Saturday, 3 March 2018

Imprint Your Names in Gold, As You Serve the State Selflessly and Meritoriously. Gov. Lalong Tells Hon. Yakubu Dati, other 22 new Commissioner (Speech Unedited)


By: Our Reporter,
 
ADDRESS OF THE EXECUTIVE GOVENOR OF PLATEAU STATE, RT. HON. SIMON BAKO LALONG ON THE OCCASION OF THE SWEARING IN OF THE RECONSITUTED STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND NEWLY APPOINTED PERMANENT SECRETARIES AT THE STATE NEW GOVERNMENT HOUSE LITTLE RAYFIELD ON THURSDAY, THE 1ST MARCH 2018

PROTOCOL
 
GOV. LALONG
It is my esteemed honour to address you today on the occasion of the Swearing-in of Members of the reconstituted State Executive Council, and that of the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries in the Civil Service of our State.

This occasion brings to an end the speculations and anxieties that have dominated public discourse since I announced the dissolution of Cabinet on the 8th of February, 2018.


You will recall that in my public engagements since the dissolution, I have repeatedly informed citizens of the State as to the fact that the dissolution is not an indictment nor is it in any way a punitive measure to show my displeasure with the Cabinet. My appreciation of the efforts the members of the former Cabinet had put in stabilizing Government and setting the right direction for value addition in Government, was an affirmative Statement as to the sacrifices and commitment that the Commissioners had put in, given the challenging State of finances which had confronted Government from assumption of office.
GOV. LALONG SHAKING HANDS WITH HON. DATI
The dissolution was therefore to government a period for the re-ordering of priorities and the strategic rethinking of the governance direction of the Rescue Administration. The dissolution you will agree with me also allowed an opportunity for the reaffirmation of confidence in the ability of those who made the new team from the past EXCO, to know that much is still expected of them, for which they must think outside the box, given the essence of time when placed against the expectation of our people.

Our consultative and participatory approach in keeping with our peoples oriented style of Governance in the last three (3) weeks that followed the dissolution, has allowed for a value assessment of the capacity of those who have been sworn-in to deliver on the mandate and to be adjudged as having the capacity to represent effectively their constituents in Government. Further to this and equally important is that it has allowed those who have desired to move ahead in their search of opportunities to represent their people in the forth coming election, to forge ahead with their plan of actions.

I must therefore at this point, once again appreciate all those who served in the Cabinet and to say without mincing words, that the place of their services have gone down in history very well, earning them a place of repute in the roll call of honour in our State.
THE WOMAN BEHIND
As stakeholders in the Plateau Project, the State will continue to find their wealth of experience useful, in sustaining good governance practice on the Plateau, beyond the term of the Rescue Administration in Office.

My dear citizens of Plateau, the selection of these Commissioners though widely consultative in our bid to rejig the machinery of governance for effective and efficient service delivery, it cannot be said to have totally served all shades of opinion. Like I have always said, being a human process, it can definitely not be said to be perfect but it has in the best of my estimation and fairness of judgement, served the broad spectrum expectation of our citizens and the critical consideration of stakeholders whom we have entrusted the Rescue Project in their hands for the good of all, in the various constituencies that they represent. As the one on whose table the bulk lies, I have ensured that constitutional representation by State Character is complied with, while special consideration for group interest and political balance which falls within my purview as Governor to exercise, have been exercised in limited instances for the collective good of the State.

As a Leader I take responsibility for the good that stands to our collective benefit out of this exercise, as well as for the humane errors which time and chance, will allow us correct in the course of our sincere service to the citizens of Plateau.

Let me on the strength of the painstaking process that allowed for the re-appointment of most members of the last EXCO back into Cabinet alongside the new members, to say that your re-appointment is an affirmation that you have all it takes to do better than you did before you are therefore not to only inject speed into the race you have already started but ensure that you work hard to surmount the hurdles that would have hindered the best of your service in the last two and half years. The new Commissioners on the other hand are not entirely new to Public Service responsibility, and as such, they would be expected to not only hit the ground running, but ensure that they keep pace with the speed of those they are now joining to make the formidable Team, for the accelerated delivery of the dividends of democracy to our people.

I must say that your focus would be effective supervision of your Ministries and the prudent application of the limited resources at your disposal, to the completion of on-going projects. Our commitment to project continuity, good governance policy continuity and global best practice in service delivery, is a resolve that you must ensure is not compromised at any point. I am sure by now you have extensively familiarized yourselves with the Administration’s Five Policy Thrust, and that you have already engaged yourselves in strategically thinking through the critical path, to the actualization of the mandate that falls within your purview upon the allocation of portfolio.

Only recently, I directed the unbundling of certain Ministries and the creation of Six (6) Additional Ministries, in a bid to strengthen and accelerate the Machinery of Service delivery within record time. The affected Ministries are well aware that the budget lines approved in the 2018 Budget remain the approval expenditural line for them and the new Ministries carved out from the Former Ministries. Financial discipline and budget intelligence must therefore be applied to reduce needless expenditure on over heads, while strict supervision must be ensured through the bureaucracies of the new governance structure which has reduced the work load of the old Ministries, to ensure effective performance and service delivery within the streamlined schedule of the new Ministries.

As you come on board as Commissioners and new Permanent Secretaries, I expect to see the kind of synergy and partnership that will produce the kind of results we look forward to, from the Technocrats, bureaucrats and the Political Class in Office. The maintenance of the highest work ethics anchored on professionalism, responsible management of human and financial resource, discipline, respect for the rule of law and above all, the fear of God in Public Service is expected of all of you as custodians of the commonwealth of the people of Plateau. I am not in doubt that you already share in this conviction of Public Service and that you are fully prepared to apply this conviction, in the service you have been called to render to humanity and to our dear State. 

Let me at this juncture state categorically that the Rescue Government is a Team, and the mandate we have is to deliver as a Team on all that the Plateau people are expecting of us. So while as Civil Servants, Permanent Secretaries, Commissioners and as a Party, we deploy our individual talents in the various areas of our responsibilities, it is the collective outcome of our individual efforts as a part of the whole, that will make our Government a success. In this wise, our areas of posting and the portfolios to which we shall be assigned are service vehicles for transporting the highest and best good of the Rescue Administration for the citizens of Plateau. We therefore will all be allocated functional vehicles and how we drive it, will determine whether we get to the destination or not. I am however in my exercise of discretion in the allocation of portfolios, guided by the willingness of all of you as Political appointees to serve in any Ministry. Since service is therefore the focus, any Ministry is a benefiting Platform. Notwithstanding this while professionalism will inform allocation to some Ministries, my judgment of your individual capacities to serve in a certain Ministry better than the other has guided the allocation of Ministry

On this note, the Commissioners in Cabinet have been assigned portfolios as follows;

S/N NAMES PORTFOLIO
1. BARR CHRYSANTHUS AHMADU MINISTRY OF JUSTICE
2 HON. YAKUBU DATTI MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION 
3 HON. LUKA MADAKI MINISTRY OF HOUSING 
4 HON. BULUS BOT MINISTRY OF PHYSICAL PLANNING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT 
5 HON. EZEKIEL DICK DAJU MINISTRY OF MINERAL DEVELOPMENT 
6 MRS ANNA TALATU IZAM MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT 
7 MAL. AHMED MUHAMMAD NAZIF MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT
8 MR SYLVESTER IBRAHIM WALLANGKO MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC PLANNING 
9 MR. PAM BOT-MANG MINISTRY OF WORKS
10 ALH. DAYYABU YUSUF GARGA MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CHIEFTAINCY AFFAIRS
11 DR. HOSEA ISTIPHANUS FINANGWAI MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT 
12 MRS. TAMWAKAT WELI MINISTRY AND TOURISM, CULTURE AND HOSPITALITY
13 ENGR. DAVID JA’AFARU WUYEP MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES AND ENERGY
14 HON. HITLER FANKUN DADI MINISTRY OF SPECIAL DUTIES AND INTER-GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
15 USMAN YAKUBU IDI (BAMAIYI) MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
16 MR DAKUR JUDE ELI MINISTRY OF EDUCATION (SECONDARY)
17 DR. (MRS) REGINA B. SOEMLAT MINISTRY OF FINANCE
18 HON VICTOR LAPANG MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS
19 MRS ELIZABETH WAPMUK MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION 
20 HON DANIEL MANJANG MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
21 BARR VELNOE FESTUS FUANTER MINISTRY OF LANDS AND SURVEY
22 ALH ABDULLAHI GARBA ABBAS MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT 
23 DR DEYIN KUDEN KAMSHAK MINISTRY OF HEALTH 

The newly appointed Permanent Secretaries that is: MrIsa’acMaram, MrsLarai Ibn ShuaibuAdamu and Mrs Mary IshayaAfan would be assigned their Ministries by the Head of Civil Service.

You now all have the opportunity to imprint your names in Gold, as you serve the State selflessly and meritoriously. My prayers are with you for a successful period of service, while my eyes are on you to watch your service for reward or for reprimand.

I will not conclude this speech without thanking the Rt. Hon. Speaker and Honourable Members of House of Assembly, for their commitment to the Rescue Agenda. Your speedy and thorough screening of the Commissioners in record time, is yet another clear indication of the shared burden we carry in ensuring no vacuum is left in Government, as we seek to deliver to our people the dividends of good governance. I continue to look forward to the sustenance of a robust executive-legislative relationship.

I thank our Great Party, the All Progressives Congress, Elders, Traditional Rulers and Stakeholders for the sustained guidance that has aided right decisions and ensured stability in the business of Government

Above all I thank all our citizens on the Plateau for your prayers, partnership and sustained confidence in Government. With you as essential part of our people oriented Government, we shall overcome the hurdles in our purposeful match to the Promise Land.

Finally, I appeal to all of us as citizens to intensify our prayers for all Public Office Holders and not the pressures of unrealistic demands. As we allow the opportunity for incorruptible selfless service, there will be enough to serve the socio-economic needs of our citizens.

Thank you all for your kind attention and may God bless Plateau State.

Rt. Hon. Simon BakoLalong 
Executive GovernorADDRESS OF THE EXECUTIVE GOVENOR OF PLATEAU STATE, RT. HON. SIMON BAKO LALONG ON THE OCCASION OF THE SWEARING IN OF THE RECONSITUTED STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND NEWLY APPOINTED PERMANENT SECRETARIES AT THE STATE NEW GOVERNMENT HOUSE LITTLE RAYFIELD ON THURSDAY, THE 1ST MARCH 2018

PROTOCOL

It is my esteemed honour to address you today on the occasion of the Swearing-in of Members of the reconstituted State Executive Council, and that of the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries in the Civil Service of our State.

This occasion brings to an end the speculations and anxieties that have dominated public discourse since I announced the dissolution of Cabinet on the 8th of February, 2018.

You will recall that in my public engagements since the dissolution, I have repeatedly informed citizens of the State as to the fact that the dissolution is not an indictment nor is it in any way a punitive measure to show my displeasure with the Cabinet. My appreciation of the efforts the members of the former Cabinet had put in stabilizing Government and setting the right direction for value addition in Government, was an affirmative Statement as to the sacrifices and commitment that the Commissioners had put in, given the challenging State of finances which had confronted Government from assumption of office.

The dissolution was therefore to government a period for the re-ordering of priorities and the strategic rethinking of the governance direction of the Rescue Administration. The dissolution you will agree with me also allowed an opportunity for the reaffirmation of confidence in the ability of those who made the new team from the past EXCO, to know that much is still expected of them, for which they must think outside the box, given the essence of time when placed against the expectation of our people.

Our consultative and participatory approach in keeping with our peoples oriented style of Governance in the last three (3) weeks that followed the dissolution, has allowed for a value assessment of the capacity of those who have been sworn-in to deliver on the mandate and to be adjudged as having the capacity to represent effectively their constituents in Government. Further to this and equally important is that it has allowed those who have desired to move ahead in their search of opportunities to represent their people in the forth coming election, to forge ahead with their plan of actions.

I must therefore at this point, once again appreciate all those who served in the Cabinet and to say without mincing words, that the place of their services have gone down in history very well, earning them a place of repute in the roll call of honour in our State.

As stakeholders in the Plateau Project, the State will continue to find their wealth of experience useful, in sustaining good governance practice on the Plateau, beyond the term of the Rescue Administration in Office.

My dear citizens of Plateau, the selection of these Commissioners though widely consultative in our bid to rejig the machinery of governance for effective and efficient service delivery, it cannot be said to have totally served all shades of opinion. Like I have always said, being a human process, it can definitely not be said to be perfect but it has in the best of my estimation and fairness of judgement, served the broad spectrum expectation of our citizens and the critical consideration of stakeholders whom we have entrusted the Rescue Project in their hands for the good of all, in the various constituencies that they represent. As the one on whose table the bulk lies, I have ensured that constitutional representation by State Character is complied with, while special consideration for group interest and political balance which falls within my purview as Governor to exercise, have been exercised in limited instances for the collective good of the State. As a Leader I take responsibility for the good that stands to our collective benefit out of this exercise, as well as for the humane errors which time and chance, will allow us correct in the course of our sincere service to the citizens of Plateau.

Let me on the strength of the painstaking process that allowed for the re-appointment of most members of the last EXCO back into Cabinet alongside the new members, to say that your re-appointment is an affirmation that you have all it takes to do better than you did before you are therefore not to only inject speed into the race you have already started but ensure that you work hard to surmount the hurdles that would have hindered the best of your service in the last two and half years. The new Commissioners on the other hand are not entirely new to Public Service responsibility, and as such, they would be expected to not only hit the ground running, but ensure that they keep pace with the speed of those they are now joining to make the formidable Team, for the accelerated delivery of the dividends of democracy to our people.

I must say that your focus would be effective supervision of your Ministries and the prudent application of the limited resources at your disposal, to the completion of on-going projects. Our commitment to project continuity, good governance policy continuity and global best practice in service delivery, is a resolve that you must ensure is not compromised at any point. I am sure by now you have extensively familiarized yourselves with the Administration’s Five Policy Thrust, and that you have already engaged yourselves in strategically thinking through the critical path, to the actualization of the mandate that falls within your purview upon the allocation of portfolio.

Only recently, I directed the unbundling of certain Ministries and the creation of Six (6) Additional Ministries, in a bid to strengthen and accelerate the Machinery of Service delivery within record time. The affected Ministries are well aware that the budget lines approved in the 2018 Budget remain the approval expenditural line for them and the new Ministries carved out from the Former Ministries. Financial discipline and budget intelligence must therefore be applied to reduce needless expenditure on over heads, while strict supervision must be ensured through the bureaucracies of the new governance structure which has reduced the work load of the old Ministries, to ensure effective performance and service delivery within the streamlined schedule of the new Ministries.

As you come on board as Commissioners and new Permanent Secretaries, I expect to see the kind of synergy and partnership that will produce the kind of results we look forward to, from the Technocrats, bureaucrats and the Political Class in Office. The maintenance of the highest work ethics anchored on professionalism, responsible management of human and financial resource, discipline, respect for the rule of law and above all, the fear of God in Public Service is expected of all of you as custodians of the commonwealth of the people of Plateau. I am not in doubt that you already share in this conviction of Public Service and that you are fully prepared to apply this conviction, in the service you have been called to render to humanity and to our dear State. 

Let me at this juncture state categorically that the Rescue Government is a Team, and the mandate we have is to deliver as a Team on all that the Plateau people are expecting of us. So while as Civil Servants, Permanent Secretaries, Commissioners and as a Party, we deploy our individual talents in the various areas of our responsibilities, it is the collective outcome of our individual efforts as a part of the whole, that will make our Government a success. In this wise, our areas of posting and the portfolios to which we shall be assigned are service vehicles for transporting the highest and best good of the Rescue Administration for the citizens of Plateau. We therefore will all be allocated functional vehicles and how we drive it, will determine whether we get to the destination or not. I am however in my exercise of discretion in the allocation of portfolios, guided by the willingness of all of you as Political appointees to serve in any Ministry. Since service is therefore the focus, any Ministry is a benefiting Platform. Notwithstanding this while professionalism will inform allocation to some Ministries, my judgment of your individual capacities to serve in a certain Ministry better than the other has guided the allocation of Ministry

On this note, the Commissioners in Cabinet have been assigned portfolios as follows;

S/N NAMES PORTFOLIO
1. BARR CHRYSANTHUS AHMADU MINISTRY OF JUSTICE
2 HON. YAKUBU DATTI MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION 
3 HON. LUKA MADAKI MINISTRY OF HOUSING 
4 HON. BULUS BOT MINISTRY OF PHYSICAL PLANNING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT 
5 HON. EZEKIEL DICK DAJU MINISTRY OF MINERAL DEVELOPMENT 
6 MRS ANNA TALATU IZAM MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT 
7 MAL. AHMED MUHAMMAD NAZIF MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT
8 MR SYLVESTER IBRAHIM WALLANGKO MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC PLANNING 
9 MR. PAM BOT-MANG MINISTRY OF WORKS
10 ALH. DAYYABU YUSUF GARGA MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CHIEFTAINCY AFFAIRS
11 DR. HOSEA ISTIPHANUS FINANGWAI MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT 
12 MRS. TAMWAKAT WELI MINISTRY AND TOURISM, CULTURE AND HOSPITALITY
13 ENGR. DAVID JA’AFARU WUYEP MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES AND ENERGY
14 HON. HITLER FANKUN DADI MINISTRY OF SPECIAL DUTIES AND INTER-GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
15 USMAN YAKUBU IDI (BAMAIYI) MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
16 MR DAKUR JUDE ELI MINISTRY OF EDUCATION (SECONDARY)
17 DR. (MRS) REGINA B. SOEMLAT MINISTRY OF FINANCE
18 HON VICTOR LAPANG MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS
19 MRS ELIZABETH WAPMUK MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION 
20 HON DANIEL MANJANG MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
21 BARR VELNOE FESTUS FUANTER MINISTRY OF LANDS AND SURVEY
22 ALH ABDULLAHI GARBA ABBAS MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT 
23 DR DEYIN KUDEN KAMSHAK MINISTRY OF HEALTH 

The newly appointed Permanent Secretaries that is: MrIsa’acMaram, MrsLarai Ibn ShuaibuAdamu and Mrs Mary IshayaAfan would be assigned their Ministries by the Head of Civil Service.

You now all have the opportunity to imprint your names in Gold, as you serve the State selflessly and meritoriously. My prayers are with you for a successful period of service, while my eyes are on you to watch your service for reward or for reprimand.

I will not conclude this speech without thanking the Rt. Hon. Speaker and Honourable Members of House of Assembly, for their commitment to the Rescue Agenda. Your speedy and thorough screening of the Commissioners in record time, is yet another clear indication of the shared burden we carry in ensuring no vacuum is left in Government, as we seek to deliver to our people the dividends of good governance. I continue to look forward to the sustenance of a robust executive-legislative relationship.

I thank our Great Party, the All Progressives Congress, Elders, Traditional Rulers and Stakeholders for the sustained guidance that has aided right decisions and ensured stability in the business of Government.

Above all I thank all our citizens on the Plateau for your prayers, partnership and sustained confidence in Government. With you as essential part of our people oriented Government, we shall overcome the hurdles in our purposeful match to the Promise Land.

Finally, I appeal to all of us as citizens to intensify our prayers for all Public Office Holders and not the pressures of unrealistic demands. As we allow the opportunity for incorruptible selfless service, there will be enough to serve the socio-economic needs of our citizens.

Thank you all for your kind attention and may God bless Plateau State.

Rt. Hon. Simon BakoLalong 
Executive Governor

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