PLATEAU STATE GOVERNMENT FLAYS BUdgIT REPORT;DENIES OWING 6 MONTHS SALARIES

PLATEAU STATE GOVERNMENT FLAYS BudgIT REPORT; DENIES OWING 6 MONTH’S SALARIES

Plateau State Government has described as misleading and untrue a report by BudgIT titled “2022 Nigerian Sub-National Salary Survey as at July 31st, 2022” wherein it categorised Plateau State under the “red colour” of its mapping with interpretation as one of the States owing salaries of between “6 months and above”.

The survey which BudgIT claims is the result of its field research, is not only very misleading and surprising, but a source of embarrassment to the Government.

While the Government awaits immediate retraction of the publication and an apology from the organisation, we wish to put the records straight on the issue of salary payments in Plateau State under the leadership of Governor Simon Bako Lalong.

As a matter of fact, Plateau workers have never had it good on the issue of salaries in a long time than under the Rescue Administration of Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong who upon assuming office, inherited 8 months unpaid salaries, pensions and other outstanding allowances due to the workers and retirees.

He immediately cleared the bag log and further directed that salaries and pensions should always be paid before 25th of every month which was implemented faithfully.

Because of his consistency in fulfillling this responsibility to the State’s workforce and pensioners, he was nicknamed “Governor Alert” while the Joint Labour Unions of Plateau State Tertiary Institutions honoured him with an award for consistent payment of salaries and improving the welfare of workers.

This prompt payment of salaries continued until sometime this year when the Federal Allocations accruing to all States ran into problems as a result of non-remittance of funds by the NNPC which made it difficult for them to meet their obligations including salaries.

Despite this general challenge which is not peculiar to Plateau alone, workers have received their salaries up till May 2022 while pensions have been paid up to July 2022.

The Government therefore wonders where BudgIT got its erroneous facts from to the extent of publishing it thereby misleading the public.

While the Government is not happy of owing workers salaries for June and July (2 months) as a against the “6 months and above” quoted by the organisation, it wishes to assure its workers that it will continue doing its best to clear the outstanding as soon as possible in tandem with the promise of Governor Lalong never to leave any salaries unpaid during his administration.

However, the Government wishes to caution BudgIT to always cross check its facts and conduct “thorough research” so as to avoid misleading the public, embarrassing the Government, and bringing itself into disrepute.

For now, the Government assumes that this is an innocent and legitimate error which will be corrected immediately, and not a politcal manipulation aimed at disparaging the Rescue Administration of Governor Simon Bako Lalong as well as the good people and hardworking staff of the State.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
12th August 2022.

PLATEAU STATE GOVERNMENT FLAYS BudgIT REPORT; DENIES OWING 6 MONTHS SALARIES

PLATEAU STATE GOVERNMENT FLAYS BudgIT REPORT; DENIES OWING 6 MONTH’S SALARIES

Plateau State Government has described as misleading and untrue a report by BudgIT titled “2022 Nigerian Sub-National Salary Survey as at July 31st, 2022” wherein it categorised Plateau State under the “red colour” of its mapping with interpretation as one of the States owing salaries of between “6 months and above”.

The survey which BudgIT claims is the result of its field research, is not only very misleading and surprising, but a source of embarrassment to the Government.

While the Government awaits immediate retraction of the publication and an apology from the organisation, we wish to put the records straight on the issue of salary payments in Plateau State under the leadership of Governor Simon Bako Lalong.

As a matter of fact, Plateau workers have never had it good on the issue of salaries in a long time than under the Rescue Administration of Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong who upon assuming office, inherited 8 months unpaid salaries, pensions and other outstanding allowances due to the workers and retirees.

He immediately cleared the bag log and further directed that salaries and pensions should always be paid before 25th of every month which was implemented faithfully.

Because of his consistency in fulfillling this responsibility to the State’s workforce and pensioners, he was nicknamed “Governor Alert” while the Joint Labour Unions of Plateau State Tertiary Institutions honoured him with an award for consistent payment of salaries and improving the welfare of workers.

This prompt payment of salaries continued until sometime this year when the Federal Allocations accruing to all States ran into problems as a result of non-remittance of funds by the NNPC which made it difficult for them to meet their obligations including salaries.

Despite this general challenge which is not peculiar to Plateau alone, workers have received their salaries up till May 2022 while pensions have been paid up to July 2022.

The Government therefore wonders where BudgIT got its erroneous facts from to the extent of publishing it thereby misleading the public.

While the Government is not happy of owing workers salaries for June and July (2 months) as a against the “6 months and above” quoted by the organisation, it wishes to assure its workers that it will continue doing its best to clear the outstanding as soon as possible in tandem with the promise of Governor Lalong never to leave any salaries unpaid during his administration.

However, the Government wishes to caution BudgIT to always cross check its facts and conduct “thorough research” so as to avoid misleading the public, embarrassing the Government, and bringing itself into disrepute.

For now, the Government assumes that this is an innocent and legitimate error which will be corrected immediately, and not a politcal manipulation aimed at disparaging the Rescue Administration of Governor Simon Bako Lalong as well as the good people and hardworking staff of the State.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
12th August 2022.

NENTAWE THE ONLY WAY YOUTH WING VISITS GENERATIONNEXT YOUTH OFFICE TO MARK AND CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

He is the way forward for Plateau State:

Dr.Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe is the way forward for Plateau State,this are the exact words Prince Rotdunna Sekat made when he visited the office of the Generation Next Youth Wing .

As part of the activities to mark and celebrate the International Youth Day which is celebrated August 12 with the theme ” Intergenerational Solidarity,Creating A World For All Ages” which fits in perfectly with the blue print of “Generation Next” and Dr.Nentawe Yilwada Goshwe,the powerful Youth Wing of NENTAWE THE ONLY WAY a group that has youths cutting across the State who are passionate about the development of Plateau State who want a positive change paid a visit to the Chairman of the Generation Next Youth Wing Hon. Donald Nimmak and their Excos at their office today August,12 ,2022,to discuss and chat the way forward for a better Plateau with Dr.Nenatwe Yilwatda Goshwe who has shown great patriotism and zeal to bring about a better Plateau for all.

Leading the Youth Wing of the NENTAWE THE ONLY WAY group, Prince Rotdunna Sekat a youth on the Plateau that has continue to show great commitment to the development of Plateau State did not hide his joy stating that Dr.Nentawe Yilwada Goshwe has proven over time that he is the best choice base on his track record and many things he has done impacting people and providing solutions all over the world in different capacities,therefore the group is there to partner with the Youth Wing of Generation Next to chat a way forward bringing new ideas and giving advice where necessary in order to promote the candidature of Dr.Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe and the Generation Next Youth Wing.

On his part Hon.Donald Nimmak responding, thanked the powerful delegation and reemphasize that the Youth Wing is open to all and open to more meaningful contributions and always eager to reach the grassroot as Generation Next is about the people,he further stated his delight over the visit which is remarkable and timely on the International Youth Day with a theme that fits in to the ideas of the captain of the ship in the person of Dr.Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe which must be sustain.

“NENTAWE THE ONLY WAY” is a group made up of well meaning people on the Plateau who has seen what many have not seen about Dr.Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe a personality that has Plateau at heart .

GOVERNOR SIMON BAKO LALONG VISITS CHIEF JOSHUA DARIYE AND REV. JOLLY NYAME

GOVERNOR LALONG VISITS CHIEF JOSHUA DARIYE & REV. JOLLY NYAME

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has led a top delegation from the State to visit former Governor Chief Joshua Chibi Dariye and former Governor of Taraba State Rev. Jolly Nyame to rejoice with them over their release from prison after being granted pardon by the President.

Governor Lalong alongside his wife, Mrs. Regina, National Assembly Members as well as Members of the State Executive Council first visited the residence of Chief Dariye to appreciate God for his release and encourage him and his family.

Lalong told Governor Dariye that the entire State received the news of his release with joy because they have been praying for him since his travails and encarceration happened.

He said so much prayer and appeal was made towards the pardon granted to him and thankfully, the President was magnanimous to accept to grant the pardon.

The Governor while appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari for giving Dariye another opportunity, said this is the time for Chief Dariye to reflect and forgive people that may have offended him as has been his practice during previous challenges.

He prayed God to continue to give him sound health even as he offers advise to the State while making available his vast knowledge for the good of the people.

Responding, Chief Dariye said he was full of appreciation to God for making his release possible and also using people like Governor Lalong and President Buhari to make his release possible.

He narrated his ordeal in prison and said it was a difficult moment but God saw him through and made him survive.

Dariye also debunked the rumour that he was running for Senate describing it as unfounded and untrue as he has not bought form or done anything to that effect.

He advised politicians in Plateau to unite and rally round the Governor in promoting the interest of the citizens saying governance is an opportunity for those in charge to do their best and leave posterity to judge their efforts as no one can finish the business of Government in a day.

Thereafter, the delegation visited the residence of former Taraba State Governor Rev. Jolly Nyame who also expressed deep appreciation for the role that Governor Simon Lalong played towards his pardon and release.

Nyame said he was highly encouraged by the love and care shown towards him and Dariye, saying the experience of the past will be put behind so that they forge forward.

Governor Lalong while congratulating him over his freedom said the entire people of Taraba and Plateau States are excited with their release because they share historical ties that have bonded them together over many years.

While urging Rev. Nyame to also forgive anyone that might have offended him in the course of his ordeal, Lalong said the act of forgiveness brings total healing and freedom.

Prayers were offered at both visits for the good health, protection and safety of the two former Governors.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
12th August 2022.

FORCE COMMANDER MNJTF DECORATES TROOPS WITH OPERATION LAKE SANITY MEDALS….. Appreciates their acts of gallantry.

FC MNJTF DECORATES TROOPS WITH OPERATION LAKE SANITY MEDALS
…Appreciates thier acts of gallantry.

The Force Commander (FC), Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Major General Abdul Khalifa Ibrahim has showered encomiums and extol the selfless sacrifices and contributions of the troops of Operation HADIN KAI in the ongoing onslaught against members of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and their Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) counterpart in Operation LAKE SANITY.

General Ibrahim made this known on Thursday, 11 August, 2022 at Headquarters 7 Division while decorating officers and troops with their medals. The Force Commander said the Operations conducted within the Lake Chad Basin by members of the Multinational Joint Task Force was supported by troops of Sector 1 and the Air Components of Operation HADIN KAI.

He said “We are here today to thank and appreciate the gallant officers and troops of Headquarters 7 Division and Sector 1 OPHK for participating in the operations along with Sector 1 MNJTF of Cameroon”. The collective efforts has brought about tremendous normalcy in Banki, Baga, Cross Kauwa in Nigeria, Baruwa in Niger, Litri in Chad and Kolumfata in Cameroon.

The Force Commander further said that things are picking up gradually within the general area of the Lake Chad Basin, refugees and internally displaced person’s have been resettled back to their ancestral homes, Schools that where hitherto closed are now open, commerce have commenced in those areas and we have continued to work acidously to ensure that the terrorists are completely wiped out.

During the parade troops of OPHK were decorated with their medals. While, earlier the Force Commander was briefed on the Operational successes recorded in the course of the concluded Operation LAKE SANITY from the Sector’s Area of Operation.

Some of the activities that marked the ceremony were the inspection of Quarter Guard, operational briefing, Presentation of medal, Press Briefing, courtesy visit by the FC MNJTF to the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, presentation of plaque and sourvenirs, signing of visitor’s book and group photograph.

Dignitaries at the occasion were the General Officer Commanding 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 OPHK, Major General W Shaibu, the Chief of Staff Headquarters 7 Division, Formations and Units Commanders, Principal Staff Officers from Headquarters 7 Division, Staff Officers from Headquarters Multinational Joint Task Force, officers of Sector, troops as well as members of the Press.

“MY REFERENCE TO POPE, A MARK OF REVERENCE NOT RIDICULE”__GOVERNOR LALONG

“MY REFERENCE TO POPE, A MARK OF REVERENCE NOT RIDICULE” – GOVERNOR LALONG

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has said that contrary to insinuations and misconceptions being imputed into his interview granted to State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa where he explained that as a Catholic and a Papal Knight, the Pope has not told him that accepting the position of Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council was wrong, the statement was out of reverence and not disregard for the Holy Father, Catholic Church or Christianity.

Lalong said it was unfortunate that part of the interview has been excised and used by politicians for propaganda and misinformation about his personality, faith and political persuasion. He said, “My reference to the Holy Father the Pope was to emphasise that as a Christian born and raised in the Catholic faith, accepting the assignment given to me by my party the APC of which I am a founding member does not in any way remove my faith in Jesus Christ or my commitment to the Church in Nigeria and universally. Those who know me can attest to my respect for the Church, Christianity and Spiritual Fathers of all denominations. They know my modest contribution to the growth of the Church in Plateau State, Northern Nigerian and Nigeria at large and can testify to it”.

He therefore reiterated that he has the highest regard for Christians and Church Authority and will continue to work hard in promoting the interests of Christians and adherents of other religions based on love, justice, equity and fairness which are encouraged in the Holy Bible and the Constitution of Nigeria.

Governor Lalong further emphasized that although he understands and appreciates the concerns of Christians over the emergence of Muslim, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as APC Presidential candidate and choice the of Vice Presidential nominee Senator Kashim Shettima also a Muslim, the situation does not warrant Christians within the party leaving the party or refusing to accept responsibilities because being within a system makes it easy to address grievances than being outside. Besides, he said the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was not on religious basis as even Christians voted for him during the APC Primaries.

He also appealed to Nigerians irrespective of religious persuasions to unite and work towards addressing the major challenges of the nation by actively participating in the political process and ensuring they push forward their interests rather than allowing religious sentiments to override their desire to assess issues from a wholistic perspective.

The APC Presidential Campaign DG assured that series of consultations with religious, traditional, professional, youth, women and other groups are being fashioned out to deepen engagement and remove misconceptions about the candidature of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima whom he said have a track record of treating people fairly and justly irrespective of ethno-religious differences.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham,
Director of Press to the Governor of Plateau State.

11th August 2022.

LESBIAN STABS HER MARRIED PARTNER’S HUSBAND TO DEATH

Lesbian Stabs Her Married Partner’s Husband To Death.

yet-to-be-identified lesbian has been arrested by the police in Anambra State for allegedly killing her married partner’s husband.

It was gathered that the suspect attaked and killed the deceased, identified as Ikechukwu Onuma aka Ayaaya Onye-Obodo, after he walked in on her and his wife making it out in his house in Onitsha area of the state.

Details of the sad incident are still stretchy, but according to reports, Ikechukwu came home unexpectedly and met his wife making it out with her lesbian partner, an argument ensued and in the heat of the moment, the suspect stabbed him to death.

The suspect was reportedly arrested alongside the wife.

NIGERIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION NMA COMMENDS OPERATION SAFE HAVEN FOR IMPROVING SECURITY ON PLATEAU STATE

By Prince Sekat, Jos

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Plateau state branch has commended the Special Task Force Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) for improving the security situation in Plateau state. Speaking during a courtesy visit to Headquarters OPSH in Jos today 10 August 2022, the Chairman NMA Plateau state, Dr Bapiga’an William Audu expressed delight at the rate at which attacks have been subdued due to concerted and relentless efforts put by OPSH.

The chairman who was recently sworn-in, said the executive members of the association would open new frontier of collaboration with OPSH to consolidate on the peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in the state.

Dr Audu stated that members of the Nigerian Medical Association does not discriminate in the discharge of their duties, among which is to provide healthcare services to the people. He further noted that a peaceful environment if achieved would ease off their workload and improve work efficiency.

In his response, the Commander OPSH and GOC, 3 Division Nigerian Army (NA), Major General Ibrahim Ali, described the medical profession as one which is populated with highly dedicated men and women. The commander noted with thanks their services to save human lives both in peace and war times.

General Ali further appreciated members of the Nigerian Medical Association for always availing themselves to attend to victims especially during crisis. He urged the association to work in collaboration with security agencies and report strange occurrences.

Climax of the event was the exchange of souvenirs and a group photograph.

You are please requested to disseminate this information through your medium. Thank you for your usual cooperation.

*ISHAKU TAKWA*
Major
Military Information Officer OPSH
10 August 2022

MAJ GEN. IS ALI SAYS MEDIA AS EFFECTIVE PARTNERS IN PROMOTING PEACE

By Prince Sekat, Jos

The Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN and General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Division, Major General Ibrahim Ali has said the media are partners of the security agencies that can effectively promote peaceful coexistence in the country. He made this known today 10 August 2022, when the new Zonal Director Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Jos, Mrs Rifkatu Daniel in company of the Outgoing Zonal Director, Mr Peter Ochigbo paid him a courtesy call at Headquarters Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) in Jos, Plateau State.

Major General Ali said objective and balanced reportage has recently helped to achieve peace and unity on the plateau and other areas covered by OPSH. While congratulating the new director on her recent appointment, the commander urged for continued employment of media tools to advance the course of peaceful coexistence in society.

Speaking earlier, the Outgoing Zonal Director, Mr Peter Ochigbo said NTA, Jos network center has enjoyed good friendship of OPSH during his tenure. He solicited for the same relationship to be extended to his successor. He further revealed that, he will be proceeding on retirement after a sucessful career with NTA.

The Outgoing and the incoming Zonal Directors were accompanied on the visit by the Assistant Director News NTA Jos Network Center, Mr Mark Agagu.

You are please requested to disseminate this information through your medium. Thank you for your usual cooperation.

*ISHAKU TAKWA*
Major
Military Information Officer OPSH
10 August 2022