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PDP National Leadership Structure: Nasarawa stakeholders appeal for inclusion

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

As the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) set to hold its convention to elect new leadership to pilot the affairs of the party, concerned stakeholders from Nasarawa state have appealed to the National Working Committee to consider Nasarawa in the distribution of political positions.

Engr. (Dr). Kefas D. Kaura. PDP StakeHolder from Karu LG made this position known in a press statement made available to the o newsmen in Lafia, the state capital on Sunday.

The statement reads, “Since the return of Democracy in 1999, the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) has remained resolute in promoting the principle of internal democracy and equity despite all odds.

“This unwavering commitment to the ideals of political party structure made the PDP stand out amongst other Parties not only in Nigeria but in the African continent .
“The leadership structure of the PDP at the national and sub- national levels over these years reflects the wisdom and dreams of the founding fathers of the Party.

“As the party takes bold steps to reposition, reform and perform its role as the leading opposition and biggest party in Africa, the world would be interested in the party’s preparation for the future of politics in Nigeria which cannot be said to be complete without the veritable contributions of the PDP.”

The stakeholders noted that how its officials would emerge from existing vacancies and the next historic and state chapter congresses and national convention coming up later in the year is strategic.

“How this process is handled will sign-post the future of PDP and its politics at all levels. At this point, it is pertinent to again note that Nasarawa State deserve strategic accommodation in what would become the present or future outlook of the party.

The concerned group noted that the inclusion of Nasarawa in the official position will enable supporters believe in their consistent choice of relationship with the PDP despite the saddening activities of outsider influence on the outcome of elections in Nasarawa State.

“Let it be on record at this moment the Nasarawa State Chapter of the party made a historic sacrifice when it’s leadership and leader Senator Walid Jibrin opted out by taking Nasarawa State along to relinquish the only non- executive but highest advisory position of the Chairman BoT because of Sen Iyochiya Ayu nomination as national chairman from her neibhour Benue.

“In view of this established fact that the Party has existed for over 24 years with states such as Benue, Plateau, Kogi, Kwara others in the North central geo political zone occupying the seat of National Chairman of the PDP at different epochs except Nasarawa.

The group however said that the gesture to include Nasarawa in the upcoming convention would no doubt give the zone a sense of togetherness, unity, and presence.

‘We in Nasarawa State are not only feeling abandoned despite the sacrifice of our leader, Walid Jibrin. Supporting Nasarawa is a legitimate, expedient, and record-setting outlook.

“In conclusion, we call on the National Executive Committee of our great Party to take a critical appraisal of the leadership structure in order to maintain its disposition of amicable resolutions of issues within the party.

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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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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 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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