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Date 29 Nov 2017

His Excellency Governor Simon Bako Lalong, today  29th November 2017 paid an unscheduled visit to the Zaria road Stadium to inspect the level of work at the site, in preparation for the CAF Continental football tournament.

Governor Lalong also visited the Plateau Specialists Hospital to inspect the ongoing renovation at the Hospital.
‘hopeless situation in terms of funds but added that the current administration has been able to rescue its people from a state of hopelessness to a state of confidence'.

The Executive Governor promised that the 2018 budget will fully capture the completion and implementation towards finishing of all ongoing project in the state  which includes the stadium.

The new Zaria Road stadium complex in Jos, Plateau state, is expected to stand as one of the most sophisticated and internationally acclaimed football stadiums in Nigeria. With an expected N3.2 billion price tag for its completion, Governor Lalong  intends to break the record as previous administration could not see its completion he promised.

Date: 29 Nov 2017


The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has been conferred with the Prestigious Fellowship Award of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) at the National Induction Ceremony of the Institute held at the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Abuja on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017.

The Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators is the Professional Body saddled with the training of individuals and organizations on Mediation as a Primary Mechanism for addressing disputes.

According to the President of the Institute, Mr Emeka Jude Philipe Obegolu, the Governor is being acknowledged and honoured for his Proactive Initiatives in promoting peace and the depth of knowledge applied in the Governance of Plateau State, which has consolidated on the Peace and Security of the State.

The Governor in his acceptance speech appreciated the Institute for finding him worthy of the Honour, which he dedicated to the good people of Plateau. He gave assurances that the Award will further strengthen his resolve and commitment in ensuring that every part of Plateau remains peaceful and free from any form of Security threat.

The Governor used the occasion of the Award to call on all Plateau citizens to partner with Government in the building of cohesive communities through social interactions and neighbourhood vigilance.
Present at the Award Ceremony which was well attended were Alh. Dr. Ibrahim Geidam, Governor of Yobe State, Mr Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of NNPC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu Chairman of INEC and Dr. Olarenwaju Onadeko SAN, Director General Nigeria Law School. Others are Chief wole Olanipekun, SAN, former President of Nigeria Bar Association and His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Owo amongst many other distinguished personalities.

Samuel Emmanuel Nanle
Director, Press & Public Affairs
28th November, 2017

Plateau to partner BoI on MSMEs revitalisation

The Plateau State government has expressed its willingness  to partner with the Bank of Industry (BOI) in the revitalization of ‎Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state.

Speaking in Jos, the state capital, at the BOI North East customer forum, the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Rufus Bature, said the people of the state have become more aware in business and are now willing to take risks, unlike in the past when they were not taking such risks.

He called on BOI to establish its branch in the state in order‎ to intensively cater for the MSMEs, adding that the state government is willing to provide the building for the take off of such branch.

He also stated that the state has become relatively peaceful and that the bank will flourish when established.

In his presentation, the Director General, Plateau State Micro Finance Development Agency, Haggai Gutap, said the most challenging aspect of small businesses is access to credit facilities. He however noted that BOI and other development banks are making effort to ensure that people have credit as at when due.

Gutap said it is imperative for the MSMEs to be strengthened, pointing out that they are the bedrock for sustainable development of any nation/state. He said the 2014 statistics revealed that MSMEs contributed over 46% to the nation’s GDP and that there were over 17 million of them in the country.

In his remarks, the North East Regional Manager of BOI, Aliyu Umaru, said the customer forum was aimed at interacting with customers in order to get feedback from them on their operations and to know where they needed to improve to serve the customers better.

Umaru revealed that the Plateau State government has pledged to give the bank N1 billion to establish a marching fund with N1bn of their own, giving a total of N2bn that would be earmarked for Plateau people.

He said the process and criteria through which micro enterprises can access loans from BOI is to register their enterprises/businesses with N30,000 and can then apply for loans of between N2 million and N5m

Security agencies tasked on Plateau LG polls

As political parties, candidates and the electorate intensify preparations for the February 2018 local government elections in Plateau State, the security personnel drawn from the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been called upon to safeguard the electoral process.
The call was made at a training workshop on “Security and Election” organised by the Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP), a non-governmental organisation working to create awareness on citizens’ engagement in electoral process.

Addressing the security personnel at the workshop, the Acting Executive Director of CAPP, Nelson Ananze, said the conduct of elections in the country had not been palatable on the part of the election management bodies, the security agencies and the voters.
Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Chinyere Okorie and Planji Cishak, took time to explain the roles of the security agencies and the need to safeguard the electoral process.

Plateau to strengthen Child Rights Law implementation

Date: 28 Nov 2017

The Plateau State government has indicated readiness to strengthen the implementation of the Child’s Right Law which was gazetted by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in conjunction with the state’s ministry of Justice and Women Affairs.

The Child’s Rights Act which has 273 sections, 25 divisions/parts and 398 pages prohibits child marriage, child betroth, tattoos and skin marks on children, abduction, removal and transfer of children from lawful custody without the consent of their parents.
The law has long been in place in Plateau State but has essentially been unimplemented

Speaking in Jos the state capital at the unveiling ceremony, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Jonathan Mawuyau, lamented lack of proper care of children by parents, stressing that domesticating the Plateau Child’s Rights Act would bring end cases of children’s  maltreatment.

He said the child rights law which aimed to punish any parent maltreating his or her child did not give permission to children to terrorise their parents and other adults.

In his remark, the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Adie Udie, said the government should  uphold the global responsibilities of protecting the rights of the children.

Kanam LG Chairman under investigation for threatening the life of his staff

 Date: 27 Nov 2017

The Plateau state house of assembly has set up a 5 man committee to investigate the allegations made against transition committee chairman of Kanam local government council, Hamisu Bale for financial mismanagement and threat to life.

The resolution follows a joint motion on adjournment by the house deputy speaker Sale Yipmong and Yusuf Gagdi, member representing Kantana constituency during Thursday’s plenary.
Gagdi who was visibly moved by what he described as misconduct of the chairman, said the series of events that characterized the alleged involvement of the council boss in the just concluded APC primaries as misapplication of local government administrative of procedures.

He alleged that the security threat posed by the chairman on the director of personnel management of the council for refusing to release 5 million naira meant for the no work no pay salaries for the council staff to conduct the primaries is a mismanagement of public trust.
Gagdi who drew the strengths of his motion from section 7 subsection 1 of the 1999 constitution as amended said the state assembly has the responsibility to oversee the affairs of local government as such, the alleged conduct of the chairman should be investigated, particularly funds released to the council.

In his presentation, deputy speaker of the assembly, Sale Yipmong said the alleged mismanagement of public trust by the council chairman of Kanam is against the principle of local government administration.

In separate contributions, Sunday Machen, Nalong Daniel and Jacob Kassam noted that the allegations against the chairman of Kanam should be viewed with all seriousness.
The house after due consideration of the allegations resolved to set up a 5 man committee to investigate the claims and report back its findings on the 30th November, 2017.
The committee which will be cheered by Ezekiel Afon with Joshua Madaki, Abdul Yanga, Nyam Dareng and Amos Kumtul as members.

Still in the legislature, speaker of the house, Peter Azi has confirmed the house is ready to partner with institutions that will strengthen the democratic process in the country. Azi stated this while in audience with the delegation known as Friends of Democracy, led by Professor Sam Egwu on an advocacy visit. Peter Azi noted that the house has promoted bills that have passed through democratic process by way of public hearing; all geared towards having a strong and acceptable law that will accommodate all interest.

Professor Egwu noted that the visit to the house is aimed at strengthening the legislators to stand up and speak with one voice for a better democratic system that can stand the test of time.

Gov Lalong charge new NYSC members posted to the state to be diligent

Date: 23 Nov 2017

Governor Simon Lalong wants the newly posted corps members to Plateau state to exhibit qualities of perseverance, discipline and peaceful coexistence with fellow Nigerians from different cultural and religious background as they serve their father land.

Governor Lalong stated this during the formal opening of batch B stream 1 of the National Youth Service Corps at their orientation camp in Mangu.
Governor Simon Lalong on arrival to the orientation camp in Mangu has paid a guard of honor mounted by the newly posted corps members in Plateau state.

Lalong represented by the state deputy governor, Professor Sunny Tyoden said in line with the objectives of the scheme which is for national integration, corps members are encouraged to participate actively in the programs in order to draw maximum benefit.
Governor Lalong confirmed his administration’s commitment to provide the enabling environment to keep the skill viable and ensure the safety and welfare of all corps members throughout their service year.

Plateau state chief judge represented by the registrar of the Plateau state high court, Geoffrey Kamien, while administering the oath of allegiance on the corps members charged them to cherish the culture and language of their host community and serve the nation with honesty and faith.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Plateau state coordinator NYSC, Olufunmirayo Akin Moses said the camp registered 2,886 corps members for the batch B stream 1 orientation course which is designed to prepare the corps members a smooth transition from the academic world to the larger society.

She thanked the Plateau state government for supporting the scheme to achieve its objectives in the state.

 27 November, 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday the 23rd of November, 2017 approved the appointment of Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State alongside five of his colleagues from the Nigerian Governors Forum as part of a 30-member tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee for the negotiation of a new National Minimum Wage for the Country. 

The Committee will be inaugurated on Monday 27th November, 2017 at the Council Chambers, Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Sate House, Abuja. By its tripartite nature, the committee is made up of persons from the public sector, (Federal and State Governments) and the private sector made up of the largest private employer group and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA).

 The appointment of Governor Lalong may not be unconnected to his record as one of the Governors in Nigeria who is prompt and regular in the payment of workers salaries and is expected to bring his wealth of experience to the committee.


Date: 25 Nov 2017

Prof. Osibanjo visit to plateau state to celebrate with grandaunts of the senior executive course 39 in Jos yesterday at National Institute of  Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, Jos.

The Vice President was received and welcomed at the airport by governor Lalong and his deputy Prof. Sunny with other top government Officials.
Youth group to submit open grazing prohibition bill to Plateau Assembly

Date: Nov 24, 2017

A pressure group, Plateau Youth G17 Peace and Progressive Forum, says it has prepared a bill on prohibition of open grazing and will soon present same to the Plateau House Assembly.

Mr Yaks Danja, its spokesman, disclosed this on Thursday in Jos, when he led the group on a visit to the Plateau chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Danja said that the need for a law to prohibit open grazing was long over due in Plateau “because of the persistent clashes between herders and farmers”.

“We prepared a bill which, by the grace God, will soon be presented to the Plateau House of Assembly for consideration and passage into law.

“The law will prevent destruction of farms, community ponds, settlements and property by open grazing.

“The law will also protect the environment from degradation and pollution caused by open rearing and over grazing of livestock.

“It will also optimize the use of land resources in the face of overstretched land and increasing population,” he said.

He said that the law would encourage the establishment of ranches with the permission and approval of the state government.

The official stated that before the preparation of the bill, the group had visited Benue, Ekiti and Taraba states that had enacted similar laws.

According to him, the visit enabled the group to get first hand information on the processes that culminated into the law and the way it was being implemented.

“The ultimate goal is to restore permanent peace on the Plateau; we have conferred with critical stakeholders on the Plateau and believe that we are on the same page on the quest for peace,” he said.

He said that the group had also visited each member of the Plateau House of Assembly to solicit support for the bill, and urged journalists to support the move.

In his response, Mr Paul Jatau, Chairman of the NUJ in Plateau, commended the group for the initiative, and declared the council’s readiness to partner with groups concerned with restoring permanent peace to Plateau.

“Journalists, like other Nigerians, need a peaceful environment to operate and shall, therefore, support your efforts toward a Plateau we shall be all happy to call our own,” he said. (NAN)

Lalong bags award of excellence from ABU law class of 1990

Date: 22 Nov 2017

Plateau state governor Simon Lalong has promised to support the advancement of academic excellence in his Alma matter, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. The Governor disclosed this during the ABU law class 1990 dinner at Rock view hotel, Abuja.

The set 1990 chairman Silvanus Dahiru said they are proud of Governor Lalong’s achievement since he took over power 2 years ago.

Dahir said Lalong belongs to the young generation of Nigerian leaders and that the expectation is for him to continue raising the standard of leadership in the country.

Professor Augustine Agum of the faculty of law ABU Zaria presented the latest edition of the university’s journal of commercial law which was published and dedicated in honor of Governor Simon Lalong.

ABU law class of 1990 also presented awards of excellence to Governor Lalong, Bauchi state chief judge Rabi Umar, secretary federal character commission Mohammed Tukur and director general NAPTIP Julie Dunley among others.

A 5 day national training for Church and Community mobilization open in Jos

Date: 22 Nov 2017

A 5 day national training for church and community mobilization process facilitators has open in Jos. The training organized by Tearfund in collaboration with Methodist Diocese of Jos and the Nigerian Evangelical Mission Agency is taking place at the conference hall of CRUDAN in Sabo Barki, Jos.
The training which is packaged to acquaint participants with requisite knowledge to take appropriate actions in overcoming community and church related issues is part of the overall function of Tearfund development for the Church in Nigeria.

Country representative of Tearfund Nigeria, Paul Meshach said the purpose if the training is to strengthen the capacity of the church to respond to humanitarian crisis in the north eastern part of Nigeria which prompts the involvement of the Methodist Church and Nigeria Evangelical Mission Agency because of their wide network and structure in the embattle terrain. 

In an address, the Anglican bishop of Bukuru Diocese pointed out that for the participants to impact on their communities; they should strive to turn biblical theoretical proclamation into practical demonstration as Jesus did when he fed 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.
Bishop Ibrahim Chindu of the Methodist Diocese of Jos, who described Methodist Church in northern Nigeria as having no missionary link, urged participants to take advantage of the training, advancing the Methodist gospel in the north. 

Lead facilitator of the program, Ezekiel Choji while giving an overview of the training maintained that the process is in 2 phases which includes bible studies and the participatory evaluation process.
Abayomi Peter and Deaconess Esther Dauda are some of the participants who expressed optimism over the expected outcome of the training. 

The national training of the Church and community mobilization process facilitators which kicked off Monday 20th November is expected to last till Friday 24th.
42 Plateau schools selected for UBEC’s learning achievement assessment.

Date: Nov 21 2017 2:00AM

Forty two schools have been selected from six local government areas of Plateau state to participate in this year’s National Assessment of Learning Achievement in Basic Education conducted by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

The assessment which is taking place across the country according to the Executive Secretary, Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Mathew Sule, is aimed at determining the efficiency and quality of performance of primary and junior secondary school pupils and students in Nigeria.

Prof. Sule said seven schools were selected from Jos East, Jos North, Kanke, Langtang south, Mangu and Shendam LGAs.

While calling on parents to make themselves available for the exercise, the Executive Chairman also urged school administrators to provide all necessary assistance to the team, stressing, “In each school, 20 pupils would be randomly selected in one intact class of primaries five and six to participate in the study.”

The team from UBEC which is led by Ada Ogwuche is expected to conduct the assessment between Wednesday and Thursday while the data gathered will be collated on Friday.



17th November, 2017



On behalf of the Labour Room Governor Plateau state, Her Excellency Nalong Promise Gulong and the Plateau state’s Labour Room cabinet, we wish to express our profound appreciation to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Plateau state, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, Distinguished Senators and Honorable Members of the House of Representatives, Plateau state for the leadership drive, immense contributions, morally and financially as well as the citizens of Plateau state, The Electronic and Print Media Houses and all those who worked across to ensure the success of Her Excellency, Miss Nalong Promise Gulong who emerged as the winner in the just concluded Labour Room National Development Reality TV Show; being part of the Nigerian Rebirth Project, organized by the Nigerian Rebirth Foundation.

Your patriotic, zealous contributions and total efforts have brought the local content driven company worth Two Hundred Million Naira (N200,000,000) to Plateau State for human capital development, which will kick off soon.

Once again, we say a very big thank you.

Spokesperson, Labour Room Cabinet
of the Nigeria Rebirth Project,
Plateau state.

Date 19 Nov 2017

1. Jos South                      Choji Yohanna Dachung
2. Shendam                       Miskoom Alex Naantuam
3. Wase                             Ado Buba Abubakar
4. Bassa                            Chindo Gona
5. Jos North                      Shehu Bala Usman
6. Langtang North           Amos Nanloh Kparnim
7. Jos East                        Ibrahim Agwom
8. Quaan Pan                   Isaac Kwallu
9. Barkin-Ladi                 Ezekiel Mandyau
10. Mangu                       Lawrence Danat
11. Pankshin                   John D. Damap
12. Kanke                       Emmanuel Lar Wambutda
13. Bokkos                     Yusuf Machen
14. Riyom                       Gwallson Mafeng
15. Mikang                     Ezekiel Vongap
16. Langtang South        Inconclusive
17. Kanam                     Inconclusive
Champions League: Plateau United to play friendlies in South Africa, Ghana

Date: Nov 19 2017

The General Manager of Plateau United Football Club of Jos, Pius Henwan has said that preparations have be ongoing for the club to play international friendlies in South Africa, Ghana and or Ivory Coast.

Henwan who said at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos yesterday also said that the friendlies would be played in order for the Tin City boys to prepare adequately for forthcoming CAF Champions League.

He explained that the club would register 50 players due to the team’s involvement in the CAF Champions League (CAFCL), Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and the Aiteo Cup next season.

The general manager said that some new players have been recruited to fortify the team before the commencement of the 2017/2018 NPFL which kicks off in January.

He noted that the recruitment of the new players became expedient in order to replace the void created by the departure of 12 players who were released at the end of last season due to one reason or the other.

Henwan pointed out that the team will participate in a pre-season tournament in Kano next week where the technical crew will use the tournament to test the newly recruited players by the club.

“Efforts are on for the team to embark on a close camping outside the country where the team is expected to map out plans for their continental campaign by playing some quality friendly matches with some foreign clubs in South Africa, Ghana and or Ivory Coast,” he said.
Miss Nanlong Promise Gulong, the Plateau State Labour Room Governor in the Nigeria Rebirth Project Emerges Winner, thanks supporters
17 Nov 2017
The Labour Room Governor representing Plateau State in the Nigeria Rebirth Project has emerged winner.
Miss Nana Gulong thanked her supporters for voting for her and keeping her in the house which made it possible to win the seed capital seed of N200 Million.
Below is the statement by her :
On behalf of Her Excellency, The Labour Room Governor, Plateau state, Miss Nalong P Gulong (Nana), I sincerely thank you for your tireless efforts towards the success of this project. This project would have been a total failure without the almighty God and you all. It’s been uneasy but the struggle was worth it. My sincere gratitude goes to you all. May God guide and Grant us the wisdom to deliver a better Nigeria. It’s our success all. God bless.
Wade Alfred,
Labour room cabinet,
Plateau state
‘Plateau United yet to sign Pillars’ Gambo Mohammed’
Date: Nov 16 2017

Nigeria Professional Football League reigning champions Plateau United Football Club of Jos has said that is yet to sign Kano Pillars’ talismanic striker, Gambo Mohammed.

It recalled that last week there was a rumour making round that the Peace Boys have signed the striker at a record fee of N15 million, but Dakup stated that negotiations were still ongoing between the two clubs in order to see the possibility of securing the signing of the striker.

Plateau United Media Officer, Albert Dakup, who made the clarification yesterday, however said discussions are still on, and there are strong indications that the bulky attacker would put pen to paper for the Jos side.

“Gambo was in Jos town to meet with Coach Kennedy Boboye and the club’s General Manager Pius Henwen in order to discuss some issues surrounding his signing by our beloved club, and from the look of things it seems certain that Gambo would end up as Plateau United player,” he said.
Dakup explained that the main reason why Tin City club wants to sign the striker was due to his experience in the CAF Champions League competition where he is still the leading Nigerian players’ goal scorers chat in the competition.

“He is the Nigerian players leading goal scorer in CAF Champions League competition with eight goals, therefore we need his experience and versatility, and he would fit into our system.” He concluded.

400 illegal structures under high tension lines for demolition in Jos


The Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB) says it will commence demolition of 400 illegal structures built under high tension electricity lines in the state.
The General Manager of the board, Mr Matthias Hata, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Thursday that the houses had already been marked for the exercise which would commence within one week.
According to him, the houses were illegally built under the 132 KVA lines which ran from Jos to Pankshin.
He said that the Federal Government acquired the site for the construction of the high tension lines in the early 80s but that somewhere along the line the work stopped.
“Some of the illegal structures were removed in 2007 before the project was later abandoned due to misunderstandings between farmers and the contractors.
“It has become imperative to re-commence removal of the illegal structures from under the power lines because President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed that the project be completed, “he said.
Hata said the board had constituted a 13-member Committee to ensure its continuity.
“All structures within 15 meters of the lines will be demolished, we expect the developers to leave 15 meters on both sides of the high tension wires.
“Government has paid the land owners compensation but most of them still build under the high tension wire because they think the project has been abandoned, ”he said.
The general manager said that notice had been served to affected land owners and that anytime from now, demolition would commence.
He advised all those concerned to stop erecting further structures under high tension wires to avoid loss of lives and demolition.

Plateau Killings: STF deploys more personnel to Rim-Dyem, Riyom LGA.

Date: Nov 10 2017

The Military Special Task Force in Plateau, `Operation Safe Haven’, said it had deployed more troops to Rim-Dyem village in Riyom Local Government Area of the state, following Tuesday’s night attack that claimed eleven lives.

Spokesperson of the task force, Capt. Adamu Umar, said this while addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Jos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that herders ambushed local marketers and killed eleven persons and severely injured four others in the village.

According to Umar, the entire area had been dominated by armed personnel to forestall further breakdown of law and order.

“When we got wind of the attack, our men moved in immediately; unfortunately, before they arrived the scene the perpetrators had fled.

`’But we have mobilised and deployed more personnel who are presently carrying out both foot and vehicular patrols.

“We are also carrying out aerial patrol using helicopters with a view to bringing down the perpetrators,” he said.

The spokesperson said no arrest had been made, but assured that the task force would do all within its powers to track and arrest those behind the heinous act.

He appealed to the people of the town not to take the law into their hands but report any suspicious movements to the security agencies.

He also charged them to go about their normal activities without fear of any intimidation


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