Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has tasked the new Chief Medical Director of the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) to work assiduously in sustaining excellence in provision of quality healthcare services.

The Governor said this while receiving the management of the hospital led by the new Chief Medical Director of the Hospital Dr. Pokop Bupwatda at the New Government House Little Rayfield Jos.

He congratulated the new CMD on his appointment which he said was well deserved because of his record of service and diligence over the years.

Lalong assured the management of the support of his administration towards ensuring that the hospital operates effectively and with the best capacity to handle tertiary health issues of not only Plateau State citizens but the North Central and other parts of the country.

CMD JUTH Dr. Pokop Bupwatda said they were in the Governor’s office to appreciate him for the support recieved towards his appointment as well as the goodwill the hospital has enjoyed from the Federal Government through the efforts of the Governor.

He cited the approval of the National Orthopedic Hospital affiliated to the University of Jos and to be located in the Lalong Legacy Model Hospital Barkin Ladi as one of the many good things the Governor has done to improve the standard of the hospital.

Similarly, the CMD said the establishment of Centre for Cancer Research and Treatment at JUTH by the Federal Government would not have been possible without the intervention of the Governor.

He assured the Governor that under his administration, JUTH Management will work with the staff and other stakeholders to ensure that all is done to make the hospital effective, efficient and productive.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
22nd November 2022.



Following recent attacks in some villages of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State which led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties, Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has met with stakeholders from the local government to find solutions to the problem.

While addressing the stakeholders which include traditional rulers, representatives of Ron and fulani, security agencies, youth leaders, local government officials and elders, the Governor said he was distraught by the sad development which was a major setback to the restoration of peace in Plateau State.

He sympathised with the people for the loss of lives and properties lost during the attacks and warned that the Government will do everything within its power to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Governor Lalong reiterated that nobody has the right to kill anyone or take the law into his hands to address any grievance or injustice whether relating to destruction of crops or killing of cows which are reported to be the main source of tension in the area.

The Governor said he has convened the stakeholders meeting to hear from all sides on how to address the spade of violence in the area that is a matter of concern the people and the Government. The submissions he said will assist the security agencies and government to further carry out thorough investigations.

Lalong said while the Government will play its part in ensuring that security prevails in Bokkos and entire State by going after criminals no matter their background, the people must be willing to expose criminals within them and also work together for peace and security.

The meeting later went into a closed door session where the Governor asked the stakeholders to speak freely and frankly to assist the Government find solutions to the immediate and remote causes of the attacks.

At the end of the closed door meeting, the Governor assured the stakeholders that their submissions will be acted upon while a committee will be set up comprising of representatives from Ron and Fulani communities who will work together and bring up any security threat for immediate action.

Chairman Bokkos Local Government Mr. Joseph Guluwa thanked the Governor for convening the meeting and said the people are resolved to unite and face criminals rather than allowing suspicion and mistrust destroy the hitherto cordial relationship that existed among them.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
21st November 2022.



Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has again restated the need to increase the number of personnel of the Nigerian security forces as well as enhance their training and retraining to make them effective in tacking insecurity in the country.

The Governor said this when he received members of Senior Course 45 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji who paid him a Courtesy visit as part of their study tour to Plateau State.

Lalong said the Nigerian Security agencies have played a great role in addressing insecurity in the country but must be enhanced through training and retraining as well as more recruitment.

He said “The crimes we face today are different from what we faced in the past and thus require that we adopt new strategies that are relevant to the current dynamics. This means our armed forces must be trained and retrained always in addition to an increase in their numbers. We need to respond to the challenges of today with the strategy of the day”.

The Governor also told the participants that Plateau State has enjoyed the support of the Armed Forces in addressing insecurity which was a major setback to development of the State. He assured them of his support in ensuring a successful completion of their study tour.
Earlier, Director of Joint Studies Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Bindul said the team is one of the 8 going round selected States to carry out studies on the theme “Youth Unemployment and Internal Security”.

He said the 51 participants in the team comprise of various branches of the Armed Forces as well as others from Bangladesh, Malawi, Ghana, Congo Brazzaville and Tanzania.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
21st November 2022.



Plateau State Governor and Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council Simon Bako Lalong has commiserated with the people and Government of Lagos State over the demise of Late House of Assembly member, Hon. AbdulSobur Olawale who died in Jos shortly after attending the APC Presidential Campaign flag-off in Jos.

Governor Lalong who escorted the corpse of the deceased lawmaker to the Yakubu Gowon Airport Heipang for onward movement to Lagos for burial said he was shocked over the death of the lawmaker who died shortly after attending the flag-off of the APC Presidential Campaign held at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium Jos.

The PCC DG expressed heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the immediate family, friends and associates of Late Hon. AbdulSobur Olawale (Omititi), his constituents and to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.

Lalong said the death of the lawmaker is a huge blow to the Lagos State House of Assembly where he served the people of Mushin Constituency 2 with courage, determination and passion.

He said the commitment of the deceased lawmaker to the cause of the APC and the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu ensured that he not only mobilised support for the party and the candidate, but also motivated him to come all the way to Jos to be part of the flag-off off of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign.

Lalong asked God to give the family the fortitude to bear the loss and prayed that Almighty God to grant his soul eternal rest.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director, Press and Public Affairs to the
Governor of Plateau State and DG, APC Presidential Campaign Council
November 16, 2022



Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has ordered security forces to go after terrorists who attacked Maikatako village in Bokkos Local Government Area leading to the death of 11 persons and others injured.

Governor Lalong who condemned the attack said the killers must be fished out and brought to justice for the dastardly act.

Lalong said the rising incidences of attacks and destruction of farm crops, livestock and other properties within the general Bokkos area is becoming worrisome and must be checked immediately.

While sympathising with the families of the victims, the Governor reiterated that his administration will not allow terrorists and bandits to take foothold in any part of the State as all security agencies have been directed to be firm and hard on any person or groups behind the criminal acts.

He again appealed to communities to always be security conscious and report any suspicious movements to the security agencies for immediate action particularly during the forthcoming yuletide season.

Meanwhile the Commander Operation Safe Haven and GOC 3rd Armoured Division Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Ali has paid an on the spot assessment to Maikatako village where he inspected the houses burnt and properties destroyed.

Having received briefing from the Sector Commander on the nature of the attack and efforts made to counter the terrorists, he commended the troops and the community vigilante for their quick intervention which prevented further losses.

Apart from ordering the deployment of more troops, the STF Commander directed the troops to pursue the fleeing terrorists and ensure that they are apprended in line with the directive of the Governor and President.

Gen. Ali also commiserated with the families of victims and the entire community, asking them not to take the law into their hands by engaging in reprisals. He assured them that the security forces will not relent in ensuring that the people get justice.

The Chairman Bokkos Local Government, Joseph Guluwa, Commissioner for Higher Education Prof. Barnard Matur, former Chairman Bokkos LGA Hon. Luka Makut were also at the community to sympathise with them.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
16th November 2022.



The APC has flagged off its Presidential Campaign in Jos Plateau State with confidence of winning the forth coming general elections and retaining power in 2023.

President Muhammadu Buhari who flagged off the campaign at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium Jos said the APC has all it takes to win the elections because of its performance and level of acceptance in the country.

He said the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the Presidential Candidate in a free and fair contest shows that he is an acceptable candidate for the party and Nigerians. He therefore wants the party members to work hard and ensure that there is victory at all levels.

National Chairman of the APC Senator Abdullahi Adamu said the APC has no fear of any political party as it has done well under President Muhammadu Buhari who has turned around the fortunes of the nation in various sectors.

He said Asiwaju will build on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari and ensure that Nigerians are provided with the best opportunities to thrive.

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in his remarks said serving Nigeria is what he has always done and when elected, he will do more to build the economy, provide jobs, power, security, agricultural production and processing as well as industrial revolution.

He challenged Nigerians to look carefully before they give their votes saying that some politicians have been making promises without any evidence of performance and experience to show.

He thanked Governor Lalong for leading the campaign as Director General and also hosting the flag-off which he described as successful.

In his remarks, Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council and Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong said,
“You will recall that Plateau State in the past hosted such high level party events which eventually produced Presidents of Nigeria and other national leaders that played significant roles in the growth and sustenance of our democracy. On this occasion, we are at the threshold of making yet another history of producing another President in Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who will succeed our beloved President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 by the grace of God”.

He said the flag-off ceremony heralds the nationwide campaigns that will see the party traversing the nooks and crannies of Nigeria to mobilise, galvanise and propagate the Renewed Hope Agenda that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima are bringing to Nigerians. Already, there is great excitement and expectation over the prospects of an Asiwaju Government which promises to serve the people and carry them along just as Mr. President has done over the years.

Lalong while assuring that the APC will sweep the elections in Plateau State and across Nigeria explained that from the strategic engagements and Town Hall meetings held recently with various special interest groups, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the candidate of choice for Nigerians because of his vast experience in tacking problems, ability to listen and gather the best brains to get the job done without ethnic, religious or other sentiments. His records in Lagos State speak for themselves and his ability to network and carry along Nigerians of different backgrounds is unequalled.

Vice Presidential Candidate Senator Kashim Shettima, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Progressives Governors Forum Chairman Atiku Bagudu and other Governors in various goodwill messages assured that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and all the candidates of the APC will emerge victorious.

The anchored their confidence on what they called the capacity of Asiwaju and the excellent performance of President Muhammadu Buhari.

APC Gubernatorial candidate in Plateau State Nentawe Yilwatda said hosting the flag-off in Plateau as well as the appointment of Governor Lalong as Director General has affirmed that the State is the home of APC.

He said the State will vote massively for Asiwaju and all candidates of the party because APC has brought a lot of democracy dividends to Plateau State.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State and DG, APC Presidential Campaign Council.
15th November 2022.


By Prince Sekat, Jos

Any politician worth his salt continually needs people no matter the degree of work he has rendered to his constituency over the years.

The people are the oil needed to render more service to the community. If politicians seeking for political office went to sleep on account that they were productive before another election year, they may wake up to discover there is no one supporting them.

For any politician who imagines that because he or she has done so much in the communities of his constituency, such a one can go to rest; the outcome may shock his supporters when the chips are down.

We have heard and read what some foot soldiers of a certain candidate are saying. Consider this post: “With all the gargantuans performance, Competency and Capacity of Gagdi, he’s still looking for the peoples mandate. While the bewildered candidate of PDP is in deep sleep”. NO BE JUJU BE THAT?*

The Rt Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, you must know, and let it help anyone who is doubtful, has never lost sleep about certain allegations that go against the grain of the understanding of the people about him.

To think that he will boast about what he has done and go to sleep, is to fail to understand the essence of the person of Gagdi and what he represents for PKK and Nigeria.

Without sounding boastful, if PKK has had his likes in the past, we would have long been the envy of Nigeria. What more, in just three and half years he is on the lips everyone for good reasons for being exceptional in representation.

He has not stopped, neither has he gone to sleep on account of what he has continued to do and provide for the constituency. It is not ‘juju’ to be good and work for PKK.

If anyone thinks he will sleep because some others have covered themselves in their sheets and have long started to snore, let it be known that Gagdi has just woken up to start work.

Until the last minute of the election, and even after, the people are his most prized instruments for the next phase of the journey. You can be sure of his commitment can be given in measures that have never been witnessed.


November 16, 2022


By Yakubu Dati

Jos, the Plateau State capital has always played a significant role in the political development of Nigeria.

As far back as 1962, the Action Group, one of the major political parties of the 1st Republic led by Chief Obafemi Awolowo held its national convention at the African Sports Club in Jos.

With the vibrancy of Plateau sons and daughters in national politics coupled with the growth and development of the Tin City, Jos became a center of attraction for many good reasons, attracting tourists, business men and women and politicians of all hue and colour.

Last week, Plateau State governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong rekindled all memories while presenting the 2023 budget to the Plateau State House of Assembly.

He brought laughter and joy to the ceremony by demonstrating that the unity and cohesion that existed on the Plateau could be re-lived.

The Governor went to the State House of Assembly complex in company of key stakeholders in the state to send a message that all could work together for the development of the state

The presence of Federal legislators like the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase and other federal legislators like Hon. Yusuf Gagdi and former Speakers from different political excited the state legislators who could not hide their emotions drawing commendations across the country for its symbolism.

Closely following that master stroke, Gov. Lalong who is the Director General of the Tinubu/Shettima APC Presidential Campaign is set to relaunch Jos, as the political capital of Nigeria at a time many think it is almost impossible to hold any political event of that magnitude in the Tin city.

The big event is the flag-off of the APC presidential campaign which is slated for Tuesday at the Rwang Pam stadium.

Through the instrumentality of the Presidential Campaign DG, Plateau State would host President Muhammadu Buhari, Commander-in-Chief and PCC Chairman, presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; his deputy, Kashim Shettima; the party’s national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; 23 APC Governors, 36 Governorship candidates, about 500 National Assembly candidates,
Hon Ministers and other important top dignitaries.

Rt Hon Ahmed Idris, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee is leaving no stone unturned to put up a great outing.

It promises to pull together the biggest crowd seen in recent times as supporters of the party and other well wishers are warming up to grace the occasion that will reignite the vibrancy of Jos as a significant political destination in Nigeria.

Apart from the convention of the Action Group in 1962, Jos, has played other key roles in the political developments of Nigeria.

It was for instance the venue of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primary which produced MKO Abiola as presidential candidate and Babagana Kingibe as running mate.

It was also the venue of the 1998 primary which threw up Olusegun Obasanjo as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

One unmistakable underlying theme in having Jos as venue for major political meets is that any candidate that associates with the city wins the presidential elections.

The cool weather and the gentle breeze seem to disseminate the positive aura that results in victory for presidential candidates hosted in Jos.

When Abiola came to Jos for the primary, he won the 1993 presidential elections while Obasanjo equally went ahead to win the presidential election when he was returned at the party’s primary in Jos.

When Lalong was chosen as the DG of the Tinubu/Shettima campaign, he applied the opportunity to reconstruct Jos and retain the aura it lost in the previous years due to crises.

People recall that after the founding fathers of Jos built the city into a haven of tourism, commerce and political meets, an intervening period of crises robbed it of all that.

But Lalong has been able to restore peace to the state and his sterling qualities and patience got him the campaign DG of the APC presidential campaign and is about to prove that Jos can birth the next president of Nigeria.

By hosting of such a big event in Jos, Lalong would prove to the world that peace has really returned to the state and that the state is ready to welcome all.

This is a strong statement to both those resident in the state and those outside.

The positive vibe for Plateau is that all businesses can benefit from the event while those outside can take a cue from the political event to relocate to plateau.

For the APC, it is an assurance of victory as people readily recall when Solomon Lar was the national chairman of a political party, he brought the party’s primary to Jos and their presidential candidate won.

Now that Lalong as Campaign DG has decided to use Jos to kick off campaigns, history is set torepeat itself.

Hosting the APC Presidential Campaign kick off also shows that the APC Rescue Administration under Governor Lalong has done well to restore confidence, peace and security in Plateau State. Tinubu will consolidate on this when elected because of the history of his inclusive governance style.

Dati is the Chief of Staff to the DG, Tinubu/Asiwaju APC Presidential Campaign.



Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t learned anything.

In all honesty, Ngas Nation has many good friends but Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, the member representing Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency in the National Assembly and the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next year’s election for the Federal constituency is one in millions. He has defined his love for the Ngas nation in extraordinary ways unprecedented.

Even his most trenchant critics know this as gospel truth. Through thick and thin, he has been with them, and I don’t ever see him falling away, as we have seen with some fair-weather supporters. This one run with the hares and hunt with the hounds.

However, naysayers who would rather deny the evidence of their eyes than accept the reality of Gagdi’s love for the Ngas people, like slave riders of old, are on the prowl, warring against the truth and trying to take it captive.

True friends are those rare people who come to find you in dark places and lead you back to the light. Ngas nation was tasty and long waited to have that opportunity to occupy the seat of a Governor on the Plateau. Young Gagdi stood beside Ngas nation to ensure that they produce a Gubernatorial candidate under the platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC) whom we are all optimistic will be the next Governor of Plateau State comes 2023 despite all odds.

Apart from his support for the Ngas gubernatorial candidacy, he has tremendously cited projects that have direct impacts on the lives of people within the Ngas nation which are too numerous to outline but too obvious to deny.

Hon Gagdi has made friends with Ngas people and most amazingly more than half of his kitchen cabinet members are from the Ngas clan. He has continued to make the most needed differences in all facets of leadership, growth and development.

But there is a futile attempt at stifling a sure pregnancy that will inevitably be birthed. For, in the words of Miguel de Cervantes, “the truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.” They lied against the person of Gagdi calling him sorts of names Jihadist, ritualist, 419er, and overambitious among others. Like oil rises above water, all the lies told against the person of Gagdi cannot stand against the tide of truth. The PKK constituents have continued to love, adore and appreciate him.

Clinically demolishing such a mountain of mendacity as peddled by reactionary elements and hired goons has become very imperative in the face of the burning need to re-elect the dogged member next year, a progressive, people-oriented person as exemplified by Yusuf Adamu Gagdi.

One of the time-worn, puerile and twisted narratives by traducers against Gagdi’s re-election is tradition. But come to think of it, what has tradition got to do with quality leadership?

Urbane, cerebral, cosmopolitan and detribalised, such primordial cleavage as entho-centrism and religious bigotry are completely alien to Gagdi’s character- trait, yet political jobbers are fruitlessly tarring him with an inelegant brush.

Shakespeare wrote in Macbeth about the wren, “the most diminutive of birds” which will fight the owl, to protect her young ones in the nest.

The choice of Gagdi as a candidate for the PKK constituency for the 2023 general election is, to use the cliche “a right peg in the right hole”. Gagdi, without doubt, is a history and a school of politics of the highest order, and beyond the flamboyant show-off and pretension of our everyday politics, he possesses a unique political acumen that lends undeniable credence to his insightful leadership that often sees beyond the genesis of events which often informs the type of solutions he proffers to situations and challenges to approximately tackle them.

Gagdi’s exceptional leadership, managerial and intellectual qualities, as well as his vast experience put him on the right trajectory as a perfect choice and most importantly his innate love for diversity, clarity of purpose and tolerance of ideas and collaborative actions. He is a best friend to the Ngas nation in particular and his constituency at large and that’s why our love and support for him keeps appreciating and not depreciating.




The Executive Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, His Excellency Rt Hon (Dr) Simon Bako Lalong CON, KSGG has received the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Abubakar Audi OFR, who was in the State for an inspection of the new NSCDC Command and Staff College Jos, located at Lamingo Shere Hills in Jos North Local Government Area of the State, which was given to the Corps by the Plateau State Government, a first of its kind in the country.

The Commandant General, after inspecting the facility, led top officers of the Corps to the Government House Rayfield Jos on a courtesy visit to Governor Simon Lalong.

Receiving the Commandant General on behalf of the Governor, the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS) Prof Danladi Abok Atu formally welcomed the CG and his team to Plateau State.

Prof Atu went on to say establishing the NSCDC Command and Staff College in Plateau State is one of the remarkable achievements of the Lalong-led administration to lobby for the establishment of federal institutions in the State. The SGS said the Governor was delighted when he received the news of the approval by the NSCDC to establish its Command and Staff College in Jos the Plateau State Capital.

Governor Lalong through the SGS then assured the Commandant General that the State Government will ensure a smooth take-off of the college and also prove a conducive learning environment for the officers and men who will be trained at the college.

Prof Atu also applauded A. A Audi who was his student at the Government Teachers’ College, Jengre in 1992, Prof Atu described him as a goal-getter and hard-working man which he said earned him his position as CG of the NSCDC, he then encouraged him to keep up with his performance and good service to the country.

Speaking earlier the Commandant General of the NSCDC said his visit to Plateau State was to inspect the facility for the Command and Staff College of the Corps and also to appreciate the Governor, Government, and people of Plateau State for the Edifice given to the NSCDC to use as their Staff College. Mr. Audi said he was impressed by the site of the college which he said the Corp will leverage on and make judicious use of the facility which would be a citadel of learning for officers and men of the corp while assuring the Government and people of the State that their presence in the Area will also enhance the Security of the community.

The CG then informed the Governor that a commandant of the college will soon be appointed after which academic activities will commence in the college by January next year.

Office of the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS) Plateau.

8th November 2022.