Monday 3 October 2022


By: Valentine Adese (JP),

The Plateau State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated and described the conferment of National Honour of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) on Governor, Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State, by President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) as well-deserved.

In a statement issued on behalf of the party and signed by the State Publicity Secretary, Hon. Sylvanus Namang, dated 3rd October, 2022, the party noted that, it is undoubtedly not surprised over the recognition and appreciation accorded to Governor Lalong by the Federal Government.


According to the Plateau APC chapter, “looking at Governor Lalong’s political trajectory and service to the country, the National Honour bestowed on him is timely and meritorious”.

The chapter in the statement signed by Hon. Namang, explained that, the Governor, having risen from  a Private Legal Practitioner, State Legislator, the longest serving Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly,  a  two term Governor and currently Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) and now the Director General (DG) of the APC  Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), are achievements  and service to the country, which deserve recognition by all and sundry.

The chapter stated that, “the APC is elated and proud of Governor Lalong over the Honour and recognition by the Federal Government.

The Plateau APC chapter, also congratulated the Ten (10) other Plateau State indigenes who, were given various National Awards by the Federal Government.

These include: His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase (Deputy Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives), who was also  awarded CON, Justice Monica  Bolna’an Dongban Mensem (Chief Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal), Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR),  His Majesty,  Da Jacob Gyang Buba, Gbong Gwom Jos (CFR).

Others are, Professor Sabestian Seddi Maimako (former Vice Chancellor,  University of Jos and Director General of the APC Gubernatorial Campaign Council Plateau State), Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON),  Professor Mary Lar (a foremost educationist and wife of the former Civilian Governor of Plateau State, Chief Solomon Daushep Lar) OON,  Ambassador James Dimka (a veteran Journalist and former Ambassador to Liberia) OON and Professor Doknan Decent Danjuma Sheni (former Vice Chancellor,  Plateau State University) OON.

Also benefitting from the National Award are, Mallam  Yakubu Ibn Muhammad (Director General of NTA), who though  from Taraba state, was born and brought up in Jos, OON and Jummai Kizito Gukas (from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation), bagged the Federal Republic Medal 1.

The chapter further described all the awardees as, “true ambassadors of Plateau State, which the state is  really proud of them, while pointing out that, “it is expected that, Plateau State in particular and the country at large, will continue to drink from their fountain of  wisdom , knowledge and their distinguished service for the benefit of the  present, as well as, future generations

The chapter also applauded President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government for giving Honour to whom Honour is due with the hope that, “the gesture will continue to spur other Nigerians into putting their best in their service to the country”.

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