Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has commissioned the refurbished Nasarawa Governor’s Lodge, in Asokoro, Abuja.
In a brief ceremony held to commission the structure, Governor Sule emphasized that it will not only be for the use of the Governor alone, but for the entire people of Nasarawa State, urging stakeholders to utilize the facility to showcase the State.
“This place is actually not a Governor’s Lodge but for the people of Nasarawa State.
“Any time you have the opportunity to invite investors, partners coming to see Nasarawa State, please feel free to come here and have your first meeting with them.
“This will show them that we are serious in the State,” the Governor said.
Governor Sule also took time to commend the immediate past administration of Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, for upgrading both the Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, as well as converting the Nasarawa State Liaison Office in to a hotel.
According to the Governor, on his assumption to office, he leased out the hotel built by the former governor to an investor at the rate of N100m per annum.
“Instead of using, we leased out the hotel at the rate of N100m annually to an investors.
“We took the money for two years and invested the N200m to remodel the Governor’s Lodge,” he explained.
On his part, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Liaison Office, Hon. Yusuf Maianguwa, said the State Government lodge before the coming of the present administration was an eyesore.
While commending the administration of Engineer Sule for remodelling the lodge, the SSA however appealed for government to conduct meetings and other official engagements at the newly commissioned lodge.
Prominent sons and daughters of the State, including the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barrister Muhammad Abdullahi Hassan, member Federal House of Representative, Hon. Abdulmumini Ari, Director General A. A Sule Campaign Organization, Senator John Damboyi, two former deputy governors namely Senator Solomon Ewuga and Chief Micheal Abdul were present at the ceremony.
Others are, Alhaji Bala Tafida, former SSG, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Tijani and former zonal APC vice chairman, North Central, Alhaji Suleiman Wambai, among others.