Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has appointed two members of the Igbo community in the state as his special assistants.
Engineer Sule announced the appointments when he hosted the Igbo community from across the state, who were on a courtesy call at the Government House, on Wednesday.
Those appointed are Mr. Chukwuemeka Igwedinma from Lafia, as special assistant on interstate and Mrs. Lovelyn Okechukwu from Karu, as special assistant on culture.
The Governor appreciated the Igbo community for demonstrating their entrepreneurial skills, as well as their willingness to live in peace and without fear in every part of the country.
He assured the Igbos that they have the freedom to live in every part of Nasarawa State.
Engineer Sule used the opportunity of the visit, to call on members of the Igbo community to ensure the register for their PVCs, to enable them participate in the coming general election.
He particurlary appealed to them not to leave the state to go and register in the east but that they should register in Nasarawa State which is their home.
“It’s important for you to understand that where you live, that is where your home is. It’s important that you register here in Nasarawa State. It’s good for you to vote for persons that will represent you directly where you live.
“I’m urging you to stay and register in Nasarawa, so that you will be able to feel comfortable about voting for people who will make impact on your life,” he stated.
The Governor therefore urged them to take advantage of the period of extension by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to register for their PVCs.
He informed them about the commitment of his administration to secure the lives of the people of the state, stressing that security remains the number one priority of the state government under his leadership.
The Governor called on the Igbo community to join in the crusade for peaceful coexistence.
“I want you to join that because security is number one job for the government. We want to make sure our people are secured. Once you live in peace where you are, then you will continue to express your entrepreneurial skills,” he said.
He assured that his administration will continue to provide critical infrastructure such as roads, water, education and health, amongst others.
“We believe in living together as a people and we will continue to do everything possible to accommodate everybody,” Engineer Sule said.
Earlier, in a joint address, the EzeIgbo 1 of Nasarawa State, Igwe Nathaniel Nduba Udeh, spoke on behalf of the Ndieze Nasarawa State, President General Nasarawa State, as well as APC Igbo Political Group under the leadership of Chief Collins C. Ezenwa (Mai Maggi).
The EzeIgbo, whose speech was presented by his secretary, Chief Simon Okorinkwo, commended the Governor for his unprecedented development strides during the past three years.
He reminded the Governor of his earlier promise to appoint two members of the Igbo community into his administration.
The Igbo community leader disclosed that, already the APC Igbo Political Group, led by Chief Collins C. Ezenwa have constituted local government coordinators across the 13 local government areas of the state, to mobilize support for the Governor’s second term aspirations.
Highpoint of the visit, was the conferement of the title of the Agunaeche Igbo 1 of Nasarawa State on Engineer Sule by the EzeIgbo.