The Nasarawa State Executive Council has approved the sum of N2.9bn for the construction of the 15km Sisin Baki-Kwarra road in Wamba Local Government Area, as well as the completion of the Lafia cargo airport.
Mr. Dogo Shammah, state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, made this known while briefing journalists, shortly after the State Executive Council meeting, the first this year, on Wednesday.
According to the Commissioner, the council specifically approved N2.4bn for the Sisin Baki-Kwarra road, with N595, 882, 000 earmarked for the completion of the Lafia cargo airport watch tower.
Mr. Shammah said this followed intense deliberation by the council, focussing on policies that will touch the lives of the people of the state.
He explained that the approvals was in line with the determination of the administration under the leadership of Engineer Abdullahi Sule, to open up Nasarawa State to investment opportunities and facilitate the industrialization thrust of the state government.
The Commissioner emphasized that the administration considers rural roads as a priority, in order for development to trickle down to the rural areas.
Mr. Shammah further disclosed that, in a bid to boost the mining sector, council approved for a delegation to travel to South Africa, to meet with development partners, who are expected to come in an develop the sector.
In the same vein, the Information Commissioner, flanked by his colleagues from the ministries of health and education, stated that following the visit by Engineer Sule to the headquarters of the Islamic Development Bank in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, officials of the bank will visit the state to partner in the areas of agriculture and ICT, among others.
He added that council equally approved for a project to improve water supply across the state, particularly in the area of preventive measures to people that are being exposed to environmental hazards.
Speaking on the areas of health, the state Commissioner for Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya, highlighted on the readiness of the ministry to tackle the Lassa Fever epidemic in the state.
Pharm. Yahaya disclosed further that Engineer Sule has endorsed the Save One Million Lives programme for free, with the implementation plan underway.
He stated that under the programme, 117 tenders will be made public, for the renovation of 61 health facilities across the state, including 51 Primary Health Care centres, one tertiary hospital, 9 secondary facilities, as well as central medical stores.
The health Commissioner pointed out that, for equity and fairness, 4 PHCs from every LGA will be upgraded to meet national standards.
On her part, the Commissioner of Education, Hajiya Fati Sabo Jimeta, said the provision of quality education remains an important policy thrust of the present administration, stressing that government has resolved to beef up security across schools in the state, especially boarding schools.
In this respect, Hajiya Fati pointed out that her ministry will henceforth involve the community in providing security in schools, with communities, registered vigilante groups and members of the Nasarawa State Youth Empowerment Scheme (NAYES) to be engaged to provide security in schools.
Breaking: Labour Suspends Today Planned Strike As FG Reverses Electricity Tariff Hike
The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress have suspended the strike scheduled to commence today (Monday).
This followed an agreement reached with the Federal Government at a meeting which started at 8.30pm on Sunday and ended at 2:50am this morning.
After exhaustive deliberations on the issues raised by the labour centres, the meeting agreed to suspend the application of the cost-reflective electricity tariff adjustments for two weeks.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, read the five-page communique signed by the representatives of the government and labour.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba; and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Quadri Olaleye, amongst others signed on behalf of Organised Labour while the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige; Minister of State Petroleum, Timipre Silva; Minister of State Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN); Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; and the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and others, signed on behalf of the government.
Olaleye confirmed the development in an interview with The PUNCH on Monday morning.
He said, “Definitely correct. We just left a press conference. We signed a document to suspend the action for two weeks for the government to implement those things that we agreed in the agreement. So, we are suspending for two weeks.
“We don’t need a notice again to re-convene if there is a need to do that.”
The parties agreed to set up a technical committee comprising Ministries, Departments, Agencies, NLC and TUC.
Senator Abbo’s followers Pledge Loyalty To Gov Fintiri
Some key followers of Sen Ishaku Abbo of Adamawa North District have declared a shifting of loyalty to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri.
Although, Abbo is in the same Peoples Democratic Party ((PDP) with the state governor, Abbo has been a critic of both the party and the governor, waging an unending battle against both.
In an action indicating disaffection against him by some within his own support base on Friday, however, many among his supporters visited Governor Fintiri, pledging their loyalty to him.
Members of the delegation to the Government House in Yola, led by Abbo Support Group’s former Coordinator, Peter Ishaya Kwache, told Fintiri that he now had their “complete shift of loyalty”.
Mr. Kwache said they were members of the PDP, who worked to ensure the success of all candidates of the party in the 2019 general election, particularly Abbo, but that they had for a while been at a loss about Abbo’s relentless criticism of the party and the government led by Fintiri.
Water Bill: A Northern Agenda To Righten The Noose On The South – Rep Member
The Member representing Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Francis Waive, has described the Water Resources Bill as a Northern agenda to tighten the noose on the Southern part of the country.
Hon Waive who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC from Delta State in a statement, weekend while expressing concerns on the bill, explained that though some provisions in the bill are welcoming and warm, because of the nature of governance and the tendencies to misuse powers in the country, “we cannot at this point in time properly handle this kind of a law without causing more harm than good.”
According to him, “One will be tempted to ask, what is the intention behind this law? Is it really for the general good of the Nigerian people as it states? How well has the various natural resources been managed for the general good?”
Speaking further, he said: “The oil from the Niger Delta region has not positively impacted the life of the people from the Niger Delta and the one who bears the impact of the exploration activities.
“The various River Basins which are currently under the control of the government, has not been properly managed; instead it has been grossly politicized, how then can the government manage and control all the water bodies in the country.
“According to public opinion this law is a Northern agenda to further tighten the noose on the South, because obviously the majority of the states from the middle belt down south are surrounded by water. There is also a high resemblance of intentions of some provisions of this act with that of the unsuccessful RUGA bill.
“In my opinion, the bill is of no immediate benefit to the generality of the populace at this point in time, plus we have not developed enough as a country to be able to properly manage all the resources we have to now begin to look at water. Water is the least of our problems as a country.”
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