Looting, vandalism: Plateau lost N75bn says Lalong

Simon Lalong, Plateau State Governor, has had an interaction with youths in the State as part of his consultation with stakeholders to ensure lasting calmness in the State. While addressing the participants, Lalong said his administration has been friendly to the youths and advised them against engaging in retrogressive behavior which has the tendency of hindering the development of the State. He said, “My dear youth of Plateau State, we have gathered here in continuation of our consultations with stakeholders towards our journey to progress and development. You will recall that I have had engagements with traditional rulers, elders and community leaders in recent weeks. Sadly the engagement with the youths was obstructed because of the uncertainties that arose as a result of the #ENDSARS protests and subsequent disturbances that followed. “It is therefore with a deep heart that I welcome you to this interaction as we review the events of the recent past and look at the way forward. Indeed, these are very challenging times for the nation and our State because of recent events which have left us counting our losses.  Lives have been lost, properties destroyed and the voices of the youths clearly and loudly heard across the nation and beyond. “Let me first express my deep commiseration to the families of those who have lost their lives and others who have suffered injuries or lost their properties during the unfortunate recent happenings in our State. I went round some of the affected areas together with Members of the National Assembly Caucus from Plateau State and the Minister of Women Affairs to assess the level of destruction. What we saw was horrific and despicable. “The level of destruction and carnage is unbelievable and unacceptable. We are still trying to carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the total cost of the damage. However, the preliminary report by a team of experts I constituted has estimated the losses to be put at about 75 billion naira for now. This[…]

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Start mobilising to take Nigeria back in 2023, Peterside urges youths

“The youths themselves have learnt some lessons from these incidents. You will be most effective when you link your demands with political activism. They should start getting their voter’s cards. Don’t wait for the last one month or two months because then your cards may fail to arrive. “There is no force more powerful than the youths in Nigeria in terms of voting. They should become politically active and send some messages. “Based on what happened, I came to the conclusion that the youths should plan to take their country back from 2023. I’m a democrat and I will not encourage anything that will subvert democracy. “You voted for some people and you have to see it through. Start planning now for the next election. Don’t let anybody tell you it is too early. “One powerful signal the youths can send is that they won’t support anybody who today is above the age of 60. If you all unite on that, I bet you, all the ambitious people who are below 60 will be struggling to curry favour from you. “When you send out that signal forcefully, they will obey you.” Furthermore, Peterside criticised the speech of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday night. According to him, the President should have made reference to all those who lost their lives and not handpicked cops who died on duty amid the civil unrest of the last few weeks.

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#EndSARS: Governor of Ebonyi State begs youths to forgive the leaders of the country

On Friday, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has appealed to youths to forgive the country’s leaders, noting that the leaders had learnt valuable lessons from the prevailing disturbing situation. During an address to the people of the state, Umahi, made the appeal, insisted that the country needed to forge ahead after the killings and destruction of valuable properties. He said, “Our hearts go to the families of the deceased, and we enjoin the Federal and Lagos State Governments to quicken investigation into the incident. “It was an act of the devil and the infrastructure being destroyed across the country are for you as leaders of the future. “You need to be alive to actualise this future because some of you will be presidents, governors, lawmakers and ministers among others. “No one lives on earth forever, so, we seek your forgiveness so that we will go back to the drawing board,” he said. “Youths should be brought closer to issues of budgeting, dynamics and difficulties of governance among others to enable us have a better society. “I appeal to our people to withdraw from the #EndSARS protest because it is no longer a protest but an orchestrated violence with people imported from other states to destroy lives and properties,” he added. He continued by saying, “This is a critical moment in the nation’s history and we cannot continue to see the critical private and public infrastructure we laboured to build being destroyed. “Considering the dwindling revenue of the country, such infrastructure contributes greatly to the sustenance of the economy,” he said.

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