Liberian President Weah visits President Buhari, seeks 6,000 teachers from Nigeria; Benue killings: Gov Ortom frowns at refugees, migrants & IDP commission’s belated visit; Kachikwu debunks payment of medical, private jet bills for Buhari’s son; Marauding herdsmen strike in Benue again, burn down villages . . .
President of Liberia, ex-football star, George Weah, on Monday called on the Nigerian government to provide 6000 teachers to his country as part of the Technical Assistance agreement between both countries. Speaking shortly after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, President Weah said:
“Your sustained technical assistance for capacity building in these sectors is most welcome. For example, Nigerian teachers and medical volunteers to Liberia, under the Technical Assistance Corps, TAC, Agreement with Liberia, have been very crucial in boosting capacity development in Liberia, and it is my hope that this assistance can be considerably increased to address with urgency our most pressing socio-economic needs at this time.
More specifically, under the Bilateral Teacher Exchange programme, we are seeking 6,000 plus teachers to make up for the shortage of good teachers in our educational system . . . with the most powerful army in our sub-region, you have never used your wealth and military prowess to expand your territory, threaten your neighbours, or destabilise any sovereign nation in the region”.
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has blamed the Leadership of National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons for neglecting their core mandate of catering for the displaced. Governor Ortom who made this known during the visit of the Commission to the state described their visit two months after the incident as belated even as he expressed worry over the negligence of Cameroun refugees being harboured in the state by the Commission
The governor who disclosed that five persons have already lost their lives in the camps urged the federal government to live up to its responsibility. “Two months after the refugees are camping here you are just coming. Do you mean if the state government and other spirited individuals and organisations had not taken care of them, they would have been left to die? He said:
“We have over ten thousand refugees displaced from Cameroun, camped in Kwande local government area of Benue State and another 160, 000 Internally Displaced Persons from areas affected by herdsmen attack.”
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has debunked reports that he cleared the bill for the medical treatment of the president’s son, Yusuf Buhari. Yusuf was flown abroad for further treatment after he and his friend, Bashir Gwandu, were severely injured along Gwarimpa road in Abuja on December 26, 2017.
Yusuf, who returned to the country last week, was initially admitted at Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja.
Reacting to news that he funded the cost of the foreign trip and treatment, Kachikwu told ThisDay::
“When you add these developments together, then you can see my stand that it is pointless debating with people, who delight in lowly fantasy. They cannot transcend the unfortunate stations of pulling others down.
Theirs is not to add value but connive with the dissidents of the society to destroy ideas that are development-focused and minds that are progressively sculpted. I do not belong to that class and will therefore not be seen as joining issues with them”.
No fewer than 200 persons have been rendered homeless and several persons still missing after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked Tse Sumaka and Tse Atorough Vishigh in Mbadwem Council Ward of Guma, Benue State. According to confirmed reports, the incidents happened late Sunday night.
There are reports that the herdsmen, fully armed, invaded the villages and began to shoot sporadically and razed about 20 houses down. A resident said that the villagers have deserted their home for fear of being killed by the gunmen. At the time of publishing this report, the Benue state police command had not issued any formal response as to whether the incidents took place or not.