By: Valentine Adese, Alfred Saiki and Ifeanyi Okonkwo
Months after the Governor of Plateau State Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong appointed two competent youths of the state to direct the affairs of the Plateau State Finance Development Agency and Plateau Peace Building Agency, citizens in the state have started crying out saying that the agencies have no office locations and structure to enable them contact them.
The press release dated 14th April and signed by Mr. Emmanuel Nanle, stated that, the appointment of Mr. Joseph, is “In fulfillment of Governor Lalong’s promise to consolidate on the Peace, Security and Good Governance compliment of the Policy thrust of the Rescue Administration in Plateau State, through pragmatic and proactive Peace Building measures.”
From records, before Mr. Lengmang’s appointment, he was a Lecturer with Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies, University of Jos.
After his appointment, Governor Lalong also appointed Mr. Haggai Haruna Gutap as the Director -General of the newly established Plateau State Microfinance Development Agency.
According to the press release announcing his appointment made available to REALITY, dated 19th April, 2016 and signed by the Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Nanle, Mr. Haggai’s appointment is to help the Rescue administration of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Plateau State, led by Governor Lalong to create economic opportunities to support growth in all sectors of the state.
Before his appointment, the release stated that Mr. Haggai Haruna was the Managing Director of Finger Tips Enterprise Development Partners, based in Abuja.
However, the ovation by the youths of the state that welcomed their appointments according to pundits, is now dying down as the agencies are yet to start working.
REALITY findings on this matter however has it that though the governor wants the agencies to hit the ground running, his current tour of the 17 local governments areas of the state to commission projects to mark his one year in office, has delayed the plans.
In reaction, pundits in the state have advised that, “Peace building and financial empowerment are key at this moment. So focusing on the governor’s one year in office that has come and gone is mis-directing his right intention. Nothing to us stops them from running side by side.”