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Nasarawa Gov. Visits Hydro Electric, Tourist Sites At Farin Ruwa.

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Yahaya Idris, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has visited the Farin Ruwa waterfalls in Masenge village and Farin Ruwa dam in Kwarra, all in Wamba Local Government Area, to take stock, as well as appraise prospects for the state.

The Governor was taken round the two sites by a team, including the Gom Mama, HRH Mustapha Bala, council officials and led by the state Commissioner of Information and Culture, Mr. Danladi Dogo Shammah on Saturday.

Engineer Sule who noted that he has always shown interest in what is happening in the area, said he decided to pay the visit to Farin Ruwa to get first hand information on projects in the area, as well as study the prospects available to the state.

At the Farin Ruwa falls, the Governor inspected the abandoned hotel project started by the administration of former governor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, where the lamented the vandalization of the buildings.

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“It’s an amazing site and for some of us who had the opportunity to visit others like Niagra Falls and places like that, this is also very interesting. It will be something that every Nigerian should be interested in visiting,” Engineer Sule said.

He however pointed out that before the area is turned into a tourist attraction, the state government must first carry out its feasibility properly.

“We have to be able to construct the roads, we have to provide the infrastructures, we have to ensure that apart of the road, there is water here for drinking, there is opportunity for maybe accommodation and then sites for people to rest.

“These are the reasons why I decided to come, to see, instead of just waiting in Lafia for people to be feeding me with information. I wanted to see things for myself and I am glad that God gave me the opportunity to come,” the Governor stated.

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He disclosed that his administration is considering providing road networks in the area, to ease transportation of people and goods, as well as attract investors in the areas of agriculture and minerals exploitation.

Engineer Sule however said it’s not part of the agenda of his administration to renovate the abandoned hotel project in Masenge village.

At the site of the ongoing dam construction by the Federal Ministry for Water Resources, Engineer Sule said he was there to view the prospect for irrigation agriculture.


He added that he was also there to inspect equipment purchased by the state government meant for hydro power generation, with a view to assessing the level of vandalization, as well as salvaging what remained.

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“We have taken a look and we have seen that the vandalization is actually massive, I don’t think we will be able to salvage much.

“But we will do the best we can. It’s Nasarawa State assets and Nasarawa State investment, so we have to do the best we can because we are holding assets of Nasarawa State in trust. We have to ensure that we salvage enough and we are able to save enough for the people of Nasarawa State,” he said.

The Governor said he will also study the prospect for another hydro power company.

“In this case, hopefully not by Nasarawa State government again but maybe by other investors or some PPP arrangement or something, where the state is not exposed to this kind of level of exposure without having the way of paying back,” Engineer Sule said

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Gov Simon Lalong Relaxes Curfew In Plateau State

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Following resolutions reached at a high level stakeholders’ meeting chaired by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, one of which is the need for stakeholders to immediately engage their communities across the state in a systematic Peace dialogues aimed at de-escalating tension, the Government has decided to relax the curfew earlier imposed on Jos North and South Local Government Areas from 6am to 8pm as from Friday October 23, 2020 until further notice.

A statement by Chief Press Secretary, Prof. Danladi A. Atu, said the decision was reached after painstaking deliberations with critical stakeholders and careful assessment of the security situation that led to the skirmishes in some parts of the affected local government areas, last Tuesday.

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Please note that the government is not unmindful of citizens’ Constitutional Rights to hold lawful assembly or stage peaceful protests as long as these are carried out within the extant laws of Nigeria. As a Government, we also appreciate the fact that these are the variables that further deepen our democracy.

However, as a deliberate approach to prevent a repeat of last Tuesday’s ugly incident where precious human lives and property were lost, the Government has for now also resolved to ban forthwith any processions and protests under whatever guise in order to safeguard the lives all citizens of the state. This is to enable the Government isolate and deal with those who are bent on disrupting the peace of the State.

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By this notice, “we urge all law abiding citizens to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation as government has put all necessary measures in place to ensure the maintenance of law and order across the state”.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong

For the avoidance of doubt, the Plateau State government has already set machinery in motion to address the demands raised by the protesters. In this light, government has constituted a Committee headed by a retired High Court Judge, Justice Philomena Lot which has since swung into action and ready to receive petitions from those who have cases.

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“We sue for understanding and patience from all and sundry as government takes decisive steps to address the demands of the protesters in the coming weeks”.

“We therefore call on all citizens to avoid any action that is inimical to the overall development of the state especially those that threaten the peace and unity of our people”.

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Kogi Switch To Action, Begins Rehabilitation Of Roads

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Hon. Engr. Abubakar Sadiq Ohere, Commissioner for a works and Housing

Amidst coronavirus pandemic, #EndSARS protest and unfavourable economic situation in the country, Kogi State Government has defied all that and has begun second phase of grading of the 500 Unit, Ganaja Federal Road to ease the sufferings of motorists passing through the dilapidated road.

State Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engineer Abubakar Sadiq Ohere stated this while inspecting ongoing works on the site, said the grading became necessary after the first one carried out some weeks ago.

“We have began the second round of grading of roads within the 500 unit estate”.

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The efforts is to ease the sufferings of commuters who are unable to still pass the major roads.

“We are concerned about the sufferings, and Gov. Yahaya Bello has directed that we Open up the alternative road”.

He said other roads in the state capital and in other parts of the Stste will follow up immediately after the rain subsides.

He thanked the people of the State for their patience and understanding, saying efforts is on to fix the Ganaja Federal Highway permanently from being cutoff Everytime the flood comes.

According to him, the initial design did not take cognisance of the heavy traffic reason why it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.

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He however said the road would be made motorable for commuters in the next few days.

 

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Hajiya Rakiya Bullet Congratulates Barr. Tanko Over Appointment As Chairman State Civil Service Commission

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Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.

L-R: Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet, Former Assistant Small Governor and Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku, newly appointed Chairman, Kogi State Civil Service Commission

 

A famous grassroot Woman Politician in Kogi Local Government Area of the State, Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet has congratulated the newly appointed Chairman Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Hon. Alhaji Chief (Barr) Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku.

Hajiya Bullet in a statement made available to Global Times Nigeria in Lokoja, the State capital on Tuesday said the appointment is Well-deserved considering his antecedent and track records of performance.

Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet, Barr. Tanko and Hajiya Iyami

She said the appointment is well deserved in view of his efforts in transforming the council when he served as Administrator.

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Hajiya Bullet who is also the former Assistant Small Governor representing Kogi LG, thanked the Governor Yahaya Bello for the honour done to their LG through the appointment of one of their own as Chairman State Civil Service Commission, having served earlier in his cabinet, and in his previous term.

She advised Barr. Tanko to deploy his expertise on the new portfolio, which is a call to higher service and responsibility in accordance with the mandate of the governor and provide possible way to reform civil service in the State.

According to her, Barr. Tanko had worked well in his previous office and through provision of social amenities, empowerment of youths, women and the less privilege, people’s oriented policies and other programs among others.

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Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet is optimistic of his superlative performance, while assuring of her continued prayer, support and loyalty in order for him to achieve maximally.

She assured the civil servants that Barr. Tanko will not disappoint them, call for their support and cooperation to pave the way for tremendous success as Tanko’s passion for service to humanity is unrivalled.

 

Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet and some other women group had earlier paid a congratulatory visit to Barr. Tanko at his Lokoja residence.

 

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