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Plateau Govt to demolish burnt Jos market on May 19



The Plateau Government is to demolish some sections of the burnt Jos Main Market on Sunday May19.

A statement signed by Mr Yakubu Dati, Commissioner for Information and Communication advised those living within 200 metres of the market to vacate on Friday May 17, by 6 p.m.

“There will be restriction of vehicular movement as all entry points to the market will be closed for the safety of members of the public.

“Government regrets the inconveniences this may cause members of the public,”he said.

He reiterated Gov. Simon Lalong’s commitment to rebuild the burnt Jos Main Market.

Dati added that all necessary measures were being taken to ensure the site is cleared to create the enabling environment for the rebuilding work to commence.

edited by Sadiya Hamza


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)

Lomak explained that the gesture, which amounted to N2 million, was under its Covid-19 Rapid Response Project being funded by WaterAid Nigeria.

“I stand before all of you on behalf of NEWSAN to present these 10 non-contact hand washing machines, sanitisers and liquid soaps to Plateau Government.

“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.

“For us to defeat COVID-19 we need collaboration and so this donation by NEWSAN is highly commendable,” he said.

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.

Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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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.

“Additionally, the health workers would be equipped with the knowledge, attitude and practice in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

“The training assessed how prepared health workers in Langtang North are to respond to myths and facts about COVID-19.

“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.

According to her, the training was a vital one as it would help healthcare workers at the frontline of the fight against Covid-19.

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.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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Plateau Govt. releases N700m for SDGs counterpart funding



Plateau Government on Wednesday approved and released the sum of N700 million as its counterpart funding for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programmes.

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.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that BARC, a subsidiary of the state owned Jos International Breweries was more than 20 years ago sold to a private farmer, to the disappointment of the people.

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 debunked allegations that Gov. Simon Lalong was stigmatising specific areas with high record of COVID-19, saying it was a ploy to instigate disunity 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.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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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)

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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.

According to the Speaker, the committee is to report back to the House on June 16 for further legislative action.

Edited By: Joe Idika and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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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.

Banda explained that the CJ visited the various facilities and carried out exercise on June 1 and 2.

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.

 “At the Jos custodial centre, 49 inmates, seven at shendam, 15 at Lantang, 14 at pankshin and three at Wase  custodial centres were set free

“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.

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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 register, capture data and verify beneficiaries that may benefit in times of pandemic like COVID-19 or any disaster.

“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.

After inputs from members,  the Speaker, Abok Ayuba  said that the bill would be sent to Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development for further scrutiny.

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.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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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.

 Dongan-Mensem was appointed in the Acting capacity by the president on March 5, to serve for three months.

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.

The House presided over by its Speaker, Mr Abok Ayuba, appreciated the President for giving her the opportunity to serve the nation.

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.

Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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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.

Plateau House of Assembly will continue to cooperate and collaborate with the National Assembly members from the state to ensure that Plateau reaps dividends of democracy,” he said.

The speaker prayed God to continue to increase Wase with wisdom, guard and guide him toward writing his name in gold in the annals of public service in Plateau and Nigeria at large.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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