Nigeria's governance, gender flaws only solvable through collaborations - BCP-GGP

Civil society activists, government officials, others resolved to step down sensitization against GBV, governance issuss

A coalition of Civil Societies under a US-funded project – Building Civic Participation and Good Governance in Plateau State (BCP-GGP), Thursday advocated public collaborations to solve governance and gender-related problems in Nigeria.

As an offshoot of a U.S. training in October 2019, the group comprising Nigerian activists – Pastor Esther Ibanga, ACP Saleh Ibrahim and Wilson Iyamu organized a workshop on “Collaborative Problem Solving of Gender Based Violence and Electoral Reforms” in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, encouraging active participation of communities in governance, starting from the electoral process.

Workshop was one of series

“There can never be good governance without credible elections; and there cannot be credible elections when the process is not free and fair, devoid of violence and all forms of malpractices,” said Mr. Wilson Iyamu.

Bad governance, Mr. Iyamu said starts from failure of communities to demand accountability from public office holders.

Wilson Iyamu

“We worship politicians – often going to beg instead of challenge them. Even during elections, we allow our quest for material things becloud our reasoning and we end up voting the wrong people to power,” he said.

Citizens must however grow beyond sentiments and financial inducements during elections to maintain independence in voting and demanding accountability, a lawyer and Secret Service Official, Edwin Inegbenoise stated at the workshop.

“When Nigerians learn to stop accepting peanuts and voicing out with the consensus that brought in the current political dispensation, politicians will learn to act right,” Inegbenoise said.

Edwin Inegbenoise

On Gender Based Violence, BCP-GGP advocated broad sensitization for joint female rights defense.

“Societal problems require societal solutions, that is why collaboration against gender based violence is key,” said Past. Esther Ibanga.

Gender based violence – discrimination, inequalities, forceful sexual penetration, physical violence, general mutilation and among others, psychological attack often starts from the home front, Human Rights lawyer, Mrs. Obioma Ngozi said.

Obioma Ngozi

“When parents restrict certain roles to boys, and/or allow their male children to batter their female siblings, they are promoting gender based violence,” said Ngozi, the Vice Chairperson, Federation of female lawyers, Plateau State branch said.

Such violence reenforced by weak enforcement of laws, social compassion, ignorance and illiteracy among others is limiting the potentials of women and depriving society of their contributions for development.

“The low numbers of women in influential positions is as a result of the violence that has kept them from exploring their full potentials,” said Ngozi.

Workshop participants cut across political, ethnic, religious interests

To curb the menace, the attorney suggested communities, traditional and religious leaders included to be enlightened to promote justice and equal opportunities for all.

Encouraging female participation in politics, female education and discouraging early, forced marriage among others, Ngozi said are equally important.

Participants at the workshop including government officials, civil society organizations, community leaders, women and youth groups among others resolved to step down the campaign for speedy results.


As Plateau economic front liner, Haggai Gutap adds a year

Dr. Haggai Gutap, DG, PLASMEDA

Perhaps, one key achievement of the present Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong is the creation of the Plateau State Microfinance Development Agency (PLASMEDA). The appointment Dr. Haggai Haruna Gutap to head the agency, however, is perhaps the best decision byvtge Governor in executing his business roadmap for the State.

Gutap holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Economics and is completing research for the award of a Doctorate in Development Economics at the Nigeria Defense Academy, Kaduna.

He is a reputed development expert with core competence and experience in Microfinance, value chain, rural and Enterprise Development, Economic and Investment analyses. 

Gutap is an accredited trainer by the Centre for Management Development (CMD), International Labour Organization, ITC/ILO, Lusaka Zambia, Central Bank of Nigeria/Anteneo Manila University of Philippines, and Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

He is equally an Agricultural value chain and SME finance expert certified by the School of African Microfinance, a certified Economist from the Chartered Institute of Economists and a student Member, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria.

A team leader for implementing Climate Change Adaptation and Agricultural Business Support Programme (IFAD/CASP) Katsina state and the North East Zonal Coordinating Consultant to Nigeria Incentive Based for Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), the revered economist was until recently, consultant to the Central Bank of Nigeria, World Bank, African Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), German International Cooperation (GIZ) sponsored projects here in Nigeria. 

He was also the lead consultant responsible for the establishment of the first Farmers Microfinance Bank in Nigeria (Fadama Farmers Microfinance Bank Ltd.) in Jos, Plateau State under the World Bank sponsored project Fadama III.

As Director General of Plateau's only local enterprise development agency, and likely the first in Nigeria which currently exists as the only state affiliate of SMEDAN, Gutap has trained and financed thousands of entrepreneurs who are currently mopping the State of unemployed youths. Three of these SMEs in 2018, 2019 and 2020 won National Awards under the National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Clinic programme of the Federal Government.

Jerry Mallo, best MSMSE 2018

Zang Bot, best Science and Technology Innovation, 2019

Mafeng Woodcraft, Best Furniture Designs 2020

Gutap turns a year older on August 27, and is clearly poised to expand his expertist, networks and opportunities for the good of the State. On his birthday, Gutap was on duty, and hardly had time for a sip in-between assignments. Few weeks earlier, he lost a close relation, but before rushing to receive already trouping sympathizers at home, Gutap insistently went to work and ensured he cleared pending work files. Little wonder then, he has maintained the weight he came into office with in 2017.

With this hardwork and dedication to duty, Plateau can only expect far more strides before 2023 when his principal would round off hos tenure.

His name is David, widely celebrated in the African IT world, but his late poor Police father is the real Star

Mr. David Daser, DG PICTDA

Mr. David “Oluwa” Daser, a leading Nigerian software engineer currently runs the only Information Communication Technology Agency in Plateau State. It is believed to be the model from which the National Information Communication Technology Development Agency was developed.

Daser was appointed into office in December 2018 and has introduced various IT-related reforms into governance. Aside from creating jobs and problem solving options using ICT, Plateau through the ingenuity of Mr. Daser was one of the first to adopt IT solutions in managing covid-19.

Late Sunday Daser

He was however introverted, until his dad, Mr. Sunday Daser challenged him to “go out of that nonsense” to be able to create network. “He literally taught me how to connect with people in Port Harcourt in the year 2001. He told me my education was nothing without a useful network,” said David in a social media tribute to his father who passed on August 24, 2020.

Soon after his University training, the late Police officer recommended David to the Police Force as one of the best software engineers he knew. He didn’t do so because David was his son, but because he could see David utilizing his academic education to change life around. There could have been better engineers but Sunday probably only knew his son, and needed the system that sustained him to benefit from his skills. After thorough screening, David was hired and that marked the beginning of his exploits in the IT industry.

“I made my first millions through the contract in 2010 and ended up automating the entire nominal roll and vehicle returns management system of the “B” division of the entire Police in Nigeria,” David wrote.

David has delivered lectures at several international IT functions and is widely respected

David’s father didn’t just give him education, but made him his first millions, a sum he probably never made himself till he died. He gave the now revered young, articulate and highly outspoken professional in the IT world the best support morally and otherwise to succeed.

It took years before the Nigeria Police Force found out the technician they held in high esteem was the son of one of the lowest personnel in their ranks. But by then, his impact and influence had grown way beyond sentiments.

“They were impressed by the professionalism and few years later he retired leaving me with amazing contacts,” said David.

When David was appointed into government, many wondered who his father was. In Nigeria, one has to be the son, friend, relation, associate or have some sort of links with someone in government. However, David’s skills and the enlightenment his father gave him were all that got him where he is. He is today shining star, but perhaps, Late Mr. Sunday Daser is the sky upon which he sits to cast his light on the earth surface.

Late Sunday Daser was loved by his children, grand children and all those who had a chance to experience him

Sunday Daser is gone, but his impact lives. “You won’t know him, but I am Him,” David concludes, and truly, he represents the good heart, the strives and the passions of his father for excellence amongst his offsprings and the world they live.

Rest in Peace “Area Commander” as Mr. Sunday was fondly called.

Rejoinder: “The Deepening Leadership Crisis in Nigeria, The Case of Plateau State” ||By VOLA

Gov. Simon Lalong

A jaundiced, incoherent and ignorant material has been circulating in the social media under the headline “THE DEEPENING LEADERSHIP CRISIS IN NIGERIA” purportedly released by one Dr. Christopher Piwuna Goson, said to be a consultant psychiatrist with the Jos University Teaching Hospital.

In the said write up, he called on Plateau State Governor Rt. Hon. (Dr) Simon Bako Lalong, KSGG to resign from his office for what he described as lack of capacity.

Ordinarily, this junk would have been ignored and dismissed as the ranting of an attention seeker and rabble rouser. However, a careful look at the write up shows that it could be the handiwork of political mercenary who is on a mission to self-destruction and eager to drag the gullible with him.

Therefore, this reply is not to join issues with the writer and his sponsors but to save the public from being misled by the concoction which is filled with lies, innuendos, inaccuracies and unwarranted attacks on Governor Simon Bako Lalong by someone who is assumed to be educated and discerning.

To say that the said character is a medical practitioner and labour leader is shocking, not least by the fact that he is said to be a “Consultant” in the field of psychiatry. If indeed he is what he claims, then one would definitely imagine that he needs to urgently see a psychiatrist for proper evaluation before he jumps over the cliff.

If not a mental case, how would someone who confessed in his opening paragraph by admitting that he is “…not an expert in politics or political science, nor …. belonging to any political party”, suddenly wake up with a thesis and declaration that a Governor who was massively elected in 2015 and 2019 by the good people of Plateau State should resign.

Maybe this critic and his co-travellers have been in another planet and did not know that Governor Lalong till date remains the longest serving Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly and the only politician in the history of the State to defeat the candidate of a ruling party. If only he knew, he would not jump into an arena he knows little or nothing about. It is obvious who should be schooled about issues related to politics, evaluation, performance and resignation.

Let us now run through the rigmarole by the petitioner and try to educate him on some of his baseless propositions with the hope he will come back to his senses after undergoing psychiatric evaluation and treatment which is strongly advised.

Funding Governor Lalong’s Election

To begin his verbose rant, the writer started by claiming that he led the fundraising for the election of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong among his family members and friends which brought him to office. Just how much he collected was not stated as he pretended to go humble after going public with unsubstantiated claims and attempting to take glory for bringing Governor Lalong to office.

While the Governor remains grateful for the people of Plateau State and all well-meaning individuals and groups who did so much (without shouting on the top of the roof like him) to the success of his elections, he does not need to be disrespected by shenanigans such as the Piwuna character who is out to seek cheap popularity and draw political sympathy by disparaging the Governor. Could he be desperately trying to gain visibility for future elections? After all, it is on record that one “Piwuna” contested for senatorial seat and lost woefully.

We hope this name is a mere coincidence and not associated with this writer as it will amount to political suicide for any right thinking politician to be in league with this character who is clearly a neophyte that knows little about governance. In any case, 2023 is not far away and hopefully, the critic should get ready to test his popularity. Governor (Alert) Lalong will be more than willing to return his “claimed” gesture a thousand fold.

By the way, what has he achieved in his years of labour unionism and medical practice? Has he carried out any project for his community? How many has he personally empowered having held leadership positions in ASUU and NMA? Has he dug a well, not to talk of borehole in his village? While productive medical consultants are busy engaged in creating jobs through private practice and consultancy, the lazy writer rather finds cover in unionism to make noise and feed on dues of members while attacking busy personalities just to grab cheap attention. It is really true that empty drums make the loudest noise.

Security

Again, the readers of this junk are still bewildered by the sheer mischief and crude attempt by this character to discredit the success of the Lalong Rescue Administration in restoring peace and stability to Plateau State. Someone should do us a favour to wake this sleepy psychiatrist up from his slumber and let him know that using insecurity as a point of mischief against Governor Lalong will not work even long after he leaves office.

The world has attested to and recognized the achievements of Governor Lalong in returning Plateau State to its status of “Home of Peace and Tourism” through pragmatic and selfless gestures. Let us remind him that Governor Lalong remains the first Chief Executive of any State in Nigeria to establish a Peace Building Agency backed by law which has facilitated dialogue between disputing parties, resolved many conflicts and ushered in the process of healing and forgiveness. Today, many people who had run away from Jos are repurchasing their sold properties while Embassies and International organisations such as UN, WHO, UNICEF etc who had embargoed their staff from visiting the State have since revoked such directives and also visited themselves. Even banks which operated for just few hours daily now operate full hours as in many other States.

When a national Newspaper, Daily Independent awarded Governor Lalong BEST GOVERNOR OF THE YEAR 2019 FOR PEACE AND SECURITY, was this character and his co-travellers in a coma? Please someone should tell him that even under Covis-19, many national bodies and Federal Government organisations are jostling to host their events in Plateau State, as is the case of NAFEST 2020 that is due to hold at the end of the year if PTF Covid-19 Guidelines permit. One needs to remind him that there is no perfect security anywhere in the world including Nigeria and Plateau State. While the Government of Simon Lalong continues to deal with criminal activities that are common to all States, the narrative of insecurity propounded by the writer is baseless, unsubstantiated and unpatriotic. Please Mr. Writer, if you cannot build the State, do not destroy it! Plateau belongs to all.

Needless to add that there is security of wages that edgy people like Piwuna will never see (or choose to ignore) which relates to the regular and timely payment of salaries and pensions in Plateau State – a scenario that was absent before the advent of the Lalong administration where civil servants were thrown into penury and made beggars. Is such condition not strong to fuel insecurity in the State? The writer might not know about this because his salary comes from the Federal Government even when he goes on strike or junkets around in the name of unionism.


Infrastructure

It is instructive that this man in his mumblings asked to be schooled on what infrastructural development that has taken place under the Lalong Rescue Administration. If he cares to know (even though he pretends not to know), Governor Lalong is unique in his approach to development as can be seen from his policy of completing abandoned projects of previous administrations including the immediate one which was of a different political party.

Till date, Governor Lalong has completed many of the 28 abandoned road projects that he inherited from the last administration despite the challenges he met on ground. For example, does Piwuna remember the status of the Mararaban Jama’a-Jos road when Governor Lalong took over in 2015? Clearly, he is not aware that the Lalong Administration initiated 25 road projects some of which are completed already and others are at various stages of completion.

What about the rehabilitation of township roads under the operation zero pot holes where 12 roads covering more than 29 km across the Jos- Bukuru metropolis were re-asphalted? As a matter of fact, 46 roads were have also been regulated and maintained. Has he heard about the installation of streetlights within Jos and Bukuru metropolis under the “Operation Light up Plateau” which has so far covered a distance of 72km on 26 Streets? He may pretend not to know because he drives home at night even with his head lights off.

Let this ignoramus be educated that Governor Lalong is using the Legacy Projects to strengthen the health and educational sub-sectors by constructing world class primary and secondary schools as well as hospitals across the three senatorial zones. These comprise of 8 primary schools, 6 secondary schools, and 6 hospitals which are at various stages of completion and would have been commissioned if not for COVID-19.

The abandoned Riyom general hospital abandoned since 2005 has now been completed and equipped by the Lalong administration while the ones in Kanke and Mabudi Lantang South are about being completed. The Plateau State judiciary which has operated from colonial infrastructure is about to enter its new ultra-modern complex which is would also have been completed. The list is endless.
Needless to say, the Abbatoir road which the writer is gloating over and spewing sarcasms was equally inherited and has been under tortuous contract entered into by the previous administration with painful legal constrains which this government has finally resolved to ensure completion.

With international flights about to reopen, the expatriates will soon return to complete it. However, he is free to lead the donations for the project in his capacity as “fund-raiser-in-chief” having claimed to have raised money to fund the ambition of politicians!

Attack On Deputy Governor, H.E. Prof. Tyoden Sonni Gwanle Tyoden.

While the writer continued in his stupor, he decided to throw caution to the winds by attacking the Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden, a man of high standing in the society who has earned his name in the academia, politics and statesmanship. It is very sad that an ingrate like Piwuna does not only try to attack issues, but personalities such as the humble and loyal Prof. Tyoden. Does he hope to grow at all or does he think he can abuse his way to the top? Where was he when Prof. Tyoden was a lecturer, Dean and Vice Chancellor?

Does he think that the man who will be 70 in a few weeks’ time would be afraid to say the truth to anyone? Or does he assume that a man of the standing of the Deputy Governor will be uncouth and rude to fight his Governor on the street even if he disagrees with him? Only someone with a “psychiatric condition” such as the writer will descend to the gutters to abuse those who taught him and made decisions that gave him the licence to his consultancy that he is brandishing to write nonsense.

In any case, the Deputy Governor enjoys a robust, cordial and reciprocal relationship with the Governor and will not bite the incitement of people like Piwuna to criticize the government he is part of rather than offer solutions on how things can work better. Mr. Psychiatrist, in case you do not know, theirs is a joint ticket. They swim together and sink together

BARC Farms & Jos Main Market

To claim to love Plateau State and yet despise the reacquisition of BARC farms which is one of the people’s commonwealth earlier sold, smacks of monumental hypocrisy and double standard. Why lecture the Government on what to do with the farm if you already know their agenda which does not suite you? On the one hand, he complains of high unemployment and on the other, he scorns the efforts of Governor Lalong to address same. Maybe we should simply ask him to spare us his ignorance and allow Government work for the people that elected it. If he is not lazy, he can still approach PIPC and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to apply for a portion to practice what he is preaching.

On the Jos main market, there is no need to dissipate energy explaining anything to a mind which is already on a voyage of perdition. For the record, the model for the market has been completed and the final stages of negotiations are ongoing for the rebuilding of the iconic market. May God spare the writer to see this glorious day! He does not also know that Governor Lalong is reviving ASTC having secured about 1 billion funding facility for the Limited Liability Company.

Fight Against Covid-19 In Plateau State

If a so-called medical practitioner who is supposed to argue with facts and figures begins to examine health issues such as Covid-19 through political lenses, then there is a big problem. How on earth can the writer claim that the approach of the Government towards the pandemic is uncoordinated and weak? Is he aware that Plateau State is the only State in the North to have 3 testing centres and several treatment facilities for corona virus?

To date, Plateau is the fourth with the highest number of tests conducted (about 25,000) after Lagos, FCT, and Kano. Does he frown at this? What yardstick is he using to compare Plateau cases to other States? He should look at the figures in relation to figures from other States who have tested above Plateau and not the other way round. The government continues to devote resources to treating infected persons and carrying out sensitization as well as appealing for citizens to adhere to guidelines. The Governor even set up a research team of experts (many from Unijos where he is supposedly a lecturer) to come up with cure for coronavirus using local endowments. Despite this, he does not see anything the government has done. His anger may stem from the fact that perhaps he wanted to Chair the Covid-19 Task force on the Plateau – a dream that did not come to fruition. Is he one of those who plan to live on COVID?

Senate Seat, Northern Governors

This joker betrayed his real motive and emotions where he accused the government of exerting energy and resources on “how to win senate seats and Northern Governors Forum”. It is obvious that he failed woefully to make the point despite his hidden agenda. Piwuna, why not cut the chase and pick a form for the senate election before the window closes? If you know your onions, throw your hat into the ring and test your popularity instead of blaming Governor Lalong. Just man up? If and when you become Governor, you can abrogate the Northern Governors Forum if you so wish. After all, no one has begrudged you from absconding from duty severally to pursue your labour career as ASUU Chairman, NMA Chairman e.t.c or even that of a political mercenary that you are playing at the moment. Heaven has not fallen despite the fact that you are still earning salaries for the hours and days you are junketing and gallivanting around.


Governor Lalong Will Not Resign!!!


The bottom line of the long winding rigmarole by this mischievous writer was to ask Governor Simon Bako Lalong to resign his office. Does he think that a single inconsequential individual can usurp the will of millions of Plateau citizens who entrusted their votes in Governor Lalong after keenly contested elections of 2015 and 2019. He is apparently hallucinating and will soon wake up to reality? If he had cogent reasons, one would even think of paying him attention, but all his allegations have been dissected and proven to be fallacious, imaginary and unsubstantiated. To add salt to injury, he has gone ahead to mandate the State House of Assembly to impeach the Governor should if he fails to answer his call. What an affront!

This is the crux of the matter Mr. Piwuna: Rt. Hon. (Dr) Simon Lalong, KSGG, Executive Governor of Plateau State will not resign! If you are so desperate to have him removed, please wait for 2023 to contest for elections and just maybe, your people can make you a councilor.

The House of Assembly is occupied by Honourable men and women who were duly elected. They know their duties and do not need to be schooled by a busy body that has no experience in the workings of the legislature and is on a mission to self-destruction. If he cannot encourage the Governor at this critical time when Governments across the globe are working hard to overcome the effects of Covid-19, he should not allow himself to be used as a tool for distraction.

Do well to Think Plateau and Act Plateau.

Signed:
VOTE LALONG AGAIN (VOLA)

Central Nigeria: Displaced villagers get hybrid seeds, cash support to resume farming

Many villagers lost homes and income sources after attacks

Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria, a nongovernmental organization headquartered in Jos, the capital of Plateau State has distributed hybrid crop seeds with additional cash support to displaced victims of violent attacks in Benue State.

About 500 civilian natives of the State’s Agatu Local Government Area were killed in series of attacks in 2016, reports say.

Over 7000 people, mainly women and children were reportedly displaced. The donation, the NGO’s Chief Executive Officer, Barrister Solomon Dalyop said was to help the survivors resume farming, their main source of income abandoned during the displacements.

Barr. Solomon Dalyop, CEO, ECCVN
People living with disabilities given priority by ECCVN

“We donated improved rice and soybeans seeds with some cash token to help them acquire fertilizer and other farm inputs and resume their agricultural activities which were truncated by the aggression of the Fulani herdsmen,” Solomon told MK.

Hundreds of humanitarian donations had previously reached the conflict survivors, but none like the ECCVN’s, Mr. James Ochoche Edoh, the Paramount Chief of Agatu said.

James Ochoche Edoh, Paramount Chief of Agatu (second from left) collects cash donation for displaced villagers

“Before you, many people and organizations have come here and made various donations to us; but this is something I am seeing for the first time,” said the Chief.

It is the best thing to ever happen to the villagers, Edoh said. It is “teaching them to catch fish instead of giving them fish to eat,” he stated.

During the recent lockdown for the control of covid-19 in the State, government and nongovernmental organizations provided palliatives to vulnerable groups. However, the one-off donations hardly sustained families for days.

Esther James, mother of three gets a bag of hybrid crop seeds

“Once you eat, you start to wonder how to get another one,” said a female IDP, Mrs. Esther James.

The locals most of whom were doing well until the attacks needed something more sustainable to regain their economic strength, youth leader of the community, James Samuel said.

The ECCVN’s intervention – “not just palliatives for one to eat and sleep, but palliatives that could last a life time,” is “most exciting,” said a local Board of Trustee Member, Gabriel Ad’Ofikwu.

At least 200 villagers were given rice and soybeans seeds

ECCVN has since 2018 been working to help poor victims of violent conflicts get access to justice, humanitarian and psychosocial support for easy recovery.

The Centre has established legal teams and representatives in different locations which are often deployed to support victims of violence and human right abuses.

Breaking News: Top Plateau South Senatorial aspirant involved in fatal accident

Prof. Nora's car appears damaged beyond repaires after a crash near Abuja

Central Nigeria: A strong contender for the Plateau Southern Senatorial seat, Prof. Mrs. Nora Ladi Dadut on Monday survived a ghastly motor accident along Akwanga-Abuja road, sources say.

Dadut was on her way to Abuja to participate in the scheduled screening by the All Progressives Congress preparatory to the Primaries for the forthcoming Senatorial by-elections when the crash occurred, it was gathered.

See Behold, Plateau’s first female Senator to replace late Senator Longjan

Prof. Nora Dadut

An incoming truck in the bid to overtake a vehicle around Mada Hills crossed its lane to hit the hilux pickup van on which the Professor of French was moving on, an eyewitness said.

The vehicle which appears badly damaged reportedly had multiple summersaults before stopping, causing minor injuries on the driver and other occupants.

Nora, a native of Qua’pan Local Government Area who is a member of the Lady Knight of St. John’s Int’l and the second Supreme Vice-President in the whole world was however undeterred.

“She abandoned the vehicle at the spot and proceeded on her mission because she believes the future of Plateau Southern Senatorial District is far greater than any challenge that stands in her way,” a close aide told MK.

The University Don is reputed as an outstanding Principal and Education Director for decades. While holding those civil service positions, Nora set up a nongovernmental organization, “Society for Community Concerns” in 2004 to help communities utilize their local potentials for self-development.

The nongovernmental organization, Plateau State has executed several programs – water and sanitation hygiene, adult education and among others, agricultural training through community mobilization and participation, a globally recommended model for sustainable development.

Nora’s hoped representation of the people of Plateau South in Parliament, would expand the network and impact of her NGO for improved health, education and wealth in rural communities, she said in a media chat, Friday. Plateau South, Nora said, faces both social and economic deprivations. But as she puts it, “I can change that if given the opportunity.”

Prof. Nora

Nora is married to Mr. John Dadut, blessed with four children, Jonathan Dadut, a Civil Engineer in Canada, Jumai Apata, a Medical Doctor in Morgan University, Maryland, Noah Nanet Dadut, A pilot and a Check Pilot in Florida and Judith Dadut, a Lecturer with the University of Jos. “I hate to see women and children growing without education or opportunities to excel in life,” she said.

Nora perhaps has fierce battles ahead to clinch the Senatorial position and carry out her dreams, but she might be the gold to look out for. Being largely in Civil Service and Academia, Nora knows nothing but service, with no records of mismanagement or failure.

In fact, her educational career started in 1961 in R.C.M School Kwalla when she willingly followed her older siblings to school. Despite being under-aged, Nora’s class records were so impressive that at Primary 2, when she was due for promotion to primary 3, she was promoted to Primary 4. Those excellent records continued till she obtained her Doctorate in 1991.

Failure for her, though inevitable, should never be a result of one’s failure to strive for perfection. She is therefore going all-out, starting from the Senate position, to join other anti-corruption and development advocates to inspire positive change in all of Africa.

Proudly Jos: Plateau engineers build Africa's first door-mount automated facemask detection machine

Williams and Sunday working with Nura on the machine

A group of young innovators in Jos, Central Nigeria have built a machine that allows only people with facemasks into designated places, likely the first in Africa.

The “Automated Disease Control System” has a facial recognition feature that reads and vocally instructs an incoming person to wear facemask before accessing the door.

Once a facemask is detected, the system’s automated entry door slides open but remains shut when facemask is not detected.

Built by Mr. Williams Gyang and his friends Mr. Adebolajo Sunday and Mr. Nura Jibrin, the system is embedded with fully automated dusk-to-dawn lighting system, 24hour wireless closed-circuit TV recorders, automatic temperature test and body disinfecting system.

Fully automated disease control system

The noiseless system automatically sprays germ disinfectants on a person who must have been screened for facemasks and allowed into a glass chamber after taking temperature test.

Its automated exit door however remains closed after disinfection until one activates by using an automatic electronic hand sanitizer built in the disinfection chamber.

Other key features of the machine are flat walkway for persons with Disabilities, Automatic Cooling system, Wireless communication, low power consumption capacity and full fibre casing for easy mobility.

Nearly 100% automated

Gyang and Nura in April 2020 performed the first local rebuilding of broken ventilators in Nigeria. Their plans were to build local ventilators from scratch but were limited by finances.

The new disinfection chamber was built through bank loan but shows great prospects for business.

The system would be useful in banks, airports, hospitals, shopping malls and government establishments among others cautious of public disease transmissions.


"Herdsmen ravaged my crops, apologized and still attacked me with knife" - Plateau farmer

Victor Samuel attacked by herdsmen

Plateau, Central Nigeria: Leaving his home last Sunday at about 4:30pm in Barkin Ladi town for the farm in Rakung, Gassa village, 10kms away, Victor Samuel, 43 hadn’t the slightest idea he would return with knife injuries.

He had attended Church and was idle at home when he felt moved to go and check his ripening maize crops. On arriving the farm, Victor heard disturbances from the middle of the farm, but what he thought to be crop thieves turned out to be the cause of his near death experience.

According to Victor, “I first saw a lonely Fulani boy in the farm. I asked what he was doing there. He did not respond but left. Still I could hear the ruffling of leaves and corn stocks breaking. I traced it and found cattle grazing in the middle of the farm. I asked the herder why he brought his cattle that far. He first kept mute but later apologized. I told him we would have to go settle before law enforcements. When he attempted to flea, I called my brother on phone and he came. We tried to stop him from escaping but could not so my brother held a little boy in the herder’s company. Then instantly, the older herder rushed towards him and hit him three times with his herding stick.

“By the time I approached to rescue him, the herder had pulled a knife and cut him on the cheek and hand and was rushing at me. I ran but could not go far. He hit me with the stick several times before striking me with the knife on the head and hands.”

The herder initially meant to stab Victor’s brother, Mr. Davou Samuel in the stomach but missed and went for the cheek and hands.

Davou Samuel injured in the hand by herders
Davou injured in the cheek with a knife

“He first targeted my stomach but when I dodged, the knife cut me on the cheek. Still he followed me and I kept dodging and blocking,” said Davou.

The two brothers, both of whom have five children each were displaced in 2012 when religious uprisings broke out in the Local Government headquarters.

“The day our houses were burnt down, we were at home and suddenly we heard people yelling “Allahu Ak’bar”, shooting and advancing towards us. We fled from the houses and they set them ablaze with everything inside,” Victor recalled.

The latest farmland destructions follow series of attacks within and around the Local Government.

In June 2012, over 800 people were reportedly killed mostly in overnight attacks. During a mass burial of victims of one of the attacks, the then Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian National Assembly, Gyang Dantong and then Member representing Barkin Ladi Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Gyang Fulani were attacked and killed.

The attacks persisted but subsided in 2016, relapsing in June 2018 with over 250 people killed.

Task Force troops arrested over 20 herdsmen with assault rifles during the June 2018 attacks but none of them was tried.

Police meet officials at scene of ambush on prison guards in Barkin Ladi

Six suspects believed to have taken part in the attacks were later arrested in connection to different murders and other crimes but freed in July in an allegedly framed ambush on Prison guards while taking them to court in Barkin Ladi.

The suspects have been rearrested in different raids but after many were killed in Southern Kaduna, in series of attacks believed to have been assigned to the freed inmates.

Fulani to FG: "We stayed in Mahanga Plateau village for 200yrs; we own the land"

Fulani leaders during a meeting with SDGs officials in Abuja, Monday

Central Nigeria: Leaders of the Fulani herdsmen residing in Rankum, a Northern Plateau village allegedly sacked, reoccupied and renamed “Mahanga”, Monday told Federal authorities that they have been sidelined in all development programmes in the State.

This is in spite of their large voter population estimated at 2,895 registered voters, Mr. Abdullahi Ibrahim, the Youth Leader of the herders in the community said in a meeting with officials in the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs).

According to Ibrahim, “Mahanga is the general name of the area. But we have many smaller communities within it. Rafin Acha village has 1400 registered voters. Janda 1 has 748 voters and Janda 2 has 747 registered voters. Yet, no developmental project has ever reached us.

“We have three nomadic primary schools; Nomadic Primary School Rafin Acha which has 257 pupils, Nomadic Primary School Loya with 307 pupils and Nomadic Primary School Nyelgagare with 336 pupils all funded by the community.

“No Federal or State classroom block exists in Rafin Acha Nomadic Primary School and even our request for Government Teachers has not been replied. In Nomadic Primary School Loya, only one teacher is paid by the government. We hear there are paid teachers posted to the school but they don’t ever come. In Nyelgagare, there is no government paid teacher except the Islamic Religious Knowledge teacher.”

The community in his words has also not benefited any infrastructural project from government.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, the Youth leader said last year donated its only borehole after many years of government ‘neglect’.

Fulani leaders in Mahanga meet SDGs officials over disputed school project

“Government has drilled over 700 boreholes in Riyom Local Government Area alone but all were sited in Berom native communities alongside roads and hospitals; none in any Fulani village,” said Ibrahim.

Fulani herdsmen have occupied the renamed Mahanga village for over 200 years, said their community leader, Ardo Muhammadu Adamu at the meeting.

It is not fair that they are treated as strangers, with no political representation or Democratic gains, Adamu told the SDGs Officials.

However, Member Representing Riyom/Barkin Ladi Federal Constituency in the Nigerian House of Representatives, Simon Mwadkon told the meeting that no project has been specifically designed to benefit any section of the constituency.

“To the best of our abilities, we have only been able to attract Federal interventions in three federal wards since our election last year, which have a fair representation of the Fulani tribe.

Mwadkon represented by his Chief of Staff, John Chun pledged to investigate this and other concerns by the Fulani group and find amicable resolutions to them.

Similarly, General Manager, Plateau State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (PRUWASSA), Mr. Peter Kassam told MK Reporters that his office has not drilled up to 700 boreholes in the whole of Plateau, and has not sidelined any community on the basis of tribe, religion or political affiliation.

“Our work is not political but partner-driven. Drillng only in Birom community is not true. Community selections was based on criteria e.g. ODF claim; must have registered wth LGA social department and have community acctounts; must have been triggered and WASHCOM formed. Some communities could not be captured because of security challenges. Some, we awarded but security challenges made it not to be implemented. For some, it is accessibility – topography problem. So there was no delibrate effort to sideline any community in terms of WASH interventions please,” said Kassam in SMS chat.

A representative of the Berom Community, Barr. Solomon Dalyop at the meeting declined to comment on the issues raised by the herder community, insisting that the purpose of the meeting was to resolve the SDGs’ construction of a Primary school in Rankum, the native community “annexed” and renamed Mahanga, and branding it after a Fulani leader, “Ardo Mamuda Primary School, Mahanga”.

This is “legitimizing land grab,” says a petition by the Jol Community Development Association which Barr. Dalyop represented at the meeting.

For more robust deliberations, the legal professional sought for the adjournment of the meeting to a later date with all officials and stakeholders connected to the identified issues present.

The Secretary to OSSAP-SDGs and Chairman of the meeting, Mr. Danjuma Dauda approved the adjournment but requested that the two parties hold separate deliberations to produce unified positions through their representatives alongside the member Representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency, Simon Mwadkon, instead of an enlarged meeting.

A representative of Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Mr. Shehu Hassan applauded the “peaceful” approach taken by both Berom and Fulani communities in resolving the disputed construction and naming of the school, encouraging more of such for development to thrive.

Plateau Village Chief, Sunday Akuns to donate Generators to remote STF stations

Chief Akuns (left) receives "award of excellence" for peace and community service from Col. S.I. Haruna, Commander STF Sector 5, Sunday in Bokkos

The Village Head of Mandung, a Central Nigerian community in Central Plateau State, Chief Sunday Akuns, says he will provide electric generators to Special Military Task Force stations in Bokkos Local Government Area to enable them power their communication devices for effective emergency response.

The donation will be strictly to stations in remote locations where electricity is absent, Akuns said.

“These people have left their homes, left their families and everything else to come here and ensure we have peace. They deserve our support,” said Akuns on Sunday at the finals of a “peace and unity” football tournament.

Akuns, a retired Director of the Nigerian Central Bank equally pledged branded jerseys for local football clubs.

He advised youths in the LGA to unite for peace and progress, saying “unity is the foundation of prosperity, unity is the foundation of humanity.”

A lead organizer of the tournament, Mr. Haruna Ladan and the Commander of the STF Sector 5, Col. S.I. Haruna presented an “award of excellence” to Mr. Akuns, lauding his contributions to peace and community development in the locality.


Jos hospital admits poor accident victim battling fatal injuries for three years, slashing treatment bills

Benjamin Joshua had his leg implant removed 2pm, Sunday

Central Nigeria: Bimma orthopedic hospital, headquartered in Jos, Plateau State has commenced treatment of Mr. Benjamin Joshua, 32, a poor accident victim battling fatal injuries for three years.

Last week, MK published a story of Joshua’s condition needing close to N300,000, a huge amount for Joshua, a low income mason who has been grounded since the accident in November 2017 that nearly claimed his life.

Joshua had multiple fractures in the leg and was first treated in a missionary hospital with metal implants fixed into the affected bone. The injury however persisted, but the first treatment hospital could not readmit him having lost its only orthopedic expert. The wounds increasingly degenerated, exposing deep discharging flesh around the affected area.

Joshua’s skin was deeply eaten by the 3year-old infection

Doctors said he could lose the leg if surgery was not conducted to remove the implant and swiftly control the fast ravaging bone infection, a “tough” condition to treat.

MK's news report only attracted about 40% of the required amount through cash donations, but Bimma Hospital is not letting finances hinder the treatment.

Bimma Hospital is reputed for quality treatment, most times at low or no charge

“We cannot let him keep suffering until he loses the leg. It’s not always about money,” said an official in a meeting with MK last Thursday.

Joshua was brought to hospital on Saturday morning and treatment immediately commenced with only filing and screening fees paid. By Sunday morning, the hospital scheduled a surgery for Joshua before any advance payment was made. Surgical procedures commenced at about 1pm, lasting 45mins, but all through, Doctors were happy carrying out their tasks.

Doctors carefully but happily removed implant from Joshua’s leg despite being partly charity

With the implant now removed, the hospital’s next task is to control the infection and finally carry out a plastic surgery to cover the flesh exposed by the infection.

Joshua is now happily recovering in the hospital and would be transfered to a private ward for better care. Joshua would still depend on public support to fully recover. The treatment of the infection is the toughest and most expensive stage, and the burden might not immediately be ascertained. Please call us on 08062923239 if you feel moved to support.

Plateau owned Operation Rainbow's dialogue initiative proving "effective" against conflicts, Officials say

Central Nigerian “Operation Rainbow” security outfit owned and operated by government in Plateau State says it is building networks for peace, “an effective way to deal with violent conflicts” in the State.

Stakeholders from 20 identified conflict flashpoints in Jos, the capital of the State are being engaged to discuss issues affecting peace in their domains, and identify solutions independent of government, the Director Administration, Operation Rainbow, Mrs. Keziah Dung said, Thursday.

“Normally, we bring the Christian and Muslim communities together. We sit together and discuss; ‘what is it that we are doing different from the way we did when we lived in peace and harmony?’ In the end, we collectively find solutions to the issues raised,” Mrs. Dung told MK.

The stakeholders normally commit to stepdown the engagements to their respective communities, an approach that has, according to the Official, proved “rewarding” in conflict management.

Implemented in a monthly stakeholders roundtable with at least six township flashpoint communities covered so far, the model, Keziah said would be replicated all over the State to rid it of violence.

“It is better to be proactive than reactive. You don’t need to wait until there is crisis to deploy armed securities to the warfront. By then, there’d be casualties. But you can stop war from happening by engaging parties concerned, giving them enlightenment and allowing them the free hand to proffer solutions to issues affecting them,” she said.

OR roundtable often features a mix of Muslim and Christian participants from different flashpoint communities

Among issues believed to cause conflict in the widely called “Home of peace and tourism” is drug and substance abuse.

These substances alter brain functions, mood and emotions, creating a violent tendency in one, said Dastu Ringle, a Psychologist and military trainer at the August community roundtable.

Fighting the vice, Dastu said is crucial for the physical and mental health of affected persons as well as societal peace.

This starting from the family level, along with sustained campaigns against conflict causing prejudices and stereotypes would be more effective, said a female community activist, Fati Aliyu.

Community leaders are equally crucial to resolving conflicts before they escalate, said another expert, Panan Gongden.

Participants at the forum were delighted to be involved in peace building, assuring of sustained partnership with government for total end to violent conflicts in the State.


Benjamin, 32 risks amputation if he fails to raise N300,000 for surgery soon

Benjamin has been battling life-threatening leg injury for three years now

Central Nigeria: Being in an auto crash could be devastating, and even worse, when it leaves an injury that could culminate into permanent disability.

Benjamin Joshua Gwang, 32, had an accident in winter of 2017. He survived by the whiskers, but with multiple fractures in his right leg. He underwent surgery with an orthopedic metal implanted in the leg to aid recovery. Months later, the drilled points began to have persistent white discharge, developing into a deep wound that now surrounds the leg around the location of the metal implant.

Benjamin was a mason and the breadwinner of his family. His parents in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State are aged peasants who have no means of income but small-scale farming. After high school, Benjamin could not further his education due to lack of funds, but remained a huge resource in the family, through the mason job he started from apprenticeship. The accident and the resulting injury have kept the father of three inactive, not being able to provide for his drugs, family welfare or children’s education for nearly three years now.

Benjamin’s leg is feared to be increasingly rotting without help

Doctors say for the metal implants to be removed and surgical grafting done to recover tissues lost to the wounds, a bill of N300,000 (773.19588USD) is needed. Benjamin, currently in Kwaghor village near Riyom General Hospital, 30miles southwest of Jos, the capital of Plateau State cannot provide that, neither can his family. So far, his young wife of 26 has been the one paying for his drugs, usually through artisan mining and farm labour.

Given the high cost of the drugs, she does not always meet targets and sometimes has to borrow to meet up. She needs to have saved N802 (2.12USD) each day for a whole year to raise N300,000 for the surgery. She however hardly gets up to N500 (1.3USD) for a day’s labour, out of which she must buy food, clothing for herself and her kids, buy fertilizer and other inputs for her farm and meet other obligations, his weekly drugs included.

“It is a terrible life we are living, and it is eating us deeply, but we have no help,” said the young mother, Martha Benjamin.

Benjamin has reached out to friends and relations for help but it seems not forthcoming. With the wound fast growing, with constant nastily smelling discharge, Doctors say if the needed surgery is not carried out in time, amputation might soon be an only option to save his life. But even the amputation is paid for, and Benjamin cannot afford that.

Benjamin and his three kids live on his young wife’s meager income

MK Reporters has assisted communities and people in need like him through public appeal and mobilization. You might be the last hope of this poor villager, his little kids at risk of mossing school due to lack of funds given his incapacitation, and by extension, the future of humanity. A less dependent population is less threat to human safety and progress.

Kindly reach deep into your heart and lend q hand, and you will be glad you did, when we bring back reports of how the young man has been saved and is grateful.

Please call 08062923239 or use 2034760123 (MK Reporters First Bank account) if you wish to help. Please note that no amount is too small, and your support must not be in cash. If you can offer your expertise to treat him, we have mobilized few resources but are still way behind. If you can discount and/or carry out the surgery for free, humanity will eternally be grateful.


Plateau attack survivors: “We travel miles along terrible roads to get healthcare"

A villager struggles to cross a river to Nghar with his bike

Herdsmen attacks in Central Nigeria’s Nghar village in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area have subsided, but survivors are still not free from threats to life.

On December 18, 2019, government closedown all internally displaced persons camps in the State, forcing the villagers to return to their near rubbled homes.

Aside from few kilograms of grains and roofing sheets, not even those still nursing physical wounds and psychological trauma were given any support at the time of their home return.

A government school is partly destroyed near Nghar village

In most of the villages, government facilities, clinics included, were destroyed during the attacks in Gashish District, located Southwest of Barkin Ladi town.

None of these facilities was rebuilt, and villages like Nghar that had no clinic or access road were not listed for any government intervention.

This has made life a lot more complicated for the villagers whose nearly 90 kinsmen were killed in the June 23, 2018 attacks.

Irmiya Magit speaks for the villagers

Spokesman of the community, Mr. Irmiya Magit said, “I lost my son to acute typhoid and many more children were still facing threats from waterborne diseases until some private individuals donated borehole to us in May 2020.

“The borehole has reduced the rate of waterborne diseases but there are more problems. The nearest clinic to us is over two miles away and the road leading to it is so terrible that a sick person or pregnant woman needing emergency treatment could die before you get there.”

A humanitarian vehicle is stuck in mud on the way to Nghar village

According to Magit, the high casualties recorded in the village during the attacks were a result of the bad road.

“Before securities could get here, any damage could have been done,” he said.

A pregnant woman, Mrs. Justina Ibrahim said meeting her antenatal appointments is “extremely difficult” due to the bad nature of the road.

Justina trekked a mile to get water from a stream until a private group donated borehole to Nghar village

The shortest road to Nghar village from Barkin Ladi town is about 25kms. Only about 10kms from Barkin Ladi is tarred. The remaining distance is full of deadly potholes, unbridged rivers and dangerous meanders.

An only bridge linking the village with other communities through Kakuruk, a longer route of about 40miles has long collapsed, leaving the villagers with little or no alternatives.

An only bridge to Nghar collapsed decades ago and is still to be rebuilt

An Official of a nongovernmental organization, Avuncular Foundation, Mrs. Salamatu Taiba, during a recent humanitarian visit to the village wondered how people survive with the infrastructural condition of the village.

Salamatu donated grains, pasta, cooking oil and other foodstuffs to poor women in the community, but wished to network with other NGOs and philanthropists to attract more help for the villagers.

Salamatu Taiba
Avancular foundation donates foodstuffs to poor women in Nghar village

“People who have been through nasty experiences as the attacks of June 2018 require much more than we can see to recover. Much as we can’t do more than we have given today, we can’t turn a blind eye to the existing needs,” she said.

Governor Zulum “courageous”, personally reaching out to distressed citizens amid dangers – Northern Governors

Gov. Zulum visits a poor citizens in Borno

Northern Nigerian Governors say Northeastern Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum should not deter, working to protect citizens’ lives and properties.

Zulum has demonstrated courage in personally reaching out to people in need despite the dangers, said Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong, Thursday.

Last week’s terrorist attack on Zulum’s convoy was therefore “callous and reprehensible”, said Lalong in a press statement signed by Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.

“The attack on Governor Zulum’s convoy who was on his way to Baga, a commercial town in Kukawa Local Government Area to personally distribute relief materials to internally displaced persons for the Sallah celebrations was another desperate attempt by criminal elements to sabotage the efforts of the Governor towards reducing the suffering of vulnerable people who have been traumatized by terrorists.

“This regrettable attack shows the desperation by enemies of peace and humanity at large to jeopardize all efforts towards making life easier for victims of violence in the State over the years,” says the statement.

The Forum “strongly” condemned the attack, assuring it “stands with Governor Zulum”.

Meanwhile, the Northern Governors Forum has mourned the death of elder statesman and leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Pa Ayorinde Fasanmi.

Fasanni’s death, Lalong said is a “great loss” to the Yoruba nation and Nigeria as a whole, giving his “enormous” contributions to the political development of Nigeria.

“Pa Fasanmi played active role in the enthronement of democracy and its sustenance through his roles as a legislator in the first and second Republics where he advocated for good governance, justice and equity,” said Lalong in a condolence message signed by Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum.

Sensational singer and guitarist, Fred Kwada releases inspiring song on COVID-19 fight


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