By Yahaya Idris, Lafia
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has vowed to develop Keffi to attain its befitting status as the gateway to the state from Abuja.
Engineer Sule made the call while hosting a delegation from the Keffi Emirate, on a special courtesy call at the Government House, on Monday.
The Governor added that with Keffi, being what Agbara in Ogun State is to Lagos, manifests the real essence of Nasarawa State, stressing that with the town noted for its rich history and culture, hosting several prominent citizens, it has become imperative for his administration to build Keffi to the status that portrays the beauty of the state and its people.
Engineer Sule disclosed that to this end, the contract for the construction of the Keffi Circle, to be erected on the old market site, will be awarded in next month.
Also, he further disclosed that his administration will not rest until it carry out major roads constructions within Keffi. Specifically, the road from the roundabout-Old Keffi road-Prison-Keffi Grave Yard.
Other roads identified by Engineer Sule included the dualization of the road from that same roundabout coming towards Nasarawa road to the main roundabout, going to the hospital, as well as another dual carriageway from the Keffi Hotel junction, going through Antau to connect the roundabout, through the palace and going through Karofi to connect the Nasarawa road.
“Because of the historical nature of Keffi and the prominent people of Keffi, we must build Keffi to that status that defines us and beautifies us as people of Nasarawa state,” the Governor stated.
On the restoration of water supply to the ancient town, the Governor expressed satisfaction that he was able to address the issue and to restore water supply in the town.
He however noted that a new water tank will be installed at the Moloney pumping station, to replace the leaking tank.
Engineer Sule used the opportunity of the visit to thanked the Emir of Keffi, HRH Dr. Shehu Usman Yamusa III, as well as the Turakin Keffi, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, for intervening in the controversy surrounding the alleged demolition of an uncompleted mosque located at the old Keffi market.
The Governor equally thanked them for intervening on behalf of the state to seek for the extension of the light rail from Abuja-Keffi-Gudi, which will further serve to decongest traffic on the busy Abuja-Keffi expressway.
Earlier, in an introductory remark, Senator Adamu, the first civilian governor of the state, said the delegation were on the very special courtesy and goodwill visit to the Governor and to the government of Nasarawa State.
Senator Adamu added that the people of Keffi remain loyal to the present administration, as well as appreciate some of the major steps government has taken, which serves as indicators of the commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of Keffi and its people.
In his remarks, the Emir of Keffi, HRH Dr. Shehu Usman Yamusa III, told his host that they were at the Government House to show appreciation over the manifest commitment and dedication to the state and people of Keffi by the present administration.
The royal father thanked the Governor for restoring water supply to Keffi after a prolonged scarcity, making case for further interventions, especially in the area of link roads.
FCTA, NAPTIP Sign MoU On Women Rehabilitation Centre In FCT.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the management of FCT Women Rehabilitation Centre located at Sabo-Lugbe in Abuja Municipal Area Council of the territory.
A presss statement signed by SA, Media Austine Elemue said the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who presided over the signing of the MoU called on both parties to respect the terms and conditions spelt out in the document, just as she revealed that the centre would be managed by NAPTIP for a period of two years.
The Minister commended the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, for her doggedness in the battle against trafficking in person, also called for collaboration and synergy between relevant agencies in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria.
“I want to appreciate our sister, the Director General of NAPTIP, who is always there for the plight of the vulnerable women and youths, and anything against their fundamental human rights. She goes out of her comfort zone to ensure that none is maligned in the society. And today’s event has demonstrated her zeal to go out of her ways to look for more decent accommodation for our vulnerable women.
“These are all the giant strides of a leader and we appreciate you and your team. Hopefully and sincerely, under this period of two years, all that is written here is legally binding on both parties. And as the custodial of state charged with the responsibility to oversee the signing of this document, I sincerely hope that today will mark the beginning of many beautiful things to come”, the minister affirmed.
Aliyu also called on the management of NAPTIP to ensure that the facility becomes a point to reckon with in the management of vulnerable women and youth, while praying that the facility would provides the needed shelter to all those in need.
Speaking earlier, the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, commended the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, for their support in matters relating to trafficking in person and other related offences.
She, however, assured the FCT Administration that the collaboration between the two parties would yield positive results, stressing that the centre would be a beckon of women rehabilitation and empowerment.
According to her; “You have been very supportive to our agency. I want to assure you of this existing synergy and collaboration between my agency and FCTA, is going to be bigger and better and we are not going to take it for granted.
“I also want to thank you for giving us the opportunity of getting to this stage of signing an MoU. Thank you for giving us a facility where women will be rehabilitated and empowered, where children of victims of trafficking, victims of sexual and gender based violence will be empowered and rehabilitated.
Thank you so much because it is going to be a joint collaboration between FCTA and NAPTIP. I can assure you that we are going to make good use of the facility”.
Attah’s Death: Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation Pays Condolence Visit To Late Attah’s Family In Idah.
By Yahaya Idris, Idah.
The Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation (SAAF), has condoled with the immediate family and Igala kingdom over the death of the Attah Igala, HRM. Dr. Michael Ameh Oboni II.
The foundation delegation ably led by its Chairman, Hon. Prince Idoko Daniel Ogacheko and was received by the Chief Mourner the Son of late Attah, Prince Ocholi Ameh Oboni
Prince Ogacheko, who convened the message of Grand Patron of the foundation Alhaji Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, condoled the deceased’s family, as having described late Attah as a peaceful, cordial and amiable father to all.
Prince Ogacheko prayed to God to give his family, friends, associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“Unfortunately, death is not a letter that is bodily written on human face and nobody knows who is next”.
But God, who is sovereign does whatsoever He pleases as He is the ultimate decider of human life,” the foundation said.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Prince Ocholi Ameh Oboni expressed gratitude to Audu’s Foundation for coming down to identified with them. He pray to God to grant them journey mercy to their destination.
Flooding: Lawmaker Inspects Collapsed Bridge, Appeals To Nasarawa Govt. For Immediate Succour
Chairman Nasarawa state House of Assembly committee on Urban development and member representing Awe south constituency Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara, has called for government urgent intervention to reconstruct the Azara bridge which was washed away by flood as a result of heavy down pour.
The lawmaker who was accompanied by the contractor Rim construction company sympathized with the people of Azara development Area over the unfortunate incident and expressed concern on how the bridge linking Azara community with other parts of the world was completely washed away making life more difficult to commuters and residents of the area.
“I’m shocked at the level of damaged cause by this flood which resulted to the collapsed of this bridge linking Azara and other communities as my people cannot longer go outside and come back to the town.
“this is the only road that linked Azara to other communities and apart from been endowed with mineral and agricultural potentials it also border Taraba, plateau and Benue states.
“this is a serious ploblem therefore I’m calling on the state government to urgently come to our rescue and thank God we have a listening and hard working Governor Engineer Abdullahi Sule whom am very confident he will do something urgently, Hon Suleiman added.
Speaking to newsmen at the scene, one of the commuters Lawan Yakubu makori attributed the incident to carelessness on the part of users who doesn’t care about existing of the affected bridge even when it started developing faults.
According to him the Azara bridge was gradually been washing away for about four months now whenever it rains but action has not been taking until it finally collapsed as a result of a recent heavy down pour cutting off the area completely.
He appreciated the lawmaker Suleiman Yakubu Azara for the visit saying it has rekindle their hope.
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