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Al – Makura commissioning “Almakura Lecture hall FULAFIA” (full speech)




Today marks a watershed in the annals of history of my life as we are gathered here to commission a newly constructed twin 500-Seater Lecture Hall christened Umaru Tanko Al-makura Lecture Hall. Indeed, this is a historic occasion that will remain indelible in my life; to wake up with the realization that this state-of-the-art edifice was named after my humble self.

2. Let me express my gratitude to the authorities of the Federal University, Lafia for deeming it appropriate to name this all important edifice after my humble self. There is no doubt that this historic gesture will remain indelible not only in my life but also in the annals of the history of our dear State. I consider this honour done to me as a challenge to continue to rededicate my efforts towards the development of education in the State.


3. I am humbled to state that this recognition accorded me by this citadel of learning is, perhaps, done in recognition of our modest effort towards resuscitating the education sector in the State in particular and our token contribution to the overall development of this institution to achieve optimum academic excellence in general.

4. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, realizing the enormous value this Ivory Tower could add to the educational growth of Nasarawa State, our Administration was frontal in ensuring that the University started on a good footing and, indeed, leap-frogs to become one of the
best University in Nigeria that will compete favourably with the best universities across the world.

5. It is in this connection that, since the take-off of the institution, we have continued to provide both moral and infrastructural support to the University. Accordingly, we donated this old State Government Secretariat to serve as the take-off site for the University in addition to residential accommodation provided for the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar, including a guest house for the University. Not only have we secured a permanent site for the
University, we are also constructing a block of female hostel at the University to relieve the students of unnecessary stress and pressure of accommodation. I am happy to note that the building has reached 60% completion. It is pertinent to further state that in our strategic
resolve to facilitate the establishment of a Medical College, this Administration donated a newly constructed Comprehensive General Hospital to serve as the Teaching Hospital for the institution. It is our expectation that the University is doing the needful to ensure the commencement of programmes in the College.

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6. Let me point out that I am impressed by the progressive growth of the University both in academics and infrastructural development. I believe that the doggedness of the Governing Council, the Vice Chancellor and, indeed, the entire Management of the University to ensure professionalism in the affairs of this institution earned you accreditation of courses, as well as the take-off of post-graduate programmes in the University. No doubt, this determination vis-à-vis your avowal to entrench the culture of hard work, discipline, integrity and academic excellence has already given you an edge over your peers. This is how it should be.

7. Distinguished members of this citadel of learning, it is gratifying to note that your commitment in this direction is concomitant with this Administration’s determination to revolutionize education in Nasarawa State. It would be recalled that, when we first assumed office in May, 2011, I made a solemn declaration that education is one of the key sectors we will accord topmost priority. It is in this connection that we embarked on rapid construction, rehabilitation and provision of infrastructural facilities in our primary, secondary and tertiary institutions across the State.

8. Our effort in the tertiary level of education has been robust and un-daunting. It is for this reason that Government recently constituted committees to look into the activities of our three State-owned tertiary institutions in our determination to rekindle them towards the realization of their lofty goals for the benefit of all.

9. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the commissioning of this Lecture Hall we are witnessing today will, no doubt, add impetus to our resolve to bequeath an educational system that will provide a twin goal of quality education that will mould the character of our
children on the one hand, and produce economically viable citizens of Nigeria. This is because a well-educated citizenry is more economically productive. In this regard, I make covenant with you that development of education will be a legacy that Umaru Tanko Al-makura would be remembered for.

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10. At this juncture, let me once again express my profound appreciation to the Governing Council, the Management, the Senate and, indeed, the entire University community for recognizing the modest effort we are making towards educational advancement of the society. I remain honoured for finding me worthy of this recognition. It is my hope that this edifice will serve the purpose for which it is meant.

11. Thank you and God bless.

Source: Ta’Al Circle

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Nasarawa is ready for Coronavirus – Health Commissioner



Nasarawa state commissioner for health, Pharm Ahmed Yahaya has explained that the state is battle ready to tackle the outbreak of coronavirus disease including the 5 suspected cases in Keffi.

He told our correspondent yesterday in Lafia that the state has close down major parks in the state and ban all social gatherings as a preventive measures.

Five family members were Thursday quarantine  at the Federal Medical Center, FMC for suspected cases of Corona virus.

The chief medical director of the hospital Dr Yahaya Baba Adamu said sample of the victims have been taken to the National Center for Disease Control, NCDC for testing and confirmation.

He said that the father of the victims returned from Ogun state to Keffi to meet his wife and children and all of them suddenly developed symptoms similar to corona virus and were quarantine at the hospital isolation center.

“The entire family is feeling very feverish, though the fever is going down but we are waiting for the laboratory test result to ascertain our suspicion” he said But the state commissioner of health Ahmed Yahaya says government  has set up a well trained response team in readiness to curtail any response team ahead of the outbreak of the disease in the state and we are battle ready for it.

He explained that the response teams who are well trained and kitted are stationed at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia and the Federal Medical Center Keffi where five suspected cases have been reported and being effectively handle by the team.

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According to him “We have a case of family of five at FMC Keffi, our team have being on contact, they have taken the sample to Abuja and we are hoping that by tomorrow the confirmation will be made available to us, we are on top of the situation and our it was through adequate sensitization that the victims were able to report themselves to the hospital.

“Our isolation centers in the two hospitals are well equipped and we got some facilities from National Center for Disease Control” he said.

He explained that the they have dedicated six phone numbers for the public or medical facilities to report any suspected case of COVID-19 to the response team for prompt action and he gave the phone numbers as 08036018579, 08035871718, 08033254549,08036201904, 08032910826, and 08121243191.

The commissioner explained further that government had taken the proactive measures to ensure that the state is not taken unaware, adding that there is no medication or vaccine for the disease.

He directed all Primary and Secondary Healthcare facilities to promptly report any suspected case to the state response team, noting that the state is highly prepared and has put in machinery on ground to tackle all infectious disease.

But speaking to our correspondent, the chief medical director, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia, Dr Hassan Ikramma explained that the hospital do not have facilities for testing corona virus outbreak in the state.

He explained further that what the hospital has is a perfect isolation center for suspected cases, noting that only Lagos state and Abuja  facilities for testing the dreaded virus.

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Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education in the state has ordered the closure of public schools to prevent outbreak of the virus.

State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology,  Hajiya Fati Jimaita Sabo, gave the orders, at an emergency meeting  with Directors, Chief Evaluation Officers and Association of Nigeria Conference of Principals of Seconadry Schools (ANCOPSS), yesterday in Lafia.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, the Commissioner directed all school principals across secondary schools in the state, to hasten and complete ongoing examination latest Thursday, 26.

Students are to proceed on vocation until further notice.

“Following the growing concern and gradual spread of Coronavirus popularly known as COVID19, the State Ministry of Education Science and Technology, has directed principals of public secondary Schools in the  state to  complete their second term examination latest Thursday 26 of March 2020, and proceed for vocation.” the statement read

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Nasarawa Organises Free JAMB CBT Training For Candidates



Nasarawa Organises Free JAMB CBT Training For Candidates

Ahead of the 2020 Joint Admissions and  Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination scheduled to hold this month, the Nasarawa State government has organized preparatory Computer Based Test (CBT) training for candidates from the state.

Speaking at the training organised by the office of the personal assistant to the Nasarawa State Governor on Youths and Students Matters at the JAMB CBT Centre, Lafia, the governor’s assistant,  Abubakar Yamani Yammani, said the workshop supported by all the state’s local government chairmen, became necessary following the mass failure during the 2019 UTME, mostly as a result of inability to operate the computer.

Yammani disclosed that the free training exercise would be replicated across all the local government headquarters, under the supervision of the local government chairmen.

While commending Governor Abdullahi Sule for the initiative, Yammani noted the training would add value to the students, as well as build their capacity on CBT.

“It is my topmost priority and prayer that after this laudable program Nasarawa State will become the best performing state in Nigeria,” he added.

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Government sacks Rector, and Provots of Lafia Poly and College of Education Akwanga



Government sacks Rector, and Provots of Lafia Poly and College of Education Akwanga

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has approved the suspension of Dr Rebecca Umaru, Provost College of Education Akwanga (COEA), and other management staff of the institution. In a statement issued by Mr Tijjani Ahmed, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), on Friday in Lafia, said the governor also approved the suspension of the Governing Council of the college.

Ahmed added that Sule has directed the Provost, Registrar, Bursar and Desk-officer in charge of TETFUND, to proceed on compulsory leave with immediate effect.

He said in the meantime, the governor had approved the appointment of a former Commissioner of Health, Dr Roseline Kela, as interim Administrator of the COEA for a period of six months. “Similarly, the governor has also approved the appointment of Mrs Ruth Jiriko, as the Acting Rector of Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, with immediate effect,’’ he said.

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