Insecurity: Students call for relocation of Federal Varsity Wukari

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Students undergoing various programmes at the Federal University of Wukari, Taraba State have called on the Federal Government to relocate the institution to a safer place for the safety of both the students and members of staff.

This is coming at the pick of the crisis between the Jukun/Tiv where no day passes without losing a life, courtesy of militias believed by many to be Jukuns.

The worry of the students is the inability of the government to tackle the crisis lingering since the 2019 general elections.

Most of the students who spoke with our correspondent on ground of anonymity attribute the crisis to the inability of the state government to state clearly it position as the crisis lingers.

They complain that since months of the bloodbath the governor has not visited Wukari nor make a statement condemning the crisis. This they believe the Taraba State government has different motive.

The students believe that leaving the university in Wukari while the crisis continues will cut short the hope of many to acquire Western Education.

“We want the Federal Government to relocate the institution for our safety and that of the staff. The crisis started between Tiv and Jukum, but today militias mount the Federal Highway linking Benue, Wukari and Yola slaughtering people indiscriminately. In the past three days, I have read in the news that they have killed 12.

“Personally, I think the Taraba State government is not concern about what is happening, because the governor has not visited the crisis area or condemn it since the crisis started,” he states.

A final year student says, “I may not go back to that school if the crisis continues, I have already told my parents. You can’t even go to the market freely. Sir, I don’t think … Read More...

Fulani herdsmen killed 51 of our people – Clergy

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A Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Kamai on Friday has alleged that 51 Kona indigenes were killed across 11 villages, during attacks carried out by Fulani herdsmen last month.
Kamai a native of Kona in Jalingo local government area of Taraba disclosed this in a homily he delivered during a remembrance Mass for the 51 Martyrs held at the Church of Assumption in Kona village.
According to him,  8,494 people were displaced across 11 villages of Murkunu, Murtia, Yaukani, Murbai, Yawai, Somporo, Jekunuhou, Sembe, Ndayaro, Kaudad and Keshabro in Jalingo and Ardo-Kola LGAs.
The Priest who said the Kona people though with pains in their hearts have forgiven the Fulani herdsmen who carried out the attack and called on them to repent.
“In this crisis, there is no winner,  no vanquish. I know is painful to say this looking at the number of casualties, but we pray God to turn the heart of the bereaved,  the injured,  the displaced,  widows and orphans and above all rest the dead.
“We pray God will turn the heart of those who commit evil to true conversion God’s desire. All the people who died are not dead but asleep in the Lord,” he said.
The cleric called on the government to ensure the immediate resettlement of IDPs to their original homes so that they can go back to their farms, even as he called for unity of purpose among the Kona people.
Chief of Kona, Kuru Augustine NJ endangered in his remarks appealed for calm and called on the government to ensure the return of the IDPs to their homes to continue with their farming activities.
“We attributed what has happened to the will of  God and called on the both Fulani and Kona people to give peace a
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Taraba will soon become a world tourism center- Atosuma Gani

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Atosuma James Gani is the commissioner in charge of culture and tourism Taraba  state. In this interview with  NATHANIEL GBAORON in Jalingo, he spoke about tourism potentials of the state and how governor Ishaku is developing the state amidst security Challenges. Excerpts

Hon. Commissioner, May we look at  the activities of your ministry?

Thank you, since the inception of the administration of Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku who deemed it fit to appoint some of us to work under him and learn somethings as well. We came in November 2015 and it was a newly created ministry because it was created in 2014. When we came in a lot of things were not in shape, there was virtually nothing on the ground to hold on to. We had to start creating and initiating.  Actually it is a very big ministry that has a  large scope of coverage, but because there was no foundation on the ground . Most of the activities we began was how to form a formidable foundation on the ground, a sustainable one that development can ride on with out having any difficulties in  the future.

It was on this note that we started talking stock of all  tourism potentials on site, which was the documentation  and identification of all the sites. We started that in 2016, we went round the tourism sites so that we could have them in our document so that it will help us start planning towards the blue print which is the developmental master plan of the tourism sector.

Coming to the aspect of culture, culture has been in existence from time immemorial, most of the past administrations did not give attention to cultural aspect,which is a very rich heritage we have in this state in particular. What we … Read More...

Taraba is developing a master plan for Tourism – James Gana

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Taraba State commissioner for Culture and Tourism, James Gana, has said that the ministry is developing a tourism masterplan to enable the state harness its abundant tourism potentials. He said this would be done with the involvement of foreign investors in the state’s tourism sector.

Gana made this known in Jalingo while interacting with newsmen on the activities in the tourism industry in the state.

He singled out the popular Mambila Plateau, the cemeteries of old German soldiers, the Gashaka National Park and the hot spring water found in Sadauna Local Government, as some of the major tourist attractions in Taraba.  According to him “if these potentials are harnessed, Taraba will become a world tourism centre.”

Declaring that the State’s tourism potentials “cannot be listed within even a day,” he said Taraba had a tourist attraction in virtually every local government, with the most popular being the Manbila plateau.

“If you go to the Mambila plateau, from my tour in all the interiors we discovered that they have seventeen waterfalls and all of them have a minimum of forty to sixty Mega Watts electricity generation, if you’re using it as hydro power,” he said.

Also in the Mambila plateau, Gana said there are some areas where a Golf course could be constructed, declaring that the weather in those areas is similar to that in Europe. “All these are tourism potentials,” he said.

At the Gashaka national park, which is one of the biggest national parks in Nigeria, having boundary with Adamawa State and Cameroon, the commissioner said, there are wild animals there, though they have gone far because of the activities of poachers.

“There is hot spring water there which you don’t need to boil, you just come with your cup of tea and take … Read More...