Arewa Youths Warns Against Implementing 2014 Confab Recommendations, Backs Igbo’s Secession

Arewa Liberation Movement (ALM) has issued a stern warning against the implementation of the 2014 Confab recomendations, saying that it was drafted to favour a particular group.

The group exressed this  in a statement jointly signed by its National President, Usman A. Usman   and National Secretary  Kabir Haruna Alfa, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Friday.

“ALM is against the implementation of the 2014 Confab recommendations as agitated by the South-South leaders before October 1st, 2017 during their parley with the Acting President. Our members are of the opinion that the last National Conference was convened in the interest of a few rather than all. We therefore recommend a more sincere and all inclusive national conference,” it said.

The statement which was titled: ‘Re-Three Months’ Notice to Ndigbo  Resident in the North issued by the Coalition of Northern Youths’ said that the notice to Igbo was capable of distracting President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Following the notice issued by the Coalition of the Northern Youths in reaction to the Biafran agitation which has generated needless heating of the Nigerian polity capable of diverting the attention of the Buhari government, Arewa Liberation Movement (ALM), as stakeholder in nation building finds it imperative to make the following declarations:

1. ALM is not against the secession of Ndigbo from Nigeria. However, it preaches for a democratic approach towards the actualization of Biafra;

2. ALM calls for the immediate restructuring of the nation’s economy;

3. ALM is against the implementation of the 2014 Confab recommendations as agitated by the South-South leaders before October 1st, 2017 during their parley with the Acting President. Our members are of the opinion that the last National Conference was convened in the interest of a few rather than all. We therefore recommend a more sincere and all inclusive national conference;

4. That all religious organizations such as CAN and JNI should stay off  politics of this country as their meddlesomeness in national issues is capable of and almost always, undermining the good intentions of  government;

5. That the federal government should intensify efforts towards identifying and deliberating sincerely with leaders of the North with proven integrity. The last engagement of the presumed Northern leaders by the federal government was a sham. Those engaged were individuals with divergent personal interests not that of the North.

6. ALM supports in totality, the sincere intention of the Coalition of Northern Youths, but implores them to make wider consultations in their future engagements.

7. ALM takes strong exception to the position of the Kaduna state governor, Mal. Nasir El-Rufa’i on the directive to arrest and persecute members of the Coalition of Northern Youths, an attempt that will not achieve meaningful result as regards conflict resolutions.

8. ALM calls on the Northern governors to pay sincere attentions towards actualization of the Buhari government’s dreams on poverty reduction through agriculture, health, education and unemployment, and more importantly, security. It is our members’ candid observation that most of them have erformed below average that informs the unending problems in Northern Nigeria; and

9. That ALM neither supports nor encourages violence for the attainment of whatever political goal (s) or aspirations held by any group of people including secession by any section of the country.”

Plateau SUBEB makes history, revives extra-curricular activities in public schools in Nigeria

 

The Nigerian Minister of Education Adamu Adamu applauds the Plateau State Universal Education Board (PSUBEB) for reviving extracurricular activities in public primary schools through organizing an annual public primary competition in the state, the first in 25 years in the country. The minister who was represented promised to support PSUBEB in developing sports for primary schools.

The minister was speaking at the 2nd annual All Public Primary Schools Sports Competition & Extra-Curricular Activities, a 4 days event held from 19th-23rd June 2017 with the grand finale at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium in Jos.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Plateau State Universal Education Board PSUBEB and initiator of the project, Prof. Matthew Nshim Sule said the government has painstakingly in all fronts in the past two years tackled challenges that has confronted this level of education for the purpose of enthroning quality in the public education system.

“Outdoor learning activities such as sports as well as arts and craft became alien to school life. Equally other indoor activities as debating and quiz were ignored; this was the scenario prior to the advent of this administration” he said.

Last year the state Universal Education board (SUBEB) reintroduced extracurricular through organizing an annual competitions amongst the children, schools and Local Government Education Authorities such as Quiz, arts and craft exhibitions, debate, spelling bee competitions and sports.

Governor of Plateau State, Bar. Simon Lalong represented at the event by the deputy Governor Prof. Sonny Tyoden commends SUBEB Chairman Prof. Sule for taking the bold step in pioneering such a laudable initiative saying the state is committed in developing sporting activities at the grassroots level and will take a lead from SUBEB in organizing a similar competitions among secondary schools in the state.

Universal Basic Education Board UBEC Executive Secretary, Dr Hameed Bobboyi represented by Mr Chris Tega Lauds PSUBEB for reviving extracurricular activities in public schools after 25 years of inactiveness saying Plateau state has become a pacesetter for other state to emulate.  He further said the commission will support PSUBEB and other states will follow suit.

Highlights of the event includes football finale played between Pankshin LGEA team and Qua’an Pan LGEA with Qua’an Pan lifting the trophy scoring 1:0, and the presentation of trophy to the winning team by the Deputy Governor Prof. Sonny Tyoden.  

FINAL RESULT OF QUIZ, DEBATE, ARTS AND CRAFT AND SPELLING BEE

REGULAR DEBATE

1ST Position Northern Zone (Jos South LGEA)

2nd Position Southern Zone (Langtang North LGEA)

3rd Position Central Zone (Mangu LGEA)

 

SPECIAL NEEDS DEBATE (DEAF) 

  1st School for the Deaf Bassa

2nd Southern Zone (Team Southern)

 

QUIZ

1ST Position Southern Zone (Shendam LGEA)

2nd Position Central Zone (Bokkos LGEA)

3rd Position Northern Zone (Bassa LGEA)

 

ARTS AND CRAFT REGULAR

1ST Position Northern Zone

2nd Position Southern Zone

3rd Position Central Zone

 

SPECIAL NEEDS ARTS AND CRAFT

1ST Position Northern Zone

2nd Position Southern Zone

3rd Position Central Zone

 

CRK MEMORIZATION

1ST Position Northern Zone (Valentina Bondong )

2nd Position Southern Zone (Godday Nandom)

3rd Position Central Zone (Alpha Joseph)

 

SPELLING BEE

1ST Position Northern Zone (Happy Nyam )

2nd Position Southern Zone (Jessilica Ojimma)

3rd Position Central Zone (Happy Bitrus)

 

 

SPECIAL NEEDS FOOTBALL

1st School for the Deaf Bass

2nd Sothern zone United Team

3rd Central Zone United Team

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PHOTNEWS: Chris Giwa officially decamp to PDP

Amb. Chris Giwa has officially decamped to the People’s Democratic Party PDP.

Amb. Giwa a philanthropist, Politician and business man who contested at different levels the positions of Governor and Senator in Plateau state between 2007 and 11 under the then Action Congress of Nigeria ACN and All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA has return to the fold of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP to realize his future political aspirations.

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PLSG issues warning, soon to demolish illegal structures within and around the Jos Wild Life Park

The Jos wild Life Park which has occupies 7kms of land officially commissioned by the then Military Governor of Plateau State Rtd. Captain Dan Suleiman on 20th Jan 1977 after it was sold to the then Benue Plateau Government in 1972 by John Marshal, the Jos Wild Life Park currently serve as museum and reserve for animals and also contains businesses that market the traditional arts of the Plateau people has activities around and within the Park that indicates threats and animal extinction and the game reserve is gradually taken over by individuals who have encroached on the land.

During an unscheduled visit to the Park to ascertain the level of encroachment by the Commissioner for Land, Survey and Town Planning, Festus Fuanter and that of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Peter Mwadkwon as well as the General Manager, Plateau State Tourism Corporation, John Doi, a directive was given to demolish illegal structures within and around the park.

Working in synergy, the Commissioners agreed to set up a committee with an obligation to redefine the original land mark of the Jos Wild Life Park by removing illegal structures within and around the zone.

Contributing on the recently escape of a Chimpanzee which has been recaptured, the General Manager of the State Tourism Corporation stated that the Chimpanzee escaped at the process of feeding adding that the Chimpanzee was new and  obtained through exchange program, never went out but was within it confine. The committee is to work for 4 weeks, report back before removing any structure.

Plateau State Chief Judge Pius Damulak set 6 Prisoners free

6 prisoners of the Jos prison on trials for various offences have been discharged by the Plateau State Chief Judge Pius Damulak calling on them not to commit any offence again.

The administration of criminal justice committee was set up to take a routine monthly visit to prisons and ascertain those awaiting trials.  The chairman of the committee and Plateau State Chief Judge, Justice Pius Damulak called religious organization to visit prisoners in order to upgrade their spiritual lives.

The 6 Prisoners that regain freedom are Gyang Bot, Musa Ayuba, Aaron Antony, Walbe Gregory Abraham Gamde and Chun Choji. Justice Damulak cautioned them not to commit any offence again.

On his part the Controller of Jos Prison represented by the Deputy Controller Mankali Kurimi said they were delighted by the visit.

PLSG secures 75 hectares of Land to empower Youths on Rice production

Director General, Micro Finance Agency H Gutap said the Plateau State Government has secured 75 hectares of Land to empower Youths on Rice production saying his agency will continue to key into programs aiming towards alleviating poverty in the State.

Mr. Gutap disclosed this during a training session to educate Farmers on crop/weed control anchored by a US based company, spring field Agro control, which specializes in providing total solution to farmers. The training took place at FADAMA 3 project office Dogon Dutse in Jos.

On his part technical manager of Springfield Agro Ltd, Mano Hanas said the herbicides offers post emergence control on small weeds and prevents growth competition during critical period of rice planting saying the herbicides will help Farmers have more yield.

On his part, the State project Coordinator FADAMA 3 Gideon Dandam said the FADAMA 3 additional financing 1 and 2are targeted at easing the suffering of Farmers in the state.

Considering the N1Billion spent on importation of rice in Nigeria annually, if such programs are reciprocated across the country, it will go a long way in boosting the economy of the country.

Plateau state govt to reconstruct flood ravaged areas

Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau State last Wednesday took an assessment tour of areas that were affected by flood in Jos metropolis.
The heavy downpour flooded some roads causing obstruction to the free flow of traffic.
The roads affected were; Jonah Jang Way Jos, Yakubu Gowon Way around Miango Junction, Apollo Crescent, among others.
Lalong who visited the flood sites described the devastation as a natural occurrence that was anticipated.
The governor who was accompanied by his Deputy, Soni Tyoden and heads of relevant agencies, directed the agencies to take proactive steps to forestall future occurrences.
“I have with me officials of the ministries of Works, Urban Development, and Environment as well as officials of Jos Metropolitan Development Board.
“We also have officials of State Emergency Management Agency and Plateau Environmental Protection and Sanitation Agency.
“And anywhere we have gone to I have asked them what we need to do and they have told me,” he said.
Lalong said that government would at the moment ensure immediate intervention in areas that were badly affected especially the Apollo Crescent where the road was almost cut away by the flood.
The governor added that long time solutions would be devised to address future occurrences.
He assured that government would not hesitate to assist victims of the flood disaster but added he was yet to receive any report of victims or casualty from SEMA.
Gov Simon Lalong has said that the state government would do its best to address infrastructural decay at the Plateau Specialist Hospital.
Lalong gave the assurance last Wednesday when he paid an unscheduled visit to the hospital.
The governor expressed dissatisfaction with the sorry state of the hospital stated that his administration had put machinery in place to give it a facelift.
“In the first two years of our administration our major focus was on security, agriculture and other areas.
“That does mean that we completely abandoned the health sector because health is wealth.
“Even in the hospital within period we have had some interventions in areas that needed immediate attention with some facilities upgraded,” he said.
He noted that the hospital has been a Specialist Hospital even though he facilitated a passage of a law when he was the Speaker of the State House of Assembly which it was assented to.
The governor said that his administration would submit the same bill to house to transform the hospital to legally become a Specialist hospital before the end of his administration.
The governor was conducted round the hospital by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Mr. Abel Gwatau and the Acting CMD, Dr. Phliemon Golwa.

-The Nigerian Standard

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