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Prof Daduut Seeks More Empowerment For Women...

 Prof   Daduut seeks more empowerment for women 



May 31,2021



By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Senator representing Plateau South in the National Assembly Prof. Dame Nora Daduut on Monday  stressed that the called the  socio-economic independence of the woman is paramount and they deserved to be empowered more .


Senator Daduut  made this this known while delivering a paper titled  Challenges to Gender Inequality and Women Rights at a one day symposium at the  Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, National Veterinary And Research Institute Vom Plateau state .



 In her words  "the woman engages in acquisition of skills, farm work and small businesses to beef her income."


" She does not have access to the provision of capital and loans, as her male counterpart.  Women rights to inherit properties on equal basis with men are not acceptable in most cultures in Africa. She suffers the economic crunch more because she sacrifices all in order to care for her children. Studies show that it will take up to a century to close the global pay gap."


On education Daduut  said  this  is the most powerful tool for the advancement of any nation and a strong weapon to fight poverty. In this area the woman is not often given the equal access to acquire western education like her male counterpart. Even when she acquires the knowledge, she does not have the same opportunities with the man to contribute to the advancement of the society. In Nigeria for example, due to certain cultural and religious practices, marriage and motherhood are given priority in the life of the woman. The woman must marry, procreate and take care of the children, such that her education is not considered a necessity. This is a big challenge to women rights to education yet if she is given the same or equal opportunities, she can excel. 



She also added that "Poor health facilities especially in developing countries have more effect on the women and the children. Lack portable water causes health challenges which affect women and Children. women and children are more vulnerable to health challenges, especially in this world of Covid19 pandemic. In times of war and other crisis, the woman and children are the most affected. According to United Nations (UN) about 70% of women work in health sectors, but with lower pay than their male counterpart.


On Agriculture   the Senator stressed that  about 60% of food crops in Nigeria is produced by the rural communities with women as the backbone of the subsistence farming." Their contribution and hard labour is not often recognized because the cultural and traditional practices regard the men as their leaders and the credit goes to the men.

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Plateau South Senator Dadu'ut Seeks More Women Participation In Politics...

 Plateau South Senator Daduut seeks more women participation in Politics 


May 31,2021





By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Senator representing Plateau South in the National Assembly Prof. Dame Nora Daduut on Monday called on women to  participate in partisan politics and governance in the country .


"There should be an increase  in mentorship and other efforts to boost the number of women in traditionally male occupation and position of political leadership".




She further called for the Increase  in the enforcement of existing laws against gender based employment discrimination and against sexual harassment .



Senator Daduut a Professor of French made this this known while delivering a paper titled  Challenges to Gender Inequality and Women Rights at a one day symposium at the  Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, National Veterinary And Research Institute Vom Plateau state .


In her words  "The use of power to influence decision making that affects a country or society, demands strong and healthy human relationship. 


She further added that In most cases, the woman does not have the freedom to participate fully and choose her interest against that of the man. 


"She is sometimes subjected to harassment and deprivation of financial support which leads to lack of political representation of women in active politics in Nigeria. " The women form about 60% - 70% of voters and yet they do not hold many elected political posts.


" A synopsis of the Nigerian national elections since 1999 to date gives a clear picture of disparity and challenge to women rights. In the National Assembly for example, only about 2.8% of women are represented while 7.3% of women are represented in the various States Houses of Assembly."


Prof Daduut also added that "These challenges do not allow the woman to make her contributions towards nation building as she is  discouraged and hence the lack of political representation at the national level in the political arena. 



She further added that  "I appeal for the increase in government efforts including increased funding and  financial support for rape crisis centers."



"Contemporary strong women movements should continue to advocate for the elimination of sexism in the country and in the world at large "



She lamented that  women have often been underrepresented in leadership positions and decision making and are only sought after as electorate during electioneering campaigns.

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Ibimina Osoma Gets International Recognition As UNPOLAC Awards Him An Ambassador Of Peace...



 IBIMINA OSOMA GETS INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION AS UNPOLAC AWARDS HIM  AN AMBASSADOR OF PEACE 


May 30,2021


Frontline youth activist, peace advocate and philanthropist in Rivers state Ibimina Osoma gets recognition from the United Nations Positive Livelihood Center as an Ambassador of Peace, the recognition is coming at a time youths worldwide are working towards a better society for all through involvement in leadership.


The UN-POLAC was established as an International autonomous institution in 2001 with the UN and UNESCO following General Assembly resolution, declaring 2001 – 2010 as a decade of peace and non-violence. POLAC’s mandate is to enhance the effectiveness of the UN millennium development goals and UNESCO Culture of Peace Programme particularly the maintenance of peace and security and the restoration of human dignity. POLAC has, as its name implies two main functions: TRAINING and RESEARCH, with greater emphasis being placed on training.


Ibimina Osoma who is an advocate for peace and youth involvement in leadership has over the years contributed immensely towards a peaceful society. While responding to newsmen in Port Harcourt, AMBP. Ibimina Osoma said he will continue to channel his energy towards building a peaceful society and he encouraged youths in Rivers state and Nigeria to see peace as the springboard towards sustainable growth and personal development. 


The new Ambassador of Peace has been widely celebrated in various quarters as friends, family and well wishers have all sent in messages to felicitate with him on this remarkable achievement.

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Six Years In Office Anniversary- Nde Victor David Dimka FSI Congratulates Gov Simon Bako Lalong ....

 NDE VICTOR DAVID DIMKA fsi CONGRATULATES GOVERNOR BARR. SIMON BAKO LALONG  ON HIS SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN OFFICE


May 29,2021




The leader of the DVD Movement in Plateau State, Nde Victor David Dimka fsi has congratulated His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern Governots' Forum, Barrister Simon Bako Lalong on his six year anniversary in office.


In a statement issued in Jos today through Media Aide, he described the Governor as a peace maker whose has made tremendouse efforts in ensuring peaceful coexistense among the good people of the State.


Nde Victor David Dimka also acknowledged some of the milestones achieved by the governor which he said  include; rural expansion through road networks, the legacy project, agricultural support to Farmers, and strengthening of the health system among others.


"I am hopeful that when my aspiration comes into fruition by God's grace, we shall consolidate on some of these gains made by the current government under the able leadership of Governor Simon Bako Lalong", he said.


While wishing him and his team more strength and  wisdom in running the affairs of the State, he prayed  that Plateau State under the governor's watch will overcome some of the current security challenges in no distant future.


#DVD Media Team

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God Rewards A United Nation , Declaration Of Interest Mu'Kangke- Henry Gotip 2021..

 GOD REWARDS A UNITED NATION 

 DECLARATION OF INTEREST

 MU' KANGKE_  HENRY GOTIP2021.


May 29,2021


It was a display of massive love down at home as our own made his declaration of interest known to the masses at his mother unit Tuwan of Kanke LGA PLATEAU STATE , OVER HIS ASPIRATION FOR THE POST OF CHAIRMAN KANKE LGC Under our Noble party APC. The love, joy and reception was massive as clearly seen as the people accompanied him to kwarip ward where the ASPIRANT was welcomed and made to feel at home. He addressed the Exco, youths and women on the need of good governance in the locality, noting the importance of developing a strategic plan for the local government with the Youths as  driving force, using  Research, evaluation and town hall meetings which will come up with  the basic needs of every ward in the local government, that will be reviewed overtime to meet the emergent needs of the people as time goes by. He also emphasized on the need of a befitting health care facility which will be equipped with Specialized Manpower , drugs and basic facilities  to meet the primary health care challenges of the people at an affordable cost, rather than traveling long distance outside the Local government area seeking for medical care. On education ,  the plan will seek to address the efficiency and effectiveness of education and skills development delivery through proper monitoring and evaluation of teachers. He also spoke on food security through the exploitation of innovation and simple farming techniques which will boost the yield and profit of farmers.  He harped  and emphasized on unity and harmony amongst citizens of kanke local government. The Chairman of the ward saluted and applauded Henry Gotip's visionary plans for the local government, and they pledged their  loyalty to  him and his aspiration, goodwill messages was received from the Councillor, representative of Elders, women and youths. He later had engagements with youths across the various wards in Kanke local government area. Let Kanke decide on a Unifying Voice of Hope.   GOD REWARDS A UNITED NATION...








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Jos South Team Seizes Goods From Defaulting Traders Along Bukuru Market - Building Materials Road Sides...

 Jos South team seizes goods from defaulting  traders along Bukuru  market - Building materials road sides 

May 28,2021












The Decongestion team of Jos south LGA on Friday  commenced enforcement of defaulting traders and hawkers along Bukuru Market Road sides and building materials road .


Our correspondent reports that  goods were seized by the team and defaulters were asked to meet the mobile court to reclaim their goods after been fined.


The team had a hectic day as  alot of defaulters almost resisted the moves  which almost led to little choas in the market until the arrival of the security agents whom brought sanity to the market space.


Our correspondent after the exercise interviewed one Abubakar Sadiq a fruit seller in Bukuru market which commended the local government chairman Hon Gideon Dandereng for such proactiveness and said the market is looking more cleaner now with such enforcement and he said it would avert alot of accidents that usually occurs.


Also the chairman of the decongestion team the Local government secretary Hon Tok appreciated the Marketers for their cooperation and pleaded with others and emphasized on the good of such exercise to them and everyone ,he went further to appreciate the team for carrying out their responsibilities diligently and said the enforcement will continue daily henceforth he advises marketers to get inside the market to look for shops rather than occupying the road sides where mortorist and pedestrians are plying causing congestions everywhere....

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Six Years In Office- Plateau Stakeholders Rates Gov Lalong's Administration High...

 Six years in office - Plateau Stakeholders  rates  Gov Lalong's adminstration  high


May 28,2021




 

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos



As the Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong clocks 6 years in office on May 28th 2021 , some citizens of the state have commended him for his efforts at 

prioritizing education , welfare of civil servants , peace and security as well as education .


Some stakeholders who spoke to our correspondent said the Governor has so many projects and has done well for the people of the state . 


Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong ,on assumption of office in his second term vowed to leave a lasting legacy in the state in line with the manifesto of his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC.) 



Our correspondent report that the Lalong legacy projects, are key projects initiated by the administration to impact on the lives of the people of the state.


Most of the projects are on critical infrastructure like education, health and human development .


 The  legacy projects includes several comprehensive hospitals, several comprehensive secondary schools and eight comprehensive primary schools, all scattered across the three senatorial districts of the state and most of the housing projects are about 70 percent completed .


An All progressive Congress stalwart Alhaji Nagelu Garba  ,said Plateau is fortunate to have Lalong as governor.



 ” I must commend Governor Simon Lalong for his efforts in leaving behind lasting legacies for Plateau people .


Lalong is doing excellently well for the people of Plateau , i call on people of the state to support Governor Lalong .


"Lalong has good plans for the people of the state ."




Nagelu added further that  the Lalong led adminstration has  rehabilitated and reconstructed over 40 township roads within the Jos Bukuru metropolis under the “Operation Zero Potholes” which gave a lot of relief to the  citizens of the state .



in his words "The Lalong led Government in Plateau has  taken steps to providing more affordable and accessible housing for the teeming population ."


He said the Lalong led adminstration recently  installed street lights across the city under the “Operation Light up Plateau” which has increased the beauty and safety of the city, this are among the thousands of other achievements he has ,Nagelu further added .



It could be recalled that Governor Simon Lalong recently said that education remains a priority of his administration as he believes that the solution to the problems of poverty, under development and insecurity can only be overcome through an enlightened citizenry. 


The Governor further explained that, “Our vision for the new Plateau State promises to leave behind legacies of our commonality, human dignity and welfare.


“While as a Government we shall strive to meet our own side of the social bargain, we equally expect the good people of Plateau State to reciprocate Government gesture, not only by giving their unalloyed support, but, more importantly, by learning to live in peace with one another so that together we can achieve the much-desired development,” Lalong stressed.


Lalong also said he would strive to complete all projects he initiated and some inherited ones before his second term ends.



Lalong said he hates hearing about abandoned projects.




The governor said that he sees it a waste when an administration leaves uncompleted projects and succeeding administrations’ abandon the projects in the name of politics.



“In our vision we said that if projects initiated by the previous administration are viable and is going to be useful to the people, we will continue and complete the project.


”We have so far completed some abandoned projects and we are going to complete more of them because I hate hearing about abandoned projects,’’ he emphasized.


On his legacy projects that were mainly in health and education sectors, Lalong assured that he would complete the 46 projects.


The governor said that due to paucity of funds, the scope of the legacy projects was scaled down from N50 to N30 billion to enable the state government complete them.




“We went to the capital market, got the money needed to complete the projects and we told the contractor that he must finish the projects in time.


“We realize that the contractor is slow and we have issued him a notice of termination and you will see what will happen in the next three months,’’ he assured.



Also the Lalong led adminstration has worked so hard to make land available and  accessible to the poor  .


It could be recalled that recently the Plateau state Government  said that state Ministry of Lands is pursuing Governor Simon Lalong’s policy of making land available and accessible to the poor and vulnerable through strategic partnerships with key drivers amongst which are the Central Bank of Nigeria, Federal Mortgage Bank, Fidelity Bank, Federal Ministry of Housing and sister ministries in the provision of lands for Agriculture, Minning, Tourism, Commerce and Industry in line with the Plateau State Strategic plan.



Commissioner for lands, survey and town planning, Hon Yakubu Dati made this known while unveiling the publication of the fees at the Ministry in Jos the state capital recently .



He said that the unveiling of this publication is aimed at improving the  capacity to key into the giant strides of Gov Simon Lalong, whose vision to improve the “Ease of doing business in Plateau State” gained traction following the commissioning of the Plateau State One-Stop Investment Centre.


He said that the unveiling is also in pursuant of promoting transparency in our operations in line with our Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS) as encapsulated in The Plateau State Strategic Plan.


“The unveiling ceremony is part of the ongoing reforms in the ministry to overcome the bottlenecks that had persistently crippled the revenue generation capacity of the ministry in the past.”



He said that “, our clients and stakeholders can assess our fees and charges at their fingertips in a transparent manner thereby eliminating middlemen who scare away our investors with dubious and outrageous charges.


“We have also been able eradicate cash transactions completely through collaboration with the Plateau State Internal Revenue Service who have provided the needed infrastructure and personnel.


Dati said that the task force on Internally Generated Revenue has been reinvigorated to focus on the largest source of untapped revenue, ground rents.


“These strategies are being driven by a committed crop of competent staff who are gradually but surely adapting to new technology and change of attitudes. This is evident in our growing revenue and improved services.”






“Following the return of relative peace under this administration, our towns and cities are urbanizing at an incredibly fast pace and, in many cases, with unplanned settlements that pose enormous challenges.


“In order to check the menace of urban slums, Gov Simon Bako Lalong approved seven layouts to define the urban planning frameworks that will guide the construction of new neighbourhoods and city extensions. Datti noted.


He said that “in this regards, we have entered into Public Private Partnerships (PPP) with land developers including Vanac Estates Ltd, Guya Nigeria Ltd, Clearview Security Ltd and … which has enabled us to create layouts in designated locations in Rayfield, Miango Low-cost, Zaria Road, Bauchi Road and environs under the Greater Jos Masterplan. We are also developing layouts in Barkin Ladi, Mangu, Pankshin, Langtang, Shendam through our zonal offices. The package offers ownership of choice landed property with Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) in a single transaction.


“We must appreciate His Excellency, Rt Hon Simon Lalong for the foresight to inject huge capital into the automation of the Plateau State Geographic Information System (PLAGIS) which has improved our performance.

With the coming of this administration in 2015.


“The Governor has boosted the business community especially the SMEs with the approval of One Thousand, Four Hundred and Eighty (1,480) Certificates of Occupancy (C of Os) and a total of Three Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty Eight (3,558) Rights of Occupancy (R of Os). Several Devolution orders deeds, Deeds of Assignment and other instruments have been approved.


He further stressed that the agony of abandoned applications stretching several years is being replaced with a new dawn of processed land titles being issued in few weeks after application.


“Currently, the Ministry is fine tuning processing time from 180 days to 45 days.



“Our development partners, the GIZ are partnering with us in our pilot project of land reforms in the area of the Systematic Land Titling and Registration (SLTR) in Plateau State. Currently less than 3% of land in Nigeria is registered.


" Government’s vision to create a land market economy is to empower the rural dwellers by unlocking their asset, land."


“In this regard, we are calling on land owners to take advantage of the 50% waiver approved by His Excellency, Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong, to register their lands and improve their access to finance.







Southern Zone Chairman of  the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Plateau, state Hon Paul Attsar who spoke to our correspondent on  the six years of office of Governor Lalong said he has done excellently well in boosting education in the state .

If you go the Plateau university in Bokkos ,you would see the good works Lalong has done in the institution .


Lalong has done a lot by constructing some roads in the southern part of Plateau  .


Attsar said at the  the inauguration of the Governor Simon Bako Lalong led administration in Plateau State in his first term.  the governor made it clear that his government is coming with a clear vision for the development of the state and would, as a matter of priority concentrate on five areas which policy has been termed the 5- Point Policy Thrust.

These are peace, security and good governance; human capital developmentand social welfare; agriculture and rural development; entrepreneurship and industrialization; and physical infrastructureand environment.


After winning his second term elections  , he vowed to continue the good work he has been doing in the state .


In his words "After about 6 years  in office, it would suffice to say that progress have been made in these core areas .



It is common knowledge that the current administration in Plateau  inherited a state which psyche has been assaulted by an avalanche of crisis and which needed healing to get back on track.

Taking serious the fact that without peace there cannot be meaningful development, the current administration immediately set out to work out Strategies that would ensure a lasting peace in the state.

Part of the strategies devised was to put in place an inclusive government, that gives every section of the state a sense of belonging as part of the problems of the past it was observed, was the feeling of alienation by certain parts of the state.

This policy made it imperative not to unnecessarily malign a particular section but to take everybody along in the scheme of things in terms of project allocation and appointments for the mutual benefit of all citizens of the state..




Remark Ditep an event planner in Jos said i must commend the Lalong led adminstration for always paying salaries and pension of workers at when due .


Now in Plateau , the era of none payment of salaries is over , Lalong has done well in so many other aspects ,he has done well in construction of roads in the state as well as boost commercial activities in the state .



Lalong  is a prudent Governor and has done well in tackling wastage in governance .



Remark further said that The Project Monitoring and Result Delivery Unit headed by the Chief of Staff to Governor Lalong , Mr Noel Donjur  has already been working so hard to  ensure that the State gets value for money and to track the implementation of all Projects and Programmes through the various Key Performance Indicators.

“Peace remains fundamental to any form of development and the Lalong led government has  been  doing everything possible to return Plateau State to its rightful position as the Home of Peace and Tourism.”


Dr Makut Simon Macham,the Director of Press and  Public Affairs to Governor Lalong who spoke to our correspondent recently said the Governor  exudes uncommon attributes and leadership skills which includes  humility, discipline, forthrightness and tolerance. 


In his words "Lalong  abhors bigotry under any guise. His passion for peace has even been misunderstood by some as a weakness while the discerning praise him as a bridge builder and Apostle of peace. "


"He took over Plateau State in 2015 when there were religious and ethnic tensions especially in Jos as a result of ethno-religious crises. But today as a result of his non-partisan and forthright approach to issues, the tension and apprehension has since been diffused and many of the old barriers dismantled. 



Macham further said that to tame the orgy of violence inherited, Governor Lalong established Plateau Peace Building Agency to promote the culture of dialogue, forgiveness and conflict prevention that has gingered peace and harmonious coexistence among the diverse ethno-religious groups in the state. 



Presently, there is clear evidence that the situation has improved tremendously over the last five years with better community relations and less tension and fear. Plateau State is again the melting pot of Nigeria and the Home of Peace and Tourism. 



He further said that Lalong has been exploring all plausible avenues to consolidate on the prevailing peace. 


"Apart from supporting security agencies, Operation Rainbow, a hybrid force established by the state government was strengthened by his administration with a clear mandate for intelligence gathering and response to pave the way for community policing. "


The Governor's regular consultation with stakeholders in the state including members of the State House of Assembly has led to many positive developments.


" For instance, the passing of the anti-land grabbing law which criminalises forceful occupation of land by some unscrupulous elements, has since stemmed the tide of land grabbing in the state especially in the Northern zone of Plateau State.  "



Macham also said that The Governor has continued to demonstrate his affection for his people, task after task, no matter the cost. In spite of the economic crunch in the country, his administration since coming on board decided to complete all the abandoned projects inherited from his predecessors.


 Governor Lalong equally initiated and completed many projects with others still ongoing such as the mega projects dubbed “Lalong Legacy Project” which are mostly in health and educational sectors in the 17 local government areas of the state. 


The Governor recently assured of completing the projects when he said “Having inherited quite a number of abandoned project and completed many of them, I don’t intend to leave any project uncompleted. The legacy projects will be completed before the end of my tenure God willing.”      


Governor Lalong’s Rescue Mission is fundamentally about service and fairness in distribution of scarce resources and development projects across the three geo-political zones of the State. 


He also said that Lalong recently  created an ICT Agency christened “Plateau Information and Communication Technology Development Agency” PICTDA. He recently declared thus: “Our goal is that before we leave office, we would like to have most, if not all our governance processes driven by information and Communication technologies".  


Macham also said that The prevailing industrial harmony on the Plateau is as a result of cordial relationship with the state civil servants. In the past six years, workers have been receiving their entitlements as and when due. When it comes to payment of salaries, pension, gratuity and other emoluments, Governor Lalong stands out nationwide. This has earned him the indelible name of “Governor Alert” bestowed on him by no other than the state civil servants. The Governor recently told the civil servants that his administration was working towards acquiring land in all local government areas of the state to build affordable housing for them. 


He added that "The vision of the governor to transform Plateau State into an industrial hub is manifested in the high number of MoUs his administration signed with both local and foreign partners to resuscitate moribund government owned industries such Jos International Brewery, BARC Farms, Highland bottling Company among other which have been lying comatose for a very long time. "


In his words "Another main thrust of Governor Lalong's administration is the provision of qualitative education for its citizenry. In the tertiary section, he injected life into the State owned University, Plateau State University Bokkos which was gasping for breath before his election as the governor of the State due to sheer neglect and reckless abandonment driven by politics. Apart from this, other tertiary institutions such Plateau State Polytechnic, College of Education Gindiri among other were also given a new lease of life.       "



The Director of press and Public affairs  further said Lalong’s modesty, nature and humility keeps him away from hugging the limelight unlike his more aggressive and socially astute contemporaries.


"Governor Lalong has been tirelessly interfacing with relevant individuals, groups and institutions towards restoring the legacies of the founding fathers of the North particularly the legacies of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto."


He added that Governor Lalong chairs the meeting of Northern Governors Forum in Kaduna. The election of Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State by his colleagues to succeed the former Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, to chair the Nigerian Northern States Governors Forum, did not come to many as a surprise.


"This is because he has demonstrated leadership that is forward looking and seeks to unite people and resolve conflicts while pursuing development.

His strides in Plateau state that saw the restoration of peace and accelerated development provided a very good example for the entire Northern States to put their trust in him to lead them.



He has liaised seamlessly with President Muhammadu Buhari and other institutions of the Federal Government in pushing the interests of the Northern Region and spearheaded the development of new blueprint for economic revival of the Northern Region.




Macham added that " Lalong as Chairman Northern State’s Governors Forum, has pushed for adoption of community policing by the Northern States, he also spearheaded the adoption and implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Programme by the Federal Government and Northern states."


He further stressed that Simon Lalong coordinated the Response of the Northern States in the fight against COVID-19, lobbied for the payment of entitlements of employees of New Nigerian Newspapers and mediated in many disputes between various interests and groups in the North, he also facilitated timely intervention and reconciliation among parties on national issues towards restoring confidence and understanding and spearheaded the final return of Almajiri children to their states of origin.


"Gov. Lalong, through the Northern Governors Forum, further assures Nigerians of all ethnic, religious and political persuasions of their constitutional rights to pursue their legitimate businesses wherever they choose within the region and appeal to the people to resist any attempt to lure them into any act that can threaten the peace and tranquility of the region and the nation at large."



Speaking further he said Lalong  has incessantly called on citizens to shun and jettison divisive polices, rhetoric and body language so as to ensure sustainable peace in the country.


In his first term, the Governor’s Rescue Mission operated under a 5-Pillar Policy Thrust, namely: Peace, Security and Good Governance; Human Capital Development and Social Welfare; Agriculture and Rural Development; Entrepreneurship and Industrialization; and Physical Infrastructure and Environment. After re-election in 2019, he streamlined the vision to Peace, Security and Good Governance; Infrastructural Development; and Sustainable Economic Rebirth.

Venturing into partisan politics despite his enormous successes in profession and businesses had been largely informed by the desire to turn things around for his people.


In 2019, the people of Plateau State wereu impressed with the first term performance and genuine efforts of the Lalong administration that  they decided to overwhelmingly take the Rescue Mission to the Next Level by giving the Governor and his Deputy, another four years.

Notwithstanding the fact that the Lalong administration inherited so many problems and amidst limited resources, high expectations and competing demands, the government settled down for business under the purposeful leadership of Governor Lalong.


Macham also added that Lalong believes and sees politics as call to serve and not to be served.


 He has a strong view that power should be used for the transformation of the society and development of the people. His view for seeking power is consistent and relentless search for transformational ideas and policies that will transform the lives of the people.


He has touched the lives of his people positively by bringing to them the dividends of democracy.


"A man who always thinks much about Nigeria and less of self, Simon Lalong tries as much as possible to impact his wealth, both physical and human, to touch lives." He has used all means available to him to help the needy, the State and the country at large. He does not discriminate based on religion, sex or tribe.

A bridge builder and a grass root politician who has the capacity to build consensus in the political process and is viewed as a charismatic and strategic leader ,he stressed .


"No matter what detractors may want to say, Lalong is a gentleman to the core. His love for the masses is extraordinary, for he is a noble, detribalized and humane Nigerian who worked endlessly for the transition to democracy. 

Little wonder other opinions have described him as a behemoth bestriding the political landscape of Nigeria like a colossus, Macham added .


Marcus Pius , a citizen of Plateau ,who is a member of the  People's Democatric Party said ,i must commend him for the good works ,he is doing in Plateau ,however i call on him to work to complete all his legacy projects because they are key and very crucial to citizens .

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Chairman Chapter Of Grassroots Mobilization Gentle Dogar Gwamzhi Extols Rotimi Amaechi On His 56th Birthday

 Chairman Chapter of Grassroots mobilization Gentle Dogara Gwamzhi  extols Rotimi Amaechi on his  56th birthday 


May 28,2021






The Chairman of  Grassroots mobilization.... (GNF) Plateau State Chairman Gentle Dogara Gwamzhi  on Friday  felicited  with the  the Honourable Minister for Transportation, Rt Hon. Rotimi Amaechi on the occasion of his 56th birthday celebration, lauding him for his ideal progressive strides in the development of the county .


Gwamzhi who is also the National publicity secretary of Rotimi Amechi   Support group For President 2023 described him as a leader who is excels in every Job he has done .


He described the former two-term River State Governor and Minster  as a dedicated public servant who has used his immense leadership experience to revolutionize the nation’s transport sector.



Sir You have demonstrated  excellent leadership capacity in all your strides, you have exhibited an embracing  and encompassing national unity strides, your boundless and unifying gestures is a worthy reference of national cohesion




Gentle Dogara Gwamzhi an aspirant for the Chairmanship position in Langtang North local government of Plateau state also lead other members of the team as they join millions of Nigerians to celebrate Rt Hon Rotimi Amechi (CRA) @56 in a birthday party in honour of 

The national icon and leader of the multitude which was attained by Members and their families Including friends and well-wishers across the State, 


"we join millions of Nigerians home and in diaspora to commiserate with the people's leader as he adds yet another golden year to his feather, the plateau chapter wishes you well in all your future endeavours" he added .

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Committee For Decongestion Of Bukuru Market - Building Materials Road In Jos South Commence Work...

 Committee for  decongestion of Bukuru Market- Building materials road in Jos south Commence Work 


May 26,2021








Recently the chairman of Jos South had earlier constituted a committee for the decongestion of the Bukuru market- Building materials market and its environs.


The members of the committee which is headed by the Secretary of the local government Hon Gyang Badung Tok. Others includes the, Magistrate, federal road safety ,DPO,Sector Commandant of the OPSH,VIO,NSCD, Revenue officer,Admin Officer,Land Officer,Plateau traders and Marketer Association,NGOs, Vigilante,Community policing and Special Committee.


     The committee started it's work on Wednesday (26-05-2020).




 The first point of contact for the committee was the Maraban Jama'a round about where the chairman of the committee informed them that they are here to put things in order and improve the sanity of the local government.


 The secretary of the NURTW Mr. Elisha Pam assured the committee of maximum cooperation from it's members and promised to be law abiding.


   At the Vom Junction round about where traders where seen hawking along the road side, Hon Gyang Badung Tok insisted on zero tolerance for defaulters as there is a mobile court in place to prosecute defaulters.


Moving to the Kugiya market, the task force took notice of the indiscriminate building of shops and illegal deport.



   The committee went round the Bukuru market and also took notice of empty and abandoned shops around the Bukuru market. The committee advised advised traders to stay off the road.



   The chairman of the local government Hon Gideon Dung Dandareng while answering questions from media outlets said he has the interest of the people at heart and that he also share with their suffering especially during this period of Covid-19 but quickly reiterated that his government is responsible and must be seen to be active. He also appeal to the traders to move quietly to inside the market as their is enough space to accommodate them.


 He also stated that Jos South is part of the Plateau master plan and as such the exercise must be implemented to a logical conclusion.



   The day ended as the committee members converge in the local government secretariat where the chairman of the committee Hon Gyang   Badung thanked everyone who participated in the exercise for their cooperation and patience. The exercise will continue tomorrow at the Building materials market and other places.

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Gov Lalong Receives Members Of The Senate Constitution Review.....

 Gov Lalong receives members of the  Senate Constitution review 


May 26,2021


By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Members of the Senate Committee on Constitution Review for the North Central Zone holding in Jos Plateau State, on Wednesday  visited Governor Simon  Lalong  of Plateau state at the Government House Little Rayfield Jos ahead of the Public hearing. 


They were led by the Chairman of the Committee Senator Abdullahi Adamu who intimated the Governor that they were in the State to conduct the hearing in order to get the input of the people of the zone towards the review of the 1999 Constitution.


Governor Simon Lalong who welcomed the committee , reminded them that this is another reunion of the old Benue-Plateau State. He said the people of the three States (Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau) remain eternal brothers and one people. 


He expressed optimism that they will not only receive  issues that are common to people of the States, but also to the entire region.


He wished them well in the assignment and assured them of the support of the Plateau State Government. 


Our correspondent reports that Senator representing Plateau South ,Prof Nora Daduut , Senator Istifanius Gyang of Plateau North and others were all present at the occasion.






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Review Of 1999 Constitution Senate Public Hearing- Senator Dadu'ut Calls On Plateau Citizens To Make Their Views/ Position Known & Voices Heard...

 Review of 1999 Constitution Senate Public hearing - Senator Daduut calls on  Plateau citizens to make their views/positions known and voices heard  

May 23,2021





By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


The Senator representing the good people of Plateau South Sen. Prof. Dame Nora  Daduut is   notifying  citizens of her Senatorial district and the  state at large that the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution  is expected to hold a Public Hearing for the North Central States of Plateau , Benue and  Nasarawa on Wednesday 26th May & Thursday 27th May, 2021.


The event is set  to  hold in Jos, the Plateau state capital .



Daduut in a statement made available to newsmen  in Jos reads that  The Public Hearing is on the Proposed Alteration to the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended) on areas of interest to Nigerians which includes among others, the following:


1). Gender Equity/Increased participation of Women and Vulnerable groups in governance.


2). The Federal Structure in governance and Power Devolution.

3). Local Government Administration/Local Government autonomy.


4). Public Revenue, Fiscal Federalism and Review of Revenue Allocation Formula.


5). Establishment of State Police.

6). Residency and Indigeneship.

7). States and Local government creation.

8). Constitutional Roles for Traditional Rulers.

6). Judicial Reforms- Adjudication of election and Pre-election matters and justice delivery concerns.

7). Electoral Reforms that will make INEC deliver transparent, credible, free and fair elections, Political Parties, Independent candidature and election management.

8). Socio-Economic Rights as contained in Chapter II of the   Constitution.

10). Immunity- Removal of immunity in prima facie criminal cases.

11). Time-line for Assent of Bills and Passage of Appropriation Bill.

12). Any other issues that promote the unity and good governance of the Nigerian nation.


Senator Daduut further calls on Civil Society Organizations, Professional Bodies, Traditional and Religious leaders, representatives of Development Associations, interested groups and citizens to take advantage of the Public Hearing to make their views/positions known and voices heard .


She further stressed that she would continue to put the interest of her Senatorial District first at all times .

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New Long Kwo Begins Tour Of Domain....

 NEW LONG KWO BEGINS TOUR OF DOMAIN


May 23,2021




The Long Kwo of Kwo Chiefdom in Quaan Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria, Miskoom Fidelis Longtoe Attahiru I, has started, what he termed  "Familiarization and Stocktaking Tour" of his domain.

The tour, which started on Tuesday May 18, 2021 took him to some settlements in Dajin Gwapna, Kabas (Gidan Dabat) and Konggoeyen.

At the three locations he visited, Miskoom Attahiru I harped on the need for peace and peaceful coexistence among the citizens of the Chiefdom, adding that without it nothing meaningful can be achieved.

He called on elders and lesser Chiefs within the Chiefdom to  avoid tendencies that may have negative values within their communities, advising them to be law abiding and to report any strange faces or movements to the appropriate authorities.

The monarch also appealed to them to guide their youths toward the enhancement and development of Kwo Chiefdom,  Quaan Pan , Plateau State and Nigeria in general.

Miskoom Attahiru I said he will create an avenue for partnership with relevant agencies to get the desired farming inputs to the farmers as and when appropriate.

The Long Kwo said that once that is achieved, it will go a long way to engaging and taking our teeming youths off the street to contribute to Government's food security program.

Miskoom Fidelis Longtoe Attahiru I then called of the people of Chiefdom to continue to pray for Governor Simon Bako Lalong for God's guidance, protection as well as give him the strength and wisdom to carry Plateau State to greater heights.

At the places visited, the elated people assured the monarch of their total and unalloyed support, promising to key into his laudable programs.

They informed Miskoom Attahiru I that despite the long absence of a monarch, they have continued to enjoyed their relationship and stay with their host community. The  commended Governor Simon Bako Lalong for creating the enabling environment for the emergence of a new Long Kwoand Quaan Pan Local Government Council for facilitating the process, after 33 years

They appealed to the Long Kwo to assist them to  call on the appropriate authorities to ensure that their schools and clinics are well catered for.

They also lamented  the  absence of ward heads and appealed to the Long Kwo to consider appointing new ones in other to enhance law and order in their respective communities.

The next phase of the Familiarization and Stocktaking Tour will take the Long Kwo to Kurgwi, Turniang, Bakin Ciyawa, Npap, Sabon Gida and other villages.

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Gov Lalong Mourns NASCO Founder Ahmed Idris Nasreddin

 Gov Lalong mourns NASCO founder Ahmed Idris Nasreddin 

May 22,2021


By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state  has expressed the deep condolences of the people and Government of Plateau State to the NASCO family over the passing of the founder of the Nasco Group of Companies, Ahmed Idris Nasreddin who died at the age of 96.


Governor Lalong in a message of commiseration signed by Simon Macham , his director of press and public affairs described the passing of the patriarch of the NASCO family as a great loss not only to the family, but to people of Plateau State and Nigeria as a whole.


Lalong said the late Nasreddin was a visionary leader who established NASCO in Jos in 1963 as the first jute bag factory in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa, in response to the desire of the Nation’s founding fathers to meet the challenges for the effective bagging, storage and export of the large agricultural products from the country. 


He said “This vision by the late Ahmed Idris Nasreddin saw the company growing from its little beginnings to become a major conglomerate with successful companies in manufacturing, real estate, hospitality and logistics, trading among others. NASCO has over the years remained a major employer of labour in Plateau State and continues to contribute to the economic prosperity of the State and Nigeria at large through tax revenue and corporate social responsibility”.


The Governor said because of the faith that the late Nasreddin had in Plateau State, NASCO remained rooted in the State throughout the difficult moments when the State witnessed crises that affected its development.


Governor Lalong while consoling the family, Management and Staff of the NASCO Conglomerate, said the legacies of the late business mogul will continue to prevail particularly when the company he founded many years ago is waxing stringer and being successfully run by his son, (Dr) Attia Nasreddin and other members of the family.


Lalong assured the NASCO family of the support and collaboration of the Plateau State Government as he prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and comfort the family.

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Northern Governor's Shocked Over Death Of Chief Of Army Staff...

 Northern Governors shocked over death of Chief of Army staff 


May 21,2021



By Golok Nanmwa,Jos 




Northern Governors Forum has expressed deep shock over the air crash involving an airforce plane that killed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, his aides and crew members in Kaduna. 


Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong in a statement said the Forum is distressed over the sad incident which claimed the lives of the Army Chief and other officers and men of the Nigerian armed forces who were on an official assignment in the cause of advancing the security and peace of the country. 


The statement was signed by Simon Macham ,his director of press and public affairs and made available to newsmen in Jos .


Lalong said this is another sad day in the history of the nation as it has lost patriotic Nigerians who gave their lives to the defence of the territorial integrity of the country, and also ensuring that its citizens live in peace and security. 


He said " Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru was a committed soldier whose passion for defending Nigeria was very clear throughout his military career even before his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff. Since his appointment, we have engaged him as Northern Governors Forum and individually as Governors towards enhancing the security and safety of our States, region and the nation at large. Within the few months he held sway, we have seen improvements and high resolve to bringing an end to insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities. We had  been working on consolidating this before this tragic incident that took his life and that of others working with him. We are highly shocked and pained". 


Lalong while condoling with the the President and Commander in Chief Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Army, families of the deceased officers and men, as well as the entire Nigerian Armed Forces said the sad event is deeply regrettable but should not deter the Armed Forces from giving their best in the service of the nation just as the deceased COAS, officers and men did before their tragic death. 


He prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and comfort their families.

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PLATEAU LG ELECTION: APC Vwang Ward Party Excos Agrees To Maintain Status Quo In The Forthcoming Elections..

 May








21,2021


Earlier on Friday, at Vwang  Ward the APC leadership/ stakeholders hosted a meeting where all the party excos, councillor representing the ward,polling units ward chairmen,youth and women leaders and the various stakeholders in the ward met to deliberate on issues relating to the party.


Hon Dalyop Isaac Gyang the part-time councillor of vwang ward hosted the meeting to intimate the ward people on issues relating to the party and the people at Large.


The APC chairman of  Vwang ward thanked the LGA APC Chairman Hon Mancha Pam for donating  money to the various wards in the LGA for the payment of Party offices as a step of reviving the party activities down at the grassroot. He also appreciated the his wisdom in the distribution of the party office money to the various wards chairmen and stakeholders during the week which enabled them procure offices for party.


In the meeting the various ward party stakeholders and Ward chairmen including polling units chairmen appreciated the governor for the choice of Hon Amb Gideon Dandereng to become the management committee chairman of the Local government area as they applauded Hon Dandereng for his proactiveness and leadership prowess in discharging his responsibility in all fairness .


The party ward chairman was able to discuss on the party registration that is ongoing and said that 15 booklets has been finished and there was an additional 5 booklets which shows massive harvest of people to the party.


On the forthcoming LG elections all the ward stakeholders in the party as unimously agreed to maintain the current status quo of the present appointed as the party flagbearers in the forthcoming Congress and elections in October as they have passed a vote of confidence in their councillor.


Present at the meeting were party excos,appointees,2 elders each from the various Polling Units.


Hon Dalyop Isaac Gyang appreciated the party stakeholders,appointees, excos ,ward and polling unit chairmen for their time and efforts in moving the party forward and also their diplomacy and patience in handling the challenges engulfing the party from the state to the grassroot level and promised to support them in his little way and promise to lobby opportunities for the benefits of the people of vwang as a whole.

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