Lalong pledges to complete critical projects of predecessor



Lawmaker condemns rising cases of cattle rustling in Plateau 

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has assured that he would complete all critical projects initiated by his predecessor, now Senator Jonah Jang.

Lalong, who made this known during a thanksgiving service at the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) headquarters in Jos to mark his 100 days in office, added that the projects were for the benefit of the people of Plateau State and should not be discarded on the altar of political differences.

Many projects we are executing now were initiated by the past administration; we will not abandon them because they are for the people of Plateau.

The contractors working on Yakubu Gowon dual carriage way are back to site and by the grace God, by this week, we are going to mobilise them fully,” he assured.

Meanwhile, a member of the House of Representatives, Istifanus Gyang (PDP- Riyom/Barkin-Ladi) weekend condemned the rising cases of cattle rustling in Plateau.

Gyang, in a statement in Jos, challenged security agencies, especially the Special Task Force (STF) maintaining peace in the state, to “act fast and check the trend.”

The statement was in reaction to the attack on Dorowa-Babjue last Friday in which many cows belonging to herdsmen were stolen. “Cattle rustling is carried out by a criminal gang; the security forces and all concerned must move fast to apprehend the gangsters,’’ he said. “We should not be distracted by wrong impressions and insinuations that could open escape routes for these criminals,” he said.

Lalong said the state was one of the few that had so far paid five months salary arrears and three months pension without the bailout fund.

The Plateau governor assured the people that as soon as the state gets the bailout from the Federal Government, it would clear the backlog of salaries owed workers.

According to him, part of his campaign promise was to restructure the civil service for effective service delivery. “On the issue of security which is our number one priority, the state government, in collaboration with Operation Safe Haven, has gone very far.

We have already put in a lot and we are not relenting. Let us be patient, we will do our best to protect the lives of the people of Plateau as that is the essence of government anywhere in the world,” he added.

The governor said he decided to give an account of his administration in its first 100 days to keep the people abreast of what government was doing. “We will not wait till four years to tell you what we are doing; we will continue to give periodic account of what we are doing,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to the people of the state for their prayers and urged them to call his administration to order whenever it was derailing.

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