PLHA orders removal of unauthorized bumps

The Plateau State House of Assembly has frowned at the non-implementation of the resolution taken on the floor of the House by the authorities concerned which prompted it to invite the state Ministry of Work’s to appear before it.
The decision to involve the ministry of works came, in a motion on urgent public importance sponsored by the Majority Leader of the House Hon. Henry Yunkwap and the Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Shehu Sale Yitmong respectively.
While presenting the motion with the tittle, a call for the immediate removal of unauthorized speed breakers on over highway Hon. Yunkwap reminded the House that when they came newly a similar motion was passed and it was not implemented by the authority concerned, adding that not only that there were other resolution passed by the House that did see the light of the day in terms of implementation.
He noted that “speed breakers or bumps have been contributing obstruction on our road and sometimes lead to accidents, damage of vehicles and also aid act of criminality within the communities that the bumps are constructed”
He called on the ministries and agencies of government to ensure the immediate removal of all unauthorized speed breakers which have littered the roads on the Plateau and regulate same.
In their contributions members said the resolution of any parliament should be respected by the government agencies and ministries.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Peter Azi while speaking on the motion said they would invite the ministry concerned and give it two weeks to dismantle the unauthorized bumps in all parts of the state


Plateau State Costal Implementation Plan for Family Planning launched

The  Plateau State Ministry of Health in collaboration with Pathfinder International, Nigeria, have officially launched the finalized Plateau State Costal Implementation Plan for Family Planning towards establishing a roadmap that would improve healthcare in the state.
This took place last Wednesday, at the Crest Hotel, Jos, the state capital, where stakeholders from across the 17 Local Government Areas converged to deliberate on the dissemination of the state CIP.
Declaring the seminar opened, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kuden Kamshak Deyin, who was represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Pharm. Abel Gwatau, commended Pathfinder International for taking the bold step towards actualizing this dream.
While congratulating the state for being the first to launch the plan, he described family planning as critical to the healthcare of every society saying, the document would further set the goal towards achieving health planning and economy of the state.
Presenting the Plateau State CIP for family planning, the Pathfinder Consultant Dr. Kamil Shoretire, said over 22 per cent of Nigeria’s population were in dear need of family planning contraceptive rate, but lacked access to the facilities hence the need for government to increase funding and manpower.
He expressed concern that planning for consumables have been the major problem to the family planning program because people were least informed about the process of using them and thought everything was free.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary of Local Government Service Commission, Henry K. Lankwap, urged implementer to brace up to the health challenge by including family planning in their respective budget of next year saying, the commission has requested for over 15,000 staff awaiting the approval of the Governor.
Also, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication, Mr. Christopher Bello said family planning was good to women health, though there was need for people to be educated on how to manage their family properly.
Earlier, the Reproductive Health Coordinator of the State Primary Healthcare Development Board (SPHCDB), Mrs. Hannatu Dung, disclosed that Plateau State has long set up a goal that would meet the national objectives adding that there was need to increase planning and transparency.
Meanwhile, the Representative of Pathfinder International, Edirin Aderemu, said the 4 years strategic policy document was a multi-years actionable road-map which would help the government of Plateau State to achieve its family planning goals.

TEDxRayfield event debut in Jos yesterday, first of its kind in plateau state

History was made yesterday in Plateau state with the hosting of the first ever Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) event at the Jos Business School in Rayfield.

The event tagged  TEDxRayfield with the theme, “Shifting Paradigms” is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connections.

Powered by a movement with the hashtag #Josshift the event is aim at pushing for an aligned narrative of a Forward Mental, Physical, Economic and Social Shift in Plateau State and the country at large.

The convener of the program, Delmwa Deshi Kura said TEDxRayfield will open opportunities to engage the local audience in Jos Plateau State with vibrant and insightful messages designed to inspire them into positive actions and to also increase the profile of Plateau state nationally and internationally against the backdrop of a globally recognized brand.

Speakers were drawn from different professional backgrounds excelling in their various fields.

Among them is the Deputy Governor of Edo state Hon. Phillip Shuaibu, an accountant, Activist, and former NANS President who spoke on the topic ‘’Not Too Young To Run – Why we need more young people in politics’’ he shared from his wealth of experience and epic rise in politics from student to mainstream politics sharing lessons about early engagement, tenacity and focus for young aspiring politicians.

Other speakers at the event include, Imam Muhammed Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye co-founders and co-directors of the Muslim-Christian Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) in Kaduna state, Ezekiel Gomos OFR Director General of the Jos Business School, Troy Zenret Pyelshak, Former NFL Pro athlete and super Bowl champion turned Investment Guru, UfuomaEjenenoborMcdermott, an award winning Nollywood star and an accomplished Actress, AbdulRazaq Bello Barkindo a veteran Journalist & Press Director – Nigerian Governor’s Forum, Fauno B Nadah, Dr Chinnan Mclean Dikwal, Solomon Chikan and Pastor Yusuf Akila.





PLSG reviewed the salary and wages of all traditional rulers, awaiting implementation

The Plateau State governor Simon Lalong said he is committed to  the welfare of the traditional institution in the state and has reviewed the salary and wages of all traditional rulers awaiting implemention.

Gov. Lalong made this assertion  in Doemak, Quan Pan LGA during the installation ceremony and presentation of staff of office to the third Long Pan, HRH Nda Emmanuel Dabang (JP).

The Gov. said the traditional institution should ensure sustainability of the peace being enjoyed on the plateau so as to enhance even development.

Earlier, the Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman of Plateau State Council of Chiefs and Emirs, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, urged all ethnic nationalities to dispense with all litigations pertaining to traditional stools by resorting to alternative dispute resolution so as to create a conducive platform for peace and unity.

The ceremony was attended by traditional rulers, government functionaries and well wishers from all over the state.




Uche Secondus Elected PDP Chairman Amid Protests By Other Aspirants

A candidate backed by Rivers state Governor Nyeom Wike has won the People’s Democratic Party chairmanship. Uche Secondus has emerged as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) the major opposition party in Nigeria after he defeated three other aspirants with over 2000 votes.

His close contender Prof. Tunde Adeniran polled 230 votes, Raymond Dokpesi scored 66 votes while Taoheed Adedoja nil vote.

Meanwhile, Umar Ibrahim has won as National Secretary of the party with 1549 votes to beat Abubakar Mustapha who scored 371 votes and Nenadi Usman who got 287 votes.

Also, Senator Gamawa Babawo Garba has been announced as the winner for Deputy National Chairman (North ) 1316 votes to beat six other contenders.

Five aspirants have earlier withdrawn from the Chairmanship race which includes; Bode George, Jimi Agbaje, Gbenga Daniel, Rasheed Ladoja and Remi Olusegun.

Raymond Dokpesi and Prof. Tunde Adeniran who earlier walked out of the convention ground have rejected the results and called for its cancellation following the series of allegations of bribery of delegates and irregularities. They described the process as unfair.

They stated that delegates were given a list of candidates to support and that the organizers of the convention had become helpless.


Prince Uche Secondus: 2000 Votes

Ramond Dokpesi: 66 Votes

Prof. Tunde Adeniran: 230 Votes

Prof.Taoheed Adedoja Nil vote

Invalid votes were 55





Jos Plaza Hotel lease for N60m through a Public Private partnership

Between 45 to 60 million naira is expected to be used for the renovation of the Jos Plaza Hotel through a Public Private partnership (PPP) between the Plateau state government and Jimroose International Limited.
Managing Director, Jimroose International, Mr. Garba Stephen Mador disclosed this while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the state government and his construction firm for the renovation of the Hotel at the Jos Plaza Hotel, yesterday.
Mr. Mador said 40 percent of the said amount of money would come from his personal saving and thanking and thanked Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State for dinging his company worthy for the PPP business in the state.
He assured the state government of a standard work, adding that, they would do everything possible to make the hotel attractive, especially with modern facilities.
Performing the signing of the MoU on behalf of the Plateau State government, state commissioner for Tourism, Culture and Hospitality, Hon. Peter Mwankon expressed hope and said that, the occasion marked yet another millstone particularly in the area of revamping the tourism sector in the state.
Hon. Mwankon affirmed that the state government intention was to turn around the remaining hotels through PPP policies, adding that, an MoU was equally signed with a private investor for the renovation of the Pankshin Hotel last Saturday.
The Commissioner told the Managing Director of JimRoose International that the renovation work was going to last for one year, now that the hotel has been handed over to them and advised them to give priority to the employment of indigenes, adding that, the aim was also to bring food on the table of the youths.
He said as government handed over the renovation work to the company, the ministry would not stay away but would always come around to supervise the work and assured the company of the ministry’s full cooperation.
Hon. Mwankon also used the opportunity to call on other willing investors to come for the PPP business in the tourism sector in the state in order to boost the economy and revenue profile of the state.
The Commissioner disclosed that, other hotels that were also in awaiting the services of investors were Plateau Hotel, Jos Rock Hotel Lamingo and Solomon Lar Amusement Park among others, letter of offer was given to JimRoose International.

Gov Lalong sympathizes with PDP over Sango’s kidnap

The Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has sympathize with the members of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP over the kidnap of its state Chairman Hon.Damishi Sango and 4 others at Jere in Kaduna State some days back.

The Governor while sympathising with members of their families and the Peoples Democratic Party over this traumatizing experience, calls for calm and assures that the Plateau and  Kaduna State Governments are  working round the clock to ensure that Security Operatives secure their release without delay and unconditionally.


Read full text of his message below:





The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, has received with deep concern the news of the abduction of Hon. Damishi T. Sango, Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Plateau State and four (4) others at Jere, Kaduna State while on their way to Abuja from Jos.

The Governor to say the least is most saddened by this act of inhumanity to man which he condemns totally.

Governor Lalong while sympathising with members of their families and the Peoples Democratic Party over this traumatizing experience, calls for calm and assures that the Plateau and  Kaduna State Governments are  working round the clock to ensure that Security Operatives secure their release without delay and unconditionally.

He assures citizens travelling between Plateau-Kaduna and Abuja routes, that the Federal and States Government are not resting on their oars in ensuring that the roads are safe and completely free from the criminal acts of Armed Robbers and kidnappers.

The Governor further enjoins Plateau citizens to apply travel intelligence on road while on transit and to ensure they report all suspected criminal movements within Plateau and between States to the relevant authorities.




Samuel Emmanuel Nanle

Director, Press & Public Affairs

7th December, 2017