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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.
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[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”7″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_crop=”0″]Governor Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa State has continue with the frantic completion of an old conference Hall(Banquet Hall)/events center project awarded during the regime of Late Madauchin Doma, Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma at Government House.
The about ten year building project which is situated at the first gate of Government House Lafia, consist of conference hall and will offer a highly aesthetic platform to undertake the organization of top government events and other activities.
By his renewed commitment, this gesture of Engineer Sule has further reaffirmed his determination to consolidate and complete all ongoing projects previously embarked upon, during the administrations of Senator Tanko Almakura administration, as well as during the reign of Late Aliyu Akwe Doma , as well as others.
It is therefore imperative for people of Nasarawa state to support Governor Abdullahi Sule with prayers to enable him to deliver on his mandate.
Nasarawa State Government has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, for approving over N8bn for the construction of the Farin Ruwa Dam, as well as the Sisin Baki/Farin Ruwa road.
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, made the commendation in an opening remark during an expanded stakeholders meeting to review measures put in place to contain further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, at the Government House, on Thursday.
While expressing deep appreciation to the President on behalf of the government and people of the state, Engineer Sule thanked the Federal Government for coming to the assistance of the state at a time Nasarawa needed assistance.
The Governor restated that, in line with the commitment of his administration to complete all ongoing projects started by previous administrations in the state, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, was among the first ministries the state government approached with a view to ensuring that the Farin Ruwa dam project sees the light of day.
“From my follow up, the money is there, it’s not that they are going to seek for the money from somewhere. It’s just to ensure that they mobilize to site to continue with the project,” Engineer Sule disclosed.
He stated that even though the state government has commenced the construction of the Sisin Baki/Farin Ruwa road, the Federal Government has now taken over the project with the approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday.
The Governor added that the project, initiated by the past administration of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, is capable of generating 20 megawatts of electricity, which he said will be more than enough for Akwanga and possibly Keffi.
Commenting on the status of the state regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Engineer Sule expressed concern over the escalation of the virus in the state.
According to the Governor, out of the 705 samples taken from across the state, 658 have been received, with the state so far, recording 90 positive cases, with four deaths.
Engineer Sule used the opportunity to show appreciation to traditional rulers, security agents and the media, for their continued support while government put measures in place to contain and control the spread of the pandemic.
He particularly thanked the people of the state for their understanding and cooperation throughout the trying moment occasioned by the outbreak of the COVID-19.
“That is why it’s important that we sit today. In the whole country, the situation is being reviewed and some of the restrictions are being relaxed.
“Because some of these restrictions are actually having devastating effects on the economy, so the Federal Government and other states have no option than, in spite of the increase of the number of the cases, relax some of these restrictions,” the Governor stated.
Engineer Sule equally used the opportunity of the meeting to show appreciation over the release of the state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Joseph Masin, who was kidnapped recently.
While thanking members of his family and the Christendom for their patience, understanding and efforts, during the difficult moment, the Governor commended the security agents for effecting the release of Bishop Masin.