SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, ENGR. ABDULLAHI A. SULE, GOVERNOR OF NASARAWA STATE, ON THE OCCASION OF A TWO-DAY CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP, ORGANIZED FOR DIRECTORS IN THE STATE CIVIL SERVICE BY NASARAWA STATE GOVERNMENT IN COLLABORATION WITH GMASS CONSULTING AND SOLUTIONS, ALIYU AKWE DOMA BANQUET HALL, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, LAFIA: WEDNESDAY, 9TH SEPTEMBER, 2020

It is my pleasure to address you today on the occasion of A Two-day Capacity Building Workshop, organized for Directors in the State Civil Service by the Nasarawa State Government in collaboration with the Gmass Consulting and Solutions.

2. Let me commend the Gmass Consulting and Solutions for this worthy partnership, aimed at improving efficiency and building Director’s capacity in the delivery of service for enhanced productivity. This is intended to reinvigorate the service for effective and efficient service delivery in line with the policy thrust of this Administration to launch Nasarawa State on the part of progress and development for socio-economic prosperity.

3 As you are aware, the Civil Service is the fulcrum in the formulation and implementation of Government policies and programmes. Indeed, it plays a pivotal role of broadening the scope of the public/civil servants on the rudiments of administration and its work ethics, as well as enhance the service with appropriate tools for effective service delivery.

4. Today’s event affords us yet another opportunity to appraise the emerging challenges associated with the current trend of doing Government business in order to galvanize our efforts towards sustainable development in the Public Service. It is for this reason that we have conceived this thought-provoking topic, “The Director as Protagonist of Sustainable Development of Civil Service: Understanding current Trend of doing Government Business”. I have no doubt that this topic will enrich our participants on the modern trends of doing Government business, as well as strengthening the performance management of our Directors by way of entrenching e-governance in the conduct of Government business.

5. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, as you are aware, in a bureaucratic setting like ours, there is an hierarchical structure with clear definition of roles and responsibilities assigned to the superior officers to the subordinate staff. In this regard, Directors constitute the basic conceptual structure of the public service, saddled with the responsibility for policy initiation, as well as serving as the drivers in the implementation of Government policies and programmes.

6. The Director coordinates, directs and supervises all administrative and technical processes and activities of a department, segment or branch and also serves as secretary to meetings of whatever named, as well as keeping minutes of proceedings, among other administrative businesses. I need to further state that Directors serve as the pillars and intermediaries between the top management and the subordinate staff and also supports the execution of the functions of the Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

7. My dear participants, it is for this reason that the theme of this training workshop “The Role of Civil Servants in Sustainable Growth and Development of Nasarawa State” was coined to reflect the reality of the situation. This is considering the significant role the Civil Servants play in the implementation of Government policies and programmes for sustainable development. To effectively achieve this, there is the need for seamless transition to digital operations with the view to inculcating the knowledge of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in our Civil Servants to realize the objectives of e-governance in line with current global best practices.

8. It is pertinent to reiterate the importance of record keeping in the day-to-day activities of Government. I need to observe that lack of proper documentation of Government activities will result to loss of institutional memory and the attendant challenges of development. There is, therefore, the need for the main actors in the Service to be ICT compliant in order to adapt to the e-service requirement for the benefit of our development endeavours.

9. My dear participants, this Administration is determined to revolutionalize the Public Service for enhanced productivity. This is why enormous resources was committed towards the capacity building of our Civil Servants, aimed at equipping the participants with the requisite knowledge and skills in line with our vision of repositioning the public service for effective service delivery.

10. This training workshop is geared towards further engaging you to the imperatives of the vision and mission of the present Administration to enable you play the roles that are expected of you as the main technical actors in the Civil Service. It is my expectation that the knowledge to be acquired by the participants at this training workshop would add value in the performance of your assigned tasks.

11. As Directors, you must endeavour to take steps towards personal development by continually updating yourselves and ensure ICT compliance in the discharge of your onerous responsibilities. I urge you to utilize the opportunity provided by this training workshop to strengthen your skills on report and memo writing and other rudiments of the service. As the backbone of the service, you must play a pivotal role of ensuring stability in the system and facilitate the attainment of set goals.

12. Let me once again, commend Gmass Consulting and Solutions for partnering with the State in organizing this all-important training workshop. I belief that the workshop will add value in our quest to reposition and reinvigorate the service for effective delivery. I, therefore, charge the participants to participate actively in order to tap from the speaker’s wealth of experience.

13. On this note, it is my pleasure to declare A Two-day Capacity Building Workshop, organized for Directors in the State Civil Service, open.

14. Thank you and may God bless us all

Speech Delivered by His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, on the Occasion of the Disbursement of Start-off Grants to Trainees of Women Entrepreneurial and Skill Acquisition, Lafia: Tuesday, 8th September, 2019

You would recall that in June this year, we flagged-off a 2-day Training Programme on Women Entrepreneurial and Skill Acquisitions, aimed at empowering women with appropriate skills for self-employment and reliance. Today’s occasion is therefore, in fulfilment of my pledge at that event to disburse start-off grants to the participants of the training exercise across the thirteen (13) Local Government Areas of the State.

2. Let me commend the “B” Innovation Integrated Limited for collaborating with the State Government in imparting basic skills in various human endeavour, towards the empowerment of the women folk in the State. This is with a view to eradicating poverty, creating wealth and employment generation for socio-economic development.

3. As you are already aware, participants have undergone rigorous training by the resource persons and acquired the requisite knowledge and skills for self-empowerment. I am happy to note that the participants were trained in the production of hand sanitizer, soap making, perfume making, bread making, cake baking and pomade, among others.

4. Ladies and gentlemen, there is no gainsaying that women play vital role in the sustenance of our economy, through active participation in subsistence agriculture, food processing, petty trading, marketing, as well as medium and small scale enterprises.

5. It is important to state that women are the backbone of the informal sector, which contribute largely in driving our economy and are also in the forefront of sustenance of our social and community wellbeing, through the upbringing, education, as well as inculcating moral values of our children. However, in spite of this effort, women suffer some kind of discrimination and deny access to opportunities to harness their potential for the benefit of our society. This informed the resolve of this Administration to prioritize the empowerment of women and youths by liberating them in order to make them active players in our economic development process.

6. It is important to state that this Administration recognized the efforts of women in this direction by engaging them in various skill acquisition programmes since our assumption in office with a view to place them on the high pedestal of human development. This Administration remained committed, realizing the economic challenges occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. It, therefore, become imperative on us to evolve measures that will cushion the hardship faced by our people in the State.

7. As a follow-up to the training programme, today’s event is to further empower the trainees with the needed resources to start-off the production of the skills acquired for self-reliance. In this regard, one hundred and fifty (150) women will today, benefit from a grant of ten thousand naira (N10,000) each.

8. I, therefore, charge the beneficiaries to make good and judicious use of the grants to enable us realize the purpose for which it is meant for. As Government, we will continue to provide the needed enablement for our women and youths in line with policy objectives of providing succour to the good people of the State.

9. It is my belief that the skills you acquired will go a long way in empowering you for the benefit of the society. Let me, on behalf of the Government congratulate the trainees for the successful completion of the training programme.

10. Let me, once again, commend the “B” Innovation Integrated Limited for this worthy collaboration. I also commend the facilitators for their tremendous contributions in making this programme a reality.

11. On this note, it is my pleasure to symbolically Disburse the start-off Grants to Trainees of Women Entrepreneurial and Skill Acquisitions.

12. Thank you and may God bless us all.

Nasarawa Govt, Pensioners’ resolve to pay gratuity on first come, first serve basis

There is hope in sight of the crisis that led to the recent freezing of account of Nasarawa State Government, as pensioners would soon smile to banks to access their gratuity.

 

This is just as the funds set aside by State Government for pensioners would be shared to them on first come, first serve basis among state and local government pensioners.

 

The state chairman, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Alhaji Musa Obakpa drop the hint shortly after a meeting with government representative led by the commissioner, Ministry of Justice, Dr. Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana in Lafia.

 

The meeting which held at the office of the commissioner had in attendance the representative of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the organized labour.

 

“We were called for a meeting on how we will share the gratuity of pensioners. We, the concern group of pensioners and the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, we are all one.

 

“And at the meeting we agreed that the money government set aside to give pensioners in the state will be harmonized with that of the local government so that everyone will be carry along”, he said.

 

He further that, the initial idea of 30/70 as the sharing formula will be considered when the fund is ready for disbursement, but that it will be on first come, first serve.

 

He added, the secretary of the committee has been mandated to work out modalities of first come, first serve for those who went to court and those who didn’t.

 

Green Sahara Farm to facilitate N250million investment in Keana

Green Sahara Farms (GFS) has unveiled plans to facilitate a-N250million investment to boost agricultural production in Keana Local Government Area of (LGA) Nasarawa state.

The firm’s Managing Director, Suleiman Dikwa disclosed this while opening up a Rural Regeneration and Enhancement (RERE) aggregation centre at the LGA. The event also served as an opportunity to establish an office location in Keana.

He said the investment was to create an out-grower scheme that would guarantee a ready market for crop production.

About 50 farmers cooperative societies also benefited from free seed distribution exercise held at the LGA.

Dikwa during the ceremony maintained that GSF is not oblivious of the crucial role local farmers and agri-business agencies play in the growth and development of the country’s agriculture industry.

“By expanding our reach into high-producing, forward-thinking communities, we can create better value for the farmers we work with and our clients. To that end, GSF has invested resources into the Keana LGA community and established a permanent satellite office,” he said.

Hon. Adamu Gamji, Chairman of Keana LGA lauded the International Agricultural company for its wisdom and thoughtfulness to establish its presence in Keana and readiness to work with the youth of the community.

Gamji, who was represented by the Deputy Chairman Hon. Robert Garba commended the company for the distribution of sesame seeds. He assured the firm of the community’s willingness to collaborate on the agricultural development scheme.

Green Sahara Farms was established in 2009 to create new and wider market access for local Nigerian farmers. For more than ten (10 years) GSF has been providing reliable, high-quality agro-products both domestically and internationally.

Through its extensive network of agro-producers, suppliers and distributors, the company has built links throughout the agriculture sector and much-needed market access for local farmers.

It has also established offices and farms in nine states providing various agricultural products for exports across the globe.

Nasarawa to Audit Accounts of 13 LGAs

The Nasarawa State Government has announced that it would carry out forensic audit and verification across the 13 Local Government Areas in the state to fish out ghost workers and roll back the tide of corruption in its local government administration.

The State Commissioner for Local Government, Rural Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Yusuf Sarki, disclosed this in an interaction with journalists yesterday in Lafia.

Sarki said the forensic audit became necessary in view of recent inability of the councils to pay their staff salary as well as pensioners.

He said: “Group of persons are planning to short change the government and pensioners by replacing the dead and retired officers with different people without the approval of the authority in charge of the councils.”

He explained that the state government was not responsible for the non-payment of local government staff, noting that the state government had often time augmented the councils’ allocation.

The commissioner added that the ministry, as a supervising ministry, was not responsible for any deduction from the local governments’ fund.

He said: “Because this data capture screening will not solve the problem, pensioners are dying while others are maneuvering their way to replace them thereby making the wage bill to rise. Insincerity of the people is responsible for this problem.”

DIRECTOR GENERAL BUREAU FOR ICT CHANGING THE NARRATIVES

The Executive Chairman, Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board, Hon. Muhammad Musa Dan’azimi (Barayan Daddare), The Director General Bureau For Information and Communication Technology (BICT) Shehu Ibrahim , The Senior Special Assistant on Information and Communication Technology Haruna Sani Sani , alongside Members and Directors of SUBEB with management of BICT at the Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board office after a presentation by BICT.

The presentation was on the steps towards digitalization of activities of the Board , the upgrading of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in primary school to use ICT to support, enhance, and optimize the delivery of information.

The Director General stated that their mission there was to enable SUBEB to use ICT in education to help the students to compete in the global economy through enhancing learning experiences and providing new sets of skills, as well as minimizing costs and saving time associated with information delivery and automating regular day-to-day tasks.

The DG commended SUBEB for their proactive use of ICT so far, stating that the Board’s usage of ICT in its operations was very encouraging and only needed to work on few areas, with the world moving rapidly into digital media and information, the role of ICT in education is becoming more important and this importance will continue to grow and develop in the 21st century.

He restated Bureau’s commitment towards enabling ICT in education and making use of technology in education to create an easy-to-manage learning environment where the delivery of information would be much smoother and learning easier

Further stating that computer technologies and other aspects of digital culture have changed the way people live, work, play, and learn, impacting the construction and distribution of knowledge and power around the world.

Engineer A.A. Sule Commissions Remodelled Government House Press Centre 3rd September 2020.

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has commissioned the remodelled Government House, stressing that the decision to give the centre a facelift was informed by the desire to provide conducive working environment for inhouse press crew.

Engineer Sule commissioned the press centre at the Government House, on Thursday.

While commending the media for its significant role in propagating activities of government, the Governor noted that support from the media during the past one year, has ensured that the people were adequately sensitized about the policies, programmes of his administration.

“I must say that without the support of the media, our development aspirations would not have been visible,” he stated.

According to Engineer Sule, the media has continued to set agenda in its determination to entrench an all-inclusive governance for the benefit of the people.

The Governor emphasized that his administration will continue to encourage working journalists in the state, towards the discharge of their responsibilities, urging them however, to remain guided by the ethics of the journalism profession.

Engineer Sule warned that government will not condone undue sensationalism, even as he stressed that his administration is open to constructive criticism in the effort to deliver on its mandate to the people of the state.

The Governor disclosed that the remodelling of the Government House Press Centre, was carried out at no cost to the government, as according to him, the centre was refurbished from his personal donation, alongside some of his friends.

“The remodelling of the press centre was not captured in the budget, as such some of my friends and I pooled resources together to give the place a facelift,” he explained.

Earlier, in a welcome remarks, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ibrahim Addra, thanked his principal for promptly accepting to give the press centre a facelift.

Addra used the opportunity to appreciate working journalists in the state for being partners in the task of taking Nasarawa State to the next level of development.

Prominent dignitaries witnessed the unveiling of the remodelled press centre, including state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, Director General, Nigerian Television Authority, Mallam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed and members of the state executive council.

Others are heads of media organizations in the state, Lafia LGA and ALGON Chairman, Emir of Lafia, HRH Justice Sidi Bage (rtd), Andoma of Doma, HRH Alhaji Aliyu Ogah and top government functionaries

Engineer Sule inaugurates State boundary commission, Governing Council College of Education Akwanga. 3rd Sept 2020

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has inaugurated the Commissioner and members of the State Boundary Commission, as well as the Chairman and members of the governing council of the College of Education, Akwanga.

Engineer Sule inaugurated the two bodies at a colourful ceremony, which held at the late Aliyu Akwe Doma banquet hall, Government House, on Thursday.

The Governor stated that it has become necessary to constitute the commission because of border issues between Nasarawa and its neighbours, as well as within local government areas of the state.

Inaugurating the Commissioner and members of the Nasarawa State Boundary Commission, Engineer Sule said it expected that the commission will assist the state towards resolving internal disputes and ensure demarcation of boundary lines between and within local governments having such issues.

According to the Governor, the commission is also expected to establish synergy and collaboration with the National Boundary Commission, towards resolving long standing inter-state boundary disputes.

On the governing council of the College of Education Akwanga, Engineer Sule said the reconstitution of the council, followed the recommendation of the investigative committee earlier put in place to look into the lingering crisis at the institution, with a view to reposition the college.

The Governor directed members of the newly inaugurated council, while carrying out its responsibility, to liaise with the interim administrator of the college, as well as study government views and decisions of previous panels, including the recent investigative committee.

Engineer Sule further directed the council to the fill all vacancies created in the management of the institution within the shortest possible time, in line with the law establishing the college.

The Nasarawa Boundary Commission has Ibrahim Obyokpa Aliyu Keana as Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer, while Dr. Ishay Agidi Awotu will chair the governing council of the COE Akwanga.

NASARAWA GOVT REITERATE COMMITMENT TO PRIORITIZE TO WELFARE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITY

      The Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Nasarawa State, Dr. Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana has reiterated the commitment of State Government to prioritize the welfare and well-being of persons with disability in the state.

       According to Kana, the State Government would accord them every support that would guarantee their safety in the state. The Attorney General gave the assurance at the foundation laying and fund raising of a multipurpose Secretariat for members of the Nigeria Association of the Blind, Nasarawa State Chapter.

The Secretariat which is estimated at the cost of Fifty Nine million naira is located behind the female hostel of Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia.

         Dr. Kana who was represented by the Information Officer of the state Ministry of Justice, Anthony Adgidzi, expressed satisfaction with the achievements recorded thus far by the leadership of the association .He further assured that, the state government would do everything possible to prioritize the welfare of the blind, and by extension persons with disability. He noted that, there is ability in disability, and as such, no one should be heard or seen complaining of not having anything doing. “Let me remind you that the disability law has already been passed into law, with the support of the ministry of Justice.

“The idea behind the law is to ensure the state government renders you every assistant, so that you can have same quality of life as other able citizens.

       “Let me assured you that, the present administration of Governor Abdullahi Sule is ever committed towards the implementation of the law and provisions, and everything needed to help you in this project,” the commissioner said.

Dr. Kana then commended the association for the laudable initiative and urged them to sustain the tempo for the interest of its members.

         Earlier, State Chairman, Nigeria Association of the Blind, Shugaba Oloshu commented that, it has become imperative for them to engage in self-help project that would better their livelihood.

He added, the idea of the multipurpose Secretariat was to compliment the effort of the state government, as economic activities would be carried out to generate income for the association.

Oloshu said, “the Secretariat will in turn give birth to mathematical institute for the blind, which is a very wide gap needed to be filled especially within the central and core Northern Nigeria.”

           He explained that, the association was able to save some money and purchase the land out of the support it was getting from the state government, and assured members of the Public of judicious use of any kobo given them.

The leader of the blind who stressed of their ability and competence to deliver on any responsibility entrusted with, said “through the help of technology, the blind can virtually do all things without limitations, and that brought us to the achievements recorded”.