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Plateau State Government lifts the earlier suspension on the operation of Tricycle rider's


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Press Release



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

PRESS STATEMENT

The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong will tomorrow, Thursday, 1st March, 2018 perform the swearing-in ceremony of the newly reconstituted Members of the State Executive Council and that of the 3 newly appointed Permanent Secretaries.

The occasion is scheduled for 10:00am at the New Government House Premises, Little Rayfield, Jos.

Consequently, the Rt. Hon. Speaker and the Honourable Members of the Plateau State House of Assembly; the Acting Chief Judge of Plateau State and the President, Customary Court of Appeal; the Acting Grand Khadi, Sharia Court of Appeal; Superior Court Judges; Special Advisers; Permanent Secretaries; Chief Executives of Boards and Parastatals; Chairman Plateau State Traditional Council of Chiefs and Members of the Council; Management Committee Chairmen of 17 LGCs; Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Plateau State and Party Stalwarts, Religious Leaders and Members of the general public are invited.

They are to be seated by 9:30am, please.


Samuel Emmanuel Nanle
Director, Press and Public Affairs
28th February, 2018
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Plateau State PLSHA Approves Gov Lalong list of Commissionner nominees



By Golok Nanmwa,
Jos

Plateau State  House of Assembly  yesterday screened and confirmed 20 nominees for appointment as commissioners.

Our Correspondent reports that Gov Simon Lalong forwarded the list of the nominees on Feb. 21, 2018, less than two weeks after he dissolved the entire cabinet on Feb. 8.

The lawmakers subjected the nominees to intensive scrutiny before unanimously confirming them via a voice vote.

The confirmation of 20 nominees brings the total number of commissioners-designate to 23 as three other nominees were earlier forwarded to the House on Feb. 13, and cleared the next day.

Speaker Peter Azi, in a brief address to the nominees, advised them to be good ambassadors of Plateau and strive to make a difference.

Azi advised those eyeing elective offices in the 2019 election to reject the appointment so as to fully concentrate on the assignment at hand.

Meanwhile, the 17 APC lawmakers in the House on Tuesday passed a vote of confidence on Lalong, and urged him to re-contest the governorship seat in 2019.

This followed a motion presented during plenary by Mr Ibrahim Baba-Hassan, member representing Jos North-North constituency.

According to Baba-Hassan, the governor has done so well and will do even more if given a fresh mandate.

Majority Leader of the House, Mr Henry Yunkwap, who supported the motion, agreed that the governor had performed credibly “especially in the equitable distribution of resources”.

On his part, Mr Yusuf Gagdi (APC/Kanam) said that he had been mandated by his constituents to plead with Lalong to seek a fresh mandate so as to deliver more democracy dividends to the people.
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Plateau State Government gives Conditions for lifting the suspension on Tricycle Operation


By Joy Amah

Plateau State Government yesterday gave conditions for the lifting of the suspension on tricycle operations in Jos and Bukuru metropolis following Monday’s demonstration which led to the destruction of some vehicles.

In an attempt to calm the situation, the State Government had announced the suspension of all tricycle operation within the city, a decision commuters said has caused tremendous suffering.

However, the State Government yesterday held meetings with the leadership of the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairers and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) in the State and gave conditions for the lifting of the suspension.

State chairman for ACOMORAN, Mr. Abdullahi Shehu Sarki told the State of Plateau that the State Government insisted that all tricycles operators must submit their names, phone numbers, tricycle plate numbers and PT numbers which is used to identify each tricycle registered in the State at the various tricycle units across the city.

Sarki said, as soon as such registration was completed, the State Fovernment assured them it will lift the suspension.

On the N5, 800 seminar fee which will qualify operators for license, Sarki said the State Government had advised the union to meet with the consultant so as to reduce the price while insisting that every tricycle rider will need a permit to operate in the state.

He described as unfortunate that Monday’s strike action was hijacked by irate youths who attacked innocent persons.
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Tricycle Reiders Protest against Issuence of Driver's license, Left Passenger stranded


By Joy Amah

Tricicle Riders today yesterday in Jos metropolis became violent against issuance of licence to "Keke Napep" by the Federal Road Safety Corps/State Government

Leaves  were seen mounted on  tricycles moving around Jos metropolis.  Early ours of yesterday, Keke rider's were seen stopping tricycles carrying passengers and demanded their colleagues join in the protest which demands Government removal of drives license to their union.

They called on Government to stop the policy of issuance of licence to tricycle riders. As a result of the protest, violence erupted in Jos,  over government policy that requires them to pay N5, 800 for a compulsory seminar that will qualify them for license.

Four vehicles, two of which belonged to the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), were destroyed along ring road.

Many passengers were stranded while others walked for long distance in search of vehicles as a result of the strike action in Jos and Bukuru metropolis.

The state of plateau gathered that there are about 16,000 registered tricycles in the state and the strike which was characterised by refusal of tricycle riders to carry passengers and forcefully removing passengers from tricycles nearly led to a breakdown of law and order.

Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Tyopev Terna said hoodlums had attacked the FRSC office at ring road and damaged two private cars as well as two official vehicles belonging to the commission.

Operation Safe Haven Media and Information Officer, Major Adam Umar said some miscreants had attempted to hijack the strike action but men of the taskforce were quickly dispatched for a show of force to calm the situation.

Later in the afternoon, a communication from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the State and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Special Services, Cornelius Shioibial announced that it had suspended the operations of “Keke Napep in Jos and Bukuru metropolis till further notice.”

The statement said government has observed with dismay the way Keke Napep operators have taken law into their hands in Jos metropolis and urged security agents to take note of the suspension.

However, chairman of the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairers and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) in Plateau State, Alhaji Abdullahi Shehu Sarki had earlier said that the State government through the Ministry of Transport and a private organisation had demanded that all tricycle riders to register N5, 800 for a two day seminar following which they will be issued certificates to qualify them for license.

Sarki said tricycle riders had rejected the policy on the grounds that the price was too exorbitant. Some of the riders yesterday said they had lost faith in the leadership of ACOMORAN whom they claim would benefit from the new policy.
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Plateau State ban the operations of keke napep till further notice.


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BREAKING: TRICYCLE RIDER'S PROTEST AGAINST ISSUANCE OF DRIVER'S LICENCE



26th February, 2018.

Tricicle Riders today in Jos metropolis are protesting against issuance of licence to them by the Federal Road Safety Corps.


Leaves  were seen mounted on  tricycles moving around Jos metropolis.

The drivers were seen stopping tricycles carrying passengers and demanded their colleagues join in the protest which demands Government removal of drives license to their union.

Speaking to the State of Plateau, Gambo Idiris said their actions and decision was in the best interest of the masses.  That if government force them to pay for the drivers licence, it may subsequently result in  transport fare hike.

He called on Government to stop the policy of issuance of licence to tricycle riders.

Details soon.....
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Gov Lalong visits College of Education Gindiri



GOVERNOR LALONG OF PLATEAU VISIT COLLEGE OF EDUCATION GINDIRI, PLATEAU STATE AFTER THE CRIRIS THAT ENGULFED THE SCHOOL.

23rd February, 2018


His Excellency Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau yesterday the 23rd of February 2018 visited the College of Education,Gindiri for  on the spot assessement of the student unrest at the College yesterday the 22nd February 2018 which led to the loss of the life of a student and destruction of properties in the school.



Photo credit :
 Josiah Envulu.
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BREAKING- Plateau State Government created 6 new Ministries



By Golok Nanmwa, Jos


Plateau State government on Friday created six new additional ministries .


 In a statement signed by Rufus Bature,the Secretary to the Government of the State and made available to newsmen in Jos reads that in order to reinvigorate it's machinery to deliver on the five policy thrust of the rescue administration, the Simon Lalong led administration  has approved the creation of six additional ministries.


It also reads that the " Ministry of transportation is to be carved out of the present ministry of works and transport.

"Also Ministry of Mineral development to be excised from ministry of environment and mineral development. "

 The statement further reads that Ministry of physical planning and urban development is to be carved out of  the present ministry of housing and urban development."

"Also Ministry of economic planning which includes the planning department of the ministry of finance and the state Planning commission to be carved out of the present ministry of finance and economic planning. "

"Ministry of science and technology is now created from the ministry of education, science and technology."


"Ministry of special duties and inter -governmental affairs."

  "All concerned, especially the affected ministries /departments are to note that the new development takes immediate effect. "
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Lalong's Socreial Inclusion Model: A Sure for Nigeria's Prevailing Urnrest


 The Voice:

Presents
Written by: Sanni Inuwa Baba
Social inclusion has continued to remain topical in Nigeria from one era to another. Authors with good historic memories have referred to lack of social inclusion as the major endemic that caused the first ever coup d’├ętat in Nigeria. If this is true, could it be the same reason for the second coup and several other social dissatisfaction?
To set the tone for our discuss, social inclusion can be viewed as the provision of certain rights to all or MOST individuals and groups in society (particularly citizens of a country) such as employment, political positions, health care, education and empowerment, etc
There is no perfect society with full social inclusion; I agree, there is a global recession; I agree, government does not have enough resources to carter for all at the same time. It is debatable. When all of the above become a daily answer for social inclusion by the government, the society
naturally plunges into a destructive ravine. Of course this may lead to dissatisfaction, political apathy, and eventually explosion of the gunpowder according to the Marxist theory.
For a long time, different ethnic groups in the country have been feeling marginalized and let to the questioning of the Nigeria’s constitution whether it was dubious or strategically designed to satisfy or please a particular group or a certain region and easily created the concept of power shift rather than performance or policy. Elections have become more about sentimental issues rather than scrutinizing on an individual’s agenda.
I do not in any way intend to remind us of the things we may already know, but in every society, there is always a model that can help solve certain perceived ills. Consider Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau state, barely a year after his assumption to office, with months of meetings and talks between the warring communities, he brought 56 ethnic groups together and they all signed a declaration for peace and harmonious relationship, signaling an end to many years of crises and a beginning of exonerating one another.

On that day, he explained that peace building will be the cardinal objective of his administration and described peace as the only condition for meaningful development in the state. The state was indeed a fact, looking at how Plateau State was before the crisis and how it is today. The same applies to everywhere in the absence of peace for instance, Tripoli, Sanaa and Damascus. “Imagine Gov. Lalong’s line of thought”
Lalong created the Plateau State Peace Building Agency (PPBA), which has just been passed to law by the House of Assembly, whose main purpose is to create a common ground for a peaceful resolution of conflict and most importantly being proactive in preventing violence. According to the Director-General of the new Agency, “Our idea is to develop a five-year strategic plan through q benchmarking exercise that identifies good practices, highlight key lessons learned including a calendar to specify key intervention areas, outline activities, indicators and responsibilities at different levels.
We need a clear strategy that leverages our capacity to foster collaborative partnerships with other agencies of government, private sector, civil society, development partners and grass roots communities.
Another strategy taken by Lalong-led government is the inclusive governance. He makes sure that everyone is having a self-belonging in his government unminding the tribal differences, religious affiliations and/or political parties involved. There was representation from literally all the ethnicities. The aim was to ensure equal opportunities which gave members of the community feel self-importance in the participation of the decision making processes. The unselfish attitude created a social cohesion in the environment. Can you imagine Lalong’s line of thought?
Cultural diversity has been showcased on regular basis around plateau state focusing on unity, such as the famous NzemBerom Festival of 2016 and 2017 which were themed “A Cultural Brand for Unity, Peace and Progress” and “culture and education as tools for unity and progress
“Also in Wase, the Wase Fulani Consultative Forum on Western Education (WAFUCOFUWE), whose aim was to strengthen mutual coexistence with the ethnic groups in those areas showcased their beauty and culture. This is realization of the fact that no society grows in an environment of rancor.
What about Lalong’s appointment strategy? When Gov. Lalong came to power, apart from some people feeling neglected in the state’s affair, others were motivated by poverty. The amazing thing he did was making sure that everyone felt part of the government by giving various appointments across the state. Then he made sure that salary was being paid on time and schools that were shut for very long time were opened. He then gave massive employment to many youths from every part of the state and empowerment through the Plateau Small Enterprises Development Agency, which drastically reduced many devilish activities. If this could work for Gov. Lalong in the former social unrest- stricken plateau, what makes us then think it cannot work for Nigeria?
Nigerians would continue to agitate for True Federalism as long as they are hungry and jobless. It is very easy a task to govern Nigeria, should you be able to listen to the fact that when they say restructure the country, what they really mean is include all of us socially. Although many Nigerians have decided to keep mute on such a sensitive matter for the fear of creating enemies within or outside their communities, especially those who have contrary perspectives, truth is that silence isn’t golden.
Any government with a clear purpose and with a will to make a positive impact to its citizens must work towards having a peaceful environment and carry everyone along. It should be noted that when social inclusion is promoted and supported in all public affairs, cycles of exclusion and traditional blockades (structural and perceived) will begin to dismantle. In order to have inclusive governance, a government has to be sincere in putting in place policies that are transparent and just.
It must be strategically and sincerely tailored to address a diverse population. If it will succeed, members of the society will have to participate and contribute his/her societal responsibilities; however, government at all levels must ensure equal treatment. Hence, every member has equal opportunities and access, equal rights and responsibilities, and is able to participate in all aspects of their life activities.
This is my lesson from Gov. Lalong’s Model of Social Inclusion.


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NFF urges Plateau United, MFM, Akwa united to sustain momentum



By David Ngobua

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has commended the performance of Plateau United, MFM and Akwa United in their continental fixtures and asked them to sustain the momentum as they move to the next stage in their respective competitions.

Plateau United and MFM who are representing Nigeria in the Champions League secured passages to the next stage after impressive showing against Eding Sport and Real Bamako respectively.

Akwa United also over-turned their 1-2 loss at home to beat Banjul Hawks 2-0 to progress on 3-2 aggregate in the Confederation Cup.

Speaking yesterday, the General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Sanusi Mohammed said the clubs were benefitting from the meeting the federation held with them before the commencement of the CAF competitions.

He said after reviewing the dismal outings of Nigerian clubs in the continent in recent years, the NFF decided to support the clubs with tips on preparations and participation in international competitions.

He said “We are pleased with the performance of the clubs. Nigerians are proud of them.

“I am not surprised by their performance because we had called them for a meeting where we discussed the way forward in terms of preparation and participation in international competitions.

“We also advised them on the welfare of their players and encouraged them to feel free to seek technical and administrative assistance from us.”

Mohammed also attributed the clubs impressive run so far to the early kick-off of the 2018 NPFL season.

He stated that the clubs are benefitting from the early kick-off of the league which gave them the opportunity to test the strength of their teams before the start of the continental competitions.

“Credit must also go to the LMC for ensuring that the clubs get into competitive football before going into the competitions.

“The clubs tested their players and were able to make the necessary adjustments in their teams,” he noted
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Plateau group laud Lalong for nominating Victor Lanpang, Pam Bot Mang, others as Commissioners



By Golok Nanmwa, Jos

Plateau Regeneration Group have commended  Governor  Simon Lalong, for nominating one time member of the state house of assembly  Mr Victor Lapang , and Pam Botmang  son of former Deputy governor of the state Micheal Botmang  ,Hon Festus Fantuer and sixteen others as commissioners in his new cabinet.

The group  in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos on Thursday  , commended the governor for  making the right choice,  saying that they have not been disappointed.

The statement was signed by the President of the group , Barrister Katlong Danbaba .

They urged the members of the State House of Assembly to do the needful by speedily confirming the nominees as members of the state executive council.

The statement said, “We commend Gov Lalong for appointment of this Youths in his cabinet as this  shows that he is a listening governor who has the interest of the state at heart.

“The ball is now in the court of the legislators to do the needful and confirm the nominees as soon as possible. We trust that the nominees are capable of discharging any responsibility entrusted on them. ”

We commend our governor Simon Lalong for his efforts at bettering the lives of citizens of the state and advice him to continue to provide more dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

The group further called on citizens of the state to continue to support the Lalong led administration at all times.
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Plateau United, MFM grap Championship League victories as Akwa shock Banjul Hawks 2-0



By David Ngobau

Plateau United, MFM and Akwa United yesterday brought honour to football loving Nigerians as they all won their matches to secure passages to the next round of ongoing Confederation of African Football club competitions.

However, the best performers on the night were Akwa United who against all odds secured a two nil away win over Banjul Hawks to qualify for the next round in the Confederation Cup.

Akwa United had lost the first leg of the preliminary round clash 1-2 in Uyo making the return leg an uphill task for them.

Although there were fears they would suffer the same fate that befell them in 2015 when they were bundled out of the Confederation Cup in the preliminary round, Cyril Olisemaka’s brace ensured Akwa United got the much needed away win to progress on 3-2 aggregate.

Reigning NPFL champions, Plateau United also showed champions stuff as they recorded a 1-0 away win over Eding Sports of Cameroon to secure passage to the next round on 4-0 aggregate.

Former Lobi Stars man, Raphael Ayagwa scored the lone goal that gave victory to Plateau United and a next round clash with Tunisian giants, Etoile Du Sahel.

Back home, MFM built on their 1-1 draw in the first leg to beat Real Bamako 1-0 to progress on 2-1 aggregate.

Chijioke Akuneto was the hero for MFM as he scored the only goal of the match to hand the ‘Olukoya boys’ victory in the nervy encounter.

Meanwhile, when action resumes in the CAF competitions in March, Enyimba who were drawn bye in the preliminary round will face Energie of Benin Republic in the last 32 round.




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Plateau recruits 834 teachers for primary, secondary Schools



The Plateau State Government says it has recruited a total of 834 teachers for its Primary and Secondary Schools.

Chief Vonjen Lar, Chairman of the State Teachers Service Commission disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Jos.

Lar, a retired Permanent Secretary, said the measure was part of Gov. Simon Lalong’s effort to reduce the rate of unemployment in the state and to improve quality of education at those two critical levels.

“The state government had in August last year announced to the public to get a form with our commission for the recruitment , which they did and interviews were conducted in the three zonal districts of the state.

`The list of the successful candidates will be pasted on the board of the Ministry of Education for the public, especially the applicants to check their names.

“A total of 834 persons have been recruited by the commission, which has the mandate to recruit, promote and transfer teachers in the state, ‘’ he said.

Lar further said the list would have been released since first week of January but for the thorough job expected of the commission.

“We have to ensure that none of the 17 Local Government Areas has cause to complain after the completion of our selection out of the over 1000 candidates that purchased the recruitment forms’’, he said.

Lar, however, directed all successful candidates to ensure they reported to the commission to pick their appointment letters without any delay.

He said all the recruited teachers would undergo an orientation programme before they would be posted to their respective schools of assignment.

The chairman warned that any person who failed to report to work fully would stand the risk of losing the slot.

“This became imperative because some NCE holders might have gained admission into the universities for their decree programmes and would still want to hold on to such appointment.

“ That we would not tolerate at all, ’’ he said.

He thanked the governor for opening the opportunity for a transparent employment exercise, adding that he had written his name in gold.

The chairman noted that the gesture would go along way in promoting the education sector in the state. (NAN)

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19 more Names forwarded to PLHA as nominees for Commissioner


Gov. Simon Lalong Sends remaining Names of 19 more Commissioner Nominees to Plateau State House of Assembly

The Executive Governor of Plateau State has forwarded the names of 19 Nominees for confirmation by the Plateau State House of Assembly. This is to occupy the vacancies existing following the dissolution of all Commissioners from the State Cabinet on 8th February, 2018.
The following are the names of the nominees:

1. Bulus Bot -Barki Ladi
2. Ezekiel Duk -Bassa
3. Mrs. Anna Izang Jos North
4. Alh. Mohammed Nazifi -Jos North
5. Pam Bot – Mang Jos South
6. Mrs. Weli tamwakat – Kanke
7. Jafaru Wuyeb -Langtang North
8. Dayyabu Garga -Kanam
9. Dr Hosea Istiphanus Finangwai – Kanam
10. Hon Hitler Danjuma Dadi – Langtang
11. David Jafaru Wuyeb-Langtang
12. Usman Yakubu idi – Mangu
13. Mr Daku Jude eli-Mangu
14. Dr Mrs Regina B. Soemlat – Pankshin
15. Hon Victor Lapang – Qua’anpan
16. Mrs Elizabeth Wapmuk – Qua’anpan
17. Mr Dan Manjang – Riyom
18. Barr Velnoe Festus fuater-Shamdam
19. Alh Abdullah Garba Abbas-Wase

They are to be screened and confirmed by the State House of Assembly on Tuesday 27th February, 2018
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Prof. Yohana Izam appointed as PLASU VC


Professor Yohanna Izam of the Building department of the University of Jos has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of the Plateau State University (PLASU) in Bokkos.

A former Commissioner of Housing and Transport during the Dariye administration,  Prof Izam a senior lecturer with the University of Jos has a PhD in Construction Management with focus on Building Project Duration Estimation.

He takes over from Prof Doknan Sheni.

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PRESS RELEASE


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


In order to reinvigorate the State Civil Service in line with the time tested practice of merit, seniority, and State Character, the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has approved the appointment of the following Civil Servants as Permanent Secretaries;
Mr. Isa’ac Maram  Bokkos L. G. A.

Mrs Larai Ibn Shuaibu Adamu  Kanam L. G. A.

Mrs Mary Ishaya Afan  Jos East L. G. A.
The appointed Permanent Secretaries would be Sworn-in on a date to be announced subsequently.

Signed

Samuel Emmanuel Nanle
Director, Press & Public Affairs
19th February, 2018
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We'll work for lalong's re-election - Ex Commissioner




By Joy Amah

One of the recently relieved commissioners in Plateau State, Dayyabu Garga, on Wednesday, said despite the dissolution of the state executive council by Governor Simon Bako Lalong, he and his colleagues will continue to work for the governor’s re-election in 2019.

Garga stated this while handing over to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, James Yelnaan, in Jos.

He said, in the last three years, the present government had brought sanity to governance in the state.
“We will continue to work until we deliver Lalong in 2019,” he said.
He thanked Lalong for giving him the opportunity to serve and urged the staff of the ministry to extend the cooperation given to him to the permanent secretary.

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Plateau varsity sponsored 85 lecturrers for PhD



By Desmond Alu

The Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University (PLASU) Bokkos, Professor Doknan Danjuma Sheni, has said about 85 lecturers have been sponsored to obtain doctorate degrees in their respective fields.

The VC made the disclosure during a press conference on Monday. He said the institution has sent 64 lecturers to universities in Malaysia, France and Uganda for post-graduate training and that 85 others would be sponsored to obtain doctorate degrees.

He said unlike in the previous years when the university had 93 officials mainly from one senatorial zone of the state, there are now more than 400 employees representing all the state’s LGAs.

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Why we endorsed Buhari, Lalong for 2019 - Plateau Elders



By Dickson A.

Elder statesmen under the aegis of APC Advisory Council of Plateau State have restated resolve to support President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Simon Lalong for a second term each.

The statesmen said Buhari and Lalong had performed well and gave their people true dividends of democracy.

Speaking in Jos, the Chairman of the council, Capt. Joseph Din (Rtd), said they had been following the antecedents of President Buhari with keen interest since he came to power in 2015, especially his vision and mission in key areas of insecurity, poverty, economy, anti-corruption war, power and agriculture.

“And in Plateau State, our Governor, Simon Lalong, is also making us proud. He has restored peace in our dear state and institutionalised peace building and reconciliation through the establishment of a peace building agency,” he said.

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BREAKING NEWS: Gov Lalong forwards some names to PLHA for confirmation as Commissioners



Govnor Simon Lalong has forwarded the name of

Yakubu Datti,
Luka Madaki and
Chris Ahmadu

 to PLHA for Confirmation as Commissioners.Wednesday 14 February 2018 is slated for their screening.

Details soon.....
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Plateau State University ready for accreditation of 15 programmes



Prof. Doknan Sheni, the Vice Chancellor, Plateau State University (PLASU), Bokkos, on Monday, said the university was set for accreditation of its additional 15 programmes by National Universities Commission (NUC).

The vice chancellor made the disclosure at a news conference at the university’s Senate Chambers.

He said “all is now set for yet another round of accreditation of 15 additional programmes by NUC come May this year.

“A total of 17 programmes were accredited by the commission two years ago; we are now prepared for NUC with additional 15 programmes.”

Sheni, whose tenure would expire by February ending, expressed gratitude to God for achievements during his two tenures, which he said stabilised the university system.

He identified some of the achievements to include accreditation of 17 programmes 12 years after the establishment of the institution and successful holding of its first convocation last year.

He added that “we have been able to complete the Library Complex, build road networks, did landscaping, fencing, established several laboratories including that of languages, Internet/web site, power from NESCO and built more students hostels.

“People, especially parents and students, have developed interest in PLASU such that we are now admitting about 1, 500 students at a time.”

He, however, listed some of the institution’s challenges to include the lack of water, staff accommodation, street lights, pension scheme for staff and inadequate funding
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Gov Lalong Promise to work with the Youth's



The Executive Governor of Plateau State, the RT Hon Simon Bako Lalong has reiterated his commitment to work with the Youths of Plateau State. In his remarks at the swearing in ceremony of the Grand Kadi and Management Committee Chairmen of Wase and Mikang, the Governor further disclosed his plans to engage more youths. He said the importance of bringing youths on board for the purpose of integration cannot be overemphasized. He also admonished youths to be ambassadors of peace and togetherness.

The Governor made the above comments in response to an appeal from Plateau State Youth Council. The letter signed by the Chairman of the Youth Council Dr Fabong Jemchang Yildam, came after the dissolution of the State Executive Council by the Governor.

The Governor said, I have made this commitment as a response to a letter I received from the Plateau State Youth Council.

Below is the excerpts….

08/02/2018

MAKING A CASE FOR THE PLATEAU YOUTH – AN APPEAL TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE RT HON SIMON BAKO LALONG, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, PLATEAU STATE.

The call for the inclusion of youth in governance has been a topic of discussion in the course of state, national and global development. We are at a critical point in history now, and the need to mobilize competent youths to actively participate in governance cannot be overemphasized.

The Plateau State Youth Council wishes to seize this opportunity to remind His Excellency the Executive Governor of Plateau State, of the promises he made to the youths during his interaction with same, at the LARGER HOUSE prior to the general elections of 2015. We all recalled, His Excellency made it clear his intentions to work with the youths, using its robust policy of 3-E dimensional strategy namely; Employment, Empowerment and Engagement. This of course indicates government’s recognition of the vital roles, youths play in nation building.

We applaud the series of engagement of the youths on various programs through the Plateau State Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, the Plateau State Peace Building Agency and Office of the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Social Investment Program. Indeed the evidence are there for all to see.

Plateau Youth Council as the parent body of all the youths on the Plateau irrespective of their political orientation, tribal extraction and religious beliefs will like to call the attention of His Excellency the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Party faithfuls, Elder statesmen, and Power Brokers, to the resolution assented to by Nigeria (Plateau State being a component) and member nations at the United Nations General Assembly, over 50 years ago which encouraged members of Nations to mainstream youths and young people in all facets of governance and the democratic process.

The current generation of youths are the largest in history. It is estimate that 60 -70% of the entire population of any given society and country is below 40 years of age. With a growing population falling under this age group, and also with the issues of political, social and economic exclusion, we should be concerned about our representation in all spares of governance.

Your Excellency Sir, it is unpleasant to note that youths have not been adequately involved in participation and inclusion beyond electoral participation.
Sir, we wish to also draw to your attention to the fact that no member of your last cabinet was below 40 years of age.

Understandably, we have much improvement in youth representation in the appointments made so far by your administration as compared with the past, but this too, still falls below the expected. The youths of Plateau State have suffered a very low representation at the State Executive level of governance.

It is worthy of note that the most successful leaders of this nation achieved success at their youthful age, and no nation becomes prosperous without active youth engagement and participation. We at thi
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Plateau United defeats Eding Football club of Cameroon in the ongoing CAF continental tournament


By Joshua Damang

Plateau United of Jos today Sunday the 11th of February, 2018  played CAF continental competition against Eding football club of Cameroon at the Zaria road Stadium.

The match ended three (3) nil in favour of Plateau United and was witnessed by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong alongside top Government functionaries.


The Stadium was agog with football enthusiasts and supporters of Plateau United who thronged to  cheer their team to victory.

Photos credit
Josiah Envulu.
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Tudun Wada community express satisfaction with ongoing construction work in plateau




By Golok Nanmwa, Jos

Tudun Wada Youth leaders forum have commended the construction company handling the construction of roads in the community Jolex company Nigeria limited for the level of road construction work ongoing in the community.

The group in a statement jointly signed by Nansak Morris the chairman, Emmauel Alime, the Secretary and Zakaria Nanpyal for patron also lauded the construction company for contributing it’s quota in community development programmes

We must commend Jolex construction company for employment and prompt payment of labourers in the community and for payment for relocation of pipes along Tudun Wada park and also funding for court cases involving child molestation and also for support for security outfit in the community

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 They group also  discredit the statement presented by a group Plateau Progressive Youths for Transparency dated on the 5th of February 2018 labeled against Jolex construction company.

It reads that “we were shocked to see the allegations labeled against Jolex

We have been monitoring the activities of the company with sincere interest because it is one of the best thing

has happened  to our community.

On the commencement of work after Jolex construction company was given the contract to construct our roads, they summoned the leadership of Tudun Wada and requested for manpower of the first badge of workers which were agreed by the district head of Tudun Wada, over 30workers were employed including labourers, welder ,mason and Carpenters so this has demonstrated global best practices for contract awarded to any company and has enhanced our collaboration with the company.

Gov Lalong has visited the site twice and is impressed by the level of work and the turn out of workers on site as the company works every day except Sundays, it is unfortunate that the ground claimed that 600 million Naira was given for compensation to houses affected by the ongoing construction work, but from our findings from the ministry of housing and urban development ,no penny has been made in that regard, even though government is making frantic effort to pay compensation to houses affected so that it would hastened the level of work on the site,.

We are calling on Plateau state  government to disregard the press statement by the faceless group and continue with the good work it’s doing in Plateau.
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Plateau State Government swear in acting Grand Khadi and local government Transition Chairmen


His Excellency, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau today the 10th of February, 2018 swore  in an acting Grand Kadi for the State in the person of Hon. Justice Umar Ibrahim Abdullahi.

The acting Grand Khadi takes over from Hon. Justice Adamu Kanam who attained retirement age today.

In another related development, the Governor also swore in two transition committee chairmen for Mikang and Wase Local Government Councils respectively. The two chairmen are, Hon. Gwotbit Bakshuet Boniface (KSM) for Mikang Local Government Area and Hon. Garba Hassan for Wase Local Government Area.

Both events took place at the Banquet Hall Government House, Little Rayfield Jos.
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VP Osinbajo commend the efforts of Plateau Peace Building Agency


"On January 15, President Buhari met with Benue political, traditional and religious leaders. A week ago, I met with traditional leaders from the Batta and Bachama Communities of Adamawa State. I also met with Fulani groups, the Myetti Allah and several other such groups.

These meetings and consultations are crucial, human beings have not yet to my knowledge, developed another way of reaching understanding aside from dialogue. There can and will be no lasting peace without dialogue, and that there can never be too much dialogue regarding a matter that involves the safety of the lives and property of Nigerians.

We are also mindful of the peacebuilding efforts of some State Governments. In Plateau State, for example, the Government constituted a Peace and Reconciliation Committee to work with the Berom and Fulani communities which had been at loggerheads for years.

The Government also went ahead to establish the Plateau State Peace Building Agency, the first of its kind by any State Government in Nigeria. Since its creation in 2016, the Agency has fulfilled its mandate of resolving conflicts and tackling the underlying causes and triggers.

The results have been encouraging; Plateau State, once the hotbed of ethnic and communal violence in the North Central, has enjoyed a great deal of peace in the last two years.

While some tensions continue to flare up every now and then, there has been none of the high-intensity violence which we have seen in other States. In neighbouring Kaduna State, there have also been efforts to ensure lasting peace.

In September 2017, the State Government inaugurated a Peace Commission under the Chairmanship of the Most Reverend Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary-General of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and founder of the Kaduna Center for the Study of Christian-Muslim Relations.

The Federal Government fully endorses these peacebuilding efforts, and will continue to give our support and assistance to State Governments in this regard."

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria at the National security summit on 8th February 2018 in Abuja
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CAF Champoins league trophy is Plateau United's target - Boboye



By Alachi John

Plateau United Coach, Kennedy Boboye has said that the target set by his club is to win this year’s CAF Champions League trophy.

Boboye disclosed this yesterday in an exclusive interview with the state of Plateau at Zaria Road Stadium in Jos.

The Nigerian representatives will host Cameroon’s Edin Sport in the first leg of the CAF Champions League at the Zaria Road Stadium in Jos on Sunday.

He said, “We want to play in the finals and possibly win the trophy, it is doable, it is about hardworking and having full concentration, and we can do it.”

Boboye boasted that his players would replicate their performance in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) during their clash with Edin Sport.

“That’s what we are working on and our match is coming against a team from Cameroon. And we need a massive result that would take us to next round even before the second leg would be played,” he said.

He rated Edin Sport as a compact and well organised side, but said his team would work hard to crack them.

“They have been playing some friendly games, and I watched them play in Cameroon and they also played a friendly match in Angola. I don’t want to use their league that is not on to judge them. They are a good side, they are compact but my team would open them so that we can get massive result,” Boboye concluded.

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BARC farm takeover funds being released by PLSG



Plateau state government on Thursday said the Simon Lalong led administration is determined to fulfill it’s electioneering promises.

The state government  also said it has  commenced the release of funds for the complete  takeover of the BARC farms sold by the State government some years ago.

 Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of finance in the state Alhaji Sani Yahaya made this known while addressing journalists at the 2018 Budget breakdown in Jos

He said more investment opportunities will be opened when the Jos Main market and other abundant investment are rebuilt and completed.

Yahaya said this can be seen in government’s efforts in resuscitating the Bokkos Fertilizer Blending plant which has commenced the production of fertilizers in the state.

The state government in its commitment to boosting industrialization through the encouragement of small and medium scale business  established the Plateau State Microfinance Development Agency PLASMEDA, already the agency has commenced disbursement of funds to individuals and Co operative societies

He also said Toursim is a major  source of revenue earner for the state that is left untapped, to this end government is going into Public private partnership PPP arrangement to revive Jos hotel, Plateau hotels, Solomon later amusement park, Rock International hotel and other tourist centers in the state.

The sum of N354,900,000.00 has been earmarked as intervention in the Toursim sector with the sum of N100,000,,000.00 approved for the completion of the indoor theatre, while the Plateau State toursim corporation has been allocated the sum of N162,000,000.00 for the expansion of Jos wildlife park.

During the last fiscal year, government has done well in the administration of the state, to this end, appointments into the State and federal levels as well as projects were evenly spread across the local government areas of the state

Salaries of Civil servants and pensions of Retirees are been paid as at when due, also civil servants have continued to have their promotions  released and financial benefits implemented without delay, there by promoting harmonious relationship with labour  
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Zero tolerance to corruption to be maintain by PLSG


Plateau state government on Thursday  said it would continue to maintain it’s zero tolerance for corruption and mismanagement by ensuring discipline in all financial transactions as it relates to managing the state,s lean resources.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of finance in the state Alhaji Sani Yahaya made this known while addressing journalists at the 2018 Budget breakdown in Jos

He said the Simon Lalong led administration would continue to maintain it’s stand on dealing decisively  with any citizen both in public and private sector that try to frustrate efforts of Revenue Authorities and the task .

Yahaya said this year s budget implementation will be different as the budget has been approved in good time, and we shall explore all necessary avenues to source for funds to finance the budget.

The 2018 budget tagged “Budget of Rescue and Consolidation is aimed at consolidating on the gains and achievements of this administration since the beginning of its Rescue  mission, the budget estimate was projected based on the Macro-Economic variables from the medium term expenditure frame (MTEF)  and the Medium Term Sector Strategy MTSS

As usual the implementation of the budget will be anchored on the 5 pillar policy trust of this administration with emphasis on the completion of the ongoing projects.

The budget has a total size of one hundred and forty six billion, four hundred and six million, seventy four thousand, nine hundred and twenty one Naira (N146,406,074,921.00 only, this is more than the 2017 budget with the sum of N 6 ,911,766,665.00 .

The sum of seventy billion,   five hundred and five million ,four hundred and seventy  seven thousand ,five hundred and thirty Naira (70,505,477,530.00) only has been earmarked in the budget for capital projects and programmes this fiscal year, this represents 48.16 percent of the total budget, attention will continue to be focused on the completion of ongoing projects.

He further said that to revamp the education standard in the state, the administration has committed  the sum of N 11,930,062,607.00 to this sub sector, representing 16.92 percent of the capital estimate  this amount will be used for the completion of the ongoing renovation and construction of secondary schools and provision of infrastructures at  tertiary  institutions, some of the projects includes, renovation and building of Government Technical college Bukuru -N150,000,000.00, renovation and building of 3 science secondary schools, in kuru, Mangun and Shendam, N300,000,000.00,renovation and building of 15 secondary schools, 5 Per senatorial zone -N800,000.00, furnishing and equipping of the newly constructed and renovated schools -N300,000,000.00

The states tertiary institutions have been allocated various sums of money for the provision of projects and educational facilities

Similarly Government has also embarked the sum of four hundred and twelve million Naira, N4,352,033,311.00 for the payment of students scholarship allowances studying within and outside the country.

Similarly the sum of N4,352,033,311.00 has been approved to the health sector, some of the major projects in the health sector includes completion and expansion of 3 General hospitals at Riyom, Mabudi, and Kwal, building and renovation of Plateau specialist hospital Jos

Upgrading of General hospital Langtang to Referal hospital and upgrading of General hospital Pankshin to Referral hospital

Yahaya also thanked the people of Plateau for their continued support to the Rescue administration stressing that government would continue to deliver on its campaign promises to the people of the state.
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Gov Simon Bako Lalong dissolve Excutive cabinet.


DIRECTORATE 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 dissolved the State Executive Cabinet with effect from the 8th of February 2018.

The Governor expresses his sincere appreciation to the Honourable Commissioners for their selfless service and immense contributions in delivering to the people of Plateau State, the Dividends of Democracy and in engendering hope in the APC led Administration in the State.

The Executive Governor while wishing the Commissioners the best in their future endeavours assures them that as stakeholders in the Plateau Project, their wealth of experience would continuously be relied upon in building the Plateau of our dream. He therefore calls on them not to relent in availing their services when called upon in the future to serve the State.

The Honourable Commissioners are to hand over to Permanent Secretaries in their respective Ministries.

SIGNED

Samuel, Emmanuel Nanle
Director, Press & Public Affairs
08th February, 2018
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PRESS RELEASE


The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong has dissolved the State Executive Cabinet with effect from the 8th of February 2018. The Governor expresses his sincere appreciation to the Honourable Commissioners for their selfless service and immense contributions in  delivering to the people of plateau state the dividends of democracy and in engendering hope in the APC led administration in the State. The Executive Governor while wishing the Commissioners the best in their future endeavours assures them that as  stakeholders in the Plateau Project, their wealth of experience would continuously  be relied upon in building the Plateau of our dream. He therefore calls on them not to relent in availing their services when called upon in the future to serve the state.
The Hon Commissioners are to hand over to  Permanent Secretaries in their respective ministries.


SIGNED
Samuel Emmanuel Nanle
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Executive Governor.
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Little publicity from N-power successes - Gov Lalong


By Rodah Bitrus

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong yesterday said despite the immense social and economic successes recorded through the National Social Investment Programme (SIP), such accomplishments have witnessed little publicity because the youths, who are the major beneficiaries, have not blown their trumpets.

Lalong said this at the interactive session with N-Power beneficiaries one year after the commencement of the programme in Jos, Plateau State.

He said the programme, which cuts across different political affiliations, religious and ethnic groups, has in the last one year supported millions of beneficiaries from across the country.

The governor who was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden described the beneficiaries as ambassadors whose role include educating others about the benefits of the programme.

Earlier the Focal Person /Executive Assistant to the Governor on SIP, Dr. Sumaye Hamza said the event tagged ‘Spectrum of Opportunities and Celebration of Success’ was aimed at looking at the range of opportunities before the beneficiaries as a result of the intervention.

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PYC Backs PLASIEC over postponement of LG polls citing security advice.



PRESS STATEMENT BY THE PLATEAU STATE YOUTH COUNCIL ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS IN PLATEAU STATE

We received with mixed feelings the announcement by the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission of the postponement of the much anticipated local government elections which was earlier slated for 17th February 2018.

Understandably, PLASIEC took the decision on the premise of the advise from the various security agencies on the Plateau. The various reports were not in favour of a successful and peaceful elections.

We are not ignorant of the security challenges we are facing as a people, and this we believe has a great impact on the planned elections. Security reasons for the postponement of the planned LG elections are valid, because government must ensure the safety of its citizens and their properties first.

Inasmuch as Plateau State Youth Council is desirous of having elected representatives of the people at the local level, we are convinced beyond doubt to accept the postponement and comply with PLASIEC and the relevant security agencies at this time. Learning from history has help us avert mistakes of the past.

We had pledged to be reliable partners in the Peace Building process of the state. We are also committed to sustaining peace at all levels because of the place we occupy in the society.

We call on the youths on the Plateau to be responsible in the use of social media and not to over heat the polity with posts and comments that has the potential to incite, harm or cause chaos. For it is always wise to gauge both sides of an argument before forming an opinion on any matter. Matters of security should transcend our emotions and sentiments.

As a responsible body, we are ever ready to support the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission when a suitable date for the election is announced. We also cease this opportunity to call on the security agencies to deliver on the promises of securing lives and properties and government should also intensify efforts to beef up security through the provisions of logistics and provide a conducive atmosphere for the elections.

Plateau youths must understand the times and we must rise above our limitations and be the change we wish to see. These are interesting times we must first get behind us the myriads of issues that has threatened our unity, and start walking the talk.

God bless Plateau State Youth Council
God bless Plateau State
God bless Nigeria

Signed:
Dr. Fabong Jemchang Fabong
Chairman,
Plateau State Youth Council

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Buhari, Lalong and other counterparts on working visit to Nassarawa State



6th February, 2018.


President Buhari is today the 6th of February, 2018 in Nassarawa State on working visit.

He will commission projects executed by Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nassarawa State.

His Excellency, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State is also in the State in solidarity with his Nasarawa counterpart  Governor Tanko Al-Makura.

More Details coming soon.

Photo credit: Josiah Envulu

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PLASIEC: postponement of LG elections was base on Security advise - Ntung


The Plateau State Independent Election Commission (PLASIEC) yesterday postponed the local government elections in the state slated for February 17.

The state  of plateau reports that speculations about the postponement had been rife but PLASIEC Chairman, Fabian Ntung, yesterday, said at a press conference that the postponement followed a communication it received from the State Security Council which advised that the present security atmosphere in the state was not conducive for the LG polls.

Ntung said, “In line with the foregoing advise, the commission wishes to inform the general public, especially stakeholders in the political process in the state, that the local government council election in the state which was earlier scheduled for Saturday, 17th February 2018 is hereby postponed until further notice.”

While taking press men round to see some of the already purchased election materials, he said the commission had been well prepared and fully mobilised towards the conduct of the election on the earlier scheduled date.

“As soon as the commission is again advised of the conducive nature of the security atmosphere in the state, a new date for the election will be announced and the general public will be duly informed.”

But the Plateau State chapter of the PDP has described the postponement as laughable and unfortunate.

The state chairman of the party, Mr Damishi Sango, stated this yesterday while addressing the press at the state secretariat of the party.

The PDP said it found the excuse given by the state electoral commission to postpone the election as not only laughable but unfortunate, noting that Governor Simon Lalong had said before President Muhammadu Buhari that the state had been enjoying peace.

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Plateau elders Laud postponment of LGA polls, says decision is to save lives



By Golok Nanmwa,

Group of Plateau elders under the auspices of Plateau Political Elders’ Forum, (PPEF) has said that the postponement of the scheduled February 19 was to save lives following security reports .

The group said therefore that it will be politically unwise to conduct an election that could throw the state into the dark days taking into cognisance the peace that the state has been enjoying especially during this Simon Lalong-led administration.

In a statement in Jos signed by the President,  Elder Ayuba Shown and Secretaty. Rev. Bitrus Naiwaazi, the group said that as elders,  they would not sit by and watch the state burn as a result of circumstances that could be avoided.

The group recalled that the inability of the past  administration to heed security reports in 2008 and conducted local government elections led to loss of lives and property, adding that wise counsel prevailed on the same administration to postpone local government election a record four times.

The statement said,  “We believe that this administration will not be afraid of taking the hard decision of postponing the election if only if only it would help in saving lives and properly of millions of Plateau citizens.

“You recall that previous attempts at going ahead to conduct local government election in Plateau State had!!b led to bloodshed and destruction of millions of naira worth of property.

“Previous crises had caught innocent members of the public unawares and rendered them victims.

“As much as political traducers would like to play politics with this decision,  this government has  demonstrated that it will not play politics with the lives and property of its citizens.

“We therefore encourage the government to continue with the legacy that has become the envy of political naysayers whose only stock in trade is to seek unnecessary cheap political points even at the expense of people’s lives and property.
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BREAKING NEWS



-PLASIEC POSTPONES LGA ELECTIONS.

By Golok Nanmwa, Jos

Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) has said the local government elections in the state have been shifted due to security reasons to a later date .



 PLASIEC chairman Fabian Ntung made this known while speaking with newsmen in Jos on Monday

According to the chairman,we received  a communication from security operatives, that the prevailing atmosphere in the state can not guarantee a peaceful election and we were advised to postpone the date of the election

He said ” Before now we were  very prepared  to conduct the local government elections come February 17 2019 ,our materials had been made available until the report came from security operatives

More details coming.
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Plateau United pound Sunshine as Akwa stay top



Akwa United maintained their position on the summit of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) yesterday with a 4-0 massacre of Wikki Tourist at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

Goals from Gabriel Wassa (14), Victor Mbaoma (66), Michael Okoro Ibe (81) and Dumte Christian Pyagbara (87) were all what the Promise Keepers needed to rout their visitors.
But it was the defending champions Plateau United, who registered the biggest win of the day yesterday as they pummeled Sunshine Stars 5 - 0 in Jos to stay second on the log.

Tosin Omoyele, Sunday Ingbede, Emeka Umeh, Tosin Omoyele and Pam Mafeng scored in the 2nd, 15th, 20th, 76th and 87th minutes respectively in the routing of the Akure visitors. 
At the Yakubu Gowon stadium in Port-Harcourt, Ochowechi ‘Oche’ Salefu dispatched a late penalty to hand Rivers United maximum points against Go Round FC in the ‘Rivers derby’ yesterday.
The ‘Pride of Rivers’ United never really got off first gear for the entirety of the game against a Go Round side that appeared happy to play for a draw.

In Maiduguri, hosts El-Kanemi Warriors and Enyimba FC yesterday drew goalless in one of the  Match Day 7 fixtures of the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The visiting Enyimba surprised the hosts with good resilience from the first blast of the referee’s whistle in the match played at the El-Kanemi Warriors Sports Centre in Maiduguri.
Both teams showed the urge to outplay one another though, with the home team piling much of the pressure on the visitors in the early minutes of the first half.

For their reward, they gained a penalty kick in the 42nd minute, which Bello Kofar-Mata lost.
In the other matches played yesterday, Abia Warriors were held to a 0-0 draw by visiting Enugu Rangers; Katsina United dismissed visiting Niger Tornadoes 2-0.


At the Aper Aku stadium in Makurdi, Esosa Igbinoba’s 22nd minute goal gave victory to Lobi Stars, who defeated Ifeanyi Ubah United 1-0, while Heartland FC defeated Kwara United 2-0, the same result recorded by host Kano Pillars against MFM in Kano.
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Plateau Annual Prayer Day. Speech Delivered by Governor Lalong

TEXT OF THE SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF PLATEAU STATE, RT. HON. SIMON BAKO LALONG. AT THE 3RD ANNUAL PLATEAU PRAYER DAY. SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2018.


PROTOCOL


I am thankful to Almighty God and indeed delighted to be with you on this Solemn and Holy occasion of the 3rd Annual Plateau Prayer day. I commend the efforts and commitment of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) along with the Leadership of the Government House Chapel in organizing and sustaining this programme and ensuring that we put God first in all our endeavours, particularly service to humanity.

The choice of the Theme: “The Endless Love of Christ Brings Unity”, coupled with the sub theme of celebrating Plateau State at 42 is indeed apt, most especially as we strive to consolidate on our commitment to the Unity, Peace and Development of the State since coming to office in May 2015.

I must express profound appreciation to the Church for the tremendous support, understanding and cooperation, which made the change mantra a reality. In fact, God in his infinite mercy knew more deeply why he brought us to power. We will continue to ask for more prayers for much greater wisdom to the administration so that everything in our modest service to humanity would become manifest. As partners in progress with the government, CAN has been working for sustainable peace, through many avenues such as advocacy visits to some crisis affected Local Government Areas in the three geo-political zones, including the Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) camps and offering prayers.

You will recall in my inaugural address on assuming mantle of leadership as the Executive Governor of Plateau State, and in my subsequent addresses to the State, I have consistently maintained that our word would be our bond in instilling confidence and trust in governance and delivering the dividends of democracy within available resources. These factors indeed guided our philosophy of evolving the five policy thrusts in the light of Plateau State of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Accordingly, we have at different times of State-of-the-State Address rendered account of our stewardship; the last being the Midterm Town hall meeting conducted on 29th May 2017. We presented our Score Card in the light of gains and successes such as engendering peace, hope and harmony amongst the Citizenry, initiating and executing new projects across the three geo-political zones of the state, the challenges inherited, Spirit of Continuity in governance with respect to completing some abandoned projects. Our modest efforts all over are there for everybody to see. During the last Midterm Town hall meeting we also took note of quality contributions that have been helping us in the governance process.

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES.

Without prejudice to giant strides being made in the development of the State, we have been witnessing pockets of crises between herdsmen and farmers. There are also challenges of understanding the issues of Grazing Reserves and Ranching. Let me, for the sake of posterity; clarify the current position and intentions of the government on this matter. Grazing Reserves are simply tracts of land acquired, developed and Reserved or set aside for farmers or Nomads to use in grazing their Livestock or domesticated animals; while Ranch or Livestock Production Center is a plot or piece of land dedicated to raising any livestock within a large area and or even at a backyard.

Contrary to beliefs and propaganda by some people who have chosen to politicize this issue, this government never initiated the establishment or creation of Grazing Reserves. Rather, we inherited a Gazette of April 2009 by my immediate predecessor that recognized and established Grazing Reserves in Plateau State with approved budgetary allocations made for their development.

However, my administration did not embrace the concept of Grazing Reserve as solution to abating the series of clashes, in view of the fact
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Kano pillars won 2-0 to Plateau United inflict second defeat



Feb 1 2018

Kano Pillars mercurial striker, Junior Lokosa scored a brace yesterday at the Sani Abacha stadium in a 2-0 defeat of reigning NPFL champions Plateau United.

The young striker has so far scored six goals out from six matches and is poised to score more goals in the coming weeks.

Lokosa scored both goals in the first half of the match in quick succession to ensure Plateau United suffered their second defeat in the ongoing NPFL season.

Despite their defeat, United are still second on the table with ten points but will drop lower, if Lobi Stars win against Kwara United today.

Akwa United maintained their leadership position after playing out a 1-1 draw against FC IfeanyiUbah in Nnewi.

Cyril Olisema gave the visitors the lead in the 12th minute but Ikeokwu equalised in the 48th minute to earn his side a point in the grueling match.

At the Agege township stadium, MFM laboured to a 2-1 win over resilient Wikki Tourists just as Stanley Dimgba’s strike in the 70th minute won the maximum points for Enyimba FC against neighbours Abia Warriors.

El-Kanemi Warriors suffered another setback after their barren draw at home with Kano Pillars as they suffered a slim 1-0 loss against Sunshine Stars in Akure.

Kehinde Adedipe’s strike in the 26th minute of the match won for the ‘Akure gunners’ the three points.

In Damaturu, Yobe Desert Stars built on their 1-1 draw away against Heartland in their week five match as they piped visiting Katsina United 1-0.

Young defender, Daniel Agwaza assisted Yobe Desert Stars leading goal scorer Chinedu Ohanachom to score in the 41st minute to ensure that the ‘Chanji boys’ returned to Katsina empty handed.

However, Week 6 matches continue today in some venues. While Lobi Stars visit Kwara United in Ilorin, Rangers will host Rivers United in Enugu.

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