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Gov Lalong Did Not Sack Acting Secretary To State Government Richard Tokma, mni....

August 31,2019



Following the recent appointment of Prof. Danladi Abok Atu as the new  Secretary to the Government of Plateau State(SGS), it has become necessary to clarify the purported "sack" of the erstwhile Acting Secretary to the Government Mr. Richard Tokma, as reported by some media platforms.
For the avoidance of doubt, Mr. Tokma is a serving Permanent Secretary in charge of Policy and General Services in the Plateau State Civil Service who was appointed to act by the Governor in September 2018 following the resignation of the former   SGS Rufus Bature to contest elections.
The insinuation of the purported " sack" of Mr. Tokma is therefore untrue and should be disregarded.
Governor Lalong appreciates his immense contributions during the period of his acting.
Mr. Tokma continues his career service as the permanent Secretary Policy and General Services.


Dr. Macham Makut Simon ANIPR
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State
31st August 2019.

Member Representing Kanke At The State Assembly Congratulate New Appointees...

August 31,2019

Congratulatory messages are still pouring in after the appointment of two Plateau illustrious sons to man the position of the Chief of Staff to the Governor and the Secretary to the State Government. The Member Representing Kanke at the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Barr. Wallok Philip Goma has lend his voice in the felicitation. In his message he congratulated the new Appointees and appreciated the Governor over the appointment. His message reads,

I Hon.Barr. Wallok Philip. Goma, Member Plateau State House of Assembly representing Kanke Local Government Council, On behalf of my family, the good and loving people of Kanke joyfully Congratulate Hon. Noel Donjur and Dr Danladi Atu on their well deserved appointment as Chief Of Staff Government House and Secretary to the Government of the State respectively.

It is worthy of note that everyone wants success, but it only follows those who take a true approach to get it through hard work and dedication. You both have proven your worth hence the present destination which the two of you have reached through your appointment. I have no doubt you are the right people with the potential to help the Governor to take Plateau to the NEXT LEVEL.

Your appointment is never a surprise because you both have being so balanced and focused in the discharge of your duties so far in all responsibilities bestowed on you, the result of which we are a witness today. I'm fully optimistic that you will deliver on this mandate entrusted to you by His Excellency.

Your Excellency the Governor and Chairman, Northern Governor's Forum, Rt. Hon. Barr. Simon Bako Lalong, this is a stride worthy of appreciation. A big welldone for  the appointment of this two gentlemen of unequal capacity and knowledge. It is always a pleasure to work with someone who knows how to make every working environment a friendly and inspiring space. You know the importance of choosing men of proven character and I'm sure this formed the bases for you choosing them. May the Lord keep you.

Lastly, I and the people of Kanke State Constituency are saying a very big congratulations to you the appointees.  Indeed it is a well-earned promotion given to well deserved personalities. May the Lord see you through and grant you success in the new office.

My Appointment As Minister Divine - Pauline Tallen...

My appointment as  Minister divine -Pauline Tallen

August 31,2019

By Golok Nanmwa, Jos

Minister of Women Affairs,Pauline Tallen has described her appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari as divine .

Tallen who rejected an ambassadorial offer during President Buhari's first term, however ,said that having accepted to serve as Minister under his second term administration, she will use her new position to defend the course of women  for national development.

The Minister who spoke during an interaction with journalists in Jos on Saturday said "I wasn't expecting it( Ministerial position) but I am prepared to accept the will of God at any time.

"I never lobbied for anything. I believe and trust in God because God knows me more than I know myself and he knows what I can do to humanity. So I believe that my appointment to the Ministry of Women Affairs is divine and I believe that the same God who saw to my appointment will equip me with all I need to make a difference

"Since childhood, I fight for the course of women. In fact, I have been a tomboy in my childhood; I use to fight the boys in the classroom in my attempt to defend womanhood. So, I love women and I see them as agents of change, a tool that when you encourage them, you will get results.

The issue of violence against women will be look at. The issue of girl child education is also key to me because when you empower the girl child, you have empowered the nation. These and many more will be my priority   in the Ministry of Women Affairs as we work and relate with all the other ministries and stakeholders  in our  quest for nation building"

The Minister stressed  that what Nigeria needed at this period were leaders who had the interest of the people at heart and were prepared to render services to them

She advised women with political ambition in 2023 not to waste time but to start work immediately as that was the only way they could win the confidence of the people

ES Plateau Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board Congratulate Atu and Dongjur...

August 30,2019


I happily write to Congratulate Prof. Danladi Abok Atu and Hon. Noel Dongjur Kuryil on their well deserved appointments by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Barr. Simon Bako Lalong, to serve as Secretary to the Government of the State, and Chief of Staff to the State Government House.

It is with great pleasure that i learned of your appointments as the new (SGS), and (COS) respectively.

Permit me to congratulate you most warmly both on my behalf, Family and on behalf of the Board.
Certainly, your willingness to dedicate your time and work tirelessly as well as your opinions has contributed to your being appointed for the job. We wish you a successful stay in office.

It’s of no doubt, the Governor has made an excellent choices based on expertise, experience and talent as well.

We would be delighted to hear more of your victory in office and in the state as a whole, and we are also sure that under your great leadership, the Plateau State Government will strive to much greater heights and achievements.

We at the Board Pledge our further support and look forward to productive cooperation..

Allow me to once again reiterate my sincere congratulations..

Auwalu Abdullahi, Esq.
Executive Secretary
Plateau State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board

TICAD VIL 2019: Plateau To Access 300 Million Dollars From Afri- Japan As Governor Lalong Engages Investors..

August 30,2019

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

As part of his engagements at the just concluded Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yakohoma Japan, Plateau State Governor Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has opened discussions on a financing initiative that can see his state accessing funding of up to $300million dollars from AFRIJAPAN to finance projects that will have direct impact on the citizens particularly those in rural areas.

This was contained in a statement signed by Dr  Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to Governor of Plateau State and made available to newsmen in Jos

The statement reads that Lalong who attended one of the side events of the conference, Grassroots Initiative Fostering Tangible Change in Livelihoods in West Africa, held talks with Mrs. Rose Oyedele of AFRIJAPAN who spoke on the mandate of the organisation in assisting countries and states to source funds for improving the livelihoods of rural dwellers.
Oyedele assured the Governor that Plateau State qualities for such funding.

Governor Lalong was delighted on the window and assured that his administration will swing into action immediately towards meeting all the requirements to facilitate the funding of many critical projects especially the Legacy Projects located in all parts of the State.
He was happy to learn that the funds which are given under a 3 years moritorium with repayment period of 15 years in the first instance, can eventually translate to grant subject to satisfactory application and utilization.
" Lalong was part of the delegation from the Nigerian Governor's Forum attending the Japan-Africa Business EXPO and Fair in Yakohoma Japan as part of this year's Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VII).
Governor Lalong in company  of the Chairman of the Nigerian Governor's Forum Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and his counterparts from Niger Sani Bello and Samuel Ortom of Benue State attended among other events the Seminar/Symposium of the Japan-Africa Business Forum, organised by Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO).
Governor Lalong took particular interest on theme of the forum which centred around investment promotion, business matching/networking between Nigerian and Japanese companies and other trade facilitation initiatives.

At the plenary Session dedicated to the Public-Private Business Dialogue between the public and private sectors from Japan and Africa, Governor Simon Lalong used the opportunity to market the investment potentials of Plateau State in the areas of agriculture, tourism, solid minerals, innovation and skills development, energy as well as transportation.
The Governor met with various participants and companies during the Coalition for Africa Rice Development (CARD) high level meeting where he extracted some commitments towards boosting the rice production capacity of Plateau State as part of the national rice development programme.
He also had a one-on-one engagement with investors in  Food Value Chain where he discussed the value addition programme of the state in potatoes,  vegetables, livestock and diary production among other agricultural products. His presentation elicited interest among Japanese and African companies who have capacity for large scale food value chain activity that Plateau urgently yearns for.

During the Japanese Companies for Africa event,  the Governor was captivated by the presence of many exhibitors that support Small and Medium Enterprises development in Africa.
He therefore used the opportunity to talk about the work of the Plateau Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency PLASMIDA which is providing training and empowerment opportunities for thousands of youths in the state and creating jobs. He expressed willingness in partnering with the investors to build on the achievements of young innovators in Plateau State such as Jerry Mallo, a citizen of the state who is a national icon for innovation, business development and entrepreneurship with many patents and fabrications to his name.
The governor got firm commitment from some interested investors who are willing to visit Plateau State in the shortest time possible to move the initial engagements at Yakohoma forward.

Governor Lalong was accompanied to the event by a member of the Plateau State Economic Team Prof. Ekoja Benjamin Ekoja, Mr. Hagai Gutap, DG PLASMIDA and Mr. Chrysogonus Yilzak of the Plateau Investment and Property Development Company.

An APC CHIEFTAIN ,Engr. Buhari Auwal Congratulates Prof Danladi Atu And Noel Dongjur..

An APC CHIEFTAIN, Engr. Buhari Auwal Congratulates Prof. Danladi Atu and Hon Noel Dongjur...

August 30,2019


My family, political associates and I wish to joyfully congratulate Prof. Danladi Abok Atu and Hon. Noel Kuryil Dongjur on their well merited Appointments by His Excellency, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Simon Bako Lalong, to serve as Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS) and Chief of Staff (CoS) respectively.

Reason being that the dou possess the requisite experience, dexterity, altruism, capacity and the technical know how to effectively drive Governance in pursuance to the yearning, aspiration and welfare demand of Plateau citizens, I make bold to categorically state that by their appointments, the Governor has put a round peg in a round hole.

With the wisdom and spirit deployed to make these appointments, it is very predictable, the Governor will in the same vein appoint vibrant and tenacious Commissioners and Special Advisers to complete a formidable first eleven cabinet team that will aggressively and technocratically champion the business of Governance and make Plateau a hub and fulcrum for developmental strides.

Because this is time for Governance not Politics, I enjoin our party faithfuls, teeming supporters and believers of the Governor's rescue phase two mission and even all citizens regardless of our party affiliation to join hands with the Governor and his appointees to move the state forward.

God bless all of us.

Plateau State Deputy Speaker Receives Members Of Nigerian Institute Of Surveyors...

29th August, 2019

The Plateau State Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon.(Surv). Saleh shehu Yipmong who is the member Representing Dengi Constituency at the state Assembly receives delegations from the Nigerian institution of surveyors in his office complex in Jos. Other members present were those representing Quaanpan, jos north west, Bokkos, mangu north and mikang.

The delegation was ably led by Surveyor Dr. Bitrus Akila Dang, the Chairman of Plateau State Branch of Nigeria Institution Of Surveyors. They congratulated the Deputy speaker who is one of them by profession on his victory at the 2019 general election and also sympathies with the people of plateau state over the recent collapse of building in the state.

The Nigerian institution of surveyors (NIS) also presented some demands to the Deputy Speaker that the government should consider in other to strengthen the professionality of its members. Some of the demands are

1. The office of the Surveyor General be uplifted to a Ministerial office. This will give the Surveyors a sense of direction.

2. The Boundary Commission office has existed without the Commissioner since this Administration.

3. The position of a Surveyor in the building industry and all relevant organization with Survey content should have Surveyors taken proper position.

The Deputy speaker in turns appreciate their coming, he says it is timely at this crucial time that the society is in need of professionals to improve the standard of buildings in the state. He further assures them of his  corporation at any point to support the institution and also gave them cash sum of money to help them offset the cost of logistics incurred in the visit.

Sadiq kwaltom
Reporting from state house.

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Jos Trade Fair - Companies, Organizations Commit Interest To Participate - Ms Bolcit Barshep....

Jos trade fair - Companies , Organizations commit Interest to participate  - Ms Bolcit Barshep

August 29,2019

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Ms Bolcit Patience Barshep  the Managing Director and chief executive officer CEO Anista Marketing and events limited on thursday said that  Jos 2019 Trade Fair has continued to receive boost as more companies and organizations have indicated and committed their interest and willingness to participate in the forth coming mega business fiesta which will hold at the Jos Polo Field from 10th to 27th October.

Barshep who spoke to our correspondent in Jos said the  Solarium Potato Farmers Association of Plateau State are the latest organization who have indicated interest to participate in the forth coming Jos Trade Fair.

 She said Mr Isaac Buwah led a powerful delegation to meet with us  They went on to commit their willingness to have potatoes available for sale in combo packs for visitors, vendors and exhibitors alike at the 2019 Jos Trade Fair thereby showcasing Plateau potatoes from 7 producing local government areas.

You will recall that the 2018 edition witnessed first time participation of new states and the Dangote Group amongst others. Preparation for the 2019 edition has kicked off in earnest with more groups coming to make it bigger and better.

" Stanel oil has also confirmed their attendance alongside industrial training fund   ITF, Bayer,  Federal Inland Revenue service FIRS
Our correspondent reports that the Jos Trade Fair is Organized by the Plateau Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PLACCIMA) in collaboration with Anista Marketing And Events LTD supported by the Plateau State Government.

Chairman Langtang South Rims Congratulates Donjur,Atu Over Appointment...

Chairman Langtang south Rims congratulates Donjour,Atu over appointments

August 29,2019

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Executive Chairman   of Langtang south       Hon. Nimchak Rims has congratulated Noel Donjur and Prof.Danladi Abok Atu on their well-deserved appointment as the Chief of Staff and Secretary to the State Government Plateau state respectively

          Rims in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos reads that
On behalf of myself, my executive council, traditional rulers and the good people of Langtang South, I wish to Specially Congratulate Hon. Noel Donjur and Prof.Danladi Abok Atu on a well-deserved appointment as the Chief of Staff and Secretary to the State Government Plateau state respectively.
 Sirs, I congratulate you and I wish you all the best, as you take up this uphill task. It is my prayers and that of the good people of Langtang South that our good Lord will grant you the grace, wisdom and enablement to accomplish this task in perfection.
Your appointment can best be described as a square peg in a square hole, so I have no iota of doubt that u will perform excellently. You have handled such and even more before, and your performance has always been excellent, this surely won't be any different. Once again I say congratulations.

Mrs Regina Lalong Empowers, Train Over 300 Female Students..

Mrs Regina Lalong empowers ,train over 300 female students

August 29,2019

Wife of the Plateau State Governor,  Regina Lalong in her bid to empower the Girl child in Plateau State has trained 300 students from 30 public secondary schools from the  senatorial zone of Plateau State.

Our correspondent report that this was  motivated by the recent development of computer based testing (e-exams) adapted for senior secondary schools graduates to gain admission into tertiary institutions, and the observed knowledge and skills gap in computer proficiency which adversely affects their performance.
Her Excellency introduced this project to equip children for the fast changing digital trend in our society.
A quiz competition between participating students from each zone took place and 9 students, 3 from each senatorial zone were given HP Laptops after the successful ICT-Cisco Get Connected Training.

Photo Credit: Josiah Jenvulu


John Dafaan Congratulates DONJUR, ATU..

John Dafaan congratulates DONGJUR,ATU

August 29,2019

By Golok Names,Jos

Chief John Dafaan,Immediate Past Chief of Staff to the Governor  of Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has congratulated the newly appointed chief of staff Hon . NOEL KURYIL DONGJUR and secretary  to the  Government of the state  (SGS) – PROF DANLADI ABOK ATU

Dafaan in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos reads that on  behalf of my family and all my political associates, I wish to congratulate Prof. Danladi Abok Atu and Hon. Noel Kuryil Dongjur my brother and friend on their well deserved Appointments by His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Simon Bako Lalong, to serve as Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS) and Chief of Staff (COS) respectively.

Consequently, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to God Almighty and His Excellency Rt. Hon. Dr. Simon Bako Lalong, the Executive Governor of Plateau State for availing me the opportunity to serve Plateau State, my homeland.

The experiences garnered in the course of my duty were worthwhile and indeed fulfilling and if in the course of same and human frailty failed me, I please seek for understanding and forgiveness while also praying for support and God’s abundant provision of wisdom, strength and grace to the newly appointees.

In the end, let’s all THINK PLATEAU, ACT PLATEAU for the good of Plateau and the generations yet unborn.

Long live Plateau State!
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

APC Chieftain Alhaji Nagelu Congratulates Noel Donjur,Danladi Atu...

APC chieftain Alhaji Nagelu congratulates Noel Donjur , Danladi Atu

August 29,2019

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress APC in Plateau state ,Alhaji Nagelu Garba has felicitated with Prof. Danladi Abok Atu  and Hon Noel Donjur  over their appointments as Secretary to the Government of Plateau State and Chief of staff to Governor Simon Lalong .

Speaking to our correspondent Nagelu  described Donjur and Atu as  seasoned politicians.

Donjur and Atu   are both detribalised leader, who over the years, remained focused and diligent in their  quest for the socioeconomic transformation of Plateau state.

He  assured that the combination of Donjur    a seasoned technocrat, and Atu a University Don  will facilitate the overall development of the state , in line with Governor Lalong,s  vision.

Comrade Hoomen Congratulates Noel Donjur, Danladi Atu On Their Appointment As COS ,SGS..Lauds Lalong.

Comrade  Hoomen congratulates Noel Donjur , Danladi Atu on their appointments as COS ,SGS

*Lauds Lalong *

August 29,2019

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Plateau youth activist comrade Pius Hoomen on thursday congratulated Hon Noel  Donjur on his appointment  as his Chief of Staff by the Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong .

Hoomen commended Gov Lalong for appointing
 Mr. Donjur as  chief of staff describing the appointment as a “Round peg in a round hole.”

The youth activist said this  in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos  .

He described Noel Donjour , a former commissioner as “tested and trusted.”

Hoomen also commended Lalong for the appointment of Prof. Danladi Abok Atu as the Secretary to the Government of Plateau State.

Prof. Atu until now is the Director, Institute for Peace and Social Rehabilitation, University of Abuja.

The statement reads that by bringing both of them on board , Lalong has proven that he wants to take Plateau to greater heights .

Atu has excelled and performed excellently in his field  .

  He assured Gov Lalong and  Plateau citizens   that Atu , and Donjour would not betray the confidence the Governor  reposed in them

Both of them  have a pedigree of courage and integrity in service the statement added


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