Lafia — Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, Thursday, drove to an orphanage in Lafia, and two separate secondary schools, where he celebrated his 60th birthday with orphans and students.
Al-Makura left Government House along Shendam Road at about 3pm, in company of his commissioners, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe of Health, Comrade Hussaini Abubakar of Education and Engr. Wada Yahaya Mohammed of Works and Transport, as well as Silas Agara, his Special Adviser on Special Duties, and drove to Government Science Secondary School (GSSS), where he sat for lunch with jubilant students who served him a meal of corn and soup at the dining hall.
The governor, who was also accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in Education, Hajiya Zainab Abdulmumuni, ate with the students, from their plates, during which he urged them to study hard and excel to fit into the fast changing global world.
The students, who jubilate, and almost sandwiched the governor, were hosting the governor for the second time during his birthday celebrations, the first being in 2011, when he taught Social Studies to students.
Al-Makura also drove round the school, and inspected ongoing projects to give the school a fist lift.
He also drove to Science Secondary School, in Nasarawa-Eggon, where he also celebrated with students there. The governor promised to upgrade the two schools, and a third one in Keffi, into comprehensive colleges for better teaching and learning.
Al-Makura, towards evening, returned to Lafia, where he visited Maimuna Kaita Orphanage and remained there with orphans till nightfall.