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Jos crisis: Lar assures on fair hearing

By Emeka Mamah
Jos — Chairman of the Presidential Panel set up by the Federal Government to resolve the recurring crisis in the Plateau State capital, Chief Solomon Lar, has assured that the interest of every stakeholder would be taken into consideration by the committee in its assignment.

He gave the pledge at the inaugural sitting of the committee, yesterday, following a petition by the Yoruba community against their non-representation in the panel.

President-General of the Yoruba Community, Chief Toye Ogunsuyi, told journalists after submitting the protest letter that the Yoruba, who had resided in Jos for over 200 years, deserved to be represented on the panel.

While responding to the protest in a chat with news- men, Lar who acknowledged that the committee’s task was a difficult one, said everything would be done to take care of everyone’s interest.

He said those not on the committee could make their feelings known through a memorandum.
promising that every stakeholder would be carried along.

Speaking at the inaugural meeting, he urged members of the panel to be true statesmen who would view issues beyond their primordial or other sectional considerations.

Lar noted that the crisis in Jos had attracted a lot of negative publicity not just to the state, but the country as a whole hence a solution must be found to it.

He said he was encouraged by the fact that members of the panel were accomplished people who had succeeded in various fields of endeavour and would bring their experience to bear on the task.


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