Speech Delivered by His Excellency, Umaru

Al-makura Governor of Nasarawa State, on the Occasion of the Inauguration of Transition Committee and Boards of some State Institutions, Lafia: Wednesday, 20th March, 2019

1. His Excellency, the Deputy Governor;

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

3. The Honourable Chief Judge of Nasarawa State;

4. The Grand Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal;

5. The President, Customary Court of Appeal;

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

7. His Excellency, the Deputy Governor-Elect;

8. Members of the State Executive and Security Councils;

9. The Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State;

10. Special Advisers;

11. Permanent Secretaries;

12. His Royal Highness, the Emir of Keffi and Acting Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs;

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

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

15. Executive Chairmen of Local Government Councils and Overseers of Development Areas present;

16. Your Royal Highnesses, Emirs and Chiefs;

17. Distinguished sons and daughters of Nasarawa State;

18. Gentlemen of the Press;

19. Ladies and gentlemen.

It is with a sense of fulfillment that I address you today on the occasion of the Inauguration of the following:
i. Transition Committee;
ii. Boards of the Teachers Service Commission; and 
iii. Nasarawa Broadcasting Service.

2. It would be recalled that following the successful and peaceful conduct of the Governorship and House of Assembly elections on Saturday, 9th March, 2019 which saw the landslide victory of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the emergence of Engr. A. A Sule as the Governor-elect of Nasarawa State, it has become necessary to kick-start the process for the smooth hand-over of the mantle of leadership to my successor, the newly elected Governor.

3. Your Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, to give credence to this endeavour, therefore, I approved the composition of a High-Powered Transition Committee to set the stage, guide and chaperon the process towards smooth and seamless transition in order to sustain the progress and development of our dear State.

4. Let me state that the appointment of the Transition Committee is intended to serve as a vehicle for the holistic evaluation of my stewardship and the performance of this administration during my tenure in office. This course of action has become imperative in view of the need to review the activities of this Government in order to highlight areas that are critical for sustenance and improvement by the in-coming administration.

5. Ladies and gentlemen, in carrying out the assignment, the Transition Committee will be guided by the following Terms of Reference:
i. To review the Administration of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura in all sectors during its stewardship (i.e. 29th May, 2011 to 29th May, 2019);

ii. To identify challenges in the implementation of policies, projects and programmes of the Administration and suggest likely steps for the incoming Administration to explore;

iii. To examine Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), as well as Government-Owned Companies in the State, including available manpower and make appropriate recommendations;

iv. To consider and recommend any other issue(s) that may be incidental to the Terms of Reference of the Committee (i. to iii. above);

v. To plan and execute a befitting handing over ceremony from the outgoing administration to the incoming one 29th May, 2019; and

vi. To submit report within four (4) weeks from the date of inauguration.

6. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I need to point out that Government was meticulous on the selection of members of the Transition Committee. In this vein, due consideration was accorded to proven experience, integrity and commitment to service of individuals who have been called upon to serve in this assignment. I belief that members of the Transition Committee will live up to expectation in the service of our dear State.

7. As part of this event, the Boards of the Teachers Service Commission and the Nasarawa Broadcasting Service will also be inaugurated in furtherance to our commitment to reinvigorate the operations of the institutions for optimal performance. As you are aware, in our determination to enhance education in the State, we have made substantial investment in the provision of infrastructure and other facilities towards the creation of the enabling environment for teaching and learning to take place in our schools. Accordingly, for these efforts to be meaningful, appropriate manpower components of the sector must also be looked into in order to uplift the standard of education in the society.

8. This informed the appointment of the Chairman and Members of the Teachers Service Commission who were carefully chosen based on their pedigree that will assist towards the recruitment, training, promotion and discipline of teachers in our secondary schools for effective teaching and learning. I urge the Chairman and Members to quickly settle down and formalize the appointment of teachers recently recruited for our secondary schools. Members of the Commission are also enjoined to set mechanism in place for clearing all outstanding issues relevant to the welfare of our teachers. Similarly, in our avowed commitment to overhaul the Nasarawa Broadcasting Service (NBS) for enhanced performance, the Board of the station was also constituted. This is aimed at improving the operations of the outfit as the only vehicle that disseminate and propagate Government policies and programme, as well as other social needs of the people of the State. I belief that, with the caliber of the Chairman and Members, the station will receive a new boost and focus on the discharge of its responsibilities.

9. Before concluding this address, my dear appointees, let me, therefore, congratulate you all on your well-deserved appointments to serve the people of Nasarawa State in the various capacities. Let me also express the sincere appreciation of the Government and people of Nasarawa State to you all for accepting this onerous task.

10. As the Transition Committee is set to commence its assignments, I charge you to come up with lofty ideas that will further reposition the State in all spheres of human endeavour. I also charge you to be objective in your assessment and recommendations towards the sustained socio-economic development of our beloved State.

11. At this juncture, I urge you all to justify the confidence that the Government and good people of Nasarawa State repose in you.

12. On this note, it is my pleasure to inaugurate the 
i. Transition Committee;
ii. Boards of the Teachers Service Commission; and

iii. Nasarawa Broadcasting Service.

13. I wish you success in your respective assignments.

14. Thank you and God bless.