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President Muhammadu Buhari Arrives Washington DC Ahead Of His Working Visit...

29th April 2018

President Buhari of Nigerian in company of Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs Senator Monsurat Sunmonu and Minister of Foreign Affairs Geooffrey Onyeama arrived the Uninterrupted States of America on working visit.

The President was received at the airport by the Nigerian Ambassador,  Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Mr Tope Shonubi of Sahara Energy as he arrives Washington DC.

President Muhammadu Buhari Arrives Washington DC Ahead Of His Working Visit....

29th April 2018

President Buhari of Nigerian in company of Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs Senator Monsurat Sunmonu and Minister of Foreign Affairs Geooffrey Onyeama arrived the Uninterrupted States of America on working visit.

The President was received at the airport by the Nigerian Ambassador,  Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Mr Tope Shonubi of Sahara Energy as he arrives Washington DC.

Commendations As Hon Solomon B Maren Renders Financial Assistance To COCIN Millet, Kombun In Mangu...

29th April,  2018.

The Honourable Member Representing Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency was commended by the people of Millet in Kombun ward of Mangu Local Government Area.

Their commendation is contained in the responses of the church members and the clergy on account of the financial assistance rendered to them by Hon. Maren over the unfortunate disaster which befell them leading to the destruction of their church building by rainstorm.

Hon. Nathan Kyaks who represented Hon. Maren during the church service sympathised with the people and conveyed Hon. Maren message of hope and solidarity to the church.

Hon. Maren was prayed for and wished well in his future endeavors for been a leader with listening ears and an open door policy.

The Home Coming Of The Deputy Governor At The Pusskat Festival 2018 In Mangu LGA...

29th April,2018..

The annual Pusskaat Festival of the Mwaghavul people in Plateau State was held on the 28th April, 2018 at the Mangu Mini Stadium.

The occasion was a great display of the Mwaghavul culture and arts.  It was colourful with various cultural activities.

The Deputy Governor of Plateau State,  Prof. Sonni Tyoden who is an illustrious son of the Mwaghavul nation was given a befitting welcome by his people.

He was accompanied to the Festival by Gvernment appointees from the Local Government Area.

Attendance at the events were illustrious sons and daughters of the Mwaghavul people, dignitaries from across the breadth and length of the country as well as the VOLATA group who were all over the occasion.

Top Government officials were also in attendance.

Plateau Lawmaker Calls For Explanation On Why LGCs Polls Could Not Holds....

The Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC), has been called upon to explan why it could not hold elections into the 17 Local Government Councils.

A lawmaker in the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Baba Baba Hassan, representing Jos North-North, State Constituency, made the call  in Jos,  at a press briefing soon after the lawmakers have extended the tenure of Management Committees of the 17 Local Government Councils, by one month.

He said: "..the extension of the tenure of Local Government Management Committees, as you witnessed in the Chamber was quite a hot debate because of the concern of Hon. Members over the need for a democratically elected Local Government Councils in the State. "

Hon. Ibrahim Baba Hassan, who is also the Chairman House Committee on Local Government, further said but there was no way that the House could not extended the tenure as requested by his Excellency Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, couple with the fact that their legitimate tenure will expire on the 30th of April, 2018.

"The responsibility of the conduct of elections at the Local Government  level is vested in PLASIEC and with the passage and assent to the Local Government law in August 2017, the burden of getting Democratically elected officials has been shifted to PLASIEC," he stressed.

According to him, it was factual that PLASIEC, had scheduled elections to hold last February 28, 2018, "but were shifted due to unfavorable security situation."

"As at today, there is need for PLASIEC in conjunction with the Security Agencies, to address the good people of Plateau State on the state of the State as it relates to Local Government Elections," he said.

"This my address should serve as clarion call on PLASIEC, to make such an address as a priority so as to reassure the populace," he demanded.

Plateau Community Calls On Govt To Encourage Investors.

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Residents of  Kangang, New Abuja Area of Jos South local government area of  Plateau State at the weekend called on the Plateau state government to continue to encourage investors resident in the state .

Traditional head of the community Gwom Kangang Rantaya Gyel Da Pam Gyang Pwol made this known while speaking to our correspondent in Jos.

He said the company  NELMACO Global Resources LTD has done well in empowering Youths of the community and deserves to be encouraged and not discouraged  .

Pwol said "In compliance with the Federal government campaign to encourage local industries with the aim to also reduce the unemployment ratio in the country, Jos based industrialist, Ambassador Uba Nelson Nkparu  set up a pipe manufacturing company in  our community in Jos south local government area of Plateau with a workforce of over 200 staff on the pay roll and most of them are citizens of the community, this has helped reduced unemployment a little bit in the community .

He said  Amb. Nkparu who is also the Managing Director and CEO, NELMACO Global Resources LTD has done well in providing social amenities to the community since the company took off,

He however lamented that some persons are hell bent on destroying the image of the company, by making wrong insinuations about the company , for us the traditional ruler ,we want development in our community and we are calling on government to encourage him .

A Youth from the community Mr Elvis Bot  who also spoke to our correspondent also called on the government of the state to support the  company since the company has done well in providing social amenities to the community .

According to Elvis ,some persons are going about misleading people ,relevant authorities have visited the company and have discovered that their products and operation have met local and international standard of PVC production ,

Elvis said We have done our research and i can tell you that both  states and National agencies saddled with the responsibility of operations of industries

We in this community now enjoy steady power supply ,and the company is also environmental friendly .

It could be recalled that  Amb  Nkparu who is also the Managing Director and CEO, NELMACO Global Resources had recently , said, “being and indigenous company that is passionate about creating employment for Nigerians, all our staff members are Nigerians who are drawn from different ethnic groups, and their welfare and safety is as important to us as the products we push to the public. “In view of our rapid growth, we continue to employ capable hands who partner with management to take the company to new heights”, he said. The company which produce the high quality Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride (UPVC) Pipes, Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) Pipes, PVC Ceiling, Borehole Pipes, Conduit Pipes, Water Tanks etc  is also seeking to partner with state government to further expand and create more job opportunities to the teeming youths aimed at halting youth restiveness and poverty in the State.

We have also ensure to maintain our Corporate Social Responsibility to our host community without hesitation and as I speak to you we have over 200 indigenous citizens of Plateau working as employees of the company”.

 The MD of NELMACO said the company’s product remain unbeatable compare to the ones produced by their foreign counterparts adding that clients come from as far as Cameroon and other parts of the country to Jos to purchase the company’s pipe. “Many people also come from far and near to buy our products, I have people who come all the way from Cameron and other parts of Northern Nigeria to buy our products”. Nkparu said what motivated him to go into the business was because he found out after a careful thorough research that Nigeria does not have a single indigenous pipe making company as most are been run and owned by Indians and other foreigners.

Hon Edward Gyang Pwajok (SAN) Sponsors Students Of FCE Pankshin On A Leadership Training Programme....

27th April,  2018.

Member Representing Jos south/East federal Constituency  at the National Assembly, Hon Edward Gyang Pwajok (SAN) has sponsored some 300 level PHE Students of Federal College of Education, Pankskin from his constituency to undergo leadership training scheduled to commence next month..

The students been sponsored  cut across Du,Vwang,Zawan and Kuru districts in Jos South LGA respectively.

Hon Edward Gyang Pwajok (SAN) has as a policy been helpful to his constitutents with his human capital empowerment programmes. it will be recalled that last year,  he sponsored some of his constitutents to undergo skills acquisition and capacity building training with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF)  so they can be self reliant.

One of the Student beneficiaries, Miss Kaweng Susan Doro showered   gratitude to the member for his swift response to their plea and his open door policy which has seen many of his constituents benefiting from him.

Gov Lalong Mourns Death Of Tambuwal's Spokesman.....

By Golok Nanmwa, Jos

Plateau State Governor,  Hon Simon Lalong, has commiserated with his Sokoto State counterpart, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, over the sudden death of his Spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, who died in Abuja  on Friday, April 27, 2018.

Lalong, in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mark Longyen, described the demise of Tambuwal’s media aide as an irreparable loss that is very shocking and devastating.

The statement reads: “Your Excellency, the death of your media aide, Imam Imam today is an irreparable loss that is very shocking, devastating and too traumatic to bear, especially happening at a time like this that you need him most.

“Imam was a very vibrant media aide and thoroughbred professional journalist that could at best be described as a primus inter pares who will be hard to replace.

“Like an indefatigable colossus, he superintended your media affairs to the admiration of all and sundry, right from when you were Speaker of the House of Representatives, up to when you became Governor.

“I, therefore, wish to commiserate with you and the immediate family of the deceased, the government and people of Sokoto State and his home state, Taraba, as well as the Nigerian Union of Journalists and Nigerian Guild of Editors in this moment of grief.

“May Almighty God grant all the beloved ones he has left behind the fortitude to bear the loss, taking solace in the fact that death is the inevitable end of all mortals.”


Crossing Divides; Can Nigeria's New Tin Mines Heal Ancient Wounds?

27th April,2018

Environmental changes have caused tensions between settled farmers and nomadic herders in Nigeria to flare into ethnic conflict.

But could working together to serve the demands of modern consumers heal ancient ethnic rifts, asks BBC World Service correspondent Stephanie Hegarty.

As the sun sets over the stony hills of Jos, long-horn cows climb awkwardly down into a rocky gorge. They shimmy their bony shoulders, navigating a path worn into the stone over decades of this same grazing ritual.

In this picture-postcard of serenity it's hard to imagine that until recently this community in central Nigeria was at war with itself.

It's one of the world's most ancient conflicts.

Across the northern part of Africa the desert is creeping outwards, swallowing up fertile green land and pushing Fulani herdsmen into conflict with farmers over grazing rights.

Media caption'We didn't believe we could work together'

"My people would kill them," says Henry Botson, a man in his 30s from the Berom tribe. He lives in Barkin Ladi, Plateau state, where in 2011 a brutal conflict flared between his people and their neighbours.

"And if we passed into their own territory they would kill my people."

Mr Botson is short and stocky, wearing a green beret with a miniature AK-47 assault rifle on a silver chain around his neck.

And this is part of the problem. Since the collapse of Libya, guns have flooded into West Africa, most of them ending up in Nigeria

In Barkin Ladi, 268km (167 miles) east of the capital Abuja, the period of more than five years in which thousands of people were killed in ethnic clashes is simply labelled "the crisis". The death rate across central and southern Nigeria averaged more than 2,000 a year between 2011 and 2016.

"The Fulani man destroyed the Berom man's farm, and the Berom man killed the Fulani man's cattle and the children rearing the cattle," says Farouk Abubaker, a tall, well-built Fulani man in a dusty beige tunic.

"We saw them as very wicked people. We saw them as barbarians because they killed little children and women, even pregnant women.

"A lot of horrible things happened - but all that is now history."

Because two years ago, it stopped.

Tin deposits were discovered nearby, just as global prices - driven by demand from electronic components manufacturers - were rising.

Now Mr Abubaker and Mr Botson work together on the same mining shaft, digging for the metal along the same narrow gorge that Fulani herders and their cattle pass through every day.

It's a hole in the ground as much as 40ft (12m) deep and just wide enough for one man to crawl into.

Using a bucket, shovels and a pulley system made from tree-trunks and a cable, these men plunge into the earth pulling out balefuls of dirt. It's dangerous work - many have died when mine shafts have collapsed - and they have to trust each other.

"I'm really surprised," Mr Botson says. "I didn't believe that we could live together like this; work together, talk together and do something like this together."

From dawn, the mine buzzes with the sound of hundreds of men, women and even children.

Some of them crouch over shallow streams, sloshing the ochre-coloured dirt around in buckets until a dark grey metal appears. Others sell head torches, tools and batteries, or clear plastic bags of water and freshly cooked food.

Everywhere on this mine Fulani and Berom are working together in small teams. But how?

When a new governor was elected in Plateau state in 2015, he promised to bring an end to the crisis.

When he hired Joseph Lengmang, 42, as head of the Plateau State Peace Building Agency, many doubted whether a man that young would have the authority to summon local elders to sit down together.

"This government inherited an almost anarchic environment," Mr Lengmang recalls.

"It took quite some time. When it started they were shouting at each other, it looked like there would be violence.But we got experienced mediators... in the end we had a peace accord".

Plateau state has been balancing on the precipice of a delicate peace ever since, with the ethnic conflict becoming a national crisis. Clashes occur across the country's Middle Belt almost every week, and six people were recently killed in Barkin Ladi.

Many also blame local and national politicians for stoking the tension to rouse support as Nigeria enters an election year.

It comes against a backdrop of three years of high inflation. While food prices have risen, so has the cost of fertilizers and fuel. And while many farmers rely on second jobs to subsidise meagre yields, unemployment has rocketed since 2013.

Mr Lengmang believes operations like the one in Barkin Ladi have a part to play in keeping the peace.

"It's very, very important... a means of livelihood to many people", he says. "They've learnt also in the experience they've had... if there is chaos and instability and violence, everybody loses".

However, he adds that there can be tension even among those working together in the mines, if the proceeds of their labour are shared "fairly".

Thomas Johji was one of a small group of Berom men who discovered this particular tin deposit a few months ago. As it was in the middle of a Fulani grazing area, it was crucial to get their neighbours' co-operation. So they invited Fulani people to mine with them.

Mr Johji is in his 20s and doesn't remember how "the crisis" began.

"Now we can even sleep here in the bush with the Fulani; wake up together, play together," he says. "The Fulani have forgotten about what happened, and we are trying to forget too."

It may not be that easy for most people. A deep sense of mistrust persists between the ethnic groups.

One Berom woman working at an older tin deposit nearby says she feels uncomfortable around Fulani people. She finds it difficult to trust those she says killed many of her friends and relatives.

"Even now we are afraid - but it is up to God," she says, adding that she is here out of pure necessity. "If you stay home, how will you eat?"

Mr Lengmang accepts Plateau state's uneasy peace is not yet sustainable.

"There are legitimate grievances that have not been addressed and a deep-seated sense of mistrust between ethnic groups," he says. "The mining process has to be more inclusive."

When tin deposits become scarce, fighting is bound to erupt over resources.

Mr Lengmang says miners have a role to play in peace-building. His agency is exploring whether they could lead training in conflict resolution, or encourage parties to sign peace accords before they start work on a deposit.

But Mr Abubaker believes the industry is already doing something to foster peace.

"Mining promotes unity and understanding among the different tribes," he says, "just as football does."

"It makes us happy. I pray - and hope - that we are able to sustain it."


Hon Engr Solomon Bulus Maren Flags OffPhase Two (2) Of His Medical Outreach In Mangu And Bokkos Local Governments...

26th April,2018

The Honourable Member Representing Mangu/Bokkos Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon Solomon Maren today the 26th of April,  2018 flagged off phase two of his free medical outreach.

The flag off commenced at Allah Na Kowa Hospital, Mangu after which Hon. Maren and his entourage proceeded to Lunar Hospital,  Bokkos for another flag off.

According to Hon. Maren, health is wealth. This necessitated his organizing a medical outreach so his constituency can benefit.  He told the crowd that the medical outreach he organised last year was successful as almost four thousand patients were treated and given medications, while almost two hundred had surgeries performed on them which were successful in addition to those suffering from eye related ailments who were treated with quite a score given free medicated glasses.

There was huge turnout of patients who trooped to avail themselves of the outreach which they commend as laudable and appreciated Hon. Maren for his giant strides and pray to God to continue to bestow him with wisdom and courage to achieve more.

Hon. Solomon Maren was accompanied by his wife,  Engr Victoria Maren and the leadership of Plateau State PDP who took time to eulogise on his unprecedented representation which has touched on the lives of his constituents.

Those who graced the occasion include, Hon. Amos Gombi the Pleasure State Deputy Chairman of the PDP who represented the State party Chairman, Hon. Benedict Shinugul, Dr. LT Fomson, Elder Lita Shindai, Alhaji Sani Golden, Hon. John T.  Akans the Plateau State PDP Publicity Secretary, Hon. Micheal Abi the Chairman of Bokkos PDP,  Hon. Mahli Maton and a host of many other stakeholders across the two Local Government Areas.

The Free Medical Outreach is billed to run for two days with devices ranging from General ailments to surgeries,  eye related services and dental services.

Governor Simon Bako Lalong Endorsed For Second Term By Plateau South APC ..

26th April,2018

APC stakeholders in the southern zone of Plateau State today endorsed Gov Simon Lalong for a second term. Thhe endorsement took place during a stake holders meeting at the APC secretariat Shendam. The motion was moved by the majority leader of the Plateau State House of Assembly Hon Henry Yenkwap and seconded by Maimagani.

The stakeholders meeting was organised to brief party members on the resolution of the National Executive Committee of the party after The Governor Simon Bako Lalong led technical committee submitted its report in Abuja.

The report was read by Chief of Staff to the Government House, Chief John Dafaan while it was adopted by Hon. Innocent Tirsel and seconded by Joe Bukar.

Attendance at the meeting cut across Government officials and APC faithfuls from the zone.

APC Shifts Congresses, Convention....

APC shifts congresses, convention

26th April,2018.

The national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) earlier scheduled for Monday, May 14 will be moved forward, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, confirmed this yesterday in Abuja.
Abdullahi spoke on the plan to review the timetable for congresses and national convention while briefing journalists on the outcome of a closed door meeting between Chief John Odigie-Oyegun led - National Working Committee (NWC) and APC governors at the party’s national secretariat.

In the timetable earlier released, the party scheduled ward congresses for Wednesday, May 2; local government congresses, Saturday, May 5; and state congresses, Wednesday, May 9, respectively.
The APC spokesman said some of the dates would be adjusted since the NWC had been advised to look at the current timetable again for being too “closely packed” and leaving little room for errors.
“The observation was that the timetable as it is currently constituted or composed was determined because of the Ramadan and we want to be sensitive to the feelings of Muslims who will be fasting in the month of Ramadan. Therefore, we try to avoid conducting any political activities in the month of Ramadan,” he said.
He further explained that the adjustments had no ulterior motive other than the logistic consideration.
Abdullahi said that the meeting underscored the need for governors to give room for free, fair and transparent congresses to avoid rancour that could be generated.
“It was acknowledged that one major way to prevent rancour is to ensure that those congresses are transparent and they are acceptable, at least, to the majority of the people concerned,” he said.
Asked to know whether the meeting discussed the purported endorsement President Muhammadu Buhari gave to a former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as his candidate for the position of national chairman, he said, “What we were told at the meeting…was that the president had a meeting with some governors and they asked to know whom he wanted to support and I think he told them his preferences. But that has nothing to do with the meeting we had today.”
Asked to speak on the Oyegun’s second term bid,  Abdullahi said, “I don’t think that is a fair question to ask me… I am here to represent my position. But what I can tell you is that Chief Odigie-Oyegun will make his position clear within the next couple of days whether he’s going to contest for the chairmanship.”
Governor Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje of Kano State, who also fielded questions from journalists separately on the outcome of the meeting, said the national convention would hold after Eld-el-Fitr celebration. And on replacing Oyegun with Oshiomhole, he said,  said the process might be in order if it would ensure stability in the party.

Hon Edward Gyang Pwajok SAN Advised Fellow Members To Stop Lamenting And Act Over The Killings Going On....

25th April,2018.

Today's plenary at the green chambers of the National Assembly went hot as the members of the house of representative deliberated on the insecurity situation glooming the country and express their displeasure on how the security agencies are showing laxity on the fight against the killer-herdsmen as non of them and their sponsors have been brought to book.

On this note Hon Edward Gyang Pwajok SAN member representing Jos South/East federal constituency at the house of representative advised his fellow members to stop lamenting and act, in his words he said" that the house has adopted several motions on these attacks and must move beyond just "lamenting" , he said we must prove to Nigerians that we are capable of acting"

While most members spoke in favor of his motion, some even showed their concern on how most Nigerians feel they are just sitting and doing nothing in the house as most of them don't know how to go back to their constituencies in seeking for re election 2019 as they feel they have failed their people.

On this note the have decided to adopt the following resolutions;
1. All committees have been mandated to investigate all the attacks and should turn i n their reports (immediately) for further legislative action.

2. All herdsmen known or unknown should be declared terrorist and all cattle's rearers should be duly registered.

3 the house pass a vote of no confidence on all service chiefs and security advisers ,they should be removed and new people be brought in.

The session ended with a minute silence in honor of all those who have been killed by the attackers.

Plateau State Governor RT Hon Simon Bako Lalong Meets Appointees....

25th April,  2018.

 Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong said time has come for political office holders to evaluate their performance so as to enable them finish strong in 2019.

The Governor stated this during a meeting with appointees on the 24th of April,  2018 at the Government house, Liittle Rayfield, Jos.

According to him, the administration is clocking close to 3 years in office and it is incumbent on political appointees of his administration to meet for collective assessment of their performance.

The meeting, Governor Lalong said will also be a platform for them to ask  relevant questions and seek for clarifications on grey areas towards enabling them to finish strong in 2019.

The Governor thanked the appointees for contributing to the success of the administration.

Plateau Launches Architectural Report Towards Promoting Women Engagement In Peace Building....

By Loisinta Vou Pwol.

24th April, 2018.

The official launching of the Plateau State Architecture report and wps short films and documentary organized by United Nations Women and Plateau State Government in collaboration with UNICEF, and supported by the European Union.

The event which was held at the Crest Hotel, Jos had in attendance the Civil Society ,Women groups, Government officials, Traditional, Religious, Security agencies  and  representatives of  international organisations were all in attendance.

The Commissioner of Women affairs, Plateau State, Hon Anna Musa Izam commended the efforts of  United Nations women as she emphasize that women are the worse vulnerable during conflicts but often neglected during conflicts resolutions as they women play a vital role in  peace building of the nation.

She recommended that more women should be involved in the peace building of the nation.

Most of the speakers who spoke emphasised the need for society to involve women in leadership positions most especially peace building processes.

The Commissioner of Women Affairs led the delegation at the high table to the official unveiling of the "peace  Architecture report" and "WPS short films and documentary"

A brief overview of the Peace Architecture Report was presented by the Deputy Program Manager WPS UN Women Mr Peter Mancha. He explained that it is an Architectural Report of peace in Plateau, Adamawa and Gombe States so basically its not only limited to Plateau state but to the Northern part of the country.

An interactive session with the people thereafter took place. Advices were given to the security agencies to always work with information's been given to them because they serve as  preventive motives in tackling insecurities and  recommendations were dropped too in  ensuring that promotion of women's engagement in peace and security in Northern Nigeria were implemented.

At the end of the programme copies of the architecture report and the short films by the WPS UN women were distributed to those who attended so that they can go back to the various homes/communities to watch and read for awareness sake.


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