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Nasarawa state Govenment to return 30,000 almajiri to their states

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Nasarawa state Govenment to return 30,000 almajiri to their states

The Nasarawa State Government is committed to enforcing the executive order banning street begging and hawking across the state.

The state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Halima Jabiru, who spoke to the press after the monthly state executive council meeting, said “with the signing into law the executive order banning street begging by Governor Abdullahi Sule, the state government is making arrangement to return nearly 30, 000 almajiri, who are under the age of ten, from the state and to reconnect them with their states of origin.”

Hajiya Jabiru further disclosed that presently, there are 63, 356 almajiri in the state, out of which 40, 000 are indigenes of Nasarawa State.

“You will agree with me that since the assumption of Engineer Abdullahi Sule as the Governor of Nasarawa State, he has shown some concern and worry about the way and manner our children are left on the streets, under aged children for that matter being abused and neglected on the street,” she said.

Hajiya Jabiru said those who are ten year-old and above, would be allowed  to remain in the state but under strict supervision, stressing that government will make sure such almajiri obtain both formal and informal education.

Hajiya Jabiru added that the ministries of women affairs, justice and education, will take up the mater towards ensuring that the 40, 000 indigenous almajiri that will be enrolled in Tsangaya schools, also obtain western education.

The commissioner however threatened that any breach in the law will be dealt with decisively by government, with the hope that soon, children will be taken off the street in Nasarawa State.

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Nasarawa state gets isolation center from Aisha Buhari

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Nasarawa state gets isolation center from Aisha Buhari

Following the easing of the lockdown by the Presidential Tasks Force, PTF, the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has expressed appreciation to the nation’s health workers for their tireless contribution towards controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking during the handover of a health facility she renovated at Maraba Guruku Medical Center in Nasarawa state on Monday, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs and Administration, Dr. HajoSani spoke of the First Lady’s commitment to ending the pandemic which manifested in her distribution of hospital equipment including beds, mattresses, and beddings as well as personal protective equipment for officials all across the country.

She said: “The renovated facility being handed over is to be converted to a COVID-19 Isolation center”

She called on the hospital management to ensure its proper utilization and maintenance.

Mrs. Buhari further presented medicines to the hospital for distribution to those who cannot afford them and food supplies including bags of rice and sugar to the health workers in the hospital.

Receiving the upgraded facility and the other items, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa state, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, expressed the appreciation of the people and government of Nasarawa state for the humanitarian gesture of the first lady, saying that posterity is noting her contributions.

“The concern shown by the First Lady has encouraged others to do the same all over the country and this is manifesting in the apparent success in the management of the pandemic in the nation in general and Nasarawa state in particular”.

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Nasarawa gov inaugurates army special forces HQ

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Nasarawa gov inaugurates army special forces HQ

The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has inaugurated the construction of the headquarters of the Nigerian Army Special Forces Command in the Doma Local Government Area of the state.

Sule performed the foundation laying alongside the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, in Doma on Monday.

The governor said the development would enhance the quest tackle the country’s security challenges especially in the North Central zone of the country.

He said in a bid to bring about a holistic approach to addressing the security challenges, the Federal Government had set up different military operations in the zone.

“Among these military operations, the 123 Special Force Battalion was established in Doma to assist in the fight against cattle rustling, banditry, kidnapping, farmers/herders clashes, among others,” Sule added.

Earlier, Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Army, Lt. Gen Lamidi Adeosun, urged Nigerians with credible intelligence to provide security agencies with same, noting that this would make military operations more effective.

 

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Alleged N1bn projects scam: Nasarawa Assembly indicts SSG, to refund over N248. 5m

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Alleged N1bn projects scam: Nasarawa Assembly indicts SSG, to refund over N248. 5m

 

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly committee investigating alleged N1 billion released in 2018 for the renovation and fencing of Secondary school projects  Monday indicted the Secretary to the Nasarawa State government.

The SSG who is the former Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed Tijani is to refund over N248.5m as unaccounted funds to the coffer of the state government.

Chairman of the committee, Daniel Oga-Ogazi disclosed this while presenting the committee’s reports on the floor of the house during it’s proceeding in Lafia.

Ogazi explained that the former Commissioner displayed outright inefficiency, incompetency, and ineffectiveness in the performance of his official duties by mismanaging the government resources instructed under his care for the project meant to benefit the state.

According to him, based on the committee’s recommendations,  the total sum of N873, 233,942.60 was expended based on information obtained from the Payment Voucher (PVs) excluding 5% deductions for Monitoring and Evaluation (M $ E) as payments for the completed and uncompleted projects.

According to the Committee Chairman, “we summoned the present   Commissioner for Education, her principal officers and management staff, the former Permanent Secretary of the ministry, the former Commissioner for Education and now SSG, Commissioner for Works, his principal officers as well as the contractors that handled various works. Where  the SSG  agreed to  take responsibility for his action

“The total contract sum released was N1, 084,000,000bn  only, when  N873, 233,942.60  is deducted from the total contract sum this will amount to N210, 766, 057.40. Then add 5% Monitoring and Evaluation which is N37, 718, 499.19. The total sum of unaccounted funds will amount to N248, 484,556.60,” Ogazi declared.

Ogazi said recommendations that contractors who completed their work be paid immediately by the ministry and all payments made to the unknown contractors be refunded to government coffers immediately adding that funds be released to contractors with the capacity and ability to carry out the work.

While urging the government to declare a state of emergency on all the project sites to ensure its completion.

The committee Chairman called on contractors who collected money and refused to carry out the renovation/fencing to do so within one month or face the consequences.

While urging the government to declare a state of emergency on all the project sites to ensure its completion.

The committee Chairman called on contractors who collected money and refused to carry out the renovation/fencing to do so within one month or face the consequences.

Ogazi also urged the ministry of education to undertake on the spot assessment of all uncompleted projects to ascertain the level of work done and to make funds available for the completion of projects in the interest of development.

Earlier, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House after receiving the reports said the house will ensure that the committee report is implemented and those involved no matter how highly placed made to refund monies in their possession to the government and also gave the governor ultimatum to sack the SSG.

It would be recalled that on March 17, 2020, the speaker has constituted a committee to carry out a thorough investigation on the alleged mismanagement of the N1billion approved for the renovation/ fencing of public secondary schools in the state.

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