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Plateau PDP Inaugurates Newly Elected Wards Executives...

Plateau PDP inaugurates newly elected wards executives

April 30,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Plateau state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has inaugurated  newly elected wards executives .

A statement by John Akans , state Publicity Secretary of the party said The leadership of the People's Democratic party (PDP) Plateau state Chapter through its state Chairman Hon Gwott Yakubu  Chocho has received a communication of approved list of elected executive of wards and local government  as approved by both electoral and appeal committees.

It reads that "Having received this, inline with the Party's constitution considering the expiration of tenure of wards executive this day 30th April 2020, the state working committee in its online meeting has approved dissolution of the old wards executive and also approved the inauguration of the  newly elected wards as approved by the national leadership of the party, by this approval the newly elected wards executive stand  inaugurated as wards executive."

Akans said that the  party appreciates and commends the outgoing ward executives for providing purposeful, responsible leadership to the party,while in office up to the end of their tenure,

The statement further reads that "we implore the old executives to continue supporting the party in their various wards and polling units,as we continue to pilot the affairs of our party at the state level, we assure you all of our commitment, integrity and our desire zeal to serve you all and to as well lead you to victory come 2023. "

"We encourage the incoming executives, critical stakeholders and  members of our great party across the state to remain calm and continue to work for the progress of the party in the spirit of reconciliation, ".

He said that members should equally note that all areas as identified by the report as inconclusive or no election will be taken care of in conjunction with the national leadership.

 "As opposition, the state executive members are committed in playing its role of oversight in checkmating government activities day by day making sure the best interest of the people is uphold."

He call on all party faithfuls to continue supporting the directives and guidelines issued by Government as preventives measures against this dreaded COVID-19 by observing the social distancing and keep themselves hygienically clean even as they  await further directives from the Governor.
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Plateau PDP Put On Hold Swearing In Of Newly Elected Ward EXCO As Outgoing Tenure Ends Today....

Plateau PDP Put on Hold swearing in of Newly Elected Ward EXCO as Outgoing Tenure Ends Today

April 30,2020

Plateau PDP will Swear in New Elected Ward EXCOs in the future as Tenure of Existing EXCOs End Today

The tenure of the Ward elected Executives of PDP in Plateau State will come to an end today.

The Plateau State Chapter of the Party has put on hold the inauguration of the Newly Elected Executives in the State in compliance with the total lockdown directive in the State on account of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The outcome of the Ward Congresses held on the 7th of March 2020 has received the approval of NWC/NEC. Details of the approval will be communicated to all LGA chapters via online platform later today” statement from the State Chapter said.

This was contained in a statement signed by the State Secretary of the Party, Hon. Emma Tuang and made available to Online Reporters as shown below:

To:
All LGA PDP CHAIRMEN.

EXPIRATION OF TENURE OF WARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES

Tenure of the Ward Executive Committees elected in April 2016 and sworn in on the 30th of April 2016 expires today and are hereby dissolved.

2. The outcome of the Ward Congresses held on the 7th of March 2020 has received the approval of NWC/NEC. Details of the approval will be communicated to all LGA chapters via online platform later today.

3. The Swearing in of the Newly elected Ward Executive Committees be put on hold in compliance to Plateau state Govt order currently in place in relation to COVID 19 Pandemic. However, they can assume their various offices in the interim pending when it is lawfully convenient for them to be formally sworn in.

4. Other details in relation to this development will be content in a press statement to be issued by the State publicity Secretary later today.


Signed
Hon. Emma Tuang
State Secretary
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Ramadan 2020: Wase Distributes Foodstuff As Support To Constituents....





Ramadan 2020 : Wase distributes foodstuff as support to constituents

April 29,2020

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, has commenced the distribution of food stuff to the less privileged persons across the 122 polling units of Wase federal constituency.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by publicity  Secretary, Wase equity project, Abubakar Muhammad badu,Wase said the move is part of measures to support families during the holy month of Ramadan.

The distribution which has commenced in the federal constituency witnessed the dispatching of the items which includes millet, sugar and rice to the various units for onward distribution to households.

In a brief message to the constituents on his behalf, the Deputy Speaker said the food items are being distributed without any form of discrimination.

Wase, who was represented by Hon Musa Abdullahi Nyalun (Danburam Nyalun), appealed to the people to use the fasting period to offer prayers for the nation as we battle the Corona Virus pandemic, urging them to always obey government orders on measures aimed at containing the spread of the deadly virus.

He said the support has been designed to reach the people directly and not through proxies.

He equally called on the people to continue supporting and praying for the Federal and Plateau State governments in their efforts to improve the living standard of the citizens.

Abubakar Muhammad Badu
Publicity secretary
Wase equity project
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Northern Governor,s Console Adamawa Governor Fintiri Over Death Of Mother...

Northern Governors console Adamawa Governor Fintiri over death of Mother

April 29,2020



By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Northern Governors Forum has expressed deep condolences to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, over the death of his mother, Hajiya Fatimah Umar Badami, who died at the age of 68.

In a condolence message through its Chairman and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong and signed by Dr. Simon Macham, his Director of Press and  Public Affairs said  the Forum is devastated by the sad news of the departure of Hajiya Fatimah who was a great pillar to the Governor and members of his family.

Governor Lalong said “we sincerely commiserate with our brother and colleague, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri and the entire people of Adamawa State over this huge loss, especially at this difficult time when the Governor is working hard to fight the Corona Virus Pandemic. We assure him of our support and prayers and urge members of the family and people of the State to accept her death as the will of God and continue to pray for the repose of her soul”.

The Forum also encouraged Governor Fintiri to be comforted by the legacy of love, sacrifice and service that his mother demonstrated during her lifetime and the inspiration she gave to her immediate community as a devout Muslim.

They also prayed God to grant her soul eternal rest.
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COVID-19: Plateau Youth Activist Hoomen Donates Food Items To Less Privileged,Aged...

Covid 19 - Plateau Youth activist Hoomen donates food items to less privileged ,aged

April 28,2020











By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Plateau Youth activist and philanthropist, Comrade Pius Hoomen  through his Pius Hoomen Foundation has started the distribution of food items to the less privileged  and aged in the state  to help cushion the effect of the lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Distributing the food items in Jos , Hoomen said    that the situation of things globally calls for assistance in whatever form to sustain the people.



He said that the initiative tagged the Covid 19 Emergency Response   was inspired by the need to provide succour to the less privileged many of whom survive on daily earning from their work but can no longer work due to the stay at home policy.

“What we have done is our own way of touching the lives of the people directly.

He commended the proactive steps taken by the Governor of Plateau  State  Barrister Simon Lalong , to safeguard the lives of citizens of Plateau  from the ravaging pandemic, saying that it was necessary for all to support the governor's gesture by reaching out to the needy.

Items donated included  bags of Rice , cartons of Spaghetti , Indomie ,bags of salt,   among others.

Hoomen said that "This donation is to assist our people in Plateau to cushion the effects of Covid-19 which has led to a sit-at-home order that they are obeying as good citizens who are also passionate about their health.

Most of the beneficiaries  who spoke at the occasion  described Hoomen as God sent and thanked him for his efforts .
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Northern Governor, s Forum Commiserates With DG DSS On The Death Of Mother....


April 26,2020

PRESS RELEASE

NORTHERN GOVERNORS FORUM COMMISERATES WITH DG DSS ON DEATH OF MOTHER

The Northern Governors Forum has commiserated with the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi over the death of his mother Hajiya Kareematu Abubakar Bichi who died at the age of 96.

In a condolence message, Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong eulogised  the late Hajiya Kareematu Abubakar Bichi who served her immediate family and community with the fear of God and lived an extraordinary life of sacrifice.

Lalong said though the demise of the late  Hajiya Kareematu creates a vacuum to the family, her good works and positive impact on the community brings a lot of comfort as her legacies will remain fresh in the minds of many who savoured her love.

He prayed that Almighty Allah will receive Hajiya Bichi’s soul and grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham, ANIPR
Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum.
April 26, 2020
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COVID-19: Plateau State Resumes Total Lockdown Midnight Sunday...

Plateau state resumes total lockdown midnight Sunday

April 26,2020

By Golok Nanmwa , Jos

Plateau state Government on Sunday said that the total lockdown of the State as a result of the Corona Virus Pandemic resumes midnight Sunday 26th April 2020 after the three day window, as announced by Governor Simon Bako Lalong in a State broadcast on 23rd April.
A statement signed by Dr. Simon Macham, Director of Press and  Public Affairs to the Governor of the state called on all citizens  to abide by all provisions of the lockdown as violators will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

He said Further details of the lockdown will be unveiled in due course.

The Government also  appreciated all law abiding citizens for their support and cooperation in the fight against this pandemic, and assures them that it is doing everything possible to contain the situation, particularly now that the State has an index case.

"Citizens should therefore disregard fake and unverified information, and seek reliable communication from revelant Government channels at all times. "
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Corona Virus Cannot Revive Your Political Irrelevance ",APC Fires Back At Plateau PDP...

PRESS STATEMENT

“CORONA VIRUS CANNOT REVIVE YOUR POLITICAL IRREVELANCE”, APC FIRES BACK AT PLATEAU PDP.

April 26,2020.

The world is on the edge because of the catastrophic impact of the Corona Virus Pandemic, which is not only threatening the lives of people, but the economies of nations and dramatically changing livelihoods.
No doubt, these are precarious times that have put Governments across the world, including Nigeria on their toes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, ensure treatment of those infected as well as find a cure.
Since the first index case was reported in Nigeria, the APC-led Rescue Administration in Plateau State under the leadership of Rt. Hon. (Dr) Simon Bako Lalong took proactive steps to ensure that the disease does not infiltrate the State, and in case of any eventuality, the State is able to respond quickly and robustly to deal with the situation.
For Governor Lalong, this emergency requires all hands to be on deck, as the virus does not discriminate against its victims irrespective of gender, tribe, religion, ethnicity, economic status, or even political affiliation.
That is why he has continuously engaged all stakeholders in fighting the pandemic and boosting the State’s preparedness. Typical of his all-inclusive Governance style, he has carried all stakeholders along and galvanized the support of all well-meaning citizens of Plateau State in the fight against COVID-19, not minding what divide they belong.
However, the good people of Plateau State, and indeed the APC-led Rescue Government has been inundated by the disgraceful and futile attempt of the moribund People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to not only distract the Governor from focusing on the fight against COVID-19, but also hoping to make cheap political capital from the pandemic. SAD!
Ordinarily, the Plateau APC would have ignored the shenanigans of the collapsed PDP that has been in the Intensive Care ever since the discerning people of Plateau unanimously rejected it in 2015 and 2019. Since then,  the party has continued to attempt to re-invent itself through its old tricks of lies, propaganda, and deceit.
Most disgusting is the fact that they have been desperate in trying to use COVID-19 (a global health emergency) as their comeback strategy having lost their last bid to gain any relevance as the Supreme Court finally buried their lost ambition by affirming the mandate that the people of Plateau State entrusted in the Rescue Governor, Simon Bako Lalong.
The APC deems it inevitable to put the records straight and clear the doubts of the people of Plateau, Nigerians and the International Community who have followed with admiration the doggedness of Governor Lalong and the Rescue Administration in taming the COVID-19 monster from ravaging the State.
Perhaps the PDP has stayed for so long in the ICU and in so much slumber that it woke up in hallucination with an incoherent, disjointed, poorly written and empty “so-called” Press Statement issued by one of its factional Publicity Secretaries by name John T. Akans on Saturday 25th April 2020.
In the concoction, it spewed ignorance; outright falsehood; total disrespect for the health and safety of the people and Plateau State; outright disregarded to minimum moral standards; and even attempted to “claim and pretend” that they care.
They began with a monumental gaffe that they have “independently monitored” the response of the State Government to the Corona Virus Pandemic. How laughable can the PDP be when it is crystal clear to even a toddler that since the outbreak of the disease, they have been busy junketing and casting aspersions on virtually every step taken by the Government in combating the disease without offering a single suggestion, talk more of solution.
The PDP not only failed to convince itself on what it meant by the need for “proactive steps” to be taken by the Government, but equally betrayed its hidden agenda by citing States like Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, Oyo, Edo, Cross River and Benue which it claimed have “adequate” health facilities and personnel for COVID-19.
What a travesty! Quick questions to ask the Plateau PDP are: When did they carry out this analysis and came to this sumptuous conclusion? How did they go about this assessment despite the lockdown in Plateau State and the States they claim to have assessed? What were the criteria for the assessment? Who validated it? Why did they fail to specify the “fantastic” facilities in these States? Why did they not point out what Plateau State lacks for responding to COVID-19?
Let us now educated and shame the PDP who in 16 years damaged and left in ruins every sector in Plateau State before the coming of the Lalong Rescue Administration. For starters, the APC Government has been busy trying to revive the near-dead health facilities across the State since assuming office and it has largely succeeded. Were it not for the past destruction of the PDP, the State would have been far ahead in all facets including the health sector. Nevertheless, Governor Lalong has remained undaunted in rebuilding most health facilities, and even initiated World-Class Health Projects under the Lalong Legacy Projects located in the three senatorial districts of the State.
The PDP knows but refuses to acknowledge the fact that apart from taking many strategic decisions, Governor Lalong visited the Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos University Hospital and Bingham University Teaching Hospital to ensure that the Isolation facilities are ready for the fight against COVID-19. During that visit, he directed the immediate purchase of more Ventilators, Personal Protective Equipment, medicines and other accessories for treatment of Corona Virus. All these have been delivered. In addition, he directed that health personnel should be trained and retrained on the Corona virus disease to make them battle-ready.
As the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Governor Lalong led his colleagues in demanding for Testing Centres in the North, which immediately paid off when the NCDC designated the NVRI Vom as a Testing Centre with capacity for over one thousand samples in a day. Indeed, the recent index case for Plateau was detected at the centre and more samples are being tested now. The PDP is blind to all these!
Talking about being proactive, has the PDP pondered to ask themselves, or at least those who can educate them on why Plateau State did not record any case months after the disease spread to more than 20 States? What could be more proactive than holding off for that long despite pressures of cross border transmission from neigbouring States who had recorded cases? If you cannot give credit to Governor Lalong, please do not be desperate to discredit him. After all, he is not looking for cheap praises, but doing his job according to the oath of office he took and the social contract he has with Plateau people.
If the PDP stopped at these unfounded allegations, it would have been mild. However, they have since deployed their antics of mobilizing the people through misinformation where they orchestrated and stage-managed a failed protest over palliatives in some streets of the Jos Metropolis.
Instead of them to cover their faces in shame over this failed attempt, they again made reference to the broadcast by Governor Lalong where he stated that the distribution of palliatives to the vulnerable and weak will commence on Saturday 25th April 2020.
Because they were afraid that the Governor’s directive would be carried out and nullify their campaign of calumny as well as thrash them to the dustbin of history, they quickly circulated messages via social and some mainstream media sympathetic to them to deceive the gullible on and organize their members to protest.
Unknown to them, the Palliative Committee headed by the Dependable and Loyal Deputy Governor Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden had commenced the distribution of the palliatives beginning with orphanages, people living with disabilities, orphans and the elderly on Saturday 25th April as directed by His Excellency the Governor.
When their hired protesters were intercepted and addressed by the Chairman of Jos North Local Government and the Commissioner of Police, they melted away with apologies, and now ready to face the anger of the protesters for deceiving them and taking them on a wild goose chase.
Apart from trying to pitch the people against the Government which has failed woefully, perhaps the PDP thinks that the palliatives will be administered in the character and style which is shabby, selective, embezzling and corrupt as they did with public resources during their years of infamy.
No way! Governor Lalong has never discriminated against anybody and will never do so, especially at difficult times like this. His directive is that every Plateau citizen that falls into the category of the vulnerable will get the palliatives whether he or she is in PDP, APC, or any other political party; religion; ethnic group or any other affiliation. This is the era of CHANGE and TRANSPARENCY, not business as usual of the PDP era.
Talking about transparency, we will not dignify the allegation of the APC for transparency in budget expended by the Government on fighting COVID-19.
Needless to say, the APC Rescue Administration is managing all funds prudently and transparently despite the fact that the PDP looted the treasury when it held sway and left little for governance. The people of Plateau State are assured and know that the Lalong administration remains prudent and accountable as the books are open for all to see. PDP should bear in mind that the National Bureau of Statistics last year declared Plateau State as the SECOND LEAST CORRUPT State in Nigeria in its annual report, thanks to the strategies put in place by Governor Lalong.
The donations towards COVID-19 have been open and announced on all media platforms. The UBA account where the monies are domiciled is in the public domain even though the PDP and all its members have not donated a dime to it. They are rather eager to generate and propagate lies of the Government spending fictitious 500 million naira on decontamination alone! Kai PDP, ku ji tsoron Allah!
Instead of dissipating energy in chasing shadows and attempting a failed misadventure of recuperation using COVID-19, the PDP should rather join in supporting the Rescue Administration in finding solutions to the pandemic. If they cannot do anything, they can at least assist in making the citizens particularly their members in understanding that this pandemic is no respecter of persons whatever their party, religion, tribe, economic status and other affinities.
Consequently, they can wisely use their time and talent to help members of the public see reasons why they should abide by Government’s directive for lockdowns, restriction of movement, border closure, adherence to hygiene, sanitation and social distancing which are key to defeating the disease. This will be more beneficial than the unpatriotic act of crying wolf where there is none and trying to make an honest, hardworking and people-oriented Government look bad.
We are facing an emergency that can consume all of us if we do not stand together to fight and defeat this monster that has ravaged even the most advanced countries in the world. Not everything is politics! In any case, elections have been fought, won, and lost even at the courts.
This is time to govern, and the people’s choice, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Simon Bako Lalong, KSGG, is working hard to ensure that there is no further spread of the disease in the State. He is not only concerned by the health implications of COVID-19, but also working day and night to ensure the economic survival of the State after COVID-19. Let us not distract him please, for the sake of the good people of Plateau State. Let’s THINK and ACT Plateau, stay at home and stay safe!
Long live Plateau State.

Hon. Chindo S. Dafat
APC Publicity Secretary, Plateau State
26th April 2020.
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COVID-19 - Dogo Karfe Community Threatens To Take Legal Actions Over Leaked Results....

Covid 19 - Dogo Karfe community  threatens to take  legal actions over leaked results

April 26,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos


People of Dogon Karfe community in Jos North local government area of Plateau state where the state index case of Covid 19 was recorded  has said that it  will continue playing its  supportive role as a community to make sure the government actualizes its goal of making plateau free of the pandemic.

This was contained in a statement signed by Mohammed Shugaba
Youth leader and made available to newsmen in Jos .

The statement reads that it is in line with this that we asked the entire compound of the victim to remain isolated to avoid any further tension or spread of the said virus while we await the state task force team for further interventions.


The community however said it received with shock the news of the  daughter who tested positive to the virus with the laboratory result displayed on the social Media.

 "As a Community which believes in supporting the Government and all relevant agencies to win the fight against the pandemic of COVID 19. The community had  played the role of a critical stakeholders by informing the Task force on Covid-19 on the return of our daughter from Kano where she went to attend a wedding of her relatives, knowing fully the effort of the Federal and Plateau state Government and steps been taken to make Plateau free of the virus."

The however lamented the unethical and unprofessional conduct of some officials that leaked the result to public  saying that it is not acceptable to them and we will never accept it, they also  demand explanation on this embarrassed and public defamation on the character of the community and  their daughter who's confidentiality was bridged."

The statement further reads that "The display of the situation seems to be politically influenced rather than a reality, we therefore, as a community demand for a public apology and immediate Investigation into the circumstances that led to this unwarranted and unacceptable situation from the State taskforce  on Covid-19. "We will not be deterred to constitute legal proceedings in the matter if not addressed properly.
The community that stood to see to the establishment of the current administration, we deserve more respect from the government and not vice versa.


Our correspondent   reports that Plateau State Government  has said it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the leak of the confidential laboratory result of some suspected COVID-19 cases carried out at the National Veterinary Research Institute  Testing Centre in Vom which have been circulating in the social media.

This was contained in a statement signed by Dan Manjang Commissioner for Information and Communications, Plateau State and made available to newsmen on Sunday .
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Plateau COVID-19 Index Case: Plateau Govt Investigates Result Leak.....

PRESS RELEASE

PLATEAU COVID-19 INDEX CASE: PLATEAU GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATES RESULT LEAK

April 25,2020

Plateau State Government is investigating the circumstances surrounding the leak of the confidential laboratory result of some suspected COVID-19 cases carried out at the National Veterinary Research Institute  Testing Centre in Vom which have been circulating in the social media.
The Government expresses immense disappointment with this unprofessional act which has not only breached ethical medical standards, but also exposed the suspected cases to negative consequences including stigmatizarion and discrimination.
Government totally condemns this act which regretably has the tendency of  jeopardising its efforts at fighting the Corona virus pandemic that is ravaging the world.
In order not to allow that to happen, the Government has since commenced comprehensive investigations into the matter with a view to unraveling those responsible and applying the necessary punishment.
Accordingly, the investigation will cover the entire process of the test from sample collection, investigation and result dissemination.
The Government assures members of the public not to be deterred by this isolated incident as all measures have been taken to ensure that it doesn't happen again.
Members of the public are advised to continue to abide  by all the regulations of social distancing, hygiene and sanitation and also report any suspected case.

Dan Manjang
Commissioner for Information and Communications, Plateau State
25th April 2020.
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Gov Lalong Inaugurates Committee To Disband Almajiri System In Plateau....

Lalong Inaugurates Committee  to Disband Almajiri System in Plateau


April 25, 2020





Plateau state Government today 24th April, 2020 inaugurated a committee on the ban on Amajiri System in Plateau state.
Plateau state Governor Simon Bako lalong, who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary to the Government of the State, Prof Danladi Atu, Said this was in realization of the Social challenges associated with the and the accelerating impacting of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Northern States Governors' Forum at its meeting held on 21st April, 2020 unanimously ban the system and that the children be evacuated to their respective States of origin.

In furtherance to this collective decision, Governor Lalong has directed the immediate profiling and return of all the Almajiris from the State to their respective States of origin to reunite with their families or guardians

Consequently, the Governor approved the setting up of a Committee to execute the assignment, with membership as follows:

Colonel Salihu Inusa (Rtd) - Chairman
Col. Awal Suleiman (Rtd) -  Member
Alh. Ahmadu Mohammad Deba
Alh. Salihu Gyabe
Alh. Sani Mudi
Alh. Sabo Umar Shuaibu
Chairman Jos North LGA
Chairman Jos South LGA
Chairman Mangu LGA
Chairman Kanam LGA
Chairman Shendam LGA
Chairman Q/Pan
Hajia Halima Muktar Nakande
Permanent Secretary (CSS) - Secretary

The committee was inaugurated with the following terms of reference

    To search and establish records of Almajiris within Jos-Bukuru Metropolis and other parts of the State.
    To identify the indigenous Almajiris and recommend appropriate measures for enrolment into conventional and registered schools, Vocational Training Centers or Islamic Institutions;
    To identify the category of Almajiris from other parts of the Federation or neighbouring countries recommend them for return to their various States or counties of origin
    To identify and recommend any Community Leader, Parent or Cleric who resists the ban on Almajiri in the State for appropriate disciplinary action;
    Any other responsibility critical to the realization of the set objectives.

It is hoped that the Committee will work assiduously towards achieving the desired results in the interest of the Children and the State at large.
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Archbishop Kaigama Distributes Palliatives To Vulnerable Nigerians...

Archbishop Kaigama distributes palliatives to vulnerable Nigerians

April 25,2020







 Report by NTA news

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, Ignatius Kaigama, has distributed the first phase of a multi-million Naira palliatives for vulnerable Nigerians to cushion effects of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

At the event in Abuja on Saturday, Kaigama said that this difficult period required goodwill and show of love to minimise the hardship and suffering of vulnerable people.

He said the palliatives would support rural parishes, prisons and orphanage during the novel coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Kaigama expressed optimism that the government would support the church’s effort in alleviating the challenges faced by the vulnerable and less privileged citizens.

The archbishop also charged organisations and philanthropists to intensify efforts in reaching out to the poor around them in this trying times.

”These palliatives that will be going out, is not about tribe, religion, age, gender or class, rather it is for humanity. So let’s do the best we can from our hearts.

”What we are giving out today was donated by the people of God in the Church and not from the government, we are still optimistic that government will reach out with some relief, as we have not received anything from the government,” he said.

The archbishop noted that the world was “fighting a war but a very different kind of war and it’s no deceit, it is very real and it will cripple us in many ways.”

”You can see how our social lives are crumbling; the economy is degenerating and religious gatherings are now impossible. There are going to be consequences, so we must all be part of this war.

”We must understand it and protect ourselves, let us move forward with faith, trust, hope and confidence that we can overcome COVID-19 pandemic.

”Let no one deceive himself or herself, Coronavirus is real and is a threat to humanity and everything we stand for,” he added.

Also speaking, the Catholic Women Organisation, Abuja Archdiocese, (CWOAA), said the association would raise N4 million to assist indigent and vulnerable members.

The President, CWOAA, Mrs Mary Imaezue said the association felt the pains of its members and wished to offer some palliatives to help the indigent members, especially Parishes in more vulnerable areas.

Imaezue said her organisation would contribute the sum of N500,000 which would be drawn from its purse, to the project and appealed to Catholic faithfuls, spirited individuals and parishes which were yet to assist their needy members to key into the project.

Earlier, Imaezue had directed all CWOs at Parish levels to reach out to their vulnerable and indigent members in kind and cash as palliative measures.

She gave the assurance that the CWOAA would work with Parish CWO Presidents to ensure equitable distribution of palliative items to deserving members. (NAN)
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Northern Governor,s Condole Education Minister,Ex Governor Sheriff..

Northern Governors ,condole Education Minister, Ex Governor Sheriff


April 25,2020

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon  Lalong has commiserated with the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu over the death of his mother, Hajiya Fatima Adamu Baaba who died at the age of 109.

In a condolence message signed by Dr.  Simon Macham his ,Director of Press and  Public Affairs Governor Lalong described the death of Hajiya Fatima as a great loss to the Adamu family, the people of Bauchi State and Nigeria at large.

He said, though her death is painful, there is a lot to thank God for, particularly her many years of service, sacrifice and love to both her family and the community in general.

Lalong said, “Hajiya Fatima lived an exemplary life that created the right environment for her immediate children and others within the community to be raised with values that have enabled them to achieve greater heights. The Northern Governors Forum deeply commiserates with her six children including the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu”.

Similarly, the Northern Governors Forum has expressed sadness over the news of the death of Alhaji Modu Sheriff, Galadima of Borno Emirate, and the father to former Governor of Borno State Ali Modu Sheriff.
The Chairman of the Forum Simon Bako Lalong in a condolence message extended heartfelt commiserations to the family of the Former Borno State Governor, their colleague Governor Babagana Zullum of Borno State, the Shehu of Borno and his Council as well as the entire people of the State over the loss of the octogenarian.

The Northern Governors said the testimony of the late traditional ruler who served his people with dignity, love and courage, which endeared him to them.
They also commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari whose daughter, Halima is daughter in-law to the Late Alhaji Modu Sheriff, the Galadima of Borno.
The Governors prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
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NVRI VOM Responds To Leaked COVID-19 Confidential Test Result...

NVRI VOM RESPONDS TO LEAKED COVID-19 CONFIDENTIAL TEST RESULT.

April 25,2020

The attention of the National Veterinary Research Institute
(NVRI), Vom was drawn to Laboratory Tests Results of some
COVID-19 suspected cases for Plateau State currently
circulating on several platforms on the internet.


As a reputable and highly professional Institution with almost
100 years of providing quality diagnostic laboratory services,
we are shocked to witness this highly unethical and
unprofessional action.
Having given the relevant authorities sufficient notice to act,
and also being constantly inundated with calls from our local,
national and international partners for clarifications, it has
become necessary to state as follows:
1. The NVRI Vom is the National Veterinary Laboratory and has
consistently provided high quality diagnostic and research
data for many years.
2. The professionalism of the staff of the laboratory has led to
our laboratory serving as regional testing centre for some
highly pathogenic and zoonotic diseases like avian influenza
(H5N1) and monkeypox viruses, always delivering quality
services to even other African countries. The laboratory has
served in this capacity for upwards of 15 years in our recent
history without any breach in confidentiality.
3. An important component of our quality management system
and practice has been constantly demonstrated by the
stringent adherence to professional ethics which is at the core
of our values as an institution.
4. Never in our history has our integrity and professionalism
been brought to question. It is therefore with shock and grave
concern that we witness what has transpired with some of the
COVID 19 test results for Plateau State.
5. There is an established system of communication of
COVID-19 diagnostic results developed by the Nigeria Centre
for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) and in line with
global best practice where patient confidentiality is paramount,
and the NVRI Laboratory has strictly followed this protocol
from inception.
6. As an institution with excellent record of professional and
ethical practice, our laboratory did not break the stated
protocol above and therefore did not in any way or form
divulge the said results to the public.
7. The NVRI Vom testing laboratory has received samples from
other States in the country including Plateau State since it
commenced testing of human samples for COVID-19, and we
cannot but wonder how such a confidential document for
Plateau State found its way to the social media and other
online platforms. This action has placed everything the NVRI
holds true and stands for in a bad light and threatens our well-
established reputation.
8. The NVRI laboratory condemns in strong terms this breach
of ethics and dissociates itself from any form of propagation
of the same.
9. We therefore call on all stakeholders involved in managing
COVID-19 case information for Plateau State to quickly take
definitive action by investigating this breach of professional
ethics and deal with it in order to forestall any future
occurrence.
10. We wish to restate our unflinching support to the collective
fight against this pandemic and declare the Institute’s resolute
determination in providing technical support in the most
professional manner while upholding the most stringent ethical
values at all times.
11. We remain grateful to all those who immediately called our
attention to this incidence while expressing their confidence in
the fact that such breach of protocol would be highly unlikely
to have emanated from us. Your confidence is of great value
to us and for this we are grateful.
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COVID-19: PLSG Begins First Phase Of Distribution Of Palliative..














April 25,2020

Plateau State Deputy Governor and Chairman Palliatives Committee, Professor Sonni Tyoden says only orphanages are being considered in the first phase of distribution of palliatives to citizens of the State occasioned by the covid 19 pandemic. Tyoden stated this while flagging off distribution of relief materials to vulnerable groups in the state.

Plateau State Deputy Governor and Chairman Palliatives Committee, Professor Sonni Tyoden says only orphanages are being considered in the first phase of distribution of palliatives to citizens of the State occasioned by the covid 19 pandemic. Tyoden stated this while flagging off distribution of relief materials to vulnerable groups in the state. The Deputy Governor has also called on management of the various orphanages in the state not to repackage relief materials distributed to the orphanage homes for self use.

The Deputy Governor Governor who was flanked by the ALGON Chairman in the state, Ezekiel Vwelgap and Secretary of the Committee, Dr. Sumaya Hamza prayed that the items donated will address the needs of the orphans

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COVID -19: Dr Nentawe Suggest Ways To Keep Economy Afloat During Lock Down...

COVID-19: Dr Nentawe Suggest Ways to Keep Economy Afloat during lock down


April 25,2020


Part of my Master of Engineering Thesis involved optimisation of two conflicting variables. If you optimise one of the variable, the other will depreciate the overall outcome.

Nigeria is facing a similar problem of conflicting variables. Either we chose a total lockdown to slow down the spread of the virus or we open for people to run businesses and boost the economy to avoid total collapse of the system because of the falling prices of oil which is our major cash cow.

If we choose total lockdown of towns, businesses, ports, farms, schools and governments, we will stem the spread of the disease quicker but the economy may collapse, inflation may skyrocket and may have a Zimbabwe experience.

If we chose to run businesses, have our normal life and open our borders and ports, they economy may have some oxygen despite the collapse of the oil markets, control inflation and reduce poverty but may have the Italian or American death experience. The infection will spread like wild fire and we may not have people to dig our graves.

It's a choice between life and death.

For now, lockdown with some selective activities to reduce the total collapse of the system is our best option.

Let's stay at home and stay safe.
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Insecurity: Hon Lumumba Adeh Appreciates Plateau ,Our Heritage Group For The Visit and Donation To Irigwe Nation....

Insecurity: Lumumba Adeh Appreciates Plateau Heritage Group for Donation to Irigwe Nation

April 25,2020

APPRECIATION


On behalf of myself, the Bra Ngwe Irigwe and the entire Irigwe people, I hereby express our gratitude and happiness for the noble gesture by the eminent persons group, Plateau Our Heritage,POH, which visited our land and consoled our people in their time of grief.
The gesture is special to us given the composition of the delegation and the offer of assistance with comforting words and gift items.
The visit has reminded and assured us that there are people who are not only ready to identify with us but are also willing to lend a shoulder for us to lean on in our trying moments.
It may interest you to know that the spirit and the substance of your gift has lifted our spirit as a people.
Since the visit, the mood in the affected communities has changed as peoples' confidence has been restored and hopes kept alive.
The people are not only delighted, encouraged and strengthened by your solidarity visit and gifts but are now assured that their brothers and sisters on the Plateau have not abandoned them to their fate.
You have demonstrated by this gesture that as your name suggests, the entire Plateau landscape is indeed your collective heritage.
As we delight in the initiative behind this progressive platform, we pray to God to reward and replenish your labour of love with abundant blessings.
We urge you to sustain the efforts as it will encourage other good spirited individuals to step in for others in their moments of needs and the cause of humanity would be served.

Thank you once again.

God bless POH

God bless Plateau state





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