Monday 9 August 2021


By: Valentine Adese (JP),

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has expressed regret that despite the huge investment of the State in enhancing the capacity of security agencies in the State to confront criminals, the attacks on communities particularly in Bassa and Riyom have not stopped.

Governor Lalong laments, while speaking at the COCIN Headquarters Jos during the dedication of four books published by COCIN President, Rev. Prof. Dacholom Datiri.

According a Plateau state Statement concerning the occasion signed by, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, dated 8th August, 2021,  the Governor said, “the recent attacks in Bassa and Riyom LGAs was regrettable and coming shortly after the State Government spent resources to purchase and distribute 50 patrol vehicles and 200 motorcycles to the security agencies”.

Lalong, while sympathizing with the people said, “the time has come for everyone to provide the first line of security by gathering intelligence, passing same to security agencies as well taking all necessary steps to guard against vulnerability”.

He vowed to continue to fight insecurity and promote peace building.

Governor Lalong, who praised Rev. Datiri for putting down his ideas, which contain some of his sermons and experiences in four books, described the act as commendable, as it would assist in educating the citizens particularly youths, who need information and historical background to many issues.

On the books published by the COCIN President, Lalong charged Nigerians, particularly those in position of influence to document their ideas and activities so as to pass knowledge and valuable history to guide the upcoming generation.


Lalong said that is why his administration has not only worked hard to enhance the quality of public education, but also supported religious organizations and the private sector to provide quality education to the citizens.

On the recently approved, Karl Kumm University Vom, the Governor urged the leadership of COCIN, which is the proprietor of the Institution to step in and resolve pending issues with the host community which are threatening the take off of the school.

Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro represented by Prof. Gofwen described the publications as very valuable, considering the messages contained therein, which touch on several aspects that deal with the building of a better society.

The Author, COCIN President, Rev. Prof. Datiri said, he decided publish the four books to address key issues that relate to the interaction between human beings and their relationship with God.

The books are entitled: Becoming Kingdom Citizens; Being an Over comer; Designed for Fruitfulness; and Imitating Christ.

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