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Nasarawa Oil: Youth group accuses govt agents of indicriminate acquisition of land

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Concerned youth group and stakeholders in Agwatashi community in Obi local government have expressed concern over the rate of influx of government officials who in their droves are rushing for land acquisition in the area by every means.

The leader of the concerned youth group from Agwatashi, comrade Barr. Isa Adeka who spoke to our reporter in Lafia on Wednesday said they are no longer comfortable with the recent development where politicians and top government officials are using their position to grab lands in the oil bearing community.

“We are worried and uncomfortable with the way and manner some desperate top government officials have suddenly developed interest in acquisition of farm land of our people.

“It is no longer news that recent oil exploration shows huge oil deposits in Agwatashi community of Obi local government and else where even though drilling of the oil has not started apart from the one in Obi.

“We are using this forum to inform anybody who is using his position as government official to acquire land in Agwatashi and its environs to exercise restrain as we are keeping watch over every land deals.

“We also caution the traditional rulers, sons and daughters in all the communities in Agwatashi to desist from selling farm lands or be used by any influential figure.
“We are aware that moves are being made by some highly placed persons in government to acquire large piece of land in their area for their personal interest using their offices.

The youth group noted that because of the oil prospect in the area merchant politicians and some top government officials are acquiring lands at very cheap prices so that they will make fortune tomorrow at the expense of the owners of the land who will be stripped to become stranger in their own land.

Comrade Mohammed sited an instance in neibhouring community in Awe local government where former governor of Bauchi, Isa Yuguda, who came all the way from his state to purchase a large space of land harbouring some mineral deposits but was not known to the community then.

“We do not want to regret later given what happened to a nearby community in Awe that sold a large space of land to the former Bauchi State governor Isa Yuguda who is harvesting huge deposit of expensive mineral deposits today and nobody can collect it back from him, not even the state.

The group called on the sons and daughters of Agwatashi to learn from history and from what is happening at the Niger Delta where most of the oil well owners are not from the community.

He appealed to community heads and leaders, youth groups from the various communities not to allow themselves to be used by the merchants to sell their God given wealth and plunge their children into poverty and restiveness in the future.

The youth group urged indigenes of Agwatashi and other communities in Obi and Keana not to allow greed to push them into selling their ancestral land for pea nut.
In his word, “never trade your future for a pea nut. Tomorrow is bigger than today. Resist any temptation and pressure from any quarter to sell your future. A word is enough for the wise”.

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Investment summit; Gov. Sule showcases economic potentials of Nasarawa state

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has unveiled the economic potentials of the State to investors at the ongoing “Nasarawa Investment Summit 2024”
In his welcome address at the event the Governor declared that the state is housing several mineral resources that have attracted huge investors already.

He commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his sustained effort in driving the Nigerian economy to prosperity and his unalloyed loyalty and continued support in order to take the country to greater heights.

“It is pertinent to remind you that Nasarawa State organised the first edition of the Nasarawa Investment Summit in 2022 under the theme “Diamond in the Rough: The Making of a New Investment Frontier”aimed at ushering investment and showcasing our mineral resources to potential investors.

“I am happy to state that the outcome of the Summit informed the influx of investors into the State who are variously harnessing our God-given endowment.

“Interestingly, the recently commissioned Avatar New Energy Materials Company Limited in Nasarawa State performed by Mr. President, the ASGARD Mining and Processing Plant, Karu, the Nasarawa Technology Village Project in Karu, as well as other numerous investments being carried out in the State were all informed by the outcome of the Summit conducted in 2022.

“It is also heartwarming to state that the Federal Government commissioned the spud-in of the Ebenyi-A Oil Well in Obi Local Government Area of the State.

“The discovery of Oil and Gas and its subsequent exploration and exploitation will further boost the economy prosperity of our dear country and put Nasarawa State among the comity of Oil producing States.

“I, therefore, call on the investors on Oil and Gas to take opportunity of the exploration activities to begin to invest in the sector for the benefit of the society.

Sule however assured that his administration would continue to fully utilise potentials of the state resources by sustaining the Investment Summit in order to further showcase other solid mineral resources which are yet to be identified by interested investors.

“This is why the theme of this year’s Summit is deliberately coined as “The Industrial Renaissance”, having built some of the key fundamentals required to drive our industrial agenda and present other minerals to our potential investors.

The governor noted the summit will further expand the existing pathways to leverage on the industrial, agricultural and mining sectors towards enhancing inclusive and sustainable wealth creation and economic prosperity of the state.

“It is pertinent to point out that, as a State, we have been deliberate in stimulating our economy, building human capacities, creating wealth and generate employment to our people.

“It is for this reason that we have adopted our policy document christened “Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy (NEDS)” as a driving force towards the initiation and implementation of various programmes and policies which we have achieved so far.

Sule stated that with the assemblage of the experienced and versatile resource persons the outcome of the Summit will go a long way towards actualizing the dream of industrializing Nasarawa State and position it as a leading champion.

Mr. Sule called on development partners to continue to invest in Nasarawa State with the view to open the frontiers of economic prosperity for the benefit of all, noting that “Nasarawa mean business”

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Insubordination: Governor Sule reads riot act to political appointees

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Apparently piqued by the level of disloyalty and insubordination being displayed by political appointees in governor Abdullahi Sule’s cabinet ahead of 2027, the governor has read the riot act for those who may dare him.

Sule gave the indication in a letter signed by the Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, Barrister Mohammed Ubandoma dated April 16th, 2024.

According to the letter, “political appointees seeking to run for any political office are advised to either resign their appointments or wait until the lifting of the existing ban on political activities by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“While noting with dismay how some political office holders under the present administration are actively participating in political activities, including active campaign, Sule noted that such elements and conducts is capable of breaching the electoral act, as well as distracting the focus of his administration.

Sule who could no longer cope with outrageous drumming of support to persons that are not his anointed candidate for 2027, warned that such appointees maybe shown the way out of his cabinet if they persist.

He warned that his administration would no longer condone such acts of disloyalty and insubordination from political appointees.

The governor who felt demeaned and distracted with only one year into the second tenure stated that he is focused on the delivery of infrastructural development, economic empowerment, and sustainable development of the state.

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Nasarawa PDP demands national chairmanship position

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The Nasarawa state’s chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders have demanded for the coveted national chairmanship position of the party.

In a statement signed by a chieftain of the party Mustapha Ibrahim Umaisha, the party emphasized that it is long overdue for Nasarawa State to be represented at the national level, citing the absence of the state’s leadership in the PDP’s top echelons as not plausible.

“In the spirit of exclusivity, it is time for Nasarawa to be at the forefront of the PDP’s leadership, a position we hardly enjoy” stated Ibrahim Umaisha, underscoring the state’s longstanding dedication to the party’s cause.

He lamented the situation in 2023 prior to the election when Nasarawa’s only advisory position within the party, BOT Chairman, held by elder statesman Sen. Walid Jibrin was relinquished amidst an internal disagreement. This selflessness should be compensated by our party members nationwide after all, we played our part as loyal party members.

“They compared Nasarawa’s lack of representation with neighbouring states like Benue, which had enjoyed the chairmanship position thrice, Kwara, Kogi and Plateau states in the North central who have taken their turns.
The statement indicated that all positions zoned to the North Central have always been taken by their brothers in Niger, Benue, Kwara among others adding that they have been very happy for them.

“It is imperative to acknowledge Nasarawa’s loyalty to both national and state politics,” asserted the group, highlighting the state’s significant role and gains in recent electoral contests which produced a senator and half of the state legislators, and even went ahead to win the gubernatorial contest but was denied by the courts and not the people. We need encouragement.”

The party chieftain argued that the state showcases qualified and distinguished individuals as potential candidates for the national chairmanship position, but would rather its last gubernatorial candidate, Dr. David Emmanuel Ombugadu, described as a dynamic and impactful leader with a
track record speaks volumes about his ability to drive positive change within our party,” remarked Mr
Umaisha.

He added that Hon. Dr. David Ombugadu is a popular figure with local and national acclaim.

“David Ombugadu embodies the essence of effective leadership, garnering admiration and respect beyond Nigeria’s borders,” affirmed Ibrahim.
He described Ombugadu as a mobiliser, community organiser, and a development expert attributes which can greatly impact the party’s fortunes.

Adding his voice, Engr KB Mohammed from Keffi asserted that anything short leadership position for the state at the national level would be injustice.

“It is imperative that Nasarawa’s contributions and potential are recognised within the party’s leadership structure,” concluded Mohammed said, echoing the sentiments of other members of the group.

As the clamour for representation grows louder, all eyes are on the PDP caucus to heed the call for exclusivity and fairness within the party’s ranks, and Ombugadu is the answer”.

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