Plateau: Barkin Ladi LG starts networking to revamp agriculture

Barr. Mandyau, Chairman, Barkin Ladi LGC, Plateau State (middle)

Jos, Nigeria: The Management Committee Chairman of Plateau State’s Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Barr. Ezekiel Mandyau has sought the partnership of a West African nongovernmental organization, Leventis Foundation for local agricultural development.

Barkin Ladi has some of the best agricultural potentials in Nigeria, but lacks adequate financing to harness them, Mandyau said, Thursday during a courtesy call to the Foundation’s headquarters in Abuja.

Worse still, recent armed attacks, Mandyau said have impoverished many farmers thus weakening their food production capacity.

The Foundation’s partnership according to him will encourage the farmers to rebuild and grow government revenue.

Mandyau sought the support of more partners, state and independent for the infrastructural development of the conflict-hit LGA.

He however craved for forgiveness and reconciliation as pathway to lasting peace in the locality.

Officials of the Leventis Foundation assured of their partnership for the general growth of humanity.

Leventis Foundation Nigeria was established in 1988 to take over and expand the work the “Nigeria Advisory Panel” of the A. G. Leventis Foundation (www.leventisfoundation.org), which had been active since 1979. In support of the Federal Programme with its emphasis on self-sufficiency in food production, the Foundation took a major policy decision in 1986 by choosing as its main goal the training of young farmers in modern agricultural methods.

The Foundation supports and finances ad-hoc but strategic initiatives that can improve agricultural education and training towards a sustainable development of the agriculture and rural sector of the economy in West Africa.

Breaking News: Officials Confirm Corona Disease in Lagos after clearing Chinese Returnee

Jos, Plateau State: Nigerian officials have confirmed the first Corona virus disease case in the country.

The country’s Federal Ministry of Health on Thursday reported the COVID-19 case in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria few days after declaring a Chinese returnee earlier quarantined for the disease.

The patient, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the country’s Health Minister told Journalists is an Italian citizen working in the country.

The unnamed patient according to Ehanire returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020.

“He was confirmed (on 27th February, 2020) by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control,” said the Minister.

“No need to panic

The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos, Mr. Ehanire said.

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

Officials, the Minister said, are already tracking all the patient’s contacts, since returning to Nigeria.

Federal Ministry of Health, in Ehanire’s words “has been strengthening measures to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly.

“The multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has immediately activated its national Emergency Operations Centre and will work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.

“I wish to assure all Nigerians that have we have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case.”

He however warned that most people who become infected may experience only mild illness and recover easily.

“It can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses,” he said.

Easy prevention tips

All Nigerians, Mr. Ehanire pleaded should “take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families.”

They should, in his words, do so by following the precautions below:

1.    Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

2.    Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

  1. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in crowd.

4. Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

5. Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. Do not engage in self-medication

6. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.

7. Citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic. The Federal Ministry of Health, through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Nigeria.

Jos: "Armed robbers" cause tension in Rantya community


Central Nigeria: A late evening shooting by suspected armed robbers on Wednesday caused severe tensions in Rantya community of Jos South Local Government Area, Plateau State.

Residents were literally forced out of their houses by two thunderous blasts likely from a locally made cartridge rifle, that reverberated through the community at about 9pm, local time.

The obviously apprehensive residents mostly stood in groups by their houses, somewhat ready to flea on confirming their fears.

Rumours had claimed armed Fulani herdsmen had invaded the community.

Others however said kidnappers attempting to invade a local businessman’s house fired the shots.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State Command, ASP Gabriel Ogaba however told MK that the shots came from armed robbers.

“Rantya was not under attack. Hoodlums came to rob and they were shooting to scare away people and as a result, people were running and personnel from Rantya Division rushed to the place and as a result, they ran away.

“They came to Rob in a particular house before police were notified and they rushed to the place and they all ran away,” Ogaba told MK.

Rantya community is few meters away from Kangang village where rustlers last two summers killed a local and carted away with 15 cattle belonging to the Jos Anglican Archdiocese Bishop, Rev. Dr. Benjamin Kwashi.

The community itself has scarcely recorded any security breach.

That perhaps explains the palpable tension after the shooting.

As of Thursday morning however, normalcy had been restored in the area.


Jos: Woman crushed by truck on way to Church

A scene of the accident in Jos

Jos, Nigeria: A woman in Central Nigeria’s Jos, the capital of Plateau State was Monday crushed to death by a petrol laden truck while trekking to Church.

Mrs. Martha Ayuba (not real name) was torn to pieces at about 5:30pm local time, around Polo roundabout, Jos, with her Bible in her hands.

Mrs. Ayuba had spent the whole day praying in her house, MK gathers.


A bus crushed by the truck

She was on her way to a fellowship in ECWA Bishara 2, near St. John’s College when she met her end.

The truck driving towards Zaria from the Abuja-Kaduna axis, reportedly lost its breaks and swept two cars and a tricycle after running over the over 50year-old woman.

The accident nearly sparked protests by youths who had had enough.

Several more accidents caused by cargo trucks have occurred around the Polo roundabout with severe fatalities.


Protests at the scene of accident

It took the intervention of law enforcements including armed Special Forces of the Nigerian Army to prevent an escalation.

As of press time, efforts to get officials to comment on the incident had failed.

Late Mrs. Ayuba’s daughter wailing in Bingham University Teaching Hospital where she was deposited

Jos: One killed, properties burnt in protests over varsity land

A car razed in the violence

Violent protests on Saturday erupted in Central Nigeria’s Jos, the capital of Plateau State as Police raided an emerging community in a Federal land.

One person was reportedly killed and another critically injured.

Several houses, a Church, student hostels and a car were razed, it was learnt.

A combined security team had stormed the Naraguta area of the city, a community that houses the Federal University of Jos to demolish “illegal” houses built on the “University’s land”.

The affected residents reportedly started to protest in obvious disapproval.

“We are again being attack in Jos North by some claimed Muslims community who took over the land belonging to the university of Jos.

“These people came at around 11:30am and burnt down at least ten Christians houses in Naraguta villages a village, settlement dominated by Christians and a church and some cars,” said the Jos North Local Government Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Canon Nenman Isa Gowon in a Press Statement.

The State Police spokesman, Gabriel Ogaba however said the violence will be investigated, said Ogaba in a phone interview.


Boko Haram Agency: "Rehabilitate victims not agents of terrorism," Sen. Gyang tells colleagues


Sen. Gyang

Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian Parliament, Istifanus Gyang says the Senate Bill for the establishment of an agency for the rehabilitation and reintegration of ‘repentant’ Boko Haram terrorists and bandits is uncalled for.

The Bill, Gyang said assaults the sensibility of Nigerians as most victims of violent attacks are still suffering neglect from government.

Communities displaced by insurgency and banditry, the Senator said in a press statement, should be rehabilitated instead.

“It is lamentable that care and attention for terrorist takes precedence over and above that for the victims

“This, to me is inconceivable, incongruous and offensive to good conscience and equity,” he said.

A similar program for Niger Delta militants was a policy initiative with specific timelines for execution, Gyang stated.

The Boko Haram rehabilitation bill is therefore is a “terrorist breeding agency,” he said.

Gyang said, “The Presidential Amnesty Program was not a product of legislation but of government policy and has remained so. It was an intervention program with a time line and terminal date unlike the Pro Boko Haram Bill which intends to creat an agency that will exist in perpetuity.

“By the proposed legislation, terrorism becomes a permanent feature to feed and sustain the activities of the agency which can best be described as “TERRORIST BREEDING AGENCY”.

“The Bill is simply an attempt to use the National Assembly particularly the Senate, to acquiesce, placate and gratifies terrorism.”

The Senator therefore called all colleagues to reject the Bill given its “obvious negative implications” for the security of the nation.

“To do otherwise is to incentivize terrorism and put the nation in perpetual harm’s way,” he said.

Under me, PDP will never lose in Plateau again - Ex Rep Kaze

Bitrus Kaze

Former Nigerian House of Reps member, Bitrus Kaze says the repeated mistakes of former ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are responsible for its misfortunes.

The Party, Kaze said, Wednesday has consistently given an edge to the then opposition All Progressives Congress by its own wrongdoing.

“Our repeated stumbles from the congresses of 2014 are precisely what catapulted and have sustained the APC in Little Rayfield (Plateau State Government House).

“I believe very firmly that the APC emerged and has survived thus far only on our mistakes,” Kaze said in Jos when he picked a nomination form for the Chairmanship seat of the PDP.

Bitrus Kaze after picking State Party Chairmanship form

For the Party to regain control therefore, it must rid itself of past mistakes, he said.

The ex Rep member said, “Eliminate our mistakes and you would have effectively eliminated APC in Plateau State.

“This is exactly what I intend to do.”

He vowed to provide level-playing ground for all party faithful in the State to exercise their political rights.

He said, “A level playing ground in Plateau PDP has direct bearing on good governance in Plateau State.

“Nothing will neutralize divisions and acrimony on the one hand and promote cohesion and unity of purpose on the other hand like the prevalence of justice, equity and fairness in the Plateau PDP.

“The wellbeing of the PDP has a direct bearing on the wellbeing of Plateau.”

The aim of his contest, Kaze said is to “rejuvenate” PDP in Plateau toward improving the “security and wellbeing” of citizens.

Plateau: Butura, Bokkos community picks cultural day to aid attacked neighbors

A Central Nigerian community has switched its annual cultural festival day for relief support to its members affected by herdsmen attacks.

Butura, a community in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State traditionally holds cultural festivals on February 22.

It started mobilizing resources for the 2020 edition of the event since mid 2019.

However, after 27 people were killed on 26th and 27th January 2019 in Kwatas and Kombun, both communities neighbouring Butura to the west, officials called off the event.

Resource mobilization instantly switched to relief with members contributing in cash and kind.

In its appeal letter to the public, the community chose 22nd February, the traditional festival day to visit the affected communities with humanitarian aid.

A week of prayer and fasting was equally declared from Monday February 17, to climax with a special Church service on Sunday February 22, 2019 in Butura Wur, the ancestral homestead of the Butura people.

Those wishing to support can do so through the First Bank Account of Butura Community Development Association – 3005612263.

Gov. Lalong bids for additional Federal University, Polytechnic in Plateau State

Gov. Lalong and President Buhari

Jos, Nigeria: The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong on Thursday appealed for the establishment of a Federal Polytechnic and a Mining University in the State.

The Federal Institute of Geosciences in Jos is to be upgraded to the canvassed Federal University of Mining.

Lalong in a chat with President Muhammadu Buhari during a courtesy call at the Presidential villa, Abuja also appealed for the construction of five Federal roads linking the state with others.

They are Akwanga-Jos-Bauchi-Gombe Road, Taraba-Shendam-Namu-Nasarawa Road, Panyam-Bokkos-Wamba road, Lantang-Wase-Bashar-Taraba Road, and Jos-Jengre-Kaduna roads.

The Governor further appealed for the appointment of more Plateau indigenes into Federal agencies.

He particularly sought the confirmation of some appointees on acting capacities in FHA, NARC, NEPZA, Federal Civil Service and Federal Character Commission.

The Governor had gone to appreciate the President for supporting him since his first term election in 2015.

In his entourage were his wife Regina, Deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Abok Nuhu Ayuba and among others, Traditional Rulers.

Plateau: Tensions force market shutdown as gunmen kill Mangu Palace Guard


Jos, Nigeria: Yet to be identified gunmen, Thursday killed a Palace guard in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, Mr. Wetle Gwana.

Gwana, a guard in the Palace of the District Head of Mangu, Mr. Nelson Bakfur was reportedly shot in his residence in Lanoghot village, near Sabon Gari military checkpoint at about midnight.

A Local Government official reports that the guard’s son who attempted to confront the assailants was equally shot.

The son however survived with severe injuries and is currently admitted in the LGA’s Cottage hospital.

The attack comes barely a month after 16 natives of Kulben and Murish villages of Kombun District in the LGA were killed by suspected herdsmen.

Tensions arising from the attack have forced the regular Friday market in Mangu town to closedown.

Motorists traveling through the town have equally been turned back by military Forces, it is gathered.

No official comment has however been obtained on the incident.


Jos: Missing 2yr-old schoolboy found 11 months later

Obedience Ishaya

Jos, Nigeria: 2year-old peasant farmer’s son allegedly kidnapped in Jos in March 2019 has been reportedly found in Nigeria’s capital city.


Master Obedience Ishaya was reportedly abducted by an unknown person on Tuesday March 19, 2019 in Dong, a suburb in Jos, located 2km West of Jos Wildlife Park.

The kindergarten pupil of Government Primary School, Dong, had been missing ever since until a video surfaced online recently showing him in an Abuja orphanage.

A narrator in the video calls for help for the boy to locate his family.

Master Obedience’s parents who have identified him, Thursday reported the development to Police in Rantya Division.

Authorities of the Police Division have commenced processes to locate and recover the child.

Plateau: Herdsmen attack Police, Soldiers after killing kinsmen

Jos, Nigeria. Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen on Sunday killed two soldiers and injured one in Gindi Akwati village of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State, Viewpoint reports.

The soldiers of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven, Jos were ambushed during a patrol in the village, says Viewpoint.

Natives of the community who are gradually returning after being displaced by the herders in June 2018 had reported an upsurge in criminal activities including violent attacks by the herders.

The troops may have been drafted to curb the situation, observers say.

The attack has roused fears of insecurity in the locality.

No less than six attacks have occurred in the host Gashish District since the official closedown of Displaced Persons camps in December 2019.

The attacks which recently spread to Bokkos LGA with the killing of 27 in Kwatas village are said to have also hit a Police Station.

On Saturday night, a group of herdsmen razed the only Police Station in Monguna District, locals say.

The attack which has been confirmed by Plateau Police spokesman, Gabriel Ogaba followed a local leader of the Fulani Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association’s bailing of another herder detained for allegedly stealing a goat belonging to his kinsman.

Similar attacks occurred last year September where four police officers were killed in the area by suspected herdsmen.

Investigations have long commenced into all the attacks.

Meanwhile, two Fulani herdsmen in Mangar village of Bokkos Local Government Area were Thursday killed by a kinsman, MK has learnt.

Clashes broke out between herders in two different hamlets over yet to be confirmed reasons leading to the death of one Mr. Hassan Umar and a female guest in his house.

The prime suspect has been identified by local sources as Mr. Samuila Saidu from Garau village of Mbar Community.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Gabriel Ogaba however told MK that the report was false.

Locals however fear that the attack might reoccur on renewed or reprised basis between the rival herder communities.

Documentary: 80year-old saving lives in community that once made him homeless


Mr. Muhammadu Isa stayed in Jos, Jenta Makeri for over 50 years. During his stay, he helped poor people build houses, dug water wells and constructed drainages in the community all for free. He was detribalized. Though a Muslim Hausa/Fulani, Isa, now 80, had people from different ethnic groups staying with him.

In 2008, he relocated to Magaman Gumau village in Bauchi State. He was displaced by the November 28 post-election religious violence that engulfed the Plateau State capital. His house was razed, his relations were killed, he himself survived by the whiskers.

By the time normalcy returned in 2009, Isa made attempts to reunite with his neighbors but was given unbearable bills since he had to rent a place to stay until he rebuilt his house. He returned to his temporary base in Magama and built huts for his family to stay.

However, despite his travails, the 80year-old returns to his former community every summer. This time not to stay but to render free community service and go back to continue his life in his new found home.

Without waiting to be told, without expecting gratification or even appreciation, without remembering what the locals did to make him flea, every September, Isa visits his former neighborhood everyday for at least one week clearing grasses along foot paths, dredging drainages and water wells, and constructing foot bridges along water ways, among others.

Isa is no longer bothered about reclaiming or rebuilding his destroyed properties. He is more concerned about rebuilding relationships. This he does by talking people into accepting him, but by sowing seeds of love. Seeds he isn't even aiming to reap from.

He has nothing to gain or lose whether the paths get bad or not. But Isa believes if a snake or anything else harms anyone walking on a path in the same community that evicted him, he will lose a prospective friend for his grand child, a potential leader and/or customer for his relation in business. Most of all, he will lose a fellow human, without whom life is lonely, boring and meaningless.

Isa knows that not getting safe drinking water or having dirty water stuck up in gutters in that community is of no consequence to him. However, he understands that such could produce diseases that could spread and affect his loved ones. He fears that such could have grave implications for national economy.

By the time resources meant for job creation, infrastructure and education among others are diverted to emergency, he knows the country would stagnate. There will be high inflation, unemployment and illiteracy which all have serious implications on national security.

From research, many herders or farmers attacking others do so because they either lack education or alternative sources of income. By the time they see a potential threat to that sole source of survival, they will do anything to take it out before it gets to them.

 Others do it because criminals with social and political interests have paid them to. If they had enough means to earn legitimately, they wouldn't consider it. Some again do it under the influence of drugs. If they had proper education, or are gainfully engaged, they would perhaps think twice.

Mr. Isa's sacrifice for environmental health therefore is a direct solution to the problem of crime, particularly violence orchestrated by farmers and herders in the bid to protect their businesses.

Health is wealth it is said. The locals might not be rich, but with good health, they can learn and earn without hitches, and grow to attain their full potentials. If children are sick, they can't go to school and learn, and certainly they can't compete favourably in the increasingly competitive technological age that we are in. That means reduced income both for families and communities.

Isa again is helping to protect the environment by clearing it of dirt. Global warming is a challenge not just for human habitation but more so for security. The concentration of herders and farmers in Nigeria's Middle-Belt which is causing frequent clashes is partly due to desertification in the Northern region and flooding in the South.

Both phenomena are caused by global warming. Saving the environment as Isa is doing therefore is saving lives as it reduces the pace at which global warming grows and affects biodiversity. Hence, it is reducing the tendency for communities to migrate and engage in unhealthy competitions that could claim lives as is currently the case in Central Nigeria.

Finally, Mr. Isa's courage to reunite with and still show love to his one-time aggressors is a lesson for all communities that have been hit by violence particularly the farmer-herder conflicts.

Painful as one's losses might be, if we choose to forgive and still show love to one another, one way or another, we will be doing good to ourselves. What Isa is doing might not have direct benefits for him. However, the long-term benefits are enormous. This is a good example and communities should learn from his sacrifice.

Rep Bagos alarms Nepotism in Plateau Federal College

The Member representing Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Dachung Bagos on Friday alarmed that Federal Character was being abused in the staff recruitment of the Federal School of Lab Science, Jos.

Plateau State has been marginalized in past recruitment exercises, Mr. Bagos told the House of Reps during plenary.

He asked the House to wade into the matter in fairness to the citizens and the law.

Below are Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Thursday, February 13th 2020, The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila presiding.

After leading the opening prayer, the Speaker went on to examine and approve the votes and proceedings for Wednesday, February 12th, 2020


DEFECTION OF REP. MEMBERS

1. Rep. Kingsley Uju Chima’s (Imo) defection from Action Alliance (AA) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was announced by the Speaker

2. Also, Rep. Paschal Obi’s (Imo) defection from Action Alliance (AA) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was announced.
The two lawmakers cited intraparty division as a reason for their actions.

The Minority Leader, Rep. Godwin Elumelu raised a point of order on the defections being illegal as there was no division in the Action Alliance party to his knowledge.


The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila ruled him out of order as the letters of defection stated that there were intraparty crisis in the Action Alliance (AA)


PETITIONS

  1. Rep. Eta Edim laid 2 petitions on behalf of some complainants, the first is from a community contesting the unlawful attempt to confiscate houses on a land duly allocated to them and the second is from some personnel of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on their unlawful dismissal, they craved the intervention of the House to resolve the issues.
  2. Rep. Mayowa Samuel laid a petition from some complainants against Standard Alliance Insurance Plc who is attempting to frustrate their financial claims and entitlements.
  3. Rep. Dachung Bagos laid a petition from some complainants against the Federal School of Lab Science, Jos on the breach of the tenets of federal character.
  4. Rep. Nnam Obi Uchechuku laid a petition from the oil and gas landlords over gross breach of agreements between their association and the oil companies in their communities. They called on the House to ensure that the regulatory agency meant to oversee compliance on the implementation of the agreements does its job efficiently.

MATTERS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

  1. Rep. Yakub Bello moved a motion on the need to checkmate the emergence of fake professors in Nigerian universities (both private and public universities) and it was seconded by Rep. Mohammed Ari Abdulmumin.

  2. Rep. Bello called on the national university commission to withdraw the certification of universities condoning those individuals and ensure more vigilance in recruitments of lectures into the universities.
    The motion was voted on and adopted.
  3. Rep. Nnaji John moved a motion on the need to declare a state of emergency on the power sector and it was seconded by Rep. Abubakar Yalleman.

  4. Rep. Nnaji expressed dismay that despite the enormous amount of investments and time taken to improve power supply to Nigerian homes and industries, no meaningful development can be pointed to, this he stated is highly unacceptable as the resultant difficulties is crippling to Nigerian businesses. Rep. Nnaji stated that this steady decline in power generation, transmission and distribution has led to the migration of many businesses out of Nigeria, especially since there are no clean and cheap alternatives to the existing power generating means from the government. He expressed worry that if nothing is done urgently, the socioeconomic consequences could be more dire, especially as the lack of engagement leads to joblessness, poverty and liability of the youth to be engaged in vices such as insurgency. Rep. Nnaji urged the President of Nigeria to declare a state of emergency on the power sector. He also called on the House Committee on Power to call for a public hearing on the ways to proffer solutions to the problem and to effectively carry out their oversight functions. He also stated that the Committees on Power and Legislative Compliance should ensure the prayers of the motion are adhered to.

  5. Rep. Nicholas Ossai decried how the privatization procedure in the power sector went wrong. He stated that the distribution companies have failed to put the right measures in place to distribute the generated power to Nigerian homes and companies.
    Rep. Olumide Osoba also called for a review of the privatization process to ascertain why the distribution companies are not investing into the sector as expected, for it to function optimally.

  6. Rep. Chi Obidigwe blamed the moribund state of Nigerian industries that have led to mass unemployment due to inadequate and irregular power supply. He called on the Federal government to do everything possible to fix the power sector as the spiral effect while the advantage of an effective power sector is unquantifiable.

  7. Rep. Olajide Olatunbosun stated that the steady depression in the power sector is worrisome and the full value chain of the generation, transmission and distribution channel should be looked into so that the problems can be effectively fixed. He called on the federal government to ensure funds invested in the sector are effectively utilized.

  8. Rep. Sada Soli Jibia decried why the privatization of the power sector seems to have been done just to favour some people, he stated that this could be responsible for the fact that there seems to be no urgency in solving the resulting quagmire. While calling for the restoration of the transmission and distribution parts of the value chain, Jibia noted that the political will to take the needed actions on the power sector is most important. He urged Nigerians to be disciplined by not compromising the system so that Nigerian can enjoy the full benefits of regular power supply.
    Rep. Ndudi Elumelu stated that the idea of the government that handled the privatization of the power sector was noble, but the implementation was disappointing. He also lamented the fact that States such as Lagos were not encouraged when they attempted to establish their own independent power systems. According to him, if the initiative of the States had been properly coordinated by the Federal government, it would have aided power generation in the country.
    Rep. Elumelu called for the prosecution of everyone who benefited illegally from the privatization process at the expense of the Nigerian people.
    The motion was voted on and adopted.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS

  1. Federal Polytechnic, Orogun, Delta State (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.642) (Senate) – First Reading.
  2. Chartered Institute of Finance and Control of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.680) (Rep. Gagdi Adamu Yusuf) – First Reading.
  3. Electric Power Sector Reform Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB.681) (Rep. Babajimi Benson) – First Reading.
  4. National Icons, Symbols Legacy Agency Bill, 2020 (HB.682) (Rep. Babajimi Benson) – First Reading.
  5. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.683) (Rep. Micah Yohanna Jiba) – First Reading.
  6. Nigerian Police Academy (Establishment, Etc.) Bill, 2020 (HB.684) (Rep. Gagdi Adamu Yusuf) – First Reading.
  7. Nigerian Police Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2020 (HB.685) (Rep. Gagdi Adamu Yusuf) – First Reading.
  8. Federal University of Education, Pankshin (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.686) (Rep. Gagdi Adamu Yusuf) – First Reading.
  9. Federal College of Forestry Management and Tourism, Idanre (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.687) (Rep. Tajudeen Adeyemi Adefisoye) – First Reading.
  10. Export (Prohibition) Act (Repeal) Bill, 2020 (HB.688) (Rep. Rimamnde Shawulu Kwewum) – First Reading.
  11. Subsidiary Legislation (Monitoring and Control) Bill, 2020 (HB.689) (Rep. Frederick Y. Agbedi) – First Reading.
  12. Chartered Institute of Cost Managers of Nigeria Bill, 2020 (HB.690) (Rep. Frederick Yietiemone Agbedi) – First Reading
  13. Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB.691) (Rep. Frederick Yietiemone Agbedi) – First Reading.
  14. Federal University of Agriculture, Patigi, Kwara State (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2020 (HB.692) (Rep. Ahmed Abubakar Ndakene) – First Reading.
  15. Nigeria Sugar Technology Institute Bill, 2020 (HB.693) (Rep. Ahmed Abubakar Ndakene) – First Reading.
  16. Federal College of Agriculture (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.694) (Rep. Sulaiman Abubakar Gumi) – First Reading.
  17. Electoral Offences Tribunal (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.695) (Rep. Francis Charles Uduyok) – First Reading.
  18. Federal University of Science and Technology, Kosubosu, Kwara State (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.696) (Rep. Mohammed Omar Bio) – First Reading.
  19. Federal Medical Centre, Toro, (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.697) (Rep. Muda Lawal Umar) – First Reading.
  20. Federal Polytechnic, Orozo (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2020 (HB.698) (Rep. Micah Yohanna Jiba) – First Reading.
  21. National Agency for the Control of Cancer (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.699) (Rep. Kolawole Lawal) – First Reading.
  22. National Volunteer Services Agency Bill, 2020 (HB.700) (Hon. Bamidele Salam) – First Reading.
  23. Social Security Bill, 2020 (HB.701) (Rep. Abbas Tajudeen) – First Reading.
  24. Chartered Institute of Auctioneers of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.702) (Rep. Sylvester Ogbaga) – First Reading.
  25. Electric Power Sector Reform Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB.703) (Rep. Ben Rollands Igbakpa) – First Reading.
  26. Insurgency or Military Victim Stigmatization (Prohibition) Bill, 2020 (HB.704) (Rep. Ben Rollands Igbakpa) – First Reading.
  27. Rural Areas Development Agency (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2020 (HB.705) (Rep. Ben Rollands Igbakpa) – First Reading.
  28. State of the Nation Address Bill, 2020 (HB.706) (Rep. Ben Rollands Igbakpa) – First Reading.
  29. Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Urban Development and Planning Commission (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2020 (HB.707) (Rep. Jimoh Abdulraheem Olajide and Rep. Aliyu Ibrahim Almustapha) – First Reading.
  30. National Agency for Sickle Cell Disease and other Heritable Blood Disorder (Prevention and Treatment) Bill, 2020 (HB.708) (Rep. Bamidele Salam) – First Reading.
  31. National Directorate of Employment Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB.709) (Rep. Bamidele Salam) – First Reading.
  32. North West Development Commission Bill, 2020 (HB.710) (Rep. Aminu Suleiman and 78 Others – First Reading.
  33. Federal Polytechnics Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB.711) (Rep. Aminu Suleiman) – First Reading.

ORDERS OF THE DAY
BILLS

  1. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Act, Cap. P17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and Enact the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Bill to Regulate the Training and Practice of Pharmacy; and for Related Matters (HB. 334) – Third Reading.

Debate
Rep. Peter Akpatason moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno.
The Bill was voted on, approved for third reading, the Clerk read the long title and it was passed.

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal University, Gashua and to make Comprehensive Provisions for its Due Management and Administration; and for Related Matters (HB.) – Third Reading.

Debate
Rep. Peter Akpatason moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno.
The Bill was voted on, approved for third reading, the Clerk read the long title and it was passed.

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish Chartered Institute of Trade and Investment to Provide for Investment, Indemnity Assurance Scheme, Trade and Investment Tribunal, Trade and Investment Registry Data Bank; and for Related Matters (HB. 154) (Rep. Ossai N. Ossai) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Ossai moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Anayo Nwonu.
In leading the debate Rep. Ossai stated that the Bill is anchored on boosting the private sector, enterprise and indigenous investment in Nigeria. He stated that the proposed Institute will ensure professionalism and provide for jobs for a vibrant trade and investment sector. Rep. Ossai stated that such a system has been in operation in the United States of America (USA) which has resulted in the promotion of Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs), this should be implemented for the good of the Nigerian economy, he added.
The Bill was voted on, passed for second reading and referred to the House Committee on Commerce.

  1. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal Medical Centre, Oghara; and for Related Matters (HB. 573) (Rep. Ben Rollands Igbakpa) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Igbakpa moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Bitrus Laori.
Rep. Igbakpa in leading the debate stated that the establishment of the Centre would avail those in the region the opportunity to access the needed medical services at minimal costs, this he stated would boost the life expectancy and healthy socioeconomic activities of those in the region. The Bill was voted on, passed for second reading and referred to the House Committee on Health Institutions.

  1. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal Polytechnic, Abi to Provide Full-Time Courses in Technology, Applied Sciences, Management and other Fields of Study and to make Provisions for the General Management of the Polytechnic; and for Related Matters (HB. 349) (Rep. Alex Egbona) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Egbona moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Al-Mustapha Aliyu. Rep. Egbona stated that the Bill seeks to ensure uniformity as there is no federal institution in the region to cater to the educational needs of its inhabitants.
The Bill was voted on, passed for second reading and referred to the House Committee on Tertiary Education.


MOTIONS

  1. Reconsideration of Outstanding Bills from the Preceding Assembly:
    Rep. Abubakar Hassan Fulata:

(i) National Inland Waterways Authority Bill, 2019 (HB.173);
(ii) Nigerian Film Corporation Act (Repeal and Enactment) Bill, 2019 (HB. 324);
(iii) Firearms Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB. 327;
(iv) Dietitians Council of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2019 (HB. 515); and
(v) Nigerian Television Authority Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB. 517)

The House:
Notes that pursuant to Order Twelve (12), Rule 16 of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives, Bills passed by the preceding Assembly and forwarded to the Senate for concurrence for which no concurrence was made or negatived or passed by the Senate and forwarded to the House for which no concurrence was made or negatived or which were passed by the National Assembly and forwarded to the President for assent but for which assent or withholding thereof was not communicated before the end of the tenure of the Assembly, the House may resolve that such Bills, upon being re-gazetted or clean copies circulated, be re-considered in the Committee of the Whole without being commenced de-novo;

Also notes that the aforementioned Bills were passed by the preceding Assembly and forwarded to the President for assent but for which assent or withholding thereof was not communicated before the end of the tenure of the last Assembly;

Aware that the Bills were re-gazetted as HBs. 173, 324, 327, 515 and 517 and respectively read the first time;

Resolves to:
Commit the Bills to the Committee of the Whole for consideration.

Debate
Rep. Fulata moved the motion on the reconsideration of outstanding Bills from the preceding Assembly and it was seconded by Rep. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.
The motion was voted on, adopted and committed to the Committee of the Whole.

  1. Need to Utilize Zobe Dam in Dustin-ma Local Government Area of Kastina State:
    Rep. Arm’yau Abdulkadir:

The House:
Notes that one of the focal points of the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is to diversify the economy to agriculture which will improve Nigeria’s internally generated revenues, achieve food security, thereby motivating millions of Nigerians to go back to the farms;

Also notes that the anti-corruption drive of the Administration has put to a halt the exogenous leakages in the agricultural sector to encourage, empower and enhance locally made farm produce, thereby increasing the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) index and foreign exchange reserve to over $45 Billion in cash and bonds;

Aware that some of the successful programs introduced by the Administration are the Anchor Borrowers Program, the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, the Youth Farm Lab and the Presidential Economic Diversification and Food Security Council;
Informed that Zobe Dam was constructed in 1972 under the Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority with the purpose of achieving comprehensive and integrated rural development, such as the provision of irrigation facilities, flood control, domestic/industrial water supply and hydroelectricity;

Also informed that since the commissioning of the Dam in 1983, it has not been put to use for irrigation, water supply or power generation and even though it has the capacity of irrigating over 20,000 hectares of land, supplying 80 million litres of water daily and generating hydro-power that can supply the whole of Katsina State with electricity;

Aware that the dam also has the capacity of supplying water for the production of wheat, rice and vegetables that can meet domestic requirements of over 30% of Nigerians, but it has been abandoned, a development that can lead to its overflow which will cause serious flood to communities around the dam as had happened in the past;

Resolves to:
(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to award a contract for the establishment of ultramodern irrigation canals of the Dam and ensure full functionality and utilization of the Zobe Dam;

(ii) mandate the Committee on Water Resources to ensure implementation.

Debate
Rep. Abdulkadir moved the motion on the need to utilize Zobe dam in Dustin-ma Local Government area of Kastina State and it was seconded by Rep. Ali Taofeek.
As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committees of the House.

  1. Rehabilitation of Damaged Infrastructure in Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area, Imo State:
    Rep. Chinedu Emeke Martins:

The House:

Notes that residents of Egberemiri, Eziudo and Oboama Communities in Ezinihitte Local Government Area, Imo State are being devastated by gully erosion which is rapidly eating away their lands and means of livelihood;

Also notes that indigenes of the communities whose main occupation is farming are on the verge of losing their farmlands, properties and roads with each passing rainy season;

Worried that the gully erosion has adversely affected the movement of persons, as well as commercial activities within the communities;

Concerned that if urgent actions are not taken to address the menace caused by the erosion, residents of the communities will be displaced and their properties destroyed;

​Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Ecological Fund Office to embark on erosion and flood control works in the affected areas and other prone areas in Ezinihitte Local Government Area;

(ii) Mandate the Committees on Environment and Ecological Fund to ensure compliance.

Debate
Rep. Martins moved the motion on the need to rehabilitate the damaged infrastructure in Ezinihitte Mbaise local government area, Imo State and it was seconded by Rep. Abdullahi Ibrahim.
As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committees of the House.

  1. Need to Investigate the Utilization of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund:
    Rep. Shina Abiola Peller:

The House:

Notes that the Section 11 of the National Health Act which was enacted in 2014 provides that not less than 1% of Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) of the Federal Government be set aside as a grant to finance the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPE or the Fund) which commits the Federal Government to dedicating national resources to improving the lives of all citizens, especially, women and children, to access a high impact and highly cost-effective package of health services, thereby achieving health for all by strengthening institutions and increasing financing for essential health care services;

Also notes that the Basic Health Care Provision Fund will fund operational budgets for public primary health care facilities (1per ward), purchase an explicit set of high impact services for all Nigerians address underperformance at the primary care level by removing the barriers to health care;

Aware that the Program will enable Nigerians access services and will be delivered in 22 States, including the FCT in the first instance and will serve as a catalyst to facilitate complete overhaul of the Primary Health Care system in Nigeria;

Recalls that the operational manual of the Fund states that all program funds must be kept in a dedicated account at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), consequently, the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) and relevant State agencies have all opened accounts with the CBN;

Also aware that 50% of the total amount appropriated has so far been released from the 2018 budget for the program, similarly, the Global Financing Facility and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have contributed $20m and $2m grant respectively to the program with other donor agencies also showing interests;

Cognizant that over 30 States have formally expressed interests and facility assessments have been carried out, with the release of approximately 50% of the fund;

Worried that in spite of the laudable program and intent of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund, the Primary Health Care system of the country is in shambles, infant mortality is on the increase, rate of death at childbirth is still very high in most rural communities and hardly would one find a functional Primary Health care facility in most Local Governments Areas much less the wards;

Further aware that the Global Facility Financing (GFF) has committed $20m while the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will commit up to $75m over the next 5 years and the Department for International Development (DFID) also committed 60m Pound Sterling to support the Program whose goal is to have one functional Primary Health Care (PHC) per political ward in Nigeria;

Resolves to:

Mandate the Committee on Healthcare Services to investigate the utilization of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund and report back within four (4) weeks for further legislative actions.

Debate
Rep. Peller moved the motion on the need to investigate the utilization of the basic healthcare provision fund and it was seconded by Rep. Mohammed Awal.
As an investigative motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committees of the House.


CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE) Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase presiding:

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Education (Special) Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State to Provide Full-Time Courses, Teaching Instruction and Training in Technology, Applied Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Management; and for Related Matters (HB. 169) (Rep. Magaji Da’u Aliyu) (Committee of the Whole: 9/10/2019).

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Magaji stated that the Bill is critical to the wellbeing of people with special needs, a similar institute he stated, is in existence in Oyo State and there is the need to establish the same in Jigawa state to cater for individuals who desire the services in the area.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and carried: 1-22


HOUSE IN PLENARY
The House reverted to plenary and adopted its rulings and report in the Committee of the Whole


Adjournment:
The House at 14:27 adjourned plenary till Tuesday, 18th, February 2020 by 11:00 A.M following a motion for adjournment moved by the Deputy Leader of the House, Rep. Peter Akpatason and seconded by the Chief Whip Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno

Courtesy:
Media Unit, Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives.


J-town upcoming star, Lovina Peter drops heart-rocking single for birthday

Lovina Peter

A Central Nigerian singer, Lovina Peter Yakubu has dropped a stunning rock single to celebrate her birthday.

Tagged Mai Girma (The Greatest), the piece is a celebration of grace enjoyed through her life, says the final year student of English Department in Plateau State’s Federal College of Education.The song is the first, off her proposed debut album, but the beginning of more stunning releases, Lovina told MK.

Miss Peter has been a singer in a Church choir for nine years but is just taking up music as a career.

“I am going all over the world,” she said.

Click to listen and download

Plateau: Herdsmen kill farmer as Govt signs deal to upgrade Grazing Reserves

State Officials at the signing of an MoU for the start of NLTP in Plateau State

Jos, Plateau State: Gunmen identified as herdsmen on Friday attacked two local farmers in Central Nigeria’s Daffo village of Bokkos Local Government Area, Plateau State. 

The assailants opened fire on the villagers, after grazing on their farms, local sources say.

A victim identified as Mr. Danjuma Machen died instantly.

Another, Mr. Dauda Maren, survived with fatal injuries.

Attack coincides with youth charity outreach

The attack at about 900hrs GMT in Malul hamlet came as youths from the village had joined a local interest group, Bokkos Advocacy Group to deliver humanitarian aid to victims of a similar attack in Kwatas District on 26th and 27th January 2020, wherein 27 villagers were killed.
BAG on charity outreach, Friday
At about the time of the attack, the Plateau State Government had signed a deal to start the National Livestock Transformation Program (NLTP) in the State.

The deal with two foreign companies – Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Ltd. and Integrated Diaries is for the start-off of the program in existing grazing reserves in Kanam and Wase Local Government Areas. 

“Plateau citizens embrace NLTP” – Govt.

The NLTP, a Federal livestock business program introduced in 2018 was previously resisted due to “misinformation,” the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong said in Jos.

The Governor said, “When the NLTP was initiated, it was erroneously misinterpreted by those who wanted to play politics and discredit it.

“I told my people that as their Governor, I can never bring anything that will cause them pain and poverty.

“I was in the NLTP Committee, I understood clearly that Plateau State will not only benefit from it, but will use it to create jobs and address the farmer herder attacks which almost destroyed the peace of our peace “.
Officials with foreign experts after signing the deal
The Governor said those who had “taken over” most grazing reserves in the State were behind the “incitement and lies” against the program.

The takeoff of the program follows “wide consultations” and enlightenment, Lalong said.

“After the engagement with stakeholders, people embraced it because it is business.

“It has nothing to do with ethnicity, religion or tribe.”

Plateau which is among five selected pilot States will benefit from a N15billion fund earmarked for the program.

Plateau Govt officially signs up for National Livestock Transformation Program

Plateau officials with a foreign livestock expert

Jos, Nigeria: The Plateau State Government on Friday signed a deal to start the National Livestock Transformation Program (NLTP) in the State.

The deal with two foreign companies – Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Ltd. and Integrated Diaries is for the start-off of the program in existing grazing reserves in Kanam and Wase Local Government Areas.

The NLTP, a Federal livestock business program introduced in 2018 was previously resisted due to “misinformation,” the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong said.

The Governor said, “When the NLTP was initiated, it was erroneously misinterpreted by those who wanted to play politics and discredit it.

“I told my people that as their Governor, I can never bring anything that will cause them pain and poverty.

“I was in the NLTP Committee, I understood clearly that Plateau State will not only benefit from it, but will use it to create jobs and address the farmer herder attacks which almost destroyed the peace of our peace “.

The Governor said those who had “taken over” most grazing reserves in the State were behind the “incitement and lies” against the program.

The takeoff of the program follows “wide consultations” and enlightenment, Lalong said.

“After the engagement with stakeholders, people embraced it because it is business.

“It has nothing to do with ethnicity, religion or tribe.”

Plateau which is among five selected pilot States will benefit from a N15billion fund earmarked for the program.


Plateau community leader detained over herdsmen attacks admitted on life support

Mr. Mahwel before being placed on life support

Jos, Nigeria: A Village Chief in Central Nigeria's Plateau State, Mr. Mafulul Mahwel is currently on life support machine after falling ill in Police custody.

The Village Head of Mahurum in Monguna District in Bokkos Local Government Area was on Tuesday January 28, 2020 detained along with leaders of Fulani herdsmen believed to have had prior knowledge of an attack in Kwatas village, two days earlier.

The arrest was on the orders of the State Governor, Simon Lalong following reports of a broken peace pact leading to the attacks.

After a day in the Plateau State Police Criminal Investigation Department, all suspects were transferred to the Special Anti-Ribbery Squad office in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

They were transferred back to Jos and arraigned on Wednesday after vigorous interventions by local attorneys.

Charged with criminal conspiracy and other criminal offenses, the suspects were released on bail but Mr. Mahwel was already critically ill.

"He couldn't even talk or walk by himself. I had to take him to the hospital and he is even on oxygen now," said an anonymous Community leader.

It is not yet confirmed if Mr. Mahwel's illness is as a result of excessive torture which is a globally recognized human rights violation and an offence prohibited in Nigeria by the Anti-torture Act 2017.

Nonetheless, section 35 of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution states that the police may not detain any suspect for longer than 48 hours without a court order.

The detention of Mr. Mahwel for two weeks was not authorized by any court of law, and was thus unlawful.

More so, his community which has equally suffered armed herdsmen attacks is located miles away from Kwatas village where the latest attacks took place.

The Chairman of Bokkos Local Government Area, Yusuf Machen had on Thursday 23rd January, 2920 held a meeting with community leaders from Kwatas and other nearby villages eventually attacked on Sunday 26th January 2020.

The Chairman briefed the State Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinwumi of the outcome of the meeting on Saturday January 25, 2020, the day before the attacks.

Mr. Mahwel's arrest along with the prime suspects has therefore been widely condemned as victimizing the victims of violence.

Plateau inventor Zang Bot, House Speaker among top 100 influential Nigerians

The Plateau State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr. Ayuba Abok has been ranked among the top 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians in 2019.

Abok appears on the 77th position on the list published on www.avancemedia.org/2019miyn.

The 35year-old is among 10 nominees for the Law and Governance category.

Nominated from Plateau State along with Abok is 28year-old Luka Zang Bot, the Chief Executive Officer, Zang Technologies.

The inventor of the improved locally made Zang Power bank and Zang Computer foot mouse sits on the 91st position on the list.

He is one of 10 nominees for the Science and Technology category.

Zang was recently nominated among 300 candidates for a N50million prize in an ongoing Creativity and Entrepreneurship Reality TV Show.

Organized by ThinkNaija Business organization, the Show seeks to award outstanding business ideas.

Zang who was nominated along with two others from Plateau State is contestant 220 in the online voting ongoing on https://bceshow.org/loading.html.


Plateau: Armed assailants kill four near military checkpoint

Jos, Nigeria: Yet to be identified armed men, on Sunday killed four people in Central Nigeria’s Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The killings took place at about 7pm local time in Tiana village, few meters to the Sector 6 military Task Force base in the locality.

Three teenagers were gunned down on a bypass while an adult youth leader was stabbed in the residential area of the community.

Two of the teenagers died instantly while the other died Tuesday morning at the hospital.

The Chairman of Riyom Local Government Area, Mafeng Gwalson has however placed the total casualty figure at three.

“An attack was reported Sunday night where three teenagers were shot. Two died at the spot and I just confirmed the only survivor died this morning. The victims were just within the range of 13 years,” Gwalson told MK in a text message.

The attack came 24hours after a returning internally displaced person killed on February 3, 2020 was buried in Kura Falls, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

Mr. Wurim Datai Patrick was killed when suspected Fulani herdsmen armed with AK47 rifles launched simultaneous attacks on newly resettled IDPs in Nghar, Kurra Falls and Kurra Berom villages in Gashish District.

Gashish was attacked in June 2018 by suspected herdsmen.

Over 250 people were reportedly killed with over 30,000 others displaced.

The displaced camping in different locations in the state were returned home by civil authorities in December 2019.

No less than six attacks have been reported in the communities since the IDPs’ return.


Sen. Gyang to empower women, youths through four-year tenure

Sen. Gyang

Jos, Nigeria: The Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang says he will initiate business and educational empowerment programs throughout his four-year term.

Gyang during a “thank you” tour of his constituency last week vowed to also pursue “employment opportunities, skills acquisition and vocational training” amongst others.

The Senator who is famed for speaking out against insecurity and social injustice told electorates in all the places visited of his passion to secure them through peace building, reconcile them through forgiveness and restitution, and as well as empower them as promised during campaigns.

The “People’s Senator” began the tour last week Thursday to appreciate his constituents for his election.

The tour began from Bassa LGA, before moving to later to Jos North LGA same day.

On Friday, the “Positive Impact team” moved to Jos East and Jos South LGAs.

It climaxed with a visit to Riyom and Barkin Ladi LGAs.

Among dignitaries in the Senator’s entourage were had Hon. Simon Mwadkon, the Member representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency, and Hon. Peter Ibrahim Gyendeng, the Minority Leader, Plateau state House of Assembly with his colleagues from Jos South, Riyom and Jos North/West.

There were also Party executives from the state, zone and local government areas, as well as women, community and youth group leaders.


Plateau Senator announced dead five weeks after rumor

Late Sen. Longjan

Jos, Nigeria: The Senator representing Plateau South in the Nigerian National Assembly, Ignatius Longjan has died five weeks after rumors of his death began circulating.

Longjan was rumoured to have died since January 4, 2020 at a foreign hospital.

The rumours however remained within private conversations until Monday when they became public.

The death of the Senator after "protracted illness" is “devastating”, says the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.

In a press statement through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Simon Macham said the Senator’s death is a “huge loss” to the entire State.

Lalong said, “we have lost a man of honour and candour who in all his affairs always put the interests of Plateau State first.

“His humility, humanity and wealth of wisdom was always at display when he weighed on any issue that concerns people. We will surely miss him”.

A retired Diplomat, the late Senator Longjan was the Senate Committee Chairman on Culture and Tourism.

He was once a Chief of Staff and Deputy Governor in Plateau State.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s Achievements, Impacts on Citizens of Adamawa – The Breath Of Life Governor ||by The Lens View

Gov. Fintiri

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s Achievements, Impacts On The Citizens Of Adamawa – The Breath Of Life Governor by The Lens View

We are proud to celebrate “Our Breath of life being a man of his words in just seven months in the office! While few people may disagree with Governor Fintiri on some issues as result of their interest (it is natural in the dynamic human society) but one thing remains undeniable, that Adamawa State, under the leadership of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is for the first time, on a realistic journey to sustainable development. This is an indisputable fact.

The Adamawa we have today re-designed by Governor Fintiri is not the same we had four years ago during the Bindow government. The change we witness today has been as a result of the world class transformation of the macroeconomic structure of the state to a state where every modicum of corruption has been completely sealed-up!

A periscope of Governor Fintiri’s achievements reveal marvels of development which overwhelm the science of development economics. What make these new strides further unbelievable is when considering that this governor inherited a whooping N115billion Naira fictitious and filthy loans from the Bindow “Digital” administration which stank to the high heavens. The inherited loans attached to services for instance totaled about N1billion Naira monthly.

In a quest to eradicate this imbalance, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, governor popularly known as both the “Fresh Air” and “ATM”, devised many macroeconomic strategies for cutting costs thereby avoiding the over N3.2billion bank monthly overdrafts for salaries.

It is also on record that “Our Breath of Life Governor” was the first among first term governors to successfully conduct local government elections and eradicate the culture of unpaid salary arrears of local government workers, workers and teachers of primary schools and the primary healthcare sector whose payments are now made possible without any defaults monthly.

Today, the Adamawa under the leadership of this man has been prompt in paying the N32,000 Naira promised minimum wage, connected Toungo local government area with electricity and awarded numerous road development contracts in the state.

Over 2000 teachers have been employed in the state in addition to similar human resources strength additions in the health sector. One critical development-centric sector, “The Skills Acquisition Scheme” has been reintroduced after this critical developmental program was left unattended by the former administration. Today, over 500,000 children (considered out-of-school children) are today back to schools across the state with the streets of Adamawa now cleared of the embarrassing menance of what used to be the “Almajiri Scene” which became the incubation bed of religious fundamentalists and agents of violence in the state.

The Shilla gang notable for their terror in the state has been smashed with their Gerio enclave completely destroyed. Free education with the free school feeding system has been reintroduced. This breath of life Governor has also put in place regulations and the means for enforcing the punishment of any teachers who extorted money from students. As a further boost to educational development in the state, fees for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO) exams for all students across the state and the subsequent award of scholarships for those in tertiary institutions have been made possible by this action man with a plan! All in just seven months!!!

Today, free education law has been enacted thanks to the governor. Supply of portable water in Yola south from the water treatment plant in Yola north is now possible. Mechanized agriculture is now an institutionalized policy in Adamawa state with various state of the art facilities to show for this. The operational structure of the Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Yola is also now restructured with state-of-the-art digital facilities.

With the introduction of a firm macroeconomic plan, all loopholes of corruption sealed-up and saboteurs of various sorts dismantled, Adamawa has now become a state on the verge of sustainable development. If all these can be done by one man in just seven months, one does not need the technical proficiency of a rocket scientist to project where this governor is taking Adamawa state to in the near future. Governor Fintiri has set Adamawa state to become one of the best states to watch in not only Nigeria but in Africa.

A good leader is God Sent and the good people of Adamawa State believe that indeed God has chosen Governor Fintiri to lead them to the glorious state of their dreams. Without doubt, he will overcome the challenges of the few anti-development elements, still lurking around and firing their now very few cylinders to dissuade him. But from what we know about this man Fintiri, he is unshakable!

The support this star governor enjoys in Adamawa State emanates from the conviction of the people who have witnessed the terrific transformations this man has made for them in Adamawa state in just too short a time, a testimony of what the people see on the ground and which continue to move them to stand solidly by him.

Our prayers are that God by His Grace will remark this year in history as a Turning Point Year in Adamawa state, a state and a year which would herald the enlisting into the annals of history, the turning point reality of economic growth, employment, infrastructural development, better education , healthcare, etc. The seven months developmental antecedence of Governor Adamawa in Adamawa state attest to the fact that indeed, it is feasible.

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(Current Affairs)
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Video: Foster parents could be evil, says Plateau orphan

Jos, Nigeria: A Plateau Orphan, Deborah Bala says giving children out to be raised by people other than one's parents could be risky.

Deborah, a 200 level theatre arts student of the university of Jos believes most foster parents take advantage of children.

"If you know you can't raise the child yourself, don't even give birth to them," Deborah said in a YouTube video obtained by MKB.

Watch the video here https://youtu.be/TUGbJjrxjRs