A German Non-Government Organisation (NGO), Missio, says it is partnering with Plateau Government in the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.
The President of the organisation, Rev. Fr. Derk Bingener, said during a courtesy visit to Gov. Simon Lalong on Monday in Jos that the gesture would enable the IDPs to have better home and hope for the future.
Bingener said the visit was also to enlighten the governor on their activities in the state, saying the organisation had a long partnership with the Archdiocese of Jos in supporting local Churches.
He said the gesture was through financial support for the training of Seminarians, Catechists and other church members, adding that knowledge was critical to the success of their work.
The cleric said his organisation was also supporting inter faith dialogue which was critical in enhancing peaceful coexistence to improve development in the society.
Earlier, in his remarks, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, the Apostolic Administrator of Jos Diocese who was part of their delegation, commended the governor for his efforts at peace and reconciliation in the state.
In his remarks, Gov. Lalong appreciated the NGO for the support, saying the assistance would alleviate the burden that the state was facing in resettling IDPs in their ancestral homes.
“The visit is timely because of the burden of relocating the IDPs. We also appreciate Archbishop Kaigama for establishing Dialogue Reconciliation and Peace (DREP) in settling disputes,”he said.
He stressed that his administration was committed to partnership which would strengthen peace building in the state, saying it had established by law, a Peace Building Agency to handle such matters.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Missio provides financial and material support for the mission of local Churches in Africa, Asia and other parts of the world.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru and Abdullahi Yusuf
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has condemned the recent attacks at Kwatas village in Bokkos Local Government Area of the state leading to deaths and called for calm.
Lalong in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Monday in Jos, said the government and security agencies would ensure that justice was done to those affected.
He described the attack as another attempt by criminals to take the state back to the dark days of insecurity that it had substantially overcome.
The governor commiserated with families of those killed and injured, and directed security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime and ensure their prosecution while sounding a note of warning that the state will no longer tolerate such attacks.
“My heart again bleeds by this tragedy as lives of innocent citizens are cut short for no reason. Security agencies must go after those who are behind these attacks and their sponsors so they can face the law and be taught a lesson.
“We do not need another circle of bloodshed in Plateau State as all well meaning citizens have committed to peaceful coexistence and tolerance.
“My administration will not allow anyone, no matter how highly placed to jeopardise this peace,” he said.
Lalong reiterated his commitment to work with the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders in strengthening community policing architecture in the state with robust intelligence gathering and early intervention to forestall re-occurrence of insecurity incidences of the past.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has called for sanctions against states that deliver weapons to war-torn Libya.
Maas made the call during a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Berlin on Monday.
At a joint news conference, both Maas and Borrell reiterated that a recent international peace plan hammered out in Berlin was only a stepping stone on the road to resolving Libya’s almost decade-long conflict.
World powers agreed to work towards implementing a ceasefire in the country, which has been in turmoil since the 2011 overthrow of Moamer Gaddafi and has become a proxy battleground for rival forces.
The Berlin process is also pushing for a long-ignored UN weapons embargo to be adhered to.
Report says Maas wants the peace plan to be set out in a UN Security Council resolution, which would allow states violating the arms embargo to be sanctioned.
Maas said that no one believed that there was a fast solution when responding to a weekend UN report that the embargo continues to be flouted.
According to Borrell, these kinds of problems cannot be solved overnight.
But we need a point to start, he said, praising Germany for launching the process.
The Iran nuclear deal was also a top theme during Borrell’s Germany visit, his first since taking on the top EU job.
Earlier this month, Germany, Britain and France launched a dispute mechanism against Iran for breaking its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal.
Borrell is charged with coordinating the dispute resolution mechanism.
Both Maas and Borrell stressed that the Europeans are determined to find a diplomatic solution in order to salvage the deal.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Maharazu Ahmed
Hydrogen will be used for the first time to power the Olympic torch during its journey through Japan, organisers said on Monday, as part of Tokyo 2020’s efforts to hold an environmentally friendly Games.
Organisers aim to offset all carbon emissions generated during the Games and also use the Olympics to boost awareness of environmental issues in Japan.
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee said certain stages of the torch relay will use hydrogen, which emits no carbon dioxide when it is burned.
It will also fuel the ceremonial Olympic Cauldron featuring in the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies.
“Hydrogen will be used to power the torch on its journey through the prefectures of Fukushima and Aichi, as well as parts of Tokyo, with gas used in other stages of the relay.
“During its preparations for the Games, Tokyo 2020 has consistently promoted energy conservation and the use of renewable energy with the aim of supporting the realisation of a carbon-neutral society,” the organisers said in a statement.
About 500 hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles will also be used during the Olympics, which run from July 24 to Aug. 9.
Other initiatives to cut the environmental impact of the Games include beds made from recyclable cardboard in the athletes’ village, Olympic medals made from recycled consumer electronics and the torches themselves, formed of aluminum waste.
The torch relay begins in Fukushima on March 26 and will visit all 47 of Japan’s prefectures ahead of the July 24 opening ceremony.
Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for sanctions against states that deliver weapons to war-torn Libya, during a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Berlin on Monday.
At a joint press conference, both Maas and Borrell reiterated that a recent international peace plan hammered out in Berlin was only a stepping stone on the road to resolving Libya’s almost decade-long conflict.
World powers agreed to work towards implementing a ceasefire in the country, which has been in turmoil since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi and has become a proxy battleground for rival forces.
The Berlin Process is also pushing for a long-ignored UN weapons embargo to be adhered to.
Maas wants the peace plan to be set out in a UN Security Council resolution, which would allow states violating the arms embargo to be sanctioned.
“No one believed that there was a fast solution,” Maas said, responding to a weekend UN report that the embargo continues to be flouted.
“These kinds of problems cannot be solved overnight but we need a point to start with,” Borrell added, praising Germany for launching the process.
The Iran nuclear deal was also a top theme during Borrell’s Germany visit, his first since taking on the top EU job.
Earlier this month, Germany, Britain, and France launched a dispute mechanism against Iran for breaking its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal.
Borrell is charged with coordinating the dispute resolution mechanism.
Both Maas and Borrell stressed on Monday that the Europeans are determined to find a diplomatic solution in order to salvage the deal.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has mobilised and validated 140,848 tomato farmers for the Anchor Borrowers Programme.
The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele disclosed this at the Ground-Breaking ceremony of Tomato Jos at Kangimi community in Kaduna on Monday.
Tomato Jos is an American owned company aimed to transform smallholder farmers from subsistence growers into commercial producers.
The company has a 500 hectres of land with potential to cultivate tomato of 400 hectres and it is expected to begin production in 2021.
Emefiele said the beneficial farmers were selected from
various Tomato Farmers Associations across 25 States in the country.
He explained that the farmers would be linked to proximal processors where applicable, or financed to produce fresh fruits for direct consumption, which
constituted the largest use of tomato in the country.
“We are also partnering with other big players in the tomato value chain like Dangote Tomato Processing Ltd, Sonia Foods, GB Foods (GBF), Vegefresh Company Ltd. and a host of others.
“This is with a view to ensuring that Nigeria becomes self-sufficient in tomato, and our Processing companies, functioning at full capacity and employıing millions of Nigerian youths.
“My presence here today is a demonstration of CBN’S preparedness to partner with the private sector to facilitate the development of Nigeria’s agricultural sector through our various programmes and Schemes like Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACS), Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP),.
“Others like Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF), Agri-business/Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS) among others” he said.
Emefiele commended the Management of Tomato Jos company for flagging off this processing plant which had the potential of creating employment for hundreds of Kaduna State indigenes and other Nigerians in general.
He expressed hope that the Management of the company would remain focussed and not be compromised so as to ensure the sustainability of the project.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Plateau Youths, under the aegis of Plateau Youths G17 Peace and Progressive Forum, have called on the Federal Government to secure federal roads across the country to minimise attacks on commuters.
Leader of the group, Mr John Baling, made the call at a candle light procession on Sunday in Jos.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the youths organised the procession in honour of Dalep Dachiya, a 200 Level student of the University of Maiduguri, who was murdered by members of an insurgent group.
NAN also reports that Dachiya was abducted on Jan. 9, on his way to Maiduguri to resume school, and was later killed by his abductors.
Baling also called on the government and the security agencies to step-up their game and end insurgency and all forms of criminality in the country.
The leader advised government to seek external support from international communities to end insurgency in the country.
“As Plateau youths, we are disturbed by the escalating state of insecurity and wish to bare our concerns on the state of insecurity in the country.
“The Federal Government should take urgent steps to secure federal roads and communities in the country, particularly those within the North-East.
“International assistance should be solicited in improving security in the country with special consideration given to securing travelers on our highways.
“We call on the Federal Government and security agencies to rise to the challenges by upholding their sacred oaths to defend and protect the lives of citizens as well as the territorial integrity of the country,” he called.
Baling urged government to take threats by Boko Haram and other armed groups seriously, urging that proactive measures be put in place to secure lives of Plateau citizens and other Nigerians in the North-East.
He also called on security agencies to intensify efforts to secure the release of Miss Lilian Gyang and Bashiru Abdulhamid who were abducted by members of the sect recently.
The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mr Joseph Ari, says the Fund is set to graduate 11,000 youths that it has trained under one of its skills acquisition programmes, the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP).
Ari disclosed this on Thursday in a statement signed by the Fund’s head of Public Affairs, Mr Suleyol Fred-Chagu, and made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Jos.
According to him, the trainees commenced training in the last quarter of 2019, and that they had been trained on skills in nine trades namely, leather works, welding and fabrication, catering and event management, tilling, production and laying of interlock tiles and furniture making.
Others are: domestic electrical wiring and installation, solar energy installation, plumbing and pipe sitting and beauty care.
The director-general said the trade areas were chosen because of their potential to provide sustainable livelihoods for the trainees in view of the need for people with such skills.
He said that the trainees would be empowered with start-up packs to start their own businesses.
He called on parents and guardians to encourage their children and wards to embrace skills acquisition as white collar jobs were no longer readily available.
Ari said that the only way for President Buhari’s pledge to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty before the end of his tenure to be actualised, was for Nigerians to acquire skills.
He said said the Fund in line with its mandate and that of the president would ensure that many Nigerians were equipped with relevant skills for employability and growth.
Similarly, he said that the fund would be commissioning four projects namely, the Lagos Island Area office Complex, the Headquarters’ Library Complex in Jos, the Mechatronics Workshop at Industrial Skills Training Centre (ISTC), Kano, and the Katsina Area Office Complex.
The director-general said the projects would be commissioned before the end of February.
He said that the projects, apart from reducing the infrastructure deficit, would expand access for more Nigerians to benefit from the Fund’s services as some of the facilities would have fully equipped vocational wings for the training of Nigerians in various trades and crafts for employment and entrepreneurship.
Some men in Jos have explained why they eat outside, instead of their homes.
The men expressed the viewpoint in separate interviews with News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Jos.
According to them, they eat outside sometimes to reduce tension at home, and to prove a point to their wives.
A trader, Mr Edit Okon, said his wife was not very good at cooking, and would buy food sometimes from restaurant in a food flask, to eat.
“I knew my wife was never the cooking type before I married her; she has so many areas of strength but cooking is her weakness, and I don’t blame her at all,” said Okon.
Mr James Danjuma, a Security Guard, said that at times, his wife would wake up and be reluctant to cook; any attempt to insist would result in a fight.
“I eat outside whenever my wife refuses to cook, to avoid a fight, and to keep a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere at home.”
John Eno, another married man, said that he ate outside because he liked varieties, coupled with the fact that he had a taste for local dishes, while his wife was completely western in cooking.
“My wife is learning to make my own type of food now, but once in a while, I eat out to be happy; and I enjoy eating out,” said Eno.
According to Mr Friday Eheche, a businessman, said he ate outside because his wife had left the cooking for the domestic servant, adding that he goes out to eat to teach her a lesson.
“’The house help should never be left to do all the house chores; my wife could do the cooking, but I don’t know why she has stubbornly left that for the house help.
“I am eating outside to prove a point,” he said.
Some restaurant owners said their customers were mostly men, and they do their best to make them comfortable.
A Restaurant owner, Mrs Janet Chidi, said there were some soups that were difficult to prepare at home; and so, these men came more on days that such soups were being prepared.
Chidi, however, advised young wives to keep their husbands, by learning to prepare different Nigerian dishes.
“I think this is one of the best ways, to win a man over,” she noted.
The FCT Sports Department’s Director, Dilichukwu Onyedimma, on Thursday in Abuja said Team FCT was prepared to pick several North Central zonal tickets to the upcoming 20th National Sports Festival (NSF).
The Nigeria News Agency reports that teams from seven North Central states will on Monday begin to battle in eight team sports for tickets to the festival.
Teams from FCT, Nasarawa State, Plateau, Kogi, Benue, Niger and host Kwara will compete for tickets to the 2020 NSF’s football, basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball, handball, hockey, rugby and cricket events.
Onyedimma told NAN that the department had concluded preparations for a good outing for both its male and female teams in the four sports it registered for.
FCT are the defending champions in football, basketball and beach volleyball, having won gold medals in the last NSF held in Abuja in 2018.
It will now compete in the zonal qualifiers for these sports and handball at the North Central Zonal Prelims in Ilorin.
“We are confident of picking the qualification tickets in all the four games registered for, because of our comparative advantage.”
“All our athletes have been in an open camp since last year and we are good to go,” she said.
The Head of FCT Football Association’s Technical Committee, Samuel Abimbola, also expressed optimism about the prospects of the football team and other teams at the zonal playoffs.
He said the football team had played series of friendly matches to finetune their strategies for the task ahead.
NAN reports that FCT finished seventh on the medals table at the 19th NSF in Abuja in 2018 with 21 gold, nine silver and 24 bronze medals.
Delta had won the 19thNSF by finishing first with 163 gold, 88 silver and 101 bronze medals, while Rivers were second with 69 gold, 58 silver and 57 bronze.
Edo who are hosts of the 2020 edition scheduled for March in Benin finished third with 47 gold, 41 silver and 53 bronze.
Edited By: Joseph Edeh and Olawale Alabi)