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Long Kwo Holds First Council Meeting,To Appoint More Title Holders October...

 Long Kwo holds first Council meeting, to appoint more title holders October

July 31,2021

The Long Kwo of Kwo Chiefdom Miskoom Fidelis Longtoe Attahiru I, on Saturday July 24, 2021 held his first Council meeting  at the District office in Kwande, Quaan Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State.

During the meeting with his newly appointed title holders, Miskoom Attahiru I briefed them on his tour of his domain, which he said was significant.

The meeting also received reports from 13 families who were holding in trust Kwo land before the emergence of the new Long Kwo.

Among the families that presented their reports are  those of Kumbur, Goje, Kanglu Alade, Aboki, Dumbu and Wau.

Others are the families of Kawap, Pegoelong,  John Eplong, Danlami Nkup, Kurwat , Ndek and the Long Nwum.

The meeting also identified the  vacant titles under the jurisdictions of the Niyu of Luukwo and Kawo Npap, after the Niyu, Miskoom Tsenlong Barau Miskoom Kawo Tanko Be"et presented their reports.

After the reports were presented,  Long Kwo Attahiru I informed the Council that  a date would fixed in October 2021 for the appointments of the remaining titles in the Chiefdom and directed the Niyu of Luu Kwo and Kawo of Npap to commence the processes for the appointments of the vacant titles under them and revert to him immediately.

The Council also constituted a team to draw up a blue print to cover the areas of Security, health,  education, agriculture, cultural heritage and commerce, among others for the Chiefdom.


APC WARD CONGRESS: Gov Lalong Praises Smooth Conduct Of APC Ward Congresses In Plateau....

 APC Ward Congress: Gov Lalong Praises Smooth Conduct Of APC Ward Congresses In Plateau...

July 31,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Governor Simon  Lalong has commended members of the All Progressives Congress in Plateau State for their peaceful conduct and maturity during the Ward Congresses of the party's held throughout the State. 

Governor Lalong who went round some wards in Jos North Local Government alongside the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Idris Wase, Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen, Secretary to the Government of the State Prof. Danladi Abok Atu, State Party officials and other political leaders, witnessed a peaceful exercise. 

The Governor's first point of visit was the Gangagare Ward where the elections were conducted through consensus and officials emerged by affirmation. 

A similar scenario played out at the Ibrahim Katsina and Jos Jarawa Wards where the exercise also went smoothly without any rancour. 

At each of the Wards, the elected party officials  pledged to work hard for the unity, progress and peace of the party, making sure that it does not only win elections, but provide quality leadership for the people. They affirmed their loyalty to all hierarchy of the party and to Governor Lalong as the leader of the party in the State. 

Governor Lalong in a remark said he was delighted with the reports emanating from the 17 Local Government Areas of the State where the ward congress elections were conducted peacefully. 

He said the fact that most wards reached consensus to elect their leaders showed that there is maturity, tolerance and understanding amongst members of the party irrespective of the various interests prevailing. 

Lalong said the exemplary conduct of the APC members is a pointer to the fact that the party remains strong and will continue to wax stronger and also maintain its dominance of the political environment in Plateau State. He said it will ensure that the fortunes of the party continue to soar higher in forthcoming elections. 

Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Idris Wase praised the leadership Governor who has brought the party together by insisting on fairness, justice and inclusivity. He urged the party members to rally round and take the party to the next level. 

For those that might have any grievances, the Governor assured them that in the spirit of reconciliation and harmony, their concerns will be addressed through the party's internal mechanisms.


Group Refutes Endorsing Hon Ishaya Itse Ahead Of The Upcoming State Party Congress,Says The Group Are For The Unity Of The Party.....


The claim that "G11 FOR APC, Plateau State Chapter has endorsed Hon. Ishaya Itse ahead of the upcoming state party Congress is a fallacy.


G11 FOR APC is a forum that started some months before the 2019 general elections, the Members of the Association alongside other associations passed through the tick and tin of ensuring the return of the people's governor's(HE. Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong) led administration on the Plateau. The body (G11 FOR APC) has been abiding by the principles of the party leadership at the state as well as remaining Loyal and supportive to the administration of Governor Simon Bako Lalong till date.

Waking up this morning was a trending news having it that our great movement "G11" has endorsed one of the aspirants for the position of State Party Chairman (Hon. Ishaya Itse). I want to state to the general public without any mixing words nor missing words and with a loud voice that such publication is a cooked public as we (G11) are not in the better place nor better position to endorse anyone for such an exalted position without waiting for the voice of the incumbent party leadership and the prudent plateau APC stakeholders who are blessed with wisdom, vision and foresight about the party and plateau state at large.

It's actually true that we paid a courtesy call to Hon. Ishaya Itse as a stakeholder and a contestant for the position of the state party chairman but the visit was on two major reasons which the chairman (Comr Daya N. Joshua) stated so clear thus; 1. A familiarity visit, 2. To inform visa-vis invite him for our upcoming inauguration by September as we have identified with alot of stakeholders for same reason. Besides, We were with one of the strongest contestants for the same position of the state party chairman "Rt. Hon. Joshua Madaki" (Former Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly) for same aforementioned reasons which we have an appointment with Rt. Hon. Peter Azi and others too next week God's willing. What will be our benefit if we walk round the whole candidates with the aim of endorsing them?

We actually wish Hon. Ishaya best of luck as he is actually not a bad person but wish to dissociate from the publication making round that we have endorsed his candidature as we are advocates of all the well meaning due procedures that will produce a dogged, vibrant, skilful and a politically oriented personality to spearhead the affairs of the party for the stipulated time as provided by the party constitution. We shall continue to belong to nobody and also belong to everybody till the day that the delegates decides. 

We shall give our maximum and endless support to whoever emarge victorious as we believe that power belongs to God.

Comr. Raheem Gofwen

 *State PRO, G11 FOR APC*


Plateau Embarks On Massive Revenue Drive....

 Plateau embarks on massive revenue drive 

July 29,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Weeks after signing the newly passed Revenue Law and Property and Land Use Charge Law as well as the Plateau Geographic Information Systems Law, Governor Simon Lalong has flagged off a high powered revenue drive with a target to raise the monthly revenue base of the State to about 3 to 5 billion monthly. 

While flagging off the exercise at the Plateau State Internal Revenue Service Headquarters in Jos, the Governor Lalong said the revenue drive is aimed at changing the income of the State to pave way for funding more projects and programmes which are hampered currently because of lack of funds. 

Lalong who paid the ground rent charges for his personal property, said he decided to lead by example in order to demonstrate to the citizens that nobody is above the law or will be left out in the process. 

He said " I am not asking the citizens to do as I SAY, but to do as I DO.  I am not only the Governor, but also Chairman of the Plateau State Revenue Council as stipulated by law. Like the saying goes, leaders lead from the front. Having personally demonstrated this level of civic responsibility as the number one citizen of the State, it means that there is nobody that will default. All of us are subject to the law and those who run against the law will bear the consequences. I therefore expect all citizens particularly political leaders (both elected and appointed) to line up behind me and do same. The time to show leadership has come". 

The Governor said he will not intervene on behalf of any tax defaulter " I plead with every citizen particularly the “big men” to comply because I will not entertain anyone begging me to intervene when the law catches up with you. This is not about me or anyone, but about the law. It is because I do not want to beg anybody or be embarrassed that I am paying my own today" he said.   

He explained that he recently signed into law the Plateau State Revenue (Consolidation) Law; Plateau Property and Land Use Charge Law; Plateau Geographic Information Services Law amongst others aimed at giving legal backing to all revenue generating activities and improving the tax environment. 

The Governor however warned against default as very soon, those wishing to access some services of the Plateau State Government shall be required to show evidence of payment of their taxes. This is very important because we cannot enjoy and claim rights and benefits without corresponding responsibility. 

Executive Chairman of the PSIRS Dashe reaffirmed that the exercise which involves taxpayer sensitization; awareness creation; on-the-spot inspection of registration licenses and permits; is a continuous one that will be sustained. He called on all stakeholders to fulfill their civic responsibility of voluntarily paying all taxes, levies, fees and fines to grow our IGR. 

According to him, after the period of sensitization and persuasion elapses, the Government shall begin enforcement and whoever fails to comply, will face the law. 

After symbolic payment of his ground rent, the Governor and other top government officials paid visits to some business premises to sensitise them and seek their cooperation in the high powered revenue drive. These include First Bank, UBA and Onigbinde Stores all on the Ahmadu Bello Way Terminus. The organisations assured the Governor that they will do their best to ensure that the revenue drive succeeds.


OPSH Commander Visits Wounded Personnel Reiterate Troops Welfare...

 OPSH Commander visits wounded Personnel reiterate troops welfare 

July 28,2021

 General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) Jos, Major General Ibrahim Sallau Ali has today 28 July visited wounded personnel of OPSH at the Air Force Military Hospital Jos. 

The wounded personnel ACM Nwafor Nonso who was on military patrol bike sustained various degrees of injuries as a result of an accident he sustained during routine patrol to secure Mangu - Payam road in Mangu local government area of Plateau state.  

Describing the accident as unfortunate, the commander OPSH, Major General Ibrahim Ali said security agencies have made unquantified sacrifices to secure the citizens. He prayed for quick recovery of the soldier as necessary measures have been put in place to ensure he gets the best treatment. The commander further reassured his commitment to the welfare of security agents serving in OPSH.

A statement signed by Ishaku Gaji Takwa the military information officer of OPSH  made available to newsmen reads that receiving General Ali, the Commander 551 Nigerian Air Force Station Jos, Air Commodore AT Marouis said ACM Nwafor Nonso sustained various degree of injuries. He said his response to treatment is encouraging.

The commander was accompanied on the visit by the Chief of Staff OPSH, Brig Gen AA Egbejule, Deputy Commander OPSH, DCP Emma Ado and other staff officers.


Gov Lalong Advocates Lighting Of More Rural Communities In Plateau...

 Gov Lalong advocates  lighting of more rural communities in Plateau 

July 28,2021

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has advocated for the lighting of more rural communities in the State through the deployment of Solar Mini Grid system. 

Governor Lalong  who visited the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) in Abuja in Wednesday  to meet with the Managing Director Engr. Ahmad Salihijo and his management team, commended the Agency for carrying out the 234 KWp Shemankar solar mini grid that has become a successful venture lighting up communities and improving the lives of the people. 

He said his visit to the REA was to make another passionate appeal for a Solar Mini-Grid Deployment to Ajikamai, the community hosting the newly established Federal Polytechnic N’yak, Shendam LGA of Plateau State. 

According to him, as the new Polytechnic takes off, power is a major challenge because currently, the area is not connected to the national grid. 

While appealing for urgent intervention, he said "Specifically, we shall appreciate if the REA program through the World Bank/Central Bank CARES initiative can be extended to the newly established Plateau State Energy Corporation as a means to enable the State government’s desire to deliver power to the Polytechnic and surrounding communities through the off-grid energy approach." 

Lalong said Plateau State energy sector is undergoing reforms with the establishment of the Plateau State Energy Corporation which is being positioned for synergy and policy implementation. He craved the assistance of REA in equipment supply and technical capacity building for the new Corporation. 

He presented other requests to the Managing Director of the REA, urging the agency to partner with the Plateau State Government in expanding NESCO’S power generation capacity both in the existing hydro or exploring other renewables. 

Responding, Managing Director REA Engr. Ahmad Salihijo appreciated the Governor for the visit and assured him that the agency will be captured under various programmes that are ongoing. 

He cited the interventions that will soon be done in 3 markets in Jos namely: Building Materials, Rukuba Market and Katako. Other initiatives that the State is expected to benefit from are the Solar Power Naija program which has five communities. Others already implemented are the 5KW Health Centres project in five primary healthcare centres in the State under COVID-19. 

Salihijo appealed to the Governor to nominate a State focal person that will liaise with the REA in carrying out some of the requests presented to the agency.



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