Clear your drains to avert flooding – Nasarawa Commissioner urges residents Clear your drains to avert flooding – Nasarawa Commissioner urges residents Flood By Mohammed Baba Busu Lafia, Sept. 24, 2023 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.
The Emir of Lafia, retired Justice Sidi Bage, has rated members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly high on passage of bills and resolutions that have direct bearing on the lives of the people.
The first class traditional ruler made the commendation on Tuesday in Lafia while receiving the Speaker of the state legislature, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, who led his colleagues on a condolence visit to the emir over the death of his elder brother, Alhaji Safiyanu Bage. He appreciated the speaker and his members for identifying with the traditional institution during its trial moment and prayed God to reward them accordingly.
Bage told the lawmakers that he has been following their activities and expressed satisfaction with their performance so far.
“Mr speaker, I want to appreciate you, you are a blessing to the state.
I want to show my happiness with what you people are doing at the state legislature towards peace, unity and development of the state.
“You have passion for the state, the achievements so far recorded in the state, you have the credit and I urge you to sustain the spirit,” said the emir.
Bage however urged the people of the state to continue to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their affiliations for development to thrive.
The speaker had earlier condoled with the traditional ruler over the demise of his elder brother (Alhaji Safiyanu Bage).
Abdullahi, who described death as the necessary end of every mortal, enjoined the emir to accept the demise of the deceased in good faith.
“Your Royal Highness, there is time to be born and there is time to die, may Allah in His infinite mercy console you and the entire family over this painful loss.
“May the Almighty Allah forgive the deceased of his shortcomings, reward his good deeds and grant him Aljannatul Firdaus as final abode amen,” he prayed.
The also speaker prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest.
A group under the aegis of Middle Belt Brain Trust (MBBT), has commenced training of traditional rulers in Nasarawa State on community grievance management to address the incessant conflicts in the state.
Speaking at the opening of the training on Monday in Lafia, Retired Gen. Martin Luther- Agwai, Chairman of MBBT, said that the traditional institution was critical to addressing community grievances that could lead to conflicts and violence.
Luther-Agwai said that the challenges were enormous, but that with sustained determination and hard work, the goals of lasting peace and security would be achieved.
He said that the two-day training organised in collaboration with the Institute For Integrated Transitions(IFIT), would improve grievance management capacities at the community level which would translate into timely resolution of disputes.
“Traditional rulers are often the first port of call when reporting grievances and disputes, be it criminal or civil.
“This is due to the high levels of trust that exist between the people and their traditional institutions and the difficulty and expensive costs of resolving civil disputes in the courts and policing structures,” he said.
The MBBT chairman identified the failure of existing institutions to manage grievances as a major conflict driver, saying that most community-level conflicts that started out as civil disputes and were not resolved, escalated to violence and identity conflicts.
He noted that the existing challenges underscored the need for systems that maximise the likelihood of voluntary compliance and the importance of supportive cultural norms that emphasise conciliatory dispute resolution techniques.
“The effort would strengthen informally existing systems as well as prepare community leaders, increase civic engagement, and help to create public processes to facilitate broader social and structural change.
“Our main focus is on strengthening Nasarawa States Community Grievance Management Systems as part of its community security architecture,” he said.
He lauded the Nasarawa State Government for its support and assured that the outcome of the programme would enhance the state’s industrialisation drive by preparing and integrating the rural population in its economic modernisation initiative.
Gov. Governor Abdullahi Sule, while declaring the two-day training open, commended the organisers, saying it would provide technical capacity and support in the areas of leadership, alternative dispute resolution, ethics and arbitration skills.
He said that the training would equip participants with skills on how to design and improve community-based dispute resolution mechanism for effective security coverage.
Sule called on the participants to leverage the training to add to their experiences on how to resolve disputes.
The governor expressed hope that the outcome of the training would add value to his administration’s continued commitment towards finding solutions to the menace of insecurity at the grassroots.
On his part, the Emir of Lafia, Retired Justice Sidi Bage I, represented by the Emir of Keffi, Shehu Chindo-Yamusa III, said that in addressing the menace of insecurity in the middle belt region, political leaders and traditional rulers must create formal channels to listen to complains and find solutions to them.
Also, Habiba Balarabe-Suleiman, Senior Special Assistant to the governor and Focal Person on Human Capital Development, said the training for traditional rulers was apt, hence the facilitation by the state government.
“Our traditional rulers are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring peace and order from the local level, that is why the state government felt it was necessary to bring them together and update their capacity in handling grievances,” she said.
The National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nasarawa State directorate on Friday, organised sensitisation to create awareness on the new trend of the insecurity; child soldiers’ recruitment by terrorists in the north eastern and other parts of the country.
Speaking at a sensitisation organised for stakeholders in Lafia, Dr Priscilla Gondoaluor, Director, NOA, Nasarawa State, said that the agency had the mandate to sensitise people, so that they could engage in activities that would hurt the trend.
According to her, the sensitisation of the stakeholders in the state became necessary to enable them to monitor the movement and the company they children keep so as to secure their future.
Gondoaluor said that the terrorists had taken advantage of the economy situation in the country to lure and recruit young boys who were mostly uninformed and naive into their gang at tender age and raised them as terrorists.
“These young ones are brain-washed and made to accept the ways of life of the terrorists and bandits, grow up to enlarge that group, it shows that they future is in jeopardy and it poses a great dangers to the society.
“To support the activities of the state government under the leadership of Gov. Abdullahi Sule who is doing everything to stem the tide of insecurity in Nasarawa state, we are sensitising stakeholders: traditional rulers, religious leaders, parents and youths leader.
“We are speaking with them; and also hear from them to get commitment on how this incidence of child-soldiers can be stemmed,” she said.
Speaking at the event, the Emir of Lafia, retired Justice Sidi Bage, represented by Aliyu Sanda, Gayam Lafia, commended the Agency for the sensitisation.
He noted that the traditional rulers would work relevant authorities to ensure that the unfortunate did not get to state.
“As parents, we should keep eyes on our children, be observant as well as monitoring their companies, we cannot afford to jeopardise the relative peace we are enjoying in the state,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the sensitisation had in attendance the traditional rulers, religious leaders, Department of State Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence, Road Safety Corps, National Union of Road and Transport Workers, National Youths Council of Nigeria and Independent National Electoral Commission.
The Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage ( rtd), has urged Nigerians to live in peace and tolerate one another for the overall development of the country.
Bage, who is the Chairman, Nasarawa State Traditional Council of Chiefs, gave the task on Saturday while commissioning a Central Mosque in Akaleku, Obi Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the mosque was built and donated by Amb. Isaac Kigbu, the President of Eggon Youth Movement (EYM) worldwide.
NAN also reports that the complex was named “Hon Muktar Aliyu Betera Central Mosque, Akaleku”.
Betera is the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation in the House of Representatives.
The first class traditional ruler commended the philanthropist for the gesture and prayed God to bless him abundantly.
The emir of Lafia urged Muslim faithful in the area to ensure effective utilisation of the mosque.
” I want to call on all of us and other Nigerians to continue to live in peace and tolerate one another, irrespective of our affiliations for development to thrive,” he said.
The first class traditional ruler urged parents to give adequate attention to the education of their for societal development.
He also urged the residents of the state and other Nigerians to be law abiding, respect constituted authority and be their brother’s keepers.
Earlier, the President, Eggon Youth Movement ( EYM), who is also the Chairman, Akyenyi Kigbu Memorial Foundation, said that the gesture was part of his continued commitment to promote religion activities in the locality.
” It is also part of my commitment to promote unity and peace among Christians and Muslims in Akaleku and its environs,” he said.
He appreciated Alhaji Muktar Aliyu Betera, the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation and others for their support to him.
The president restated his continued determination to key into good policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the windows, orphans, less privileged ones and other Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the event was attended by traditional rulers, religious leaders, politicians and other well wishers.
NAN also learnt that the youth leader was well known for his philanthrophic gesture as had recently distributed wrappers, food items to widows and paid students’ WAEC fees, among other gestures.
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Dr Emmanuel Akabe, Deputy Gov. of Nasarawa State, said 40 per cent of Nigeria’s total sugar needs would come from Nasarawa state by 2024.Akabe said this at the closing banquet of the Association of Hospital and Administration Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) Annual National Scientific Conference in Lafia.
According to him, the 40 per cent sugar needs of the country will be produced by Dangote Sugar Refinery in Awe Local Government Area (LGA) and Flour Mills of Nigeria in Toto LGA.
He explained that once the companies started production in 2023 and started producing maximally in 2024, they would be producing 40 per cent of Nigeria’s sugar needs conveniently.
“I can tell you that by 2024, 40 per cent of the total sugar needs of Nigeria will be coming from Nasarawa state because the Dangote Sugar farm on 60, 000 hectares of land will start production by 2023.He said that would take care of the 30 per cent of the total sugar needs of Nigeria.
“For the Flour Mills of Nigeria in Toto area, they will also produce 10 per cent of the total sugar needs.
“So 10 per cent plus 30 per cent gives us 40 per cent from Nasarawa State alone,” he said.
Akabe applauded the association for holding its annual conference in Nasarawa state.
He assured them that the state was hospitable, peaceful and yearning for investments from investors from all sectors of the economy, including the health sector.
“Nasarawa state is one of the most peaceful states in the country.
Thank God for the traditional institution and others who have worked day and night to ensure we have peace and stability in our state.
“And so, we are a state in a hurry and yearning for industrialisation.
Please come and invest in Nasarawa State.
He said the state had many incentives to offer since it needed the investments as the only way to grow and compete.
Earlier, Mr Olabode Ogunjemiyo, National Chairman, AHAPN, appreciated the government for providing a conducive environment for investment and bodies like AHAPN to be able to hold its annual conference in the state.
He said inin spite of initial concerns about security, the weeklong conference took place peacefully with many invited dignataries and about 1,000 pharmacists from across the country in attendance.
Mr Luka Augustine, Chairman of AHAPN in Nasarawa state, later told newsmen that the chapter was grateful to its national body for having faith and giving the chapter the opportunity to host the conference in spite of insecurity concerns.
He said one of the highlights of the weeklong conference was the launching of the state chapter’s Health Systems Pharmacy Magazine aimed at educating readers and showcasing the efforts of pharmacists in the state with regards to their research and work.
“It’s a scientific magazine showcasing clinical trials of colleagues.
So we decided to use this opportunity at this conference to showcase what we are doing to the world,” he said.
Also, Mr Nwaora Okpalaeke, Chairman, Local Organising Committee, said the conference was the best organised in the last 15 years.
He appreciated Gov. Abdullahi Sule, Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage (Rtd) and other well meaning Nigerians for their support and contribution to the success of the conference.
“I am sure in the next 10 years, we might not have any conference as interesting as this so I thank God for everything,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that AHAPN’s 23rd Annual National Conference held in Lafia from Aug. 1 to 5, with the theme: “COVID-19 Experience: Expanding the role of health system pharmacists.
”Pharmacists from Federal Medical Centres Keffi and Owerri, National Hospital Abuja and University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan among many other health institutions across the country, were in attendance.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, has called on traditional rulers in the state to report suspicious movement of persons or groups to the appropriate authorities.
Sule made the call on Thursday while playing host to the state council of chiefs in Lafia.
The governor, who appreciated the rulers for their efforts in promoting peace and security in the state, said the importance of peace to societal development cannot be overemphasised.
“I want to appreciate your roles in improving the security in the state. Peace is priceless and non-negotiable. It is the requirement for the development of any society,” he said.
Sule urged the traditional rulers not to relent in their efforts in promoting peace in their domains.
He assured them of his administration’s continued commitment to support them at all times.
The governor reiterated his determination to produce positive policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.
Earlier, retired Justice Sidi Bage, the Emir of Lafia and Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Traditional Rulers re-assured the governor of their readiness to promote peace in their domains.
Bage, who was represented by the Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Chindo Yamusa, assured the governor of their support for the success of his administration.
Political bigwigs attended the opening of the two-day Nasarawa Investment Summit in Lafia on Wednesday.
Those who graced the occasion included Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Ghana’s former President John Mahama, and former Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi.
Others were Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group.
Others still were Sen. Tanko Al-Makura (APC- Nasarawa South) and Sen. Godiya Akwashiki (APC-Nasarawa North).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the inaugural Nasarawa Investment Summit is: “Diamond in the Rough – The Making of New Investment Frontiers’’.
Speaker of Nasarawa House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi led principal officers and members of the Assembly to attend the summit.
Retired Justice Sidi Bage, Emir of Lafia and President, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs led other traditional rulers to attend the summit.
The summit aims at promoting investments in Nasarawa as well as fostering partnership between public institutions and the private sector, the critical player in the socio-economic development.
It serves as a platform to present credible and bankable investment opportunities that are market-ready for investors’ engagement.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government will stand firm in the fight against terrorists and insurgents.
Mr. Osinbajo stated this at the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Leadership and Governance Conference 2022, hosted by the Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage in Kano on Tuesday.
The conference was organized by the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, in collaboration with the Kano State Government.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of the conference was: “Reviving Northern Traditional Institutions: Imperative for Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria”.
He said that "Sardauna was a man of peace and courage, as well as a promoter of traditional institutions, who demonstrated fairness and justice."
Osinbajo said the government would continue to use surveillance technology to effectively fight terrorism and insurgency.
“We will also continue to ensure collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Justice, state counterparts and law enforcement agencies to ensure that people arrested for terrorism and violent crimes are prosecuted effectively and quickly.
"This is a fight for this nation, and we are determined to win, by the grace of God, all these evil forces will be eliminated," he said.
In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Gantuve of Kano state recalled that the northern region was administered by the late Sardauna despite its vast nature.
He explained that Sardauna established a number of educational institutions and other government establishments that people were proud of today.
Gantuve said the Kano state government created four additional emirates to allow traditional institutions to play their role effectively in governance.
He also said that the government had also bought 150 buses for intra-urban transport, as well as infrastructure in other sectors.
Furthermore, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, said that Sardauna was fair and just towards all his subjects during his lifetime.
He urged current leaders to emulate the good leadership style of the Sokoto Sardauna.
Earlier in his presentation, Emir Sidi Bage spoke at length about the need to create a constitutional role for traditional institutions in the country.
“If you want intelligence, give the traditional rulers a role in the constitution, a traditional ruler is the top intelligence officer in their domain, but now they are seen as just advisers and have no powers,” he said.
It was a moment of celebration for the successes achieved so far in the oil and gas sector as the Group Managing Director (GMD)/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC), Malam Mele Kyari bagged two prestigious awards in one week.
The first award was the “2020 Zik Prize for Public Service Leadership”, while the second was the “CEO of the Year Award at the #AfricaEnergyWeek (#AEW2021), held in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Public Policy Research & Analysis Centre (PPRAC) at the conferment of the “2020 Zik Prize for Public Service Leadership” on the GMD, at the Eko Hotel, Lagos, commended Kyari for transforming the fortunes of the NNPC from a position of loss-making into a profit- making venture.
Speaking on behalf of the Centre, Chief Mac Wabara, said Kyari was recognised for his distinguished leadership and sterling achievements in the NNPC, which were evident in the reforms he had instituted at the Corporation through the deployment of the Transparency Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE) Agenda.
He said: “Mele Kyari continues to seamlessly transform the operations of NNPC, through the deepening of domestic gas utilisation, rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries and public disclosure of NNPC accounts, the first in NNPC’s 44 years of existence.”Kyari receiving the Zik Leadership Award
He added that the GMD/CEO’s greatest achievements had indeed turned around the fortunes of the NNPC from a loss of position, into a profit-making entity.
“Under Kyari’s watch at the NNPC, the company declared a profit after tax of N287 billion in 2020 after losses were reduced from N803 billion in 2018 to N1.7 billion in 2019. This is unprecedented in the history of the NNPC,” Wabara said.
He explained that Kyari played a pivotal role in the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), adding that with the emergence of the legislation, the NNPC had been positioned to operate effectively, like its global peers.
Kyari, while responding said that in the course of the last two years, the NNPC had automated its processes and systems; reduced its operating costs and was now focused on delivering value to Nigerians.
He added that the enactment of the PIA had placed a huge responsibility on the NNPC to become more creative in its business approach and to be accountable to its shareholders of over 200 million Nigerians.
Kyari noted that the Zik Leadership award would spur him and his Management team to work harder towards becoming an International National Oil Company at par with its global peers.
Other recipients of the prestigious Zik Leadership Award include the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim.
Minister of State for Health, Sen. Olorunimbe Mamora; Director-General and CEO of the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamo and MD/CEO of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Mr Uche Orji were the other recipients.
The well-attended event was also witnessed of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero; Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage (rtd) and several other dignitaries.
Established in 1994 its 26th edition, the Zik Prize in Leadership is aimed at highlighting Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe’s legacy of patriotic fervor and nationalist vision.
In a related development, the GMD/CEO of NNPC Ltd, Malam Mele Kyari received the CEO of the Year Award at the #AfricaEnergyWeek (#AEW2021), held in Cape Town, South Africa.
NNPC’s Group Executive Director (GED) Upstream, Engr. Adokiye Tombomieye, received the award on behalf of Kyari from the Libyan Minister of Oil & Gas, HE Mohammed Oun.
The Africa Energy CEO of the Year Award is a high profile recognition covering the entire value-chain of the Energy industry, which includes power sector.
Also in the week, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPC alerted the public that the information circulating, especially in the Social Media platforms, claiming that the Company was conducting a recruitment exercise was not true and that the public should disregard it in its entirety.
The Company’s General Manager, Human Resources, Malam Aminu Zaria, said NNPC’s recruitments were usually done in line with the federal character principles through a robust and well-organised process which cannot be compromised.
He said NNPC was not recruiting presently having just concluded the recruitment of 1,050 graduate trainees last year.
Zaria said that the Company usually advertised widely through authentic and credible public communication channels including the NNPC’s website (www.nnpcgroup.com) whenever it intends to recruit.
He noted that the essence of the advert was to ensure that every eligible person participated.
The GM noted that the NNPC as an employer of choice and one of the best places to work in the country was always a target of such fake adverts.
He therefore advised the public to always verify from credible sources whenever they receive such information.
Still in the week under review, the NNPC Limited made a giant stride towards achieving optimal gas penetration with the signing of the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) for the building of a 5million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscf/d) mini Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in Kogi State.
The EPC agreement which ushered in the 18-months projected duration of the construction phase of the project was among the Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC), a subsidiary of NNPC and Trans Gas Nigeria Limited as operator of the NGMC-Transit Unincorporated Joint Venture and Phoenix Development Limited.
With the agreement, the natural gas supplied through the existing Oben-Ajaokuta pipeline would be liquefied at the proposed LNG facility – an interconnecting pipeline of less than 150metres would be constructed to the facility from the adjacent NGC Geregu metering station, transported via oxygenic tanks and degasified at each customer location or cluster.
Speaking at the ceremony, the GMD/CEO of NNPC Kyari, who was represented Ajiya, Chief Ficial Officer of the NNPC, said the project was in tandem with the Federal Government’s desire to make gas the country’s transition fuel, available to all end users across the country.
Group Executive Director, Gas & Power, directorate of the NNPC, Mr Abdulkabir Mohammed spoke on the significance of the project to the national oil company.
Also, Mr Bolaji Osusanya, Managing Director of Transit Gas Nigeria Limited, the operators of the Unincorporated Joint Venture, Offered his perspective.
Furthermore, buoyed to harness its resources and consolidate the transition to an effective national oil company with diverse business interests, the NNPC Limited also in the week opened its doors to Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of U.S. based Amazon Group.
The aim was to grow its Telecommunications business and increase its revenue base.
Speaking at a session with Amazon Web Services Business Leaders at the NNPC Towers in Abuja NNPC GMD, Kyari, via a virtual message, said the NNPC would learn from Amazon’s vast competence in this regard to enhance its competitive edge and sharpen its innovative quotient.
Mr Sanusi Yerima, Managing Director of National Petroleum Telecommunications Limited (NAPET), a wholly owned NNPC subsidiary said that the objective of commercialising NNPC IT and Telecommunications Infrastructure, Provided insight to the emerging synergy between the national oil company and Amazon Web Services.
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