UN Women stakeholders in plateau state reviewed and adopts state action plan

UN Women Plateau state held a stakeholders validation workshop to review and adopt Plateau State action plan (PSAP) UNSCR 1325 on the 19th of October 2017 at the Crest Hotel in Jos.

In her welcoming address, the Permanent Secretary of the Plateau State Ministry of Women Affairs Mrs Hassana Ayika urges stakeholders at the workshop to look critically at every emerging issue in the state as they review the document. Highlighting on the effect of drug abuse among women in the north.

She also emphasize on the spillover of terrorist groups into the state which has given rise to high crime rate and the need to  enlighten  women to be cautious as rape cases are on the rise.

The Plateau State Chairperson of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Mrs Jennifer Yerima commended the UN women for including journalists and the media not just to report issues but to actively participate and investigate issues bothering security and the role of women.

In her presentation, the UN Women’s Gender Technical Adviser of Women Peace and Security, WPS in Plateau State, Ms Sewuese Surma outline the overview and background of PSAP aligning with the 2nd revised national action plan (NAP) UNSCR 1325.

The 1st PSAP indentifies and document issues such as no consideration of impact of protracted conflict on women & girls in plateau state, no compensation for loss of livelihood & properties, women taking up dual roles to keep families, little or no coordination between women peace and security bodies, no prosecution recorded for perpetuators of gender-based violence, psychological trauma for women & girls, disruption of basic amenities and absence of clear operational guidelines for PSAP.

The 2nd PSAP aligns with 2nd NAP policies of states e.g, policy on peace, security and good governance, human capital and social welfare, child rights law (2005), gender and equal opportunities law (2015). Others are laws establishing plateau state peace building agency (2016), operation rainbow (2013).

Participant breaks into groups to review the document and adopt the 2017 – 2020 PSAP.

The overall principle guiding the delivery of the PSAP would focus on ensuring that women rights are protected and promoted in peace and security in plateau state.

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Plateau Killings: Buhari has proven he is religious leader , CAN Youth wing

From Emmanuel Ande, Yola
 
The National President of Youth Wing Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) Engr. Daniel Kadzai, has said that the action of President Muhammadu Buhari, not to visit Bassa local in Plateau state where over 40 Christians were mustered last Sunday by Fulani herdsmen has undoubtedly proved that he is not Nigeria president but leader of the Muslim faithful.
 
Kadzai in a press statement yesterday pointed that when 18 Muslims were killed in an reprisal attack in Taraba state, the presidency was relocated to Taraba state with military and police headquarters hunting for the attackers, but when over 40 Christians were killed in plateau state the president traveled out of the country three days after attack.
 
” when few Muslims were killed in Ibadan the president was there with the police swiftly making arrests, but when Fulani herdsmen killed Christians in Benue police did arrest anyone, in Enugu, Edo, the massacre in southern Kaduna state the police could not find even one of the attackers . It is now very clear to we Christians why IPOB can be name tag a terrorist group, but the Fulani herdsmen and Arewa Youth forum cannot be tag with any criminal identity,” he stated.
 
Part of the statement read,” A militant, ragtag of a joint Islamic fundamentalist Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram combatant-group launched an attack on unsuspected Christians and killed up to 15 of them on Saturday. On Sunday morning, the Nigerian Army arrived at the scene and carried out an exercise to disarm the villagers (mostly Christians). After this has been done, the Nigerian Army evacuated the villagers to a primary school in the area which they termed “safe”. These Christians were further instructed by the detachment of the Nigerian Army at the scene to go into a classroom and were reportedly locked-up. “
 
“The disarmed Christians villagers were left deliberately in the classroom under lock. “
 
” Hours later (at night), a group of the joint militant Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram contingent arrives at the school only to see the Nigerian Army retreat and leave the locked-up Christians without any form of protection. The joint, militant Fulani and Boko Haram group proceeded swiftly to the classroom and took their time to massacre the helpless Christians they found there. Confirmed reports reaching us indicate that the army has now cordoned off the site of the attack and does not allow any entry into the area . ”
 
“YOWICAN wishes to single-out the long-held suspicion of the Nigerian Army being an accomplice to last Sunday mayhem in plateau state as well as in other similar attacks. The reports that the Nigerian Army disarmed and brought these people to a location only to withdraw or retreat on the guise that the joint militant Fulani and Boko Haram contingent had superior weapons raises many questions on why military took those villagers to that primary school if they were not properly armed to confront the Fulani herdsmen . Why locking them up in a class room as if they prisoners of war?.”
 
“We have also identified a pattern similar to the recent crisis and massacre in Borno state where the Nigerian Army again was suspected of abating the incident. YOWICAN stands firmly to say#Enough Is Enough#This suspicion is being made on the fact that it has been confirmed that the Nigerian Army has been infiltrated by elements apologetic to hard-line Islamic fundamentalism. Not much has been done by the government of Nigeria and the Nigerian Army to fish-out and deal with these elements within the Army. We conclude that this group within the army indeed abates these attacks on Christians in Nigeria#Enough Is Enough#,” .
 
To erase the suspicion of Nigerians that Buhari government is not supporting Fulani herdsmen in their operations an inde

Plateau Lawmakers sponsors joint motion to investigate terror attacks in the state

Plateau state lawmakers in the national assembly jointly sponsored motion to investigate violent terror attacks and threat to peace in plateau state
The House of Representatives at its sitting of Thursday 12/11/2017 adopted and passed a motion to investigate violent terror attacks and threat to lasting peace in Plateau State.

The motion was jointly sponsored by Hon. ID Gyang, Barr. Edward Pwajok, Engr. Solomon Maren and Hon. Timothy Golu all from Plateau State reads thus;

MOTION BROUGHT UNDER MATTERS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE.

HON. ISTIFANUS D. GYANG

HON. EDWARD PWAJOK

HON.SOLOMON BULUS MAREN

HON. TIMOTHY GOLU

URGENT NEED TO INVESTIGATE VIOLENT TERROR ATTACKS AND THREAT TO LASTING PEACE IN PLATEAU STATE.

The House notes with serious concern and dismay the persistent violent terror attacks on communities in Plateau State the latest being the massacre of Da. Moses Gwom a former Head of Civil Service Plateau State and two others including a Soldier with the Special Military Task Force, Operation Safe Haven the night of Tuesday, 10/10/17 at Wereh village of Barikin Ladi LG. Other victims of the attack who sustained varying degree of injuries from gun shots are receiving medical attention in hospital.

Aware that the right to life is so fundamental that it is enshrined and given prominence not only in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, UN & AU Charters but most importantly, is ordained by God in the holy books, the Bible and the Koran.

Concerned that the peace which Plateau State has been enjoying is under grave threat following violent attacks capable of precipitating another round of crisis. The most recent being the attack on Ancha village of Miango District in Bassa Local Government which claimed 22 lives on 7/9/2017. This is in addition to cases of isolated attacks, ambush and raping of unsuspecting women as well as malicious destruction of farm crops to deprive the farmers of their hard earned harvest.

Disturbed that even personnel and operatives of the Special Military Task Force under Operation Safe Haven are not spared by the attackers.

Further disturbed that the ugly incident shocked the people and government of Plateau State as it joins a long list of high profile killings of leaders and elders of thought through violent attacks including Sen. Dr. Gyang Dantong, Hon Gyang Fulani Majority Leader, Plateau State House of Assembly, HRH Saf Ron, Sir Lazarus Agai a First Class Chief, Rev. Bitrus Manjang Ex COCIN Vice President and a host of others.

Further aware that the affected communities have gone through violent attacks in the past, been subjected to massive displacement from their ancestral homes and farmlands all of which are predominantly under occupation.

RESOLVES:

Condemn the attacks and displacement in strong terms.
2. Mandate the House Committees on Human Rights and National Security and Intelligence to investigate the attack and report back to the House in 21 days.

  1. Urge government, through the instrumentality of the Special Military Task Force codenamed Operation Safe Haven to ensure that the attackers are traced, apprehended and prosecuted.
  2. Urge the Federal Government to ensure the return of all displaced communities, provide protection and guarantee their safety.
  3. Mandate NEMA to provide building materials to assist in the reconstruction of the affected communities.
  4. Sent a strong delegation to visit and show solidarity with the people and government of Plateau State as a demonstration of the interest of the House in the peace of the State.
  5. Observe a one minute silence in honour of the slain victims and pray for the peace of Plateau State.

Plateau people must unite to overcome security challenges – Emmanuel Zopmal

The core interest of the enemy of Plateau state should not undermine our commitment to defend and protect our land. The history of the state is characterized by conquest war but not from within, nevertheless we have never been defeated neither relented.

I encourage my people to continue to be resilient. This is another hard era before us. We have to continue being united. All the ethnic groups in Plateau state are interrelated and share common land boundaries. With our shared interest of unity and destiny, we have to assist one another by being our brother’s keeper. The security of one should be security to all.

Politics should be an instrument of resolving our internal problems and remain stronger. Those who ride on the back of politics to divide us should be marked as enemies of the state as well. Attacks on our communities have continued unabated. We do not have time again to continue condemning it by mere pronouncements.

There is an undeclared war looming upon us. This code war should not come to us through our perceived weakness which is diversity. I strongly recommend the full operation of Operation Rainbow security outfit. The conventional security outfit, despite their presence on special operation, we have been losing more lives, homes and property destroyed, and nobody has been brought to justice. They (security outfit) cannot wait until we are all murdered after that, who then can they protect in the state? Let Plateau people take charge of the security of their state. Let there be information-sharing and networking among neighboring communities. Plateau people should reconcile their internal contradictions.

Let us also invest in livestock farming so that we can occupy our lands with our own cattle and other aspects of animal husbandry.

I heartily console the families killed in the recent attacks in Plateau state. I call on my people to act not to continue thinking that government alone can safeguard them. We should not allow this grand conspiracy against us sail through our land.

National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives 3 day workshop opens in Jos

National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives(NANNM) zones D and E has organized a joint workshop with the theme ‘Delivering Quality Healthcare Services for Communities, the Role of Nurses and Midwives; Prospect and Challenges’’

The NANNM National level has 5 zones for the connivance of administration, the D and E zones comprises of 18 Northern state of the Federation exclusive of Kwara state plus the FCT Abuja making 19 states, to look at the challenges of the profession and ways to better the Health service Delivery in the society.

The event took place at Crest Hotel along Rayfield Road Jos Plateau State, 10-13th –October 2017.

Declaring the workshop open, Special Guest of Honor, The Executive Governor of Plateau State Barr. Simon Lalong represented by the by the Commissioner for Health Plateau State and the Guest of Honor Hon. Kunden Kamshak  welcomed Participants to Jos the Home of Peace and Tourism saying the Governor expressed joy with the choice of Jos, Plateau State as the venue of the workshop and commended the leadership of NANNM for the workshop saying it is an opportunity to improve, train, and re-train her Members in order to equip them with skills and capacity for a quality Healthcare Delivery services.

He went on to applaud NANNM saying the fear of a Nurse is the beginning of wisdom and called on the Nurses and Midwives to be patience with their colleagues saying there is no need for intra-professional rivalry, he also called on them to work together saying his doors are always open.

In a keynote address, the Guest Speaker at the occasion Alh . Umar Faruk represented by Comdr. Alheri called on the Nurses and Midwives to improve and better their profession for quality service delivery in the Society and also called on them to be law abiding and patient with Patients, respect the ethics of the profession and work hard despite challenges in the Health sector.

Goodwill messages were presented by the General secretary NANNM, Comdr. Thomas A. Shettima, His Majesty Royal  Father of the day, Da Jacob Gyang  Buba the Gbong Gwom Jos represented by Gwom Rei of Zawan, Da Christopher Mancha who commended NANNM and called on them to be patient and look beyond their challenges for  the development of Nurses and Midwives in order to offer qualitative services to the people and stressed that  Government will look into their plight.

Former Plateau head of civil service murdered in his village

Da Moses Gwong, former Plateau State head of civil service and a very famous icon in Berom land was attacked and killed by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen last night.
The attack is said to have been meted out on them when Da Moses and other deceased were in his provisions shop at Ropp of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State and was attending to customers before they were gruesomely murdered.
confirming the incident, Management Committee Chairman of Barkin Ladi LGA, Mr Dickson Chollom said there was an attack in Wereh of Dorowa district where Da Moses Gwong was shot and killed alongside a military personnel who also was confirmed dead and another critically injured as at the time of this report.
Along with the deceased, up to 12 people were said to have been injured, with scores others traumatized.
It’s worth noting that native inhabitants of Ken and Rachi in Bachi District and other Berom communities have, over the five days, been experiencing sporadic gunshots, threats of intimidation, unruly and provocative conduct displayed by the herders.
More detailed information will be posted later.
The Chairman calls for calmness in the area and appeal to anybody with useful information to come forward as investigation is ongoing and promised that the perpetrators will be brought to book.

 

 

Plateau LG polls: Political analyst cautions against electoral violence

 

As stakeholders in Plateau State prepare for local government elections slated for Feb. 17, 2018 a political analyst, Mr Anthony Izang, has advised them to adhere to the rules to avoid electoral violence. Izang particularly cautioned key players like the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC), political parties and voters against actions that could impede justice and fair play. His advice was contained in a paper titled: “Strategy of Curbing Electoral Violence in Nigeria”, presented at the 2017 Emergency Preparedness and Response Team (EPRT) interactive forum on Sunday, in Pankshin.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the EPRT is an arm of the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), an NGO of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos. The response team consists of volunteers, who respond to, and report emergency situations that could lead to violence in the 17 local government areas of Plateau. Izang, a senior lecturer at the University of Jos, regretted that elections in Nigeria were frequently marred by violence which he blamed on the non-adherence to regulations by key players. “Strict adherence to the rules of the game by key players will curtail the tendencies of electoral violence, before, during or after the polls.

“We can avoid and prevent electoral violence in the forthcoming local government elections if PLASIEC, political parties and other stakeholders operates within the ambit of the law guiding the exercise. “We want all stakeholders to work toward a peaceful, credible and acceptable poll come Feb. 17. We want the exercise to come and go very quietly,” he said. The analyst urged PLASIEC to sensitise voters on what was expected of them, so as to avoid confusion on election days. He also advised the electoral umpire to be transparent and objective during the polls, so as minimise suspicion among the electorate.