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World Bank To Spend $52m To Construct 300 Rural Roads In Plateau.

Date: 31 Oct 2017
The World Bank says it has earmarked 52 million U.S. dollars for the construction of over 300 rural roads in Plateau, under its Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP).

Mr Tesfa Michael, the Head of RAAMP, said this yesterday in Jos, during an assessment visit, in the lead-up to the project implementation.

He said that the project was aimed at linking rural roads with major highways, with the view to reducing wastage of farm produce.

He said that the project was aimed at boosting agricultural activities in the rural areas, adding that the living standard of farmers in the state was also expected to improve significantly.

Besides, Michael said that the roads construction was part of the World Bank’s intervention to provide logistics for farmers in order to boost agricultural production and facilitate movement of farm produce.

“We are here today on an appraisal mission, the visit is to enable us see things for ourselves and ascertain the level of preparedness for the implementation of the project in the state.

“This project is basically designed to add value to the agricultural activities at the rural level, thereby increasing the income of rural farmers and the state as well.

“So, World Bank has set aside 52 million U.S. dollars to construct over 300 rural roads.

“This is because we believe that with access roads, farm produce can easily move from their points of production to markets.

“This system worked effectively in China and India and we believe it is achievable in Nigeria and Plateau State, which particularly has a lot of rural farmers,’’ he said.

Michael also said the project, when completed, would address the myriad challenges facing agricultural production, as modern means of produce storage, processing and recycling would be provided.

He said that the project would also aid efforts to create job opportunities and reduce youth restiveness in the state.

He therefore, urged the state government to pay up its counterpart funds to enable the project to begin on time.

Mr Matawal Maful, the Coordinator of RAAMP in Plateau, said that the state government had already directed the release of N55 million as counterpart funds for the project.

10km Jos Road Race gets Dec 16 date

Date: Oct 31 2017

Plans have been concluded to host the maiden edition of the 10km Jos Road Race, tagged ‘We Run Jos’.

The race which is billed for the 16th of December 2017 is jointly organized by the Plateau state government and Versatella Innovative Concept.

Mr. Onuh Adah the head of marketing at Versatella Innovative Concept, said there will be mouth-watering prizes for men and women who excel during the one-day race.

Onuh, who disclosed that 466 participants will be rewarded during the marathon event, named the prizes as N1million for first position, N750,000 for second position, N500,000 for third position and N100,000 for the 4th-13th placed winners in the male category; while winners in the female category will pocket N1 million for first position, N750,000 for second position, N500,000 for third position, while the 4th-13th will pocket N100,000 each, 14th-33rd will take home N50,000 each, while 14th-23rd will milk N10,000 each.

Mr. Onuh said all Nigerians were free to participate in the yearly event.
Court admits Forgery of documents against Plateau lawmaker

Date: Oct 30 2017

The Federal High Court II, sitting in Jos, has admitted documents against an embattled Member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Baba Hassan, who is standing trial for presenting an alleged fake diploma certificate in the last general elections.

Hon Hassan (Defendant) who represents Jos North Constituency was dragged to court by Abdul Nasir (Plaintiff) who contested against him in the last All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election ahead of the 2015 elections.

During the sitting on Friday, the Judge, Justice Musa Kurya, admitted the payment receipts presented by the plaintiff’s counsel, Ahmad Garba, said to have been obtained from the University of Jos on the request of whether the lawmaker had graduated from the university or not.

The counsel to the defendant, Nanfwang D. Gwaison, had earlier argued that the receipts were fake.

The court also admitted another written document issued by the Deputy Registrar of the University of Jos, Caleb Mwansat, which stated that the alleged credentials presented by the lawmaker did not emanate from the university.

Justice Musa Kurya had earlier rejected the application of the lawmaker whose counsel, Nanfwang, objected to the admission of the document that said the certificate of the lawmaker did not emanate from the University of Jos.

It would be recalled that during the court’s sitting on October 12, 2016, the Registrar of the University of Jos, Monday M. Danjem, during his oral statement, told the court that Hassan did not graduate from the university and he further affirmed that the certificate did not emanate from the university.

Justice Kurya ruled out the objection of the defendant’s counsel for lack of merit, affirming that, “The University of Jos is the only University of Jos in Nigeria and its registrar is the one and only registrar of the institution” and thereby admitted the documents against the lawmaker.

The judge, however, adjourned the sitting to November 13 for the presentation of the remaining witnesses by the registrar and cross examination of witnesses.
Group gives Jos Disco 5-day ultimatum over sacked workers

Date: Oct 26 2017

A Civil Society Organization (CSO), SAIF Advocacy Foundation, has issued a five-day ultimatum to the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC), over the sacked of 150 workers by the company.

The JEDC has sacked the workers across its four states of Plateau, Gombe, Bauchi and Benue, in what the management said was part of a re-organisation aimed at optimum performance.

Coordinator of the group, Alhassan Yahaya, said they would stage a protest to the JEDC office in Gombe over the sacked of about 45 indigenes of the state, who he claimed were mostly affected by the sack.

According to him the company gets 45 percent of its revenue from Gombe state, but has only seven indigenes working across the four states where JEDC operates.

“Most of the sacked staff gets its revenue across the four states it covers. For instance in September, it has generated N1.2 billion from this state alone,” he said.

Alhassan also rejected JEDC’s claims that the disengaged workers which include marketers, linesmen, network engineers, cable joiners and electrical fitters were old and unproductive, arguing that most of them were young persons engaged few months ago.

“If JEDC failed to reinstate them by the end of the five-day ultimatum, we will stage a peaceful demonstration and subsequently take a legal action against the company over the illegal sacking of the workers,” he added.

However, the JEDC’s Head of Corporate Communication, Dr Adakole Elijah, told Daily Trust on phone that the workers were sacked based on their performance irrespective of their state of origins.

“This is not a sack but a retrenchment by the company as the performance of the workers have been generally very poor, and many workers are not productive, hence our resolve to ask them to go,” he said.

He also alleged that some workers were relieved for extorting monies from consumers, while others collected money from customers but did not remit same to the company.

Dr Elijah added that some workers were old and could no longer add any value to the company, while others that were inherited from the former owners, had served for close to 40 years.

Jos Disco , workers , JEDC
Plateau United open bid for Osanga, Henlong, others

Date: Oct 26 2017

Plateau United have swung into action in a bid for five players which includes FC IfeanyiUbah’s King Osanga and the duo of Rangers’ Charles Henlong and Orji Okagbue Kalu.
Also on the Jos side radar are Chinedu Udechukwu of Katsina United and Raphael Ayagwa from Lobi Stars.

Plateau United who emerged champions of the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), ahead of the Lagos based MFM and Enyimba international to second and third places respectively will represent Nigeria in the 2018 CAF Champions League.
The bid which has been logged in the Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS) is awaiting response from the respective clubs or clearance from the Football Federation depending on the individual player’s status.

Henlong joined Rangers from Kano Pillars at the start of last season having moved to Kano following the expulsion of Giwa FC from the league.


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