Plateau Governor To Past Administrations: “Return All The Money You Stole Within 2 Weeks”

Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong has given government officials in the last administration led by Jonah Jang two weeks to return all government money they stole while in office or face the full wrath of the law.

Governor Lalong gave the ultimatum yesterday August 11 when he received a report from a 12-man transition committee set up by his administration to investigate cases of misappropriation of public funds during the immediate past administration

“In line with the advice of President Muhammadu Buhari, who urge past government officials to return stolen public funds in their procession, I am giving two weeks to government officials in our state to return monies taken illegally, even before government begins the implementation of the recommendations of the committee.”he said.

Jang Pardons 5 Convicts

Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau on Thursday granted pardon to five convicted persons in the State.

Mr James Mannok, Director of Press Affairs to the outgoing governor, who announced this in a statement in Jos, explained that the pardon was effective from May 25.

The statement explained that the decision was taken in consultation with the State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy.

It added that it was also in accordance with the power conferred on him under Section 212 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

The beneficiaries are: Lawrence Oguno, Joel Oguno, Jacob Kwakfwan, Mohammed Umar and Magaji Ibrahim.

According to the statement, two convicts; Emmanuel Ochiba and Maxwell Idi, have had their death sentence commuted to life imprisonment. (NAN)

Open Letter To the Governor-Elect, Plateau State Mr. Simon Lalong By Daniel Gomagallah Herbert

Dear Sir,

I want to first of all congratulate you for the success at the polls. It’s a victory for Plateau State and I pray God will see you through your administration.

As a state, We’re grateful that we’re blessed with both natural & human resources. So, I write this piece to draw your attention to just a part of what we’re blessed with, that of course, I know you’re aware of. However, I’ll still say Plateau, the home of peace & tourism needs to rise beyond our great past into a future that is worth celebrating.

As a tourist haven, it’ll be good if you develop our very own Sherri-Hills into something bigger than Obudu. Just before we get there sir, I will like to suggest that the major projects that have a lot of impact on the state but standing uncompleted should be completed by your administration. For example, the Flyover at secretariat Junction, Zaria Road Stadium among any others.

Dear Governor, having a five star hotel or its equivalent in our state will make this place worth visiting by a lot of prospective investors.

Sir, an international conference centre if,constructed like wise, is an image projector we need as a one stop “shop” for everyone doing business in the Middle Belt,North &

beyond. Sir,we need a world class shopping mall in this state too to make this tourist haven complete. Better still, The Jos main market can be reconstructed.

The last but not the least,our primary, secondary & state owned tertiary institutions should be made even better so as to develop human capital base of the state.

On the payment of salaries, that can never be over emphasised.

Hopefully,Plateau will be even more beautiful.

Just so when some people thought that we’re all finished in Jos, I hear us all saying, with the coming of this government that ; “This just the beginning.” With the hands of our political leadership, with the choice we’ve  made all to live in peace and to contribute our quota in making this state beautiful again, Plateau is rising!!!

Our streets will be made beautiful, businesses should  thrive, hopes should be raised and that tourist haven should be unveiled. That’s what we look forward to in this new government.

We have great entertainers here and those that left this state as ambassadors, and the entertainment industry should be made to thrive in this state. The talents I see are just enormous.

So that even the stereotypes will testify to this fact that Jos is rising!

We want everyone to Discover Jos city; The Home of peace and tourism.

Discover Jos city; The spring board to every success story.

Discover Jos city; The most accommodating state in Nigeria.

Discover Jos city; A haven to behold.

The State is known as The Home of Peace and Tourism because it has a lot to show to the world.

In terms of tourism, we have the following to be proud of ;

The Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture. This has life-size replicas of a variety of buildings, from the walls of Kano and the Mosque at Zaria to a Tiv village. In addition, articles of interest from colonial times relating to the railway and tin mining can be found on display.

Jos Zoo is located in Jos city, beside the museum. It has a good stock of animals, birds and reptiles and was established in 1957.

Assop Falls is one of the most notable of Nigeria’s many waterfalls. Located at the edge of the Jos Plateau, about 40 miles (64 km) from Jos city, on the road to Abuja.

The Wildlife Safari Park sits in the middle of 8 km2 (3.09 sq. miles) of unspoiled savanna bush, about 4 km (2 mi) from Jos. It offers a wide variety of wild animals within easy viewing. The park also boasts great, panoramic views of Jos city.

The National Museum in Jos was founded in 1952, and is recognised as one of the best in the country. It is renowned for its archeology and The Pottery Hall has an exceptional collection of finely crafted pottery from all over Nigeria. The museum boasts some fine specimens of Nok terracotta heads and artifacts dating from between 500 BC to 200 AD.

Kurra Falls is an area of magnificent scenery some 77 kilometers southeast of Jos. It is the location of the State’s first hydroelectric power station.

The Kerang highlands are located about 88 kilometres from Jos. These beautiful, volcanic mountain hills are the source of natural mountain springs, which supply the popular spring water company (SWAN).

The Shere Hills include some of the Plateau’s highest peaks. They are a scenic range of hills to the east of Jos which offer a prime view of the city below. They offer fantastic opportunities to mountain climbers and hill walkers alike.

Riyom Rock is one of nature’s most spectacular rock formations, located 25 kilometers southwest of Jos, near Riyom town. One of which is the famous “Three-Stone”.

Pandam Game Reserve is a wildlife sanctuary. It is a protected region of natural habitat and is home to Hippopotami, Crocodiles and snakes of all types. Local park rangers track local game on foot and guide people to the best viewing areas. It offers sports fishing facilities and tourist accommodation is available.

Wase Rock is a striking dome-shaped inselberg which juts out of the ground to an incredible height of 450 meters. It is located about 216 kilometers southeast of Jos near Wase town. It is one of the only five breeding places for the White pelican in Africa. Because of this, the government now protects about 321 acres (1.30 km2) of land around the rock as a bird sanctuary and for wildlife development.

Kahwang Rock Formation is a set of beautiful basalt rocks, second to one of its kind found in Switzerland. Located in Bangai village of Bachi District in Riyom Local Government of the state, the Kahwang rocks have received tourists from different parts of the state, the country at large and on occasions, from outside Nigeria, who visit the site to see for themselves the wonders of nature. This site is however, still awaiting the attention of the Plateau State Tourism Corporation to meet modern standards and to serve as another source of revenue generation to the state. All of these, I’m aware you know even more.

Putting them forward in this piece is just for emphasis.

POPULAR NIGERIANS ASSOCIATED WITH JOS:

Jos is not only one of the most popular cities in Nigeria but also served as the spring board for the following Nigerians: Kenneth Gyang – A filmmaker, An African Movie Academy winner [His movie won Best Film – And it is the African Movie Academy Awards, Bayelsa ] One of the best Nigerian Rappers, Award winning Multi-talented producer extra ordinary, J-Town Masterpeiece; Jesse Jagz, Mikel Obi; an international footballer who had his childhood years in Jos, Panam Percy Paul; popular Christian musician, Obinna Nsofor; popular Nigerian footballer who started his career in Jos, Kevin Pam; first Nigerian to win Big Brother Africa, Karen, P-Square; popular musical duo who had their childhood years in Jos, Jeremiah Gyang – Singer and Multi-Talented instrumentalist who is from Jos, MI; popular Nigerian Rapper who also had his childhood years in Jos, Ice Prince Zamani, Nigerian Rapper, who grew up in Jos, Bongos Ikwe; a popular musician who grew up in Jos. Others are Segun Odegbami; popular Nigerian footballer who had his childhood years in Jos, Bez ; a Nigerian alternative soul singer born and raised in Jos, Dayo Okeniyi, an actor most known for playing “Thresh in the Hunger Games” movie, He was born in Jos. The names mentioned are just few among many others that this city is blessed with. We all together are pictures of great personalities in Jos…

The state needs to grow beyond depending on what we get from Jos Electricity Distribution Company JED in terms of electricity… We really should do something about NESCO which to me, is something we can fall back to.

From there too, something good will happen to our internally generated fund. Tax isn’t the only way forward.

People should be encouraged to invest in the state and people with ideas should be given such opportunity to make such contribution.

Let me introduce you to someone whose idea was not given an opportunity to thrive. I Read about Choji Bare, from Turu in Vwang district. An industrial chemist from the University of Jos. In 2009, he  invented a refinery process that converts plastic/nylon waste to a good yield of petroleum products like petrol, diesel, kerosene and cooking gas. He built a prototype refinery that does that.  He submitted a proposal to the government for a 300,000 liters per day plant in Jos. This was not considered here. However with time, This invention attracted lots of interests from Europe and America. Companies sent representatives all the way to Jos. He was given a presidential award in 2012. But his aim was to setup a refinery in Jos with plateau indegenes having at least 70% majority take in it. These foreign companies wanted him to leave Nigeria. At first he was hesitant but had to succumb as he saw the government was not interested in his  developmental idea. Now he has been featured on forbs magazine severally, recognized and endorsed by several international bodies.

Let the environment be very friendly for investors from within the country and beyond, and those who have an idea.

 In Nigeria today, it’s like everyone doing great had his/her footprints in Jos. So, we can explore more and make this state the entertainment capital of Nigeria, and a tourist destination for all. First, then lets rear and our image away from our past.

Jos city is beautiful, lets join hands and rewrite our story… Lets showcase the beauty within and the strength we have to drive the wheel of progress.

You’re Just what will  make Plateau more beautiful.

Yours,

Daniel, Gomagallah Herbert.

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Governor Jang Appoints Son As Commissioner

The Governor of Plateau state Jonah Jang has appointed one of his sons, Yakubu Jang, as the Commissioner for Lands and Urban Planning in the state.

Yakubu’s appointment was announced by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar yesterday December 21st. According to the Commissioner, Yakubu who was until his recent appointment his father’s special adviser on Special duties, was promoted to the office of a Commissioner following the immediate past commissioner, Yilji Gomwalk’s resignation to pursue his political appointment as a running mate to the PDP Guber flag bearer in the state, Mr. Gyang Pwajok.