FG shops for Disability Commission boss in Plateau State

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Gov. Simon Lalong and Humanitarian Affairs Minister, Tuesday in Abuja

Jos, Plateau State: Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Ms. Sadiya Faruk says she might appoint a head for the Ministry’s Disability Commission from Plateau State.

The Chairman, Plateau State Disability Rights Commission is the main pick for the position, Faruk, Tuesday told the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong.

“Very soon I am going to come looking for the Head of your Disability Commission to join us here at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to help us coordinate the aspects of people with disabilities in Nigeria.

“We have heard that he is doing a great job. Your Excellency, please start looking for a replacement” the Minister said.

The Minister’s team, Faruk said would equally be visiting the state soon, to solve humanitarian problems of internally displaced persons.

She said, “The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development will assist Plateau State in not only ensuring that IDPs are returned to their ancestral lands, but will also ensure that they are empowered and given opportunities to be productive and live with dignity.”

Governor Lalong had gone to the Minister barely 24 hours after the Supreme Court affirmed his reelection as Governor of Plateau State, to seek the support for the herdsmen attack victims.

He said since the official closedown of all IDP camps in the State in December 2019, the State has rebuilt some of the IDPs’ destroyed homes, but was still faced with needs.

He said, “we are committed to ensuring that the peace we have restored to Plateau is consolidated.

“Peace cannot be fully consolidated without taking care of those that were displaced and disoriented.

“We want to see that they are comfortable in their original abodes and have means of livelihood so that they can forget the trauma of the past as they heal.

“However, the State Government cannot bear the huge financial cost of resettling the returning IDPs, hence the appeal for the assistance of the Federal Government through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.”

The State according to the Governor has gained from the Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government and is also doing its best to provide empowerment opportunities for youths in the State through the Plateau Small and Medium Enterprises Agency (PLASMIDA) to restore peace.

Supreme Court’s Election Judgment

Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong has said with Monday’s affirmation of his election victory by the Supreme Court, his administration is “now clear of litigation distractions.”

“The time now is for governance and actualisation of our next level agenda encapsulated in our 3 point vision of peace, security and good governance; Infrastructural development and sustainable economic rebirth,” said Lalong in a press statement through his Press and Public Affairs Director, Simon Macham

The Governor called the opposition to join him to develop the State.

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