Plateau Govt Distributes Confiscated Items to Correctional Facility and IDPs

The Plateau State Government has donated a variety of items confiscated from traders operating in unauthorized locations in Jos to the inmates of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Jos Custodial Centre, and to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Barkin Ladi. The donation followed enforcement of Executive Order 003, which prohibits illegal trading and indiscriminate parking.

Speaking at the donation event, the General Manager of the Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB), Arch. Hart Bankat, emphasized the government’s commitment to maintaining the city’s aesthetic appeal. He clarified that the traders had been given ample notice and alternative trading locations but chose to defy the order.

“Apart from adequate notification, the government equally provided alternative markets for them within the metropolis. They are just being stubborn and trying to test the will of the government. The Executive Order is very clear, and as you can see, we are here to demonstrate the action of the law by donating the items seized to the correctional centre, and from here we are proceeding to the IDP camp to donate the other items,” said Bankat.

Bankat highlighted the government’s determination to beautify Plateau State and fulfill Governor Caleb Muftwang’s mandate, stating that traders had been adequately relocated and provided with alternative markets.

Earlier, State Commissioner of Information and Communications, Hon. Musa Ashom, supported this stance, explaining that the confiscation was in line with Executive Order 003, which had been extensively publicized and discussed with the traders.

“Executive Order was signed on the 1st of March this year. From the day it was signed, we have sustained publicity. We’ve sat down with them over 30 times, and we engaged them. We’ve even engaged religious bodies, including Jamaatir Nasiri Islam and the Christian Association of Nigeria. We’ve sat down with them even in Government House, and there was a committee led by the Secretary of the Government of the State, Architect Samuel Jatau. We discussed extensively and we told them that executive order is here to stay,” Ashom explained.

The Deputy Controller of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Jos Custodial Centre, Ponyak Nandang, expressed gratitude for the donations, noting that the items would significantly help address some of the needs of the inmates. The items donated included assorted second-hand clothes, sneakers, shoes, slippers, and canvases.

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