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Jos crisis: Jonathan okays another 7 advisory committee members

By Taye Obateru

Jos — Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has approved the appointment of seven additional members into the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Jos Crisis to cover other stakeholders in the state.

In apparent response to outcry from some groups over their non-representation on the committee, representatives of Berom, Anaguta, Yoruba, Igbo and the Niger Delta, among others, have now been appointed to serve on the committee.

A statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to Governor Jonah Jang, Mr. James Mannok, listed the new members of the committee as Senator Gyang Dantong, Senator John Wash Pam, Chief Markus Ishaya, Mohammed Adam Alkali, Chief Toye Ogunshuyi, Mr. Akuzamus Anakwe and Mr. Smart Irabor.

These increase the membership of the Chief Solomon Lar-led panel to 22 from the initial 15.
Igbo, Yoruba and others had complained over their initial exclusion from the committee, insisting that they could not be left out in the search for peace as key stakeholders in the state.

Terms of reference
The committee’s terms of reference include: recommend practical solutions to the recurring problems leading to the crisis and to recommend peace-building measures and practical steps that traditional rulers, the media, religious leaders, ethnic associations, civil society and other stakeholders in Plateau State each take in order to avert the re-occurrence of a similar crisis.

Others are to classify and recommend the roles of the Federal, Plateau State and Local Governments shall play in implementing the recommended solutions and to make any other recommendations to the Federal and Plateau State Governments on any other relevant issue critical to averting the recurrence of similar crisis and to ensure lasting peace, harmony, solidarity and stability in the state.

Meanwhile, sympathisers have continued to throng the temporary abode of President-General of the Yoruba Community in Plateau State, Chief Toye Ogunshuyi whose house was attacked with suspected explosives by hoodlums last week.


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