Idris Ahmed, Lafia.
Nasarawa state Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has put in place all necessary arrangement to pay local government pensioners in fulfilment of his earlier promise to support local government areas settle at least, one month pension arrears.
Engineer Abdullahi Sule made this known during a meeting involving all the chairmen of 13 LGAs, Director General, Nasarawa State Pension Board, Alhaji Sani Abdullahi Oseze, as well as leaders of the local government pension union, held at the Government House, Lafia, on Monday.
The agenda of the meeting were the return of Covid-19 infection, which the state recorded about 50 cases of the dreaded virus as at Sunday, which is the highest since the outbreak of the pandemic, the issue of non payment of pension to retired LG workers and the forthcoming local government election.
Worried by the inability for the councils in the state to pay local government pensioners their monthly pensions, for about three or four months, Engineer Sule announced that he is ready to redeem his earlier pledge to assist the LGAs from the second tranch of SIFTAS funds, so that they can pay at least one month.
The meeting, according to the Governor, will map out modalities for the payment of the one month arrears to the pensioners.
While showing appreciation to the council chairmen, for working hard to sustain not only peace in the state, but also according maximum cooperation and support to the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, while Engineer Sule was away on vacation to the United States, the Governor explained that the meeting with the council chairmen has become necessary in order for the participants to deliberate on the way forward regarding the scheduled council election.
Engineer Sule used the opportunity to assure the council chairmen that he has nothing against any one of them, stressing that his call for the ruling party to ensure that only competent persons secure the ticket of the party in the forthcoming council poll, is only predicated on his sincere desire to move the state ahead and to be less dependent on monthly subvention.
According to the Governor, the LG election is expected to hold February 2021 but there is need for him to meet with the council chairmen regarding the issue of funds to be used in conducting the election.
Engineer Sule equally used the opportunity to call on the people of the state to renew their commitment at observing all protocols put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.
He warned that the pandemic is still active, with even more people testing positive across the state.
Engineer Sule commissions remodeled Nasarawa Governor’s lodge in Asokoro
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has commissioned the remodeled Nasarawa Governor’s Lodge, in Asokoro, Abuja.
Commissioning the massive edifice during a brief ceremony, Engineer Sule, emphasized that the structure is not just for the use of the Governor of the state, but the entire people of Nasarawa State, urging stakeholders to utilize the facility to showcase the state.
“This place is actually not a Governor’s Lodge but for the people of Nasarawa State. Any time you have the opportunity to invite investors, partners coming to see Nasarawa State, please feel to come here and have your first meeting with them.
“This will show them that we are serious in the state,” the Governor said.
Engineer Sule commended the immediate past administration of Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, for upgrading both the Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, as well as converting the Nasarawa State Liaison Office in to a hotel.
According to the Governor, on his assumption of office, his administration leased out the hotel built by the former governor to an investors at the rate of N100m per annum.
“Instead of using, we leased out the hotel at the rate of N100m annually to an investors. We took the money for two years and invested the N200m to remodel the Governor’s Lodge,” he explained.
On his part, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Liaison Office, Hon. Yusuf Maianguwa, said the state government lodge before the coming of the present administration was an eyesore.
While commending the administration of Engineer Sule for remodelling the lodge, the SSA however appealed for government to conduct meetings and other official engagements at the newly commissioned lodge.
Prominent sons and daughters of the state, including the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barrister Muhammad Abdullahi Hassan, member Federal House of Representative, Hon. Abdulmumini Ari, Director General A. A Sule Campaign Organization, Senator John Damboyi, two former deputy governors namely Senator Solomon Ewuga and Chief Micheal Abdul.
Others are, Alhaji Bala Tafida, former SSG, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Tijani and former zonal APC vice chairman, North Central, Alhaji Suleiman Wambai, among others.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu’s NDDC Chairmanship Ambition Causing Disunity In Edo APC Family
The embattled 2020 Edo APC Guber candidate, Pastor Osagie ize Iyamu is facing another fresh challenges that may set the party in the state on fire over his quest to get the chairmanship of the NDDC board.
In a move considered by many in the APC as wicked and greedy, the embattled Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is supporting and sponsoring one of the internally displaced Politicians in Edo State, Barr. Washington Osifo to sue the Attorney Seneral, the Senate, the minister of the Niger delta, the NDDC and the Sole Administrator.
In the originating summons, filed at the Federal High Court Benin Division , Barr Washington Osifo is asking the court to sack the nddc management board as presently constituted, to pave the way for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is pushing to be announced as the chairman of the board.
Globaltimesnigeria.com investigations revealed, that as a plan B, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has also pencilled down Mr Lucky Imasuen in the event that he fails to emerge.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu told some of his supporters that he wants the chairmanship of the board to be able to run and finance the state Chapter of the APC that is in tatters. Some of his supporters are of the view that nothing will come out of his legal tussles with the PDP and Gov Obaseki hence his quest to pursue the NDDC Chairmanship.
A section of the APC party Faithfuls are warming up for war with the Guber candidate, they are of the opinion that pastor Osagie ize Iyamu brought political misfortune upon the party and that he has lost his political capital because he even lost his local government, senatorial district and the state to the PDP.
Kogi New FERMA Boss Promises to Live up to Expectations, Calls for Cooperation of Staff for Optimal Performance
By Joshua Adinoyi, Lokoja
The New Head of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) in Kogi State, Engineer Ilyasu Kabiru says due attention will be given to the maintenance of Federal roads across Kogi State.
Engineer Kabiru gave the assurance in an interview with Globaltimesnigeria.com in his Office in Lokoja.
He said more attention will be given to monitoring of Federal Roads across the State to enable the Agency know the conditions of the roads and channel reports to appropriate quarters for rapid response.
“We have three categories of maintenance – Proactive, routine and periodic maintenance. For us to achieve our mandate, our approach will be more of proactive. My first priority now is to mandate all my engineers and technical officers to go round all federal roads across Kogi State in order to get the present condition of the roads, identify areas that requires urgent attention, we prepare proposals and send to our Head Office for management’s approval to enable us undergo proactive maintenance work”
Engineer Kabiru pointed out that cooperation of staff of the Agency was necessary at executing plans, stressing that he will ensure a condusive working environment with all staff.
“I am not new in Kogi Field Office. I was here for several years as an engineer and I worked under seven to eight FRME’s so, I know virtually all the staff to certain extent and they know my stance and my character and they have also assured me of their optimum cooperation upon my assumption of Office. We will be doing great works together as a team”
The Kogi State FERMA Boss commended the Managing Director of FERMA, Engr. Nurudeen Rafindadi for giving him the opportunity to serve as the Head of the Agency in Kogi State, pointing out that he will live up to expectations.
“Honour must be given to whom its due. I appreciate Almighty Allah for sustaining me in this job and I also want to sincerely commend our workaholic, visionary and energetic MD, Engineer Nurudeen Rafindadi for finding me worthy to come serve as the Head of FERMA here in Kogi State. With the help of Almighty Allah and cooperation of all staff, we will achieve a lot in line with the vision and mission of the Agency”.
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