By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” Security has been beefed up in the Plateau State capital following Sundayâ€™s disturbance in neighbouring Bauchi State apparently to forestall any spill-over of the crisis to the state.
Well armed security men, Monday, mounted road blocks at strategic points subjecting vehicles to a thorough search and checked.
Vehicles coming into Jos from Bauchi were scrutinised with their occupants before being allowed into the city. About three armed personnel carriers were stationed in strategic parts of the state capital to confront any eventuality.
Many residents of the state were on edge for the better part of Monday for fear of the violence spreading to the state following rumours that some members of the Buda sect were in the state.
Many traders around Farin Gada and Bauchi roads either did not open at all or displayed only a few of their wares for fear of any eventuality.
However, most residents of the state capital went about their normal businesses with some gathering to discuss the problem following news reports that the disturbance had spread to other states.
Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Commu-nication, Gregory Yenlong, had assured that the state government was alive to its responsibility of maintaining law and order and would take steps to ensure that the crisis does not spread to the state.
… as First Lady gets kudos
Plateau First Lady, Mrs. Talatu Jang has been commended for training rural women to be self-reliant through her pet project, Women in Agricul-ture and Youth Empower-ment (WAYE) Foundation.
The Managing Director of Interweb Satcom, Mr. Monday Okpebholo, gave the commendation, weekend, while presenting a set of ten computers and internet equipment to the First Lady,Â for use in her Foundation.
Women in politics wereÂ advised to use the opportu-nity given to them to advance the cause of their fellow women and children as that is the only way those in villages will feel the impact of governance in their lives.
While commending the WAYE Foundation for its work so far, Okpebholo said he was inspired to donate the computers and internet equipment to the foundation after seeing for himself the way rural women are being trained to be self-reliant at the Redemption Centre located in Doi.
â€œI feel touched with the way these rural women are being trained. When they leave here, they will be able to stand on their,â€ he said.
own and feed their families. here by Mrs. Jang. Look at these women who have been suffering in the villages and see the enthusiasm in their faces.Â For them, that is the dividend of democracy not the five hundred naira which politicians will share to them to buy their votes during campaignsâ€™, he said
Mrs. Jang on her part praised the Interweb Satcom boss for coming directly to the Foundation to donate the computers and internet equipment saying that the items will help her in achieving a lot at the centre
According to her, â€œPeople say because they are villagers we do not need to teach them computers. But we see reason in teaching the women what computer is and how to use them so that they can at least have an idea of what it is all about and not be left to wallow in ignoranceâ€.
She added that while the women are at the WAYE Foundation Redemption centre to study knitting, Beads making and design, tie and dye, tailoring or catering, the knowledge of the computer was just additional and not stressful so that they can join the digital age. Mrs Jang added that while she is still improving on the facilities, local government agencies, private organisations and NGOs are partnering with her to train women and youths in the centre.
The Project Coordinator, Mrs. Grace Doyaro said WAYE Foundation has 75 rural women and youths as students at its Redemption centre for a period of six months after which they will be assisted to establish their own businesses. The centre also has fish farms and equipped with hostel and other recreational facilities.
One of the students, Laraba from Wase local government council said she was already looking ahead towards setting up her own tailoring business so that she can train her children in school.