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Online traders be careful - Joy Onoh's death has been announced




By Pwol Benjamin Dature, Jos

22.10.2021


The body of a 24-year-old Mass Communication graduate from Benue State University, Miss Joy Onoh has been recovered by the Benue State Police Command at the Federal Low Cost Housing Estate, North Bank Area of Makurdi town.


The deceased, who after graduating last March ventured into an online petty trading as it is a norm today, dealing basically on clothings, through order and delivery, went missing on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 when she reportedly went to deliver goods to a prospective buyer who had contacted her via phone, but never made it back home.


Confirming recovery of the deceased corpse, the Police PRO, DSP, Catherin Anene, said the police has confirmed the death of Joy Onah and as well commenced investigations into her death to unravel those involved in this heinous and dastardly act.


According to Anene, “on October 20, at about 7am, a corpse of a young lady was recovered but before then, a case of missing young lady was reported. The family reported that she had gone out to deliver clothes. So the police started a search.


“Her name is Joy Onoh, living behind Nigerian Union of Journalist(NUJ) House. The corpse has been deposited for autopsy. For now we have no explanation to the cause of the death, but in due course will communicate you accordingly.” the Police Command related.


Also Anene said "no mark of violence was seen on her body but it is not for us to tell what happened. The doctors will tell us better after the autopsy”


When newsmen visited the deceased home, her widowed mother, Mrs. Grace Onoh,siblings and  friends including other sympathizers were all in tears, mourning her demise.


Mrs. Onoh pleaded with the security agencies to serve her justice by apprehending those who murdered her daughter in cold blood, recounting the extinguishing pains her and her family are going through.

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Kanke LGC to start production of hydrofoam bricks - Hon. Henry Jan Gotip




By Pwol Benjamin Dature

21.10.2021


Today The Council Chairman in company of the Director of works of the local government Council went on an inspection to the lateral site at Lebwit and Sharam where they inspected the Quality and availability of lateral sand.


The youthful innovator galvanized his administration effort in diversifying the LG sources of income through improvision and maximizing all potentials dominant in the LG. 


Procurement of Hydrofoam machine will be installed for the production of hydrofoam bricks, which will in turn attract both development, employment and revenue to the LG.


The Executive Chairman also on an executive duty has charged the Local Government Council employees to be more dedicated to there duties. 


The executive Chairman retierated this while holding an interactive session with Directors, Heads of Departments, staffs and all other employees of the LG today at Kwal, headquarters of Kanke Local Government Council, he finally charged them to be fully prepared for the task ahead.


The Chairman acrude the success of his administration, will be a cordial raport between him and his council employees outlining the focal points of his administration to include human capital development. But previlages were not to be abused also workers should be punctual at all times and to avoid ditching work as this has become the norm with Local Government employees.


In an opening remark, the DPM Mrs Angelina Honghai, thanked God for the emergence of the Chairman at the polls and prayed God to grant the Chairman more wisdom, good health and strength to carry the Local Government to greater heights and also assure him of the support of the local government staff in bringing meaningful development to the Area. Responding also the Nulge chairperson assured the council chairman of their cooperation and also pleaded with the Chairman to come to the aid of the pensioners of the Council.


Also in attendance, was the Deputy Chairperson of the Council and Leader of the legislative arm.

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Senator Dadu'ut extends street light project to more communities in Plateau State




By Golok Nanmwa, Jos 

21.10.2021


Senator Professor Nora Ladi Dadu'ut (APC Plateau South) has extended the fixing of streets lights to some other parts of her Senatorial Zone.


Our correspondent reports that Dadu'ut began the Installation of the street lights in Kwalla district of Quanpan Local Government Area of the state.


Dadu'ut said that the project would enhance security and tackle socio-economic challenges of the people considering the importance of light to human and societal development.


She noted that so many rural communities in Plateau south would benefit from this project.

“I have decided to install the street lights in order to reduce the security challenge of my constituents,” she said.


She also urged communities that are yet to benefit from the project to be patient, while expressing her determination to extend the gesture to them.“The project would come  in phases and will cut across other areas that have not benefitted .


Prof Dadu'ut assured the people of her  constituency of quality representation that would improve their standard of living.

She solicited for continued support and prayers from all and sundry to enable her succeed in the task ahead.

 

The Senator however enjoined the benefiting communities to safeguard them jealously in their interest and for the overall development of their respective areas.

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Plateau APC Youth Leader Dashe commends Lalong on 2022 budget proposal, calls for prompt passage




By Golok Nanmwa , Jos 

21.10.2020


All Progressive Congress APC Youth Leader Hon Nanloh Joseph Dashe on Thursday commended Gov Simon Lalong   for his industry, passion and commitment to the development, growth and welfare of the entire residents and people of Plateau State.


Dashe further said this manifests in the projects highlighted in the budget proposal presented by the Governor Lalong to the Plateau state house of assembly on Thursday .


Dashe who spoke to our correspondent in Jos  described the 2022 budget proposal as a realistic and optimistic projection devoid of white elephant ideas.


In particular, Nanloh stressed that the Governor’s penchant for prudent management of resources manifested in the meticulous and painstaking allocation of values across the length and width of the  17 Local Government councils of the state.


“This alone is a sure sign that the future is brighter,” he said.


Dashe further pointed out that, “the budget is dotted with several projects that are intended to provide answers to critical needs of the people such as  the construction of the British-American Junction Flyover and dualization to Lamingo Junction Roundabout. ,the design of Master Plan for some selected urban areas in Plateau State namely: (Heipang, Mangu and Shendam)" completing  the building of High Court Complex Phase 1 in Jos,  also   embarking  on the renovation of old High Court Complexes and 35 Magistrate Courts to provide conducive environment for the Judiciary to perform its duties. 


The APC  Youth Leader  who noted that a peaceful environment is a sine qua non to meaningful development called on the residents and people of Plateau State to eschew violence in all its ramifications to ensure that the State government delivers the full potentials in the budget.


He  called on the House of Assembly to apply their legislative prowess to ensure that the budget is given a prompt passage in the interest of the State.

Hon Nanloh also called on Youths of Plateau to support Governor Simon Lalong at all times.

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2023 - PKK Youth Group calls on Hon. Yusuf Gagdi to seek re-election




By Golok Nanmwa , Jos 


Youths from Pankshin/Kanke/ Kanam Federal Constituency in Plateau state on Thursday passed a vote of confidence on Rep. Yusuf Gagdi Babayo , the member representing them in the House of Representatives in 2023 saying he carries all his constituents along in governance irrespective of religion and Political party.


 "Our Yusuf Gagdi is respectful and carries every stakeholder along in governance he is too useful to the people of PKK he needs to return to the House of Representatives, ," the youths added .


Speaking at a  meeting  on Thursday ,  the  leader of the group Gogop George  said Gagdi has done very well in the Federal House of reps  and should therefore seek another four years to enable him do more for the people.


"Since  it was legitimate for elected lawmakers to seek re-election, its members were urging  Hon Yusuf   Gagdi to go for another term."


"Rep. Yusuf Gagdi Babayo is an exceptional leader who is working so hard to better the lives of his constituents , we must all come together to support this man who thinks of his people always .


“We strongly believe that your continued service at the House of representatives would consolidate on the gains he  has made and ultimately institutionalize the democratic culture in our dear country Nigeria.”


According to Gogop ,Why We Need Yusuf Gagdi at the House of Representatives  in 2023 , he said  that the Member who is the House committee Chairman on Navy by every parameter of assessment has performed creditably and deserves to seek re-election for another term. “You have given the people of PKK , Plateau State and Nigeria at large qualitative representation, we are so proud to be associated with you”. The youths further said .


“Yusuf Babayo Adamu Gagdi is an asset to the people of PKK and should be supported by all to ensure that he wins his second term bid .”


“He has been able to better the lives of the people of PKK and we believe that his return to the House of Representatives for the second term would bring more dividends of democracy to his people.”

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GOVERNOR LALONG MEETS UNIJOS PRO- CHANCELLOR, PROF. JEGA, ASSURES OF ENHANCED SECURITY




Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State has met the Pro-Chancellor University of Jos, Prof. Attahiru Jega with an assurance that the State Government is working on improved security and transportation for the staff and students of the University . 


Prof. Jega, who is also the Chairman of the Governing Council, was on a courtesy visit to Simon Lalong at Govt. House Jos. 


He said the students required improved security to  thrive well in their academic activities, saying the school was vulnerable during the recent attacks in the state . 


"We need continous support and improvement to ensure peace, stability and security within the University and environs for its growth and development," he said. 


Jega said that the university also needs 

buses which  would operate within the school, to minimise risk of  insecurity students experience when patronising commercial transportation.

He said improving security in the institution  would build the confidence of the students and  staff of the school in their teaching and learning activities . 


Jega applauded Gov Lalong for his efforts towards building lasting peace in the state and the success of the local Govt Polls, urging him to continue doing his best  to ensure inclusiveness and harmony in the political terrains while pledging the council's  support . 


In his remark, Governor Simon Lalong appreciated the Pro Chancellor for his contributions in improving education in Plateau, having also served as Pro Chancellor of the Plateau State University Bokkos. 


He disclosed that strategies have already been mapped out to improve security in routes leading to the University and other parts of the State. 


He said  efforts are already been made to provide chartered buses  for students , while commercial vehicles would be highly screened for registration to operate within the school,  to ensure the safety of students and staff of the institution. 


Lalong expressed confidence that the Pro Chancellor would extend his good works and exeperience in school administration and other responsibilities, for the development of the institution. 


Dr. Makut Simon Macham 

Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State. 

21st October 2021.

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Lalong presents N106billion appropriation bill to the Plateau State House of Assembly




By Golok Nanmwa , Jos 

21.10.2021


Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong on Thursday presented a proposed 2022 budget of One Hundred and Six Billion, Eight Hundred and Seven Million, Two Hundred and Sixty-Seven Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty-Two Naira, Twelve kobo (106,807,267,642.12) to the House of Assembly. 


While presenting the budget tagged "

A Budget of Economic Recovery and Consolidation of Inclusive Growth 2 to the House, the Governor said the 2022 proposed Appropriation Bill is tailored towards the completion of on-going projects and activation of new that will impact the lives of the people. 


He said the proposed 2022 budget estimate consists of Seventy-Six Billion, Two Hundred and Sixty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and One Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty-Four Naira, Sixty-Two kobo (76,263,701,644.62) only as recurrent expenditure representing 71.4% of the total budget. Thirty billion, five hundred and forty three million, five hundred and sixty five thousand, nine hundred and ninety seven naira, fifty kobo (30,543,565,997.50) only is earmarked as capital estimate representing 28.6% of the total budget. 


This according to him indicates a decrease of Forty Billion, Seven Hundred and Thirty Million, Five Hundred and Fifty-Two Thousand, Two Hundred and Eight naira, Eighty-Eight kobo (40,730,552,208, 88) only on the 2021 total approved budget. 


Governor Lalong said "In addition to continuing work on completing on-going infrastructural projects across the three Senatorial Districts of the State, we intend to break ground on new ones. Among them is the construction of the British-American Junction Flyover and dualization to Lamingo Junction Roundabout. Similarly we shall carry out the design of Master Plan for some selected urban areas in Plateau State namely: (Heipang, Mangu and Shendam)". 


He said while the Government hopes to complete the building of High Court Complex Phase 1 in Jos, it shall also embark on the renovation of old High Court Complexes and 35 Magistrate Courts to provide conducive environment for the Judiciary to perform its duties. 


"We shall also establish a Microfinance Development Fund to propel entrepreneurship and accelerate the growth of the Micro and Small Scale Industry in the State for job creation, youth empowerment and poverty reduction. I also wish to also re-assure this Honourable House and indeed the citizens of Plateau State, that the Legacy Projects will be completed and delivered as envisaged. Government is doing everything possible to ensure that the people enjoy the benefits of those projects" he said. 


Lalong explained that the sharp drop in the total budget size compared to last year has become necessary because Government realized that each year's budget deviation performance was on the increase as the annual Budgets were characterized by high deficit projections. This he said prompted the Government to reduce the deficit projections and "cut our coat according to our clothe" in the 2022 proposed budget. 


The Governor further said he hoped that the House will give the proposal necessary attention it deserves. While urging the honourable House to diligently peruse and deliberate on the budget, he said he looked forward to their cooperation in the speedy passage of the budget to enable the government commence implementation and service delivery from the onset of the new financial year. 


In his response, Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly Hon  Abok  Ayuba said the House will look at the budget critically and do justice to it in the interest of the citizens of the State. 


He assured the Governor that the House will be thorough and also carry out its oversight functions while ensuring that the budget impacts the lives of the people positively.

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TUWAN PRIMARY HEALTH CLINIC TO GET FIRST LIFT VIA REMODELING




TUWAN PHC CLINIC TO BE UPGRADED AND REMODELED,AS PILOT SCHEME, TO SERVE AS A REFERRAL CENTER FOR PHC CLINICS IN KANKE ,BY THE HON. HENRY JAN GOTIP LED ADMINISTRATION


20th October, 2021


The Executive Chairman of Kanke Local Government Council Hon. Henry Gotip today 20th October, 2021 paid an unscheduled visit to Tuwan Primary Health Care Clinic in Kabwir district of Kanke Local Government Area to appraise the condition of the clinic.


The Council Chairman in company of Team of directors, Medical Doctors and Engineers were at the clinic to assess the state and standard of the Clinic to be ameliorated.


"I deem it fit to pay an unscheduled visit to evaluate the condition of the Clinic. I am here to see things for myself, as you can see the team of Doctors and Engineers will assess the clinic and and bring up innuendo on how we can remodel and upgrade the facilities here to a standard Primary Health Care Clinic with modern facilities to serve as a referral center in the Local Government Area as a pilot scheme. The Doctors will asses the medical equipments and  facilities and come up with suggestions while the team of Engineers will assess the structural aspect of the building, as it is seen the clinic structure is  dilapidated. Henry added


The Chairman also added that Tuwan Primary Health Care Center was chosen to be the first to be remodeled and Serve as a Referral Center to other Primary Health Care Clinics in Kanke Local Government Area.

The hospital if fully upraded will have medical Doctors that will attend to  complicated cases that may arise within the locality and have modern testing facilities.

  

As you will recall,

During the period of campaigns, the Council Chairman promised to remodel and upgrade one of the Primary Health Care center within the Local Government Area to a referral center  with modern facilities and  has kept to his word by matching words with action with this visit.

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Gov Lalong to present 2022 budget to to the House of Assembly tommorow




By Golok Nanmwa , Jos 


Plateau State Governor Barrister Simon Bako Lalong is scheduled to present the 2022 Appropriation Bill to the Plateau State House of Assembly tomorrow, Thursday 21st October 2021. 



A statement signed by Dr. Makut Simon Macham Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau reads that  the presentation would   take place at the main chambers of the Plateau State House of Assembly Jos by 11am.

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Gov Lalong inaugurates steering committee for the development of Plateau State




By Golok Nanmwa , Jos 


Plateau state Governor  Simon Lalong ,on Wednesday inaugurated a  steering committee for the development of the state.


Speaking at the occasion in Jos , the Governor said that despite the fact that his administration is scheduled to exit the stage in less than two years from now, he is determined  to leave behind positive and lasting legacies for the people of Plateau State.


In his words "I had charged the Programme Management and Results Delivery Office (PMRDO), to work with our State Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Office, to leverage on the experiences and the lessons learned from our participation at the 2019 session of the United Nations General Assembly to craft a development plan that will outlive this current administration. "


Lalong also said that "The Plateau State Agenda 2050 will not only build upon the gains of the current Plateau State Development Strategy 2019 – 2023, but will also deliberately align it's aspirations as a State to the global development targets and indicators captured in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), he added.


He further said  "We are conscious of the dwindling inflow of resources from the centre, and the resultant agitations from various States in Nigeria for a review of the revenue sharing formula. "


"Our aspiration as a State is to continue to grow and develop in such a manner that in no distant time, we will no longer need to depend on the inflow of resources from the centre. Already, we have started looking inwards and achieving modest results."


"Plateau State is blessed with so many natural resources in agriculture; solid minerals; and tourism, which should make this State a significant net surplus contributor to the national coffers."

" I believe Nigerians have not forgotten the fact that Plateau State in the past played a key role in sustaining the Nigerian economy with the tin and Columbite from her mines for several decades before the advent of oil in this country. "


He charged the  Steering Committee to leave no stone unturned in the effort of developing the blueprint that will restore Plateau State to the top three States in Nigeria with respect to economic development, good governance, and the social welfare of her people. 


"As a gender-sensitive Governor and one who believes in the capacity of women to contribute effectively to assignments such as this, I promise to include on this committee, the Head of the Plateau State Gender and Equal Opportunity Commission immediately ".


He called on the committee to provide strategic leadership and direction for the Development Plan Project as well as to ensure the carrying out of a Needs Assessment and set up Sectoral Working Groups accordingly as well as o oversee the process of developing the Plan and guide the work and activities of the Sectorial Working Committees, ensuring consistency with their respective Terms of Reference.


He said that  committee would report regularly to the Executive Governor on the progress of work on the project and to provide necessary linkages between the State Executive Council, the State House of Assembly, the State Traditional Council, the Organised Private Sector and other relevant  Stakeholders in the State.


" The composition of this committee has been carefully designed to convey sufficient authority, ensure inclusivity, and build sustainability. It is expected that the consultative engagements in this assignment will be wide and devoid of any partisan preferences. Only the best will be good enough for our state."


Our correspondent reports that  the Deputy Governor of Plateau State Prof Sonnie Tyoden would act as Chairman of the committee  ,while the Deputy Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly , as well as  Secretary to the Government of the State Prof Danladi Atu  would serve as members .

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REMARKS BY THE GOVERNOR AT STATE INAUGURAL METTING

 



REMARKS BY H.E. RT. HON. (DR) SIMON BAKO LALONG, KSGG, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF PLATEAU STATE, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE STATE STEERING COMMITTEE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PLATEAU STATE AGENDA 2050 HELD AT NEW GOVERNMENT HOUSE, RAYFIELD, JOS ON 20TH OCTOBER 2021.


PROTOCOLS

1. It is a great privilege to welcome you to this brief but very important event. Despite the fact that this administration is scheduled to exit the stage in less than two years from now, holding this kind of activity is a clear demonstration of our commitment to lay the foundation for the growth and long-term development of Plateau State over the next thirty years. That is, the focus of Plateau State Agenda 2050.

2. In our continuous efforts to leave behind positive and lasting legacies for the people of Plateau State, I had charged the Programme Management and Results Delivery Office (PMRDO), to work with our State Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Office, to leverage on the experiences and the lessons learned from our participation at the 2019 session of the United Nations General Assembly to craft a development plan that will outlive this current administration. 

3. I was therefore excited to receive the report that these two offices successfully collaborated to attract the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the development of the Plateau State Agenda 2050. It is our intention to maximize this opportunity which the UNDP has provided for Plateau State to prepare for a better future.


4. The Plateau State Agenda 2050 will not only build upon the gains of the current Plateau State Development Strategy 2019 – 2023, but will also deliberately align our aspirations as a State to the global development targets and indicators captured in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

5. The saying goes that “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” Going by the dynamic nature of global challenges that resonate with every part of the world including Plateau State, we are determined to ensure that we are not caught napping. That is the reason why we are laying down this plan to ensure that Plateau State does not fail particularly in the days of adversity. 

6. We are conscious of the dwindling inflow of resources from the centre, and the resultant agitations from various States in Nigeria for a review of the revenue sharing formula. Our aspiration as a State is to continue to grow and develop in such a manner that in no distant time, we will no longer need to depend on the inflow of resources from the centre. Already, we have started looking inwards and achieving modest results.

7. Plateau State is blessed with so many natural resources in agriculture; solid minerals; and tourism, which should make this State a significant net surplus contributor to the national coffers. I believe Nigerians have not forgotten the fact that Plateau State in the part played a key role in sustaining the Nigerian economy with the tin and Columbite from her mines for several decades before the advent of oil in this country. 

8. I make bold to say that we can do it again as those resources are still available in abundance. Besides, we have human resources and talents in various fields that we are ready to offer the world. That is why we have planned an Economic and Investment Summit that will enable us remind investors of the vast opportunities that Plateau State is blessed with

9. Bearing this conviction in mind, I wish to charge this Steering Committee to leave no stone unturned in the effort of developing this blueprint that will restore Plateau State to the top three States in Nigeria with respect to economic development, good governance, and the social welfare of her people. 

10. The composition of this committee has been carefully designed to convey sufficient authority, ensure inclusivity, and build sustainability. It is expected that the consultative engagements in this assignment will be wide and devoid of any partisan preferences. Only the best 

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NORTHERN GOVERNORS GREET MUSLIMS AT EID-EL MAULUD: CHARGE THEM TO BE LIVE IN LOVE:




The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong has congratulated the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria as they join their counterparts worldwide to  mark this year’s Eid-el Maulud . 


The Governor in a message on behalf of his colleagues to commemorate the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, said the special occasion brings to remembrance the teachings of the Holy Prophet who emphasized love, forgiveness, peaceful coexistence and humility among others. 


He said the failure of humanity to practice love is what has given rise to selfishness, violence, intolerance, religious bigotry, ethnic hatred, corruption, high crime rate and unimaginable level of wickedness that is prevalent in various forms. 


Lalong said this celebration should be used as a moment for reflection and reconsideration of the fortunes of the nation which can be changed if all Muslims live their lives according to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as contained in the Holy Qur’an. 


He said Nigeria is in dire need of inter-religous harmony and dialogue, practical faith based conduct as well as truthful lifestyles that unite people and enhances their ability to experience and share love with one another irrespective of their faiths, education, economic status and ethnicity. 


While wishing the Muslim community a successful celebration, Governor Lalong assured them that the Northern Governors Forum will continue to work hard in promoting peace, tolerance, national unity and religious harmony particularly in the present circumstances where the nation is in need of a common front to overcome, corruption, insurgency, fight poverty and accelerate development. 


Dr. Makut Simon Macham 

Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State & Chairman, Northern Governors Forum.

19th October 2021

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PRESS STATEMENT




18.10.2021


NO MAULUD PROCESSION IS ALLOWED ON THE PLATEAU

  

Operation SAFE HAVEN have noted the arrangement by some Muslim Youths on the Plateau to hold a procession to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW (PbuH) on Tuesday 19 October 2021. 


Information received also indicated that the procession is organized without the knowledge of Jamaatul Nasir Islam, security agencies and the Plateau state government.


While felicitating with the entire Muslim ummah on the birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW (PbuH) and recognising the right to such processions under different circumstances, it is however  expedient to state that the fragile peace on the Plateau does not present a conducive  atmosphere for any form of procession at the moment.


Further to this, Operation SAFE HAVEN therefore wishes to draw the attention of the youths and  members of the public on the ban of any kind of protest and procession by the state government which is still in force. 


Consequently, Operation SAFE HAVEN encourages the Muslim faithfuls to observe the Maulud without any form of procession. 


Meanwhile, the Commander, Operation SAFE HAVEN Major General Ibrahim Ali has directed troops to ensure that no group organizes any form of procession during the period of the Maulud. 


Operation SAFE HAVEN is working assiduously with the Plateau state government, critical stake holders such as traditional rulers, religious leaders and law abiding citizens to ensure peaceful co-existence. To live together, we must live in peace with one another.


HAPPY EID EL MAULUD TO ALL MUSLIM FAITHFULS


ISHAKU TAKWA

Major

MIO OPSH

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Missing Vanguard Reporter: IPC demands thorough investigation




By Golok Nanmwa , Jos 

18.10.2021


 International PPres seriously concerned about the sudden disappearance of Vanguard Newspaper's House of Representatives Reporter, Mr. Tordue Salem since last Wednesday.


Mr. Salem was reportedly last sighted within the premises of a Total Filling Station, opposite the FCT, Abuja Police headquarters on Wednesday evening.


A statement signed by Olutoyin Ayoade

Communications Officer, IPC made available to newsmen in Jos reads that the Editor of Vanguard newspaper, Mr. Eze Anaba confirmed that Mr. Salem was yet to be seen as at this morning, Monday October 18, 2021.


IPC's Executive Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, in a statement said that Salem's disappearance is disconcerting and the search for him should be accorded high priority by the Police and other security agencies.


"In a country where the rights of journalists and media professionals are continuously violated, concerted efforts by relevant stakeholders are necessary to ensure that Mr. Salem returns to his family and beat safely, and that the safety of other journalists and media professionals is guaranteed", he added.


IPC therefore appeals to the government and the security agencies to do all within their powers to locate Journalist Salem.

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DG ITF Urges staff to Imbibe reading culture




By Golok Nanmwa , Jos 



Director General of the Industrial Training Fund ITF Sir Joseph Ari on Monday said reading is a critical tool of empowerment.




 He also stressed  the need for all staff of ITF  to engage themselves to imbibe reading culture.



Ari  made this known while speaking at the ITF 14th Library week held at the headquarters  in Jos.

"In the ITF, the first Library Week was organised in 2007 and was aimed at boosting the reading culture in the ITF staff and other users. Since then, the event has been organised every year, leading to marked increment in the patronage of its numerous services, he added .


Represented by Dickson Onuoha  ,the Director Information and Communication of the fund  ,Ari said "I am very delighted to be here for the 14th edition of the ITF Library Week, which is an important activity on the Fund’s annual calendar that affords us the platform to celebrate the invaluable role of libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming societies. 


In his words " What  we are celebrating today, dates back to 1958, when the American Library Association (ALA) organised the first library week. "


He further  said that the decision to organise the Library week by the Association was premised on the fact that fewer people were spending money on books, and devoting more time to television and radio shows. 


 



Ari also added that this year, the ITF Library Week with the theme: Library Matters: Building a Reading Culture, is in furtherance of our continued efforts to ensure well rounded staff that are mentally and intellectually prepared to drive the achievement of our onerous mandate.


"As you may be aware, the ITF Library offers an array of services and opportunities for knowledge growth within our community because it contains a wide range of books on various subject matters for diverse readers, and is open not only to staff and their children/wards but to members of the general public desirous of taking advantage of its immense resources. "


The question may be asked; why the emphasis on building a reading culture? Why do libraries matter? For us, the answer is simple; as the leading Human Resource Development Organisation in Nigeria, with the wide ranging mandate to provide, promote and encourage the acquisition of skills, we are expected to be ahead of the field in the discovery of new and trending skills, information and knowledge. For us therefore, knowledge creation is a sine qua non. 


It is often said that, “You cannot give what you don’t have.” Therefore, for the ITF to sustain the momentum of growth, increasing relevance and its positioning as a leader in the ever changing and fast-paced knowledge economy in Nigeria, we must embrace and imbibe a strong reading culture otherwise, our vision of aspiring to be among the best in the world will not be fully realized. 


This is because organisations that embrace a reading culture build creative and innovative teams that set the tone for development in their sector. In addition, a reading Organisation is basically a learning Organisation that will remain ever relevant because they are able to adapt to any change in the environment that is occasioned by either technology or policies of Government. 


He  stressed  that reading is not only for organizational growth alone but also for individual benefit as it aids in developing the individual’s thoughts, cognitive mental stimulation and brain exercising, vocabulary and knowledge expansion, stress and tension relief and helps with depression and dysthymia amongst others.


Ari called on citizens  to visit the library and pick a book and read. I implore you to also make reading part of your daily life; Make a plan read a book a month and by the end of the year, you would have read twelve books. 


"We have a library that can boast of being one of the best on the Plateau State. I urge you to visit our library and I assure you that you will find inte

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