Stakeholders in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State have lauded two organisations for equipping them with skills to mitigate conflict in their communities.
The organisations are the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
They gave the commendation at a community dialogue in Kafanchan, headquarters of Jema’a LGA.
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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that USAID in partnership with the PFN launched a programme in 2020 tagged “supporting religious freedom in local communities’’.
The programme is being implemented in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State and in Jema’a, Kaura and Kachia local government areas of Kaduna State.
Speaking during the dialogue, Rev. Paul Anya, Vice Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jema’a chapter, said USAID’s intervention had helped to strengthen the rapport between Christian and Muslim leaders in the area.
Anya noted that the peace being enjoyed in Jema’a, and its environs could be attributed to the peace building efforts of USAID and other partners.
Also, Isah Abbas, the Public Relations Officer of Jama’atu Natul Islam (JNI) in Jema’a, said the programme had unified the youths in the area.
According to him, it contributes to peaceful conduct of recent local council election in the area.
Abbas said that he realised through the programme the need to put humanity first and above all other considerations when relating with other people.
The District Head of Gabbas, Usman Ibrahim, thanked USAID for training 100 youths and women on entrepreneurial skills.
Ibrahim said the gesture would go a long way in making them useful and productive to themselves and the larger society.
Other participants, who spoke, said they had gained vital knowledge and pledged to educate others.
Earlier, the programme manager, Dr Phillip Hayab, said its emphasis was to involve stakeholders in dialogue towards finding homegrown solutions to conflicts linked to religious differences.
“The programme engages stakeholders towards finding home-based methods in ending incessant hostility.
“Thus, the programme delivers training on early warning signs, raises awareness on the roles of the stakeholders in mitigating conflict.
“It also advocates for peaceful resolution of any disputes connected to religious provoked conflicts,’’ he added.
Hayap appealed to the participants to make the most of the skills learnt for rebuilding the culture of peace among diverse groups.(NAN)
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Police declare SS3 student wanted for beating teacher to death in Delta
Delta State Police Command has declared wanted one Michael Ogbeife, an SS3 student of Erhimu Secondary School, Abraka in the State, for beating a teacher of the school, Joseph Ossai, to death.
Michael is said to be on the run after perpetrating the illicit act on Thursday.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Michael had on that fateful day engaged the teacher in a scuffle that resulted in the teacher giving up the ghost during the fight.
The deceased teacher, who was said to be in charge of Agricultural Science and Biology in the school until his demise, had reportedly flogged Michael’s younger sister, Promise Ogbeife who was involved in a dispute with her classmate.
It was gathered that Michael got infuriated by the teacher’s decision to flog his sister and the enraged SS3 student resorted to a fight with the teacher.
Sources said that Michael angrily left the school’s premises after his sister was flogged, and later returned back, heading straight to the staff room for a showdown with the teacher.
Some of our sources alleged that Michael had initially rushed home to get a charm before engaging the teacher in the fight.
It was gathered that the teacher collapsed after some punches from the student which left the teacher with a bleeding nose just as blood was also gushing out from his mouth.
Consequently, the teacher was rushed to a private hospital in the community, from where he was referred to the government hospital where he was confirmed dead on arrival.
Reacting to the gory incident, the proprietor of the school, Mr Erhimu, told journalists that he was awaiting full details of the matter, as he was not around when the incident happened.
The visibly worried proprietor has however directed that the school be shut till Monday noting that he had been to the police station over the matter.
Confirming the incident, the police public relations officer for Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe, told newsmen that the suspect is on the run.
“The suspect is nowhere to be found for now, but his sister is in protective custody”, the PPRO said just as he insisted that efforts are being intensified to arrest the fleeing suspect.
Your mother lived a fulfilled life, Oshiomhole consoles Igbinedion
The immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress and former governor of Edo State, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed shock at the death of Madam Maria Igbinedion, mother of his predecessor, Mr Lucky Igbinedion.
In a statement released to the press by his media aide, Victor Oshioke, Oshiomhole consoled Igbinedion to be comforted with the fact that the late matriarch who died lately at the age of 85 years old lived a fulfilled life.
The former APC chair said, “Mama was known to be a very peaceful and empathic person who sympathized with those that suffered misfortune, gave encouragement to those in despair and shared whatever she had with those in need within her community.
“It is pertinent therefore that at this very traumatic period for your family, we also share in your pain.
“As mortals, it is difficult to come to terms with the loss of such a kind-hearted, deeply pious and beneficent matriarch, who in spite of her age, was still full of life and a veritable bastion of support for her children and the entire community.
“Your mother may not have lived till the fullness of our desires for her life, yet she lived a fulfilled life of service to humanity through her numerous community engagements, nurtured her children to greatness and had a good relationship with God.
“On behalf of my family, I offer our sincere condolences at this most challenging time while praying that mama finds eternal rest in heaven.
“Also I pray that God sends forth His grace upon you, your siblings, your father and extended family that she left behind. Be assured that we have you in our prayers and share in your grief at this most difficult time.”