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Nasarawa Joins Elite States, Signs Procurement Bill Into Law

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Engineer Sule signed the Nasarawa State Procurement Bill into law at a brief ceremony, which held at the Government House, on Friday.

Speaking shortly after appending his signature to the draft bill, the Governor, described the event as not only historic for the people of the state, but that it signified that Nasarawa State has finally joined the league of elite states in the country, known for their transparency and accountability.

Engineer Sule, who was visibly elated, said with the signing of the procurement bill into law, the state is now qualified to be recognized as being transparent and accountable, even at the level of the World Bank.

The Governor however noted that signing of the procurement bill alone may not be enough, until government is able to put in place a team that will head the State Bureau for Procurement, that will monitor and enforce the tenets of the law.

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To this end, Engineer Sule promised that by Monday next week, his administration will put a team together as members of the bureau.

According to the Governor, only persons of known integrity, who must be competent, experienced and are capable, will make the team, irrespective of political or ethno-religious considerations.

“For me and this administration, if this is one of the legacies that we are leaving behind, we are indeed leaving behind a legacy,” Engineer Sule stated.

The Governor used the opportunity to show appreciation to the Attorney-General and State Commissioner for Justice, Associate Professor Abubakar Kana and his team, the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ministry of Finance, as well as all those who worked hard to ensure that the draft bill was presented before the Nasarawa State House of Assembly.

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Engineer Sule specifically thanked the Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe, especially the principal officers, who had worked extra hours, even on days they were not supposed to work to ensure that this bill is passed.

The Governor equally thanked his immediate predecessor, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura for coming up with the idea for ensuring that the bill was put together, having realised the importance of the law.

Engineer Sule expressed hope that the state stands to benefit from subsequent grants from the World Bank, Central Bank of Nigeria, among other organizations, given to states that have the procurement law in place.

“The qualification is not just about the World Bank grant, but to actually show that in Nasarawa State, we understand the rules of accountability, the rules of transparency and will be seen as people who are honest, in what we are doing and we are working very hard to ensure that things are working correctly,” he stated.

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Presenting the bill before the Governor, Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe, said the bill when signed into law, will in no small measure add value to the state.

While commending Engineer Sule for his zeal to take the state to the top, the Speaker assured the Governor of their continued support and cooperation.

The Nasarawa State Bureau for Procurement, when put in place, will be the regulatory authority responsible for the monitoring and oversight of public procurement, harmonizing existing government policies and practices by regulating, setting standards and developing the legal framework and professional capacity for public procurement and for related matters.

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Nigeria @ 60: Kogi Speaker Charges Nigerians To Be Patriotic On Nation Building

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The Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Prince Matthew Kolawole has  congratulated Nigerians in general and Kogites in particular on the 60th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria as a Sovereign state and tasked Nigerians to be patriotic in building a nation that will can truly called our own

In a press statement signed and released by Chief Press Secretary, Femi Olugbemi, said the Speaker commended the efforts of the founding fathers, urged those in positions of authority to endeavour to build on the solid foundation to work in unity and have love for  the nation for the country to take its rightful position among the comity of nations.

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He emphasized on the need for Nigerians to truly defend the unity and uphold the sanctity of the nation in line with their pledge of allegiance to the country by being patriotic in all their dealings.

He appealed to Nigerians to keep hope alive despite the numerous challenges that are confronting the nation at the moment especially in the area of security, infrastructure deficit and the current global pandemic of coronavirus, stressing that, with unity of purpose those challenges will be overcome.

Speaker Kolawole enjoined the younger generation who are the leaders of tomorrow to shun every negative tendencies and cultivate virtues of patriotism, commitment and dedication in serving the country diligently.

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He congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Yahaya Bello, for their purposeful leadership at improving the living standards of Nigerians despite numerous challenges facing the nation.

He noted that despite the dwindling resources occasioned by the fall of the nation major sources of revenue, coupled with outbreak of coronavirus early this year the administrations at both the national and state still have some credit in the area of Education, health, security, infrastructures like the rail, roads and many transformation in critical sectors of the nation economy.

The Speaker assured that the 7th Assembly of the Kogi State House  of Assembly would continue to work in collaboration with other arms of government for the common good of the state and advised citizens to remain steadfast and courageous to  overcome adversity as a People.

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He called on all and sundry to continue to support the current administrations at both the national and state level as that is the only way we can encourage to be steadfast in providing good leadership.

Once again, Happy Diamond Anniversary to Nigeria.

 

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Nigeria At 60: Gov Obaseki Salutes Edo Citizens, Nigerians

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As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our great nation Nigeria, I salute all Edo citizens and Nigerians, who have continued to work towards actualizing the vision of a truly great and prosperous country.

I also rejoice with the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on this auspicious occasion.

Despite our travails and challenges as a country, we give thanks to Almighty God for preserving us as a people and ensuring that the labour of our heroes past has not been in vain.

The just concluded governorship poll in Edo State is evidence of the commitment of the government and people to the deepening of our democracy, which invariably is the instrument for the upliftment of our people and improving our collective wellbeing.

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We are conscious of the daunting task of charting the course of our collective destiny, and the personal and collective sacrifices required, but remain committed to upholding the unity of our country and striving together to attain assured greatness.

We are confident that after 60 years of nationhood and having surmounted numerous obstacles and uncertainties, our faith in the future of our country remain unwavering, as we continue to forge ahead as one indivisible and prosperous nation.

Happy Independence Anniversary. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Signed
Mr. Godwin Obaseki
Governor, Edo State

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Nigeria At 60: Ortom Tasks Countrymen On Equity, Patriotism

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom urges Nigerians to uphold the virtues of sincerity, justice and fairness while rejecting impunity, to enable the country realize its full potential as a prosperous nation and the true giant of Africa.

The Governor also admonishes Nigerians to sustain their faith in the unity and capacity of the country to overcome the current security and economic challenges.

He says what the nation needs at this time are men and women of honour and integrity who can stand for the rule of law and promote the values as well as the dream of the nation’s founding fathers.

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The Governor states that the grace of Almighty God has guided Nigeria out of challenges and threats to its corporate existence, and expresses optimism that the same God will continue to steer the ship of the country away from doom.

He states that only sustained synergy between the Federal Government and states, as well as other stakeholders can lead to victory against terrorism and other criminal acts in parts of the country.

The Governor reaffirms the commitment of the Benue State Government to addressing development challenges of the state by making the agriculture value chain a priority so as to engage young people in productive ventures.

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He thanks Benue people for the support given to his administration in the last five years and pledges to reciprocate the goodwill with impressive performance as he is already doing.

Governor Ortom says his administration will sustain the tempo of providing development projects in all parts of the state.

He points out the domestication of the Pensions Law last year and the recent signing of the Health Insurance Scheme which gave rise to the establishment of the State Health Insurance Agency as some of the polices put in place by his administration to positively impact on the lives of the people.

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The Governor wishes the people of Benue State and other Nigerians a peaceful Independence celebration.

 

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