From Francis Nansak,Lafia
A group, the Ta’al Grassroot Network through its leader, Sarki Tanko has donated a Citron bus and other campaign materials to the governor.
The donation was made during the Sallah celebration to mark the end of the Ramadan fast at the Government House Lafia when the governor hosted various groups that included his commissioners, permanent secretaries, state exco of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a group known as Ta’al Grassroot Network, in different meetings.
Governor Al-Makura who was visibly delighted with the influx of state stakeholders into his official residence, thanked and charged his visitors on sustaining their commitments and dedication in upholding the principles of hard work for the entire development of the state in their places of endeavours.
Al-Makura, while addressing permanent secretaries and chairmen of the 13 Local Government Areas (LGA) said although he was not going to sponsor any candidate, noted that the state needed someone that would maintain the existing legacy.
“I will only encourage fairness and a level playing ground but if I must support anyone, I will be very careful in doing so and without any sentiment.
“So, all those contesting would be properly screened to make sure we have the best that would continue to work towards maintaining peace and progress in the state,” he added.
On his senatorial ambition, the governor stated that the various encouragements he has received from well wishers ,has spurred him to gear up towards a formal declaration but added that he will not be in a hurry until political activities begins in earnest.
It would be recalled that governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura had in an independence broadcast last year, promised that he was not going to have an anointed candidate and that his successor can only be determined by God and the wishes of the electorate as statesmanship and patriotism is what he would be mindful of.
The governor challenged the council chairmen to be prudent in managing the resources of their respective areas emphasizing that Nasarawa State, under his leadership, had conducted the second LG polls in his seventh year in office.
“We are among the few states in the country to conduct our second LG election.”
He said that was because he so much believe in democracy promising that he will use the rest of his time in office to continue to better the life of the people of the state.
Earlier, the Head of Service, Mr Nicholas Abari who led the delegation of permanent secretaries and Aminu Maifata, on the side of the LGA’s chairmen, all expressed gratitude to the governor and the leader of APC in the state, for given them the opportunity to serve the people and the state.