SUYA NIGHT: Shepherd House Church Plans Big Again

The Shepherd House Assembly, Jos is set to host another explosive edition of its annual 'Suya Night', an event it uses to celebrate the 'crossover'.

The 'Suya' service scheduled to commence from 8:30pm today is expected to treat thousands of worshippers to a mouthwatering roasted meat feast.

Host Pastor of the Church, Rev. Tajan Moltok told MKB that guests had since morning began trouping into the city in anticipation of the event.

According to him, the event has no direct spiritual implication but is a way of uniting the church in joyful communion as they usher in the new year.

He explained that the event which began with a revelation handed the General Overseer of the Church, Joshua Talena is anchored on the Biblical scripture of Exodus 12 where God instructed the Israelites to share roasted meat.

"Meat symbolizes provision and celebration," he said enjoining all members of the church to avail for the service.

Guinness making Plateau fun at yuletide, promotes local artists

By Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos

The Guinness Nigeria Plc Consumer Promo (NCP), has put a lot of smiles on the faces of the teeming youths in Plateau State.

The promo tagged, "A Fun Environment For Christmas", is the first of its kind in the city of Jos, embarked by the company, aimed at rewarding youths, professionals, ladies and men whom have all these years remained brand loyal to Guinness.

The promo slated for 23 days began on the 11th of December 2017 to last 5th January 2018, with a daily raffle draw, spirited to connect and engage its target consumers by celebrating friendship and friends across the State. 

Our correspondent however observed that the venue is thronged by an encouraging and appreciable crowd of young people who on daily basis access the venue without gate fees, "all that is required of us is to get into the venue for free, purchase any brand of Guinness products, which qualifies you for a raffle draw and then you win mouth watering gifts", one of the beneficiaries said.

Prices worn so far as at the time of filing this report are, 15 bags of rice, 1 live cow, two plasma TV sets, 20 gallons of cooking oil, and still counting.

Consequently, the evening is thrilled with top local artists, DJs and Comedians all made in "Plateau entertainment industry", live on stage, to thrill consumers with the best of music, games and comedy experiences. 

The experiential parties are also targeted at bringing to live the values of the brand, and deepening the bond that exists between the brand and its customers, Daily Times can report.

Headsmen Killings: Osibanjo, Dogara, Others Under Fire Over Silence

The Youth Wing of Christians Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) says it is disappointed at the silence of Christian political office holders on the widespread killing of Christians across the country through "organized operations by the killer Fulani herdsmen ".

In a communique issued in Yola after an emergency meeting of the northeast officials of the group, the National President of YOWICAN Engr. Daniel Kadzai, reminded Christian political office holders that they occupied those offices not on their personal merit alone, but because of the religion they belong to.

"If not because we have a Muslim President, the Vice President would have been a Yoruba Muslim, if not because we have a Senate President, a Muslim from the north , the Speaker can't be a Christian from a state like Bauchi where Christian were forced to have only one local government despite their population.

"The Secretary to the Government of the Federation is there because the SGF is a Christian from the North and many other appointies. So if they think it is on their personal merit and they cannot speak out against the organized killings of the Christians, they are digging the grave of their yet unborn children, because they will certainly face the evil silence of their parents in authority that they would have stop the carnage," he stated.

He stated that even when the Sultan of Sokoto Sa'ad Abubakar lll ,openly stated that the killer herdsmen are foreigners , both the Speaker , the Vice President and others failed to effectively use their offices to halt the genocide of Christians by weeding out the killer fulani herdsmen, pointing out that when the Christians lost voting value due to the organized displacement and depopulation as a result of their mass murder by Fulani herdsmen, those political offices will soon be taking away from them talk less their children .

" If president Muhammadu Buhari, feels that he as a Muslim to pick his running mate as a Christian, why is same President not sharing the important Security Chiefs offices between Christians and Muslims, but reserved for only Muslims.

We have Army, Police, DSS,Custom,Immigration,Prison, NSCDC,NDLEA, and Airforce all Muslims, even the NSA and defence Minister. The recent Airforce bombing and killing over 70 Christians in Numan local government in Adamawa state this month without any federal government voice has confirmed our fear and complain," he maintained.

" The police only arrest suspects when farmers attack herdsmen in a reprisal, but when Fulani herdsmen killed hundreds of Christians, the police cannot get a single suspect, police will often say gun men attack, when they're Fulani herdsmen, but farmers are arrested with knife and cutlasses. The language use by security agents involved tells us who they are supporting, it is a naked fact," he said.

He warned that if the federal government continued to give institutional support to Fulani herdsmen as suspected by inactions to caged their blood thirsty operations , we fear the country may be moving towards anarchy in the near future.

" Enough is enough, nobody has monopoly of killing, if Buhari government select those he protect, others may decide to protect themselves using the available means, Christians cannot be slaves for ever in their fathers land in the name of religious favouritism," he warned.

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Shame on you, FFK tells Agric Minister over comments suggesting Nigerians are ungrateful

Chief Audu Ogbeh, Nigeria's Minister for Agriculture was recently quoted as saying, "Nigerians blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for bringing untold hardship on them have not seen the people of Venezuela crossing the borders to buy bread".

The comments may have awoken the literary beast in former Nigerian Minister for Aviation and renowned essayist, Femi Fani-Kayode.

His words as obtained by MKB in reaction to the comments read:

"And these are the type of people and government that some are still supporting and praying for? May God help us.

"It is only in Nigeria that people wish those that kill, destroy, impoverish and enslave them well. Elsewhere evil is opposed and resisted with passion.

"In Nigeria we welcome and embrace tyrants and after they finish raping and sodomising us we beg them to come back for more.

"You pray and cry more than the bereaved when the rich and powerful are hurt but you offer no tear, no prayer, no protest and no outrage when the poor are slaughtered by evil men whilst those in power remain silent and look the other way.

"Shame on you!

"Meanwhile in the light of recent events consider the following and reflect on it: 

"God told Pharaoh to "let my people go".

"Pharaoh asked who He was?

"God told him "I am the I Am, that I Am" and sent signs of His awesome power.

"It cost Pharaoh both his own life and that of his son.

"Signs have been sent. Next comes the axe.

"Let God's people go! A word is enough for the wise."

Speaker Dogara Dishes Out Gifts to Orphans in Celebration of his 50th Birthday

Speaker of the Nigerian House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara has donated food items worth thousands of naira to orphans in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The gesture it was learnt is part of activities marking his 50th birthday celebration.

Hon. Timothy Golu, the member representing Pankshin Kanke Kanam Federal Constituency in the House who represented the Speaker at one of such donations at the 'Hope for Survival Orphanage' Gishiri in Maitama District Abuja today shared self-communicating pictures of the event on his Facebook timeline.

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Black Christmas: Fulani Kill 8 in Kaduna, Adamawa, Youth CAN Unleashes Threats

About eight people have been reportedly killed in fresh attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Kaduna and Adamawa States.

The two attacks between Christmas Eve and Christmas day sources say equally left scores wounded with many houses razed down.

The Christmas eve attack in Nindem village, in the Godo-Godo district of Jema'a LGA, Kaduna state reportedly  occurred at about 9pm when the herders struck a church during a Christmas carol service.

Four people were said to have been killed during the incident while a chorister had his mouth shattered with an AK47 rifle.

A source who gave details of those killed and injured said, "Those killed include  Amos Musa, Turaki Roro, Jude Maikayi, and Keffi Kure.  Names of injured are Murna Augustine, Eve Shehu, Kwemi Isa, Shagari David, and Timothy Yakubu."

While security operatives were yet to identify the attackers, a similar incident occurred in Kamale town in Michika Local Government Area, Adamawa State where four people were reportedly killed and hundreds of houses  razed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Christmas day.

Confirming the incident, the Chairman of Michika LGA, Mr. Vandi Fafanza, said police had taken over the situation.

"The police has taking control of the area and normalcy has already return in Kamale after the quick response of security agents to the attack, so there is peace now in the affected town," Vandi said.

Equally, National Publicity Secretary of National Union of Local Governments Employees (NULGE), Comrade Emmanuel Fashe who was in Michika during the attack said, "we received the report of the killings through some people from Kamale who escaped to Michika, the headquarters of Michika local government for their safety."

Reacting to the killings, Kamale the National President of the Youth Wing of Christians Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) Engr. David Kadzai threatened to resort to self-help in protecting Christians if government does not do its job.

He described the attacks as calculated plan to eliminate or  Christians in the country.

He equally expressed worry over the silence of President Buhari and some top Christians in government over the insecurity confronting Christian communities.

According to Kadzai, already, marked for Religious cleansing are Numan, Demsa and Girei Local Government in Adamawa state.

The silence of government over the situation he said indicates an approval of the killings.

Black Christmas: Fulani Kill 8 in Kaduna, Adamawa, Youth CAN Unleashes Threats

About eight people have been reportedly killed in fresh attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Kaduna and Adamawa States.

The two attacks between Christmas Eve and Christmas day sources say equally left scores wounded with many houses razed down.

The Christmas eve attack in Nindem village, in the Godo-Godo district of Jema'a LGA, Kaduna state reportedly  occurred at about 9pm when the herders struck a church during a Christmas carol service.

Four people were said to have been killed during the incident while a chorister had his mouth shattered with an AK47 rifle.

A source who gave details of those killed and injured said, "Those killed include  Amos Musa, Turaki Roro, Jude Maikayi, and Keffi Kure.  Names of injured are Murna Augustine, Eve Shehu, Kwemi Isa, Shagari David, and Timothy Yakubu."

While security operatives were yet to identify the attackers, a similar incident occurred in Kamale town in Michika Local Government Area, Adamawa State where four people were reportedly killed and hundreds of houses  razed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Christmas day.

Confirming the incident, the Chairman of Michika LGA, Mr. Vandi Fafanza, said police had taken over the situation.

"The police has taking control of the area and normalcy has already return in Kamale after the quick response of security agents to the attack, so there is peace now in the affected town," Vandi said.

Equally, National Publicity Secretary of National Union of Local Governments Employees (NULGE), Comrade Emmanuel Fashe who was in Michika during the attack said, "we received the report of the killings through some people from Kamale who escaped to Michika, the headquarters of Michika local government for their safety."

Reacting to the killings, Kamale the National President of the Youth Wing of Christians Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) Engr. David Kadzai threatened to resort to self-help in protecting Christians if government does not do its job.

He described the attacks as calculated plan to eliminate or  Christians in the country.

He equally expressed worry over the silence of President Buhari and some top Christians in government over the insecurity confronting Christian communities.

According to Kadzai, already, marked for Religious cleansing are Numan, Demsa and Girei Local Government in Adamawa state.

The silence of government over the situation he said indicates an approval of the killings.

Prof. Shadrach Best:| Plateau Vision derived from common heritage sadly derailed

Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year to all my FB friends, Plateau State and Nigeria.

It has been quite a while. I have kept away from saying much. Life has been less than fair on all Nigerians as a result of the economic meltdown. We pray that the prayers of the saints and indeed all Nigerians, as well as our hard work and determination to build a better society will usher in better times in 2018 and beyond.

I come with a message of firm belief that Plateau State is the greatest state and a gift to us from God, and its greatness has to be brought out and built with a sense of commitment and conviction. This can be done within the context of the Plateau Vision derived from a common heritage, a vision which has been sadly derailed. The Youth must be the building blocs of this vision and be given a sense of pride and ownership to drive it. Their dreams and brilliant ideas have to be nurtured and supported to form the basis for building the future. We have what it takes, and we can do it.

God bless Plateau State.

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Riyom: Suspected Fulani Armed men Ambush Commuters in Jol, Wound One

An undisclosed number of people were yesterday ambushed near Jol village in Central Nigeria's Riyom Local Government Area, Plateau State.

The victims were said to have been coming from a neighboring community, Sho village on bikes when a group of armed men suspected to be Fulani attacked them about 50mtrs to the village.

One of the victims reportedly sustained fatal injuries in the attack while others managed to escape.

Plateau Youth Council (PYC) Chairman of Riyom LGA, Solomon Dachung told MKB that the incident was reported to securities but could not confirm any arrest.

Police were yet to comment on the issue as at the time of filing this report.

Femi Fani-Kayode:| THE INNOSON AFFAIR, THE IGBO AND THE ORPHANS OF THE CORPORATE WORLD

Such was his shock and anger at the turn of events that the real estate magnate and owner of the resplendent, opulent and stunningly beautiful 'Amen Estate' on the outskirts of Lekki in Lagos, Babatunde O. Gbadamosi, wrote the following:

"I have studied the case. I am going to withdraw ALL my funds from Guaranty Trust Bank tomorrow morning".

The basis of his angst and consternation was the plight of the propietor of Innoson Motors at the hands of Guaranty Trust Bank, the EFCC and the Buhari administration.

Babatunde's disgust and repugnance at the way in which the bank and the EFCC behaved accurately reflects the mood and sentiment of millions of Nigerians on this matter.

Yet in my view the matter goes much further and deeper than just GTB and the EFCC.

They are simply willing puppets, tiny minions and minor players in a much bigger game and a much wider picture.

Permit me to cross the "t"s, dot the "i"s, consider the background and look at the facts.

In the last one year alone no less than three prominent Igbo businessmen have been arrested, humiliated and detained by the Buhari administration.

All three are major employers of labour who fared extreemly well under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and whose companies have become household names.

The first is Cletus Ibeto of Ibeto Cement, a humble, charming, hard-working, low-profile and exceptionally profound and insightful man who I met when I was in detention last year.

The second is the ebullient, young and vocal Ifeanyi Uba of Capital Oil and Gas, who later joined politics and who was indeed a member of President Goodluck Jonathan's campaign organisation in 2015 where we worked closely together.

The third is Innocent Chukwuma, the owner of Innoson Motors whose company is the only one in Nigeria that produces cars, who I am told is an absolute gentleman and whom I have never met.

These three men are amongst the five biggest and most prominent Igbo businessmen in the country today. The remaining two are Arthur Eze of Atlas Oronto Petroleum International  and Emeka Offor of Chrome Oil both of whom have done very well but that have also had their own fair share of persecution and travails over the years.

I made a point of doing the research in the cases of Chukwuma, Ibeto and Uba and why they were having issues with the EFCC and the SSS respectively and I came to the conclusion that not only had they done nothing wrong but they were being targetted simply because they were perceived as being "Jonathan men", because they were deemed as being sympathetic to the PDP, because they were Igbo and finally simply out of envy from ruthless competitors.

Given that it came as no surprise to me when, just yesterday morning, I was informed that Chukwuma's home was raided and tear-gassed by the EFCC and he was arrested and detained in what can only be described as brutal and questionable circumstances.

I was reliably informed that officers of the EFCC and the Nigerian Police not only injured many in his home but that they also slapped his wife.

Never mind that he was later reportedly offered bail after what can only be described as a gruelling and harrowing period of torment and trauma: the fact is that his home should never have been raided and he should never have been arrested, detained and subjected to this brutal affront and indecorious indignity in the first place.

Such was my concern for him and the way in which the security forces had behaved at his home that I was constrained to post the following on both my twitter handle and Facebook page on that same day. I asked,

"Why should anybody be surprised about the arrest of the owner of Innoson Motors? They did the same to Cletus Ibeto about a year ago.These people come from the "wrong" part of the country and they are providing a service and employment for Nigerians. They must be punished for it!".

I went further by offering some gentle and wise counsel to an old and dear friend by also posting the following:

"I have known the MD of GTB, Segun Agbaje and his two older brothers, Femi and Jimi, for close to 40 years and I have immense respect and deep affection for them. I urge him not to expose himself to the shark infested waters of politics by allowing himself to be used by these barbarians to destroy Innoson. If he does he will regret it".

Yet it does not stop there. The matter goes much deeper and further than just the travails of Innocent Chukwuma of Innoson Motors or indeed those of Cletus Ibeto and Ifeanyi Uba.

It goes to the very heart and foundation of the fundamental problem of what Nigeria has been turned into by those who believe that they own her.

It touches on the nationality question, the quest and struggle for equal rights and opportunities for the various ethnic naionalities that make up Nigeria and the unofficial and unannounced policy of the Buhari administration to treat southerners as slaves and to discredit, crush and malign any Igbo person who aspires to excellence and greatness and who is a source of pride and inspiration to their people.

To those that doubt this grave assertion I have one question to ask: can they, under ANY circumstances, imagine or envisage Aliko Dangote of the Dangote Group or Abdul Samad Rabiu of the BUA Group , both of whom are highly successful, extreemly wealthy and very well-known northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani businessmen, being treated in this way by ANY Nigerian government let alone one like Buhari's that was established by the Fulani and solely for the interests of the Fulani? The answer to the question is a resounding "no".

Yet for the southern businessman and particularly for the Igbo one the rules are very different and the treatment that they get from the government and its security agencies are a world apart.

As a matter of fact they are unfairly deemed and insidiously labelled as the "fatherless ones" and the  "orphans of the corporate world" simply because they are on their own and they have no favour or protection from government.

It is clear that any Igbo man that has the temerity and the fortitude to shine and to rise up by dint of conviction, vision, passion and hard work must be humiliated, demonised and denigrated.

The story and the theme appears to be a never-ending one and it touches on all spheres of human endeavour in Nigeria. The policy, principle and practice is the same: as long as you are Igbo you are in trouble and in order to survive you must sing the praises of the Buhari administration, bow and grovel to the Fulani, accept your servitude and slavery with stoic ignomy and "bend the knee".

In the field of the struggle for self-determination and the quest for the establishment of the independent and sovereign state of Biafra the powers that be did it to the great Nnamdi Kanu, to his IPOB and to MASSOB.

In the field of business they have done it to the Chukwumas, the Ubas and the Ibetos of this world.

In the field of partisan politics they have done it to countless Igbo elders and leaders who have refused to bow to the Fulani hegemony that the Buhari administration represents.

In the field of the Armed Forces, the Nigerian Police Force and the various security and intelligence agencies they have done it as countless Igbo career officers have either been denied promotion and operational command or they have been prematurely retired.


Yet all this pales before the fact that  thousands of young Igbo men and women have been secretly slaughtered, have been subjected to mass murder and genocide and have been buried in mass graves by agents of the Buhari government and security forces over the last two years and six months.

I have written about this over and over again simply because I believe that an attack on the Igbo is an attack on the whole of the south and is indeed an attack on humanity and all right-thinking people.

It is also an attack on the Christian faith of which I am a member because virtually every single one of the 50 million Igbos in Nigeria are Christians whilst those that are waging this unofficial and undeclared war against them are predominantly Muslims.

That is why the meeting between the Igbo and the Yoruba leaders slated for Jaunuary 11th in Enugu, under the auspices of Nzuko Umunna and which will be attended by the Obi of Onitsha, the Ooni of Ife,  Afenifere, Ohanaeze and all the key Igbo and Yoruba leaders, intelligensia and politicians from all sides of the political divide is so crucial.

The Igbo and the Yoruba must set aside our dfferences, look at these matters, speak the bitter truth, come together and agree on how to move forward and protect our collective interest.

Whichever way it goes and whatever happens the matter shall come to an expected end because the God of Heaven will not sit by idly and allow this injustice and wickedness to go on for much longer.

I say this because the blood of the innocent cries to Him in heaven for vengeance and sooner or later He will hear their cry and both deliverance and judgement shall come.

In the meantime when I heard about the injustice that Innoson and his family had been subjected to I wrote the following words which came to my spirit and which burn in my soul right up until this very moment.

It is a heart-felt and powerful lamentation and it reflects the way virtually every right-thinking and sensitive southerner feels and thinks today about what is happening in Nigeria even though they may be too scared to voice it.

"O Igbo what have you done to the sons of Futa Jalon? Why do the heathans rant and rage? Why do the cow-loving aliens and foreign invaders seek to subjugate you and wipe you off the face of the earth?

In silent whispers they claim that they have cursed you, that you are not fit to rule or lead and that they hate you with a perfect hatred. Yet in 1966 you saw all this coming.

You warned us about what would happen and you tried to do something about it. Sadly we would not listen and we laughed you to scorn. You saw what we never saw. You knew what we never knew.

You suffered what we never suffered and you shed the tears that we never shed. 51 years later nothing has changed. They still kill you and rape your women. Only now they have widened the circle and it is no longer just you.

They have enslaved the rest of us as well. They kill us too and rape our women. Those of us from the South West, South South and the Middle Belt that joined forces with them to kill you and starve your children to death have now been turned into their slaves and serfs.

They kill us too and rape our women as well. They also take our land, shame our children and hate and denigrate  our faith.

Yet we look on sheepishly and helplessly all in the name of keeping the peace and political correctness: we accept our pitiable plight and we suffer in silence.

The Bible asks, "what can flesh do to me?", yet we ignore this divine injunction and holy scripture and bow our heads in trepidation and shame. 

Our men have become women and we mask our accursed fear of death, destruction and incarceration and our inexplicable awe of our collective oppressors with a shameful and cowardly smile. 

We readily accept every shame, every insult, every  indignity and every act of savagery, brutality, barbarity and callousness that they inflict on us all for the sake of an illusionary, ephemeral, undefined and far-fetched concept known as "one Nigeria" which bears false and delusionary pretentions and claims of nationality and nationhood.

We even thank our collective oppressors and captors and we rejoice with them when they denigrate our faith and when they slaughter our children and our beloved in the fields and in the streets. 

O Southern Nigeria: who has bewitched you? Cowardice is thy name."

May God deliver us!

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Plateau LG Polls: PLASIEC Official to Resign if Forced to Bend Due Process

The Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) Commissioner, Electoral Operations, Patrick Mangim has vowed to resign his position if ever intimidated to bend due process to favour any political party in the forthcoming local government elections in the state.

His stance according to him are borne out of his strong Christian beliefs as well as his desire to promote good governance and democratic values in the state.

He said, "I have said at different fora that whoever wins his election takes his victory home.

"That is our stand in PLASIEC regardless of the fact that we are being funded by the government.

"I have said if malpractice was the reason we were appointed, then I will rather resign and believe me if the occasion calls for it, I will."

Mr. Mangim told journalists at an interface with the Plateau State Peace Building Agency, PPBA and other stakeholders however said the commission has been fully funded and given the freehand by the state governor, Simon Lalong to deliver creditably.

He said, "Thank God for the kind of governor we have, he doesn't interfere in our activities.

"He has given us every logistical support and it is now squarely in our hands to determine how the elections run and we are determined to do the needful."

The PLASIEC Chief however dispelled rumours that the government was threatening to replace some of the body's principal officers due to their firm stance in due process saying, "it is not true."

The monthly Peace Architecture Dialogue of the Plateau State Peace Building Agency, PPBA for December 2017 had focussed on the preparedness of the State Independent Electoral Commission towards the forthcoming Local Government elections in the State.

The PPBA's concern was on the ability of the electoral body to deliver credible, free and fair elections in the state.

This, its Director General, Joseph Lengman said was crucial to peace maintenance and sustainability before, during and after the polls.

He said the State cannot forget its 2008 LG elections which were marred by violent conflicts owing to allegations of malpractice.

Thus, the PPBA he said finds it crucial to ensure all stakeholders prepare and advise properly before the 2018 elections.

Lengman added that the agency will not rest on its oars in partnering with relevant stakeholders including PLASIEC towards ensuring that all conflict triggers are duly addressed before the polls.

The interface with the electoral body and the Peace Agency which held at the PPBA head office in Jos brought together Civil Society Organizations, Security, Religious institutions, Government Agencies such as the NOA, NDLEA, as well as NGOs.

Participants were allowed to ask questions on critical matters regarding the forthcoming elections as the PLASIEC representative provided answers.

The forum is expected to continue in January next year focussing on the same elections with a view to perfecting the peace process in the state ahead of the polls, officials say.

Jos South transformation Agenda 2018 |:Rwas Emmanuel Dung (A.K.A GIBOK)

One way to lose your confidence in life and unable to attract the winning life is to lose the consciousness of a predetermined life. That is, not being able to know what you are working towards and the unique abilities God has endowed in you.

Therefore, as a people, let us be focused and determined believing that we are uniquely designed, shaped and equipped to perform and contribute positively to the development of our dear nation.

Gibok believe we can be one indivisible people of Jos South LGA of Plateau State.

We have in us great gifts,  enormous energies, multidimensional talents and capabilities to change the narratives obtainable in our society and turnaround its fortunes.

Gibok believe in men and women who believe in transformational leadership to prompt peace, stable security, good governance, equity and economic development for a greater Jos South LGA.

My mission is building bridge of unity, hope and human understanding among the various stakeholders. To promote good governance and empowering the less privileged and inculcating in them special abilities to cope with the growing challenges of our time.

Mr. Emmanuel Solomon Dung, popularly known as Gibok born 27th April, 1978 in Gyel District Jos South LGA, Plateau State is happily married to Mrs. Chundung Emmanuel Solomon and are blessed with 7 lovely children.

He had his First School Leaving Certificate in 1992 and National Examination Council (NECO) in 2013.

Blueprint:

1. Peace and Security: To guarantee security, we shall involve dialogue to resolve conflicts and ensure justice and equity and emphasis on respect for one another's culture and religion to achieve peace and harmonious living. We will encourage community participation in peace building and intelligence gathering.

2. RURAL INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT:
we shall embark on road construction and other critical infrastructural development across all Wards and Districts in the Local Government Area. Emphasis will be given to feeder roads for easy economic activities from rural to urban areas.

3. PROMPT PAYMENT OF COUNTERPART FUNDS:
We will ensure counterpart funds to World Bank, UNDP,  WHO,  SMEDAN, NDE etc are promptly paid to attract services from them.

4. CONSTRUCTION OF MARKETS:
We shall construct markets and lock up shops in all our districts. This is aimed at promoting economic activities in across the Local Government Area which in turn will jerk up our internally generated revenue (IGR).

5. EDUCATION:
Education shall be a cardinal focus in our administration if given the mandate. We will build more classes to provide conducive learning environment and renovate existing ones. Incentives will be given to teachers to boost their morales which in turn will enhance high productivity.
Teachers will be trained and retrained to meet up with current global education needs.

6. RURAL ELECTRICIFICATION:
Our rural population will be given serious attention in terms of electrification. I have started that in my District already.

7. SOCIAL WELFARE SCHEME:
We shall come up with a social welfare scheme that will provide financial assistance to the people.  This is a deliberate step towards reducing poverty.

8. AGRICULTURE:
We will invest in agriculture to harness our full agricultural potentials. We will provide farming inputs to our people at subsidized rates to enhance greater yield and promote food sufficiency and security. We will provide soft loans to farmers to encourage commercial farming.

9. HEALTHCARE SERVICES:
We will build new healthcare facilities, renovate existing ones and equip them for greater health care delivery.

10. TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS:
We will meet regularly with traditional leaders to know the needs and challenges of the people with the aim of addressing them. Their welfare will be guaranteed without compromising same to enhance their efficiencies.

11. PROMPT PAYMENTS OF SALARIES:
Our government will give proper attention to employees' welfare by ensuring prompt payment of salaries and other entitlements.

12. EMPLOYMENT:
Our administration shall give greater attention to employment and making sure that the people are gainfully engaged to be useful to themselves and add value to the society.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD HIS PHILANTHROPIC ACHIEVEMENTS include:

* As an Evangelist, Emmanuel Solomon Dung, Gibok has made tremendous financial contributions to different denominational Churches both in Jos south and Neighboring LGAs including Muslim communities.

*An advocate of community services development, he have made contributions and assisted community developments association,these among many others are: GCDA, BYM, BECO, BEWDA and NUBES.etc.

*As a supporter and defender of government projects in his immediate society he has personally helped in repairs of PHCN transformers in Gyel were he came from on several occasions.

* Gibok has by the Grace of God assisted many Youths to gain employment at different places of work including his personal company.

* As an advocate, promoter and supporter of education, he has by the Grace of God given over 200 scholarships to
deserving students in Jos South LGA.

* As a promoter of agriculture and commercial activities, Gibok has assisted in the construction and reconstruction of Bridges linking the following villages from his personal resources:

a. Tanchol/Dabwam
b.Tahei/Gyero
c.Nyago/Lioh
d.Sot/Sabon Gida is on the way.

*A man that believed in transformation of the common people. He has assisted and empowered Widows,Orphans and the less privileged across all ethnic, religious, tribal, racial and political groups.

  * He has always assist peasant farmers with fertilizer in every raining season.

GIBOK did these with no intention to contest any political position, but the people and Heaven x-rayed his achievements, and I had to heed the call from my constituency to present myself as a vehicle for these public responsibility.

GIBOK as he is fondly called is the CEO/MD of Corinthians FC and CEO/MD Emma Dung Solo Enterprises.

GIBOK a philanthropist tried, tested and trusted has the following out of the numerous awards given to him in recognition of his selfless service to God and humanity.

*Financial Merit award by Nigerian Educators presented under the seal of (IEE)in recognition of his humanitarian gesture and financial contributions.

* Merit award as Ambassador of Peace and Security by National Union of Berom Students (NUBES).

*Award of Excellence as the Humanitarian and a Peace Builder by NAPSS,NVRI VOM,NURSES AND MIDWIFE both VOM & JOS.in recognition of his support and contributions to the students.

* Prestigious Merit Award of excellence as a grassroot leader and mobilizer of youths.

* Merit award as the most courageous youths by Youths, PLASU.

* Award of Excellence of "MWAT GYEP VWEL"

* Merit Award as Ambassador of Peace and Security by National Union of Berom Students (NUBES) 2014.

These are some of the numerous awards received by this great and amiable Philanthropist called GIBOK.

His passion and drive is to see that the common man is positively impacted, empowered and their capacities built as well as transforming Jos South LGA to address the infrastructural deficits obtainable so as to promote greater socioeconomic activities. Past and administrations have tried and trying, but Jos South as one of the metropolitan city in Plateau State deserves the best and with God on our side, your supports and prayers we will achieve greatness and take Jos South to enviable height and it's rightful place.

Our goal is simple, which is transforming the people by intentional, deliberate and conscious empowerment and bringing infrastructural development to the Local Government to boost economic activities and make the Local government more attractive to both existing and prospective investors.

We will employ strategic methodologies toward revenue generation and ensure integrity, transparency and prudency in the utilization of public funds. We intend to run a corrupt-free administrative system in Jos South by putting in place measures that will stem misappropriation and misapplication of public funds kept in trust in our custody.

We will invest greatly in the people, agriculture, education, tourism, peace-building and in the economy of Jos South. We want to achieve astronomical growth within our tenure and set standards for successive governments to maintain.

Gibok seeks to manage both the huge human and material resources available in Jos South LGA towards attainable sustainable growth and development of the area. Jos South LGA is blessed with intellectual persons and material resources which is properly harnessed will lead to its prosperity. The resources (human and material) must be deliberately and consciously galvanized.

RWAS EMMANUEL SOLOMON DUNG, an excellent Team player with proven multi-tasking capacities be supported and voted as Chairman Jos South LGA

LG Polls: PLASIEC, Peace Agency come face-to-face over due process

The Plateau State Peace Building Agency, PPBA yesterday met with the State Independent Electoral Commission to ascertain its preparedness towards the forthcoming Local Government elections in the State.

The PPBA's concern was on the ability of the electoral body to deliver credible, free and fair elections in the state.

This, its Director General, Joseph Lengman said was crucial to peace maintenance and sustainability before, during and after the polls.

He said the State cannot forget its 2008 LG elections which were marred by violent conflicts owing to allegations of malpractice.

Thus, the PPBA he said finds it crucial to ensure all stakeholders prepare and advise properly before the 2018 elections.

Lengman added that the agency will not rest on its oars in partnering with relevant stakeholders including PLASIEC towards ensuring that all conflict triggers are duly addressed before the polls.

The PLASIEC Commissioner, Electoral Operations, Patrick Mangim at the interface with the PPBA and other stakeholders said the commission has been fully funded and given the freehand by the state governor, Simon Lalong to deliver creditably.

He vowed to resign his position if ever intimidated to bend due process to favour any party.

He said, "I have said at different fora that whoever wins his election takes his victory home.

"That is our stand in PLASIEC regardless of the fact that we are being funded by the government.

"I have said if malpractice was the reason we were appointed, then I will rather resign and believe me if the occasion calls for it, I will.

"But thank God for the kind of governor we have, he doesn't interfere in our activities."

The PLASIEC Chief however dispelled rumours that the government was threatening to replace some of the body's principal officers due to their firm stance in due process saying, "it is not true."

The interface with the electoral body and the Peace Agency which held at the PPBA head office in Jos brought together Civil Society Organizations, Security, Religious institutions, Government Agencies such as the NOA, NDLEA, as well as NGOs.

Participants were allowed to ask questions on critical matters regarding the forthcoming elections as the PLASIEC representative provided answers.

It was part of the PPBA's Monthly Peace Architecture Dialogue which comprises of relevant stakeholders in the peace process. 

The forum is expected to continue in January next year focussing on the same elections with a view to perfecting the peace process in the state ahead of the polls, officials say.

Emmanuel Gibok|: Being Chairman not avenue to make money

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BY RWAS EMMANUEL SOLOMON DUNG (GIBOK), WINNER OF PDP CHAIRMANSHIP PRIMARIES ELECTION FOR JOS SOUTH LGA, PLATEAU STATE

Let me start by thanking God, the maker of Heaven and earth, the Author and finisher of our faith for this resounding victory granted us. God is the ultimate source of this victory.

Today is indeed a great day and the delegates have spoken and spoken so loud.

We will not take your supports for granted. You remain dear to our hearts and we are indebted to you.

Delegates, political associates, friends, fans, supporters, well-wishers, good people of Jos South LGA and the PDP family: I hereby humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the Chairmanship of Jos South LGA under our great party, the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Thank you all for believing in our capacities, capabilities and competencies to transform Jos South LGA and take it to enviable height and impact the lives of our people positively.

Together, we will lead our party back to Jos South Secretariat and subsequently Little Rayfield Jos and Aso Rock, and we will lead Jos South LGA back to prosperity, economic growth and development.

We promise to uphold and not disappoint the trust and confidence bestowed on us through this great political mandate.

Despite the campaigns of calumny, character assassination, unhealthy propaganda and hate orchestrated by our opponents, we were objective, diplomatic, resolute, focused, ran issue-based campaigns devoid of rancor and God has rewarded us with this resounding victory. We return all glory, honor and adoration to Almighty God. This victory is purely God's engineering, though he used human forces to bring it to fruition.

We intend to run an all-inclusive campaigns and carry those we contested along as this victory is a collective one for the Party.

We have to work together to make Jos South LGA greater, better, more attractive and business-friendly.

We will ensure we work to give our people the best of good governance and bring democratic benefits to their doorsteps.

This is not time for political rhetoric or political correctness. We are confronted with economic hardships that call for urgent and strategic steps being taken to address same. We will work to reduce poverty, attract investments and ensure our people are gainfully engaged to be useful to themselves, families and the society at large. We will bring back social and moral values to ensure we have a more secured, peaceful and responsible society. We'll be responsive and display empathy when elected.

We intend to achieve enduring Peace and security, rural infrastructural development, prompt payment of counterpart funds, education advancement, boost agriculture, quality healthcare facilities and service delivery, improved traditional institution, prompt payment of salaries and other employees' benefits, housing scheme, social welfare scheme and improved revenue generation during our administration.
Permit me to say, Jos South Local Government Area is endowed with both human and material resources which we intend to harness to achieve our blueprint for the common good of the people.
If elected as Chairman of this great Local Government-Jos South, there will be zero tolerance for corruption. We will make integrity, accountability, transparency and judicious management of resources our watch words.

We are asking for your support today so that I can be your servant leader in Jos South Local Government Council come 17th February, 2018.

As an individual, I don't see being a Chairman as an avenue to make money but service to the people sacrificially, godly and diligently.

We are overwhelmed by the tremendous supports accorded us.

To my campaign DG and the entire campaign group, I appreciate your sacrifices to make this idea turned dream to reality. Your sleepless nights were never in vain.

To the elites, stakeholders, youths, women, tin miners, businessmen/women, market women, clergymen and traditional leaders within and outside Jos South LGA, thanks for the great supports and prayers. We'll not disappoint you. you spent your time, energies and resources to make our dream come true. May God reward and replenish you richly. To our campaign strategists who were on the campaign front and those who were working behind the scenes to ensure this victory, we grateful and full of appreciation.

My appreciation also goes to my coordinators, Personal Assistant and Media Consultant. Thank you for tolerating my excesses and shortcomings.

My special appreciation to the PDP family, PLASIEC, election observers, media and the security agencies for ensuring this election was peaceful, free, fair, credible and acceptable. I endorse the integrity of the election.

I appreciate you all for this mandate and may God grant us victory at the main election scheduled for Saturday 17th February, 2017. I look forward to your supports to achieve this great feat.

May God reward you all richly and abundantly and raise helpers at your time of need.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Rwas Emmanuel Solomon Dung, Gibok
PDP Chairmanship Flag-bearer Jos South LGA, Plateau State.

Emmanuel Gibok|: I don't see being a Chairman as an avenue to make money but service

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BY RWAS EMMANUEL SOLOMON DUNG (GIBOK), WINNER OF PDP CHAIRMANSHIP PRIMARIES ELECTION FOR JOS SOUTH LGA, PLATEAU STATE

Let me start by thanking God, the maker of Heaven and earth, the Author and finisher of our faith for this resounding victory granted us. God is the ultimate source of this victory.

Today is indeed a great day and the delegates have spoken and spoken so loud.

We will not take your supports for granted. You remain dear to our hearts and we are indebted to you.

Delegates, political associates, friends, fans, supporters, well-wishers, good people of Jos South LGA and the PDP family: I hereby humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the Chairmanship of Jos South LGA under our great party, the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Thank you all for believing in our capacities, capabilities and competencies to transform Jos South LGA and take it to enviable height and impact the lives of our people positively.

Together, we will lead our party back to Jos South Secretariat and subsequently Little Rayfield Jos and Aso Rock, and we will lead Jos South LGA back to prosperity, economic growth and development.

We promise to uphold and not disappoint the trust and confidence bestowed on us through this great political mandate.

Despite the campaigns of calumny, character assassination, unhealthy propaganda and hate orchestrated by our opponents, we were objective, diplomatic, resolute, focused, ran issue-based campaigns devoid of rancor and God has rewarded us with this resounding victory. We return all glory, honor and adoration to Almighty God. This victory is purely God's engineering, though he used human forces to bring it to fruition.

We intend to run an all-inclusive campaigns and carry those we contested along as this victory is a collective one for the Party.

We have to work together to make Jos South LGA greater, better, more attractive and business-friendly.

We will ensure we work to give our people the best of good governance and bring democratic benefits to their doorsteps.

This is not time for political rhetoric or political correctness. We are confronted with economic hardships that call for urgent and strategic steps being taken to address same. We will work to reduce poverty, attract investments and ensure our people are gainfully engaged to be useful to themselves, families and the society at large. We will bring back social and moral values to ensure we have a more secured, peaceful and responsible society. We'll be responsive and display empathy when elected.

We intend to achieve enduring Peace and security, rural infrastructural development, prompt payment of counterpart funds, education advancement, boost agriculture, quality healthcare facilities and service delivery, improved traditional institution, prompt payment of salaries and other employees' benefits, housing scheme, social welfare scheme and improved revenue generation during our administration.
Permit me to say, Jos South Local Government Area is endowed with both human and material resources which we intend to harness to achieve our blueprint for the common good of the people.
If elected as Chairman of this great Local Government-Jos South, there will be zero tolerance for corruption. We will make integrity, accountability, transparency and judicious management of resources our watch words.

We are asking for your support today so that I can be your servant leader in Jos South Local Government Council come 17th February, 2018.

As an individual, I don't see being a Chairman as an avenue to make money but service to the people sacrificially, godly and diligently.

We are overwhelmed by the tremendous supports accorded us.

To my campaign DG and the entire campaign group, I appreciate your sacrifices to make this idea turned dream to reality. Your sleepless nights were never in vain.

To the elites, stakeholders, youths, women, tin miners, businessmen/women, market women, clergymen and traditional leaders within and outside Jos South LGA, thanks for the great supports and prayers. We'll not disappoint you. you spent your time, energies and resources to make our dream come true. May God reward and replenish you richly. To our campaign strategists who were on the campaign front and those who were working behind the scenes to ensure this victory, we grateful and full of appreciation.

My appreciation also goes to my coordinators, Personal Assistant and Media Consultant. Thank you for tolerating my excesses and shortcomings.

My special appreciation to the PDP family, PLASIEC, election observers, media and the security agencies for ensuring this election was peaceful, free, fair, credible and acceptable. I endorse the integrity of the election.

I appreciate you all for this mandate and may God grant us victory at the main election scheduled for Saturday 17th February, 2017. I look forward to your supports to achieve this great feat.

May God reward you all richly and abundantly and raise helpers at your time of need.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Rwas Emmanuel Solomon Dung, Gibok
PDP Chairmanship Flag-bearer Jos South LGA, Plateau State.

JUTH Crisis: Passionate words from an insider

Each morning when I wake, my heart breaks and bleeds beyond measure as a result of the protracted crisis rocking the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).

As a believer in a just, fair and stronger Plateau, this message is not meant to apportion blames but to seek for solutions so we can shape and promote the destiny of our dear State. The constant attacks and counter-attacks by the hospital management, Labour Union and the general Plateau public might add salt to the injury to say the least. Like others, I am truly disturbed and I hope my message will go a long way in mending broken relationships and healing our deep wounds so we can collectively usher in a new dawn of mutual understanding, cooperation and unity in diversity.

First of all, permit me to register my heartfelt appreciation to all of you, my  brothers,  sisters, colleagues, friends, fans and well-wishers for the wonderful and strong support I got when I contested for the President of Association of Residents Doctors last year . Albeit, I didn’t make it to represent  you very well my people but that singular event gave me a far-reaching and engaging experience to approach unionism and conventional politics with dignity and a propensity to contribute in any way I can to the growth and development of Plateau State.

I am willing to make sacrifices to ensure that Plateau State becomes better in the nearest future through strategic partnership with the government and the governed.  Albeit, my profession as a medical doctor gives me less time to participate in politics but I don’t believe that politics is the only medium through which we can create positive change.

In any capacity, we can make a difference and this is what we are called to do. Now, the issue of JUTH is beyond imagination. It is a problem that calls for a greater political will and collective efforts to have the problems resolved once and for all. The complaints, concerns and criticisms are well appreciated and I think we can maximize them to find urgent solutions. In all honesty, I think the unity that ought to have bound us together has a faulty foundation. We are divided along religious, ethnic and political lines. This in my view is a recipe for deeper problems to manifest and affect us negatively. I think we’ve got to be united and mobilize our capacities to ensure that JUTH is delivered out of the woods. It’s time for the youths, elders, political class, traditional leaders and all concerned citizens to rise to the occasion and intervene at both the State and Federal level. We must bury our differences and work together as a people with a common destiny. An injury to JUTH is an injury to all of us. Truly, the condition doesn’t speak well. It has far-reaching negative effects on the image of the State and by extension, Nigeria. But that does not mean that all hope is lost. Something extraordinary can be done to remedy the situation. And this has to be done by you and I.

At this juncture, I must pay glowing tributes to the likes of  Dr Pokop, Dr. Daniel Meshak, Dr. Dikkol, Dr. Monday and others for believing in a just and better Plateau. These are selfless leaders who have paid their dues and sowed seeds of greatness in all ramifications of Plateau life. Truly, they have a date with history. In my capacity as a Plateau Youth, medical doctor and ambassador of unity, I pledge my utmost loyalty and solidarity to popular efforts that can lift JUTH from her current challenges and place her in a position of pre-eminence. I am optimistic of a brighter future for Plateau state.

Let’s keep all hopes alive and keep the unity we are known for stronger than ever before.

Long Live JUTH

Long Live Plateau state and

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria

- Dr. Longji Dakum

Pray that God resolves the artificial fuel scarcity and give us peaceful season - Rev. Dr. Soja Bewarang, CAN Chair, Plateau State

The Lord has graciously brought us to another week and eight days from today we shall be celebrating Christmas. Psalms 119:63-62 reminds us that our loving God who so loves the world and gave us His only begotten son is a God of relationship. He has designed us to live together and as His bride we look up to our head Christ Jesus for everything we need. This is not a question of whether He loves us for His  love is unfailingly everlasting and sure. As we come to faith in the Christ Jesus of Christmas, we join a new host of witnesses whom He can lift up in times of need and celebrate Christmas with joy. As we begin the week remember God is a friend to all His loyal friends and to all those who keep His precepts. May His loyal love fills the earth this Season and may He teach us His statues so we can truly prepare to celebrate Christmas beyond festivities but worship Him as did the shephards of old. Pray that God will intervene to solve the problem of artificial fuel scarcity and give us a peaceful Season. Have a blessed week. Rev Dr Soja Bewarang

Plateau: DSS Train Journalists for Anti-insecurity Combat

The Department of State Security (DSS) is today holding a training on security and personal safety for journalists in Plateau state.

The aim is to equip the members of the pen profession with basic skills to safeguard themselves and those around them, both before and after reporting conflict, a top DSS officer, Mrs. Victoria Amachigh said.

Speaking at the opening of the training at the NUJ Press centre, Jos, Mrs. Amachighi said Nigeria is faced with many security challenges that require the active collaboration of all including the information managers

"We need to know these security challenges and ways to curb with them to avoid falling victims," she said.

Chairman of the Plateau State Council of the NUJ, Paul Jatau at the opening said the training was borne out of the synergy established by his council with the DSS.

The training is important for the advancement of the society rather then sabotaging it, he said.

"As journalists who report conflict, we need to know the dos and don'ts as we seek and convey information to the people."

He particularly identified the forthcoming local government polls in Plateau state as being crucial for conflict sensitive reporting.

"As the polls arrive, we need to know what to do and what not, that we might not report to heat up the polity," he said.

The training is expected to last a day with lectures on topics ranging from
Threat to National Security, Personal Security, Impact of Information and National Security as well as Lifestyle Modification and Life Longevity.

Deadly Industry Springs Up in Jos, Cleric Alleges

A poisonous chemical emitting industry has allegedly emerged in Jos, raising public health concerns.

A consultant thoracic surgeon has confirmed that the emissions from the chemical industry is capable of causing cancer, a cleric alarmed.

The anonymous cleric rang alarm on the industry in a social media broadcast questioning the commitment of the Plateau government on the safety of its citizens.

"The citing of an industry in a residential area is such evil and to add industrial chemical pollution capable of causing slow death is most wicked.

"Does Plateau government care if its people die or are killed? Fulani killers is one...other political negligence is another whichever way Plateau people die is not their business as long as they gain political points," he said.

The industry located Adjacent ECWA Church, near Gidan Kauna along Dadin Kowa New Abuja - Sabon Barki street the source said was approved by the State Commissioners for Industry and for Health.

Both commissioners according to Kwashi have shunned meetings aimed at addressing the health concerns regarding the citing of the industry.

As at the time of filing this report, efforts to reach the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kamshak Kuden for comments proved abortive as his line was not connecting.

The full post of the cleric reads:

"An industry has been imposed in our community adjacent to ECWA church directly in line with Gidan Kauna. A consultant thoracic surgeon has confirmed that the emissions from the chemical industry is poisonous and capable of causing cancer. The commissioners for industry and for health gave their approvals for the imposition of this deadly industry in A RESIDENTIAL area. Plateau people will soon begin to die slowly...an alarm has been raised with the government of Plateau for a meeting to scientifically prove or disprove these matters. The schedule meeting has been shelved by the commissioner three times since September leading to 2018. Meanwhile the generating plant has an unbearable noise pollution denying sleep as they work all day and nigh. The siting of an industry in a residential area is such evil and to add industrial chemical pollution capable of causing slow death is most wicked. Does Plateau government care if its people die or are killed? Fulani killers is one...other political negligence is another whichever way Plateau people die is NOT their business as long as they gain political points."

School Association to be Repositioned for Educational Impact in Plateau State

Musa Pam, Jos

The National Leadership of Pankshin Old Boys Association (POBA) has taken a proactive step toward repositioning the Association for greater development of Education in Plateau State.

National President of POBA Barr. Steve Abar stated this during the Inauguration of three committees to achieved the goal and objectives of to Association in Jos.

The three committees includes 2018 Convention Planning Committee and Board of Trustees of Pankshin Old Boys Association cooperation Society headed by Sir, Daniel Chun KSM, while the Constitution Review Committee is under the chairmanship of Barr. Danjuma Goma amongst others.

Barr. Abar who is currently a member of the Plateau State Judiciary Service Commission pledge that the Present Leadership under his team is working hard to reposition the Association for greater responsibility.

"The Present Leadership team is made up of individuals with passion for POBA.

"This team remains committed to the future of POBA without division, actually POBA is on a resurgence now and we urged our members both in Nigeria and in the diaspora who occupy strategic positions in Governments, the formal and informal sectors of the economy to manifest greater interest in the affairs of the Association with a view to harnessing our collective potentials for the growth of the Association and halting the continuous dwindling fortunes of the College". 

He Charge the various committees to take the assignment with all sense of responsibility, saying their service to their alma mater will not be in vain.

The National President promised to support all the committees to succeed in their responsibility and however disclose that the Executive Governor of Plateau State Barr. Simon Lalong will attend the National convention slated for Next year, 2018.

While Responding on behalf of the committee members, chairman of Convention Committee and Board of Trustees  Sir. Daniel Chun KSM appreciate the POBA leadership for given them responsibility and pledge to  do their best to ensure that the succeed in their assignment.

"I don't believe in failure, whoever will work With me must put effort to achieved the desired result of this assignment and responsibility," he said.

Sir Chun KSM Set 1963 of POBA also an Elder Statesman and  Retired Permanent Secretary with the Plateau State Government promised to support the Leadership of POBA to succeed in their tenure with meaningful development.

It would be Recalled that POBA during it last Congress held on the 4th November, 2017 appreciates Government of Plateau State  under the able leadership of His Excellency, (Rt. Hon.) Simon Bako Lalong for finding worthy and appointing several of her members into key positions in his Government.

Those currently on the Rescue administration  include the Commissioner for Youths and Sports; Commissioner for Works; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; the Surveyor General of Plateau State; Member, Plateau State Judicial Service Commission; 
Chairman, Secretary and Members into Several Management Committees  of some Local Government Councils, amongst others.

The Congress however believes 
that the appointees will make their experience count by adding value to 
governance on the Plateau and imparting the sterling qualities they imbibed during their formative years at Government College Pankshin and which qualities have distinguished them for service.

Harmattan: NGO donates warm garments to 300 orphans, vulnerable children in Plateau

An NGO, Keep a Child Warm Initiative, says it has donated categories of warm garments, worth N1.3 million to 300 orphans and vulnerable children in Plateau as harmattan season sets in.

Miss Yilchit Barde, Coordinator of the initiative donated the items  to the beneficiaries on Sunday in Jos.

She said the children that benefited from the gesture were drawn from five different orphanage homes and those in the Internally Displayed Persons (IDPs) camps in the state.

Barde said the gesture was from her “innate” desire to support and ensure orphans and vulnerable children in the society and ensure they receive care and affection.

She said resources used for the project were donations received from crowd as well as support from some individuals and philanthropists within and outside Plateau.

“When we started this initiative last year, we donated warm clothes to over 200 orphans and vulnerable children in Plateau.

“Our target for this year was to support 500 children, but scarcity of resources, coupled with hike in price of things in the market limited our target to 300.

“This gesture is one way we feel we should support and give the orphans and the less privileged children in the society a sense of belonging.

“We strongly believe that by doing so, these children will not feel abandoned; they will know that someone out there remembers and identifies with them,” she said.

She called on people of good heart in Plateau and beyond to support the initiative by donating cash or warn clothes for the less privileged children.

Barde also urged government to support humanitarian gestures geared toward alleviating the suffering of the less privileged ones in the society.

The items donated to the kids include sweaters, blankets, head warmers, sucks and firewood.

I was a drummer occupying one room when I met my wife, renowned activist and reps aspirant, Musa Bagos recalls

Popular activist and House of reps aspirant, Musa Bagos says his 15 years of marriage have been full of "favor, love and blessings".

This according to him is because he and his wife, Lydia made Christ "The bedrock of their marriage" right from the onset.

Aside immeasurable human and material blessings, Bagos said, "with five children now, we still feel as if we just got married."

Bagos, reflecting on the biblical scripture in Proverbs 18:22 which says, "The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord," links his breakthroughs to his wife's support.

He told MKB as he marked his 15th wedding anniversary that he married his wife when he was still occupying a single room apartment but with her support, he has advanced in life.

"She married me in one room but today we thank God,  she has been so supportive, advisory and prayerful."

Asked if there is anything he would like to change about his wife or marriage if given a chance to travel back to when they met, Bagos said, "God has made all things perfect and beautiful.

"My wife's sense of humour,  humility,  fear of God and the bond of love we have for each other, her beauty makes me smile anytime I see her even if am sad."

The founder, Dachung Musa Bagos Foundation and Plateau Youth G-17 however regretted that politics has made things a little sour for his family life.

He said, "Exposing my family to the political cycle has been quite challenging,  their security a big concerned but we thank God so far so good God has been watching over us."

Bagos advised young and aspiring couples to seem to understand each other and plan for the challenges of matrimony beforehand, while avoiding third party interventions to succeed.

Bokkos: Angry Village Head Sets for Showdown with Anti-Butura Language Forces

A Traditional Chief in Central Nigeria's Plateau State has vowed to battle all forces leading to the extinction of his native language.

Newly elected Saf Gabriel Makwal, the Village head of Butura, Bokkos LGA, angered by the growing coldness of his subjects towards their native language swore to reverse the trend in order to leave a befitting legacy for future generations.

"If we don't act now, our children will grow up to a land they can't claim ownership of," he said, citing a recent study suggesting a total extinction of Butura language in 50 years.

Saf Makwal thus announced plans to enforce the learning of the Butura language in Primary Schools within the territory.

Speaking at a farewell service organized for wife of deceased Rev. Daniel Makodeng at COCIN Church Maikatako, Makwal said efforts were being made to make the language compulsory in schools.

He also unveiled plans to make the delivery and/or interpretation of sermons in the dialect at religious gatherings in the locality.

The royal father, an Engineer by profession therefore announced a meeting of all religious leaders in the nativity to be held at his palace in Butura Gida, West of Bokkos towards achieving the goal.

Front line OAP and State PMAN boss, Saksolo Drops Off Mother Queen Title Over Security

One time Northern Nigeria's Chairperson of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Sahmichit Solomon has dropped off her popular title "Mother Queen".

"I should be referred to by my real name Sahmicit or Sak' for short, or Saksolo for Sahmichit and Solomon respectively" she said.

The renowned singer and outgoing Plateau PMAN boss linked the choice to security and personal issues.

Sak announced the change in a social media broadcast last week which reads, "Good morning I hereby no longer wish to be known as Motherqueen..."

Some fans have expressed worry over the change but the Plateau Radio Television (PRTV) Announcer told MKB, "I am not changing any name, just dropping off Mother Queen as a brand."

She disclosed that she has commenced the processes to deregister the name at the Corporate Affairs Commission to make it formal.

Sak became a popular figure in the entertainment scene around 2005 when she hit the air with her club banger, "Chicken Party" performed alongside Mr. Wolf, a highly revered rapper, producer and announcer.

She recently released a song titled "ABC" performed in her native dialect and has had many awards and records to her credit.

Popular Singer and Broadcaster, Dan Kwada Set to Drop Special Anniversary Song for Wife

Central Nigeria’s top rated broadcaster and singer, Daniel Kwada has produced a special tribute song for his beautiful wife.

The song is set for release on Friday 15th December, 2017, their wedding anniversary day, it was learnt.

MKB further learns that the song performed in Hausa and English languages has Mrs. Dan's name, Mannyam as theme and features Tkclef, another northcentral art.

Dan Kawada as he is poparly known, when contacted said he had planned to make it a “special surprise” intended to celebrate her “because she has been a source of blessings” to him.

“She is a virtuous woman with a heart of gold,” Dan said.

“She is woman that love's God with all her heart and always insists on what is right no matter what.  So loving and caring and supportive,” he added.

The broadcast journalist, singer and blogger described his five years of marriage as “An adventure, and a great experience, a school with so many experience and challenges but without graduation.”

Dan Kwada has remained a popular figure in and around Plateau State since his 2011 campaign theme song, "Sai baba" produced for ex Governor of the state, Jonah Jang.

Fuel Scarcity, an attempt to sabotage Christmas Celebration - CAN

The Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) says it is worried at the reappearance of "long queues" at filling stations in Nigeria due to "artificial fuel scarcity."

Its concerns it says are that the scarcity follows "several increases in fuel price to ensure the availability of the product to all citizens in recent past."

A statement by its National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Barr. Kwamkur Samuel says the body is disturbed that the scarcity appears to be an attempt to "deliberately sabotage the celebration of Christmas by the Christians."

It says, "We are not only so concerned that this seeming artificial scarcity is happening mostly during Christmas period but we are disturbed that everything is looking like an attempt to deliberately sabotage the celebration of Christmas by the Christians.

"We wonder why queues will suddenly resurface after all assurances and steps have been taken to ensure the constant availability of petroleum product.

"We are aware that there are Federal Government Agencies and other organizations like the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) that start taking due measures and preparing for Christmas for some months ahead of December and wonders why the petroleum regulators will not consider taking similar steps.

"We deeply view the negligence of relevant authorities to ensure fuel availability to citizens as deliberate and an attempt to exploit the citizens and particularly Christians who travel distances for the celebration."

The full text of the press statement reads:

FUEL SCARCITY DURING CHRISTMAS SEASONS: A CALL FOR MORE COMMITMENT FROM NIGERIA GOVERNMENT.

The Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) is worried at the resurfacing of long queues at filling stations in Nigeria  after several increase in fuel price to ensure the availability of the product to all citizens in recent past.

We are not only so concerned that this seeming artificial scarcity is happening mostly during Christmas period but we are disturbed that everything is looking like an attempt to deliberately sabotage the celebration of Christmas by the Christians.
 
We wonder why queues will suddenly resurface after all assurances and steps have been taken to ensure the constant availability of petroleum product. 

We want to call on the President Mohammadu Buhari, the Ministry of petroleum and other relevant stakeholders to take decisive measures toward ensuring that fuel is made available and accessible to all citizens within the shortest possible time at controlled price. The President should direct that  whoever is involved in this sabotage be fished out and sanctioned accordingly.

It is irritating to note that Christmas season do not just happened but its a worldwide celebration that is known to everyone and for authorities to behave like the season came suddenly without taking necessary measures to control the activities of saboteurs is unacceptable to the church. 

We are aware that there are Federal Government Agencies and other organizations like the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) that start taking due measures and preparing for Christmas for some months ahead of December and wonders why the petroleum regulators will not consider taking similar steps.

We deeply view the negligence of relevant authorities to ensure fuel availability to citizens as deliberate and an attempt to exploit the citizens and particularly Christians who travel distances for the celebration. 

This is supposed to be a period where prices of goods and services are reduced to the minimum because of the high level of patronage.

We commend Nigerians particularly travellers for accepting to bear this unnecessary pain and pray that the good Lord will lessen our burdens and grant that this year will still mark one of the best celebrations.

As we celebrate, let us all be security conscious and remember the persecuted church in Adamawa, Kaduna,Borno and all other parts of Nigeria in our prayers and gifts.
 
May we never forget to celebrate this Christmas with the reason for the season;the birth of the Savior of the world; Jesus Christ our Lord. Merry Christmas to all Nigerians and a prosperous new year.

Evangelical Barr. Kwamkur Samuel, National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, CAN.
12th December, 2017