Nasarawa Indigents Get Free Surgeries and Screening

doctors-free-surgeriesOver 500 indigent in Nasarawa residents have benefited from free surgeries and screening under the Rapid Response Initiative.

The initiative which was conducted in the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi is in line with the federal government’s vision to reach out to 10,000 indigents across the country who cannot afford medical surgeries for various illnesses.

One hundred free surgeries were allocated to the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi and they have been conducted successfully.

In addition to the surgeries, free testing and screening was conducted to over 400 indigents to know their status on some killer diseases.

The Chief Medical Director, Dr Joshua Giyan, who underwent the surgeries himself with the help of some consultants of the clinic applauded the federal government for the initiative.

Mr Giyan also called on the people of the state especially well to do individuals to join hands to help underprivileged people in the state.

Happy with the initiative, he promises to sustain it even after the stipulated time.

“It is a step in the right direction, we are going to continue even after this. I urge all and sundry to put hands on deck and support this type of venture so that indigents will have succour in the area of health care,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries, Blessing Edache who had lumps in her breast removed successfully, expressed gratitude to the Nigerian President for such initiative.

“I thank God for making it possible for me to be alive today. I was admitted here for an operation (breast lump), I thank the President for remembering us,” she said.

Surgeries conducted include lumpectomy, inguinal herniorrhaphy, hydrocelectomy, cataract extraction, myomectomy, correction of refractive errors.

Screening for hepatitis, diabetes. prostate cancer, breast cancer were also conducted. Those found positive were counselled adequately on the next line of action.

Al-makura Tracks Implementation Of 10 Billion Naira Loan Capital Projects

al-makuraThe Nasarawa State Government has embarked on an inspection of all projects being funded from the 10 billion naira capital market bond for infrastructure development across the state.

Governor Tanko Al-makura, in company of his aides, moved from the Nasarawa State University in Keffi to the state polytechnic where hostel accommodation and camp roads are being constructed as part of the bond projects.

At the Nasarawa State University, Mr Al-makura gave marching orders to contractors handling the job to speed up the project.

While accepting that basic infrastructure at the schools were inadequate, the Governor assured the female students of their safety on campus.

The Governor also visited the Akwanga and Lafia Ultramodern Market with over 1,000 lock-up shops as part of the second phase of projects the bond is being expended on.

He noted that part of the 10 billion naira bond obtained for these projects have been paid from income generated from other projects the bond was invested on.

Ijaw\Northern Youth Sign Non-Violent Elections Pact

Youths from both Southern and Northern parts of Nigeria have come together to promote and support the non-violent election campaign ahead of the February General Eelections in the Country.

The youths comprising of Northern Ethnic Youth Groups Assembly and the Ijaw Youth Council, gathered in Keffi, Nasarawa State, to raise awareness among Nigerians about the need to shun violence before, during and after the elections.

The President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Udengs Eradiri and Convener of the Northern Ethnic Youth Groups Assembly, Usman Okai, both agreed on the need to avoid inflammatory comments following threat by some Niger Delta Leaders on the election outcome.

Other Youth Groups present at the peace meeting include the Ohaneze Youth Wing, Miyetti Allah, Eggon Youth Movement, Idoma and Hausa Elite Clubs, to endorse a common front of a peaceful post election era for Nigeria.

The presidential candidates of all the political parties in Nigeria had earlier in the year signed an accord to prevent electoral violence before, during and after the February 14 elections.

The signing ceremony took place in Abuja during a sensitisation workshop on non-violence elections.

It had in attendance President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Professor Oluremi Sonaiya of the KOWA Party amongst others.

The accord also stipulates that the institutions engaged in the conduct of the February elections must be seen to be impartial throughout the conduct of the elections.

In his speech at the opening of the workshop, President Jonathan identified what he called ‘threats and provocative statements’ by the leaders of political parties, as some of the reasons the followers take to violence during and after elections and warned that Nigerians,expecially the youth, should shun politics of bitterness.

Insurgents Paid N3,000 To Rain Terror In Nasarawa – Army

more Troops“Insurgents operating among the warring tribes of Nasarawa state get mobilisation fee of N3,000 naira to rain terror across communities in the state.”

Commanding officer of the 177 guards brigade, Keffi, Colonel Musa Ibrahim, revealed the intelligence report when he led the governor of Nasarawa state and other security agencies through 13 communities affected in the on-going killings in the state.

In recent times, rural communities of Adogi, Ashangwa, Gidan Gambo and Assakio, all along the lafia shendam road have been attacked by militia forces.

During an impact assessment by Governor Al-makura, Colonel Ibrahim while filling in the governor on the strategies adopted by the insurgents, also noted that looting, killing and rape had also been employed by the assailants in their destruction and vendetta.

Governor Al-makura who arrived Assakio through several villages that had been burnt to the ground in company of security agents.

The impact assessment tour saw the governor and his team move through rural path used by the insurgents to cross from Assakio to Obi where communities like Sabo Gida, Lega-Obi, Tudun Adabu and Daddere were also troubled.

Mister Al-makura proffered the solution of rationalized security structure to protect affected communities.

One of the concerns raised was the near security absence in some of the communities which the governor admitted, that there was inadequate personnel to provide security services round the clock.

Governor Al-Makura Urges Supporters To Remain Peaceful

Tanko Al-makuraNasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has called on his supporters to be peaceful accusing the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) legislators of breaking the law and working against the interest of the people.

Mr Al-Makura told protesters, who gathered at the Government House to show solidarity, to remain law abiding and await the outcome of the constitutional process.

He assured them of his administration’s adherence to due process and the rule of law, adding that those breaking the law will be held accountable at the appropriate time.

The protesters marched from Keffi to  Mararaba axis, a boundary settlement annexing the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Top on their demand, was the call to the PDP and its elected members of the House to rescind its decision and halt the impeachment plot against Mr Al-Makura, who was elected in 2011.

The protesters expressed their grievances over “frequent interference and impeachment threat on the Governor” which is “distracting him from delivering more dividends of democracy to the people of the state”.

They however recalled that, this is about the ninth time the House of Assembly is making attempt to impeach Mr Al-Makura from office and therefore advised the aggrieved legislators to temper justice with mercy in the interest of peace and progress of the State.

NANS Protest Killing Of Nasarawa Students

Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NAN, have protested the alleged killing of four students of the Nasarawa State University during a protest by officers of the Nigerian Army.

The renewed protesters demanded that the Nigerian Army must produce the killers of the students.

Four students of the university who protested over the non-provision of basic amenities at the institution were allegedly shot by soldiers deployed to disperse the demonstrating students but the Nigerian Army has denied the allegation.

The student body who took their protest to the vicinity of the Nigerian Army headquarters in Abuja on Friday, promised to be confrontational if their demands are not met

Leading the protesting student in Abuja, the Senate President of NANS, Donald Onukaogu, demanded that the increasing spate of killings of students across the country must stop.

Reacting to the killing of the students, the director of army public relations, Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru had told a news conference earlier in the week that soldiers from the 177 Battalion in Keffi, only assisted other security agencies in quelling the violent protest embarked upon by the students.

The student body promised to confront the army if those behind the killing of the students are not fished out, as they demand justice for the death of their mates.

Army Denies Killing Nasarawa University Students

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday denied involvement in the killing of four students of Nasarawa State University.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru said soldiers from the 177 guards battalion in Keffi only assisted the police in quelling the violent protests embarked upon by students of the university.

Four students of the university in Keffi were shot dead while protesting the lack of water and electricity in the institution. The students allegedly blocked the Abuja/Keffi road and at some point in the protest four of them were killed by security agents while several others received gunshot injuries.

The police on their part denied shooting the students, saying that the policemen who arrived at the scene only cleared the highway to allow traffic to flow. The police spokesperson, Mr. Frank Mba, on Tuesday, said: “The policemen that went to the scene only cleared the expressway that was blocked by the students. Two students were killed and seven others were hospitalised for injuries sustained during the violent protest.”

He maintained that, “Any question on the killing should be directed to the Army. They have their Public Relations unit; the police were not involved in the shootings.”

However, the spokesperson for the Army denied the claim, saying: “What these people are writing is not correct. Soldiers were not deployed and couldn’t have carried out the shooting. Our men were on patrol duty at Keffi.”

“The students, who were protesting, had blocked the road but soldiers did not have any altercation with them. There were the police and other security agencies, who were on the ground to handle the situation. There is also this information we have that the police even recovered some arms from the students who were protesting.”

Students’ Protest: Nasarawa Governor Suspends Water Board GM

The Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Almakura has suspended the General Manager of the state water board, Safiyanu Ibrahim.

Mr. Ibrahim’s suspension is not unconnected to the protest embarked on by the students of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, which resulted in the death of four students and disruption of free flow of traffic along Keffi-Abuja-Lafia road on Monday.

The slain students were among other protesting the scarcity of electricity and water in the school.

During the protest, some soldiers reportedly invaded the school and started firing shots which claimed the lives of four students.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ilyasu Yakubu, the government said it has commenced investigation into the remote and immediate causes of the protest.

The statement added that Governor Almakura also directed the most senior officer in the state water board to cover the affairs of the board pending the determination of the investigation.

CLO Condemns Killing Of Four Students By Soldiers In Nasarawa

The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has condemned the killing of four students of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, and injuring of numerous others by armed soldiers and mobile policemen for protesting lack of water and electricity in the university.

In a statement emailed to Channels Television, the organisation said that it gathered from its sources in the university that for over three weeks, the university community had suffered non-availability of water and electricity supply without the authorities of the University either explaining the reasons for the lack of the essential amenities to the students and the entire community or making efforts to fix the problem or make alternative arrangement for the supply of the amenities before the students embarked on a peaceful protest to drive home their demand.

The statement said, “Angered by the students’ legitimate action, CLO learnt, the university authorities were said to have mobilised armed military and police personnel into the campus to forcefully kill and maim the students reminiscent of the 1986 ABU massacre. On the arrival of these armed soldiers and policemen on the university premises, they started shooting sporadically during which time four students were mowed down to death and several others injured.

“We are shocked at this barbaric action of the university authorities, especially deploying military officers to employ the use of excessive force to quell civil protest by armless students. CLO recalls that similar event had occurred in Ebonyi State early this year when the students of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, protested against over 300 percent increase in tuition and service fees by the university authorities in which CLO vehemently condemned the wickedness and called on the state government to investigate the crisis and bring culprits to book.

“In the similar manner, CLO hugely condemns the lawless and primitive actions of the authorities of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi and calls on the CPC-led government in Nasarawa State to urgently set up a Commission of Enquiry which will include students’ true representatives, members of credible civil society organisations, the NBA, NUJ and National Human Rights Commission to probe into the crisis in order to get to root of the mayhem, discover and punish the perpetrators in line with the laws of our land, pay adequate compensations to the families of victims and their families and recommend ways to forestall future occurrences.”