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Concerned Nasarawa youths calls for SSG suspension over 1Bn misappropriation

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Concerned Nasarawa youths Press conference

A group of Nasarawa youths has called for the suspension and investigation of Secretary to the state government over the ongoing 1bn scandal being investigated by the Nasarawa state House of assembly.

The group name Coalition of Concerned Nasarawa Youths made the call to governor A. A. Sule on Friday during a press conference in lafia.

According to the group, they want the case as a matter of urgency Mr Aliyu Tijani should be suspended, investigated and if found guilty to have misappropriated the sum of one billion naira, persecuted including everyone involve no matter his or her position.

The said one billion Naira was released by the government of Senator Umaru Tanko Almakura when he was serving as the state commissioner of education for the renovation of two hundred and eight (208) dilapidated schools across the state.

Comrade Hashidu Aminu while giving the statement warned that legal action shall be taken against the state government if the matter is swept under the carpet.

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Senator Al-Makura Empowers 2000 Constituents

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Senator Al-Makura Empowers 2000 Constituents

Senator representing Nasarawa south senatorial district and immediate past Governor of the state, Umaru Almakura, Wednesday, advised residents of his constituency to continue to respect social distancing and stay at home order as COVID-19 spreads.
He gave the advised while disturbing N10,000 micro loan to 2,000 beneficiaries in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Lafia, Nasarawa state capital.
Almakura said people should continue to follow government directives in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus,in the state.
He said the ongoing lockdown imposed on the people of Nasarawa state and other government policies on COVID-19 were government efforts meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The Senator stated that the disbursement was apt owing to the challenges bedeviling the country and the world at large, occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19.

He said,” I believe these support will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of our people who are less privilege to have the way-withal in boosting their small businesses.
Also speaking at the event, the Nasarawa state coordinator NDE, Alhaji Dauda Ease, said the aim of the programme was to disburse micro loans to 2000 beneficiaries in Nasarawa state.

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Nasarawa Youth Assembly Speaker impeached

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Nasarawa Youth Assembly Speaker impeached

The Youth Assembly of Nigeria (YAN), Nasarawa State Chapter, has impeached Mr Ja’afar Loko as Speaker of the body over alleged abuse of power and other misconducts.

Mr Jesse Gimba, the new Speaker of the assembly made this known on Monday while addressing newsmen in Lafia.

Gimba, the former Deputy Speaker, said that the removal of his predecessor followed a vote of no confidence passed by members on Loko’s leadership style.

He said that the action of the former speaker had brought the name of the association into disrepute and ridicule.

“YAN as a revered and non-political group was needlessly dragged into issues through the activities of the former speaker and who incidentally is an aide to the SSG.

“This said action, inadvertently brought the name of YAN into disrepute and ridicule.

“More disheartening was the fake news accusing Assembly members of collecting N11 million for COVID-19 palliative from Gov. Abdullahi Sule purported to have emanated from some members of this respective body (YAN).

“This has further undermined our collective efforts as youths and also insulted our sensibilities,” he said.

Loko is the Media Aide to the Secretary to Nasarawa State Government (SSG), Alhaji Aliyu Tijani Ahmed.

Gimba said that the impeached speaker has failed to defend himself when the association gave him the opportunity to do so.

“After giving him (the former speaker) the ample opportunity to come and defend himself and he could not, we the elected officials had no choice than to apply the necessary steps of making changes at the leadership to save the hard earned reputation of the YAN as a body.

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“This will also allow the former speaker to work freely and discharge his duties to his boss without necessarily dragging the entire youth body into it,” he said.

The new speaker appealed to the state House of Assembly to reconsider its earlier decision to arrest the said erring members and forgive them.

“We, therefore, offer an unreserved apology to the respected House of Assembly members and plead that they shield their swords and allow our existing cordial relationship to blossom,” Gimba urged.

The association acknowledged the effort of Gov. Abdullahi Sule in managing the situation of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

When contacted Mr. Loko expressed surprise in the news saying he is just hearing it for the first time from our correspondent saying he is not aware of such decision.

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PDP BOT Chairman wants suspension of Sen. Ewuga, Onawo, others lifted in Nasarawa

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Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Walid Jibrin, has called for the immediate lifting of the suspension order on three prominent members in Nasarawa state.

The state party executive committee suspended the three members for alleged misconduct which triggered institution of litany of court cases in the  state.

Those suspended for alleged misconduct are former minister of State FCT, Sen. Solomon Ewuga, former minister of State for Justice, Barrister Musa Elayo and Alhaji Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo, a former member of House of Representatives.

Walid called for the lifting  of the suspension order in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria( NAN) in Keffi on Friday.

He said his decision was for peaceful and amicable resolution of all crises in the state.

” In respect of our party’s National Working Committee (NWC)’s decision to halt all party congresses and meetings due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in Nigeria and with the directives of the Government, Health authorities religious and traditional rulers.

” I see no reason why some of our party leaders in Nasarawa state should embark on court cases and suspension of some party members.

“Being the highest political leader in Nasarawa state and Chairman PDP Board of Trustees, I want to assure all members in the state that the leaders and elders are seriously handling the issue and are in serious consultations with the NWC.

” Meanwhile, I am advising that all cases in different courts and suspension order be withdrawn and lifted immediately to pave way for amicable resolution,” he said.

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Walid assured all members of free, fair and transparent congress in the state.

NAN recalls that the PDP Nasarawa State chapter, recently  withessed the suspension of  three prominent members of the party in the state.

The state publicity secretary of the party, Muhammad Umar-Bwala, had announced the suspension of the trio through a statement for alleged misconduct.

“The State Executive Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Nasarawa State met today March 24, 2020 and took far reaching decisions after joint session with members of State Elders’ Forum.

Owing to the role of some elders of this party sponsoring crisis within the party, engaging in act of gross misconduct, Sentator Solomon Ewuga , Hon. Musa Elayo and Hon. Muhammed O.Onawo are hereby suspended from the party and also to face Standing Disciplinary Committee of the party,” Bwala had said. (NAN)

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