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Nassarawa: Owners of land taken by FG protest justice


The residents of Akurba Village in Nasarawa State have staged a peaceful protest over purported inadequate compensation for their lands taken by the state government for the on 330 KVA Step Down Electricity Substation Project.

Speaking to newsmen on Sunday in Lafia, Mr Yasir Arafat, spokesperson of more than 300 protesters, noted that they were not against the project on their lands but the compensation paid to them was grossly inadequate.

He said that though the project would help them and the state at large, but wondered why some of them were given as low as N8,000 for their land that was taken over.


“Farming is our only source of livelihood and now that our source of livelihood is taken over, we need something reasonable to enable us start-up another business.

“What can N8, 000 do for us to provide for the needs of the family amidst the present economic condition,” Arafat added.


He, therefore, called on the Federal and State Governments to come to their aid to prevent them from being exposed to hardship.

Similarly, Baba Badamasi, a community leader in the area, appealed to Gov. Abdullahi Sule to intervene in the matter to ensure justice.


He explained that some of them are making up to N1 million every year from their economic trees, but were given an amount that cannot sustain them and their families as compensation.

He, therefore, appealed to the government to look into the issue again with the view to addressing it in the interest of the overall development of the state.


When contacted, Mr Salihu Alizaga, Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, said that the assessment for the payments of the compensation was done during the last administration in the state.

“The assessment was done by the last administration before we came into office, so we paid the compensation base on the records of the assessment that was carried out,” the Commissioner added.

Alizaga, therefore, urged people whose lands were affected by the electricity protect to remain calm and not to take the laws into their hands.

The ongoing 330 KVA Step down Electricity Substation Project is being executed by the federal government with the state government providing the land which covers over sixty hectares.


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Withdrawing Military from affected areas could cause more disaster – Sule, Ortom plea

…no mock exam candidate should be asked to pay ‘N6500’ extra fee


Governors Abdullahi Sule and Samuel Ortom of Nasarawa and Benue states have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not to withdraw the military operation “Operation Whirl Strokes” in the two states.

The governors made the appeal, yesterday, at a joint security meeting of the two states in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.


Ortom and Sule also disclosed that they have written formally to the authorities concerned to stay put on the withdrawal till the situations on the border line of the two states improves.

Leading discussion on the matter, Governor Sule suggested to the federal government to give the two states another two years to work on a complete master plan for the return of peace among citizens of the states living on the border line.


Sule, argued that the withdrawal of the Operation Whirl Strokes at the moment as planned by the government would not augur well to the affected communities as security in such areas was still fragile.

However, he applauded his Benue State counterpart, Ortom, for embracing the federal government’s National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP) which according to him, “its implementation would go a long way to mitigating the skirmishes between herders and farmers in the two states.”


Also speaking, Ortom insisted that the Benue State anti-open grazing prohibitation and ranching law had come to stay in the state,. However, he called on governments at all levels in the country to support herdmen with incentives as been done to farmers.

Ortom appreciated his host, Governor Sule, for initiating the peace process for the two states and pledged to be committed to anything that will add peace to them.


The Emir of Lafia and Chairman of the Nasarawa State Traditional Council, Justice Sidi Bage (retd), on his part appealed to the Benue State governor to review the state’s anti-open grazing prohibition and ranching law.

The monarch, however, commended the governor and people of the state for coming up with the anti-open grazing prohibition and ranching law.


to protect their lives and property.

Meanwhile, Ortom has directed the State Examination Board to immediately revert to the old registration fee of N4,500 for mock Senior School Certificate Examination in the state.


This was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Terver Akase, on Sunday in Makurdi.

Before the development, secondary school final year students have been instructed by the state examination board to pay the sum of N6,500 instead of the N4,500 previously paid.

Samuel Ortom – Benue (Left) & Abdullahi Sule – Nassarawa (Right)

He also directed the Ministry of Education to ensure that school principals strictly comply with the directive.

“No candidate for the mock examination in the state should be asked to pay the new fee of N6,500”, Ortom warned.


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Nassarawa govt inaugurate 24-member committee over minimum wage


Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nassarawa State on Tuesday inaugurated a 24-member committee to work out modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage in the state.

NobleReporters learnt that the committee is chaired by Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the state Deputy Governor.


The committee has 11 representatives from government and 13 from the organised labour.

Speaking at the inauguration, the governor said the committee was set up in fulfillment of his promise to improve living conditions of workers through better welfare package.


“This is in line with our determination to improve the welfare of public servants as they are the cornerstone for the implementation of government policies and programmes.

“We have continued to make consultation on how to implement the new minimum wage in the state,” he said.


Sule charged the committee to be guided by the revenue accruals to the state vis-à-vis its ability to pay the minimum wage

According to him, the terms of reference of the committee are to obtain and study the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the consequential adjustment at the federal level.


Others, he said, are to obtain and study copies of agreements reached between the Federal Government and the organised labour in line with the consequential adjustment/increase in all the salary structures.

“To liaise with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (if necessary) for technical assistance on the implementation of the new minimum wage for the state,” the governor said.


He said that the committee had three weeks to complete its assignment and submit report for prompt action.

He assured the state workers that a committee to consider implementation of outstanding promotion arrears and proper placements of the civil servants would be inaugurated on Jan. 13.

Gov. Abdullahi Sule

Comrade Yusuf Iya, the State’s Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), commended the governor for the steps so far taken toward the implementation of the new national minimum wage.

Iya, who is also a member of the committee, however, expressed hope that the template used at the federal level would be adopted by the committee.


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Christian Persecution: Gov Sule Abdullahi Assures Nassarawa CAN.


Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has assured Christians in the state that he is Governor for all citizens irrespective of religious beliefs.

The Governor gave the assurance while hosting the leadership of the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), led by its Chairman, Bishop Dr. Joseph Masin, who paid him a courtesy call at the Government House on Tuesday.


Engineer Sule emphasized that he is Governor for all, be it Muslims or Christians, stressing that he strongly believed that the world was created for everyone to leave in peace with each other.

He noted that though he is a devoted Muslim from a devoted Muslim home, he still remains a student of Christianity, having attended a Catholic primary school in Gudi, his country home, as well as stayed in a parish while attending university in the United States.


Engineer Sule said he is not the kind of person who will criticise or say anything negative about other religions.

“I am a devoted Muslim but I am a Christian student. I started my Christian studies in my primary school because I went to a Roman Catholic primary school in Gudi. From there at the US while at the university, I actually lived in a parish,” he stated.


While thanking the leadership of CAN for paying the visit at a time when Christians are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, he said for the rest of his life, his work is to see how people will live in peace with one another and how they can become independent in life.

Earlier in an opening remark, state Chairman of CAN, Bishop Dr. Joseph Masin, said the purpose of the visit by a representative of the entire Christians in the state was to show appreciation to the Governor for being Christian friendly.


While thanking Engineer Sule for relating well with Christians in the state, Bishop Masin, represented by the Secretary of the association, announced that a special day will be set aside where Christians in the state will give the Governor an award.

“I bring you the Christmas and New Year greetings on behalf of the entire Christian community in Nasarawa state.
“We are glad that you are able to spare a moment from your tight schedule, a special time to see us, to come today as representatives of the entire Christians in Nasarawa state to appreciate you for being Christian friendly,” the CAN Chairman said.


The CAN chairman used the opportunity to show appreciation to the Governor for carrying the Christian community along.

“We specially want to thank you for increasing the number of pilgrims this year. We thank you again for finding time to visit our secretariat and other places of worship in Lafia.

Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule

“We thank you for supplying rice to the state CAN, as well as women and youth wings of CAN across the 13 LGAs for Christmas celebration. We want to thank you for expanding the horizon of learning at the Nasarawa State University by siting a faculty of engineering in Gudi.

“We thank you for your plans to industrialize Nasarawa State, we pray that this your dreams will become realities. This will create employment as well as place Nasarawa state in the position of the best states ever, another Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai in Nigeria,” Bishop Masin stated.


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Up to 1,000 members defected to APC in Nassarawa.

…from PDP, APGA


More than 1,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and other political parties have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Wakama ward of Nassarawa State.

NobleReporters learnt that the defectors included former elected councillors as well as PDP ward chairmen and secretaries.


Receiving the defectors at a formal ceremony on Sunday at Wakama, the state APC Treasurer, Mr Mohammed Aya, said the party was encouraged with their decision to join the ruling party.

The treasurer who represented Mr Philip Shakwo, the APC State Chairman, assured the new comers that they have equal rights and privileges like the old members.


He therefore assured that the government would site projects that would impact on the lives of the people of the community to justify the action of the defectors.

Similarly, Mr Silas Agara, the immediate past deputy governor of the state, said that now that the people of the community decided to join the party in government, more development would come to the area.


He noted that it is only the government that is capable of bringing development hence the need for them to join the government if they are in politics for development.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Mr Bala John, said they have decided to join APC due to the developmental stride of the party at both state and national levels.


He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for constructing road in the community.

“Wakama community is the only community in the state that the federal government is currently constructing over 6kms of road.

He therefore pledged their unalloyed support to the APC government at all levels and appealed to them to site more development projects in the area.

The occasion was attended by members of the state house of Assembly, Chairmen of local government councils and other stakeholders


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Nassarawa passes bill to curb kidnap come 2020.

…says it would henceforth be prohibited

Members of Nasarawa State House of Assembly have passed 2020 appropriation bill of N108.4billon into law, 19 days after the state governor, Abdullahi Sule submitted the proposal to them.

Speaker of the Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, announced the passage of the 2020 budget into law after the House Majority Leader, Tanko Tunga moved a motion for the passage of the bill.

The speaker said that the passage of the bill would allow the state government complete ongoing projects and execute new ones for the progress and development of the state.

According to him, the bill is “for the services of Nasarawa State government for the period of 12 months commencing from 1st January, 2020 and ending on 31st December 2020 has been read for the third time and passed into law, ” he said.

He further said the capital expenditure stands at N49,774, 676,004 while the recurrent expenditure stands at N58,670,129,710.

The speaker also disclosed that the House jerked up the budget by over N7billion to take care of some critical areas in the interest of development.

Balarabe-Abdullahi urged MDAs to adhere strictly to the budget provision if finally assented to by the governor.

Earlier, Tanko Tunga (APC-Awe North), the majority leader of the House while moving a motion for the passage of the budget into law urged his colleague to support his motion considering the importance of budget to societal development.

Danladi Jatau,(PDP- Kokona West), seconded the majority leader’s motion for the passage of the budget into law.

The House unanimously passed the budget into law

The House also passed into law a bill prohibiting kidnapping and other related offences.

The House further passed into law a bill for a law to amend the Nasarawa State Fiscal Responsibility Commission Law 2013.

It would be recalled that on Dec.4, 2019, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State presented the 2020 budget proposal of N100.52 billion only to the state House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

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Update: NDLEA destroys illicit drugs worth N1.65bn in Nassarawa

…criminal drug syndicates seeking to make the state a hub

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Tuesday in Lafia destroyed 11,669 kilogrammes of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances worth about N1.65 billion.

According to Justice Arinze, Commander of NDLEA in Nassarawa State, the exhibits were seized from dealers in the state.

He said that the public destruction of recovered drug exhibits was part of the agency’s strategy to permanently take drugs out of circulation.

Arinze gave the breakdown of the exhibits to include 8,632.82 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa and 3,0636 kilograms of psychotropic substances such as Tramadol, Codeine and Rophynol.

He said that dealers from whom the exhibits were seized had already been prosecuted before the Federal High Court in Lafia.

Arinze said that the destruction of the drugs was significant in view of their negative consequences on society which included mental disorder, violent crimes, kidnapping and other social vices.

He assured members of the public of NDLEA’s commitment to riding Nassarawa of criminal drug syndicates seeking to make the state a hub for illicit drug cultivation, trafficking and consumption.

He appreciated Gov Abdullahi Sule for understating the imperative of collective responsibility in the drug fight by including the NDLEA in the state’s security council.

He noted that the lofty passion of the governor to industrialize the state would be in vain if the youth, as drivers of the transformation, were wasted by drugs.

He, therefore, appealed for more support in terms of logistics, provision of rehabilitation centre as well as the establishment of state drug control committee, amongst others.

In his remark, Chairman of NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdullah (rtd), said that the destruction of the drugs was to safeguard public health and safety.

Abdullah, represented by Suleiman Ningi, the Director, Technical Services of NDLEA, said that Nassarawa was vulnerable to drug shipment given its strategic location and proximity to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He said that available record indicated high drug use in North-Central resulting in very disturbing health-related problems among the youth.

He thanked the Nasarawa state government for the support in the fight against illicit drugs.

Gov. Sule, represented by his Deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, promised to sustain the support to the fight against illicit drugs in the state.

He said that his administration would facilitate the building and establishment of a rehabilitation centre at the headquarters of NDLEA in Lafia.

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Nassarawa: Governor Sule set up committee to implement minimum wage.

Ogbole, while giving a breakdown of the 2020 budget of N100.51 billion, said that government was engaging the organised labour on the modalities for the implementation of the minimum wage.

NobleReporters culled that the Commissioner, who did not name members of the committee, said, however, that he was a member.

When contacted, Mr Yusuf Iya, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Nasarawa State Council, said that the union was aware that the government had set up its side of the negotiating committee for the implementation of the minimum wage.

The NLC Chairman added that the union’s committee was ready and was waiting for the government to commence the process.

“We have already written to the government and submitted a template of the new minimum wage through the Public Service Joint Negotiating Council.

“As soon as we receive communication on this regard from the government, negotiations will commence,” Iya added.

He, therefore, called on workers in the state to remain calm and be law abiding as their welfare was being given the priority it deserved.

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I inherited an unhealthy economy.

…I make sure I cleared my N40bn debt – Al-Makura

Nassarawa Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has raised the alarm that the huge debt he inherited from previous administration was affecting the smooth running of his government.

He explained that tough times awaited the people next year as revenue accruing to the state kept dwindling. He regretted that huge sums of money taken by previous administrations were being deducted at source, monthly, by the Federal Government as bailout, budget support facility and infrastructure loan.

Governor Sule stated this at the retreat for new commissioners when he hosted speakers of legislative councils in the 13 LGAs at the government house, Lafia.

Daily Sun gathered that the immediate past government under Umaru Tanko Al-Makura received N8.9 billion bailout in September 2015. The same government also took another loan of about N800 million to pay salaries and N10 billion loan from excess crude account to develop infrastructures in the state.

But two months to handover, Al-Makura had said he was not leaving behind any debt for his successor.

Al-Makura, now a senator representing Nasarawa South had said he inherited N40 billion debt on assumption of office in 2011 but had cleared all the debt he inherited from past administration.

“The Sule administration will take off on a clean slate as all the debts owed by the state have been cleared. All the loans I took to execute capital projects have been paid off in addition to clearing N40 billion debt inherited,” Al-Makura had said

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Corps members up to 1,268 mobilised in Nassarawa.

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has mobilised 1,268 corps members to serve in Nasarawa State for the 2019 Batch ‘C’ stream ‘II’ set, according to state coordinator, Mrs. Ramatu Sanda.

Sanda disclosed this during the swearing-in ceremony of the corps members on Monday in Keffi.

She stated that the 1,268 new corps members were made up of 660 males and 608 females.

The NYSC Coordinator added that the corps members were expected to undergo physical training, military drills, citizenship and leadership training, sports and skill acquisition training during the three-week orientation programme.

She called on them to remain calm and be serious during the training, especially on the skill acquisition programmes, so that they could be self-reliant during the service and after.

“NYSC is a scheme that parades a pool of Nigerian graduates, pooled together from various institutions of higher learning from within and outside the country with a purpose of building a strong, indivisible and egalitarian entity.

“I implore you to utilise your stay in the camp maximally; some of your predecessors, who heeded this counsel, are today employers of labour, not job seekers.

“Some of them have succeeded in establishing their own businesses and are contributing positively to the growth of the Nigerian economy,” she said.

In his address, Gov. Abdullahi Sule, represented by Mr Uthman Bala, Commissioner of Youth and Sports Development, congratulated the corps members for the successful completion of their academic programmes.

He enjoined them to participate fully in all the activities lined up during the orientation course.

Sule also pledged to ensure the security of all corps members posted to the state and urged them to be of good behaviour.

“The contributions of young Nigerian graduates through the NYSC in areas of education, agriculture, health care service delivery and infrastructure have been very admirable.

“These virtues have undoubtedly been complementing various policies of governments towards achieving desired objectives,” he said.

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