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Toto Devt. Association (TODA) Held Grand Reception In Honor Of Nasarawa State Retired Chief Judge



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— Awards Others for their Immense Contribution to the Area.

By Joshua Adinoyi, Nasarawa

It was the gathering of who is who in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State as Sons/Daughters of the Area gathered at the Assembly Hall, GSS Toto, in honour of the Retired Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Honourable Justice Suleiman Umar Dikko.

The event, which was put together by Toto Development Association (TODA), was not to honour the meritorious service of the Retired Chief Judge, Honourable justice Suleiman Umar Dikko Rtd, as other Sons/Daughters of Toto, both living and those who have gone to the land beyond were also honoured for their positive contributions.

Speaking with Newsmen, the President of TODA and Ciroma of Toto, Alhaji Musa Maikaya, afffirmed that the Grand Reception and TODA Special Excellence Service Award Ceremony was nurtured by the new Executives of the Association to honor the Retired Chief Judge of the State, Honourable Justice Suleiman Umar Dikko (Rtd).

He pointed out that some who were Awarded at the event were those that have rendered selfless services and those rendering same, seeing to the progress of the Area, ensuring the development of youth/women and making the Area proud in all spheres of life.

“I thank Almighty Allah for the success of today’s (9th January 2021) event which was put together to honour one of our own, Honourable justice Suleiman Umar Dikko (Rtd.) You can see the happiness in the faces of those that came from both far and near to celebrate with us. The Chief Judge is an illustrious son of Toto, he represented us well while serving as the Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, his role in the history of Nasarawa State is written in gold already.

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He has done so well and we are proud of him. There are a lot to learn from him and also emulate, that’s why we are gathered to celebrate him. Yes, we are also using this occasion to honour the families of some persons that are no longer alive but left good legacies before they depart. We are doing this so that their families will know that their late parents didn’t labour in vain and also to serve as an encouragement to them to live a life worthy of emulation. To those who are alive that also received the Award, its meant to say thank you to them and to say do more”

Alhaji Maikaya, who was a former Governorship aspirant in the State, commended the efforts of Members of TODA at ensuring the success of the event, stressing that much will be achieved by the Association in 2021.

The TODA President while speaking on the Security challenges across the Country, commended Nasawara State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, for his efforts at making the security of lives and property of the people of the State a priority.

“I must use this opportunity to commend our Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule for being security conscious. We have seen his efforts clearly, few months ago, we can’t hold this kind of gathering but today we can do that because our Governor has taken the battle to the forefront and today, we are enjoying peace in this State.

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We must also thank the local vigilantes and the traditional rulers for their efforts as well. Security is every man’s business, so we all need to be awake and help security agents with valuable information so that we can continue to enjoy the peace we are enjoying today”

On his part, the Secretary General of TODA, Alhaji Labran Shaibu Magaji, said the event was put together to showcase the peaceful coexistence of the people of the area and as well encourage those who are contributing their quota to the development of the Area to do more.

“Today, we’ve celebrated excellence, hardwork, commitment and dedication to the development of Toto Community. We’ve celebrated one of our own, Honourable justice Suleiman Umar Dikko (Rtd), because of his untiring passion for the progress of the Area and we also used the occasion to honor those that one way or another, are contributing to the growth of and peace of our Area. Not only that, we also used the event to honor the families of our fallen heroes so that they too can be encouraged and know that the efforts of their late parents/family members is highly recognized”

Alhaji Labran Magaji, who is a Lawyer and a Federal Procecutor, expressed joy over the success of the event, stressing that the Association remain committed to meeting its objectives and enjoined members not to relent efforts at ensuring the growth of TODA.

Reacting to the Honour done him, the Retired Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Honourable justice Suleiman Umar Dikko, expressed joy over the occasion and commended TODA for the honour.

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“I am very happy and I feel so honoured. In fact, today is one of my happiest days on earth. I am so grateful to TODA and to the entire people of Nasarawa State for the privilege to serve and for this exceptional Grand Reception”

Honourable justice Suleiman Umar Dikko (Rtd) enjoined youths, political office holders and leaders at all levels to have the fear of God in their dealings, stressing that there was need for them to leave legacies that will stand the test of time.

Reciepients of TODA Posthumous Award include:

1. Alhaji Jibrin Baba Agwari
2. Alhaji Danladi Ganuwa
3. Alhaji Usman Sarki
4. Alhaji Abubakar Danjuma CRDP
5. Alhaji Labaran Ahege
6. Alhaji Mohammadu Shaba (National)
7. Alhaji Shuaibu Bature
8. Alhaji Shuaibu Adamu ASAT
9. Alhaji Musa Adamu AMAT
10. Alhaji Labaran Maikarfi Toto
11.Alhaji Usman Dantsoho Toto
12. Alhaji Idris Baba Mohammed
13. Alhaji Umar Azaki


1. Alhaji Gambo Mohammed Garkuwan Toto
2. Alhaji Hussaini Ahmed GBO
3. Alhaji Mohammadu Omas
4. Alhaji Mohammadu Maikayan Mota
5. Alhaji Usman Agahu
6. Alhaji Musa Dangara
7. Alhaji Idris Hassan Dikko
8. Sani Oseze
9. Prof Yusuf Yerima

The Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule was represented at the event by the State Commissioner for Health, Hon. Pharm. Ahmed Baba Yahaya as the lawmaker representing Toto/Gadabuke constituency and other eminent personalities graced the occasion.

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Engineer Sule commissions remodeled Nasarawa Governor’s lodge in Asokoro



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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.

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“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.

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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.

Nigerian leaders meet at Asokoro

President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abdullahi A Sule of Nasarawa State

Others are, Alhaji Bala Tafida, former SSG, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Tijani and former zonal APC vice chairman, North Central, Alhaji Suleiman Wambai, among others.

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Pastor Ize-Iyamu’s NDDC Chairmanship Ambition Causing Disunity In Edo APC Family



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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.

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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.

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Kogi New FERMA Boss Promises to Live up to Expectations, Calls for Cooperation of Staff for Optimal Performance



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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 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”

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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.

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“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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FERMA Boss in Kogi State, Engineer Ilyasu Kabiru

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