It is with great humility that I fully throw my weight behind the 2nd term bid of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Simon Bako Lalong and his accelerated development of the three senatorial zones of Plateau state. This is a further boost to his aspiration for his 2nd term bid. Moreso, his charter of equity in terms of equal representation of all tribes in governance in Plateau state, on the basis of equalitarianism as well as inclusiveness of all the ethnic nationalities, will further brighten his success of overwhelming victory come February, 2019.
In a related development, Governor Lalong is a gender sensitive governor who cares for the welfare and the total wellbeing of Plateau state women, hence the appointment of several women into his cabinet. Excellency, Kudos to you sir in this regard.
Nonetheless, Barrister Lalong’s various peace initiatives in our dear state since his coming on board are highly commendable and revolutionary. This is because the mechanism put in place has helped in enhancing as well as managing conflict to its barest minimum. As succinctly posited by the former President of the United States of America Ronald Reagan, “Peace is not the absence of conflicts, it is the ability to resolve conflict by peaceful means”.
On youth empowerment, Governor Lalong’s thinking is in line with the wise saying of Benjamin Disereali who said, “The youth of the nation are the trustees of peace”. Hence, Lalong’s various initiatives are geared towards youth empowerment in our dear state – Plateau.
Also, prompt payment of salaries and pensions are the hallmark of the Lalong administration to Plateau state civil servants. This is indeed a manifestation that the governor, a colossus, is a compassionate and humane leader who believes In the respect for dignity of labour. This is in line with the saying of our Lord Jesus Christ that, “Give to Ceaser what belongs to Ceaser and to God what belongs to God” (Mark 12:17). Lalong’s initiative in agriculture is a feat that is commendable.
The Plateau state government purchased and distributed tractors to farmers at the grassroots in our dear state, which has eventually led to bumper harvest. This has made Plateau state to be among the states that feed the country and the entire sub-Saharan Africa.
Furthermore, the three years + of the Lalong administration has brought tremendous progress in terms of human capital development, accelerated growth and development in infrastructure as well as achieving sustainable peace. And if given another opportunity of second term, he will further consolidate on the numerous successes recorded so far.
In the final analysis, I am, therefore, using this opportunity to appeal to the good people of Jos – North, and the entire people of our dear state of Plateau, the electorate, major stakeholders, students, market women, artisans, men and women of goodwill to key into Lalong’s 2019 Re-Election project. It is an idea whose time has come, for us to start campaigning vigorously for the return of our great leader and mentor in his quest of making our dear state a place where milk and honey are readily available for all and sundry.
Hon. (Dr.) Nyam is the Chairman, Jos-North Local Government, Plateau state.