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Hon Stephen Jings Appointed Spokesman Federal Character Commission, Abuja...


 Hon. Stephen Jings Appointed Spokesman Federal Character Commission, Abuja


April 15,2021


 The Federal Character Commission Headquarters Abuja has appointed a spokesman for the Commission.


The Commission’s new spokesman is Mr Stephen Jings,the Commissioner Representing Plateau State at the at the Commission.


Jings was appointed during an Executive Session of the Commission at its Board Room.


Members observed that activities of the Commission were not adequately given the desired publicity hence the need to appoint one of the Commissioners as a spokesperson.


Accordingly members unanimously resolved that given the experience of Mr Jings in the media he should be given the responsibility.


In a remark, Executive Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Dr.Muheeba Farida Dankaka called on the new spokesman to deploy his expertise in the assignment in other to give the Commission the necessary publicity.


Responding,the new spokesman of the Federal Character Commission Abuja, Stephen Jings said he will do his best to ensure the Commission is heard and effectively synergize with media and other relevant stakeholders in adequately disseminating information on activities of the Commission.

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27th Long Kwo: The Arrival Of The Newly Installed 27th Long Kwo...

 27th Long Kwo: The Arrival of The Newly Installed 27th Long kwo....


April 15,2021


BY ACHOR ABIMAJE, Jos


The newly installed 27th Long Kwo of Kwo Chiefdom in Kwande District of Qua'anpan Local Government Council of Plateau State Colonel Fidelis Attahiru Longtoe 1 has officially resumed in his Palace in Kwo Chiefdom  yesterday.


Thousands of people include Gamai's Masquerades lined up the road in their traditional attires carrying fresh leaves to welcome the traditional ruler in what  observers described as a triumphant entry into Kwo.


Prior to the arrival of Miskoom Fidelis Attahiru Longtoe 1 from Jos to Kwo,  traditional preparation and rites of passage was concluded before his home coming as he was ushered into the palace .


The Long Kwo also stopped over to pay homage  to the Long Pan Nda Emmanuel Dabang and the Chairman of Qua'anpan LGC Hon. Abdulmalik Haruna at the council secreteriat in Baa'p .


Speaking at the palace of Long Pan and Qua'anpan local government council's secreteriat the new Long Kwo Miskoom Fidelis Attahiru Longtoe 1 lamented the 33 years absence of leadership in Kwo chiefdom. 


He further  promised to build bridges of reconciliation and friendship with  neighbouring communities with a view to ensure harmonious co-existence among the people adding that no meaningful development will take place in an atmosphere of bitterness and rancour .


The new Long Kwo also said he hold in trust the mandate that was given to him by the people stressing that he will continue to interface with relevant Government agencies to ensure that Kwo as a farming Chiefdom  get farming implements and inputs so that they can engage their youth who have been made idle for the past 33 years to contribute their quota to the development of the Chiefdom, State and the Federal Government food security initiatives .


He assured that he will carry all Princes of the Chiefdom along in his quest to unite the people and develop the Chiefdom for the benefit of all.





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Don't Allow The Pulpit To Be Used For Division And Hatred-Gov Lalong Cautions Religious Leaders...

 Don't allow the pulpit to be used for division and hatred - Gov Lalong cautions religious leaders 


April 15,2021













By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Governor Simon  Lalong on Thursday  again advocated for tolerance and religious harmony as a catalyst for peace, security and good governance in Nigeria. 


The Governor was speaking at the installation and reception of Pallium by the new Catholic Archbishop of Jos Most. Revd. Dr. Mathew Ishaya Audu held at the Divine Mercy Cathedral, Lamingo -Jos.



This was contained in a statement signed by Simon Macham ,his director of press and public affairs and made available to newsmen in Jos 


Lalong  while congratulating the Archbishop said within one year of assuming duties, His Grace Most. Rev

Mathew Audu has demonstrated that his calling is divine and that he is totally committed to ensuring that the will of God is implemented in Plateau State and the world at large through the Church. 


Lalong said the Archbishop has given the Laity, religious and clergy the needed leadership to enable them carry out their duties in the service of God and humanity without any hindrance. He has made personal sacrifices to ensuring that all challenges are addressed to make the propagation of the gospel of Christ seamless. 


The Governor said "While it is the duty of religious leaders to speak the truth to power and the public, you should also beware of, and shun rhetorics that promote hate, division, and distrust among the people. You should guard against politicians and other interests that are always desperate to exploit the pulpit for their selfish reasons. The people look up to you for guidance and motivation that guarantees a united, equitable and prosperous society where the rights and privileges of all are guaranteed. Be assured that my administration will continue to work with you as we build a better Plateau and Nigeria of our dream".


Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria Most. Revd. Anthonio Fillipazzi said the presentation of the Pallium to the Archbishop is a significant event that confers authority on the Archbishop to discharge his duties in line with the doctrine of the Catholic Church. He called for prayers for Archbishop Audu as he shepherds the Church within his jurisdiction even in difficult times. 


Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba also congratulated the Archbishop and promised the support of the traditional Institution for the Church and the Government. 


Archbishop Audu thanked God for bestowing on him this assignment which he intends to do his best to discharge. He thanked His Holiness Pope Francis for the installation and called for unity in the body of Christ in Plateau State, Nigeria and the world at large. 


He also assured of his intention to continue to work for inter-faith harmony, tolerance and forgiveness in Plateau State and elsewhere just as his predecessor, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama had done. Archbishop Ishaya Audu also marked his 20th Anniversary as Bishop.

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Ramadan - Senator Dadu'ut Urges Muslims In Plateau bSouth To Pray For Unity...

 Ramadan - Senator Dadu'ut urges Muslims in Plateau South to pray for unity 

April 13,2021



By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 



Senator representing Plateau South at the National Assembly, Professor Nora Ladi Dadu'ut has urged Muslim Faithful in her Constituency to use the period of this year’s Ramadan to pray for peace, 

security and Allah’s intervention in tackling the challenges confronting the nation.


In a statement to mark the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fasting season she enjoined all 

Muslim faithful in her Zone to rededicate themselves to the true ideals of Islam as a religion of peace.


She urged Muslims to remember the Holy Month as a period of fasting, sober reflection, self-discipline 

and sacrifice.


"As people of faith, we should dedicate ourselves to more prayers during the Ramadan to seek divine intervention and guidance for our leaders."


Dadu'ut also called for love, unity, peace, harmony and tolerance among Nigerians.


She called on religious leaders to use the occasion of the Ramadan to preach peace, tolerance and unity 

among Nigerians.


“We should see ourselves as a people with common dreams and aspirations for a greater Nigeria that is 

full of love, tolerance, unity and prosperity.


“We have no other country but Nigeria. As such, we should work to unify and strengthen our dear  country,” She said.



The Senator further urged citizens of Plateau south and Nigeria “not to despair but to remain steadfast in the firm conviction that with courage, determination, focus and collective will, the country will ultimately overcome its present travails and emerge prosperous and peaceful once more.”


She also commended the Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong for his efforts at ensuring that lasting peace is restored in Plateau .



Dadu'ut further said that she is ever willing to work to better the lives of citizens of Plateau South as well 

as partner with relevant stakeholders to make the zone better .

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Lalong Praises Security Forces For Thwarting Attempted Kidnap Of PLASU Students..

 Lalong praises security forces for thwarting attempted kidnap of PLASU students 


April 13,2021



By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong is full of praises and admiration to security personnel for their swift response that thwarted the attempted kidnap of four students at the Plateau State University, Bokkos.


The attempted kidnap was said to have occurred on Monday night when gunmen stormed the off-campus student residences at Ndar Community near the University campus and attempted to kidnap four students.


On receiving the distress call, officers of Operation Safe Haven, Operation Rainbow, Nigeria Police, University Security and Community Watch Group mobilised and went after the kidnappers who had taken four students. Facing apparent capture, the criminals aborted their mission and ran away leading to the safe recovery of the students.



A statement signed by Simon Macham ,the director of press and public affairs to Plateau Governor said  Lalong who commended the security agencies for rising up to the occasion and being proactive directed the immediate establishment of a police post within the host community of the University in order to forestall any future reoccurrence.


The Governor also directed that security is tightened in all other schools across the State to guarantee the safety and security of students.


It would be recalled that the Governor had last year directed the University Management to improve security of the institution which led to the installation of CCTV surveillance and early warning systems all over the campus as well as the preparation for fencing of the entire campus.


The Governor has assured the students that all necessary measures will continue to be employed to ensure that they learn and dwell under a peaceful, secure and conducive environment.


Meanwhile, the Governor has again appealed to the citizens to assist security agencies with relevant intelligence that will lead to not only the arrest of the fleeing kidnappers, but to the apprehension of all criminal elements that are bent on disrupting the peace of the State.


He also commends the Local Government Chairman Yusuf Machen for sustaining synergy with the security agencies and the University community which is key to achieving peace and security in the area. He wants this tempo sustained as traditonal and community leaders as well as the newly deployed community police constables to be carried along to frustrate the plans criminals.

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Conference Of Speakers Meet Gov Lalong on Autonomy...

 Conference of Speakers meet Gov Lalong on autonomy 


April 12,2021












By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos


Plateau State Governor Simon  Lalong has assured the leadership of the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly of the commitment of all Governors towards achieving autonomy for the legislative and judicial arms of government. 


Governor Lalong who received a delegation led by the Chairman, Conference of Speakers, Rt. Hon. Abubakar Suleiman said the issue of autonomy will soon be put to rest with the final engagements between all stakeholders holding soon.


He used the opportunity to clarify that autonomy is not just for financial independence, but also for strengthening the legislature and enhancing democratic values. According to him, the implementation of autonomy will require each State to establish the House of Assembly Service Commission which will handle all administrative functions of the legislature and provide proper accountability just as there are civil service commissions and others.


He advised the Speakers to engage other parties as well as educate the public on what autonomy is all about because a lot of misconception is creating an impression that members of the legislature stand to gain financially rather than be better supported to serve the people. 


On tackling insecurity, Lalong said the implementation of community Policing is the way to go which will gradually lead to state police when fully implemented. 


Chairman, Conference of Speakers Abubakar Suleiman said they were on an advocacy visit to discuss the issue of autonomy and other national matters such as curbing insecurity. 


He said the Conference recognises the strategic position of Governor Lalong as former Speaker and Chairman of the body, Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and a strong member of the Nigerian Governors Forum who has been at the centre of discussions towards autonomy. 


He assured the Governor that the speakers would continue to work in synergy with the Executive in order to provide good governance and better living standards for the people.

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Plateau South Senator Dadu'ut Distributes Entrepreneurship Kits To 175 Constituents...

 Plateau South  Senator Dadu'ut distributes entrepreneurship kits to 175  constituents 


April 12,2021













By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Senator representing Plateau South    at the National Assembly, Professor Nora Ladi Dadu'ut , on Monday distributed empowerment kits to 175 members of her Constituency .



Our correspondent reports that Dadu'ut  about  two months  ago  empowered over 150 youths and women of her constituency with grants worth N3.75 million.


Senator Dadu’ut is the first female senator in the history of Plateau State and has been working hard to empower women since her election.




 

The beneficiaries were presented with entrepreneurial materials which includes  water pumps  for irrigation, grinding machines   as well as grants to facilitate take off of various businesses




Speaking while distributing the items to the beneficiaries in Shendam, Prof Dadu’ut   who was represented by Hon Maimako Bello ,her Senior Legislative Aide said the empowerment programme  was part of efforts to fulfil her  campaign promises of providing an improved living condition to the people of Plateau  South .


she said that the empowerment programme  was aimed at providing sustainable livelihood to the beneficiaries.



The senator, who noted that such motivations would reduce the rate of unemployment and over-dependence among youths, said the motivations would encourage productivity in the communities .



Some of those who received the items thanked Senator Dadu’ut for remembering them .



Nanko Bintim a beneficiary of the items , commended  Senator Nora  over the gesture, adding that it would go a long way to reduce poverty in the six local government areas of the district.


While commending her for  quality representation, she promised to always support her at all times .



She promised to  use the materials donated to her  by the Senator  judiciously  stressing that she can now become self-reliant and employ others, to reduce unemployment and poverty in the state .



An All Progressive Congress APC stalwart in Langtang south  Nicholas Vongsing , who spoke to our correspondent  noted that the  viable programmes under the empowerment scheme of Senator Dadu'ut would have great potentials to lift the beneficiaries out of unemployment and to be employers of labour.


He charged the beneficiaries against sale of the materials, saying that: “you should please establish your ventures to become self-reliant and employers of labour’.


He commended the gesture of Senator 

Dadu'ut adding that many families would now have a means of livelihood

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Engage Indigenous Suppliers, Artisans,Labourers- Hon Donjur Charges Contractors..

 Engage indigenous suppliers, artisans, labourers -Hon Donjur charges contractors 



April 12,2021











By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Contractors handling the massive road construction in Shendam Town have been directed to engage local Labour and artisans to build capacity and create employment for the youths.


This was stated by Noel Donjur, the  Chief of staff to the Governor of Plateau State, while undertaking an unscheduled inspection tour of the road projects. 


Hon Donjur who is a chartered quantity Surveyor,  further enjoyed them to patronise local sub contractors and suppliers in line with the Rescue administration's mission to provide employment for youths.


The roads inspected includes Anguwan Buan, Congo, Shaiyen Street, Shendam by-pass and others Internal road networks. 


While taking the Chief of Staff on inspection, Engr Thomas Ojeil of Triacta Nig Ltd promised to abide by the directives as they're committed to delivering the project on time.


Also Eng Kevin Golji and Caleb Gotom  from the Ministry of Works who were on site supervision also  said they remain committed to ensuring work is done according to specification.


A cross section of residents who spoke to our correspondent expressed delight with the quality and speed of work, saying the project has provided

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Gov Lalong Saddened By Killing Of 8Miners In Jos South task Security Agencies To Fish Out Perpetrators....

 Lalong sadden by killing of 8 miners in Jos south ,task security agencies to fish out perpetrators 

April 10,2021



By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has expressed sadness over an attack on a mining site in Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area which left 8 people dead. 


Governor Lalong in a statement signed by Simon Macham ,his director of press and Public affairs  while reacting to the incident expressed anger over what he described as another desperate attempt by criminals to destabilise the State and create fear among the people.


He said the Government will not condone such attacks on innocent citizens, and directed security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act which is capable of disrupting the substantial peace prevailing in the State. 


While commiserating with the families of those who were killed and those who sustained injuries, Lalong reiterated his charge to security agencies to resolve suh attacks as excuses of "unknown gunmen" will no longer be tolerated. 


Governor Lalong also advised the citizens to assist law enforcement agencies with useful intelligence, leveraging on structures such as the Traditional Institutions, Community Police Constabulary, vigilante groups and other associations.

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Jos South LGA Boss Commiserates With People Of LGA over Attack In Kuru Community On A Condolence Visit To The Affected Community...

 April 10,2021














Hon Dachung Yohanna Choji , Management committee Chairman Jos South LGA together with the security operatives  in the LGA on Saturday  went on a condolence visit to   Kuru community following the unfortunate  attack and killing  of  some persons at a mining site at (Kapitex) Shawalan Kuru District of Jos South LGA by unknown gunmen.


Our correspondent reports that gunmen had   attacked  some innocent persons  at a mining  site carrying out their mining activities  Late Friday evening leaving many families bereaved ,as at the time of filing these reports eight (8) people  were killed of which one was beheaded .



Hon Choji and the leader councillor  Jos South House  Hon Emmanuel Jang whom had been on ground since morning went to were the corpses were deposited to condole with with respective families and relatives of those killed .



After that they proceeded to  the mining site at Kapitex Shawalan Kuru District where the ugly incident happened eventually  moved  to commiserate with Gwom Rwei Kuru (The royal father) Kuru Da Patrick Mandung ,and the Dagwom Kushe  Da Pius Jugu and The Kuru development Association (KUDA)President Mr Justin kwon. At the Gwom Kuru palace where he registered his condolences and appealed for calm among the people and also appeal for the people to be on alert always ,and promised to carry out a detailed investigation on the attack.


while on the visit, the Deputy Commissioner of police Plateau, A.S Tafida who represented the commissioner of Police condoled with the entire Jos South people especially the kuru community.


He appealed for calm and cooperation amongst them and advised them not to carry out laws into their hands as they promised to work  with their leaders in carrying out security information on whom the perpetrators are and promise to also bring them to book for them to be prosecuted to  serve as a lesson to others .


In response the Gwom Rwei Kuru Da Patrick Mandung appreciated the chairman and the security operatives for  commiserating with his people over the sad incidence .


He strongly condemned the attack with a strong warning to the perpetrators that they shouldn't push them to the wall,it is not in their character to attack people and they won't retaliate but if they don't leave his people to live in peace in the community then they are clamouring for something different and appealed to the security to be proactive at all times and appreciated them for always coming to douse tension down.

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