The Mbaterem Community of Wukari Local Government Area of taraba state, ,has called on the Federal Government to once again, beam its search light in Taraba State, particularly in Wukari Local Government Area, in order to stop the Tiv eviction agenda by some leaders in the state.
The community in a Press release signed by its chairman, Mr. Nicholas Azege and its Secretary, Mr. Edward Haanongon and issued to journalists Monday, alleged that there is a deliberate and calculated plan by prominent leaders in the state, particularly in Wukari Local Government Area to evict the entire Tiv people in the state, grab their ancestral lands and render them homeless.
According to the release, a very large portion of Tiv land in Wukari Local Government, spanning from Zege-ate, Ikyernum, Daa, IKyaayaa, Ikyo-gbolum, Tar Orshi, Tor-Musa down to Tor-Iorshaer located in three different Council wards including Tsukundi, Chonkwu and Rafinkada, estimated to cover over 27km square and other areas in the Local Government, have already been demarcated and shared among some kinsmen of the LGA.
The release recalled that the Taraba State Government had last year set up a committee to resettle Internally Displaced Persons of Chonkwu and Asa Chiefdoms of Wukari LGA. The resettlement committee, the release states was to serve as a model for other affected places in the near future but regrettably, one year has passed and still counting, no one is resettled in the said areas let alone other affected places in Wukari LGA, leaving the IDPs to languish in pains in the neighboring states.
Part of the release read: “As we write now, Wukari Local Government chairman and his cohort has already embarked on operation destroy Tiv ancestral graves. The operation is ongoing in Tiv villages, graves are being excavated and corps exhumed. Our economic trees are being destroy on daily bases yet, they are telling the whole world that peace is reigning in the Area.
“Our people who attempt to return back on their own to rebuild their destroyed places to continue with their normal businesses are being killed and some driven away, even as their building materials are being destroyed by suspected Jukun millita.
“Yet to be identify gunmen have taken over our displaced homes as their hide outs and any time suspected Jukun militia crash with them in those areas, the Jukun react spontaneous, killing our innocent people in the presence of security officers in the heart of Wukari town.
“Last Wednesday, 9th February, 2022. It was alleged that Jukun militia crashed with these unknown gunmen in IKyernum, Tsukundi Council Ward of Wukari. The Jukuns, without tracing the source of the crash, spontaneously chased and killed so many of our innocent brothers including Msur-Aondo Abegg in the heart of Wukari town, and their corps are not recovered by their families even though there are security agencies all over in the town.
“We want to appeal to the Taraba State Government to hasten up its efforts towards resettling Internally Displaced Persons in the affected areas in the state, especially in Wukari as he pledged in Bali LGA recently. This will prevent the prevalence of criminal activities in the areas and the people will be unable to settle down and register in the ongoing voters’ registration to enable them to take part fully in the forthcoming election, this is more so that hostilities are gradually renewing, as incidents of attacks are rapidly resurfacing.
“We also want to remind the Taraba State Government that we are still taking refuge in the neighboring states as IDPs, as against the Statement made by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu at the just-concluded joint meeting of officials on Benue/Taraba Interstate Boundary held in Abuja last Wednesday, 9th February 2022.
“The officials of Benue Taraba Interstate Boundary should also know that boundary demarcation alone can never solve the Jukun/Tiv crisis in the area, but justice on both sides. After all, Tiv and Jukun patterns of the settlement are interwoven.
“The evil collaborators must know that our lands were given to our ancestors by God and will forever belong to us and so they should jettison their land grabbing and eviction agenda in Taraba State to guarantee peace.
Several calls were put across to the chairman, Wukari LGA, Hon. Daniel Adi to reaction to some of these allegations proves abortive as all his lines were not going through at the time of filing this report.
Refineries Not Created To Reduce Petrol Price, Kyari Tells Senate
Forty eight hours after being summoned by the Senate, the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, has now appeared before the joint committee on appropriations.
The Senate had issued a 24-hour ultimatum on Wednesday to the NNPCL boss after an observations that he had in previous occasions, shunned summons by the Senate to appear before its ad-committee probing over 11 trillion naira expenditure on turn around maintenance of refineries in the country between 2010 and 2023.
Responding to questions by the senate committee on appropriations on the potential drop in pump price of petroleum owing to the expected functionality of refineries, Kyari clarified his comment after he was interrogated again. He explained that it might be possible to have a reduction, but it is not the main objective of the refineries.
He buttressed that maintaining the energy security target has fostered the confidence that in 2024, Nigeria will become a net exporter of petroleum products.
The NNPCL boss affirmed that no subsidy is charged to the federation, adding that the NNPC has contributed 4.45 trillion naira as direct revenue into the federation in a combination of taxes, royalties and dividends and paid 406 billion naira as dividend to Federal Government’s account from July 2023.
According to him, Nigeria does not have credible data for PMS consumption in the country because of the absence of the instrument to measure.
The Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee, Senator Adeola Olamilekan, had on Wednesday, directed Kyari to appear before the committee in 24 hours.
Olamilekan, who asked Kyari to appear in company of the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), warned that failure to appear undermines the legislature and sabotages the process.
They are required to present the list of all individual companies operating with OML licenses in Nigeria as well as total production output approved on a daily basis.
The lawmaker expressed concerns that some of the revenues required to drive the 2024 budget was attributed to the NNPCL, which according to him, was owned by the Federal Government and responsible to it, and by extension the three arms of government. Channels TV.
Labour Leaders Meet To Work Out Living Wages
Ahead of the expected resumption of negotiation between the Federal Government and the organised labour on the new Minimum Wage, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is meeting in Abuja to brainstorm so as to arrive at a living wage that is commensurate with the prevailing cost of living.
This came as the NLC has vowed not to be deterred by the recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State, which it said poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining.
These were contained in the welcome address by the NLC President, Mr. Joe Ajaero, at the Opening Session of the NLC 2023 Harmattan School with the theme: “Building Workers’ Skills for Policy Engagement” in Abuja.
Ajaero, represented by the Congress Deputy President, Benjamin Anthony said: “In the face of adversity and brutality encountered while advocating for the rights of workers to earn their legitimate income and benefits, our resolve remains unwavering. We are motivated to continue our efforts towards achieving decent work and improving working conditions in the formal and informal sectors of the economy.
“The recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, and should unequivocally be condemned by all people of goodwill.
“The only thing that can assuage our pains is for the Imo State Government to address all labour issues and return the so called ‘ghost workers’ to their jobs, pay all outstanding salaries and pensions and call back all victimized workers to their jobs.
“It has become very necessary for governments at all levels to recognize that life and living conditions are exceedingly difficult, especially for working people in both the formal and informal sectors of the economy.”
“The removal of subsidy on petroleum products has further exacerbated the challenges faced by working people, unleashing severe pain and contributing to galloping inflation and increasing inequality and poverty.
“We must reckon that a well-motivated and well-remunerated workforce has a positive impact on productivity and national development,” he added.
He implored participants to approach the training programme with a quest and thirst for knowledge through asking of questions and sharing of experiences with the facilitators and with one another.
He thanked the representative of the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Country Director of the ILO for the English Speaking, West African Countries, the Director General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, the Resident Representative of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, FES, Country Director of the Solidarity Centre, members of the NAC, CWC and NEC of the NLC for finding time to attend the Opening Session of the 2023 School.
Operatives Of NDLEA Uncover Illicit Drugs Concealed In Dolls, Local Soap, Milo Tins
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have uncovered illicit substances bound for Europe, United Arab Emirates and Asia.
Disclosing this in a statement on Sunday, NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said the illicit substances intercepted included various quantities of methamphetamine and opioids concealed in hems of new jeans trousers, dolls, buttons, local soap and tins of milo beverage.
Noting that the operation was carried out by operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI) at courier houses in Lagos, he said some of the items seized included tramadol 225mg concealed in hems of new jeans trousers heading to Cyprus; shipment of cannabis sativa hidden in heads of dolls going to Dubai; sachets of tramadol 225mg buried in tins of milo beverage going to UAE; and another set of same drug hidden in local soap also going to UAE.
Others were a consignment of methamphetamine concealed in buttons heading to Hong Kong; and a shipment of another illicit substance coming from Florida, USA.
“Operatives in Lagos on Friday 1st December also arrested a drug kingpin, Okechukwu Ogala, 56, who specialises in exploiting and recruiting young citizens to export meth to Asian countries.
“He was arrested at Blue Moon Hotel in Okota area of Lagos with 60 wraps of methamphetamine weighing 1.009 kilograms.
“In another operation in Lagos, operatives on Friday 1st December recovered 393kgs of cannabis in a shop at Akala, Mushin while a suspect, Justin Enuonye, who deals in Canadian Loud was arrested by the police at Victoria Island and transferred to Lagos Command of NDLEA on Friday 1st December with 154 parcels weighing 92kgs.
“A team of NDLEA operatives also intercepted a vehicle at Oyingbo area of Lagos and recovered 108kgs of cannabis from it, while 675 kilograms of the same substance were recovered from the store of a wanted dealer, Wahab Olota at Adedoja area of Mushin, Lagos,” Babafemi said. Channels TV.
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