Author: Plateau News Online

Group urge INEC to create synergy for proper elections conducts

Speaking at the Stakeholders Elections  Summit organized by Transition Monitoring Group in conjunction with the Christian Aid Nigeria on  Wednesday  in Abuja, The chairman of Independent National Election Commission (INEC) ; Prof. Mahmood Yakubu  assured his commitment in ensuring proper conduct in the 2019 general elections.

While Speaking on the Theme of the Summit;” the Imperative of Building Public Confidence and Active Participation of citizens ahead of 2019 General Elections”; Prof.  Mahmood  said INEC is   working fervently to achieve citizens participation in the elections .
Mahmood however  assured Nigerians that election will be conducted in a serene environment and provide all the needs to achieve free and fair election despite the financial challenges faced.
 Earlier in her  remarks, the chairperson of Transition Monitoring Group Dr. Mrs. Abiola Akiyode noted that there is a need to create awareness for legitimate election in 2019.
She Urged INEC to improve electoral integrity  and reduce  the risk of electoral violence and  to build confidence and ensure social interaction for positive effects.
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Ministers of Defence from 28 countries to hold conference in Abuja today

The 7th meeting of the Ministers of Defence of the Community of Sahel-Saharan states (CEN-SAD) comprising 28 African countries will hold in Abuja from June 20th to June 22nd 2018 at the Transcorp Hilton with members expected to deliberate on the threat of ISIS secretly recruiting commanders and other insurgent members into Nigeria and other countries in the sub-region.

Addressing a press conference at the Federal Ministry of Defence headquarters in Abuja, the  Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Mrs. Nuratu Batagarawa  disclosured that the sub-regional body which was established in Tripoli, Libya on the 4th of February 1998, has three major objectives which are, to promote amongst member states, cooperation in the field of Defence and Security, as well as tackle the thorny of insecurity across the sub-region.

Others are to establish a sub-regional economic union integrating investment in fields of agriculture, industry and energy, as well as social and cultural sectors and to facilitate the development of transportation means, such as road, sea and air, as well as communication means between member states.

“In furtherance of its objectives, the organization holds its conferences rotating the hosting right amongst its Arabic, francophone and Anglophone member countries. While the 2016 conference took place in Sharm Al-Sheik, Egypt; that of 2017 was hosted by Cote D’Iviore. It is Nigeria’s singular honour to host the 7th conference”, She said.

Mrs. Batagarawa added that, “At the national level, it is gratifying that the gains accruing from Nigeria’s Campaign against Terror and insurgency are being consolidated in so many fronts. Operation safe Corridor programme of Nigeria, for instance is worth emulating by other CEN-SAD member states”.

“The operation is aimed at addressing the suffering of the people in the North east and fast-tracking the peace process. It is supposed to de-radicalize, rehabilitate and reintegrate surrendered insurgents.

“There is also the counter terrorism center at Nigeria’s office of the National Security Adviser to tackle the root causes of radicalization and proffer appropriate solutions. The center also helps in countering radical ideologies of fundamental groups in Nigeria.

“In addition, the presidential committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) serves as the primary national strategy, as well as coordination and advisory body for all humanitarian interventions and developmental efforts in the north east of Nigeria.

“The PCNI is also designed to oversee all remedial programmes aimed at addressing the crisis in the north east since 2009. This is being handled in collaboration with the office of the minister of state, budget and planning”, the Perm Sec stated.

By:Gom Mirian, Abuja

PLSG suspends COE Gindiri mgt, dissolves governing council

 

The Plateau State Executive Council has dissolved the governing council of College of Education, Gindiri and also suspended it’s management with immediate effect.
This was the resolution that came up at the Emergency meeting State executive council meeting held on Thursday and presided over by Governor Simon Bako Lalong which was held at Government House Little Rayfield,Jos.
Briefing journalist,the commissioner for Higher Education, Mrs Elizabeth Wapmuk said council received the report of the committee which investigated the riot by the students of the college in February this year
According to her,council deliberated on the report and approved the suspension of the management with immediate effect.

-The Nigerian Standard

NAF constructs and commission 2 new helipads

In its bid to curtail armed banditry and other security challenges in Zamfara State, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has constructed and commissioned 2 new helipads at 207 Quick Response Group (207 QRG) in Gusau.
In a press statement signed and issued to Plateau news office in Abuja  by the Director of Public Relations and Information,  of the Nigerian Air Force,  Air Vice Marshal OLATOKUNBO ADESANYA stated that the 2 helipads, which were commissioned on 13 June 2018, would enable NAF combat helicopter gunships to operate from Gusau thereby increasing their reach during air operations within Zamfara State and environs.
The construction of the helipads is part of measures by the NAF leadership at enhancing its air operations in support of NAF Special Forces and other security agencies in the State. Speaking during the commissioning, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, represented by the Air Officer Commanding, Special Operations Command, Air Vice Marshal Ismaila Kaita said the commissioning of the helipads shows NAF’s commitment to collaborate with other security agencies to tackle the insecurity challenges facing Zamfara State.
According to him, “these efforts would undoubtedly provide the reach and ubiquity of projecting air power in response to the current security challenges in the State”.
The CAS further stated that the impact of the activities of criminal elements, particularly in Zamfara State, underscores the need for the provision of requisite infrastructure to deal with emerging threats. Air Marshal Abubakar added that the NAF would, therefore, continue to place high premium on robust logistics support while not neglecting the issues of human capacity development and personnel welfare for efficient and effective operational capability.
The CAS also seized the opportunity to appreciate the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his unflinching support to the NAF through the provision of necessary resources to fulfill its statutory responsibilities. Earlier in his remarks, the Commander of 207 QRG, Group Captain Caleb Olayera, said that the newly constructed helipads would greatly assist the Unit to respond more swiftly to security needs in the State, as helicopters could now take off and land from the new helipads in Gusau. The Commander therefore thanked the CAS for his commitment and relentless efforts to ensure that the Unit achieves its objective.
It would be recalled that the NAF established 207 QRG under the Special Operations Command, in November 2016, to provide force protection and conduct special operations in support of NAF operations in the Northwestern part of the country. The Unit is also tasked to provide support to civilian authority in form of anti-kidnapping, anti-rustling and aircraft anti-hijack operations amongst others.
By: Gom Mirian, Abuja.

Nde Hezekiah Dimka issues Sallah felicitation, thanked his Muslim supporters

RAMADAN AND EID EL FITR GOODWILL MESSAGE FROM NDE HEZEKIAH DIMKA CAMPAIGN TEAM FOR SENATE, PLATEAU CENTRAL ZONE.

On behalf of my Family and the entire campaign team, I Nde Hezekiah Dimka wish to felicitate with His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCON, his Vice, His Excellency Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Our amiable Governor His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Dr Simon Bako Lalong, the Executive Governor of Plateau State & his Deputy, His Excellency, Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden.

The Muslim Ummah in Bokkos, Mangu, Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam LGAs, indeed the entire people of Plateau state and Nigeria as a whole a blissful Eid El Fitr celebration.

The peaceful way Ramadan was observed and enjoyed by all has shown that peaceful coexistence indeed is achievable most especially in the Central zone of Plateau state.

I also want to use this opportunity to appreciate the support this campaign train is enjoying from the people of the Central Zone and beyond.

As the Muslim Ummah conclude the celebration of this glorious month, I pray that the Almighty Allah accept your Ibadat, Ameen.

Happy Eid-il-Fitr

Long Live Plateau!

Long live Nigeria!

Long live APC!

Signed

Nde Hezekiah Dimka

Senatorial candidate for Plateau Central Zone 2019

African Women summit on politics and peace building sets for July

The All African Women summit (AAFWOS) 2018, with the theme, “The power of Negotiation,  The Role of Women in political leadership,  Economic Development and  Peace Building ”  is scheduled to take place at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja from 26 to 28 July,  2018.
While  addressing a  conference on Thursday  in Abuja,Mrs.  Rosemary  Effiong , National Coordinator /Chair central working committee,  AAFWOS said the summit is aimed at giving women a unique opportunity to  dialogue on the role of women in political economic,  Economic peace building and conflict Resolution.
She added that the  vision for AAFWOS is to advocate for structural change in the political framework to increase women’s participation in development processes in order to foster economic growth and development.
She therefore call on all women across Nigeria and Africa at large to cease the opportunity to be part of the summit so as to benefit from the ideas that will be impacted and be useful in the society.
Others dignitaries present  included the Ambassador of AAFWOS,  Mr.  Francis Duru,  Nigerian  Nollywood,  Adora Oyechene,  Gender Agenda  Initiative,  country Director  and Rosemary Effiong, National coordinator /chair central working committee AAFWOS and representatives from seser.
For details regarding summit  registration, partnership and sponsorship kindly visit www.AAFWOS.SESER.Org
By: Gom Mirian, Abuja.

320 military personnel will retire from the Nigerian armed forces next week

Air Vice Marshal Austine Jekenu, Commandant, Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC) has confirmed that a total of 320 military personnel will retire from the armed forces next week.

He told newsmen at the centre in Oshodi, Lagos today that the retiring military men were drawn from the Army, the Air Force and the Navy. “A total of 320 servicemen comprising of 262 from the Nigerian Army, 44 from the Nigerian Navy and 14 from the Nigerian Air Force would be graduating from the NAFRC,’’ he said.

Jekenu said that the retiring servicemen went through months of intensive training on skills acquisition and entrepreneurship at NAFRC. He said the training was to prepare the retirees for life after military service.

According to him, the centre has the mandate to provide necessary training geared towards preparing retiring servicemen for reintegration into civil life. He said that the initiative was to enable the beneficiaries adjust and appropriately blend with the peculiarities of retirement and contribute actively to national economy as worthy civilians.

He urged all the retiring servicemen to positively contribute to boost national economy in whatever business they engaged in.  “The centre graduates 2 courses annually and it is on record that we have trained over 41, 000 ex-servicemen of the Nigerian Armed Forces since its inception,” he said.

The commandant, who said that the passing out ceremony for the course participants would hold on June 22, added that the Minister for Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, would grace the occasion.