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.

 

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”.

 

 

 

Governor Sule signs public procurement bill into law

Governor Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa State said by signing the bill, Nasarawa has joined the league of transparent states.

He stated the need for a proper and efficient procurement agency to ensure the enforcement of the law to ensure accountability and transparency in governance.

The governor appreciated members of the assembly for their relentless efforts in seeing to the success of this bill.

The bill according to Governor Sule will avail the state the opportunity to benefit from world Bank support to states that have exhibited honesty and transparency.

Abdullahi Sule said “Today we have joined the league of elite states and we will henceforth begin to see the benefits of this singular act from IMF, World Bank and the rest”.

Speaking, the Speaker Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi stressed the importance of the bill which prompted the assembly to resume from recess to ensure the speedy deliberation and passage of the bill.

Balarabe applauded the commitment of the Governor to bring about the needed development of the state as he assured of the continuous support and cooperation of the assembly in the overall interest of the state.

In an opening remark, the Commissioner for Justice, Abdul Karim Kana said the Governor deemed it fit to come up with the law considering its important to development of the state.

SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, ENGR. ABDULLAHI A. SULE, GOVERNOR OF NASARAWA STATE ON THE OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE VOLUNTEER GUARD (VIGILANTE), DOMESTICATION OF THE MODEL PENAL CODE, KIDNAPPING ACT PROHIBITION LAW AND CHILD’S RIGHT PROTECTION EXECUTIVE ORDER, LAFIA: WEDNESDAY, 26TH FEBRUARY, 2020

His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State;

2. The Right Hon. Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly;

3. The Hon. Chief Judge of Nasarawa State;

4. Principal Officers and Members of the State House of Assembly;

5. Members of the State Executive and Security Councils;

6. The Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State;

7. The Head of the Civil Service;

8. The State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC);

9. Special Advisers;

10. Permanent Secretaries;

11. His Royal Highness, Hon. Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad I JSC (Rtd) Emir of Lafia and Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs;

12. Chairmen and Chief Executives of Commissions, Boards and Parastatals;

13. Chairmen of Local Government Councils and overseers of Development Areas;

14. Gentlemen of the Press;

15. Ladies and gentlemen.

I am delighted to address you today on the occasion of the inauguration of the Committees to constitute the Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) and Domestication of Model Penal Code, 1960 (as amended in 2015), as well as assenting to the Nasarawa State Kidnapping Act Prohibition Law and the Protection and Implementation of the Child’s Right Protection Executive Order.

2. You would recall that in furtherance of our commitment to complement the efforts of our security Agencies in securing lives and property to ensure that emerging crimes and criminality are curtailed and contained, I directed the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice to put in place necessary machinery for the constitution of Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) for the State and the Local Government Areas. This is in line with the domestication of the amended Model Penal Code of Northern Nigeria 2015. Having carried out the necessary processes in tune with the Court, we are gathered here today to witness the inauguration of the Nasarawa State Volunteer Guard which Executive Order I signed moment ago to give it effect.

3. As you are aware, during the recently concluded Security Summit for the North-Central Zone, the security architecture of the Zone and by extension, our dear country was appraised and recommendations made towards the enhanced security of our people. At that Summit, the issue of community policing was extensively deliberated and appropriate measures proffered to address the security challenges for the continued sustenance of peaceful co-existence among the diverse ethnic nationalities, not only in the region, but in the country at large.

4. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is against this background that we resolved to take deliberate steps in order to secure our environment to rise up to crime and criminalities to ensure that law and order are maintained at all times for the socio-economic development of our dear State.

5. I need to state that this measure is imperative in developing the policy framework for security sector reform, with a view to incorporating security actors in the formal and informal sectors including the community policing into the national security architecture. In this regard, the Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) is expected to complement the effort of the State Security Agencies, especially in the rural areas to respond effectively and adequately in the emerging security situations. Most importantly, it will help the State at all levels to rebuild and reinforce its law enforcement and security provisioning capacity through the partnership of the Nigeria Police Force with the community and all other stakeholders in order to make Nasarawa State a secured place.

6. It is pertinent to note that, this country is contending with a lot of security challenges, ranging from bomb explosions, armed robbery, human trafficking, kidnapping and abduction, murder, activities of Boko Haram sect, communal clashes and conflict between farmers and herdsmen, among others. Indeed, crimes and criminality have led to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons which are freely used by unpatriotic elements to achieve heinous and selfish aims. This unpleasant development has become worrisome and a cause for concern not only to the security agencies but to all and sundry.

7. I need to state that the Nasarawa State Kidnapping Act Prohibition Law was extensively deliberated and passed by the State House of Assembly. This bill spelled out various offences relating to kidnapping and prescribed stringent punishment for perpetrators, such as life imprisonment and dead penalty. In the same vein, it is important to note that buildings used in keeping victims of heinous crimes will henceforth be forfeited to Government.

8. It is worthy of note that Nasarawa State has domesticated the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria to enforce law and order by retaining most of the criminal law doctrines in the State without much alterations.

9. As part of today’s occasion, we are also gathered to assent to the Protection of Children and Implementation of the Child’s Right Protection Executive Order, 2005 of Nasarawa State pursuant to section 5 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended. This will guarantee the safety, security, wellbeing, care, good health and education, as well as guarantee the future of our children.

 

10. Without sounding immodest, this Law apart from the prohibition of street begging, provides punishment for parents who out of irresponsibility threw away their children to street begging. In this regard, Government has taken measures to enroll our children into Tsangaya Schools with a view to addressing the menace.

11. Let me state that members of these Committees were selected based on their records of experience, professionalism, patriotism and pedigree. I charge you, therefore, to live above board and justify the confidence Government reposed in you. You must carry out your assignment diligently, devoid of any sentiment or favouritism.

12. I need to point out that the Commissioner of Police will chair this all important Committee. Other Members include heads of security agencies and other stakeholders in the State. To ensure the effective take off of this outfit, the Chairmen of Local Government Councils are hereby directed to constitute coordinating Committees comprising of Security Agencies and other Stockholders at the Local Government and Development Areas levels of the State to ensure the execution of this project. Accordingly, I appeal to our Traditional Rulers, Religious and Community Leaders to support this initiative for the good of all.

13. Let me take the liberty of this occasion to state that the State Volunteer Guard is not a security outfit and should not be used under whatever guise to promote or protect personal interest and inclination, it is essentially empanelled to complement the security agencies in the conduct of their onerous responsibilities of protecting the lives and property of the citizens.

14. On this note, it is my pleasure to inaugurate the Committees to constitute the Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) and Domestication of Model Penal Code, 1960 (as amended in 2015), as well as assent to the Protection and Implementation of the Child’s Right Protection Executive Order and Nasarawa State Kidnapping Act Prohibition Law.

15. Thank you and may God bless us all.

 
Gov. Sule approves death penalty for kidnappers in Nasarawa State

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has inaugurated a committee on community policing, the Community Volunteer Guards (Vigilante) Committee, as well as the Penal Code Reform Committee.

Inaugurating the two committees at a combined ceremony which held at the Taal Conference Hotel, Lafia, on Wednesday, Engineer Sule said it was in furtherance of the commitment of his administration to complement the efforts of security agencies in securing lives and property of the people of the state.

He noted further that it was also intended to ensure emerging crimes and criminality are curtailed and contained.

Engineer Sule disclosed that he earlier directed the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to put in place necessary machinery for the constitution of the Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) for the state and local government areas, in line with the domestication of the amended Model Penal Code of Northern Nigeria 2015.

The Governor recalled the recently held North-Central security summit, where the security situation of the zone and country at large, were reviewed, with solutions proffered towards addressing the security challenges confronting the zone.

He explained that, it was against that background that his administration decided to take deliberate steps in order to secure the state and to ensure that law and order are maintained at all times for socio-economic development of the state.

While noting that it has become necessary to develop a policy framework for security sector reform, with a view to incorporating security actors in the formal and informal sectors, including the community policing policy into national security architecture, Engineer Sule stressed that the Volunteer Guard is expected to complement the effort of state security agencies, especially in rural areas.

Earlier, state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Associate Professor Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana, pointed out that the Penal Code Law of Nasarawa State was inherited from Northern Nigeria enacted in 1959.
He described the law as impracticable, particularly in the face of contemporary realities and modern crimes, explaining the constitution of relevant stakeholders and renowned scholars in law to draw up a Penal Code Law that meets the need of the present times.

Associate Prof Kana disclosed that the Nasarawa State Community Volunteer Guards (Vigilante) Law was signed into law in 2004 but was never implemented fully, leading to proliferation of vigilante groups without guidance and code of operations.

He pointed out that while records indicated that community vigilante groups in the state have become major partners in crime prevention and peace building, there is however need for proper coordination, explaining why Engineer Sule approved the composition of the members of the State Coordinating Committee, in line with the provision of the law.

Chairman of the CVGC and state Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, in a vote of thanks, commended the Governor for being the only one in the country to set up a committee on community policing, promising, alongside other members of the committee, to effectively carry out their mandate and to ensure that the state remains secure and safe for socio-economic developments.

‘No governor wants direct control of solid minerals’

The Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, has said that no state governor wants to change the ownership of solid minerals, which is the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government. He made this known while playing host to the Minister of Steel and Mines Development, Architect Olamilekan Adegbite, who was on a courtesy call at the Lafia Government House. “We want it to remain the way it is – under the control of the Federal Government. And that’s the same way all my colleagues, I strongly believe, feel, but we just need to know what is happening,” he said. Governor Sule said the state could not continue to claim to be the ‘Home of Solid Minerals’ without knowing what’s happening in the solid minerals industry.

Engr. Sule pardons 15 inmates, settles fines for 45 others to mark 60th Birthday

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has granted pardon to 15 inmates, as well as paid the fines and compensations of 45 others across the three correctional facilities in the state, as part of activities marking his 60th birthday.

Engineer Sule disclosed this shortly after paying a visit to the Lafia correctional facility on Thursday, where he interacted with the inmates.

The Governor while exercising his prerogative of power, pardoned 15 inmates while also settling the fines and compensations of 45 others.

He directed that those to be freed should cut across the three correctional facilities located in Lafia, Nasarawa and Wamba.
While urging those that will regain their freedom to turn over a new leaf and to become good citizens as they go back into the society, he enjoined the remaining inmates to show remorse by denouncing any criminal tendency.

The Governor equally directed the Nasarawa State Urban Development Board (NUDB) to ensure the provision of portable water and sanitation across all the facilities in the state.

According to Engineer Sule, his administration is extending the same gesture done to public schools in the state by also providing water and sanitation to correctional facilities in the state.

He also urged the local government chairmen of Lafia, Nasarawa and Wamba to look into the possibility of providing solar power across the three correctional facilities.
The Governor announced a donation of food items including rice, beans, palm oil, noodles, a cow, as well as bathing soaps.
He equally donated N500, 000 to be shared among the inmates.
As part of activities lined up to celebrate his 60th birthday, Engineer Sule said he has decided to share the moment with the less privileged in the society.

The Governor equally visited the Lafia Children Home, where he joined his wife, Hajiya Farida A. A. Sule, to mark the day with the orphans in the facility.

Earlier, at his residence at the Government House, the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, led a delegation comprising of members of the state executive council, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), state Chairman and Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), among other top government functionaries, to celebrate with Engineer Sule, supported by the First Lady, Hajiya Silifat Abdullahi Sule.

Dr. Akabe described the delegation as a fraction of the Governor’s admirers across the state, who felt there was no need for them to be invited before turning up to celebrate with him.
“And our minds seem to be working together and we found ourselves communicating this morning and one thing brought us together this morning and that is to celebrate a leader, a purposeful leader, a man who is humble, a man who is simple, articulate, visionary, a man who sympathizes with the low and the high,” Dr. Akabe stated.

He said the people of the state considered Engineer Sule as a God given asset and as such they are proud of him and will support him beyond measure as he lead Nasarawa State to the next level of development.

Responding, the celebrant expressed gratitude by the gesture, stressing that life is not really about how much money or power one possesses but how much people one has around him to make him happy.

He said even though his family have made it a tradition to always celebrate his birthday, the gathering of family and friends who came to appreciate him, was the best.

The event witnessed the cutting of a birthday cakes, as well as toasting for the good health of the celebrant.

Gov. Sule swears-in commissioners assign Dr. Kana to Ministry of Justice

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has sworn-in newly appointed commissioners and assigned them portfolios. They are Dr. Abdulkarim A. Kana, Professor Allananah O. Otaki, Ministry of Agriculture & Water Resources, Boyi Obadiah, Ministry of Trade, Industry & Investment; Mrs. Fati J. Sabo, Ministry of Education, Science & Technology; Musa I. Abubakar, Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources and Haruna Adamu Ogbole, Ministry of Finance, Budget & Economic Planning.

Others are Ahmed B. Yahaya, Ministry of Health, Dogo Shammah Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism, Ministry of Justice and Salihu L. A. Alizaga, Ministry of Lands & Urban Development.

The rest are Yusuf A. Turaki, Ministry of Local Govt, Community Development & Chieftaincy Affairs, Halima A. Jabiru, Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development, Philip Dada, Ministry of Works, Housing & Transport, Othman B. Adam, Ministry of Youth & Sports Development, Muhammad Abubakar Imam, Commissioner Special Duties and Mohammed Bashir Aliyu- Commissioner Special Duties.

Nasarawa Chief Judge discharges 14 inmates


Justice Suleiman Dikko, Chief Judge of Nasarawa State.

Justice Suleiman Dikko, Chief Judge of Nasarawa state, has discharged 14 inmates awaiting trial in Federal Prison, Lafia.

The inmates are: Likita Emmanuel, Baba Dogs, Ali Ibrahim, Henry Andrew, Abubakar Ali, Abubakar Danjuma, Nasiru Usman and Musa Yahuza.

Others are; Umar Ibrahim, Danladi Shabu, Ali Jubrin, Peter John, Mohammed Abdullahi and Ibrahim Lolo.

Dikko, who discharged the inmates on Tuesday, Lafia said the exercise was in line with the powers bestowed on him by the law.

He explained that the routine visit to prisons was aimed at decongesting the prisons and ensurer justice to inmates who were wrongly detained.

“Given the alarming rate of crime in the state, particularly in Mararaba-Abuja area, all hands must be on deck to ensure justice.

“So both the police and the state Ministry of Justice need to get more hands by employing more counsels in order to effectively prosecute the rising number of cases in the state,” he said.

He urged the police, prisons authority and other stakeholders to rise up to their responsibility in order to ensure speedy administration of justice in the state.

Dikko advised the discharged inmates to exhibit good character and avoid committing crime that would bring them back to the prison.

Earlier, Dalyop Patrick, Nasarawa State Controller of Prisons, said there were 528 prisoners out of which 187 of them were convicts and 341 awaiting trial.

The controller, who solicited assistance for prisons in the state, said they lacked sufficient vehicles to convey inmates to court to face trial.

Nasarawa prosecutes 707 criminal cases with 29 lawyers

Twenty nine lawyers from the Nasarawa state Ministry of Justice are currently prosecuting 707 criminal cases across the state High Courts.

The cases which include murder, armed robbery, rape and are at various stages of trial were recorded as at October 2018.

The trials which spread across the state High Courts show that High Court (2), presided by Justice Aisha Mohammed has the highest number of criminal cases with 238 cases including that of rape.

High Court (1) Lafia, presided over by the state Chief Judge, Justice Umaru Dikko has (47) cases while High Court (1) Keffi records the lowest with 12 cases.

High Court (4) Lafia has 45 criminal trials, and High Court (5) Lafia has 68 cases. High Court (2) Keffi has 70, Akwanga High Court 97, and Nasarawa 37.

Also Mararaba High Court (1), (2) and (3) has 25, 27 and 16 criminal

cases respectively. High Court, Karu has 27 cases.

The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister

Abdulkarim Kana confirmed that the state presently has 29 lawyers and that the process of recruiting 20 additional lawyers has reached advanced stage.

Barrister Kana said Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura has granted approval for the recruitment of 20 additional lawyers in the ministry and that many more interventions has been carried out to ensure speedy dispensation of justice in the state.

“The recruitment of 20 additional lawyers is in the process and over 300, lawyers applied for the 20 vacant positions approved,” he said.

Barrister kana said some of the interventions include the construction of new High Court headquarters in Lafia, with five court halls and the refurbishing of the Keffi High Court in conjunction with the state judiciary.

He added that the state government has also built two new high court complexes in Mararaba area of Karu local government and the ministry is hosting a web site to upload all its activities.