Langtang Chairman sets to complete projects he initiated almost 8 yrs ago

The  Management Committee in Langtang North LGC, Hon. Brian Dadi identified two projects he initiated during his first tenure as Executive Chairman for completion.

These projects are the Legislative complex and the strategic bridge linking Kwanpe and Dadur .

Inspecting the legislative complex along with the Project Engineer and officials of the Council, Hon. Brian Dadi expressed satisfaction with the quality and speed at which the contractor is moving on with the work.

Earlier, the Project Engineer of Nangok Construction Ltdexpress his appreciation to the Management Committee Chairman for revisiting the project several years after it was abandoned.



JAMB Releases Dates For 2018 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has proposed March 9 to 17 as dates for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB registrar revealed the proposed dates on Wednesday during a meeting in Abuja with critical stakeholders on the plans and programmes for the 2018 UTME and Direct Entry (DE).

He added that the dates for the exam were chosen after careful check to ensure it will not clash with other public examinations dates.

He also announced the dates for the mock examination for interested students would be running from January 22 – 27. The form for the examination would cost N5000,according to the Registrar.

He said, “The mock examination is starting the same date the sales of form is ending.

“Eye glasses are to be examined properly before candidates are allowed into the examination hall,” he said.

NOA commences physical verification of N-Power beneficiaries

National Orientation Agency (NOA) has commenced a physical verification of the just short listed NPOWER beneficiaries nationwide.

Plateau state director of the agency Bulus Dabit disclosed this during the verification exercise conducted for NPOWER beneficiaries at the NOA office in Jos north local government.

The verification exercise was supervised by state focal person of the social investment program Dr. Sumaiya Hamza.

State director of the National Orientation Agency, Bulus Dabit said NOA has the mandate to conduct physical screening on the 390 shortlisted beneficiaries in the state.

Dabit added that the current federal government social investment program with its developed beneficiary capacities in vocational career is to be implemented in 5 local governments of the state including Jos north, Jos south, Jos east, Lantang north and Wase.

On her part, the executive assistant to Governor Simon Lalong and state focal person on social investment program Dr. Sumaiya Hamza stressed that the new program rolled out by the federal government is to be benefited by 175 youths who are residents of Jos north.

Beneficiaries of the NPOWER program Okeke Festus and Miriam Ahmed thanked the Federal Government for the opportunity to develop their capacities.

The state focal person on social investment program Dr. Sumaiya Hamza in company of her NOA counterpart Bulus Dabit later visited the girl child center Kabong in Jos north local government to ascertain the efficiency of another federal government social investment program which is the school feeding program.


PLSG to support any venture with potential to develop tourism in the state

Any venture that has potential to add a value to the development of tourism in Plateau state will enjoy the support of the state government.

Governor Simon Lalong made the commitment during a 1 day golf tournament in honor of participants of executive course 39 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS kuru.

Represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Danladi Mang, Governor Lalong said the rescue administration is exploring every opportunity that abounds in the tourism, sports and entertainment industry for the interest of its citizenry.

Acting Director General NIPPS, Mr Jonathan Juma said the institution will strive to maintain the record set by members of course 39.

He maintained that the institution has agreed to raise the quality of the golf course by ensuring proper maintenance of the facility, golf as a game has the capacity to attract foreign exchange and create job opportunities for the tourism industry.

Monitor General of the executive course 39, Colonel Ola Oyelade said the competition has afforded them the opportunity to learn great lessons from the game of golf.

At the end of 18 holes, Austin Joseph Dusi of Rayfield golf club emerged overall winner in the guest category with a net score of 57, closely followed by former captain of Rayfield golf club Ibrahim Shola who shot 62 net to place second.

Navy captain of Rayfield golf club Joy Ekato won the only prize in the ladies guest category with a net score of 68.

A traditional ruler, Nyam Waziri won the best net in the veteran’s category with 59 nets.


Leadership of PSHA service commission to inject new ideas and innovations for effective legislature

Leadership of the Plateau state house of assembly service commission is putting in place strategies to inject new ideas and innovations that will propel effective and functional legislature.

Chairman of the commission, Banahel Andong disclosed this while in audience with management of trade union of the state assembly in its office at Dan Daura road in Jos.

The maiden interactive meeting between the commission and management of the state assembly is an avenue to create a better and conducive working environment for an effective legislative function.

In the words of the commission’s chairman Banehel Andong, Effective Corporation between the house and commission will go a long way in addressing most of the challenges faced by both offices.

Clerk of the state assembly who led the management team to the commission’s office expressed their commitment in carrying its directives from the commission for effective coordination in the house.

The house management expressed their readiness to work with the commission in actualizing its mandate, adding that with the wealth of experience of members of the commission, the sky is their limit.

On his part, secretary of the commission Nehemiah Gagara noted that some members of the commission were part of the legislators who worked for the establishment of the commission in 2003. Gagara assured of constant interface with the house to avoid administrative lapses as experienced in the past.

Also at the commissions office are union members of the parliamentary staff association of Nigeria, Plateau state house of assembly led by its chairman Vitalis Hakuri where the commission’s chairman assured them of a better welfare package while discussing the role of the union in creating a conducive working environment promised to partner with them for the overall good of the assembly.

Chairman of the assembly’s union Vitalis Hakuri promised to work closely with the leadership of the commission in ensuring better welfare package for staff of the house.


STF Intercepts trafficker with a 4-day-old Baby in Jos

Men of the special task force, Operation safe haven, STF, Jos have arrested two women with a four day old baby suspected to have been bought from a yet to be identified person.

Luck ran out of the women when a vigilant passenger, who was travelling alongside the suspected baby traffickers in a public car, raised alarm at the Babale checkpoint 1, in the outskirt of Jos, the Plateau state capital, after she noticed that the new born may not necessarily belong to the women.

Commander of sector 1, operation safe haven, Colonel Musa Etsu-Ndagi, who spoke to journalists shortly after the women were apprehended, said, upon interrogation the Prime Suspect, Miss Doris Ebuburonu who was travelling to Lagos en route Jos from Bauchi, had confessed to have bought the baby for 300 thousand naira, Colonel Etsu-Ndag said “The suspects were intercepted at about 7:15pm on Monday and upon further questioning, it was discovered that Ms Doris had bought the baby from one Mr. Abuna in Bauchi state”

 The 39-Year-old Miss Ebuburonu explained that her aunt in Lagos, who has been married for years without a child, had contacted her to get a baby for her. The other Suspect, Mrs. Esther James who is in her sixties, explained that they were former colleagues at the Peoples Clinic in Bauchi and denied any knowledge of how Ms. Doris procured the baby.

Mrs James claimed Miss Ebuburonu who was a former nurse at the clinic, had told her that the baby belongs to her aunt who had just died. Colonel Etsu-Ndagi who later handed over the baby to the anti trafficking unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Jos, Plateau state, assured the corps of the STF’s maximum cooperation in apprehending those behind the sale of the baby.

Though the baby appears to be healthy, efforts were being made to subject her to further medical examination to ascertain her true state of health.

-Samson Omale’s Blog



Plateau Rep member wants herdsmen treated as Boko Haram

A member of the House of Representatives, Istifanus Gyang, has said that killer Fulani herdsmen should be profiled and classified by the Federal Government as insurgents and be treated like the Boko Haram members.

Gyang, representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, stated this in an interview with The PUNCH in Jos.

He was reacting to a statement by a socio-cultural organisation, the Plateau Patriotic Youth Movement, asking him to face his legislative business and desist from playing petty politics with the crisis in the state.

Gyang had moved a motion on the floor of the House condemning the fracas between soldiers attached to the Joint Military Task Force, codenamed Operation Safe Haven, and three residents of Sopp community in Riyom LGA on October 19, 2017, in which three youths were shot.

The legislator had accused the soldiers of “sexual harassment and deliberate shooting.”

The PYYM had asked him to “deliver practical dividends of democracy rather than play politics.”

But Gyang said, “Anyone or persons saying that the attacks and killings in my constituency are a basis for partisanship and politicking must either be insane or is simply being insensitive to the bloodbath that has been witnessed all this while.

“I take exception to such unfortunate insinuations. We must not trivialise issues that have to do with the lives of a people that are being hunted and killed as men hunting wild game. It is indeed sad and very unfortunate.

“Today, one quarter of Barkin Ladi LG and one third of Riyom LG are under occupation by the very persons that were welcomed and accommodated by their Berom hosts. The narrative that the attacks are simply conflicts between farmers and herdsmen is no longer tenable.

“The truth is that there is a quest by the herdsmen to forcefully acquire land and territory for occupation. Under this unfortunate development, the Nigerian state and government, which have the constitutional responsibility of protecting citizens from aggression have left the victims at the mercy of the marauding herdsmen. These attacks have to be profiled and classified as acts of insurgency and treated with the same response as Boko Haram has been handled.”