Monday 14 June 2021


By: Valentine Adese (JP),

Within the last seven (7) days, the people of Plateau State and the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were in a jubilation mood as the State Governor. Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong continued to inaugurate and commission some of his administration’s project for the State.

The exercise commenced ahead of the commemoration of the just celebrated Democracy Day.

Governor Lalong started by first inaugurating the rehabilitated Pankshin Water Project, which had broken down and unable to provide water to the people of Pankshin and environs.

According to a press statement signed by, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, dated, 11th June, 2021, Governor Lalong, while inaugurating the facility said his administration would continue to do its best in delivering on projects that have direct impact on the citizens.

Adding that, “He urged the people to guard the facility as Government has done the first part of its duty by providing the critical water infrastructure which must not be destroyed or vandalized”.

Within the 7 days also, at the Pankshin Mini Stadium, the Governor witnessed the midterm report presentation of Member representing Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam Federal Constituency of Plateau State at the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yusuf Gagdi, where cars, wheelchairs, and other empowerment items were distributed to beneficiaries.

“Borehole drilling equipment and a Constituency Office were also inaugurated”. The government statement stated.

The statement further stated that, “Governor Lalong, later inspected ongoing work on a model primary school in Mangu which is ongoing with plans for elaborate development.

“The Governor then proceeded to commission some roads in Jos South Local Government. These include the Anguldi-NVRI Vom road; Zawan-College of Health road and the Rayfield-Zarmaganda/Church of Immaculate Conception Road networks.

“Afterwards, he arrived the Old Airport Junction Road to commission the Jos-Bukuru solar powered street lighting project which has been in use for about two years now without formal commissioning.

“The Governor said the projects were executed as part of fulfilling the desire of the Rescue Administration to develop critical infrastructures which are key to the economic development of the State.

“He said that is the reason why he chose to complete inherited projects rather than allow the people’s investments to be lost because of political differences.

“The Governor said all the 28 new projects he initiated are being completed accross the State including the 20 roads that were carried out within the Jos Bukuru metropolis under a special rehabilitation programme tagged ‘operation zero potholes’ which are being commissioned”.

With the period under review, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State also felicitated with the former Governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Adamu Muazu on the occasion of his 66th birthday.

Governor Lalong in a congratulatory message described the former Governor as, “an astute politician who has continued to serve the people of his State and the nation passionately”.

While wishing him many more years of peace, good health and God’s protection, Lalong urged him to continue to work towards supporting efforts to overcome many challenges of the nation by offering his wealth of wisdom and experience.

In another development, Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has congratulated the Speaker and Honourable members of the Plateau State House of Assembly for their doggedness in carrying out their legislative functions which have strengthened democracy in the State in the last two years.

Governor Lalong described the 9th Plateau House of Assembly under the leadership of Speaker Abok Nuhu Ayuba as very proactive and collaborative in the governance of the State.

He commended them for passing critical laws that have direct bearing on the people and also carrying out robust oversight of the Executive which has strengthened accountability and transparency in governance.

While urging them to redouble their efforts in carrying out their duties and responding to the needs of their constituents, the Governor assured them of the support and collaboration of the Executive towards improving the living standards of the citizens and providing security and peace.

On autonomy, the Governor assured them that the Executive has been very positive towards implementation which explains why even before the recent agitation, many aspects of Autonomy have been implemented with just a few aspects to be tidied up once modalities are worked out.

Similarly, the Governor has also congratulated the leadership and members of the National Assembly for marking two years in office.

Governor Lalong extended warm felicitations to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan and other distinguished Senators as well as Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and Honourable Members of the House of Representatives.

He said as members of the 9th National Assembly, they have shown passion and commitment to the economic and socio-political development by passing many laws and giving several approvals towards tackling national challenges such as insecurity.

Lalong urged them to write their names in gold by carrying out a thorough review and alteration of the 1999 Constitution by ensuring that the wishes of the people are reflected for a better Nigeria.

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