Monday, 18 July 2016

#FOCUS: BENUE STATE PAST LEADERS. (JONAH DAVID JANG)


Air Commodore Jonah David Jang (born 13 March 1944) was elected Governor of Plateau State, Nigeria in April 2007. He had previously served as Military Governor of Benue State and Gongola State. He ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011.



PERSONAL BACKGROUND. Jonah David Jang was born on 13 March 1944 at Du in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. In 1965 he enlisted as an Air Force Officer Cadet at the Military Training School in Kaduna. He was given flying training at Uetersen in West Germany (1965–1966) and further training at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1969 and promoted to Lieutenant in 1970. He attended a course on Supply Operations Training (Logistics) in Denver, Colorado, United States and was promoted to Captain in 1972, Major in 1975 and Wing Commander in 1978, serving in most of the Nigerian air formations during this period.

During the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida he served as Military Governor of Benue State from August 1985 to August 1986, then as Military Governor of Gongola State from August 1986 to December 1987.

He voluntarily retired from the Nigeria Air Force in 1990. Jonah Jang took a Bachelor of Divinity Degree at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria (2000–2002). In 2007, he successfully contested the governorship election in Plateau State on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). He ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011.

God bless Benue state


By Comrade Abel Oche Ankeli

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