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Post-Amnesty: S’South Governors Laud Jonathan Over Involvement

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The South-South Governors Forum has commended the actions taken by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to involve the Governors in the consultative process of the management of the post amnesty programme in the region. Our correspondent reports that the commendation was contained in a communiqué signed and issued by six Governors of the region at the end of their one day meeting in Port Harcourt.

According to the Governors, they felt encouraged by the renewed drive to address its challenges which remain a threat to the stability of the region. The communiqué, which was read by the Chairman of the South-South Governors Forum, Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River, also reaffirmed the setting up of the Bayelsa, Rivers , Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta (BRACED) Commission.

The Governors, the communiqué stated took measures for the formal establishment of its secretariat, explaining that the BRACED Commission will be charged with initiating the Economic Development Council, which is private sector-driven and aims to attract investment to the sub-region.

It noted the degradation of the environment as a result of oil spillage caused by the activities of the oil companies operating in the Niger Delta and called on the Federal Government to take urgent and appropriate measures to compel the oil companies to protect the environment and put in place stronger regulations that would guide oil exploration in the region to ensure the protection of the environment.

They also called on the federal government to expedite action on the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill which is aimed to benefit communities where the oil resources are exploited.

On the South-South economic Summit, the forum agreed that the first edition, which was successfully held last year is an annual event and is to be held on November 18 and 19, 2010 in Asaba, Delta State and it will be an opportunity for the region to show case its economic potentials.

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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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