Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Jonah Jang, is expected to move into the newly-constructed Government House in Rayfield, Jos, on September 5. The office was constructed at the whopping cost of N9.6bn
Consequently, the existing Government House and lodge in Jishe will be occupied by the traditional ruler of the Berom people and Chairman of the Plateau state traditional council, Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Buba Gyang.
The state’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mrs. Olivia Dazyam, who disclosed this after an extraordinary state executive council meeting on Tuesday, said the relocation was approved after due consultations.
She said the cost was reviewed upwards from N4bn to over N9.6bn to take care of additional works on the new official residence of the state governor.
According to the commissioner, the relocation became expedient because the old one, which was originally designed to serve as presidential lodge, had become inadequate for the use of the governor.
Dazyam said construction work at the new government office is at the final stages.
She said, “The council also received and approved the memo for the movement of the palace of the Gbong Gwom to the government house and lodge, Jishe for reasons of convenience and adequate space with the strengthening of yen person of the Gbong Gwom and the institution of the state traditional council”.
She added that the old palace would become a museum where every local government area in the state would be adequately represented.