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Gov. El-Rufai asks FG to declare Bandits terrorists
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Gov. El-Rufai asks FG to declare Bandits terrorists

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir Ahmed  El-Rufai, has said that his administration supports the resolution by the National Assembly for the Federal Government to declare bandits and insurgents as terrorist. The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent in Kaduna reports that el-rufai who spoke during the presentation of the Kaduna State Security Incidents Report for the Third Quarter of 2021 in Kaduna on Wednesday, noted that it will be a fair game for our military.   The Governor explained that declaring bandits as terrorists would help the Nigerian military kill the bandits and insurgents within the confines of international laws. “We are going to follow up with a letter of support, for the Federal Government to declare these bandits and insurgents as terroris...
Exposed: Bandits kidnapped 830 persons, killed 343 in Kaduna in 3 months
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Exposed: Bandits kidnapped 830 persons, killed 343 in Kaduna in 3 months

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan has revealed that 830 persons were kidnapped and 210 were injured by bandits during the period under review in the state.  The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent in Kaduna reports that Samuel who made the revelation on Wednesday while presenting the third quarter security report to the State Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai also disclosed that 69 bandits were equally killed by troops within the period under review. The commissioner also revealed that about 343 persons were killed by bandits in the state in the third quarter of 2021. The Daily Vendor Newspaper recalled that the second quarter security report presented by the Kaduna State Government, covering April, May and June 2021, showed tha...
Why Niger State Government banned heavy duty vehicles in Minna
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Why Niger State Government banned heavy duty vehicles in Minna

The Niger state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Development Mamman Musa has revealed that the state government has ordered that henceforth all articulated heavy duty vehicles will be diverted from the Minna City Center in the state capital.  The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent reports that Mamman in a statement issued to media men in Minna said the directive takes effect from today Tuesday.  According to him the diversion was necessary and immediate, because trailers are killing the city’s infrastructures and also dangerous to lives and property which must be stopped, adding that this was part of effort to safeguard the city infrastructure and to protect lives and property.   While calling on the relevant traffic authority in the State to key-i...
38 victims buried as Southern Kaduna asks Buhari to declare bandits terrorists
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38 victims buried as Southern Kaduna asks Buhari to declare bandits terrorists

As mass burial were conducted for the corpses of the 38 victims gruesomely killed in Madamai community in Zango Kataf and Kaura local government areas of Kaduna state, the state Chapter Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Reverend Joseph Hayab who fumed over the incident said residents of Southern Kaduna were tired of losing their loved ones in the hands of suspected herdsmen.  The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent reports that Reverend Hayab who revealed this to newsmen at the venue of the burial of the victims stressed that the senatorial district was tired of writing press statements and organising press conferences over repeated killings. The victims were buried on Thursday at Madamai after a funeral service presided over by the Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan ...
Ex-Gov. Yari Accused Of Diverting N10.8b For University Project Fund
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Ex-Gov. Yari Accused Of Diverting N10.8b For University Project Fund

Former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari has been accused of diverting N10.8 billion meant for the state’s university project. The state Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Rabiu Garba, made the allegation against Yari’s administration during a press conference in Gusau on Tuesday. He told newsmen that based on the records “available to us, the past administration in the state had diverted the sum of N10.8 billion from the N37 billion refunded to the state by the federal government for the construction of 14 federal roads.” Garba went further to say, “We learned that in May 2019, N10.8 billion was transferred to the University’s Projects Account by the past administration in the name of construction of state university. “The amount was transferred in two tranches, tha...
Soldiers Dragged Benue Fugitive, Gana, Out From Government Convoy And Killed Him – Community Leader
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Soldiers Dragged Benue Fugitive, Gana, Out From Government Convoy And Killed Him – Community Leader

More facts emerged on Wednesday, about how fugitive militia leader in Benue State, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana, was killed by the military on Tuesday, after embracing amnesty. A community leader, who confided with correspondents in Makurdi, the state capital, said Gana was in a government convoy when he was dragged out of a car by soldiers at a checkpoint in Gbitse,  near Yandev roundabout in the Gboko Local Government Area of the state. The community leader said the militia leader was thrown into a military vehicle and driven away. The Commander of Operation Ayem A Kpatuma,  Major General Ali Gadzama, had on Tuesday told Channels Television that Gana was killed in a  gunbattle with soldiers. Meanwhile, it was gathered that the militia...
Defilement: Jos Court Adjourns Case To September
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Defilement: Jos Court Adjourns Case To September

The Jos Upper Area Court 2, Kabong, in Plateau State has adjourned a case of defilement involving one Ishaku Mikailu Ishaku, alleged to have defiled a 7-year-old girl while she was returning home in Unguwan Rogo community of Jos North Local Government Area of the state. The incident was reported to have occurred in 2018 when the victim was returning from school. At the resumed hearing, the defense counsel, Aliyu Sange brought four witnesses out of which only three were presented to testify in the case. None of the three witnesses presented claimed to have any knowledge of whether the accused person defiled the victim. The presiding judge, Nanlap Dashi, after the three witnesses’ testimony, in his submission adjourned the case to September 8, for the last witness to be presente...
We must stop farmers/Herders clash in Gwagwalada – Council Chairman
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We must stop farmers/Herders clash in Gwagwalada – Council Chairman

The Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Alhaji Adamu Mustapha, said his administration will no longer tolerate incessant clashes between farmers and herders in the area. Mustapha, who handed down the warning during a peace meeting with farmers and herders at the conference hall of the secretariat, said he would not summon any peace meeting again if they failed to embrace and tolerate one another. He said it was quite disheartening that despite several efforts his administration had made to ensure peace between the farmers and herders, the council had continued to receive complaints from both farmers and herders. “I want to make it categorically clear that this peace meeting which I have summoned today will be the last one because we can no longer tolerate any form of clashes bet...
Communal crisis: Gov Ortom goes touch, suspends another traditional ruler
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Communal crisis: Gov Ortom goes touch, suspends another traditional ruler

The Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom, following the security council meeting held, has suspended the traditional ruler of Mbatser/Mbamusa in Konsisha Local Government Area while lifting suspension on three others in Kastina-Ala area of the state. The traditional ruler, Zaki Mbanongun Gbakera, was suspended due to the recent crisis between people of his Konshisha area and an Igede community in Oju Local Government Area of the state. Ortom said the resolutions were reached during a state security council meeting held at the Government House in Makurdi. “The meeting resolved that the District Head of Mbatser/Mbamusa in Konsisha local government area, Zaki Mbanongun Gbakera should immediately be suspended for complicity in the crisis. “The Tor Tiv is to appoint an acting Distr...
Kaduna PDP berates Governor Nasir El Rufai over killings
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Kaduna PDP berates Governor Nasir El Rufai over killings

Governor Nasir El rufai of Kaduna State has been berated by the Kaduna State Chapter of the People's Democratic Party, PDP, over the wanton maiming and killings of its citizens in the state describing it as unacceptable. According to a statement by the State PDP Publicity Secretary Alberah Catoh" from the mountains of Kaura to the quiet forest of Sanga, towards the thick forest of Birnin Gwari, Giwa,Igabi, Kajuru, Zangon Kataf Local Governments and now Kukum Daji, Kagoro, Kaura and Kauru Local Governments again, gunmen/bandits have been maiming,raping, kidnapping and killing innocent people unabated." Food insecurity is a major threat to our society. Farmers can no longer go to their farms as criminal gangs attack them and also due to high cost of fertilizer and farming impleme...
Security Challenges: Engr Sule charge traditional rulers to up their task
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Security Challenges: Engr Sule charge traditional rulers to up their task

The Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has challenged the traditional rulers in the state to expose all criminal elements in their domain with a view to checking the security Challenges. He appealed for the cooperation of traditional rulers across the state, to assist security agents in fishing out criminal elements in the society. Engineer Sule made the appeal during a meeting with all graded traditional rulers in the state, Fulani community leaders and security agents in attendance, which held at the Government House, on Wednesday. The Governor, while underscoring the significant roles traditional rulers play in the society, expressed confidence that with the support of the royal fathers, coupled with their understanding of the society, they will be able to assis...
Pension Fund Scam: 15 people indicted in N5.8bn missing fund, EFCC to take over case
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Pension Fund Scam: 15 people indicted in N5.8bn missing fund, EFCC to take over case

The Niger State Pension Board disclosed that Fifteen persons have been fingered in the alleged N5.778 billion missing pension contribution in the state from 2009 to 2012. The Director-General of the state’s pension board, Alhaji Usman Tinau Muhammed, disclosed this during a press briefing to announce the resumption of the state to the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS). It would be recalled that the state suspended the scheme in 2015 because of what was described as pressure on the then administration in the state. “A forensic audit report has confirmed that N5.778bn pension fund is missing and this was because the money did not pass through the pension board. “Fifteen people were also mentioned in the report and anybody identified would be invited for a discussion on the matte...
Declare Herders as Terrorists – Gov. Ortom
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Declare Herders as Terrorists – Gov. Ortom

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare armed Fulani herders killing people as Terrorists. This is following persistent attacks in communities in the last two months. A statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Trevor Akase said the recent attacks took place on Saturday night at Tse-Chembe near Anyin in Logo Local Government where herders killed seven and injured many. Ortom censured the raid and killings depicting the situation as unacceptable. He said the state had a law forbidding open grazing and only a terrorist group would go against the legislation as herders had done since 2017. Ortom said, declaring the armed herders Terrorists would end immunity and ensure the rule of law. He called on residents to report any suspic...
Rape Case: Nasarawa goes tough as Gov Sule approves setting up of mobile court
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Rape Case: Nasarawa goes tough as Gov Sule approves setting up of mobile court

For speedy trial and easy dispensation of Justice the Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has approved the establishment of a mobile court to handle cases involving rape across the state. State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Halima Ahmadu Jabiru, disclosed this while delivering a speech during a parley between the state Governor and APC women drawn across the state. Worried by the increasing rate of rape in the society, Hajiya Jabiru, said it has become necessary to establish such mobile courts specifically to handle rape cases, with a view to bringing perpetrators to book. She used the opportunity of the meeting to show appreciation to Engineer Sule for giving the nod for the setting up of a mobile court to try rape suspects, with the state Justice Ministry...
Gov. Sule proposes summit for Nasarawa state youths to harness their potentials
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Gov. Sule proposes summit for Nasarawa state youths to harness their potentials

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has made case for an annual youth summit where youths from across the state will come together to showcase their potentials, as well as highlight their challenges. Engineer Sule made this known during a one-day interactive session with various youths organizations under the aegis of the Nigerian Youth Council (NYC), at the Government House, on Tuesday. The Governor, while highlighting some of the efforts of his administration to develop the state, said the intended summit will provide an opportunity where the youths will market their potentials, identify their challenges and suggest solutions on the way forward, amongst others. Engineer Sule assured the youths that his administration will carry them along, stressing that there is n...
COVID 19: Gov. Sule directs distributions of 38 trucks of food items across 1,495 polling units
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COVID 19: Gov. Sule directs distributions of 38 trucks of food items across 1,495 polling units

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has directed that 38 trucks of assorted food items donated by the COCAVID, a private sector initiative, be distributed across the 1, 495 polling units across the state. Engineer Sule gave the directive while flagging off the distribution at a ceremony at the Government House, on Wednesday. While commending the coalition of private sector organizations for the humanitarian gesture aimed at cushioning the hardship brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, the Governor directed that the food items be distributed across polling units in the state. "It is important to note that these food items are to be shared to the poorest of the poor who have no source of income to cater for their daily needs. "In this wise, salary earners, bus...
We’re committed to   investing in agriculture – Gov. Sule
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We’re committed to investing in agriculture – Gov. Sule

The executive Governor of Nasarawa State Engineer Abdullahi Sule said his government is commitment to support and and encourage as well as promote Private Public Partnership (PPP) in providing critical infrastructure development to the state. He identified one of such sector the government is interested in PPP is the agricultural sector which investment the state will encourage as the county is seeking to diversify the economy. The govwenor stated this during the official commissioning of a dam and electricity project, executed by the Nigeria Farmers' Group and Cooperative Society (NFGCS), in Ga'ate, Kokona Local Government Area, on Saturday June 20 2020. According to him, the state will continue to evolve policies and entrench collaborative approach to woo development partners t...
Gov Sule urged to relocate College of Health Keffi to a conducive site
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Gov Sule urged to relocate College of Health Keffi to a conducive site

The Governor of Nasarawa State Engr Abdullah Sule has been admonished to relocate the School of Health Technology keffi from its present site to a more befitting place within Keffi. The State House of Assembly committee on health made the appeal when during their visit to the School in continuation of their oversight responsibility . The House Committee on Health plea comes on the heels of stakeholders view that the current location of the School is not conduceive for quality service delivery. Chairman House committee on health Hon. Usman labaran Shafa who led members of the committee on oversight function to the college in keffi Tuesday said it is long overdue that the school is relocated. The chairman of the committee and member representing Toto/Gadabuke who commended manag...
Gov. Abdullahi Sule  Commissions Project to mark Democracy Day
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Gov. Abdullahi Sule Commissions Project to mark Democracy Day

The Governor of Nasarawa State Engr Abdullahi Sule celebrated this year June 12 Democracy Day with commissioning of two important state of the arts projects in Lafia, the state capital as part of activities to mark this historic day and named one of the project after the late PDP Governor Aliyu Akwai Idoma thereby jettisoning political differences. The completed projects are presidential lodge and banquet hallwhich was initiated initiated by two previous administrations in the state. The Governor who took time to explain the quality of work done by the contractor that handled the project, named the edifice the Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura Presidential Lodge, after the immediate past governor of the state who initiated the project. Similarly, the modern state-of-the-art banqu...
Post COVID 19: My fears on the  impending economic challenge – Gov. Sule
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Post COVID 19: My fears on the impending economic challenge – Gov. Sule

The Governor of Nasarawa State , Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has expressed concern over impending economic challenge during the post COVID 19 era, particularly with the country’s over reliance on crude oil. He expressed his concern during the commissioning ceremony of the Federal Fire Service fire fighting truck, at the Government House, on ThursdayJune 11 2020 According to the Governor, with both oil price and production now a major challenge to an already fragile Nigerian economy, there is every need for Nasarawa State to look elsewhere in order to generate much desired revenue. The Governor however, said one of the cardinal the thrust of his administration , is working towards harnessing the potentials of the state in the areas of agriculture, mining, trade and commerce. “A lo...
Nasarawa gets new SSG
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Nasarawa gets new SSG

The Nasarawa State Governor Engr Abdullahi .A . Sule has appointed Bar Muhammed Ubandoma as the new Secretary to the State Government. In a Press Release made available to Journalists in Lafia om Wednesday June 10, 2020 by the Spokesperson/Director General Strategic Communication and Press Affairs to the Governor , Yakubu Lamai , states that the appointment is with effect from Wednesday June 10, 2020. The new SSG who takes over from Alhaji Tijjani Aliyu who was sacked on Monday 8 June 2020 hails from Lafiya town and holds two degrees respectivly from Universities of Maiduguri and Jos, the latter being the Bachelor of Law in 1997. The governor charged him to use his wealth of experience in assisting the government of the state to achieving its vision and objectives. Bar Aliyu i...
BREAKING: Nasarawa governor, Sule sacks SSG
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BREAKING: Nasarawa governor, Sule sacks SSG

The Nasarawa State Governor Engr Abdullahi Sule has sacked the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed Tijani based on the State House of Assembly recommendation. In a terse three paragraph statement signed by the Permanent Secretary Government House Administratiom Lafia on Monday, the sack takes immediate effect and directed to handover all goveenment property in his possession to the Permanent Secretary Cabinet Affairs and Special Services in the Permanent Secretary Office. While thanking him for his service the letter was silent on the reason why he was sacked. However, The DAILY VENDOR can authoritatively teport that the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has directed Gov. Abdullahi Sule to relieve the Secretary to the Government of the State, Alhaji Aliyu Ah...
Nasarawa Govt hails FG over approval of N8bn for Farin Ruwa project
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Nasarawa Govt hails FG over approval of N8bn for Farin Ruwa project

President Muhammadu Buhari has been commended for his foresight in approving over N8bn for the construction of the Farin Ruwa Dam, as well as the Sisin Baki/Farin Ruwa road. Nasarawa State Governor, Engr Abdullahi Sule, made the commendation in an opening remark during an expanded stakeholders meeting to review measures put in place to contain further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, at the Government House, on Thursday. While expressing deep appreciation to the President on behalf of the government and people of the state, Engineer Sule thanked the Federal Government for coming to the assistance of the state at a time Nasarawa needed assistance. The Governor restated that, in line with the commitment of his administration to complete all ongoing projects started by previous admi...
FG kick starts construction of Army special forces Headquarters in Nasarawa
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FG kick starts construction of Army special forces Headquarters in Nasarawa

Amidst the general insecurity in Nigeria , the Federal Government of Nigeria has commenced the construction of Headquarters for the Nigerian Army Special Forces in Doma Nasarawa State. Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, while flagging off the construction of the headquarters of the Nigerian Army Special Forces Command, in Doma, thanked President Muhhamudu Buhari for looking the way of the state in siting the project. Engineer Sule who, performed the foundation laying ceremony, in company of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, on Monday, in Doma, headquarters of Doma Local Government Area was also full of praises to the military high command. In his goodwill message, the Governor described the event as a demonstration of the collective commitment to addres...
Niger governor Sani-Bello goes tough on contractors
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Niger governor Sani-Bello goes tough on contractors

set to revoke road contracts …. vows to complete all ongoing projects in the state. Gov Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has directed the State Minisyery of Works to evoke the Zariyawa area road road project in Suleja for lack of competence and and vowing to be tough as it clocks five years in office. Speaking while inspecting some roads projects in Suleja he said it is no longer going to be business as usual in the State as the Government is set to withstand any one and anything that poses as a clog in the wheel of progress in it's bid to complete all ongoing projects in the State. In this regards, the first sledgehammer of the Governor has hit the Contractors handling the Zariyawa area road construction in Suleja as the Governor has directed revocation of the contract with th...
Nasarawa commences sales of 930 metric tons of fertilizer for 2020 cropping season
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Nasarawa commences sales of 930 metric tons of fertilizer for 2020 cropping season

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has flagged of the sales of 930 metric tons of fertilizers for this year’s cropping season. Engineer Sule flagged off the sales at a ceremony at the Government House, on Tuesday. The Governor equally flagged off the free distribution of 990 metric tons of ruminant feed supplements, as well as 80 metric tons of mineral salt, provided by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, to livestock farmers and pastoralists across the state. This is the first time fertilizer sales to farmers is commencing before the cropping season in the state. While noting that his administration is determined to ensure that agricultural potentials of the state are fully harnessed for the overall benefit of the people, Engineer Sule po...
Nasarawa inaugurates community policing advisory Council
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Nasarawa inaugurates community policing advisory Council

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has Inaugurated the State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) to complement the effort of the Nigeria Police Force in combating crime in the state. The DAILY VENDOR reports that, Engineer Sule while performing the ceremony on Monday at the Government House, charged the members to sustain participation, partnership and collaboration of all, in addressing crime related issues in a more proactive manner. According to the Governor, the state was determined to secure its environment against crime and criminality as well as maintain law and order at all times for the socio-economic development of the state, hence the constitution of the committee. He specifically commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the prompt response to t...
FG deploys NAF 22 Quick Response squad in North Central State
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FG deploys NAF 22 Quick Response squad in North Central State

Worried by the incessant attacks by herdsmen and other bandits in the North Central zone, the Federal Government has deployed special airforce operatives to Lafiya the capital of Nasarawa State. And the Lafia Cargo Airport will now serve as an operational base for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) 22 Quick Response Command for the North Central zone. Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, who was at the airport to receive the troops, commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for the prompt attention to tackle the security situation in not only the state but the North Central zone. Engineer Sule expressed satisfaction that the response came just three days after he called for help from the Federal Government, assuring that the state would support the troops to ensure that all fo...
Katsina residents block highways, protest against incessant bandits attacks
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Katsina residents block highways, protest against incessant bandits attacks

Some residents of President Muhammadu Buhari's homestate of Kastina State on Saturday blocked the highway passing through Jibia community to Katsina, the state capital, and other parts of the state to protest against daily attacks, kidnappings and rape by bandits. Many of the people who were speaking in Hausa said they are living in fears because of the nefarious activities of these hoodlums. The people, who are from Yangayya district, rendered many travellers and commuters within the state stranded. They vowed that they would not open the road nor return to their houses until government takes action to protect them from incessant bandit attacks. Meanwhile some members of the Katsina State House of Assembly have lamented what they termed worsening insecurity situation in the s...
COVID 19: Nasarawa procures 6000 PPEs, 50,000 face masks for distribution
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COVID 19: Nasarawa procures 6000 PPEs, 50,000 face masks for distribution

NASARAWA, As part of efforts to contain and control further spread of the dreaded coronavirus, the Nasarawa State Government, said it has procured 6000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), as well as 50, 000 face masks, to be distributed across the state. The State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, disclosed this while addressing the media on the measures being taken to curtail the further spread of the virus, on Sunday. Specifically, Engineer Sule said the government is already in receipt of most of the items purchased for the protection of the people, adding that the state government is in possession of the required number of face masks, as well as the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). Inspecting the commodities at the Lafia Central Medical Store, the Governo...