Human rights Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, known as Association of Youths for Justice and Equal Rights, AYJER, has called on government at all levels to quell the current looming crisis in the country.
In a press statement, Chairman of AYJER from USA, Mr. Julius Gbolahan Motajo, who reiterated that the current state of Nigeria’s polity, condemned the gross ineptitude and misconduct shown by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, during the recent Osun guber elections, which he described as threat to democracy as it was characterized by violence perpetrated and malpractices of vote buying by politicians under the supervision of an electoral umpire that is expected to conduct free and fair elections.
He charged for an enabling voting atmosphere for eligible Nigerians who have attained the universal suffrage age of 18, also urging the youths to be resilient in their mandates of selecting credible candidates of their choices.
Mr. Motajo also called on for government’s intervention on security, through the enforcement of patriotic security agencies that would ensure the safety of Nigerians, mostly those in the north east/north central zones, urging them to beef up the security apparatuses to quell the onslaught of insurgency meted on innocent citizens, as he made reference to a recent case of massacre that took place in Jos, plateau state, where a family of nine were gruesomely murdered.
“During the just concluded osun state Governorship election, having denounced the activities of the INEC, and the intimidation meted on the electorate does not portray the electorate umpires in conducting a free and fair election.
“This organization reiterated that the recent political landscape is blowing an ill wind that is capable of disturbing the tents of Democracy.
“In Nigeria it is time to provide conducive atmosphere for those that had attained the age of 18, and above to confidently cast their vote for candidates of their choice. We call on all eligible voters especially the youths to be steadfast and ensure that they vote for the party that will deliver the dividends of Democracy to its citizens.
“It is no doubt that we vehemently condemned any party leader that is involved in the selling of the highest bidder of vote, this singular act does not encourage growth and development in the community.
“The media had been awash with snatching of ballot boxes, and shooting of gun at the polling stations by scaring the electorate is not healthy for our democracy.
“We urge the Government of the day to mobilize the law enforcement agencies to arrest culprits and bandits that go to polling stations to disorganised the polling state that sometimes culminate to stampede and stress.
“Government needs to send a large number of our law enforcement agencies to the crisis torn states to forestall and quell the insurgencies. Security apparatuses should be impartial in the discharge of their duties, rather than taking side on the part of the ruling party.
“The carnage for the herdsmen and farmers dual had caused untold hardship to the people of the Northeast, northwest and the north central. Only recently a family of about nine members were murdered in cold blood in plateau.” Motajo said.
CITAD, NAFDAC, SON sensitize young women on entrepreneurial development in Bauchi
An NGO, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) in collaboration with National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) sensitizes young women on entrepreneurship development in Bauchi.
CITAD programme officer in Bauchi, Mr Muhammed Chiroma said at the sensitization and closing ceremony of the 6 weeks training of the young on friday in Bauchi thar the young women totalling 20 were trained on computer literacy and other entrepreneurship and skill acquisition programmes.
He said entrepreneurship is an antidote for youth employment and self reliance adding that CITAD is passionate about youth entrepreneurship which he said would help to reduce employment challenges facing the country.
“The youth need to be self reliance and as such needed to be trained as entrepreneurs.
“It is a known fact that entrepreneurship is the cornerstone of every economy and has the transformational power.
“That is why CITAD has been engaging this young people on how to become employers of labour,” Chiroma said.
The programme officer explained that the participants underwent six weeks courses in photography, film and video editing, graphic designs.
Others include web design and blogging, computer appreciation as well as baking.
Also speaking, NAFDAC representative, Mr Muhammed Muazu explained that the role of NAFDAC is to make sure that all drugs and food supplied to citizens are safe.
He however urged the graduands to follow and adhere to policies and regulations that guided business establishment.
In his own submission, SMEDAN representative, Mr AbdulRasheed Aliyu said their agency can train and help any potential entrepreneurs to the rudiment of managing and starting their businesses.
SON representative, Mr Muhammed Chinade urged the young women to make sure that what they give out to the general public is of good quality and standard, either consumable or services.
“I call on all of you to come to SON office for any advice or guidance on standard and quality products that would be circulated to the general public,” Chinade urged.
Speaking on behalf of the participants Miss Maryam Kabir expressed appreciation to CITAD for giving them the required skills on how to be self reliance, promising that they would make judiciously use of what they have learnt and become a successful employers of labour.
Police nabs 11 vandals of security communication system in Bauchi
Police Command Bauchi state has arrested 11 vandals suspected to vandalizing equipment at the National Public Security Communication System (NPSCS) in Alkaleri local government area of the state.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar while parading the suspects in Bauchi on Thursday, he explained that the culprits were nabbed by the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of the Command on Tuesday following a tip off.
According to him, the suspects had allegedly stolen two GBW 10KVA power generators vandalised adding that their action was a sabotage to Federal Government’s effort of equipping the police and other security agencies with modern security gadgets to perform their duties of protection of lives and property of its citizens effeicienty.
Abubakar noted that the suspects were in the wanted list of the command in connection with vandalisation and theft in some telecommunications sites belonging to both government and private companies in the state and the neighboring states.
” Other exhibits recovered from the suspects include Crane loaded with exhibits with registration number XM-202-LSR, J5 Truck with registration number BAU-548-XA. The suspects confessed voluntarily to the crime and are giving useful information to the police in the investigation”. He said.
He stated that the case was under investigation after which the suspects would be charged to court as soon as possible.
Bauchi Christians Pilgrims warned against drug, bad conduct in Israel
Bauchi State Intending Christians pilgrims to this year’s pilgrimage have been warned against carrying illicit drugs or being of unruly character in Israel.
Just as 87 prospectives pilgrims from the state will be attending pilgrimage to Israel.
The Executive Secretary of the State Christian Pilgrimage Welfare Board (CPWB) Engineer Daniel Shawulu JP gave the advice during the orientation of prospective pilgrims to Israel in Bauchi on Saturday.
He said while many of the nation’s intending pilgrims may be conscious and not fall victims of dubious characters who may trick them to drug carriage.
“I urged you to shun any form of misconduct in the Holy Land that will give Bauchi and Nigeria a bad name,” he said
According to him, involves practical and this can only be achieved with patience and abiding by the rules, so as to gain the essence that took you to holy land.
Also Speaking the Commandant Bauchi state command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Mr. Segun Oke charged the intending pilgrims to avoid illicit drugs in the Holy Land.
He warned the prospectives pilgrims to shun going with drugs that law of the land does not allowed.
Oke advice the pilgrims to seek advice from medical team before travelling with any medication or drugs “so that you don’t violate the law of the their country,” he said.
Deputy superintendent of Immigration DIS Endabwedo Adamu of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) warns against multiple international passport and tampering the passport which will rendered it null and void.
“Stressing that it will affect travelling process to holy land, ” he said.
Earlier, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Bauchi Chapter chairman Reverend Ray Maina, represented by his deputy Reverend Masoyi Majida urged the Intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors of Nigeria by being of good conducts.
“Exhibit peace, practical and patience at all times. They should repent sincerely before the journey and go with good faith.
“While charging the pilgrims to pray for the development of Bauchi and Nigeria.
“Always remember that you are there for a purpose, so therefore, pray for successful conduct of general elections and return to the nation hence pray for the country you want to have.
At the end of the orientation exercise Most Reverend Hillary Na’anman Dachelem was announced as the leader of the pilgrimage to Israel to be assisted by honourable Markus Makama the member representing Bogoro Constituency in the state Assembly.
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