GOVERNOR LALONG CONDOLES SECRETARY TO PLATEAU STATE GOVERNMENT OVER DEATH OF MOTHER

By Prince Sekat, Jos

Plateau State Governor Simon has consoled with the Secretary to the Government of the State Prof. Danladi Abok Atu over the death of his mother Kaka Rose Akare Atu who died at the age of 103.

In a message, Governor Lalong described the late Kaka Rose Atu as a woman of substance who dedicated her life to the service of her family, immediate community and humanity at large.

He said the deceased was a community leader whose passion for mentoring and nurturing the younger generation went beyond her immediate family to her community and society at large.

Lalong said the result of her sacrifices, hardwork and resilience is evident in her children who have turned out to be useful to the society serving in different capacities and making impact.

While commiserating with the Secretary to the Government and other members of the family, the Governor urged them to take solace in the fact that their mother lived to a ripe age of 103 and continued to serve God till her last moments.

He advised them to ensure that her legacies of love, sacrifice, patience, love for God and hardwork are sustained in their conduct and passed to the next generation.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
25th January 2023.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO DENGI,KANAM LGA, AS THE GAGDI CAMPAIGN COUNCIL IS INAUGURATED

By Prince Sekat, Jos

We had told you, didn’t we, that the Dengi Mini Stadium will host one of the biggest gatherings in PKK, being the venue for the inauguration of the Gagdi Campaign Council Monday, January 23, 2023?

The composition of the Council was painstakingly done over some time, bringing together several party leaders, women, youth, and supporters who recognize the mantra of the In God We Trust Movement.

The Gagdi Campaign Council is chaired by the Rt Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, while the Director General is Hon Philip P. Dasun. The Secretary General of the Council is ND Shehu Kanam.

It is on record that Gagdi did not go to the National Assembly to warm the benches. He has changed the narrative of what it means to be given the people’s mandate.

In every department, they are peopled by resourceful and dedicated persons who are poised to be used for the success of the campaign.

It is not for nothing that such a cream has been assembled to return Rt Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi back to the Green Chamber of the National Assembly.

It is for this reason that PKK wants him back come February 25, 2023.

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January 22, 2023

GAGDI STRATEGIES ON HOW TO MAKE REFUND IF 2022 WAEC,NECO REGISTRATION TO PKK SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS HITCH-FREE

GAGDI STRATEGISES ON HOW TO MAKE REFUND OF 2022 WAEC, NECO REGISTRATION TO PKK SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS HITCH-FREE

Member representing Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency, Rt Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi in conjunction with the PKK Elders Advisory Council led by Nde John Gobak mni, has had an interactive session with major stakeholders in the education sector in the area to mitigate the difficulties faced by indigent secondary schools’ final year students in paying their WAEC, NECO fees.

The meeting was held at the MNS Resort in Pankshin. It had in attendance Principals of all public, private and faith based schools across the constituency.

Others included Zonal Education Director and the 3 Local Government Area Directors, Chairmen and Secretaries of the Parent Teachers association (PTAs) of the schools .

The others include, Central LGA PTA Chairmen, Presidents and Secretaries of the key Community Development Associations across the Constituency.

The meeting provided an avenue to scrutinize and analyse the 2022 NECO registration payment by Rt Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi to over 3,400 indigent students spread across all the various schools in the constituency.

It also afforded them the opportunity to appreciate the lapses encountered during the exercise which were carefully studied to ensure fair and just process for the upcoming 2022 WAEC/NECO Registration refund, where another set of over 4,000 students are expected to benefit..

Speakers from the various strategic groups invited applauded the humane heart of Rt Hon Gagdi, promising to ensure that the good gesture of the member is not frustrated.

A Verification Commitee for each local government was set to ensure a careful verification exercise of the schools and students expected to benefit from the refund. They include:

Pankshin LGA :
Hon. Mrs Naomi Golmwen – Chairperson
Hon. Jurbe Gonet – Secretary
Representative of ANCOPSS
Representative of PTAs of the affected schools
Representative of the Local Government Central PTA.

Kanke LGA :
Hon. Zachariah Goshang- Chairman
Hon. Caleb Gotar – Secretary
Representative of ANCOPSS
Representative of PTAs of the affected schools
Representative of the Local Government Central PTA

Kanam LGA:
Hon. Ibrahim Saleh- Chairperson
Barr. Adamu Nuhu – Secretary
Representative of ANCOPSS
Representative of PTAs of the affected schools
Representative of the Local Government Central PTA

To make it workable, the refund would be directly paid into the accounts of the student (beneficiary) except stated otherwise by the student in the absence of a personal bank account.

Also, the Verification Exercise Committee was given 2 weeks to complete this exercise and ensure payment of the refund.


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January 17, 2023

GOVERNOR LALONG GREETS LONG GAMAI,MISKOOM MARTIN SHALDAS III @70

GOVERNOR LALONG GREETS LONG GAMAI, MISKOOM MARTIN SHALDAS III @ 70

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has congratulated the First Class ruler of the Gamai people, His Royal Highness Miskoom Martin Shaldas III, the Long Gamai of Gamailand on his 70th birthday.

Governor Lalong in a message of facilitation described the Long Gamai as a man of peace and a symbol of unity, tolerance and forthrightness.

He said the Royal Father has over the years done a lot to unite the Gamai people and also promote their development while ensuring that other people within his domain are properly accommodated and respected irrespective of their ethnic, religious or other affiliations.

The Governor said the Long Gamai who is also the Vice Chairman of the Plateau State Council of Chiefs and Emirs has also contributed enormously to the peace and stability of the State while also supporting the Government to fight crime and criminality.

As the Custodian of the Gamai culture, the Governor acknowledged the role that Miskoom Martin Shaldas III has played in reviving the traditions and culture of the people which has sustained its value and essence despite the forces of globalisation.

While wishing the Royal Father more years of good health, God’s protection, wisdom and strength, the Governor urged him to continue to make himself available for the defence of the rights of the common man as well as the preservation of human dignity within his domain and elsewhere.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
21st January 2023.

OPERATION SAFE HAVEN GETS NEW COMMANDER

By Prince Sekat,Jos

A new Commander, Major General Abdulsalami Bagudu Ibrahim has assumed command of the Special Task Force Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) Headquartered in Jos, Plateau State.

He took over office from Major General Ibrahim Ali, who was recently posted to Theatre Command North-East Joint Task Force Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) as Theatre Commander.

Speaking during the handing and taking over ceremony held at Headquarters Operation SAFE HAVEN today 20 January 2023, the outgoing commander, Major General Ali assured that men and officers of the command have expressed readiness to cooperate with the incoming commander in achieving the aims and objectives of OPSH, especially in sustaining its kinetic and non-kinetic approaches toward achieving lasting peace.

The outgoing commander lauded personnel of OPSH for their cooperation, steadfastness and dedication throughout his tour of duty of the command. He charged them to continually demonstrate high level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties as stakeholders in the corridor of peace.

In his remarks, the incoming commander, Operation SAFE HAVEN, Major General Abdulsalami Bagudu Ibrahim said achievements recorded by the outgoing commander would be sustained and improved on.

Major General Ibrahim urged men, officers and relevant stakeholders in the corridor of peace to unite against crimes within the Joint Operation Area of the command. He charged personnel on the need to remain disciplined and continually preach peace for the advancement of the society.

The Incoming commander also reiterated the commitment of the command, in delivering on its mandate of maintaining peace through organizing social intervention programs for host communities and use of non-kinectic approach in dispute resolution.

The high points of the event were signing of the handing and taking over notes by the Outgoing and Incoming Commanders, decoration of the Incoming Commander with command insignia and group photograph.

You are please requested to disseminate this information through your medium. Thank you for the usual cooperation.
 
*OYA JAMES*
Captain
Media Information Officer OPSH

SHENDAM OLD STUDENTS ENDORSE LALONG FOR SENATE; PLEDGE TO SUPPORT TINUBU/SHETTIMA

By Freelance Reporters, Jos

Impressed by his achievements, contributions and support to his alma mater, members of Shendam Old Students Association (SOSA) has thrown their weight behind Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong for his election to the Senate to represent Plateau South Senatorial District.

The members who made their stand known at the 5th National Convention and Award Presentation held at the school in Shendam said the Governor has made the school proud by his personal achievements and success in politics which has resulted in rapid development of the school.

Chairman of SOSA Comrade Emmanuel Dashe said the Governor has proven that with hardwork, determination and God’s grace, anyone can rise from humble beginnings to any height.

He said as an ambassador of GSS Shendam, the Governor has not only given a good account of himself but put the school’s name in good light through his performance as Governor of Plateau State, Chairman Northern Governors Forum and Director General of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Council. He said they are fully behind him and are sure that he will take Plateau State to prominence in national politics.

In a keynote address, Guest Speaker at the Convention and a member of first set of the school (SOSA 1978) Prof. Garba Sharubutu said SOSA members have come a long way and must appreciate God for raising them from a humble beginnings to greatness.

Prof. Sharubutu who is the Executive Secretary Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria said the school is privileged to have produced many eminent personalities including the Governor, Professors, Vice Chancellor, Permanent Secretaries, Speakers, Senior Security Officers among others.

He praised Governor Lalong for being a shining star of the school and carrying along his school mates in various ways, saying the endorsement for the Governor’s Senatorial bid as well as his Principal Asiwaju was in order because he needs to continue his great work at the Federal level where he already has wide contact and commanded influence based on his performance.

Commissoner for Secondary Education Mrs. Elizabeth Wapmuk said SOSA has been united, energised and refocused by the Governor whose passion for education has seen the sector being transformed rapidly.

Wapmuk appreciated SOSA for supporting the school with infrastructure, facilities and even teachers.

Principal of the school Mrs. Susan Dandam said the old students have made the school proud by constantly completing the efforts of the State Government.

Dandam praised the Governor for changing the face of the school through development of infrastructure, manpower and the facilitation of other donor support such as the World Bank assisted AGILE project.

In his speech, Governor Lalong recalled with nostalgia his days at GSS Shendam where he said the teachers did their best to instill discipline and also give then quality education.

He commended the pioneer leaders of SOSA for laying the solid foundation upon which the school alumni is standing on. According to him, the school has done a lot to raise people that represented Plateau and Nigeria in various endeavours who need to be recognised and celebrated.

Lalong said the principles of love, tolerance, unity and peace which were taught in the school have continued to guide his conduct as a politician whose passion is for bringing people together irrespective of religion, ethnicity and other differences.

He told them that as DG of the APC Presidential Campaign Council and Chairman Northern Governors Forum, he knows the benefits of national politics and being in the mainstream which benefits more people than being in opposition and always complaining of marginalization.

He thanked SOSA for supporting him over the years and also affirming their willingness to vote for him for Senate as well as for Tinubu/Shettima ticket.

The Governor presented an 18 seater bus for the school on behalf of his class of set 82. He also visited the student hostels.

He also recieved an award for exemplary service and achievement in transforming the State.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
20th January 2023.

PDP FLAG-OFF ACCIDENT: NENTAWE SUSPENDS CAMPAIGNS TO MOURN


By Freelance Reporters, Jos

Candidate of the All Progressive Congress Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda was at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH ) to commensurate with the Victims of the PDP. Central Zone Flag-Off.

The candidate of the APC took to his face book page to say “The Early morning today, I was in the emergency ward of JUTH to visit the injured members of PDP that were involved in a fatal accident in Mangu that claimed the lives of some of our precious Plateau angels.”

He continued that “I was led by Dr. Peter Onuminya along with the APC chairman of Mangu among other members of my campaign group.”

The captain of the generation Next announced that he is suspending his campaigns… He says,

“Consequent to this, Generation Next has suspended all campaign activities for 3 days to mourn the Plateau souls that perished in the unfortunate accident.

My heart and prayers are with the PDP family and families that loss their loved ones.”..

meanwhile, the PDP have issued a press release on the situation they called a sad one

Press Statement

Saturday 14th January, 2023

On a sad note, a truck conveying some supporters of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), from the gubernatorial campaigns flag-off and zonal rally of the Central Zone, Plateau State, in Pankshin, had an accident this evening after the rally, around Jwak Village, just before Panyam Bridge, Mangu Local Government Area (LGA).

The supporters who are mostly young people, sustained injuries of varying proportions, while some regrettably lost their lives.

The governorship candidate, Barr. Caleb Mutfwang (BCM), is deeply saddened by the unfortunate event, and is currently involved in evacuating those severely injured from different hospitals in Mangu, to Jos, where they would hopefully receive better attention and care.

While we appreciate all first responders who are currently assisting with the evacuation effort, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected by the sad event.

May the souls of those we lost rest in peace.

More details would be communicated subsequently.

Mangna Yusuf Wamyil
For: BCM Media

GAGDI AIDES REACT TO LETEP’S DIATRIBE; COMMISERATE WITH PLATEAU PEOPLE OVER THE LOSS OF PDP MEMBERS IN AN AUTO CRASH

We, the Strategic Media Team of the member representing PKK, Rt Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, on behalf of our Principal, register our heartfelt condolences to the people of Plateau State; particularly Governor Simon Lalong, the leader of the state, and the bereaved families who lost their loved ones in the ghastly motor accident involving PDP members returning from PDP zonal rally in Pankshin, along Pushit-Panyam road.

The irreparable loss is a blow not only to the families but the entire Plateau people, regardless of party affiliation. We know that politics come and go, but Plateau remains our collective heritage as brothers and sisters.

Therefore, we join faith with other well-meaning Plateau citizens in prayers for the quick recovery of those injured in the accident and the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives.

Meanwhile, it has become pertinent for us to use this medium to draw the attention of Latep Dabang and condemn his penchant for using foul language against our Principal at every slight opportunity he has to make a speech.

He can maturely sell his preferred candidate without resorting to name-calling and political mudslinging, just so to be able to sell his candidate.

Latep’s recent diatribe against our Principal at the Pankshin Zonal Rally is highly uncalled for and at best, unbecoming of a one-time political ally, who has just parted ways for political convenience.

Even at the rally ground where Latep felt it was a gathering of his fellow party men, and thus a fertile ground to sow the seed of discontent against Gagdi, he should have been wise enough to notice the low response of the people to his childish political misadventure, which was indicative of Gagdi’s goodwill and acceptance beyond the boundaries of political party affiliation.

We want to categorically make it clear to Latep Dabang that Gagdi has never been a drug addict. He has never tasted nor attempted to indulge in the act. Indeed, God forbid that Gagdi will resort to taking drugs in the future; even such will not be HIV drugs.

At the appropriate time, when Gagdi takes on Latep Dabang, it will certainly be to the cleaners by responding adequately to his many attacks in the same coin that he deserves.

In the meantime, Latep Dabang should know that it is not everybody that survives on drugs and Gagdi is not one such person; hence he should direct his frustrations to where they belong to accordingly.

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January 15, 2023

“LET US ENCOURAGE OUR ARMED FORCES TO DO MORE” GOVERNOR LALONG URGES NIGERIANS AS HE LAYS WREATH TO HONOUR FALLEN HEROES

“LET US ENCOURAGE OUR ARMED FORCES TO DO MORE” GOVERNOR LALONG URGES NIGERIANS AS HE LAYS WREATH TO HONOUR FALLEN HEROES.

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has appealed to Nigerians to encourage members of the armed forces through words and actions in order to spur them to do more in securing the nation.

The Governor spoke shortly after laying the wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the cenotaph located at the JD Gomwalk Secretariat Jos to mark the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

Lalong said officers and men of the security services have made tremendous sacrifices towards ensuring that there is peace and security in the country and should therefore receive commensurate respect and goodwill.

He said despite the security challenges being experienced in various parts of the country, the security personnel must not be condemned or their morale dampened.

In particular, the Governor expressed appreciation for the role that the security agencies have played in restoring peace to the State and continuing to make it difficult for criminals to make a foothold in any part of the State.

Apart from laying the wreath and releasing pigeons to symbolise peace, the Governor was joined by other top Government officials to lay wreaths. They include Speaker House of Assembly, Chief Judge of Plateau State, GOC 3rd Armoured Division, NAF Commander, Commissioner of Police, Chairman Nigerian Legion among others.

Prayers were also offered for the repose of the souls of the departed.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
15th January 2023.