By: Valentine Adese,
Govrnor Simon Lalong has been described, as a visionary leader, who has impacted positive in the lives of Plateau people.
This remark was made by a former governor of Plateau State, now Senator, representing Plateau Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly (NASS), Sen. Joshua Dariye, at the Merit Award to Governor Simon Lalong by The Nation Newspaper in Abuja.
Sen. Dariye, while also fielding answers to questions in an interview he granted at the First Summit on Food and Agriculture organized by The Nations Newspaper in the same venue where Governor Lalong was recognized for his giant strides in the Agricultural sector of Plateau State, explained that, “despite the challenges of dwindling resources and insecurity in the state, Governor Lalong was able to make restoration of peace, agriculture and payment of salary his priority.”
Sen. Dariye, according to a press statement signed by the Plateau State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Mr. Yakubu Dati, further added that, "When Governor Lalong came on board with the rescue mission, he took the issue of food and security dearly because, when there is no peace and the people are hungry, it means he hasn't done anything but, here we are today celebrating successes in both."
The Guest Lecturer, Prof Adebisi Daramola, was said to have advocated for more funding for agriculture to unlock the nation's hidden treasures.
However, Governor Simon Lalong, during the occasion commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for kick-starting the revolution in agriculture, which inspired him.
Governor Atiku Bagudu, of Kebbi State and that of Borno State, Governor Kashim Shetima, who were also fellow Awardees, affirmed that with more resources, they would be able to achieve more.
Other dignitaries who graced the occasion to support Governor Lalong include, Hon Edward Pwajok, Hon Timothy Golu, Hon Johnbull Shekarau and Hon Suleiman Kwande, Members of the Plateau State Executive Council, Elders and Political Support groups.