Plateau North updates

Fed govt stakeholders meet to end JOHESU strike

In a bid to ameliorate the sufferings of patients, Federal Government Officials met on Sunday 22nd April 2018 to find ways of ending the ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU).
In a press release signed and issued to PLATEAU NEWS by the Director of information, office of the secretary to the Government of the federation (OSGF) Lawrence Ojabo, a committee was mandated to review the technical issues involved in the demands of JOHESU.

The Federal Government side will continue meeting on Monday and Tuesday

By: Gom Mirian,



Jos Carnival to commence May 1st, opens Carnival village

The much awaited Jos Carnival 2018 will finally commence activities fully next month, may 1st 2018 with a carnival village being accessible to the general public.
The state Commissioner for Tourism, Culture and Hospitality,Mrs Tamwakat Weli in her speech said the carnival village would starts May 1st and end on May 13th 2018.
She also said the Jos carnival will witness the convergence of representatives from all the 17 local government areas and other organisations to showcase the unique products, skills and services on the Plateau.
A grand prize of a KIA Sorento SUV was unveiled at the event for the carnival lottery competition and its official website launched.
“ The sale of the lottery tickets begins today and ends on June 21st at designated shopping malls, eateries and banks in Jos,“ the commissioner said.
Also present at the event, the Commissioner for Science and technology, Dan Manjang unveils the Jos carnival website saying it is apt as the world is currently digital.
He said it would give global access to tourists on the potentials of the state to prospective visitors.
Winners of the carnival culinary festival, earlier held in March, were given their prizes at the event.
Panskhin Local Government emerged first and received an air conditioner, Kanke Local Government, a washing machine, while Jos East was awarded a water dispenser.

Activities lined up for the carnival includes music fiesta, street parade and children’s fiesta.

The official  #JosCarnival  website  is


SGF Commends Motor Dealers’ input to GDP

SGF Commends Motor Dealers’ input to GDP, as they seek tax amnesty
on imported vehicles.

The Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria(AMDON) have been commended for their contributions to employment, economic diversification, and gross domestic product (GDP) of the nation.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha receiving a delegation led by the National President of the Association, Prince Ajibola Adedoyin in his office on Thursday 19th April 2018, said their annual turnover of over Four Hundred Billion Naira was a very welcome investment in the administration’s drive for economic diversification away from oil. He commended them for the many multiplier effects of their business, which provided the citizens with access to needed motor vehicles.
Addressing the Secretary to the Government of the Federation earlier, National President of the Association, Prince Ajibola Adedoyin asked for Presidential amnesty on customs duties on imported vehicles for their members. He said the amnesty sought was like concessions already granted to some manufacturers in the country. He disclosed that the association would reorganise its structure, business outlets and membership to help in reducing crimes and contribute to economic development.

Lawrence Ojabo
Director Information
Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation
20th April 2018

Stop playing politics with National Security – NA to politicians

The Director Defence information Brigadier General John Agim  says, a total of 183 suspected criminals were arrested in the ongoing operation AYEM Akpatuma between Benue and Taraba States.
Briefing newsmen at the Defense Headquarters in Abuja , the Defense spokesman, John Agim explain that in Benue state 147 herdsmen  were arrested while 15 were arrested in Taraba state With number 1 Division Area of responsibility 13 bandits were also also arrested.
He added that numerous arms and ammunitions such as 1* Ak 47 rifle, 1 * FN Rifle, 3* Ak  47 magazines, assorted charms, 18 motorcycles and 15 handsets were recovered in Benue state while 4* Ak 47 rifles with 3 magazines, 96 rounds of 7.63mm special, 8 locally made pistols, one shot gun and 27 live cartridges were recovered in Taraba state.
Agim Regrantes that During the exercise, 13 soldiers were killed in action while 7 were also wounded in action.
He lamented over the negative conduct portray by some civil authorities especially in Taraba state referencing the unsupportive cooperation by the chairman of Takum Local Government Area in Taraba state towards the 93 Battalion during the exercise.
He therefore appeal to political leaders to avoid playing politics with National security issues and the Armed Forces of Nigeria in order to sustain the success recoded during the operation.
By: Gom Mirian, Abuja.

Nigerian Army commences operation ‘Last Hold’ in Northern Borno

In an effort to totally destroy Boko Haram locations in the lake Chad Basin, the Nigerian Army has deemed it imperative to change it operating tactics, techniques and procedures in the North East region.

While speaking to newsmen in Abuja, the chief of training and operations ( Army), Major General David Ahmadu said the Nigerian Army Day Celebration ( NADCEL) 2018 will be commemorated with the conduct of an operation tagged operation ” LAST HOLD ” in Northern Borno within the North East theatre.
According to the chief of training and operations, the operations is expected to last for a period of 4 months beginning from 1st may to 31st August 2018.
He said the operation is designed to facilitate the clearance of the lake Chad waterways of the sea weeds and other obstacles obstructing the movement of boasts and people across the water channels, to facilitate the rescue of hostages, as well as the relocation of the internally displaced persons from the IDP camps to their communities.
Earlier in his remarks, the chief of civil military Affairs, major General Nuhu Angbazo said during the exercise civil activities will be embedded which include building of new homes by the Nigerian Army engineers for IDPs at their towns, ensuring safety throughout the planting period with patrols and escorts up to and during harvest season to ensure food sufficiency in the affected places, construction of boreholes among others as well as activities for the Nigerian Army Day Celebration.
He appeal to law abiding members of the public in Northern Borno state not to panic as their safety and well- being have been deliberately factored in the operation.
By: Gom Mirian,

FEC approves N19 billion for road construction in Plateau state

Following the historic 2-day visit of President Buhari to Plateau-the-beautiful, more benefits have contitued to pour into the State.

The latest beneficiary is the Babban Lamba – Sharam road project. The 45 km road project will link Babban Lamba with Lagun, Garram, Langshi and Sharam among other major towns.

The FEC approved a whooping sum of N19 billion for this road. This is in addition to the on-going Federal road projects in Pankshin, Ballang Kalep, Lere, Tapshin with spur to Chigwon, Wusel, Shipang to Tapshin in neighbouring Bauchi State.

Governor Simon Lalong continues to provide visionary leadership through strategic partnership that is attracting Federal presence like never before.

Commissioner calls for rural women empowerment

The Plateau State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Anna Musa Izam, has called on female professionals in the state to use their wide experience to improve the lives of other women in the state especially those in the rural areas in the state.
Hon. Izam made the call during a familiarization meeting in her office with some female professionals in the state on improving the lives of women in the state.
According to her “your response to this call is a clear indication that you are willing to join hands with the government for a greater achievement as we forge ahead in taking women to a greater heights.
We can only achieve that by using your professionalism and wide experiences to actively participate in sensitization, creating awareness, train, empowering women and also encouraging them to register for the forth coming election in their various wards, as the saying goes “when you trained a woman you have train a nation”.
Izam disclosed that the purpose of the meeting was to rob minds together towards coming up with ideas that improve the well being of women in the state, especially those in the grassroots.
She maintained that the idea was initiated by the first lady, of the Governor of Plateau, Mrs. Regina Bako Lalong, who felt the well being of women in the state was her priority.
She revealed that in the light of this, Mrs. Regina Bako Lalong has scheduled a local government tour with the intention of meeting with the grassroots people adding that she hoped that would join in mobilizing government in the grassroots to welcome her.
Earlier in her welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs. Hassana Ayika, thanked the women for availing themselves for the meeting despite their tight schedules.
She disclosed that the purpose of the meeting was to proffer solutions that would enhance the ministry towards improving the lives of women on the Plateau and wished them well in their deliberation.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Felicia Yakzum said their wealth of experience would go a long way in improving the lives of other women in the state.
She assured them of the commitment of government towards carrying women along in the government and promised to relate their request to the governor and prayed for the spirit of togetherness as they forge ahead in affecting the others.
Responding on behalf of other female professionals, former permanent secretary and member University of Jos Governing Council, Dr. (Mrs.) Mutbam Philomena promised to put in their best towards improving the lives of women in the state especially those in the grassroots.