A Federal High court sitting in Jos has sentenced 26 years old Chris Kumsat for illegal possession of 150 grams of Tramadol tablets contrary to and punishable under section 20 © subsection 2(c) of the NDLEA Act Cap N30 Laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004 (As Amended). Chris Kumsat who was arraigned before Justice Dorcas Agishi on the 21st Day of March 2017. Pleaded guilty to the one count charge against him. In support of their case, Sarah Oketola Esq, Counsel to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) tendered the Certificate of test analysis, Packing of Substance Form, Request for Scientific Aid form and 150 grams of Tramadol recovered from Chris Kumsat. After listening to the accused persons counsel P .A Guzol enter an allocutus on his behalf, the presiding Judge sentenced him to for months imprisonment, with effect from the 30th day of October, 2016. when he was first arrested
Plateau state commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Samuel Galadima, has died. According to reports, Galadima died while he was jogging with the state Governor, Simon Lalong, at the Rwang Pam Stadium.
Confirming his death, the Director of Press Affairs at the state government house, Emmanuel Nanle, said “Yes, the commissioner slumped while jogging and was rushed to the Plateau Specialist Hospital, where he died. Doctors tried to stabilize him but could not. We have lost him”.
Plateau State Head of Civil Service, Mr. Izam A. Azi (Mni), has charged all Directors of Administration in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state to adhere to public service rules in order to restore discipline and public confidence in the civil service.
He gave the charge while speaking at the opening ceremony of a 2-Day in-House Training for Directors of Administration in the state civil service organized by his office held at the Pastoral Centre, Bishop’s Court Jos, the state capital.
The Head of Service said, “the Rescue Administration under his Excellency, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, has found human capacity development as a very important component of the five (5) pillar policy thrust of the administration. As a result of this fact and also the strategic positions administrators occupy in an organization, the Governor approved this training to keep you abreast with contemporary issues and challenges administrators are confronted with daily, in the discharge of their functions.
“Your proper understanding and application of these rules and extant circulars in your various MDAs will ensure that administrative procedures and processes are strictly adhered to, in order to restore discipline and public confidence in the civil service. As you are aware, government expects nothing but the best from you”, he enthused.
Azi, however, stressed that henceforth, promotion in the service would be based on merit where hard work would be rewarded and no longer automatic and called on the administrators to take into account the civil service principles of anonymity, neutrality, objectivity, impartiality, discipline, integrity, honesty and absolute loyalty to constituted authorities.
While commending the Governor for giving civil servants a pride of place by the regular payment of salary and pensions, the HOS disclosed that series of training programs would be designed and approved by the Governor in 2017 for staff in various aspects of civil service for them to update themselves in their areas of disciplines.
Earlier, the state Chairman of Civil Service Commission, Elder Daguk Gwanle Fompun, commended the organizers of the training and promised to, together with the HOS, come up with a vision that would enable them change gears and ensure that, bureaucracy would take the correct hierarchy.
He said, “the policy had already been captured by this overview. You will play a role in the formulation and even as the decision will be made at the political level, but you are the key actors at the beginning and the formative level of the policy. So, I am glad that, we have you, there is Civil Service Commission and the Head of Service that will drive it and your entirety are the implementations”.
SUNDAY STANDARD spoke to some participants who included Directors of Administration from PRTVC, Ban Audu Gai; PPC, Mallam Salisu Gayam; Ministry of Information and Communication, Mr. T. I. Turba; that of the PLSWB, Samuel A. A. Meskhim and Mrs. Keziah Dung, of the Operation Rainbow respectively, who commended the governor and the Head of Service for the initiative
The Plateau State House of Assembly has passed the 2017 appropriation bill with an increase of over six billion naira of it’s original size.
Presenting the report of the House Committee on Appropriation to the House, the Chairman of the committee and member representing Wase Constituency, Hon. Yahaya Adamu said the committee observed among others that some of the revenue generating agencies in the sate were underfunded which has affected their revenue generation.
He noted that state owned tertiary institutions were unable to efficiency generate revenue commensurate with their initial approved targets due to instances of dilapidated structures, shortage of manpower, decline in students enrollment and lack of commitment to generating revenue on the part of the management of those institutions.
Hon. Adamu explained that the committee also observed that the persistent embargo on employment in the state has affected the capacity of Ministries, Department and Agencies to effectively perform their functions. In spite of instances of brain drain retirement, death and resignation.
The committee also noted that there was none release of counterpart funds between 2015 and 2016 to enable the government agencies such as State Universal Basic Education Board to access counterpart fund from Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
The committee, he added observed that there was an increment to the tune of six billion, eleven thousands, nine hundred and sixty one naira (N6,792,011,961,00) which affect the budget of Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission PLASIEC, Ministries of Agriculture, Works Transport.
Hon. Yahaya said based on the observation made, the committee recommend among others that government should make effort to make funds available as approved to such agencies responsible for revenue generation.
It stated also that once approval and authorizations were made for both capital and recurrent projects, fund should be speedily released from the treasury (i.e. the office of the Accountant General) in order not to frustrate the general activities of the government agencies.
According to the report, the committee recommended an increase of the total sum of six billion, seven hundred and ninety, two million, eleven thousand, nine hundred and sixty one naira (N6,792,011,961.00) to the budget size, bringing the total 2017 approved budget to one hundred and thirty nine billion, four hundred and ninety four million, three hundred and eight thousand, two hundred and fifty six naira (139,494,308,256.00) which was approved by the House.
It would be recalled the Plateau state Governor Rt. Hon Simon Bako Lalong presented to the House on the 21st December, 2016 the 2017 state appropriation bill of the total of one hundred and thirty two billion, seven hundred and two, two hundred and ninety six thousand, two hundred and ninety five naira (132,702,296,295.00) for it approval.
The National Executive Council of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) in Nigeria is to hold its 87th regular national executive council meeting in Jos.
The 87th national executives council meeting is expected to look into vital issues affecting the Polytechnic system in Nigeria and the welfare of its members across the Country. This was made known in a press statement signed by the Secretary of the Planning Committee, Comr. Luka Panpe and made available to journalists today in Jos the Plateau state capital. The meeting is expected to last 4 days beginning from 21st to 24th March 2017 at the Plateau state Polytechnic Barkin-Ladi.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, has sworn-in five new permanent secretaries into the state civil service.
Lalong also swore in chairmen and members of Civil Service Commission, Local Government Service Commission, Plateau State Disability Commission and the State Universal Basic Education.
The governor during the ceremony in Jos, also swore-in a member’s of the Judicial Service Commission that was earlier on constituted.
He warned the appointees against any form of corruption ,saying that with the oath they took, the burden of public trust and accountability had been placed on them.
“Every person of character who takes a public oath of office, he will be compelled to be conscientious, and consciously commit himself or herself to deliver on the assignment.
“The quality of service of the occupant of a public office as matter of fact, is a reflection of the character and content of the holder.
“The person whose character is corrupted will no doubt deliver his services in a corrupt manner,” he stated.
The governor charged the appointees to ensure that the services they would render would reflect their personal integrity, that of the government and the party.
He warned the appointees not to see their appointment as an opportunity for primitive accumulation of wealth, or period of corrupt enrichment but a period for service.
The governor said that the state had lost time for qualitative service that would have taken it out of the woods.
“We have lost resources on account of the crass corruption of in public service; now it is time for honest and truthful service that will serve the cause of humanity,” he said.
Chief Daguk Fompun, Chairman, Civil Service Commission who spoke on behalf of other appointees thanked the governor for giving them the opportunity to serve.
Fompun said “we thank you for considering us worthy for these positions, we are not better than those were no appointed but it is privilege to serve.
“We are humbled and we want assure you that we will assiduously carryout our duties to justify the confidence reposed in us,” he added.
The newly sworn permanent secretaries were Dr Ezekiel Pam, Mrs Martina Azi, Dr Gabriel Mafulul, Mr Patrick Gamde and Mrs Hassana Ayika.
Those sworn in as members of the Civil Service Commission were; Chief Daguk Fompun, Chairman, Mr Elisha Amanchi, Toma Dalok, Alhaji Abdullahi Usani and Mr William Audu.
The Local Government Service Commission has Chief Robert Taple as Chairman while Mr Pam Danzos and Sebastian Alkali were commissioners I& II respectively.
The Plateau State Disability Commission has James Daly as Chairman, with Mr Diengmuk Mwa, Mrs Kyennan Mizim, Mrs Patricia Pam and Hajiya Hauwa Bazza as members.
The State Universal Basic Education has Mrs Sarah Ramadan as Member I, Alhaji Yahuza Yusuf, Member II and Mr Linus Waklek, Secretary.
The member of the Judicial Service Commission inaugurated was Mrs Irene Pientel.
Meanwhile, the Plateau State Governor Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong has presented three executive bills to the Plateau State House of Assembly for it consideration.
The communication on the billing was read on the floor of the House by the Speaker Rt Hon. Peter Azang Azi to the members of the House.
According to Rt. Hon. Azi the bills were Plateau State Penal Code Bill, the contributory Pension Scheme Bill, and information and communication technology bill.
The bills would be read on the floor of the House in a later date.
In another development the House has observed a minutes silence to honour two former members who died recently.
According to the speaker who read the communication on the floor of the House gave the names of the late legislator were, Hon. Danshak Mamot who was a legislators from 1992 to 1993 and Hon. David Longlam who served from 1999 to 2006 and served as the Chief Whip of the House.
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Water Aid Nigeria has handed over boreholes maintenance tools to the Kanke Local Government Council (LGC) for onward usage, especially to the benefitting communities in the area.
General Manager, Plateau Rural Water Supply and Sanitation agency (PROWASSA) Engineer, Peter Kassam who was represented by the agency’s Director, Community Mobilization, Mr. Solomon Kaze handed over the tools to the Management Committee Chairman, Hon. Yohana T. Panshak through the council’s Secretary, Mr. Bitrus A. Gorip at the council Legislative Chamber, last Friday.
Engr. Kassam told the chairman and the community leaders that, the tools presented were meant for the maintenance of the boreholes, which is expected to be used for the repairs of the already sunk boreholes by trained artisans.
He urged the benefiting communities to take good care of the boreholes and the tools given to them, adding that, Water Aid would soon pull out of the project in the state.
He said the water project provided to the benefiting communities in the area was very important because they said “Water is life”.
Speaking on the significance of sanitation, the General manger Encouraged every household in the area to build toilets in order to stop open defecation, saying that, “health is wealth.
Engr. Kassam maintained that, building toilets would help in preventing any outbreak of disease and stressed the need for the people to always live in a clean environment at all times.
He advised people of the area to also imbibe the culture of washing their hands after going to the toilet before eating, advising that, “prevention is better than cure”.
He then called on the LGC to support WASU financially, no matter how small, so that they could operate without any problem.
Responding shortly after receiving the maintenance tools, the council Chairman, Hon. Yohanna T. Panshak who was represented by the Secretary, Hon. Bitrus A. Gorip appreciated the Water Aid Nigeria for its immense contribution to the water sector in his locality.
Hon. Panshak affirmed that, most of the communities in Kanke LGA were the direct beneficiaries of the donor’s support both in constructing boreholes and building of some toilets, adding that, the people of the area were very proud of the donors show of love and concern.
He said that, the LGC would do all it could to ensure that, its people sustain all that were done by the donor.
He said so far, the LGC has released the sum of N750,000 to WASU and assured them of the councils continued support.
He added that, the LGC would continue to do everything humanly possible to ensure that, the people were provided with safe drinking water, saying that, despite the council’s lean resources, it has started repairing some of the broken water boreholes facilities.
In their separate remarks, Ngolong Bwan, Nde Sala Ndam and the LGC WASU coordinator, Mr. Amos Goshit both expressed happiness and thanked water Aid Nigeria for having 36 communities at heart in their projects, which they said have touched the lives of their people positively.
According to them, most of the benefiting communities were no longer trekking long distances before fetching water and assured them of good maintenance of all the facilities given them.