PLATEAU WILL COME OUT BETTER - CAN PRESIDENT
President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has called on the federal government to muster the political will to deal with all those who are perpetrating crises in Plateau State, even as he gave assurance that the state will come out better after it all.
He stated this while leading top members of the association including the General Oversees of the Redeem Christian Church of Nigeria Pastor E. Adeboye on a courtesy call on Governor Jonah Jang that he had embarked on a second coming to Plateau because of his belief that peace will reign in the state.
' I believe that anything that has value will be tested. Whatever the state is going through today, it will come out to be better. We shall continue to pray for the state', he said.
The CAN president who had earlier on paid similar visit to the Gbong Gwom Jos, Gyang Buba, assured Plateau citizens that they would still come back to the state to celebrate the return of peace to the area.
In response, Jang revealed that the federal government
had further empowered the state government to deal with the crisis in the state by providing better equipment and reshuffling the men of the Special Task force.
He recalled that at the last meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan together with governors of Borno and Bauchi States, and security forces, he gave them six weeks to bring the situation in their states under control, before the next election.
He said this led to the recent change of the men of the Special Task Force in the state; revealing that henceforth, they would be changed every three weeks.
Jang revealed that the state government has put on ground 'Operation Rainbow', similar to what was obtainable in Kaduna state during its trying period, which would work with men of the Special Task Force to ensure that the state capital and the local government are secured from external attacks.
He hinted that a peace committee would be put in place with head of 'Operation Rainbow, members of inter religious committee and traditional rulers as members while it would be chaired by him.
On the part of the government, Jang said plans are on the way to ensure that youths in the state are gainfully employed to discourage them from nefarious activities.
The state government in partnership with an Israeli firm is providing farming incentives, including improved seedlings and 50 tractors for each of the three senatorial zones to encourage large scale farming.
In order to discourage the use of motorcycles, he said the state government is already taking delivery of tricycles to be used as commercial vehicles explaining that this would be given to the youths as loans; payable in installment.
On the entourage of the CAN president were, Mercy Ezekiel Deputy President PFN, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Bishop Felix Omobude and Pastor El Buba from Benin and Bishop Jonas Katung Vice Chairman PFN , North Central Zone.