The State of Plateau as a platform seeks to promote democracy on the local level by bringing the fore issues concerning the State, and facilitating citizens debate on public issues, through participation in government decision making.

Northern Governors Salute Vice President Osinbajo At 64...


March 8,2021

The Northern States Governor’s Forum has felicitated with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as he marks his 64th birthday.

In a statement, Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong described the Vice President as a patriotic Nigerian who has combined character, professionalism and pragmatism in handling national issues.

Governor Lalong said the Vice President has exhibited high level of faith and loyalty to the nation and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as he continues to give his best to the success of the Government and the upliftment of Nigerians.

He said “as Northern Governors, we have enjoyed tremendous cooperation of the Vice President who does not only give us a listening ear at individual and collective levels, but also engages us on how best to tackle the challenges of our region and the nation as a whole. Among other things, we cherish his leadership of the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP) which seeks to usher Nigeria into the threshold of modern livestock business that is capable of ending the negative consequences of open grazing in the country. We assure the Vice President of our continued collaboration as he supports the President to deliver his promises to the people.”

Lalong wished the Vice President well and urged him to continue to mentor and support young Nigerians particularly in the area of law where he has vast experience as a Senior Advocate, Former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, as well as a Professor of Law.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham 

Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State & Chairman, Northern States Governors Forum.

8th March 2021.


International Women's Day- Senator Dadu'ut Vows To Promote,Defend Rights &Interest Of Nigerian Women...

 International Women’s Day -  Senator Dadu'ut vows to promote , defend  rights and interests of  Nigerian women

March 7,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos


   First Female Senator from Plateau state Professor Nora Ladi  Dadu'ut  on  Monday  felicitated with Nigerian women as they celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day.

Prof Nora  in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos , also described women especially those from Plateau South as hardworking and a pillar to their families  .

She said  "I am proud of women of Plateau especially those from my consistency Plateau South ."

Prof Nora who has always been an advocate for women to participate in politics  said  "Women deserve more opportunities in politics ".

“Our women also deserve support and encouragement to participate without discrimination in governance and public affairs in general.

Professor Nora   further stressed that she would work to  promote and defend the rights and interests of the Nigerian women and fight anything that would stand against their wellbeing and aspirations while in the senate .

She also vowed to empower women and Youths of her consistency at all times


Group Calls For The Arrest Of MURIC (Prof Ishaq Akintola)


RE-Investigate Mother of all Nepotism in ITF, Jos-MURIC

 *A call for the arrest of MURIC(Prof.Ishaq Akintola).* 

March 5,2021

March 5,2021

A Christian Rights advocacy group, Yeshua Descendants (YD) responds to the false accusation and allegations raised by MURIC against the Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir, Joseph N. Ari, of Nepotism, Christianisation and Plateaurisation.

We are calling on the attention of the Director-General of the Department of State Security, the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force to arrest the leader of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola for uttering statements capable of tempering with the peace achieved on the Plateau by His Excellency RT Hon. Bako Lalong, the Executive Governor of Plateau State.

We, the Yeshua Descendants in collaboration with the Concerned Plateau Indigenes will not keep quiet and watch anybody tamper with the peace we are enjoying in the state.

If MURIC (Prof. Ishaq Akintola) is so concerned about the Rights of Muslims in Nigeria, what has she done about the killings/adoption of Muslims in the North? 

What Right is more than the right to life? 

When has MURIC become the Federal Character Commission?

If employment in Nigeria is by religion then what is the percentage of Christians in the recent employment from 2015 till date in NNPC, Nigeria Army, DSS, FIRS, etc.?

Is MURIC aware of what happened in National Boundary Commission?

What is the percentage of Christians in the North East Development Commission where Christians are most hit by Boko Haram?

Is Prof. Ishaq Akintola not behind the sponsor of religious crisis in Plateau State?

Is he not connected to international terrorist organizations?

If not why uttering statements capable of causing unrest in Plateau State and Nigeria at large?

We call onThe Three Senators representing Plateau State,

Members of National Assembly from plateau State, PYC and many more to act.

We believe in the Government of President Mohammad Buhari, as we believe in praying for the leadership of our land as instructed by the Bible. Power belongs to God and He gives power to whosoever he wishes.

The Christian community, meaningful Nigerians and the Plateau community is  steadfastly watching.





No Nepotism,Marginalisation Of Muslims In ITF- Management..

 No Nepotism, marginalisation of Muslims in ITF - Management

March 5,2021

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos 

Industrial training Fund on Friday said  it's  attention has been drawn to a press release entitled: Investigate Mother of all Nepotism in ITF, Jos: by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), accusing the Director-General of the ITF, Mr. Joseph Ari of ‘nepotism, wrongful appointments and marginalisation of Muslims in the running of the agency’.

This was contained in a statement signed by  Suleyol Fred Chagu ,

Director, Public Affairs Department and made available to newsmen in Jos 

The statement reads  that " Whereas it is not the policy of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to respond to every negative comment, since we believe in the inalienable right of Nigerians to free speech, we take exception to orchestrated efforts to malign, impugn and whip up negative sentiments against the ITF and its functionaries through outright lies and calculated misinformation as contained in the MURIC release. "

However, in order to correct the erroneous impression that the publication may have created in the minds of Nigerians, we are constrained to react that the  Director-General is a devoted Christian, whose lineage, including his direct siblings is populated by both religions. 

"As a result of this, he does not believe in nepotism and tribalism and does not indulge in religious bigotry. Indeed, the DG is a detribalised Nigerian who has formed long lasting and enduring relationships cutting across all faiths and tribes in Nigeria."

The statement further reads that With regards to what the group alleged to be “Christianisation” and “Plateaurisation” agenda of the DG in the ITF, we want to place on record that this is far from the truth and a product of the imagination of the writer as the recruitment exercise conducted in February, 2019 that they hinged their allegations on, followed all due processes and was co-ordinated by the Federal Character Commission, which even issued a letter of compliance to the Fund after the exercise. It must equally be noted that the DG recused himself from the examination\ interview sessions that were conducted by a panel that comprised officials of our parent ministry- the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Federal Character Commission and the ITF Governing Council, which is headed by Alhaji Musa Gwadabe, OFR- a detribalised Nigerian among others."

"MURIC further cited the constitution of the Fund’s Management to buttress its baseless accusation of ‘Christianisation’ of the Agency as only four Muslims were appointed into a fifteen-member management body during his first tenure while five are currently in the team of seventeen in his second term”.  This is also sadly untrue. "

 The reality is that as a consummate and experienced administrator, the DG has ensured that all zones are represented in management, which is the first time such has happened in the history of the organisation.

However, it will be necessary to note that there will be disparities in the constitution of any management due to the fact that other considerations namely: seniority, merit, vacancies apart from spread of representation are factored into the process. 

It will also be necessary to remind MURIC that the ITF system is close to 50 years with a well-developed chain of command that has been structured to the point that the succession process into management has been well entrenched and embedded in the organisation such that no Chief Executive can circumvent the process and impose favoured candidates. In addition, the process involves the ITF Governing Council and the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the DG, therefore, could not have sought to “Christianise” the ITF especially management, even if he wanted to.

ITF further said " On the allegation that the appointment of the Director-General did not follow due process, we wish to state that the DG withdrew his services from the Plateau State Civil Service and joined the ITF in 2007 (not 2006 as suggested by the writer). "

 He did not retire as suggested by MURIC as he had not served up to 35 years of service, nor was he of retirement age.

His first promotion as Director came in 2011. The termination of the appointment of the DG in 2015 was said to be in line with the tenure policy for Directors that served up to 8 years. However, when the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation discovered that he had only served 4 years as Director, it ordered that the DG be reinstated.  It was after his reinstatement, that Mr. President graciously appointed him as the DG/CE of the Industrial Training Fund.

It must be stated that since his appointment, the organisation that hitherto was restive suffering from poor perception and performance is now excelling. Indeed, it has transformed into one of the key organisations that are contributing significantly to the attainment of the policy objectives of the Federal Government in line with its mandate.

As a result of this, the DG/CEO is now acclaimed as the architect of modern ITF and has won numerous awards and accolades from all quarters.

The Fund further added that every one that knows the DG understands that he does not believe in nepotism and tribalism and does not indulge in religious bigotry.

MURIC’s release is therefore a sad commentary directed at a personality whose interest is to run a public institution based on the values of public trust, meritocracy and integrity


NIPR Honours Gov Lalong With Award For Peace ,Infrastructural...

 NIPR honours Gov Lalong with award for peace ,infrastructural 

March 5,2021

By Golok Nanmwa 

It is yet another recognition for Plateau State Governor Simon  Lalong as the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) recognized his efforts in peace and development with an award for Peace and Infrastructural Development. 

The NIPR at its national workshop on "Lobbying and Social Change" holding in Calabar, Cross Rivers State said Governor Lalong has remained a shining example in peace building, harmony and tolerance which is the foundation for development. 

The Governor was represented by the Commissioner for Information and Communication Hon. Dan Manjang who received the award at the Transcorp Hotel Calabar.

NIPR President and Chairman of Council Mallam. Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo said Governor Lalong was carefully chosen for the award because of the qualities that have embraced every segment of the society for development. 

He said Governor Lalong is a marketable product who has utilized public relations tools of persuasion, dialogue and lobby to bring people of various interests to the table that today have assisted Plateau State to regain its position as the Home of Peace and Tourism  as well as a preferred destination for Nigerians and foreigners. 

Receiving the award on behalf of the Governor, Mr. Dan Manjang said Governor Lalong has been a man of peace and a quiet achiever that has addressed development needs based on equity, justice and fairness. 

Governor Lalong said "My experience as the Governor of Plateau State gives me confidence that lobbying can greatly assist in calming frayed nerves and reducing tension in the society. When I came on board, there was so much violence, mistrust and lack of confidence among various groups in Plateau State. Rather than impose peace using force, I decided to engage stakeholders in fostering dialogue through lobbying. Practically, I lobbied them to see the reason to agree to sit together and talk event when many of them had sworn that they would never sit with each other based on ethnic and religious differences. With consistent lobby and persuasion, they eventually agreed to sit and dialogue. This was a very slow and tortuous process, but eventually we succeeded in having them understand that peace lies with them and not with law enforcement agencies."

He advocated for the institutionalization of lobbying as a standard practice in Nigeria backed by law. 

Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor Dr. Makut Simon Macham and the Personal Assistant to the Governor Mr. John Naandoet who are both members of the NIPR accompanied the Governor's representative to the workshop.


Gov Lalong ,Senator Nora Dadu'ut Grace Book Launch In Jos...

 Gov Lalong , Senator Nora Dadu'ut grace book launch In Jos...

By Golok Nanmwa Jos..

March 5,2021

Happening Now - Plateau South Senator 

Professor Nora Ladi Daduut represented by  her Senior Legislative aide Hon. Rufina Y. Gurumyen,  the Governor of Plateau state Simon Lalong represented by the 

 State Commissioner of Lands, Survey & Town Planning, Hon Yakubu Dati, at the unveiling of the book titled - The LAITY IN THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF Jos ,the Journey so far written by Dr Boniface B Gwotbit  holding at St Louis Parish Jos Plateau state .


Plateau Among 10 States Benefitting From Basic Digital Literacy For Rural Clusters In Northern Nigeria....

 Plateau among 10 states  benefitting from Basic Digital Literacy for Rural Clusters in Northern Nigeria

March 4,2021

Plateau State was among the 10 Northern states that benefitted from the Basic Digital Literacy for Rural Clusters in Northern Nigeria. 

This is part of Nigeria’s National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (2020-2030) Vision to transform the country into a leading digital economy providing a better quality of life for all Nigerians in 10 years, the UK Government, via its Prosperity Fund Digital Access Programme, signed an MOU for a resilience training agreement with the Nigerian non-profit organisation, Technology for Social Change and Development Initiative (Tech4Dev) to conduct the Basic Digital Literacy for Rural Clusters in Northern Nigeria aimed at Enhancing Pandemic Resilience.

The training programme had 1,338 beneficiaries across 10 states which plateau state was a beneficiary. The demographics of interest had 50% vulnerable Women and Girls, 30% are People Living with disability and 20% are vulnerable groups. 60% of the total beneficiaries are in age groups 8-18 years and 45-65years. Aggregated data indicates that less than 30% of the beneficiaries are married and 7 of every 10 are currently pursuing an educational career.

The basic digital literacy programme is aimed at sparking their interest in gaining advanced digital skills or even pursuing a career in technology.

The Curriculum includes a computing device and internet usage, digital information handling, online communication, online safety, virtual collaboration and exchanges aimed at closing the digital divide, enabling inclusive digital access for all and building communities resilience to current and future pandemics for the digitally-excluded or underserved groups in Nigeria.

The project coincided with the Rural technology outreach launch in 2020 by PICTDA to deepen digital education in Plateau State for the future of work. According to the DG PICTDA “each time we talk about automation in schools, hospitals, e-commerce and all other IT innovations we forget about inequality”.  Tech4Dev, therefore, seeks to breach the inequality gap between urban and rural communities. The training which took place in Riyom local Government  had 100 beneficiaries. 

The learnings and challenges were shared with key stakeholders and representatives of project states in Northern Nigeria. Three major challenges identified were connectivity, mobilisation and logistics and access to infrastructure. However it recorded huge successes.


Plateau Deputy Governor Prof Tyoden Refutes 2023 Governorship Declaration...

 Plateau deputy Governor Tyoden refutes 2023 Governorship declaration 

March 4,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Professor Sonni Gwanle Tyoden on Thursday denied any plans of contesting the forthcoming 2023 Governorship election .

This was contained in a press statement signed by Doman Wetkum, the 

Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor and made available to newsmen in Jos .

The statement reads that "The attention of deputy Governor of Plateau state 

 has been drawn to posters being circulated in the social media on his purported declaration to contest the Governorship of the state in 2023."

"Professor Sonni Gwanle Tyoden being a humble and loyal Deputy, would not resort to the use of the social media to declare his political ambition."

He further said that  this is the handiwork of some political jobbers whose activities are capable of affecting the existing very cordial relationship between the Deputy Governor and his principal, the  Governor of Plateau State,  Simon Lalong. 

"The Deputy Governor shares the same ticket with Governor Simon Lalong and will not allow his political interest to override the success of this government,  bearing in mind their collective effort to deliver dividends of democracy to Plateau people. "

The statement also  reads that "To put the records straight. The Deputy Governor Professor Sonni Gwanle Tyoden as a citizen of Plateau State is by every standard qualified to contest the number one seat in the state." He would not want to be detracted from his constitutional responsibilities as the Deputy Governor of Plateau State. "

"Moreover,  the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the body that regulates political activities in the country has not lifted on electioneering campaign in the country ahead of the 2023 General Elections. "

He  therefore, unequivocally dissociates himself from the posters trending in the social media and calls  on Plateau citizens to ignore them in their entirely.


Defamation- Plateau United Warns Mischief Makers....

 Defamation  -Plateau united warns mischief makers

March 4,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

 Management of 2017  Nigeria Professional Football League champions , Plateau United Football Club of Jos has noted with grave concern the activities of some mischief makers which is capable of derailing the collective aspirations of the team.

In a statement signed by the Media Officer of the club, Albert Dakup on Thursday , the club frowned at  the activities of the mischief makers, warning that henceforth, legal action  will be taken  against them for defamation of character as management is ready to go to any length on this matter in order  to serve as a deterrent to others who may wish to follow the same line.

Dakup lamented that while efforts are being made to galvanise the team to achieve its objectives this season, some enemies of progress are busy causing disaffection with their utterances and actions which are  capable of bringing disaffection in the team and derail the genuine efforts of the League Management Company LMC and the Nigeria Football Federation NFF who are working hard to improve the league.

The statement wondered where  the mischief makers get 

 information of discontent in the team as a result of team selection which is the sole responsibility of the technical crew vested with that mandate.

The statement further noted with dismay the allegation of incompetence levelled against the hardworking General Manager, Pius Henwan who not only led the team to two league titles, but repositioned the club as  a brand in Nigerian  football.

Discerning minds are left to wonder what the mischief makers seek to achieve with their unfounded and baseless allegations if  not sheer envy of the  achievements of the General Manager who has been guided by Professionalism since he took over the reigns of the club five years ago.

On the allegation of incompetence levelled against Coach Abdu Maikaba , the statement states categorically that the former Flying Eagles assistant coach is discharging his duties creditably well and management of the club is satisfied. 

The Club noted with dismay the allegation of sentiments in selection against some indigenous players stressing that the allegations are not only baseless, but a ploy capable of destabilizing the team as the technical crew pick players for matches based on merit and performance during training sessions. 

The statement therefore warned the mischief makers and their sponsors to steer clear of the club , as management of the team will  not fold it's arms and watch them   destroy the team. 

The statement equally advised the media to always cross check facts with the team before going to the press in order not to feed the unsuspecting public with half truths and fake news which will not serve any good.


Tax Tribunal Orders New Generation Bank To Remit N161 Million Tax To Plateau Internal Revenue....

 Tax Tribunal Orders new generation  Bank to Remit N161 Tax to Plateau Internal Revenue

March 4,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Tax appeal tribunal , North central zone , sitting in Jos the Plateau State capital has ordered a new generation Bank  to remit the undisputed sum of N 161,483,590.68 being tax liability for the 2014_ 2019 tax years.

The Tribunal reached this decision while ruling on appeal brought before it by the Bank over tax  assessment made by PSIRS. 

In it's appeal the bank claimed that the assessment made to it in the sum of N 537, 196, 180.51 is excessive. In the notice of appeal the bank through it's Tax Consultant  claimed the it's liability is the sum of N161,482,590.68.

Delivering the ruling of the Tribunal, the Chairman of the Tribunal Hon. Richard Bala noted the disputed claims and thereafter Order the Bank to pay the undisputed amount in the sum of N 161,482,590.68 within 28 days from the date of the Order while parties avail themselves at the Tribunal on the disputed amount.


Gov Lalong Lobbies NASENI To Establish Institute In Plateau..

 Gov Lalong  lobbies NASENI to establish institute in Plateau 

March 4,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Plateau State Governor Simon  Lalong on Thursday canvassed for the establishment of the Agriculture Machinery and Equipment Development Institute in Plateau State by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) as part of its collaboration for promoting technological development that will give the required skills for its citizens to provide solutions to day-to-day challenges.

Governor Simon Lalong gave this indication when he received the Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna who led the top management of the organisation on a courtesy visit to Government House, Little Rayfield Jos.

 He said the State was even willing to host more of such agencies like the Hydro Equipment and Machinery Institute, because Plateau has the largest potential for hydro power in Nigeria on account of its topography which gives rise to being the source of most rivers in Northern Nigeria.

The Governor said since coming into office, his vision has been to move Plateau State to a higher level of productivity and human capital development, hence the development of a Strategic Plan which is a comprehensive Road map that guides the Government’s policies, programmes and project implementation over the period 2019-2023.

He said “Plateau State is one of Nigeria’s most endowed states in terms of favourable climate, huge deposits of high value minerals and a wide range of unique agricultural products. This is in addition to being home to some of the most imaginative and inventive minds in Nigeria.

Our Technical School in Bukuru and the Relevant Technology Center in Jos have over the years produced some of the most creative technicians and engineers that have gone on to support Plateau State and the Nigerian economy in various forms. We are today building 2 more Technical Schools in Shendam and Pankshin to further deepen skill development in our State. The days of paper qualification are over.”

Governor Lalong said Plateau State presents a significant opportunity that can assist NASENI to fulfill its mandate and the State is willing, ready and prepared to collaborate with the Agency to ensure that some of the intervention Agencies related to its strategic vision are established in the State. This he said will go a long way in harnessing the rich of the State through value addition.

Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI Prof. Mohammed Haruna said he was delighted to be back to Plateau State where he started his journey in life and had his early education attending Craft School Laranto, Technical School Bukuru and the Plateau State Polytechnic before moving on to work for NASCO for many years.

He alluded to the fact that Plateau State has huge potentials in human capital development that need encouragement and exposure, to which his agency has pledged support.

He explained that NASENI has achieved breakthroughs in many aspects of technology and is solving problems in energy, transport, agriculture, mining, aviation, health, electoral system and many others.

He canvassed for the support of the Plateau State Governor as well as his colleagues in the Northern Governors Forum so that the region can use technology to tackle some of its economic, security and infrsatructure problems.


Plateau EXCO Approves Livestock Transformation Bill,Set To End Open Grazing....

 Plateau EXCO approves livestock transformation bill, set to end  open grazing 

March 3,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Plateau State Government is set to domisticate the National Livestock Transformation Programme by approving a bill for the establishment of the Plateau State Livestock Transformation which when passed into law, will promote livestock business anchored on ranching. 

The State Executive Council at its weekly meeting approved the transmission of the bill to the Plateau State House of Assembly for consideration by the legislature. 

Briefing journalists after the EXCO meeting, Commissioner for Information and Communication Dan Manjang said the bill is to facilitate smooth transition from open grazing to ranching.

Manjang said the State has been working assiduously to put in place all necessary requirements for the take off of the model ranching programme at the Wase and Kanam Reserves which are wholly owned by the State Government. 

He assured that once the programme takes off and alternatives are provided, people will no longer be allowed to move around with livestock in the State. Already, local and international investors have shown interest in putting their money in the pilot phase of the livestock transformation program. 

Secretary of the State Livestock Implementation Committee Prof. John Wade said the programme has zero land grabbing as nobody's land will be appropriated for ranching. The Government he said will put into use its gazetted reserves in Wase and Kanam for the take off and thereafter, anyone who wants to go into ranching will follow the guidelines provided by the law.

He said the State is approaching ranching strictly as a business hence the directive by the Governor for robust sensitization to enable more citizens key into modern livestock business. He said the notion that one ethnic group has a monopoly of the business is incorrect and such must be discountenanced in the new development. 

Wade said the ranching policy will also accommodate other species of livestock aside from cows to bring in more diversification of the agriculture sector. 

A statement signed by Simon Macham the director of press and public affairs to Governor Lalong also said that Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General Chrysanthus Ahmadu explained that the proposed law takes care of herders, farmers and other interests in the livestock value chain. He said in ranching, there will be dairy and beef production, fodder production, marketing and associated businesses that will employ many.

He said it will also go along way in ending destruction of farmlands by livestock, clashes between farmers and herders and unnecessary violence that is rooted in the unsavoury relationship between them. 

The people of Plateau State have therefore been reassured that no land will be grabbed by anyone as there is already an anti-land grabbing law signed by the Governor which prescribes stiff penalties for violators.


Plateau Social Media Award(PSMA) Releases Dates & Activities For The PSMA 3.0 Award....

March 3,2021


*Webinar & Awards Presentation Day*


"Exploring The Innovative & Creative Industry Opportunities On The New Media"


Barr Simon Bako Lalong

Executive Governor

Plateau State


Hon Stephen Jings

Hon Commisioner

Federal Character Commission Representing Plateau State.


Sir Joseph Ari

Director General ITF

(The ITF and Youth Empowerment in ICT)


Hon.Beni Lar

Member,Federal House Of Representatives

Langtang North & South Constituency.


Dr Mark Attah

Cambridge University

United Kingdom

Hon Victor Lapang

Commisioner For Youths & Sports

(Government policies and opportunities for youth engagement & empowerment)


Mr Solomon Kwakfut

CEO - DEVROCK Communications

"Exploring The Innovative & Creative Industry Opportunities On The New Media"


Comrade Makut Alfred Mashat

CEO- Munataray Global Services


Date :5th April,2021


1pm webinar

3pm Awards Presentations.

#Social Media For Social Good.

*A Plateau Initiative with a global Reception.*


Prof Danladi Matawal Facilitates Donation Of Equipment To University Of Jos Engineering Faculty...

 Prof Danladi Matawal Facilitates Donation of Equipments to University of Jos Engineering Faculty.

2nd March, 2021.

Engineering equipments facilitated by Prof Danladi Slim Matawal were yesterday the 1st of March,  2021 commisioned at the University of Jos.

Prof Matawal who is the Former Director General of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NIBRRI) had contracted the supply of the engineering equipments to Controls Scientific Ltd, Milan-Italy while still in office. Subsequently,  the equipment which had been cleared at the ports, delivered, installed, calibrated, tested and Staff Trained on how to operate them were formally delivered by Professor Samson Duna the current DG/CEO of  NBRRI to the University of Jos with Prof Matawal as Chairman of the occassion.

Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos,  Prof Sebastine Maimako who peformed the commisioning appreciated Prof Matawal for the donation,  urging the current DG/CEO of NIBRRI,  Prof Duna to emulate his predecessor by sending more engineering equipment to the school.

Also, he enjoined staff to put into good use the scientific equipment in the area of Geotechnical Engineering to lift the University to an enviable height through the production of high quality graduates.

Present at the event were Deputy Vice Chancellors of the school,  Dean of Faculty of  Engineering, Professor Stephen Mallo,  Head of Department Civil Engineering,  Dr Titus Ketkukah.


Senator Dadu'ut Committed To Improving The Living Standards Of The Elderly....

 Senator Dadu'ut committed to improving the living  standards  of  the elderly

March 2,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial district on Tuesday ( 2nd March 2021 ) echoed the need for an improved standard of living for elderly persons. 

The senator  today at the plenary made her voice heard while seconding the motion for the adoption of the report of the committee on women affair on Older Persons (Rights and Privileges) Bill, 2021 (SB. 114)  sponsored by Senator Betty Apiafi.

The proceedings for the day started at about 10:43am with the Senate President Senator Ahmed Lawan, CON, PhD taking the official prayers after leading principal officers into the senate chambers.

The day’s plenary witnessed the reading of  an executive letter from the President of the Federation President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on request for the confirmation of nominations for executive appointments, presentation of petitions, presentation of bills for first reading, presentation and consideration of reports.

While adding her voice by way of seconding the Older Persons (Rights and Privileges) Bill, 2021 (SB. 114) that seeks to ensure that older persons enjoy the right to adequate standard of living, including the right to food, water, clothing, and housing, and to improve their living conditions without discrimination on basis of age, Senator Nora Ladi Dadu’ut passionately stressed the importance of the bill. 

She further added that the bill would ensure that elderly persons have adequate access to all the items the bill seeks to provide for Older Persons.

Plenary was further adjourned to Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021

Sen. Prof. Nora Dadu’ut Media .


The Laity; Story Of An Ecclesiastical Vocation...

 The laity: Story of an ecclesiastical vocation

  March 2,2021                                      

  By Wulime Goyit

It just may have been another missing fragment of history. But within the covers of The Laity in the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos lies an account that identifies a pivotal arm of the church, keeps it in perspective and celebrates its continuous relevance in the scheme of things. 

Pieced together by a veritable foot soldier of the faith, Boniface Gwotbit, the book, a 218-page document is structured in a manner that its ten chapters fall into the two parts that divide the book. The first three chapters are found in part one while the last seven fall into the second part.

Suffused with subtopics that may well be chapters of their own, the book records several milestones of the archdiocese in crisp, lucid details; details that, in an ironic sense, open up many other areas for further discourse.    

But as you begin to turn the pages, the author cautions that the chapters are not arranged in such a way that one chapter would necessarily lead to the other. With this, he acquires the latitude to make each of them stand alone, more or less independent of the other, but all dovetailing into the books central theme.

And then the journey begins.

He takes you down a stairway that leads you to the roots of Catholicism in these parts. You first meet an unaffected Goemai land, north of the Niger and Benue rivers, at the turn of the 20th Century, steeped in tradition, governed by a belief system that recognized one God, and providentially primed to bump into a civilization that was set to come.

This is the setting in which the early SMA missionaries, three of them, from Lyon, France arrived Shendam in 1907. Fathers Oswald Waller, Joseph Mauren and Ernest Berlin, the story goes, had been accompanied right from Asaba by an Ibo lay person who was not only a good cook, but understood a bit of English and Hausa languages in addition to his mother tongue. 

How this anonymous Ibo lay person never gets mentioned in the pages that immediately follow appears to diminish the historicity of his place in the whole gamut of the narration. And you wonder whether he is yet another item of history set to be lost in the mists of time. But I take back this hasty conclusion.

Until “The Birth of the Laity” in part two where this indistinct figure with immense history comes alive again, Gwotbit merely tucks him away in a single sentence. Not breaking his flow, he continues to reel out the early general developments in the archdiocese.

From huge initial setbacks such as the tragic loss of Father Berlin and, afterward, his replacement, Father Schumacher, there appeared to be no letup in the difficult times experienced by the missionaries. What was more, their primary mission, that of evangelization, met with little success. But the author hinges their determination on the scriptural assertion that unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain, which is found in John 12:24.

And how true is this proclamation of the gospel? From the depths of despair, the author takes you to the heights of glory, exemplified by many dizzying successes. He highlights these under The Learning process and Gradual spread, The opening of Demshin Mission Station, Gradual Fruits of their Labour, Expansion Drive of Father Waller, and Evangelization through the Establishing of Schools. 

The Lumley Era from 1934-1954 increases the momentum of discourse. The author records that Monsignor Lumley was a young priest of 36 when he was appointed to head the prefecture of Jos in 1926. In several respects, his era prepared the ground for the archdioceses rich episcopal history. Hence, the author reveals that Rome was pleased with the work of Monsignor Lumley and the prefecture of Jos was raised to the status of diocese on June 26, 1953.   

Then, one after the other, Gwotbit chronicles the times of successive Bishops of the diocese. There was Bishop John Reddington from Ireland who became the first Bishop of the diocese in 1954; then Bishop Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka who took over in 1975; and Bishop Ignatius Kaigama who reigned between 2000 and 2020. The authors compact sketching of an eventful 60-year period leaves you in awe of the massive success story that their combined tenures represented. 

He does not leave out Monsignor Emmanuel Udeh who held the fort between 1999 and 2000 before the installation of Archbishop Kaigama. He also introduces the new Archbishop of the archdiocese, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Matthew Ishaya Audu who took over from Kaigama in 2020 following the installation of the latter as the Archbishop of Abuja.

The second chapter of the book takes you to 2007, one hundred years after Catholicism began in the areas north of the rivers Niger and Benue. The huge significance of this centenary is not lost on the author and he tracks the build-up to the official celebration with an eye for the minutest of details. 

But what has been the fate of a hundred-year-old archdiocese? The author looks to the keynote address delivered by Archbishop Kaigama at the Centenary Synod which held in July of 2006. He finds the text, reproduces it and leaves you with an insightful, wide-ranging treatise, covering the triumphs, dilemmas and aspirations of the century-old institution.

Then he takes you back to Shendam where the journey all began and where an elaborate programme was set to be rolled out in commemoration of the event. A crowded schedule no doubt, but he does not miss its highpoints. He takes you to the Benue river bank at Ibi in memory of the first three missionaries who in 1907 began the great trek to Shendam from there; then the graveside of Fr. Ernest Berlin and Fr. Charles Schumacher; and the mass at Demshin, where Fr. Waller opened a mission station. 

Gwotbit recalls that as the celebration reached its peak, a long list of selected clergy and laymen was reeled out by Archbishop Kaigama, having been recognized by Pope Benedict XVI for their sacrifices to 

the church. And what a fitting end to a chapter which also acknowledges the labors of succeeding generations of Gods people.    

But the year 2007, the centenary year, was not done. The author dedicates the third chapter to efforts leading to the creation of Shendam diocese. He follows the long, intricate process that began in the archdiocese, involved provincial bishops, bishops of the ecclesiastical provinces of Jos, Kaduna and Abuja, and then the Bishops Conference of Nigeria, before its approval by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in Rome in July 2005.

The Erection and Installation of the First Bishop naturally followed the creation of a diocese. And so the author provides everything, or almost everything, you should know about what happened in the case of the Shendam diocese. Additionally, he provides names of priests and religious as at the time of canonical erection and installation of the first bishop.

And then he introduces part two. Chapter 4 is the first of the chapters in this part. Aptly titled The Birth of the Laity, the author returns to that Ibo man who [in 1907] accompanied Fathers Oswald, Mauren and Berlin from Lokoja to Shendam as their cook. And so from the ashes of history emerges the story of the laity.

Because the work of the missionaries was not complete without the work of the lay people that served them, the author laments their exclusion in recorded history. He, however, asserts that over time, and in some of the places, the early lay people like catechists, interpreters and mission boysenjoyedthe kind of respect accorded the missionaries.  

The author lists those he describes as frontline catechists and cooks with early missionaries across the archdiocese. According to him, full recognition has now been accorded the laity by the Vatican II Council and this has ensured Co-ordinated Laity Participation”. He outlines the processes leading to the inauguration of the National Laity Council of Nigeria and the establishment of structures for the council in the dioceses, parishes and outstations. 

The fifth chapter of the book traces the beginning of the Laity Council in the Jos Archdiocese to the era of its first Bishop, John Reddington. He says Reddington influenced early indigenous young men like Peter Jatau, Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka and Kevin Aje to answer the call to priesthood. He reveals further that it was one of these first generation indigenous priests (Ganaka) that provided the bulwark of support for the laity in the diocese, having been himself the first chaplain and spiritual director of the Nigerian Laity Council.        

The author discusses successive leaderships of the laity in the archdiocese, examining the many activities and programmes under the different eras led by: Patrick Dokotri (1978-1995), J. O. Akabe (1995-1997), Joseph Fomwul (1997-2005), Abel Fom (2005-2014), Boniface Gwotbit (2014-2018) and Mercellinus Suwa (2018-date). You behold the gradual growth of the laity; you behold the vigor it injects into the church; you behold its latter-day role that rivets the churchs attention to national politics, the economy and sundry social concerns.

And you have no time to catch your breath as chapter six begins. With the title, Stability and expansion of activities of the laity, it takes you through the formation of the Catholic Social Forum (CSF), which is indeed the political wing of the council.  From convention halls to workshop venues, you get a sense of what the CSF is doing to change the face of politics and democracy in Nigeria.

The archdioceses quest fora new Cathedral, the Divine Mercy Cathedral also gets the attention of the author. This is found in chapter 7. The author states how the idea came about and the machinery set up to actualize it. He recalls the N 30 billion fund raising ambition which took place in 2014 as well as the foundation laying ceremony in 2016. He, however, laments the disappointing lack of commitment to the pledges made by organizations and even some state governments.  

Among “Other Developments” in the archdiocese, the author says, is the Sisters of Our Lady of Fatimas Golden Jubilee celebration. Acknowledging that this event falls outside the purview of the Laity Council, the author considers it a major historical development in the archdiocese worthy of mention.

He also fills the pages with information on The Establishment of the Female Catechists Centre, Kwall, providing an outlook of the courses offered; the New Residence for the Archbishop of Jos; Inauguration of the CMO in the Archdiocese of Jos; Beatification Process of the Servant of God, Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka; Sandwich Programme for Lay People at SAMS, Jos; Creation and Erection of Zawan Deanery; and ends the chapter with The Boniface Gwotbits Era.

The author uses the Gwotbit Era to project the pivotal role of the laity in the archdiocese. He highlights the mobilization efforts of the committee which, according to him, ensured loyalty and support for the Archbishop throughout its tenure. He recalls the workshops organized and, in particular, the Joint Mega Workshop of the CSF in October 2017, which all sought to awaken the laity to the very urgent tasks of nation-building. He wraps up the chapter with Emerging Challenges, where he deplores the emergence of tribalism in the church, and challenges the laity to say no to what he calls evil spirit.             

As the author winds down, he brings the youth into the picture. Because they represent the future, he sees in them the future of the gospel and decides to use the eighth chapter to discuss Youth Apostolate; Hope of a Church on Mission. He acknowledges the Churchs demonstrable commitment to youth development and points to the many youth groups as indicative of this.

Coming towards the end, A Laity on Mission is far from an afterthought. The author etches his thoughts on your mind with incisive details about the kind of spirit that drives its activities, its challenges, and where it is headed.  

If the author rounds up on a solemn note, there is a sense in which he finishes strong. The death of the first Bishop of the new diocese of Shendam, Bishop James Daman was no doubt one of the darkest episodes in that bastion of the Catholic Church. But, in chapter ten, the author returns there and declares, the Lord was still on the throne. He takes you through another difficult moment for the Church, the death of the second Bishop of Bauchi, Bishop John Malachy after barely four years of his installation. But their replacements, Bishop Philip Dung for Shendam, and Bishop Hilary Naanman Dachelem for Bauchi represent the continuation of life and living. 

Until you turn the last page, The Laity in the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos: The Journey So Far holds you captive by the words that are strung together by a skilled story teller. Taking on many subjects at once, Boniface Gwotbit frees his mind with the power of his simple sentences. And he serves you a piece of history in a way only he can.


Plateau Group Laments On The Rise In Corruption & Negligence Of Duty By Elected Public Officers Towards It's Citizens In The Country....

Raymond Gukas ,Jos

March 2,2021

The Plateau  our Heritage, POH  , has lamented the rise in corruption and negligence of duty by elected officials and calls for caution as these attitudes have affected the country negatively. 

Chairman of the POH, Hon. Alex Kwapnoe stated this in a one year anniversary text of the body today in Jos, Plateau state. 

According  to him, the "issue of corruption which we thought would abate with the focus of the APC administration, has however not been the case as we keep having reports of gross mismanagement of public resources and nepotism in high offices" which must stop.

For the country to rise, he said it must restructure "especially in areas that would make the components more productive and self-sustaining".

Contributing to the efforts at finding solutions to the country's intractable insecurity challenges, the POH chairman reiterated that there was "the need to restrengthen our laws to take care of grazing and alleged cattle rustling so that communities can live in peace"

Commenting on the POH, he said "When we formed the POH in the year 2020, part of our objectives for doing so was to bring all Plateau ethnic nationalities both at home and in the Diaspora under one umbrella to foster peace, understanding, closer relations and cooperation

"The aim is for us to be our brothers' keepers by taking interest in all matters affecting Plateau indigenes. We had also set out to provide a forum for resolving issues among members of the Plateau family, calling erring members to order, providing a forum for enhancing cohesion, growth, social and economic emancipation of Plateau State as well as protecting the rights of the sons and daughters of Plateau irrespective of political, ethnic, gender, class, religious affiliations"

Hon. Kwapnoe further emphasised that the POH,  on its own, is not a political group, but a forum where the Heritage of the state and it's people can be harnessed, protected and brought to the front burner of national cohesion as major stakeholders in the Nigeria's  project.

 Reeling out some of the achievements, he said "We were also able to make pronouncements on certain issues we felt strongly about like when  we took a stand against the encroachment and other security challenges faced by the University of Jos, and our voice was heard. 

Also, he said in the past year, the  POH has been able to Intervene in ameliorating the hardship of people attacked in Bassa LGA through donation of relief items and visits to them; a gesture he stressed, was widely appreciated and commended across  the state. 

"In order to boost the economy of our dear state, Plateau, the POH had robust conversations towards compiling tourists sites on the Plateau" among others.

Reviewing happenings across Plateau, he said "will not be fair to our people if at this stage we fail to mention some of the areas that need serious interventions by the government and which we shall pursue with vigour in the months to come.

"The security challenges in the country calls for serious concern. We cannot pretend that all is well in our country and our dear state with the increasing cases on kidnappings and other forms of crime that people no longer sleep with their eyes closed.

"The government and security agencies must move away from mere rhetoric to start showing more seriousness in the apprehension of those behind these crimes so as to serve as deterent to others"

Also in a congratulatory message, the Convener of the POH group, Hon. Pam Ayuba Dangwong said It's  a journey of no return as it looks ahead with better prospects expecting to break barriers and boundaries. 

"Our POH Development Teams (POH DTs) under their various leaderships have been superlatives. I must sincerely thank the POH BOT for their selfless sacrifices the past months. 

He emphasised further that the POH was proud to have in it's legion of characters, resource persons  and people of unquestionable integrity to move this state forward. 

"I am sure too, not long, our relevant teams will begin to put their different spanners of different sizes into work to pull together those hidden talents to the shore", he stressed. 


JAY FM Pays Courtesy Call To Plateau Information Commissioner,Seeks Partnership...

 JAY FM pays courtesy call to  Plateau  information Commissioner ,seeks partnership 

March 2,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Management of JAY FM on Tuesday ,paid  a courtesy call to  the Plateau state Information commissioner Hon Dan Manjang  to  seek partnership with  the state Government .

JayFM Jos is a Nigerian privately owned commercial radio station located in Jos .

The station features a mix of diverse music genres and talk shows with special focus on local and global news, current affairs, and sports. The radio station airs and streams for 24 hours.

The Jos-based radio station started broadcasting in September 2016. 

Speaking at the occasion , the head of sports Jay FM , Fedinard Mbum said the station is willing to partner with the state government at all times .

He said that the station is not a PDP station as speculated .

Manjang who   received the management of the radio station at about 12 30 pm on Tuesday said the state government is willing to partner with all media houses in the state .

Responding he stressed that 

Journalist should maintain the code of conduct of the profession for the growth of the society.

Let us maintained professionalism at all times .

One of the management team Jennifer Okoye  expressed their gratitude to the government and said Jay FM is dedicated to   discharging it's responsibilities.



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