Stop early mining and go back to school, Rev. Pam urges youths

By Peter Usman://

Worried at the rate of early tin mining amongst school age children in
Plateau State, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian
Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Rev Dr. Yakubu Pam has urged youths in Gyel
District to go back to school and discontinue activities of mining
which he said has retarded their educational pursuit.

Rev. Pam gave the advice while speaking at the public presentation of
a letter from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation, SGF, on the proposed remodelling of Government Secondary
School, GSS, Gyel to an Information Communication Technology Centre,
ICT, Plateau State.

According to the Executive Secretary, youths in the area should take
advantage of this facility when it is completed to further their
education as it’s the only sure way to attain their lofty dreams in
the future and not to depend on early mining activities for quick

He said, the federal government was committed in improving the
educational sector with the approval of an ICT Centre in Gyel, the
only one approved for the state, and expressed gratitude to Governor
Simon Bako Lalong for accepting the sitting of the federal government
project here in Gyel district, Jos South local government area.

Rev. Pam expressed appreciation to the Paramount Ruler of the area
who’s also the Dagwom Rwey Jos South, Da Dr. Nga Dangyang for
promoting education in the District.

According to him, education is a must for all to attend but however,
regretted that there are lot of dropped outs and secondary school
leavers, who have not been able to further their education because
they have taken to mining as the only short cut to attain it in life.

He said there are remote places in Gyel who have organized themselves
to provide extra lessons to children and students during holidays
calling on parents to take advantage of that to promote learning in
their wards.

“Illegal mining activities have taken away the interest of children
from school. Let me say education remains the future of Gyel. It’s
important for all to know that and I want to device let us find ways
to promote the district in our places of authority.

“I appreciate the SGF and the Governor for aiding in the approval of
this ICT Centre in Plateau State. This school will bring about other
development in the area especially the road”.

He said one of the impediment of education in our state today is that
the young people have taken to too much consumption of illicit drinks
thereby causing them to drop out of school or refused to continue with
their studies sue to their drinking habit.

“I advocate for the closure of all drinking joins that have hindered
educational progress in the land.

“The importance of education which bridges communication and
relationships must be encouraged amongst the youths. Education is
human empowerment and the district must encourage that.

” I call on plateau people to promote education to curtail banditary,
terrorism and kidnapping. Promoting education will enable our youths
to contribute positively to the nation”. Rev Pam Said

Speaking earlier, both the ex-Chairman of the council, Hon. Ambassador
Gideon Dung Dandereng and the All Progressive Congress, APC, Chairman
in the local government Hon.
Dalyop M. Pam eulogized the Executive Secretary for his commitment in
attracting developmental projects to the locality and assured him of

Responding, the District Head of Gyel who is also the Davwom Rwey of
the RH Da Dr Nga Dangyang expressed gratitude for the laudable
project. He said this is the first school that was planted here in

He said Tin Mining really affected the progress of education in Gyel
District and praised the church for aiding his subject in education.

He praised the ES for the peace advocacy to crises ridden spots. He
called on the people to give respect to their leaders even as he said
the scripture encourages that.

On her part, the Principal of the school, Mrs. Dakul Rifkatu JohnBosco
and the Chairman, Parent teachers Association, PTA
of the school, Hon. Lawson E. Mafuyai thanked the ES for paving the
way for such a laudable project.

President Gyel District Development Association, GDDA, Mr Yakubu I. C.
Gam, described Rev Pam as a hero in Gyel and a pathfinder of peace.

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