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Clerics advise Lalong not to be distracted by praise singers, critics



Clerics under the aegis of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) have advised Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau not to be distracted by praise singers and critics.

The group led by Rev. Stephen Dangana, Chairman, Plateau Chapter of PFN, gave the advice on Tuesday in Jos when they paid a courtesy call on the governor.

“Remain focus on what you are doing, don’t be distracted by those that may praise you in your presence.

“Only God knows what they may say behind you.

“Don’t also allow those who may criticise and even insult you, don’t follow what they are saying or doing in order not be distracted.

“Continue to look up to God in everything you do because it is God who sets up kings and it is God that dethrones kings,” Dangana said.

According to him, human beings trust their strength, wisdom and ability but stated that strength and wisdom come from God.

They congratulated Lalong for his re-election and described it as an act of God.

In his response, the governor told the clerics that it was the prayers of people like them that is sustaining the state and making the impossible possible.

He said that his philosophy was to face his enemy with love as love could neutralise enmity.

“Plateau is blessed, nobody can take that away from us. As a matter of fact, we are the Jerusalem of Nigeria.

“When we pray, God will forgive us and bring back the glory of Plateau and that  is happening now with the return of peace,” he said.

He assured the clerics that he would continue to work for peace in the state.

Lalong said that there could  be no development without peace.

Edited & Vetted By: Abdullahi Yusuf.

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Gov. Lalong congratulates Justice Dongban-Mensem @63



Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, as she celebrates her 63rd birthday on June 13.

Lalong, in a congratulatory message issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, described Donghan-Mensem as a highly blessed woman devoted to the service of humanity and promotion of justice, peace and progress.

” This is a special moment in your life where you need to reflect on the mercies of God and thank him for not only sustaining you and your family, but also lifting you to the position of the President, Court of Appeal.

” As you add more years, we pray that God will give you wisdom, patience and boldness to serve the Nation with diligence, sincerity and fairness,” he said.

The governor observed that over the years, Dongban-Mensem had left the legacy of excellence and humility in all the places she had worked, as well as a positive impression on the people she had dealings with.

He assured her that Nigerians and in particular the people of Plateau, would continue to pray for her as she carried on a new responsibility.

He also reminded her of the need to continue her humanitarian services and also seek God’s direction at all times.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem who hails from Shendam Local Governnment Area of Plateau was born on June 13, 1957.

The Senate had on June 11, confirmed Dongban-Mensem as the President of the Court of Appeal, after serving in an acting capacity since March 6, following the retirement of her predecessor, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.

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Democracy Day: Lalong pardons 7 inmates of Nigerian Correctional Service



Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has pardoned seven in mates of the Nigerian Correctional Service as part of activities marking Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

Lalong, who announced the gesture in a broadcast to the people of the state on Friday at Government House, Jos , said the gesture was also in the spirit of celebrating his five years in office.

“In exercise of the powers conferred on me as Governor in Section 212 of the Constitution of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), after due consultation with The State Advisory Council On Prerogative Of Mercy, I have granted absolute pardon to seven (7) Prisoners.

“All these pardons are granted for reasons of good conduct, with effect from the different dates of sentences.

“The concerned persons are: Victor Bakyil, Yakubu Yohanna,Dashe Obadiah,Rev. David Kim Pam, Femi Cole Oyajide, Yakubu Musa Chai, and Rabo Zubairu,” he said.

He said his administration had in 2015 began the implementation of a five-Pillar Policy Thrust and in 2019 reviewed it to three – Peace, Security and Good Governance;Physical Infrastructure and sustainable economic rebirth.

He said the policies were targeted at restoring confidence in the state, which had been affected by ethno-religious crises, political apathy, as well as despondency among workers and pensioners.

The governor said under the year in review, the home grown security outfit, Operation Rainbow was strengthened in intelligence gathering using the community driven approach and early warning systems.

” We adopted a new strategy of holding accountable community and traditional rulers, who fail to expose criminals or shield them within their domains.

He explained that through the Plateau Peace Building Agency, his administration was working with communities vulnerable to conflicts and attacks such as Kulben in Mangu, Kwatas in Bokkos, Miango in Bassa, for successful post-conflict life.

Lalong said the state Project Monitoring and Result Delivery Unit was established to ensure tracking of Projects and Programmes implementation by all the MDAs, to realise the objectives of the five-year strategic development plan of the administration.

He said the State Government had raised N15.6 billion from the Capital market for the ongoing Lalong Legacy Projects across the three Senatorial zones of the state.

He said his administration had restored illegally scraped Chiefdoms and Districts and created new ones in line with the yearnings of the people of the state.

“The Rescue Administration has restored the traditional stools and created new ones. These include two first class; six second class and ten third Class Stools,”the governor said.

He also said that his administration had spent more than N40 billion on road projects in the last five years, for the completion of inherited projects, rehabilitation of township roads, and ongoing road construction across the three senatorial zones of the state.

He said as part of his efforts to address security challenges, the state had spent N3.2 billion on streetlights installed within Jos and Bukuru to cover a distance of 90 kilometres.

Lalong said the Yelwa Water Works was at 80% completion, while the Construction of a new Water Treatment Plant and Distribution Network system in Riyom, Tahoss and Rahoss is ongoing at 60 per cent completion.

“Under the Plateau Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (PRUWASSA), we have provided over 128 Hand Pump Boreholes as well as rehabilitated 34 others and 14 Solar Panel Boreholes across various communities in the State.

“Work is also ongoing on the construction of mini treatment plants and supply of 5.5KVA generator and minimal reticulation with water kiosks in Kalong, Shimankar, Demshin, Bakin Kogi, Fang, Sopp, Tom Gangare, Tse as well as transmission of water pipeline from Yelwa to Ajikamai,” he said.

He said that at the Plateau State University Bokkos, three new faculties had been established and government had approved a teaching hospital for the University at Shendam, where work was ongoing.

The governor said his administration  hadestablished the Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency, which took off in September 2019, adding that Ultra Sound Machines were purchased for the Cottage Hospitals in Bassa, and Bokkos as well as X-Ray materials for the General Hospitals at Mangu, Pankshin and Shendam.

He said that under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the state government had constructed and equipped 17 Primary Health Centres across the state.

“We purchased 6 Ventilators and distributed to the three tertiary hospitals in the State which include: JUTH, Plateau State Specialist Hospital and Bingham University Teaching Hospital.

He said for the 2020 farming season, Government had Spent N400 million for the procurement and subsidisation of farm inputs.

“We procured 1,500 irrigation Water Pumps which were distributed to farmers in the 17 local government areas of the state to facilitate irrigation farming of potato and vegetables during the dry season.

“We also facilitated wheat and barley research which shows that we can cultivate 18 varieties. In line with this, we profiled and empowered 150 farmers to commence wheat and barley production in in the state,” he said.

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Democracy Day: Lalong distributes 55,985 school furniture, inaugurates office complex for SUBEB



Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has distributed 55, 985 school chairs and tables to  Local Governnment Authorities in the state, as part of activities to mark the Democracy Day.

Lalong also inaugurated an 18 capacity office complex at the Plateau State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) headquarters in Jos, also to mark the event.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Chairman of SUBEB in the state, Prof Mathew Sule ,said the procurement of the school furniture was done through collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and SUBEB.

“The distribution of this furniture for use will be one significant milestone in curbing the spread of the Coronavirus amongst children, especially in over-crowded schools.

“The availability of these additional chairs and tables will afford the children to be separated from one another , hence adhering to the social distancing rule,” Sule said.

He said the 18 capacity office valued valued at N35 million would ensure the relocation of the department of primary education operating temporarily at Obasanjo Model School, Hwolshe.

He said the standard of education had improved in the state as seen in pupils’ performance at both local and international competitions.

The chairman said school enrollment had improved with gender parity , adding that more than 10 per cent of newly-constructed classrooms were sited in rural areas to make education accessible to  poor and vulnerable children.

He, however, said that in spite of government’s employment of 4,850 teachers and reinstatement of 2,750 dismissed teachers, the state still required 7,819 teachers.

Speaking at the event,  Lalong said his administration placed premium on the education sector and had in 2019, paid more than N4.2 billion as counterpart funding of UBEC , to provide conducive teaching and learning environment.

“We have so far completed the renovation of 724 classrooms at the cost of N2 .2 billion as well as fenced six schools.

“We have renovated 11 examination halls, while 84 toilets have been constructed and rehabilitated to improve sanitation and hygiene in schools,”he said.

The governor said that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government had provided alternative learning platforms using radio and television .

In his response, Mr Waziri Azi, the chairman of Education Secretaries Forum in Plateau, commended the state government for improving infrastructure in education, saying the furniture distributed would be put into good use.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor also inspected construction of on going 20 capacity office complex, internal road network and inspection of an installed mini fuel dump as part of the programme.

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Democracy Day: Gov. Lalong inauguarates security outpost, surveillance centre in Jos



Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau, inuagurating operation rainbow security outpost and surveillance center, at Dutse Uku community of Jos North Local Governnment Area, on Friday in Jos
Operation Rainbow outpost and surveillance center at Dutse Uku in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau, inuagurated for operation by Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau to mark Democracy day, on Friday.


Jos, Jun 12, 2020 Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has inaugurated the prototype security outpost and surveillance centre, at Dutse -Uku community in Jos North Local Government Area, for its home grown security outfit, `Operation Rainbow’.

Speaking at the ceremony on Friday, Lalong said the action was part of efforts to consolidate peace and security in the state as Nigeria marks democracy day.

He said the action was premised on pro-community engagement approach in crime detection and prevention, saying it was to restore peace in the state especially in hot spots such as Dutse Uku which was in the past embroiled in crises.

“This Security Outpost and Surveillance Tower is designed to detect, prevent and minimize crime within the Dutse Uku, Jos Jarawa and the Jos general area by providing a grassroots-based intelligence gathering system to assist security agencies in responding effectively to distress calls within the Jos metropolis.

“This project which was approved in January this year has nine offices; a dialogue and conference hall; Information Technology Infrastructure with CCTV Platform; Dome Camera with 1.5 kilometre range that gives day and night visuals of 1,500 mp and a solar powered inverter that can provide power for about 12 hours a day,” he said.

The governor said the Centre had an Armoured Personnel Carrier and two patrol vehicles equipped with security gadgets, for rapid response in crime prevention.

He expressed confidence that the gesture would further foster peaceful coexistence among the people and strengthen the capacity of security agencies to deal with any threat to lives of the people within this area and beyond.

He said the Centre would be replicated in other areas across the state, which would set the tone for implementation of Community Policing in the state, projected to be effective in addressing current and emerging security challenges.

“In recent times, we have seen the attempts by some criminals to instill fear among the people through kidnappings, robberies, cultism, rape and banditry.

“With this Security Outpost and Surveillance Tower, we will be able to not only identify them within the communities, but also move against them before they commit crimes.

“We expect that the process of reconciliation, mutual understanding among people of different backgrounds within this area will continue through the use of facilities in this outpost,” Lalong said.

He stressed the need for peace as a critical factor in fast tracking development in any society, saying his administration of five years had yielded positive results in that regard and attracted more investors to the state.

He urged criminals to desist from such act as modalities were on ground through community policing, to engage members of the community in fishing them out.

Earlier in his remarks, Mr Cornelius Shiolbial, the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Special Services, commended the governor for making security one of his priorities in the state.

Shiolbial said the project was completed in good time because of his commitment to ensure security of lives and property , saying it would aid in intelligence gathering and detecting early warning signals of crisis.

Lalong also laid the foundation for another surveillance outpost at Bauchi Road, in Jos North Local Government Area.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)
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