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Jukun Demands Gov Ortom To Stop His Tiv Militia From Attacking Them

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Jukun people located in border areas between Taraba and Benue have asked Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom to stop Tiv militia from attacking and killing them.

The Kente Development Association who made the call and raised alarm that the Tiv militia are attacking and killing Jukun farmers in towns and villages located at the border area between Taraba and Benue states.

The association revealed that Jukun communities that came under attacks of Tiv militia include Akwana, Kente, Chonko, Tsokundi, and Rafinkada where several people mostly farmers were killed and many others injured.

The Association also sent save our souls complaints to Governor Darius Ishaku, Benue state government and the Federal government calling for urgent action against the activities of Tiv militia in the border areas of the two states.

The letter of complaint was signed by chairman and secretary of the association,Mr. Fred Agbu and Mr Ayuba Hosea.

They said the aim of the unprovoked attack was to completely stop the Jukun farmers from farming adding that most of the attacks carried out by the Tiv militia was on the farms.

“Our people who are mostly farmers were under constant attacks while working in their farms by the Tiv militia resulting to killing of many Jukun farmers,
“Now that rainfall started in southern Taraba and Wukari area in particular farmers may not farm this year if urgent action is not taken to stop the Tiv militia from attacking Jukun communities”the association said.

The Association also alleged that the attacks had discouraged the Jukun from going to their farms and other activities as it is now very risky to move around villages in the border areas of the two states because of the attacks by the Tiv militia.

” We wishe to draw the attention of the Federal Government,Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, that we are now under systematic and premeditated attacks by armed Tiv Militia from Tse-Hengadiya town of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State” the Association said.

The Association further alleged that aim of the fresh attacks is to prevent Jukun people who are mostly farmers from farming activities.

The Association also alleged that on 21st April, 2021 at about 9:10 am farmers from Kente town were attacked in their farms, and one Mr. Jacob Agbudouvgye Abe was killed with several others injured.

It further revealed that on 7th March, 2021 Danya Paul, Danjuma Jatua and Emmanuel Kopsank were killed at Byeban in Assa while on 14th April, 2021 three people were also killed by armed Tiv Militias in Rafin-Kada.”

These are names of few among several Jukun farmers who were attacked and killed by Tiv militia in many Jukun villages located at the border between Taraba and Benue states in recent weeks” the association said.

The association further stated that peace was restored in the area following sustained reconciliation initiated by Governor Darius Ishaku,the Aku_Uka of Wukari and Kente community leaders but however the Tiv militia started fresh attacks and killing of Jukuns in their number despite the peace agreement entered into.

” The ongoing attacks by Tiv militia in Jukun communities is a sad development and to say the least that the Tiv people are against peace and peaceful coexistence in Taraba State” the association alleged.

The association warned that enough is enough and warned the Tiv militia against further attacks in Jukun communities.

The association also advised Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and Tiv political and traditional leaders to call their Militias to order to embrace peace.

“The Federal and Taraba State Governments should mobilize and deploy more security personnel to Kente and its environs for sustainable peace and protection of lives and properties in line with their primary responsibilities” the association further said.

When contacted, the President Tiv Cultural Association in Taraba state, John Ayagwa declined to comment on the issue.

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Gov Fintiri Performs Groundbreaking Of 2 Flyovers In Bauchi

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Adamawa State Governor, the Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on Sunday performant the ground breaking off the construction of two Flyover bridges in the heart of Bauchi by the State Government.


Performing the flag off on behalf of the Bauchi State Government, Governor Fintiri declared that Senator Bala Mohammad has developed a legacy of promises kept.


“With the projects I have seen in Bauchi State and the ones in the offing including the overhead bridges, we are about to flag off now, I am left with no other option than to congratulate the good people of Bauchi State for having a visionary and courageous leader like Senator Bala.

“The true definition of leadership often times, is not rooted in the quantum of resources at the disposal of a leader. It is more measured by the vision and courage such a leader brings to the fore in the decision of how such resource are deployed and the craft of what project are prioritized.” He said.


Governor Fintiri while commending Senator Bala for the design and prioritization of projects, noted that only few leaders have the courage to rise above lazy routes and brace up to gigantic projects.


He said that overerhead bridges referred to as Flyovers are not just symbols of municipal ecstasies but solutions to vehicular traffic which eases movement. “Having them in Bauchi is therefore a good decision that would continue to define the vision of Senator Bala Mohammed in solving the problem of not only the present-day Bauchi but the Bauchi of tomorrow.”


Speaking earlier, the Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammad noted that population growth informed the idea behind constructing the flyover, adding that it will redefining urban transportation.


Governor Bala said as gateway to the North East it will give a first visitor to the region a good impression.


He noted that the choice of Governor Fintiri to break the ground is deliberate, describing him as one of the best that has changed the landscape of the region through the execution of viable projects.


The Governor of Borno. Prof Babgana Zulum and that of Gombe Mohammad Inuwa Yahaya were present at the event.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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Adamawa Poly Matriculates 2,818 New Students For 2023/2024 Academic Session

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A total of 2,818 student have been matriculated into various discipline of studies at the Adamawa State Polytechnic Yola for the 2023/2024 academic session.

Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof Mohammed Dahiru Toungos gave the revelation at the weekend in his welcome address at the school’s matriculation ceremony Polytechnic.

Breaking down the admission category, the Rector explained that Yola and Jambutu campus have two thousand four hundred and twelve, two hundred and fourteen at Numan campus while it’s National Skill Qualification, NSQF has one hundred and two.

Professor Toungos pointed out that though the institution recorded low enrollment it however poised to delivering quality service to the students.

He enjoined the matriculants to commit to their studies with tenacity and focus.

The Rector urged the learners to be regular and consistent in attendance at lecture and eschew all forms of deviant behaviours.

While assuring them of maximum security and safety, Dahiru Toungos congratulated and them successful and prosperous studies.

Earlier in a remark, the students representative of the Polytechnic, Mr. Kingsley Johanna appreciated the school’s management for the privilege to study.

He counselled the matriculating students to widen their horizon and positively impact the society during and after their stay at the Polytechnic.

Yohanna who expressed their readiness to be law abiding charged his colleagues to seek and embrace wisdom, honesty and integrity among other noble virtues.

It is now left for the students to delve into studies in earnest and all tenacity to justify the oath they took and get their parents to pride in them.

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Bauchi Lawmaker Pledges To Expedite Passage Of Bill On Reduction Of Out-Of-School Children

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Honourable Nasiru Ala, the Chairman, House Committee on Education in the Bauchi State House of Assembly has pledged to expedite the passage of the state framework Bill to reduce Out-Of-School in the state.

He made the pledge during a two-day regional stakeholders meeting on out-of-school children and retention, transition as well as completion models in Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa states.

According to him, any moment the bill is sent to the state House of Assembly from the Executive, the lawmakers would expedite actions to ensure that the bill is passed within three to four weeks.

He said “based on the law making, we are going to enact this particular law on the domestication of the Bauchi state framework to reduce Out-of-School children bill within three to four weeks from the day of reception from the Executive Arm.

“Our governor has been very cooperative and supportive on this particular issue of out of school children because it is a serious menace.

“As an academic, I’m not always happy anytime I hear the word Out-of-School children.

“That is why it’s not going to be a big deal in the Bauchi state House of Assembly to enact the state framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state.

“In three weeks time In-Sha-Allah, we are going to pass into Bill this State Framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state”.

Also speaking, Mr Raphael Aiyedipe, Education Officer, UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, said that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had developed a National Framework of Action to Reduce Out-of-School Children and drive access to education in the country.

According to him, the framework commits to substantially and systematically decrease the number of Out-of-School children in Nigeria by 2030.

He highlighted some of the objectives of the framework to include; improve access and quality of education for all Nigerian children, drive improvement in learning and relevant skills development.

Others, he said, were to accelerate the social and economic development of communities and the country at large.

“The Framework has 5 thematic areas that includes; political actors and this means gaining the political will and government commitment.

“Best practices and alternative pathways and this translates to defeating learning poverty, Community accountability, that is engaging stakeholders to build ownership.

“Technology and ICT which means improving access through innovative solutions and Financing mechanisms, that is, reaching the most vulnerable,” he explained.

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