flooding has inflicted injuries on the lives of many people across the state.
“It has caused a lot of damages to people, destroyed houses and farmlands, even properties were also destroyed.
“I want to call on the government to see how it can alleviate the suffering of the flood victims across the state,” he submitted.
Police in Nasarawa State have arrested a 21-year-old man for allegedly chopping off the wrist of another man in a brawl over a girlfriend.
Police spokesman in the state, DSP Ramhan Nansel, stated in Lafia that the suspect, Usman Danladi, aka “Murderer’’ was arrested on Saturday at Auta Baleifi in Karu Local Government Area of the state.
Danladi was arrested for allegedly chopping off the wrist of one Jibrin Abdullahi on Friday, using a machete.
Nensel added that Danladi confessed to the crime and said he took the action after Abdullahi assaulted his girlfriend.
Danladi told the police that he accosted Abdullahi for assaulting his girlfriend and a brawl ensued during which he dealt the victim the machete blow to his wrist.
Nansel added that Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Adesina Soyemi has directed that the case be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.
He stated that the suspect would be arraigned upon conclusion of investigation.
Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem (GIFSEP), an NGO, on Friday called on community leaders and relevant stakeholders in Nasarawa State to support climate change activists towards mitigating impacts of climate change.
Mr Joseph Ibrahim, Project officer for GIFSEP for the African Activists for Climate Justice (AACJ) Project, made the call at the end of the two-day training of 45 community activists on development of climate risk register and adaptation planning in Lafia.
Ibrahim said that the call for support from leaders, youths and women groups from communities became necessary to enable the activists receive maximum cooperation from them towards developing efficient risk register and adaptation planning.
“The essence of this training is to enable activists to get back to their own communities to help in developing community climate risk register and risk mitigation strategies to cope with some of the climate impacts.
“Risk register is simply a tool to help communities to keep track of climate change impacts, and we hope that subsequently the communities will be able to use it to plan better to avoid disasters arising from climate change,” he said.
According to Ibrahim, the training is a continuation of AACJ Project in Nasarawa State, which is being implemented by GIFSEP and with support from Oxfam.
Ibrahim said that the objective of the training was simply to equip 45 selected community activists with necessary knowledge to be able to identify and develop the climate register and adaptation strategies to minimise disaster occurrences.
Also speaking, David Michael, the team leader for GIFSEP, said that the training became necessary to enable the communities to build adaptation plan so as to adapt to the changing climate in the state Michael said that climate change register highlighted climate risks that had the highest likelihood and potential to have significant impact on local communities resulting in wide scale disruption.
“The community risk register is a disaster reduction tool which helps communities to prepare for some of the climate impacts within the communities and come up with strategies on how to cope with some of these impacts.
“The good thing about this process is that the community is at the centre of it, mitigation strategies are within their ability, and the ones they cannot do, development partners and government can come in to assist,” he said.
He further said that the training was part of the awareness creation as well as a way of empowering the communities on how to adapt to changes within their environments.
“So, we are supporting communities here and hoping that others can take a cue, if you look at the effect of changing weather this year alone, the flood has killed so many persons in some states.
“And of course Nasarawa being an agrarian state, and taking into consideration the impacts of climate change on farmers and their livelihoods, income and food security, hence this training,” he said.
Dr Johnson Orfega, a participant and lecturer in the department of Geography, Benue State University, Makurdi, described the training as an interesting, adding that issues of climate change affected every sphere of life.
“There is a need to understand how to adopt mitigation strategies, what we have learnt will be passed on to the communities to help them prepare, in terms of adaptive capacity to respond to climate change risk,” he said.
In her presentation, Dr Elizabeth Jeiyol, Executive Director, Gender and Environmental Risks Reduction Initiative, called on communities and Nasarawa State Government to take steps to mitigate climate change effects.
Sule restates commitment to quality education
By Mohammed Baba
Lafia, Sept.16, 2922 ( NAN) Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has restated his administration’s commitment to quality education for the overall development of the state.
Sule made this known when he hosted members of the Governing Council and management of the College of Agriculture, Science and Technology Lafia, at the Government House, on Friday.
He said that his vision for education was to see Nasarawa State among the top most educationally advantaged states in the country.
According to the Governor, his administration has continued to take appropriate measures towards uplifting the standards of education in the state.
“Among which was ensuring that tertiary institutions in the state, as well as other agencies in the educational sector, undergo processes that promotes only merit in the recruitment of teaching staff.
“What we want to establish in the whole institutions,is you go through the process so that you will appreciate it.
“People actually come based on interviews, based on screening, not necessarily who you know.
People will appreciate their jobs more,” he stated.
Sule said that educational institutions in the state must undergo thorough process of screening and interviews before recruiting their staff.
The governor pointed out that Nasarawa State is currently at the bottom when it comes to education placement in the country He added that the only way the state could rise to an appreciable level is to ensure that staff were recruited based on merit.
He appreciated the Governing Council as well as the management of the institution for running an all inclusive administration, particularly the Provost, Dr Yahaya Musa Maikeffi, for his prudence.
The governor assured the members of the council who had just served their first term that government would be transparent in appointing a new governing council for the institution.
Earlier, the Chairman, Governing Council of the instituition, Dr Dominic Bako, said that they were at the Government House to inform the governor of the expiration of their tenure as members of the council.
Represented by Alhaji Dalhatu Mamman, he said that the governor’s intervention had changed the institution positively.
Bako said that they had contributed positively to the development of the institution.
The Nasarawa State chapter of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), has appealed to the House of Assembly to pass the bill seeking full autonomy for Local Governments Areas (LGAs) in the country.
Comr. Sharhabilu Rak-Adamu, President of NULGE in the state made the call while briefing newsmen on Friday in Lafia.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalled that the National Assembly had recently passed the bill and transmitted it to the Houses of Assembly of 36 states for legislative processes in line with the provisions of the law.
The Nasarawa State President of NULGE said the call became imperative due to the significance of LGAs to the socio-economic development of the country.
He said that the union at the National level and 36 states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja has been on the struggle for LGAs autonomy for over 10 years.
Rak-Adamu said that at the moment, 11 States houses of assembly had already passed the LGAs autonomy bill.
He commended the houses of assembly that had already passed the bill and appealed to those yet to do so, to follow suit in the overall interest of the development of the country.
“Nasarawa State House of Assembly is among those yet to pass it, so we are calling on the principal officers and members of the assembly to support the bill because of its importance,’’ he said.
The NULGE President in the state also lauded Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State for granting partial autonomy to LGAs in the state.
He, however, appealed to the governor to lobby the assembly to pass the bill in order to complement his effort in granting full autonomy to LGAs in the state and country as a whole.
He expressed optimism that granting full autonomy to LGA would go a long way to address the increasing poverty, insecurity and other vices in the country.
Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP) on Thursday trained 45 community activists in Benue on the development of community climate risk register.
Mr David Michael-Terungwa, Team Leader for GIFSEP, gave the figure at the two-day training in Lafia.
He said that the training became necessary to enable communities to build adaptation plan to climate change.
According to him, the essence of the training is to enable activists get back to their communities and help in developing community climate risk register and risk mitigation strategies.
According to Michael-Terungwa, climate change register highlights climate risks that have the highest likelihood and potential to have significant impact on local communities.
“The community risk register is a disaster reduction tool which helps communities to prepare for some of the climate change impacts within the communities and come up with strategies on how to cope with some of these impacts.
“The good thing about this process is that the community is at the centre of it.
“Mitigation strategies are within their ability; the ones they cannot do, development partners and government can come in to assist,’’ he said.
He said that the training was part of awareness creation on climate change impacts as well as a way of empowering communities on how to adapt to climate changes within their environments.
“We are supporting communities here, and hoping that others can take a cue,’’ he said.
Mr Joseph Ibrahim, Project Officer for GIFSEP for the African Activists for Climate Justice (AACJ) Project, said that the training was in continuation of AACJ Project being implemented by GIFSEP with support from Oxfam.
The project officer said the objective of the workshop was to train 45 community activists to identify and develop climate registers in their communities to minimise disaster occurrences.
“We hope that subsequently the community will be able to use the tool to plan better to avoid disasters arising from climate change,’’ he said.
Dr Johnson Orfega, a lecturer at the Department of Geography, Benue State University, Makurdi, who is also a participant, praised the trainers.
He said that climate change affected every sphere of life “There is need to understand it to adapt mitigation strategies.
“What we have learnt will be passed to communities to help them to prepare in terms of adaptive capacity to respond to climate change risks,’’ he said.
In her presentation, Dr Elizabeth Jeiyol, Executive Director, Gender and Environmental Risks Reduction Initiative, called on communities and Benue Government to take steps to mitigate climate change effects.
Nasarawa State has approved the reopening of its primary and secondary schools shut 49 days earlier on reports of threats of insecurity.
All boarding public and private schools shall resume on Sunday, Sept. 18 for the First Term of the 20222023 academic session, while day schools shall resume on Monday, Sept. 19. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Malam Mohammed Sani-Bala, stated in Lafia on Wednesday that parents and guardians should return their children and wards to school as scheduled.
He stated that the Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Fatu Sabo also directed that outstanding promotion examinations not concluded because of the sudden shutting of the schools July should begin on Sept. 19. The commissioner also directed Chief Evaluation Officers to monitor and ensure compliance with the directive.
She assured members of the public, particularly parents, pupils and students that security had been enhanced in the schools to ensure the safety of students and teachers.
Hajiya Sabo announced the shutting of the schools on July 27 on account of intelligence reports about security threats in neighbouring FCT.
The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), on Wednesday advised healthcare service providers against substandard services to enrollees in order to improve on their health status.
Mrs Mary Aliu, the Nasarawa State Coordinator of NHIA gave the advice in her opening remark at a NHIA Stakeholders’ Forum in Lafia.
She said that the authority would not condone sharp practices while urging service providers to discharge their duties without fear or favour.
The state coordinator said the forum was to educate and sensitise service providers and other stakeholders on the new NHIA Act and discuss way forward for improved health status of Nigerians.
“We have changed from National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).
“The NHIA act was assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari in order to achieve universal health coverage as the Federal Government is committed to Nigerians improved health status.
“It is to ensure that every Nigerian have access to quality healthcare at a very affordable rate,” she said.
According to her, the purpose of NHIA is to address the issue of out of pocket payment for healthcare services, improve Nigerians poor health status and strengthen national healthcare delivery system.
Aliu also advised healthcare service providers to respect the rights and privileges of enrollees for improved health status.
She commended Prof. Mohammed Sambo, the Director-General of NHIA for keying into different good health policies and programmes that have direct bearing on the health status of Nigerians.
The state coordinator said that NHIA would continue to partner companies on drug production in order to address issue of out of stock and to ensure the supply of quality drugs.
The state coordinator further assured of her continuous readiness to partner stakeholders and key into good health policies for improved health status of the people of the state and other Nigerians.
In his goodwill message, Dr Gaza Gwamna, the Executive Secretary, Nasarawa State Health Insurance Agency (NASHIA), urged Nigerians to embrace NHIA policies and programmes in the interest of their health.
Gwamna, represented by Mr Abdullahi Musa, NASHIA staff, expressed the agency’s readiness to partners stakeholders for quality healthcare service delivery in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum featured paper presentations on Rights and Privileges of an NHIA enrollee and other stakeholders by Mr Ernest Tarbo, Head of Department, NHIA ICT Department.
Others papers presented are the NHIA Medicine Supply Initiative, by Dr Gani Muhammad and Operations of the Group, Individual, Family Social Health Insurance Programme (GIFSHIP) by Mr Moses Abajara, NHIA Head of Internal Audit.
NAN also reports that Health Maintenance Organisations ( HMOs), Health Care Facilities ( HCFs), Nasarawa State Health Insurance Agency (NASHIA) security agencies, Federal MDAs among others attended the stakeholders’ forum .
Edo Queens Football Queens of Benin will face Nasarawa Amazons FC of Lafia on Wednesday in a semi-final match of the Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT).
The match scheduled for the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City by 1 p.
m. came to be after the Edo side beat Heartland Queens FC of Owerri 4-0. The Nasarawa Amazons on their part beat Naija Ratels of Abuja 3-2. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition’s second semi-final match will see FC Robo of Lagos facing Delta Queens of Asaba at the same venue by 4 p.
m. FC Robo Queens had comfortably edged past Confluence Queens of Lokoja 6-0, while Delta Queens thrashed Royal Queens of Warri 2-1. NAN reports that the competition evolved from an idea by the Edo First Lady, Betsy Obaseki.
This edition of the competition, which is the second, has the theme “Say ‘No’ to Drugs” and is aimed at raising awareness on the adverse effects of drug abuse among youths.
The final match will come up on Saturday.