Security update: Uni-Jos students allegedly under attack as securities guard politicians at Primaries

Unconfined reports say armed assailants have seized university of Jos student communities in the Plateau State capital.

In a reported renewed violence on Sunday after the killing of over 12 in Rukuba road, Jos, the armed men blocked major roads around Village and Naraguta hostels in Jos North, shooting and killing residents and commuters.

So far, some three students have been reportedly shot in Rusau village near University of Jos Permanent site while one identified as Mr. Paul Adoyi, a 200L Pharmacy student of the university has been declared missing.

The university student body had earlier issued a statement calling students to remain indoors while the situation was being controlled.

The Police Public Relations Officer of Plateau State had also told MKB that police detachments had been sent to quell the clashes.

However, more distress calls have continued to pour in from the affected areas.

The inability of the securities to timely calm the situation is believed to be caused by the deployment of large troops to guard politicians at ongoing Primary elections of the PDP and APC.

Civil authorities have not commented on the situation but Gov. Simon Lalong of the state at the APC primaries holding at Crest Hotel, Jos assured delegates that they would be attached with securities to their various destinations after the exercise.

Security update: Uni-Jos students allegedly under attack as securities guard politicians at Primaries

Unconfined reports say armed assailants have seized university of Jos student communities in the Plateau State capital.

In a reported renewed violence on Sunday after the killing of over 12 in Rukuba road, Jos, the armed men blocked major roads around Village and Naraguta hostels in Jos North, shooting and killing residents and commuters.

So far, some three students have been reportedly shot in Rusau village near University of Jos Permanent site while one identified as Mr. Paul Adoyi, a 200L Pharmacy student of the university has been declared missing.

The university student body had earlier issued a statement calling students to remain indoors while the situation was being controlled.

The Police Public Relations Officer of Plateau State had also told MKB that police detachments had been sent to quell the clashes.

However, more distress calls have continued to pour in from the affected areas.

The inability of the securities to timely calm the situation is believed to be caused by the deployment of large troops to guard politicians at ongoing Primary elections of the PDP and APC.

Civil authorities have not commented on the situation but Gov. Simon Lalong of the state at the APC primaries holding at Crest Hotel, Jos assured delegates that they would be attached with securities to their various destinations after the exercise.

Jos: Police takeover troubled areas following reports of renewed unrests

The Nigerian Police Force says it has mobilized troops to quell reported unrests in parts of Jos, the Plateau State capital.

Spokesman of the Plateau State Police Command told MKB in a telephone interview that the Force was in receipt of news of disturbances in the Northwestern part of the city.

"The situation is under control," he said.

Although details of the unrest were not revealed, eyewitnesses say gunshots were heard between Lamingo junction and Angwan Rukuba area near University of Jos staff quarters, Sunday noon forcing residents and commuters to scamper for safety.

A University of Jos student said she ran from the Lamingo junction following the gunshots to British America junction on foot.

Another source said "I saw people running and I was told that someone was killed."

Officials have not confirmed any casualties but hospital sources say two casualties were rushed to Bingham university Teaching Hospital at about 1:30pm local time with machete wounds.

The Student Union Government of the University of Jos has in response to the reports called its members to remain indoors.

"Reports reaching us is that the JOS metropolis is once again in a state of unrest.

"It is on this note that the SUG president Pantu Fwangshak  advice all *jossites* to remain within the four walls of the University until further information is passed," a social media statement attributed to Mr. Kwalmi Kelvin Kwande, the SUG Public Relations Officer says.

The Plateau State Government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Friday following violent protests that reportedly resulted in some deaths.

A police station was said to have been razed when youths from the Northeastern part of the city staged violent protests against the killing of 15 people in a suburb near the Jos Rukuba Military barrack.

The curfew was yesterday relaxed by 4 hours following the return of "relative peace".

The renewed violence follow the discovery of the car of a missing army General, Major General Alkali in a pond in the outskirts of the town.

It is not clear if his body was equally found in the pond after several days of search by the Nigerian army.

Jos: Police takeover troubled areas following reports of renewed unrests

The Nigerian Police Force says it has mobilized troops to quell reported unrests in parts of Jos, the Plateau State capital.

Spokesman of the Plateau State Police Command told MKB in a telephone interview that the Force was in receipt of news of disturbances in the Northwestern part of the city.

"The situation is under control," he said.

Although details of the unrest were not revealed, eyewitnesses say gunshots were heard between Lamingo junction and Angwan Rukuba area near University of Jos staff quarters, Sunday noon forcing residents and commuters to scamper for safety.

A University of Jos student said she ran from the Lamingo junction following the gunshots to British America junction on foot.

Another source said "I saw people running and I was told that someone was killed."

Officials have not confirmed any casualties but hospital sources say two casualties were rushed to Bingham university Teaching Hospital at about 1:30pm local time with machete wounds.

The Student Union Government of the University of Jos has in response to the reports called its members to remain indoors.

"Reports reaching us is that the JOS metropolis is once again in a state of unrest.

"It is on this note that the SUG president Pantu Fwangshak  advice all *jossites* to remain within the four walls of the University until further information is passed," a social media statement attributed to Mr. Kwalmi Kelvin Kwande, the SUG Public Relations Officer says.

The Plateau State Government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Friday following violent protests that reportedly resulted in some deaths.

A police station was said to have been razed when youths from the Northeastern part of the city staged violent protests against the killing of 15 people in a suburb near the Jos Rukuba Military barrack.

The curfew was yesterday relaxed by 4 hours following the return of "relative peace".

The renewed violence follow the discovery of the car of a missing army General, Major General Alkali in a pond in the outskirts of the town.

It is not clear if his body was equally found in the pond after several days of search by the Nigerian army.

PDP Primaries: No anointing, imposition of candidates, Plateau aspirants assured

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Plateau says it is 'absolutely'  determined to conduct free, fair, credible and satisfactory primaries to produce flagbearers for various elective positions.

A statement by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, John Akans assures of the party's 'resolve and commitment' to providing a level-playing field for all its aspirants.

"The party's leadership in the state under Hon. D.T Sango is indeed very ready and determined to conduct all activities in tandem with the party's constitution, and to ensure a transparent process across the state," the statement says.

The statement therefore calls on aspirants and members of the party to disregard rumours that certain aspirants had been formally endorsed.

"We assure our members,   supporters  and indeed Nigerians that the PDP in Plateau has no preferred, anointed or favourite  person amongst all our lovely aspirants. There will be no imposition whatsoever," it says.

PDP Primaries: No anointing, imposition of candidates, Plateau aspirants assured

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Plateau says it is 'absolutely'  determined to conduct free, fair, credible and satisfactory primaries to produce flagbearers for various elective positions.

A statement by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, John Akans assures of the party's 'resolve and commitment' to providing a level-playing field for all its aspirants.

"The party's leadership in the state under Hon. D.T Sango is indeed very ready and determined to conduct all activities in tandem with the party's constitution, and to ensure a transparent process across the state," the statement says.

The statement therefore calls on aspirants and members of the party to disregard rumours that certain aspirants had been formally endorsed.

"We assure our members,   supporters  and indeed Nigerians that the PDP in Plateau has no preferred, anointed or favourite  person amongst all our lovely aspirants. There will be no imposition whatsoever," it says.

Persistent killings: Buhari must prove himself clean to survive 2019 - Builders of New Nigeria group

A West African coalition of Civil Societies, Builders of New Nigeria says President Muhammadu Buhari's inability to convince his citizens of his love and empathy on the unending killings in the country might result in a "backlash during the electoral contest" in 2019.

Addressing a news conference in Jos, the group accused President Buhari of falling short of his obligations as the Chief Security Officer of the country.

"We are convinced without doubt that His Excellency could do much more than he is currently doing while he has an obligation to convince the entire Nigerian people that he indeed belongs to all.

"The sad situation where government is suspected and accused of complicity is undesirable and dangerous and the government must do everything needful to set the right impression," National Chairman and convener of the group, Mr. Yinka Quadiri said.

The President according to him must therefore strive to discredit the perception that he favours some people over others by engaging in actions that will put him in "much better light."

He warned that Nigeria will "never" be allowed to turn into "a banana republic" where human lives will become ten-a-penny, and where the rule of impunity shall overtake and replace the rule of law."

The group leader said, "The Nigerian people have come of age and they will no longer tolerate a situation that permanently puts their humanity to question," Mr. Quadiri warned.

The group according to him has commenced a strong campaign against violent attacks in Central and other parts of Nigeria tagged "KILL THE KILLINGS PROJECT".

The campaign Mr. Quadiri said is hinged on the fact that if all relevant people and interests do not interfere "urgently and effectively in this affair that has generated so much passion, tension, emotion and obsession, the survival of the Nigerian nation itself would be under threat".

He therefore called on all "patriots" to "actively" support the group in the campaign in honour and memory of all "innocent" victims of violence in Nigeria since 1960.

Plateau APC Gubernatorial Primaries hold Sunday

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau State says its gubernatorial primaries will hold tomorrow Sunday 30th September 2018.

A statement by its Secretary, Bashir Sati says the polls will hold at Crest Hotel, Old Airport road, Jos by 10am.

The party by this arrangement is calling on all its delegates to convene at the venue at the stipulated time.

The party's primaries are expected to hold simultaneously with that of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Plateau Government drops curfew to 10pm

The dusk to dawn curfew yesterday imposed on Jos North and South by the Plateau State Government has been relaxed by four hours.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati says the curfew is now to last from 10pm to 6am.

The relaxation of the curfew followed security reports on the return of "relative peace" in areas affected by violent clashes yesterday.

The State Government had imposed a 6pm to 6am curfew on Jos North and South Local Government Areas following violent clashes that erupted after the killing of 12 persons in Rukuba road, Jos by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

The "unknown gunmen" took advantage of an evening rain in the city to attack residents, Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State, DSP Tyopev Terna said yesterday in a statement.

They were however "forced to run from the scene by the combined superior gun fire of the Police and the Operation Safe Haven (STF)", the statement said.

No arrest was however reported to have been made.

Breaking news: Gunmen kill 9 family members, 3 others near Jos military barrack

About 12 people were yesterday killed by yet to be identified persons along the road to the Rukuba Military Barrack, Jos, reports say.

Among those killed were nine members of a family and one said to have been shot by soldiers.

The gunmen were said to have invaded the Jos community called Rukuba road, in Central Nigeria's Plateau State at about 8pm, local time, shooting at random.

MKB had sent enquiries to Police authorities as of the time of the invasion, Thursday night but was assured that security detachments had been drafted to the scene.

It was however reported that the gunmen carried out their operation unhindered and left without intervention.

Our correspondent, Williams Gyang who visited the scene of the attack on Friday morning reported that the community has been enveloped by grief and anger.

Authorities are yet to comment on the attack.

NLC Strike: Ex Reps Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal denied landing at Jos Airport

Former Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives and present Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal was yesterday denied landing at the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos.

Mr. Tambuwal was said to be billed for landing on a chattered plane at about 5pm but could not secure approval to land due to the ongoing strike action by the national labour union.

He was thus forced to seek landing approval in Bauchi which he was reportedly granted but could not make it to Jos where he was expected to address Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faithful on his Presidential bid.

Journalists and party supporters who had gathered at the PDP secretariat in anticipation of the Ex Speaker's visit were dismissed at about 8pm following an official postponement of the visit to today.

The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba had yesterday vowed to shutdown all airports in the country to ensure compliance with the Union's directive to proceed on strike.

The Union had called a nationwide strike following failed negotiations between its leadership and the Nigerian government over proposed new minimum wage.

The Jericho walls around 2019 Plateau Northern Senatorial ticket

When then Governor Jonah David Jang made known his intentions to run for the Plateau Northern Senatorial seat, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) then under Chief Raymond Dabo gave him an automatic ticket.

Although somewhat a sealed deal from the national leadership of the party following a give-and-take consensus between then PDP Governors and then President Goodluck Jonathan who equally wanted an automatic ticket, the support of the Plateau party stakeholders was unanimous.

This was against popular belief that the retired Air Commodore (equivalence of Brigadier General) was fond of imposing his will on others. Recall that over 50% of PDP supporters who voted for Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 General elections worked against Jang's Governorship candidate, Gyang Pwajok (may his soul rest). The key reason was that Jang allegedly had little or no respect for democratic principles.

Jang who had allegedly planted Late GNS Pwajok in the Senate to serve as his forerunner, was accused of attempting to use same GNS to pave the way for the political elevation of his dearest son, Yakubu Jang.

Rumours had flown alleging that Jang had planned to make his son the Chief of Staff to GNS if he had won. The aim was to hold firm supervision and control of the envisioned GNS administration. The long-term projection according to the reports was for GNS to later step aside, for Yakubu Jang to become Governor.

That political calculation obviously failed when then opposition's favourite, Simon Lalong was voted against GNS. With this, many thought that Jang who was regarded as an emperor by then opposition commentators would have learned his lessons. However, time came when the party needed a change of leadership and again, Jang allegedly forced his way through the process.

His choice candidate, Damishi Sango emerged against supposed popular demand. The aim again was to enable him maintain his control and lordship over the party. Money or no money however, power or no power, Jang was believed to have been allowed the freedom to make choices on behalf of the party's stakeholders out of respect.

By the end of the year 2017, Jang's then godson, Istifanus Dung Gyang whom he (Jang) had allegedly promised Governorship ticket in 2015 began making consultations ahead of the 2019 polls with specific interest on the Plateau Northern Senatorial seat. Jang by then had unofficially announced interest in the Presidential seat.

A subtle feud had begun between the ex Governor and his then Attorney General, Edward Pwajok whom he equally pledged Governorship ticket. Edward had defected to to the ruling APC obviously in protest against the perceived imbalances in the PDP and oppressive characteristics of the Jang dynasty. That however did not augur well for the acclaimed House of Reps' 3rd highest bill sponsor.

Knowing the tendency for the acclaimed Plateau North's political godfather to feel disrespected and offended by such moves, ID Gyang reportedly humbly approached him to seek his views. Jang reportedly declared support for him and gave him the go-ahead to aspire.

By the middle of August 2018 however, when Jang was released from jail on bail after being held on charges of corruption, ID Gyang was no longer the choice candidate for Dara Jang as he is fondly called.

Reports have it that Jang was uncomfortable with the idea of a Berom Senator while he being Berom was contesting Presidency. While ID Gyang appeared bent on chasing his ambition having spent hugely on campaigns and lobby, Jang was on the other hand uncompromising in his perceived bid to inject sanity in the system through inclusiveness.

As campaigns were getting heated and support was getting more and more obvious for ID Gyang, Jang's then Chief of Staff, Francis Bot declared interest in the same Senate seat sought by ID Gyang. Bot who hails from the same district with ID Gyang had reportedly endorsed and campaigned for ID Gyang. It was therefore a huge shocker to many observers how the tables had turned. ID Gyang who was expected to respond was however mute, rather declaring that everyone had the constitutional right to contest for any political position.

The question many have asked however is; if Jang was really all about inclusiveness when he attempted forcing ID Gyang to stand down his ambition, how comes he still fronted or allowed Da Francis Bot? As the primaries are drawing nearer however, it has appeared that Jang did not know about Mr. Bot's aspirations after all. His son, Yakubu Jang supposedly sponsored him to teach ID Gyang a lesson for allegedly disrespecting his father. Same Yaks had allegedly slapped GNS Pwajok once when he challenged his father on unpaid civil servants' salaries.

To get off his hook this time however, sources close to the two have revealed that Jang has impressed on ID Gyang to go apologize to his son with a promise to make him his Senior Legislative Aid and also step down for him after serving a term in the Senate. Something must be fishy one might say. But whether a repeat of the 2015 Titanic submergence lies ahead, whether the party's delegates from the Senatorial zone will eventually go for "track-record" of performance or "experience" of age, only time will tell.

Kwankwaso: Leadership failure behind the fall of Plateau

Former Kano State Governor and serving Nigerian Senator, Rabiu Kwankwaso says politicians are responsible for the deterioration of peace in Plateau State.

According to him, the failure of politicians especially those in leadership position to prioritize peace, unity and development in their programmes has given the state a bad image in recent years.

Kwankwaso on Thursday at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Secretariat in Jos, Central Nigeria said proper articulation of the diversities in the state and the natural endowments therein for meaningful development is central to the advancement of peace therein.

"Plateau is a blessed State," he said calling on religious and traditional leaders to preach the values of peaceful coexistence for collective growth.

Declaring his intention to run for the office of the President in the country's 2019 elections, the National Assembly member pledged to use his experience in politics, to harness the diversities in the country for socioeconomic development.

He swore to prioritize peace and security, putting a stop to "herdsmen/farmers conflicts", religious violence and all forms of criminality in the country if elected.

He equally assured of keen attention to educational development and infrastructural transformation of the country.

SGF, ID Gyang build world class community hall

The Boarders Communities Development Agency (BCDA), Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (OSGF) in collaboration with the member representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal constituency in the Nigerian House of Representatives, Barr. Istifanus Dung Gyang is set to build a world class community hall in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State.

The hall to be built in Kapwis village otherwise known as Bakin Kogi in Foron district of the locality is intended to boost socioeconomic activities in the community.

A communication from the aspiring Senator's head of media campaign, Friday Bako says the hall primarily aims to provide shelter for community meetings, festivities and workshops among others.

Revenue realized from the token to be collected as fee for the use of the hall is expected to be utilized for infrastructural development and other people centered projects in the community, the message says.

This is the first time a hall of this nature is being raised in the community which houses thousands of voters, it is learnt.

The project was achieved through intense lobby and compromise by the opposition party lawmaker.

Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung marks birthday with anti-injustice declaration

Nigeria's Minister for Youths and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung says his hatred for injustice is incomprehensible.

"I don’t know why I hate injustice with passion that I can even lay my life for the struggle against it," Dalung said in a Facebook post to mark his birthday, Wednesday.

In the four paragraph piece tagged "Love And Justice As Weapon For Peace," the Sports Minister prayed for "Love, care, kindness and social justice" flow in the hearts of Nigerians like "waters of the ocean."

Appreciating God for his new age, Dalung said "Life has been harsh; posterity has been assuring but God has been faithful."

He therefore appealed to the general public to celebrate with him by showing love to others around them.

"It can make a great difference as I celebrate another anniversary today," he noted.

Meanwhile, many local and international organizations, groups and individuals have joined in celebrating the ace politician.

Top among them is the Tarok Professional Forum and an NGO, Women and Child in Community Development Initiative in Nigeria.

Similarly, opposition party members including a Plateau State Social Democratic Party Governorship aspirant, John Pofi, and a PDP Senatorial aspirant, Barr. Samuel Kwamkur have showered prayers on the Minister on his birthday.

Salary payment is an achievement because we have remained a civil service state - Jimmy Cheto

Plateau State Governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Engr. Jimmy Cheto says Plateau State must transform from a civil service state to an industrial state to stop bragging over  salary payment.

Cheto declaring interest in the State number one seat ahead of the 2019 general elections, Wednesday said politicians list salary payment as an achievement when citizens depend on government employment for survival.

He however insists that the State needs leaders that would create the avenue for private investment and entrepreneurship towards resuming overdependence on government.

Leah Sharibu: Mother, two others sue IG, demand N500m damages

Following the continued captivity  of Leah Sharibu, one of the abducted110 Dapchi school girls by Boko Haram in Yobe State who yet to be released after colleagues have been freed, her mother, Rebecca Sharibu, has filed a suit of N500 million along two other joining plaintiffs against the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General of the Federation over their failure to ensure the release of her daughter and for failure in their statutory duties as well. 

The other plaintiffs in the suit are Mr Daniel David Kadzai and Lift-Up-Now Incorporation, a Non Governmental Organization in the United States of America, and the suit is dated September 19, 2018 with no FCH/L/cs/1528/18.

The suit in which the plaintiffs sought the N500 million as a compensation for the indignities and human deprivations suffered by Leah since her abduction in February 2018 was filed at the Federal High Court of Nigeria Lagos and a copy was made available to newsmen yesterday in Jos, the Plateau State capital. 

 

Parts of the prayers sought by the plaintiffs in the suit is an order of the Honourable court to direct and mandate the defendants to secure the immediate and unconditional release of Leah from the custody of her captors, as well as an order compelling the the defendants to employ every means in securing her release.

The Plaintiffs also sought: "An order compelling the defendants to pay the plaintiff the sum of N500 million being compensation for the indignities and human deprivations suffered by the plaintiff as a result of the defendants' dereliction of statutory duties in securing her release from her captors since the month of February, 2018 till date of this action."

Again, the suit pointed out that the defendant may appear by entering appearance personally or by a legal practitioner either by filing the appropriate processes in response at the registry of the court, where the summons was issued, or by sending them to that office by any methods allowed by these rules. 

It added that if the defendant does not respond within the stipulated time and at the appropriate place, order will be made and proceedings may be taken as the Judge may think just and expedient. 

Meanwhile, in an affidavit supporting the application, the 3rd Plaintiff and Executive Director of the Lift-Up-Now Incorporation, Dr Adeniyi Ojutiku, solemnly swears that he has been informed by their lead counsel, Tayo Doughlas Esq, that it is necessary in the circumstance to seek and obtain leave of the Honourable court to issue the originating summons on the defendants.

"I Dr. Adeniyi Ojutiku, a Nigerian citizen of No. 1316 Shining Water Lane Raleigh, NC 27614, United States of America, do nearby solemly swear and make oath as follows: That I am an executive Director of the Lift-Up-Now Incorporation, herein plaintiff's 3rd next friend and I am by virtue of this position conversant with the facts herein deposed. That I have the full authority of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd plaintiff's next friends to make this deposition, and the plaintiff's claim against the defendants is clearly stated in the originating summons filled herein," the affidavit partly read.

27yr old Nigerian powerbank inventor starts e-waste recycling training in Jos

A young Nigerian researcher who recently developed a prototype of a high capacity Powerbank is set to pass his knowledge and experience unto others for speedy "technopreneurship" advancement.

Mr. Bot Zang recently unveiled his locally made 13,000mAh Izang power bank which generated local and international media interest.

Although it is not clear if the young inventor has secured any contract since his last research, MKB learns the young Zang has been busy researching on other products.

In addition to that, he has been exploring ways to add value to his community through job creation.

The program is designed to make youths self-reliant and promote the spirit of technological entrepreneurship, thereby creating employment opportunities for economic development," he said.

The training which will last four weeks at the initial phase he said would raise "practical knowledge on how to manufacture high capacity power banks from electronic waste."

It is expected to commence from October 1, 2018 at Sabon Barki, Jos South Local Government Area, Plateau State Nigeria.

Interested candidates and sponsors among others can reach Mr. Zang on +2347067574232.

I Pocket PDP Stakeholders - Orker Jev

Mr Orker Jev a top contender for the senatorial seat of Benue north west is said to have bought over the stakeholders in PDP within the zone to emerge victorious at the party primaries.

A close source to Jev quoted him to have said that he give fifty million to Gabriel suswam a former governor of Benue state, Former senate president Iorchia Ayu another fifty million and to another PDP stakeholder in Buruku local government Mr  Laha Zever twenty million, the source boasted that with the leadership of Jemgbagh Elders Forum in his kitty through Barr Samuel Tsumba whom he gave Five Million naira, he has no serious contender to trail his huge spending to help him facilitate the PDP primaries ticket.

While one might wish to wave these reports as mere speculations, they are concerns from his immediate zone that  oker Jev  is playing politics of safe recognition and self entitlement which has made him refused to meet with the party men in and around the zone.

Unfortunate enough for him he took this style of politics to the PDP screening without his primary school certificate and was sent out to produce it or forget the screening.

Our source who pleaded not to be mentioned said also that orker boosted to be among the people who put governor Samuel Ortom in office and said he is still funding the governors campaign and have no doubts that Ortom will not deny him the party tickets.

Mr Orker Jev is a political  begotten son of senator George Akume who is currently enjoying the senate seat.

Plateau APC Secretariat, a cemetery says PDP as Dankwambo visits Jos

The Plateau State Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Damishi Sango says the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is nearly dead in the state.

Speaking during the Presidential campaign visit of Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo on Monday in Jos the Plateau State capital, Sango said the poor performance of the ruling party has paralyzed activities at its Secretariat.

"The APC Secretariat is like a cemetery. Nothing is happening there," Sango said.

He assured that Plateau will set the pace in returning the PDP to power, while stressing the need for Nigerians to "bundle" President Muhammadu Buhari out of office during the 2019 elections.

Earlier in his remarks, the serving Nigerian Governor and Presidential hopeful, Dankwambo said Nigerians have lost confidence in the present administration in the country, hence the need for change of leadership.

He attributed Nigeria's economic downturn, rising insecurity and unemployment among others to lack of leadership.

Dankwambo insisted that for Nigeria to progress, the right persons must be appointed to head relevant offices without prejudice.

"We will appoint credible hands and not our nephews, in-laws and cousins into office," he said.

The aspirant maintained that the PDP parades the best hands for the seat of the President, saying "All the aspirants are better than what we have today," he said.

"The other parties didn't know they will get to leadership.

"They are used to opposition, they are used to propaganda that's why when they got to power, all they have been doing is propaganda," he said.

He pledged to revamp the Nigerian socioeconomic landscape giving priority to education.

APC BOT member campaigns for Atiku, faces query

A national Board of Trustee member of the All Progressives Congress, Amb. Yahaya Kwande has been queried for alleged anti-party activities.

Kwande was slammed a query yesterday by the Plateau State Chairman of the party, Hon. Latep Dabang for the "huge embarrassment" he caused the party when he attended the opposition Peoples Democratic Party rally in Jos a week ago.

Kwande was specifically called to answer for his comments at the rally which suggest that he and the State Governor, Simon Lalong might join the PDP.

The Plateau elder statesman, Kwande who accompanied and drummed support for a Presidential aspirant of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar was quoted by local media as saying, "don't be surprised if I and the State Governor join the Peoples Democratic Party."

Kwande was believed to be Gov. Lalong's godfather who made the way for the sponsorship of his gubernatorial campaign by the ex Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

The State Chairman of the party, Latep Dabang who signed the query was equally said to have lobbied for a ministerial position through the ex Vice President after the polls.

The query however became necessary following rumoured threats by the National leadership of the party to withhold clearance for Gov. Lalong if the action was not taken.

Mr. Kwande is expected to respond to the query by the end of today or face disciplinary actions.

NUJ President, Odusile Seeks Constitutional Review To Accommodate New Media, As News Link Magazine Elects Exco

By Moses Gbande

The National President, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Waheed Odusile says the Union is in dear need of a review of its Constitution to accommodate new media, called online reporting..

Odusile who disclosed this Saturday in Jos while addressing delegates and members of the Plateau state council on his ambition yo run for the second term as President of the union promised that If reelected, his first assignment would be to call for a national delegates conference to get a living constitution.

He said he is passionately focused to reposition the union, which according has information the decision to move for the establishment of a television house that will gibe the union a voice to shout when the need arises.

He listed some of his silent achievements in the past three years to include training and retraining of members across the six zones in addition to moving the International Institute of Journalism , IIJ to its premenstrual site and install a 500kva generator to power the area.

He said under his administration, he has picketed some media houses who were not paying their workers and forced them to pay, as well as fought to a stand still, some security personnel who were harassing Journalists and members who were wrongfully detained, released.

He promised not to compromise any standard and will work assiduously to consolidated and deliver his blue print of making the union better and respected body.

In another development, the News Link Chapel if the Nigeria Union of Journalists. Plateau State chapter has elected new officials to run the affairs of the chapel for the next, three years after.

In the election supervised by the council Secretary, Later Amine,  saw Mr. Mike Agada, emerging as the Chairman having being nominated by member of the chapel,  Gonina Solomon anf was seconded by Mr.Sunday Taiwo, the NUJ Auditor.

Also elected to serve in the Exco are Gonina Solomon Lemoro as Secretary while the position of Assistant Secretary went to Linda Uban and The position of treasurer went to Mrs. Juliana Olajide.

The elected chairman, Mike Agada in his acceptance speech commended members for the confidence reposed in them and seek cooperation from members to enable the exco serve them better 

 

World Peace Day: Nigerian Agency targets broken relationships

The Plateau State Peace Building Agency headquartered in Jos, Central Nigeria says it is focussed on fixing 'broken relationships', mending 'broken fences' and reconciling communities in the troubled state as the work marks the 2018 United Nations Peace Day.

Mr. Joseph Lengmang, the Director General of the Agency said in a report by The Oasis Reporters is confident the united efforts of citizens in the state would further consolidate government's gains on peace, and prevent any 'loopholes' that may be exploited by 'enemies' of Peace.

Applauding the contributions of the agency's sponsors and international partners, Mr. Lengman expressed readiness to learn from every mistake the agency has made for improved performance.

"It is our resolve to brace all resistance, sabotage and subterfuge to broker peace and understanding regardless," he said in The Oasis report.

The Plateau Peace Agency was set up by the Plateau State government in 2016 as the first independent government agency for conflict resolution purposes following violent conflicts in the State that have persisted since 2001.

Plateau: Man commits suicide as gunmen overrun village

Police in Jos, Central Nigeria are investigating an alleged suicide by a middle-aged man on Thursday.

Mr. Paul Majei reportedly hung himself in his house in Dadin Kowa, a suburb of Jos South Local Government Area for yet to be identified reasons.

Public Relations Officer of the Plateau State Police Command, headquartered in Jos, DSP Tyopev Terna reports that detectives arrived the scene after being hinted but found Mr. Majei already dead.

His corpse according to Terna has been deposited at the Plateau State Specialist hospital mortuary, Jos where autopsy is expected to be done.

The incident preceded a reported killing of one in Fangha village of Daffo district in the State's Bokkos Local Government Area, located 60kms south of Jos.

Unconfirmed sources say the gunmen invaded the village for the second time this week on Thursday night, shooting randomly at the villagers.

The suspects are believed to be Fulani herdsmen.

At least eight houses were burntdown in Fangha villahe during similar attacks in March 2018.

The surviving locals claimed the assailants were their "Fulani neighbours".

Some herdsmen were arrested in connection with the crimes but the case has been silent for some time.

iNGO recruits Nigerian school children as peace soldiers

A Non-governmental organisation, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) has funded the training of Nigerian school children in Peace building.

Mrs. Lantana Bako Abdullahi, the 2018 Africa Fellow of the Vienna, Austria based NGO on Wednesday brought together 42 Christians and Muslims teenagers, drawn from four secondary schools in Nigeria's Plateau State to coach them on inter-religious harmony, peace advocacy and tolerance among others.

The KAICIID funded program which held at the Plateau Peace Building Agency, Jos, aimed to recruit young girls and boys as positive agents of peace and conflict resolution, a speaker at the forum, Mrs. Justina Ngwobia said.

She said, "our aim is to promote the inclusion and active participation of girls and boys in championing peace process in their communities.

"This provides a safe space for youths from different ethno-religious backgrounds to enable young women and men to interact and learn more about leadership, peace building and communication as well as give them opportunity to find new areas of common ground across dividing lines".

KAICIID Dialogue Center in collaboration with Women for Positive Peace Building Initiative also provides a 'unique' opportunity to educate young people on the causes of conflict, empower them to love and tolerate one another as well as preach peace through their words and actions, Ngwobia said. 

The interreligious awareness and education project was borne out of concerns that communities in Jos, the Plateau State capital have increasingly become polarized and segregated due to a history of religion influenced violence which dates back to 2001, a policy statement signed by the 2018 African Fellow of KAICIID says.

2019: PDP will not challenge election results at tribunal - Plateau Senate aspirant, Chris Giwa

A Plateau State Senatorial aspirant, Chris Giwa says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not challenge any election results in court.

This is because the party will not allow any party to rig or engage in any malpractice that would warrant court disputes, he said.

Submitting his Senate expression of interest form at the party secretariat in Jos yesterday, the embattled Chairman of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) said the party aims to win and protect its votes right from the polling centres.

"Rigging is only possible when the electorates allow it," he said charging voters to be vigilant during the State forthcoming Local Government and national General elections.

The onetime Governorship aspirant in the State disclosed that his aspiration is not primarily to win elections but ensure the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) loses "very well" at the polls.

"People have suffered the worst hardship these past three years (of the APC administration) and we must fight to throw them (APC) out for our common good," he stressed.

The self-acclaimed Ambassador therefore urged party supporters to faithfully work for the success of the party regardless of who emerges flagbearer.

"If you only support a candidate, if he loses you will withdraw your support and when you join another party out of selfishness, the will always see you as a bastard who deserves not to be carried along," Giwa warned.

Mr. Giwa is contesting the Plateau Northern Senatorial seat for the second time, an aspiration he insists is not to antagonize his opponents whom he regards as "friends and brothers".

Nigerian NGO recruits school children as peace soldiers

A Nigerian Non-governmental organisation, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) on Wednesday commenced the training of Plateau school children in Peace building.

The Haj. Lantana Abdullahi founded NGO brought together 42 Christians and Muslims teenagers, drawn from four secondary schools in the State to coach them on inter-religious harmony, peace advocacy and tolerance among others.

The program which held at the Plateau Peace Building Agency, Jos, aimed to recruit young girls and boys as positive agents of peace and conflict resolution, a speaker at the forum, Mrs. Justina Ngwobia said.

She said, "our aim is to promote the inclusion and active participation of girls and boys in championing peace process in their communities.

"This provides a safe space for youths from different ethno-religious backgrounds to enable young women and men to interact and learn more about leadership, peace building and communication as well as give them opportunity to find new areas of common ground across dividing lines".

KAICIID Dialogue Center in collaboration with Women for Positive Peace Building Initiative also provides a 'unique' opportunity to educate young people on the causes of conflict, empower them to love and tolerate one another as well as preach peace through their words and actions, Ngwobia said. 

The forum is expected to wrap up today.

2019: PDP Governorship aspirant, Sen. Lar to raise Plateau IGR to N5bn monthly

By Joel Gomiyar

A Plateau State Governorship aspirant of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Sen. Victor Mainasara Lar has vowed to accord priority to Industrialization that will turn around the fortunes of the state.

Lar said the state has the capacity to be self-sustaining independent of Federal allocations but has been economically crippled by 'incompetent' leadership.

Addressing Exco and party members on his desire to run for the number one seat in the 2019 general elections, the ex Senator highlighted his planned programs to include, Security, Agriculture and Industrialization.

He equally pledged an "inclusive and purposeful" administration with justice as his watchword.

"I have made a researched, and from the study I have undergo, we can turn this state to make 5 billions naira monthly as internally generated revenue.

I will establish industries that will create jobs for about 2000 to 5000 people and if we have like two to three of such, then imaging how many people would be employ.

Plateau state rely on Federal allocation, and when there is no such allocation there will be no salary for civil servants. If u give me the mandate and I become a governor, I will create more revenue that we wouldn't be depending on FG" he said.

Responding the PDP state Chairman, Hon. DT Sango said among all the 13 Candidates that have picked the party nomination form, the worse among them is far better than governor Lalong.

He assured all the aspirants in the party of level playing field and pledged to work with whoever will emerge victory at the end, urging all the aspirants to meet and campaign for the delegate freely and sale themselves.

DT Sango called on all party supporters to be law abiding citizens and shouldn't be trigger by any provocative statement, actions or in actions of their opposition.

Electoral Violence: Gov. Lalong hails preventive steps by ECOWAS, Peace Building Agency

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State says the sustained conflict prevention and resolution efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the State owned Peace Building Agency are a way out of election-related violence in the West African region.

Addressing participants at a training workshop on the "Use of Dialogue and Mediation as Tools for Preventing and/or Mitigating Election-Related Disputes and Violence," Gov. Lalong regretted that the African subregion is gradually competing with the East African region in election violence.

"This is not a good testimony," he said through the State Commissioner of Lands, Survey and Town Planning, Barr. Festus Fwanter.

The Governor blamed politicians whom he regarded as 'beneficiaries' for every dispute during elections, lauding the workshop by ECOWAS which brought together actors in the political scene and other stakeholders to discuss ways out of the situation.

The program was borne out of concerns that electoral disputes are a major source of conflicts in the West African region, Head of Media Facilitation, ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Mr. Ebeneezer Asiedu explained.

The program designed by the Commission as part of its 'comprehensive' support to ECOWAS Member states aims to enhance the skills of key stakeholders in mitigating the impacts of violence during elections, Mr. Asiedu said.

The ECOWAS official who disclosed that similar fora have been held in other countries like Sierra Leone, Mali and Guinea Bisau said available data places Nigeria "very high" on the list of countries at the risk of election violence.

"Reports and data from the ECOWAS Early Warning and Response (ECOWARN) and other open sources, which increasingly indicate potentials for electoral violence rank Nigeria very high on political risk rating," he said.

The body according to him therefore plans to hold the workshop in all the six geopolitical zones of the country.

The ultimate goal which is to achieve peace, Mr. Joseph Lengman, the Director General, Plateau State Peace Building Agency said would enhance democracy.

Also lauding the commission's efforts, Mr. Lengman said the agency which was set up to harness cooperative efforts towards preventing violent conflicts prioritizes mediations towards enhancing peace during elections.

To further attain and sustain peace however, Nigeria's laws must be strengthened and made active enough to punish all those found guilty of causing violent conflicts in any part of the country, the State Commissioner of Science and Technology, Dan Manjang said at the workshop.

The Plateau State Electoral Commission's Head of Operations, Mr. Patrick Mangi also at the gathering said violence occurs during elections when actors "decide to shift posts," suggesting punitive steps at addressing the issues.

The workshop organized by the ECOWAS Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution is expected to last four days beginning Tuesday.

Plateau: Police arrest 7 as bandits kill 4 in Jos South, Bassa

The Plateau State Police Command says it has arrested seven suspects in connection with the murder of three people in Jos South Local Government Area on Sunday.

Police Public Relations Officer in a press statement, Tuesday said the arrest was made with the "assistance and cooperation" of local youths in Gura-Riyom community where the crime was committed.

The deceased victims identified as Aminu Adam Angara 36, Daniel and Aisha Musa, 40 who were murdered on their way from Sabongida Kanang in Riyom LGA of the state, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Police spokesperson has said "Efforts are on top gear" to trace and arrest suspects who attacked and killed an elderly man in Bassa LGA on same Sunday.

Some unknown gunmen he said attacked and killed one Mr. John Anga Atu, 62 at his residence in Kwall village of Miango District in Bassa Local Government Area.

Three other persons his statement says were wounded and are now receiving treatment.

Never fight in my name, Plateau Rep aspirant, Davou Mang cautions supporters

The House of Representative Aspirant for Barkin Ladi/ Riyom Federal Constituency in the 2019 General elections under the Platform of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Hon. Davou Mang has warned his supporters from Barkin Ladi and Riyom Federal Constituency never to engage in physical fights during campaigns, but to stand for what is right for the benefit of the masses.

Mang, who is the Former Commissioner of Finance in Plateau State said in a social media post that he is confident that God who is the giver of leadership will send him to the National Assembly to Represents his Constituency come 2019.

"I sincerely appreciate all the Good People  of Barkin Ladi/ Riyom Federal Constituency for your prayers and various actions towards the actualization of my aspiration. With God on our side, victory is assured".

"I also call on all my supporters to be humble in your campaigns, don't fight or abuse anybody, but preach the Gospel of Team Trust 2019 with love, tolerance, humility and understanding for our Faith and Trust depend solidly on God who is the giver of leadership to mankind".

"God Agenda will not fail us Because God plans towards us is of good not of evil. You will all agree with me that Team Trust is God Mandate".

Hon. Mang is widely regarded as the defender of the common Man on a street, he put a smile on everyone, he doesn't know tribe, Religious, either old or Young.

Jos Erosion alert: No road from COCIN HQ to Hill Station roundabout, Plateau Govt warns

The Plateau State Government says a box culvert along the road linking COCIN Headquarters and Hill Station roundabout in Jos the Plateau state capital has caved due to erosion.

A public alert from the State Commissioner, Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati on Monday evening advises motorists to take alternative roads until the damage is fixed.

The message says government has carried out "preliminary inspection of the box culvert linking COCIN headquarters with Hill station hotel roundabout" to commence repairs.

The State Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Bulus Bot had earlier shared photos of the damaged culvert on social media confirming earlier rumours of a total collapse of the bridge.

The structure is believed to have been eroded from its basement long before it finally collapsed after some light showers on Monday evening.

Plateau: Three taking cover in military convoy killed in ambush

Unconfirmed reports say armed bandits believed to be herdsmen on Monday ambushed and killed three people in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The three said to be two men and a woman were attacked while taking cover in a high speed military convoy near a sparse settlement called Zim in Ropp district, evening.

Multiple sources say the three - natives of Jong and Lobiring villages ran into trigger-ready ambushers on their way back from Barkin Ladi town when the military convoy they were trying to catch for cover sped off leaving them meters behind.

It is not sure if the military personnel in the convoy were aware of their movement or the attack.

However, reports say roads linking villages in Ropp district have been death traps since the June 2018 attacks in Northern Plateau.

Travellers are said to rely solely on military movements to get in and out of the villages.

2019: Saraki visits Jos, vows end to killings if elected

Nigeria's President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki yesterday swore to end killings by armed bandits in the country's middle belt.

Saraki declaring his intention to run for the office of President in the country's 2019 general elections said under his watch, no one who commits such violent crimes will get away with it.

"I will never let it happen again," he affirmed.

Saraki who has faced opposition from his former party fellows described the current president, Muhammdu Buhari as weak and bias.

He also said the office of the President requires young vibrant minds that "cannot be intimidated but will stand anywhere to defend citizens' rights.

The Kwara state Senator expressed stated that the Middle Belt has served the country enough to deserve a chance to produce the next President, believing he has the capacity to deliver in that regard.

Plateau: Dr. Hamza mourns Ambassador, Plateau Press Director

The Executive Assistant to the Governor of Plateau State and State Focal Person, Social Investment Programme (SIP), Dr. Sumaye Hamza has expressed shock over the demise of some Plateau State illustrious citizens recently.

In a statement in Jos, the state capital, Dr. Hamza described as a 'great blow' the sudden death of the Director Of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, Mr Emmanuel Samuel Nanle and the Nigerian Ambassador to the State of Qata, Dr Bawa Abdullahi Wase which occurred within a space of a few days.

She particularly recalled with nostalgia her close collaboration with the late Nanle which culminated in the numerous successes recorded in the N-Power and other components of the Social Investment Programme in the state and described him as a gentle, hardworking, kind,eloquent and resourceful partner in the rescue administration.

Sumaye Hamza said regretted that already areas of more collaboration had started between the office of the State Focal Person and the Directorate Of Press and Public Affairs on how to draw up plans so as to improve on the enrollment status of youths and the unemployed graduates as well as school pupils and the vulnerable within the state while identifying his role as critical in it.

She however said the programme will build on some of the support rendered by him so that his legacies will remain.

In the same vain,the statement has also described the death of another illustrious son of the state and Nigeria's Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Dr Bawa Abdullahi Wase as devastating considering the fact that the state was still mourning the demise of an aide to the Governor, the Late Emmanuel Samuel Nanle.

She described the Late Ambassador as an accomplished gentleman who has paid his dues for the growth and development of Plateau State and Nigeria which culminated in his appointment as an Ambassador and subsequently posted to Qatar by President Muhammadu Buhari.

She sympathized with the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon Dr. Simon Bako Lalong,immediate families of the deceased and people of Plateau State, praying God to grant their souls repose stressing that it is yet another moment for citizens of the state to rally round one another regardless of differences and move forward.

Plateau Assembly 2019: Bokkos constituency aspirant, Vincent Arings targets security, women, youth development

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant for the Plateau State House of Assembly seat of Bokkos constituency, Hon. Vincent Arings says his aim is to uphold basic legislative principles for greater community impact if elected.

His primary vision according to him is to lobby and facilitate programmes that would improve the lives of women and youths among others in the constituency.

Inaugurating his campaign team at the Bokkos Local Government headquarters, weekend, Arings sought the support of development minded citizens to enable him bring his vision for the locality to reality.

A representative of the party's elders at the ceremony, Hon. Moses Dongo expressed confidence in the capacity of the aspirant, charging the campaign team not to be intimidated while marketing his candidature.

Leader of the team and Director General of the Arings campaign organization, Mr. James Mahanan promise to work for victory at the primary elections fixed for month end.

Nigeria: Police battle armed rustlers in Plateau, recover cattle, native herder

Police in Central Nigeria say armed rustlers killed two local herders, escaping with 70 cattle belonging to a native of Plateau State.

The gunmen were however intercepted and the cattle were recovered along with one surviving herder, an official report says.

Police Public Relations Officer of Plateau State, DSP Tyopev Terna in a press statement said the incident occurred on Friday evening in the outskirts of Jos the Plateau State capital.

The statement did not say whether the gunmen were arrested or killed in a shootout.

Local sources however say the suspects wore military uniform.

The statement reads, "On the 14/09/2018 at about 1915hrs, Ezekiel Dalyop of Turu village in Kuru District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State reported at the Kaduna Vom Police Division that three (3) herders entrusted with Seventy (70) of his cattle were missing.

"The Police swung into action immediately the complaint was incident and were able to rescue one of the herders by name Bitrus Joseph 16yrs unhurt.

"The  Police team of detectives also recovered the seventy (70) missing cattle.

"Unfortunately, in the process of rustling the cattle, two of the herders; Meshack Dalyop 14yrs old and Pam Danjuma 10yrs old were killed and dumped in the bush at Dahool Bob in Kuru District. The corpses have been recovered and deposited at the Vom Christian Hospital.

"While we commiserate with the families that lost loved ones, we are urging owners of cattle to employ more matured herders who can take care of the herds and sense danger far ahead of them.

"The Command is intensifying efforts aimed at arresting the perpetrators of this dastardly act to face Justice."

Working with Late Nanle taught humility, sincerity and sacrifice - Dayyabu Garga

The Hon. Commissioner, Ministry for Local Government And Chieftaincy Affairs, Plateau State, Alhaji Dr. Dayyabu Yusuf Garga has described the Late Director of Press and Public Affairs to the State Governor, Mr. Emmanuel Nanle as a great youth mobilizer, dedicated loyalist and workaholic who has positively influenced and impacted lives.

In a statement in Jos the Plateau State capital, the Commissioner said Mr. Nanle possessed the rare combination of courage and humility, "that despite his bluntness and open political dedication, commanded respect across different classes of people."

"Working with the Late Nanle has taught many the virtues of humility, sincerity and sacrifice for one another which were clearly seen in his lifestyle," he said.

Condoling with the Governor, the family, friends and associates of the late Mr. Nanle, the All Progressives Congress as well as the people of the state over the loss, Garga expressed 'rude shock' over the  "unfortunate passing away of the vibrant and highly efficient Director Of Press And Public Affairs."

He however expressed confidence that the Late Nanle is resting in heaven, especially given his 'firm' dedication to his faith.

Scorecard of Barr. ID Gyang after 3yrs in NASS

The following is a list of projects executed and/or facilitated by Rep, ID Gyang, member representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal constituency, in Nigerian House of Reps.

Constituents tag it, IMPACT OF THREE YEARS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FROM 29TH MAY 2015 TO 29TH MAY 2018.

1). RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE.
-Rural Roads were constructed linking the following;

a). Bedurum-Rahai Rural Road.
b). Kwi-Wereng-Jol Rural Road under FERMA.
c). Grading of Rahai-Rabwak road
d). Grading of Rahai-Gashet road.
e). Construction of Box Culvet linking Kyeng-  Bachi.
f). Grading of Rapyam Kungte road.
-Rural Electrification
g). Commencement of electrification of Tapo-Kpang-Tatu in Heipang.

2). WATER & SANITATION

a). Construction of solar powered borehole at Gwakim, Fan.
b). Hand pump borehole at Alese, Fan
c). Hand pump borehole at Ranshok, Fan.
d). Hand pump borehole at Bogoshe, Fan.
e). Hand pump borehole at Tabwang, Heipang.
f). Hand pump borehole at Gassa, Ropp.
e). Hand pump borehole at Takwok Road, B/Ladi Town, Ropp.
f). Hand pump borehole in  B/Ladi Town, Ropp.
g). Hand pump borehole at Mazat, Ropp.
h). Hand pump borehole at Bek, Foron.
i). Hand pump borehole at-Kuzet, Foron.

3). EDUCATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE:

a). Two blocks of six classrooms at GSS Rapyam, Fan completed.
b). Two classrooms at Nyewei, Nding under construction.
c). Two classrooms at Kuzen, Gashish under construction .
d). Three classrooms at Ruku, Gashish under construction.
e). Construction of three classrooms and renovation of seven burnt down classes at Shonong, Bachi has commenced.

4). ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE & EMPOWERMENT.

a)  Construction of 90 Shop Market at Hoss, Riyom.
b). Construction of 90 Shop Market at Ganawuri.
c). Distribution of Motor Bikes, Sewing Machines, Power Generating Engines, etc

5). SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE.

a). Construction of Mobile Police Rapid response and deployment Base, Tahoss, Riyom under the Federal Ministry of Interior, Peace Campaigns.

6). HEALTH & SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE.

a). Construction of a Health Centre at Lobiring, Ropp.
b). Construction of Town Hall at Kakpis Foron.

7). AGRICULTURE RELATED.

a).Construction of Mini Water Ponds for Irrigation Farming at Woroh.
b). Provision and distribution of Water Pumps to farmers for Irrigation Farming.
c). Provision and distribution of assorted  Fertiliser to farmers.

8). HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION.

a). Provision of assorted Food and Relief Materials to IDPs.
b). Initiated the construction of forty (40) Two Bedroom Bungallows to resettle persons displaced by violent attacks at Jol and Rawuru in conjunction with Development Partners.

9). STUDENTS & EDUCATION SUPPORT.

a). Award of Sholarship to 300 Undergraduate and Postgraduate students in addition to several other intervention and assistance to  students in payment of school and registration fees, exam fees, etc.
b). Sponsored a Medical Doctor to undergo a specialised course abroad.
c).. Provision snd donation of assorted  Text Books to Secondary Schools.
c). Provision of 15 Desk Top Computers to enhance  computer literacy.

10). SPORTS & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT.

a). Sponsored a local talented football player invited by a foreign club.
b). Co-sponsored a Peace Football Tournament with the Special Military Task Force  codenamed Operation Safe Haven involving local teams from B/Ladi and Mangu LGs
c). Provided Track Suits and Jersey to local football teams.
d). Google Digital Skills Training  For Youth Empowerment        
e). Youth Employment vocational Skills Apprenticeship Scheme under the National Directorate Of Eploynent.
f). Employment generation for 55 youths in different fields and vocation.

11). EMPLOYMENT GENERATION.

a). Recruitment into the Arm Forces, Police, DSS and the Para-Military-
b). CBN,
c) Mainstream Federal Civil Service  MDAs,
d) etc.

13). PEACE RALLIES AND MEDICAL OUTREACHES.

a). Conducted Constituency wide Peace Rallies along side Malaria eradication campaign.

☆Actively involved in Faith based project devpt.

Precious Nyako|| Berom and Afizere Unity: Dachung Bagos has Broken a Record!

To the amazement of the crowd gathered at Sarau Center yesterday, Dachung Bagos came up with a unity fortifying idea, one of its kind in the history of Plateau State!

A unity cap and muffler comprising Berom symbolic colours on one side and Afizere symbolic colours on the other.

The cap and muffler were officially launched by four elders. Two from Jos South and two from Jos East, namely: From the Afizere nation, Adagwom Musa Auta Daudu (Former PDP state Auditor ) and Chief Andrew Ashoms (1st elected Chairman of Jos East Local government)

From the berom nation Da Markus Pwajok (former commissioner of Agriculture), Da Julius Vwah (Former Deputy Chairman PDP Jos South LGA & ex officio, Plateau Northern Zone of PDP.

The elders decorated each other with the new unity attire, cheerfully hugging each other as the cheerful crowd gave celebratory applause.

Dachung Bagos then knelt down as the elders joined their hands to decorate him with the new unity attire.

Bagos made it clear to the crowd that he is taking these steps not for political reasons but rather for the peace and unity of the constituency. In line with his motto, he is  establishing a foundation of growth, development and unity, that will outlive him.

"One of my main agenda is to unite the Berom and Afizere people" Bagos said.

According to Bagos, By God's grace when he gets into office as the reps member, that would be his key mode of appearance.

The caps and mufflers were given to a good number of people as a gift. Immediately, the colour at the event changed as people proudly wore the new, unique unity attire.

God bless Dachung Bagos
Equipping the next generation
Written by Precious K Nyako
#teamBagos

Emma Nanle: APC in Great Shock, says Chair

The  All Progressive Congress in Plateau State says it is in 'great shock' over the 'sudden'  demise of Mr Emmanuel Nanle, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the State Governor, Simon Lalong.

In a statement on Wednesday, Chairman of the party, Letep Dabang expressed "deep pain and sorrow" over the passing of the "husband, father, brother, friend and public officer."

The Party boss in the statement commiserated with the family, friends, the government and people of the State over the loss.

Mr. Nanle passed on Monday in India where he was being treated for an undisclosed ailment.

Plateau Govt. opens condolence register for deceased DOPA as Lalong regrets loss

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has expressed "deep sadness" over the death of his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Emmanuel Samuel Nanle.

Lalong in a condolence message by the State Information and Communication Commissioner, Yakubu Dati described Nanle's death as shocking.

The statement described the deceased as a committed patriot who pursued his beliefs with "uncommon zeal".

Lalong in the statement said the late DOPA was not only a close ally but a pillar of his administration who worked 'consciously' for the success of his "Rescue" government. 

He recalled that the late Emmanuel Nanle braved all odds in 2014 and tirelessly worked for the success of the APC in Plateau state in the 2015 general elections.

Lalong regretted that he and his government will miss the deceased, "especially, at this time when his services are most needed."

Meanwhile a condolence register has been opened at the Government house, Rayfield and at the Ministry of information and Communications  headquarters,  JD Gomwalk secretariat, Jos. 

A statement by the State Information Commissioner, Yakubu Dati also said efforts are being made to bring back the remains of the deceased DOPA for a befitting burial.

Mr. Nanle, according to the Commissioner passed away, Monday evening in an Indian hospital where he was receiving treatment.

Plateau PDP pained as rival govt press Director dies

The Peoples Democratic Party, Plateau State says it is saddened by the "very painful loss" of the State Government's Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Nanle.

News of the death of Mr. Nanle who was a loud critic of the opposition PDP long before the APC seized power in 2015 was received with "great shock", a statement on Wednesday says.

The statement by Mr. John Akans, the State publicity secretary of the party "commiserates with the wife, relations, friends, and, indeed, the government and people of the State over this painful loss a husband, father, brother, friend and public officer."

Mr. Nanle who was flown to an unnamed hospital in India last week for urgent medical care was reported to have died in the early hours of Wednesday.

No official announcement has been made on the demise but multiple sources I'm the Plateau State Government have confirmed the incident.

Amb. Cmr. Friday Bako|| Why Barr. Dr. I. D. Gyang for Senate, 2019?

The Constitutional Roles of a Legislator include those of Lawmaking, Check and balances through oversight functions.

Plateau North is at a critical time and needs someone who is experienced in terms of the cardinal responsibilities of the Legislature, someone who is vibrant, articulate in presentation, bold, fearless, knowledgeable and smart with apt legislative prowess. Rep. I. D. Gyang has demonstrated sufficient knowledge and vibrancy at the National Assembly.

Plateau North doesn't need a LEGISLATIVE TRAINEE on account of the prevailing circumstances. Rep. Barr  I. D. Gyang would not be a Legislative Trainee owing to his experience, skills and legislative engagements.

Plateau North needs an Accountable, transparent and honest Senator. Rep. Barr. I. D. Gyang has demonstrated to possess such attributes.

Plateau North needs someone who will sponsor Bills, raise motion and contribute credibly to debates on issues at the National Assembly. Within 3 Years of his being at the National Assembly, Rep. Barr. I. D. Gyang has sponsored over 20 Bills, raised numerous motions and made his voice as a worthy Representative of his people heard on the floor of the House. One of his Bills, which is the Bill for an Act to establish the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Science Jos has been passed into Law by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while others are at various stages of legislation. He has been engaged in robust presentations of issues affecting his Constituency both locally and Internationally.

Plateau North needs an agile, energetic, friendly and charismatic Leader with great lobbying ability. Barr. Dr. I. D. Gyang friendly,  charismatic and charismatic dispositions have attracted numerous projects in all the Districts within the Federal Constituency he represents (the projects are verifiable) and lobbied for over 40 employment opportunities in top Federal MDAs to his Constituents.

Rep. I. D. Gyang is the person Plateau North needs for Senate.

His competence and credibility are indisputable and indispensable at this critical time.

His capacity is needed to take Plateau North to enviable height.

With Rep. I. D. Gyang as Senator, Plateau North is in safe hands.

He will give vibrant, effective, results oriented, visionary and purposeful leadership and representation.

Support and Vote for Rep. Dr. I. D. Gyang for Senate, Plateau North.

The Man with the PEOPLE and for the PEOPLE.

Plateau Director of Press, Emma Nanle dies overseas

The Director of Press and Public Affairs (DOPPA) to the Plateau State Government, Mr. Emmanuel Nanle has died in an Indian hospital, official sources say.

Nanle was confirmed to have been set for overseas treatment last week.

An ex Media Adviser to  Governor Simon Lalong, Hon. Dan Manjang had last week told MKB that the media director was suffering a critical illness that required urgent attention.

It was not clear what illness it might be but rumours had it that Mr. Nanle had a lived related ailment.

News of his demise appeared on social media on this morning including a progovernment news blog, The State of Plateau.

The incident has not been officially announced yet.

Punch however quotes an unnamed family source as saying, “Actually, he has been having health challenges since last year and we heard that it is colon cancer. But he told me he had a growth in the large intestine. A surgery was carried out here in Jos mid last year. But it couldn’t heal, they had to fly him to India in January this year.

“And then, he went, spent about a month there, came back and he has been on medication since. You observed that throughout this year, he hasn’t been doing anything serious. He never travelled with the governor on most official trips.”

When contacted by Punch, the Senior Special Assistant to governor Simon Lalong (Media and Publicity), Mark Longyen, confirmed the death but didn’t give details.

He said, “Yes, it is true; DOPPA-Director of Press and Public Affairs (Dr. Emmanuel Samuel Nanle) is dead. He was flown abroad, specifically India, last week. Two weeks ago, the sickness degenerated.

“The sickness wasn’t too clear. The official information is that he died in an Indian Hospital this night. He’s from Pankshin. The thing got worse last week and was flown out.”

Nanle, an indigene of Pankshin, was a former member, National Advisory Committee, Youth Wing Christian Association of Nigeria and ex-National Youth President of TEKAN – a conglomeration of 15 churches in Northern Nigeria under the aegis of Tarayar Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (meaning, Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Christians).

Osun 2019: Adesina joins Reps race, says Nigeria overdue for restructuring 

Achiever Peterson, Jos

A US-trained financial analyst and real estate entrepreneur, Dapo Ademola- Adesina on Monday outlined his blueprint if elected into the House of Representatives in the 2019 general elections.

Among his plans include urgently setting in motion the necessary machinery to address the imminent security threats to the nation including the menace of Fulani herdsmen and championing the demand for the restructuring of Nigeria which, according to him, was long overdue.

Adesina studied Architecture at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife and later proceeded to the United States of America to obtain another Bachelors and MBA degrees in Finance at the DePaul University.

He is currently the President/CEO of Shimarch Group of Companies and also the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of Prof. Ademola Adesina Memorial Foundation.

Adesina, popularly called Dapooza, an indigene of Igbajo in Boluwaduro Local Government Area of Osun State is seeking election into the Federal House of representative of Nigeria in Boluwaduro/Ifedayo/Illa constituency under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2019. 

He said, “Nigeria is long overdue for restructuring. Specifically issues of fairness, justice and equity are very necessary areas that need to be re-addressed to reduce conflict and agitation, thereby encouraging a healthy completion among the federating states.

“When elected  by the grace of God and as a member of the Federal House of Representatives, I and my colleagues would urgently set in motion the necessary machinery to address the imminent security threats  to the nation including the Fulani herdmen.

“My going into politics is an opportunity to serve my constituents and by extension the nation of Nigeria at large, Secondly it is an opportunity to liberate my people from maladministration and mis- governance which has evidently manifested in the educational, socio-economic and the basic standard of living.

“Finally, my venture into politics is to continue the good work of  my late father, Prof Shim Ademola Adesina (former Minister of State for Agriculture) of blessed memory and sustain his legacy.

“Having said all of this, there's urgent need for a  vibrant and egalitarian personality that is driven by passion and pragmatic result. Also, there is also the need for a youth personality with reasonable exposure and requisite knowledge of modern day politics.”

Breaking News: Convicted Sen. Dariye seeks reelection from prison, buys APC Senate nomination form for 2019

Former Central Nigerian Governor, Sen. Joshua Dariye has joined the race for the 2019 Senatorial seat of central Plateau State from Kuje prison where he is serving a sentence for fraud.

A Nigerian Federal Capital Territory High Court in Gudu, Abuja in June convicted and sentenced the former Governor to 14 years imprisonment for diverting public funds worth N1.126billion.

However, while still serving his term, the Governor of Plateau State from 1999 to 2007 and current Senator representing Plateau Central on Friday purchased the Senate nomination form for reelection under the All Progressives Congress (APC) party, sources say.

Pictures of the purchased and filled form emerged online on Sunday showing that the convicted Senator was ready to battle for a third term in the Senate while still serving his jail term.

A kinsman of the Senator who published the photos on Facebook, Shadrach Kopmuk wrote, "Just to notify all teaming supporters of our amiable senator Chief Dr Joshua C. Dariye, that the people's senator has purchase and filled the APC nominations and declaration of interest to  contest in the  forthcoming APC primary election and 2019 general election to represent the  good people of plateau central in the ninth Assembly."

Efforts to reach the Senator and his aides through the mobile phone for confirmation were unsuccessful as at publishing time.

Nevertheless, while the Nigerian constitution forbids convicted citizens from contesting elections, Dariye might be on his way to breaking that barrier.

Close sources say the ex Governor has commenced processes for the appeal of his sentence.

"If he hadn't considered an appeal, his seat would have been declared vacant but it can't be because with the appeal, the case is undecided," one of the sources said.

It is not clear when, where and how the appeal would be formalized.

However, Dariye might be the first Nigerian politician to contest elections from prison cell.

If reelected, he would also be the first Plateau Senator to serve three tenures.