Today, the Rescue Administration in the State is taking one more step in her match towards bequeathing a durable and virile State to the next generation. This we believe can only be achieved as we pursue the accomplishments of the goals we have set out to achieve within the duration of our term in office. Our success is a function of how informed we are of the policies, programs and action plans of government, couple with our abilities to inteprete and translate them into tangible deliverables for our people.
The tangible and progressive development we seek demands continuous knowledge driven action, which saves cost and maximises opportunities. Our economic challenges have compelled us to see ahead, look ahead , prepare ahead and be ahead, if ever we sincerely desire to make the kind of positive pact we seek to make on our sincerely bid to make lighter the burden of existence for all our citizens.
In the light of this understanding, I am pleased to address you on the occasion of the Strategic Retreat 2016 put together by the State Government in partnership with the German International Corporation (GIZ) and facilitated by the Jos Business School and H. PIERSON. Let me first give kudos to GIZ, JBS AND H. PIERSON for accepting to collaborate with the Government of Plateau State in training the members of the State Executive Council who are first in line as Policy formulators and core drivers of this government’s policies.
I know the wealth of experience these organisations have garnered over the years in facilitating training and sensitization workshops of this nature, will be brought to bear in the knowledge impartation we seek set out to achieve for all participants. Let me also be quick to thank our array of resource persons for accepting the invitation to deliver a paper in this retreat.
The acceptance of Hon. Babatunde Fashola, Minister for Works, Power and Housing, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Minister for Transportation, His Lordship Rt Rev Dr.Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Benjamin Argak Kwashi, Anglican ArchBishop of Province 1 and Bishop of Jos Diocese, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, Secretary General JNI, Barr. Haroun Audu, Nde Ezekiel Gomos and many others is a clear testimony of the fact that we require the fusion of character, expertise, discipline, commitment to service and the fear of God to drive our understanding of the mandate we have and the service the people expect from us as leaders.
You will recall that this Administration unfolded a Five Policy Thrust that will guide the plans, programs and actions of Government within the four year term of our administration. We are committed to developing our state and adding value to the lives of our citizenry, as we deliver on the following;
1. Peace, Security and Good Governance;
2. Human Capital Development and Social Welfare;
3. Agriculture and Rural Development;
4. Entrepreneurship and Industrialization; and
5. Physical Infrastructure and Environment.
For this Policy Thrust to be realizable, I must emphasize that Team Spirit, financial prudence, discipline, dedication to duty, Leadership drive and strategic Implementation of policies, programs and actions are necessary ingredients for success. The Theme of this Retreat, “Delivering Effective Service with Less Resources” is therefore most appropriate, and I would urge you to all begin a a process of critical thinking on the quick fixes that would make you hit the ground running in your various Ministries and Agencies. Let me reiterate once again like I stated at the swearing in of EXCO members that, we have already set in place strategic initiatives and programs with time lines, over short, medium and long terms, for the actualization of our Policy Thrust, which will be unveiled at this Retreat. I will be expecting your updated implementation strategies that will accelerate Government's efforts to address the many developmental and social welfare challenges demanding immediate attention of Government.
Finally, let me affirm the determination of our government to create the enabling environment that will grow our economy through public and private sector participation. The reforms and structural adjustments at the federal and state levels, aimed at cutting the cost of governance and exploring alternative sources of funding are the change ideology we will work upon to transform the State and deliver on the promises we made to our people.
It is my fervent prayer that at the end of this Retreat, participant will all leave here with renewed vigour, strategic know how and innovative skills needed for forging the kind of Platform, that would guarantee the delivery of the dividends of democracy.
Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you all for listening and I assure you that now that the die is cast and we are now on the threshold of proving worthy of the trust our people have placed in our hands; With God on our side, we will succeed.
Thank you and God bless Plateau State.
Rt. Hon Simon Bako Lalong
Executive Governor, Plateau State