The President of the National Association of Niger State Students (NANISS), Comrade Khali Bababubu, has appealed to Governor Mohammad Umaru Bago to provide Niger State students with palliatives following the removal of fuel subsidies by the Federal Government.
He said the removal of fuel subsidy has affected the cost of living and brought untold hardship to both parents and students in the state.
Comrade Khali, who stated this in Minna, said most indigent students find it difficult to pay tuition and transportation fare across the country.
He stated that constant disbursements of bursaries for both domestic and foreign students will go a long way towards alleviating their suffering.
He further stated that the National Association of Niger State Students was expecting a lot from Governor Umaru Bago as he promised to provide the needed palliatives to cushion the effect of new government policy.
He appealed to the governor to regularly pay scholarships to Niger State students, as it will assist the less fortunate students to pursue their education in various tertiary institutions within and outside the state.
He described Governor Bago as student-friendly and assured the governor that NANISS will continue to support his administration for a better Niger State.
Comrade Khali Bababubu advised the students to be of good moral behaviour as leaders of tomorrow, owing to the huge investment in education by the government.
He said that there was a cordial relationship between the Niger State Scholarship Board and the National Association of Niger State Students.
Niger State Governor, Hon. Mohammed Umar Bago, promised the people of Rafi local government yesterday, that he would construct a dual carriageway into Kagara, standardise Kagara township roads, and construct roads connecting other villages.
He stated this at the palace of the Emir of Kagara, HRH, Mal. Ahmed Garba Attahiru Gunna II, when he paid him a Sallah homage at Kagara town.
He said, "Kagara has only one single road going into the town, but I have the intention, by God's will, to construct a double lane into Kagara. This is in addition to standardising the road network inside Kagara town and connecting other villages with roads”.
The governor, who was conferred with the traditional title of Gwarzon Kagara, said the security of the lives and properties of all citizens, wherever they live in the state, was paramount to his administration.
He advised the people to avoid night movements because the military and other security agencies would embark on mop-up operations to rid the local government and other areas affected by banditry.
Governor Mohammed Umar Bago thanked the emir for hosting him and conferring on him the title of Gwarzon Kagara, assuring him that he would work assiduously to justify the confidence reposed in him.
He further restated the resolve of his administration to embark on a massive urban renewal programme, informing his host that Kagara will benefit tremendously.
The governor also announced the flag-off of the sale of fertiliser by the government at subsidised rates.
Earlier in his remarks, the Emir of Kagara, HRH Mal Ahmed Garba Attahiru Gunna II, appreciated the visit and commended the efforts of the governor in improving security in the emirate.
He said they were happy with the development, which enabled them to observe Eid el Kabir celebration without any fear, and this will also translate to a bumper harvest because farmers have now returned to their farms hitherto abandoned due to insecurity.
The emir also disclosed that each of the traditional title holders in the emirate has acquired at least one hectare of land to engage in farming, following the strategies evolved by the present administration to promote national policy on food security.
The governor was accompanied by the Deputy Governor, Comrade Yakubu Garba, and other top government functionaries.