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Nasarawa State  Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has signed into law, the revised 2020 appropriation bill estimated at over N62bn.

Engineer Sule appended his signature to the document at a ceremony at the Government House, on Wednesday.

The Governor explained that it has become necessary for government to review the original 2020 fiscal appropriation bill, earlier signed on 30th December, 2019, pegged at over N108bn, following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, with its consequent negative effect on the global economy.

Engineer Sule pointed out that the revised 2020 appropriation bill, which was deliberated upon by the State House of Assembly and passed into law precisely on Thursday, July 23, is not only in line with the reality of the expected income of the state as a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 but also a demonstration of the commitment of the administration to develop the state.

“The virus has shutdown global economic activities rendering capital markets ineffective for income generation and purposeful development.

“However, we remain committed and focused on our determination to provide good governance based on a reality that is anchored on the principles of transparency and accountability,” he stated. 

According to the Governor, in revising the 2020 budget, the State Budget Preparation Committee, was guided by the macro-fiscal and mineral sector assumptions as projected by the Federal Government Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), as well as the trend in global capital market, among others indices.

“Accordingly, the 2020 Amended Appropriation Law is Sixty Two Billon, Nine Hundred and Forty Eight Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty Eight Naira only, which translates into the total expenditure outlay,” he stated.

With this, the original 2020 budget was reduced by 41.94 percent.

The Governor however, expressed confidence that, in spite of the downturn of the economy, his administration is committed to bringing the desired development in the state, especially in the area of provision of basic infrastructure that have direct bearing on the lives of the people.

While highlighting on some of the major projects started already, namely the 25km Mararaba-Udege roa, 15km Sisinbaki-Farin Ruwa road, Bus terminals at Lafia and Karu, as well as other feeder roads within the state, Engineer Sule restated the commitment of his administration to complete all viable projects started by the previous administration.  

He emphasized that his administration will complete the Lafia Cargo airport, Lafia-Keffi road, Adudu-Azara-Wuse-Platau border road amongst others, stressing that government will not neglect the remaining Lafia township roads, as well as other urban roads in the state.  

The Governor noted that in spite of the challenge posed by the outbreak of the virus, his administration has recorded significant progress in the control and containment of the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

He stated that isolation centres have been provided in most parts of the state for quick and easy access to those infected, assuring that his administration will continue to provide welfare to the health personnel within limited resources.

The Governor further disclosed that a comprehensive blueprint, Nasarawa COVID-19 Response, has been developed in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, with the revised 2020 budget aimed at allocating resources towards strategic government objectives.

According to Engineer Sule, government deliberately provided 17.56 percent total expenditures in the revised budget to
cover strategic areas such as, increasing hospital beds, quarantine/isolation facilities, equipment and consumables.

Others are, improved agricultural productivity to increase source of income for the people, provision of stimulus package/loan/support to help the citizens face the crises.  

Engineer Sule however reiterated that in line with the present reality, government will be strict in expenditure control to ensure efficiency in spending and accountability.

Presenting the revised 2020 budget document before the Governor, Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe, spoke on the speedy passage of the bill into law by the House, commending his colleagues for their support and patriotism, considering the importance of the bill to the state.  

Earlier in an opening remarks, State Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Haruna Adamu Ogbole, noted that the implementation of the original 2020 budget was barely two months when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, with its devastating impact on global economy.

“Nasarawa State does not operate in isolation to the global economy, thus, there is the need to revise the 2020 budget in accordance with the general economic reality,” the Commissioner said.

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The PDP gubernatorial candidate in Zamfara Dr. Dauda Lawal has denied the comments made by some unscrupulous political agents on the social media that his meeting with the former Governor of Zamfara Ahmad Sani Yarima in london has some political inclination.

Gamjin Gusau who spoke through his campaign team said, he has never met with Yarima in England to discuss politics rather he and Yarima met at a Friday mosque where the wedding of the son of the former Governor was conducted.

“Gamjin Gusau met with the former Governors of Zamfara and Gombe Ahmad Sani Yarima and Danjuma Goje after a Friday prayer in London and as Muslims they waited and exchanged pleasantries”.

“Apart from exchanging pleasantries, no discussion of whatever kind politics or otherwise took place between Gamjin Gusau and former Governor of Zamfara Ahmad Sani Yarima”.

As regard to the rumor that Dauda is planning to defect to the APC the campaign team of Gamjin Gusau said “ this type of reasoning is the least of what the common sense can accept. Gamji is a gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Zamfara , and he has no business whatsoever with the APC since his motive is to ensure that the APC is defeated out of power come 2023 in Zamfara state”.

The campaign committee, alleged that “APC is sponsoring this campaign of calumny because the power brokers within the party have lost control of the affairs of Zamfara and they are scary of the growing popularity of the PDP”.

The campaign committee therefore urged the public to disregard such political insinuation because it is a figment of imagination of the people of doom”.

Gamjin Gusau urged the teeming PDP supporters to continue to work tirelessly in ensuring the success of the PDP, noting that because Zamfara PPD is waxing stronger, APC is busy spreading lies and rumors that are meant to cause confusion in the polity.

He thanked the well-wishers for their concern and assured them of his commitment to continue to spread the good manifestation of the PDP considering it’s growing political popularity in the state.

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The Secretary of Sabon Gari ward Alh Sani Ahmad Shatima has alleged that there was no executive committee meeting of the ward that took place which resulted to the suspension of the state secretary of the party.

According to the letter addressed to the state Chairman of the PDP dated 31/7/2022 copy which was issued to this medium, the Secretary asked the party to dis-regard such letter because it was a mere figment of imagination.

“Such forged letter that was viral on social media on 30/07/2022 should be disregarded in totality and appropriate measure should be taken to deal with such unscrupulous elements that were sponsored by opposition to tear our noble party apart”.

He also asked the Chairman to past track action aimed at arresting the situation and get the matter resolved amicably in the interest of the party.

He insisted that what the party PDP needed is to move in unity and ensure that it has succeeded in the battle ahead of the 2023.

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The former Director General in the administration of Governor Abdulaziz Yari in Zamfara state Junaidu Muhammad Anka had cautioned the former Deputy Governor Mukhtar Ahmad Anka not allow some desperate politicians to use him and ignite crises of division within the All Progressive Congress in Anka.

Junaidu Anka who spoke during a Thunder Blowers TV show Da Wache Kazo insisted that those trying to raise this unnecessary controversy over who lead the APC in Anka is uncalled-for since the tradition of political hierarchy is obvious.

“By convention Sen. Lawal Daniya is the high-ranking politician and by implication he is the party leader in Anka and there is no reason for anyone to doubt this submission “.

“Those trying to use Mukhtar Anka as tools to ignite political tension within APC in Anka are real enemies of the party because there is no reason why this issue shall be risen for now”.

“Even where Sen. Daniya decided to resign from this status by convention member state house of assembly Yusuf Muhammad Anka is supposed to shoo-in as the APC leader in Anka so I don’t understand why some people are trying to drag the former Deputy Governor into unnecessary political log-jam”.

“The former Deputy Governor is supposed to understand that, by his status he is more or less like a father, and he is supposed to pay more attention to state politics not politics of Anka local government because he is bigger than it and I pray he shall see reasons not to allow some clueless politicians to smear his political reputation for their selfish political gains”.

“If they insisted on this argument that Mukhtar Anka is the APC leader in Anka we will also raise alarm that our leader is Ibrahim Babangida Turnuku Anka because it was he who was leading us before the reconciliation“.


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