LANGTANG NORTH COUNCIL CHAIRMAN IMPEACHED

By Prince Sekat, Jos


The Executive Chairman of Langtang North Local Government Council, Hon. Bitrus Zulfa Rimven, has been impeached from office by the Legislative Arm of the council.

The impeachment was consequent upon a notice of acts of gross misconduct labelled against the erstwhile chairman, which was communicated to him by the Legislative Council a fortnight ago.

At a sitting presided over by the Leader of the Council and Councilor representing Pishe–Yashi Ward, Hon. Maina Nanzing, on Tuesday 13th September, 2022 the Legislative Council voted to ouster the erstwhile chairman.

Shortly after role call by the leader of the house, the Councilor representing Jat Ward, Hon. Dashe Yarnap moved a motion for the impeachment of the erstwhile Council Chairman, Bitrus Rimven Zulfa, and was seconded by the Deputy Leader and councilor representing Pajat Ward, Hon. Dindam Longbap Wuyep, after which the leader of the Council, Hon Nanzing Maina, moved for the swearing in of the Deputy Chairperson of the council Hon. Nancy Philemon Paul as the substantive Chairperson of the council with immediate effect.

According to the Deputy Leader, the ousted Chairman, Hon. Bitrus Rimven Zulfa, who was served with an impeachment notice on the 31st August, 2022 failed to respond to the allegations contained therein, so as to clear himself of the allegations against him.

Among the allegations against the former Chairman included siphoning of over Three Hundred Million Naira (300,000,000) from the local government coffers, using a staff of the local government, by name Samuel Malo Magit to perpetuate the evil act.

Other allegations labelled against Zulfa included his failure to constitute the executive arm of the council, whereby, he had been running the affairs of the council as a one man show; in clear contrast to the provisions of section 34 (c)of Plateau state Local Government Council Law 2016.

According to members of the Legislative arm, there was a meeting held in Government House, Jos at the instance of some government officials, among which were Secretary to the Government of Plateau state, Professor Danladi Attu, State Head of Service Sunday Hyat, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Sylvanus Tapgun, Commissioner for Housing Hon. Brain Dadi, Chief of Staff Government House, Noel Donjur, critical stakeholders as well as the impeached Chairman of Langtang North with the eighteen Councilors of the area.

The aim of the meeting with the critical stakeholders of the party was to intervene in the lingering crisis between the council Chairman and the Councilors, unfortunately the sitting ended in a deadlock.

However, the ousted Chairman said he would have replied the letter sent to him, but he did not want to expose the complicity of the state Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for some reasons.

During the day sitting, fourteen out of Eighteen councillors appended their signatures to put paid to the impeachment process.

NORTHERN GOVERNORS/TRADITIONAL RULERS MEET IN ABUJA; CALL FOR STATE POLICE TO ADDRESS SECURITY CHALLENGES

NORTHERN GOVERNORS/TRADITIONAL RULERS MEET IN ABUJA; CALL FOR STATE POLICE TO ADDRESS SECURITY CHALLENGES

The Northern Governors Forum on Monday, 12th September 2022 met with the Northern Traditional Rulers Council in Abuja and came out with a resolution calling for the establishment of State police to tackle security challenges in the region and the nation at large.

Reading the communique after the meeting held at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong said the meeting reviewed the security situation in the North and other matters relating to its development and resolved to support the ammendment of the Constitution to accommodate the establishment of State police.

According to him, this will effectively and efficiently address the security challenges of the region.

The Forum also reiterated its commitment to the development of solar energy in view of the comparative advantage of abundant sunshine in the region.

Accordingly, it was unanimously resolved that 2000 megawatts of solar power be harvested across the 19 States and FCT with a view to harnessing the huge potential of power from solar.

The joint meeting also noted with regret the ongoing ASSU strike which it believes was more punitive in the region as most of the students in the North are attending public universities.

It therefore called on ASSU to cooperate with the Federal Government in resolving the dispute.

The Northern Governors also engaged officials of the World Bank to discuss the level of implementation of the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) and Nigeria for Women Project which are being implemented in five Northern States.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum.
13th September 2022

GOVERNOR SIMON BAKO LALONG VISITS CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF SHENDAM; HOLDS MORE CONSULTATIONS WITH APC STAKEHOLDERS

GOVERNOR LALONG VISITS CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF SHENDAM; HOLDS MORE CONSULTATIONS WITH APC STAKEHOLDERS

On the second day of visit to his hometown of Shendam for consultations with stakeholders from the Plateau South Senatorial District, Governor Simon Bako Lalong and Director General of the APC has visited the Catholic Diocese of Shendam to seek spiritual blessings over his political endeavour.

The Governor who was at the Bishop’s Court together with Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Idris Wase was recieved on behalf of the Bishop by Rev. Fr. Raymond Gofut, Vicar General, Catholic Diocese of Shendam.

Governor Lalong while thanking the Church for praying for him throughout his political journey said he was in the Diocese to appreciate the Bishop, Priests and the entire Catholic family for always upholding and encouraging him since his emergence as Senatorial Candidate as well as his appointment as Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.

He said his mission home was to thank the people of the zone and sensitize them on the forthcoming elections while seeking their collaboration and cooperation.

He thanked the Church for their guidance and counsel which he said has engendered peace and harmony among the citizens particularly during recent attempts by some mischief makers and hoodlums to instigate religious and ethnic crises.

Vicar General of Shendam Diocese Rev. Fr. Gofut while welcoming the Governor to the Diocese on behalf of the Bishop said the Church appreciates the efforts of the Governor in carrying the people along and always coming back to seek the blessings of God and the Church in his endeavours.

He led other Priests to pray for the Governor over his recent appointment as the Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, asking God to grant him wisdom, favour and protection as he carries out the national assignment.

Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Idris Wase also thanked the Church for support and prayers as well as providing honest and unbiased advice to the political class. He said they will do their best to ensure that the people benefit from the democratic process.

Governor Lalong thereafter held consultations with the Plateau South Stakeholders Forum where he challenged them to remain resolute in projecting the interests of the APC which has according to him has a solid followership in the Zone, State, and nation at large.

He used the event to reiterate the need to highlight the various achievements of the APC in the Southern Zone, Plateau and Nigeria, assuring that at the right time when the campaigns start, Nigerians will be reminded about the passion with which the party has served the people.

Chairman of the Forum and Director General of the ITF Sir Joseph Ari thanked the Governor and Deputy Speaker for taking out time to engage with stakeholders and also respond to comments, suggestions and concerns of the loyal party members.

He said the Forum has been mobilising and strategizing towards consolidating on the previous electoral victories of the party. The engagement he said is coming very timely as they hope to also leverage on the appointment of Governor Lalong as the DG Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Team to demonstrate that the APC has a strong footing in not only the Southern Zone, but Plateau State as a whole.

The Governor also held another meeting with party leaders and stakeholders from all the six local governments of the Southern Zone where he reminded them of the need to build synergy, mobilise, and strategise, ready to deliver their party and all its candidates once INEC lifts the ban on political campaigns.

Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Idris Wase also told the stakeholders that apart from the projects and appointments that the Governor has attracted to Plateau, his elevation as the Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council is a sign that there are more blessings to come to the State especially when Asiwaju becomes President of Nigeria.

Zonal Chairman of the APC in the Southern Zone Alhaji Yalum again reminded the party stakeholders of their earlier resolve to not only deliver candidates of the party from top to bottom, but also ensure that Plateau State delivers the highest number of votes at the Presidential elections.

Representatives of women, youth and elders also made submissions at the consultations.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
10th September 2022.

GOVERNOR LALONG ON CONSULTATION VISIT TO PLATEAU SOUTH SENATORIAL DISTRICT; RECEIVES ROUSING WELCOME

GOVERNOR LALONG ON CONSULTATION VISIT TO PLATEAU SOUTH SENATORIAL DISTRICT; RECEIVES ROUSING WELCOME

Plateau State Governor and Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Simon Bako Lalong has arrived his hometown Shendam for consultations ahead of the lifting of ban on campaigns for the 2023 general elections.

Governor Lalong alongside his wife Mrs. Regina Lalong and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Idris Wase arrived Shendam, the Headquarters of the Plateau South Senatorial District to a rousing welcome by supporters and APC members.

The first port of call was the Palace of the Long Gamai of Gamai land, HRH Martin Shaldas III where he paid homage to the first class traditional ruler and informed him that they were in Shendam to consult with stakeholders from the Senatorial District on the preparations for the 2023 elections.

Lalong said though he is the Senatorial Candidate for the Southern Zone in the forth coming elections, himself and the Deputy Speaker Idris Wase among other candidates were not coming for campaign as INEC was yet to lift the ban on political campaigns.

He thanked the Traditional Ruler for his prayers, support, and blessings over the years which he said have paved way for him to succeed and serve the State and Nigeria at various levels.

Lalong said he will continue to work for the development of the State both in his capacity as Governor, Northern Governors Forum Chairman and Director General APC Presidential Campaign Council.

The Long Gamai welcomed the team to his Palace and assured them of his prayers and support while thanking them for all they have continued to do for the peace, progress and development of the State, Southern Zone and his domain.

He congratulated the Governor on his appointment as DG APC Presidential Campaign Council and thanked him for his swift action against recent attack on his Palace by hoodlums who wanted to instigate crisis using religion and other antics.

HRH Martin Shaldas while wishing the Governor and other contestants the best in their political quest, appealed to them to always put the interest of the people at heart and work for the progress of the State.

The team later proceeded to the APC Zonal Party office in Shendam where he thanked the party faithful for their support and cooperation during past elections including the Primaries where they emerged candidates for the the party.

He maintained that his emergence as Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council is a great boost for the fortunes of the party in Plateau State which enhances the chances of winning elections and drawing from the dividends of democracy in the next dispensation.

Lalong urged them to sustain their consultation from house-to-house and deepen the party’s achievements which are spread not only in the Southern Zone but all across the State.

The Governor also appealed to the APC members and the citizens of the State to shun all forms of divisive tendencies using religion, ethnicity and political interests which are very inimical to development.

Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Idris Wase also appreciated the party members for their support and sacrifices which have made the party very strong across the State.

He admonished them to ignore the antics of the opposition who have been doing everything possible to discredit the achievements of the APC in Plateau State, describing it as fruitless.

Wase said the APC under the leadership of Governor Simon Lalong has brought development to Plateau State and also attracted Federal projects, appointments and other dividends of democracy unlike any previous government.

He regretted the attempts to obsfucate the rebuilding of the Jos Main Market using religious sentiments which is retrogressive.

Zonal Chairman of the APC in Plateau South District Alhaji Abdullahi Yallum thanked the Governor and Deputy Speaker for coming back to the grassroots and assured them that the party is working to deliver all its candidates in the forthcoming elections.

The Governor also held a closed door meeting with leaders of CAN and JNI from the Southern Zone.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
9th September 2022.

NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS CHARGED TO CLOSELY WORK WITH OTHER AGENCIES TO END SECURITY CHALLENGES

By Prince Sekat, Jos

Officers and Soldiers of the Nigerian Army have been charged to work in synergy with other security organisations to surmount the current security challenges in the country. The charge was given today 8 September 2022, during inspection of a Joint military exercise codenamed EXERCISE ENDURING PEACE a Command Post Execise 2022, hosted by 33 Artillery Brigade Bauchi.

Speaking during the night Walk Round phase of the exercise, the Special Guest of Honour, Commander Armoured Corps, Major General Suleiman Idris commended the participants for imbibing team spirit and sharing professional experiences necessary for a sucessful operation. He said current security challenges requires continuous training and synergy amongst barious security agencies working to achieve a common goal. He urged the troops to take advantage of the exercise to improve their professional conduct in the field.

On his part, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division Nigerian Army (NA) and Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH), Major General Ibrahim Ali said the improved synergy among security agencies have led to sucesses in current operations across 3 Division Area of Representatives. He noted that the joint training is necessary towards achieving the cardinal pillar of the Chief of Army Staff vision which is “To have a Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria”. He said the dynamics of the current security challenges requires the various security agencies to train together and understand the roles of each in securing lives and properties of the citizens.

The GOC charged officers of the Division to live above the challenges posed by insecurity by synergizing with other security agencies deployed in their area. He also urged the paramilitary organisations to remain committed and dedicated to their duty.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Commander 33 Artillery Brigade Bauchi, Brigadier General John Adeyemo said the exercise was part of the Chief of Army Staff training directives aimed at upscaling training of troops towards ending the security challenges in the country. He said the training exercise has increased understanding of the roles of various security agencies during operations.

Other dignitaries present at the event were the Commandant Nigerian Army Armour School, Major General John
Ochai, the representative of the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Bauchi, representative of the Commissioner of Police Bauchi state and heads of other security organisations.

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

ISHAKU TAKWA
Major
Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations 3 Division
8 September 2022

NIGERIAN ARMY TO EXPAND DRUG MANUFACTURING COMPANY CAPACITY….as COAS performs groundbreaking ceremony of the new site.

By Prince Sekat, Jos

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has on Wednesday 7 September 2022 performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Nigerian Army Drug Manufacturing Company ( NADMACO) new site at Nigerian Army (NA) Cantonment Epe in Lagos state, as part of efforts to expand NADMACO production capacity towards servicing the medical needs of the NA, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the civil populace.

Performing the groundbreaking ceremony, the COAS stated that the establishment of NADMACO in 1994 became expedient in order to meet quality and affordable pharmaceutical needs of personnel, as well as curtail the dangers of adulterated drugs faced by personnel and their families. He averred that provision of adequate healthcare is a critical aspect of a soldier’s welfare, hence it is imperative to continue to improve the medical facilities of the NA. Gen Yahaya observed further, that the increased engagement of NA personnel in various theatres of operations across the country, necessitates the upgrading and expansion of the pharmaceutical company.

Speaking at the event, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guarantee (NALW/G), Major General Adekola Bakare disclosed that NA entered into private partnership to reposition the company for improved performance and production, which he said, had declined over the years, resulting from obsolete equipment and heightening cost of production.

The Managing Director, UZ Carlson Pharmaceutical Company, Mr Callistus Okafor, who is the Board Chairman of NADMACO, noted that the joint venture would upscale production within the next five years. He pointed out, that the pharmaceutical company would ostensibly mitigate the challenges of fake drugs and produce high-quality drugs of commercial value to promote local content.

Meanwhile, the COAS had earlier in the day commissioned various projects at the Nigerian Army Ordnance School in Epe Cantonment. The projects include Student Officers’ and Soldiers’ hostels comprising two blocks of 20 flats for officers and 2
dormitories for soldiers. He also commissioned the School’s Regimental Sergeant Major’s (RSM) official residence, as part of ongoing NA welfare program to provide suitable accommodation for RSMs in all Army formations.

Present during the ceremony were Principal Staff Officers from Army Headquarters, Corps Commanders, the GOC 81 Division, Council of Chiefs from Epeland, Chairman Epe Local Government Area and a host of others.

ONYEMA NWACHUKWU
Brigadier General
Director Army Public Relations
8 September 2022

GAGDI: WHY TEACHERS’ SUPPORT GROUP FOR HON YUSUF ADAMU GAGDI IN MUPUNLAND ARE OUT TO MOBILIZE VOTERS COME 2023 FOR HIM

GAGDI: WHY TEACHERS’ SUPPORT GROUP FOR RT HON YUSUF ADAMU GAGDI IN MUPUNLAND ARE OUT TO MOBILIZE VOTERS COME 2023 FOR HIM

On a daily basis, the number of people buying into the candidacy of Rt Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi are increasing and gaining grounds in communities that make up the Federal Constituency.

The latest is the Teachers’ Support Group for Gagdi in Mupunland who met with the Senior Legislative Assistant, Pharm Mizim Haruna Dagung on behalf of the peoples’ representative to express their support and assurance that its members are united behind Rt Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi for 2023.

The group led by Letan Makplang Kusa, Chairman and Secretary, Istifanus Hosea openly declared their support when they met at EKAN Primary School , Abwor-Dyis on September 5, 2022 stated various reasons for this action.

The group said its members have long fell in love with the quantum of achievements that have been recorded in the space of three years in the National Assembly by Rt Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi.

They noted that there have been exponential growth and development in more ways than in communities that make up PKK; and for which they are grateful to Gagdi for remaining focused since he got on the saddle.

While appreciating his commitment to the cause of the people, the group said as Teachers, they were indeed happy Gagdi invested in the lives of young people by giving them scholarships, ensuring that he took off the burden of the payment of fees for JAMB, NECO and WAEC for their wards.

For these reasons, and more, they have chosen to stick with him in order to mobilize the electorate to vote for his return to the Green Chamber in 2023.

GAGDI STRATEGIC MEDIA TEAM
September 7, 2022

TINUBU, SHETTIMA, LALONG VISIT APC NATIONAL SECRETARIAT

TINUBU, SHETTIMA, LALONG VISIT APC NATIONAL SECRETARIAT

Presidential Candidate of the APC Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his running mate Senator Kashim Shettima and Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council and Governor of Plateau State Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong on Wednesday 7th September 2022 visited the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja to meet with the National Working Committee.

While welcoming the team to the national headquarters, APC National Chairman Senator Abdullahi Adamu said the visit of the Presidential Candidate of the party was an important one because it provides the opportunity to discuss issues that will ensure the success of the party in the 2023 elections.

Speaking at the meeting with the APC National Working Committee, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu said he was at the National Secretariat to formally appreciate the party leadership for the successful organisation of the convention where he emerged Candidate.

He said apart from coming to appreciate the party hierarchy for their role in organising a successful convention, he was also at the Secretariat to interact with the officials on the role of members ahead of the lifting of the ban on campaign by INEC.

He said the engagement was to fine-tune and also submit the proposal of the Presidential Campaign Council to the party leadership.

Asiwaju commended the DG of the APC Presidential Campaign Council and Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong, the Secretary of the Council, Hon. James Faleke and others for working assiduously to lay the foundation for the progress of the project.

Asiwaju Tinubu also debunked the insinuations that there is an argument between him and the National Chairman, Senator Adamu. He said they have come a long way and were Governors together who have also by God’s arrangement been put together on this project.

He assured that irrespective of such insinuations, there is no lie that can distort them from fulfilling the dream of making Nigeria a progressive nation.

The meeting later went into a closed door session.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State and DG, APC Presidential Campaign Council.
7th September 2022.

DOES PKK NEED TO TEST THE MIC ON RT HON YUSUF ADAMU GAGDI FOR 2023?

DOES PKK NEED TO TEST THE MIC ON RT HON YUSUF ADAMU GAGDI FOR 2023?

Those who work on sounds always have a way of assuring the audience that they may not be disappointed with the equipment in the course of an event.

Events may not meet the standards set for those attending because microphones sometimes fail to function and the impact may not be felt. Most times people return home variously disappointed.

Imagine the fact that your representative is not able to deliver; and can not stand up for you when it matters most. Surely, several questions may be asked; most times, regretting why such a one was sent to represent a people.

The Mic in PKK was long tested in 2019. It became noticeable that its functionality was not in doubt. Except for those who refuse(d) to listen, and pay attention, the majority of the constituents saw the efficacy and the quality of the man they sent to Abuja in more ways than the.

If Rt Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi became an instant success, it was because he went prepared to serve. He arrived at the Green Chamber of the National Assembly willing to make an impact and not to warm the benches and disappoint his people in the end.

Notice the quality of representation he brought to bear, imagine the communities, students, men, youth, and women of various persuasions who are indebted to the services he has provided for the Federal Constituency.

If his services and efforts are recognized and assented to even at the highest level of governance in the land; without doubt his people did not vote him in vain in 2019.

With an eye for a return in 2023, there is no mincing words, the Mic would be louder and equally rewarding to all communities in PKK. Every community, have been assured, are in his debt to change the face of their problems if they Vote Gagdi Again (VOGA) in next year’s election.

If he did in his first tenure, PKK can be sure that the best is yet on the way, knowing so because we have always trusted in God.

GAGDI STRATEGIC MEDIA TEAM
September 4, 2022

NSCDC PLATEAU STATE CONDEMNS ACTION OF AN OVER ZEALOUS PERSONNEL

By Prince Sekat,Jos

The attention of Plateau State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has been drawn to a publication in the media about an unfortunate and regrettable incident of assault on one Mrs. Joy Owolabi, a shop owner around the Nanmua Junction of Abattoir in Jos, Plateau State by a personnel of the Corps.

Worried by this unfortunate incident, the State Commandant, Alexander Bissa Barunde, who described the incident as barbaric, unfortunate, regrettable and uncivilised has since directed a full investigation into the matter to ascertain the real identity of the suspect.

The State Commandant assured the general public that, he would invoke internal disciplinary mechanism of the Corps to deal with the officer involved in this babaric act against a harmless and helpless woman.

He condemned the act and wondered why an officer of the Command will condescend to the point of inflicting bodily harm on a woman under any circumstances.

Barunde affirmed the Corps’ commitment to the protection of lives and property of the citizens, stating that this is just an isolated case of an overzealous officer and the matter would be pursued to a logical conclusion and the concerned officer brought to book.

While apologising to the family of the woman concerned, he assured that the matter would not be swept under the carpet but that, decisive action will be taken against the culprit as soon as the outcome of the investigation is made available to him and the culprit identified.

He warned that he will not condone any indiscipline from any officers of the Command and charged them to remain civil in approach while carrying out their lawful duties.

He cautioned his personnel to be professional and to respect the fundamental human rights of the citizens because henceforth, any report of human right abuse by any civilian will attract very stringent punishment.