In a proactive move to support traditional rulers and address the growing concerns of illegal mining activities, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has given a directive for the immediate payment of the annual medical allowances for the Year 2024 to traditional rulers across the state.

This significant decision was announced during a meeting between the governor and members of the Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, led by the esteemed Deputy Chairman and Emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa III, at the Government House in Lafia.

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Governor Sule, acknowledging the importance of timely payments, expressed his commitment to ensuring that traditional rulers receive their medical allowances promptly.

Although he won’t be available to oversee the matter personally, he entrusted Deputy Governor Dr. Emmanuel Akabe to collaborate with the State Accountant-General, Mr. Musa Muhammad, to expedite the payment process.

With a focus on maintaining the security and well-being of the state, Governor Sule drew attention to the need for vigilance among traditional rulers in the face of economic challenges.

He cautioned against individuals exploiting these challenges to create insecurity, particularly in mining areas.

The governor emphasized that illegal mining activities pose a significant security threat and urged traditional rulers to exercise caution in granting consent letters to those who may not have the state’s best interests at heart.

Governor Sule further highlighted the allure of mining as an avenue for illicit activities and stressed the importance of curbing the influx of illegal miners into the state.

Recognizing the ease with which people can exploit mineral resources for personal gain, he underlined the necessity of maintaining a secure environment to protect the interests of the state and its people.

During the meeting, Deputy Chairman Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa III, representing the Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad (rtd), conveyed the traditional rulers’ customary visit to the Governor House as part of the Sallah tradition of paying homage.

In parallel, the Nasarawa State Government has initiated a crackdown on illegal mining companies that pose a threat to the safety and well-being of the state. This decisive action demonstrates the government’s commitment to preserving the security and prosperity of Nasarawa State.

Through these measures,  the Nasarawa State Government are taking significant steps to prioritize the welfare of traditional rulers and safeguard the state from the adverse effects of illegal mining activities.