The Federal Government through the Ministry of Agriculture, is set to create about 300,000 jobs in Plateau, through its Agriculture Mechanisation Scheme.
The Minister for Agriculture, Mr Sabo Nanono made the disclosure when Gov. Simon Lalong visited his office in Abuja.
A statement by Dr Makut Machan, Director of Press and Public Affairs to Gov. Lalong and made available to Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Jos, quoted the minister as saying that the scheme would be in partnership with Plateau govt.
It quoted the minister as saying that Plateau was known for its fertile land for agricultural production, and that the ministry was exploring areas of cooperation, especially in production of potatoes, perishables and dairy which the state had comparative advantage.
It said the new agricultural programme according to the minister, would take off in 632 local government areas across the country with the target of creating over Six million jobs for Nigerians.
It further said that the minister commended Lalong for his passion in the agricultural sector and his role in the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) to kickstart ranching successfully in the state.
Earlier in his remarks, Lalong said his administration was committed to developing the potentials of the agriculture sector in Plateau.
He said the visit was to explore opportunities through the federal government’s new schemes in the sector.
He said the vast and untapped agricultural opportunities in Plateau, required his administration to continuously seek for opportunities to empower its people and make the state a hub for investment in the sector.
NAN reports that the governor also visited President Buhari, where he appealed for the upgrade of the Institute of Geo Sciences to a Federal Institute, the establishment of a federal polytechnic in the state and intervention in the construction of roads among other requests.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju
COVID-19: Group donates 10 handwashing machines, sanitisers, to Plateau Govt.
An NGO, Nigeria Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN), has donated 10 non-contact hand washing machines, 200 litres of liquid soap and 100 litres of hand sanitiser to the Plateau Government.
Presenting the items on Friday in Jos, Dr Vings Lomak, Coordinator of the NGO, said the gesture was aimed at supporting government in its fight against the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus (Covid-19)
“This is part of our support to government in its efforts in combatting the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
“These facilities have cost NEWSAN over N2 million,” he said.
Receiving the items on behalf government, Prof. Danladi Atu, Secretary to the State Government, thanked the organisation for the gesture.
Atu said the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the state is a collective one, saying the donation was timely.
The secretary to the state government assured that the government would continue to work toward curbing the spread of the virus in the state.
He, however, advised residents of the state to strictly adhere to safety measures put in place by government.
Earlier, Alhaji Sa’ad Bello, the state Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy, said the machines would distributed to 10 public locations in the state.
The locations, according him, include:Government House, Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos Central Mosque, Headquarters of the Church of Christ in Nation (COCIN), Ministry of Health and Jos New market.
COVID-19: Plateau lawmaker organises training for healthcare workers
bol Daniel, member representing Langtang North Central Constituency in the Plateau House of Assembly,has organised a training for healthcare workers in his constituency on how to cope with Coronavirus (COVID-19) challenges.
In a statement signed by Mr Miri Nyantau, the Legislative Aide to the lawmaker, and made available to News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday, the lawmaker said that the training, which was to avail healthcare workers at the local level with in-dept understanding of the dreaded COVID-19 was held in Langtang.
According to Daniel, who is also the House Committee Chairman on Health, the training was to forestall eventual community transmission.
“The training is to enlighten health workers on how to ethically communicate with the community in order to prevent community transmission.
“To give them better understanding of the challenges of contact tracing and techniques to be in identifying the contacts,”he said.
He stated that the training which was organised in collaboration with the Primary Health Care Centre, Langtang North, was to ensure that the area had a healthy population.
Daniel said a healthy population would contribute to the development of not just Tarok Nation, but Plateau and Nigeria.
“Their competency, consistency, confidence to response to COVID-19 was equally assessed.
“Preventive messages were dished out for front line healthcare workers and the public and they were also drilled on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and demonstration of donning and doffing of PPE,”he said.
Mrs Hajara Datol, Director of the Primary Health Care, Langtang North, charged the participants to replicate the knowledge gained at their various work stations.
Datol stated that doing so would educate other staff who were not part of the training.
She added that the healthcare workers should endeavour to develop strategy for community engagement in their various wards.
Mr Sargwak Yildom of Primary Health Centre Reak, on behalf of other participants thanked the legislator for imparting the needful knowledge in them.
Yildom said that the training was timely and useful in view of the current realities in the country.
Plateau Govt. releases N700m for SDGs counterpart funding
Mr Dan Manjang, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, disclosed this at the Government House,Jos, at the end of the weekly State Executive council, SEC meeting.
Manjang said that in spite of the state’s dwindling resources and expenses in combating Coronavirus (COVID-19), the State Government was still determined to improve the well being of the people of the state by ensuring it benefitted from all SDG programmes .
He said that the state government had also paid N1 billion out of the N1.5 billion needed to re-acquire the Breweries Agro Research Company (BARC) farms it had promised the people, saying the total payment to reacquire the farm including tax was N1.7 billion.
“BARC farms is going to be engaged in such a way that civil and public servants, pensioners and host communities are going to be given land to cultivate pending when an investment is going to be sorted, instead of leaving it fallow or allowing people to cultivate it illegally,”he said.
The commissioner said the home grown security outfit of the state, Operation Rainbow had been able to harmonise the operations of community security groups in the state , to regulate their activities, saying the gesture would help in implementing community policing in the state.
He said that Lalong had always preached against stigmatisation of the disease that it was not a death sentence.
Manjang said that the State would celebrate Democracy Day on June 12, where the governor would inaugurate many projects across the state.
“The itinerary of the programme to celebrate the day would be forwarded to media houses.”
Also briefing newsmen, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Nimkong Lar, said the the State currently had 108 confirmed cases of COVID- 19 including five health workers, out of the 1,638 samples it tested.
The commissioner said it had discharged 71 patients and had recorded two deaths, but currently had 34 patients receiving treatment at its four isolation centres, while 98 persons were in its quarantine centers.
NAN reports that SEC also approved the bill for a law to amend the provision of the Plateau Department of Debt Management law office 2007, saying the gesture would enable it to access more funds for developmental projects.
Covid-19: Rotary Club donates food items to 200 widows in Plateau
The District 9125 of Rotary Club International has donated food items to 200 widows and widowers in Plateau to cushion the hardships occasioned by the advent of Coronavirus disease.
The beneficiaries of the gesture were drawn from Zaria Road, Tudun Wada, Kwal and Jebbu Bassa communties of Bassa and Jos North Local Government Areas of the state
Presenting the items seperately to the beneficiaries on Wednesday, Mr Mike Okachi, the Coordinator of the District, said the gesture aimed at supporting widows and widowers in the society.
He said that the gesture came from personal donations of members of the seven rotary clubs existing on the Plateau, which constitute the district.
“We the members of the seven rotary clubs on the Plateau decided to contribute in our little ways to support these widows and widowers in this time of COVID-19.
“This pandemic, no doubt, has devastating effects on the people; particularly the poor, and this informed this gesture.
“We have decided to take from our personal savings to put smiles on the faces of these poor brothers and sisters of ours.
“This is what Rotary is all about; supporting the have nots in our communities. We are not the richest in the society, but we are always moved by compassion to support,” he said.
The coordinator admonished the beneficiaries to share the items donated to them with other members of the community who are facing similar challenges.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that items donated include rice, beans, and garri (cassava flakes).
Edited By: Peter Dada (NAN)
Plateau anti-land grabbing, kidnapping bill passes second reading
A bill to provide for anti-land grabbing, kidnapping, cultism, anti-violence and other related matters has passed the second reading at the Plateau House of Assembly.
Mr Philip Dasun (APC, Pankshin North), who presented the bill before the House, said that the bill, which had six parts and 57 clauses, was presented to curtail incessant crises in the state.
“The detailed activities the law seeks to achieve include but not limited to protecting landed properties against violence.
“Dealing with attempts to commit offences and criminal conspiracies as well as prohibition of secret cults.
“The bill is also aimed at dealing with all forms of kidnappings”, Dasun, who is the Deputy Majority Leader, said.
The Speaker, Mr Abok Ayuba, who presided over the plenary, said that two other bills that had to do with anti-land grabbing and kidnapping as presented by some members would be harmonized into one.
Ayuba, after inputs from members, directed that the bill be sent to the Committee on Judiciary for a more detail assessment.
Plateau Chief Judge frees 88 inmates
Plateau Chief Judge, Justice Yakubu Dakwak, has freed 88 inmates serving their jail terms at the various correctional centres in the state.
ASC Martha Banda, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Plateau Comamnd of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NSC) made the disclosure in statement on Wednesday in Jos.
According to her, the CJ’s action was part of his second quarter jail delivery exercise aimed at decongesting the correctional facilities in the state.
“The Chief Judge of Plateau, Justice Yakubu Dakwak, during his second quarter jail delivery, released 88 inmates in the state.
“This is part of effort to decongest correctional facilities in the state.
“All the inmates discharged were those on awaiting trial category with minor offenses,” he said.
Banda said the inmates who benefited from this exercise were grateful and assured that they would turn a new leaf.
Bill to establish Plateau Social Investment Programme passes second reading
A Bill for a law to establish Plateau State Social Investment Programme (PLASSIP) has passed second reading at the State House of Assembly.
Mr Yahaya Mavo (APC, Wase,)who presented the bill to the house, said that the objectives of the document was to alleviate poverty and hunger in the state.
Mavo told the house at plenary on Wednesday that the law when passed, would ensure equitable distribution of resources to vulnerable population.
The lawmaker listed the vulnerable population to include youths, children, women, widows, traders, physically challenged and the aged that may be identified by the programme.
According to him, the PLASSIP will improve the socio-economic condition of the populace at the grassroots by promoting prompt delivery of services geared toward poverty reduction in the state.
“If enacted, PLASSIP will formulate policies and utilise strategies for the effective implementation of the programme aimed at poverty reduction.
“It will also stimulate economic growth as it supports those within the lowest poverty bracket.
“It will ensure human capital development through cash benefits, skills acquisition and empowerment to various categories of poor and vulnerable people.
“It will set up an appropriate amount annually to improve the living conditions of Plateau people as it collaborates with banks to achieve its goal,” he added.
Mr Nanbol Daniel, (PDP, Langtang North Central) in his contribution said that the programme apart from other benefits, would generate the data that might be used during crucial times like the pandemic.
“It will go a long way in identifying the poorest of the poor, those who truly need help,” he said.
The lawmaker added that the programme would complement the Federal Government’s social investment programme with the aim of sustaining it.
The committee,according to Ayuba ,should report back to the House on July 17.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the bill was sponsored by the Speaker, Mr Abok Ayuba, Mr Yahaya Mavo and Mr Nanbol Daniel.
Appoint Dongban-Mensem substantive Appeal Court President-Plateau House of Assembly begs Buhari
Members of the Plateau House of Assembly have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Acting President, Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, in a substantive capacity.
Buhari on May 29, extended her acting appointment for another three months.
The Plateau lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday, appealed to the President to appoint her in substantive capacity stating that she eminently qualified to be so appointed.
Mr Philip Dasun (APC, Pankshin North) who moved the motion of urgent public importance, said,”Mr Speaker, it is expected that she would be appointed in substantive capacity after three months in acting capacity.
“We are calling on other authorised bodies to lend their voice to this call,” he said.
Plateau Speaker salutes Rep Wase at 56
The Speaker, Plateau House of Assembly, Mr Abok Ayuba, has felicitated with the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Rep. Idris Maje Wase, on the occasion of his 56th birthday.
Ayuba, in a birthday message by his Press Secretary, Mr Bulus Atang, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Jos, described Wase as a torchbearer and worthy ambassador of Plateau.
The speaker noted that Wase’s style of leadership at the National Assembly had engendered unity and harmony among his colleagues.
“He is a vibrant, compassionate lover of democracy, detribalised and focused leader whose emergence has stabilised the parliament.
“I urge him to remain focused and peoplecentric.
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