Commissioner calls for rural women empowerment

The Plateau State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Anna Musa Izam, has called on female professionals in the state to use their wide experience to improve the lives of other women in the state especially those in the rural areas in the state.
Hon. Izam made the call during a familiarization meeting in her office with some female professionals in the state on improving the lives of women in the state.
According to her “your response to this call is a clear indication that you are willing to join hands with the government for a greater achievement as we forge ahead in taking women to a greater heights.
We can only achieve that by using your professionalism and wide experiences to actively participate in sensitization, creating awareness, train, empowering women and also encouraging them to register for the forth coming election in their various wards, as the saying goes “when you trained a woman you have train a nation”.
Izam disclosed that the purpose of the meeting was to rob minds together towards coming up with ideas that improve the well being of women in the state, especially those in the grassroots.
She maintained that the idea was initiated by the first lady, of the Governor of Plateau, Mrs. Regina Bako Lalong, who felt the well being of women in the state was her priority.
She revealed that in the light of this, Mrs. Regina Bako Lalong has scheduled a local government tour with the intention of meeting with the grassroots people adding that she hoped that would join in mobilizing government in the grassroots to welcome her.
Earlier in her welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs. Hassana Ayika, thanked the women for availing themselves for the meeting despite their tight schedules.
She disclosed that the purpose of the meeting was to proffer solutions that would enhance the ministry towards improving the lives of women on the Plateau and wished them well in their deliberation.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Felicia Yakzum said their wealth of experience would go a long way in improving the lives of other women in the state.
She assured them of the commitment of government towards carrying women along in the government and promised to relate their request to the governor and prayed for the spirit of togetherness as they forge ahead in affecting the others.
Responding on behalf of other female professionals, former permanent secretary and member University of Jos Governing Council, Dr. (Mrs.) Mutbam Philomena promised to put in their best towards improving the lives of women in the state especially those in the grassroots.

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Tehl nation commends Lalong, pledge loyalty

The apex body of Tehl Development Association (TDA), has thrown its weight behind the Rescue Administration of Governor Simon Bako Lalong, appreciating him for emancipating them politically, by appointing many of their sons and daughters to serve in his administration.
The National President of the Association, Commander Tuma S. Dalok (RTD) gave the commendation last Tuesday, while on a courtesy visit to the Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon. Yakubu Dati, who is one of their own in his office at the J. D.Gomwalk Secretariat Jos, the state capital.
The President said, “We wish to seize this golden opportunity to express our profound appreciation to the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, the Rescue Captain of Plateau State for emancipating the Tehl Nation politically. The Tehl nation has never had it so good during the past administration.
Describing the state commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon. Yakubu Dati, as the most proficient Information Commissioner the state has ever had, Elder Dalok, said they were proud of him saying, “the people of Plateau State and indeed Nigeria say you are good, we your kinsmen affirmed it”.
While congratulating Hon. Dati, on his appointment, he, however, appealed to Governor Simon Lalong, to consider the transfer of some of their people who are senior staff in the local government employment list to fill the gap in the state ministries in the interest of state character and also connect the LGA Headquarters to the National grid through Shendam or Langtang LGAs in the area of electricity.
The president also appealed for the construction of Lalin-Garkawa and Lifidi-Piapung-Tunkus Road network to alleviate the sufferings of his people.
Responding, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon. Yakubu Dati, thanked them for the show of love and promised to continue to make them proud.
He also, intimated them that, Governor Lalong, have already approved the construction of roads in the local government and that, a lot more would be done to the Local Government Area.
He commended the role of the leadership of TDA for uniting its people to live in peace with one another saying, this attest to the fact that Mikang Local Government was the most peaceful local government in the state and urged them to continue to support the peace agenda of Governor Lalong.

Hoba community of Adamawa honors Boss Mustapha

The Hoba elders council and Hoba community of Adamawa state has on Saturday 14 April 2018 honour their son having found worthy by the highest political authority in the land to be appointed into the highly exalted office of the secretary to the Government of the federation (SGF) in Abuja.
Speaking at the occasion maj. Gen. Haldu Hananiya ( rtd), the grand patron of Hoba elders council emphasize the need for celebration, pointing out that Hoba has been a small community which has produced two secretaries to the Government of the federation within three years.
In his keynote address, General Harris Dzarma ( rtd), the chairman of Hoba elders council, said local communities can only be organised by meaningful dialogues and collaboration that can act between and among them .
He said the association thrives to foster unity, peace and brotherhood and inculcate cultural norms and values among Hoba people.
In response by the secretary to the Government of the federation, Boss Mustapha at the end of the grand reception in his honour.
He implored them to continue to foster their traditional values of formidable unity, love, mutual care and responsibility for all.
He pledged to them that he would conduct himself, creditably in office that at the end of the day they would be very proud of him. 
By
Gom Mirian
Abuja.
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Daffo women petition Lalong, others on Herdsmen attacks

Internally displaced women from Daffo, Bokkos LGA of Plateau State yesterday filed a petition to the Plateau State Government and State Assembly for an urgent step to be taken to alleviate their plights.

The women led by Mrs. Comfort Mallan during a peaceful rally to the House of Assembly and the State Government House equally demanded the arrest of suspects identified in connection with the attacks in the community.

The full text of the petition reads:

URGENT CALL TO ACTION ON THE PREVAILING HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN DAFFO FOLLOWING RECENT ATTACKS BY FULANI HERDSMEN

It is no longer news that Daffo District, a community of about 25,000 people of voting age was recently hit by violent attacks by criminal elements believed to be Fulani herdsmen that have been resident in the host communities for years.

Our cries with regards to the devastating carnage that occurred on January 24, 2018 at Farundong-Hai and March 8, 2018, which started from Nghakudung and spread to 7 other villages leading to 32 deaths, 10 severe injuries, displacement of over 7,000 from 9 villages and the missing of 10 others are contained in different media reports and official petitions.

We wish to acknowledge the prompt response of the government – civil and military authorities to the aforementioned attacks which culminated in the deployment of troops to suppress the violence and prevent further loss of lives and properties. Though grossly inadequate, we believe that without such rapid response, the attacks could have deteriorated to catastrophic proportions.

However, it is imperative to call the attention of the government at all levels, security agencies, civil societies, the media, religious bodies and other kind-spirited individuals to the prevailing and/or incipient humanitarian situation facing us the victims of those attacks. Presently, we numbering at least 7,000, comprising mainly women and children are faced with the most threatening state of healthcare, destitution, poverty, hunger and food insecurity as a result of the violent displacements during the attacks.

As you may be aware, different studies indicate that hunger is related to poor health outcomes, including a higher risk of depression, violence and suicidal ideation in adolescents, and chronic conditions, particularly asthma. In addition, nutrient deficiencies, such as iron deficiency, are known to impair learning and cause decreased productivity in school-age children, and maternal depressive disorders.

This therefore implies that while the violent aspects of the crisis may have been contained, a bigger and perhaps more threatening conflict still stares us in the face. Indeed, resource scarcity, poverty, inequality and structural imbalances are among the top known conflict triggers which when left unattended could result in even greater losses. In fact, poverty as it is said creates powerlessness to determine the quality of life, and compounds vulnerability when conflict or natural disaster strikes.

Already, many of us have been completely thrown off balance having been parted with their lifetime investments in food crops, houses and other properties. Many again still face threats of losing their farmlands to the marauding Fulani who are reported to have commenced trespass into our farmlands, clearing and tilling, obviously for the purpose of cultivation as the farming season approaches. This is in addition to the trauma already built up in our minds and the fear of insecurity which might not allow us resume and face our normal socioeconomic lives with the required vigour to flourish.

In the light of the above, we wish to make the following demands as a matter of urgency:

1. Adequate security should be supplied to the affected communities and the same strategy employed to guard farmers in the northeast and elsewhere on their farms should be employed to enable our farmers pickup economically. Considering that the 2018 rainy season has commenced, any further delay in ensuring that these villagers return to their ancestral homes and farmlands would create severe food shortages and debilitating poverty.

2. Sufficient food, clothing and other necessities of life should be urgently supplied to us to reduce our sufferings and enable us face life with ease.

3. Proper compensation and rebuilding of the damaged communities is hereby demanded of the government in line with its obligations and the citizens’ rights to security and social welfare. According to the records, 1017 houses were razed down during the attacks. Other assets that were either burnt down or looted include; livestock, household appliances, vehicles, water pumping machines, electrical generating sets, assorted foodstuff, cash sums of money, furniture and other valuables worth millions of naira. Thousands of school children are equally out of school, losing study time and facing threats of being dragged into various social vices due to restiveness and illiteracy.

4. The Fulani suspects arrested on the 8th, 9th and 10th of March 2018 after the killings with various exhibits including sophisticated weapons and looted livestock must be publicly prosecuted and the villagers constantly updated on each level of the law enforcement process.

5. Other suspects currently at large should be fished out and made to face justice to serve as deterrent to others. Already, some of the victims know and can identify some of the attackers.

6. We wish to call for the proscription of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), which is the umbrella body that stokes herdsmen into killing spree. This is particularly considering the devastations the killer Fulani herdsmen have caused which to a large extent fit into the definition of terrorism as contained in the Terrorism Prevention Act (2011) as amended. Already, the herdsmen have been named the fourth deadliest group in the world in the 2014 Global Terrorism Index.
According to a Human Rights Watch report, Fulani herdsmen attacks in Nigerian local communities had killed 3,000 people between 2013 and 2010 alone, thus an average of 750 people were killed by the herdsmen each year. Considering the heightened tempo of killings by herdsmen in Abia, Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba, Enugu, Kogi and a host of other places from 2014 to date, the human casualties should have more than doubled those of the proscribed Boko Haram. Consequently, this justifies the clarion call to proscribe the group for its enormous crime against humanity.

7. We further demand that community leaders should be empowered to in conjunction with security agencies enforce resolutions/agreements reached at peace and/or security meetings with relevant stakeholders.

8. The constitutional provisions empowering traditional institutions to decline hospitality to anybody they consider as a threat to their subjects physically, psychologically or economically should be strengthened and emphasized at security meetings.

In conclusion, we believe that as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), once warned, under-nourishment and starvation should not be considered less serious than blatant violations of other human rights.

In this regard, we wish to demand that these prayers be urgently attended to without any further delay. Failure to do so would amount to a confirmation of the failure of elected officials to uphold their oaths of office, thus portraying governance as a failed venture in the eyes of the citizens. Thank you and God bless you as we await your swift response to this matter.

Signed:

Mrs. Comfort Malan on behalf of Internally displaced women from Daffo

CC;
Commissioner of Police, Plateau State,
Plateau State Director, Department of State Securities (DSS),
Commandant, Civil Defense Corpse (NSCDC),
Commander, Special Task Force (STF), Plateau State,
Coordinator, Operation Rainbow, Plateau State,
Hon. Sunday Malo Muchen, Plateau House of Assembly,
Hon. Sylvanus Wallamko, Plat. Min. Economic Planning.

-Masara Kim

PLSG to establish Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Department in its all LGAs

The Plateau Government has approved the establishment of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Department in its 17 Local Governments.

Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati while briefing newsmen said the department was approved during the State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Simon Lalong.

He said the request for the establishment of the department was presented to the council by water resources and energy commissioner Jafaru Wuyep.

Dati quoted Jafaru as saying the department will boost water supply, sanitation and hygiene in the rural areas so as to minimize cholera and other waterborne diseases.

The commissioner said the council also approved the establishment of a Plateau Primary Healthcare Board to boost healthcare delivery in the hinterlands.

Dati said the council also reviewed the security situation in the state and charged security agencies to beef up surveillance around vulnerable areas.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kuden Kamshak who expatiated on the board said it would coordinate, plan and monitor the health system in the state.

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chris Ahmadu who spoke on the new department and board, said a legal framework would be developed to support their existence and outline their functions.