‘Similar To Winter’ – Even Americans Feel The Cold In Jos

Since the turn of the New Year, temperatures in Jos have dropped, sometimes to seven-degree celsius,
Since the turn of the New Year, temperatures in Jos have dropped, sometimes to seven-degree celsius.

 

John Camiola moved from the US to live in Nigeria more than a decade ago with his family as a missionary.

But he hasn’t missed the American winter, no thanks to the weather patterns in Jos, Plateau State, where he lives.

According to him, Jos and New York City have similar cold weather patterns. 

“This cold season is very similar to our winter,” he told Channels Television. “It’s really nice to have this cold weather. I just came back from Abuja and it was much warmer there. 

“Last night, it was freezing. We had several blankets on, jackets, we were amazed at how cold it was. And we were amazed at how many people were complaining about the cold weather in Jos; we thought they were exaggerating but it is really cold here.”

John Camiola is a missionary working in Nigeria.
John Camiola is a missionary working in Nigeria.

 

Since the turn of the New Year, temperatures in Jos have dropped, sometimes to seven-degree celsius, according to our reporter’s observations.

The biting cold is accompanied by harmattan dust and has forced residents to don warm and additional clothing such as jackets and cardigans.

“This place is really cold,” James Halidu, who came in from Borno, said. “I am enjoying it. At night it was terrible. I can’t bathe with cold water. It’s too cold.”

“We are used to it,” a resident, Saeed Zakari, said. “It is normal here in Jos. I won’t advise anybody to come to Jos now. You can come in the next two months. But if you have to, come with big sweaters and socks. The cold is too much.”

The weather also comes with a number of health challenges, including respiratory infections.

The biting cold in Jos is accompanied by harmattan dust and has forced residents to don warm and additional clothing.
The biting cold in Jos is accompanied by harmattan dust and has forced residents to don warm and additional clothing.

 

According to a Consultant Paediatrician at the University of Jos, Christopher Yilgwan, the very young and very old are the most vulnerable.

“Apart from the fact that their body temperature could be very low, they could also be exposed to viruses that cause regulatory-tract infections,” he said.

“And, again, when you combine the harmattan and the dust, and the way it carries all these viruses and organisms around, the chances of having those infections are higher. 

“Then with the cold itself, people tend to congregate together; they tend to stay in smaller spaces to keep warm; people lock their windows. And when you lock windows, you tend to reduce ventilation.

“With poor ventilation and overcrowding, it is easier to spread viruses.”

Although overcrowding doesn’t worry Camiola and his family, he feels the Jos cold is harder to deal with because people organise their lives around letting in air.

“In the US, we have ventilation and heating systems, so we have the ability to stay warm,” he said. “Unfortunately in Nigeria, mostly our houses are made out of cement, so that’s really cold. Our windows don’t seal really well, so the wind will bring in the cold. That’s a really big challenge. So when someone says ‘I can handle this cold weather in Jos’, you have to take those things into consideration.”

Six Killed In Plateau Mining Pit, Buhari Mourns

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

Tragedy struck at Zawan Community in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State as six persons died and some injured while excavating mineral resources from a mining pit that collapsed on them.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Gabriel Ubah, confirmed to Channels Television on Thursday that the incident occurred two days ago.

He explained that several artisanal miners were on the site with over 20 people trapped in the pit that collapsed, although the injured victims have been taken to hospital for treatment.

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The state government, in a statement, commiserated with families of the deceased and described the incident as unfortunate.

It, thereafter, direct the state Ministry of Minerals Development to investigate the circumstances that led to the tragic incident for proper action to be taken.

The state Ministry of Health was also directed to give the injured adequate attention wherever they were receiving medical attention.

On his part, President Muhammadu Buhari condoled with families of the victims as well as the people and government of Plateau State over the sad incident.

He called for greater compliance with mining best practices going forward and urged medical personnel to give the injured victims the best attention while wishing them quick recovery.

In a stamen by his media adviser, Femi Adesina, the President prayed that the almighty God would accept the souls of the departed and comfort their loved ones.

25-Year-Old Manufactures, Unveils Nigeria’s First ‘Carbon Fibre’ Sports Car

 

 

At 25, Jerry Isaac Mallo has made a huge statement with the various machines he fabricated.

His latest offering is what some have termed Nigeria’s first Carbon Fibre sports car.

The Fabrication Engineer and CEO of Bennie Technologies LTD, on Thursday, launched his Nigerian made sports car which is named the Bennie Purrie.

At the launch which held at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, Mallo noted that the sports car is the first of many more innovative products he will be creating.

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Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, Mallo who was born in Jos, Plateau State, stated that he was inspired to create the sports car because Nigeria and Africa is a very big market for luxury vehicles.

“In Europe, we learnt that making the car is just half of the challenge, and selling it is the other half; Africa is usually is the target place to sell these vehicles, so I feel there’s a big market for it here,” Mallo stated.

He also noted that the continent has all the required resources and raw materials used in manufacturing the products, sadly, the vehicles are rarely made in Africa, hence, the reason he thought to fill the void.

Speaking further on the reason he delved into creating such a luxurious vehicle, Mallo said there are a lot of hand-skilled individuals in Nigeria who are wasting away because the nation tends to favour the theoretical more than the practical.

He said he was challenged and had to do something “practically inclined” which would serve as a platform for other skilled persons to put their hands together and come up with beautiful products.

Mallo said Plateau State government under Simon Lalong has been very supportive, stressing that the governor was the chief unveiler of his newest invention.

He also stated that the government has been key to his success, stressing that the state has helped with publicity for his engineering firm.

According to him, it was the Plateau State government that organised the unveiling of Bennie Purrie.

Specifications of Bennie Purrie?

In a bid to save more people from auto crashes, Mallo explained that most people get crushed and mashed in cars because those cars are made from aluminium or galvanized sheets that cannot absorb shocks at high speed.

He said that his cars are made of fibres which have the characteristics of glass, noting that if they get hit, they break like bottles and the airbags protect the individuals.

Mallo said the cars are also made with tubular chassis in that it gives a firm body to the car which makes it rugged for Nigerian roads.

In a bid to ensure the cars are conducive temperature-wise, Mallo stated that the vehicles have great cooling systems, with four radiators to ensure that the cars are cool regardless of the temperature.

Regarding the speed, the fabricator says his first model goes from 0 to 120 in 12seconds. He adds that it is a 2.0litre engine car which produces about 130 big horsepower.

He promised that more will be done, saying “there is big room for improvement and we won’t stop till it gets better”.

Marketing and future plans

As regards marketing the product, Mallo said there have been a lot of calls and text messages, with people requesting for details of how they can get the cars.

He, however, noted that the challenge is sales are not yet open to the general public.

The engineer said the first product is more like a research stage, just to let the world know that Nigeria has a lot of great talents.

He argues that this first move is to tell the world that with proper funding, he and his team will be able to make standard vehicles for general consumption.

Customers who desire to buy cars made by Mallo and his team might have to wait for two more years when Mallo believes his team would have created more beautiful cars to serve the needs of various clients.

Jos Building Collapse Death Toll Rises To 12

Twelve people have been confirmed dead after a three-storey residential building collapsed following torrential rain in Jos, Plateau State. 

The figure was confirmed on Tuesday evening by NEMA’s Head of Rescue Operations, North Central, Mr Nurudeen Musa.

Nurrdeen said bodies of four female, eight male persons have been recovered from the rubbles.

He added that four other victims have rescued.

Rescue operations continue as the operators sifted through the rubble overnight after the building collapsed on Monday.

The collapse came after three days of pounding rain.

Emergency officials said it occurred during working hours, sparing dozens of residents, who later returned to find their homes destroyed.

Residents said that extra floors of residential housing had been added to the building in recent years.

It will be recalled that 20 people died when a building housing a nursery and primary school collapsed in Lagos, in March 2019.

Nine Dead In Jos Building Collapse, Rescue Operations Ongoing

Nine persons have been confirmed dead while two others have been rescued after a building collapsed in Jos, Plateau State.

The three-storey building collapsed on Butcher Street, Dilimi area of Jos North Local Government Area on Monday evening.

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The figure was confirmed by NEMA’s Head of Rescue Operations, North Central, Mr Nurudeen Musa. He noted that the rescue operation is still ongoing with evacuator machinery mobilised to the site of the collapse.

The joint rescue effort is being carried out by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Plateau State Emergency Agency (SEMA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officers, the fire brigade, police officers and members of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.

The search and rescue operators, however, lamented that their operation is been hindered by the crowd.

 

See more photos from the building collapse below…

Many Trapped As Building Collapse In Jos, Rescue Operations Ongoing

 

A three storey building has collapsed at Butcher Lane in Dilimi area of Jos, Plateau state.

As of the time of filing this report, rescue operations were ongoing.

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Authorities say an unidentified number of persons are trapped in the rubble.

It remains uncertain how many persons were killed in the incident, however, some of those rescued have been taken to the hospital.

DPR Seals At Least 20 Illegal Fuel Stations In Plateau

File Photo.

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Jos, Plateau State, has sealed off at least 20 illegal fuel stations.

Operations Controller of the DPR Jos field office, Jerome Agada, confirmed this to journalists on Friday.

According to the officials, some of the retail outlets visited did not have the required permit to operate while some do not conform to technical and electrical specifications required as well as structural construction for such facility.

Meanwhile, 18 persons were also arrested for operating the various illegal retail outlets.

Agada noted that the exercise was part of measures to ensure sanity in the petroleum retail outlet business as well as compel operators to comply with rules and regulations in providing efficient services to the public.

INEC Issues Certificates Of Return To Plateau Gov, House Of Assembly Members

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued Certificates of Return to the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, his deputy Soni Tyoden and elected members of the state House of Assembly.

The event which took place at the INEC office in Jos, the capital had their family members, party chieftains as well as well-wishers in attendance.

In her remarks at the occasion, INEC National Commissioner supervising the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna and Plateau States, Professor Antonia Okoosi Simbine, decried what she described as a lack of internal democracy among political parties.

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According to her, the desperation of politicians and their supporters compounded the problem of inconclusiveness in the just concluded elections.

The elections which held in the state on March 9 had been declared inconclusive as a result of the margin of a lead of 44,929 between the APC and the PDP candidates, which was less than the 49,377 cancelled votes.

Governor Lalong had initially polled a total of 595,582 votes ahead of his closest rival and candidate of the PDP, Mr Jerry Useni, who polled 546,813 votes.

During the supplementary election held on March 23, Lalong defeated Useni with a difference of 48,769 votes, after which he was returned as the winner.

Updates: Governorship Election Results For Plateau

 

It is an intense battle in Plateau State where the main opposition PDP candidate, Jeremiah Useni in the gubernatorial race, is giving the incumbent Governor and the candidate of the ruling APC, Simon Lalong, a run for his money. 

The duo have taken turns in leading each other as the race heads to an end and a winner is declared by the electoral umpire.

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Below are results declared so far:

1. JOS EAST

APC 18,602
PDP 7,994

2. KANKE

APC 23,360
PDP 22,831

3. LANGTANG NORTH

APC 18,979
PDP 40,519

4. BARKIN LADI

APC 17,039
PDP 44,233

5. BOKKOS

APC 26,219
PDP 25,363

6. BASSA

APC 29,401
PDP 32,825

7. MIKANG

APC 15,150
PDP 11,703

8. LANGTANG SOUTH

APC 13,495
PDP 17,644

9. PANKSHIN

APC 35,769
PDP 24,788

10. KANAM

APC 54,394
PDP 21,956

11. JOS SOUTH

APC 33,075
PDP 91,846

Six more local government areas are still expected. They are Shendam, Qua’an Pan, Riyom, Wase, Mangu, and Jos North.

Lassa Fever Claims Four Lives In Plateau

FG Officially Declares Lassa Fever Outbreak, Activates Emergency Response Centres

 

Four persons have died as a result of Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever in Plateau State.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kuden Kamshak, confirmed this to Channels Television on Wednesday.

According to him, 22 suspected cases were taken for samples and thirteen were later confirmed to have the virus out which of four did not survive.

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Kamshak further explained that the remaining patients are been managed at Bingham Teaching Hospital as well as the Jos University Teaching Hospital where they are responding to treatment.

He said the primary contacts are also being monitored by the surveillance team.

The outbreak is currently prevalent in Jos North, Jos South, Shendam, Bassa and Riyom Local Government Areas of the state.

With the resurgence of the disease, the Federal Government has activated emergency response centres in the country.

Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, announced this in a statement signed by him on Tuesday.

The NCDC boss added that recent epidemiological data showed that the trend usually occurs during the dry season – between January and April.

“As at 13 January 2019, a total of 60 confirmed cases have been reported in eight states,” he stated.

Buhari Takes Presidential Campaign To Jos

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his campaign to Jos, Plateau State, ahead of next month’s general elections.

The President was accompanied by the Director-General of his campaign team Rotimi Amaechi and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) among other top officials.

Earlier today, he made a stop in Niger State where he commissioned the Baro Inland Water Port after which he held a rally in Minna, the capital.

Missing General: Police Declare District Head, Seven Others Wanted

Major General Idris Alkali (retired) has been missing since September 3

 

The Plateau State Police Command has declared the District Head of Dura Du Village in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State and seven others wanted in connection with the disappearance of Major General Idris Alkali (retd).

According to a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Tyopev Mathias, the suspects were declared wanted following preliminary investigations indicating that they masterminded the abduction, assault and caused the disappearance of the retired army officer.

Major General Alkali, a former chief of administration at the army headquarters, has been missing since September 3, 2018.

He went missing while travelling to Bauchi State from Abuja in a black Toyota Corolla.

In reaction to the development, the Nigerian Army started a search and rescue operation and troops from the 3 Division had been deployed to Dura Du village.

Commander of the division and leader of the search mission, Brigadier-General Umar Mohammed, told Channels Television on September 20 that preliminary investigation showed that the missing officer’s vehicle was seen close to a pond in the area.

Nine days later, the army found the vehicle in the pond. When it was pulled out, some items belonging to the major general were found but he wasn’t in the vehicle.

On October 2, two other vehicles were found in the pond; a white Toyota Hiace bus with registration number PLATEAU RYM 307 XA which was reported missing with the driver on 24 June 2018 and a red Rover car with registration number BAUCHI AG 645 TRR which was also allegedly reported to have been buried along with the occupants on 31 January 2013.

The next day, the army arrested over 30 persons in connection with the major general’s disappearance and called on “the entire good and peace loving people of Plateau State and most importantly the people of Dura–Du District to come forward and give credible information about the whereabouts of the missing retired senior officer”.

More than three weeks after, the search to unravel the truth about what happened to the major general continues.