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Communiqué of Middle-Belt Progressive Movement (MBPM) on Jos Terminus Market

…Of meeting held at No.14 Muh’d Buhari Way/Waff Road, Kaduna Hqters, on Wednesday, August 18th, 2022

The Middle-Belt Progressive Movement (MBPM) has observed with utmost dismay and total displeasure the purported Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with JAIZ Bank on rebuilding of Jos Terminus Market.

  • The MBPM, in its meeting chaired by Deputy Inspector-General of Police (D.I.G.), Potter L. Dabup (rtd), outrightly rejected the MoU in its entirety, saying, the contract will not serve the best interest of the state.
  • While advising Simon Lalong-led Plateau State Government to withdraw the idea of the MoU, the Movement noted that, contracting the Jos Main Market to an Islamic Bank would amount to mortgaging the overall interest of all the ethnic nationalities in Plateau State and the future of their generations to come.
  •  The Movement strongly enjoined the governor to rescind his decision immediately, if there is no sinister motive attached to the MoU to siphon public funds through kickbacks.
  • Participants also urged the governor to continue with his so-called “ongoing projects in the state” and carry out the repair of roads in the state, including Langtang, Zamko, Garkawa to Yelwa roads within the remaining period of his administration.
  • It also urged the governor to resettle the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Plateau State back to their permanent homes, restore their farmlands and provide them with financial support necessary for their proper settlement.
  • He should also settle the salaries and allowances of all the civil servants, etc.
  • The meeting, after extensive deliberation, commended the Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, on the step taken to establish Benue State Community Volunteers Guards, to protect its citizens in the face of current severe herdsmen terrorism ravaging the Middle-Belt Region and other States.
  • The body strongly advised Governor Simon Lalong to emulate his Benue State counterpart and establish a security network in Plateau State, pointing out that the basic responsibility of every government is the protection of lives and property of its people.
  • Recalled that, indigenous people of Plateau State had a meeting with the State Governor, Simon Lalong, on a weekend on the MoU on the contract of Jos Main Market to JAIZ Bank.
  • But, the stakeholders later refuted the outcome of the meeting, as transmitted by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to Governor, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, saying, they did not endorse rebuilding of the market.
  • Governor Simon Lalong is to be contended with his newly found job of Muslim-Muslim ticket, a grand plan to Islamize Nigeria.  

D.I.G. Potter L. Dabup (Rtd)                               Chief Idibia Gabriel

CHAIRMAN                                                              SECRETARY

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