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Prof Yahonna Izam appointed as PLASU VC

Professor Yohanna Izam of the Building department of the University of Jos has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of the Plateau State University (PLASU) in Bokkos.

A former Commissioner of Housing and Transport during the Dariye administration,  Prof Izam a senior lecturer with the University of Jos has a PhD in Construction Management with focus on Building Project Duration Estimation.

He takes over from Prof Doknan Sheni.


Gov Lalong approves the appointment of 3 Perm Secs



In order to reinvigorate the State Civil Service in line with the time tested practice of merit, seniority, and State Character, the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has approved the appointment of the following Civil Servants as Permanent Secretaries;
Mr. Isa’ac Maram Bokkos L. G. A.

Mrs Larai Ibn Shuaibu Adamu Kanam L. G. A.

Mrs Mary Ishaya Afan Jos East L. G. A.
The appointed Permanent Secretaries would be Sworn-in on a date to be announced subsequently.


Samuel Emmanuel Nanle
Director, Press & Public Affairs
19th February, 2018

Hezekiah Dimka campaign team lost coordinator

Former commissioner of Police who is campaigning for the seat of Senator in the Plateau central zone has lost his campaign coordinator, Hon. Aliyu Ladan Garga.

The unfortunate event occurred in the early hours of today at the Specialist Hospital Jos.

Hon. Ladan was the former elected Councillor of Garga ward, former Chairman of CPC, former Interim Chairman of APC Kanam LGA and until his death, the Campaign Coordinator, Hezekiah Dimka for Senate campaign team.

In a press release made available to news men, Nde Hezekiah Dimka said the exit of Hon Aliyu is not only a very big loss to his team but to Plateau state.

Read full text below:



On behalf of myself, my family, the APC family and the entire people of the Plateau Central Senatorial Zone, with deep sense of loss, I commiserate with the immediate family and good people of Kanam LGA of Plateau State on the demise of Hon Aliyu Ladan Garga, whose sad event happened on the early of hours of today the 19th/02/18. This is not only a very big loss to all of us, but particularly to us and our entire team, because Hon Aliyu was not only a political ally but was also my Campaign Coordinator for the Plateau Senatorial Seat of the National Assembly, (come 2019 by God’s grace) in Kanam. Hon Aliyu has also served in several key positions of the defunct CPC and the present APC in Kanam LGA. A distinguished gentleman per excellence he was, who lived his life to serve humanity. We will miss you dearly Aliyu, even though The Almighty God knows it all. May we all be comforted that the Almighty Who knows all and  does not make mistakes will continue to be our consolation. Thank you and God bless you.



Newly sworn in management committee chairman of Mikang resumes office

Newly sworn in management committee chairman of Mikang local government, Boniface Gobit has resumed office and sign a vow to run an open door policy.

He also promised to lead the local government in the light of truth and righteousness by listening to the people while avoiding gossip.

Just as he appreciates Governor Lalong for considering him worthy to contribute to the development of Mikang and Plateau state at large.

The chairman who was accompanied by his wife Rifkatu sought divine wisdom and guidance in his primary assignment.

The chairman who is a knight of the Catholic faith called for constructive criticism while promising to run an all inclusive administration.

He also promised to pay attention to staff welfare, paramount as motivation for growth and development of the local government.

On her part, the former acting management committee chair person of the local government Magdalene Bungudu was full of praises of the privilege given to her to serve her people.

She enjoined workers and people of Mikang to accord the new chairman the necessary support. Contributing, the director of personnel management of the local government Mr. L Samuel assured the chairman of his corporation and support.

The chairman had on arrival to the local government paid homage to the Long Tel and President Mikang traditional council who promised to give him his maximum support.

PLHA adopts the amendment of the 1999 constitution

Plateau state House of Assembly has adopted the amendment of relevant sections in the 1999 constitution presented to it by the National Assembly.

This followed a unanimous vote by the house members in favor of all the 15 acts sent to it for review. The house which converged the committee for the purpose of voting in favour or against considered the bill section by section until it exhausted all the items.

House speaker Peter Azi read the acts to be amended to include the alteration no 4 2017 seeking only to alter section 121 to provide for direct funding of the state Assembly and the judiciary from the consolidated revenue fund of the state.

Others are the alteration act number 6 2017 seeking to alter section 7 and 138 by providing that all local government councils that are not democratically elected shall not be entitled for revenue from the federation account.

Also considered for amendment, are section 6 such provided for the independent candidates in elections and the third schedule to change the name of the Nigerian police force to Nigerian police among others.

Returning to plenary, the house speaker Peter Azi called on all citizens to have confidence in the assembly as the legislators can only favour a popular opinion.

The house sitting witnessed large turnout of union bodies and interest groups.

No teacher was sacked in Plateau State – SUBEB


The Plateau State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) has debunked an online post by Premium times on 13th of February 2018 reporting that 747 teachers have been sacked by the government of Plateau state.

In a press statement signed by SUBEB’s Head of Public Relations, Richard Nanpon Jonah on behalf of the executive Chairman of the board, Prof. Matthew Sule, the board made it clear that the said posting is not only incorrect but meant to create disaffection amongst the people of Plateau State and put the present state government in a bad light.

The statement went further to explain that the Plateau state government under the leadership of his Excellency, Rt Hon. Bar. Simon Bako Lalong granted pardon to over 2000 teachers and religious instructors who were either dismissed or had their appointment terminated.

It was in this light that the board commenced the process of implementing the directives of government. Accordingly after the screening exercise it was found that:

747 of the teachers didn’t still have the requisite certificate of the NCE to teach in public schools as prescribed by the federal government of Nigeria and so are being retired to full financi

148 of the teachers will have their certificates further verified due to perceived discrepancies.

al benefits.

401 of the teachers were found to be qualified and fit to be reabsorbed into service having acquired their NCE certificates.





JAMB Closes Registration For 2018 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has closed registration for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

This was confirmed in a statement signed by the board’s spokesman, Fabian Benjamin, on Tuesday.

He said candidates who paid and obtained pins but have not been able to register, have 24 hours to complete their registration.

“The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) wishes to inform the general public that the sale of 2018 UTME application is closed.
“However, the public is urged to note that all candidates who paid and obtained pins and could not unsuccessfully register at the close of sale are allowed to quickly within 24 hours complete their registration as no complaints would be entertained afterwards.
“For purposes of emphasis, this applies to only candidates who had initiated registration processes and have paid and procured the registration epins but could not register at the close of sales.
“Take note that candidates are not to generate any profile code for the purpose of 2018 UTME registration as doing so would have no effect and a waste of time and resources,” the statement read.
Benjamin also said over 1.6million candidates applied within the three months that registration was open.
“The board commenced the sale of the 2018 UTME registration on the 6th of December 2017 and was to close on the 6th of February, 2018 but extended to 11th of February, 2018.
“At the close of pin vending a total of 1,662,818 candidates paid and obtained the epins while 1,650,547 had successfully registered for the 2018 UTME. The difference are the numbers outstanding who have not registered but are holding the epins and are now allowed to register within 24 hours,” he added.