World water day: Riyom, Bokkos and Langtang North bags Award

Riyom, Bokkos and Langtang North LGAs of Plateau State emerged winners among the 17 LGAs in the state in the area of provision of portable water through the number of boreholes and construction of  latrines in various communities in their localities.

Addressing participants and stakeholders at the launch of ‘Institutional and Sectoral Reform of the State Water and Sanitation Sector’ which took place at the Crest Hotel in Jos, the Honourable Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy, Engr. David Ja’afaru Wuyep identifies various sources and uses of water to mankind.

The Commissioner said the criteria used in measuring how the 4 LGAs qualifies to getting the award dates back from 2014 to date as such, it is a collaborative effort between the chairmen and staff of Water and Sanitation units (WASU) in the local governments during the period under review.

The occasion which was organized by the European Union (EU) in conjunction with Human Dynamics, WaterAid and the Plateau State Government was attended by various stakeholders within the water and sanitation sectors both within and outside the country.


Army repels another attack on Dong

Security operatives prevented what could’ve been another bloodshed in Dong community of Jos north in Plateau state by returning fire on gunmen who tried to gain access into the village shortly after dusk.

Witnesses told our reporter on the phone that sound of gunshots were heard very close to the village which resulted to panic with people fleeing the area.

However uneasy calm has since return following the deployment of security operatives to Dong and environ.

It will be recalled that gunmen confirmed to be herdsmen attack Dong two weeks ago killing scores of people including 3 soldiers.

No official statement from any relevant authorities was made as at the time of writhing this report.

Buhari appoints Nde Hezekiah Dimka as member, TETFUND committee

Retired Police Commissioner and APC Plateau central senatorial candidate, Nde Hezekiah Dimka was today inaugurated as a member of the board of TETFUND together with other board members of the tertiary institutions of education in Nigeria.

The event which took place at the National Universities commission Hall in Abuja had in attendance the Hon Minister for Education, Mallam Adamu, Dr Emeka Nwajibia, Chairman TETFUND, Timpriye Silva, Chief Paul Unongo, Education Research Development Council among other distinguished dignitaries.



Police IG commends Lalong’s peace efforts

The Governor of Plateau State, Rt Hon Simon Lalong has been commended for making peace a cardinal objective of his administration. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris stated this at the Ground Breaking for the establishment of the 66 Nigeria Police Mobile Squadron in Shendam and the formal presentation of security vehicles to some agencies in Plateau State in Shendam, Plateau State. The Inspector General commended Gov Lalong for donating the large expanse of land, enjoining others to emulate this gesture. He further appreciated the Plateau state government for equipting the State Command with communication gadgets. He also charged members of the police force to respect citizens rights. Earlier in his welcome address, Gov Simon Lalong paid glowing tributes to the Inspector General for his dedication and committment to securing lives and property. According to Lalong “… we say you are working” The Governor emphasised the need for intensified vigilance and community participation towards lasting peace. He thanked the Inspector General for bringing Police closer to the people . The IG later performed the ground breaking ceremony which was preceeding by the hoisting of the Nigeria Police Force flag in company of Gov Simon Lalong and other dignitaries. The highlight of the occassion was the commissioning of 51 security vehicles after which the IG personally drove one of the vehicles in company of Gov Simon Lalong to the delight of all guests who gave them a standing ovation.
Yakubu Dati
Commissioner for Information and Communication.

Communities provided with hand pump boreholes in Plateau

Over 548 communities have been provided with hand pump boreholes in Shendam and Riyom Local Government Areas (LGAS) of Plateau State.
Plateau State Supervisor on the United Nation International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Mr. George Bekimbo Anga disclosed this during an inspection tour of both completed and on-going WASH projects, last Friday and Saturday.
Mr. Anga said that for Shendam LGA, 190 hand pump boreholes have been completed with 110 still on-going while in Riyom LGA, 148 completed while 100 were on-going, adding that, they have trained local area mechanics with two persons per ward, saying that, the trainees were trained purposely to maintain all the facilities in their communities.
He added that, they had provided manual training to school based management committee, which he said was to ensure good maintenance of the facilities already installed in the two LGAs.
Mr. Anga explained that, the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP) III was funded by European Union (EU) implemented by UNICEF in partnership with Plateau Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (PRUWASSA).
He called on all the benefiting schools and communities to guard the facilities jealously so that they would last long, saying that, “Water is Life.”
In their separate remarks, His Royal Highness (HRH) Atta Aten, Yakubu Chiaman and HRH, Da Gwom Rwei of Bachit, Da Gyang Daylop, both expressed happiness with UNICEF for providing their communities with safe drinking water.
They affirmed that, their people used to trek almost a kilometer before getting access to water, adding that, before the coming of the donors with the boreholes the people share both drinking and washing water with animals.
According to them, their people contacted different kinds of diseases, especially with the contaminated water from the rivers saying that with the availability of functional boreholes in their communities, cases of contacting diseases have drastically reduced and assured the donors of their people maintaining all the facilities.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with THE NIGERIA STANDARD commended the donors for their services to humanity, especially for providing them with safe drinking water at their door-steps.
They further explained that, the benefiting communities also contributed 5 percent of the money for the sustenance of the facilities, which include both the hand pump boreholes and VIP toilets in the two LGAs.
The places visited in Riyom LGA includes; LEA EKAN Primary school Ganawuri, Mbob Community Water Supply Scheme (CWSS), Angwan Wereng CWSS and LEA Primary School Bangai Bachit among several others.
The communities visited in Shendam includes; Bunu, Pajak, AngwanTarok in Kurumgbou, AngwanTarok, Poeship, Ampia Poeship Lu-Tinhen, Kurumgbou, Kwaplogyit, Kwapkilik, Dase, Kwapkilik, Gina Rumbou and Yamini among others.

PLSG applauds the role of social workers

Governor Simon Lalong has applauded social workers for their role in solving sociological and emotional problems amongst the vulnerable in the society
The governor gave the commendation while receiving on a courtesy call, the National President of Nigeria Association of Social Workers (NASOW), comrade Oluwale Nathaniel at Government House Rayfield, Jos Monday.
Governor Lalong represented by his Deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden explained that the role of a social worker was relevant in every society pointing out that the sanity of every society depends on how effective the staff carry their responsibility.
Governor Lalong however expressed his desire to support the bill for the establishment of the institute of Social Workers for optimal performance.
He urged the group to exhibit high sense of professionalism in addressing social problems in the society.
Earlier, National President of the Nasow, Comrade Ouwale Nathaniel had applauded the governor for given priority to welfare of workers in the state.
Comrade Nathaniel noted that members of the body were trained to proffer solution to social problems as well as curb social vices in the society.
He appealed to the governor to sponsor some of its members of the association in the state in glob al conferences and the Annual General meeting (AGMs) in order to enhance their capacity.

  • The Nigerian Standard

Gov Lalong pays condolence visit to Akwe Doma’s family

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong condoles with the people of Nassarawa State over the demise of Late Alh Akwe Doma, The former governor of the State and former deputy governor of Plateau State. He was at the Palace of the Andoma of Doma and the home of the immediate family.