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Gov Lalong Inspects Collapsed Langtang- Wase Bridge,Orders Immediate Intervention...

Gov Lalong inspects collapsed Langtang - Wase bridge ,orders immediate intervention

June 30,2020







By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong undertook an on the spot assessment of the damaged  Lantang-Wase bridge which has cut off travels between the two Local Governments and other parts of the State as well as Taraba State.
Governor Lalong in statement signed by
Dr Simon Macham, his Director of Press and Public Affairs reads that he  was accompanied by Secretary to the Government of the State,  Prof. Danladi Atu, Cheif of Staff Noel Dongjur and some members of the State Executive Council .


Lalong said he was at the site to personally assess the situation and also reassure the people that Government will not neglect them.

Lalong said "although this is a Federal Road, we have to immediately intervene in order to ameliorate the suffering of the people since this road is a major commercial corridor in this area. This is one of the roads that I submitted to the President for Federal Government intervention which has been approved.


 I will soon be in Abuja to intimate him on this development so that the bridge can be rebuilt immediately".

The Governor then ordered the Ministry of Water Resources and Energy to immediately provide boats that will ferry people across the river while intermediate work is being carried out.

He thanked the people for their continued support to his administration and assured them that Government will ensure that the bridge and other projects are carried out to improve their living standards.
Emir of Wase, Alhaji Muhammadu Haruna Sambo commended Governor Lalong for showing concern and coming to see things for himself despite sending teams earlier. He said the collapse of the bridge has cut off Wase Local Government from some parts of the State and is greatly affecting economic activities.

He appealed to the Governor to impress on the Federal Government to expedite action on the rehabilitation of the entire road as well as the bridge  in order to save his people from economic deprivation.

Alhaji Haruna also appreciated Governor Lalong for his doggedness towards ensuring the discovery and exploration l
of oil and gas within the Wase and Kanam areas as announced  by the NNPC recently.
Federal Controller of Works, Plateau State Engr. Usman Magin said already the Federal Ministry of Works has sent teams to assess the situation and work will soon commence on the collapsed bridge.

The Governor also inspected the Duankwam bridge linking Shendam and Garkawa which has also been partially damaged by the rains.
After receiving briefings from the Commissioner for Works, Pam Botmang Governor Lalong directed the contractor already working on the road to immediately deploy to the bridge for quick intervention.
Chairman, Shendam Local Government Miskoom Alex Nuantam appreciated the Governor's personal visit which he described as reassuring.

Before returning to Jos, the Governor inspected also inspected ongoing reconstruction of Shendam-Ibi road where he asked the contractor to increase the tempo of work in order to cover lost time due to COVID-19.

He said although it is a Federal road, the State is carrying it out to ease the difficulties of the people with the hope that the it will be reimbursed by the Federal Government after completion
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COVID-19 Plateau Approves Reliefs,Waivers For Tax Payers...

COVID-19:  Plateau approves reliefs, waivers for tax payers

June 30,2020



By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Plateau state government has approved various  reliefs and waivers for Tax Payers in the state .

  Chairman, Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS), Mr Dashe Arlat made this known  during a parley with Civil society groups, business organizations, Local Government Chairmen and individuals in Jos the state capital .


In his words "As a government, we are aware of the disruption of business in the state brought about by the outbreak of the Coronavirus since March 2020 and felt we should do something for our tax payers

The chairman said that the tax waivers and relief measures were aimed at mitigating the impact and effects of the global COVID-19 Pandemic.




“Consequently, the timeline for filling annual tax returns during the period of COVID-19 is hereby extended to Sept. 30 for PAYE organizations and individual tax payers, “ he stated.


He  said that all penalties and interest charged for late filling of annual tax returns after Sept 30 have been waived “ provided the tax payer pays the liabilities due to the state in full on or before Dec 31.”


He also announced a 9 per cent deduction and 1 per cent bonus grant to all tax payers who could show evidence of cash flow and filling of returns early.

According to him, Government has also suspended enforcement and recovery of outstanding tax liabilities during the COVID-19 period as well as adopted other forms of dispute resolutions other than the courts.

Arlat further said that PSIRS was going to effect some temporary changes to its audit process to provide quicker tax assessments and enable ease of payment of tax obligations to the state.

He however warned that any tax payer, who failed to consult his/her tax consultants might lose the concessions granted to them.
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Plateau Assembly Suspends Two LGA Chairmen....

Plateau  assembly suspends two LGA Chairmen

June 30,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Plateau State House of Assembly on Tuesday  suspended the  local Government Chairmen of  Kanam Local government Council Hon  Wukdong Abbas ,and Isaac Kwalu of Quanpan LGA for  three months.

Speaker  of the Plateau State House of Assembly Hon Nuhu Abok  ,who stated this at  Plenary said that the two council chairmen were invited to appear before the house regarding some illegalities in their respective Councils but failed to appear before the house

"The speaker said they as lawmakers can't give instructions and it would not be adhered to so in this regard the two Council Chairmen stands suspended for three months .

He directed the two  LGA Chairmen to handover to their deputies.
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President Buhari Appoints Hon Rufus Bature As Chairman For The 774,000 Post COVID-19 Job Committee Chairman For Plateau State....





 June 29, 2020



Federal Government Appoint’s Hon Rufus Bature as Chairman, 774,000 post-Coronavirus jobs Committee for Plateau state. Find in the photos the contacts of the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary of each state of the Federation and the FCT.

The jobs is an initiative of the Buhari Administration to assist Nigerians in mitigating against the pandemic for a three-month job between October-December, 2020 and will be paid directly by the CBN.

Each local government has been allotted 1,000 slots.

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APC NWC: Chief Ayuba Burki Congratulates Hon James Lalu..



June 29,2020

APC NWC: Chief Ayuba Burki congratulates Hon James Lalu

Congratulatory message to Hon James Lalu.

I write to congratulate you on your nomination by the National Executive Council (NEC) of our great party to serve as representative of people living with disability in the Caretaker National Working Committe of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

While wishing you a fruitful tenure, It is our expectation that together with your colleagues, you will work to unite our party, and perform credibly well to steer the ship within the period.

Once more congratulations.

Signed.
Chief Ayuba Burki Gufwan
Makaman Langai, Talban Panyam.
29th June, 2020.
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Northern Governors Mourn Kogi Chief Judge,Bachama...

Northern Governors mourn Kogi Chief Judge, Bachama

June 29,2020


By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

 Northern Governors Forum has condoled with the Government and people of Kogi State over the passing away of Justice Nasiru Ajanah Chief Judge of Kogi State who died at the age of 64.

Chairman of the Forum and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, in a statement signed by Dr Simon Macham, his Director of Press and Public Affairs  described the death of Justice Ajanah as a great loss to his immediate family, the people of Kogi State, the Judiciary and nation at large.

He said “Justice Nasiru Ajanah served the nation with integrity and honesty as he administered justice without fear or favour. As a life bencher a member of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy of State Judiciary and State Legislature, he left behind a legacy of hardwork and commitment that will continue to inspire the younger generation particularly in the judiciary where he spent most of his years”.

He prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and comfort the family at this difficult moment.

Similarly, the Northern Governors also expressed shock over the death of the Hama Bachama and paramount ruler of the Bachama Kingdom, Homun Honest Irmiya Stephen who died on Sunday June 28th 2020 at the age of 66.

In a message of commiseration on behalf of the Forum, Governor Lalong consoled with the family of the late monarch; people and Government of Adamawa State; and the Bwaytie nation over this sad development.
He described the late monarch as a unifying factor who worked for the peace, stability and development to his kingdom, Adamawa State and the nation at large.
Lalong recalled the years of service of the late monarch in the Nigerian Army where he worked in different parts of the country and in various capacities to ensure that Nigeria’s territorial integrity is defended.

He asked the people of Bachama Kingdom to be consoled by the good legacies he left behind and the development efforts he attracted to his community.
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COVID-19 Plateau Govt To Go Tough On Defaulters From Tomorrow ....

Covid 19 - Plateau govt to go tough on defaulters from tomorrow

June 28,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Plateau state  government has said that  commencing from tomorrow, Monday 29th June 2020, the enforcement teams to curtail the spread of the dreaded Covid 19 virus in the state  will wage a robust action on defaulters .





 Secretary to the Government of the state Prof Danladi Atu, who addressed newsmen in Jos in Sunday said that the exercise would commence the enforcement in  6 Local Governments which include Jos North, Jos South, Barkin Ladi, Mangu, Kanam and Kanke.


Atu said that Government  has viewed with dismay the non-compliance with regards to the wearing of face masks, social distancing, hand washing and the use of sanitizers and others outlined earlier.
"We have since commenced enforcement and as you are aware, last week we sealed some places and arrested violators. This was the pilot phase where we measured the impact of our Strategies."

 Government has equally been worried about the increase in the number of cases in the State even as we test more people. This means that the risk of COVID-19 is still very high, and as such, we cannot relax."

That is why the Chairman of the Plateau State Covid-19 Task Force, Governor Simon Lalong has directed that we redouble our enforcement efforts across the entire State with SPECIAL EMPHASIS on 6 of the Local Government areas with the highest prevalence of corona virus cases.

Let me remind you that the Governor lifted the total lockdown after widespread consultations with key stakeholders which included: CAN, JNI, Marketers and Traders Association, NURTW, Union of Tricycles Operators, Hotel, Recreational and Catering Services Association, Plateau State Traditional Council, NLC, TUC, NUJ, NBA, NMA, National Association of Nurses and Midwives and other professional Health Workers, PIDAN, NCWS and Plateau Youth Council.

It should be understood that the next phase will see other Local Governments also witnessing the type of enforcement and enlightenment that we shall launch tomorrow.
This enforcement will go simultaneously with public education campaign by Health Educators to further enlighten the citizens on the dangers of the disease and what to do to be protected.

It is important to make it abundantly clear that this action is not in any way aimed at stigmatizing people living in these Local Government Areas or affected communities, but an exercise targeted at ensuring their safety and containment of the pandemic.
. I am stating this upfront because we are aware of the mischief by some individuals and groups who specialize in spreading falsehood and trying to discourage people from abiding to government directives.
We shall remain focused on ensuring that we protect our citizens from the Corona Virus pandemic. All we continue to ask for is the cooperation and support of all citizens towards defeating the disease.

Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Nimkong Lar ,who also spoke at the occasion said so far the state has conducted  4,076 covid 19 test ,  so far over 3,471 results have been received while 605 results are pending .

He said as of today the state has over 330 confirmed cases of Covid 19 while 8 deaths have been recorded .
Lar said Jos North has the highest number of confirmed cases with 177 ,followed by Jos South with 81  ,other LGA with number of infected persons are Kanam19 cases  ,Kanke13  ,Barkin ladi 12 casea  ,Mangu 10 .

 He said that 41 health workers have been infected by the virus in Plateau .
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Wase Remain Committed To Roads And Infrastructural Enhancement Of Wase Federal Constituency - Badu..

WASE  REMAIN COMMITTED TO
ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURAL ENHANCEMENT OF WASE FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY -BADU


By Samuel Pam

June 28,2020

The Deputy Speaker House of representatives,Rt Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase is committed to lobbying the necessary institutions of the Federal government and Plateau state government for the construction and improvement of road networks across Wase federal constituency with emphasis on linking economically viable areas especially the Wase- Langtang road.

The Senior legislative aide to the Deputy Speaker,Abubakar Muhammad badu who spoke to our correspondent on the collapsed kogin kasa bridge linking Wase and Langtang, said investments in the infrastructure of the constituency which will encourage channelling of time and resources in positive economic and social activities,remains the priority of theDeputy Speaker.

He noted that Hon Ahmed idris Wase had shown commitment to the development of infrastructure with regard to the collapsed bridge even before the sad collapse on 25th June, 2020, by being proactive in requesting for FERMA intervention on 9th of June, 2020.

Abubakar said several roads across the constituency were earmarked for construction while others were earmarked for rehabilitation in the 2020 budget and soon work will commence at various locations

He therefore, urge the constituents to continue to support the Hon Member for more dividends of democracy.

It could be recalled that the Federal government had recently approved the construction of Jarmai -Bashar-kampanin Zurak-Andame -Karim Lamido road through the efforts of the Deputy Speaker
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Plateau Group Commends Gov Lalong's Efforts Towards Combating COVID-19..

Plateau  group commends Gov Lalong’s efforts towards combating COVID-19


June 28,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos


Group in Plateau operating  under the aegis of  Labour/CSO Covid-19 Situation room has applauded the Governor Simon Lalong led administration’s robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Plateau State.


  This was contained in a statement jointly signed by Steve Aluko  and  Paul Jatau the Chairman  and    Secretary of the group and made available to newsmen in Jos .

They  said that The Labour/CSO Covid-19 Situation room on the Plateau appreciates the State Government for the measures taken since the relaxation of the lockdown measures.


The group said it  welcomes the enforcement by government of the safety protocols put in place and encourages it to continue in that regard so as to guarantee the wellbeing of its citizenry.

"We welcome and acknowledge the closure of some institutions that failed to adhere to the protocols and call on government to do even more to bring defaulters to book. More punishment should be meted out on those who refuse to observe and obey the protocols to deter others from doing same"

"Indeed, we are encouraged by the efforts of the State Ministry of information and culture for deploying its enlightenment vans to strategic locations spreading the COVID-19 message. "


The group further said that the situation Room commends as well some institutions who put measures in place and were able to detect and consequently fumigated their premises while testing their staff to curb the spread of the pandemic.

They  encourage government, religious and other corporate institutions to put in place effective mechanisms in place to check, test and arrest further spread of the virus.

"As regards compliance, face masks which were hardly worn before the commencement of the enforcement has witnessed an appreciable increase."

"However, tricycle operators seem to have scant regards for the NCDC protocols as they convey more than the recommended number of passengers who at most times do not even adorn the face masks."

"Indeed, commercial vehicle operators plying township roads scarcely do not obey the social distancing rule nor do they enforce the wearing of face masks."

The Situation Room therefore, calls on government to, as a matter of urgency, set up a specialize task force that would be saddled with the responsibility of enforcing the protocols on a daily basis until there is reduction in the spread of the virus.

 This to us will jolt the people out of their lacklustre attitude towards obeying the protocols put in place by the NCDC and government.

They also said that Community leaders should  be engaged to carry messages on the dangers inherent in neglecting the protocols to their various communities.

The Situation Room also encourages  government to motivate those that would be engaged to enforce adherence to the protocols so as to dissuade them from turning blind eyes to those who observe the protocol in breach.

Governmental should also take advantage of the network already established by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) which has offices spread across the nooks and crannies of the country in taking the COVID-19 message to the rural communities.


"With regards to reopening of schools, Government should tow the part of Lagos State Government, which has started working out ways of ensuring the protection of students in the event that schools are reopened. We also suggest government looks at the Ghana model on the reopening of schools at the appropriate time.

"The Situation Room calls on workers and CSO’s to rise to the occasion by leading the enlightenment drive and help curb the danger posed by the pandemic."
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Langtang South LGA Boss Hon Rims Nimchak Offers Free Medical Outreach To Over 17,000 Persons...







Langtang south LGA boss Hon Rims Nimchak offers free medical outreach to over 17,000 persons


June 28,2020


By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Chairman Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau state Hon. Rims Nimchak ,has  offered free Medical Outreach to over 17,000 Residents of the local government .

Speaking at the closing  of the exercise at the weekend   , Rims said the gesture was aimed at alleviating the sufferings of less privileged ones in the council .

He  said a lot of poor people could not access facilities that would give them good health care, hence, the rationale for his intervention.

He said that free medical outreach which  lasted for a week is the second in the series and  organised  by the the Council in partnership with Eden Compassion and Health.

Rims  said "the APC led government is determined to provide quality healthcare Services to the people of the Area. "During our campaigns we vowed to  provide free Medical services to our people and we are now fulfilling this promises with the  little resources we have".

"The APC led Government is determined to touch the lives of  the downtrodden in the society"he added.
 "What we have been doing in the past one week  is simply to support the less privileged ones in the  LGA  to have good health care service to enable them live long,” .

"We decided to go into Medical Outreach whereby we go to the suburbs to reach out to people,”  thousands of  residents have benefitted from the programme ". He added.


Mr .Rims said " Several Medical Doctors,  Optometrists and Laboratory Technicians participated in the outreach, "


Mr. Rims   further pledged   to improve the standard of Education in his Local Government and boost Agriculture as well as provide dividends of democracy to the people,  .

He said  that The exercise  was conducted under strict compliance of the covid 19 protocol and regulations .

Rims who commended the Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong for his efforts in revamping the health  sector in the state  further called on citizens  to adhere the laid down guidelines in halting the spread of the Covid 19 virus .

",Governor Simon Lalong is doing excellently well and i call on people of the state to support him at all times .

Chief Medical Director of Eden Compassion and Health Missions International , Dr Dinfa Longbap, appreciated the Chairman of the council for working  with the organization to put smiles on faces of the down trodden.



He said  that  over 17,045 persons benefited from the outreach  and urged the council boss  to sustain it .




A beneficiary of the Free Medical Outreach   Polka Adams   thanked the Chairman for such a bold step to reach to the poor at their time of need.
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Censors Board Destroys Pornographic Uncensored Films Worth N15m In Plateau State..



June 26,2020

Gyang Bere, Jos

The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has destroyed
uncensored and unclassified movies worth over N15 million in Plateau State.

The Executive Director NFVCB, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, who led his team to the destruction site at Masta-Ali in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau on Thursday, said that the exercise was aimed at riding the state and the nation of the unfortunate large volume of uncensored, unclassified, pirated and pornographic materials.

Adebayo explained that the destruction exercise would serve as a deterrent to perpetrators of the heirnous act adding, “NFVCB has zero tolerance for such Uncensored and pirated materials.”

The Director said that the board was totally out to protect the young ones from unsuitable content and also to promote and preserve Nigeria’s ethnic and religious harmony by censoring and classifying video works to ensure that they are in line with our societal norms.

“As a board, we wouldn’t relent in our effort of ensuring that the state and the nation is free from unwholesome materials, ” he assured.

He stated that Censorship would continue to play an important role in fostering a morally wholesome and socially cohesive society as well as safe guard the core community values and moral integrity with the current influence of both Nigerian movies and the influx of foreign cultural imports.

Adebayo further explained that the movie industry, artists and the community at large has a significant role in shaping what the society considers to be the acceptable standards for media content.

The NFCVB however appealed to parents to be mindful of what their children and wards view on screen and be bold enough to report any film they consider unwholesome and unclassified to the board for prompt action.

He commended the Plateau Government for providing the board with the enabling environment for the NFCVB to thrive in the state.
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Gov Lalong's One Year Achievement In It's Second Tenure ,PICTDA Lists....


June 26,2020




Plateau Information and Communication Technology Development Agency (PICTDA) has listed some high-points of Governor Simon Bako Lalong’s achievements one year into the second tenure of a four-year term. They include technology skill building targeting young people through the Code Plateau Initiative; and the Plateau Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy and Strategic Plan designed to drive the state’s vision at improving quality of life across sectors using ICT.
According to the Director General of  PICTDA, Daser David, in a virtual interview with IT Edge News, Governor Lalong has provided rare leadership in helping to drive the frameworks for ICT human capacity building and policy awareness as well as adoption of technology across key sectors that drive the state.

“There is a gradual institutional acceptance of ICT in all public ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) as a way of improving governance, quality of lives and delivery of services to citizens with the governor as the prime mover of this change,” said David to IT Edge News.

His words: “Under the guidance and support of Governor Simon Lalong in the first year of his second tenure, one of his achievements would be support of his administration for the Code Plateau Initiative through which PICTDA was aided at building tech skills in young people to be part of not just Nigeria but the global digital economy. The agency recorded a success rate in turn-up and certified participants at the end of the training.

“[Also is] the e-Government policies of the “Rescue Administration” which set a template to drive speed, efficiency, and save costs in the delivery of government services to the citizens.”

The Code Plateau Initiative is part of a larger framework for digital inclusion and skill-building within the Silicon Plateau agenda by Lalong to rework the state’s economy and leverage global IT opportunities.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of challenges, it has also deepened the reliance on technology and a wider appreciation of ICT roles in impacting meaningful changes, David stressed.

“The presence of COVID-19 did indeed create innovative challenges and distorted a lot of the initial plans set for the year. Never-the-less, our focus for the remaining months is strictly on integration of governments and digital services. We have automations ongoing that have already been deployed months ago, each automation is currently working in “file loads” but we’re heading towards integration of MDAs to enable data sharing and also what we call a ‘Whole of Government,” said David to IT Edge News.

“The state also became at the forefront of technology implementation and deployment. First with the utilization of CCTV cameras to monitor and police the borders through tech aided surveillances. We were the first state in Nigeria to have used an online platform to issue movement permit during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.”

David admitted there are headwinds. But as the ICT clearinghouse for Plateau State, the agency’s role in public procurement, digitalising of all government processes and compliances with standard national IT procedures have enjoyed continuous support from Governor Lalong.

Change is difficult to implement, said the PICTDA’s boss but the “Rescue Administration” of Governor Lalong has continuously responded to putting the state ahead particularly aa it concerns national ICT policies. The state is one of the few states that has signed for zero charges on right of way (RoW) to enable ICT companies rollout services that will benefit citizens without hindrances.

Also, Plateau is one of leading states in terms of compliance with the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), 2019 – a national data protection guideline for all public and private entities engaging citizens data in Nigeria.

“We are fully on board with the policies and regulations of NDPR. Our revenue board is already undergoing the audit; our ministry of finance and ministry of lands are on queue to meet up compliance with the data regulation.

“We do take it serious and ensure all departments are in compliance with the federal government directives on data protection. We are working to make sure that every organisation in the state complies with this FG directive.

By Emmanuel Fagbenle
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Gov Lalong Vows To Support The Judiciary In Order To Sustain Rule Of Law...

Lalong vows to support the Judiciary in order to  sustain rule of law

June 26,2020






By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Plateau State Governor Simon  Lalong  on friday said that  all Nigerians must support the  Judiciary particularly Judges in the dispension of justice and the sustenance of the rule of law which is key to the survival of democracy.

Governor Lalong said this at the valedictory court session in honour of the retiring President, Plateau State Customary Court of Appeal Hon. Justice Julia Asabe Kyentu who is retiring after attaining the age of 65.

Lalong in a statement signed by Dr.  Simon Macham, his
Director of Press and Public Affairs praised Justice Kyentu for serving the Judiciary meritoriously, described her as a superb judicial officer who contributed immensely to the development of the bench and bar.

He said "For those who know Justice Julia Kyentu either within or outside the courtroom, the experiences may vary, but the testimony of her integrity, hardwork, intellectual capacity and judicial depth is the same. Hon. Justice Julie Kyentu has over the years not only demonstrated her deep knowledge of the law and its application to the dispensation of justice, but has also shown courage to administer justice without fear or favour, affection or ill will".

Lalong said as a woman, Justice Kyentu is among the roll call of distinguished Plateau daughters who have broken the ceiling to establish the fact that women are more than capable of performing any function in society if given the opportunity.

He urged both members of the bar and bench to do everything possible to safeguard the integrity of the Judiciary which is not only the hope of the common man as commonly referred to, but the hope of democracy, good governance and societal development.

He assured that his administration will continue to support all efforts at deepening reforms in the judiciary to make it more effective.

Chief Judge of Plateau State Hon. Justice Yakubu Gyang Dakwak described Justice Kyentu as an astute judicial officer who put in her best in delivering justice to all manner of persons without fear or favour.

He said the Plateau Bench will miss her greatly and the vacuum created will be difficult to fill.

Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General Chrysanthus Ahmadu and the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Jos Branch, Barrister Yakubu Bawa,  described the retiring justice as a women of dignity and integrity who never succumbed to pressure from various quarters to subvert the cause of justice.

They said her faith in God and adherence to the constitution and oath of office enabled her to carry out her assignment and finish without blemish.

Justice Julia Asabe Kyentu while responding, thanked God for the opportunity the privilege to serve in the Judiciary in various capacities reaching the peak as the Preaident of the Plateau Customary Court of Appeal.
She said her experience over the years has reaffirmed her belief that God orders the steps of all his children and uses them in the way and manner he deems fit. She said despite all challenges, she was leaving the bench very fulfilled, hoping that those she is leaving behind will take the Judiciary to the next level.
Meanwhile, Governor Lalong has approved the appointment of Justice Sati Patrick Dabit.
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Unijos VC Pledges To Pursue An All Inclusive Approach In It's Admission Policy...

Unijos VC pledges  to pursue an all inclusive approach in it's Admission policy

June 26,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos


Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof. Sebastian Maimako, on Friday said that the institution will continue to pursue an all inclusive approach in its admission policy .

He made this known while addressing newsmen in Jos marking his 4th year in office as Vice Chancellor .

Maimako further  said that candidates from different states of the country are represented in the Institution .

In his words " At the 2019 policy meeting on admissions into tertiary admissions in Nigeria held recently , the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB rated the University of Jos as the 7th most subscribed University in Nigeria with 46,082 candidates applying for admissions in the 2018 exercise.,from the number 8,878 candidates were admitted into the University representing 93.79 percent of the University,s admission quota which is one  of the best admission rates in the country  "


He said that despite the huge success the institution has recorded so far ,it has been  confronted with several challenges along the way , " The issue of security has continued to be a source of concern with the increased demand to protect lives and properties of the University,s  hardworking staff and Students but without the commensurate financial resources to adequately and comprehensive do so ."

"The University,s internal security personal have been undergoing training on relevant methods of public safety adminstration in addition to being provided with the requisite equipment to enhance their Job performance levels , such equipments include walkie Talkies ,close circuit Television CCTV , torchlights and uniform among others .

He said that the institution has also installed street lights at the various campuses to assist the security personnel on night duty .


The Vice Chancellor further  said that the University has experienced serious Infrastructural  deficit over the years ,however in recent years , there has been a marked improvement in Federal Government,s intervention through TETFUND , the needs Assessment programme and other projects which has enabled the University to gradually meet some of its pressing Infrastructural requirements.

"The  phase two acquisition and encroachments on the land earlier earmarked for the University,s development as well as ecological issues have also posed a daunting challenge , there has been an on going dialogue with key stakeholders to revert the land to back its original purpose while efforts are also being intensified to ensure that substantial parts of the University land affected by erosion are reclaimed before proceeding with further development ."

The VC further said that the Institution has continued to established linkages and affiliations with International with  partners towards creating a global presence and strengthening the promotion of international academic and cultural cooperation .

"The University was awarded a full Fabrication laboratory (FABLAB) by the government of France through the France Research Team in May 2020 ."

"The FABLAB is to be domiciled at the faculty of Engineering with a mechanical workshop to enable local fabrication of some equipment that will assist local artisans and will be useful for laboratory practical ."
"The University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MOU with Universities of Lyon and Grenoble  Alpes to strengthen Human resource capacity ,research and development .

He thanked the Principal officers ,staff of the institution for their support since he assumed office as Vice chancellor .
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Group In Plateau Demands Gov Lalong To Make Reversal On PLASU Teaching Hospital Location...

Group In Plateau Demand Gov Lalong To Make Reversal On PLASU  Teaching Hospital Location...


June 26,2020

BOKKOS ADVOCACY GROUP (BAG) DEMANDS LALONG MAKES A U-TURN IN HIS PROPOSED DECISION OF SITING THE PLATEAU STATE UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL IN SHENDAM.

Democracy is said to be the government of the people by the people and for the people. It seems this definition of democracy is true for all local government in Plateau State except Bokkos LGA.

The people of Bokkos LGA have remained supportive to all successive government in Plateau State since 1999. The current government led by Rt. Hon Barr Simon Bako Lalong enjoyed the votes and support of Bokkos people since 2015 till date. However, Bokkos LGA seems to be short changed by the current government.

In several aspects, the last of which is the recent plan by the government to locate the Teaching Hospital of the Medical College of the Plateau state University in shendam,The Governor’s LGA.

To put it straight, the people of Bokkos feel betrayed and abandoned by the current Government despite the immense Goodwill it garnered from the bokkos people.

The whole world bears us witness that the Lalong legacy projects initiated by the current government are already at advanced stages of development in all other LGA’s in plateau State except Bokkos LGA. Till date, there is no single block to register the presence of legacy project in Bokkos.

This only leave us to wonder whether the people of Bokkos are not part of Plateau or may be for some reason(s) we do not deserve to enjoy the good will of this government.

As a group of advocates for the interests of Bokkos people, we want to register our dissatisfaction And caution that this deliberate show of bad faith against the good people of Bokkos is against the principle of thinking Plateau and acting Plateau.

Another brazen exhibition of ingratitude to the people of Bokkos is the lukewarm attitude of the governor towards the security of the Bokkos people.

Aside the unabated attacks from herders on the people of Bokkos which have claimed so many lives, we are still left to battle with kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Rape and so on.

It is on record that despite the various attacks and insecurity in Bokkos LGA where in lives and property were lost, the governor is yet to visit and pay condolence to the people of Bokkos. On Kwatas, over 23 people were killed in one night. The governor abandoned us in our grief and sorrow and went for a traditional ceremony in Shendam, as he failed to visit even for the mass burial of these sons and daughters of Bokkos. We are aware that the Government has visited other LGA who suffered such attacks even when the casualties of such attacks were less in number. How else should we interpret this conduct of the government rather than to believe that the Governor has no interest in reciprocating love and support showered to this Government by the people of Bokkos LGA.

We are by this statement, drawing the Governor’s attention by way of a protest against the planned siting of the Plateau State University Teaching Hospital in Shendam LGA. We find this plan repugnant to common sense and politically suicidal. Our reasons for coming to the above conclusions are not far-fetched.

Your Excellency would find that as it stands, there is no fully functional hospital in the whole of Bokkos LGA. The Cottage hospital in Bokkos is still uncompleted and grossly understaffed. Bokkos people are left at the mercy of few private clinics or they have to travel all the way to Barkin Ladi LGA when confronted with medical issues a little more serious than Malaria. One will think that it is communities like that that the Government should consider fit to host a teaching hospital of a university which they already host. By the way, the communities hosting the University donated their respective lands upon which the university is situate without being compensated. The siting of the Hospital around the university would have been a sign of gratitude to the people of Bokkos for the sacrifice of their lands.

We also believe this medium is appropriate to draw the government’s attention to the fact that even the statutory requirement for the employment of staff from grade levels 1-7 to be exclusively for the host community is not being met. The host community for the university is also being shortchanged in this regard.

So far, we have demonstrated above some of the issues which has aroused the suspicion of the people of Bokkos against the current government. We as a people are willing to work with and support government of Rt. Hon. Barr. Simon Bako Lalong and we believe it will not be too much to ask for the Government to reciprocate this love. We understand that the Governor needs to satisfy his own people too in Shendam with some projects. Regardless of the Legacy project already cited in Shendam and the Government Hospital which is a lot better than that of Bokkos, we urge and plead with the Governor to allow the Teaching Hospital of the Plateau State University to be cited in Bokkos if not for proximity sake, but for the sake of the fact that Bokkos needs more than anything else, a standard hospital to cater for the medical needs of its People Plateau.

This is the modest demand of our people and we pray that government like a parent listens and grants the wishes of its people in Bokkos LGA.

Signed:
Bokkos Advocacy Group(BAG).
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Northern Governor,s Mourn Former Oyo Governor,Senator Ajimobi...

Northern Governors mourn Ex Oyo Governor Senator Ajimobi 

June 25,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos 

Plateau State Governor and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum Barrister Simon  Lalong, has expressed deep shock over the demise of former Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi. 

Governor Lalong in a condolence message signed by Dr  Simon Macham his director of Press and Public affairs on behalf of  the Forum described the late Ajimobi as a man of integrity who served the people of Oyo State and Nigeria with excellence.

Lalong said the sterling leadership qualities of late Ajimobi and his role in the formation of the All Progressives Congress endeared him to many party members which led to his appointment as Deputy National Chairman, South. 
He recalled the contributions of Governor Ajimobi to the oil and gas industry in Nigeria during his career where he made significant impact on its growth and development. 

Governor Lalong consoled with the wife of the late Governor,  Florence, children and entire family, asking them to take solace in his rich legacies and accept the sad development as the will of God.
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Northern Governor,s Felicitate With Speaker Gbajabiamila,Gov Sanwolu,Kingibe...

Northern Governors felicitate with Speaker Gbajabiamila ,Gov Sanwolu ,Kingibe

June 25,2020



By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

 Northern  Governors Forum has congratulated three eminent Nigerians, (Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila; Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwoolu; and elderstatesman Amb. Babagana Kingibe) on the occasion of their birthdays, recognising their contributions  to National development.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, in a congratulatory message signed by Dr  Simon Macham his ,Director of Press and Public Affairs  described Speaker House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila who clocked 58 as a great Nigerian who has continued to promote development particularly through his legislative experience.

He commended the Speaker for standing up for ordinary Nigerians by giving direction and quality leadership to the green chamber which has led to the passing of laws that have promoted good governance, peace and tranquility.

On Governor Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State who turned 55, the Northern Governors saluted his courage and pragmatic leadership style which has enabled the nation's commercial capital to continue to play a pivotal role in national development.

The forum while wishing him more years of success, asked him not to relent in his commitment of serving the people of Lagos State and the nation with integrity, compassion and excellence, in line with his campaign promises.

For elderstatesman, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, the Forum congratulated him for attaining the age of 75 and also commended his sense of loyalty, patriotism and commitment to Nigeria.

Governor Lalong said "Ambassador Kingibe has transversed the political landscape of the country, and making his mark on the international stage, making contributions to the socio-political development of Nigeria in various capacities over the years. We celebrate his dexterity and passion in promoting National unity, peace and good governance".
The Governors while wishing him many more years of good health, peace and God's divine protection, asked him to continue to avail the nation his wealth of experience and wisdom.
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BREAKING : COVID -19 - Bank In Jos Shuts Down Operations After Employee Tested Positive...

COVID  19 - Bank in Jos shuts down operations after employee tested positive

June 24,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos


A First  Generation Bank's Main Branch in Jos the Plateau state capital has  temporarily shut its doors on Wednesday  after an employee tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19 virus .

Our correspondent gathered from a source that the bank was closed down and the premises has been fumigated .


The source said that all staff of the bank in the branch are now being tested for COVID-19.

When contacted the Commissioner for Health in Plateau Dr Nimkong Lar ,confirmed the reported case .

He said that the person infected has been moved to the isolation center and has started receiving treatment .

Lar said that " we have commenced Contact tracing .

He called on people of the state to adhere to laid down guidelines in order to stop the spread of the dreaded virus .
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Constituency Project: Kor Community ,Pankshin LGA Appreciate Hon Yusuf Gagdi ....




Constituency project: Kor community in Pankshin LG appreciates Hon. Gagdi

June 24,2020

The member representating Pankshin, Kanke, Kanam Federal Constituency in the National Assembly Rt. Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi has begun mobilizing manpower and resources to execute constituency project in Kor community of Pankshin Local Government Plateau state. This was revealed to our correspondent in a statement of appreciation by a member of Kor community Prince Sekat, Yandar Ngas. The statement reads in part below;

On behalf of Ngolong Kor, Belning Ward Headquarters, His Royal Highness Nde Solomon B. Sekat, The Kor Traditional Council, The Kor Development Association and the entire Kor people of Belning Ward, Pankshin Local Government Area, I wish to thank Rt. Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, House of Reps member, representing the good people of Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam Federal Constituency for siting one of his Constituency projects at Government Secondary School (GSS) Kor, this gesture to us is a demonstration of your love for Kor Kingdom and the entire inhabitants and we are saying thank you, thank you and thank you again for coming to our rescue.
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Alh Abubakar Yaro Mai Dankali Of Unity Foundation donates Palliative With Free Skills Acquisition program.....

Alh Abubakar Salisu Yaro Mai Dankali of "Unity Foundation" distributes Palliative With Free Skills Acquisition program..

June 22,2020


Unity Foundation of Alh Abubakar Salisu Yaro Mai Dankali distributed pallitives to his community at Jos North LGA, they also offered free skills acquisition training to the beneficiaries especially as the dreaded pandemic has caused so much economic meltdown due to the lock down imposed in the state and nation by the government in other to help curb the spread of COVID-19 alot of small business owners were affected especially those who rely on daily sales .

While addressing to our correspondent , Alh Abubakar Salisu Yaro Mai Dankali and team said it became Paramount for them to support the society cause alot of citizens are affected and not only the covid 19 virus has claimed lives some is as a result of hunger and they felt it's better they enhance other mechanism in reducing the suffering the pandemic has caused.

Some of the skills acquisition includes making of soaps,pomades and also he offered food items like semovita, rice ,tomatoes paste ,Maggie and we're basically shared to the most vulnerable in the community.
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DG PLASMIDA Lauds Gov Lalong As An MSME Beneficiary"Mr Chukwuemeka Chris"&Trainee Offers CSR To The Agency...









DG PLASMIDA Lauds Gov Lalong as An MSME Beneficiary "Mr Chukwuemeka Chris" &Trainee Offers CSR to The Agency......



June 22,2020

Chief Executive Officer of Royal Therapeutic and Biotech LTD Christian Chukwuemeka has said that he had trained over 500 persons in Plateau State .
He made this known while speaking to our correspondent after disinfecting and decontaminating the entire Plasmida Complex at Liberty Boulevard  in Jos .


 Chris who is one of the several Master Trainers with the Agency has trained students to be Cosmetologists  on behalf of Plateau State Microfinance  Development Agency PLASMIDA. He decided to offer these services to give back to the State.

He said, "this is my way of giving back to the Society and the State"


He said that  the  Agency  has rendered  so much to his Company  in terms of linkage services as well linking him to funding opportunities.

By this,  PLASMIDA has done a lot by empowering youths in the State who have now become masters in their rights and employers of labour.

 Our correspondent reports that the  Company also offered sensitization and awareness to the members of staff of the Agency on the dangers of been exposed to the COVID-19 and how to stay safe.

He said that the disinfection and decontamination exercise would sterilize the building which is a public office from possible exposure to various viruses and germs hence the need for sensitization awareness to them.



He said that Royal Therapeutic and Biotech LTD is a foundation located at No 7a Hospital Road KVom  also deals with the research and development of Therapeutics which includes general wellness, health and beauty products .

It also offers natural drugs which are suitable to our own peculiar body biochemistry.

The Company also offered free blood sugar tests and blood pressure confirmations to Staff of the Agency during the exercise. They also distributed free face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectants and anti ulcer medications.
He said it was necessary because people with such conditions have lower immunity and so highly vulnerable to the virus. This is done to confirm their status.


Speaking to our correspondent  , the Director General PLASMIDA  Mr Haggai Gutap, appreciated the Plateau State  Governor, His Excellency, Bar Dr Simon Bako Lalong  firstly for his commitment towards assisting MSME programs in the State. It is  his support  that has resulted in the Corporate Social Responsibilty for which the Agency has enjoyed.

He said that  the Agency has helped many small businesses on the Plateau

He  thanked Mr Chukwuemeka of Royal Therapeutic and Biotech LTD for coming back to appreciate the Agency and called on other Master Trainers to emulate this kind gesture.

In other to grow other small businesses  the Agency has also patronized another MSME, Bennie Agro Ltd  by purchasing a  Semi- Automated Hand Washing Machine to keep in tandem the new protocol of washing of hands before entering the complex.
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