Gov Sule: A Good Start In Nasarawa State

By Mathias Abok
Since May 29, 2019 when he assumed the mantle of leadership as Nasarawa State Governor, Engr Abdullahi A. Sule has been working like a Trojan. He has always been on the move, flagging off one project or commissioning another elsewhere. For the first five months now he has been working hard to put smiles on the faces of the citizens of this state.
This may not be the right time to assess the Governor, but let me take you through memory lane on the three most important statements made by this amiable Governor during his campaign. Firstly, he told the citizens of this state, that he was not coming to amass wealth, but to render selfless service to the people through the provision of adequate security, welfare and critical infrastructure. Secondly, that he would consider his administration as a continuation of the previous one, but also that he would do things a little different. Thirdly, he had said: “It doesn’t matter who voted for me or who supported me, at the end of the day everyone in Nasarawa State today is my responsibility.” He concluded by saying: “By the Grace of God I will not deny any citizen of Nasarawa State their right, but I will not forget those who have worked for me.”
The above statements would be the barometer with which the administration of Engr A. A. Sule would be x-rayed or judged now and in the future. Even now one may like to ask how well did he perform? How well did he start this journey that would take him four years as Governor of Nasarawa State? It is therefore time for sober reflection on what he did during the past five months in office. The Governor had promised to cater for the welfare of the people during his campaign and true to his word, within 48 hours of taking oath of office, the Governor took a very important step to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable segment of the society by donating grinding machines to empower women and sewing machines to the less privileged.
Furthermore, Governor A. A. Sule understands the fact that if he must exceed all expectations he must have a grasp of facts and figures of the state of things before embarking on any action. Therefore, he conducted briefings with ministries, departments and agencies. This afforded him the opportunity to have firsthand information he needed to kick-start the developmental activities in the state.
Public service has always been considered as the trajectory for good governance and the vehicle for the implementation of policies and programmes of government. This fact was not lost on the Governor, who constituted a team of technocrats to restructure and reform the state Public Service. This was predicated on reinvigorating the service for enhanced efficiency and productivity.
In a similar vein, the Governor considered payment of monthly salaries as a sacrosanct responsibility and promised to treat the welfare of civil servants as sacred. Therefore, to boost the morale of civil servants, the Governor agreed to implement promotions of workers which have been put on hold for many years by the previous administration. History will remember Governor A. A. Sule as one among the first of the Governors to exhibit unfettered political will to grant local governments their complete financial autonomy. Of course, Governor Sule believes strongly in continuity, thereby committing funds to complete critical projects started by the previous administration, which include the Lafia Airport, among many others.
To this end, the Governor is committed to early completion of the Lafia Institute of Technical Education in order to propel government agenda of skills acquisition and vocational training of youths. And within two months of coming into office, he has flagged off the upgrade and construction of classrooms in all primary schools across the state, beginning from Kokona, Wamba and Awe Local Government Areas. This is just one of the many steps taken to revamp the education sector. Similarly, the Governor has approved the promotion of teachers in the state and mass interview exercise has since been carried out by the state’s Teachers Service Commission to achieve that. He has further approved the tranche payment of 2014/2015 students bursary allowances to the state indigenes studying in the Universities and tertiary institutions outside the state.
In fact, within the short period under review, the Governor has signed about four hundred certificates of occupancy (C of O) for people who are legal owners of the land so that they would be able to access facilities from bank and other financial institutions, to enable them engage in other ventures, thereby boosting the economic fortunes of the state. Also worth mentioning is his ambitious plan to establish a film village beside Farin Ruwa Waterfalls in Wamba. This is a deliberate effort to create opportunity for our youths in such areas like film making, tourism and the hospitality industry. Furthermore, the Governor has endorsed, approved and partly funded the Annual Nasarawa Cultural Festival, which is slated to hold in Lafia for the first time from 29th to 31st December, 2019.
As a matter of fact, Engr A. A. Sule has demonstrated that he is a visionary leader, when he identified the task of industrialising Nasarawa State as the key focus of his administration. And within the short period of being in office, the Governor has resolved the lingering land compensation issues which were stalling progress at the Dangote Sugar Refinery in Tunga of Awe Local Government Area. Not only that, the Governor has so far commissioned a fully automated agro-processing and aggregating export commodity company in Keffi, Newpal Nigeria Limited.
Governor Abdullahi Sule is equally committed to collaborating with National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to develop the Solid Minerals Machinery and Equipment Development Institute in an effort to fast track the development of the various mining processing facilities. Another advantage of the plan is to develop the agency’s Solar Power capacity for the supply of electricity to the state’s General Hospitals and Street lights in rural areas, towns and cities within the state.
Hence, in accordance with his vision and mission to bring about all-round development in the state, Governor Sule conceived an economic idea and development plan which he christened NEDS, meaning Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy. And taking a further step to make this not just a reality, but successful, the Governor put together fifteen thorough-bred global economic players and conscripted them into a think-tank called Nasarawa State Economic and Advisory Council tasked with the singular effort to bring their wealth of experience to bear on the implementation of NEDS, and unlock all constraints which may have hindered inflow of investments into Nasarawa State in the past.
Thus, the Governor has positioned agric business as the key driver for the administration, while creation of jobs and empowerment of youths as his main focus. In effect, whichever way one looks at it, Governor Abdullahi Sule has demonstrated his commitment to doing things different from his predecessors in order to bring about socio-economic development that will in no distant future place the state among the topmost developed states in Nigeria. With Engr A. A. Sule at the helm of affairs and given his training and experience as an engineer who is thorough and disciplined, ably assisted by a well-trained medical doctor as the Deputy Governor, Nasarawa State will no doubt witness greater transformation in every aspect of human endeavour in the years ahead. He is therefore doing a good job justifying his mandate.
Mathias Abok is of the Head of Civil Service, Lafia – Nasarawa State.Governor Abdullahi Sule: A Good Start in Nasarawa State
By Mathias Abok
Since May 29, 2019 when he assumed the mantle of leadership as Nasarawa State Governor, Engr Abdullahi A. Sule has been working like a Trojan. He has always been on the move, flagging off one project or commissioning another elsewhere. For the first five months now he has been working hard to put smiles on the faces of the citizens of this state.
This may not be the right time to assess the Governor, but let me take you through memory lane on the three most important statements made by this amiable Governor during his campaign. Firstly, he told the citizens of this state, that he was not coming to amass wealth, but to render selfless service to the people through the provision of adequate security, welfare and critical infrastructure. Secondly, that he would consider his administration as a continuation of the previous one, but also that he would do things a little different. Thirdly, he had said: “It doesn’t matter who voted for me or who supported me, at the end of the day everyone in Nasarawa State today is my responsibility.” He concluded by saying: “By the Grace of God I will not deny any citizen of Nasarawa State their right, but I will not forget those who have worked for me.”
The above statements would be the barometre with which the administration of Engr A. A. Sule would be x-rayed or judged now and in the future. Even now one may like to ask how well did he perform? How well did he start this journey that would take him four years as Governor of Nasarawa State? It is therefore time for sober reflection on what he did during the past five months in office. The Governor had promised to cater for the welfare of the people during his campaign and true to his word, within 48 hours of taking oath of office, the Governor took a very important step to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable segment of the society by donating grinding machines to empower women and sewing machines to the less privileged.
Furthermore, Governor A. A. Sule understands the fact that if he must exceed all expectations he must have a grasp of facts and figures of the state of things before embarking on any action. Therefore, he conducted briefings with ministries, departments and agencies. This afforded him the opportunity to have firsthand information he needed to kick-start the developmental activities in the state.
Public service has always been considered as the trajectory for good governance and the vehicle for the implementation of policies and programmes of government. This fact was not lost on the Governor, who constituted a team of technocrats to restructure and reform the state Public Service. This was predicated on reinvigorating the service for enhanced efficiency and productivity.
In a similar vein, the Governor considered payment of monthly salaries as a sacrosanct responsibility and promised to treat the welfare of civil servants as sacred. Therefore, to boost the morale of civil servants, the Governor agreed to implement promotions of workers which have been put on hold for many years by the previous administration. History will remember Governor A. A. Sule as one among the first of the Governors to exhibit unfettered political will to grant local governments their complete financial autonomy. Of course, Governor Sule believes strongly in continuity, thereby committing funds to complete critical projects started by the previous administration, which include the Lafia Airport, among many others.
To this end, the Governor is committed to early completion of the Lafia Institute of Technical Education in order to propel government agenda of skills acquisition and vocational training of youths. And within two months of coming into office, he has flagged off the upgrade and construction of classrooms in all primary schools across the state, beginning from Kokona, Wamba and Awe Local Government Areas. This is just one of the many steps taken to revamp the education sector. Similarly, the Governor has approved the promotion of teachers in the state and mass interview exercise has since been carried out by the state’s Teachers Service Commission to achieve that. He has further approved the tranche payment of 2014/2015 students bursary allowances to the state indigenes studying in the Universities and tertiary institutions outside the state.
In fact, within the short period under review, the Governor has signed about four hundred certificates of occupancy (C of O) for people who are legal owners of the land so that they would be able to access facilities from bank and other financial institutions, to enable them engage in other ventures, thereby boosting the economic fortunes of the state. Also worth mentioning is his ambitious plan to establish a film village beside Farin Ruwa Waterfalls in Wamba. This is a deliberate effort to create opportunity for our youths in such areas like film making, tourism and the hospitality industry. Furthermore, the Governor has endorsed, approved and partly funded the Annual Nasarawa Cultural Festival, which is slated to hold in Lafia for the first time from 29th to 31st December, 2019.
As a matter of fact, Engr A. A. Sule has demonstrated that he is a visionary leader, when he identified the task of industrialising Nasarawa State as the key focus of his administration. And within the short period of being in office, the Governor has resolved the lingering land compensation issues which were stalling progress at the Dangote Sugar Refinery in Tunga of Awe Local Government Area. Not only that, the Governor has so far commissioned a fully automated agro-processing and aggregating export commodity company in Keffi, Newpal Nigeria Limited.
Governor Abdullahi Sule is equally committed to collaborating with National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to develop the Solid Minerals Machinery and Equipment Development Institute in an effort to fast track the development of the various mining processing facilities. Another advantage of the plan is to develop the agency’s Solar Power capacity for the supply of electricity to the state’s General Hospitals and Street lights in rural areas, towns and cities within the state.
Hence, in accordance with his vision and mission to bring about all-round development in the state, Governor Sule conceived an economic idea and development plan which he christened NEDS, meaning Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy. And taking a further step to make this not just a reality, but successful, the Governor put together fifteen thorough-bred global economic players and conscripted them into a think-tank called Nasarawa State Economic and Advisory Council tasked with the singular effort to bring their wealth of experience to bear on the implementation of NEDS, and unlock all constraints which may have hindered inflow of investments into Nasarawa State in the past.
Thus, the Governor has positioned agric business as the key driver for the administration, while creation of jobs and empowerment of youths as his main focus. In effect, whichever way one looks at it, Governor Abdullahi Sule has demonstrated his commitment to doing things different from his predecessors in order to bring about socio-economic development that will in no distant future place the state among the topmost developed states in Nigeria. With Engr A. A. Sule at the helm of affairs and given his training and experience as an engineer who is thorough and disciplined, ably assisted by a well-trained medical doctor as the Deputy Governor, Nasarawa State will no doubt witness greater transformation in every aspect of human endeavour in the years ahead. He is therefore doing a good job justifying his mandate.
Mathias Abok is of the Head of Civil Service, Lafia – Nasarawa State.

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