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Northern Governor's Congratulate Kogi Governor Bello Over Victory At Supreme Court...

 Northern Governors congratulate Kogi Governor Bello over victory at supreme Court 

August 31,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos 

 Northern Governors Forum has congratulated Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi  State over his election victory at the Supreme Court.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong in a congratulatory message to Governor Bello in a statement signed by Macham Simon his director of press and public affairs , said the victory is an affirmation of the mandate of Kogi people entrusted on him which he should work hard to justify.

He said “the Supreme Court judgment affirming your election victory gives you an opportunity to settle down to serve your people and fulfill their aspirations without any distraction. The people have already reposed their confidence in you and are looking up to you for the dividends of democracy”.

Lalong assured Governor Yahaya Bello that Governors of the 19 Northern States shall continue to avail him support in all ways possible to ensure that he succeeds.

He also called on the people of Kogi State to rally round the Governor and put behind political, religious and ethnic differences in order to create the right atmosphere for the Government to fulfill its mandate.

The Northern Governors also urged Governor Yahaya Bello to continue to play his part in the task of finding solutions to the challenges of the region and the nation at large.


Plateau PDP Crisis Deepens As Sen Useni Sets Up parallel State Exco, As Chris Hassan Emerges Chairman...

August 31,2020

The Senator Jeremiah Useni faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Plateau state chapter is likely coming up with parallel State EXCO in the next three hours. This Followed a state Congress conducted by the Senator Jonah Jang faction on Saturday. Addressing party stalwarts at his campaign office along Dogon Karfe Jos this afternoon, Useni expressed dismay over the decision of the national body of the party to conduct congress in the state having set up a Care taker Committee, (following the resolution of Gov. Samuel Ortom Committee) with the mandate to resolving all pending issues before setting a date for the Congress.

Details later


Gov Lalong Condoles Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Over death Of Sister...

 Gov Lalong condoles deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris over death of Sister

August 30,2020


By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum Simon  Lalong on Sunday  commiserated with the Deputy Speaker of the House Representatives,  Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase over the death of his elder sister Hajiya Aishatu Idris.

Lalong in a condolence message signed by his director of press and public affairs Simon Macham described the late Hajiya Aishatu as a good woman who was a very dependable sister to members of her immediate family and others within the community as she engaged in acts of charity, mentoring and advocacy.

He described her death as a big loss to the family, particularly to the Deputy Speaker who derived a lot of comfort and counsel from her during critical moments of his career.

While asking the Deputy Speaker and members of the family to accept her departure as the will of God, the Governor called on those who benefited from her love, mentorship and benevolence to extend same to others as a way of honouring her memory and ensuring that her legacies endure.

He also prayed God to granny her soul eternal rest and grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.


Plateau South Senatorial Bye-Election: Withdrawal Of Chief John Dafaan- "Plateau Like minds"


August 30,2020



The Plateau Like Minds wishes to express her sincere appreciation to the good people of Plateau South for their support for Chief John Dafaan's aspiration in the Senatorial bye-election. However, we wish to inform you of his withdrawal from the race amidst wide spread support and acceptance even beyond party lines.

You recall that  the Plateau Like Minds are citizens of Plateau State and members of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) who have come together to speak with one voice as a socio- political pressure group with the aim of adding value to public discourse for the advancement of our party, government and the people and who took a center stage in the birth and nurturing of Chief Dafaan's aspiration to fruition. 

His withdrawal from the race is surely painful to us and the teeming supporters over time. We however respect Chief John Dafaan's opinion on this and wish Plateau South the best in the coming bye-election.

Our sincere appreciation goes to all the traditional institutions in Southern zone for the warm reception accorded us and pieces of advice during our consultative interface. We wish to thank prominent sons and daughters of Plateau who took time to receive us in prints and persons, our esteem party officials in the Southern zone for your steadfast assurances.

Our heart felt gratitude to Chief John Dafaan for accepting to run when we came knocking, and most importantly,  his patriotic disposition in the whole situation. Like in the words of Ghandi, "in a gentle way, you can shake the world" .

As progressives, we will continue to work together for the success of our party and government, lending our voices to matters of public concern while advocating for inclusion of public views by our leaders.

Long Live APC! Long Live Southern Plateau! Long Live Plateau State! Long Live Plateau Like Minds!


Hon.Isah Maimadara SPSP.


Joseph T. Tali CNA, FRC, MBF.

(Tafidan Samarin Nigeria)



Plateau North Coalition Of Ethnic Youths Nationalities Has New EXCO...

 *Plateau North coalition of Ethnic Youths nationalities has new EXCO*

August 29,2020

*Inauguration of coalition of Ethnic Youths nationalities plateau North*

*Unity in diversity*

As it was said by every speaker that grace the inauguration of the plateau North coalition of Ethnic Nationalities held at TEKAN Headquarters Jos.

The event which was in Grand style follow a top-bottom approach in strict compliance with covid 19 protocol, Chairman of the occasion the RT Hon speaker of plateau state house of Assembly in his opening remarks spur the Youths on the need to be ambassadors of peace while representating their various Ethnic Nationalities he was ably represented by the Member Irigwe-Rukuba constituency Hon Musa Agah who double as the personality of Honor. 

The guest speaker who is from the Youth constituency none other than DG PPBA Sir Joseph Lengmans in his paper, challenge the Youths to uphold cultural identity of its neighbors as ethnicity is purely an identification of a people and diversify ways of bringing Youths together through entrepreneurship and Talents hunt while taking advantage of ICT.

The Royal father of day, who was nickname Timekeeper was in the venue of the occasion before anybody also lend his voice for Unity by narrating the history of Jos natives and the hitherto stressing the fact population explosion has led to resources control revolution but however warn that since land can not be grown like population, only self respect for one another can give birth to peace within our societies.

Good will messages were received from the chairlady of the occasion, Hon Surv NGO Esther Simi Dusu who Acknowledge the important role played by the outgoing EXCO and she is very optimistic that the incoming EXCO will improve upon what is already laid down.

The only House of representative member who honor the invitation, Hon Rwas Dachung Musa Bagos through his friend, Mr chuwang Pwajok reiterate the honorable member's Team, Equipping the next generation. He said that it goes beyond a slogan. He challenge the EXCO to design programs that will make them tap into the slogan.

The mother of the day, who has was describe as the Engine Room of the Youth constituency none other than Ngo Sarah Dagah-Pam, who present her good will message in a paper presentation also challenge the Youths across board to see entrepreneurship as the only way out of poverty-stricken society, she called on the Youths particularly the new EXCO to be bridge Builders so as to have a peaceful plateau.

The father of Honor who double as the patron of the group stress the need for forgiveness and restitution. Where one has wrong the other through forceful or outsmart should dialogue and wholistic restitute the relationship.

Highlights of the day was the swearing of the five man EXCO to be chaired by Comr Song Muru Aten Youths National president by the Oath commissioner, Barrister Awang Agwom 

In his Acceptances speech, the chairman, Comr Song Muru made it clear that indeed a great task lies ahead as the will work hard to bridge some known hostilities among neighboring communities that has lived for decades such like that:

Afizere-Berom Aten-Berom

Anarguta-Berom and irigwe-Bache among other.

In his vote of thanks, chairman planning committee for the inauguration Comr chinge Dodo the irigwe national youth President thank all the invited guest and the royal Father of the day for honoring the invitation admist Covid 19 daunting challenge.


Plateau Senate Bye Election- Gov Lalong Attends APC Zonal Stakeholders Meeting In Shendam...

 Plateau senate bye election - Gov Lalong attends APC zonal stakeholders meeting in Shendam 

August 29,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos 

Governor Simon Bako Lalong is confident that the All Progressives Congress will emerge victorious in the forthcoming Senate by-election for Plateau South Senatorial District coming up in October 2020.

Governor Lalong who addressed leaders of the party at an extraordinary zonal stakeholders meeting in Shendam said the party has continued to remain intact in the State as the APC Rescue administration under his leadership is steadily delivering on its campaign promises and rescuing various sectors of the economy. 

A statement signed by Dr Simon Macham ,Director of Press and  Public Affairs  to the Governor said Lalong  urged party members in the State to be united and work together towards a successful primaries that will produce the party's candidate and eventually deliver at the main elections. 

He said " the APC is moving as a formidable force in the country and we continue to recieve people from other parties who want to join its fold. I advise all members to settle all their grievances at home and within the party structure to avoid distractions that could constitute setback to the party. We are all set for victory and we must remain focussed while working hard to make things easy. Let us always remember that the party is supreme and not allow our personal ambitions to jeopardise our collective victory".

Governor Lalong also assured that ongoing legacy projects which were halted by COVID-19 will soon resume and be completed. Other projects and services he said will also continue in line with the aspirations and manifesto of the party.

Chairman of the APC in Plateau State, Chief Letep Dabang said the the party has five aspirants who have indicated interest to participate in the primaries that will produce the candidate for the senatoroal by-election. 

He commended the members for their exemplary conduct and said the party will  be fair to all and announced that other contestants have stepped down leaving the five to slug it out for the ticket.

A member of the House of Representatives representing Shendam/Quan Pan/Mikang Federal  Constituency Hon. Komsol Longab assured that the zone will deliver the eventual candidate that emerges at the primaries during the main election.

The contestants under the APC seeking to replace late Senator Longjan at the red chamber are Prof. Nora Dadu'ut, Prof. Emmanuel Garba, Prof. Doknaan Sheni, Hon. Nanven Nimfel and Bar. Demian Shekarau.

Governor Lalong later paid a courtesy visit to the Long Gamai of Shendam, His Royal Highness Martins Shaldas III where he appreciated him for maintaining peace in his domain.


Prof Garba Attends APC Meeting With PDP Regalia...

 Prof Garba attends APC meeting with PDP regalia.

August 29,2020

By our correspondent 

Stakeholders of the APC in Plateau State were shocked with the adornment of the People's Democratic Party  PDP regalia by Prof Emmanuel Garba, an aspirant of the APC southern zone Senatorial primaries.

The Stakeholders meeting held  on Saturday  29/08/2020, in shendam was attended by Governor Simon Lalong, APC Chairman Hon Latep Dabang and some contestants namely Prof Nora Daduut, Prof Sheni, Mr Nimfer and Prof Garba.

Prof Garba was captured in a picture spotting a stocking conspicuously branded with the umbrella logo of the PDP in its colours.

The activities of the said Pro Garba had come under suspicion following reported nocturnal meetings with PDP leaders at his Koffiar Doemak home in Quan Pan Local government area of Plateau State. 

The absentee Prof had always returned a woeful result in his Gares Angwar Dashe polling unit since 2015, including the 2018 Local Government elections.

Stakeholders therefore view his recent aspiration to secure the party ticket as his latest ploy to sabotage the party and create disaffection within the party.


Yahaya Kwande Foundation Rekindles Hope Of Prison Inmates, Vulnerable Children..

 Yahaya Kwande Foundation rekindles hope of prison inmates, vulnerable children with inspirational books curricula

August 29,2020

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Yahaya Kwande Foundation has donated inspirational books for the rehabilitation of inmates at the Jos Correctional Services. 

CLAPAI Orphanage Jos, Hope For Survival Orphanage Abuja and Trust International, Jos also received free books for learning.

Founder of the Foundation and Chief Executive Officer, Yusuf Yahaya-Kwande, who presented  the books in sperate occasions in Jos, said the materials will give the inmates hope and opportunities to explore new venture in life after serving their jail terms and  contribute meaningfully to economic growth of the country.

“Studies have shown that book reading in prison can be therapeutic, help give the inmates hope, educate and motivate them to explore new ventures in life.

" It can reduce stress and minimizes the occurrence of violence and suicides.

Our aim at Yahaya Kwande Foundation is that after some inmates have served their time in prison and are set free, they go home with a new mentality about the importance of life and freedom and work to be functioning members of their economy, contributors to the community and good role models to their friends and families."

Yusuf said the foundation engaged in books donation to reactivate reading culture and to play its part in bringing the joy of reading to many families who might otherwise have no access to books, thereby availing them the opportunity to improve their lives.

 “We buy books from Spine and Label bookstore Abuja and partner with them to select books of various genres and curricula for the users’ needs. 

"So far, we have delivered 800 books to 2 orphanages, 1 School and 1 prison. Our next delivery is planned for Benue prison, a school in Abuja and another orphanage."

Yusuf explained that the foundation has made contact with reputable publishers abroad in order to import thousands of books to execute the project across the country.

Public Relations Officer, Correctional Services, Plateau State Command, Martha N. Banda said the services appreciated the book donated by the Yahaya Kwande Foundation to their adult schools in the facilities.

"The books donated to the inmates will help enhance their learning ability, improve their vocabularies ,most importantly occupy their minds from negative tendencies which will help contribute to their turning new leave's and becoming better individuals in the society.

"The importance of books can never be ignored, be it educational, best sellers novels or inspirational books etc, books are full of knowledge, It gives you wisdom, solution, new perspective, imagination, improves your confidence, and improves your mental health."


Gov Lalong Inspects Work On Collapsed Bridge in Quaanpan, Appreciates FG Intervention...

 Gov Lalong inspects work on collapsed bridge in Quaanpan ,appreciates FG intervention 

August 29,2020

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for its intervention in the repairs of collapsed bridges and other infrastructure on Federal Roads in the State. 

Governor Lalong was speaking during an inspection of on-going work at the Sabon Gida bridge in Quaan pan Local Government Area Council, one of the Federal Roads affected in the State. 

This was made known in a statement signed by Dr.  Simon Macham 

Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State and made available to newsmen in Jos .

Lalong said he was delighted with the quick intervention of the Federal Government following his appeal to Mr. President and a personal visit to the Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola in Abuja where he sought for immediate intervention. 

He said "I am very happy with the level of work on-going on this bridge in Sabon Gida which links Plateau and Nasarawa State from this axis. This unfortunate damage  has caused untold hardships to our people where in some cases, bridges have collapsed and some portions washed away. When I took the cry to the Federal Government, they assured me that something will be done and I am here to witness it."

Plateau State Commissioner for Works Mr. Pam Botmang said the State Ministry of Works has been working with the Federal Controller of Works in the State to ensure that the work is carried out seamlessly. He said the State has also provided palliative measures to ease movement while the Federal Government carries out major work.

The Federal Controller of Works Plateau State Engr. Usman Magin explained that some of the problems are associated with old infrastructure, increased rain and desilting which changed the water course leading to the damages. He said some of the old bridges will be replaced while others will be fixed.


Prof Nora Dadu'ut Is A Bonafide APC Member - Latep Dabang...


August 29,2020

Prof Nora Daduut is a bonafide APC Member -Letep Dabang Plateau APC Chairman 

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Plateau State,Hon Letep Dabang has said  one of the aspirants for the forthcoming senatorial primaries of the party in the southern zone, Prof Nora Dadu'ut is a registered member of the party.

Reacting to reports on Prof Dadu'ut not possessing an APC membership as well as voters card and never been registered at her ward,Letep Dabang said as party chairman he is in possession of documents containing Prof Dadu'ut's membership and voters cards as well as register with her name as registered from her ward.

He said he has received two petitions with similar contents from a group which calls itself "Concerned APC Members from the southern zone" and "Prof Emmanuel Garba" alleging that one of the aspirants, Prof Nora Dadu'ut is not a registered APC member and does not possess a voters card.

The APC Chairman in the state said with all documents on the various aspirants in his possession, he described the publication of such an information on the media space as false,mischievous and aimed at discrediting someone wrongly.

Letep said amongst that of other aspirants,he had all documents of Prof Dadu'ut which he forwarded even before the screening by the National Secretariat which she passed and was cleared for the primaries so wondered where this was coming from.

He appealed to all APC members to shun politics of character assassination and go about their campaigns with decorum.

He assured that as a family,the party has offered a level playing ground for the forthcoming primaries assuring that all are members of one family.


condolence Message From Wase Equity Project On The Death Of Hajia Aishatu Idris....



It is with profound grief and sadness that we received the news of the death of Hajia Aishatu Idris,elder sister to our leader the Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, RT Hon Ahmed Idris Wase,which occurred yesterday the 28th of August, 2020 in Jos. Hajia Aishatu was a true and dependable sister that contributed immensely to the success of our leader  in personal and family matters with wisdom and foresight.

At this time of great pain and loss,we  express our deepest condolences to our leader the Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, His Excellency, Rt. Hon Ahmed Idris Wase.Our thoughts and prayers also go to the family of the Deputy Speaker. May Allah (SWT) grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

Abubakar Muhammad Badu

Publicity Secretary


Plateau PDP In Disarray As Aggrieved Aspirants Threaten To Boycott State Congress...

 Plateau PDP in disarray as aggrieved aspirants threaten to boycott state congress

August 28,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos 

Some aggrieved aspirants for Plateau executive of People's Democratic Party have threatened to boycott the state elective congress slated for Saturday.

The group of aspirants numbering 25 bared their minds while addressing newsmen in Jos on Friday.

Mr Simon Jok, former acting National Legal Officer of party said that their decision not was due to anomalies associated with congress.

Jok who is vying for the position of the Vice Chairman, said that there were many unresolved issues that should have been addressed before the congress.

According to him, less than 24 hours to the congress most of the aspirants have not been screened as stated by the constitution of the PDP.

He said that there were several court cases that has to do directly with the congress.

Jok stated that there were 13 cases at the state level and 66 in the local governments.

He wondered why  the congress would go ahead when non of such issues were subsisting.

The vice chairmanship stated that the national secretariat had sent Gov. Samuel Ortom to of Benue intervene in Plateau situation in order to revolve the issues.

"We have a caretaker committee that its tenure has elapsed, Gov Ortom had suggested a neutral committee to be put in place to address these issues before an elective congress.

"But we are surprised that a congress was slated to hold tomorrow," he said.

Mr Aminu Zang, a Chairmanship Aspirant said that apart from boycotting the congress, they would diligently pursue the cases to a logical conclusion.

"We are not going to be party or a part of that charade.

"We have been technically knocked out of a process that is supposed to be democratic.

"Less than 24 hours, we do not know who the delegates are.

"We calling on the national working committee of our party to reverse the decision to hold congress tomorrow and if they have send somebody, the should call the person back," he requested.

Mr Bitrus Kaze, another Chairmanship  Aspirant emphasized that an appeal panel was not constituted to listen to complaints from the screening.

Kaze said that the aspirants were entitled to 48 hours to write the appeal panel whether they were satisfied with screening or not and  the appeal panel needs another 48 hours to decide on the petitions.


Langtang North APC Endorses Prof Nora Daduut For Plateau South Senatorial Elections...

 Langtang North APC endorses Prof Nora Daduut  for Plateau south Senatorial elections 

August 28,2020

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Reports Reaching our correspondent    has it that all the delegates of Langtang North  Local Government have unanimously endorsed Professor Nora Daduut for the APC primary ticket.

This is a big boost for the only female contestant in the race as the date of the primaries gets closer

 Commissioner for housing Hon Rimven  said described Prof Nora as the best candidate for the party in the forthcoming elections .

He said that Prof Nora would deliver dividends of democarcy to the people of the zone if elected .

 Zulfa said him along side other party members of the party would continue to rally  support for her in Langtang north.

Our correspondent reports that among those present at the meeting are, the party chairman in the LGA Hon.Daniel Sargwak, the leader of the Legislative arm of the council Hon. James Kargwak, Hon Zingven Ramnap, Hon. Brian Dadi, Mr. Abu Nimmyel, APC ward chairmen and secretaries, Other stake holders. 



Appreciating Dr Haggai Gutap DG PLASMIDA's Contribution To Plateau Economic Rebirth On His Birthday!!

 Appreciating Dr Haggai Gutap DG PLASMIDA's contributions to Plateau economic rebirth on his Birthday.

August 28,2020

Dr. Haggai Gutap, DG, PLASMIDA

Perhaps, one key achievement of the present Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong is the creation of the Plateau State Microfinance Development Agency (PLASMIDA). The appointment Dr. Haggai Haruna Gutap to head the agency, however, is perhaps the best decision byvtge Governor in executing his business roadmap for the State.

Gutap holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Economics and is completing research for the award of a Doctorate in Development Economics at the Nigeria Defense Academy, Kaduna.

He is a reputed development expert with core competence and experience in Microfinance, value chain, rural and Enterprise Development, Economic and Investment analyses. 

Gutap is an accredited trainer by the Centre for Management Development (CMD), International Labour Organization, ITC/ILO, Lusaka Zambia, Central Bank of Nigeria/Anteneo Manila University of Philippines, and Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

He is equally an Agricultural value chain and SME finance expert certified by the School of African Microfinance, a certified Economist from the Chartered Institute of Economists and a student Member, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria.

A team leader for implementing Climate Change Adaptation and Agricultural Business Support Programme (IFAD/CASP) Katsina state and the North East Zonal Coordinating Consultant to Nigeria Incentive Based for Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), the revered economist was until recently, consultant to the Central Bank of Nigeria, World Bank, African Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), German International Cooperation (GIZ) sponsored projects here in Nigeria. 

He was also the lead consultant responsible for the establishment of the first Farmers Microfinance Bank in Nigeria (Fadama Farmers Microfinance Bank Ltd.) in Jos, Plateau State under the World Bank sponsored project Fadama III.

As Director General of Plateau's only local enterprise development agency, and likely the first in Nigeria which currently exists as the only state affiliate of SMEDAN, Gutap has trained and financed thousands of entrepreneurs who are currently mopping the State of unemployed youths. Three of these SMEs in 2018, 2019 and 2020 won National Awards under the National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Clinic programme of the Federal Government.

Jerry Mallo, best MSMSE 2018

Zang Bot, best Science and Technology Innovation, 2019

Mafeng Woodcraft, Best Furniture Designs 2020

Gutap turns a year older on August 27, and is clearly poised to expand his expertist, networks and opportunities for the good of the State. On his birthday, Gutap was on duty, and hardly had time for a sip in-between assignments. Few weeks earlier, he lost a close relation, but before rushing to receive already trouping sympathizers at home, Gutap insistently went to work and ensured he cleared pending work files. Little wonder then, he has maintained the weight he came into office with in 2017.

With this hardwork and dedication to duty, Plateau can only expect far more strides before 2023 when his principal would round off hos tenure.


National Commission For Persons With Disabilities: Congratulatory Message By Chief Ayuba Burki...

 National Commission for Persons with Disabilities: Congratulatory Message by Chief Ayuba Burki. 

28th August, 2020.

On behalf of the Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Center, Jos, I write to felicitate with Hon James Lalu and other appointees by President Muhammadu Buhari into the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

I also extend my heartfelt appreciation to President Buhari for approving the composition of the Governing Council and appointment of Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in line with the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2019.

The action of President Buhari is commendable and a milestone in the struggle for equal rights and better opportunities for People Living with Disability in Nigeria. 

It is my prayer and the collective expectation of People Living with Disability that the appointees will bring to bear their wealth of experience in serving meritoriously and justify the confidence reposed on them by the President. 

The Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Center, Jos looks forward to partnering with the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in areas of mutual interest for the benefit of People Living with Disability. 

Once more, Congratulations. 


Chief Ayuba Burki Gufwan. 

Executive Director, Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Center, Jos.



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