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Press Release By The Berom Youth Moulders-Association.....


PRESS RELEASE BY THE BEROM YOUTH MOULDERS-ASSOCIATION


31st Dec 2018.


 It has become necessary to address the public following the recent spade of attacks on some Berom communities by the Fulani terrorists that led to the lost of over 18 lives while 3 persons were badly wounded in the last one week.
Just yesterday, 30th Dec 2018, members of the COCIN youth fellowship Nding were returning home from a Church program and their car was ambushed by the Fulani militias and killed 5 of them at Nding village in Fan District. Also, Dorok Village in Foron was attacked and two people were killed. At the moment, Nding Susut is under heavy attack.

You would recall that in June 2018, the Fulani terrorists launched a full scale attack on Gashish, Ropp, Shonong, Jol, La-Pam Dyet (Du) and Fan communities. This led to the lost of over 300 lives, many were injured and over 9 villages destroyed which are well reported.

Today, the terrorist have resorted to ambushing our people and killing the victims in a guerilla attack.

We are concerned because the security agencies saddled with the responsibility of ensuring peace and security seem to be helpless.

Between August and December 2018, over 40 Berom persons have been murdered in cold blood by the same terrorist, 487 cows and 17 goats rustled and several houses destroyed in Fan, Foron, Rim, Kwi, Jol, Ropp and Vwang.

We condemn these attacks in totality and call on the government to leave up to its constitutional obligation of protecting lives and properties of its citizens.

We view these attacks as attempt by the Fulani to take over our ancestral heritage.

We therefore call on Berom people to be security conscious and be on red alert so as to resist all attempts by these terrorists.

Sign: Rws Pam Dung Gyang, National Publicity Secretary, BYM.
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Osibanjo,Oshimole To Receive Thousands Of Decampees From PDP In Jos On Friday,Says Plateau APC....

Osinbanjo, Oshiomhole to receive thousands of decampees from PDP in Jos on Friday, says Plateau APC

31st December 2018

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Vice President of the Federation , Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress APC Comrade Adams Oshiomhole amongst other dignitaries are to receive thousands of decampees from the main Opposition Party, the People's Democratic Party PDP as well as other Political parties on Friday, 4th January, 2019 in Jos.

APC chairman in the State and Chairman of the Planning committee of the official flag-off of the Governorship Campaign of Governor Simon Lalong Hon. Letep Dabang disclose this while briefing Journalists  in Jos on Monday .

According to him all security arrangement has been concluded the event will hold at the Rwang Pam Stadium Jos.

"The party will be playing host to a large number of dignitaries, including the National Chairman of the party, HE Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbanjo who are expected to receive a large number of decampees from the main opposition party, the People's Democratic Party, PDP as well as other Political parties".

"There is no PDP in Plateau State again, PDP is death since, Friday event will bring together all Plateau State People from 17 LGC as one APC family".

Our correspondent   gathered that amongst the decampees from PDP is Hon. Ayuba Burki Gufwan who contested for Chairman under the PDP and lost to APC and was supposed to be compensated with Deputy Governorship slot of Senator Jeremiah Useni, but was rejected by the Party in the state.
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Press Release From The Plateau Debate Group(PGD) On The Selection Of Candidates For The 2019 Gubernatorial Debate....

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE PLATEAU DEBATE GROUP (PDG) ON THE SELECTION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE 2019 GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE

29th December 2018

You are aware that the Plateau Debate Group made a commitment to host a live debate for the candidates vying for the office of the Governor of our state. We also communicated that due to the limitation of time and space, we shall be unable to host all 22 candidates. For this reason, we embarked on a painstaking process of pre-qualifying the top contenders for the office.

Three criteria were used in this preselection process: the first criterion is the candidates' popularity on a Facebook poll opened from the 12 December to the 23 December 2018; the second criterion was the candidates' popularity in a field survey carried out in the three senatorial districts of the state; last, we also considered the incumbency factor as it is fair and natural that an incumbent should participate in a debate where several candidates are contesting for the office he occupies.

Following this rigorous process, we aggregated the scores of the candidates and have a shortlist of 6, listed alphabetically:

i. ABP - Samuel Dan-Auta Kyarshik
ii. ADP - Jon Temlong
iii. ANN - Alex Ladan
iv. APC - Simon Lalong
v. PDP - Jeremiah Useni
vi. SDP - Godfrey Miri.

Recall that we had initially communicated that we would host 4 candidates in this debate. We were constrained to expand this number to 6 because the final aggregate scores were quite close and it would have been difficult to exclude any of the top 6 candidates fairly. To accommodate this change, we have also negotiated for the debate to be aired for 3 hours, as against the earlier 2 hours proposed. It is our believe that this will give more time for a deeper, richer discussion.

In the days ahead, we shall be communicating these outcomes to the candidates and their parties officially. The debate is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 26th January, 2019.

As always, we can be reached on our social media handles -

Twitter: @plateaudebate
Facebook: www.facebook.com/plateaudebate
YouTube: Plateau Debate Group
Email: plateaudebate@gmail.com and info@plateaudebate.com

We thank the public for keeping faith with us.

Be assured of our fairness, responsiveness and accountability.

*Signed: Dr. Daniel Meshak*, 08069817644, 08064025778

29 December, 2018

On behalf of the Plateau Debate Group.
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Gov Lalong Mourns Shagari, Condoles Tambuwal...

Gov Lalong Mourns Shagari, Condoles Tambuwal,

29th December 2018

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos


Plateau State Governor,  Hon  Simon Lalong,  on Saturday commiserated with the family of the Second Republic President of Nigeria, the late Alhaji Shehu Shagari and his Sokoto State counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal over the death of Shagari who passed away on December 28.

The Governor in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mark Longyen, said the late First Executive President of Nigeria was a man of rare exemplary character, who epitomized patriotism, integrity, humility and maturity, whose wise counsel will be missed by the nation.

The statement reads that “I received the news of the death of former President Shehu Shagari with deep shock and sadness. The late First Executive President of Nigeria was a man of rare exemplary character who epitomized patriotism, integrity, humility and maturity.

“Shagari’s death has indeed robbed Nigeria of a great nationalist and uncommon elder statesman, whose wise counsel will be missed by the nation, especially in this critical epoch of her nation-building efforts,” Lalong said.

The Governor who also condoled his Sokoto State counterpart, Rt Hon Aminu Tambuwal, admonished the government and people of the state, as well as the entire Shagari family and community to take solace in the fact that all mortals must taste death at God’s appointed time.

“On behalf of myself and family, the government and good people of Plateau State, I pray that Almighty God will grant eternal rest to the soul of the deceased and also grant the family of the late nonagenarian and all those who mourn him the fortitude to bear the loss,” Lalong added.
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This Year Plateau Family Reunion Set To Visit The IDP Across The State...







29th December,2018

Our goal is CONNECT, NETWORK, EXCHANGE IDEAS, THAT HELP EACH OTHER GROW AND CONTRIBUTE TO PEACE BUILDING IN PLATEAU STATE AND OTHER NEIGHBOURING STATE
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Christ Image Assembly Empowers 2,500 Downtrodden Persons In Jos....

Christ image Assembly empowers 2,500 downtrodden persons  in Jos

28th 2018

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos


In the spirit of Yuletide and the new year ,the Christ Image Assembly CIA recently put smiles on the faces of some indigent members resident in Jos and Bukuru metropolis by empowering over 2,500 persons

Similarity Christ image Assembly also organised   a four day community based outreach where same number of persons were offered  free medical care including eye test and several others

Coordinator of the missions arm of Christ image Assembly situated in Jos Plateau state capital Mrs Gladys Adenikinju said the gesture was in adherence to the injunction of Jesus Christ to take care of the less privileged members of the society especially during seasons to commemorate the birth of the savior of the world
Pastor Adenikinju pointed that the outreach was a yearly event in tbr church which has touched so many peoples lives from different faith over the years stressing that it was a way of reaching people with the gospel of Christ by meeting their spiritual and physical needs .
Pastor Adenikinju said beneficiaries cuts across religion ,ethnic ,tribal or political affiliation ,as Christ demonstrated his love to all mankind
She called on philanthropists and corporate organizations to join hand with them in border to make it bigger and better in coming years .
Also speaking at the occasion ,Senior pastor of CIA Pastor Sam Olu Oyewo charged the beneficiaries not to see their present situation as abandonment from God
Pastor Oyewo who took his reading from the book of Jeremiah 29 :11 reminded them that God,s thoughts towards them was of good and not evil saying God would give them a bright future and expected end in their sojourn here on earth .
The cleric charges them to put all their resources as well aw make deliberate and conscious efforts to serve him all the days of their lives .
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Berom Youth Moulders-Association (BYM) Inaugurates its Newly Elected Excos....





INAUGURAL SPEECH OF THE BYM PRESIDENT

RWAS GABRIEL SUNDAY BADUNG CHONG
ON 28TH DECEMBER, 2018.

Protocol.

On behalf of my team, I want to sincerely thank God Almighty for making this day a reality, as we accept the privilege to serve as leaders of thus great and historic organisation, the Berom Youth Moulders- Association (BYM) through the popular will of the people. We are humbled with the fact that we are just first among equals.

At this gracious and solemn occasion, we humbly avail ourselves to be beacons of a collective will, hope,  vision of BYM with a pledge to be committed to the vision in all ramifications.
As you are all aware, the Berom Youth Moulders Association (BYM) formerly known as ,Berom Youth Moulders Association (BYM) formerly known as BEROM YOUTH MOVEMENT is a community base organization that is desirous to unite into a common front to foster unity, love, progress and understanding amongst the Berom youths and also recognizing the need to consolidate ourselves, emancipate our people and discharge of our responsibilities as members of the society.
 we wish to acknowledge the great strides our predecessors have made in pushing the BYM agenda to enviable heights, you did well and we hope to consolidate on most of your achievements.

Our top priority is to  restore the dignity and respect the association enjoys, locally, nationally and internationally. Second, to reposition it as a hub for nurturing future leaders that will carry the vision of our founding fathers to  enviable heights with the globalised world in view.
Considering our present challenges, the agenda for our tenure are as follows;
1. Restoration of the pride and dignity of the organisation
2. Security and Reclamation of our displaced villages.
3. Promotion of peaceful & social coexistence amongst all districts
4. Economic empowerment of our youth.

The above are the four (4) cardinal agenda that we hope to form the nucleus of our tenure.

With hindsight, the Berom people have recorded many threats to their socioeconomic and cultural existence but quite recently, this has become more daunting, complex, bloody and dehumanising. The insecurity we face today on all flanks has recorded many deaths and rendered some of our loved ones, relatives and friends homeless. And this juncture, brothers and sisters, I crave your indulgence because this can never be overemphasised because this current situation leaves much to be desired. The founding fathers of this great organisation will never have imagined that one day some of our people will be called Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in their God given land! Today, the IDP situation in our land has become a daunting task alien to us but a sour reality which must be decisively addressed collectively. That is why the security of our people is inevitably among our topmost priorities as an EXCO.

We will continue to work, support and collaborate with all the security agencies, the government, social institutions, spirited organisations (private or public) and individuals to achieve the sustainable security and peace our lands were hitherto known for.

We are not oblivious of the fact that this security challenge is a national issue and as such our strategy will be to localise our approach to anything and anybody that threatens our collective existence as a people. This approach was well thought out considering for instance, the fact that the security challenges faced by Zamfara, Kaduna or Ebonyi may have particular patterns and peculiarities totally different from what we face here in Plateau state. So the approach in our wisdom must be localised. Enough is enough! Meekness isn't weakness.

Another critical clamour of the Berom youth today is economic emancipation. The enterprise and industry of the average Berom youth is phenomenal and admirable without enabling environments. So what if given enabling environments? Our youth will soar to enviable heights. With the present globalized environment driven by
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Lalong Leds High Power Delegation To Flag Off Of Southern Zone Presidential Campaign In Uyo

Lalong leds high power delegation to flag off of Southern zone Presidential campaign in Uyo

28th December 2018




By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos


Plateau state Governor  Simon Lalong on Friday lead  a high powered delegation to the  flag off  of the South Presidential campaign in Uyo Akwa Ibom State.
A statement by Yakubu Dati made available to newsmen reads that Gov Lalong  was accompanied by Rt Hon Joshua Madaki,  Speaker of PLHA, Hon Ahmed Idris, Deputy Minority leader, NASS and Arc P. D. Gyang,  DG of Lalong/Tyoden campaign Organisation
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Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship Visits IDPs Camp In plateau...

Nigeria Christian graduate fellowship visits IDPs camp in Plateau

28th December 2018

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Internally Displaced Persons in Plateau state have been urged not to see their present plight as a death sentence but rather an opportunity to exhibit the love of God even to their aggressors .

Onwhkanjo Onyebuchi ,immediate past President of the Nigerian Christian Graduate fellowship plateau chapter dropped the charge recently when the fellowship paid a visit to IDPs camp in Barkin Ladi local government area of the state
He encouraged them to remain steadfast stressing that God loves you and he is with you even in this  situation and  you must his love to triumph over hate ,enmity and madness of your attackers .
In his response ,an elder in the camp who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries Da Bala Dachung expressed gratitude to the fellowship for their benevolence
Our correspondent reports that the outreach donated items to the Idps
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Groups Urges Re_election Bid Of Hon Maje/President Buhari....

Group Urges Re-election Bid Of Hon Maje/President Buhari


27th December 2018

As the  2019 general elections draws closer , a group operating under the age is of , Young Politicians Awareness Forum (YPAF) has call on constituents of Wase federal constituency in Plateau state to ensure the re-election of of Hon. Idris Maje to the house of representative and  also President Muhammadu Buhari.

Chairman of the forum Comrade Sani Mohammed made the plea while speaking with reporters in Kaduna, as part of activities to support reelection bid of the lawmaker.

(YPAF) leader Com Sani advocated for reelection of only credible candidates into political offices "we are enlightening the general public across the nation to ensure only credible leaders are elected or reelected into various elective positions "Hon Maje is one among the legislators of the 7th and 8th national assembly who have so far written their names in gold by given their constituents the best of representation"

He described Hon. Idris Maje as "the best law maker, a Mr. Job provider" so far in the country having served not just his Constituency but the nation in general.

Leader of the group said the house of representative law maker has demonstrated been a worthy ambassador when he served as Chairman house committee on federal character commission where he ensured that the long denied federal slots of his Constituency are duly given to his people which has since change his name to Mr Job provider.

"Go to Wase you can hardly see a graduate doing nothing because Mr. Job provider has already engaged them with some getting federal appointments, Some has been trained and empowered now self sufficient ,Some are busy working as facilitators in the awarded contracts such the uncountable Bore holes he constructed both hand and motorised, he has renovated a number of both primary and secondary schools including the new ones ,he has built a number of health care centres and equipped them with learning materials ,he has also provided computers to various schools and has established a skill acquisition centres where both graduates and none graduates are been trained later empowered to become self reliant."

Comrade Sani said that the law maker has since been upgraded from a member representing Wase federal constituency in plateau state to a member representing the entire northern region and the nation considering the gesture extended to people across the nation .

Com Sani further added that the law maker has been a hard working legislator which have earn him the post of deputy leader in the 8th assembly at house of Representatives  among various committees he has served both as chairman ,deputy Chairman as well as member in of numerous committees which has landmark achievements.

He said if given another opportunity to serve, he is sure, the Lawmaker will consolidate on the gains in the 9th assembly, considering his contributions and vast experience in the green chamber.

"It is an opportunity for the APC and president Muhammadu Buhari after 2019 general elections to ensure that that likes of Maje take charge of the  9th house of Representatives."

"No constituency can afford to throw out the person of Hon Maje away no matter their tribes , religion ,region and political party difference."

He stressed that  "I am telling you there is another Muhammadu Buhari in Maje because his name has become a subject of discussion not just in his Constituency of Wase, his home state of Plateau, his geopolitical zone North Central but the entire Northern Nigeria Maje has dominated places whenever young men and women especially graduates sit." He said

He also said "Hon. Idris Maje is love by his people and the entire nation because where he came from but because of his capacity to deliver the quality representation and has yielded the expected results."

"In doing this we will use numerous platforms by showcasing his (Hon Maje's) antecedence to ensure that he is returned not just as member of the federal house of
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Nasco 2018 Jos Annual Polo Tournament Kicks Off...

Nasco 2018 Jos annual Polo tournament kicks off

27th December 2018

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

2018 Jos annual Polo tournament kicks  off  at the  General Hassan Polo ground in Jos with over twenty teams vying for honours in major titles on Thursday .

A statement  signed by Haroun Harry Audu the Group corporate communications and  compliance advisor of NASCO group Nigeria made available to newsmen in Jos reads that "Over the past four decades and counting, NASCO Group has consistently sponsored and supported the game of Polo in Nigeria.

" For this year 2018, NASCO Group has directly contributed to uplift and advance the status of the Jos Annual Polo Tournament taking place in Jos this week, as its main sponsor thus far."

The statement further reads that " NASCO Group’s sponsorship investments in 2018 have spanned: direct deployment of resources to the tournament effort, made up of: trophies; rehabilitation and branding of the NASCO Grandstand/VIP Pavilion; renovations of horses’ stables; upgrade of the Games Scoreboard; beautification of the Jos Polo Clubhouse exterior; supporting the major restoration of the Hassan Usman Katsina Polo field, where all the games are being played. With this level of sponsorship backing by NASCO to Jos Polo Club therefore, the 2018 Jos Annual Polo Tournament is set to commence on Thursday 27 December 2018.

"NASCO Group’s continuing involvement in the Jos Polo Tournament effort is predicated on several critical parameters. Some of these include:
 NASCO Group and Plateau State Government share the same fundamental commitment towards peace building initiatives. The Jos Polo Tournament represents one of the genuine platforms to consolidate ongoing, multifaceted efforts by state and non-state actors who have invested and continue to invest invaluable resources towards peaceful coexistence amongst and between citizens; residents and visitors alike. NASCO Group is therefore leading the corporate sector in Plateau State to invest in promotion and sustenance of peace through sports. "

"Also Sports and sporting activities are a vital and practical tool, through which individual and corporate patrons can direct resources to mobilize and involve especially our teeming youth from all walks of life without discrimination; to engage, recreate, share, compete and exchange in atmosphere of love, respect and mutuality. NASCO Group views the Annual Jos Polo Tournament as one of those important planks through which its corporate values and timeless worldview of Oneness, Inclusion, Hard work, Resilience, Excellence and Fair play, can be best mainstreamed into the lives and consciousness of the youth. NASCO’s almost half a century dedication in supporting sports, and the game of Polo in Jos Plateau State and across Nigeria, is thus aimed to amplify the values of love, togetherness and devotion to the bring out the best of our shared humanity, particularly amongst our young people. "

"Sports-tourism has increasingly become a major defining currency for the branding of cities and nations, in order to transform them into attractive destinations of choice; both for the adventurous tourists willing to travel and spend, and for foreign direct investments looking to identify and connect with infrastructure, utilities and services deals. By all accounts, the Annual Jos Polo Tournament enjoys the repute of being a meeting and melting point for social, business and tourism activities, with diverse multiplier effects within and across the socio-economic fabric of the state. NASCO Group is keenly aware of and determined to make a modest contribution in improving and growing the national and international clout of the Jos Polo Tournament, which offers a unique opportunity for persons and entities of goodwill to partner with the Plateau State Government in the common quest to make Plateau State a tourism hub in Nigeria and West Africa. "

" NASCO Group is an award-winning leader in Corporate Social Responsibility interventions for over half a
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Negligence, Porous Borders Worsening Security Challenges- ANN Candidate...

Negligence, porous borders worsening security challenges- ANN candidate


25th December 2018

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos


 Vice Presidential candidate of the Alliance for New (ANN)  Khadijat Abdullahi, has said that negligence by security agencies and porous borders has worsened the country's security challenges.

Abdullahi bared her mind in an interview with  newsmen on Sunday in Jos after her advocacy tour of north central states.

The vice presidential candidate alleged that security agencies were not proactive and hence give the insurgents the opportunity to be on offensive while they (agencies) are cosigned to reactionery efforts after the damage is done.

"Nigerians are very much aware that the continuous insecurity in Nigeria is due to the porous nature of our borders.

"Government is fully aware, but has done nothing to curtail influx of weapons and foreigners into Nigeria, hence the increasing civil unrest,'' she said.

She stated that for the security situation to improve, there must be tight security at the nation's borders to check influx of weaponry and foreigners.

Abdullahi further said that the economic woes the country was going through was due to non implementation of people oriented policies to cushion the pains of Nigerians.

According to her, lack of sincerity in the implementation of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that could  assist poor Nigerians has exercebated economic hardship.

She stated that, when ANN takes over governance at the federal level, those who have been diverting public funds will have no hiding place.

Abduallahi who also spoke on recent harassment and forceful removal of billboards of ANN gubernatorial candidate in Plateau, said that the action would not affect the party's chances in 2019.

It will be recalled that the Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB) recently pulled down Alex Ladan, ANN guber candidate's billboards mounted in strategic locations in Jos.

"It's indeed sad to hear such practice is happening here on the Plateau, to me whoever did that is only selling ANN to the public.

"The action shows that our party has a lot to offer," she added.

Mr Alex Ladan, the party's gubernatorial flag bearer in Plateau told Newsmen that the vice presidential candidate's visit to Plateau has further strengthened him and the party's chances.

Ladan expressed optimism that the ANN would emerge victorious in the 2019 general elections.

The guber candidate assured Plateau citizens that his administration if elected, would run an inclusive government that carry along all Plateau citizens.
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Plateau Stakeholders Thrill IDP Kids At Usiju world event centre Jos...

Plateau stakeholders trill  IDP kids  at  Usiju World event centre jos....

25th December, 2018







Usiju world event centre Jos on Tuesday organized a Christmas funfair with the children in the Internally Displaced  IDP camps across the state which was powered and supported by Jos South Local government council and member House of representative Jos South/East fed constituency Hon Edward Pwajok SAN, Hon Commissioner of works Hon Pam Botmang, Grand cereals,  Nigerian Television Authority NTA Jos , The state of Plateau, Longsted and Voice for the girl child foundation.

Our correspondent reports that  the children had fun to the fullest ,

One of the IDPS who gave his name as Zang said he enjoyed the event and he is thanking the organizers for making their Christmas and he wished to remain at the centre in his words..

State of Plateau reports  that they kids had outdoors activities like the bouncing castles, comedies ,dancing competition etc
Our correspondent reports that  the family and Christmas funfair continues Tomorrow the 26th December, 2018 from  12 pm to 6pm.
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Christmas- Gov Lalong Urges Christians To Emulate Christ.....

Xmas - Governor Lalong urges Christians to emulate Christ

25th December,2018

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has felicitated with Christians in the state, the nation and the entire world as they celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ, stressing that they should emulate the life of Jesus at Christmas.

Governor Lalong in a statement  signed by Mark Longyen, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity reads that  Christmas was not just a period to celebrate the birthday of Christ, but also a time for sober reflection, fervent prayers and an opportunity for all believers to demonstrate their love for all mankind, notwithstanding their religious differences, just as Jesus came  to salvage all mankind."

According to Lalong, Christians should emulate Christ by aligning themselves with all his teachings in every ramification, particularly as they celebrate his birthday. This, for instance, he said, should be by way of giving alms and sharing what we have with the the needy like the orphans, widows, and the homeless, among others.

The Governor said that as the 2019 general elections draw nearer, political parties and their supporters should conduct themselves peacefully and engage in issue-based campaigns to avoid overheating the polity and causing crises. He urged all politicians and their supporters, particularly the opposition, to shun the politics of bitterness and rancor in their campaigns, as well as pray
fervently for the successful conduct of the 2019 general elections.

“Without prayers, brotherly love, forgiveness, harmony, tolerance and accommodation, religion would be meaninglessness while peace would be elusive in the society,” the Governor admonished.

He 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 election violence, corruption, kidnappings and killings, among others.

Governor Lalong 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.

The Governor added that government would sustain the payment of salaries as and when due, complete inherited projects, resuscitate hitherto abandoned industries, construct new roads, particularly rural roads across the state, develop health and school facilities, and continue with the existing interventions in the electrification, water supply and other critical infrastructure in all the nooks and crannies of Plateau State.
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Plateau 2019- Quanpàn APC Sets The Pace....

2019, Quaan Pan APC sets the pace.

22nd December 2018

The All Peoples Congress, APC in Quaan Pan Local Area of Plateau State has started preparations toward it's successes at the 2019 polls.

This followed a  meeting of about 500 people, which comprised of 166 Polling Units  Chairmen,  166 polling units conversers, eminent women and youths covering all polling units, held on Friday December 21, 2018 in Ba'ap the LGA headquarters.

The meeting convened by the Chairman of the Council, Hon Isaac Kwallu, met behind closed doors where strategic positions were arrived at took place at the Education Authority Main Hall.

"The meeting was very useful as it provided the party and the chairmen to know themselves as well as take positive decisions on ensuring that the APC wins all elections in Quaan Pan ", Hon Kwallu disclosed after the meeting.
The Chairman further stated that more of such meetings would be held before the elections.

Hon. Kwallu said that Quaan Pan LGA is an APC domain, adding that they were putting everything in to use to ensure clean slain in the 2019 elections.
Quaan Pan LGA has 166 Polling Units
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Plateau 2019: Gov Lalong Set To Defeat Gen Useni To Retain Seat- Longyen

Plateau  2019: Gov. Lalong set to defeat Gen. Useni to retain seat – Longyen

22nd December 2018

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to Governor Simon Lalong on Media  affairs Mark Longyen,  on Saturday said that Lalong is  set to defeat the PDP Governorship Candidate, Gen. Jeremiah Useni in the 2019 polls to retain his seat.

Useni had during the inauguration of PDP 41-Member Campaign Council, said that the people of Plateau were disappointed and tired of the leadership style of Lalong and were yearning for a change of government and return of PDP.

The PDP Governorship candidate had claimed that the Plateau people couldn’t wait any longer ``to get rid of a leadership that has turned against them and betrayed their trust. I can see that our people have never been so united and unanimous in their resolve to usher in good governance and restore the state’s past glory.’’
According to him, ``there is no better time as this to be part of the team that will enforce the quit notice served by the people on the present administration/’’
But Longyen, in a chat with newsmen in Jos, described the claim by PDP that Plateau people are fade up with the Lalong’s and APC administration as ``great fallacy’’ of our time.
The SSA said all the opposition were out to do was to see how they could pull down the Lalong administration by engaging in various ``unwholesome and unholy means that are baseless and fruitless.’’
``Our successes as APC led administration have made them to develop goose pimples, so as the weaker party in this political contest, they latch on every straw to gain relevance.
``The truth is that they have nothing new to offer and the people are aware of their antecedents, antics and intrigues and they will never want to return to Egypt, which is synonymous with the old PDP, ’’ he said.
Longyen further claimed, ``Lalong has performed exceedingly well. The records speak for themselves and the people of Plateau are with him come 2019.’’
"Governor Lalong is set to defeat the retired Genera (Useni).’’
According to him, APC did not expect the opposition parties to sing their praise because ``all they are doing is to rubbish all our achievements, which are but efforts in futility.’’
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Gov Lalong, OPSH Relocates Over 200 IDPs To Their Ancestral Homes...

Gov Lalong, OPSH relocates over 200 IDPs to their ancestral homes

20th December 2018




By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Over two hundred families  in three communities of  Barkin Ladi local government  area of Plateau state who were displaced as a result of crisis that engulfed the communities some months ago  have returned back to their ancestral home .

Our correspondent  gathered that  the gesture is through the efforts of the  Simon Lalong led government and Operation Safe Haven deployed to restore lasting peace in Plateau .


It could be recalled that  Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State had pledged to  relocate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state back to their ancestral home before the end of 2018. .
Addressing the  Internally Displaced Persons IDPs before their departure to their ancestral homes ,accompanied by security Personnel, Governor Simon Lalong said government and security agencies have put  in place needed mechanism to guarantee comfort and security of the returnees.

Represented by the Acting Secretary to the state government, Richard Tokgma Governor Lalong assured  those whose house were completely burnt down that government will provide building materials for the rebuilding of structures to enable them return to their ancestral homes within the shortest possible time.

Commander of the Special TaskForce, Major General Augustine Agundu,said security personnel have taken over the communities and will remain there permanently to avert any attack on the communities.

Transition committee chairman Barkin Ladi,Dickson Chollom,while appreciating efforts of the state government and security agencies said it is the  first time such commitment is made in returning victims of attacks in the state.

Our correspondent reports that    the returnees are those of Kakuruk,Kurafalls and Kuzen all in Barkin  Ladi local government area.
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Plateau Violence: NGO Trains 300' Peace Monitors' To Detect Early Warning Signs.....

Plateau violence: NGO trains 300 `peace monitors’ to detect early warning signs


20th December 2018







By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos


As part of proactive measures toward ending the protracted violence on the Plateau, an NGO, Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), has trained 300 `peace monitors’ to detect and report early warning signs.

Mr Babatunde Afolabi, HD Senior Programme Manager, at the launch of its Situation Room in Jos on Wednesday, said that such reports would assist security agencies to take prompt measures to avoid a breakdown of law and order.
He said that 160 mobile phones had been deployed into Plateau communities for the task.
“We expect the `peace monitors’ to provide real time situation of a crisis before it escalates,” he said.
The manager emphasised the need for collaboration and partnership with all stakeholders to achieve the desired goal, saying that such togetherness was “very critical” to permanent peace in Plateau.
“HD has realised that a key factor responsible for the resurgence of conflicts in Plateau is the non-implementation of recommendations contained in peace agreements.
“We are also aware that most contending issues had been dealt with, either in some earlier-brokered peace agreements, government white papers, or the recommendations contained in the reports of special panels or commissions of inquiry.
“From our findings, the non-implementation of the recommendations appears to be responsible for the constant recurrence of the violence,” he said.
Gov. Simon Lalong, in his remarks, said that his administration has made peace and security a prime priority because it was key to the success of every other activity.
He said that government had established a Plateau Peace Building Agency to serve as a coordinating agency on all peace-related issues, adding that the agency had drawn up a structured and determined instrument for the sustenance of long term peace in Plateau.
The governor thanked the NGO for its contributions toward a stable Plateau, and expressed hope that the peace monitors would play a crucial toward ending the violence.
Our correspondent , reports that the Netherlands and German Ambassadors to Nigeria, Messrs Robert Petri and Bernhard Schlageck, who were at the launch, emphasised the need for preventive measures instead of waiting to `cure’ crisis when it breaks.
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Gov Lalong Empowers More Persons, Vows To Banish Poverty...

Lalong empowers more persons  ,vows to banish poverty


19th December 2018






By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos


Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong on Wednesday empowered  thousands more  persons in Jos stressing that his administration is determined to better the lives of the downtrodden in the state


Speaking at  the inauguration of the third phase of the Simon Lalong empowerment scheme (SLEMS 3)  in Jos ,the Governor said "This program is very dear to my heart because of its ability to banish poverty among the women and youth. "This is also in tandem with the Chinese saying that you “give a man fish and you feed him for one day, but teach him how to fish and you will feed him for life.”"

He said "You will recall that on my assumption of office about three and half years ago, I promised to ensure that women and youth empowerment and employment would be given topmost priority in order to reduce and subsequently banish poverty in the state in line with the cardinal policy thrusts of my administration. I am happy to say that I have not let down the people in this regard."

" In order to lay the foundation for the achievement of this much cherished goal and objective, I immediately established the Plateau State Micro Finance, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency, PLASMEDA via an Executive Bill that was promptly passed by the state legislature. The Agency is saddled with the responsibility to enhance the entrepreneurial capacity of existing MSMEs, so as to expose the women and youths to the rudiments of business start-up through Vocational and Skill Acquisition programmes. "

" This giant initiative has given birth to the Youth and Women Empowerment Programme, among others, following which its slogan, the “Simon Lalong Empowerment Scheme” (SLEMS) was launched on the 9th of March, 2017, in order to attain the afore-mentioned goals and objectives."

" To achieve this noble objective, the SLEMS programme was structured into phases. Under the first phase, over two hundred inputs were donated to the best three graduating participants across the various skills in all 17 Local Government Areas. Altogether, over 3,000 participants were captured. "

" The skills set included Fashion Design, Leather Works, Hair Dressing, Computer, Weaving, and Catering Services. The participants included People Living with Disability (PLWD), Women and Youths. The components of the training included Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy and Skill Acquisition."

" Under Phase Two, on July 13, 2017, the Agency commenced the entrepreneurship development training programme for People Living with Disability and Youths. Over 3,400 participants were captured in the SLEMS 2 program. Similarly, another set of 200 youths were captured and trained under the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP)."

" This was done in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF). The beneficiaries of this initiative are gathered here today and they will be receiving their starter packs. In Phase Three, four thousand five hundred youths will participate in different programs. While some existing MSMEs will receive grants, some will undergo the various skills acquisition training and will be given starter packs at the completion of their training."

"The SLEMS initiative has, indeed, continued to impact positively on the lives of more and more youths and women. For instance, over 2,000 market women and traders were engaged in the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP)."

" This enabled them to access micro credits for their businesses. Another batch of 100 market women and traders were also captured and got access to the Bleneson Micro-Credit Facility. In the not-too-distant future, an additional 2,000 people will benefit from the same facility."

He also said " I am also pleased to announce that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has in collaboration with PLASMEDA, mobilized over 1,000 Agric Businesses and SMEs  in the state to benefit from the CBN’s Agric, Small and Medium Enterprise Scheme (AGSMEIS) loan facility. The CBN has also in collaboration with PLASMEDA through its Entrepreneurship Development Center, EDC, trained over 700 youths with a view to enhancing and developing their hands-on skills and capacity."

 "  PLASMEDA has also trained more than 30 youths under its collaborative program with GIZ through the SME Start-up Loop. The MSME clinic, which was organized in collaboration with the Office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, exposed our SMEs to a lot of market opportunities."

" I am proud to announce that a Plateau State SME was recognized and awarded the overall best in the country this year. This was made possible through the immense support and encouragement of PLASMEDA, which culminated in such a giant leap to national recognition. "

" In appreciation of the exploits of Bennie Ventures, the SME which did the state proud during the awards this year, I directed that a house be built by the state government for its owner, Jerry Mallo, while a new car be bought for his father. This gesture is done with a view to encouraging other young entrepreneurs to soar like the eagle and strive for the best with the sky

"let me reiterate my advice to the youths in the state that they should regard the entrepreneurial spirit of Mallo as a challenge to them and borrow a leaf from his exploits. They should also shun vices like serving as political thugs to politicians, taking illicit drugs, kidnapping and other forms of violent crime that would ultimately lead them to self-destruction."

" Let me also admonish the youths to embrace skills acquisition programmes wherever such opportunities come their way. Skills acquisition is a potent weapon to fight the scourge of grinding poverty and unemployment bedeviling the country today. I want to also reiterate that the Rescue Administration, in line with one of its cardinal policy thrusts, will continue to pursue with vigour its policy of youths and women empowerment through skills acquisition. The era of relying on white collar jobs is over, because the current global trend is that self-employment has pushed white-collar jobs to the background and we cannot afford to be left behind."

" This explains why skills acquisition schemes have been introduced in secondary schools and even during the National Youth Service year as a panacea for reducing the over-dependence on government for employment. Government will continue to provide the enabling environment, the necessary support, the encouragement and opportunities for our teeming youths and graduates to discover their potentials, which they can exploit, to become even employers of labour themselves. "

" As a government, we have resolved to make our women and youth empowerment program a continuous one, subject to expansion with a view to increasing the number of beneficiaries. As a matter of fact, but for the embezzling of the N2 billion which was initially remitted to the immediate past administration for the same program, we would have done far better in this mass empowerment scheme."
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In Photos: Gov Lalong Commissions Mangu Water Plant....

Gov Lalong Commissions Mangu Water Plant, vows to attract developmental projects to Plateau...

17th December, 2018


By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Governor of the Plateau State,  Barrister Simon Lalong had commended the effort of the federal government  for their efforts at bringing development to people of Plateau state .



Lalong made this known while speaking at the commissioning of the Mangu Dam on Monday

Lalong said his administration is committed to attracting development to the people of Plateau state

He commended and all the stakeholders in the progress of the project so far.



It could be recalled that the Federal Ministry of Water Resources on Monday commissioned  the Mangu Dam in Mangu local government area of Plateau State. The commissioning of the Mangu Regional Water Supply project is aimed at meeting the water needs of the people of Mangu and other towns of Plateau State.

Speaking during the commissioning at the dam site,  the minister of Water Resources,  Engr. Suleiman Adamu said the “completed Mangu Regional Water Supply Scheme is a conventional water treatment plant that has the capacity to produce 10million litres per day of drinkable water that  can serve a population of 150,000 people”.

The minister noted that the project could not be completed since 2007 due to the non-completion of the dam that was to store the raw water.

He reiterated that so far 67 per cent of the project was achieved while anticipating the completion of the rest as soon as possible.




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