David Arin – President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the University of Jos (UniJos) in North-Central, Nigeria, as a National Cancer Centre.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, gave the cheering news on Wednesday, while answering questions from State House Correspondents, after he met behind closed doors with President Buhari.

He said the people of the State will remain grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for delivering a lot of democratic dividends to the State.

According to him, “My visit to the President is to come and show him appreciation because of what he has done for Plateau State in the last few months. Just a week or two ago, we just got approval to make the University of Jos a Cancer Centre. I saw over N3 billion approved for the institution as a special centre for cancer so it’s not a small achievement.

“Recently, the President approved the establishment of an orthopaedic hospital in Jos, Plateau State; the only one in North-Central. He also approved the establishment of a Federal Medical Centre in Wase. Another one is the Federal Polytechnic Shendam, which is almost starting this year in October to be precise.

“The President has also approved the conversion of the Federal College of Education Pankshin to a Federal University of Education and immediately approved the establishment of another Federal College of Education in the State. We were just celebrating that one then we also heard of the establishment of a Zonal campus of the Nigerian Law School for North-Central in Jos. We cannot have all these achievements and not come and show appreciation to the President.”

The Governor, also said he used the occasion of his meeting with the President to thank him for granting a presidential pardon to the former Governor of the state, Joshua Dariye, as well as a former Governor of Taraba State, Rev. Jolly Nyame, who were hitherto convicted for corruption.

“You remember I was here some time ago, when I was here with some Governors, making a plea on behalf of the former Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame of Taraba State. We also made an appeal on behalf of the Northern Governors for that pardon, now the President has granted the pardon and a few days ago they were released. It is a thing of joy, especially in the two states and as Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, I came to thank him”, the Governor added.