The Taraba State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr. Anthony Nzoka on Saturday called on the State government to support the sanitation exercise of the NYSC to tackle flooding and environmental diseases in the State.
Nzoka made the call at the flag off of the 2021 NYSC National Sanitation Exercise with the theme ‘Clean Environment/Good Hygiene: Penacea for Good Health and Long Life’ in Jalingo, the State capital.
According to him, clean environment was key in the prevention of environmental diseases and called on the state government, traditional rulers as well as community leaders to join hands with the NYSC in the exercise to help prevent diseases and remove blockages that led to the recent flooding in the State.
“Jalingo is on the plain land and if we don’t prioritise environmental sanitation, we will continue to witness serious flooding worse than what we had recently.
“It is unfortunate that we embarked on this exercise without a single functional waste disposal truck from the government and we have to hire small trucks to help dispose the waste.
“Government and her agencies should live up to their responsibilities in this regard,” said Nzoka.
Earlier, while reading the address of the Director General of NYSC, Mr. Anthony Nzoka said the exercise followed the recent nationwide medical outreach by the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers which discovered that most of the ailments were as a result of poor hygiene.
The NYSC DG assured that the scheme will not rest on its oars, but will continue to offer health and other services, including environmental protection for the good of humanity.
On his part, Executive Chairman, Jalingo Local Government Council, Hon. Abdulnasir Bobboji represented by the Leader of the Council’s legislature, Hon. Umar Usman pledged the support of the Council to NYSC activities and programmes.
Bobboji appealed to NYSC to sustain the exercise, even as he called on community leaders to join the corps members in the exercise.
Our correspondent reports that the corps members in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital led by the State Coordinator, removed blockages and sweeps the streets of Jalingo especially at the popular Michelin roundabout, Palace way and PDP Secretariate junction in the Jalingo metropolis.
Bandits Chase Residents Out Of Kaduna Village For Failing To Pay Tax
Residents of Kidandan community in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State were chased out of their ancestral homes in their hundreds over the weekend for failing to pay tax to bandits.
The bandits had raided their community for hours, shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the killing of many residents and abduction of many others.
Some survivors told reporters that the bandits, who had previously terrorized the community, increased their aggression after some farmers failed to pay the levies imposed on them.
The Kaduna State Police Command did not respond to the inquiries made about the incident, as the Command’s spokesman, ASP Mansur Hassan, promised to call our correspondent back but had not done so at press time.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, said: “For the past six days, bandits have been frequenting Kidandan. But this attack was particularly devastating. They instilled terror, stole belongings, and abducted our people.
“Every resident of Kidandan lives in extreme fear. Our women and children are leaving in large numbers. The sudden and unplanned exodus is striking. They seek safety, heading to Zaria and other seemingly secured areas to stay with friends and relatives.”
It was alleged that instead of a permanent security presence, patrols were the only form of occasional security in the community.
This, it was alleged, allowed the bandits to strike whenever they sensed the absence of security operatives.
The Kaduna Bombing Incident Will Not Be Swept Under The Carpet – Ribadu
The National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu has visited the Tudun Biri village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State to commiserate with the people over bombing incident.
While 85 persons were confirmed dead in the strike and scores were injured in the most recent military mishap, Ribadu and the lawmakers are commending the commitment of security agencies to reducing the security challenges in the region.
The NSA who was in the village on a fact-finding mission, assured that the bombing incident will not be swept under the carpet. He promised that a holistic investigation would soon commence to avert the recurrence of such an incident.
“We are here to physically see and also talk directly to the people, victims, and families and make an assessment for the Federal Government. It is a tragedy and misfortune. But it has happened. What matters is: how we move forward, what we going to learn from here, and what exactly we need to do,” Ribadu added.
He commended Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State for his display of maturity and leadership in handling of the unfortunate incident, particularly in providing relief materials and other logistics to the victims.
Kaduna Bombing: Northern Lawyers Vow To Sue FG
Lawyers, under the auspices of the Concerned Northern Forum, have vowed to institute legal action against the Federal Government, demanding the payment of adequate compensation for the victims of Tudun Biri bombed by the military airstrikes in Kaduna State.
Recall that over 120 villagers were killed while celebrating Maulud last Sunday night.
Speaking for the Northern Lawyers Forum, Barrister Nafi’u Abubakar, noted that the forum would ensure that the families that suffered irreparable loss as a result of this unfortunate incident get justice.
Nafi’u, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday, urged the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into this incident.
“It is imperative that those responsible are held accountable for their actions, and measures are put in place to prevent any recurrence of such incidents in the future.
“We also urge the Nigerian Army to reevaluate its rules of engagement and training procedures to prevent the loss of innocent lives during military operations. It is vital that the Nigerian Army, as a defender of the nation, exercises utmost caution to avoid any further instances of collateral damage and civilian casualties,” he said.
The forum, with over 600 members, extended their deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the tragic incident.
“We stand united with them in their grief and pledge our unwavering support in ensuring justice is served.
“The Concerned Northern Lawyers Forum will work tirelessly to pursue legal means to claim the compensation that is owed to the victims,” he said. Vanguard.
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