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FG/ITF Signs MOU To Train 23,000 Youths...

 FG / ITF signs MOU to train 23,000 youths 

November 30,2020

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Industrial Training Fund ITF on Monday  signed a memorandum of understanding MOU for skills training and empowerment of Nigerian Youth in the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory FCT in 21 Trade areas.

The trade areas of collaboration to  includes Agro- Allied, catering (Hospitality), Autotonics, Welding, Masonry, Carpentry, Plumbing, Tiling/POP, Painting, Electrical Installation, Information and Communication Technology,  Facilities Management Technology and Electrical Electronics Technology PLC among others.

This is sequel to a request for collaboration from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Industrial Training Fund  to go into collaboration to organize a Youth Skills Develoment and Enterpreneurship Programme (YOSDEP).

Speaking shortly after signing the MoU, and ITF headquarter in Jos , the Minister, Federal Ministry of Youth Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare commended President Muhammadu Buhari for Committing huge resources for Youth development in the country.

He pointed out that Nigeria has a pool of resources that needed to be unskilled stressing that the industrial training fund is a critical partner to help development these skills to enable them became an entrepreneur.

In his opening remarks the Director general of the Industrial Training Fund Sir Joseph Ari said the implementation of this programme will be for the  duration of three Months, 30 Trainees per trade and 23,310 Trainees in the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT.

According to him they are adopting both Digital, Green and Brown field approach in the implementation to ensure that the trainees are exposed to new trend in Technology and have practical hands on approach which is necessary for impactful Skills Acquisition.

Ari further said ITF will work with the data provided by the Ministry and will ensure periodic feedback for effective implementation adding that funding of the programme will be provided by the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development .


Northern Governors Forum Condemns Killing Of Borno Farmers...

 Northern Governors Forum condemns  killing of Borno farmers 

November 29,2020

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Northern Governors Forum on Sunday said  it is appalled by the killing of rice farmers in Zabarmari, Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents.

In a statement, Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon  Lalong signed by Simon Macham his director of press and public affairs  said the entire country is deeply saddened over the killing of the innocent rice farmers who committed no crime, except to go to the farm to earn their living.

He said the tragic incident is a great setback to the efforts of Nigeria to attain domestic sufficiency in rice production as well as food security.

He said the Forum has consistently worked with the Federal Government, security agencies and local support groups to ensure that farmers are protected in order to enable them carry out farming activities. 

Lalong said despite this condemnable act, the Forum will not relent in its support to security agencies to deal decisively with the terrorists and other criminals.

The Governor commiserated with the families of the deceased farmers as well as the people and government of Borno State over the unfortunate incident.


Arch Samuel Bentu Empowers Students/Pupils With Writing Materials As Schools Resumes After The COVID-19 Pandemic...

 Arch Samuel Bentu Empowers Students/Pupils With Writing Materials As Schools Resumes After The COVID-19 Pandemic ...

November 29,2020

Arch Samuel Bentu a young architect and an evangelist continues with his benevolence gestures in contributing to the educational value to the students and Pupils in Mangu LGA in 3 districts of the local government ,Panyam,Pushit and Pyem districts,by donating writing materials to them which serves as his own  little way of contributing to the educational revival after he gave out scholarship to few students to the ICON University Benin Republic early this year,now he felt  it's necessary to encourage the  students/ Pupils of the locality after the outbreak of the dreaded Covid 19 which led to the shut down of activities in the  state and country especially the educational and economic activities of the nation. But on resumption to the educational activities ,Arch Samuel deemed it fit to contribute his quota by donating writing Materials to the Students/Pupils of Mangu LGA ..

 Arch Samuel Bentu with his team firstly visited the palace of the Hakimin Gindiri Hon Alh Tanko Umaru in Gindiri , where he was received by the royal father whom really welcomed him and gave commendations to the kind gestures attributed by a young and focused son of the land whom knows the value of education in nation building ,he called on other reputable sons and daughters of the land to emulate Arch Samuel Bentu in contributing to the development of the land and also gave Arch Samuel Bentu his royal blessings before the distribution commenced  

While addressing the Pupils/students ,Arch Samuel Bentu in his remark at the event advised to the beneficiaries to take their studies serious and to keep to good Morales and conduct by adhering to parental advised for there is a blessing to every child that obeys his/ her parents.

On behalf of the parents to the beneficiaries Madaki Janaret Shu'iabu Jactu ,Pyem Chiefdom Development Association (PCDA) Youth Chairman ,Lois Obed Kwarpo,Market women and PASA Panyam Students Association President present also spoke in appreciation and wished Arch Samuel Bentu and his team best wishes 



November 27,2020



The National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) currently holding in Jos, Plateau State, will come to a close on Saturday, 28th November, 2020.

Time: 12:00 noon.

Venue: Rwang Pam Township Stadium.

The event will be preceded by a golf tournament at the Rayfield Golf Club.

Tee off time is at 7:00 a.m. with the presentation of gifts and trophies at 4:00 p.m.

The closing ceremony will be televised live on both NTA and PRTV both Radio and TV.

All are enjoined to appear in the attire used during the opening ceremony please.






STF Parades 33, Suspected Cultist, Criminals In Jos...

 STF parades 33  suspected cultis

t ,criminals in Jos

November 27,2020

In furtherance of operation Safe Haven Determination to rid the plateau of cultists,armed robbers and kidnappers,has continued to raid criminal and Cultists Hideouts.A total of 33 suspects including cultists,cult activities financiers and other criminals were arrested. They were arrested from Terminus market,Rwang Pam street,Rochas building ,Ahmadu Bello Way and Angwan Rukuba In Jos North LGA. In the same vain,At about 11.30 pm on 26th November,2020, Own troops engaged a gang of Arm robbers along road Anguldi- Maraban Jamaa In Jos South LGA. One of the armed robbers was neutralized while others fled with gunshot wounds.A Locally fabricated pistol and some quantities of ammunition were recovered from the arm robbers.Operation safe Haven is resolute in ensuring that armed robbers, cultists and kidnappers have no hiding place on the Plateau. We shall continue to hunt them so as to have a peaceful  Yuletide season. All Law abiding citizens are enjoined to continue to give OPSH timely information that will assist us in getting rid of the criminals in the state.


Forum Of Plateau Mothers Task Parents On Responsible Parenting.*Lauds Gov Along On Peace Efforts*


November 26,2020

Forum of Plateau Mothers task parents on responsible parenting

*Lauds Gov Lalong on peace efforts

*Hails Operation Safe Haven on professionalism, human rights adherence and security of lives and property

Mothers in Plateau State have appealed to parents not only to put their eyes on their wards but also to adequately guide them against engaging in social vises detrimental to their future and the development of the society.

The mothers, under the aegis of Forum of Plateau Mothers commended the state governor, Simon Lalong,for his efforts aimed at enthroning long-lasting peace in the state,saying they were appreciative to him for leading the way for a peaceful Plateau by supporting the security agencies.

In a statement, Thursday, under the aegis of Forum of Plateau Mothers,they also applauded the Commander of Operation Safe Haven,OPSH,a special military taskforce in the state,saying his determination and commitment in the Plateau peace efforts has to a very large extent brought peace back to the once crisis area.

In the statement signed by Barr. Mrs Rebecca Pam, as their Chairperson, the Plateau mothers also commended officers and men of OPSH and all other security agencies in the state for their good collaborative efforts in fighting crimes and criminality in the state,saying the development had paved way for the peace the residents are enjoying at the moment.

They tasked the state government to urgently fashion out programmes that can actively engage the youths, just as they called for urgent creation of jobs for the unemployed youths with a view to taking them from the streets.

Charging parents to live up to their responsibilities, the Plateau mothers, in the statement, added:"The first line of training of any child is effective parenting and not government. A child becomes criminal from home first before coming out to the street in most cases. So, the morals must start from us as mothers."

The statement read in full:"  We wish to applaud the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Barr. Simon Bako Lalong, for leading the way for a peaceful Plateau State. There is no denying the fact that his efforts openly and covertly are paying off for the Plateau of our dream. 

"We appeal to the governor not to relent in this   noble cause no matter the distraction from some fifth columnists. We also urge him to continue to support the security agencies. 

" We also wish to use this opportunity to commend one of the greatest implementors  of Plateau peace road map in the security sector, the Commander of Operation Safe Haven,a special military taskforce set up to manage the internal security challenges in Plateau State, Sounth Kaduna and some parts of Bauchi state, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo  and his officers and men for the exceptional role they have been playing since his assumption of office. 

"These officers' style of work is professionally unique and must be commended by us. 

 "While not trying to undermine some previous state and non state actors in the Plateau State peace process ,especially in the security sector, who laid the solid foundation that the operation is building on, we must admit that OPSH has greatly improved from what it used to be.

"Their quick response to any threat now is commendable. Their human rights records has greatly improved, their civil military relationship has stepped up ,allowing free flow  of information on criminals hideouts and social vices by residents.

" The unusual peace on the Plateau throughout this year is no doubt the act of God  Almighty. 

"We are happy for the exceptional and committed efforts of the Governor and his team, Operation Safe Haven and other security agencies to see to the realisation of restoration of total peace in the state. This must be commended by us all.

"We recall that before now, we were always on the streets protesting the killings of our people by gunmen, sometimes caused by the action or inaction of the the security agencies. But to the glory of God,all that is in past now.

" The professional handling of the #EndSARS  peaceful  protest that was later hijacked by criminals elements, by officers and men of Operation Safe Haven, helped greatly in deescalating the crisis on the plateau.   

"Worthy of mention is also the recent massive clamp down on some suspected cultists within Jos metropolis,  this has greatly cubed the menace of these misguided youths.

" As mothers, we deem it fit to commend these great icons of peace,who are making daily sacrifices for peace in our state and the nation. 

"However,let’s not forget why we are here. We should all go back home and begin to carry out responsible parenting irrespective of our economic situation.

"The first line of training of any child is effective parenting and not government. A child becomes a criminal from home first before coming out to the street in most cases. So, the morals must start from us as mothers.      

"While not trying to exonerate government of any blame,we must do our work as parents so as to prevent our children from being deviants that pose danger to the society and even their immediate families.

" Instead of blaming government all the time for our failures, we must rise up and take responsibility as mothers instead of allowing our kids to become liabilities after which we  start pouring our frustrations on the government.  

 "Finally,we  urge government at all levels to quickly move to avert these imminent threats  being championed by the youths. This,it must do by discharging its duties with full commitment and the fear of God. 

"We enjoin the government to also urgently create avenues for skill acquisition and jobs for the teaming qualified youths."


Proudly Plateau- DG PLASMIDA Bags Special UK & U.S Award On Leadership & National Productivity...

 DG PLASMIDA bags special UK &US Award On Leadership & National Productivity...

November 25,2020


Haggai Gutap, a Nigerian business expert from Plateau State on Wednesday bagged a special award by the London Graduate School, and American Business University. 

Our correspondent reports that  The "excellence" award by the London Graduate School and "Lifetime Achievers award" by the American Business was conferred on the aid of Governor Simon Lalong on Wednesday .


 Mr. Gutap, the Director General, Plateau State Microfinance Development Agency (PLASMIDA) was  selected for the National Productivity Award, by the Presidency .

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.

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.


SMSGAfrica Discussion Panel Describes Social Media As New Power And Essential For Information Dissemination....

 SMSGAfrica Discussion Panel Describes Social Media as New Power and Essential for Information Dissemination

November 25,2020

Social media as the new power  and game changer for social movements builds the focal point in a recent discuss by SMSGAfrica in its November’s edition of it fireside chat held in Jos, Plateau State.

The fireside chat with the theme: social movements and the use of social media for social impact, is geared to empower participants with information and resources needed to be able to drive social movements while leveraging on social media.

Discussants at the event; Oluwadaser David, Director-General PICTDA; Teyei Joel, Co-founder Tomruk iHub Multiverse; Maryam Mohammed, Founder Women in Leadership Initiative and Ponsah Fanap, Broadcast Journalist at Jay FM, with Nankpak Cirfat, Team Lead SMSGAfrica moderating the discuss made turns to make contributions to the discuss.

According to Mr. Teyei Joel, social movements are an organized gathering of individuals and groups who either want to show discontent or certain things from happening. Teyei went further to reiterate that social media is a game changer for social movements as it presents an open and participatory platform.

Mr. Oluwadaser David stressed need to have an identified source of information, as communication among social movements can be effect through social media which will help foster the achievement of the goals and aims of the movements.

On regulation of the social media space, Mr. Ponsah Fanap opines that government should have some form of regulation, but technology companies should handle regulation on their platforms.

Ms. Maryam Mohammed added that admins of social media groups should also regulate the kind of profiles allowed into the groups and also have some rules to guild in the sharing of content on the platforms.

While thanking speakers and participants, the founder of Tomruk iHub Multiverse, Mr. Job David Ayuba advised that government should use relevant MDA's to teach young people how to use social media responsibly.

The November’s edition had Young Leaders and representatives from the Government, CSOs, Private Sector and the Academia in attendance, and was put together by Jos based Tomruk iHub Multiverse with support from ITEdgenews, Compunent and African Languages Hub.


CAF Champions League: Governor Lalong Optimistic Of Plateau United Victory As He Visits Training Session...


November 25,2020


Ahead of the of the CAF Champions League match between Plateau United and Simba SC football club of Tanzania, scheduled to hold at the Zaria Road Stadium in Jos, Governor Simon Lalong on Wednesday 25th November 2020 visited the team during their training session.

While addressing the players and technical team, Governor Lalong said he was at the stadium to ascertain their level of preparations and also encourage them to put in their best for a victory come sunday.

"I am here first of all to congratulate you for winning the Nigerian Premier League for the second time which qualifies you to represent Nigeria at the CAF champions League. I have no doubt that you will bring home the trophy having leant from the mistakes of the past and made serious improvements" he said.

Lalong said the team has all it takes to win the match on Sunday and eventually go ahead to win the tournament. He promised that the State Government will provide all moral and logistics support to the team to ensure they are motivated to perform well.

Governor Lalong assured the team that a new bus will be delivered to the team this week to enhance their comfort and movement. He promised to be personally present at the stadium to cheer up the team to victory.

General Manager of Plateau United Mr. Pius Henwan informed the Governor that the team has been vigorously training for the match and was ready to put in their very best in the CAF champions league and the national league.

He said the Government's gesture to the club has been a great booster that has seen them make progress over time. He also appealed for intervention of the Governor in getting some fans to witness the match in line with the COVID-19 protocols.

Chief Coach of Plateau United Abdul Maikaba described the Governor's visit as a tonic that will motivate them for victory. He appreciated the intervention of the Governor at various times towards improving the welfare of the team. He said Plateau United is the only team in Nigeria that receives salaries regularly and before the end of the month.

The Governor in company of his Chief of Staff Noel Donjur and the Commissioner for Sport Victor Lapan inspected renovation work at the dressing rooms and conveniences in the stadium. 

Dr. Makut Simon Macham 

Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State. 

25th November 2020.



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