Over 100 youths arrested for “illegal mining” in Jos have been listed for free job training by the Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian Senate, Istifanus Gyang.
The suspects were Thursday arrested by the Nigeria Civil Defense Corps near Lamingo water treatment plant of the State Water Board for constituting economic sabotage.
Local laws stipulate at least seven years imprisonment for such crimes.
The arrested suspects including six females will be charged to court on completion of investigations, State NSCDC Commandant, Mr. Solomon Olasupo told visiting Senator Gyang at the Corps’ headquarters in Jos.
He however appealed to Senator Gyang and other State Officials to provide skills and jobs to stamp out unemployment that may have pushed the suspects to commit the crime.
The Senator instantly requested for the names of all the suspects with their contacts and addresses for enrolment into skills acquisition programs.
His mandate as a parliamentarian is to secure local communities through dialogue, reconcile broken relationships and empower communities economically.
The Senator pledged his support to the Corps in carrying out its legal duties.
He particularly vowed to facilitate adequate budgetary allocations to the Agency for optimal performance.
The Senator has singlehandedly paid over N2 million annual rent for the NSCDC Commandant’s accommodation for the past seven years.
His visit to the Corps was however to discuss areas of synergy towards better securing the Senatorial zone.
He had held similar discussions with authorities of the State Police Command, the Special Task Force and the Jos University Teaching Hospital among other Federal Establishments in the State.
Details of those engagements underway.