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National Dev.: NYSC Boss Urges Yar’ Adua To Harness Citizen Talents

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President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua-led Federal Government has been advised to harness the collective wisdom, energies, talents, initiatives and skills of the citizenry, especially those of the educated youths, for national development and progress.

The advice was given by Plateau State coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr. Peter O. Atitola. He spoke at opening and swearing-in ceremony of the 2009 Batch ‘B’ stream I corps members deployed to the state.

He explained that corps members enrollment into the service was to prepare them towards contributing their quota to nation building.

Besides, Atilola explained that the 36-year-old Program has provided bounds among educated youths from different geo-ethnic and socio-cultural backgrounds.

The state NYSC governing Board Chairman Hon. James Bakfur noted that the increase in NYSC population translated to abundance of human resources. According to him, they constituted skill labour, making them veritable assets to the country. He told his audience that NYSC members have in the last 36 years demonstrated that peaceful co-existence was of great importance in the country’s collective destiny as a nation. On security of the members and their property, the chairman emphasized that it remained the Board’s responsibility.

Hon. Barful advised the corps members to exercise discipline, and exhibit high sense of patriotism and maturity. Besides, he urged them to respect the customs, norms and traditions of the people, while warning them against involving themselves in the local politics.

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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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