Governor Al Makura of Nasarawa State - seated with the 2011 Presidential candidate of the CPC

Governor Al Makura of Nasarawa State ? seated with the 2011 Presidential candidate of the CPC

By Rabiu Doma, Nasarawa

With the noxious effect of Nasarawa State?s dire economy looming over the administrative affairs of the state ? in addition to the delay in payment pay workers? salaries, the state Governor, Malam Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, as gathered is spending a whooping sum of N61million on a one hour publicity campaign ahead of a one day visit by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to Nasarawa state.

According to a competent source close to the activities at the Nasarawa state government house revealed that N61m was voted for newspaper advertorial, radio and Television jingles to popularize the visit of the President. A member of the presidential visits committee confirmed to that the N61m was primarily voted for the publication of the President?s visit.

Unpleasant questions surrounding the manner the N61million was spent have begun to catch the attention of informed observers. An insider revealed that the N61m was expended on broadcast stations ? including ? Africa Independent Television (AIT), Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Channels TV. Each of the mentioned broadcast stations received N5million.

Other broadcasts stations also partook in the N61million media bazaar. They include Nasarawa Broadcasting Corporation (NBS), Voice of America (VOA), and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The president is expected to commission ?the state of the art? Federal High court complex situation in Lafia, the Al-Makura Model School, Lafia ? a project constructed through the counterpart fund of the Universal Basic Education and the Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB).

Other projects slated for commissioning include a township road network constructed
by the state Governor in the last twenty seven (27) months.

Meanwhile, Lafia is wearing a new face as preparations have reached top gear to welcome the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The entrance to the Shendam Government House which was previously littered with pot holes ? are now wearing a new look.

Unconfirmed source indicate that Al Makura?s antics towards the visit by the President is indicative of an imminent defection from his political party, the Congress for Progressive Change [CPC] to the President?s party, the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP].


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