Monday 22 November 2021


By: Paul Naomi,

President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo (SAN), at the graduation of Executive Course 43 of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos has applauded participants over the years, for impacting in governance by shaping policies and interrogating areas of challenges the nation is facing.

He said, “With the output of the Institute, many contemporary issues such as COVID-19 have been addressed in a proactive manner that is making the nation cope well and work at recovering from the impact”.

According to Plateau state press statement on the occasion signed by the Director of Press, Dr. Macham Makut, Governor Simon Bako Lalong, while addressing the graduating participants pledged the support of the Plateau State Government to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos, as it continues to churn out policies for the peace and development of the nation.

He said, “most of the participants at the Institute are not only great assets for the nation, but Ambassadors of Plateau State who on posting for the course were reluctant in coming out of fear of the unknown, but on completion of studies, find it difficult to leave Jos. Many according to him have built houses in Jos and have settled down thereby correcting the wrong narratives of crises and chaos wrongly attached to the State”.

Lalong said, Plateau State has experienced substantial peace with the help of many stakeholders such as NIPSS. This he said has brought in more investment and facilitated the introduction of a shuttle flight from Abuja that is receiving high patronage.

In another development, the Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has been commended for his humility, generosity and assistance to the members of the class, describing him as a shining example, who has made them proud in his governance of Plateau State, where he has engendered peace, unity and reconciliation among the citizens and also carried out various projects that impact the lives of the people.

The Chairman of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Law Class of 1990 Mr. Sylvanus Tahir commended Governor Lalong at the reunion held at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.

“It was for his level of achievements in various positions such as the Chairman Northern Governor’s Forum, Chairman Conference of Former Speakers of State Assemblies among others that we decided to celebrate him and others who have made their marks in the Nigerian Bar and Bench, as well as other sectors of the Nigerian economy”, The Chairman said.

Mr. Tahir stated that the reunion provides another opportunity for the members to reflect on their achievements and also look into the challenges they are passing through with a view to resolving them.

“Many of the class members have continued to record achievements in the Legal profession, politics, corporate governance and business world. Many have been appointed Judges of various courts, while others have risen to the level of Senior Advocates in the Legal profession. Others have been appointed to head Government parastatals at the Federal and State Governments.” The Chairman added.

Same last week, the Vice president and Governor Lalong were, at the funeral of late Capt. Din.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo commiserated with the family of late Captain Joseph Mangtup Din, describing him as a man, who stood for justice, fairness and equity in all his dealings.

The Vice President said this at the funeral service at the COCIN Headquarters Church in Jos, Plateau State.

Prof. Osinbajo recalled his fond memories of late Capt. Din, who he said was a very disciplined man, who opposed and fought injustice in any form to the extent that he became familiar with legal jargons, though not a lawyer by training.

He also said, “The deceased was very hardworking, industrious and generous, as he built bridges across the nation, holding on to long relationships with friends of many years including President Muhammadu Buhari’.

Governor Simon Lalong in his remarks, described the late elder statesman, “as a man of integrity, who worked for the peace and political stability of Plateau State and Nigeria at large”.

“As the Chairman of the APC elders committee in Plateau State, late Capt. Din did a lot to ensure the victory of the party and also see to its performance in various fields. I will miss the invaluable counsel and wisdom which he offered freely”, Lalong added.

Still last week under review, the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, on behalf of the Forum in a congratulatory message to the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni on his 54th birthday, describing him as a gentleman and visionary leader. who is a silent achiever.

Lalong said the Governor, who exudes has humility at all times, has continued to work for his people and develop the State despite the security challenges he inherited on assuming office.

“Governor Mai Mala apart from doing his best to improve the living standard of his people, has also done well since his appointment as the Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee by strengthening the party and bringing in more members while taking it closer to the people”, Lalong said.


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