By Our Reporter
As Nigeria marks her 59th independence anniversary, Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has called on Nigerians to support efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari to overhaul the Nigerian society.
Engineer Sule, in a state-wide broadcast to celebrate the country’s 59th anniversary, as well as the 23rd anniversary of the creation of Nasarawa State, said there was every need for all Nigerians to rise up to the occasion by supporting the President towards a holistic overhaul of the system.
The governor described the occasion as a moment for sober reflections, especially that even at 59, Nigeria is still grappling with issues of economic instability, corruption, insecurity, as well as other challenges.
While congratulating the President, Nigerians and people of Nasarawa State in particular on the double celebration of both the country’s 59th independence anniversary and the 23rd anniversary of the creation of the state, Engineer Sule stressed the significance of paying tribute to founding fathers who struggled for the creation of the state.
According to him, “This sacrifice will remain indelible in the sands of history and will continue to serve as an inspiration to all of us for a dedicated and sustainable service to our people.”
The governor however, reminded the people of the state on reasons for the agitation for the creation of the, the desire for self-determination, economic empowerment, social cohesion and overall development, which served as impetus that propelled the founding fathers of the state.
Engineer Sule used the opportunity to update the people of the state on the activities of his administration aimed at the sustainable development of the state, which include inaugurating the state economic advisory council, with the state investment policy already attracting investors, among which is the signing of the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Azman Rice Mills and Farms Ltd, as well as Umaisha community of Toto Local Government Area, for the cultivation of 12, 000 hectares of land for rice production.
“The benefits to be derived from this project are quiet enormous considering the number of youths that will be employed and trained, as well as revenue to be generated,” the governor explained.
The governor equally disclosed that, in line with the determination of his administration to re-focus and revitalize the state public service for effective service delivery, the Head of the State Civil Service has been mandated to implement decisions arising from the reports of the committee set up to restructure the civil service.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to also complete on-going projects considered critical to the development of the state, with the state government expanding the Lafia Cargo Airport runway to international standard, with a view to accommodating envisaged influx of investors, goods and passengers, as well as allow landing of Boeing 747.
With agriculture being the major preoccupation of the people, the governor explained the determination of his administration to harness abundant agricultural potentials, for increased food production, security and value chain addition.
“Government has entered into partnership with Olams Farms, Dangote Groups, Azman Rice Ltd, among other development partners to improve our agricultural production,” Engineer Sule said.