President Muhammadu Buhari felicitates most warmly with the Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden on the happy occasion of his 70th birthday.
As the renowned scholar and author celebrates this milestone, the President rejoices with his family, friends, associates, the government and people of Plateau State, noting that Prof. Tyoden has distinguished himself as a grassroots politician, former university teacher and Vice-Chancellor.
President Buhari urges the deputy governor to remain committed in contributing to the development of his state under the All Progressives Congress (APC) and be a role-model to his numerous former students.
He prays God to endow the septuagenarian with robust health and longer life as he continues to serve his state, country and humanity.
The statement was made available yesterday by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity.
“If My Manhood Is Found Guilty, Let It Be Cut Off, Let The Law Take Its Course” – Sallaman Kanam
We are only secured when the law is allowed to take its fullest effects on anyone among us found in the criminal act of conspiracy or directly involved in perpetuating the kidnapping of our people.
The hallmark of leadership is when those responsible to lead must dispense justice without fear nor favor.
When we were young, I used to hear Sallaman Kanam said, “idan bakin azakari na yayi laifi a yanka” (if my manhood is found to be guilty of any act against the law, it should be cut off).
One day I felt worried because at such a tender age I found the expression very vague and therefore asked him what it means. His reply was that you are my children and now I am saddled with the responsibility of leadership over the whole people of Kanam Kufai, even if you as my biological children are found going against the law, I will not spare you. I will use you to set example.
Like joke, one day his first grant son misbehaved and he ordered for his arrest and detention. Everyone in the community was shocked. Those who knows him very well said Sallama can do more than this.
We must therefore stand up and be firmed in ensuring that anyone found to be involved is allowed to face the law of the land. People should please not take laws into their own hands. We must allow law to treat anyone found including those related to us by blood, faith, or where we live accordingly.
No one should be spared!
Comrade ND Shehu Kanam Community and Rural Development Advocate
Flowing from his earlier visit to the Inspector General of Police and the critical meeting of stakeholders of Kanam Local Government Areas in a bid to curb the rising spate of criminal activities in PKK, with particular concern to the incessant kidnappings in Kanam LGA, the member representing Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi was today at the Operation Safe Heaven (STF) headquarters in Jos, where he held talks with the Commander for a collaborative effort to tame the tide.
The lawmaker commended the commander, Major General Okonko for his efforts to curb the wanton killings in Southern Kaduna, parts of Bauchi and Plateau, and encouraged the commander not to rest on his oars until activities of marauding killers in his areas of coverage are brought to an end.
Rt Hon Gagdi requested for the formation of military checkpoints in Garga axis, Gagdi-Dugub axis and Namaran-Kapel axis, where the kidnappers and other criminals had recently had field days perpetrating their heinous activities.
He said lack of security presence in those axis had encouraged the criminals to execute their missions unhindered, hence observed that when Join Security checkpoints are installed in the areas, the criminals will have to withdraw their activities from those areas or get apprehended by the security apparatus.
While responding, the commander, Major General Okonko promised to hearken to the lawmaker’s request in order to put paid to the criminal activities of bandits in the mentioned areas.
He said his men are well equipped and combat ready to clamp down on bandits and criminal activities in his area of coverage, while assuring that his men will redouble their efforts to ensure improved security in PKK and the whole areas under Operation Safe Heaven.
As Chairman of one of the armed forces committee in the House of Representatives who equally oversight the general activities of the military, Rt Hon. Gagdi was presented with a plague, to honour his visit to the STF headquarters.
According to Bala Umsan (2005), every people who are where they are today were once settlers. The usual question is who comes first. We are all product of movements, migration, integration and assimilation. The issue of who is an indigenous member of a community or a settler is gradually losing meaning, relevance, and special recognition in a globalizing world with digital economy drive. The role of state in such an economy is becoming more insignificant on daily basis. Boundaries and barriers are gradually withering away and any claim to being original inhabitants or settlers are no longer of any important to addressing issue of economic prosperity, reducing the widening gab between the rich and the poor, achieving peace and security of lives and property.
There is nothing spectacular in being a Khimpyi man, Khinboggom man, Tankwal man, Badawa, Kantana or Garga man. All these division are for some certain political exigencies meant for manipulation and the continued subjugation of the masses and conditioning them to feel secured if it is their kinsman that is holding this position or that. This kind of division is primarily meant to spark unnecessary sentiments and becloud the thinking and sensibility of the disadvantaged members of the society from raising critical question of how to get good governance and effective representation, how to tackle issue of poverty, illiteracy, hunger and diseases.
This section is only interested in knowing the people of Kanam for the sake of understanding our diversity as one of the important factor in which the unification of the land was achieved and for which our generation and that yet to come should reflect upon to forge ahead.
The present day Kanam is a product of many forces and factors. However, the UNIFICATION of the area by PYOKPANG brought about the transformation of the various independent clans to a more organized authority through which today the world viewed us an entity. Revisiting our past does not in any way and means denote that we should go back to the death past. It means to let us look at the past to understand ourselves as a basis for our continued coexistence as a people if we truly mean to pursue the greater goal of a prosperous and strong community where growth and development in all aspects of human lives would be achieved.
In this section, our concern is not about who first settled in the place today called Kanam LGA, who is, and who is not an indigenous member or a settler. We will only take graphic account of the the people who inhabit Kanam yesterday and today. Doing this is very important factor that will enable us to harness the human resources upon which the land can be transformed for the common good of all in this era of knowledge base economy that transcend the shores of enclaves.
We will therefore visit every part of the Local Government Area to know exactly the inhabitants, their rich culture, their environment and indeed their agriculture and economic activities. To be specific, we will not focus on historical origin of these people. What is very crucial is that, today we are all occupying a territory called Kanam LGA.
In our next episodes, we will explore the following areas with the view to know the inhabitants of the areas, major issues of interest that would bring us to limelight as a people, and potentials as it relates to material resources and our wellbeing:
i. KHIMPYI AREA:
We will under study the Khinang, Dal, Gilong, Bunwur and Mun areas.
ii. KHINBOGGHOM AREA:
We will visit the following communities; Gyambar, Gwamlar, Yugur and Gumshar areas.
iii. TANGKWAL AREA:
We will reach out to; Gar, Kass, Namwang, Yuan, Kunkyam, Kyamkurum, Bigyai, Wakat, Jarmai and Bawas.
iv. BALEAM AREA:
Consisting of Bangyom, Bazai and Khinkyam areas would be brought to fore.
v. KANTANA AREA:
We will reach out to critical stakeholders of the area to come out with the rich heritage of the people of the area including the Kantana, Takzul, Waan and Yangkam respectively.
vi. GARGA AREA:
We will study Garga town and surroundings, Kyaram, Munbutbo and Kyansar areas respectively.
vii. BADAWA AREA:
Special emphasis would be placed on YAM because of its central place in any discuss about the people who found themselves in Central Plateau today. We will also look at Gagdi, Dugub, Kam, Mbat, and Gidgid areas respectively.
The essence of this study is to expose our potentials as a people and reemphasize the basis of our coming together irrespective of our diversities.
Necessary observations, advice and recommendations would be gladly welcome towards making this project a reality.
ND Shehu Kanam Community and Rural Development Student.
Nation building is a product of many factors. The role of environment and natural endowments is one of the most important factors that advance or retard the wheel of progress in building a nation. Environmental factor ranging from the the availability of rivers or source of water, mountains, soil texture, topography, trees, and other natural endowments are said to be very crucial elements needed for the purpose of building a nation.
As important and very strategic the environmental factor is in building a nation, the role of human resources is very much critical. This is so because environmental factor on its own would not aid the process of building a nation if the human skills and capacity to act on the environment in such a way and manner it will add value and achieve the desired result of building a nation is not provided. Therefore both human and material resources are what is required as a foundation upon which nation would be built, sustained, preserved and consolidated.
Nation building is a conscious effort of great men and women to pull human and material resources together for the purpose of creating an identity as well as achieving the task of advancing the course of growth and development of humanity from an unorganized society to that which leadership comes into being for the effective harnessing of material wellbeing for the common good of all.
Like other people in other continents, Africa, Nigeria, Plateau and Kanam, we were the product of conscious efforts of some who wished and worked assiduously to create the kind of society and nation we found ourselves in today. It is an existential reality that our people were independent and autonomous communities each living on clan leadership based on gerontocracy (government of the elders) and priesthood.
The people who referred to themselves as Khinang (Kanam) not the Kanam as an electoral ward, district or Local Government Area were product of migration and movements like many other inhabitants who occupied the present day Plateau. Khinang means a collection of four clans who inhabit a significant parts of the old Kanam Settlement where other Bogghom speaking groups dwelled. They were referred to as Khinang because they occupied the most uppermost part of the Bogghom land and indeed custodian of historical sites where the Bogghom nations once cohabit before dispersing to the present settlements including the Khimpyi, Khimboghom and Tankwal respectively.
The historical origin of the people who referred to themselves as Bogghom (people, Human beings or Mutane) is either traceable to old Kanem Borno Empire or the Kwararafa Kingdom which came much later. Whichever of the two, KUSUR was a rallying point for the birth, growth, and development of the clans who constituted the Bogghom nations. This KUSUR is situated in the uppermost part of the Bogghom land which is Khinang. At KUSUR exist the Kyaam Khinang, Kyaam Bakhaat, Kyam Lwai, Kyam Basamsu, Kyam Gilong, Kyam Mun, Kyam Dal, Kyam Bunwur, Kyam Kuluksi, Kyam Bazai, Kyam Waas, Kyam Mugut, Kyam Swaam, Kyaam Ghei, Kyaam Kur, Pyegyam, Kyaam Budul, Kyaam Shirak, Kyaam Kyaas, Kyaam Dagwei, Kyaam Zimdei, Kyam Bai-nwaas, Kyaam Kyir, etc. All these areas were historical base of many clans of the Bogghom speaking people before their movement down to the plane land.
The most important cultural activity that bonded the Bogghom man is the cult of the Spirits ( Swaak or Doduna). The Spirit or Swaak remains the root and cultural factor that aided in the building of a rich tradition of a Bogghom man. Details of the Swaak Cult would be unveiled in our subsequent episodes not likely to be published online for now.
Recall in our episode I, II, and III we laid bare some hidden miracles of Kanam people. Because of the enormity of some of the miracles that are much more greater than the ones cited in the episodes released, we are constrained by some cultural restrictions not to delve deeper on some of the critical issues of symbolic relevance to Khinang man. While the work continue, the most sensitive hidden miracles of our people could not be disclose because of it sensitivity and implications. However, the site of first Palace of Kanam, first Friday Mosque, the first Eid Ground and the site of the first Bariki (Station of the white men) built by white men in Kanam would be unveiled in our episode V. Other sacred sites of cultural identity and relevance as said earlier would not be made online until the end of the work, perhaps!
In our subsequent episodes, we will be concerned about the four clans of Khinang (Bakhinkyam, Gyaam, Maiduk and Bakwaikye) as regard some elementary tasks assigned to each of the clans as a prelude to the birth of a nation and unification of the land and people of Kanam to date. We will proceed to the five groups that made up Khimpyi sub group of Bogghom people. There after we will focus on the four groups of Khinbogghom (Gyambar, Gwamlar, Yugur and Gumshar). We will also explore the Tankwal subgroup of Bogghom with emphasis on the following clans; Bawas, Wakat, Bigyai, Kyamkurum, Kunkyam, Ghai, Kaas, Namwang, and Yuang respectively. Our work on Bogghom speaking people would be concluded by studying the Baliam Bogghom subgroup who comprises of Bazai, Bangyom, and Khinkyam respectively. The main goal is to look at our areas of convergence as a people and factors that aided our unity and the subsequent unification of our people under an identity.
Since the focus is to unveil the endowments of the people of Kanam, it is a call to duty on us to take our voyage of research to the Jhar people of Kanam. It was the combined forces of unity of purpose that brought about the liberation and subsequent unification of the people of Kanam under an entity before the recent progress and development.
Recall in episode III, we speculated that Kanam is probably the historical root and first base of other prominent ethnic groups on the Plateau. We will locate the YAM antecedence as a hibernation point from which Bogghom, Jhar, Ngas, Mwaghavul, Chip, and Hill Gomai settled during their movement from Old Kanem Bornu Empire following the series of wars that scattered ethnic minorities from the lake Chad basin down to the south and the emergence of Kwararafa kingdom after.
To be continued in episode V…
By: Comrade N. D Shehu Kanam (Community and Rural Development Student)
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila pays condolence visit to Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi for the passing of his Father Malam Adamu Yusuf.
The member who represent the people of Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam (PKK) in the House of Representatives lost his father on the 16th July, 2020.
Hon. Yusuf announced the speaker’s visit and his appreciation for the said visit by the speaker and other members yesterday on his Facebook page. Where he said:
“The Honourable Speaker, my boss Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila was at my residence yesterday with other honorable colleagues to condole me over the death of my father. I’m very grateful, it is well appreciated.”
May the soul of Malam Adamu Yusuf and all departed faithfuls rest in Jannatul Firdaus.
Kanam Progressive Youth commend Deputy Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly And Hon. Ismaila Hudu Bala as The Most Performing Legislators in their respective Constituencies.
In a statement issued by the Assistant Publicity Secretary of Kanam Progressive Youth, Danjuma Mukhtar Gyambar, yesterday, the spokesman said:
“The Chairman of Kanam Progressive Youth, Hon. Aliyu Abdullahi on behalf himself, amiable EXCOs and the entire Progressive Youths of Kanam has on Monday, 13th July, 2020 commend Rt. Hon. Saleh Yipmong Shehu, Deputy Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly and Member representing Dengi Constituency with the Award and Commendation letter of Quality Leadership and Excellent Representations of Dengi Constituency through Sponsoring bills, moving motions that has direct bearing and impacts on the lives, Progress and developments of Dengi Constituents, Kanam and the entire State at large, Distribution of of Empowerment Items to Constituents, Rural/Feeders roads reconstructions and rehabilitations across the Constituency, Conditional Cash transfer to more than two hundred Constituents among other to numerous to mention all in one year of office.”
The statement further reads:
“On similar vain, the Member representing Kantana constituency, Hon Ismaila Hudu Bala bagged MERITORIOUS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE. His nearness to his people, reconstructions and rehabilitations of feeders roads in Kantana State Constituency, provisions of some basic amenities, participation in Community Development activities and distribution of Palliatives to cushions the effects of COVID 19 on Constituents all in Kantana constituency.
Considering these tremendous achievements/successes recorded thus far within the span of one year in office, the leadership of Kanam Progressive Youth found worthiness and confidence of been presented with the two different AWARDS and Commendation letters in respect of their Constituencies and performance.”
“While rendering your selfless/quality service deliveries to your respective Constituents, by assured of Progressive Youth support and cooperations on areas that has direct impacts on the growth and development of Kanam Local Government Area, Plateau State and Nigeria as a whole.” He concluded.
The Plateau State House of Assembly Suspended the local Government Chairmen of Kanam and Quaanpan LGA for the Period of three months.
Daily Watch Press, gathered that the suspension of the two Chairmen, Alh. Abbas Wakdung and Hon. Chief Isaac Kyale Kwallu is connected with a perceived insubordination to the Governor of Plateau State, Barr. Simon Bako Lalong.
As the case of Qua’an-pan Local Government Council Chairman, Mr. Isaac is remotely connected to the Plateau Southern Senatorial By-Election, in which the Chairman is one of the leading aspirant and not the anointed candidate of the State Governor.
As for Hon. Wokdung, our source said, it is clearly connected to two major issues, the issue of Clerk of the Kanam Local Government Council and the issue of the 5% deduction with respect of the Plateau State University, Bokkos, for which the Chairman has not been cooperating.
All attempt by Daily Watch Press to speak with the two Chairmen has not yielded any result so far.
The Bill to establish Plateau Corporate Social Responsibility Commission (CSRC), sponsored by the Honourable Member Representing Dengi Constituency who doubles as the Deputy Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Saleh Shehu Yipmong, passed Second Reading. The Bill is co-sponsored by; Hon. Yahaya Mavo from Wase and Hon. Peter Gyendeng from Barkin Ladi.
The Deputy speaker reiterates the importance of Corporate social responsibility (CSR) on the floor of the house as a self-regulating business model that helps a company to be socially accountable to itself, its stakeholders, and the public. By practicing corporate social responsibility, also called corporate citizenship, companies can be conscious of the kind of impact they are creating on all aspects of society, including economic, social, and environmental.
Rt Hon. Yipmong says the Bill if successfully passed into law will create a commission that will employ citizens thereby reducing the level of unemployment, but corporate bodies such as companies, small and medium scale enterprises, individuals entrepreneurs, religion and tribal organisation among others on their toes in delivering their corporate social responsibility to the people and the society at large.
After carefully x-raying the mineral potentials of the state and enabling environment for businesses of all kind to thrive, the state deserves to benefit from those heavy weight investors who trooped in to make millions from the hands of citizens. Corporate social responsibility can help forge a strong bond between companies and the society thereby promoting peace and unity of purpose.
COVID-19: Lockdown Continues In Plateau State – Dan Manjang – Daily Watch Press
Mr. Dan Manjang, the Hon. Commissioner, Information and Communication, Plateau State in a statement signed today, reminded the public where he said that:
“You will recall that there is an existing lockdown order in Plateau State with regards to COVID-19 which specifies that the lockdown should be observed on Mondays to Wednesdays, while Thursdays to Sundays are allowed for partial lockdown.
You will also recall that a press release was issued last week outlining the programme of events to commemorate this year’s democracy day and the 5th anniversary celebration of the Rescue administration under the able leadership of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Simon Bako Lalong, KSG.”
He further reiterate on the issue of lockdown that:
“In order to abide by the existing lockdown order, the time table for the inspection and Commissioning of Projects has now been adjusted to when the lockdown is relaxed within the week.
In the light of the above therefore, Government wishes to reaffirm that the lockdown will resume from Midnight of Sunday 7th June, 2020 in line to the existing routine.”
“However, Governor Simon Bako Lalong assures the good people of Plateau State that Government is aware of the inconveniences the pandemic is having on livelihoods and is taking every step to ensure that there is relief. There is an ongoing engagement with critical stakeholders that will pave the way forward. While this is being done, citizens are advised to continue to abide by the existing order as security agents will continue to enforce compliance.
The Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Simon Bako Lalong, KSG, once more thanks all and sundry for standing by the government in these trying times.” Mr. Manjang concluded.