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Rev Pam Congratulates Muslims On EID EL FITIR Urges Them To Emulate Prophet Mohammed (SWA)...


May 11,2021

Rev Yakubu Pam, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on this year's sallah celebration.

He urged Muslims to pray for the continued peace and stability of the country; and to emulate the virtues preached and lived by Prophet Mohammed (SWA) as they celebrate this year's Eid-el-Fitri. 

Rev. Pam in a statement through his Media assistant, Pam Ayuba called on Muslims to see the Ramadan period as a spiritual exercise that will bring them closer to God now than ever.

"On this special Sallah day, I bring to you my friends and the entire Muslim community a goodwill message as you celebrate this year's 2021 Edi El Fitri. 

"On behalf of myself, family and the entire Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, I urge you to pray for the continued peace and stability of the country and also emulate the virtues of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (SWA), who preached and lived a life of peace"! Rev. Pam pointed! 

" I congratulate especially, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Sa'ad Abubakar, leader of the entire Muslims in the country on this special day.

"Let this period be of total submission to the will of God and let us allow Him to use us to do good to our people as exemplified by the Prophet (SWA) during his days on earth"! Rev Pam enthused!

According to the NCPC boss, Nigeria needs peace! "The fasting period you went through should be seen as a re-purification of not only your individual religious obligation but a collective exercise to turn the country around for good! Pam said! 


Pam Ayuba,

Media Aide

11th May, 2021.


NULGE Begs PLSG To Return Payment Of Salaries To Local Government Service Commission..


May 11,2021

The tsunami of three months salary arrears of Plateau local government employees that struck most of the local government councils, has attracted begging and pleas from the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) Plateau State chapter for the return of salary payments to the State Civil Service Commission. 

The plea was made by the NULGE chairman, Comrade Yohana Arandong Makwin, during the handing over of the leadership of the Commission Monday to the Chairman Hon. Robert Taple by the Permanent Secretary, Henry Lengkwap. 

Arandong lamented that only few local government councils have successfully paid all salaries of their staff, from January to April and they are: Shendam, Qua'an Pan, Riyom, Bokkos, Bassa, Jos South and Wase, while some owe two months and others three. 

According to him, local government employees were better off under Plateau State Local Government Service Commission. He thus pleaded with the Chairman of the commission to help in presenting their request to Governor Simon Lalong as a follow up to the earlier plea he made directly to him. 

While responding to questions from journalists, Arandong blamed the Association of Local Government Areas of Nigeria (ALGON), for being responsible for the shift of local government employees salaries to respective local government councils. And that it gained momentum when NULGE demanded for thirty thousand naira (N30,000) minimum wage from the state government with unbendable posture, which prompted the state government saying it is the LGs responsibility to shoulder their salaries.


Rev Pam Condoles With The Gbong Gwom Jos And Pastor Enoch Adeboye Over Their Losses...

MAY 11,2021.


The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam has condoled with the families of the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Dr. Jacob Gyang BUBA and Pastor Enoch Adeboye the General Overseer, Redeemed Christian church of God, over their recent losses. 

In a condolence letter to His Majesty, Jacob Gyang Buba, Rev. Pam described  the death of his mother in law, Mama Mary Tanko Jolly Yusuf who died early this month at the age of 90 as deeply saddened! 

He said, "Mama lived a fulfilled life and her passaged to glory is only symbolic of the transient life we live in". 

He noted: Though very painful, I pray that the good Lord shall comfort you and the entire Royal family over this painful and irreparable loss considering that for the past 10 years you took care of Mama, a duty and responsibility expected of a benevolent son in-law". 

In a similar vein, the Executive Secretary had condoled with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye on the loss of his first son, Pastor Dare E. A. Adeboye who died at the young age of 42. 

According to Rev. Pam the death of "Pastor Dare, your son, who has left us at such a youthful age is for sure in the category of those hard losses which is so painful a reminder of what might have been".

He prayed further "(M)ay the comfort of God, whom you serve, the collective outpouring of sympathies, condolences, the kind acts of friends, the church, ministers, strangers, the comfort in knowing that your loss is felt by many and the sweet memories of Dare help sustain you and the family through this difficult times".

He beseeched God's blessings on both families praying for God to give them the courage, strength and the heart to bear these irreparable losses and to move forward in peace and confidence knowing the deceased lived fulfilled lives while on earth. 




TUESDAY MAY 11, 2021.


Gagdi's Quality Representation Has Proved That There Is No Vacancy In PKK In 2023- Plateau Group..

 Gagdi's quality representation  has proved that there is  no vacancy in PKK  in 2023  - Plateau  Group

May 11,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Group operating under aegis  of Youths for Positive Change ( YPC)    yesterday, stated that the achievements of Hon  Yusuf  Babayo Adamu  Gagdi the  Federal  House of Representatives  member representing  Pankshin/Kanam/Kanke   constituency of Plateau State  has  shown that there is no vacancy in the zone   come 2023 .

Convener of the group Williams Golop 

further  said in a statement that Gagdi's 

 achievement in less than two years as a federal lawmaker has brought development to his  constituency .

"As a group we commend Gagdi for all the development he has brought to PKK, the zone has witnessed unequalled development since he came on board as a federal lawmaker . they added 

The group said that “today Gagdi's  projects  presence is being felt in all the rural and sub-urban communities  of PKK , which has never happened in the history of the zone .

We endorse him as our candidate for house of representatives  come 2023 and we call on him to contest .

We called on other lawmakers from the state to emulate the lawmaker who is also the chairman house committee on Navy .

“Gagdi has proven that he is determined to free his constituents from abject and dehumanising conditions of poverty that characterise village communities.”

The statement reads that Gagdi has done well in Youth empowerment, tackling poverty and overall good governance since he assumed office .

“We commend Gagdi for his all inclusive governance. “

The group noted that through his empowerment programme, many people of the area have been positively touched. “Gagdi has given the people of PKK Constituency effective, qualitative and purposeful representation. He has put food on the tables of many people. The thousands of beneficiaries of his empowerment programme can now take care of themselves and their respective families. This is unprecedented in the history of PKK Constituency”, the message read in part. 

The group prayed for God’s guidance and protection upon the lawmaker and pledged its unalloyed support for him

“I call on people of his constituency and Plateau to support him at all times as he has proven to be a worthy leader .”

“Let us be fair to Gagdi and encourage him to do more while we should try hard to ignore mischief makers .


FG Reintroduces COVID-19 Restrictions,Shuts Bars,Recreational Centres,Limits Public Gatherings...

 FG Reintroduces COVID-19 Restrictions, Shuts Bars, Recreational Centres, Limits Public Gatherings

May 10, 2021


The Federal Government has reintroduced COVID-19 restrictions across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This new directive is to take effect by midnight of Tuesday, a member of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, declared.

Mohammed, who is the Head of Technical Secretariat of the PSC, made the announcement while briefing reporters on Monday in Abuja.

With the restrictions imposed, mass gatherings in public spaces have been restricted to 50 people at any given time.

Access to government institutions would also be denied to anyone not wearing a face mask while government meetings and travels have been limited to the virtual platform.

According to Mohammed, the government has directed that bars and nightclubs should remain closed and the nationwide curfew will be in force until further notice.

He added that only essential international travels would be encouraged, and all existing protocols must be strictly adhered to.

The PSC member, however, stated that there was no limitation to intra-state travel.


On his part, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, said returning foreign passengers who fled the quarantine facilities and violated the compulsory requirement would not go unpunished.

He noted that the committee has received reports that some persons who recently returned to the country violated the mandatory quarantine requirement under the advisory by escaping from the facilities.

Mustapha, who is also the PSC Chairman, condemned the violation of the nation’s laws and hospitality, noting that the committee was awaiting the report of ongoing investigations and would impose appropriate sanctions on the violators.

He revealed that the PSC has considered several pre-emptive measures to be taken to mitigate the likely impact of the variants of COVID-19, should they get imported into Nigeria.

The SGF explained that the step became important in view of the fragile state of the nation’s health systems, the disruption to the delivery of vaccines, and the lack of compliance with the extant public health measures and social measures contained in the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021.

According to him, it is imperative to reinstitute the various public health measures that were put in place under the health protection regulations.

© Channels television.


A Call For Calm,Restraint And Understanding...


May 10,2021

1. The attention of the Grand Patron and Long Gamai of the Gamai Nation, The President and NEC of the Gamai Unity and Development Organization (GUDO) was drawn yesterday to the publication in the social media of a certain Invitation card purported to be for the turbaning  of certain persons under the auspices of the ‘Wakilin Hausawan Shendam L.G.A’ fixed for Saturday the 15/05/2021. 

2.Attention was also paid to the plethora of justified reactions from within the ranks of our people through every strata of the Gamai Nation. 

3. Following the foregoing, HRH The Long Gamai swiftly swung into action with a view to verifying the veracity of the occasion. He promptly convened an emergency meeting of the Shendam Traditional Council. 

4. After a painstaking consideration of the ‘proposed ceremony’ the council took far reaching decisions among which is to stop the event forthwith whilst other deterrent measures would be put in place to avert a recurrence. 

5. It is in the light of the foregoing that His Royal Highness has asked for calm, restraint and understanding amongst our people and plead that we refrain from making inciting and provocative statements, publications or taking actions that are capable of compromising our much cherished race-relations harmony and assures all and sundry that he will not shirk in his divine role and endowed responsibility as the avowed custodian of our cherished customs, tradition and land! 

6. Shal ka yil men!

Long Live the Gamai Nation



Theodore Bala Maiyaki

President GUDO

Bitkop Damsuk Fidelis

Secretary General GUDO


Plateau South Women Extol Senator Dadu'ut On Her Birthday..

 Plateau South women extol Senator Dadu'ut on her birthday 

May 10,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Women group in Plateau South Senatorial zone on Monday  felicitated  with the Senator representing the Zone Professor Nora Ladi  Dadu'ut on her  68th birthday.

The group  in a congratulatory message 

signed by Juliana Nanjul  their spokesperson ,and made available to newsmen in Jos,  said "we would use this opportunity to thank our senator for the good works she has been doing in her constituency since she got elected ."

 They said Daddut  had brought her wealth of experience to bear since her assumption of office as Senator .

 The group Specifically commended Senator Daddut  for her efforts at empowering women in the zone .

"As a  Senator you have remained consistent in  promulgating the tenets of democracy  , empowered women youths and the aged and of course the ideals of girl-child education, women and vulnerable children .

" You have continued to be that voice of the common man at the National Assembly. .

“Your life and times have characterised exemplary leadership for the womenfolk to emulate because you have demonstrated that women in politics and administration have the full potential of doing wonders, aside being faced with home-front.

"Prof Nora  who is the first female Senator from Plateau state  has so far proven that she is  delivering her campaign promises ."

We are confident that  you would continue to  work for the betterment of our Senatorial zone , Plateau and Nigeria in General ."

They  called on people of the zone to rally round Prof Nora and ensure that she excels as senator of the zone .


Pray For The Jordon Trip- Rev Pam


May 10,2021

The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission,NCPC, Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam has  called for fervent prayers ahead this month's pilgrimage to Jordan. 

He said the commission is prepared and would not be discouraged in her preparations as plans have reached advanced stage. 

He said the decision to embark on the Jordan pilgrimage formed part of the mandate of the commission and that it was only proper if Christians should understand the omnipresence of God in their lives. "God is everywhere", he pointed!

Taking his text from the old testament book of Psalms 43:3-4, Rev Pam said the care and light of God is what we need as a people noting the sovereignty of God above humans. 

He urged staff of the commission to be more dedicated  and committed to God while they serve. " I called on you to be committed to God as your personal Lord and don't wait on me to be here before you come for fellowship". He noted! 

He made the call at the Commission's chapel during the early morning fellowship Monday,  May, 10, 2021, praying for the success of this year's pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Jordan. 

By Pam Ayuba,

Media aide.


Sports Minister,Golf Community Honors Gov Lalong @58

 Sports Minster ,Golf Community honors Gov Lalong @ 58 

May 9,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Activities marking the 58th birthday anniversary of Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong came to a climax as the golfing community in the State completed its triangular golf tournament at the oldest golf club in Nigeria, Rayfield Golf Club in Jos. 

The golf tournament which had kicked off on Friday at the Rhino Golf Club, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment in Jos saw golfers from different parts of the country joining to celebrate the Governor who is an ardent golfer himself. 

A statement signed by Simon Macham ,the director of press and Public affairs reads that on  Saturday, the events shifted to the Lamingo Golf Club in Jos where many other golfers also participated. 

The climax was when the golfers including Special Guests converged on the oldest golf club in Nigeria, the Rayfield Golf club 1913 to compete. 

Despite the heavy rain, the golfers defied the odds to honour Governor Lalong. Among the Special Guests were Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State Emmanuel Akabe, Minister of Sports Sunday Dare, DG ITF among others. 

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Governor Lalong said he was honoured by the golfing community in Plateau and Nigeria as a whole and highly overwhelmed by the show of love during his birthday. 

He said this has encouraged him to do more for the State and continue to contribute to national development as the task of building Nigeria is the responsibility of all. 

Minister of Sports Sunday Dare said the honour to Governor Lalong was well deserved because of his achievements in restoring peace in Plateau State, developing infrastructure and touching the lives of the people. 

He said Lalong has also shown tremendous interest in sports development by not only playing golf, but ensuring other sports such as football in the State receive attention. 

Captain of the Rayfield Golf Clu, Retired Air Commodore Lazarus Mshelia who spoke on behalf of all the Captains of the three clubs said they decided to specially celebrate Governor Lalong because of his passion for the game and the goodwill he has brought to the State with his all inclusive governance style. 

Commissioner for Information and Communication Dan Manjang on behalf of the organising committee said the triangular golf tournament clearly showed the level of respect and goodwill that Governor Lalong has both within and outside the State. 

He thanked all those who supported the  tournament and also reiterated that the administration of Governor Lalong will continue to carry everyone along in fulfilling its obligations to the citizens.


Chairman Langtang North Ubandoma Decorated As State Patron VGN..

 Chairman Langtang North Ubandoma decorated as state patron VGN 

May 8,2021

By Golok Nanmwa, Jos 

 Executive Chairman of Langtang North Local Government Council of Plateau State Hon. Ubandoma Joshua Laven, was yesterday decorated as State Patron  of Vigilante Group of Nigeria VGN.

Laven who spoke shortly after his decoration at the council's secretariat

 in Langtang North  said peace, security and well being of Nigerians remains paramount and a panacea for economic and political development of the country.

The chairman also called for adequate support to all other volunteer security outfits to raid the society of criminal elements.

He said  that vigilante groups should be permitted by Federal Government  to carry lite arms so that they can effectively police their environment stressing that "You can not go after kidnappers and bandits with bare hands as doing so will endanger their lives in the line of duties."

According to him, there is urgent need for government at the three tiers to support the vigilante group of Nigeria by training and empowering them to support the fight against crimes such as armed Robbery, Banditry, kidnapping and all forms of anti-social behaviours in the society.

"It is no longer news that the capacity of the Nigerian Police today can not curtailed the raising trend of criminal violence in the society, hence the need for community  policing like the vigilante group of Nigeria VGN.

He further stressed that " I make bold to say that the vigilante group are more closer to the communities and if properly engaged, they can contribute in addressing the overwhelming security challenges bedevilling the Nation 

The Council boss further said experience has shown in recent times how vigilante groups as  security outfit mostly comprises of volunteers, operating under the mandate of community consensus to fight crime have recorded huge success .

He also advised Nigerians to communally police their environment to compliment the efforts of other security agencies in the fight against the menace of  bandit and kidnapping that has now became a lucrative business in the country.

Also speaking the admin commander of vigilante group of Nigeria , Plateau State command Abubakar Sadiq said the chairman was chosen from among many others to be a their  Patron  because of his contribution to the growth and  development of his immediate community .

According to him, to whom much is given, much is expected from him, pointing out that,  he is confident that the Chairman will do better that he has done before in the area of securing  lives and property in Langtang North .


CBN Advised To Reconsider Recapitalization On Microfinance Banks Till 2025...

 CBN advised to reconsider recapitalization On Microfinance Banks till 2025...

May 7,2021

Plateau State Microfinance Development Agency(PLASMIDA) on Friday received the new elected Executives of the National Association of Microfinance Banks Plateau State chapter at the agency on a courtesy visit to familiarise  and to also intimate the agency on some pressing issues weighing most Microfinance Banks on the Plateau.

The excos of the NAMBs met the directors and staff of PLASMIDA.

Mr Benjamin Luka Mampak the Managing Director Highland Microfinance Bank,Jos and also the chairman National association of microfinance banks Plateau State Chapter also intimated them on the following issues;

To intimate the DG PLASMIDA on some of the  development in the Microfinance sectors and subsectors and to also introduce the newly elected excos whom are to carry the affairs of the association for the next 2 years. 

And most importantly to alert the agency on the development regarding the  recapitalization In the microfinance banks in the country.

Mr Luka highlighted the DG on how the Central Bank Of Nigeria(CBN) has increased the minimum capital  requirement for Microfinance Banks, National has been increased to N5B,while states N1B then for units tiers1 N200M ,& tiers2 N50M.

 He  also appealed on behalf of the MBs in the state on the need of CBN to extend the recapitalization till 2025 due to the post Covid-19 effect which has really affected the economy across the globe as many business are struggling still trying to recover from the negative imapct of the COVID-19,so they are seeking for the DG PLASMIDA assistance  in advocating for the Microfinance Banks subsectors to aid in alerting the CBN in reconsidering the recapitalization and to reduce the minimum capital requirement.

Mr Luka also solicited to the agency to carry the Microfinance Banks on the Plateau on every programmes carried out by PLASMIDA,& also to train their staff in other to make them more efficient considering their positive impact to the state and society at large especially in breeding more SMEs in the state.

Mr Gutap Haggai Director General PLASMIDA while responding to the advocacy made by the National association of microfinance banks, Plateau State,assured them on how Gov Lalong has so much passion on the SMEs and in respect to the policies developed by the CBN on Microfinance Banks,the governor has shown so much concern on the issue of CBN's recapitalization on Microfinance Banks and they were the first to place a statement across to the CBN on behalf of the banks based on Interventions which has yielded so much positive results to their lobby to the CBN which spoke on behalf of the Microfinance Banks on the need to review is capital based downward and on some conditions to be relaxed to enable the Microfinance Banks to remain in business which was acknowledged by he CBN. 

The DG PLASMIDA assure the national association of microfinance banks they they will still do their best in ensuring that the microfinance banks remain in business and encourage them to ensure that they streamline their activities to be more efficient because once there is insufficiencies in the banks profits can't be declared ,the issue of sustainability is also threatened. Mr Gutap urges the Microfinance banks in the state that government will do everything within their reach to partner with them in capacity building as there has been a lot of trainings of SMEs which they believe they can inturn make up good clients for the Microfinance banks which has impacted positively in the activities and policies of most banks that partook in the trainings in the first quarter of this year 2021 

He also assured  them of training them so they still remain in business as a failure of one Microfinance bank is a bad signal to the entire industry thereby it is going to partner with Microfinance banks in capacity building. 

Mr Gutap promise to include the National association of microfinance banks in their programs in other to meet and interact with the clients based on need driven and he advised that if the Microfinance banks are being managed effectively there would be  efficiency as most SMEs are products of PLASMIDA like Jerry Mallo,Luka Zang Bot whom are doing great handling major contracts. 

There are many Interventions programmes the state is been benefiting like the CARES( Covid-19 action recovery and economic stimulus) funds whom the state through the agency is benefiting as the DG PLASMIDA is the program's administrative head of Plateau State CARES...


Young Plateau Inventors Gets First Major Contract After Years Of Struggle...

 Young Plateau Inventors Gets First Major Contract After Years Of Struggle..

May 7,2021

Gov Lalong on Wednesday directed the State Ministry of Science and Technology to engage local disease control technology engineers for the supply of their products to schools after they gift the governor an automated hand washing machine on his birthday.


Mr. Williams Gyang, Nura Mohammed and Adebanjo Sunday, all based in Jos have developed several disease control technologies since the outbreak of Covid-19.

Gyang and Nura first came together to begin research on the making of ventilators during a nationwide demand last year.

Unable to import materials due to global travel restrictions, the duo who had never seen a ventilator before Covid-19 reactivated six previously "unserviceable" ventilators in the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).


Shortly later, Gyang and Nura, both electronic Engineers, joined by Adebanjo Sunday, an IT professional, began work on an automated disinfectant chamber.

The door-mount device scans for facemasks on faces of incoming persons and instructs using a voice note to put them on or remain shut. Once a mask is detected, the door opens and sprays disinfectants on a person but keeps exit door shut until one uses a side hanging auto-hand sanitizer.

While still perfecting the device, Ahmed Musa, Nigerian Super Eagles Captain bought it off and installed it at his Kaduna Sports Centre.

The trio however resumed work on newer designs as well as an automated hand washing device.

The device detects and displays body temperature as well as covid-19 safety messages during use.

It uses sensors to detect human body presence and dispenses detergents and water without the touch of a surface.



Nigeria Eagles Supporters Club Unveils Hon Longgap Komsol As New Patron...

 Nigeria  Eagles Supporters Club Unveils Hon  Longgap Komsol As New Patron

May 7,2021

By Golok Nanmwa 

The Nigeria Eagles Supporters Clubs (NESC) yesterday   unveiled the Federal lawmaker  representing Mikang, Quaan-Pan and Shendan Federal Constituency of Plateau State in the lower chamber of the National Assembly Hon Komsol Alphonsus Longgap, , as its new patron.

Our correspondent reports that Hon Longgap, was also presented with the NESC’s membership forms and an award for his contribution towards the empowerment and development of youth through sports across the country at a brief ceremony held in Abuja yesterday.

Speaking at the occasion  Hon. Longgap lauded the NESC’s giants strive in cheering national teams to victory in every international competition while assuring his support to association in their future engagements.

In his words “I want you to commend the NESC for giving me this award, this would spur me to do more for the empowerment of youth and development of sports in the country. My doors are always open to support you in your future engagement,” he stressed 

Speaking earlier, the president of Nigeria Eagles Supporters Club (NESC), Hon. Sunny Gullong, said Hon Longgap well known for his impeccable role toward youth and sports development in Plateau State and in the country hence his selection as the new patron of the club.

Gullong who was  one time deputy chairman of Langtang North  local government of Plateau state added that Longgap’s contribution and connections would be needed by the NESC ahead of the forthcoming competitions included the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as they are set to cheer Super Eagles to victory.

“We the board of trustees of the NESC with over 5000 members across the country which is made up of respectable male and female members, selected from both public and private sector contribute our quota towards sports development and supporting the youth participation in both local and international competitions.


Gov Lalong Determined To Boost Economic Fortunes Of Plateau..

 Gov Lalong Determined To  Boost  Economic Fortunes Of Plateau..

MAY 7,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong on Friday said his adminstration is determined to  boost the economic fortunes of the State .

He made this known while speaking at the commissioning of the Nigerian Shippers Council North Central Coordinating office and visual presentation of proposed maritime resources center in Jos by the  Minister of Transport, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi .

Lalong said "I am highly honoured to welcome you to this very important event which is the commissioning of the Nigerian Shippers Council North Central Coordinating Office and visual presentation of the proposed Maritime Resource Centre here in our beautiful capital city of Jos. 

 Let me welcome and thank specially my friend and brother the Honourable Minister of Transport, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council for doing this honour to Plateau State by citing this very important project here.

 Although the State is very suitable and well-endowed for the citing of this project, we do not take it for granted that Plateau was chosen as the host out of many States in the country. On behalf of the Government and people of Plateau State, I wish to assure you that this decision will never be regretted.

There is no doubt that citing this North Central Coordinating Office in Jos will add a lot of value to the general plan for development of Inland Container Terminals across the nation and also facilitate more economic activities in the hinterland. Plateau State has been a centre for economic and socio political activities in Nigeria right from colonial times.

He further said " Because of its serenity, centrality, easy access, good weather, mining and agricultural endowments, hospitable people and a lot of tourist attractions, Plateau State becomes the natural choice for the development of inland shipping business in the nation."

Lalong further said that "This development is coming at the time when the Federal Government is reviving the railway line right from Port Harcourt through many cities including Jos. In addition to this, the Yakubu Gowon Airport Heipang is selected as one of the four new Cargo Airports whose work will begin soon. This is a great mix that makes today’s event very timely."

" Earlier this morning, we were at the Inland Container Depot at Heipang to inspect the facility. Although this facility has been on ground for some time, it is very promising that the time has come for it to come into use. We have the assurances of the Federal Ministry of Transport towards achieving this objective."

"Your Excellencies ladies and gentlemen, another very exciting part of this event is the visual presentation of the Maritime Resource Center which will be developed under a Public Private Partnership, (PPP). This is a very laudable initiative that my administration welcomes with great excitement."

The Governor further said that  he has been informed that the Resource Centre when operational will have many facilities including Research and Administrative Building, Library, Conference Centre and Multi-purpose Hall with sitting capacity of over two thousand five hundred people and other meeting rooms.

"In addition, I understand that there will be a 4-Star Hotel with 150 rooms, Mixed Shopping Malls, Gaming Arcades, Food Courts, Five Aside Football Pitch, Basketball and Tennis Courts, ATM Galleries, Swimming Pools and Water Park among others. "

" This is an investment that will not only boost the economic fortunes of the State, but also create job opportunities for many of our teeming youths. It is coming at a time when there is greater demand for hotel accommodation, entertainment centres and tourist attractions to cope with the demand of the local population and the high number of visitors to the State." 

"Our administration is happy that its efforts and sacrifices in the past six years towards investing in peace and security are now yielding positive results such as the one we are witnessing today. We shall continue to do more to consolidate on the substantial peace so as to attract more of this kind of investment for the betterment of our State."

"To make investing in the State easier, our Administration has established a One-Stop-Investment Centre to give investors access to all services under one roof. This is in addition to continuous development and upgrade of our infrsatructure and other services to support the growing economy."

He further said that ""We are happy that this entire boost in economic activities of our State is coming at the time when we have activated sustained efforts to improve our revenue base. We have to look inwards for other sources of funding our programmes and projects as COVID-19 has accelerated the urgency for us to think out of the box."

He further said that the state would be hosting a  Plateau Economic and Investment Summit   in September this year.



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