By Chris Nyamtu – Lafia
Participants at a one day summit to mark 24th anniversary of Nasarawa State have called for concerted efforts towards strengthening the three arms of government to entrench vibrant democratic structures in the country.
In a key note address to declare the summit open at the Aliyu Akwe Doma Banquet Hall, Government House Lafia, Governor Abdullahi Sule said democracy would thrive in Nigeria if key actors in the three arms of government play according to the rules.
Governor Abdullahi Sule commended Nigerians for their resilience and unity of purpose which had kept the country together since Independence and called on leaders to let accountability, transparency and prudence in management of resources as their watchwords for the common good of humanity.
Speaking on the theme ” Examining the Role of the Arms of Government on the Security and Economy of Nasarawa State”, Special Adviser to the Governor on Investment and Economic Planning Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi stated that one out of six persons in Nasarawa State lives below poverty line as the state is the 12th poorest in Nigeria.
He stressed the need for collective action towards provision of serene environment that would allow the citizens to have a sense of belonging in governance.
Nasarawa State Chairman Council of Chiefs and Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage retired said Nigeria would be greater if leaders dwell more on rule of law and constant engagements with the traditional institutions on issues of national interest given the critical roles they play especially at the grassroots.
A Communiqué is expected at the end of the summit.