FOR the first time since the
creation of Nasarawa state
in 1996, the government
and people of the state are
welcoming a sitting President
and Commander-in-Chief
of the Arm Forces of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria
in person of President
Muhammadu Buhari who is
on a one-day working visit
to the state to commission
projects executed by the
state government under
the leadership of Governor
Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
Though the then President
of the country, Dr. Goodluck
Jonathan had visited the state
on two occasions, all the visits
were either to commission
federal government projects
or campaign for his reelection,
thus making the
President Buhari’s working
visit which is with the sole
aim of commissioning
projects executed by the
state government under
governor Umaru Tanko Al-
Makura unique and historic
according to analysts.
Projects expected to
be commissioned by the
President during the working
visit according to records
obtained by Nigerian Pilot
include; Comprehensive
Special School, Fire Service
headquarters, 330 KV power
sub-station, Altra-modern
e-libraries all in Lafia. Others
are Model Primary Health
Clinic Kwandere, the newly
constructed Lafia-Keffi
road and the Muhammadu
Buhari International Market
Karu, among other laudable
projects.
Stakeholders of Nasarawa
state believe that the giant
strides recorded by the
All Progressives Congress
(APC)-led administration is
in fulfillment of the promises
made by the government
prior to its coming on board.
Governor Al-Makura had
on assumption of office as
the third democratically elected governor of the state
on May 29th 2011, pledged
to begin anew the task of
remaking the state buoyed by
the principles of transparency,
accountability, probity,
due process and prudent
management of resources. He
promised to impart on young
men and women with skills,
to undertake road building
within and outside towns and
villages of the state, to harness
the soil, the sun and water
resources, to restore education
to meet the standards of the
present time and benefit from
Information Technology,
among other mouth-watering
promises.
Nigerian Pilot observed
that, perhaps, guided by this
covenant with the people
of the state, the governor
hit the ground running by
embarking on massive roads
constructions within the major
cities, rural-urban roads, as
well as feeder roads across
the State. His administration
has so far constructed over
three hundred (300) kilometres
of asphalt-drained roads
in Lafia and thirteen (13)
Local Government Areas
Headquarters which many
described as unprecedented
since the creation of the State.
The administration also
undertook a holistic overhaul
of the education sector from
the primary to the tertiary level
thus making education free
for primary and post-primary
students and resuscitated the
school feeding programme
which the governor noted is
aimed at relieving parents of
such burden in the boarding
schools.
“In our effort to avail the
physically challenged amongst
us the opportunity to pursue
and realize their potentials,
we signed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU)
with Gallaudet University,
Washington, DC. I am happy
to state that this has led to
the establishment of Special
Schools for people living with
disabilities in Lafia, Akwanga
and Keffi. As I speak now,
Government has completed
the furnishing and equipping
of the International Model
Special School in Lafia for
commissioning by President
Muhammadu Buhari”
The leadership of the
organized labour in the
state had acknowledged
significant improvement
on workers’ welfare when
the state chairman of the
NLC, Abdullahi Adeka told
Journalists recently that the
government had offset the backlog of salary arrears and
implemented the new salary
structures of the health workers
which, before the inception of
the administration, had led to a
protracted industrial action, in
its effort to enhance healthcare
delivery system for the people.
Al-Makura, had in an
interaction with newsmen
recently affirmed that the
state, being agrarian with
agriculture employing more
than 70% of its population, his
administration embarked on
a robust restructuring of the
sector. He said that fertilizers
and seedling have continued
to be subsidized for farmers
and that government had
provided incentives to OLAM
Farms in the cultivation of Ten
Thousand (10,000) hectares of
rice in Rukubi, Doma Local
Government Area of the state which according to him has strategically placed the state as
one of the largest rice producers
in the entire West African subregion.
Speaking on the significance
of President Buhari’s visit to
the state, the Speaker of the
State House of Assembly, Alhaji
Balarabe Abdullahi affirmed
that the visit is a welcome development as it will afford
the state government the
opportunity to showcase her
laudable projects. He said with
the quality of developmental
projects so far carried out in
both urban and rural areas
of the state by governor Al-
Makura, the state was assured
of a future.
He described the Lafia
Comprehensive Special School
Lafia, being one of the gigantic
projects billed for commission
as the first ever in the history
of the country and that
commissioning such project by
the President would go a long
way in catering for the future
and educational needs of the
physically challenged in the
society.
“May I use this forum to
advise President Buhari to
remain focused, committed
and not to be distracted by the
activities of some people who
do not wish the country well”
He underscored the
achievements recorded by
President Buhari especially
in the areas of security, fight
against corruption, youth
empowerment and agriculture
among others, declaring that
there is no alternative to the
All Progressives Congress
as a party. He congratulated
governor Al-Makura on the
achievements recorded by
his administration so far and
assured him of the Assembly’s
continued partnership
to enable him deliver the
much needed dividends of
democracy to the electorates.
“What the President has
been able to achieve in Nigeria
and governor Al-Makura
in Nasarawa state goes to
confirmed that the Nigeria
future is assured with APCled
government. We the entire
members of the Nasarawa
state House of Assembly are
welcoming and proud of
the President Buhari visit to
the state; his visit is timely
and purposeful because we
have lots of projects to be
commissioned”
The Chief Press Secretary
(CPS) to governor, Musa
Elayo had also lend his voice
on the presidential working
visit when he noted that the
visit is a home coming for the
country’s number one citizen.
“President Buhari will only
be coming to his second home.
Nasarawa state is the political
laboratory of the President and
that is the reason while you
see everybody in the state is
rejoicing”
“You will recall that
Nasarawa is the only state
that won governorship
election under the platform
of the defunct Congress for
Progressive Change which
was founded and nurtured by
the President thereby making
Nasarawa his political base”
Elayo maintained that the
visit is of immense benefit to
the people of the state as apart
from the projects that will be
commissioned; the people and
government of the state will
have the privilege of hosting
the President in an official
working visit.
“The people are extremely
happy that Governor Al-
Makura has keyed into
Buhari’s vision especially the
fight against corruption, social
justice, among others”
With the joyful mood on
the faces of many Nasarawa
state citizens as a result of the
visit, analysts have urged all
the stakeholders especially
security agencies to intensify
efforts towards ensuring a
hit-free working visit of Mr.
President.

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