By Yahaya Idris, Lafia.
In its bid to boost economic base, Nasarawa State Government has sought collaboration with the government of Belgium in the areas of agriculture and oil service, among others.
The state governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, disclosed when he hosted the Beigium Ambassador to Nigeria, who came on a courtesy call, at the Government House, on Monday.
He told the Envoy that the state has great opportunities for investments, is looking for partnership especially in the area of agriculture, stressing that Nasarawa State is well placed for several reasons, to be able to have a wonderful relationship with Belgium.
The Governor told the Belgian Ambassador that Nasarawa State has tremendous opportunities in the area of agriculture, with his administration working hard in the areas of diary production and solar power.
While noting that Belgium is known for its leadership role in area of oil services, the Governor expressed hope that soon, Nasarawa State will go into exploration and eventual development and production of its oil reserve.
“And that is one area your companies will come and we can begin to look up so that they can set up in preparation of activities to take place,” he said.
Engineer Sule equally sought collaboration with Belgium in the area of health and education, informing the envoy of the recently signed Child’s Right Protection law banning street begging across the state.
He told the visitor that the law was enacted to protect children, urging for a further collaboration to educate children in the state.
“We also know you support health and education and we believe in Nasarawa State we can work with you. We seek your support in order to educate our youth, our children.
“We believe we can go into partnership with you as part of your social development, to see how we can work in those areas,” Engineer Sule stated.
Earlier, in his address, Daniel Dargent, the Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria, said it’s important as his country’s envoy, reach out to the states with a view to seeking areas of collaboration and partnership.
While commending the Nasarawa State Government for setting its development strategy, the Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy (NEDS), Dargent identified agriculture and solid minerals as key areas of collaboration with his country.
The Belgian envoy said his country and Nasarawa State can also partner in the area of students exchange.
“Of course, Nigeria is a big country, you should not restrict yourself to the central authorities but go beyond to see what the country can offer and what we can offer to states in Nigeria,” Dargent said.
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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