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Nasarawa govt. declares free education for physically-challenged students in tertiary institutions

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The Nasarawa State Government has declared free education for all physically-challenged students in all the state-owned tertiary institutions.

The Provost of College of Education, Akwanga, Mrs Rebecca Umaru, disclosed this on Tuesday in Akwanga Local Government area, when she played host to a team led by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Disability and Social Media, Hamza Awe.

Umaru, who said that government had directed all heads of the institutions to ensure compliance, added that the institution’s management had consequently stopped collecting registration fees from all the physically-challenged students.

“Fees and other charges for all physically-challenged students have been stopped and we are making refund to all those who had paid earlier.

“Any person living with disability who has paid fees or any charges in error should tender receipts to enable us make refund,’’ the provost added.

She pointed out that the management of the college had also declared free excursion programmes for the physically-challenged students to any part of the country to support the efforts of the state government.

Umaru assured that they would give priority attention to the physically-challenged students when allocating hostels accommodation to ease their sufferings.

She, however, appealed to the state government to assist the college with permanent staffers who would be scheduled to take care of the special students in the institution.

Responding, the leader of the team assured the physically-challenged students of Governor Abdullahi Sule’s commitment to addressing their challenges and make life more comfortable for them.

He said: “I want to assure you that the Sule-led administration is giving us a sense of belonging, hence our reason to embark on this advocacy visit to all the tertiary institutions in the state.

The governor’s aide said that the visit was aimed at rubbing minds with the physically-challenged students in order to addressing their challenges. (NAN)

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Nasarawa COVID-19 Task Force active – Commissioner

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The Nasarawa Government on Friday debunked insinuations that its COVID-19 Task Force was inactive, due to the relaxation of restrictions earlier imposed to curtail the spread of the disease in the state.

Mr Dogo Shammah, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, made the clarification in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lafia.

Shammah said the task force headed by the Deputy Gov., Dr Emmanuel Akabe, was still active and working, to ensure that residents complied with the safety measures introduced by the state government.

NAN reports that the state government had recently approved the reopening of worship centres,  lifted the ban on operations of motorcycles and tricycles and also reopened the markets.

Mr Mukaila Ola, a Lafia resident,  said he thought that with the relaxation of the restrictions, people were free to resume their normal activities like there were before the outbreak of COVID-19.

 Shammah warned that the relaxation of some of the  restrictions was not a licence for residents to act recklessly and ignore the safety measures put in place by the state government.

He said the state task force on COVID-19 was still active and going round the state to ensure compliance with government’s directives on the pandemic.

According to the commissioner, the task force has been sensitising people on physical distancing, hand washing and other safety protocols on the the disease.

“The task force is still in force, though the one year celebrations of this administration slowed down activities such as the consistent meetings and appraisal of the pandemic in the state,” he said.

Shammah pointed out that with the rising number of cases in the state, the COVID-19 task force still had a lot of work to do in order to contain its spread.

He urged residents to ignore the insinuations that the task force was no longer active and living up to its mandate.

“The task force will continue to enlighten and support our people because their health and safety are very important.

“The state government, under the leadership of Gov. Abdullahi Sule, will never relent on issues of the health and wellbeing of our people,” he said.

Shammah said that the state government had procured and taken delivery of some equipment to safeguard the lives of residents, adding that the testing centre for COVID-19 in the state would soon begin operation.

“The task force is at the centre of all these developments, which are aimed at easing the inconvenience residents face concerning the virus.

“Aside the testing centre, all other necessities are in place in the state,” he said.


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Nasarawa seeks joint force against child abuse

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Nasarawa State Government has urged stakeholders to join forces with it in the fight to end various forms of child abuses in the state.

The call was made on the backdrop of  the  United Nations annual International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, on June 4, with the 2020 theme:  “Stop Attack on Children.”

Mrs Halima Jabiru, Nasarawa state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development,  told  the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lafia, that the fight to end  all forms of child molestations such as  physical, mental and emotional, needed concerted efforts of all and sundry.

According to her, the significance of the international day of innocent children victims of aggression is aimed at drawing attention of stakeholders; the police, religions , traditional rulers and government at all levels toward ending attacks against children.

She said that Nasarawa state government had domesticated the child rights act to protect the rights of every child from abuse, including street begging and hawking in the state.

“It is indeed a sad reality that children are the most affected in situations of war, armed communal clash, attack on schools, abduction, domestic and marital violence.

“Nasarawa state government prohibition of street begging is aimed at protecting the welfare of children, all the rape cases and abuse recorded in the state are being followed up and the perpetrators are already answering for their crimes,” she said.

The commissioner appealed to parents to pay attention to their children and wards, especially to know where they were going to and who they were meeting.

NAN reports that the UN General Assembly in its emergency special session on  August 19, 1982 set aside June 4, annually to observe International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression to acknowledge the pain suffered by  children all over the world.


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3 doctors test positive to COVID-19 in Nasarawa State, says NMA

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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) says three doctors have tested positive for the COVID-19 in Nasarawa State.

NMA Chairman, Dr Bulus Umaru, made this known in Lafia.

He said, “three gynaecologists and two auxiliary staff have contracted the coronavirus  in the course of their work of dealing with patients.

“The doctors are now on admission at an isolation centre at the Federal Medical Centre and are responding to treatment.”

He urged the NMA members and other health workers to observe personal and environmental hygiene and guard against contracting the disease.

Umaru advised health workers in the state to be properly kitted with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) whenever on duty attending to patients.

“You may not know which patients have the virus, hence the need for proper protection to avoid being infected,” he said.

He also appealed to the Nasarawa State Government to pay hazard allowances to health workers battling the Coronavirus pandemic to ensure industrial harmony at this critical time.

Umaru urged the state government to also introduce insurance schemes for health workers. .

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COVID-19: Nasarawa lifts ban on commercial motorcycles, open markets

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The Nasarawa Government has lifted the ban on operation of commercial motorcycles occasioned by COVID-19, as part of the gradual reopening of activities in the state.

Ahmed Yahaya, Commissioner of Health made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Lafia, after an expanded  stakeholders’ meeting on COVID-19 in the state.

Yahaya also announced that the government had approved the reopening of all markets across the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Gov. Abdullahi Sule, had on March 2, shutdown all markets and placed ban on commercial motorcycles as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The commissioner, however, said that the lifting of the ban and reopening of markets was with certain conditions that must be  observed.

“Commercial motorcycle operators should carry only one passenger and must use face masks ,” He  added.

The Commissioner listed the conditions for the  reopening of  markets to include,  compulsory use of face masks, provision of hand sanitiser and running water as well as observance of physical distancing by both traders and custoners.

On his part,  Samson Gamu-Yare, the “Chum-Mada,” who spoke on behalf of the state Traditional Council of Chiefs, said the traditional rulers would intensify sensitisation of their subjects to observe all governent’s directives toward the containment of COVID-19.

He said the traditional institution  would continue to complement government’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19 by ensuring strict monitoring of their domain for those who may want to flout orders.

Similarly, Mr  Bola Longe, Commissioner of Police in the state,  said the police and other security agencies had mounted road blocks at strategic locations across the state for the strict enforcement of government’s ban on interstate travels and curfew.

“We will not allow people to flout the regulations as directed by the federal and Nasarawa state governments.

“All entry and exit points in the state are being monitored by security agencies and we will not allow interstate movements,’’ he said.

The commissioner also warned shop owners,  to provide hand sanitiser, water and soap to customers and wear face masks to avoid face-off with the police. .


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COVID-19: NOA begins motorised sensitisation in Nasarawa

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The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Nasarawa State says it has commenced a motorised sensitisation against the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Dr Priscilla Gondo-Aluor, Director, NOA, Nasarawa State, said on Thursday in Lafia that the sensitisation became necessary for residents not to misconstrue the relaxation of lockdown for end of COVID-19.

According to Gondo-Aluor, the general public should take note that the virus is still affecting people worldwide, including Nigeria.

She reminded the residents to adhere to the recommended safety measures, including wearing of face mask, physical distancing, regular washing of hands with soap and water as well as use of alcohol-based sanitiser.

“It has become absolute necessary that the general public should be called upon to be aware that COVID-19 is still affecting people worldwide, Nigeria inclusive.

“As such, the safety measures and protocol of COVID-19 should be strictly observed so as to reduce the spread rather than throw all cautions to the wind which will result in an increase in the number of effected persons.

“The relaxation of the lockdown clearly calls for every citizen to play his/her parts by keeping off COVID-19, considering the increase in the confirmed cases and deaths in Nigeria,” she said.

The Emir of Lafia and Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Traditional Rulers, Justice Sidi Bage (rtd), appreciated the agency for embarking on the motorised campaign.

The emir, who spoke through the District Head of Lafia, Alhaji Mustapha Yahuza, said that the emirate council had notified the people not to see the relaxation of the lockdown as the end of the pandemic.


Edited By: Joe Idika/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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COVID-19: Lawmaker, 3 others die in Nasarawa- Gov Sule

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Gov.  Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Thursday confirmed that four persons  have so far died of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.

The governor made the disclosure in Lafia at the review meeting of the state’s  COVID-19 committee.

According to the  governor, the state unfortunately recorded four deaths including the member of the state assembly representing Nasarawa-West out of the 90 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The governor also said that 705 samples were taken from the state to the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) for testing  since the pandemic started.

Out of the 705 samples taken, we have so far received 658 results and 90 were confirmed positive, while results of the remaining are  still being awaited.

“Those receiving treatment at the various isolation centres in the state are so far responding to treatment,” Sule added.

The governor assured the people of the state that the government under his leadership would always prioritize their welfare, health and security in line with the oath of office.

He also expressed gratitude to traditional rulers, security, health personnel, journalists and other stakeholders for their efforts toward containing the virus.

Sule also thanked God for sparing the life of Joseph Masin, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state who recently regained his freedom from kidnapers.

He expressed gratitude to the security agencies for their efforts and his family and indeed the entire Christians in the state for their patient during the abduction of the CAN Chairman. .


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FEC approves N8.1 billion for completion of dam in Nasarawa State

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N8.1 billion for the completion of the construction of Farin-Ruwa multipurpose dam in Nasarawa State.

The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the third virtual meeting of the Council.

The meeting was presided over by President Muhamamdu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja.

He said the project was started by the Nasarawa State Government in 2013 but the state government in 2018, requested the federal government to take over for completion of the project.

He said: “President Buhari approved the project, a multipurpose dam project with provision for water supply, irrigation and 20 megawatts hydropower station.

“All we intend to do at the federal level is to complete the dam and then hope that we can get a concessionaire to take over the component of the hydropower, which includes the construction of the power house, the turbines and the transmission lines.

“The contract sum is N8.14 billion inclusive of all taxes with the completion period of 24 months.

“It comprises of the completion of the dam embankment, spring lay and outlet works for the water supply and hydropower component, 20 kilometres of access road and rehabilitation of some service quarters.’’

In his contribution, the Minister of Defence, retired Maj. Gen Bashir Magashi, said his ministry made presentation to the Council on its achievements and challenges in the last one year.

He said: “We spoke about our short comings. We talked about manpower shortage, inadequate funding for the Ministry of Defence. We talked about all the operations we have been conducting, the successes and failures of each of the operations right from Operation Lafia Dole to Operation Tawase.

“The shortcomings of each of the operations were discussed and God so kind contributions were made by members of the council and I think in no distant time there will be a change in the conduct of our affairs in the Ministry of Defence.’’


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Nasarawa Govt. mulls e -procurement

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The Nasarawa State Government says it will adopt e- procurement to engender transparency and accountability in the process.

Mr Dominic Bako, the newly appointed Director-General of the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) told newsmen after his confirmation by the Nasarawa State Assembly on Tuesday in Lafia.

According to him, e – procurement will give opportunity for everybody to participate and engender transparency and accountability.

The director-general promised to make the procurement competitive for contractors with the view to identifying people that had capacity and expertise.

Bako explained that the Bureau was serving like a clearing house and due process office, where rules must be followed.

He commended Gov. Sule for finding him worthy of the appointment, and also for ensuring that things were done differently and correctly.


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DG nominee vows to ensure transparency in government procurement process in Nasarawa 

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Dr Dominic Bako, a nominee for the position of Director General, Nasarawa State Bureau for Public Procurement has vowed to ensure accountability and transparency in government procurement process.

 

Bako gave the assurance on Tueday when he appeared for screening before the state House of Assembly   in Lafia.

He said that it would no longer be business as usual in the award of contract and purchase of government property given the establishment of the bureau.

 

“I want to commend His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule for appointing me and also the Speaker and the Honourable members for passing the bill for the establishment of this Bureau for Public Procurement.

 

“I want to assure you that if confirmed and sworn in as DG of this Bureau, it will no longer be business as usual in the government procurement process.

 

“I will ensure transparency and accountability, due process while discharging my duties for the overall development of the state,” he said.

 

The DG nominee said that he would use his wealth of experience towards ensuring the rapid development of the state.

 

Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, Speaker of the Assembly announced the confirmation of Bako as the DG of the Bureau for Public Procurement, citing his integrity, competence and wealth of experience.

 

The speaker directed the Clerk of the Assembly to communicate the house  resolution to the governor for necessary action on Bako’s confirmation.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bako was until his appointed, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Budget, Finance and Economic planning.

He also served as Head of Service, Permanent Secretary and  Commissioner under the immediate past administration of Gov. Umaru Al-Makura in the state.

 


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