Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the management of the Nigerian economy.
The governor spoke at a State dinner in honour of the President as part of his two-day working visit to the state.
He cited the latest National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report, showing that Nigeria’s GDP expanded by 3.98 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2021.
”The growth indicators of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), financial reports of the listed companies and agricultural revolution are indeed unprecedented. The GDP growth is now the highest since 2014. We salute your policies Mr President, ” he said.
The governor, who described the state as relatively peaceful, thanked the President for the tremendous support in securing lives and property.
He also lauded the President for appointing prominent sons and daughters of the State into various positions in Federal establishments, including the National Population Commission, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NSCDC, National Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Company as well as the National Awards Committee.
Governor Sule requested the Federal Government to complete the Kwandare-Abuja bypass, the University Teaching Hospital in Lafia and the extension of the rail lines from Abuja to Keffi, connecting to the main railway line in Guidi station.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier on Thursday inaugurated six strategic projects in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa state executed by the State and Federal Government, commending Governor Abdullahi Sule for complementing the efforts of the Federal Government in the provision of infrastructure.
In the capital, the President inaugurated the Lafia Airport, Modern Bus Terminal, Vocational and Skills Acquisition Centre, and the Shinge-Barkini Abdullahi-Kilema road, executed by the State Government.
The Federal Government projects commissioned by the President on the first day of his visit were 330kva Power Substation, and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) building in Lafia.
The President expressed delight on the pace of development in the state, the quality of the inaugurated projects and several others by the Federal Government constructed in the state.
“The magnificent Lafia Bus Terminal, as well as the Vocational and Skills Acquisition Centre and the network of roads that I also commissioned will go a long way to uplift the state’s economic status and thereby reduce poverty amongst our people,” he said. ‘
The President told the people of Nasarawa state that the Federal Government has also constructed other projects in the State including a Federal Secretariat, 500 Units of Federal Housing Estate, UBEC Smart School for the North-central Zone, Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi dual carriage road, as well as the Oweto-Abagana bridge that links Nasarawa State with South Eastern Nigeria.
The President announced that he would also inaugurate Keffi Neighbourhood Market and Karu Bus Terminal on Friday, before returning to Abuja.
”I sincerely commend the Governor for his foresight in ensuring economic growth through diversification.
”I note the request by the Government of Nasarawa State for the takeover of the Lafia Airport, realizing the importance and its associated benefits,” he said.