Thursday 17 February 2022


By: Mr. Yakubu Dati,

It is an evidential fact that, Governor, Simon Lalong, assumed office, with the keen capacity and visible ability, to envision Plateau State’s future and to rally human and material resources around his shared vision for the state.

Early in the life of his administration, he inspired confidence, following his deft moves in connecting the state to international trade.

As reported, in quick succession, he acquired the BARC farms, and the Jos Inland Container Dry Port.

Furthermore, he successfully lobbied for the completion of the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos, and its subsequent designation, as a Cargo International Terminal.


To add fillip to the stratagem, Lalong’s intense lobby paid off, with the establishment of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Zonal Office in Jos, dedicated to International Shipping Trade in the country.

The approval to reactivate the Jos railway lanes and the dualization of the Abuja/Jos/Gombe roads is well secured in Lalong’s goodie kit.

Governor Lalong has no doubt, put in place an engine of local economic development, with its value addition of job creation, entrepreneurship and wealth creation.

Jos-Plateau is being steadily re-calibrated, into a central core of commerce, with attraction to investors, manufactures, suppliers and distributors.

There is a connection between the huge potentials and existing realities.

The Governor’s deliberate Policies and Programmes, as encapsulated in the Plateau State Development Strategy Developed by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) attracted many investors by its sheer clarity and achievable road-map.

With over six years of peace, the beautiful Plateau we projected is being achieved.

Those that locked their business premises and ran away from Plateau in those days are now working their phones and making Inquiries, about staging comebacks.

As confirmation of the growing confidence on the Lalong administration, many private businesses have sprung up, while companies and government agencies are jostling for Jos, as a prime venue for conferences and retreats.

Transport companies are experiencing a period of boom due to the desire by many to come to Plateau.

Investments in the creative and sports industry is yielding high Returns on Investments (ROI) ditto, Mining and Agriculture.

Aware of this, Governor Lalong has opened the state for critical infrastructural development by rebuilding roads and bridges.

The opening of Domino’s Pizza in Jos, the Plateau State capital during the week has trended among the fast-food connoisseurs.

With a Net income of 491.3 million USD (2020) the birthing of this American Multinational Pizza Restaurant Chain in Jos, is sure to shake the table, a little bit!

The news heralding the arrival of an Ultra Modern Mall, which will house ShopRite in Jos has been greeted with jubilation.

According to accountants, the ‘book value’ of its operations in Nigeria, as at 2021, is N25.6 billion.

The attraction of these global players is not by accident, but as a result of the deliberate actions of Governor Lalong.


In the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Town Planning, Governor Lalong has simplified land administration through automation and the 50 percent waiver on title processing to empower the populace to key into land capital, in line with the Greater Jos Masterplan.

Furthermore, the Enumeration exercise, powered by the World Bank is the process of registering over a hundred thousand properties, under the SFTAS pilot project

In a pioneering effort to unlock the revenue potentials, the State is benefiting from a strategic partnership with, Compliance Professionals (CPP) led by the cerebral Mrs. Ifeako Okauru, ex-FIRS boss, whose track record at turning around the nation’s internal revenue reverberates to this day.

As Chairman of the Revenue Council established to harvest low hanging revenue lines, Governor Lalong’s alliance with CPP is redesigning the economic landscape, towards laying a sustainable foundation for financial self sufficiency, in line with the global trends.

Lalong continues to match words with action by creating opportunities for youths through new streams of digital skills up program and software engineering, under the #CodePlateau Project, propelled by ICT agency of the state.

The Performance Management and Results Delivery Office (PMRDO), has been structured into governance architecture to provide the requisite layer of transparency in fiscal accountability.

The Governor’s office has transformed into a ‘melting pot’, of ideas, energized, with enviable technical capacity to raise government revenue and to lower expenditure.

The introduction of the Revenue-League, fashioned after the National Football league, is promoting healthy competition amongst Ministries, Departments and Agencies for improved revenue.

The PSIRS, the State’s revenue ombudsman is championing process of integration and harmonizing revenues from all revenue generating points, with a view to blocking leakages, addressing, multiple taxations and growing the state’s revenue base.

The overall objective is to develop the capacity of the state to fund its budget solely, through the Internally Generated Revenues (IGRs).

Bequeathing a robust revenue base for the next generation and generations yet unborn, remains a lasting legacy for Plateau’s amiable Governor, Simon Bako Lalong!


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