Nasarawa state to construct new Court Complex

Gov. Almakura Visits High Court , To Build Befitting Ultra Modern Complex for High Court

His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura visiting the Nasarawa State High Court of Justice where along with the Chief Judge , High Court Register , Commissioners of Justice , Lands and Works perfected the location and dimensions of the structure to be built.

The Governor assured them of the starting construction on a befitting structure that would serve all functions needed in a modern High Court of Justice by providing an ultra modern High court complex that will put all the judicial institutions in the state under one roof.

The complex will house the high court court rooms the Sharia and Customary Courts of Appeal and the Judicial Service Commission in an interconnected two level structure.

Vice President reiterates FG’s commitment to ending herdsmen killings

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has restated that the Federal Government was determined to ending the incessant killing of farmers by herdsmen in parts of the country.

Osinbajo gave the assurance during an assessment visit to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in the Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State on Wednesday.
He said that he would be meeting with the governors of Benue and Nasarawa States along with their security councils to fashion out ways of ensuring permanent peace in the troubled areas.

“Although the problem has been age-long but no matter how long anything continues it must end one day and by the grace of God this will come to an end now.”
He assured the displaced people that the Federal Government would also ensure that they returned to their homes safe and secure.

“The reason we are meeting today is to look at how you will return home and be settled in safety.
“I know that being in an IDP camp is not good for anybody at all. Children have to go to school, adults have to go to their farms and others to their trades.

“It is our duty as a government to make sure that everyone is safe to do their work in peace and comfort.”
Osinbajo said the Federal Government had taken measures to ensure that the IDPs were made comfortable, pending their return to their homes.

“I came here with the director general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the executive secretary of the refugees’ commission to ensure that in the next few days, more relief material are provided to cushion your plight.

“The DG of NEMA has just informed me that some of the relief material are already in Lafia for onward transportation to the various camps.”

He said further that government would assist the IDPs to rebuild their homes and to put their farms and other trades destroyed by the herders back on stream.
Earlier, Gov. Umaru Al-Makura recalled that although the farmers-herders crisis was age-long and had always been settled amicably by both parties over the years, the recent dimension, where parties started bearing riffles and other weapons was worrisome.

Al-Makura said the current crisis, which led to over 25,000 people displaced in Nasarawa State was a fallout of the Anti-open Grazing Law, implemented by the Benue Government.
He said that the State Government had been working assiduously with security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure peace and bring succor to displaced persons through the provision of relief materials.

The governor said that apart from the provision of relief materials, the ultimate requirement of the displaced people was the provision of adequate security to enable them return to their homes.

“The IDPs’ main worry is to ensure that villages they have deserted is secured to enable them return.
“We have created about seven security bases, located across the clusters of IDPs in the state to provide security but the personnel to man these bases are grossly inadequate.”
He expressed his optimism that the visit would bring a lot of relief to the IDPs and facilitate the return of lasting peace to the affected communities.

The vice-president also visited IDP camps at Kertyo and Agyaragu in the Obi Local Government Areas, where he assured government’s commitment to end the suffering of IDPs.

Gov. Almakura Tasks Elected Chairmen on attention to Security and Good Governance

Nasarawa state Governor, His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura has tasked chairmen of local Government areas in the state to secure their communities and promote social harmony and intergration amongst diverse ethnic groups in their areas.

Governor Almakura said this in Lafia during the swearing in of newly elected chairmen of local Government areas at the Government House which was filled to capacity.

The thirteen Chairmen of Local Government areas have a mandate of three years to provide good governance in the third tier of Government.

As a Government that is closer to the people, Governor Almakura says they must ensure the peace of their communities especially those recently ravaged by farmers/herders crisis.

He also task them on provision of social amenities inspite of limited resources even as he warns against mismanagement of resources.

The State Government on its part is to commenced the disbursement of stipends to indigent people and youths across the state to the tune of 1.5 billion naira under its social investment program.

Governor Almakura urge the Chairmen to be fair and just to all irrespective of political divides.

Chairman of Obi local Government area, mohammed Iyimoga assures the people of the state that under their leadership, they will provide effective leadership and good governance to the people in rural areas.

The last Local Government election in Nasarawa state was conducted in 2014 , with Saturday’s election Nasarawa State has become one of the few states that have conducted elections twice all thanks to Governor Umaru Tank Almakura.

Gov. Almakura meets with Old IMC Chairmen and New Elected Chairmen

His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura has restated his desire to ensure an inclusive, open , democratic Government is run in Nasarawa State.

Gov. Almakura disclosed this during a historic meeting with the newly Elected Chairmen and Out Gone IMC Chairmen and to avoid setting the pace for confusion.

Speaking during his prelude to the meeting the Governor stated that the meeting was based on the need for a better state and a better image , where working with the maturity and mutual cohesion which has always worked well, for the state by providing an interface that would provide a framework that would enable the new and the old work together for the good of the people, LGA and State .

Enabling those that know the terrain well to guide and advice the newcomers urging them to be friends and partners in development.

we wish them well and thank them for what they have done for the state.

Briefs from the Nasarawa State Security Council Meeting

The Nasarawa State security Council under the Chairmanship of Nasarawa State Governor , His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura met at the Government House Council Chambers , where some issues were discussed and the Press briefed by the Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General Barr. Abdulkarim Kana flanked by some Security Chiefs .

The Coming of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Nasarawa State Tomorrow ( Tuesday 22nd May.) To access the efforts and progress that the state has mad so far in peace building , especially among communities that are affected by crisis and some of the challenges the state faces at the border between Benue State and Nasarawa State

The security Council Meeting they also received reports about the progress made so far particularly by the Tiv Community and the Fulani Community in the reconciliation efforts among them. Which as so far yielded fruits and seen to the return of displaced persons mostly back to their homes., stating that peace between the Fulani and Tiv in awe Obi Keana and Doma has succeeded and have achieved the desired results.

They also discussed the security situation in Toto and governments efforts that are being made to ensure that the same progress that has been used to build peace between the TiV and Fulani is also achieved between the Ebira and Bassa peoples.

The meeting also discussed the upcoming Local Government elections which would come up Saturday 26th May , the security arrangements that had been made so far to ensure a free , fair, secured and successful election is conducted in all 13 LGAs of Nasarawa State .  

Gov. Almakura assents the Nasarawa State Local Government Election Law 2018

His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura flanked by the Rt. Hon. Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice Dr. Abdulkarim Kana as he assents the Nasarawa State Local Government Election Law 2018.

The Law which was passed by the Nasarawa State House of Assembly among others provides a term of three years to elected Local Government officials.


Association urges govt to invest in training of law teachers

THE Nigeria Association of Law Teachers, NALT, has urged government and corporate bodies to improve on its investment in the training of lawyers and improvement of teaching facilities in institutions of learning.

President of the NALT, Dr. Abdulkareem Abubakar Kana stated this while addressing journalists in Keffi, Nasarawa state. He said the association was founded 51 years ago as the umbrella body for all professors of law, deans of law and other law teachers in all faculties, schools and colleges of law in the country.

NALT also restated its commitment towards ensuring that the teaching of law in Nigerian institutions of learning is given the necessary boost especially in terms of the needed infrastructure and welfare of teachers in the overall interest of the country.

Kana who was elected at the last annual convention of the association which took place at the Afe-Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, said, “the body has the mandate of ensuring best practices in the teaching and study of the legal profession in the country intent upon keeping up with the ever constant evolution in legal practice and the need to keep abreast and in pace.”

The new President, who is the Dean faculty of Law, Nasarawa State University Keffi, also disclosed that Nasarawa State University, would host the 2016 annual conference of the body with the theme “Law and the Economy.”