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Taraba conflicts: Tiv council wants Gov Ishaku to expedite resettlement of IDPs

Tiv people in Taraba have appealed to Gov Darius Ishaku to expedite action toward the resettlement of people displaced by the Jukun/Tiv crisis.

Their call is contained in a communique issued at the end of the 3rd Tiv Day celebration held in Bali.

The communique was signed by the Chairman of Tiv Traditional Leaders Council in Bali, Chief David Gbaa, and Secretary, Zaki Targema Ukange. While condemning the lingering Jukun/Tiv crisis, the Tiv people called for understanding among the people, noting that no society could develop without peace.

They said that a quick return of displaced people to their homes would fast track the return of permanent peace.

They said that Tiv people were not settlers in Taraba and urged those in authorities to accord them all rights and privileges enjoyed by indigenes.

The Tiv traditional leaders called for the preservation of the culture and tradition of the Tiv people to prevent it from extinction.

The communique also urged the Tiv people to pursue peace and unity of purpose to facilitate broad development.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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