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PLATEAU STATE GOVERNMENT

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PRESS STATEMENT ON AN ALLEGED INSTALLATION OF AN EMIRATE IN YELWA, SHENDAM LGA  The attention of the Plateau State Government has been drawn to fake news circulating in some conventional and social media platforms alleging that there are plans by the State Government to establish an emirate council or install an emir in Yelwa, Shendam Local Government Area, leading to tension mounting in the area and culminating in criminal elements pelting some prime buildings in Shendam town including the palace of the Long Gamai and looting some shops. Government hereby states categorically and unequivocally that such stories are unfounded and should be disregarded while at the same time condemns such behavior in its entirety. The Government wishes to put in on record that there has never been any time that such idea was contemplated or even discussed. To say the least, this is the imagination and machination of mischief makers aimed at throwing the State into the dark old days thereby drawing the h

EDUCATION: JUASPTI calls off three months old strike, students of Plateau State polytechnic directed to resume academic activities immediately

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By Pwol Benjamin Dature, Jos It will be recalled that the Plateau State owned tetiary institutions since June 2022, has been on strike, grounding all academic activities on grievances bothering on co-operative and union dues deduction, hitches from the Treasury Single Account (TSA), pensions and gratuity of members, peculiar academic allowance, among other demands. Membership of the Joint Union of Academics Staff of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Institutions (JUASPTI), include the Plateau State Polytechnic, College of Health Technology Zawan, College of Health Technology Pankshin, College of Art, Science and Remedial Studies Kurgwi, College of Agric Garkawa and College of Edication Gindiri. Meanwhile Rector of the Plateau State Polytechnic Barkin Ladi Mr John Dawan has instructed students to resume academic activities immediately.  “I have directed the Registrar of the Polytechnic to put up a memo asking the students to return to the campus immediately." “We don’t want to waste fur

REJOINDER: Langtang North group draws the attention of All Progressive Congress at State level over anti-party activities ongoing in Langtang North/South

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•Stomach Infrastructure no longer give desired results in Langtang North/South Federal Constituency.  •Langtang North/South United Action For Change (LNUAC) admonishes Venman support group. The Langtang North/South United Action For Change (LNUAC) under the leadership of Hon Ponya Illiya's attension has been drawn to yet another press release by the so called Venman support group, a poorly script publication with fragrant display of ignorance. Their is a wise saying which goes, "just pass a message to a guilty person and see reactions." Recall in a previous press statement LNUAC, accused Venman of engaging in anti-party activities with an opposition party though we weren't specific on the said party, the Venman support group has ended up making a caricature of themselves by informing the general public that Venman has been indulging self with the Labour party candidates in Langtang North/South gearing towards the 2023 coming general elections. We want to categorically

PLATEAU 2023: Citizens of Jos South LGA defy rains as the turn out in mass to identify with their illustrious son

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By Pwol Benjamin Dature, Jos August 18 2022 It was a hive of Joy today, Thursday 18 August, as citizens of Jos South LGA turned out for the homecoming of their illustrious son, Hon Pam Bot-Mang, running mate to the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe, in the forth coming governorship elections. The event began in the morning with turn out of supporters defying the downpour at the Gwom Rwey's Palace of Gyel, Jos South LGA, as the welcomed the entourage. Leading the delegation, Captain of the Generation next movement, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, explained that Pam Bot-Mang was not picked as the running mate because he is Berom from Jos South but because of his track record of integrity, self reliance, humility and magnanimity. Nentawe noted that his relationship with Bot-Mang started during his secondary school days 40 years ago, where he served him diligently for four years as a school boy. He praised the Berom nation for grooming and raising cred

PRESS STATEMENT

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*Langtang North Group draws the attention of All Progressive Congress at the State level over the Anti-Party activities ongoing in Langtang North/South* •Accuses Hon Venman of pioneering the Anti-Party activities August 18 2022 Group operating under the aegis of Langtang North/South United Action for change(LNUAC) on Thursday called on the party at the State level and H.E Gov Simon Bako Lalong as the leader of the party in the State to intervene at the gross misconduct of Hon Vincent Venman Bulus over Anti-Party activities in Langtang North/South federal constituency.  The group leader Hon Ponya Illiya, who addressed newsmen in Jos lamented over the Anti-Party activities of Hon Venman. He further stated that if such Anti-Party activities is allowed to continue in the party, it will bring disunity and the APC might end up not winning any positions in Langtang North/South in the fourth coming 2023 general elections.  They alleged that Hon Venman's attitude and manners has earned disu

JOS MAIN MARKET: Stakeholders in Jos North LGA unanimously endorse the rebuilding of Jos Main Market

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Following a resolution between Government and Stakeholders at a meeting which took place on the 6th of August 2022, concerning the rebuilding of the burnt Jos Main Market where it was resolved that further consultations and sensitization should be carried out by stakeholders to members of their various communities, series of engagements, consultations and deliberations by stakeholders has followed suit. Meanwhile stakeholders in Jos North have unanimously agreed and endorsed government's decision to rebuild the burnt Jos main Market, the decision was made known today through a press conference held at the Lamounde Hotel, Jos. In attendance were representatives of the various communities of Jos North which included the Afizere, Berom, Anaguta, Irigwe, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba and South-South communities. Making the presentation of report was Hon. Ibrahim Baba Hassan, member representing Jos North/North constituecy in the Plateau State House of Assembly, narrating he said, "this is t

LETS MALIGN ABOVE PAROCHIAL SENTIMENTS AND SEEK THE DEVELOPMENT OF PLATEAU STATE

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Weeks back the social media has been awash with retrogressive statements about our dear Governor, H.E Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong for the wrong reasons. Political office holders and leaders are placed in position of leadership in trust to take decisions in the best interest of her citizens. As it stance, the Governor been a bonafide Plateau indigene and son will never sit back and plunge the state into chaos. In as much as we question the timing of some certain projects, is a fact that the state is economically backwards that even payment of salaries has become a thing of mirage in the real sense of the situation. Must we continue to borrow inorder to sustain government? Definately even borrowing has an elastic point, it is better we start looking inwardly to find solutions to our economic in-viabilities. Plateau citizens need to build trust in government and therefore give Gov Simon Bako Lalong the benefit of doubt to particularly exit plateau from this quagmire of economic deficit as Pl

Gov Lalong visits Chief Joshau Dariye, Rev Jolly Nyame

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•I'm not contesting for senate - Dariye  By Golok Nanmwa, Jos  Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong on Thursday night led a top delegation from the State to visit former Governor Chief Joshua Chibi Dariye and former Governor of Taraba State Rev. Jolly Nyame to rejoice with them over their release from prison after being granted pardon by the President.  Governor Lalong alongside his wife, Mrs. Regina, National Assembly Members as well as Members of the State Executive Council first visited the residence of Chief Dariye to appreciate God for his release and encourage him and his family.  Lalong told Governor Dariye that the entire State received the news of his release with joy because they have been praying for him since his travails and encarceration happened.  He said so much prayer and appeal was made towards the pardon granted to him and thankfully, the President was magnanimous to accept to grant the pardon.  The Governor while appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari for giving

JUST IN: Ex-Plateau Governor, Chief Joshua C. Dariye Released From Prison

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By Pwol Benjamin Dature, Jos August 8 2022 Ex-Plateau Governor, Chief Joshua Chibi Dariye has just secured his release from the Nigerian Prisons, this is coming months after he was granted a presidential pardon by President Mohammedu Buhari. Chief Dariye who was being persecuted by the EFCC for N1.16 billion fraud was on June 12, 2018 sentenced to 14years in prison for criminal breach of trust and 2years in addition for misappropriation of public funds, all to run concurrently. Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the FCT Court before whom he was standing trial for a 23- count amended charge, found him guilty of 15 of the counts bordering on criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of public funds but discharged him on 8. Dariye, was first arraigned on July 13, 2007 at the High Court after which he proceeded to Appeal court with an application to quash all charges but were all dismissed. Furthermore, the Apex Court ordered accelerated hearing of the fraud case against him, thus necessitating

Plateau 2023: I remain LP governorship candidate says Margif

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•Says Dakum not a Labour Party member By Golok Nanmwa, Jos  Governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Plateau State, Ambassador Yohanna Margif, has said that he is still the authentic flag bearer of the party in the state, urging the people to disregard anyone parading himself as the new candidate of the party. Addressing newsmen in Jos on Sunday, Margif said no doubt, some individuals had approached me requesting that I relinquish the hard earned ticket to them but being the serious minded Politician that I am, I felt it will be unwise to toy with the party mandate and the peoples trust hence my stern refusal to grant their wishes. In his words "Surprisingly while I was strategically going on with my campaigns , My attention was  drawn to a purported and illegal primary election by some disgruntled political elements who disguised themselves as members of Labour Party in Plateau State in which one Dr Patrick Dakum emerges as my replacement." He added that "While I f

STAKEHOLDERS ENDORSE REBUILDING OF JOS MAIN MARKET; ADVOCATE FURTHER CONSULTATIONS AS THEY MEET GOVERNOR LALONG

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In continuation of the consultations towards rebuilding the burnt Jos Main Market, a stakeholders meeting has been convened by Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong to sensitize the citizens and get their input into the process of carrying out the project.  Governor Lalong while addressing the participants, said the stakeholders engagement was a deliberate effort by the Government to educate and sensitize the people on the proposal for rebuilding the market and also dispel the misinformation, rumours and misconceptions over the project which has generated needless controversy.  Lalong explained that rebuilding the Jos Main Market is part of the fulfillment of his Campaign promise to restore the lost glory of Jos which relied so much on the iconic market that was the best in West Africa and attracted traders, tourists and visitors from within and outside the country until it was burnt down over 20 years ago.  He said the Government made several efforts to rebuild the market by advert

I would not betray the people of Plateau - Gov Lalong

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 By Goloknmwa, Jos Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong on Saturday said that he can never betray  the  people of the state. "I would always continue to stand with people of the state and work for the development of Plateau." He made this known while speaking at a stakeholders engagement with various groups in Jos to deliberate on the rebuilding of the Jos main market. He said "Let me make it abundantly clear that the Jos Main Market will forever remain the property of the Plateau State Government managed by the Jos Main Market Authority while the 40 year lease is for individuals that will buy the shops and not Jaiz bank."  My dream is for the market to be built, Lalong further added. Gov Lalong also vowed to fulfill his campaign promises ,I would always put the interest of the people of Plateau first at all times, I want the best for the people of the state and would always stand by them. I am not here to destroy legacies, I am determined to better the state. He add

PLATEAU 2023: Political desperation taken too far...

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•Labour Party pays passersby, street traders and hired thugs to act as delegates, affirms Dr Dakum as flag bearer Earlier we reported about the turmoil in the Labour Party's camp, time they say will always reveal the true identify of a person. Politics is neither a do nor die affair, and the spirit of sportsmanship is the greatest virtue any leader should possess. After series of complain by Dr Patrick Dakum which eventually birthed into a court case of which he alleged malpractice during the APC gubernatorial primaries, which saw Dr Nentawe Yilwatda emerged winner, the same Dr Dakum has turned to be exactly what he has all this  while accused else of been. This time it was an unthinkable desperation by use of finances, influence and power to short change the duely elected flag bearer of the Labour Party, Amb. Yohanna Margif. Firstly, a letter of consent was forged in the name of Amb. Margif, concocting falsely that he has voluntarily withdrewn from the race under the platform of L

Senator Dadu'ut congratulates Lalong over appointment as DG campaign to Bola Tinubu

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By Golok Nanmwa, Jos Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial district in the National assembly Prof Nora Ladi Daduut, has congratulated the Governor of Plateau state over his appointment as the Director General of the  Bola Tinubu Campaign organisation. It could be recalled that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu along with APC National Chairman Sen. Abdullahi Adamu on Thursday presented Governor Lalong to President Muhammadu Buhari at at the Presidential Villa Abuja. A statement signed by Senator Daduut and made available to newsmen in Jos reads that   “Let me congratulate my Governor, Simon Lalong on his emergence as the DG campaign Director to the Flagbearer of the APC  Presidential Candidate, I have no doubt in his capacity to deliver on the mandate." Senator Daduut expressed confidence in Gov Lalong to deliver on the mandate and called on members of the party to rally round him to succeed. In her words, "I am optimistic Governor Lalong will deliver the next president as DG campai

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PLATEAU 2023: Turmoil in Labour Party's Camp as Gov Flagbearer is Forcefully Threatened to Relinquish Ticket

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Plateau Labour Party erupts in major crises which will threatened the parties foundation over attempts by some unknown persons to forcefully substitute the parties Gubernatorial Candidate Àmb Yohana Margif. Confirming the development the Deputy Gubernatorial Candidate Engr Jack Dung Bot said his principal was arrested by police officers who trail him along Kubwa road in Abuja on the high way and ordered him to stop before whisking  Àmb Margif away, he said the operatives identify themselves as police officers from Plateau State command who arrived Abujà with a warrant to arrest him, he said NO further reason was giving for the arrest,he was taking to unknown destination in Abuja. There has been heated nuctarnal activities ongoing by some highly place persons in conivance with some National Officers of the party who's intend is to hijack the party and the Gubernatorial ticket, they had earlier approach the Gubernatorial Candidate to relinquish the ticket for one of the aspirant but

FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SCRAPS AWARD OF HND BY POLYTECHNICS - APPROVES COMPREHENSIVE REFORMS IN NIGERIA'S TERTIARY EDUCATION SYSTEM

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By Pwol Benjamin Dature To this effect, the award of the HND will be limited to only the students currently admitted for the programmes. Also, all the programmes currently being run by the polytechnics, which are not technology-based, and which are about 70 per cent, will be scrapped. Under the new rule, the polytechnics will now become campuses of the proximate universities with the Vice Chancellors of those universities appointing provosts for the polytechnics, subject to the ratification of the Universities Councils. The polytechnics will now be limited to award of the National Diploma (ND) while those desirous of further education will be awarded the Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) by the proximate university. To kick-start the new policy, the nation's two most prominent polytechnics - Yaba College of Technology and Kaduna Polytechnic - will henceforth be known as City University of Technology, Yaba and City University of Technology, Kaduna. And to give legal teeth to these ap

COAS COMMISSIONS REMODELLED 3 DIVISION GATE, ROAD, QUARTER GUARD, DONATES HILUX TO REGIMENTAL SERGEANT

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August 4 2022 The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has today 4 August 2022, commissioned the newly remodelled Maxwell Khobe Cantonment gate, newly built Quarter Guard, Access Road and donated new hilux van to 3 Division Regimental Sergeant Major. In his remarks, the COAS said the projects will improve the security of the Cantonment and provide conducive ambiance for the personnel of 3 Division to enhance professional discharge of their roles. He said the Nigerian Army will not relent in ensuring infrastructures of the barracks are modernised and given a face-lift. Represented by the Commander, Nigerian Army Armour Corps, Major General Suleiman Idris, the COAS charged the troops to remain committed professionally and ensure maximum utilisation and maintenance of infrastructures. He applauded the General Officer Commanding 3 Division and Commander Operation SAFE for initiating the developmental projects and effective utilisation of resources to improve the infr

GOVERNOR LALONG APPOINTMENTED DG TINUBU CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION; RECIEVES ROUSING WELCOME ON RETURN TO JOS

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Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has been appointed by the APC Presidential Candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the Director General of his Campaign Organisation. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu along with APC National Chairman Sen. Abdullahi Adamu presented Governor Lalong to President Muhammadu Buhari at at the Presidential Villa Abuja. National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu also announced that Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo has been appointed as interim spokesperson for the APC presidential campaign council.  Speaking on how the party arrived at the choice of  Governor Lalong as the campaign Director General, he said it was simply based on Lalong's ability to deliver. Governor Lalong who immediately departed Abuja for Jos was received by a large crowd of APC supporters at the Yakubu Gowon Airport Heipang who came out to welcome him and rejoice over the appointment.  Shortly after arrival, the Governor thanked the people of Plateau State for their support to his a