Friday 19 November 2021


By: Paul Naomi,

Governor Simon Bako Lalong has been applauded for his efforts in assisting the NDLEA Training Academy Jos, and Plateau State Command, with logistics, infrastructure and collaboration in the discharge of their duties.

The Chairman and CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gen. Buba Marwa, rtd made this commendation during a visit to the Plateau State Governor, Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong, at the State’s Government House Rayfield, Jos.

“NDLEA has worked out strategies for not only stopping the acquisition and distribution of narcotic substances, but also engaged in massive education and enlightenment to get the entire society on board to fight the menace which is touching every segment of the society, the CEO stated.

Gen. Buba, further made an appeal for an allocation of land to enable the agency build its barracks, which has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2022 budget.

Governor Lalong, however, appealed to the NDLEA Chairman to intensify efforts in helping the State avoid being used as a transit State for narcotics, as well as, handle the rehabilitation of those already affected.

“And I pledged to complete the construction of the rehabilitation centre currently under construction, as well as, continue to offer more support to the agency when needed.” The Governor promised.

In another development, Governor Simon Bako Lalong, has sworn in 15 new Special Advisers into his administration, with a charge on them to add impetus to governance and in the delivery of quality services to the people.

Lalong, while swearing in the advisers said that, “they play various roles at different times in not only ensuring that the Rescue Administration came into office, but also making sure it succeeds in building a peaceful and all-inclusive Plateau.

“This is why you must consider these appointments, as a great privilege for you to serve the people of Plateau State, by advancing the Programs and Policies of the Rescue Administration. You must bring to the table fresh ideas and vigor that will advance the cause of the people who gave us their mandate to execute”.

“As Special Advisers, Government will be looking up to you for quality, honest and unbiased counsel at all times. You should be able to operate above personal and parochial interests because you have been called upon to serve the public and not yourselves or associates”.

The Governor also urged the people of Plateau State to disregard all the misinformation and campaign of calumny targeted at the government and his person, over the recent events in the State House of Assembly.

Hon. Diket Plang, Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Affairs, on behalf of the appointees said that, “we will do our best to serve the State and ensure the success of the APC Rescue Administration which has done a lot to change the trajectory of development and peace in the State”.

The newly appointed Special Advisers include: Hon. Diket Plang – Public Affairs, Arch. Pam Dung Gyang – Political Affairs, Justice Philomina Lot (Rtd) – Judicial Affairs, Chief Burki Gofwan – Physically Challenged Affairs, Barr. Jonathan Mawiyau – Legal Affairs, Mrs. Felicia Yakzum – Women Affairs, Hon. Joe Bukar – Legislative Affairs, Hon. Danladi Mann – Sports Affairs, Hon. Talatu Apini – Humanitarian Affairs, Barr. Bashir Musa Sati  Inter-Party Affairs, Barr. Kwamkur Samuel Vondip – Job Creation and Entrepreneurship, Rev. Dr. David Laje – Religious Affairs ( Christian), Hon. Sani Mudi – Religious Affairs ( Muslim), Maj. Gen. Paul Guar (Rtd) – Inter- Community Relations and Engr. Ishaku Awatai – Minerals Development.

As the Chairman of Northern Governors Forum, Governor Simon Bako Lalong has commiserated with businessman, Aliko Dangote, over the loss of his younger brother, Sani Dangote, who untill his death was the Vice President of the Dangote Group.

The Chairman NGF, on behalf of the Forum in a message of commiseration, described the death of Sani Dangote, “as a devastating blow to the family and to the Dangote Group in particular”.

“As a silent achiever, the late Sani was known for his business acumen, attention to details and focus for success in the various positions he occupied in the business world. He built a personality profile of integrity, diligence and service throughout his career. He will be sorely missed.

“Late Sani represented the bright business minds of the Northern Region and contributed a lot to raising younger entrepreneurs who have gone on to become successful businessmen and women in the region and nation at large”. He said.

Governor Lalong further urged the family and the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, to accept the development, as the will of God, saying, “The legacies of late Sani, will continue to endure as he played a vital role in improving the economic fortunes of the Northern Region and Nigeria as a whole”.

As a roundup of major activities, Plateau State under the leadership of Governor Lalong has been granted the hosting right to host the Anglican Church Provincial Standing Committee, which is scheduled to hold in 2022.

The Anglican Archbishop of Jos, Most. Rev. Dr. Benjamin Kwashi, made this known during a courtesy visit to Governor Simon Bako Lalong at the State Government House, Rayfield Jos.

The delegate, while speaking at the Government House, briefed the Governor on the hosting right for the event scheduled for September, 2022 and also solicited for the support of the Government towards hosting the event, which is expected to draw participants from within and outside the country.

Archbishop Kwashi also emphasized the need for the Plateau State Government to build on the legacies of Christian Missionaries, who brought the gospel and founded schools, hospitals and other social welfare and empowerment programs.

He also appealed to the Government to consider immortalizing, famous sons of Plateau State, who served the State and Nigeria with zeal. This he said was necessary for the younger generation to know the great strides of the personalities and also learn from them.

Some of those he recommended for honour include: Late Archbishop G.G. Ganaka, Dr. M.D. Gotom, Col. Yakubu Pam, Maj. Gen. I.D. Bisalla, John Amos Kwashi.

In his remarks, Governor Simon Lalong expressed his gratitude to the Anglican Archbishop and his team, who came to show solidarity with the government, having continually prayed for the peace, progress and development of Plateau State.

“The State is happy to be granted the opportunity to host the Anglican Church Provincial Standing Committee, a task I assure the State will support to bring to fulfillment.” The Governor stated.

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