The Plateau chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday, distributed relief materials to some victims of attacks and flood in northern zone of the state.
The party also donated relief materials to orphans and inmates.
PDP State Chairman, Mr Chris Hassan, said that the gesture was to cushion pains of those that were affected by different forms of attacks and flood as well as those orphaned or incacerated.
Hassan said that the philosophy of the party is to empathise and sympathise with the people in any condition.
The chairman said that as the name of the party implies, “PDP cares for the welfare of the people and would continue to touch the lives of the people in whatever situation the find themselves.
“It is our prayer that God almighty will bring to an end this sad happenings that have claimed the lives of many Nigerians.
“Apart victims of attacks and flood, we’ve been to ophanages and homeless children’s homes to show concern to our people”.
Some of the items distributed included bags of garri, sugar, rice, cartons of indomie, salt, seasoning and kegs of vegetable oil, among others.
The paramount ruler of Irigwe land, Rev. Ronku Aka, appreciated the party for its kind gesture.
“As elections are approaching, our doors are open for everybody to come and campaign but we are telling our people to be very careful who they elect.
“We will put our heads together to see that Nigeria is in peace because we have been suffering.
“We want somebody who will lead us with love, sympathy and protection.
“God will help us to get such persons to keep on moving together as a nation, this our hope.
“What you have brought for my people is not the quantity that matters but the motive behind it,” he said.
Community leader of Gangere, a community ravaged by flood, Malam Ali Sa’at, thanked PDP for coming to their aid.
Sa’at urged other political parties to emulate PDP, stating that the victims were going through tough times.
Another community leader, Ibrahim Pam, Rikkos, Jos Jarawa Ward, also lauded PDP’s kind gesture towards the people who suffered different degrees of losses as result of flood.
Mrs Helen Itse of Aisha Nana Orphanage Home expressed gratitude to the party for the wonderful support and love that shown the home.
Itse urged PDP to extend the love to other people in need.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the party also visited Ola Orphange Home Zawan and the Nigerian Correctional Centre Jos.
Irigwe and Fulani ethnic groups in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau, have signed peace pact, as part of efforts to end attacks in the area.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the document was signed by Chairman of Peace Committee, Rev. John Pawa, the Co-Chairman, Alhaji Yau’u Idris and Chairman of Bassa Local Government, Mr Stephen Igmala, at Jebbu Bassa.Speaking at the event, Director-General of Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA), Dr Joseph Lengman, said that the document was produced by a 16-man committee, comprising the two ethnic groups.According to him, the groups are from Irigwe chiefdom in Miango district of Bassa council area.He said that the committee held series of consultations, conducted investigations on the causes of the conflicts, did impact assessment and proffered modalities for sustainable peace.Lengman said that the document stated that humanity should be the fulcrum for sustainable peaceful co-existence through which disputes would be resolved through dialogue and mutual respect for values, while individual beliefs would be raised above parochial interest.He thanked Gov. Simon Lalong for the peace initiative, aimed at ensuring peaceful co-existence between the two communities.The director-general also commended the ethnic groups for signing the documents, coupled with their resolve to co-exist peacefully in spite of their differences.In his remarks, the Mbra Ngwe Irigwe (paramount leader) of Irigwe nation, Rev. Ronku Aka, said that peace was critical to the progress of any society.According to him, the two ethnic groups have mutual benefits to derive from living together.He thanked the state government, non-government organisations and other key stakeholders for their peace efforts in the area, while calling for prayers to ensure adherence to the agreement.In his remarks, the governor said that the signed document could be used for future interventions, either by state or non-state actors in the council area, urging the ethnic groups to enlighten their members on its content.“It is your document and you must ensure that you enlighten and sensitise your respective communities on the importance of respecting all the articles contained therein,” he said.Lalong said that his administration would support the implementation of the agreement, especially the recommendations that required appropriate policy response, to address the root causes of the inter-communal conflict.“Similarly, I have also directed PPBA to work in conjunction with security agencies as well as local and international partners to support the safe return and resettlement of all the victims of violent conflict in Miango and environs.“This also involves the provision of pyscho-social support and additional trainings to youth groups and women,” he said.The governor thanked members of the committee, traditional and religious leaders in the area, NGOs, security agencies and other stakeholders for their efforts at mitigating the violent clashes which had lingered in the area for more than two decades.“We are proud to note that there is a general decline in the spate of ethno-religious crisis and violent attacks, far lower than the scale witnessed before we came into office,” he said.The governor said that the agreement was the product of the voluntarily commitment between the two warring communities to finding solutions to the recurring violence, stressing that the state government only facilitated the process.NAN reports that representatives of the two ethnic groups promised to sensitise their people on the need for peaceful co-existence and called for measures against any defaulter.Other signatories included: the two chairmen of Plateau State Inter-Religious Council (PSIR), Rev Pandang Yamsat and Dr Muhammadu Haruna, as well as the director-general of PPBA.Many NGOs, ethnic groups and religious organizations, such as CAN and JNI, attended the event.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has constructed boreholes in Nkindero and Dutse-Uku communties of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau.
The DHQ also renovated a block of four classrooms in Kpasho community of the same locality.
“The DHQ has initiated and developed these projects in order to promote Civil-Military Relations.
“The purpose is to win the hearts and minds of the rural people, but most importantly, to give the rural dwellers a stake.
“It is to show the people that we are not only concerned about fighting insecurity, but their welfare is of great importance to the military,” he said
Ngalabak urged the beneficiaries to put the projects to good use.
Earlier, Maj.-Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, the Commander of the Special Military Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPHS), maintaining peace and security in the state, explained that the projects were implemented by the operation
Okonkwo added that the projects, aimed at cementing relationship with its host communities, is also part of its non-kinetic approach in fighting insecurity.
The Commander added that the initiative was part of the “Operation Accord” recently inaugurated by the DHQ towards stemming the tide of insecurity in some parts of the country.
“This initiative is aimed at cementing our relationship with host communties, particularly as we are poised to restoring lasting peace to this area.
“We have achieved some level of peace in these communties and other parts of the state, and its increasing day by day.
“We can’t achieve peace by fire, but it is a collective thing. So, what we are doing today will further promote peaceful coexistence among the people,” he said
Okonkwo further explained that the operation had constructed two blocks of five classrooms, currently drilling two boreholes, at some communties of Mangu and Barkin Ladi local government areas of the state, among others.
The block of four classrooms constructed by the DHQ
Also speaking, Rev. Ronku Aka, the Brra Nggwe of Iregwe Chiefdom, commended the military for the geature and assured that the projects would be put to good use.
He also assured that the people would cooperate with the military to ensure total peace returns to all communties of his land.
He also commmeded the efforts of the state government in ensuring that peace is restored to all parts of the state.
Inaugurating the projects, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, thanked the military for the gesture, adding that it would go a long way to engender peace in the state.
Represented by Mr Cornelius Shoalbial, the Permanent Secretary Cabinate and Special Services in the state, Lalong assured of government support for military to succeed.
“We deeply appreciate the military hierarchy for supporting us in providing amenities in critical sectors of health, water and education to our people.
“We thank you for not only protecting our lives, but providing development for our people,” he said.
The governor seized the opportunity and advised traditional and religious leaders in the area to ensure total peace is restored to all parts of the Chiefdom.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally-Displaced Persons, on Tuesday, donated relief materials to some internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in Bassa Local Government of Plateau.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items donated by the commission included bags of rice, beans, millet, corn flour, detergent, cooking utensils, mats, blankets and locally-made stoves.
Mr John Dama, Director of Internal Audit, who represented the Federal Commissioner of the Commission, said that commission cared for the plight of IDPs and the vulnerable.
Dama said that the items were meant to alleviate the sufferings of the people who were recently attacked and sacked from their homes.
“The commission has the people of Plateau at heart and is committed to meeting the needs of the IDPs.
“The commission is urging the people to always toe the path of peace, because peace is paramount and without it, there can never be development,” he said.
The director advised the people to share the items equally and without bias.
The items, according to him, will be distributed among 18 districts of Miango, where the poor and vulnerable have been identified.
Mrs Roseline Dakwar, the acting Executive Secretary, Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), expressed appreciation to the commission for the intervention.
Dakwar said that the state had been hit by natural disasters and other crises.
She appealed for more of such interventions to assist the poor, the displaced and the vulnerable.
According to her, such intervention will revive and encourage the beneficiaries, especially with the ravaging impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rev. Ronku Aka, the Brra Ngwe Rigwe (the paramount ruler of Irigwe people) thanked the commission and SEMA for the gesture.
While praying God to bless them, the royal father said that they had practised one of the teachings of Christ by providing for the needy.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
The Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) has called on traditional rulers in Plateau to support its bid at ensuring lasting peace in all parts of the state.
Maj.-Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, the Commander of the Task Force, made the call when he visited the Acting President, Bassa Traditional Council and Brra Nggwe Irigwe, Rev. Ronku Aka, on Monday in Bassa.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that most communities in Irigwe Chiefdom of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau were recently attacked by unidentified gunmen.
NAN also reports that the incessant attacks led to loss of lives and property worth millions.
Okonkwo, who revealed some of the strategies adopted by the operation to tackle all forms of criminality in the state, added that the support and cooperation of the traditional rulers was key.
According him, the task force would continue to engage critical stakeholders in its efforts to end attacks and counter attacks in the state.
He explained that the task force would adopt the non-kinetic approach in stemming the wanton killings that has over time engulfed the state.
“We have adopted some non-kinetic approaches to end the lingering crises in this area and the state in general.
“Part of this approach is constant dialogue with relevant stakeholders, and the traditional institution is key in this regard.
“This approach forms part of the non-kinetic activities adopted by the operation to stem wanton killings in the state,” he said.
The Commander noted that troops would continue to carry out coordinated operations within its areas of operation in order to restore total peace.
He further assured that the task force would remain neutral and professional so as to win the confidence and cooperation of the people in the discharge of its duty.
Okonkwo also warned crisis merchants to desist from their evil act, adding that anyone caught would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“OPSH will not be overwhelm in its duty, we will remain professional and neutral in discharging our statutory mandate. Anyone caught sponsoring crimes to the detriment of the state will be dealt with according to the law,” he said.
Okonkwo appealed to the Fulani and Irigwe communities in the area to eschew violence and embrace peace for growth and progress of the area and state in general.
He called on the members of the public to cooperate with the task force by providing relevant information to sustain its operations against banditry and other criminal activities in the state.
Responding, the Brra Nggwe Irigwe thanked the commander for the visit and promised to work with the task force in ensuring lasting peace returns to his Chiefdom.
NAN reports that Commander had earlier visited troops’ locations in Southern Kaduna, Jebbu Miango, Barkin-Ladi, Mangu, Shendam, Bokkos and Wase in Plateau, as part of his operational visit having assumed duty in as Commander a fortnight ago.
Okonkwo had also visited heads of other security agencies in Plateau in a bid to cement the existing relationship and solicited for cooperation and robust synergy to end insecurity in the state.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has ordered security agencies to arrest those involved in the killing of four people, following fresh attack on Mgbrazongo village in Bassa Local Government area of the state.
The governor gave the order in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham in Jos.
He said the victims included, a clergy, adding that property were also destroyed in the community.
Lalong expressed disgust over the barbaric actions of the criminals, saying they did not only have respect for the sanctity of human lives, but had been consumed by their orgy for blood.
“It is unfortunate that they chose the period when the state was working hard to combat the Coronavirus pandemic to perpetrate their murderous acts, while sympathising with the victims’ families.
“Government will not tolerate these senseless acts of murders, unleashed on innocent citizens. I have directed traditional and community leaders to cooperate with security agencies in identifying these attackers who cannot be shielded.
“These attacks have persisted in recent weeks, a situation that is highly unacceptable to my administration,” he said.
The governor recalled that Ancha, Hukke and Nkyiedonworo communities in Bassa Local Government Area recently came under attack and lives, property and Livestock were lost, saying such inhumane act would not be tolerated by his administration.
“I have dispatched a fact finding team led by Commissioner for Commerce, Aku Abbey who visited the Bra Ngwe Rigwe, Rev. Ronku Aka and other stakeholders who included village and district heads, Ardos, and community leaders”, he said.
The stakeholders called for deployment of more security personnel in Rehwenku,Tafigana, Katumai Rekwechongu, and Kpasho communities who were vulnerable to the attacks.