A group by the name ‘Plateau Our Heritage’ has donated food items to some communities which attacked in the recent past. The ceremony which held at the group’s office along Keana Road in Jos saw in attendance representatives of Jebbu Miango, Yelwa Zangam and Kum Communities of Bassa, Jos North and Riyom LGAs respectively, as well as some members of the group.
Convener of the group, Hon Ayuba Pam Gwom informed those present that the purpose of the gathering was to donate the food items to assist the communities recently affected by violent attacks.
On his part, Chairman of the group Hon Alexander Kwapnoe noted that the group had about 257 members but due to the advise of government which restricted large gatherings as part the COVID-19 prevention protocol, only few people were imvited to witness the occassion. Hon Alexander Kwapnoe charged the Plateau State Government on community efforts to ensure that attacks on communities are brought to an end.
He stressed particularly the reinvigoration Operation Rainbow in collaboration with community structures to help prevent these attacks. According to him, this will serve as a means of foiling attacks. He noted that most times, before these attacks happen, reports usually filter in, hence if acted upon promptly, they can be averted. He called on Government to double their efforts in ensuring that such acts of criminality perpetrated by terrorists are not allowed to continue.
He called the attention of Plateau people to the fact that these attacks are aimed at forcefully acquire native lands, while ignoring legal means for land acquisition. Hon Kwapnoe noted importantly that the attacks were not an iregwe or yelwa zangam or Kum problem but an attack on Plateau people. He called on ethnic nationalities in Plateau State to unite against them. He Urged citizens to be vigilant at all times and be prompt to report all suspicious person and movements to the appropriate quarters.
While extending condolence of Plateau Our Heritage (POH) to the affected communities, Hon Alexander Kwapnoe called on religious bodies, particularly Churches, Mosques, other bodies and government to also contribute to support the communities which according to him were suffering. He saluted the courage and resilience of the communities that have refused to desert their homes despite these continuous attacks.
Items donated include bags of maize, cartons of indomie, cartons of spaghetti, cartons of Maggie and salt.
While receiving the items on behalf of the Jebbu Miango Community of Bassa LGA, President of the Iregwe Development Association Prince Robert Ashr thanked Plateau Our Heritage for the show of love on behalf of the representatives of the communities of Yelwa Zangam of Jos North LGA and Kum community in Riyom LGA who were also present.
According to Prince Robert, the gesture reminds of the biblical feeding of five thousand, where two little fishes and five loaves of bread were used to feed the multitude. He prayed that the gesture will encourage others to join in this great act of humanity to Plateau State.