The State of Plateau as a platform seeks to promote democracy on the local level by bringing the fore issues concerning the State, and facilitating citizens debate on public issues, through participation in government decision making.

Plateau state To Fully Implement Child Rights Law..Hon Anna Izam..

31st May,2018

Worried by the number of child abuse cases, the Plateau Government has vowed to fully implement provisions of the Child Rights Law passed in 2005 as part of efforts to address the menace.

Anna Izam, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Jos.

Ms Izam noted that children were vulnerable and as such, efficient laws were required to punish their abusers.

“Plateau was one of the first states to domesticate the Child Rights Law; full implementation of it would help us deal decisively with people who maltreat, rape, abduct and traffic children among other offences.

“The law, in addition, does not also allow children to terrorise their parents and other adults in the society.”

Izam said that child protection was critical to every nation’s development and that the state government was committed to creating the enabling environment for children to also access quality and affordable education.

“Education is a major criterion to secure the future of the children and break the shackles of poverty in our society.

“We want to create a safe space for them to develop free from danger, uphold their dignity and not subjected to any form of discrimination as captured by the 2018 children’s day theme entitled `Creating Safe Spaces for Children: Our Collective Responsibility.”

She commended Governor Simon Lalong for making budgetary provisions to cater for the state orphanages and its widowhood centre.

Furthermore, she said that Lalong’s new year donations of food and clothing to vulnerable children was apt and a sign of love.

NAN reports that the Child Rights Law Gazette in 2017 requires the provisions of family courts to ensure speedy prosecution of perpetrators of child abuse and other related offences.

Source: NAN

2019; INEC Delivers 123,848 Voters Cards To Plateau State...

31st May,2018

According to INEC, reports from its field officers have revealed a smooth exercise in all the 17 Local Government Area in Plateau State.

The Head of Publicity and Voter Education Department in Plateau INEC, Osaretin Imahiyereobo, told journalists in Jos that the distribution of the PVCs commenced in the 17 LGAs on May 21.

According to him, the PVCs were for those voters who registered with INEC between April and December 2017.

He said, “The exercise was flagged off at the Jos South Local Government office of INEC by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mallam Hussaini Halilu Pai. This was followed by the monitoring of the exercise in Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGAs by the National Commissioner supervising Plateau State, Prof. Anthonia Simbine.

“A breakdown of the PVCs received in Plateau State shows that Jos South LGA has 21,045, followed by Jos North with 15, 113; Wase, 11,118; Shendam, 10,990. Jos East LGA has the least number of PVCs.

“Reports from the various LGAs is mixed with responses in the collection of the PVCs. While reports from Jos North, Jos South and Wase LGAs showed initial enthusiasm in the number of PVCs collected, other LGAs has not shown marked improvement.

“So far Jos North has the highest rate of collection with 625, followed by Jos South, 520; Kanam, 485. Other available figures are Quan’Pan, 143, Riyom, 20, Langtang North, 96, Wase, 44, Shendam 144, Barkin Ladi, 300 and Pankshin, 36.

“Apart from the distribution of the new cards, others who registered before the 2015 elections are also collecting their cards. Other CVR activities such as registration, transfers, corrections and replacements are going on simultaneously.“

Governor Simon Bako Lalong Commissions Solar Project....

31st May,  2018.

Governor lalong Commissions Solar Mini Grid Electrification Projects In Shendam

Plateau State Governor has said the sustainable effort of government in providing energy to the people is part of his administration pillar policy in developing the rural areas

The disclosed this in Demshin and Angwan Rina Communities in Shendam local government area of the state

Governor lalong said the strong effort of government in providing the devidends of democracy has brought about smiles in the hearts of the people and reduce the untold hardship expressed by the people

According to him this commissioning is done in two phrases the solar mini grid and solar water heaters which when fully operational will boast power supply across the state

Minister for power,works and housing Babatunde Fashola represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry said the federal government is doing its best to provide energy across the state

He said this projects on solar is presently operational in five states of the federation namely kano, Abia, sokoto,plateau and Lagos state

With this launch he charged the communities to take advantage of this laudable project

He called for more support from the people to the government

German Ambassador represented by his deputy mary Honsand said this provide does a lot of things to the people and will create employment opportunities to the people

She called for total support on the project and asked the people to make use of this provide as it will provide energy to them

Chairman Shendam Local government appreciated the state government and European union and German government for citing this project in Shendam as this will afford them an opportunity to use light and prove to the people of governments commitment in providing facilities to the people

He urged the affected communities to protect this facility to their advantage


Lalong Pays Unscheduled Visit To Plateau Hospital To Inspect On-Going Remodeling Project...

Lalong pays unscheduled visit to  Plateau Hospital to inspect on-going remodelling project

 By Golok Nanmwa, Jos

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, today  paid an unscheduled visit to the Plateau State Specialist Hospital where he inspected on-going remodelling project initiated by the rescue administration.

A statement from Yakubu Dati the commissioner for information and communication  and made available to newsmen in Jos reads that Lalong  charged the contractors to increase the pace of work for the benefit oh humanity.

The Governor was conducted round the facility by Dr Kuden Kamshak, the Commissioner of Health and other senior government officials.


Registered Berom Organizations Calls On FG To Investigate Killings In 4 LGAs

Registered Berom Organizations  calls on FG  to investigate killings in 4 LGA,s

By Golok Nanmwa Jos

Berom groups operating under the aegis of Registered Berom Organizations in Plateau state on Wednesday called on the Federal and state government in the state to investigate the killings in Barkin Ladi ,Bokkos,Bassa and Riyom local government area of Plateau state in order to fish out those responsible for sanction .

They also said over 33,000 thousand Berom women and children are currently displaced as a result of the constant attacks by suspected herdsmen in the state .

Addressing newsmen in Jos on Wednesday Da Iliya Choji Kim the Vice President of Berom Educational and cultural Organization BECO said" in as much as we appreciate the efforts of government at all levels and the sacrifice of the security personnel ,there is still much to be done for normalcy to return ,the numerous internally Displaced Persons IDPs in our mist have never been visited by either NEMA ,or SEMA ,they too need the relief materials that are being given to other IDPs .

He said 'At the inception of the present administration ,in Plateau state ,government did set up a committee to look into the problems between the Berom and Fulani ,which had resulted in the lost of lives ,properties and the burning and sacking of natives from their ancestral lands ,these natives are now squatting with relations and other spirited friends."

"Efforts to get back to rebuild their homes have met with stiff resistance ,as their lands are being occupied by these killer herdsmen ,the report of the committee was  received by government ,which has also set up the Plateau Peace building agency ,the relative peace which has also been enjoyed in the state in the last two and half years was a result of efforts by both the state government ,the security agencies ,and of course the co operation of the various communities .

However in the last few months a serious resurgence of killings ,attacks and wanton destruction of farmlands has been on the increase and the same herdsmen are responsible ,these attacks have not been limited to Berom land alone ,but the Irigwe in Bassa ,and some communities in Bokkos local government have also been on the receiving end ,where over a hundred natives have been killed and farm land destroyed ."

He also said " There was an allegation of the rustling of vows by some persons in Fan and in various discussions with security agents ,elders and the district head agreed for security agents to comb the area in search of the cows ,the combine military and police teams were in Fan for about five days even as local vigilante assisted them ,but up till now no rustled cattle has been traced to Fan ,we want to make this point very clear that in the various meetings we had with our traditional rulers at various levels ,it has been made clear that any act of criminality in whatever form shall not be tolerated and anyone caught in such acts  must be made to face the law accordingly ,'

The state government should not allow the commendable effort they made over two years ago to waste away ,the white paper on the Berom  /Fulani peace and reconciliation committee be released immediately for implementation accordingly and the native villages that are under occupation be vacated for the people to get back to their ancestral homes to carry on their day to day activities .

Sports As Key To Peace...Gov Lalong..

30th May,2018

By Golok Nanmwa, Jos

Plateau state governor Simon Lalong on Wednesday said  Sports has been identified as  key to sustaining peace and building cohesion.

 Commissioner of Information and Communication Yakubu Dati in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos  said the governor also stated that the novelty football match is part of activities to round up the 2018 Democracy day which kicked off on friday.

The game, which was took place at the new ultra modern international stadium in Jos, saw Gov Simon Lalong leading the Executives as the Captain,  while the Management Committee Chairman, Langtang North, Briand Dadi led the Algon team as Captain.

The kick-off was performed by Hon Peter Azi,  Speaker, Plateau House of Assembly who later presented the trophy to the Executive team which emerged victorious in the game that ended 3-2 in their favour.

The novelty match which was entertaining saw Lalong scoring the final goal that handed the executives a second major victory following last years' win over the Legislative arm.

Lalong Stars In Novelty Match To Celebrate Democracy Day....

30th May,  2018.

Governor Simon Lalong was a sight to behold in the novelty football match organised to celebrate nineteen(19)

years of democracy in Nigeria.

The Governor delighted football enthusiasts during the football match between Plateau State management committee chairmen team and the executive governor of Plateau State team at the Zaria road stadium which ended 3 - 2 in favour of the Executive Governor's team.

Lalong Launches Security Gadgets....

By Golok Nanmwa, Jos

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has directed the states security outfit operation Rainbow to carry out a massive recruitment exercise towards broadening it's intelligence network .

Governor Lalong disclosed this during the launch of the Early Warning system of Operation Rainbow at its Headquarters in Jos.

Development of an Early warning system is one of the most important platforms in conflict management ,because it enables stakeholders to come up with various ways to identify potential conflict ,before it erupts .

Plateau state's Early Warning platform for its security outfit operation Rainbow ,was developed by the united Nations Development Programme for timely and appropriate prevention of violent conflict .

Governor Simon Lalong who commissioned the project said at least three citizens from every ward of the state will be recruited by operation rainbow to broadcast its intelligence network .

Governor Lalong disclosed that there is a clear indication that those popularly referred to as unknown gun men will soon be expose,following ongoing investigation by the presidential committee on the Farmers-Herdsmen conflict .

Governor Lalong stressed that other categories of criminals such as cattle rustlers and those burning farm lands will soon be thrown out of business ,but that stakeholders should beware of defending them when they are brought to face justice .

The country director ,United Nations development program who was represented by his deputy ,Joerg Kuehnel said they development is similar to early warning platforms in Kenya ,India and Colombia ,where they record remarkable results in term of reduction of armed conflicts.

State coordinator of operation Rainbow, General Stephen Guar said the project began in twenty thirteen but that it was later abandoned before its completion .

Early warning system experts at the event explained that Operation Rainbow's platform will empower citizens to give relevant Information through five Chanel's namely ,the Internet ,Mobile Application's ,E-mail ,SMS and the social media .


Corruption Fight Not Ethnic Or Religious -Gov Lalong..

30th May,2018

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has defended the present administration’s fight against corruption saying it borders on governance, not ethnic, religious or political leanings.

Lalong said this yesterday in his third year anniversary and democracy day speech titled “Integrity, Accountability and Transparency in Leadership.”

He said though people have the right to hold their opinions, the fight against corruption was solely the mandate of the anti-graft agencies, which have been statutorily empowered by the relevant Acts of the National Assembly to prosecute corrupt practices.

“For the records, by my disposition in life, I do not take any pleasure or gain in witch-hunting anyone as being peddled by those who have chosen, either out of mischief or ignorance, to give an ethnic or political colouration to recent activities of the anti-graft agency in the state,” he said.

Lalong said his administration was pursuing special requests made to the presidency for the dualization of the Abuja-Jos road, synergy and intervention for a major Trauma Services and Centre along the Hawan Kibo area as well as support to the Peace Building Initiatives and Roadmap.

He said that the state would continue to work with the Federal Government to ensure that all Internally Displaced People (IDPs) were resettled in their original places and their security guaranteed.


Plateau To Intensify Operations Against Indiscriminate Refuse Dumps...

30th May,2018.

The Plateau State government has restated its commitment to keep the state clean, environmentally friendly and healthy, as it intensifies efforts against indiscriminate refuse dumping across the state capital as well as other remote communities.

The state Commissioner for Environment, Abdullahi Abbas, stated this at the weekend during the monitoring and evaluation of the private waste disposers working in Jos-Bukuru metropolis.

He said the state government privatized waste evacuation in the state about five months ago, but discovered that the Jos-Bukuru metropolis was still very dirty which, he said, made it necessary for the relevant authorities to “go out and access the performances of the private waste operators.”

Abbas said from the assessment, out of the 14 zones visited, only about half of the private waste operators had performed well, while the remaining left much to be desired.

Reacting to the challenges of sensitization faced by some of the operators, the commissioner said they have done their best, including holding interactive sessions with many organizations, NGO’s and sponsored talk shows on radio stations.


Democracy Day; Dangote To Establish Dairy Farm In Plateau....

29th May,2018

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong

has expressed desire to key into the ranching policy of the Federal Government, even as he is in advance discussion with the Dangote Group of Companies to establish a dairy farm in the state.

Lalong, in a pre-democracy day interaction with journalists at the Press Centre in Jos, explained that in establishing the ranches, his administration would not confiscate anyone’s land as a large expanse of land had already been earmarked in Wase Local Government Area of the state and approved by the Federal Government for the purpose.

He assured the citizens that the planned dairy farm had made it imperative for his administration to put plans in place to renovate and have modern slaughter slabs to ensure a clean environment for the business.

The governor also informed that in the last three years, his administration had spent N22 bilion on the rehabilitation of federal roads across the state and was awaiting the signing of the federal budget for the said money to be refunded as President Muhammadu Buhari had given approval for the refund.

According to him, “we have been sincere in governance. My administration is aware of the challenges in the state, part of which prevented us from conducting the local government election.

“We will not keep postponing election. We are tackling the herders/farmers issues that is why we are opting for ranching policy.

“This does not mean we want to get people’s lands. There is a large portion of land in Wase set aside for the purpose and Federal Government has inspected the place.”

Source : Vanguard Newspaper.

Celeberating Democracy Day; Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong In The Eyes Of The Plateau.....

29th May,2018..


Plateau State has prided itself as the home of Peace and Tourism for years and consequently answered to this slogan by attracting a lot of industries few years ago. This can be attributed to its fine weather condition and abundance of natural resources coupled with the hospitable nature of her people. The presence of these resources which serve as raw materials for a number of manufactured goods attracted a lot of firms including foreign ones to Plateau State as the state got opened to investors and businessmen in diverse industries.

At a time, the state became the centre of attraction to many who thronged to it to invest, relax and do business. Plateau was among the most peaceful states in Nigeria until things started taking a turn for the worse when several ethno-religious crises, and recently, herdsmen and farmers clashes disrupted the peace of the state thereby leading to the disruption of industrial coherence the state once enjoyed.
For example, the Plateau Highland Bottling Company went moribund in 1992, just 12 years after it was incorporated thereby leading to loss of jobs and its attendant effects on the workers and their dependents including those who are indirectly engaged by such firms. The same can be said of the Bokkos Fertilizer Blending Plant, JIB, Panyam Fish Farm among several others. It is likely that factors such as poor management, political interference, vested interests etc led to the closure of a majority of the state owned firms in Plateau State for many years.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong on assumption of office in May 2015 following massive support in the 2015 general elections, was faced with the responsibility to live up to expectations and put Plateau back on the path of development. Knowing fully well the need for a greater Plateau, Lalong swung into action to redeem his campaign slogan “RESCUE MISSION”
With backlog of salaries, inherited construction projects, inherited loans by the state, moribund industries and dwindling oil revenue leading to reduced allocation from the center, Governor lalong had to put on his thinking cap to make Plateau Great Again.
For Governor Lalong, a laborer should not be denied his wages hence he took up the challenges of paying up inherited workers’ salaries and pension arrears of about 8-12 months, promotion of workers to reinvigorate the state workforce. This gesture endeared him to the hearts of workers in the state earning him the accolade “Governor Alert”.
For investors to be attracted into the state, Governor Lalong saw the need to focus on completing inherited roads that were at various stages of construction like the Mararaban Jama’a-Zaramaganda road, Zaramaganda – Secretariat Junction road that had one lane completed up to NASCO, the Secretariat Junction Fly over that was at about 30-60 percent completion.
Furthermore, His Excellency took to reduce the suffering of residents of the Rantya-Lowcost by timely initiating and completing the Rantya-Lowcost-Miango road which today has given residents relieve and formed an alternative route for commuters.
To decentralize his road construction initiative, Governor Simon Lalong immediately awarded contracts for the construction of (22) Twenty two roads that are simultaneously constructed in the 17 local government areas among which are (Dokan kasuwa-Lardang-Kwa spur, Kurgwi-Doemak, Kwalla-Tim-Doemak spur, Dokan Tofa-Kurgwi, Doemak-Pwaal spur, Kwalla-Kwaar-Doemak, Barkin Kogi-Shargan-Ngoot-tuguut, Mararaba Denshin-Demshin-Shimankar, Shendam-Kalong-Angwan Yargam, Furbor-Naton-Forsun, Angwan Rogo-Angwan Rimi link bridge etc).
Not leaving any stone unturned, his Excellency took up the challenge to work towards making primary, secondary and tertiary education in the state have a facelift, he employed the services of some of the best hands within the education sector like Prof. Mathew Sule, Prof. D.D. Sheni etc to revive primary and tertiary education in the state and to put life to the education sector. Today, the result produced in the state owned tertiary institution (Plateau State University) is a testimony as students for the first time since inception in 2005 were mobilized for the national youth service and almost all of the institution’s courses accredited with various infrastructures put in place for a conducive learning and teaching environment at all levels of academic endeavor.

However, knowing the importance of industrialization to a State like Plateau, its internally generated revenue and its positive impact on the people, Simon Bako Lalong, the executive governor of the state, embarked on a well-thought out plan to tackle the issues militating against the survival and growth of companies in the state.

Also knowing fully well that no investor would want to invest in an atmosphere of rancor, political interference and uncertainty, Lalong tackled headlong those factors that brewed ethno-religious crisis and farmers/herders clashes in the state which led to the establishment of the Plateau Peace Building Agency, first of its kind in the country, to ensure the building and sustenance of peace in the state.
Having stabilized the state, the governor has through the Plateau Investment and Property Development Company (PIPC) which had also gone under until recently revived, resuscitated a number of the hitherto comatose firms among which are the Highland Bottling Company Ltd, Barkin Ladi, Bejafta Fertiliser, Panyam Fish Farm etc.

Through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, trusted companies were invited to take over the operations of these companies with the government still having some percentage of stakes in them but never interfering with the operations of the companies as carried out by the private investors.

It is the same thing with the fertilizer blending company that is being operated by Bejafta Fertiliser. The fertilizer blending company story is even more significant in that some Indian investors earlier invited by the Lalong administration to come and help resuscitate the company had written off the company as absolutely irredeemable. But in a bid to keep to his campaign promises to the people of the state, Lalong did not give up but gave marching orders to relevant agencies to find indigenous willing and able investors. This is how Bejafta Fertiliser came into the picture. Today, Bejafta has beaten their target of production.

The Panyam Fish farm which is the largest fish farm in Nigeria, is also receiving attention because of the volume and value of fish tended there. This fish farm alone has the capacity to meet the protein needs of north central Nigeria and beyond thereby employing and engaging thousands of people across the zone directly and indirectly.

This farm which had been abandoned for a long time in the past and left to waste is back again, thanks to the governor’s appreciation of its good effect on the state and its people. To ensure that encumbrances are not in the way of potential investors in their bid to acquire lands in the state for their businesses, there was immediate issuance of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) to land owners without the usual delays and cumbersome procedures associated with such processes in other places.

Today, Plateau State is thriving again, thanks to the vision and determination of the governor who has proven that no stone shall be left unturned in his bid to return the state to its days of glory. And to think that the governor is doing all this despite the meagre resources accruable to the state from the federal allocation shows that he is a man who is focused and determined to bring back smiles to the faces of the people and residents of Plateau. At the rate the Lalong administration plans of industrialization is going, very soon, commercial activities in the state will reach an all-time high and the internally generated revenue of the state will so increase that the state, just like Lagos, might have little or no need for allocations from Abuja.

VOLATA 2019 Heartily Rejoices With The People And Government Of Plateau State On The Occasion Of Democracy Day....

May 29th  of every year In Nigeria affords us the opportunity to celebrate the return of our democracy and reflects on it impacts on the polity as events unfold.

Lest we forget, the resolve to collectively vote out the immediate past administration was born out of patriotism to fill a wide gap they created to promote imposition, divisiveness, gross misconduct, mediocrity, meddlesomeness, purposelessness, mendacity and balkanization of our common patrimony that had categorically mortgaged and condemned the State to financial enslavement. Hundreds of billions were allocated to the State from proceed of oil occasioned by an all time record high oil boom and instead of judicious use of the resources to better our lives and improve our living standard, the monies were siphoned and wickedly embezzled leaving the State at the mercy of untold hardship and a dark cloud of misfortune occasioned by an empty treasury, backlog of unpaid salaries and arrears, abandoned projects yawning for completion across the States whose total contract sums were released and squandered and collateralization of the State's purse to local and foreign debts.

It was amid that looming uncertainty and dwindling fortune that we entrenched, mandated and tasked the Lalong/Tyoden administration through the ballot box in 2015 elections to superintend the affairs of Plateau State with the view to rescue us from the shackles of ruination and extinction.

Exactly three(3) years ago, the Administration was sworn in and took over the baton of Leadership. During the period under review, the performance of the administration has been even. A people friendly and oriented five pillar policy was devised as a workable template to rescue the state back to life and guarantee the citizens a new lease of life.

Most of the projects inherited from the past administration have been completed, some dualized and many new more initiated. A special attention has been given to Agriculture as Government is supporting the sector through distribution of fertilizers at subsidized rate. Only last year, 6, 333 tonnes of fertilizers was distributed to farmers during the last farming season. The engagement of Agricultural Extension workers on ad-hoc basis to render services to our farmers was approved in order to increase better output. Due to this outstanding performance, the FG in collaboration with the AfDB approved the sum N2 billion to promote potato exportation from Plateau and our Governor is made a member of the Presidential Council on Agriculture.

Peace and peaceful coexistence has reclaimed it rightful place courtesy of the newly created peace building agency. All the backlog of salaries the Government owed Civil servants have been settled ditto pension and efforts is geared towards settling backlog of arrears. Contractors have been mobilized back to site and looters of our patrimony have been made to face the music.

Plateau State is now the envy of many states and a safe destination for investment.

With this, we are the best winners and most deserve to celebrate this great day.

Long live our Democracy
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Long live Plateau State
Long live Lalong/Tyoden
Long live VOLATA

Comrade Promise Yatu,
State Chairman, VOLATA

Engr. Buhari Auwal,
Organising Secretary, VOLATA.

Plateau Economy Boosted Through Prompt Payment Of Salaries -Hon Yakubu Dati

29th May,  2018.

The local economy of Plateau state is boosted through the prompt payment of workers salaries in the region of two Billion Naira monthly.

This was stated by the state Commissioner of information and communication Yakubu Dati during a special Democracy program on Tin City FM Jos.

Dati, who highlighted achievements of the Rescue Administration in three years explained that plateau citizens should count their blessings even with the little resources that has accrue to government as empowerment and infrastructural development programs have been undertaken for the benefit of citizens.

The commissioner stated that the Rebirthing of Education has created 700 teaching jobs for citizens, building and renovation of 500 class rooms, reopening of Plateau state university and subsequent accreditation of many courses in the university.

On security ,Dati explained that security is every body's business and urged citizens to be security vigilante and remain law abiding.

He also spoke about new roads that are ongoing across the seventeen local government areas of the state despite the shortfall in revenue.

He charged citizens of the State to rally round the Governor as the Governor's achievements has attracted national and global recognition , and the state is gradually regaining its lost glory.

Lalong Makes History As First Serving Governor Of Plateau To Visit NUJ Press Center...

Plateau state Governor Simon   Lalong on Monday  made history as he becomes the first serving Governor of the state, to visit the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Center, while actively serving, as a Governor.

Our correspondent reports that Governor also used the visit to brief Journalist on his journey so far through his three years, which would be marked tomorrow, the 29 th of May, 2018.

The Governor, who promised to complete more abandoned projects by past administration in the state, which include the NUJ Press Center Jos, said he is trying to set a standard for future coming leaders not to abandon projects in the state.

He said, “These projects are constructed or initiated for the interest and benefit of the people.

Lalong called on the citizens of the state to continue to support his administration as he is determined to better the lives of citizens of the state

Gov Lalong Donates #4.5 million To Families Of Deceased Journalists In Plateau State...

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Plateau state governor Simon Lalong on Monday donated 4 .5 million naira to families of  9 deceased Journalist who died in the line of duty eleven years ago

Gov Lalong made the pronouncement during an Interactive  session with journalists in Jos .

It could be recalled that 9 members of the Plateau NUJ had an accident on their way to the southern zone of Plateau on their way to  inspect projects in the zone in the company of the then Governor of the state Chief Joshua Dariye ,

Lalong said ,his administration has not forgotten the  families of the deceased Journalists .

My Administration Has Awarded 22 Road Projects Across Plateau -Gov Lalong

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Plateau state governor Simon Lalong on Monday said his administration would continue to complete  projects abandoned by his predecessors  in the state .

He also said his administration has awarded contracts for the construction of 22 roads spread across   the seventeen local government areas of the state stressing that I would never be selective in citing projects in Plateau .

Lalong made this known while interacting  with newsmen in Jos at the Nigerian Union of Journalist NUJ Secretariat as part of activities  marking his 3rd year in office .

He also said his administration has spent 22 billion naira on federal projects in the state.

"We would complete all projects abandoned by previous administrations in the state."

“We have made it a duty to complete all abandoned projects in the state because the projects are for the people and not for the person that initiated them ,we have  also initiate new projects and we would complete them before leaving office ,I don't have plans of leaving any project uncompleted and I pray that the person that would take over from me would do same ,if I did not abandon the projects I inherited ,then I can not abandon the projects I started .

The governor also said “We will continue to work hard to ensure that the people of Plateau stay in peace ,my administration is determined to protect the lives of citizens of Plateau

"Recently the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris conducted a ground breaking for the newly established 66 Mobile Police Force (MPF) Squadron in Longvel, Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau State."

The IG  also inaugurated 51 security patrol vehicles acquired by our Government for distribution to security agencies in the 17 local government areas of the state.

He said that the establishment of the squadron has helped  increase and improve the security infrastructure in the state for the purpose of providing adequate security.

“The establishment of PMF 66 Squadron in Shendam is  one of the  strategies to ensure that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is at all times within reach and to promptly respond to the challenges of crime being faced by the people.

“The establishment of PMF 66 in Shendam is not by accident but a deliberate attempt to fight crime," he added .

Lalong also  assured civil servants of prompt payment of salaries, stressing that “with God’s help workers would not be thrown back to the dark days of staying for many months without salaries.”

On education ,Lalong said we would continue to revamp the sector to equip the future of the upcoming generation.

Lalong also said his administration is not afraid of conducting local government elections stressing that  state would conduct local government elections if security agencies give them go ahead to do so.

The governor said that the elections were postponed because of security report from security agencies.


 Lalong, also said that his administration would remain committed to  the provision of good Governance to all citizens of the state regardless of tribe and religion

He also said his efforts to improve the agricultural sector has been monumental with the launching of 400 tractors for distribution to farmers under the Tractor Ownership Scheme and Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the state government and the Plateau All Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative Society (PAFMCS).

He said the tractors would soon be given out to farmers as soon as other implements are supplied to the state government .

The resuscitation of the fertilizer blending plant in Bokkos, the distribution of about 24,000 metric tons of fertilizers to farmers at subsidized rate, and the multi-million naira Panyam Fish Farm have added value to agriculture in the state."

Latep Dabang Appointed National Bot Member,Buhari Campaign Organisation....

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

National Head office of the BUHARI CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION BCO has appointed Plateau State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC,Hon Letep Dabang as a National member of its BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

In a statement signed by its National Coordinator,Alhaji Danladi Pasali and delivered to him in Jos,the appointment of Letep Dabang is predicated on the expectations that he will fully continue to get involved in the entire activities of the APC and the Buhari Campaign Organization BCO in Nigeria..

Hon  Letep Dabang while receiving the letter of appointment thanked BCO for seeing him as a worthy partner promising that he remains committed to the course of the APC in Plateau,Nigeria and the aspiration of President Mohammadu Buhari to the Nigerian project.

He said he is not new to being part of this project as in Plateau State he is the Patron of the Buhari Integrity Group as such he will serve the Buhari Campaign Organisation the best way he can.

Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) Mandated To Restore Peace On The Plateau,Bauch,Southern Kaduna And all North Central Nigeria-Major General Anthony Atolagbe..

27th May,2018

The Commander of the Special Task Force (STF), code name Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), mandated to restore peace on the Plateau, some parts of Bauchi State and Southern Kaduna, all in North-central Nigeria, Major General Anthony Atolagbe, has said that organised crimes still exist in communities in its area of operation.

He however reiterated the commitment of the Task Force to flush them out from their hideous.

Gen. Atolagbe stated this yesterday while reacting to the insinuating that the task-force is taking sides in the conflict between farmers and herders.

He said, “let the public be reminded that criminal gangs exist in our communities and OPSH has the responsibility to remove such characters from the public domain”.

He stressed that the hoodlums who are perpetrating criminal activities and are responsible to the wanton lost of lives are also bent on discrediting the operations of the task-force, adding that the OPSH which is composed of members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies will not join issues with any political, religious or ethnic organisation.

Atolagbe who spoke through a press statement and a copy made available to skynews said that “the continued perpetration of criminal acts has often contributed to instability in the state.

“It is high time these aforementioned organisations separate criminalities from their peaceful and public spirited callings: it is in this light that OPSH needs to put the records straight that our deployment is only targeted at criminals and not against any community or organization.

“All communities and organizations are encouraged to feel free to conduct their daily activities while extending necessary cooperation to the security agencies in order to rid their localities of criminals.

“The OPSH wishes to reiterates it’s readiness to respond to any act of breach of security or criminalilty which is capable of creating insecurity and instability in the state: we would want to reassure members of the general public of its determination to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens of the State”, he said.

An Open Letter To The Executive Governor Of Plateau State Rt Hon Bar Simon Bako Lalong On The Deplorable Condition Of Some State Owned Institutions On The Plateau And The Need For Urgent Attention ...

27th May,2018


It has become so important to write to you at this moment not forgetting how tight your activities are geared towards the forthcoming General Elections and the bid for contesting the second term. Sir, I write to you this moment with so much apprehension the state of deplorable structures and system of education on some of the state owned tertiary institution, plateau state was known for producing prominent leaders via the educational system and moral building. But currently some of this institution that graduated leaders in the past are left in the state of destruction, no quality structures for learning, lack of quality stationeries to harness learning, lack of quality staffing, lack of good environment for learning to take place effective and many other numerous to mention.
The following state owned institutions need to be work on as fast as possible to enable us regain our name as the best in producing prominent and influential leaders in the country and World at large.

1. College of Agriculture: Established in the year 1998 and located in Garkawa, Mikang LGA of the state, has since creation been a citadel of learning for people all over the Middle Belt Region this is because Plateau State was best in agriculture so it drew the attention of many people to study and gain more knowledge on agriculture. But the level at which the school is now, is something not to write home about, we have good number of Plateau indigenes who are capable of giving quality learning skills to students in that institution but employment has not been open for them to impact into the life’s of interested learners. The structures in the institution need to be renovated for proper learning to take place. Hostel accommodation need to be put in place to leasing hardship to students whom cannot afford paying for accommodation outside the college. Proper and regular supervision should be done by the Ministry of Education Higher.

2. College of Health and Technology: Established 1976 and located in the town of Pankshin LGA of the state, is another institution that has produced a lot of prominent leaders in the state and country, but still residing in the temporary site which looks like a community secondary school. Sir a lot need to be done to harness good learning, since creation the school has not been accredited for proper taking off of some course that will be of important to learners and will also bring glory to the state. I wish the permanent site can receive at least 2-3 structures there to show that we are improving in the educational sector, accreditation should be done for smooth running of the program, and employment should be done to ensure our graduates don’t stay home doing nothing while they can be use to inculcate knowledge to interested learners.

3. College of Art, Science and Technology: Established many years ago and located in Kurgwi, Qua’anpan LGA of the state, use to be the second best institutions in producing IJMB candidates in Nigeria, but the case is different now reason because the system have been shortchange, dilapidated structures, no quality staffing, and other important things that will change the name of the school to its former days of glory. More structures should be put in place for effective learning, employment should be done to. Sir I implore you to do something about this institution for posterity will always remember your good work to the good and loving people of plateau state.

My plea to Mr. Governor and the state government is that the above submission be kindly look into and proper attention be given to them. It is said “a nation cannot survive without education” also “the society cannot survive without job opportunity”. Plateau people deserve the best and am sure in your magnitude planning for a better Plateau, job opportunity will be giving to our unintimidated youths whom are leaders in the making and are also ready to take over the mantle of leadership from where you will stop.
Thanks for lending me your eyes and time to read.


Comr. Dawap Nelson Dogara (Madiba)
Former Sec. Gen. SUG FCE Pankshin 2015/2016

Gov Lalong Commissions Water Project....

27th May,  2018.

Governor Simon Lalong of plateau state commissioned a water project at lamingo golf club Jos built by his government during the Later Tee Off Democracy day golf tournament to mark his administration's  three years in office , the tournament recorded an entry of 74 golfers from the three clubs within Jos.

Prizes ranging from refrigerators, home theatres & plasma TV were won at the game categorized into ladies, Veterans & Men categories one & two.

 The Captain of the club Tang Dapoet appreciated the governor for the water project which he said will help in keeping the course green especially during the dry season.

Gov Lalong Celebrates Children's Day With May Babies At Korret Hamlet....

27th May,  2018.

This year children's day was a memorable one  as kids from 3 orphanages were hosted to celebrate the governors 55th birthday.

The event took place at korret hamlet in Jos ,plateau with lots of activities such as bouncing castles,throwing balloons, soccer, video  games, etc, with lots of food and drinks for the kids.

The children were orphanages drawn from Clapai, K-wave and igmin-kibe(back2back)ministries  orphanage, Jos alongside selected may babies.

A continuation of the event is slated for tomorrow 28th May,2018 with sporting competition by schools scheduled to take place at the same venue.



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