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2017 Jos Winter Polo Tournament: Gov Lalong welcomes all to Tin City



Nigerian polo enthusiasts and the lovers of the noble game of kings are in for a special treats with a billboard polo events lining up in Plateau state for what promises to be one of the grandest holiday seasons in years. The prestigious festival is being hosted by Governor Barrister Simon Bako Lalongand sponsored by Plateau State Government.

As you are reading this, it is all hooting up in the Tin city with the Jos Winter Polo Tournament already upon us with many teams hitting town for this special end of year polo carnival.

One of such teams that have already become the talk –of-the-town is the defending champions, Jos Malcomines who are eyeing another victory to extend their domination to three straight wins.

Powered by one of  the youngest polo patrons in the country, Murtala Laushe, Jos Malcomines side are branding a winning stretch that puts them head and shoulders above others jostling for the event’s biggest prize, the Governor’s Cup.

Laushe who played vital part in his team’s victory run that started in Jos, runs through Bauchi, Yola and Keffi, is confidence that his squad has what it takes to retain the Governor’s Cup for the third time in a row.

“We are preparing hard for this and when it comes to playing before our teeming supporters, oppositions have very little chance of surviving.” Laushe declared shortly after leading his team to Atiku Abubakar Cup victory at the Keffi Open international polo tournament a fortnight ago.

“Jos Malcomines has a duty to make the government and the proud people of Plateau State happy and we intend to give them a fitting xmas and New Year  present by winning the main prize at stake ,” Laushi who doubles as the Tournament Manager declares.

The weeklong event will see the players and the horses competing for top honours in the four main championship cups. There are also a handful of subsidiary prizes spread on the bouquet for individual awards.

Jos Polo Captain, Yusuf Dauda disclosed that major prizes at stake are the Governor’s Cup which is the biggest reward, NASCO Cup, and President Cup, with enough low goal teams on hand for thrilling contest.

Dauda also confirmed that teams from Abuja, Zaria Maiduguri, Katsina, Kaduna, Bauchi, Sokoto, Kano and Keffi are listed for actions.

Nigerian Polo Federation (NPF) President, Francis Ogboro who confirmed the readiness of the national body to continue its partnership with Jos Polo Club, declared that NPF was committed to the promotion of peace and tourism in Jos.

Ogboro, who described Jos as a special city, said national polo ruling body was delighted to be part of the prestigious annual polo tournament and enjoys the traditional hospitality of Plateau State people, particularly Jos, as the home of peace.

Jos Polo Tournament Chairman Abdul Ganiyu confirmed that all is set for the annual event, assuring polo buffs and polo freaks across the country, of world class and exciting games.

“Everything is looking up to very exciting games this year and we have put everything on the ground to make this edition one of the most memorable in years,” Ganiyu enthused on phone from Jos.

With holiday season by the corner, the chilly Plateau State capital city, renowned as the “Home of Peace & Tourism” is already steaming with visitors and tourists ahead of the Boxing Day opening ceremony of the polo fiesta

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Christmas Massage

DIRECTORATE OF PRESS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS,
OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, PLATEAU STATE

2017 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has called on the Christian faithful in the State to celebrate the Christmas by reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas which is the demonstration of God’s love in his search for humanity.

Governor Lalong who made the statement while felicitating with citizens at Christmas, said that the world would be a better place if the values and virtues reflected by the Holy birth of Christ, especially the love for one another are imbibed and practiced faithfully.

The Governor stressed that, there was more to gain in a world of true love, peace, and forgiveness as demonstrated in the birth of Christ rather than the disharmony, intolerance and lack of brotherly love that has created crisis and conflicts in the world. He added that the virtues of love which is the essence of Christmas should be seen to radiate and reflect on the lives of Christians when every dark path and corner of society is lighted up with the love of God for humanity.

Governor Lalong further urged Christians to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ in all aspect of their lives and to be reminded that Christmas, which is the birth of Jesus Christ, signifies hope and salvation brought to a world in need of redemption.

While praying for the unity and stability of the country, he said that the State Government would not relent in its effort of sustaining the prevailing peace and harmony in the State to pave way for her rapid development.

The Governor, who also prayed for God’s guidance into the New Year, called on citizens to pray fervently for the success of the forthcoming Local Government election in the State as well as the 2019 General Elections.

He assured that the government would continue to deliver on her covenant with the people as contained in the Five Policy Thrust.

The Governor while wishing all Christians in the State a successful and rewarding 2017 Christmas celebration, assures citizens that all measures have been put in place to ensure citizens enjoy a hitch-free celebration. He however, called on all citizens to be vigilant and to report every suspicious movement or activity that is likely to disrupt the peace of the State to Security Operatives.


Samuel Emmanuel Nanle
Director, Press & Public Affairs.
23rd December, 2017

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Gov Lalong Presents the 2018 Budget Tagged "Budget of Rescure and Consolidation".

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Loud Applause for Plateau Golf Tournament


Last Sunday, a week-long Governors Cup golf event played out at the Lamingo Golf Club in Jos. In its entire entirety, the event was sheer carnival. Two Governors, those of Edo, Godwin Obaseki and Bauchi, Barrister Muhammed Abubakar, and the powerful Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi joined the host and Plateau Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, to present a spectacle golf event that will stand out for a long time to come.

Events occurred on fast pace. Over 100 professionals participated. When it was over, Minna based Professional, Martin Odoh, returning a 10-over score came out as winner with a stunning N850,000 to show for such sterling effort. Okpe, equally from Minna carded 12-over to come second while Agwon Emmanuel returned 16-over to finish third. It was believed that the trio were heading for a bountiful Christmas. But Governor Lalong was going to throw the trio a certain freebie.

While showing deep appreciation at the huge turnout despite what he termed a rumoured unrest in Jos, Lalong moved to announce that himself and his family would be giving special prizes to the three front-runners in the Pro cadre. This all came down to N1 million to the winner, N700,000 to the runner-up and N500,000 to the third place.

“There was so much talks about unrest in Plateau before the event”, Lalong stated. “The information was wrong and at a point I was thinking golfers outside Plateau would not turn up. But look at the unprecedented crowd we had. This goes a long way to show the power of this game called golf.

“Again look at the Edo Governor coming from that far jst to feature in this event. This is amazing but we are going to cut his Handicap. I don’t know he plays such fluid golf. Minister of Transportation has not played for some years now but he came here to play. Well, we can forgive him for spraying his shots everywhere but the fairways. I indeed pitied him. After the game, we went home to have a short rest. When it was time for prize Giving, I called him so we could leave for the closing ceremony. But he couldn’t make it. He was fagged out. This shows he has not played for a while. But I am indeed proud at the quality of people who are visiting Jos to play golf. This will tell on our Tourism and commerce”.

A prominent member of the Lamingo Golf Club, Chris Shaiyen said he was amazed at huge rate of marketing that happened during the week-long event.

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Waste Management Set for Commerce by Plateau State Government


The Plateau State government is set to commercialize waste management, by which residents will be expected to pay a token for waste evacuation.

The state government had last year constituted a committee for the privatization of waste management. The committee was charged with the responsibility of coming up with a sustainable way to a smooth take-off of a commercialized waste management system.

The State Commissioner for Environment and Solid Mineral Development, Abdullahi Abbas said at a stakeholders meeting on waste commercialization yesterday that traditional and community leaders must create synergy with private owned companies to manage waste between Jos and Bukuru metropolis.

Abbas said with the interest of the Simon Bako Lalong administration in managing refuse dumps, the process of commercialisation would gradually extend to other local government areas.

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Over 3000 Youth's & Women Empowered by Plateau State Government.


Date: 20 Dec 2017


By Nanmwa Golok

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State on Wednesday empowered over 3,000 women and youths in the state saying it is aimed at fighting poverty. Governor Lalong, who was represented by the Deputy governor Sonni Toyden also presented starter packs to some of the trainees that participated in the four-month Simon Lalong Entrepreneurship Scheme (SLES), skills training organised through Plateau State Microfinance and Development Agency, PLASMEDA.


Lalong urged the beneficiaries to contribute their quota in growing the business industry in the state. Also speaking at the occasion, the Director General of Plateau State Microfinance Development Agency Haggai Gutap said under the Simon Lalong empowerment scheme, we have graduated over 3,000 trainees in the first phase of the scheme, 260 respectively in partnership with ITF and today 310 in partnership with Plateau Youth Council,

3. Pastoralist each of them was empowered with knowledge and starter packs to start their own business.

“We at Plateau State Microfinance development agency and the entire youths, women and Plateau people celebrate our governor Simon Lalong for his efforts at tackling poverty in the state. ” “Sir you have proffered solution to the current monster that has bedeviled the global economy called economic recession, your efforts towards ensuring that the economy of the state bounces back and remain competitive are evident through your double edged sword approach where non civil servants today receive alert along side with the civil servants counterparts through the enabling environment that you have provided for PLASMiDA to serve as an agent to the Bank of Industry on the implementation of Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme GEEP, where over 2,000 people have benefited and the process is still ongoing ”

“Since the establishment of Plateau State Microfinance development agency, we have achieved a lot through your support which have led to the establishment of a non stop shop the first of its kind in Nigeria and I wish to appeal for more support to enable us expand our outreach to the grassroots of our community for greater depth and impact, I wish to put in on record that you have created thousand of jobs on the Plateau today if each of the  entrepreneurs we have empowered will employ one person each this will lead to employment generation.
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579 Depart to Jerusalem as PLSG Resumes Sponsoring of Pilgrims



The Governor of  Plateau State His Excellency Rt. Hon Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State last Thursday urged the 2017 pilgrims to Jerusalem to pray and be good ambassadors of Plateau and Nigeria as a chock-full while in the Holy Land. 


According to him, government has resumed the funding of pilgrims to Israel following its suspension and enjoined them to reciprocate the gesture by praying for the concord and growth of the state.

Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the State, Hon Rufus Bature, the Governor noted that it was in procession with government social welfare support that they were sponsoring pilgrims to the Holy Land so that it’s citizens would have ethical and sound minds which they in turn would impact to the younger generations.

The departure rite which was held at the Church Of Christ In Nations (COCIN), Headquarters Church, Governor Lalong called on the pilgrims not to abscond saying that all necessary arrangements with the authorities in Israel to deal divisively with anyone who would want to commit the act.



He commended the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board(CPWB)for carrying the exercise successfully and reminded the pilgrims to strengthen their faith as Christians while in the holy land.

The Governor revealed that a total of 579 people were performing this year’s pilgrimage to the State of Israel out of which 170 and 30 were sponsored by local governments in the state in that order.
Ealier, the Acting Executive Secretary, Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board(CPWB) Mr. Wilfred S Sohotyep explained that the preparations for this year’s pilgrimage was hectic and thanked the Governor for the support accorded them which he said necessitated the success of the exercise.

Mr Sohotyep noted ”your personal investment in the kingdom service is not a waste, as spiritual upliftment of the church would no doubt impact positively on righteous living in the church and also on the socio-political growth of the people of Plateau State and Nigeria at large”.
To the pilgrims, the Acting Executive Secretary urged them to exhibit high sense of maturity and to be worthy ambassadors of the state while in the Holy Land.

He told the Governor that the pilgrims were successfully screened waiting to be airlifted on 16th, 20th and 21st December 2017 explaining that the remaining pilgrims would be airlifted at a later date which would be communicated to them by the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC).



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Plateau Rewards best Performing teachers with Car, other gifts




Plateau State government on Friday rewarded performing teachers across the 17 local government areas with gift items including a star prize of Peugeot 406 Prestige salon car and a motorcycle for the 2nd best teacher in the state. 

The ceremony, which was the first of its kind in the state was organised by the Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) as part of its 2017 end of the year prayer session.

The other best teachers from the 17 local government areas and best staff from various departments of the board were presented with certificates and cash prizes. 

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, described the awards as timely adding that it will no doubt inspire and re-invigorate the teachers towards contributing to an effective educational system.
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Petrol tanker fire kills 2, razes 8 vehicles in Jos

A petrol tanker on fire inside a Jos filling station has killed two persons razed four petrol tankers and four vehicles.


Our reporter confirmed that the inferno started inside the filling station along Ring-Bauchi Road in Jos North local government at weekend around 10:pm when the filling station workers were transferring petrol from one tanker to another.
A witness Zaharaddeen Mohammed whose his house is close to the filling station said that the incident started when the workers of the filling station were transferring petrol from one vehicle to another, and a generator was on.
He explained that the sparks by the generator started the fire ending with killing two: the security man of the station known as Malam Isah, 50 and one of the workers.
He said, "They were burnt beyond recognition. The security man,  Malam Isa was burnt inside his room, he wasn't able to come out from his room as a result of thick and dark smoke that clouded his room."
Another witness, Ahmed Isa a security man with a car dealership beside the filling station explained that the fire service officials battled for about six hours before they were able to quench the fire.

He added that some of the vehicle destroyed were one Sharon, three Vectra among others
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Plateau Citizens lauds Lalong for Fulfilling electioneering promises



By By GolokNanmwa, Jos -

December 16, 2017
 

Citizens of Plateau state on Friday expressed happiness over the ongoing road construction work in most local government areas of the state stressing that the Simon Lalong led administration is fulfilling his campaign promises.

They also hailed the governor for completing some projects he inherited from the previous administration.

A citizen of Plateau, AlhajiNageluGarba, who spoke to our Correspondent, said “we must commend Lalong led administration for the ongoing construction of the Tudun Wada /Domkat Bali / Maingo state low-cost road network in Jos South and Jos North, stressing that this would alleviate the suffering of the people as well as boost commercial activities.

“We must commend the Lalong administration for also the award of over 21 road project which work is currently ongoing in the state.

“We   expressed our gratitude to Governor Simon Lalong for this wonderful work and we are solidly behind him if he decides to contest the 2019 governorship election.

Pius Hommen another citizen from Shendam also commended the Lalong led administration for revamping most moribund companies in the state stressing that the reopening of the moribund company would help in tackling poverty.

“We commend the Lalong led administration for revamping the Fertilizer blending plant in Bokkos LGA, and the highland bottling company in Barkin “We want to appreciate Gov Simon Lalong for his efforts in reviving moribund companies in the state. During the electioneering period, Lalong promised that he would revive most Moribund companies and has kept to his promises and that signifies that he has the interest of Plateau citizens at heart.

“We are positive that Lalong would see to it that Jos International Breweries and other moribund companies are revived.

“Another area I must commend the Lalong led government is Agriculture, Lalong has done well by providing farmers with fertilizers and improved seedlings and other farming implement that led to bumper harvest of rice and other grains in the state.

Also, Remark Ditep, another Citizen of Plateau from Mangu local government said the “Simon Lalong-led administration has shown that it is determined to fulfilling his electioneering promises.

He said the resuscitation of the Highland Bottling Company and other companies in the state would make more youths to be gainfully employed.

“The Lalong administration has proven that it is in support of initiatives that would promote business in the state,” he further added.
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Gov Lalong Promoting peace with Golf





As a child of destiny, Plateau State Governor, Rt Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, grew up with an Igbo man who was married to his aunt. At that time, the civil war broke out. At a point guns were booming, the Igbo in-law locked him in a room to ensure he was safe. When the guns died down, the door was opened for him to come out. When he came out, what he met on the ground left him with blinding tears of anguish. The Igbo in-law who locked him in the room so he could be safe was on the ground, cold, dead and covered with blood from booming guns of war.

When Nigerians talk of repositioning, Lalong is always there to tell them to embrace peace since Nigeria is home for all. But this is the irony. When Lalong came to power, he discovered there were skirmishes of unrest among youths in the Plateau and he desired to arrest the situation at once. Being a man who governs entirely by tradition and an unwritten code of conduct, Lalong reached out to golf, a game he has been playing ever before he became Governor, to maintain peace in the volatile Plateau.

Lalong loves the life of sobriety. He cares for people and this could be reason Karma is on his side. He is almost flawless, just like his ‘follow through’ on the fairways. Yes, he plays off 14-Handicap and this makes him a solid golfer. Lalong is never in search of elusive shadow people call happiness. Again, he doesn’t surround himself with enervating luxuries. You won’t see him coming. He’s so plain, so calm, just like your next neighbor. But he loves golf to that point he could offer his right arm just to have a game.

Why golf? Several times, Lalong would tell you that golf is for people who love the life of sobriety and those who want to attain the absolute pinnacle of success. Lalong will tell you that golf demands the utmost in situations of mental, emotional and physical stress. This is reason he brought the game to numerous people in Plateau State.

Before he came to power, some four big golf courses in Jos were simply experiencing the silence of the grave yard. There could be occasional roars when certain white settlers and the big guns decided to have a game. At that time, the game of golf was being related to Polo where you must have your wallet filled with wads before you dare venture arriving the Tee box. But Lalong changed all that. Go to Jos today and you will see several people on the breadline walking the fairways. Lalong just demystified the untidy belief that golf is not meant for hungry people. Go to Jos, especially the Lamingo Golf course where General Yakubu Gowon and Lalong play their golf and you will see kids, from age four, being tutored on how to swing swiftly. Success is being achieved here. Kids are no longer restless in Plateau. The urge to play golf has enveloped each one of them. This is the Lalong intervention and ultimate peace is being achieved through it.

As you read this, a week-long Governor’s Cup is on at the Lamingo course. It’s the third in the series and over 100 professionals are playing and 400 amateurs will join on Saturday and Sunday. The bill to see this through is huge but Lalong ensures state money doesn’t come into this. His numerous friends in the private sectors are paying.
Hear Lalong: “I have learnt what peace means, in the hard way of course,  and this is the only thing I can share to humanity. The game of golf depicts this and this is why I want to help whoever is interested to play. I am happy a lot of our people are playing and our courses are busy through several sponsorships coming from my friends in the private sectors. Our commerce is growing. Our peace is growing. More hotels are springing up because more tourists are coming to Jos to play golf. We shall do more in this aspect”.
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Former Plateau Lawmakers accused of manhandling journalist




Two former lawmakers in the Plateau State House of Assembly yesterday allegedly manhandled a journalist with Liberty TV at the Jos High court premises in Plateau state.

The journalist, Buhari Bukar Bello, was at High Court 5 with colleagues to cover proceedings on a suit filed by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) against the former lawmakers and six of their colleagues over alleged corrupt practices amounting to N32 million.

The defendants had informed the court that Bello was recording their faces and court proceedings with an electronic device, an allegation the journalist denied.
Presiding Justice Christine Dabup ordered the confiscation of Bello’s camera and phone, which were later returned to him after the court proceedings.

“The law allows for the recording of proceedings using pen and paper, not electronic devices of phones,” Justice Dabup said.

But after the court proceedings, Bello told journalists that Hon Istifanus Mwansat, a former speaker had cornered him, snatched his camera and issued him with threats, while Hon. Joyce Ramnap, a former Deputy Speaker had pushed him against the wall as other ex-legislators showered him with abuses. He however said Mwansat later returned his camera.

When contacted, the former Speaker said it was not trued that he threatened the journalist. Ramnap also denied the allegation against her and expressed shock that Bello had made such allegation.
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Plateau resuscitates moribound hotels through PPP



The Plateau State Government has said it hopes to renovate all its state-owned moribound hotels and hospitality outfits through Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The Commissioner for Tourism, Culture and Hospitality, Peter Mwankon, said such partnership was part of the Simon Bako Lalong administration’s efforts to reposition tourism to boost revenue generation and ensure the facilities meet international standards.

Mwankon explained that a Memorandum of Understanding of about N140 million had been signed for the renovation of the Jos Plaza which is over 40 years old and facing dilapidation as well as the Pankshin Hotel with two private firms for 15 years.


He said more hospitality outlets such as the Solomon Lar Amusement Park and Jos Wildlife Park would be leased out for optimal management, adding that one of the conditions in the MoU was to engage 75 per cent of Plateau indigenes as its workforce to curtail unemployment among youths.
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Gov Lalong Today receieve the British High Commission to Nigeria




His Excellency Governor Simon Bako Lalong Today the the 13th of December, 2017 Received the British High Commissioner to Nigeria Ambassador Paul Arkwright.

The commissionner was on a courtesy call at the new Government House, little Rayfield, to explore and consolidate areas of business, economic and security cooperation with the state.
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Lolong To Clear All Gratuities and Arrers of Pensioners before Chrismas



Governor Simon Bako Lalong has promised to clear the entire gratuity and pension of the retirees across the state before next week to ease their plight during the Yuletide season.


The Governor was represented by the Head of Service, Izang Azi at the 2017 Pensioners Day celebration in Plateau state.

Lalong expressed confidence that the retirees are very dear to this administration so their welfare remains paramount to him.

He commended them for the show of understanding saying, the government inherited challenges of arrears, gratuities of several months from the past government but now we have reduced it to the barest minimum.

We have a backlog of files which they are currently working to clear all before crossing over to 2018, we give thanks to God.

Pensioners have pushed for N25, 000 minimum wage to the Federal and state government to all the retirees across Nigeria, as many of them died before getting their gratuity and pension.

State Chairman Mr. Morrice Daboer disclosed this during the 2017 Day Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Jos chapter on Monday.
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The Governor of Plateau State Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong. Today Tee off the 2017 Governor's Cup PRO/AM Golf Tournament at the Lamingo Golf Course.




The Governor's Cup started way back in the sixties, but could not continue since around 1998; however it was resuscitated by Governor Simon Lalong, when he became governor in 2015, and this is the third edition since its revival.

"This year's event is spectacular in so many ways, as this is the first time on the Plateau that we are going to be having eighteen greens,as against the usual browns" said Daboet

Governor Lalong promised golfers when they came a few years back, that the next time you come to Lamingo, you will be playing on eighteen greens, that is why this event is very significant". And today is a dream come true

                               
Governor lalong said It is very significant, because the are going to be having professional golfers from outside the country, who are going to join the array of players that will be here.

There are over 600 golfers to play in this very beautiful course, out of which about 150 will be professionals, and the Governor believed that this will be a very successful tournament.

  The Captain assured people coming from outside the state should feel relaxed, as Plateau is the "Home of Peace and Tourism".

The tournament is expecting State Governors and members of the National Assembly, as a lot of them have indicated interest to be here.

"The Governor's Cup, is coming with a carnival we have never had before, we want to showcase the potentials of this beautiful State, we want to prove to everybody that once again, truly peace has returned to the state; and through golf tourism we can put the name of our beautiful state on the world map", he stressed.



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Abducted Plateau PDP Chiarman Damishi Sango Reunites with Family


Abducted Plateau PDP chairman Damishi Sango reunites with family



Abducted Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, Damishi Sango has reunited with his family in Abuja after almost four days of captivity in the hands of kidnappers. 

Sango, a former Minister of Sports was abducted by gunmen along with his son and three others last Wednesday in Jere, Kaduna state while on their way to attend the PDP national convention. 
The kidnappers had earlier demanded N100 million but later settled for N40 million for the release of the four men. 
Following their release on Sunday evening, the party’s state Publicity Secretary John Akans stated that no ransom had been paid but it was gathered from a respected elder in the state that intense negotiations had forced the abductors to further reduce the ransom to N15 million but were eventually paid N13 million. 
The source said Sango and the other men were picked up by security agents around Jere-Kagoro area in Kaduna state and later handed over to family and associates in Keffi, Nasarawa state. 
However, Sango who lives in Ganawuri, Riyom LGA in Plateau state is said to be resting in Abuja and it was uncertain by press time when he would return to Plateau.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Samuel Emmanuel Nanle said the Plateau State governor was informed of their release on Sunday by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state and that Lalong appreciated the efforts of security agents and the government of Kaduna state.
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NPFL Invitational: Plateau hold Enyimba, MFM/Akway tie also



The two matches played on the opening day of the 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Pre-Season Invitational in Kano yesterday ended draws, while the third match on the day between hosts Kano Pillars and the CHAN Eagles was shifted to today.

In the opening game, league champions, Plateau United of Jos forced 10-man Enyimba FC of Aba to a 1-1 draw, and it was same scoreline in the second match between league runners up, MFM FC and AITEO Cup holders, Akwa United played under flood lights at the Sani Abacha Stadium.

Adegboyega Adekunle opened scoring for MFM on 56th minute and 6 minutes later, Otegbeye Ajibola cancelled the lead from the penalty spot or Akwa United.


The game between Enyimba and Plateau began on a very cautious note but a rush of hot blood from Uche John , the Enyimba defender led to the player being sent off on the 17th minute for a second bookable offence after he collected his first yellow card 10 minutes  earlier.
Despite the red card, it was Enyimba that drew the first blood before newly signed Tosin Omoyele from Osun United score for Plateau to bring final scores at 1-1
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Man Arrested over Kidnap, Murder of 5-year-Old in Plateau



Man arrested over kidnap, murder of 5-yr-old in Plateau

Date: 11 Dec 2017

A 22-year-old man has been arrested by security agents for allegedly kidnapping and killing a five-year-old boy in Plateau State.

The suspect was arrested through the combined effort of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Wase Local Government Area of the state.

The suspect after the boy’s father failed to deliver a N20 million ransom for his release and instead contacted security agents to help secure his son’s release.

The suspect, identified only as Muazu, is said to be a family friend of the victim and often coached young boys in football around Wase town.

A councillor in Wase, Shafi’i Sambo, that the boy, popularly called Baba is son to one Alhaji Ibrahim, a business man and went missing on Thursday evening.

Sambo said when the family alerted the police, there was suspicion as to the involvement of Muazu who neighbours said had tried to get Alhaji Ibrahim’s phone numbers a day before the boy’s disappearance and had been seen with another of the business man’s young sons on Wednesday.

Operation Safe Haven Media and Information Officer, Captain Adam Umar, said that when the police arrested Muazu for questioning, some people believed to be relatives had tried to harass security agents before the task force got involved.

Captain Adam said the suspect had confessed to the crime on Friday and had taken security agents to the uncompleted building where the boy’s corpse was found.

“The boy was already dead with his legs tied. Some youths tried to lynch the suspect but the police had to move him to an undisclosed location,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Tyopev Terna, yesterday said the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for further investigation.
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Damishi Sango, PDP Chairman and other Victimes Regains Freedom



Former minister of sports and Plateau state PDP chairman, Damishi Sango, has regained freedom following his release by his abductors.
Sango and four others, who were on their way to Abuja for the just concluded national convention of the opposition PDP, were abducted by gunmen along Jere-Abuja road, in Jere local government area of Kaduna state
Confirming his release to LEADERSHIP yesterday on Phone, Mr. John Akans, the Plateau state PDP publicity secretary said, ‘ Yes the state chairman and four others were release by their abductors this evening hail and hearty to the warm embrace of their family.”
The PDP spokesman was silent on  whether a ransom was paid to securetheir release from their abductors.
According to him, “We shall give details to you journalist tomorrow by the grace of God.”
The Kaduna state Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abbeh, who also confirmed the release of the abductees said “Right now, military and police operations are on going in the forests.
“I can tell you that in the few days, kidnapping and banditry will be thing of the past in Kaduna State. We have rescued the Plateau PDP chairman” Abbeh added.
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BREAKING: Sango and other victims released
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Details coming soon.

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Fire Claims 5 members of same Family in Plateau


Fire claims 5 members of same family in Plateau
An early morning fire yesterday claimed five members of the same family in Bukuru metropolis of Jos-South Local Government Area in Plateau State.

The deceased include 35-year-old Adam, his wife Maryam and their three kids; Abdul, Ibrahim and Fatima.

The couple’s first child, Amina, who has been living with her grandparents is the only surviving member of the family.

An eyewitness said neighbours were alerted about the fire around 3:30am from the poorly constructed wooden kitchen of their one-bedroom apartment. The fire had extended to a neighbour’s house.

Another neighbour, Yusuf Abubakar, said they were finally able to put out the fire around 4am but the family had already been consumed.

Plateau State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Tyopev Terna, confirmed the incident and said the deceased had been buried according to Islamic rites.


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PLSG Reviewed the Salary and Wages of All Traditional Rulers, Awaiting Implementation




The Plateau State governor Simon Lalong said he is committed to  the welfare of the traditional institution in the state and has reviewed the salary and wages of all traditional rulers awaiting implemention.

Gov. Lalong made this assertion  in Doemak, Quan Pan LGA during the installation ceremony and presentation of staff of office to the third Long Pan, HRH Nda Emmanuel Dabang (JP).

The Gov. said the traditional institution should ensure sustainability of the peace being enjoyed on the plateau so as to enhance even development.

Earlier, the Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman of Plateau State Council of Chiefs and Emirs, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, urged all ethnic nationalities to dispense with all litigations pertaining to traditional stools by resorting to alternative dispute resolution so as to create a conducive platform for peace and unity.

The ceremony was attended by traditional rulers, government functionaries and well wishers from all over the state.
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Plateau State Atheletes have made the State Proud at the Commowealth game trials hold in Abuja Nigeria's Capital




The athletes won two gold two silver and two bronze in 10,000 meters & 5,000meters events

The trio of  Rose akuso, rotkang James and Onan Sale,won the laurels for the state.

Another  gold medal in weight lifting was won by Bose Sunday.

 Rose mary and Sunday Mangu also won a bronze each in walk race & pole vault.

Meanwhile Plateau state have been selected to host the camping of athletes for the long and middle distance race preparatory to the Commonwealth games.

The decision was arrived at during the closing of the trials for the games in Abuja.

This development is coming at the hills of the third edition of plateau state governor's cup golf tournament billed for 11th to 17th December, 2017 at Lamingo golf club Jos.

Seven professional golfers from the plateau state sports council will represent the state at the tournament.

The likes of Habu Mohammed, Atang Ishaya,Dung Chuwang,Azi Ajang,Ayuba Izang and Emmanuel Agwom,will be on parade for the state in the professionals category

While Azi Agwom will lead Davou Pwajok,Celina Rimson,Christy Pius,Joy Ekhator,Eunice Sule and Laura Arin,to compete in the different and ladies amateur categories.
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"We are Working with Security agencies to Secure Sango's Release"- Gov. Lalong


“We are working with security agencies to secure Sango’s release” – Gov. Lalong
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State.
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has said that the Plateau and Kaduna State Governments are working round the clock with security operatives to have the Plateau PDP Chairman, Chief Damishi Sango, released.
 


Sango, a former Minister of Sports, and four others were abducted by unknown persons on Wednesday evening at Jere-Kaduna on their way to Abuja from Jos.
Lalong, in a statement signed by his Director of Press, Mr Emmanuel Nanle, on Friday said that the state governments were working for their unconditional release without delay.

“I received with deep concern the news of the abduction of Hon. Damishi T. Sango, Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Plateau State and four others at Jere, Kaduna State on their way to Abuja.
“To say the least I am most saddened by this act of inhumanity to man that must be condemned totally,” he said.

Lalong while sympathising with members of the families of the kidnap victims and the PDP over their traumatising experience, also called for calm.
He assured travelers on Plateau-Kaduna and Kaduna-Abuja routes, that the Federal and the state governments were taking every step to ensure that the roads were secured from armed robbers and kidnappers.

The governor further enjoined Plateau citizens to be vigilant while on transit and ensure that they reported all suspected criminal movements they noticed to the relevant authorities. (NAN)

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Director of Press & Public Affairs Office of the Executive Governor, Plateau State




PRESS RELEASE

The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, has received with deep concern the news of the abduction of Hon. Damishi T. Sango, Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Plateau State and four (4) others at Jere, Kaduna State while on their way to Abuja from Jos.

The Governor to say the least is most saddened by this act of inhumanity to man which he condemns totally.

Governor Lalong while sympathising with members of their families and the Peoples Democratic Party over this traumatizing experience, calls for calm and assures that the Plateau and  Kaduna State Governments are  working round the clock to ensure that Security Operatives secure their release without delay and unconditionally.

He assures citizens travelling between Plateau-Kaduna and Abuja routes, that the Federal and States Government are not resting on their oars in ensuring that the roads are safe and completely free from the criminal acts of Armed Robbers and kidnappers.

The Governor further enjoins Plateau citizens to apply travel intelligence on road while on transit and to ensure they report all suspected criminal movements within Plateau and between States to the relevant authorities.


Signed

Samuel Emmanuel Nanle
Director, Press & Public Affairs
7th December, 2017
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Plateau Governmor's Cup 2017 Golf Tournament



Over 600 golfers are expected to grace the 2017 Governor's Cup Golf tournament, bill for Jos the Plateau state capital, organisers have said.

This was disclosed by the Captain of Lamingo Golf Club, Mr Tang Dapoet, while briefing sports journalists in Jos

Dapoet said, the Governor's Cup started way back in the sixties, but could not continue since around 1998; however it was resuscitated by Governor Simon Lalong, when he became governor in 2015, and this is the third edition since its revival.

"This year's event is spectacular in so many ways, as this is the first time on the Plateau that we are going to be having eighteen greens,as against the usual browns.

"The Governor Lalong promised golfers when they came a few years back, that the next time you come to Lamingo, you will be playing on eighteen greens, that is why this event is very significant.

"It is very significant because we are going to be having professional golfers from outside the country, who are going to join the array of players that will be here.

"We are expecting over 600 golfers to play in this very beautiful course, out of which about 150 will be professionals, and I believe that this will be a very successful tournament.

The Captain assured people coming from outside the state should feel relaxed, as Plateau is the "Home of Peace and Tourism".

"We are expecting State Governors and members of the National Assembly, as a lot of them have indicated interest to be here.

"So what we intend to have for the Governor's Cup in 2017, is a carnival we have never had before.

"We want to showcase the potentials of this beautiful State, we want to prove to everybody that once again, truly peace has returned to the state; and through golf tourism we can put the name of our beautiful state on the world map", he stressed.

The tournament is slated for 11th to 17th December, 2017.
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TEDx: Plateau State to hold Maiden edition


TEDx: Plateau State to hold maiden edition
Plateau State is set to hold its first edition of the globally curated talks, TEDx. 
 

The event themed ‘Shifting Paradigms,’ will take place at the Jos Business School, Rayfield, Jos on December

According to the conveners in a release, the event is a movement pushing an aligning narrative that calls for a forward mental, physical, economic and social shift in the state, and in turn, the country at large.  
“Our most important objective is to further the cause of Peace Building as a Panacea for Economic Development in Plateau State and Nigeria in general,” it read.

In view of this objective, Phillip Shuaibu, an Accountant, activist, Deputy Governor of Edo State, and former NANS President will be speaking on the topic ‘Not Too Young To Run - Why we need more young people in politics.’

Imam Muhammed Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye are a team with a profound story of reconciliation and peace building.

Ezekiel Gomos OFR, Director General of the Jos Business School and Troy Zenret Pyelshak, former NFL Pro athlete and super Bowl champion turned Investment Guru, are also expected to speak at the event.

Others are Nollywood actress, producer and director, Ufuoma Ejenenobor-Mcdermott; Veteran Journalist & Press Director of the Nigerian Governor’s Forum, AbdulRazaq Bello Barkindo. 

Fauno B Nadah, systems engineer and Social Entrepreneur, will be bringing his indepth knowledge of business and technology and passion for transformational change to the talk, with the witty topic ‘How to Tame Neat Ninjas in Wicked Mermaids.’

Director Middle East & Africa For HIS Makrit - Dr Chinnan Mclean Dikwal and Solomon Chikan, a global motivational speaker and driving force for entrepreneurship in Nigeria, will also speak at the event.

Media Professional, Delmwa Deshi-Kura is the convener of TEDxRayfield, a globally recognized brand created in the spirit of TED's mission - ideas worth spreading.
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CSDA Empowers Langtang Communities with Counter part fund




Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong ensured the payment of counterpart fund of World Bank to all rural communities willing to partner with Community and Social Development Agency ( CSDA) and made sure they were adequately funded irrespective of political inclination.
General Manager of CSDA, Mrs Gurumyen  while handing over checks to Yangang, Shishiri and Zamgwar communities of Langtang North LGA today, stress that the communities are expected to reciprocate government’s gesture by making judicious use of funds given to them.
She enjoined all communities that have not keyed into the program to do so, saying government alone cannot do it due to the complex nature of development that is why they created the Community Driven Development (CDD) program.
In his address, the Management Committee Chairman of Langtang North, Hon Brian Dadi thanked CSDA and Gov Lalong for ensuring that development projects get to all nooks and crannies of the state.
He charged the communities that being co-owners of the projects, they are expected to safeguard them so that they are not misused or destroyed by miscreants.
The occasion was attended by local government and CSDA officials, traditional and community leaders, youths and other well wishers.
The program is expected to continue in other parts of the state.
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World AIDS Day: Plateau Pays N90m for HIV/AIDs counterpart fund


World AIDS Day: Plateau pays N90m for HIV/AIDS counterpart fund



Dr. Koka made the disclosure in a speech to mark the 2017 World Aids Day at the Plateau state Ministry of Health in Jos.

He explained that the state has an objective of reducing the incidence of HIV and AIDS through interventions in designated thematic areas.

"These areas included behavioural challenge, preventing new infection and care and support for persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS institution architecture." He said.

In his remarks, the Plateau state Commissioner for  Health, Dr Kuden Deyin Kamshak has said that the state has been involved in nationwide HIV/AIDS Sentinel Sero-Prevalence Survey conducted by both Federal Ministry of Health and Plateau state Ministry of Health.

He said, "The result of ANC Survey showed that HIV Sero-Prevalence among pregnant women in the state in 1991 was 6.3%, 1999 was 11.2%, then declined to 6.3% in 2003. The HIV Prevalence was found to have decreased to 5.9% in 2014."

He added that the analysis data validated 1st Semester 2017 in Plateau state showed that the total people on Anti Retroviral Therapy was 43, 131- male, 13, 279; female, 29, 853.

He stated that in 2017 the HIV Testing Services in the state have tested about 54, 000 people for HIV - male, 22, 426, female, 29, 468 and couple, 1, 078.

He also disclosed that about 4, 332 were tested positive - male, 1, 539 and female 2, 793.
"Out of 24, 090 pregnant women tested for HIV about 155 were tested positive and 547 with previously known HIV positive infection." He said
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Gov Lalong at Zuma Festival of the Nigerian Film Corporation at Abuja




Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State, Fully represented by his SSA on Media, Hon. Dan Manjang yesterday been  2nd December, 2017 at the ZUMA festival of the Nigerian Film Corporation at Abuja yesterday.
ZUMA Film Festival, Nigeria’s foremost film festival is under the auspices of the Nigerian Film Corporation. The first edition of the festival, known then as Nigerian National Film Festival was held in 1999, at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. However, the name of the festival was changed to ZUMA Film Festival in 2006 and subsequently moved to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/gowon-backs-zuma-filmfest-2017/

ZUMA Film Festival, Nigeria’s foremost film festival is under the auspices of the Nigerian Film Corporation. The first edition of the festival, known then as Nigerian National Film Festival was held in 1999, at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. However, the name of the festival was changed to ZUMA Film Festival in 2006 and subsequently moved to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/gowon-backs-zuma-filmfest-2017/





ZUMA Film Festival, Nigeria’s foremost film festival is under the auspices of the Nigerian Film Corporation. The first edition of the festival, known then as Nigerian National Film Festival was held in 1999, at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. However, the name of the festival was changed to ZUMA Film Festival in 2006 and subsequently moved to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/gowon-backs-zuma-filmfest-2017/
ZUMA Film Festival, Nigeria’s foremost film festival is under the auspices of the Nigerian Film Corporation. The first edition of the festival, known then as Nigerian National Film Festival was held in 1999, at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. However, the name of the festival was changed to ZUMA Film Festival in 2006 and subsequently moved to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/gowon-backs-zuma-filmfest-2017/

ZUMA Film Festival, Nigeria’s foremost film festival is under the auspices of the Nigerian Film Corporation. The first edition of the festival, known then as Nigerian National Film Festival was held in 1999, at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. However, the name of the festival was changed to ZUMA Film Festival in 2006 and subsequently moved to Abuja, the nation’s capital.



General Yakubu Gowon, GCFR, was Chairman of the occasion. Gowon said, it was against the background of NFC’s achievements and the Corporation’s desire to sustain its contributions to the overall growth of the nation that he threw his weight behind ZUMA Film Festival 2017, and subsequently accepted to Chair the annual film lecture.




The 8th edition of the NFC Annual Film Lecture, with the theme “Sustaining Socio- Cultural and Political Integration in Nigeria: The Film Perspective” will to be delivered by Professor Femi Shaka, film scholar and Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 



The lecture to be delivered on day two of ZUMA film festival 2017, (Saturday, December 2nd) will provide the fulcrum for all Nigerians, especially motion picture practitioners to address the current narratives of threats to our country’s unity, peace and progress through the development of positive images and stories, translated into moving images that portray and reinforce tendencies that promote our diverse cultures, economies, languages and dialects, yet as one indivisible nation.


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