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Plateau: Police arrest 16 suspects over culpable homicide, cattle rustling

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The Police Command in Plateau said it arrested 15 suspects over culpable homicide, cattle rustling, armed robbery and kidnapping in last one month in the state.

Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, the Commissioner of Police in the state made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Jos.

Akinmoyede, who attributed the feats achieved by the command to the commitment and resilience of his officers and men, said investigations were still ongoing and the suspects would soon be charged to court.

“In the last one month, we have arrested eight suspects over culpable homicide in the state.

“We also arrested five notorious cattle rustlers and recovered seven stolen cows from them in the period under review.

“In the same vein, two suspects were arrested over armed robbery and one suspect over kidnapping.

“Investigations into all these crimes are ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court as soon as it is over,” Akinmonyede said.

The commissioner explained that three AK47 riffles, one locally fabricated revolver pistol, one Dane gun and 13 rounds of live ammunition were also recovered from the suspects.

The Police boss thanked people of the state for supporting the command in its bid to ensure safety of lives and property and called for more support for the police to properly secure the state.

He assured residents of the state of the command’s commitment to rid the state of all forms criminality and crimes within and around its environs.

Akinmonyede also urged residents of the state to report any suspicious movements in their vicinity to the security agencies for prompt action.

 

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World Environment Day: Plateau commissioner decries indiscriminate dumping of waste

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As the world celebrates this year’s Environment Day, Plateau environment commissioner Usman Idi has decried the indiscriminate dumping of refuse by residents of areas waste evacuators cannot access.

The commissioner told the News Agency of Nigeria , on Friday in Jos that the situation was impeding the evacuators’ efforts to discharge their duties diligently.

He said that the Plateau Environmental Protection And Sanitation Agency (PEPSA) had designated areas for residents to dump their waste to ensure a clean and healthy environment.

PEPSA designated places where refuse will be dumped and where the trucks can pick it, but people have nelected the areas. They throw their waste at every corner. This is very worrisome.

“Some people even throw waste into rivers making it impossible to evacuate such dirt.

“Some areas are not motorable because of indiscriminate erection of buildings, but people in those  houses feel they can dump their waste at their door step, ignoring the designated areas. The evacuators cannot go door to door,” he said.

The commissioner said that the waste plant at Mistali in Bassa Local Government would soon take off, and expressed optimism that the gesture would increase the number of waste collectors and create employment opportunities.

He said that 5,000 tree seedlings were planted in March at the Bukuru nursery under the UN REDD+ programme coordinated by the Federal Government, adding that Plateau had also benefited from the two FG afforestation interventions.

“One such intervention is in Ganuwuri, Riyom Local Government. It is 80 percent completed and we have planted 25,000 seedlings.

“The other one is in Mangu Local Government and is situated at Langai forest reserve. There, fencing has been completed and 15,000 seedlings will be taken to the site,” he said.

He said that Nigeria Erosion and Water Management Programme (NEWMAP), funded by the World Bank, facilitated the planting of 50,000 trees with 25,000 seedlings each, planted in Kanke and Shendam local Government Areas.

He said that as part of efforts to preserve the environment and discourage tree felling, the state distributed gas cylinders and stoves provided by the federal Government to communities close to the forest reserves across its 17 local governments.

Idi said that the world environment day was a key moment to create awareness on the need to conserve the environment as it assures good health and more productivity.

He added that tree planting not only beautifies the environment, but provides clean air.

NAN reports that the theme for the 2020 world environment day is “Biodiversity”.


Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

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COVID-19: Partial lockdown in Plateau very effective against virus spread – Commissioner C

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Plateau Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Dan Manjang, has said that the partial lockdown imposed on the state has been very effective in the fight against the novel Coronavirus.

Manjang said this in an interview with newsmen in Jos on Friday in the wake of perceptions among residents of the state that the lockdown was needless since there were normal movements of people for four days in a week.

He said the partial lockdown had curtailed the number of infected people from escalating as compared to other states which did not have lockdown imposed on them.

“I can tell you that the lockdown has been very effective as far as government is concerned.

“We have cases in other places where there is no lockdown and they have been recording alarming numbers.

“Who knows what would be happening in Plateau if we did not take the right steps; the number may have been more than what we are seeing today,” he said.

On the rumours that the government would totally lift the lockdown in the state, Manjang stated that the executive order remained in force until when it was reviewed.

He also noted that the public continued  to defy the stay-at-home order during the lockdown as heavy vehicular and human movements  were being experienced in the state.

“The executive order by the governor remained; it has not been reviewed yet, we are going into a meeting to review the situation and make sure we don’t kill the economy.

If I tell you that the lockdown would be removed totally I will be jumping the gun, if the governor says so, I am just a megaphone, I will relay the information to you.

“The lockdown is temporary, our human nature is such that we don’t want to be locked in one place, it is not deliberate that we want to keep people in one place.

“The lockdown is mandatory for our own good, it is all over the world, we should obey government’s order for out own good,” the commissioner said.

He advised the people to always wash their hands and maintain social distancing, stating that hand washing was a more effective way of self protection against the disease than the use of masks and sanitisers.


Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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COVID-19: Group donates 10 handwashing machines,  sanitisers, to Plateau Govt.

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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.


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COVID-19: Plateau lawmaker organises training for healthcare workers 

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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.


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Plateau Govt. releases N700m for SDGs counterpart funding

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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.


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Covid-19: Rotary Club donates food items to 200 widows in Plateau

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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).

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Plateau anti-land grabbing, kidnapping bill passes second reading

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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

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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

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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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