by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Plateau State Government has approved the procurement of 50 patrol pick-up vans and 200 security motorcycles to be distributed to security agencies in the state.
Briefing newsmen after the weekly State Executive Council Meeting held at the New Government House, Little Rayfield Jos, Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Dan Manjang, said the decision was taken to strengthen the capacity of the security agencies to respond to various challenges across the State.
Manjang explained that, the patrol vehicles and motorcycles will be deployed across the State and utilised for the purpose of proactively tackling kidnapping, banditry and other crimes, adding that, there will be increased intelligence gathering, particularly in the rural areas.
Hon. Manjang also said, the Council approved the scrapping of Plateau Agric Mechanization and Supply Company because it doesn’t have a law establishing it and its functions have been subsumed under the ASTC, and that, the staffs will be redeployed to relevant MDAs and their parent ministries.
The Council also approved the report of the economic and financial sub-councils as was directed, for a draft White Paper on the relationship between ministries and parastatals in the execution of their statutory functions, after having an approval of 3 sub-councils last week.
He said, the Exco also approved the construction of some roads in the State, which include Aliyu Makama-Muslim Pilgrims Board to Plateau Hospital Link Road, Joe Garba and Wamba Close Roads to be executed through direct labour.
It also approved the rehabilitation and construction of NDLEA-Zarazon-Fobur Road, Phase 1 Road also through direct labour, and also approved is the execution of Constituency Projects under the supervision of the Plateau State Road Maintenance Agency, he said.
“The projects are for Bokkos, Pengana, Pankshin North, Riyom, Langtang, Pankshin South, Mangu South, Kanke, Rukuba/Irigwe constituencies to the tune of 91million naira,” he stated.
The Commissioner for Information and Communications revealed that, “Some road projects were also terminated. These include Mangu Bye-Pass Road project of 13km that was first awarded to PW and re-awarded to Sky Technical and Construction Company. The 18.4km Mai Juju-Zandi Road was also terminated and the contractor is to make a refund of N68,870,350:18.”
Also speaking, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nimkong Lar, equally gave an update of COVID-19 cases – with 64,894 persons tested, and confirmed cases standing at 9,052, while numbers of persons administered with the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine so far stands at 40,625.
Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Regina Soemlat, explained the funding for all the projects and procurements approved by the council, while her Housing counterpart, Barrister Zulfa Rimven, gave an update on the hosting of the 9th Council for Lands and Housing.