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Lalong Pledges inclusive Good Governance And Transparency, Inaugurates OGP Steering Committee...

 Lalong Pledges inclusive good  governance and  transparency ,inagurates OGP Steering committee 

February 6,2021



By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has inaugurated the steering committee for the Open Government Partnership, popularly known as OGP. The Group has hundreds of members comprising of Government non-governmental jurisdictions in 78 countries. 



A statement signed by  Simon Macham, his Director of Press and  Public Affairs reads that This follows the admission of the State last year into the global organisation that promotes good governance working with reformers inside and outside of government to transform how government serves its citizens.

Governor Lalong who was represented at the inauguration by Secretary to the Government of Plateau State Prof. Danladi Abok Atu explained that the State was delighted to join the OGP which is an organization that brings together governments and civil society leaders to create more transparent, inclusive, and participatory government.

He said his Government continues to embrace all initiatives to promote prudence, transparency, accountability and people driven-resource management in order to give value to the lives of its citizens.

The Governor said apart from implementing the Treasury Single Account, the Government has ensured that government resources are saved through the Efficiency Unit. Others are the Project Monitoring and Result Delivery Unit (PMRDU), Bureau for Public Procurement, and compliance with State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS).

He said some of these qualities facilitated the admittance of Plateau State among the only two jurisdictions to be selected to join OGP in 2020. He reiterated his personal commitment to the rules and values of transparency, accountability and collaboration, conscious of the fact that the government is a product of collective citizens’ action. 

“We hinged our participation in the OGP Local Programme on Five Thematic Areas that align with our Development Strategy, as follows: Citizens Engagement, Fiscal Transparency, Peace and Security, Gender and Open Contracting. We believe that our membership of the OGP will further enhance transparency in governance while facilitating constructive citizens’ engagement that will in turn transform our public service and accelerate economic development” he said. 

Commissioner for Special Duties, Inter-Governmental Affairs & NGOs Hon. Irimiya Jerry Werr said having received this OGP membership, it is now time for Plateau State to justify the trust of the international community and match words with action. 

The Steering Committee which is a Multi Stakeholder Forum, made up of fourteen persons, comprising seven government officials and six members of the Plateau State Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Forum, with the Focal Person serving as the Secretary. This Committee is co-chaired by Dr. John Jinung Co-Leader, Plateau State Civil Societies Forum while each of the five thematic areas has a Technical Working Group (TWG) co-chaired by the remaining members. 

The membership of the Plateau State OGP Steering Committee is as follows:


S/N Role Government Non-Governmental Partner

1 Steering Committee Co-Chairs Hon. Irimiya Jerry Werr

Commissioner for Special Duties, Inter-Governmental Affairs & NGOs Dr. John Jinung

Co-Leader, Plateau State Civil Societies Forum

2 Fiscal Transparency Working Group Co-Chairs Hon. Sylvester Wallangko

Commissioner for Budget & Economic Planning Ms. Yop Rwang Pam

Reboot Design (Development Partners)

3 Gender Working Group Co-Chairs Mr. Haggai Gutap

Director-General, Plateau State Micro-Finance Dev Agency Mrs. Jessica Bankat

Country Women Association of Nigeria (COWAN)

4 Peace and Security Working Group Co-Chairs Mr. Joseph Lengman

Director-General, Plateau State Peace Building Agency Mr. Mugu Zaka Bako

Plateau Peace Practitioners Network

5 Citizens Participation Working Group Co-Chairs Mr. David Dasser

Director-General, Plateau State Information &Communication Technology Development Agency Mr. Manji Wilson

European Centre for Electoral Support

6 Open Contracting Working Group Co-Chairs Mr. Peter Dogo Yilkangha

Director-General, Plateau State Bureau for Public Procurement Prof. (Mrs) Patricia Lar

University of Jos

7 Point of Contact Persons (POC) Engr. David Jaafaru Wuyep

Chief Technical Advisor – PMRDO

Cmrd. Peter Gad Shamaki

Co-Leader, Plateau State Civil Societies Forum


The Terms of Reference of the Committee are as follows:


a. Drive the co-creation of the State OGP Action Plan 2021 – 2023;


b. Set up and manage Technical Working Groups for the Thematic Areas identified by the State;


c. Monitor the implementation of the Action Plan by the State Government for the fulfilment of the commitments made therein;

d. Engage with the OGP International Team for Independent Review Mechanism


e. Engage with the OGP National Office whenever necessary; and


f. Carry out any other assignment directed to it for the promotion of the values of the OGP in the State

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STRIKE: Give Us 3 Months To Settle Wage Dispute- FG Asks University Workers SSANU,NASU Strike...


 Strike: Give Us 3 Months To Settle Wage Dispute - FG Asks University Workers

SSANU, NASU Strike


February 6,2021


 

The Nigerian government has urged the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), who have declared a strike action to give it three months to resolve their grievance over the minimum wage.


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja on Friday to brief him on strike threatened by the unions, told correspondents that the workers were inadvertently left out from the minimum wage consequential adjustments recently implemented in the country, which has become part of the grievances of the workers.


He pointed out that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, is currently on leave, saying that as soon as she returns, the issue will be settled.


Ngige warned that it will be illegal for the unions to go on strike, noting that doing so will negative the International Labour Organization (ILO) statutes.


He also said even though the government will not like to go into whether it will enforce the no work no pay rule or not if the workers insist on the strike, he warned that government has the right explore options available to it.


He said: “I don’t want to go to that area because I presume that good judgment will prevail. The leaders of SSANU and NASU are very knowledgeable and very experienced in labour matters.


“The General Secretary of NASU, Prince Peters Adeyemi and the SSANU President, Comrade Mohammed Haruna Ibrahim, they are experienced labour leaders, they know they will not go that route, they know if they go that route it will be an illegal strike.


“They know that if they go that route, yes they also have a right to strike and the employer also has the right to some relief. They also know that when they go that route, it means that they have broken down the negotiation in my place, they are not listening.


“The labour laws also say what I can do if I find that I can’t manage the situation. The law says that I can refer those disputes upwards starting from Industrial Arbitration Panel to the National Industrial Court. So, these are the options that are left.


“I am very optimistic that if they give us three months, the Finance Minister will do the needful.”


On the meeting with the president, the minister revealed that he discussed labour related matters especially the threat by the University workers to embark on strike.


He said that the government has “apprehended” the strike by engaging on social dialogue with the unions.


The minister stated: “I was around to see Mr President on so many urgent labour issues. We will not claim ignorance of the fact that three unions in the University system, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) had given us notice of strike.


“The first two unions SSANU and NASU did that under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee, JAC, and as government, we have moved to apprehend the strike because we just came out from a strike that lasted for nine months that was executed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.


“So, in consonance with the labour laws, we have apprehended both strikes. They gave us Trade dispute notice, we scheduled meetings with them after apprehension, we held a meeting with NASU and SSANU last week Tuesday and the government position was explained to them.


“They have a lot of issues mentioned as their grouse, issues like IPPIS. They said IPPIS has amputated some of their allowances, they also have the issue of consequential adjustment that was paid to all civil servants as a result of the new minimum wage of N30,000 for staff above Grade Level One, that is starting from Grade Leveltwo up to level 17.


“Those in the University system have not received their own. That was an inadvertent omission and it was explained to them and even without their prompting, without their trying to go on strike, the government on its own has computed the amount involved up to January with effect from 19th April 2019 when the minimum wage took effect to January 2020, that is the allowance or the consequential amount that was missed in the 2020 budget.


“We explained that government plans to put that in the Supplementary budget of 2021 which will be submitted by the National Assembly as soon as the Minister of Finance resumes from vacation.


“On the issue of IPPIS, we explained to them that it is something that is of general application. A lot of civil servants, public servants had complained that some of their allowances were omitted in the payment of their emoluments.


“IPPIS office explained that it was work in progress, they are putting back those allowances and they showed evidence that they have put back so many. So, these two issues are the cardinal issues in the points they have made.


“So, in the main, after conferring with Mr President, we are telling the unions not to carry out the action because that action will run counter to ILO Statute on Social Dialogue and Principles at work because their employers have listened, they have brought them to the table.


“So for SSANU and NASU, we are imploring them not to carry out their threat which they said will take effect from this midnight. Moreso, when the meeting adjourned from their own instance.


“Just this morning, I received a letter from them giving us a new date for the continuation of the dialogue. They proposed a new date of Thursday 11th of February and my office has communicated to them back that we will be ready for them at that time because as they claimed they needed time to consult with their constituency and come back on the fresh issues that have cropped up from the discussion. So I briefed Mr President on that.”


On the workers, demand for the removal of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, the minister said even though he has attained the mandatory retirement age, the President Buhari reappointed into the position in 2019 relying of constitutional provisions.


Ngige explained: “There are other issues all related to labour again which I have to seek further information from Mr President like the reappointment of the Accountant General of the Federation, which the Trade Union Congress and the affiliate, Association of Senior Civil Servants have drawn our attention to the fact that having clocked 60 years, that the man should exit.


“We have had two meetings on that and I have educated them that the 1999 Constitution, the supreme law of the land is the grand norm. All other laws rose from it and any law that is in conflict with the provisions of the constitution doesn’t stand, it’s struck down.


“Therefore, Mr President has exercised his powers under Section 171 of the 1999 Constitution as amended in reappointing Mr Ahmed Idris with effect from June 25, 2019, not even today. So, the man has a tenure of four years which by terms of appointment elapse June 2023.”


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Gist: Man Dies In Jos After He Jumped From Storey Building &God Inside Well To Evade EFCC Arrest...

 Man dies in Jos after he jumped from storey building and hid inside well to evade EFCC arrest 






February 6,2021



 

A yet to be identified young man has been confirmed dead after he was brought out of a well in Farin Gada area of Jos, Plateau state on Friday morning, February 5.


It was gathered that the deceased jumped from a storey building while attempting to flee from operatives of the Economic and Financial Cromes Commission (EFCC) who stormed their house at ECWA staff quarters to arrest them for alleged fraud and cyber crime.


 


Young man dies in Jos after he jumped from storey building and hid inside well to evade EFCC arrest 

 


While his six flat mates were arrested by the operatives, the young man jumped from the first floor and hid inside the well in the compound.


 


His corpse was brought out of the well by men of the Federal Fire Service Jos on Friday morning after a report was lodged in their office.

 

His legs were said to be broken as a result of the high jump.



Police were on ground to evacuate the corpse from the scene.


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CBN Bans Nigerians From Buying ,Selling Bitcoin,Crypto....

 CBN bans Nigerians from buying, selling Bitcoin, Crypto


February 5,2021


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The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Friday, instructed Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), other Financial Institutions (OFIs), Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFIs) and local financial institutions against having any transactions in crypto or facilitating payments for crypto exchanges.


The apex bank gave the directive in a letter to all DMBs, OFIs and NBFIs dated February 5th.


The circular signed by Director of Banking Supervision, Bello Hassan stated:” The CBN circular of January 12, 2017 ref FPRIDIRGENT R/06/010 which DMBs, NBFIs and OFIs and members of the public on the risks associated with transactions in crypto currency refers.


“Further to other regulatory directives on the subject, the bank hereby wishes to remind regulated institutions that dealing in cryptocurrencies or facilitating payment from cryptocurrency exchanges is prohibited.”

 

CBN warned that a breach of this directive will attract severe regulatory sanctions.


The Apex bank ordered DMBs, OFIs, NBFIs, to identify persons and entities transacting in or operating crypto currency exchanges within their system and ensure that such accounts are closed immediately.


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Union Of Plateau Tertiary Workers Honours Gov Lalong Over Staff Welfare/Infrastructure...

 Union of Plateau tertiary workers honours Gov Lalong over staff welfare / Infrastructure 



February 5,2021







Golok Nanmwa 


Workers in tertiary institutions owned by Plateau State Government under the aegies of Joint Union of Plateau State owned Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI) on Friday  honoured Governor Simon Bako Lalong with an award for his consistency and passion towards workers welfare and development of education. 


The Union which also inaugurated its new executives during the event in Jos said it was very happy to recognise the efforts of the Lalong administration for promptly attending to welfare of workers particularly those in tertiary institutions. 


While presenting the award to the Governor, immediate past Chairman of JUPTI Comrade Paul Dakogol said the workers are happy that Governor Lalong has kept his word on payment of salaries and other entitlements to staff as well as clearance of all arrears left behind by the past administration of Governor Jang.


He said the union also came to the conclusion to recognise the Governor for other Infrastructural developments in various tertiary, secondary and primary schools in the State which have enhanced academic pursuit and improvement in the quality of education in the State. 


Governor Lalong while accepting the award said he was humbled and happy that the workers on their own assessments came to the conclusion to recognise his administration's focus on developing education which is the fulcrum of progress for every society.


He said " I am of the deep conviction that unless we educate our citizens and enable them acquire the capacity to deploy their talents for empowerment, we cannot go anywhere as a State. An uneducated citizenry is not only difficult to govern, but even harder to mobilise for impact.This explains why we have continued to give education the needed priority".


He explained that apart from reviving the Plateau State University Bokkos which was virtually shut down and comatose when he came into office, his administration has been giving similar attention to other tertiary institutions owned by the State in terms of infrastructure, manpower and staff welfare. This according to him explains why the Lalong Legacy Projects are dominated by education and health institutions which are being developed to world-class standards.


Lalong charged the new Executives and members of JUPTI to use their unique and strategic positions to be a force for harmony and development of education in Plateau State. He advised them to always encourage dialogue rather than confrontation in resolving labour disputes in order to engender industrial harmony in the citadels of learning.


Rector of the Plateau State Polytechnic Mr. John Dawam applauded the Governor for the approval for the establishment of a Federal Polytechnic in Shendam, as well as the Karl Kumm University Vom and ANAN University of Accountancy, Kwall. 


He said the development of infrastructure at the Plateau State Polytechnic is commendable but more should be done to enable the school cope with higher student number and deliver quality education. 


Head of Service of Plateau Mr

Izam Azi also received an award for his commitment to labour matters and facilitating dialogue between the Government and the labour movement in the State.

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OPSH Arrest Kidnappers Behind Govt House In Jos...

 OPSH arrest Kidnappers behind Govt House in Jos 


February 5,2021











One Zuwaria Mohammed Wife of Rabiu Mohammed was lured by one Adamu uwar around 7am within  Guratop in Rayfield.




The Adamu Umar claimed to have some items to sell to the victim.He then held her captive and demanded a ransom of 2 million naira from her husband to effect her release.The husband reported to OPSH And Was advised to agree to pay the ransom and a collection point was agreed on.


The Kidnappers were arrested behind the new Government House in Jos


 


 OPSH said Own troops stormed the location ,arrested the abductor and rescued the victim. The kidnapper had been arrested on 2 occasions in the past and on the wanted list of the police anti Kidnap squad.


In another development,troops of OPSH arrested an armed robber along Bida-Bidi - Zaria Road in Jos North LGA. While others were neutralised during a gun duel. A locally fabricated pistols. Similarly 5 gunrunners were apprehended at Zolo lo Junction,Zaria Road and Angwan rimi with 2 locally made pistols and one Ak47 rifle, others are members of local Militia groups linked to recent attacks within the joint operation area.


This series of Arrests is line with the chief of Defence staff directive for operation Accord 2 which is meant to deny criminals freedom of action as well as clear criminal and militia Hideouts within the joint operation area. We want to assure all law abiding citizens of their safety as they continue to assist OPSH by providing credible information...

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Gov Lalong Revalidates APC Membership,Inspects Projects....

 Gov Lalong revalidates APC membership , inspects projects 


February 4,2021












By Golok Nanmwa,Jos 



Governor Simon  Lalong of Plateau State on Thursday  revalidated his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at his polling unit in Ajikamai, Shendam LGA of Plateau State. 


Governor Lalong who registered alongside his wife Mrs. Regina Lalong and daughter Stephanie  described  the process as another great opportunity for members of the party to demonstrate their faith and love for the party and also bring in more members into their fold.


Speaking with journalists after registering, the Governor described the process as smooth and seamless which will encourage many eligible people to register. 


He said "we want our members to use this opportunity to bring in more people into the party because the APC is the people's choice and the biggest party in Nigeria. Our vision and programmes are changing Nigeria and Plateau State for the better and I am very sure more people are going to join us".


He appealed to the stakeholders and party officials to conduct the exercise with all sincerity and in accordance with the guidelines issued by the national headquarters of the party.


He warned against attempts to manipulate the exercise saying that the party has put in place the strategies for multi-level vetting to ensure that only a credible register is generated. 


State APC caretaker Committee Chairman Chief Letep Dabang said the party has trained officials that will go into all parts of the State to carry out the exercise. 


Governor Lalong later inspected ongoing projects. These include the Ajikamai township roads completed with asphalt, the N'yak - Gangnum road linking Lantang South from the farm training centre, as well as the Yelwa- Shendam road.


He addressed a large turn out of cheering crowds who appreciated the Governor for providing water, electricity and fixing the roads they have been yearning for over the years. 


He said contractors have been substantially funded and are expected to complete the projects within record time as his administration is determined to complete all the projects it initiated along with many it inherited. 


The Governor and his delegation later visited the Long Gamai of Shendam Miskoom Martin Shaldas III to intimidate him on their mission to Shendam and seek his blessings for a successful exercise.

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Gov Lalong Saddened By Death Of Elderstatesman Jethro Akun...

 Lalong saddened by death of elderstatesman Jethro Akun

February 4,2021


By Golok Nannwa. Jos 


Plateau State Governor Simon  Lalong on Thursday   expressed deep sadness over the death of elderstatesman Chief Jethro Akun MON, the Saf Mabol Ron Kulere who died at the age of 76.


Governor Lalong in a statement signed by Macham Simon his director of press and public affairs described the death of Chief Akun as a great loss to his immediate family, the people of Bokkos LGA, Plateau State and the nation as a whole.



 He praised the contributions of the elder statesman in the governance of the State and the nation by actively participating in stakeholders engagement and making useful suggestions. 


He described the late Chief Akun as an astute politician and administrator who contributed immensely to the political development of Plateau State and Nigeria, serving in different capacities with diligence, honesty and patriotism which earned him the national award of the Member, Order of the Niger (MON).


Lalong recalls that Chief Akun who served for two terms as a member of the Plateau State House of Assembly was also appointed Commissioner, serving variously in Ministries of Information and Communication as well as Youths and Sports.


Chief Akun according to the Governor was a key member of the APC who supported the Rescue Mission and did his best to ensure the success of the administration. 


His passion for community development and empowerment saw him emerging as the President National Association of Microfinance Banks having spearhead and facilitated the establishment of the Daffo Mangai Community Bank in Bokkos LGA and many others across the nation. 


The Governor also acknowledged the contributions of the late Chief Akun to the development of education in the course of his service to the nation where apart from establishing a private school, promoted community and faith-based efforts to establish various schools across the State. He later served as the Chairman of Council for the Federal College of Education Zaria and was elected Chairman, Committee of Governing Councils of Colleges of Education in Nigeria. 


Lalong commisserated with the family of the deceased and prayed that God will grant his soul eternal rest.

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Eviction Of Herdsmen- Northern Governors Call For Caution And Calm...

 Eviction of herdsmen - Northern Governors call for caution and calm 


February 4,2021



By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 



Northern Governors Forum  on Thursday said  it is concerned by lingering reports that herdsmen belonging to a particular ethnic group are being targeted in some parts of the South East and South West leading to loss of lives and properties.


Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon  Lalong in a statement signed by Simon Macham , the director of press and public affairs made available to newsmen in Jos 

recalls the recent intervention of the Nigerian Governors Forum led by its Chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi who met with stakeholders in Akure, Ondo State to calm the tension and forge amicable resolution of the issues.


The statement reads that While such intervention was celebrated as a success to be sustained through further engagement between herdsmen and representatives of affected communities, emerging reports of attacks on herders and the gradual introduction of ethnic sentiments in the conflict is disturbing and should immediately be nipped in the bud before it gets out of hand.


While the Northern Governors Forum concedes to the rights of Nigerians to reside wherever they so desire without any molestation or discrimination, it also emphasizes that criminal elements should not be used to tar any particular ethnic group for any crime as that will portend danger to peaceful coexistence and national unity.


Rather, such criminal elements should be exposed, isolated and made to face the law of the land without prejudice to their ethnic backgrounds as the motives or criminal actions cannot be said to be the position of their ethnic group.


In the face of the recent worrisome developments therefore, the Northern Governors Forum calls for calm and cautions Nigerians particularly those in the affected areas who might have been aggrieved or targeted to exercise restraint.


Nigeria is going through a lot and escalating such tensions would definitely not resolve any grievances but rather aggravate the situation to levels that could threaten national security.


Leaders across political, ethnic, religious and community lines should avoid utterances and actions that further fan the embers of distrust, hate, violence and retaliation which can easily escalate the situation and cause chaos.  


Relevant Government officials, traditional rulers and opinion moulders must also rise up and speak with one voice by not only condemning crime no matter who is involved, but also sending the right signals to those who want to take the laws into their hands and trample on the Nigerian Constitution by attempting to deny others the rights to live and pursue their legitimate business in whatever place they choose to reside. 


Security agencies must equally be firm and rise up to the occasion by protecting all law abiding citizens against threat to their lives and properties irrespective of their ethnic or other affiliations. They should also send clear and unambiguous message to those threatening the peace that they will act decisively to stop them from plunging the nation to anarchy.


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.

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FG Approves Karl Kum University Vom, University of Accountancy Kwall Training Arm Of ANAN In Plateau State &18 Others....

 FG Approves the Establishment of Karl Kum University Vom, University of Accountancy Kwall, Training Arm of ANAN in Plateau State & 18 Others


February 3,2021



The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has today given approved the establishment of Karl Kum University Vom Jos South LGA, University of Accountancy training arm of ANAN, Kwall Bassa LGA all in Plateau State and 18 others.


The Minister of Education, Mal. Adamu Adamu dropped the hint to Newsmen after the virtual Federal Executive Council Meeting which was presided over by President Buhari at the Presidential today.


Mal. Adamu disclosed that the approved Universities will soon get their provisional license from the National University Commission (NUC) which is to be used for 3 years while evaluation and monitoring will be carried out.


Below are the 20 Universities approved by the Federal Government, today, Wednesday February 3, 2021;


FEC Approves Establishment Of 20 New Private Universities [IN FULL]


The minister, who briefed correspondents after the meeting said the approved universities will get their provisional licenses from the National Universities Commission (NUC) and would be watched for the next three years to see how that progress.


Find the list of approved 20 new private universities by Federal Government including ANAN University:


1. Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State


2. Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State


3. Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo State


4. Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State


5. Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State


6. Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State


7.  Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River State


8. Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo State


9. NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State


10. Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State.


11. James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State


12. Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano, Kano State


13. Capital City University, Kano, Kano State


14.  Ahman Pategi University, Pategi, Kwara State


15. University of Offa, Offa, Kwara State


16. Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa State


17. Edusoko University, Bida, Niger State


18.  Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja


19. Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa State 


20. ANAN University, Kwall, Plateau State.


North Central: 9

South South: 3

South East: 2

North West: 5

South West:1






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Plateau State Is 45 Years Old...

 Plateau State Is 45 Years Old!


February 3rd ,2021









Plateau State is located at North Central Zone out of the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. 


The state is blessed with an area of 26,899 square kilometres, the State has an estimated population of about three million people.


The state is named after the picturesque Jos Plateau, a mountainous area in the north of the state with captivating rock formations.


The State was formed on the 3rd of February 1976, making it the 45 years today!


Plateau can be described as a Miniature Nigeria ,because so many tribes about 54 are resident in Jos the state capital .


Its Current Governor is Barrister Simon Lalong .


Prior to the election of Governor  Simon  Lalong in 2015 under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Plateau State was bedeviled with all manners of crises .



It could be recalled with gloomy nostalgia that this unfortunate development ultimately forced many residents living, especially in the Jos and Bukuru metropolis, to relocate to other states in the country. 



Our correspondent reports that Similarly, many business owners who felt their investments also left the state at about then 


The expectation was, therefore, very high that the wind of Change that brought in Governor Simon   Lalong  in 2015.




Six  years on, the state has been witnessing a tremendous influx of both people from different works of life and businesses. Many observers say there is an unusually high traffic in many parts of the State as a result of the surge in population.


Lalong on assumption of office worked tirelessly to ensure that lasting peace is restored to the state .


At the moment peace has been returned to the state .

The Lalong led administration has also done a lot of developmental projects in  the state .



Currently, the 12th largest state in Nigeria, popularly known as the “Home of Peace and Tourism” with beautiful rock formations, hills and waterfalls.


To mark this glorious moment you could celebrate by visiting one of the popular tourist sites like:



 

The Jos Amusement Park

The Jos Museum

The Jos Zoo

Assop Falls

Kurra Falls

Wase Rocks

Kerang Highlands

Shere Hills

Riyom Rocks

Pandam Game Reserves

Kamhwang Rock Formation

Miango Rest Home etc.


Happy Birthday Plateau State!

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Lalong Partners Security Agents To Flush Out Criminals...

 Lalong  partners security agents to flush out criminals


February 3,2021



By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong on Wednesday said that his adminstration is working with security operatives to make the state crime free .



 He made this known while speaking at the 6th Plateau Prayer Day organized by the state government and Christan Association of Nigeria CAN in Jos .



Lalong said that despite the difficult economic situation, his adminstration would  continue  to make giant strides in turning the fortunes of our State to its God-given Status as the Home of Peace and Tourism and the preferred destination for investment for people within and outside the country.


In his words " While we talk about the progress of our State, we are confronted by emerging challenges of crimes that were rarely recorded in our State.


" These crimes want to cast a dark shadow on our achievements in restoring peaceful coexistence among our people. "


Lalong lamented that the incidences of kidnapping, cultism and other violent crimes in some parts of Plateau State have constituted a major concern for the Government and our citizens in recent times.


" The Government is not closing its eyes but working hard with the security agencies and stakeholders to ensure that the ugly incidences are dealt with." 



 He said that he is determined to do it's  best in providing purposeful leadership that inspires confidence, supports peaceful coexistence, delivers basic services and infrastructure to the people, as well as leave behind lasting legacies for generations yet to come.


" It is part of putting a stop to this worrisome situation that I signed into law the Bill on Anti-kidnapping, Land grabbing, Cultism and Violence-Related Matters that was passed by the State House of Assembly. With this law operational, kidnappers who are caught, tried and convicted for kidnapping in Plateau State will face stringent punishment.


Lalong further added that "The same fate awaits others who are also convicted for cultism and other violent crimes. The Government has noted complaints about the shoddy investigation and prosecution of suspects who are arrested for kidnapping, rape and other violent crimes. 

"We are disturbed by the reports that some of these suspects do not get to be arraigned as and when due or are even released without charge despite overwhelming evidence tendered to law enforcement agents. This is unacceptable and we are engaging the relevant security agencies to deal with the matter decisively. "



As Governor, I have assured the citizens of my willingness to swiftly do my part in respect of anyone convicted of kidnapping so as to save our people from sleepless nights. We have laboured hard to bring back peace to our State and cannot sit by and watch criminals snatch it away from us. This is not going to happen under my watch."


"We want investors to come into our State and establish businesses to further empower our people. We have to equally stop the situation where many of our people are afraid to pursue their legitimate businesses including farming because some hoodlums kidnap and force them and their loved ones to pay ransoms to secure their freedom. "

 


In the area of development, he said hid adminstration is  steadily going on with it,s determination to complete abandoned projects  "we inherited and new ones we initiated. Work is going on at various locations including the Lalong Legacy Projects. Within few months, we shall be commissioning some of them such as the General Hospitals in Riyom, Kanke and Mabudi among others." he added .

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Ex Legislators Have A Great Role In Profering Solutions Towards Addressing Challenges Of The Nation- Gov Lalong..

 Ex Legislators have a great role in profering solutions towards addressing challenges of the Nation - Gov Lalong


February 2,2021









By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Plateau State Governor Simon  Lalong on Tuesday said  former members of the legislature have a great role to play in profering solutions towards addressing the challenges of the nation and promoting natonal unity. 


Governor Lalong said this while addressing the meeting of former members of the Plateau State House of Assembly at the Government House Rayfield Jos Tuesday 2nd February 2021. 


Lalong said the Forum of former legislators is necessary to harness their experiences and knowledge in handling some of the challenges that the State and nation is contending with. 



A statement signed by Simon Macham 

Director of Press and  Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State  said "as former members of the legislative arm of Government, we have to come together and discuss the progress of Plateau State.


 This is the moment for us to work across party lines which is a common practice in the floor of the house especially when it affects critical issues. We can also practice this even if we are no longer legislators".


The Governor said the former members of the legislature should always put the interest of the State above any other consideration as they champion the consolidation of peace and progress in Plateau State.


He called for synergy between past and serving legislators at both the State and Federal levels across party lines in the interest of State, citing the example the newly established Federal Polytechnic Shendam whose bill was initially spearheaded by Hon. Johnbull Shakarau, a former member of the Plateau State house of Assembly who later went to the House of Representatives and collaborated with other elected representatives to champion the cause. 


Acting Chairman of the Forum Hon. Maimako Bello congratulated Governor Lalong for his achievements especially his doggedness for the establishment of the Federal Polytechnic Shendam, thanks to the support of President Muhammadu Buhari who has continued to give the Governor a listening ear by acceding to many of his demands. 


Hon. Maimako Bello said the former legislators appreciate the Governor as he has paid attention to their welfare by settling their outstanding entitlements and reaching out to them at personal levels.


Other members also commended the Governor for his vision of completing inherited projects and also implementing new ones throughout the State. 

2021.

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