24 Apr

Governor Sule signs public procurement bill into law

Governor Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa State said by signing the bill, Nasarawa has joined the league of transparent states.

He stated the need for a proper and efficient procurement agency to ensure the enforcement of the law to ensure accountability and transparency in governance.

The governor appreciated members of the assembly for their relentless efforts in seeing to the success of this bill.

The bill according to Governor Sule will avail the state the opportunity to benefit from world Bank support to states that have exhibited honesty and transparency.

Abdullahi Sule said “Today we have joined the league of elite states and we will henceforth begin to see the benefits of this singular act from IMF, World Bank and the rest”.

Speaking, the Speaker Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi stressed the importance of the bill which prompted the assembly to resume from recess to ensure the speedy deliberation and passage of the bill.

Balarabe applauded the commitment of the Governor to bring about the needed development of the state as he assured of the continuous support and cooperation of the assembly in the overall interest of the state.

In an opening remark, the Commissioner for Justice, Abdul Karim Kana said the Governor deemed it fit to come up with the law considering its important to development of the state.

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24 Apr

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His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe, Deputy Governor Nasarawa State who doubles as the Chairman, Task-force on Covid-19 today visited Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) to ascertain the level of preparedness of Isolation Centre in the hospital and to authenticate quality of facilities installed at the Centre.

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19 Apr

Nasarawa secures 110 bed isolation centre

Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia in Nasarawa has secured a one hundred and ten capacity bed isolation centre for treatment and management of Corona virus in the state.

Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr.Hassan Ikrama stated this while briefing newsmen in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

Dr. Hassan Ikrama said the isolation centre had been equipped with the necessary facilities to manage patients suspected with COVID 19.

He noted that non availability of ventilators is one of the major challenges at the isolation centre.

No confirmed case of COVID 19 has been recorded in Nasarawa State so far.

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19 Apr

COVID-19 lockdown: Nasarawa govt. to distribute foodstuffs to needy people

The Nasarawa State Government Has Purchased A Large Quantity Of Grains To Be Distributed To The Needy To Cushion The Effects Of The Partial Lockdown In The State. Mr Dogo Shammah, Commissioner For information, Culture and Tourism says The Nasarawa State Government has purchased a large quantity of grains to be distributed to the needy to cushion the effects of the partial lockdown in the state.

Mr Dogo Shammah, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lafia on Monday.

Also, COVID-19: NMA constitutes committee to assist Nasarawa govt.

He said that Gov. Abdullahi Sule had already constituted a taskforce that was saddled with the responsibility of working out modalities to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“The Committee Chaired by Mr Emmanuel Akabe, Deputy Governor of the state, had since directed the subcommittee on Agriculture to purchase massive food and store in food banks,” the commissioner said.

Shammah noted that the subcommittee headed by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Water Resources, Prof. Allahnana Otaki, had since identified the food banks and had commenced the purchase of grains.

He said that modalities for distribution were still being worked out and would be made public by the governor when concluded.

Shammah promised that the government would ensure that the process was not hijacked and the foods get to those that really need them.

He assured the people of the state that the government would continue to prioritise their health, security and welfare.

NAN reports that the governor on April 2 imposed a 24-hour curfew on Karu Local Government Area.

The governor restricted movements from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. in other parts of the state, among other measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The governor had also ordered a partial shutdown of markets and directed civil servants from Grade Level one to 12 to operate from home.

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19 Apr


The Executive Governor, Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi A Sule was on a working visit to Karu local government area and was received by Hon. Samuel Akala Gajere, the Executive Chairman, Karu local government area, the Gateway to the FCT.

The Governor who was received at the Maraba boundary between Nasarawa State and FCT. The governor went to the local government area see the level of compliance to the 24 hours curfew imposed on the area by the state government.

Engr. A. A. Sule, the governor, call on the citizens residing within Karu local government area to obey the order by remaining in their various homes and keep social distancing while avoiding unnecessary activities that could expose them to the pandemic. He further said that government is set to distribute grains and other food items to the less privileged within the local government area from tomorrow Thursday 9th April, 2020. This is aimed at alleviating the hardship being incurred as result of the 24 hours curfew.

He cited the directive as a response to curbing the Covid-19 pandemic, the global health emergency, and that the decision to impose the curfew is in the overall/ best interest of the people.

Karu in the hands of Hon. Akala Samuel Gajere is safe by the grace of God.

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19 Apr


Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr Abdullahi A Sule has pardoned no fewer than 125 inmates of the state Correctional Centres to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This is coming after President Muhammad Buhari kicked-off the 2020 presidential pardon and clemency program to fast track the decongestion of prisons over the fear of COVID-19 spread in the country.

Contain in a statement released personally on Thursday by the Governor.

The Governor has directed the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy to map out modalities for the immediate release of the affected inmates across the State Correctional Centres.

The statement read in part ”

“In furtherance of the concerted efforts of the present Administration towards the containment of the spread of COVID-19 and the need to urgently decongest the Correctional Centres across the country, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR has approved the pardon of 2,600 inmates.

“The inmates are in the following categories:
a. Convicts with fine of N50,000.00 and below;
b. Convicts with minor offences;
c. On the grounds of old age (above 60 years);
d. Those who have served 75% of their sentences; and
e. Convicts with less than 6 months to complete their sentences.

“In the light of the foregoing, a total of 125 inmates are to benefit from the Nasarawa State Correctional Centres across the State.

“I have directed the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy to map out modalities for the immediate release of the affected inmates across the State Correctional Centres”, the governor said.

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02 Mar


His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State;

2. The Right Hon. Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly;

3. The Hon. Chief Judge of Nasarawa State;

4. Principal Officers and Members of the State House of Assembly;

5. Members of the State Executive and Security Councils;

6. The Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State;

7. The Head of the Civil Service;

8. The State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC);

9. Special Advisers;

10. Permanent Secretaries;

11. His Royal Highness, Hon. Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad I JSC (Rtd) Emir of Lafia and Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs;

12. Chairmen and Chief Executives of Commissions, Boards and Parastatals;

13. Chairmen of Local Government Councils and overseers of Development Areas;

14. Gentlemen of the Press;

15. Ladies and gentlemen.

I am delighted to address you today on the occasion of the inauguration of the Committees to constitute the Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) and Domestication of Model Penal Code, 1960 (as amended in 2015), as well as assenting to the Nasarawa State Kidnapping Act Prohibition Law and the Protection and Implementation of the Child’s Right Protection Executive Order.

2. You would recall that in furtherance of our commitment to complement the efforts of our security Agencies in securing lives and property to ensure that emerging crimes and criminality are curtailed and contained, I directed the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice to put in place necessary machinery for the constitution of Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) for the State and the Local Government Areas. This is in line with the domestication of the amended Model Penal Code of Northern Nigeria 2015. Having carried out the necessary processes in tune with the Court, we are gathered here today to witness the inauguration of the Nasarawa State Volunteer Guard which Executive Order I signed moment ago to give it effect.

3. As you are aware, during the recently concluded Security Summit for the North-Central Zone, the security architecture of the Zone and by extension, our dear country was appraised and recommendations made towards the enhanced security of our people. At that Summit, the issue of community policing was extensively deliberated and appropriate measures proffered to address the security challenges for the continued sustenance of peaceful co-existence among the diverse ethnic nationalities, not only in the region, but in the country at large.

4. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is against this background that we resolved to take deliberate steps in order to secure our environment to rise up to crime and criminalities to ensure that law and order are maintained at all times for the socio-economic development of our dear State.

5. I need to state that this measure is imperative in developing the policy framework for security sector reform, with a view to incorporating security actors in the formal and informal sectors including the community policing into the national security architecture. In this regard, the Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) is expected to complement the effort of the State Security Agencies, especially in the rural areas to respond effectively and adequately in the emerging security situations. Most importantly, it will help the State at all levels to rebuild and reinforce its law enforcement and security provisioning capacity through the partnership of the Nigeria Police Force with the community and all other stakeholders in order to make Nasarawa State a secured place.

6. It is pertinent to note that, this country is contending with a lot of security challenges, ranging from bomb explosions, armed robbery, human trafficking, kidnapping and abduction, murder, activities of Boko Haram sect, communal clashes and conflict between farmers and herdsmen, among others. Indeed, crimes and criminality have led to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons which are freely used by unpatriotic elements to achieve heinous and selfish aims. This unpleasant development has become worrisome and a cause for concern not only to the security agencies but to all and sundry.

7. I need to state that the Nasarawa State Kidnapping Act Prohibition Law was extensively deliberated and passed by the State House of Assembly. This bill spelled out various offences relating to kidnapping and prescribed stringent punishment for perpetrators, such as life imprisonment and dead penalty. In the same vein, it is important to note that buildings used in keeping victims of heinous crimes will henceforth be forfeited to Government.

8. It is worthy of note that Nasarawa State has domesticated the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria to enforce law and order by retaining most of the criminal law doctrines in the State without much alterations.

9. As part of today’s occasion, we are also gathered to assent to the Protection of Children and Implementation of the Child’s Right Protection Executive Order, 2005 of Nasarawa State pursuant to section 5 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended. This will guarantee the safety, security, wellbeing, care, good health and education, as well as guarantee the future of our children.


10. Without sounding immodest, this Law apart from the prohibition of street begging, provides punishment for parents who out of irresponsibility threw away their children to street begging. In this regard, Government has taken measures to enroll our children into Tsangaya Schools with a view to addressing the menace.

11. Let me state that members of these Committees were selected based on their records of experience, professionalism, patriotism and pedigree. I charge you, therefore, to live above board and justify the confidence Government reposed in you. You must carry out your assignment diligently, devoid of any sentiment or favouritism.

12. I need to point out that the Commissioner of Police will chair this all important Committee. Other Members include heads of security agencies and other stakeholders in the State. To ensure the effective take off of this outfit, the Chairmen of Local Government Councils are hereby directed to constitute coordinating Committees comprising of Security Agencies and other Stockholders at the Local Government and Development Areas levels of the State to ensure the execution of this project. Accordingly, I appeal to our Traditional Rulers, Religious and Community Leaders to support this initiative for the good of all.

13. Let me take the liberty of this occasion to state that the State Volunteer Guard is not a security outfit and should not be used under whatever guise to promote or protect personal interest and inclination, it is essentially empanelled to complement the security agencies in the conduct of their onerous responsibilities of protecting the lives and property of the citizens.

14. On this note, it is my pleasure to inaugurate the Committees to constitute the Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) and Domestication of Model Penal Code, 1960 (as amended in 2015), as well as assent to the Protection and Implementation of the Child’s Right Protection Executive Order and Nasarawa State Kidnapping Act Prohibition Law.

15. Thank you and may God bless us all.


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26 Feb

Gov. Sule approves death penalty for kidnappers in Nasarawa State

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has inaugurated a committee on community policing, the Community Volunteer Guards (Vigilante) Committee, as well as the Penal Code Reform Committee.

Inaugurating the two committees at a combined ceremony which held at the Taal Conference Hotel, Lafia, on Wednesday, Engineer Sule said it was in furtherance of the commitment of his administration to complement the efforts of security agencies in securing lives and property of the people of the state.

He noted further that it was also intended to ensure emerging crimes and criminality are curtailed and contained.

Engineer Sule disclosed that he earlier directed the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to put in place necessary machinery for the constitution of the Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) for the state and local government areas, in line with the domestication of the amended Model Penal Code of Northern Nigeria 2015.

The Governor recalled the recently held North-Central security summit, where the security situation of the zone and country at large, were reviewed, with solutions proffered towards addressing the security challenges confronting the zone.

He explained that, it was against that background that his administration decided to take deliberate steps in order to secure the state and to ensure that law and order are maintained at all times for socio-economic development of the state.

While noting that it has become necessary to develop a policy framework for security sector reform, with a view to incorporating security actors in the formal and informal sectors, including the community policing policy into national security architecture, Engineer Sule stressed that the Volunteer Guard is expected to complement the effort of state security agencies, especially in rural areas.

Earlier, state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Associate Professor Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana, pointed out that the Penal Code Law of Nasarawa State was inherited from Northern Nigeria enacted in 1959.
He described the law as impracticable, particularly in the face of contemporary realities and modern crimes, explaining the constitution of relevant stakeholders and renowned scholars in law to draw up a Penal Code Law that meets the need of the present times.

Associate Prof Kana disclosed that the Nasarawa State Community Volunteer Guards (Vigilante) Law was signed into law in 2004 but was never implemented fully, leading to proliferation of vigilante groups without guidance and code of operations.

He pointed out that while records indicated that community vigilante groups in the state have become major partners in crime prevention and peace building, there is however need for proper coordination, explaining why Engineer Sule approved the composition of the members of the State Coordinating Committee, in line with the provision of the law.

Chairman of the CVGC and state Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, in a vote of thanks, commended the Governor for being the only one in the country to set up a committee on community policing, promising, alongside other members of the committee, to effectively carry out their mandate and to ensure that the state remains secure and safe for socio-economic developments.

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13 Jan

‘No governor wants direct control of solid minerals’

The Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, has said that no state governor wants to change the ownership of solid minerals, which is the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government. He made this known while playing host to the Minister of Steel and Mines Development, Architect Olamilekan Adegbite, who was on a courtesy call at the Lafia Government House. “We want it to remain the way it is – under the control of the Federal Government. And that’s the same way all my colleagues, I strongly believe, feel, but we just need to know what is happening,” he said. Governor Sule said the state could not continue to claim to be the ‘Home of Solid Minerals’ without knowing what’s happening in the solid minerals industry.

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13 Jan


The Armed Forces and Remembrance Day celebration is an annual event organized to honour members of the Nigerian Armed Forces who fought in the first and second World Wars, and those who served or are still serving in various peace support operations worldwide as well as those who fought in the Nigerian civil war.

The Day is to celebrate both the dead and the living heroes including all those who suffered various deprivations as a result of wars.It is on this premise that His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe, Deputy Governor Nasarawa State led State delegation on behalf of his Principal, Engr. A.A. Sule to the Inter-Denomination Service in honour of our fallen heroes @ ERCC Glory Land, off Shendam Road Lafia.

His Excellency admonished citizens to be of good virtuous and celebrates these heroes who fought for the betterment of one Nigeria.

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