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Hon Rapp Pam: Consolidating The Plateau Dream.....

June 30,2019

Hon. Rapp Pam:
Consolidating the Plateau Dream

Today we live in a world full of potentially great people who fail, get discouraged and never rise again and so no one know their names but we on Plateau the beautiful, the pride and peace of Nigeria; we know the name Hon. Rapp Pam!
History and our world today is full of  names of people who suffered defeats, setbacks, misfortunes loss, tragedy and adversity but harnessed their strength, refused to fall apart, rebounded, grew stronger and  moved on to defy great odds and become great and successful in life. Amongst these people we know the name Hon. Rapp Pam!
Hon. Rapp Pam, through thick and thin has stood on the side of peace, progress and the unity, of Plateau people. His desire to see the State of Plateau develop further and attain greater heights among the committee of states led him to represent his people by contesting for the State house of assembly under Jos North West Constituency. Despite the political setback of losing an election, Hon. Rapp Pam does not lose faith in the dream of a better Plateau. He stood firm under the progressive banner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and supported His Excellency Hon. Simon Bako Lalong to win the Governorship and deliver high-quality and excellent leadership to the people of Plateau.
An ardent believer in the Plateau Project Hon. Rapp Pam is one citizen who is blessed with the gift of an organising, and leadership. A dedicated supporter of the APC Movement and a firm back bone of the Berom APC forum, there is no doubt that Hon. Rapp Pam will be an asset to the Plateau people and to the Governor as he brings on board his team to consolidate on the Rescue Mission. The journey to succeed is never a smooth ride and Hon. Rapp Pam has always been a go-getter and not a quitter.  It is on this lofty note that we encourage the government of His Excellency, Barrister Simon Bako Lalong who through his many projects and mediation exemplifies admirable leadership to in the constitution of his new team bring on board the loyalty, dedication, worthiness and unflinching sense of purpose that Hon. Rapp Pam is ready to offer.
The success of our party would not be possible without the encouragement, support, belief, prayers and trust of the good people of Plateau state in their pursuit of a better Plateau. In the spirit of goodwill we ask and that Hon. Rapp Pam is brought to give his entire best in service to Governor Simon Bako Lalong and the worthy people of Plateau State.

LONG LIVE THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF PLATEAU STATE!
LONG LIVE PLATEAU STATE!
LONG LIVE NIGERIA!

(1)Hon.Rapp Pam.          (2)Arc Vwande Bandung Jah.                             (3)Moses Garba.       (4)Emmanuel Jah.    (5)Barren Adamu                   (6)Samuel Yakubu Magit (7)Emmanuel Mangut (8)Kaneng Bulus.         (9)Pam Yakubu.      (10)Manpe Sarkin Yaki Kabong
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Golf A Unifying Sport For Peace Building - Gov Lalong...

Golf a Unifying Sport for Peace Building - Gov Lalong

June 29,2019

Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong has described sports, especially the game of Golf as a  unifying factor in peace building.
The Governor stated this during the official Tea Off of Buhari Golf Tournament competition,sponsore by Daily Trust held at the IBB Golf course, Abuja on Saturday June 29, 2019
Lalong who represented President Buhari, commended the Daily Trust and others sponsors  for organizing the tournament and called on spirited individuals and corporate organizations to key in by sponsoring Golf Tournaments.
He added that sports does not discriminate against ethnic, religious and political affiliations, hence Nigerians should rally round to support sports in all ramifications.
Governor Lalong said without sports there will be no peace.
The thanked President Buhari for finding him worthy to represent him at the tournament and stressed that this was his first time to be honoured in  Golf Tournament.

He however implored  the Golfers to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship towards ensuring the success of the tournament.

Photo Credit: Josiah Jenvulu!






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Plateau Governorship Tribunal : Result Announced For Polls Authentic - Witness Told Tribunal....

June 28,2019

By Golok Nanmwa , Jos

Plateau State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal started  Thursday in Jos the state capital full swing in the matter between Senator Jeremiah Useni and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Simon Lalong and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

       Lead counsel to Useni, who is the petitioner, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), raised four issues to be determined by the tribunal.

          According to Ozekhome in his four grounds listed for determination, include whether the second respondent (Lalong) was duly elected by scoring majority of the votes cast in the 2019 general elections.

          He also wanted to know whether the election of Lalong was not invalid by not complying with the Electoral Act and whether he was qualified to contest the 2019 governorship election.

          It was also his submission to the tribunal whether the governor was not disqualified before the election based on some points.

          Ozekhome averred that he filed the issues for determination yesterday and served on the respondents. All the parties confirmed to the court of the receipt of the document so filed.

          Ozekhome now went ahead to call witnesses on how the elections went and fared.

          But the drama there was that some of the witnesses called yesterday by Ozekhome contradicted themselves.

          When the first witness Prof. Dimis Mailafia mounted the witness box, urged the tribunal to adopt his averment, adding that he was not aware of any material contradiction existing in the elections. Mailafia was the Director – General to Useni’s campaign organisation.

          But under cross – examination by counsel to Lalong, Mr. Pius Akubo (SAN), Mailafia agreed that he knows that Lalong was APC governorship candidate, adding that his party (PDP) did not raise any objection to his candidacy before the election.

          He said he was not aware whether any other candidate laid claim to the certificate given to Lalong.

          The counsel to APC, Mr. Garba Pwul (SAN) also cross – examined Mailafia where he admitted that “Simon Bako Lalong” was the name he used to contest the election throughout, adding that by the time Lalong contested the governorship election, he was the only APC candidate.

          When Auwalu Muazu from Wase local government of the state mounted the witness box, he found absolute difficulty in explaining what over – voting means because that was the bone of contention in Wase PDP, but after some tutoring and education, condescending to speak in Hausa through an interpreter, he was able to say that the number of voters was more than the number of accredited voters.

          Akubo assisted the witness by asking him whether he meant that the number of total votes cast was excess of accredited voters which he quickly admitted.

          Asked if he had any quarrel with the accredited votes, he said he had no grudge at all but that his quarrel is with the number of people who voted which was more than the accredited.

          Another witness, Nasifi Sule Babale, also from Wase, he said in spite of irregularity occasioned at the election, he still appended his signature on it.

          Babale was entangled again in the web of contradiction when he said APC’s result was changed from 268 to 296 because Akubo pointed out that there was nothing like 296 in the result sheet that he (Babale) signed.

          He said he signed the results at the end of the election and the results entered were true reflections of the results of the election. He claimed to have read the Electoral Act when asked by Akubo to cite the law that was violated he remained mute.
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Tudun Wada Residents Commend Lalong, Jolex Over Ongoing Road Construction

June 26,2019





 Golok Nanmwa  Jos

With the mobilisation of contractors to construct some  roads across the state, residents of Tudun Wada in Jos North local government of Plateau   State have applauded Governor Simon Lalong  resolve to bridge the infrastructure gap in the state, noting that the development would immensely impact their lives and businesses.


 cross-section of residents across the state, who spoke to journalists also  hailed   Jolex Construction Company for the good job they are doing on the road  saying the contractor is doing his best .

Patience Nanbol a resident of Tudun Wada who spoke to our correspondent said ", I want to commend Governor Simon Lalong  for awarding the road contract  , I must commend the contractor Jolex Construction company for the work they are doing ."
The road when constructed would boost business around our community .


   Another resident in  Tudun Wada Mr. Austin Bot said “the gesture by Governor Lalong  has brought relief to us who reside here. We have endured hardship for quite some time. Before this project was awarded for construction, we struggled to get out of our neighbourhood, especially during raining season. “I commend Governor Lalong  for this step.

"I also commend Jolex construction company for the good work they are doing ."

 Mrs. Grace  Ajang , said the construction of road  in the area will open the community up for development, noting, “It will be easier for people to commute and carry out their business. We appreciate the governor for his good intentions for us. Before now, during rainy season, the roads were terrible and difficult to pass through.”

Joe Minan  said We are happy and we are also pleased  to see this happening in our own time.  I commend Governor Lalong and the contractor handling the job .
The contractor is doing a beautiful job , he added .
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US Embassy Trains Jos Museums Staff On Digitization..

June 24,2019



By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

United States of America  Embassy in Nigeria  under its US Arts Envoy Museum Digitization project  on Monday  began the training  of staff of Jos Museums on  digitization of Museum collections.

Speaking at the occasion  ,Malia Heroux ,Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer of the US Embassy  in Nigeria said the training is to teach Nigerians on how to preserve Artifacts ,Monuments and cultural assets digitally .

 She said "A museum is a bank of cultural resources, a collection of memories about man’s way of life, and progress over time. Museums are places where history is made tangible. Museums are memory banks that remind us of our past, inspire our present, and help us to plan for the future.

 Nigeria is blessed with artifacts , Monuments and that is why we are training the workers on how to preserve them digitally , she added that  not every body can visit Nigeria so we would teach them how to share it in an  easier fashion .

At the end  of  the training " We are hopeful that it  will help to enhance the knowledge of professionals in this field, improve the storage, display, and preservation of museum collections across Nigeria and reignite public interest in Museums.”.


 Acting Director General of National Commission for Museums and Monuments Abdulkerim Oshioke Kadiri  in  his  welcome address said digitization has become the future of all Industries , especially Museums ,it does not only provide security for our priceless objects  it also serves as references for research and conservation of these objects.
Trainings , Interest and policy shift can easily enhance this new trend of digitization. This training therefore is a welcome  development that hopes to open new frontiers  for National commission for Museums and Monuments to develop the inventory of our collections , and also to train the trainer that will inculcate digitization to others in their various stations .
The commission is one of the front burner for the return and restitution of African object illegally taken abroad , this training will go a long way in assisting with detail of our collections to enable us achieve this feat . This is going to be the first stone towards building a world class robust and independence database of our collections .
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US Embassy Trains Jos Museums Staff On Digitization...

Us Embassy Trains Jos  Museums Staff on Digitization

June 24,2019



By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

United States of America  Embassy in Nigeria  under its US Arts Envoy Museum Digitization project  on Monday  began the training  of staff of Jos Museums on  digitization of Museum collections.

Speaking at the occasion  ,Malia Heroux ,Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer of the US Embassy  in Nigeria said the training is to teach Nigerians on how to preserve Artifacts ,Monuments and cultural assets digitally .

 She said "A museum is a bank of cultural resources, a collection of memories about man’s way of life, and progress over time. Museums are places where history is made tangible. Museums are memory banks that remind us of our past, inspire our present, and help us to plan for the future.

 Nigeria is blessed with artifacts , Monuments and that is why we are training the workers on how to preserve them digitally , she added that  not every body can visit Nigeria so we would teach them how to share it in an  easier fashion .

At the end  of  the training " We are hopeful that it  will help to enhance the knowledge of professionals in this field, improve the storage, display, and preservation of museum collections across Nigeria and reignite public interest in Museums.”.


 Acting Director General of National Commission for Museums and Monuments Abdulkerim Oshioke Kadiri  in  his  welcome address said digitization has become the future of all Industries , especially Museums ,it does not only provide security for our priceless objects  it also serves as references for research and conservation of these objects.
Trainings , Interest and policy shift can easily enhance this new trend of digitization. This training therefore is a welcome  development that hopes to open new frontiers  for National commission for Museums and Monuments to develop the inventory of our collections , and also to train the trainer that will inculcate digitization to others in their various stations .
The commission is one of the front burner for the return and restitution of African object illegally taken abroad , this training will go a long way in assisting with detail of our collections to enable us achieve this feat . This is going to be the first stone towards building a world class robust and independence database of our collections .
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Chief Alfred Dapal In A Strong-Worded Letter Congratulates Rt Hon Idris Maje And Plateau State House Of Assembly Speaker Rt Hon Abok On Their Victory...

Chief Alfred Dapal In A Strong- Worded Letter Congratulates Rt Hon. Idris Maje And Speaker Abok On Their Victory...


June 24,2019


Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase
Deputy Speaker
Federal House of Representatives
Abuja, Nigeria.

Dear sir,

Congratulatory Message

On behalf of my family and friends, I wish to extend my felicitations to you on your recent elevation to a higher leadership pedestal as the deputy speaker Federal House of Representatives on Tuesday the 11th of June 2019. Obviously, your emergence speaks volume of the fact that, your colleagues at the Green Chamber believe in your vision and outstanding leadership qualities as much as the people of Plateau state do. Your success story is inspiring and your victory is justified because of your development programmes throughout Wase Federal Constituency which majority of youths are direct beneficiaries. As you settle down to carry out this huge national assignment by virtue of your position as one of the leading stakeholders in the Nigerian Project, I encourage you to do your best for our dear country in order to leave footprints in the sands of history. Back at home, please continue to be selfless and resolute in your belief for a better Plateau and youth-oriented development interventions to cut across the entire state. We will continue to stand by you in prayers and solidarity every step of the way.
Once more, accept my deepest congratulations and best wishes.

Yours Sincerely,

Alfred Dapal
Abuja.





Rt. Hon. Abok Nuhu Ayuba
Speaker, PLHA.

Dear Sir,

Congratulatory Message

On Monday the 10th of June 2019, history was made in the light of your emergence as speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly through the overwhelming support of your honourable colleagues. In this spirit, I wish to join others in rejoicing and congratulating you sincerely. Hon. Speaker, your victory is an eloquent testimony that there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel in the struggle for young and purposeful leadership. I encourage you to remain resolute in executing the 9th Assembly’s legislative agenda in the sacred interest of Plateau State. I am not unmindful of the fact that, the task before you is not an easy one as the truism says “uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” As you strive to give in your best, be assured of our unwavering support and prayers so you could deliver on your assignment in a robust and engaging manner. May your tenure be fruitful and abounding with countless success stories. Together, we will help reposition our dear state for sustainable growth and development.
Once more, accept my sincere felicitations.

Yours Sincerely,

Alfred Dapal
Abuja.

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Lalong Fulfils Promise, Commence Building Of Karl Kum University Library Complex...

June 21,2019



By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Construction  work for the building of a modern library complex for  COCIN) owned Karl Kumm University (KKU) has commenced .

 Our correspondent report that  the  pledge to build the proposed   library was initiated by the immediate past administration but was not  accomplished  ,recently  Governor Simon Lalong made a pledge to build the library and work has commenced .

Conducting newsmen around the building , the Permanent Secretary Ministry of housing in Plateau ,Albert Bewarang said  the library is been built by civil servants in the state Ministry of housing as the contract was given out as   direct labour .

,"We have competent builders , Architectures , in our ministry , I am impressed with the level of work ,this is one of the Lalong legacy projects "

"We are   pleased that Lalong fulfilled his promises to the church by laying  the foundation  some months ago and now building  the school literary complex "adding that it is a proof of the governor’s interest in the development of educational infrastructure in the state through his policies and programmes.

We appreciate  the Governor of Plateau State, Rt Hon. Simon Bako Lalong for making good the promise of the Plateau State government by commencing the building of the library at the proposed Karl Kumm University (KKU)

Director of building  of the state ministry of  housing Arch Solomon Jankanwa said he is impressed with the level of work , he said this is just the sixth week , we must commend our Governor for fulfilling his promises , recently when our Governor made the pledge to build the library , some persons  thought he was playing politics , but we thank God our Governor has proved his critics  wrong.

He further said the Lalong  led administration has prioritized the educational sector and is determined to better the lives of citizens  .
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IPC Releases Documented Campaign Promises Of President Buhari....

IPC releases documented campaign promises of President Buhari

June 20,2019

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

 International Press Centre (IPC) Lagos-Nigeria, has released  a compilation of the campaign promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of electioneering activities for the 2019 general elections.

 This was contained in a statement signed by  SANMI FALOBI , the Programme Manager
International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos, Nigeria


The statement reads that  thirty (30) of such promises covering pledges on specific and general issues of Road/Rail infrastructure, Education, Agriculture, Poverty Eradication and Inclusion of Youths/Women in government as well as the fight against Corruption and Insecurity were documented.



The documentation was done by IPC’s Media Monitoring Team, while the promises were derived from quoted statements of the President in The Nation, The Punch, Daily Sun, Daily Trust, Vanguard, This Day, Leadership and Nigerian Tribune newspapers over a four-month period from November 2018 to February 2019.

 The specific sources were page 6, The Nation newspaper of Monday November 19, 2018; page 2,  The Punch Newspaper of Monday November 19, 2018; page 6, Daily Sun newspaper of Monday, November 19, 2018; front page, Daily Trust newspaper of Monday, November 19,2018; page 5 and 41, Vanguard newspaper of November 19, 2018; page 1 and 10,  This Day of November 19, 2018; page 2, Nigerian Tribune of November 19, 2018; page 25, Leadership newspaper of December 5, 2018; front page, Thisday, January 17, 2019; page 12, Daily Sun Newspaper, Thursday, January 31, 2019; page 9, Nigerian Tribune of January 17, 2019; and front page, Vanguard Newspaper, February 09, 2019.



The promises are:

1.      To engage one million N-power graduates and skill up 10 million Nigerians in partnership with the private sector.

2.      To expand the school feeding programme from 9.3m to 15 million children, creating 300,000 extra jobs for food vendors and farmers.

3.      To complete the Ibadan/Kano phase of the Lagos/Kano rail link.

4.      To complete the Port Harcourt/Maiduguri line.

5.      To complete the Itakpa/Warri link to Abuja, through Lokoja.

6.      To complete the Second Niger Bridge and the East West Road connecting Warri, Delta State, to Oron, Akwa Ibom State, through Kaiama and Port Harcourt in Bayelsa and Rivers State.

7.      To establish a peoples Moni bank.

8.      To institutionalize the giving of soft loans of up to 1million naira to small traders, artisans and commercial drivers.

9.      To increase the beneficiaries of trader Moni, market Moni and farmer Moni from 2.3 million to 10million.

10.  To create more room for inclusion in government by achieving 35% in female appointments.

11.  To give more access to youths as aides of cabinet members and through opportunities for appointments in board and agencies.

12.  To introduce special mentoring programme in governance with young graduates working with ministers and other appointees.

13.  To reinterpret the education curriculum through coding, robotics, animations and design thinking.

14.  Retraining of all teachers in public primary and secondary schools to deliver digital literacy.

15.  Remodeling and equipping of 10,000 schools per year.

16.  To complete the 365 road projects under construction in all parts of the federation.

17.  Provision of infrastructure and rebuilding the economy.

18.  To sustaining the anti-insurgency war and curb insecurity.

19.  To fight corruption and revamp the economy.

20.  To develop 6 industrial Parks in each of the geopolitical zones.

21.  To establish 109 Special Production and Processing Centres (SPPCs) across each senatorial district of Nigeria.

22.  To develop the Special Economic zone to quickly concretize our made in Nigeria for export (MINE) plan.

23.  To expand the social investment program so as to eradicate poverty.

24To ensure completion of Manbilla Dam and Bridge.

25.  To ensure the construction of the Makurdi Taraba Borno rail project.

26.  To complete the bridges across the stretch of River Benue in Ibi local government area.

27.   To continue to pursue agricultural policy by ensuring that fertilisers are made available at all the local government areas across the country, for easy access by farmers.

28.  To resuscitate the Ajaokuta Steel Company.

29.  To ensure the completion of the on-going Zungeru Hydro Power project.

30.   To include persons of integrity in the cabinet.



Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, said the exercise was in line with the tradition of IPC, which in 2011 documented 91 campaign promises of President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).



According to him, it was also embarked upon pursuant to the implementation of Component 4b: Support to Media of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) Project by IPC over a 52-month period.



Explaining the methodology further, the IPC Director said the campaign promises of all the presidential candidates that contested the 2019 elections were documented but only that of President Muhammadu Buhari was being released being the declared winner of the elections.



He however said both President Buhari’s campaign promises and those of the other candidates would later be uploaded on the IPC websites.



Explaining the rationale for the documentation of the campaign promises, Mr.  Arogundade said the activity was in consonance and conformity with IPC’s mandate to advance democratic accountability.



“The essence is to ensure that it serves as a tool for journalists to monitor, track and ask questions about the diverse aspects of the implementation including using the Freedom of Information Act to such relevant questions”, Mr. Arogundade stressed.



“Having trained journalists across Nigeria on issue-focused reporting of elections, we believe they need information like this to follow-up after the elections”, he added.



According to him, the documented campaign promises will also be useful for civil society groups working on development and democratic governance issues as well as various electoral stakeholders.



 “The documentation of the president’s electoral promises from the media reports, which is by no means exhaustive, is to serve as a major instrument to proactively engage the Buhari administration on its performance over the next four years and provide bench marks in seeking democratic accountability, service delivery and the fulfilment of key campaign promises made by the president”, he said.
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Plateau 9th Assembly Would Make Laws That Would Move State Forward- Speaker.

June 20,2019



By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos


Speaker of the Plateau state House of assembly Rt Hon Abok Ayuba on Thursday said the 9th state house of assembly  would contribute its quota in moving Plateau state forward .

Abok made this known when 14  All Progressive Congress  members of the  state house of assembly members paid a courtesy call to the chairman of the Party in the state Hon Latep Dabang


He said " The APC has done well in providing dividends of democracy to the people of the state , we are here to pledge our loyalty to the party , we have benefited from the party , we would work to bring more members to our party .


He also assured the people of  his constituency that  he will not let them down as as he  would support quality laws, adding that he will continue to work hard until the people of the state enjoy the full dividends of democracy.

“You will see quality laws from members of the house  .

I can assure you all that I will never sleep. I will continue to work and work until the people of Plateau  enjoys the full dividends of democracy .

The APC is a party that is determined to better the lives of citizens of the state and country at large and I call on citizens of plateau to continue to support the party at all times .

Majority leader of the state House of assembly Hon. Naanlong Daniel representing  Mikang constituency  said we would work with my colleagues to ensure we fulfil  and implement the manifesto of our party .

Speaking at the event, the APC chairman in Plateau pledged the support and cooperation of the party   to the members .

He commended members of the  state house of assembly for holding a peaceful election into various principal offices of the state assembly
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Gov Lalong Okays Five Year Strategic Development Plan For Plateau State For The Period 2019. -2024


June 20,2019

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Barely one week after unveiling his broad vision for the second term of the Rescue Administration in Plateau State, the Executive Governor, Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong has approved the engagement of Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to work with the State Government in collaboration with H. Pierson Associates Ltd to produce a detailed five-year Strategic Development Plan for Plateau State for the period 2019-2024.

Our correspondent reports that BCG is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy with more than 90 offices in 50 countries including Nigeria, employing more than 14,000 employees with more than 900 partners

A statement made available by  Ezekiel Gomos, OFR,Chairman Plateau State Economic Team made available to newsmen in Jos reads that the Plan is expected to provide a clear route map of where Plateau State is going to, in the future, and how to get there.

The process will commence with interactive sessions with all MDAs and select stakeholders in the state development arena, followed by a deep diagnosis of the past and current development efforts, leveraging on existing and future development programs around Nigeria. This will also entail conducting a deep-dive of the prioritized development sectors and a clear identification and collation of the state resources- from natural endowments to the State’s financial situation, as well as benchmarking of similar States to Plateau.

The project which will last for eight (8) weeks will culminate in the delivery of a Strategy document that lays out clear Monitoring and Evaluation matrix for each sector/MDA and also include appropriate training and capacity building of key actors from the public service to enhance implementation of the Plan.

In accepting the appointment, BCG representative and Head of Nigeria Office, Dr Jaoa Hrotko assured Governor Lalong that BCG will deploy its network of experience, expertise and global linkages not only to deliver a realistic and actionable Plan but work with the Government to provide a quick positive narrative around the State.

The Executive Governor Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong plans to convene an Investment and Economic Summit at the end of the second quarter of this year and hopes that the Strategic Development Plan document will be presented as a platform for partnership with potential investors, donors, multilateral and international development organisations.



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The Rt.Hon.Bar.Dr.Simon B. Lalong: The Making Of A Quintessential Leader..

June 17,2019

The Rt. Hon. Bar. Dr. Simon B. Lalong: The making of a Quintessential leader

**Conclusion**

Joseph Lengmang
DG, PPBA

Thanks@ Castro Nansak Rimven for reminding me to complete this series.

The governor of Plateau state, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong unveiled his policy agenda for the next four years on 12 June 2016. Apparently, the previously Five-pillar policy agenda of the rescue administration was scaled down to three: Peace, Security and Good Governance; Physical Infrastructural Development and; Sustainable Economic Rebirth.

I am particularly excited about this development.  But it will take more than an iron-clad political will to translate these beautiful ideas into reality. So much is involved in the process. Moreover, second-term governors inevitably confront problems both unexpected and familiar.  Governor Lalong’s case will not be any different.  But does the past hold any clues about how he can overcome?

Absolutely, Yes!

 The governor’s victory and policy framework may feel like déjà vu to some people, but the election season that got us here has been different in many important ways, and those changes could shape not only the next four years of this administration but the nature of our politics.

For a start, election anywhere, and in most cases, often work on divisions. But after the election comes the question of governance which can only be achieved when it is based on unity of purpose and rule of law. Thus, the first and most important task before the governor is to unite; heal the wounds of the past and reconcile our people.

This is the sub-structure upon which the success of his governance superstructure in the second term is predicated and here, I mean the implementation of the three-policy agenda he unveiled some few days back.

In many respects, one could argue that Lalong’s re-election is not only an endorsement of his vision for the state but a stunning vote of confidence on his inclusive and down to earth leadership style. He must be encouraged to continue on that path. There is nothing that stabilizes societies in transition, or gives democracy its distinctiveness in a multi-plural society like ours as the question of inclusiveness.

It is the ultimate glue  that holds the center.

Next, would be his choice of commissioners, special advisers and other aides who are expected to help him drive the implementation of the revised policy framework. I am confident that his choice in this respect will not be informed purely by political considerations alone, but also expertise.  He can and must muster the political will to do just that.

  Again, not only should experts be brought in, but professional advice heeded. Yet, this should also not be misconstrued as a call for the hegemony of technocrats. Far from it.

Yes, political decision-making is crucial. But it is not just about getting good and competent lieutenants, it is also about equipping them with the right set of tools to deliver results. In this sense, the governor is not only expected to set the agenda but cherry pick people who have both the personal and professional competencies to translate his policies into implementable programs and projects.

 The  capacity to meet expectations and timelines is very key here. I doubt if there is any better way for the governor to avoid pitfalls of the past or reinvent the wheels. His determination to leaving behind a lasting legacy should not be negotiated on the altar of high politics.

And talking about legacy, throughout history, people have known that their lives and deeds were chapters in a saga connecting them to those who had come before and to those who would come after. And as the concept of intergenerational equity holds, assets or wealth do not belong exclusively to those who have created them but also those who will inherit them and will, partly as a consequence of their inheritance, live somewhat better or improved lives than those who came before.

 Broadly speaking, legacy is like an annuity. It pays dividends in the actions of others. The legacy of good leaders is one that creates a prosperous and purposeful future and this is the challenge before our governor.

I am among those excited about the prospect of the on-going Lalong legacy projects. Curiously enough, not many people seem to know much about these projects or where they are sighted. For a fact, these massive projects include the construction of-

• 22 major roads in each local government across the state; six comprehensive hospitals in Wase, Mangu, Bokkos, Jos-East, Barkin Ladi and Shendam LGA’s;
• 6 gigantic model secondary schools in Riyom, Kurgwi, Dengi, Pankshin, Bassa and Jos South;
•  9 comprehensive primary schools in Yelwa-Shendam, Jos South, Jos -North, Kanke, Mikang Langtang north and Langtang south.

I understand some of these projects are currently being implemented and financed under the local ISPO. But additional funds are also in the process of being mobilised from the capital market on private placement which will ensure their completion in record time.

The High Court complex which is almost at the point of completion will most likely be commissioned in the month of July 2019. In addition to the legacy project is the reacquisition of the BARC farm and the ongoing effort at rebuilding the Jos main market, two important projects to which the Plateau man and woman have deep emotional attachments to.

Yet, if these projects and many more in the pipeline are to see the light of the day, then the need to review the financial management system of the state has never been this urgent. Areas of strategic interest and payment priorities needs to be set or lucidly defined ab initio.

Success is also contingent upon a robust IGR mobilization strategy and especially one that goes beyond the traditional Personal Income Tax or the PAYE. There is so much revenue to be generated from ground rents within the greater Jos metropolis alone.

Similarly, it is in our strategic interest to identify one or two key areas of comparative advantage in the agricultural sector and invest heavily in terms of technology, processing and storage. Enough of the back-breaking farming practices which is only good for subsistence. Similarly, providing five to ten bags of fertiliser to local farmers is no substitute for a deliberate policy framework and a massive investment required for the modernization of a sector with such a huge potential of being the main stay of our economy.

I am glad that the governor has taken the resuscitation of the ASTC as a major priority in this second term.

 Going forward, the government must carry out public service reforms as a prerequisite for attracting international development cooperation. The governor is already doing that in the water sector, health and in the ministry of finance. The prospects are quite high so long as we are able to put our acts together and pursue these things systematically.  Its time to scale up and replicate such reforms in other critical sectors.

We should also join in the trend to invest in building smart cities of the future through land use planning. This a process in which land is allocated between competing and sometimes conflicting uses in order to secure the rational and orderly development of our state in an environmentally sound manner.
The idea is to create sustainable human settlements especially within the metropolitan centers.

The current arrangement looks more like an organized chaos and therefore not sustainable. The city of Jos and its environs is gradually being transformed into a glorified slum and this must be stopped.

In conclusion, our governor has a golden opportunity to bequeath a gift of a sound and positive spirit coupled with humility and grace. His role is to inspire our people and prospective future leaders with a firm belief in the high destiny, peace, unity and development of our state.

Indeed, the question of leadership really comes down to example. It’s not what a leader says as much as what he/she does.  When it comes to development of others, people remember those who helped them learn and grow their skills.

 They also recall, sometimes with a wince, the times when the leader called them out when they are wrong. Such errors could sometimes be less about the quality of their work but more about how they had treated, or even maltreated others.  If they paid any attention, they learned from their mistakes and even become better or adept at managing and leading others.

Overall, the focus must be to consolidate on the gains of the last four years as well as rekindle the old Plateau spirit of unity, cooperation, solidarity and development.

After all, the legacy of a good leader is one that creates a prosperous and purposeful future.

This is indeed the biggest challenge before our amiable governor.

 I know he will triumph.
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Plateau Tertiary Institutions Suspends Strike Action....

Plateau Tertiary institutions suspends strike action

17th June, 2019


By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

 Joint Union  of Plateau State owned Tertiary Institutions(JUPTI)   on Monday  called off it's seven weeks  strike.


Our correspondent reports that the  Institutions includes, Plateau State Polytechnic, College of Education Gindiri, CAST Kurgwi, College of Agriculture Garkawa,others are colleges of Health Technology Pankshin, and Zawan respectively.


Speaking at a Press  Briefing in Jos, the State Capital, the Chairman of the Union Comrade Paul Dakogol said the State Government was able to address some of the issues  during the strike and last week entered into agreement with Union on those issues they could not handle immediately.


According to him,  the issues already addressed while on strike include the payment of  'No Work No Pay',the unpaid check up dues and Cooperative deductions, gratuity remittance for the months of February and March, 2019 and staff recruitment which is on going.


He added that the State Government has approved the exemption of all the Tertiary Institutions from the Treasury Single Accounts and has promised to  look into the payment of peculiar allowance to Academic  and Non- Academic staff.


Mr. Dakogol,  however emphasised that the Union shall not accept non-commitment from the Ministry of Finance in implementing the agreement  and would not hesitate to take necessary actions should the Union observe any violation to the terms of agreement.

"Following these appreciable development in the negotiations , the unions after thorough consultations with its members hereby direct the suspension of the strike with immediate effect on this day of 17 the June 2019 .
We commend the Governor Simon Lalong led administration for understanding with the union in resolving some the issues and in reciprocating the gesture , we have directed our members to resume work without further delay ".

It would be recalled that the Union on the 23th  of April declared an indefinite strike following the inability of the government to meet their demands.
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2023: Heralding The Plateau Story Vis-à-vis New Political Development- by Satmak Dapar..

2023: Heralding the Plateau story vis-à-vis new political developments – By Satmak Dapar

June 13,2019


Prior to this political dispensation, I’ve never been this meticulous in terms of assessing and partially participating in the politics that characterized the tail end of 2018 and essentially, the early part of 2019. Obviously, the elections have come and gone like nothing has happened. There seems to be a sort of quietude in the political atmosphere. Albeit, some few cases in the tribunals and court of law are still lingering. Many politicians across different parties that went to tribunal have tall dreams of retrieving their mandates while those issued certificates of return and sworn-in are not resting on their oars to have their mandates defended by lawyers. Yet, others have since congratulated the victors in the spirit of sportsmanship and moved on to accomplish other plans of action and personal commitments. In my previous article, I outlined that the politics of 2019 will perhaps be a litmus test for that, which, is to come in 2023. I equally mentioned that, for example, some key political figures eyeing the number one seat of power in plateau state are beginning to strategize in subtle ways to succeed the incumbent and have their political efforts to be counted. Politics on the Plateau has always come with surprises and shocker. New developments always spring up to counter the old order and narrative. New candidates and parties emerge with structures to achieve a win-win game, but at the end of the day, some scale through and others get disappointed. The heavy monetization of politics, betrayal, bitter rivalry, uncontrolled outpour of violent vituperations are among others, factors that bring us to a point of reflection. The politics saturating the Plateau space has been dicey over the years. Our people are becoming increasingly sophisticated and well enlightened to make informed choices in respect to who gets what position. In 2015, the handwriting was visible that Sen. GNS Pwajok of blessed memory, an erudite political figure was going to coast to victory by virtue of the prevailing situation around – incumbency factor, unmatched financial capacity and the choice of running mate who carries the household name of “Gomwalk.” On the contrary, people chose Gov. Lalong of the APC on the basis of respect for zoning arrangement. At some quarters, it was believed that the coming of GNS would mean an extension of Gov. Jang’s government, then came the widespread revolt through the ballot. That alone was shocking to the PDP on the one hand and historic to the APC on the other hand. In 2019, the incumbent Gov. Lalong contested against Sen. J.T Useni of the PDP and won again. Whether or not the incumbent was re-elected on the basis of performance is left to be analysed and judged in the court of public opinion. However, after gauging the feeling and disposition of majority, I realized that many people especially in the Central zone where opposed to Sen. JT Useni because they want power to come back to the Central zone in 2023. The popular belief was that, JT Useni may not relinquish the seat if he gets it after serving for 1 term. This is one of the major reasons among other troubles that had rocked his candidacy. Although he went to the tribunal and all fingers are crossed to see what happens.

2023

2023 is not too far from now. It will come surely and fast like a twinkle of an eye. There is a lot going on already from an undercover point of view. The politics will be interesting to say the least. Bigwigs are rising to show their faces. Old and new names are taking centre-stage of media discourse nowadays. Strategies and structures are explored and entrenched across frontiers. Consultations are on top gear and building close relationship with the incumbent Governor for his possible anointing is on course. I am carefully following the unfolding developments and when the chips are down, people will know where to pitch their tent. Realistictically, based on the zoning arrangement, the Central zone is prepared to take over and not miss chances. In the light of this reality, strong forces like Hon. Jiritmwa Morgak, Chief Alfred Dapal, Dr. Patrick Dakum, Hon. Letep Dabang, Dr. Sipak Shaseet, Dr. Nentawe Yilwadta, Hon. Istifanus Mwansat, Hon. Timothy Golu, Hon. Solomon Maren, Hon. Sam Damla, Hon. Panshak Yohanna, Dr. James Dalok, Prof. Soni Tyoden, Hon. Jonathan Aminu, Nde Gotring, Nde Victor Dimka, Arch. Hart Bankat, Rev. John Pofi, Hon. Chikas Comfort Kumle and former DIG Habila Joshak among many others are being advised and pressured to run for the plum seat because of their accomplishments in some ways. When the battle gets tough, there will be meetings and agreements for alignments and collapsing of structures to support adopted candidates. Quite importantly, apart from the permutations for the governorship seat itself, the choice of running mate will play central role in all the political calculations. Obviously in the same spirit of zoning, running mate will emerge from Plateau North and strictly writing, it has to be a strong force to gather momentum for the campaign of flagbearers from Central zone. Time shall tell.

Finally

The vision to transform Plateau state has come to stay. Successive governments have done their best. There is still hope that Plateau state can be taken to a position of pre-eminence. Government is about continuity. What matters most is allowing the popular will of the people to prevail in 2023. Whoever will succeed Gov. Lalong must realise that leadership is no easy but with strong will and the right spirit, the best is still possible. In the meant time, I congratulate Gov. Lalong on his re-election and his inauguration. I wish him the best.

Satmak Dapar writes from Abuja, Nigeria.
He can be reached via 08030546215 or satmakdapar1@gmail.com
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The Pharmaceutical Society Of Nigeria Congratulates The New PLHA Speaker Rt Hon Abok Ayuba..

June 13,2019

We have overtime believed in visionary leadership.

We also understand the divine location of God in blessing those He created in His likeness.

On this the *ENTIRE PHARMACISTS* on the Plateau joins their hearts in one place to say a *BIG CONGRATULATIONS* to you *Rt. Hon. Abok Nuhu Ayuba* over your new position as the *Honourable Speaker of the Plateau State 9th Assembly* amidst all your notable achievements!

Sir, we have in the previous administration enjoyed a smooth ride with both the Executives and Legislature where *The Professional inputs of Pharmacists* were enjoyed immensely by the general public. To mention a few:

- An indispensable contribution to curbing insecurity at the *PLATEAU PEACE BUILDING AGENCY* vis-a-vis the dangers of *Drug Abuse to Peace Building*.

- A Cornerstone contribution of *The Bill establishing the Contributory Healthcare* which was recently signed into law by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Plateau State, *Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong*

- A beneficial role of our *Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists* in *The Bill Establishing the Plateau State Specialist Hospital*.

- *....and a lot more*

To our mind Honourable Speaker, the Pharmacists intellectual inclination in Governance and policy making is indispensable.

From the above sir, we assure you of our continuous support, immense contributions and total professional inputs 24/7 our amiable young leader.

God bless Hon. N. A. Abok!
God bless the Plateau Pharmacists!!
God bless the PLHA!!!
God bless Plateau State!!!!
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!!!

*Once more, Congratulations from all of us at PSN!*

*Kim Bot*
PRO/Chairman, Media & Publicity, Plateau PSN.

For: All Pharmacists in Plateau State.
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Breaking: Gov Lalong Vows To Change The Narrative Of Governance In Plateau....

Breaking: Lalong vows to change the narrative of governance in Plateau

June 12, 2019







By Golok Nanmwa , Jos

Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong has said his administration is  determined to change the narrative of governance on the Plateau in the next four years.  

Lalong made this known while speaking  at the June 12   democracy day and unveiling of his  vision titled : “Plateau state in the Next Level: Policies and Programmes of  the Rescue Team, phase 2” at  the banquet hall, new Government house, little Rayfield  in Jos the state capital .

He said "Fellow Citizens, during our Inauguration and Swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday 29th May 2019, I promised to unveil the vision and programmes of the government for the next four years through a Town Hall Meeting that marks the celebration of June 12 Democracy Day.

I had given an insight that in further consolidating on our achievements,  our vision will continue to be based on the principles that people need freedom and self-determination; and that people have a right to seek truth and enjoy good social services delivery.

With due sense of modesty and humility, we believe that our performance score card no doubt contributed to the overwhelming victory and endorsement for a second term in the March 23, 2019 election. As a result, we are resolved that the next four years will be devoted to consolidating on the gains  made and expanding on critical areas of development for the benefit of the people.

On this note, it is my singular honour and pleasure to unveil the Vision of our Administration, tagged: “PLATEAU STATE IN THE NEXT LEVEL: POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES OF THE RESCUE TEAM, PHASE 2”.  Without prejudice, our vision for the new Plateau State promises to leave behind legacies of our commonality, human dignity and welfare. The strategic direction will be anchored on a three-point (3) policy thrust framework namely:

PEACE, SECURITY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT and
SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC REBIRTH.
We have deliberately resolved to review the Vision into three policy thrusts to enable us focus and concentrate our limited resources in achieving more service delivery. In addition, we have carefully woven all the critical sectors of the Plateau economy and society into these three-point policy  direction  to ensure that we lay foundation for sustainable growth and development for the future of our dear state

I will endeavour to provide a brief outline of our goals in each of these Policy Thrust:

PEACE, SECURITY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
In the next four years, Government hopes to accomplish the following:

Consolidate on the gains of security and peace building, by focusing on sustainable peaceful co-existence, equitable development; inclusive governance process that takes into consideration the needs of the most marginalized, including women, young people, minorities and people with disabilities as well as protecting human rights through appropriate Institutional and Legal framework.  These strategies are designed to continuously build confidence and  uplift the quality of life of the Plateau citizenry, which represent representing a dynamic force in the national arena.

Pursue the upscaling of the efforts of the Plateau Peace Building Agency to enable the implementation of the Strategic Road Map for Peace and the Community Security Architecture Dialogue (CSAD) as prerequisite for breaking the cycle of violence; enhancing resilience; promoting social cohesion, reconciliation and healing through forgiveness.

Sustain and enhance necessary support to the security agencies and boosting the Operation Rainbow early warning/crises detection mechanisms.

Ensure the full take off of the Mobile Police Force Barracks in Gashish, Barikin Ladi LGA and in Longvel, Shendam LGA.

Ensure the total return of all internally displaced persons to their original places of abode before the end of the first year of the administration.

Strengthen and upscale the role of Traditional institutions in the peace building efforts, community governance and development.

Pursue a deliberate process of public service reforms and restructuring of our Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in terms of re-orientation, training and capacity building in line with current realities; to perform their role as the engine room for effective delivery of policies, programs and projects effectively.

Entrench transparency and integrity in the public service and the affairs of government, in line with our zero tolerance for corruption

Sustainable excellent working relationship between the three arms namely- the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary beneficial to the people.

Ensure completion of all on-going projects, cutting across the different social services sectors.

Ensure good working relationship with the Presidency and its agencies with a view to attracting more development Programmes in to the State.

Sustain and increase the partnership with development partners, multilateral agencies and NGOs operating in and outside the state in areas like peace building, access to health, water supply, agriculture, education etc


PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT

In the area of infrastructural Development, we recognize that this sector forms the bedrock of economic activities as it is not only a catalyst but also a lubricant, the Government has within the last four years placed premium on this sector.
One of our achievements have been the completion of inherited projects from the previous administration and award of critical contracts at a total sum of thirty-eight billion, one hundred and sixty-eight million, four hundred and seventy thousand, six hundred and sixty-seven Naira (N38,168,470,667.00).

In the next four years, Government hopes to accomplish the following:

Focused attention and resources on the completion of all inherited infrastructure projects that cut across key sectors of the state.

Identify and prioritize new infrastructure projects that have significant multiplier potential. These projects are expected to not only enhance and lubricate the economy of the state, but upgrade the quality of human capital. They include, but not limited to Education, Health, Tourism, Commerce, Roads, Water, Agriculture and Food Security, etc.

Planned infrastructure development projects are categorized into Short, Medium and Long Terms  covering the next six months, two years and entire four years respectively.


3 SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC RE-BIRTH.

The past four years have witnessed the most challenging period in the economy of Nigeria, which by extension affected all the States in the country including Plateau.

The compelling economic recession and the sharp drop in oil revenue which negatively impacted our share of Federal Allocation has created the inevitable need for us in Plateau State to search for avenues of developing and growing our economy in a sustainable manner based on our resource endowments.

Apart from the impending increase in public sector expenditure resulting from the implementation of the new minimum wage, there is the need to meet the expectations of our electorate who gave us the mandate, by executing the necessary projects and programs that will justify their trust in government.
Without the necessary financial resources, these two key objectives will not be met

We must therefore see the next four years as a period devoted to putting in place policies and strategies that will generate necessary financial resources that will fund our development without relying exclusively on Federation account. It will not be business as usual.
Based on our resource endowments including excellent weather, Plateau State has the potential to be  leader  in virtually all aspects of economic activity and we must lay the foundation for converting these potentials into concrete gains.

During the next four years, Government hopes to accomplish the following:


Although we were able increase our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from N6.9billion per annum in 2015 to N12.7billion per annuum in 2018, almost 100% increase, yet this level of IGR is grossly inadequate to meet what the Rescue administration needs to fund our recurrent and capital expenditure in the next 4 years. We shall therefore re-invigorate our IGR machinery to ensure that we generate a minimum of N2.5biilion per month or N50billion per annuum in the next four years. All MDAs must henceforth see their activities as not only geared towards service delivery, but also as revenue generating centres.

Besides pursuing a robust revenue generating policy in the next four years, we will pay special attention to exploiting and developing our resource endowments namely Agriculture, Mineral Resources, Tourism and Human Capital using different strategic approaches.

Going forward, the Rescue administration phase II will take concrete steps to encourage commercial agriculture and Food Processing, Livestock and Dairy Development.

In specific terms, we will pay special attention to those crops that are unique to Plateau State or in which we have competitive advantage like apples, coffee, strawberries, rose flowers, Irish potatoes, acha etc

The ASTC and the PADP will be revamped and repositioned to achieve their goals, while the Government will complete the purchase of BARC farms to serve as a vehicle for joint partnership with reputable commercial agricultural firms.

Provision of critical inputs like seedlings and fertilizers will be a top priority, in addition to upgrading the Extension Advisory Services.

Lamentably, the huge mineral resource endowments of our state have remained mere potentials without adding value to our people. In the next four years Government will adopt a new approach; given our newly promulgated Policy on Mineral Development.

In preparation for this, the State Government has revived its Mineral Development Company (PMDC Ltd) and will adequately recapitalize it to serve as our vehicle for any joint partnership with serious minded investors.

Similarly, the State Government has entered into partnership with PW Ltd to produce relevant geo-technical data and survey maps that would facilitate and fast track the investment in the mining sector

In addition, we have set in motion machinery for working relationship between relevant State agencies and the Federal Ministry of Mines and Mining Development to ensure that mining activities in the State are effectively monitored and the interest of our people protected.

In the tourism sector, the state Government recently declared a State of Emergency in the sector. This implies paying special attention in terms of upgrading our tourist facilities and creating the conducive environment for both domestic and international tourism to grow.

In appreciation of contributions of the private sector in partnering with us to drive the economy of the State, government will continue to place emphasis in creating more conducive and enabling environment for business to thrive.

Government will ensure that the necessary incentives like easier access to land titles are implemented and the State One-Stop-Shop Initiative is completed so that all obstacles to doing business are removed.

Plateau State is blessed with huge human capital. Our bulging youth population is a very special asset that will be aggressively harnessed especially in areas of entrepreneurship and ICT so as to tackle unemployment. Government will maximally utilize the enormous potentials that abound with the creation of the Plateau ICT Development Agency (PICTDA).  

The PLASMIDA will be specially empowered to undertake entrepreneurship and skills training for youth and women across the State as a deliberate strategy for boosting self-reliance. A special Enterprise Fund of N2billion Naira in partnership between PLASMIDA and the Bank of Industry will soon take off to provide loans and capacity building for Entrepreneurs across the State.

The State Government intends to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the Nigerian Shippers Council to fast-track the completion of the Heipang Inland Container Port,

Government will conclude discussions with Chinese investors to take advantage of the status of the Yakubu Gowon Airport as an Agro-Cargo airport and explore the establishment of an  Agro-Industrial Park for food processing and fruit and vegetables  export.


CONCLUSION

Fellow Citizens, with this shared vision, we hope to take this great opportunity to make a more significant difference in terms of effective delivery on our mandates and fulfilment of our promises. We are determined to change the narrative of governance on the Plateau in the next four years.   We equally expect the good people of Plateau State to reciprocate Government gesture, not only by giving their unalloyed support, and harmonious co-existence with one another, so that together we can achieve the much-desired development, a better society and lasting legacies.

Finally, as I wish you all a happy Democracy Day, let me reiterate that in this second term of office, it will not be business as usual.
As leaders, we shall always strive as to be role models of being in the world with you and not over or against the people. This is our solemn commitment.
MAY GOD, IN HIS INFINITE MERCY, CONTINUE TO grant us more wisdom in implementing the template just unveiled, which will further redefine our development for the common good.
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Democracy Day: Plateau Speaker Rt Hon Abok Felicitates With Buhari, Nigerians ....

Democracy Day: Plateau Speaker Abok Felicitates with Buhari, Nigerians.

June 12,2019

Democracy Day Message
I wish to felicitate with the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, the President of the senate, His Excellency Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabamila, our mentor and dependable leader, the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon Simon Bako Lalong, Hounarable Members of the Plateau State House of Assembly, my great constituents of Jos-East Local government, my peace loving and hospitable people of Plateau State and fellow citizens of Nigeria on the occasion of democracy day celebration.
The task and trust of legislation bestowed on the 9th Assembly shall be a reflection of the wishes of the People and entrenching of the common heritage of the Plateau. As we celebrate the maiden June 12th Democracy Day, may our resolve and pledge to serve , unite and uphold the honour and glory of our country be our priority always. Let us all commit prayer and patriotic work at seeing the labour of our heroes never ebbs in vain. I urge all citizens to contribute to the sustainance of democracy in Nigeria and make our country great that we all may be proud of.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Long live Plateau State

RT . Hon Abok Nuhu Ayuba.
Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly
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Lalong Approves Appointment Of Two Paramount Rulers...

Lalong approves appointment of two Paramount rulers

June 11,2019
By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Following the recommendation of the state council of chiefs , Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong has approved the appointment of two Paramount Rulers of the restored and newly created Mavo and Ibaas chiefdoms in Wase and Barkin ladi local government areas of Plateau state respectively .
A statement by the acting secretary to the Government of the state Richard Tokgma made available to newsmen in Jos reads that this followed peaceful selection processes held at the headquarters of the two  local government councils .
The statement gave the name of  the Paramount rulers are Mohammed Tafida Asi as Aku Jukun of Mavo chiefdom in Wase local government area and Da Luka Pagyang Gyang as Gwom Ibaas of Ibaas chiefdom of Barkin ladi local government area .
The appointment takes effect from 16th and 18th of January 2019 respectively .
Government therefore wishes to express its appreciation to the selection  committees , the state council of chiefs and the people of the two chiefdoms for the peaceful conduct of the elections and appeal for more support to the monarchs to ensure peaceful co existence and development in their respective domains .
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Plateau - Youth Activist Congratulates Hon Abok Over His Emergence As Speaker



Plateau - Youth activist  congratulates Abok over his emergence as speaker

10th June,2019


By Golok Nanmwa,Jos


 Plateau Youth activist  Pius Hommen on Monday congratulated the newly elected Speaker of the  9th Plateau State House of Assembly Hon.Abok Ayuba .

Hommen in statement made available to newsmen in Jos said  he is confident that the  new speaker would  impact positively on the state’s legislative arm.
He appealed to members of the state assembly and the entire people of the state to support Abok  to enable him to succeed.

The statement further reads that  "your elevation did not come to us as a surprise  because Abok is a man who is determined to better the lives of people of his constituency and state at large .


I urged members of the assembly to support the new leadership of the House at ensuring that people of the state secure the best services from the legislators.
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Alfred Dapal Congratulates State and Federal Legislators On Their Swearing -In

10th June,2019

Press Statement

Congratulatory message from Alfred Dapal to State & Federal Lawmakers on their swearing-in


Mr. Alfred Dapal has congratulated both state and Federal lawmakers from plateau State on the occasion of their swearing-in. The message was contained in a press statement and transmitted electronically to Journalists in Jos by his media aide Satmak Dapar. Through the release, Mr. Dapal also calls on the people of Plateau to be security conscious and help the government achieve the goal of maintaining peace and order.
Today, heralds a moment of turning point. Down through the ages of political history, the legislature has played central role in promoting democracy. Consequently, a strong, vibrant and robust legislature is dependent on the vision and high sense of patriotism of its drivers. You were elected and sworn-in today because your constituents believe in your legislative prowess and vision for a better Plateau. It is obviously a milestone achievement and I heartily congratulate you all. I encourage you to do your best for the sake of posterity so your name could be written with gold in the sands of history. It is a common knowledge that Law-making is not a bed of roses. It is a rigorous assignment from the stage of formulation to implementation. I encourage that the laws you will put forward, should be anchored on patriotism, driven by vision and extended by the belief that the best for Plateau is still possible. In the same vein, I sincerely pray that you will have a robust and healthy relationship with the other arms of government in the highest interest of Plateau state. It is my belief that together, we will make Plateau state great again. My prayers and solidarity are with you all. The statement reads in part.
Once more, accept my earnest felicitations.

Signed
Satmak Dapar
Media aide, Abuja.
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Hon Abok Nuhu Ayuba Has Emerged Speaker Of The Plateau State House Of Assembly...

Hon Abok Nuhu Ayuba Has Emerged  Speaker Of The Plateau State House of Assembly...

10th June,2019

Abok ,the  34 years old lawmaker is a first time lawmaker representing Jos East constituency.

Abok was nominated by Hon Baba Saleh Hassan member representing Jos North North constituency which was seconded by Hon Esther Similar Dusu of Jos North West constituency , unanimously Abok turned out Unopposed.

He is a final year law student of theUniversity of Jos and a diplama in law graduate from the Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi( graduated 2007).
He is married to Janet N Abok with 2 children.
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Plateau Assembly Passed 31 Bills In Four Years - Speaker...



June 5,2019

The Plateau State House of Assembly says it passed 31 bills during the four years of the 8th assembly.

Speaker of the assembly, Joshua Madaki, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) in Jos on Wednesday.

NAN reports that the 8th assembly in the state was inaugurated on June 8, 2015.

Mr Madaki, who became speaker in July 11, 2018, after his predecessor, Peter Azi, was impeached, said all the bills passed had direct bearing on lives of the people of the state.

He added that bills, which had been assented to by the governor are fundamental to the growth and development of the state.

“In all, the 8th assembly successfully passed a total of 31 bills in the last four years.

“These bills will surely lift the history of the state, because they are so fundamental to the path of driving good governance to the people,” he said.

Mr Madaki added that the assembly was able to achieve the feat owing to the support and cooperation accorded him by his colleagues and also staff of the assembly.

He also commended the cordial relationship the House enjoyed with the executive arm in the state, and urged that same gesture be accorded the incoming 9th assembly.

Mr Madaki, however, decried paucity of funds in the assembly, which according to him, hindered performance of legislative functions optimally.

“One thing I will urge the executive arm is to ensure timely release of funds to the incoming assembly to enable it carry out its functions diligently.

"The financial bottleneck where funds have to pass through memos, approvals and releases is a serious challenge and should be checked,” he said.

A valedictory session to end the tenure of the 8th assembly will hold on Thursday.

Source: News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN)
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