President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his commitment to arrest the cycle of violence that has engulfed some parts of the country.
Speaking Thursday in Jos, Plateau state at a Town Hall meeting in the course of his two-day official visit to the state, the President, who also launched the Plateau State Roadmap to Peace, commended Governor Simon Bako Lalong for uniting the people of the state.
“I wish to encourage Your Excellency to continue with the good work you are doing, and I wholeheartedly congratulate you for uniting the people of Plateau State. I am indeed quite impressed with gains and successes recorded in the area of conflict management and peace-building, which has returned this state to the path of relative peace. “Let me express the Federal Government’s commitment to support and assist the Peace Building Agency in its effort to arrest the vicious cycle of violence and lay the foundation for sustainable peace in our country,” he said.
The President also commended the governor for his achievements in the development of the state, ensuring regular payment of salaries and pensions, strides in the agricultural sector and assured that the federal government would continue to work with Plateau state government.
“I am glad that the state government has fully keyed into the All Green Initiative and the Anchor Borrowers’ Scheme of the Federal Government considering the strategic importance of agriculture to our national development. “Equally commendable is Plateau State’s commitment to the African Development Bank-funded Potato Value Chain Support Project, which is targeted at wealth creation, employment generation and food security,” he said.
The President also lauded the governor for continuing with the projects abandoned by previous administrations, stressing that this has saved the state from white elephant projects and assured that the federal government would speed up refunds on federal works executed by the state.
The President also listed some of federal government intervention activities such as the construction of the Pankshin-TapshinGambrar-Sara-Kai-Gindiri Road to Metropolitan Construction Company Ltd; Execution of TETFUND Projects; Bail-Out Funds; Paris Club Refunds and N-Power Scheme and assured that the request for dualisation and construction of the road from Abuja to Jos will be put into consideration given its economic viability and status as gateway extending to the NorTheast.