A new book on "Exemplary Christians in the Nigerian Public Square" has been released to counter negative impressions about Nigeria.
Mr. Emmanuel Oladipo, a renowned Scholar and Church servant, Saturday released the book "to prove that many Nigerians exist who are doing great things to change the world for good but are not celebrated."
His aim, he said at the launch of the Book at ECWA Headquarters Church, Jos, Plateau State, is to also challenge more Christians to "shine the light of Christ" wherever they are.
Commenting on the book, the President, Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES), Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam expressed confidence that the book will inspire Christians "to live out the testimonies of their lives as followers of Jesus Christ in their respective areas of endeavour."
The book as Prof. Istifanus Dafwan puts it, is essentially an abridged biography of 15 Christians.
Prof. Dafwan who gave a review of the book described it as "An excellent and timely discourse on the challenges confronting the Church in Nigeria and how they were able to cope and triumph in their various endeavors/missionary stations of life, thereby leaving behind legacies for us to emulate."
The Nigerian Forum of State Youth Council Chairmen, weekend elected Dr. Fabong Jemchang as its new Chairman.
Dr. Jemchang, the Plateau State Youth Council Chairman was "unanimously voted" during the forum's meeting in Abuja, Sunday.
A communiqué released after the meeting also confirmed the election of Mr. Prince Adeleke of Ogun State as Secretary the Forum's Secretary.
The communiqué signed by Mr. Mohammed Zannah, the Forum's Public Relations Officer appreciated the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong for being "the most youth-friendly Governor in Nigeria and the giant strides he made in the place of employment, empowerment and engagement of youths on the Plateau."
The Forum in the communiqué also endorsed Hon. Idris Maje, Plateau's Wase constituency Reps member as Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives in the 9th Assembly.
Mr. Tok Morgan, popularly known as Big Blunt, an on-air-personality with KT FM Jos was said to have suffered severe brutality in the hands of government securities during the recently held Jos carnival.
Mr. Morgan, an acclaimed member of the carnival organizing committee according to eyewitnesses had a misunderstanding with a security personnel at the entrance of the carnival venue on Easter Sunday.
After exchanging words, the security, believed to be a Mobile Police Force personnel reportedly held him by the neck and began to brutally hit him.
The security who was wearing no form of identification was allegedly assisted by paramilitary and vigilante officials in brutalizing the young presenter.
Mr. Morgan who however sustained severe injuries on his face during the torture however says he does not intend any legal against the act.
"In as much as i am Pained, the only prove I have is my enlarged upper lips because the police man had not tag on him," he said.
The Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) Zarmaganda in Jos, Plateau State has warned that Christians who abhor politics commit sin against God.
This according to a sermon by its resident Pastor, Paul Datiri on Sunday is because God commands Christians to dominate the world with the message of truth and salvation.
Thus, avoiding politics, the cleric said creates a vacuum for evil people to fill.
Reading from the Bible books of Romans 13:7, Ecclesiasis 4:1-3 and Matthew 3:16 among others, Pastor Datiri urged Christians to take active part in elections and all aspects of governance, leadership included.
About five people have been reportedly killed by violent rainstorms that destroyed houses in Karfa village of Bokkos Local Government Area, Plateau State.
According to rescue officials, the rainstorm which lasted hours last weekend also destroyed farm crops and other valuables leading to several displacements.
No government intervention has been confirmed to have reached the affected community yet.
A similar rainstorm has also been reported in Maikatako and Bungha villages of Bokkos and Mangu Local Government Areas with several fatalities.
State officials have however yet to comment on any of the incidents.
After recieving over 5000 votes in less than 24hrs, organisers of the Plateau Social Media Awards have announced a two weeks cut in the duration of the exercise.
Online voting was originally fixed for 25th April to 30th May, 2019.
With the two weeks cut however, voting is now expected to end 18th May, 2019.
The Plateau Social Media Awards is established to recognize and encourage plateau citizens who create exceptional content daily, giving many a reason to smile whenever they visit their platform.
The Plateau Social Media Awards (PSMA) will recognize excellence in content creation, innovation and awarding talents in various fields, who have carved a niche leveraging the social media platform.
PSMA is a platform to honor the brilliant brains and practitioners of blogs and social media in the state.
As social media and blogs grow to be the new powerful tools of influence, this event is to connect everyone in highlighting the work of some of the best from the social media fraternity of global and local social media practitioners.
The Pre-Awards lecture will hold Friday, 5th July at the Azi Nyako youth center in collaboration with the Plateau Youth Council(PYC),NAPSS & NANS and all Youth interest groups and stakeholders.
The Inaugural Awards will hold 7th July 2019 @Mees Palace Rayfield Jos, Plateau State.
The Awards is focus on nominations and online voting from all social media users in Plateau state via our circulated voting links on all social Media Platforms.
Online voting amount for 50% ( i.e the percentage vote of each candidate is the candidate's percentage vote online which will be added to the votes from the judges) of probable Winners with a panel of 5 reputable judges that have a score of 10 marks each to make up the other 50%.
Winners will be declared on the Award Night.
Special Recognition Award has been designed for 5 well deserving individuals for hardwork,community service and dedication to duty.
To be a catalyst for changing the narrative on the social media space, using the platform as a tool for Promoting peaceful coexistence, tolerance and socio-economic development.
To contribute to the peace, unity, tourism, progress and development of Plateau state through social media useful engagement.
There will be a pre-award lecture that will center on the use of the social media as a tool for positive socio-economic growth.
It will be a lecture that will have three sessions with three keynote speakers on supporting topics.
The aim is to change the narrative of mutual suspicion, political rivalry hate speech, propaganda and conflict situations on the Plateau social media space, and engaging conversations for the enhancement of healthy growth within the plateau online community.
The Three Cardinal Points of the Lecture;
3. Promoting Peaceful Co-existence
Voting has since begun.
Here is the link to vote.
One of Nigeria's finest and fastest growing gospel stars, Mr. Sunday Mangai popularly known as Mr. Confido is set to release his second album.
The album tagged "Double Blessing" will be launched tomorrow Sunday 28th April 2019 at CAC Dahwol Dangong, Zawang, Jos South LGA by 12noon.
The launch will be preceded by a musical concert on Saturday April 27, at the same venue starting 4pm.
Mr. Confido's debut album was released in 2010.
He has however since graduated from being a singer to a music producer.
The Afro Pop singer has released series of singles since his last album.
The latest piece which is both audio and video however has six entirely new tracks.
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari (Channels TV)
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the donation of $500,000 to Guinea Bissau to support the country’s election process.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
He explained that the approval was in response to an urgent request for assistance by the Government of Guinea Bissau.
Shehu added that the President supported the country with 350 units of electoral kits, 10 motorcycles, five Hilux vans, and two light trucks.
According to him, this will ensure that legislative elections, which should help in stabilising Guinea Bissau, hold in the country.
As Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, President Buhari directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to undertake an urgent mission as his Special Envoy to Guinea Bissau.
Shehu said the minister would visit the country in the company of ECOWAS Commission President, Jean-Claude Brou.
In a separate development, Mr Onyeama would undertake a mission to Cotonou, Benin Republic, to deliver a personal message to President Patrice Talon from President Buhari.
The visit, according to the presidential aide, is in the context of the brewing political crisis ahead of the legislative elections scheduled to hold on April 28, 2019, in the country.
Read the full statement below:
In his capacity as Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, President Muhammadu Buhari, this morning, directed the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama to undertake an urgent mission as his Special Envoy to Guinea Bissau, in the company of ECOWAS Commission President, Jean-Claude Brou.
President Buhari had in response to an urgent request for assistance by the Government of Guinea Bissau graciously approved support to the country’s election process including three hundred and fifty (350) units of electoral kits, ten(10) motorcycles, five(5) Hilux vans, two(2) light trucks and Five hundred thousand US Dollars ($500,000).
This vital assistance ensured that legislative elections held in Guinea Bissau, which should help in stabilising the country.
In a separate development, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister will also undertake a mission to Cotonou, Benin, to deliver a personal message to President Patrice Talon from President Buhari.
The visit is in the context of the brewing political crisis ahead of April 28, 2019, legislative elections in the country.
- Channels Television
Suspected herdsmen on Tuesday reportedly attacked a female singer, Miss Celina Wet in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, leaving her with severe machete wounds.
The 29-year-old gospel artist was said to have been attacked in her farm in Kop-Mandarken village when she went to apply fertilizer to her crops.
"She went to apply fertilizer on her farm and met the herders grazing on her crops.
"She instantly turned back to return home but when they sighted her, they chased and stroke her with a long machete until she was unconscious.
"She was left for dead but when the rains fell on her, she regained consciousness and crawled home," said a family source.
Police have yet to confirm the attack but as of the time of publishing this report, Miss Wet was receiving treatment in a private hospital in Bokkos.
Shot on patrol
Meanwhile, gunmen believed to be robbers on Sunday killed a Police Sergeant, Mr. Joshua Ibrahim and kidnapped a female resident of Kwata community in Bokkos town.
According to security sources, the gunmen invaded the home of a renowned businessman, Mr. Joshua Danladi demanding for cash at about 2am.
The slain Policeman was part of a Special Patrol team drafted to repell the attackers, said one of the sources.
"Our men responded promptly but unfortunately when the hoodlums sighted them, they opened fire and killed one of our colleagues, Sgt Joshua Ibrahim," said the source.
The attackers according to the source instantly fled with the attacked businessman's wife, Mrs. Nankyer Joshua Danladi.
They are said to be demanding a ransom of N100,000,000.
Series of isolated attacks
Bokkos Local Government has recorded series of such isolated attacks in recent times.
In February, a 22year old lady was attacked with a knife by a suspected herder in Mangor village, 20kms West of Bokkos.
Shortly later, a 61year old woman was raped and stabbed to death also by herdsmen in the same Kwata area where the latest attack took place.
In 2014, a renowned businesswoman was shot in the head by robbers in New Layout community located few metres away from Kwata.
This is in addition to many unreported armed robbery attacks especially along Barkin Ladi - Bokkos road.
The highway robberies have due to their frequency forced many motorists to cancel their trips or consider alternative roads once it is 6pm.
Authorities have repeatedly promised to deal with the situation but no major stride has been made since 2014 when about seven suspected robbers were gunned down by Military Task Force personnel along same road.
Another raid by vigilante combatants in 2017 during an ongoing robbery also resulted in the killing of one suspect.
Other suspects who fled were however tracked using the GPS coordinates of a phone they reportedly stole but no arrest was made.
Hurray!!! One of Central Nigeria's most celebrated icons is 40.
Born in Jos April 26, 1979 the renowned Broadcast Journalists, musician and business man has spent the most part of his life lending to humanitarian service, political activism and human rights defense.
Dan Kwada is a graduate of Mass Communication, ABU Zaria with Major in TV Journalism.
He's a Senior reporter and OAP with AIT Daar Communications, and is currently an MSc. Student of Security and Strategic Studies, Nassarawa State University, Keffi.
Kwada is happily married with kids.
A hearty Happy Birthday to you Dan!
Kajuru community of Kaduna State finally smiles as the Nigeria Red Cross Society distributes humanitarian aid following recent attacks that led to several deaths and displacements in the local government.
The distribution started 23rd April and continues till saturday 27th 2019.
See photos as submitted by Red Cross Kaduna
The Nigerian Red Cross Society has been assured of a cordial working relationship with the Plateau State Ministry for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The Commissioner of the Ministry, Hon. Dayyabu Garga, Thursday applauded the humanitarian impact of the Red Cross in the State.
Receiving representatives of the State Branch of the Society, Hon. Garga pledged his support towards a successful World Red Cross Day Celebration.
Leader of the delegation, Mr. Tobias Solomon had in a remark hinted that Garga was one of nominees listed for a humanitarian award by the Red Cross on the World Red Cross Day.
His Principal, Gov. Simon Lalong is according to him expected to be inducted as the Grand Patron of the Society in the State during the celebration.
He however appealed for financial relief and other support from the government as spelt out in the Act establishing the Red Cross.
Mr. Garga is one-time Fundraising Adviser of the Plateau State Red Cross Branch.
The Niger State Branch of the Nigerian Red Cross Society has concluded a three-day training on Hygiene Promotion for Volunteers in Minna.
The Branch Secretary, Alhaji Yahaya Abdullahi Mohammed has advised the participants to imbibe the spirit of cleanliness and Hygiene in their respective communities.
Fifteen Volunteers participated in the training exercise sponsored by the International Committee of Redcross and Red Crescent as well as the IFRC.
Over 900 IDPs have received food items from the Nigerian Red Cross Society in Maiduguri.
The Distribution took place on Thursday at the Maiduguri Stadium Camp.
Credit: NRCS Borno branch
NRCS RIVERS BRANCH with the Support ICRC has carried out a Community First Aid Training in Ogbodo Community, Osiokpo in ikwerre Local Government Area.
The training aimed to build community resilience and equip members of the community with life-saving skills to ensure that casualties at any point will receive timely and effective assistance from a skilled first response during emergencies.
Credit: NRCS Rivers branch
He said in spite of the growing number of Nigerian Professors to about 8000, it borders him that many have low capacity to write fundable research proposal, saying, “We see some of the research proposals coming to TETFund and sometimes you wonder if some of the professors were actually the principal investigators in the proposal, at first reading about 80 percent are gone because they are poor.”
The embattled Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, Hon. Damishi Sango has alleged that those who signed his "illegal" sacking were being sponsored by a third party "to cripple the very promising petitions at the elections tribunal."
Mr. Sango in a counter-statement on his purported sacking said the actions of the 16 officials that signed his suspension were "a morbid attempt to divide the party and cause disaffection and confusion."
The statement released on Wednesday refuted all the claims upon supporting his purported suspension.
It also declares the decision as null and void having been taken by 16 out of 72 State Executive Committee (SEC) members of the Party.
The Statement reads:
Peoples Democratic Party, Plateau State Chapter. No 20/22, Yakubu Gowon Way, Opposite NTA, Jos.
24th April, 2019
RE-RESOLUTIONS OF THE PLATEAU STATE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY EXECUTIVE MADE ON THE 24TH DAY OF APRIL 2019 HELD AT THE STATE PARTY SECRETARIAT.
We rose up this morning to the rude and toxic news that 16 members of the “State Executives” of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) passed a vote of no confidence against the party Chairman Hon Damishi Sango and the Deputy Chairman Hon Amos Gombi Goyol.
They released a statement statement stating that their action was motivated by so-called imminent issues arising from elections and party affairs.
Their claim that they took the action to save the party does not hold water because we see their action as a morbid attempt to divide the party and cause disaffection and confusion.
Or else, the State Executive Committee (SEC) is made up of 72 officers and how can 16 of them constitute the SEC to take such a serious action for a whole party?
Be that as it may, and for the avoidance of doubts, here are our responses to the issues they raised:
1.Suspension of Party Chairman and his Deputy. This is illegal as the 16 did not follow the constituional requirements.
A.Resources sent to the state for the presidential elections. We state that this matter was appropriately reported to the State Campaign Council. The template was also discussed and approved by the Campaign Council. It was not to be reported to the party since it was the party that constituted the council.
In addition, the funds were not signed for and collected by the party Chairman and/or his Deputy as alleged. Rather, the funds were rightly signed for and collected for by a team led by the gubernatorial candidate, and this was disclosed in full to the State Campaign Council
B. Money for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
It is true that the Deputy Chairman was chairman of committee handling the IDP funds. Other members were Vice Chairman, Northern Senatorial Zone Hon. Chris Hassan, State Organising Secretary Yabuku Chocho, Chairmanship Candidate of Jos North LGA Hon Aminu Zang, Vice Chairman Central Zone, Hon. Benedict Shignuhul, and Assistant State Secretary of the party Hon Felix Penswang who was also the Secretary of the committee. The sum of N3.1m was realised from various contributors. The committee then made Hon Penswang as chairman of the subcommittee to buy the items. His members are the State Financial Secretary Mrs Mary Adar - gar and PDP Chairman of Jos North LGA Aminu Abdullah. The entire money was handed over to Hon Penswang who bought the materials and reported back to the main committee. But the materials were not distributed. As far as we are concerned what happened to the materials afterwards can best be explained by the chairman of the three member committee Hon Pienswang who signed the letter suspending the State chair and deputy not the State deputy Chairman.
C.RETREAT FUNDS: We want to State that the money for the retreat amounting to N2.6m and other funds of the party were domiciled in Sterling Bank. However, these sums were garnished by a court order on all PDP accounts – national and state following a judgement against the national secretariat of the PDP. This situation has been consistently reported at SEC and SWC meetings. The Chairman of the Retreat Committee, Hon Chris Hassan who is illegally being touted as the interim chairman of the party is very much in the know of these facts and cannot claim ignorance of same.
D.Arbitrary Substitution in Wase. The substitution was done based on the report of the Appeal Committee formed and sent by the national secretariat of the party. It was not a substitution made by the chairman, deputy or the State secretariat of the party. In any case, which election did PDP win in Wase, since the party lost the presidential, senatorial, House of Reps, guber and house of assembly elections in Wase?
2.Dissolution of State Campaign Council. For the avoidance of doubt, the SEC which set up the Campaign Council is made up of over 72 members. And 16 who signed the illegal suspension order cannot therefore form a quorum to dissolve the council. So, this is another illegality.
3.Drawing from the relevant portions of the PDP constitution, therfore, Hon Chris Hassan cannot take over the reigns of the party. Chapter 10 of the PDP constitution 2017 as amended spells out specific disciplinary procedures against officers who are suspected of committing infractions against the party. The Chairman of the party who is also a NEC member.
In conclusion, we have come across very reliable information that the action of the 16 is being sponsored by a third force to cripple the very promising petitions at the elections tribunal. And we want to state here in clear terms that this action will fail woefully.
Hon. Damishi Sango - Chairman
Hon. Emmanuel Tuang - Secrtary
PDP Plateau State
24th April 2019.
Peoples Democratic Party
Plot 1970 Michael Okpara St. Wuse Zone 6
2.The Chairman, Board of Trustees, PDP
3.State Executve Committee,
C/O The State Secretary,
PDP Plateau State
4.The Inspector General of Police, Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House
Area 11, Garki
5.Commissioner of Police
JD Gomwalk Road Jos
6.The Director State Security
Department of Security Services, Plateau State Command
7.Senator Jeremiah Timbut Useni, PDP 2019 Gubernatorial Candidate, Plateau State.
The Plateau State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has suspended its Chairman, Mr. Damishi Sango and his Deputy, Mr. Amos Gombi over alleged financial misconduct.
The Party in a meeting, Tuesday on "elections & party affairs" passed a "vote of no confidence" on the two "in the bid to save the Party".
A statement issued by the Party's Publicity Secretary, Mr. John Akans on Wednesday also announced the dissolution of the State Campaign Council.
The statement lists the reasons for the action as:
"a. That the resources sent to the State for the Presidential elections were not accounted for by the Chairman aided by the Deputy Chairman concealed the amount sent by the Presidential Campaign Committee and created a fraudulent unseen template used as “a sharing formula” unknown to the State Party Structure and up till date no disclosure has been made by the Chairman and/or the Deputy Chairman.
"b. The Moneys raised and saved by the Party to help Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to help relieve their pains were also not accounted for up till this moment. NO Mention has been made of the stated funds. It is worthy to note that the Deputy Chairman is the Chairman Committee on IDPs for the party.
"c. The money meant for P. D. P. Plateau State Retreat was equally not accounted for by the Chairman and/or the Deputy Chairman.
"d. The arbitrary substitution of the legitimate candidate who won his primaries for Wase Federal House of Representatives by the Chairman and this Deputy without recourse to the EXCO or SEC due to some financial inducement to the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman cost PDP to lose the election in Wase Federal House of Representatives.
"e. Due to the highhandedness of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the party has caused the party to plunge into confusion. High disregard to Elders, Critical Stakeholders and Members of the SEC as their advises and decisions no longer relevant to the chairman and the Deputy Chairman."
Mr. Chris Hassan, the State Vice Chairman, Northern Zone of the Party has been appointed to act in place of Sango pending the resolution of the matter.
A 27-year-old Bingham University graduate, Miss Joy Reyesi has announced plans to start volunteer waste clearing exercise in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.
Miss Reyesi took to her social media pages, Tuesday to call for volunteers to join in "keeping Jos clean."
"So I have decided to clear these refuse heaps in Terminus (Jos commercial area). Anyone interested in joining should DM me. This is no joke," she wrote on her WhatsApp status.
Asked on the rationale behind it, the celebrated fashion designer said she realized she could contribute in saving the environment rather than waiting on government.
"I just thought to myself that instead of always complaining and waiting on the Government, why don't I do this as my own contribution," she said.
"Since it's just the beginning, our growth (volunteer size) would determine how often it will be," Miss Reyesi stated.
She however explained that she would require a donation of trucks to help carry the refuse away while she and other volunteers do the parking.
Miss Reyesi can be reached on 07032844063 for further details and partnership.
[Photo: Entrance of the Plateau State Polytechnic, Jos locked, Tuesday morning by striking workers]
JOS NIGERIA: Workers of Plateau State owned tertiary institutions have shutdown operations over 'unexplained' government deductions and other entitlements.
The institutions began an indefinite strike, Tuesday demanding among others, 'immediate' payment of "Academic Relief" othetwise known as 'subventions' which have allegedly been withheld since 1999.
Most of the institutions according to the Chairman, Joint Union of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Institutions, Mr. Paul Dakogol have survived through Tertiary Trust Fund (TeTFund) interventions.
"Most of the infrastructures you see in the State tertiary institutions are funded by Tetfund and not all the institutions are scheduled to benefit from such interventions," he said in a telephone interview.
The union leader was particularly pained that despite failing to lend support in line with its "statutory obligation", government had 'withheld' certain percentages from the institutions' entitlements, making them hard to run.
"The implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) is completely unacceptable to us.
"The centralized revenue system is fine but the deduction of up to 25% from students' school fees which are mostly used for the running of the institutions without any explanation is illegal as far as we know because we have not seen any letter from the Federal Government directing such," Mr. Dakogol said.
Other unexplained deductions as hinted by another Union leader, Mr. Simji Lompye include "Recovery" and "cooperative" contributions.
In a telephone interview, Mr. Lompye said, "Since March 2018, some deductions have been made from the salaries of workers under the claim of 'recovery' and we wonder what they are recovering.
"Aside of the 25% TSA deductions, as a result of which our students have not been able to go for excursions for 2years now, the government has also withheld our cooperative society contributions for months now.
"This is in addition to the 7% academic staff allowance and 5% peculiar academic allowances it is supposed to have been paying us as other tertiary institutions in the country but has failed."
Mr. Lompye who is the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic also said the government was owing the Union's retired members 24 months pension arriers.
The two union leaders however said they were willing to direct their members to resume work if government would show some commitment to their demands.
Efforts to speak with relevant government officials on the matter proved abortive as of time of publishing this report.
However, the Plateau State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Sonni Tyoden was said to have summoned an emergency meeting with the Union leaders.