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  •  The Northern Governors Forum on Sunday felicitated with the Senate President Ahmed Lawan who attained the age of 61 years The Forum lauded Lawan for his imense contributions to the nation s political development Chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau Simon Lalong congratulated Lawan in a message made available to Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Jos The statement was issued by Dr Makut Macham Director of Press and Public Relations to the governor Lalong commended the senate president for his contributions to politics through his many years of service in the legislative arm The forum wished Lawan good health and God s favour in the years ahead You are one of the shining examples of the North as you have lived a life of patriotism and dedication Promoting values of unity peace and progress in your approach to crucial national issues particularly in the legislature We are happy that you are leading the National Assembly with dignity commitment and integrity putting national interests above all other considerations the group said It expressed optimism that Lawan s leadership in the ninth Senate would provide the much needed win win synergy necessary for a harmonious relationship with the Executive and the Judiciary It said the gesture would fast track the dividends of democracy to Nigerians The chairman assured the Senate President of the continuous support of the Northern Governors Forum and the people of the region The support Lalong said would help the Senate President to provide the needed legislations by the legislative arm to ease the lives of Nigerians and fast track development Edited by Shuaib Sadiq and Abdullahi Yusuf
    Northern Governors congratulate Ahmed Lawan @ 61
     The Northern Governors Forum on Sunday felicitated with the Senate President Ahmed Lawan who attained the age of 61 years The Forum lauded Lawan for his imense contributions to the nation s political development Chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau Simon Lalong congratulated Lawan in a message made available to Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Jos The statement was issued by Dr Makut Macham Director of Press and Public Relations to the governor Lalong commended the senate president for his contributions to politics through his many years of service in the legislative arm The forum wished Lawan good health and God s favour in the years ahead You are one of the shining examples of the North as you have lived a life of patriotism and dedication Promoting values of unity peace and progress in your approach to crucial national issues particularly in the legislature We are happy that you are leading the National Assembly with dignity commitment and integrity putting national interests above all other considerations the group said It expressed optimism that Lawan s leadership in the ninth Senate would provide the much needed win win synergy necessary for a harmonious relationship with the Executive and the Judiciary It said the gesture would fast track the dividends of democracy to Nigerians The chairman assured the Senate President of the continuous support of the Northern Governors Forum and the people of the region The support Lalong said would help the Senate President to provide the needed legislations by the legislative arm to ease the lives of Nigerians and fast track development Edited by Shuaib Sadiq and Abdullahi Yusuf
    Northern Governors congratulate Ahmed Lawan @ 61
    General news3 years ago

    Northern Governors congratulate Ahmed Lawan @ 61

    The Northern Governors’ Forum on Sunday felicitated with the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, who attained the age of 61 years.

    The Forum lauded Lawan for his imense contributions to the nation’s political development.

    Chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, congratulated Lawan in a message made available to Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Jos.

    The statement was issued by Dr Makut Macham, Director of Press and Public Relations to the governor.

    Lalong commended the senate president for his contributions to politics through his many years of service in the legislative arm.

    The forum wished Lawan good health and God’s favour in the years ahead.

    “You are one of the shining examples of the North as you have lived a life of patriotism and dedication.

    “Promoting values of unity, peace and progress in your approach to crucial national issues, particularly in the legislature.

    “We are happy that you are leading the National Assembly with dignity, commitment and integrity putting national interests above all other considerations,” the group said.

    It expressed optimism that Lawan’s leadership in the ninth Senate would provide the much needed win-win synergy, necessary for a harmonious relationship with the Executive and the Judiciary.

    It said the gesture would fast track the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

    The chairman assured the Senate President of the continuous support of the Northern Governors’ Forum and the people of the region.

    The support, Lalong said, would help the Senate President to provide the needed legislations by the legislative arm to ease the lives of  Nigerians and fast track development.

    Edited by: Shuaib Sadiq and Abdullahi Yusuf

  •  Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau has said the construction of watchtower in the state would strengthen its security architecture and ensure efficient early response to crisis The governor disclosed this on Sunday in a statement in Jos by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Macham He commended the quality of the project at Dutse Uku in Jos North Local Government Area during his inspection of the work This initiative will help us address issues before they escalate and ensure that criminals are not allowed to again cause strife among the people he said He said his administration was working to strengthen understanding among different groups in the state adding that he was committed to promote good neighbourliness tolerance and peaceful coexistence He explained that the tower positioned to observe large part of the City would be constructed in other key flash points in the state I climbed up to the tower and could see almost all parts of the City of Jos This should tell those who are criminally minded that I will be watching you and send the security agencies to track you down and get you arrested We have done a lot to ensure that people live in peace and nobody will be allowed to change that he said The Permanent Secretary Cabinet and Special Services Mr Cornelius Shiolbial said the tower is an early warning system to pre empt conflicts and nip them in the bud The idea behind this is to have a permanent security presence here that consists of security personnel and representatives of the community They will be working hand in hand to ensure that the whole area is under surveillance and any threat to peace is detected and dealt with on time The structure here provides offices watch facilities and a conference hall where they can meet and analyse whatever is observed and possibly diffuse any tension he said In his response the Adagwom Izere of Jos Ada Emmanuel Azik appreciated the Governor for fulfilling his campaign promises by building the infrastructure Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz
    Crisis: Gov. Lalong inspects construction of watchtower
     Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau has said the construction of watchtower in the state would strengthen its security architecture and ensure efficient early response to crisis The governor disclosed this on Sunday in a statement in Jos by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Macham He commended the quality of the project at Dutse Uku in Jos North Local Government Area during his inspection of the work This initiative will help us address issues before they escalate and ensure that criminals are not allowed to again cause strife among the people he said He said his administration was working to strengthen understanding among different groups in the state adding that he was committed to promote good neighbourliness tolerance and peaceful coexistence He explained that the tower positioned to observe large part of the City would be constructed in other key flash points in the state I climbed up to the tower and could see almost all parts of the City of Jos This should tell those who are criminally minded that I will be watching you and send the security agencies to track you down and get you arrested We have done a lot to ensure that people live in peace and nobody will be allowed to change that he said The Permanent Secretary Cabinet and Special Services Mr Cornelius Shiolbial said the tower is an early warning system to pre empt conflicts and nip them in the bud The idea behind this is to have a permanent security presence here that consists of security personnel and representatives of the community They will be working hand in hand to ensure that the whole area is under surveillance and any threat to peace is detected and dealt with on time The structure here provides offices watch facilities and a conference hall where they can meet and analyse whatever is observed and possibly diffuse any tension he said In his response the Adagwom Izere of Jos Ada Emmanuel Azik appreciated the Governor for fulfilling his campaign promises by building the infrastructure Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz
    Crisis: Gov. Lalong inspects construction of watchtower
    Defence/Security3 years ago

    Crisis: Gov. Lalong inspects construction of watchtower

    Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has said the construction of watchtower in the state would strengthen its security architecture and ensure efficient early response to crisis.

    The governor disclosed this on Sunday in a statement in Jos by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham.

    He commended the quality of the project at Dutse Uku in Jos North Local Government Area during his inspection of the work.

    “This initiative will help us address issues before they escalate and ensure that criminals are not allowed to again cause strife among the people,” he said.

    He said his administration was working to strengthen understanding among different groups in the state, adding that he was committed to promote good neighbourliness, tolerance and peaceful coexistence.

    He explained that the tower, positioned to observe large part of the City, would be constructed in other key flash points in the state.

    “I climbed up to the tower and could see almost all parts of the City of Jos. This should tell those who are criminally minded that I will be watching you and send the security agencies to track you down and get you arrested.

    “We have done a lot to ensure that people live in peace and nobody will be allowed to change that,” he said.

    The Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Special Services, Mr Cornelius Shiolbial, said the tower is an early warning system to pre-empt conflicts and nip them in the bud.

    “The idea behind this is to have a permanent security presence here that consists of security personnel and representatives of the community.

    ”They will be working hand in hand to ensure that the whole area is under surveillance and any threat to peace is detected and dealt with on time.

    “The structure here provides offices, watch facilities and a conference hall where they can meet and analyse whatever is observed and possibly diffuse any tension,” he said.

    In his response, the Adagwom Izere of Jos, Ada Emmanuel Azik, appreciated the Governor for fulfilling his campaign promises by building the infrastructure.

    Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

  •  Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau on Wednesday condemned the attack by gunmen on Kulben village Mangu Local Government Area where innocent lives were lost Lalong in a statement issued in Jos on Thursday by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Macham vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice He described the attack as an attempt to distort the peace that was currently being enjoyed in the state While commiserating with victims and families of those killed the Governor warned that his administration would not allow any group or individuals to return the state to its dark days of insecurity through their evil acts We have toiled to ensure that peace returns to Plateau and we will not allow anyone to make nonsense of our efforts We are determined to deal decisively and firmly with anybody found culpable in attacking or inciting people to carry out attacks against one another he warned He commended security agencies for arresting seven suspects connected to the killings and restoring normalcy to the area Lalong said that thorough investigations would be carried on the incidence while assuring the public that perpetrators would face the full wrath of the law He appealed for calm and advised against reprisals as government was addressing the situation adding that those injured were responding to treatment at the general hospital in Mangu Edited by Chinyere Nwachukwu and Abdullahi Yusuf
    Lalong condemns attack on Plateau community, vows to punish perpetrators
     Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau on Wednesday condemned the attack by gunmen on Kulben village Mangu Local Government Area where innocent lives were lost Lalong in a statement issued in Jos on Thursday by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Macham vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice He described the attack as an attempt to distort the peace that was currently being enjoyed in the state While commiserating with victims and families of those killed the Governor warned that his administration would not allow any group or individuals to return the state to its dark days of insecurity through their evil acts We have toiled to ensure that peace returns to Plateau and we will not allow anyone to make nonsense of our efforts We are determined to deal decisively and firmly with anybody found culpable in attacking or inciting people to carry out attacks against one another he warned He commended security agencies for arresting seven suspects connected to the killings and restoring normalcy to the area Lalong said that thorough investigations would be carried on the incidence while assuring the public that perpetrators would face the full wrath of the law He appealed for calm and advised against reprisals as government was addressing the situation adding that those injured were responding to treatment at the general hospital in Mangu Edited by Chinyere Nwachukwu and Abdullahi Yusuf
    Lalong condemns attack on Plateau community, vows to punish perpetrators
    General news3 years ago

    Lalong condemns attack on Plateau community, vows to punish perpetrators

    Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau on Wednesday condemned the attack by gunmen on Kulben village, Mangu Local Government Area, where innocent lives were lost.

    Lalong, in a statement issued in Jos on Thursday by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    He described the attack as an attempt to distort the peace that was currently being enjoyed in the state.

    While commiserating with victims and families of those killed, the Governor warned that his administration would not allow any group or individuals to return the state to its dark days of insecurity through their evil acts.

    “We have toiled to ensure that peace returns to Plateau and we will not allow anyone to make nonsense of our efforts.

    “We are determined to deal decisively and firmly with anybody found culpable in attacking or inciting people to carry out attacks against one another,” he warned.

    He commended security agencies for arresting seven suspects connected to the killings and restoring normalcy to the area.

    Lalong said that thorough investigations would be carried on the incidence while assuring the public that perpetrators would face the full wrath of the law.

    He appealed for calm and advised against reprisals as government was addressing the situation, adding that those injured were responding to treatment at the general hospital in Mangu.

    Edited by: Chinyere Nwachukwu and Abdullahi Yusuf

  •  Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Dame Pauline Tallen on her 61st birthday acknowledging her contributions to humanity The governor in a message by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Macham on Wednesday in Jos commended Tallen for impacting on lives Dame Tallen s achievements over the years are enormous and characterised by selfless service dedication and determination to impact positively on others while carrying out every assignment with diligence and excellence the governor said Lalong appreciated the minister for her contributions in the lives of the people of her home state Plateau and Nigeria throughout her political career and service in other sectors spanning many decades He however urged Tallen to use her current position as a platform to further make the best of her new age by addressing issues relating to the girl child womenfolk and the less privileged in Nigeria The governor prayed that God grants her more years of good health wisdom and abundance to enable her continue impacting positively on society Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    Gov. Lalong congratulates Tallen @ 61
     Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Dame Pauline Tallen on her 61st birthday acknowledging her contributions to humanity The governor in a message by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Macham on Wednesday in Jos commended Tallen for impacting on lives Dame Tallen s achievements over the years are enormous and characterised by selfless service dedication and determination to impact positively on others while carrying out every assignment with diligence and excellence the governor said Lalong appreciated the minister for her contributions in the lives of the people of her home state Plateau and Nigeria throughout her political career and service in other sectors spanning many decades He however urged Tallen to use her current position as a platform to further make the best of her new age by addressing issues relating to the girl child womenfolk and the less privileged in Nigeria The governor prayed that God grants her more years of good health wisdom and abundance to enable her continue impacting positively on society Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    Gov. Lalong congratulates Tallen @ 61
    General news3 years ago

    Gov. Lalong congratulates Tallen @ 61

    Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, on her 61st birthday, acknowledging her contributions to humanity.

    The governor, in a message by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Wednesday in Jos, commended Tallen for impacting on lives.

    “Dame Tallen’s achievements over the years are enormous and characterised by selfless service, dedication and determination to impact positively on others while carrying out every assignment with diligence and excellence,” the governor said.

    Lalong appreciated the minister for her contributions in the lives of the people of her home state Plateau and Nigeria, throughout her political career and service in other sectors spanning many decades.

    He however urged Tallen to use her current position as a platform to further make the best of her new age by addressing issues relating to the girl-child, womenfolk and the less privileged in Nigeria.

    The governor prayed that God grants her more years of good health, wisdom and abundance to enable her continue impacting positively on society.

    Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tola

  •   Gov Simon of Plateau has said that he will complete projects he initiated before leaves office in 2023 A statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Macham said that the governor made the pledge while inspecting ongoing legacy projects across the state We want to complete the projects during our tenure to avoid the problem of abandoned projects We decided to complete the projects we inherited but you can t be sure of what those coming behind us will do They may not focus on it if we don t complete it which will become a waste while the people continue to suffer he said Lalong in company of his Deputy Prof Sonni Gwanle Tyoden and other top government officials were at the Potato Tissue Culture Laboratory in Mangu Local Government which is almost completed The Potato Tissue Culture Laboratory is meant to produce quality variety of seedlings that are resistant to diseases that are currently ravaging the crop in the state The facility will also provide the platform for educating farmers in the state on various ways of value addition to the potatoes for preservation and export The governor expressed delight at the facility which he said was part of the grand design to usher in a new phase in potatoes farming in the state According to him potatoes is a crop that the state has comparative advantage in but has not been able to maximize its advantage When I laid the foundation for this facility I stated clearly that we have to take the production of potatoes beyond where it is today We have to produce it all year round and add value to it for domestic consumption and export The situation where farmers produce potatoes that is wasted or sold at giveaway prices does not help us because we lack capacity for value addition This has to change as we must create more jobs for our youths and increase the earning capacity of farmers he said Lalong who was also at the Panyam General Hospital Legacy Project was told that the project was slowed down because of compensation issues He expressed sadness over the development and directed the Local Government Chairman and the Traditional Ruler of the area to ensure that such issues were resolved immediately Another legacy lroject visited by the governor was Government College Pankshin which was being to transformed into its original status of a technical institution since it was initially a Craft School He was happy that the work has gone up to 60 percent and expressed hope that it would be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2020 We are determined to entrench technical education in our educational system in order to develop skills that are needed to empower our youths and turn them into entrepreneurs and job creators rather than job seekers When we do that we are sure of eliminating poverty and crime and enhancing peace Lalong said Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf NAN
    I will not leave uncompleted projects – Lalong
      Gov Simon of Plateau has said that he will complete projects he initiated before leaves office in 2023 A statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Macham said that the governor made the pledge while inspecting ongoing legacy projects across the state We want to complete the projects during our tenure to avoid the problem of abandoned projects We decided to complete the projects we inherited but you can t be sure of what those coming behind us will do They may not focus on it if we don t complete it which will become a waste while the people continue to suffer he said Lalong in company of his Deputy Prof Sonni Gwanle Tyoden and other top government officials were at the Potato Tissue Culture Laboratory in Mangu Local Government which is almost completed The Potato Tissue Culture Laboratory is meant to produce quality variety of seedlings that are resistant to diseases that are currently ravaging the crop in the state The facility will also provide the platform for educating farmers in the state on various ways of value addition to the potatoes for preservation and export The governor expressed delight at the facility which he said was part of the grand design to usher in a new phase in potatoes farming in the state According to him potatoes is a crop that the state has comparative advantage in but has not been able to maximize its advantage When I laid the foundation for this facility I stated clearly that we have to take the production of potatoes beyond where it is today We have to produce it all year round and add value to it for domestic consumption and export The situation where farmers produce potatoes that is wasted or sold at giveaway prices does not help us because we lack capacity for value addition This has to change as we must create more jobs for our youths and increase the earning capacity of farmers he said Lalong who was also at the Panyam General Hospital Legacy Project was told that the project was slowed down because of compensation issues He expressed sadness over the development and directed the Local Government Chairman and the Traditional Ruler of the area to ensure that such issues were resolved immediately Another legacy lroject visited by the governor was Government College Pankshin which was being to transformed into its original status of a technical institution since it was initially a Craft School He was happy that the work has gone up to 60 percent and expressed hope that it would be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2020 We are determined to entrench technical education in our educational system in order to develop skills that are needed to empower our youths and turn them into entrepreneurs and job creators rather than job seekers When we do that we are sure of eliminating poverty and crime and enhancing peace Lalong said Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf NAN
    I will not leave uncompleted projects – Lalong
    General news3 years ago

    I will not leave uncompleted projects – Lalong

    Gov. Simon of Plateau has said that he will complete projects he initiated before leaves office in 2023.

    A statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, said that the governor made the pledge while inspecting ongoing “legacy projects” across the state.

    “We want to complete the projects during our tenure to avoid the problem of abandoned projects.

    “We decided to complete the projects we inherited, but you can’t be sure of what those coming behind us will do.

    “They may not focus on it if we don’t complete it which will become a waste while the people continue to suffer,” he said.

    Lalong in company of his Deputy, Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden, and other top government officials were at the Potato Tissue Culture Laboratory in Mangu Local Government which is almost completed.

    The Potato Tissue Culture Laboratory is meant to produce quality variety of seedlings that are resistant to diseases that are currently ravaging the crop in the state.

    The facility will also provide the platform for educating farmers in the state on various ways of value addition to the potatoes for preservation and export.

    The governor expressed delight at the facility which he said was part of the grand design to usher in a new phase in potatoes farming in the state.

    According to him, potatoes is a crop that the state has comparative advantage in, but has not been able to maximize its advantage.

    “When I laid the foundation for this facility, I stated clearly that we have to take the production of potatoes beyond where it is today.

    “We have to produce it all year round and add value to it for domestic consumption and export.

    “The situation where farmers produce potatoes that is wasted or sold at giveaway prices does not help us because we lack capacity for value addition.

    “This has to change as we must create more jobs for our youths and increase the earning capacity of farmers,” he said.

    Lalong, who was also at the Panyam General Hospital Legacy Project, was told that the project was slowed down because of compensation issues.

    He expressed sadness over the development and directed the Local Government  Chairman and the Traditional Ruler of the area to ensure that such issues were resolved immediately.

    Another legacy lroject visited by the  governor was Government College, Pankshin, which was being to transformed into its original status of a technical institution since it was initially a Craft School.

    He was happy that the work has gone up to 60 percent and expressed hope that it would be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2020.

    “We are determined to entrench technical education in our educational system in order to develop skills that are needed to empower our youths and turn them into entrepreneurs and job creators rather than job seekers.

    “When we do that, we are sure of eliminating poverty and crime and enhancing peace,”Lalong said.

    Edited by: Abdullahi Yusuf
    (NAN)

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