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Engineer Sule Inaugurates Committee To Design Coat Of Arm, Flag For Nasarawa

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Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has inaugurated the Nasarawa State Emblem Development Committee, charged with the responsibility of designing and developing an independent coat of arm, to showcase the economy, culture and traditions of the people of the state.

Engineer Sule inaugurated the committee, at a ceremony at the Government House, on Thursday.

According to the Governor, the committee, which is has 5 weeks to carry out its assignment, will also design and develop an independent flag and motto, to serve as a symbol of identity and also complement the coat of arm of the state.

Engineer Sule said under the federal system of government, component states are allowed to have their own flag, coat of arm and anthem.

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While noting that several states of the federation have already adopted their own independent emblem, as a symbol of their identification, Nasarawa State is yet to adopt her own.

“The general objective is to protect and project the economy, culture and traditions of the people of the state, as a symbol of identity,” he stated.

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule

Members of the committee, who were selected based on their records of experience, professionalism, patriotism and pedigree, has Mohammed O. Egye, a retired director of arts and culture at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, as Chairman, while Danladi Tukura, Director, Mobilization and Orientation, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, is to serve as Secretary.

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The 7-member committee, which has Mukhtar Wakil, Public Relation Officer, Isa Mustapha Agwai I Polytechnic, is to be guided by four terms of reference.

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Gov Bello Presents 2021 Budget Proposal To The State Assembly

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Governor Yahaya Bello has presented a budget proposal of N130.5 billion as against N122.9 billion of the Amended Budget for year 2020 as the 2021 budget to the Kogi State House of Assembly.

The presentation was made on Tuesday in Lokoja. The 2021 appropriation bill christened “Budget of Accelerated Recovery” represents an increase of N7,575,110,017 or 6.16% when compared with the 2020 final budget.

During the budget presentation, the Governor stated that the fiscal strategy of Government was anchored on the on-going Public Financial Management Reform (PFM).

He explained that the 2021 proposed budget was carefully crafted to urgently address the pressing issues of internal security, food security and economic empowerment in the state.

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He added that his administration seek to eliminate waste of government funds and resources which might have eluded them in time past while blocking any remaining leakages in its IGR portfolio.

Governor Bello stated his administration will aggressively pursue repayment of debt owned the state by the federal government, reduced cost of governance and provide more justification for the state’s development partners across the world to contribute to the state’s economy.

Governor Bello commended the House for approving the revised 2020 – 2022 medium Term Expenditure Frameworks, Fiscal strategy paper and the passage of the revised 2020 appropriation bill into law in record time to ameliorate distractions from the Covid-19 pandemic to the state’s fiscal positions.

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He said the 2021 budget will prioritize payment of workers’ salaries, completion of on-going projects and introduction of important infrastructures.

Governor Bello noted that the 2021 budget objectives includes quality and affordable education, improve quality access to healthcare, food security, exploring full commercial potential of the state, gainful employment for youths, improved road networks.

He urged the House to ensure speedy passage of the budget so as to facilitate prompt implementation by the executive arm

In his welcome remark, the Speaker Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mathew Kolawole lauded Governor Bello’s resolve to take a stand against lockdown at the peak of Covid-19 pandemic, noting that such decision helped stabilized the state’s economy.

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He noted that as co-managers of the economy they would continue to perform their duty and facilitate accountability and probity in the implementation of the budget.

He called on ministries, departments and agencies of government to promptly appear before the respective committees when called upon for defense.

 

 

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Nasarawa Assembly, Pension Bureau Collaborate To Enhance Pensioners Welfare.

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Hon Mohammed Okpoku, member representing  Udege/ Loko Constituency

Further continue synergy among legislative and executive, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has assured the state Pension Bureau of its continued support with sole aimed of improving welfare of the state pensioners.

Hon Mohammed Okpoku, the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation stated this on Wednesday when the management of the State Pension Bureau appeared before the committee to  defend its 2021 budget proposal.

Okpoku said that effective collaboration between the House and the pension bureau would not only improve on the standard of living of the pensioners but would also improve on the standard of living of their family members.

Alhaji Abdullahi Sani Oseze, DG Pension Bureau 

The deputy chairman said that the House would continue to accord topmost priority to the welfare of the pensioners considering the active services they have rendered to the state.

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” We have invited you on the need for you to defend what you have proposed for the 2021 fiscal year.

” I want to commend you for being up and doing in improving on  the standard of living of the pensioners.

” I want to assure you that the committee will continue to support your activities in order to ensure pensioners improved welfare,” he said.

Okpoku urged the management of the pension bureau to continue to be transparent in its activities for the overall development of the state.

Earlier, Alhaji Abdullahi Sani Oseze, the Director General of the Bureau while defending the 2021 budget proposal said that they will continue to give adequate attention to the welfare of the pensioners .

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” Our bureau is service oriented aimed at ensuring payment of gratuity and pension to the pensioners.

DG State Pension Board, Alhaji Abdullahi Sani Oseze

” I want to assure this House and the state that we will continue to do our best in ensuring that pensioners welfare are improved, ” he said.

The director general commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for giving adequate attention to the welfare of the pensioners in the state.

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Service Chiefs Will Remain As Long As Buhari Is Satisfied With Them – Garba Shehu

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Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman, says the nation’s service chiefs will remain in office as far as President Muhammadu Buhari is satisfied with their performance.

Shehu, who featured during an Arise TV programme on Monday night, said the calls for the sack of the service chiefs are “out of place”.

Parts of the country have seen a rise in attacks in recent months, communities in the north-west and north-central regions have been victims of bandits attacks while kidnappers are on rampage across some states.

Over the weekend, Boko Haram insurgents struck in Borno state, killing more than 40 farmers in a community about 20 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital.

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As the growing security challenges renewed calls for the sack of the service chiefs, Buhari said he has given them a marching order “to take the fight to the insurgents, not on a one-off, but on a continuous basis”.

During the TV programme monitored by TheCable, Shehu faulted claims the tenure of the service chiefs have expired, saying the law does not prescribe such term limit.

“I am not aware that the tenure of service chiefs is subject to any law or regulation that is clearly stated. They serve at the pleasure of the president,” he said.

“If the president is satisfied with their performance, he keeps them. And the buck stops on his table with all due respect to the feelings of Nigerians.

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“The clamour for the sack is out of place considering that the president is not subject to the opinion of the opposition political party which has clamoured for this all the time.”

Shehu said contrary to the view of the opposition that “they have a role” in the tenure of service chiefs, it is “entirely up to him (the president) to decide”.

“He decides who he keeps as a service chief and for how long,” he added.

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