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Lalong Presents First Class Staff Of Office To Plateau Traditional Ruler Atar Aten Of Ganawuri.....

28th November 2018

Lalong presents first class staff  of office to Plateau traditional ruler ATar Aten of Ganawuri

 By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong on Wednesday presented a first class staff of office to  a  traditional ruler the Atar Aten  of  Ganawuri   Yakubu Chaimang .

Speaking at the occasion ,Lalong said "This historic occasion offers the opportunity to share in the celebration of the moment and for us to witness the rich cultural exhibition of the Aten Nation. The Aten Nation may look or sound small, but its people are historically and culturally mighty. Most significantly is your high sense of accommodation and tolerance for all shades of humanity, hence your collective sense of unity and purpose. I recall with nostalgia that during the pre-election period of 2015 the people of Ganawuri Chiefdom welcomed and hosted me with great hospitality and ovation. This support was further consolidated in your resounding turn out and massively voted for the APC during the elections.

The Rescue Administration’s core mandate is to give the good people of Plateau a sense of communality through the guarantee of security, peace and good governance, which are key in our Five Policy Thrust. It was on this note that in my Special Broadcast of 14th August 2018, I reiterated Government’s commitment in addressing the issue of creation of Chiefdoms, Districts, village Areas and review of salaries and welfare packages for traditional rulers in the State. Accordingly, Government considered and approved the upgrading and restoration of new chiefdoms in the State that saw the Atar Aten of Ganawuri’s stool upgraded to a 1stClass Status.

Let me reiterate that my interest in the creation of chiefdoms and the recognition of traditional institutions is to give communities in the State a pride of place, based on the uniqueness of their ethnic identities, which is the foundation they build their orientation for community life. This is significant because what they give to the larger society is a reflection of the value of what they have been nurtured with.

I have no doubt in the integrity and commitment of the Atar Aten to lead his other fellow Council members of Chiefs in Unity for a stable and peaceful coexistence with their neighbours. On this note, on behalf of the good people of Plateau State, I heartily congratulate His Royal Highness, Yakubu Chaimang on this well-deserved installation ceremony and presentation of First Class Staff of Office as Atar Aten of Ganawuri Chiefdom.

The Traditional Institution is not old-fashioned, but great custodian of our heritage and values. In modern times it is further expected to promote greater national, social, political, and economic developments. Your Royal Highness, let me affirm in very strong terms that the significance of the exercise of Restoring, Upgrading and Creating new traditional stools and chiefdoms is for development and peaceful co-existence. In the light of this, and as a clarion call to duty, I charge you with the following critical issues related to your patriotic roles not only as traditional ruler but Chairman of your Council:

1)            You are first and foremost Custodian of Culture, History and Moral or Religious Values. These are essential ingredients of building unity and harmony, given our varied dialects and tribes on the Plateau.

2)            You must play great role in mobilization of your subjects, especially the youth in Commerce, Agriculture and community development.

3)            You are to play the role of a strategic and effective mediator in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), particularly on land and boundary issues, in concert with your Council of Elders. You are therefore expected to be proactive in monitoring events and should be able to pre-empt violent attacks, communal crisis, criminal tendencies, amongst other vices.

4)            You must play critical role in community policing, since you know your terrains and virtually  every member of the community. In carrying out your tasks, you are to uphold truth and advise on varied matters as security officers of your domains.

5)            Above all, with the recognition and empowerment accorded you, government will hold you responsible for failure to exhibit duty of care to your subjects and the society in general.

I am aware that these charges can be awesome, but the burden of leadership demands taking and sharing responsibilities. Government on its part will continue to ensure that conducive environment is provided across the State for sustainable service delivery as well as protection of lives and properties.

The Aten Nation cannot be an exception, and it is in recognition of this that Government approved the award of the reconstruction of Tahoss – Ganawuri Road and the spur to Koronfang and Dahreng. We are also funding the drilling of boreholes, water supply and sanitary works within Riyom Local Government and Ganawuri is a beneficiary. The State Government is currently liaising with the Federal Government for the Construction and Maintenance of Federal roads in the State including the Vom – Ganawuri – Manchok road that passes through this Community.  I am also aware of the problems the community is facing with the supply of electricity for over two years, due to lack of connection to the National Grid as your only source of supply is from NESCO. I assure you that as a matter of urgency, the Ministry of Water Resource and Energy will come up with the assessment and cost estimate for connection of Ganawuri to the 33KVA National Grid through Miango.

It is hoped that these new creations, restoration and regrading across the State, which is a continuous process will bring greater confidence and assurance to the citizenry of our collective resolve to remain united and pursue common development goals. Accordingly, I wish to solicit your continuous loyalty and support to enable Government continue serving you better.

On behalf of the Government and good people of Plateau State, I wish to further call on all and sundry to cooperate and support His Royal Highness in his usual bid for purposeful leadership and direction, engender peace and harmony in your domain, while we submit to God our prayers for strength, good health and wisdom that will enable him succeed in the task ahead.

Gov Lalong Pledges Prompt Relocation Of IDPs To Their Ancestral Homes *Nesco Hands Over Building, Quatres,Properties To Plateau For Immediate Takeoff Of The Mobile Barracks Approved By FG..

28th November 2018

Gov. Lalong pledges prompt relocation of IDPs to their ancestral homes *NESCO hands  over Buildings, quarters, properties to  Plateau  for  immediate takeoff of the Mobile Barracks approved by FG

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Plateau state Government on Wednesday again reiterated that the Simon Lalong led administration is doing everything possible to relocate internally displaced persons to their ancestral homes .

Our correspondent reports that The Nigerian Electricity Supply corporation (Nig) Limited on Wednesday  officially handed over Buildings, quarters and other properties to the Plateau state Government for the immediate takeoff of the Mobile Barracks approved by the Federal Government to ensure the immediate relocation of internally displaced persons back to their ancestral Land.

Assistant chief Engineer Generation of NESCO Engr. Azu Mishael while handing over the buildings and some quarters Worth millions of Naira located at Kurra Falls Gashish in Barking Ladi LGC of the state to the Commissioner of Housing Plateau State Hon. Luka Madaki pledge that NESCO will provide 24hours electricity supply to the Mobile Barracks.

It would be recalled that over 200 persons were killed on the 23rd June, 2018 when suspected Fulani herdsmen attacks various Communities of Gashish District Of Barkin Ladi which prompted the Plateau state Government to make demands from the Federal Government for the sitting of Mobile Barracks to ensure the security and safety of the Communities.

Engr. Mishael said gesture was part of NESCO corporate responsibility toward supporting the effort of the Plateau state government to ensure lasting peace is achieved in Gashish communities.

According to him the company is ever ready to support the effort of Governor Lalong for the return of displaced communities.

NESCO was established in 1929 with Head office in Gashish District of Barkin Ladi Local Government and has been supplying electricity to the state and part of Nasarawa and Kaduna state respectively.

The commissioner of Housing Plateau State Hon. Luka Madaki who had mobilised all the technical staffs of the Ministry to Gashish commended the gesture of the Electricity company.

"Iam here by the directive of Governor Simon Lalong with all my technical team from the Ministry of Housing to properly take position, commenced the structural design of the Buildings and quarters that NESCO has donated to us for the formation of Mobile Barracks and immediate relocation of internally displaced persons back to their communities".

"Governor Simon Lalong was here about two weeks ago and he has given me an immediate order for the quick renovation of this buildings and quarters donated by NESCO for the Mobile Barracks, and that is why the staff of Ministry has now relocated to Gashish for this immediate tasks to complete the structural design, you can see with me architects, quantity surveyors, Engineers amongst other with me now and very soon this place with be ready".

Hon. Madaki again disclosed that during the visit of Governor Lalong to Gashish the community also donated 75 rooms to be renovated as part of the Mobile Barracks.

Plateau Youth Council Chairman Gashish District Mr Joshua Danbwarang while taken round the commissioner to the 75 rooms donated by the communities commended the Plateau State Government for taken prompt action to ensure the relocation of the IDPS, saying the Communities are ever ready to return back to their Houses if there is guaranty  of security.

Plateau 2019 - Lalong Waxing Stronger Says Regeneration Group....

Plateau 2019 - Lalong waxing stronger says Regeneration Group

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Plateau Regeneration Group PRG on Tuesday said among all the candidates contesting for Governorship in various platforms Governor Simon Lalong the All Progressive Congress APC candidate stands out tall and remains the best candidate for Plateau citizens come 2019.

The group also appealed to people of the state to support Gov Simon Lalong,s second term bid stressing that he has done excellently well since assumption of office and deserves to continue the good work he is doing in Plateau.

Public Relations Officer of the group Pam Datiri made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos .

Lalong has proven that his Rescue Administration’s core mandate is to give to the good people of Plateau State a sense of belonging, harmony, unity and purpose through the guarantee of Peace, Security and Good Governance, which is key in its five policy thrusts.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in Plateau state, led by Governor, Simon Bako Lalong may have already started coasting home with its 2019 return bid, owing to the administrations current display of maturity, determination and focus to put the past behind.

We must commend Lalong for the good works he is doing on the plateau especially the completion of ongoing road projects in the state ,

It reads ” Gov Lalong has done well in his three years in office and deserves a smooth sail in the 2019 general elections due to prompt payment of worker’s salaries and pension that have strengthened the economic fortunes of the the state

We commend Lalong for his efforts at trying to relocate the Internally displaced persons IDP to their ancestral homes as well as for the ongoing road construction works currently ongoing in the state .

We commend the Lalong led Plateau State Government for its plan to    recruit 1,661 workers through its civil service commission and call on him to continue to do more for the people of the state .

Plateau State Government Has Approved The Recruitment Of 1,167 Workers...

Plateau State government has approved the recruitment of 1,167 workers.....

27th November, 2018

The Plateau State Government on Monday said it would recruit 1,661 workers through its civil service commission.

Mr.  Dagug Fompun, Chairman, Plateau State Civil Service Commission disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Jos.

He said that Governor Simon Lalong, had given the approval for the recruitment exercise into the various ministries and agencies in the state civil service.

Fompun said that in view of this administration’s passion for fairness and justice, the recruitment would be transparent, fair and inclusive.

He said the commission would conduct the recruitment interviews for 36 ministries, departments and agencies comprising of 1,167 vacancies.

The chairman said that the remaining 14 MDAs consisting of 494 vacancies would be handled by boards and parastatals legally constituted by law to do so.

He added that all the vacancies would be advertised in line with the state and federal character principles.

Fompun called on applicants to go to the Plateau Revenue Board to generate a Tax Identification Number before coming to the commission to obtain the application form.


Lalong's Show Of Political Maturity....


By Daniel Nuhu

With the successful hand over of government from the people’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive congress (APC) in 2015 at the state level, which seem a novel political situation in the state. However transition even within the same party the PDP from 1999 to 2015, 16 years seem to have been colored in the state. It has been every man, new beginning. New public officers change the policies and programs of the state government as they come in accordance with their own peculiar understanding of citation. Rather than reckoning with the interest of the state and natural growth requirement, for this reason, every significant growth has been whittle dawn at each twist of event over the past 16years.

There have not been continuity; always starting afresh each time there’s a new head. Each government in plateau state is good at throwing away the baby with the bathing water. Granting that each party has its own manifesto, there is need for continuity in the area of policy. Though with expected movement, apart from continuing what the past government have started. There is the need to monitor even ongoing projects to ensure the quality of execution is enhanced.

Every public officer come with pet projects while the once begun by the predecessors are discontinued. Re-awarding on-going contracts are largely informed by party patronage which is not in the interest of the state and quality of execution of the respective projects.

A common trend among new government is the tendency to initiate new projects and abandoned those inherited from preceding administration. Many political leaders believe that continuing projects started by previous administrations is an indication that the new lords do not have vision and mission; and therefore lacks original ideas.

But Gov. Simon Bako Lalong chose to approach governance differently, opting to complete and put to use projects initiated by his immediate predecessor and even those abandoned decade ago for the good of the state. Among the major projects initiated by the past administration which where were completed by Gov. Lalong are:
Secretariat Junction Fly over bridge which was initiated by ------- Sen. Dr. Da Jonah David Jang.

The multi billion naira  Goodluck Ebele Jonathan raod Stadium, Popularly known as Zaria road stadium.
Initiated by Col. Lawrence Onoja. Revived by Sen. Dr. DA. Jonah David Jang. Which Lalong promise to complete. Work is in ongoing at the moment.
Highland Bottling Company shut down in 1995. Is now revived  and functional
65 years old Panyam fish farm.  revived  and functional
Bokkos fertilizer blending plant. revived  and functional
Award of roads across the 17 local governments.
Lalong may perhaps be best remembered especially by the university community for the enormous efforts he put in reviving Plateau State University.
Esterblished by Sen. Chief Joshua Chibi Dariye.  E.t.c….
Government  is a continuous process irrespective of who occupies the office.

Plateau Police Command Arrest 5 Kidnappers, Criminals....

Plateau police command arrest 5 kidnapers ,criminals

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Plateau Police command on Monday paraded five kidnappers and other criminals  who have been operating in the state .

The command further said it recently recovered one hundred and fifteen rustled cows .

Commissioner of Police in Plateau state CP Austin Agbonlahor who addressed newsmen in Jos said " The Command is  successfully tackling  cases of Kidnapping, Armed Robbery and Cattle Rustling ". "In all the cases of kidnapping, the Command rescued the victims without paying any ransom and arrested some suspects who perpetrated the acts. "The recent operation of the Command with the assistance of the IGP STS which led to the rescue of HRH Engr. David Isah Dongbam, the paramount ruler of Dorock Kingdom of Shendam L.G.A on 24/11/2018 in perfect health condition and without payment of ransom is still fresh in our minds."

He said "On the 23/10/2018 at about 2330hrs a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Kidnapping was received by the Command from Aminu Hamisu of Angwan Rogo, Jos that on the same date at about 1702hrs an anonymous caller with phone number 0708433596 called him that he kidnapped his son, Aliyu Aminu aged 6 years old and the kidnappers warned him not to inform the Police else his son will be killed. The suspected kidnappers also demanded for a ransom of twelve million naira (N12, 000,000) to secure the victim’s release.

On receipt of the report, our operatives swung into action and that led to the arrest of the suspected kidnappers; Abba Sa’eed, Kabiru Sabitu and Abdullahi Kabiru who have confessed to the commission of the crime. The three suspects shall be charged to court soonest."

On 18/11/2018 at about 0630hrs Umaru Ardo of Kampani Zurak Village of Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State reported to the Police that on 16/11/2018 at about 0100hrs, some armed men numbering about four came to his house at the above address and abducted his wife and daughter namely; Adama Umaru 56yrs and Rabiat Umaru age 16yrs both of the same address. On the receipt of the report, our detectives swung into action, mobilised to the Komboloro bush where the suspects were tracked to have taken the victims to and in the process, the two victims were rescued unhurt without payment of any ransom. Two suspects were arrested there too; Mohammad Sanni Umar 20yrs old and Ibrahim Alhaji Ardo Boderi 22yrs old. Investigation is in progress to unravel the motive behind the crime. Suspects shall be charged to court as soon as the investigation is over.

Agbonlahor also said " Acting on credible information received from Mallam Abdullahi Yusuf of Jos South L.G.A that one Hundred and Fifteen (115) cows belonging to Ibrahim Suleiman aged 33yrs old of Sabo Gida- Karnar were rustled by five armed men, Police patrol team swiftly mobilized and informed security personnel in other check-points within that axis to watch out for suspects in the crime. The combined efforts led to the recovery of all the rustled cows while the rustlers fled when they noticed security personnel were closing in on them. The recovered cows have since been handed over to the owner while effort is being intensified to apprehend the fleeing suspects.

Also  On 14 /11 /2018 at about 2230hrs, Mrs. Laraba, the owner of Discussion Continue Bar Janta Adamu, Jos reported that seven armed robbers stormed her place of business, robbed her customers of their phones and other valuables. Reacting on the tip off, our detectives arrested the following suspects; Daniel Amabu, David Michael, Aron Kassin, Agan Christopher, Emmanuel Gabriel, James Adamu Samuel all of various addresses. Items recovered from the suspects included; Seven ) Handset of different make, a wallet belonging to a retired Major General containing; a Visa Card, Driving License, First Bank ATM Card, Passport photographs and complimentary cards. Investigation is on to arrest more members of the gang


He further said that " The Command learnt the upsurge of crime in the state is as a result of the negative drive by some criminally minded individuals who are bent on celebrating the forthcoming festivities in style to the detriment of their victims."

" I therefore, call on members of the public to be more security conscious and report suspicious movements around them to the Police."

" Vehicle owners are called upon to apply minimum security on their vehicles with the aid of Pedal and Steering Locks in addition to the Tracking Devices that some may have."

" I call on all political parties and politicians to play polities by the rules of the game with assurance that adequate security will be provided at all campaign venues. As such,No hate speeches will be tolerated by the Command, campaigns should be issue based.

"No one should accept to be used as a thug.","Parents/Guidance should monitor activates of their children/ward.

 "Let us eschew violence before, during and after the forthcoming elections,the CP added .

Gov Lalong Pledges To Transform Public Schools To Meet Global Standards....

Lalong pledges to transform public schools to meet global standards

25th November,2018

By Mark Longyen

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has said  at least one school in each of the local government areas of the state would be remodelled to international standard before the end of his tenure.

The Governor stated this at the 4th national convention and dinner of the Shendam Old Students Association, SOSA held at the Government Secondary school Shendam.

Lalong said the facelift of GSS Shendam and  others to come was his desire to improve the standard of education in the state.

Governor Lalong urged students to study hard to succeed in their academic pursuit.

He called on citizens to embrace one another and live together in peace irrespective of their affiliations.

Chairman of the Occasion and former member representing Pankshin, Kanke,  Kanam,  Leo Dilkon  advised people to take advantage of the fertile soil God has blessed the state with and venture into agriculture.

In a good will message, Professor Garba Sharubutu said the school has produced prominent people in the country one of whom is the Governor, describing him as a humbled man and committed to moving the state forward.

Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Lafia, Professor Muhammed Liman urged students to study hard and promised to consider Alma mata of the school in terms of admission and employment.

Chairman of Shendam Local Government Council, Alex Nantwam assured the Old students of adequate security throughout their stay for the programme.

In a remark, Principal of the school, Mrs Mary Yilzem, appreciated the donations made by some sets which include, 25 double bong bed, 50 mattresses, a computer set and a pledge of a bus by the Governor.

She promised to put in to use and maintain the items donated for the benefit of the students.

Abducted Long Dorok Of Shendam Regains Freedom From Kidnappers.....

24th November, 2018

The Plateau State Police Command wish to inform the general public that HRH Engr. David Isah Dongbam, the Second Class Chief of the Dorok Kingdom of Shandam Local Government Area of Plateau State has Unconditionally been Released by his kidnappers.
The Paramount Ruler who was Kidnapped on the 19/11/2018 regained his freedom today being Saturday 24/11/2018 at about 0010hrs.
He has since been examined by some medical doctors and given a clean bill of health (he is in perfect health condition).
His unconditional release became necessary when his Kidnappers noticed that our men (Police Personnel) were closing in on them and the only option left for them was to release their victim.
The Plateau State Police Command wish to thank the good people of Plateau State for their patience and to single out the Dorok Kingdom for their understanding and confidence in the Police by allowing us carry out our Search and Rescue Operation without interference.
DSP Tyopev Matthias Terna
The Police Public Relations Officer
Plateau State Command, Jos.

Jt Useni Running Mate Nomination Gets Messy As COCIN Clergy Goes To Court

JT Useni Running Mate Nomination Gets Messy as COCIN Clergy Goes to Court.

22nd November.

The crisis in Plateau PDP  over the nomination of running mate to Senator Jeremiah Useni, the PDP Gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 election keeps getting messier as the day goes by.

The crisis which began over conflicting interest  who will be selected to pair the retired General has taken another dimension with Rev. Tanko Yilmak, a COCIN clergy threatening to go to court to clear his name from an alleged fictitious "Central Zone Church Leaders Prayer Forum".

Rev. Tanko Yilmak through his lawyers, S.T Panwal & Co have written a letter to one Dakas Nathaniel Dakas demanding an apology and retraction of publication implicating Rev. Tanko D. Yilmak.

The letter of demand is squeal to complaints by the plaintiff that his name and signature were fraudulently inserted in a letter sent to Senator Jeremiah Useni nominating Dr. James Dalok as his tuning mate.

The PDP in Plateau is currently in crisis as members of the PDP in Mangu Local Government where Dr Dalok hails from have been in turmoil with the belief that the running mate to Senator Useni is unpopular, emerged through a fraudulent process and does not posses the political clout  needed to defeat Governor Lalong.

Below are copies of the letter.


Lalong Positively Changing The Plateau Narrative - Yakubu Dati...

Lalong Positively Changing the Plateau Narrative - Yakubu Dati

23rd November 2018

Plateau State Government under the captain of the rescue mission Simon Lalong is all out to change the wrong narrative about the state by the outsider world. State commissioner for information and communication Yakubu Dati gave this submission at a fire side chat held in jos.

Dati explained that the responsibility does not rest on government alone.
The commissioner also urge true peace lovers and optimistic youth to be self employed ambassadors of peace.
Also speaking ,another guest said the current administration on the plateau has done well in area of civil engagement.
Godwin Okoko of civil society organizations further stressed that the focus of accountability is not all about finances alone.
But explained that more is expected by the government. The November edition of the fireside chat organised by TOMRUK I Hub,organisers of the social media for social good conference had in attendance Bloggers and social media influencers who all commended the government and said they are now well informed priority.


Illicit drugs identify as trigger to violence in Plateau -- NGO

By Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos

Illicit drugs has been fingered as one of the cause to the incessant crisis that has bedeviled Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, says a Non-governmental Organization, otherwise known as Search for Common Ground (SFCG).

Speaking to our correspondent on Thursday in Jos at a forum tagged, Agenda for Inter Dialogue Meeting for Jos North Communities, the Project Coordinator (SFCG), Patience Chaimang, said the forum is aimed at transforming the farmers/headers conflict and promoting religious freedom.

"We have identified the flash point communities frequently engulfed in violence both from Christian and Muslims neighborhood in Jos North LGA: we met the people of both communities at separate days and they lamented on the reoccurring circle of violence and we got those issues according to how they stated them and today we are having an inter dialogue with the same stakeholders from the troubled flash point communities.

"Today's forum is to make them work extensively with the aim to come up with an action plan to address the issues already identified", Chaimang said.

On her part, the National Peace Adviser
SFCG, Ema Billings, said the project became imperative owing to the recent crisis that engulfed Jos North community, and to better understand the issues, SFCG brought the affected residents together to brain storm the best way to coexist.

Billings said that the factors mitigating against peaceful coexistence in the affected communities also includes, Ethnic divide, Religion as well as Cultism, adding that bringing the stakeholders together will help to identify the issues and proffer solutions, she said.

Funded by Dutch government, the project is slated to run for two years, holding inter dialogue forums in Jos North, Jos South, Ryiom and Barkin-Ladi LGAs of Plateau as well as Nasarawa State.

Plateau Police Command Confirms Abduction Of Traditional Ruler....

Plateau police command confirms abduction of traditional ruler

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Plateau state Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the abduction of a traditional ruler in the state .

Public Relations officer PPRO of the State Police command DSP Tyopev  Terna  in a ststement made available to newsmen in Jos reads that " on the 19/11/2018 at about 2200hrs, the Plateau State Police Command, Jos received an information that unknown gunmen stormed the residence of "the Longdorock" HRH Engr. David Isah Dongbam, the Second Class Chief of Dorock Kingdom of Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau State and Kidnapped him to unknown destination.
After the receipt of the information, the Command immediately formed a search and rescue team which is working assiduously to rescue the Paramount Ruler unhurt.

The Command shall update members of the public as soon as new information crops in

Eid - El- Maulud: Lalong Felicitates With Muslims, Solicits Peace, Prayers..

Eid-el-Maulud: Lalong felicitates with Muslims, solicits peace, prayers

20th November 2018

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State on Tuesday felicitated with Muslims in the state, the nation and the world, and sued for peace and prayers, as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, the birthday of Prophet Mohammed.

The Governor, in a statement issued on  by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mark Longyen, urged Muslims not to be carried away by only the euphoria of the celebration, but to use it for sober reflection on the significance of the birth of the Holy Prophet.

Governor Lalong also admonished the Muslim faithful to align themselves with the teachings and virtues of the Prophet and seize the opportunity presented by His birthday, to intensify prayers for peace and unity, noting that prayer is the panacea for every challenge.

He also urged Muslims to fervently pray for the successful conduct of the 2019 general elections, so that the will of God will prevail and culminate in the election of credible leaders to run the affairs of the country.

According to the Governor, without prayers, brotherly love, forgiveness, harmony, tolerance and accommodation, religion would be meaninglessness while peace would be elusive in the society, hence the need for all to strive for peaceful coexistence with all men as taught by the Prophet.

Lalong stressed that religion should be the moral compass for all believers in their public and personal lives, and so people should let the teachings of their religions influence their conducts,so as to eliminate challenges such as corruption, kidnappings and killings, among others.

He reassured the people of the state that his administration would continue to take proactive measures to guarantee the security of lives and property, while sustaining the relative peace already attained and consolidating on the achievements so far made in the last three and a half years.


Gen Angbazo Takes Over As GOC 3 Division Maxwell Kbobe Cantonment

Gen Angbazo takes over as GOC 3 division Maxwell Khobe cantonment

19th November 2018

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Major General Nuhu Angbazo on Monday  took command as the General Officer Commanding 3 division Maxwell Khobe Cantonment in Rukuba, near Jos.

Our correspondent reports that   General Angbazo who was until his appointment, the immediate past Chief of Civil-Military Affairs at the Army Headquarters took over from Major General Benson Akinroluyo who has been posted as the new theatre Commander for Operation Lafiya Dole.

Speaking at the occasion  Angbazo reiterated his commitment in restoring confidence of the citizens within his area of responsibility and stressed that, “we are going to continue to engage the civil society in ways that is enshrined in our constitution, we are to provide the enabling environment and ensure security of lives and properties in every situation we find ourselves and follow global best practices.”

He said “I came from the department of Civil-Military Affairs, Nigerian Army headquarters Abuja, it is very clear the intention and vision of the Chief of Army Staff is to have a very professional and responsible Nigerian Army and that is what we will continue to do.”

Speaking earlier, Akinroluyo while summarising his three months as GOC said, “I took over on August 3 and General Alkali was killed September 3, that was the problem we were battling with from that period till his remains were later discovered. Shortly after his burial, I was posted out, so it is as if I have only spent the whole time in the search and rescue for late General Alkali. But like I have always said, there will be a defining moment for every command or commander and that was a period that we had to show what we had to offer.”

Eid-Maulud- Plateau Police Command Tightens Security...

Eid-Maulud  -Plateau police command tightens security

19th November 2018

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Nigeria Police Force, Plateau State Command, Jos on monday  informed members of the public, Muslim Clerics and Worshippers that there is a ban on procession in the evening of 20th November, 2018 after the Id-el-Maulud  celebration.

DSP Tyopev  Terna , ,police public relations officer,of Plateau state command, in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos also reads that   the Command wishes to remind members of the general public that the ban on fire-works; bangers, knock outs etc is still in force and the Command shall not hesitate to prosecute both sellers and users of these disturbing items.

"The DPOs have been instructed to arrest and prosecute any person that sells or uses these items to serve as deterrent to others."

"Moreover, motorcycles operation has been banned within the Jos Metropolis and the Police are out to enforce the ban without fear or favour."

"The tricycle riders in the state are encouraged to work within the officially approved hours of 0600hrs to 2100hrs in compliance with the Plateau State Government’s directive."

The Nigeria Police Plateau State Command  has marshaled out a total of two thousand one hundred (2100)personal to carry out the task.

The break down of the personnel is; 121 SPOs, 387 Inspectors, 1520 Rank and File and 72 Traffic Wardens.

Protection of lives and property through  effective vehicular and foot Patrols during the period is our utmost concern.

Members of the Public are advised to be security conscious and report suspicious movement around them to the Police.

Owners of vehicles are advised to apply minimum security by fixing pedal and or steering locks in addition to the tracking devices on their vehicles .

2019 - Coalition Of Plateau State Central Youths Forums Endorse Lalong....

2019 - Coalition of  Plateau state Central Youths Forums endorse Lalong

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Group operating under the aegis of   COALITION OF PLATEAU STATE CENTRAL YOUTHS FORUMS, on Monday endorsed the Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong and his deputy Professor Sonni Tyoden as their candidate  in the forth coming 2019 Gubernatorial election .

Comrade Kamji Bagas,  the chairman of the group  while addressing newsmen in Jos said Gentlemen of the press, fellow citizens of Plateau State, good day. It is pertinent we address you at this critical moment of our political sojourn as we set sights on the forth coming general elections.

The dream of every nation made of good people under God is to see to its progressive development in all spheres of life. Having seen Plateau grow in that light, it is our duty as patriots to commend and contribute our respective capacities towards this greater quest for nation building.

As it is often said; Politics is past history and history is present politics. The present administration had it tough in the coming as all forces who concertedly fought against impunity, nepotism, ethnocentricism ended up building a strong wall of a Plateau project, ‘The Lalong/Tyoden Rescue Mission’

It is only logical and meritorious as patriotic citizens to applaud the Lalong/Tyoden Rescue Administration for having worked assiduously to see that Plateau State has been truly rescued from the shackles that had held it captive. Some of the notable achievements of this administration hinged on its five policy thrust includes:

 The restoration and creation of Chiefdoms for the extension of good governance to the grassroots and the promotion of unity.

 The appointment of sons and daughters of Plateau central zone into key positions in government. Today, the zone has the highest number of appointees amongst the 3 zones of the state.

 Since the eruption of violence in the state in 2001, this is the only administration that has made deliberate effort in restoring permanent peace in the State, some of which includes the creation of the Plateau State Peace Building Agency, establishment of an early warning signals under the watch of Operation Rainbow, establishment of additional security outfits ( Mobile barracks in Shandam and Gashish, Search and Rescue Airforce Barracks in Kerang), constitution of a Committee on the return of displaced persons from the crisis to their ancestral homes, reform of the Justice law in the state inline with contemporary happenings etc. These efforts has no doubt restored hope to the areas affected by this unfortunate occurrence and a sure way of bringing and sustaining peace in the state.

 The massive employment witnessed in the different ministries, departments and agencies. i.e recruitment of One thousand (1000) teachers under the Teachers Services Commission (TSC), 4600 staff for State Universal Basic education (SUBEB), Over 200 employed Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS), 45 in ministry of housing, Reinstatement of about 100 sacked Staff in PRTVC by the last administration and 300 in Lands and Survey amongst many other unmentioned.

 Completion of abandoned projects by the past administration which has direct bearing on the lives of our people. These range from infrastructures to policy continuation. Prominent among these projects are the completion of Plateau State Secretarial Junction flyover, British American - Marraraban Jama’a Road, Tudu Wada/Domkat Bali Road, State Lowcost/ Dong/ Rakafiki Road, Plateau Specialist Hospital By-pass, Anguwan Rogo road, Tina Junction - Dutse uku- St Michael Church etc.

 The construction of twenty two (22) rural roads in all the 17 local government of the State to open up new areas to development as well as ease movements in our communities.

 Timely payment of salaries, pensions, gratitude and offsetting of the backlog of salaries owed by the immediate past administration which has increased the economic power of Civil Seril Servants.

 The diversification of The Plateau economy via agriculture i.e. the purchase of Tractors, revamping of the fertilizer blending plant in partnership with private organization and the increased funding of agricultural related activities.

 The revival of youth activities in the state after being outlawed and disbanded by the past administration over a decade ago. This has led to the conduct of Plateau Youth council elections across every district in Plateau.

 Sustaining cordial relationship amongst all arms and tires of government by upholding democracy and ensuring the independence of each segment of government.

 Attraction of federal projects e.g. the Mangu Water project, Chigong/ Garram road, Sharram Babban Lamba road Abuja/Jos dual carriage, Jos inland dry port, the federal polytechnic Shendam, the air force military base at Kerang/Mangu, police mobile unit at Shendam, Police mobile unit at Gashish District etc.

 Facilitated the Appointment of many Plateau sons and daughters into boards of federal parastatals and agencies.

 The reactivation of some moribund industries in the state and restoration of Jos International Trade fair, Jos carnival etc.

The above elucidated points are but a tip of the ice berg as regards the achievements of this administration but time and space may not allow us to expound more.

Every government has its successes and short comings; we can say that the Plateau Project has justified what Plateau people had clamoured for in 2015. Amidst prejudice and desperation by opposition, our objective and unbiased assessment taking into cognizance the paucity of funds, we can say that the Lalong/Tyoden, Rescue Administration deserves commendation from all well meaning people of Plateau.

Furthermore, we wish to applaud every member of the Plateau Project vis-a-vis the Rescue Mission for the feat attained so far, not only His Excellency Barr. Dr. Simon Bako Lalong nor Prof. Sonni Tyoden but the entirety of his cabinet for, this would not have been a success without any of you.

It is on this note that we call on men of living conscience, Plateau Patriots, lovers of good governance, citizens and dwellers on the Plateau to join us as we voraciously and unequivocally give our formal endorsement of the Lalong-Tyoden ticket in the forth coming gubernatorial elections for the continuation of the Plateau Project/Rescue Mission.

We wish to reiterate our confident in the Captain of the Rescue Ship, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong and his loyal and humble deputy, Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden to Carry-On with the rescue mission on the plateau till 2023. We have witnessed uncommon cordiality and harmonious working relationship among these two leaders which has seen us achieved so much within short period of the life of the Rescue Administration.

As youths of the zone, we wish to assure His Excellency Barr. Simon Lalong and his able Deputy Prof. Sonni Tyoden that we will not only mobilized the Youths but also mobilized Women, Elders, Men and all eligible Voters in Plateau Central Zone to garner not less than 750,000 votes for the actuation of Rescue Mission Administration continuity in office come 2019.

Finally; we humbly appreciate Plateau people for believing in the Plateau project and supporting it thus far, We wish to remind you that we have a final test come 2019, a test between light and darkness, a test between evil and goo, and until we grid our loins our toils for the Plateau Project that the Plateau people had craned for well be blow away our enemies.

Resettlement Of IDPs: COCIN Commends Lalong Calls For Expediency In The Exercise...

Resettlement Of IDPs: COCIN commends Lalong calls for expediency In the exercise

18th November 2018

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Church of Christ in Nations COCIN has Commended governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state for the steps taken towards resettling the internally displaced persons IDPs saying they hope the exercise will be done with expediency in the state.

They appreciate the various NGO, churches and individuals expecially the living faith church headquarters, TEAR Fund, Bread for the world , Hon. Solomon Dalung, Minister for youth and sports for their support to the IDPs camps in the state.

Our correspondent recalled that following the attack in some villages in Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGC which led to the killing of over 200 people the Simon Lalong led state government had set up a technical committee to work out modalities for the return of IDPs to their original abode.

COCIN in a Communique issued at the end of the 95th general church council in Jos also expressed thanks to God for the successful visit of the the Executive Council to President Muhammadu Buhari which was  a solemn meeting to convey the pains and concerns of the church.

The Communique which was signed by by Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri COCIN President and Rev. Dr. Amos Mohzo  COCIN General Secretary respectively appreciated  the President for his warm reception and understanding believing he will fulfil his  promise to take appropriate action on the issues raised.

The church further called on federal government to ensure that the 2019 general election is free , fair and credible while enjoining all her members to ensure that they vote credible candidates in the forthcoming general election in the country. The Communique added.

Getting All Involved In Achieving Peace On The Plateau....

Getting all involved in achieving peace on the Plateau

17th November 2018

Efforts of the Plateau State Government under Governor Simon Bako Lalong towards placing the state in the right direction towards achieving sustainable peace is becoming more glaring.

But more encouraging  is the buy-in by the citizenry into the project in ways that would create the environment for growth and development which the state government has made one of its cardinal objectives.

There have been more than a few contributions lately but the recent visit of the COCIN leadership to President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock Villa led by Rev Dr. Dachollom Datiri on Monday, November 5, 2018 deserves a mention.

The visit coming at this time lends credence to the fact that the Lalong administration is not only willing but eager to join hands with the people in the various communities and organizations to look for solutions to the continuos threat to peace in the state while also showing that it is determined to resolve the issues using genuine means including collaborative efforts with individuals and organizations.

By making a case for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, scattered in several locations in the state, the COCIN president has succeeded in reiterating the point the state government as well as other well-spirited individuals and organizations have been making to highlight the urgency of the unfortunate situation the state has found itself.

Instructively, the state government has not undervalued the contributions from these well spirited individuals and organizations but has encouraged such  viewing them as complementary efforts meant to ease the sufferings of its people.

This is even as the state government has been working through a high powered committee to resettle the distressed and heartbroken in their ancestral homes and has done much to reassure them that government is not only concerned about their welfare but will go beyond that to equip them with entrepreneurial and other skills for survival.

While the government has continued to encourage such partnership, it must be stated that the commitment of the state government in meeting the needs of the camps of internally displaced persons has not waned as is evident in the Technical Report of the Committee on Internally Displace Persons which was submitted to the Plateau State Government on November 12, 2018.

The resolve by government to do more  has been exemplified in the regular dialogues between the government and other critical stakeholders supported by the fact that such dialogues between the people and communities have enabled the government take certain measures and actions.
One of the notable areas the state devoted its energies is the establishment of a peace building agency. The agency and other critical stakeholders have been working round the clock proffering solutions in the areas which have brought misunderstanding and had led to crises in some of the local government areas.

Also worthy of note is the genuine efforts engaged in the training of 500 neighbourhood personnel attached to the Operation Rainbow in order to have the agency’s personnel deployed for community policing and intelligence gathering to stem the tide of the restiveness as well as what has become commonly referred to as land grabbing of the ancestral lands of communities that have been affected by the crises.
Steps have also been taken to ensure communities live in peace with one another as can be observed by the fact that the state government took to catering for the welfare of the people. It (state government) believes that no amount can be too much to spend to guarantee the safety of lives and property of its citizens.
It can be recalled that following the wave of insecurity occasioned by the attacks on communities, the state benefited from a ground breaking project for the establishment of 66 Mobile Police Force (MPF) Squadron at Longvel, Shendam Local Government Area by the Inspector General of Police (IGP),, Ibrahim Idris.
The establishment of the Squadron Mobile Unit would by all means increase and improve the existing security infrastructure in the state for the purpose of providing adequate security for human lives and properties.
That novel effort of the establishment of PMF 66 Squadron in Shendam is one of the strategies to ensure that the Nigeria Police is at all times within reach, and able to respond to the challenges of crime confronting the people. That singular initiative is not by accident but a deliberate attempt to fight crime and criminality in communities  as a result of the crises.
The efforts  by the state governor did not go unnoticed as the Inspector General of Police has since appreciated Governor Simon Lalong for donating 51 patrol vehicles to security agencies in the 17 local government areas. The 51 patrol vehicles were donated by the state government in collaboration with the local governments.
Equally, the collaboration would not end  with the police as the Nigerian Air Force has established a special operations command unit, combat search and rescue group in Plateau State as part of efforts in providing rapid response to security challenges in and around the North east and North West regions of the country.
It was the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar who said the current security situation in the country requires the establishment of the new unit that will respond to crisis areas in the northern parts of the state, as well as enhance the civil/military relationship.
To facilitate that initiative the Nigerian Air Force resolved to provide aerial coverage for effective security ground operation across the country, the 205 combat search and rescue group has been established in Kerang, Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State in the north central region of Nigeria.
Without sounding political, Governor Simon Bako Lalong at the closing ceremony and finals of the peace football tournament organised by the special task force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in Jos that said, ‘I would not rest until lasting peace is restored in Plateau’.  It is the responsibility of the Plateau state Government not to rest in its quest to bringing lasting peace in the state.
Giving these measures it is only natural that residents of the state should  be responsive to this cause by contributing to the peace process in all communities. Every resident of Plateau must contribute to the peaceful communal life the state was known for. The intensification of vigilance and community participation would stem the tide of the stage some communities in the state have come to be labeled.
The approval granted the state for the establishment of Police Mobile Force Squadron at Gashish, Barkin Ladi LGA, is to promptly respond to distress calls within the axis as several  communities in the area have been embroiled in crises that have claimed several lives.
This principally was the reason Governor  Lalong requested for the establishment of the Mobile Squadron unit to maintain peace in such volatile communities. While presenting the approval letter, DIG Habila Joshak, said ten units which is about six hundred and thirty personnel would be deployed to the new squadron when facilities are available.
The point being made and reiterated by government is that there has been huge government intervention in the area of peace and the welfare of those affected. The government is aware that a lot of government interventions in terms of relief materials have been made available to camps and communities so the only way out is a shared commitment as only that could surmount the challenges confronting the people.

This government has shown responsibility in not allowing the deaths and losses suffered by the people go in vain and the process for sustainable peace can only be consummated through a reciprocal gesture by the citizens.

Hon Yakubu Dati,
Hon Commissioner for Information and Communications,
Plateau State, Nigeria.

NANS Zone C Secretary General calls on Nigerian Youth/Students To imbibe The Spirit Of Tolerance As Campaigns Officially Kicks Off....

NANS Zone C Secretary General calls on Nigerian Youth/Students To imbibe The Spirit Of Tolerance As Campsigns Officially Kicks Off.....

18th November 2018


 Today  INEC has Officially declared Campaign Open, as you start to campaign for your favorite candidates  be very careful.  it is time for us to contribute immensely in Developing Peace and Unity in this great Nation of ours ,we should all bear in mind that thuggery, hate speeches, confrontation and upper coat approach should be disengage while issue base campaign and logical arguments be engage.
we shouldn't be engaging in all kind of misconduct and stupidity taking in to Note that  "YOUTHS ARE THE BACK BONE OF ANY SOCIETY".let us be  *Ambassadors of Peace* in our State(s)  and country at large.

We must agree to ..

 1, understand each other language
2, appreciate our Existence as humans

3,lets deal with Emotions appropriately to guide our sentiments .

4, let's allow General public interest override our personal parochial interest.

5, pray to God fervently for wisdom to choose our leaders .


That your vote might just be the hope of someone in a Refugees camp, might just be the vote for a refine Educational system , or the vote for a better security architecture and safer society , your vote might just be what will make our country work again.

  We must do our part to
Sensitize  the general public via any media that can translate and communicate senses to your friends and  neighbours in love .

 Any process that will  further enhance our collective resolves  towards a better society should be  strongly advocated .

 As we Stimulate Public Opinions on Matters Affecting our individual status,  the Society and that of the Country, we should do it with decorum so as  to help in uplifting of our Nation.
  This election will present us the opportunity to choose the BEST out of the REST , we all know what we want let's do it in Altruism keeping in mind if you don't like your future, please for the sake of your children Save our society using your PVC to vote in credible leaders who have the love of humanity and respect for societal values .

Let's imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship ,love and tolerance as we go in to electioneering putting God first and with much hope  of Rebuilding Trust in our political system , bringing in to reality  that leadership comes from God.
                          #ELECTIONISNOTWAR#      #VOTENOTFIGHT#             #LIFEISPRECIOUS#

Prince G.M Bedir ( comr)

Secretary General NANS Zone C.

2019 - Santos Larab Vows To Empower Youths, Women If Elected Senator...

2019 - Santos Larab    vows to empower youths ,women if elected Senator

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Flag bearer of the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN  )for Plateau Central Senatorial district in the forthcoming 2019 elections Comrade Santos Larab, at the weekend said he would implement  Laws and policies that will create and guarantee enabling environments for empowerment through holistic and quality education for the people of his zone if elected  as Senator .

Larab made this known while speaking with newsmen in Jos the Plateau state capital .

He further promised responsible representation of the people of the senatorial district when elected.

"My Senatorial district is blessed with so many hardworking youths who I would empower if elected ,"a lot of our youths are blessed with different talents in my constituency  and with just a little push can turn their situation around for good.  "

"I would introduce policies in support of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs) Financing that will empower Youths and Women".

He  further said he  would introduce  policies that will make mandatory and impactful Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by Open Private Sector (OPS) in defined and critical sectors of the society.

"We would introduce  policies that would  support entrepreneurial spirit of youths as the engine room of society."

Santos who lamented the level of unemployment in the country also vowed to introduce  Laws and policies that will mitigate youth drug abuse, reduce crimes and guarantee security to the nation .

I would offer representation with warmness and tolerating all shades of opinions that will enhance the building of harmonious relationships among my constituents .

"I  will stand as a model in self- discipline, accountability, transparency, truthfulness and honesty to duty of representation , i would  adhere to being responsible to the needs of  my constituency"
If elected i will represent by giving power and appreciate that it belongs to the constituents. It is only this that facilitates the growth of all irrespective of sentiments

Larab further said he would he would engage  quality and credible representation in the empowering of  his constituents to sustainable and enhance livelihood that will enhance economic wellbeing.

He also pledged to  redefine  representation by making sure that  law making and oversight mandate in relation to health of the people of our constituency will be that of accessibility to quality health care at the primary and secondary levels.

Gov Lalong And NFF Leaders Receives Awards In Johannesburg...

Governor Lalong and NFF Leaders receive awards

17th November 2018

By Thaddeus Yilmen Jos.

After the much-awaited clash between txhe Super Eagles and South Africa's Bafana Bafana, the focus switched to the bright lights of Sandton where the African Football Alliance (AFA) bestowed recognition awards upon Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State who earlier led the Nigerian delegation to the match at the FNB Stadium.

Awards were also handed out to NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and NFF 1st Vice- President, Seyi Akinwunmi.

Governor Lalong received the much-coveted African Football Development Excellence Award for his long-standing and continued support to the beautiful game, not only in his State but also across the whole of Nigeria.

Governor Lalong in his acceptance speech, indicated that the recent success of the Super Eagles is testimony to the fact that if Nigerian people have one common vision, anything is possible both on and off the field of play.

The Governor also recommitted himself and the State to continue focusing and prioritising support programmes for the youth and to create opportunities in all spheres of life and not only football, which in itself could be used as the cornerstone of Nigeria's future development.

The NFF President,Amaju Pinnick,who received the African Football Leadership Award, was in full praise of the success of the Super Eagles reaching another AFCON tournament and insisted that they will not go to Cameroon to make up the numbers, but have already kick-started a highly focused preparation-plan to win the tournament.

Pinnick also commended Governor Lalong for his unselfish commitment to lead the process of football and community development and his vision to create a legacy, which will speak for itself when Nigeria is counted amongst the “best in the world” on all fronts of sports and society at large.

Pinnick also encouraged the AFA to continue finding ways to assist with the organisational development of football stakeholders through sustainable learning interventions, which will ultimately benefit the NFF since its future leaders would have been beneficiaries of such development programmes.

NFF 1st Vice-President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, received the African Football Development Recognition Award for his passion and commitment to grassroots programmes as well as his high-level contribution to the national affairs of Nigerian football at large.

Akinwunmi also lauded the AFA for the initiative to give recognition to those who are making an indelible mark on the development of African football in general and the fact that only a few awards were handed out at the Ceremony, is proof that those who make sacrifices for the benefit of the sport, will ultimately be recognised for their contribution, irrespective whether it is big or small.

AFA Convener, Gerrit Davids stated that the Awards program is in line with the objectives of the Alliance to foster and encourage more people to take up leadership roles within football and to share knowledge on the best practice required to make African football great.

The next AFA Awards Ceremony will take place on 21 March 2019 in Nigeria during the African Football Forum, a day prior to the last AFCON’19 Group Match against the Seychelles.


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