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Nasarawa Gives Reason Why Its Must Key Into Digital Economy – Gov Sule

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Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has emphasized the critical role digital economy is playing in diversifying the economy of the country, stressing that last year’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by digital economy was even higher than that of oil and gas.

Engineer Sule made this known while hosting a delegation from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), led by its Director, E-Government Development and Regulations, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, at the Government House, on Thursday.

While congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari, for the initiative, as well as the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami and the Director-General NITDA, Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi, for the good work they have been doing with NITDA, the Governor described the digtal economy as a huge going forward and improvement for Nigeria.

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Speaking from his experience from the organized private sector, Engineer Sule said training on E-Governance will not only boost the Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy (NEDS), improve speed of doing business in government but most importantly, ensures accountability and transparency in governance.

He added that Nasarawa State has all it takes to benefit from the digital economy.

“We are at the centre, closer to the centre of attraction. We should benefit because we have all it takes,” the Governor said.

Engineer Sule however appealed to Nasarawa State citizens who will benefit from the training on E-Governance, to replicate the training by retraining others, as according to him, that’s the only way the state will benefit from the training.

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Earlier, in his opening remarks, Director, E-Government Development and Regulations at NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, said even though the agency has been able to do a lot at the federal level on the national digital economy, more needs to be done across the states and local governments.

Olatunji added that they were in Nasarawa State on the directives of the NITDA director general, for the agency to look into the state government’s priority areas and see how ICT can be used to drive the priority areas, especially in E-Governance.

While commending the Governor for his inroads in ICT, the NITDA director said they were not surprised at the level of success so far recorded, considering the experience of the Governor as a major private sector player.

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“That’s why it’s really good to have technocrats at the helm of affairs in Nigeria,” Olatunji said.

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Kogi Communities Remind Buhari On Completion Of Ajaokuta Steel Company.

Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Communities in the Central Senatorial district of Kogi state have reminded President Muhammadu Buhari of his promise to revamp the multi billion naira Ajaokuta steel company.

The community leaders led by a Kogi based rights activist, Chief Haruna Ahmed Osike, said while they commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his relentless efforts made so far at revitalizing the ailing Ajaokuta steel company, Nigerians are still hopeful in the ability and capability of the present administration to revamp and make the company functional in the interest of the nation and the economy.

Chief Osike who stated this on Tuesday on behalf of other community leaders drawn from the local government areas of the senatorial district while interacting with newsmen, said, ” the political will wielded by President Buhari for the completion of the over 40 (Fourty) years abandoned Ajaokuta steel company is commendable, urging Nigerians especially the National Assembly members and Governors to support the president to achieve the feat for the nation.”

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He explained that the recent efforts at completing the work was scuttled by the sudden out break of the Covid-19 pandemic when the Russian experts were billed to arrive the country for the rehabilitation and test running of the almost 90% works done

Speaking on the gains of resuscitation of the steel company, the human rights activist said “Once the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is able to revive the ailing industry through his recent effort, first he will succeed in putting the nation on a threshold of industrialization.

“Secondly, the government will not only reduce the high rate of unemployment in the country, it will end the incessant youth restiveness and criminal activities occasioned by lack of jobs.

“If Ajaokuta steel company is operational every other rolling mills like the Delta Steel Company Limited Aladja, the Jos Steel Rolling Mill, the Oshogbo Steel Rolling Mill, the Katsina Steel Rolling Mill, and the National Iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO) at Itakpe all will be functional and could provide nearly a million jobs.

“Thirdly, the dwindling revenue from the oil will be a thing of the past as the steel industries in Nigeria will generate enormous income for the country.

“Again , Ajaokuta steel company is capable of generating up to 110 MegaWatts of electricity and the industry can not consume up to half of the power generated, so the remaining unused MegaWatts can be channelled to the national grid and that also will generate huge revenue for the federal government.

“That is why we are appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari day and night to see the reasons for the completion and operationalization of Ajaokuta steel company and so far his effort and the concern shown by the president has raised our hope that very soon if not this year, God in his infinite mercy will give the president the strength to achieve the feat for Nigerians” Chief Osike stated.

While commending the effort of the Minister of mines and steel development Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, the permanent secretary of the ministry Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade and the Sole Administrator of Ajaokuta steel company Engr. Abdul-Akaba Sumaila for their resolve in ensuring that the steel company come back to life.

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Chief Osike who advised the staff of the steel company to remain committed and supportive to the federal government to achieve their plan of reviving the industry, also charged the youth in the country to acquire skills and obtain their trade test in readiness to secure jobs in Ajaokuta steel company by the time the steel plant is operational.

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Transportation: Kogi Ultra Modern Bus Terminal Commences Operation.

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Transportation: Kogi Ultra Modern Bus Terminal Commences Operation.

The Lokoja mega bus terminal

The Lokoja mega bus terminal

Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

The Lokoja mega bus terminal constructed and commissioned over 5 years ago by Kogi state government under Capt. Idris Wada administration, will now be opened for public use today, Thursday.

The ultra modern mega bus terminal located at Felele, a suburb of Lokoja the state capital, was commissioned in January 2016 by the then Ondo state Governor, Olusegun Mimiko and has a capacity of over 500 vehicles loading and discharging passengers.

 

Commissioner for information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, who was on the spot assessment on Tuesday, to ascertain the level of readiness of the edifice for its operations, disclosed that the mega terminal which was started by the past administration of Captain Idris Wada, has to be completed by the present administration, with the view to alleviate the intractable transport management problems in the state.

He explained that the present administration in its wisdom considered Government as a continuum and decided to complete the edifice to ensure smooth take off of the park which is expected to reduce the accidents occasioned by indiscriminate parking of vehicles along the expressway within the city.

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Fanwo explained that Kogi state which happened to be in the centre of the country providing thoroughfares to all citizens from the Northern to Southern states, deserves a standard motor terminal.

He therefore advised all operators of mini parks within the Lokoja metropolis to relocate to the new mega terminal to avoid collision with law enforcement agencies.

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello

” The immediate past administration started the construction to a certain level, however this administration of Governor Yahaya Bello recognises that government is a continuum, hence, he needed to complete the project and we are set to opened it for public usage.

” This terminal is going to spark a revolution in transportation management in the state. Lokoja is a nodal town , it is in the centre of the country. It connects South South, South East, Southwest with the Northern states of the country and with this the problem of transportation management would be solved.” He said.

While urging commuters and passengers to avail themselves with the opportunity provided by the mega terminal, assured of adequate security presence around the place, as all necessary requirements for a worthwhile journey have been put in place

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He advised comutters, passengers, transport owners to patronise the station as it has been designated the only legal terminal for boarding and discharging passengers in the state.

In his remark, the Commissioner for Transportation, Baron Okwoli, assured the public that the construction work has reached 99.99 percent and it is ready to be declared opened by his excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on the 15th April, 2021 saying it will clean up the Nataco area of the metropolis noted for its disorderliness of commuters, passengers and transport owners.

He said the government has taken cognizance of the different categories of passengers and have prepared to provide the best facilities at the terminal.

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He added that to solve the challenges of those providing ancillary services at the old parks, an alternative area has been marked for restaurants and hawkers to remain in business.

The Commissioner who warned against did obedience by commuters to key into the new arrangements, said non compliance would be an offence punishable under the operational rules of the station.

According to him” we have been able to create additional entrance gate… It is not the best to have one entry and exit route. It cost us huge amount of money. We have upgraded the 11kva to 33kva with standby 500kva generator to ensure 24 hours electricity. We want the state to be a hub for travellers to have a place to rest before proceeding.

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In his remark,  the Chief Security Adviser to the Governor, Jerry Omodara, assured travellers of the security arrangement already put in place to guaranteed the safety and protection of their lives.

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Kebbi State Govt Signed MoU With Max Airline To Begin Air Operations

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Kebbi State Govt Signed MoU With Max Airline To Begin Air Operations

In a bid to increase its internally generated revenue, Kebbi State government on Monday signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Max Airline to begin air operations in the State.

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A press statement duly signed by Atom Turba, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on New Media to the Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, said the Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, Dr Sama’ila Yombe Dabai disclosed this when he signed the MoU on behalf of the state government following suspension of Azman operations nation wide, adding that Governor Bagudu have directed him to liase with the ministry of works and transport to engage the services of Airlines that will start operations in the state and Max Airline was considered due to it’s track record of service delivery.

the Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, Dr Sama'ila Yombe Dabai

the Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, Dr Sama’ila Yombe Dabai

Also speaking, the Hon Commissioner, ministry of works and transport, Alh Abubakar Chika Ladan said, Max Airline was carefully selected considering the record of the company in Airline services.

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He further disclosed that the three days per week flights were to allow Azman on return to continue with their normal schedule which will eventually results to six day trips if not seven weekly.

In his remarks at the signing of MoU, the regional manager Max Airline, Alh Suleiman Arome Isma’ila, reaffirmed the commitment of the company towards ensuring effective service delivery.

He further expressed appreciation to the state governor, Sen Atiku Bagudu and the people of the state for the confidence reposed in the company saying they will begin operations as soon as possible.

 

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