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GOVERNOR LALONG TO SWEAR IN SPECIAL ADVISERS




Governor Simon Bako Lalong will swear in newly appointed Special Advisers tomorrow, Wednesday 17th November 2021. 


Similarly, the Governor will inaugurate the Board of the Plateau Minerals Development Company Ltd. 


The event will take place at the Victoria Gowon Hall, New Government House, Little Rayfield Jos by 1pm. 


All appointees are expected to be seated on time while invited guests should note that COVID-19 protocols will be observed. 


Dr. Makut Simon Macham 

Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State. 

16th November 2021.

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NORTHERN GOVERNOR'S CONDOLE DANGOTE OVER LOSS OF BROTHER, SANI




The Northern Governors Forum has condoled businessman, Aliko Dangote over the loss of his younger brother, Sani Dangote who untill his death was the Vice President of the Dangote Group. 


Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong in a message of commiseration described the death of Sani Dangote as a devastating blow to the family and to the Dangote Group in particular. 


Governor Lalong said the late Sani was a great asset to the Dangote business conglomerate and did a lot to see to its growth in various sectors of the Nigerian and global economy. 


"As a silent achiever, the late Sani was known for his business acumen, attention to details and focus for success in the various positions he occupied in the business world. He built a personality profile of integrity, diligence and service throughout his career. He will be surely missed" he said. 


Lalong said the late Sani represented the bright business minds of the Northern Region and contributed a lot to raising younger entrepreneurs who have gone on to become successful businessmen and women in the region and nation at large. 


While urging his family and the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote to accept the development as the will of God, Lalong said the legacies of late Sani will continue to endure as he played his role in improving the economic fortunes of the Northern Region and Nigeria as a whole. 


Dr. Makut Simon Macham 

Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State and Chairman Northern Governor's Forum. 

16th November 2021.

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NORTHERN GOVERNORS REJOICE WITH SENATOR ALMAKURA/PLATEAU FIRST LADY ON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS




The Northern Governors Forum has rejoiced with the former Governor of Nasarawa State Senator Umaru Tanko Almakura on the occasion of his birthday. 


A statement by the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong described Senator Almakura as an outstanding politician and a dogged fighter for democracy, human rights and the rights of people living with disabilities. 


Governor Lalong said the former Governor of Nasarawa State and now Senator is a broad minded Nigerian who has continually embraced unity, peace, tolerance and oneness in his public and private life which has earned him admirers widely. 


Lalong also commended the former Governor for his passion towards the development of the Northern Region both during his term as Governor of Nasarawa State and now that he is in the National Assembly. 


He wished him many more years of good health, peace and goodwill and urges him to keep on serving his people and standing up for vulnerable people in society. 


Similarly, the Forum has also felicitated with the First Lady of Plateau State Mrs. Regina Simon Lalong on the occasion of her birthday. 


The forum says Mrs. Lalong is a lover of women, children and the youth with whom she has developed and nurtured close affinity through her SWITCH Foundation. 


It noted that the First Lady has trained and empowered thousands of women and youths, with special focus on the girl child. This has assisted in reducing poverty, providing education, and emancipating them from some negative societal practices that trample on their rights. 


They also observed that the SWITCH Foundation of Mrs. Lalong has also offered assistance to many indigent girls by sponsoring their education and ensuring that they choose career paths for a brighter future. 


The Northern Governors also commended the role she has been playing with other wives of Governors under the Nigerian Governors Forum and the Northern Governors Wives Forum, where she currently serves as the Public Relations Officer. 


They are happy  that through the Northern Governors Wives Forum, a lot of issues have been put on the front burner such as drug abuse, early marriage, harmful practices that affect women, as well as high rate of poverty and illiteracy which are being addressed in many ways. 


The Forum wishes the Plateau First Lady many more years of sound health, God's blessings and fulfillment. 


Dr. Makut Simon Macham 

Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State & Chairman, Northern Governors Forum.

15th November 2021.

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Plateau Assembly tussle - I never lobbied to become Speaker - Sanda




By Golok Nanmwa , Jos 


Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Yakubu Sanda, on Monday said he  never lobbied anybody to become the Speaker of the House 


He said: "I never dreamed of becoming the Speaker. I never gone anywhere to lobby for the seat of the Speakership." 


"My becoming the speaker is just the will of God. What I know is that the People of Pengana Constituency, mandated me to represent them and today God has made me to become the speaker 


The lawmaker who became the speaker following the  crisis that rocked the assembly in recent times said this while receiving Jere Community Leaders who visited him in Jos.


He added that the Assembly under his leadership will work closely with Governor Simon Lalong's led administration for the overall benefits of the People of Plateau State.


Speaker Sanda urged the People to pray for peace and security of the State, adding that people must learn to live peacefully with one another irrespective of their religious or ethnic differences.


"We can not succeed when the three arms of Government are not working together, so I assured that I will work with our leader, Governor Simon Lalong, so that we can succeed," he said.


The President of Jere National Development Association (JNDA) in Bassa LGA, Pastor Samuel Mamma who spoke earlier , said their visit is  to show solidarity to him and urged the people of the state to work with Sanda so that he would play his role in taking the state forward.

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GOVERNOR LALONG APPROVES MORE APPOINTMENTS




In addition to earlier appointments of Special Advisers approved by Plateau State Governor Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, more appointments have been announced of other Special Advisers and other political appointees. 


The following is the full list of Special Advisers approved by the Governor: 


1.Hon. Diket Plang 

2.    Arch. Pam Dung Gyang 

3.Justice Philomina Lot (Rtd)

4.Chief Burki Gofwan

5.Barr. Jonathan Mawiyau

6.Mrs. Felicia Yakzum

7.Hon. Joe Bukar

8.Hon. Danladi Mann

9.Hon. Talatu Apini

10.  Barr. Bashir Musa Sati

11.  Barr. Kwamkur Samuel Vondip

12.  Rev. Dr. David Laje

13.  Hon. Sani Mudi

14.   Maj. Gen. Paul Goar (Rtd) 


Honorary Special Advisers are: 


1. Nde Ezekiel Gomos

2. Prof. Ochapa Onazi

3. Chief Michael Maqual

4. Maj. Gen. A.C. Agundu (Rtd) 


The Governor also approved the appointment of two Deputy Chiefs of Staff in the Governor's Office.  They are: 


1. Salihu Kwando - Deputy Chief of Staff (General Admin) 

2. Ibrahim Saleh Maitala - Deputy Chief of Staff (Political Affairs) 


The Governor also approved the appointment of Managin Director and Board of the Plateau Minerals Development Company Ltd. (PMDC). The new Managing Director Mr. Kwaplong Mathew Bialwan. 


The Board is constituted of the following: 


1. H. E. Executive Governor of Plateau State - Chairman 

2. Hon. Commissioner for Minerals Development - Member 

3. Hon. Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs - Member 

4. MD PIPC - Member 


The Special Advisers will be sworn in on Wednesday, 17th November 2021 at the New Government House, Little Rayfield Jos. 


Dr. Makut Simon Macham

Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State. 

15th November 2021.

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PLATEAU STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL REJOICES WITH FIRST LADY REGINA LALONG ON HER BIRTHDAY




The Plateau State Executive Council has expressed warm felicitations to the First Lady of Plateau State, Her Excellency, Mrs. Regina Simon Bako Lalong on the occasion of her birthday. 


The Council rejoices with the Mother of the State for marking another year, describing the occasion as an auspicious one that calls for Thanksgiving to God for his faithfulness in her life and her family. 


It particularly expressed delight that the First Lady has over the years devoted her life to the service of humanity by focussing on the welfare and wellbeing of women, children and the vulnerable. 


Using her non-governmental organisation, SWITCH Foundation, the First Lady has trained and empowered thousands of women and youths, including the girl child. This has reduced poverty, provided social education and emancipated them from some negative societal practices that impinge on their rights. 


Her Excellency has also offered assistance to many indigent girls by sponsoring their education and also ensuring that they choose career paths that will give them a brighter future and make them good citizens of Plateau State and Nigeria as a whole. 


The First Lady's passion for fight against drug and substance abuse among youths has similarly received tremendous accolades as she has done so much to support relevant government agencies through her foundation to discourage access, abuse and distribution of drugs in Plateau State, Northern Nigeria and the entire country. She has also made afforts at ensuring the rehabilitation of those under the influence of harmful substances. 


Apart from her role as the Public Relations Officer of the Northern Governors Wives Forum, the Plateau State Government is also appreciative of Her Excellency's support to the Executive Governor who has been holding forth at the family front and giving moral and spiritual backing to her husband to continue with the Rescue Mission and taking Plateau State to greater heights. 


The Exco wishes her a joyous celebration and prays that God will give her many more years of good health, peace and divine protection. 


Dan Manjang 

Commissioner for Information and Communication, 

Plateau State. 

15th November 2021

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Senator Dadu'ut eulogies Regina Lalong on her birthday




By Golok Nanmwa, Jos 


Senator Nora Ladi Dadu'ut (APC Plateau South ) on Monday described the wife of the State Governor, Mrs Regina Lalong as a solid pillar behind the success story of her husband, Governor Simon Lalong .


Senator Daduut in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos noted that Mrs Regina Lalong  has brought joy to many homes over the years in Plateau through her pet project the SWITCH Foundation.


According to her, as the mother of the state, Mrs Lalong has touched so many lives in the past six and a half years.


 The Senator added that "We give God the praise for her inspiring life. The Governor’s wife is a woman that has passion for her pet project .


She said; “On behalf of my family, Constituents, I want to congratulate Mrs Regina Lalong the wife of the Governor on her birthday today. 


“i applaud her for what she is doing in the lives of our people. 


“Her presence is being felt across the state by our people. She has shown beyond every reasonable doubt that behind any successful man, there is a good wife, a caring woman and a good mother.


She is a prayer warrior and has been so supportive to our  Governor. 


Senator Daduut said she is willing to partner with the First Lady Regina Lalong and Governor Simon Lalong to better the lives of citizens of Plateau South .


Once again, I want to wish her a happy birthday with sound health and long life”.

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Plateau Youth activist Pius Hoomen felicitate with Mrs Regina Lalong




By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos


Plateau Youth activist Comrade Pius Hoomen has  described the wife of Governor Simon Lalong Mrs Regina Lalong as a symbol of humility and a detribalised Nigerian.


Hoomen further said that the First Lady is a blessing to her husband as well as to women in Plateau .


Hoomen in a felicitation message on the occasion of Mrs Lalong,s birthday, said her strong support for the husband, the governor of Plateau State, Barrister Simon Lalong , has manifested in the giant strides recorded across major sectors in the state.


He said as a humble and compassionate mother who combines decency and commitment to excellence in personal and public life, she has been able to warm her way into the hearts of residents of Plateau .


Hoomen also described Mrs Regina Lalong as a role model and shining star .


“Mrs. Lalong is a detribalised Nigerian who has traversed the length and breadth of the state, helping less privileged people, seeking the emancipation of women and the youths through her pet project.


Her undying love for the downtrodden, the deprived and the ordinary folks across the state is widely acknowledged, while her unflinching backing for Governor Lalong ,s administration has helped tremendously in the fulfillment of its electioneering promises to Plateau citizens .


The statement further reads that Happy birthday to your excellency our first lady of Plateau state .


“As a compassionate mother who combines decency and commitment to excellence, she has been able to worm her way into the hearts of the people through her charitable gestures.


“Her love for the downtrodden, the deprived across the state is widely acknowledged. Her unwavering support for Governor Lalong has assured many that with her as First Lady, the Governor’s efforts will be well complemented”.


Hoomen prayed God Almighty to grant her sound health, wisdom and strength to continue to provide mentoring for the betterment of Plateau State.

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A VERY WARM BIRTHDAY FELICITATION TO HER EXCELLENCY, NGO MRS REGINA BAKO LALONG

 





My dear First Lady, 


CONGRATULATIONS AS YOU MARK YET ANOTHER YEAR ON NOVEMBER, 15 2021. 


First, let me start by this anonymous quote:


"Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years....”


Indeed, writing a birthday to a special person like you comes with excitement.


As the mother of the state, you have touched so many lives in the past six and a half years. 


You have demonstrated love and care to many through your pet-Projects across the length and breadth of the State.  


The joy that comes with adding another year makes you fulfilled seeing you are getting older today and younger than tomorrow. 


You have been a support pillar to the Captain of the Rescue Administration and celebrating you is worth the price of statesmanship.


On behalf of my humble self, my family and the entire staff of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, I wish you a memory-filled birthday. 


Let the joy that you have spread in the past come back to you on this day. 


I pray "whatever you ask for may you receive, whatever you seek may you find, whatever you wish may it be fulfilled on your birthday and always. Happy birthday!”


SIGNED:

REV. Dr. YAKUBU PAM

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY,

NCPC, ABUJA

Sunday, NOVEMBER, 14, 2021.

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Why Hon Zulfa Rimven remains Executive Chairman Langtang North

 


The General Public should please be informed that the Executive Chairman of Langtang North Local Government still remains Hon Zulfa Bitrus Rimven. 


Reacting to some social media comments and reports from some blogs today that his office is been threatened, We the Zulfa Media team are saying that the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) had initially filed a motion for injunction at the High Court when the judgement was served, 


On Friday (Today) been 12 November, 2021. PLASEIC withdrew the motion from the high court.


Since the case was withdrawn, the court under the leadership of Justice Kunda strucked  out  the motions on the ground that it has been withdrawn from high court.


The record of appeal has been transmitted to the appeal court and it was served on the chief sheriff and the Former Chairman of the council Laven Ubandoma


An appeal has been entered in the Jos appeal court and once the appeal has been entered, parties are meant to maintain status quo.


The high court judgement has not been executed, judgement are executed only by the chief  sheriff.


Hon Zulfa is calling on members of the public to disregard some comments on some blogs and social media as he remains the executive chairman of Langtang North council. 


He assured the people of the council that he would continue to provide dividends of democracy to the people of the council .


He appealed to the people of the state to support the APC led government at all times.


Sign by Hon Zulfa media team

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PRESS RELEASE: PLATEAU STATE YOUTH COUNCIL (PYC)




13.11.2021


In view of the leadership tussle in the Plateau State House of Assembly, it has become imperative for the leadership of the Plateau State Youth Council to make certain statements in the overall interest of Plateau state.


 It may interest Plateau Youths and by extension, Plateau people to know that the state leadership of the Plateau state Youth Council in its wisdom has extensively engaged the two factions in the house of Assembly and also the executive and have full knowledge of the politics going on in the house of Assembly. Therefore, the leadership of the Plateau State Youth council wishes to:


1: Call on Plateau people to remain calm and exercise restraints on actions that are capable of further escalating the matter.


2: Call on both factions in the House of Assembly with very resounding voice to sheath their swords and give peace a chance by embracing the dialogue table in settling their differences, to enable the house begin full legislative business to deliberate on issues that affect the state in the general interest of Plateau state.


3: Call on politicians and individuals who have derived pleasure in taking advantage of the situation for their selfish gains to desist and take their hands off as members of the House of Assembly are capable of settling their differences.


4: Call on external forces and factors who are further fueling the leadership crisis by overheating the polity just with the aim of placing Plateau State in the media for the wrong reasons, thereby giving the state a bad image, to as a matter of urgency, allow members of the house of Assembly to handle their matter as it is purely a Plateau issue and tussle for leadership within the members of the House of assembly.


5: Call on both factions in the House of Assembly to stop overheating the system for political gains and approach the courts just as it has been confirmed to the PYC leadership by leader of one of the factions that they have approached the courts on areas where necessary to get justice on areas where injustice are perceived as the court is the only institution saddled with the responsibility of administrating justice and determining what is wrong and right.


6: Call on the judiciary to treat every case before it especially as it relates to the leadership tussle in the House of Assembly with every sense of seriousness by ensuring that the process is expedite and justice dispensed at the end of the day, for the overall good of Plateau people.


Conclusively, the leadership of the Youth Council is glad that during its engagements with the parties involved in the matter, assurances were given by all parties that the issues are being resolved within the members and will be laid to rest in no distant time.

The leadership of the Plateau state Youth council wishes to assure Plateau Youths of council's continuous readiness and commitment to working assiduously to ensure that both parties come to terms and resolve their differences and giving Plateau Youths the best of representation now and in the future.


Lot Sunday Adas

Chairman:

Plateau State Youth Council.

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"we must unite against the enemies of peace" - Maj.Gen Ibrahim Ali



The Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN and General Officer Commanding 3 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Ibrahim Ali has called on all peace loving citizens to unite against enemies of peace in the society. He made the call today 13 November 2021 during the Unity and Peace Marathon Competition organized for youths of Wase and Tafawa Balewa Local  Government Area of Plateau and Bauchi states. 


While calling on the youths to distance themselves from activities that will destroy their future, General Ali noted that exposing bad eggs


in society is the surest way to achieving peace. He called on community and religious leaders to champion the course of peace in their communities.   'You must unite against criminals, to prevent them from uniting to destabilise our communities' he stressed. 


The Commander further urged the youths to take the lead in the fight against all forms of criminality by providing credible information to security agencies. Such information he assured would be treated with utmost confidentiality.


Delivering their goodwill messages, the Emir of Wase and Chairman Jama'atu Nasril Islam, Plateau state, Dr Muhammadu Salihu Haruna and the Local Government Council Chairmen pledged the full support of their subjects to security agencies in the area.  They  agreed that  unity against criminality is for the interest of the people adding that when the society is dominated by criminals, economic activities cannot thrive. 


Earlier in their welcome addresses, the Commander, Forward Operating Base Wase, Major Nasiru Ali and Commander, Tafawa Balewa Forward Operating Base, Major Sule Iliyasu remarked that the Peace and Unity Marathon Competition was initiated by  Operation  SAFE HAVEN to promote peaceful co-existence and unity among the youths and people of the area. 


Highlight of the event were cultural dance, presentation of trophies, medal and cash prizes to boys and girls who distinguished themselves in the competition as well as special presentation to a physically challenged person who also participated in the race.


Major Ishaku Takwa

Military Information Officer 

13 November 2021

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Plateau Speaker appoints chief of staff, 2 advisers




Golok Nanmwa , Jos 


Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly Yakubu Yakson Sanda, has approved the appointment of Reverend  Dr. Hantse Jakada, as his Chief of Staff.


A statement by Sabastine Hommuk Press Secretary to the speaker says all appointments are with immediate effect.


It further reads that the Speaker also confirmed the  appointment of  John Adaji and Alhaji  Dahiru Dalhatu as advisers.


 In the same vein, the following persons are to serve on the on the Speaker’s media and publicity team.


They are Desmond Eke, Herbert Daniel, Auta Buji and Nura Yahaya Usman.

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SPEAKER  RT HON. YAKUBU SANDA PRESIDES OVER PLENARY AS HOUSE LAMENTS DESTRUCTION AT ASSEMBLY COMPLEX; SEEKS ALTERNATIVE FACILITY AND IMMEDIATE REPAIRS OF COMPLEX. 


Plateau State House of Assembly has condemned the destruction that occured in the house following the recent upheavals in the Assembly, leading to vandalization of many items that has made the House facilities, particularly the hallowed chambers unsuitable for legislative business. 


To this end, the House has passed a resolution seeking to move its legislative business to the Chambers of the Old Government House, pending the repairs of the damaged and vandalised facilities in its hallowed Chamber. 


This followed a resolution arising from a motion moved by Majority Leader Hon. Naanlong Daniel seeking the intervention of the Governor to provide an alternative facility for their legislative business and also facilitate the repairs of various parts of the Assembly complex which were destroyed by hoodlums recently. The motion was unanimously supported by members. 


At the House sitting which was presided over by the Speaker Rt. Hon. Yakubu Sanda on Friday 12th November 2021, the Honourable members lamented the unfortunate developments that occured after the change of leadership where hoodlums gained access to the house including the hallowed chambers and caused serious damages. 


The House which was billed to begin deliberations on the 2022 Appropriation Bill and the request for confirmation of the extension of appointment of Chairman and Members of the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, PLASIEC, had to stand down the items on the Order Paper because of the deplorable nature of the chambers. 


Speaker Rt. Hon. Yakubu Sanda assured that the House will soon regain stability as the events of the recent past are under control and the new leadership of the House under him is doing everything possible to ensure that lost ground is regained and the business of law making and oversight for the good of the Plateau people is carried out seamlessly. 


Before adjourning, the House appreciated the support of the good people of Plateau State who have remained calm and prayed for the quick resolution of the recent upheavals in the House, assuring that they will always act in the interest of the people at all times. 


Sebastine Hommuk

Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, 

Plateau State House of Assembly. 

12th November 2021.

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MAJOR GENERAL IS ALI BAGS AFRICA MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD FOR GOOD CONDUCT




The GOC 3 Division and Comd OPSH, Maj Gen IS Ali was recently confered with the Africa Meritorious  Service Award for Good Conduct by International Free Media Organisation at his office.


Presenting the award to the GOC, the Executive Director of the organisation, Mr Abdulmalik Ohis noted that the award was in recognition of Maj Gen Ali's sacrifice, courage, exemplary leadership, loyalty and uncommon commitment to the course of peace and security on the Plateau and the country at large.


Mr Abdulmalik remarked that their organisation has keenly followed the effort of Maj Gen IS Ali towards the restoration and maintenance of peace and security on the Plateau. According to Mr Abdulmalik, that is what accounted for Maj Gen Ali's selection for the honour to encourage him to do more for the nation.


Responding, Maj Gen Ali, thanked the Media Organisation for the honour. He dedicated the award to the gallant officers and personnel that are working tirelessly for the maintenance of peace and security on the Plateau. He assured that, the award would encourage him, the officers and personnel under his command to do more to maintain peace on the Plateau and the nation.

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