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A 5 day national training for church and community mobilization open in Jos

A 5 day national training for church and community mobilization process facilitators has open in Jos. The training organized by Tearfund in collaboration with Methodist Diocese of Jos and the Nigerian Evangelical Mission Agency is taking place at the conference hall of CRUDAN in Sabo Barki, Jos.

The training which is packaged to acquaint participants with requisite knowledge to take appropriate actions in overcoming community and church related issues is part of the overall function of Tearfund development for the Church in Nigeria.

Country representative of Tearfund Nigeria, Paul Meshach said the purpose if the training is to strengthen the capacity of the church to respond to humanitarian crisis in the north eastern part of Nigeria which prompts the involvement of the Methodist Church and Nigeria Evangelical Mission Agency because of their wide network and structure in the embattle terrain.

In an address, the Anglican bishop of Bukuru Diocese pointed out that for the participants to impact on their communities; they should strive to turn biblical theoretical proclamation into practical demonstration as Jesus did when he fed 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.

Bishop Ibrahim Chindu of the Methodist Diocese of Jos, who described Methodist Church in northern Nigeria as having no missionary link, urged participants to take advantage of the training, advancing the Methodist gospel in the north.

Lead facilitator of the program, Ezekiel Choji while giving an overview of the training maintained that the process is in 2 phases which includes bible studies and the participatory evaluation process.

Abayomi Peter and Deaconess Esther Dauda are some of the participants who expressed optimism over the expected outcome of the training.

The national training of the Church and community mobilization process facilitators which kicked off Monday 20th November is expected to last till Friday 24th.

 

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FRSC in Jos advise churches to incorporate road safety enlightenment campaign in their programs

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi wants churches to incorporate enlightenment campaign on road safety in their programs.

Oyeyemi stated this during a church service to commemorate the 2017 Africa road day world remembrance of crash victims held at St. Louis parish Jos.

The African road safety world day of remembrance for road traffic crash victims was an initiative from resolutions of the Africa union executive council 2012 and the United Nations resolutions 2005.

The joint agreement seeks to identify with victims of road traffic crashes, their families and creating public awareness of the menace of road traffic clashes through rallies and other events.

Corps marshal of the FRSC Boboye Oyeyemi represented by the Plateau state sector commander federal road safety corps, Patricia Omode said one of the major causes of road crashes and fatalities is speed infringement.

Earlier, Rev. father Anthony Inikola challenged Christians to use their God given talents wisely in order to gain his favor.

He recommended the federal road safety corps for creating awareness on the road traffic clashes.

High points of the event include a special thanksgiving by officers of the federal road safety corps Plateau state command and presentation of gifts to the sector commander by the parishioners of the church.

 

Lalong bags award of excellence from ABU law class of 1990

Plateau state governor Simon Lalong has promised to support the advancement of academic excellence in his Alma matter, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. The Governor disclosed this during the ABU law class 1990 dinner at Rock view hotel, Abuja.

The set 1990 chairman Silvanus Dahiru said they are proud of Governor Lalong’s achievement since he took over power 2 years ago.

Dahir said Lalong belongs to the young generation of Nigerian leaders and that the expectation is for him to continue raising the standard of leadership in the country.

Professor Augustine Agum of the faculty of law ABU Zaria presented the latest edition of the university’s journal of commercial law which was published and dedicated in honor of Governor Simon Lalong.

ABU law class of1990 also presented awards of excellence to Governor Lalong, Bauchi state chief judge Rabi Umar, secretary federal character commission Mohammed Tukur and director general NAPTIP Julie Dunley among others.

PMAN in Plateau State to conduct election 9th December 2017

The PMAN union Plateau State has put in place an electoral committee known as PPEC, for the conduct of her elections, come 9th December 2017.

The office announces that in line with the yearnings of the lovers of peace and the development of the tourism and entertainment industry, that its house is now a united and focused one and ready deliver on her constituted responsibilities to practitioners in the sector.

The union in a press release thanks the Federal, state government and employers of entertainment labor and professionals for keeping faith with PMAN during her days of divide and crisis in the nation and the state.

The statement reads “The prayers of our clerics, elders, and the timeless counsel from sages like Dr. Panam Percy Paul, Chief Dantala Dewan, SalisAbdul Salam- (Face Of Peace fame) our great sister Dorcas Bentu, Hon Simon Mwankon (Com. Culture, Tourism And Hospitality), the media, the tireless support from the Honorable Minister For Labor and Productivity-Dr.Chris Ngige etc. and many others, space cannot allow us to mention”.

In an Interview with our reporter, Comrade Osezua C. Isibor and Humphrey   Iroegbu (Color) Secretary -PMAN/PPEC Chairman PMAN Electoral Committee-PPEC said PMAN Plateau state chapter is ready and prepared to run an election in Plateau state for the new executive to be inaugurated.

They also said, the faction that the public was hearing about has been collapsed, PMAN is now one, and there are no more factions.

The others going out to form factions are now together with PMAN after Chris Ngige, the Honorable Minister of Labor and Productivity stepped into the matter and collapsed every faction to produce one president who is Lord Keston Liege-Lord Okoro.

After the emergence of the President, every existing executive in every state chapter was dissolved to form an electoral committee, so every state needs to run an election which is why Plateau state had to join the movement to run an election.

The PPEC team said after the election, PMAN will assume its role, being the only union that is empowered to protect the industry especially when it comes to using creative works in the entertainment industry.

There was a gap, PMAN hopes to bridge that gap fast enough so that creative persons and professionals in the field will not get into a level of vulnerability like most of them have already gone into, PMAN hope to have a vibrant tourism industry, cultural industry, Music Industry, hospitality industry in such a way that even the federal government itself will begin to see PMAN as an ally in developing the sector.

Plateau has issues of people engaging musicians and not paying them well.

The compensation plan is so terrible, almost like a slave based compensation for artists.

They use the word ‘upcoming artist’, meanwhile they don’t care to know how these young persons have gone out of their way to raise money to pay for studio bills, transportation, to get trained before they begin to hit the stage.

PMAN is going to partner with government to get to a level where creativity is recognized in this country as something very vital.

 

 

 

That the state election for a new Executive Government for the union will hold on the 9th December 2017 and contestants can secure nominations and registration forms at the following points or during PMAN meetings:

1.The State Secretariat on Elyon Kias Foundation building opposite former Panam Studios 5b Tafawa Balewa Road Jos.                                                                                                    2. 16th Era Plus – Office –Adjacent the Jos Museum off Saint Theresa Catholic Church Jos.

For further inquiries contact: Comrade Osezua C. Isibor and Humphrey   Iroegbu (Color) Secretary -PMAN/PPEC Chairman PMAN Electoral Committee-PPEC 07062373722   08024994969

Bege Foundation organized a one day seminar on peaceful co-existence in Jos

The entrenchment of positive values and sustenance of peaceful coexistence can be guaranteed if social media is used properly.

Director of programs Bege foundation, Wedkos Alexander made the assertion during a 1 day seminar organized by the foundation in collaboration with province of St. Augustine held at the Augustinian Vocational Center, Jos with the theme ‘The use of social media for peaceful coexistence and diminishing of hate and dangerous speeches among youth and women groups’.

According to the director of programs Bege foundation, Wedkos Alexander, as a nongovernmental organization working towards the well being of vulnerable persons and communities through the entrenchment of positive values, youth saw the need to seek possible ways through which they can help in eradicating hate and dangerous speeches and build social cohesion in the society.

North central zonal coordinator Nexus Fund, Prince Charles Dickson and director general Plateau peace building agency, Joseph Lengman represented by Nantip Joseph decried how the youth wrongly used the social media and advised that it should be used in dealing with the circle of violence and avoid stereotyping.

Similarly, coordinator UN women Plateau state, Mrs Sewuese Isaiah emphasized that social media can be used for solidarity and awareness and pointed out that the platform has helped in exposing violence against women and children in recent times.

The 1 day seminar saw youth from different parts of the state that are learning vocational skills at the Augustinian vocational center and civil society organizations in attendance.

President Buhari to visit Jos after two years in office

After two years in office President Muhammadu Buhari will visit plateau state for the first time.

The president is scheduled to be in Plateau state next week Saturday for the graduation ceremony at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, Jos south will use the opportunity to attend a town hall meeting with Plateau state stakeholders next week Saturday in Jos.

Governor Simon Lalong disclosed this during a stakeholders meeting of the All Progressives’ Congress Plateau state chapter at Yelwa club in Jos south.

The Governor also disclosed that the Presidency is scrutinizing the list of appointments into federal boards to ensure that it corresponds with the desire of APC stake holders across the country.

Lalong expressed sadness over the resurgence of isolated attacks in some rural communities in the state, but stressed that government is working hard to arrest the cycle of violence.

The governor maintained that the executive bill for the implementation of the ranching policy of modern livestock production had been completed for transmission to the state legislative arm.

Plateau State APC chairman, Latep Dabang said plans had been concluded for the party’s primary election in the build up to the coming local government elections.

The state APC chairman and other stakeholders such as Senator Joshua Darie, elder statesman Yahaya Kwande, chief Jethro Akun and Senator Davo Zang among others promised to give total support to the state government during the president’s visit.

The APC stakeholders also endorse President Muhammadu Burahi and Governor Simon Lalong for the next general elections in 2019.

ADP Plateau slates primaries for tomorrow 19th Nov 2017

The Action Democratic Party(ADP) in Plateau State has slated and concluded arrangements to conduct it’s councillorship and chairmanship primary election on Sunday,19th November,2017 by 2:00pm at all the 17 LGA headquarters/secretariats of the ADP in the state.

Chief Amb Nanyah Andrew Daman, the ADP Chairman in Plateau State told media operatives in Jos that the ADP primaries is going to through option 4 as enshrined in the ADP constitution and manifestos where candidates will be elected by bonifide and card carrying members of the ADP by queuing behind candidates of their choice and counted by the party electoral officers in the presence of security operatives as well as the PLASIEC Electoral officers of the various LGAs to declare winners and flag bearers of the ADP in the February 17th 2018 LGC Elections in the state.

Daman urged all card carrying members of the ADP in the state to come out en masse with their membership and identify cards to exercise their franchise by voting persons of integrity and compassion into various offices to provide good governance which the ADP is yearning to enthrone in Nigeria in the nearest future. The ADP chairman also assured that the screening and appeal committees are in place to ensure Justice and fairness to all the ADP aspirants as the ADP hates nepotism, impunity and imposition.