Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong seeks upgrade of Local Governments

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Gov. Simon Lalong

Jos, Nigeria: Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State says for there to be progress in governance, manpower development in information and communication technology is “very important”.

This however cannot be achieved without the collaboration of all government units, Local Governments in particular, Lalong said, Monday.

The upgrade of the third tier of government to be more ‘efficient’ is crucial for discipline and transparency in managing state resources, said the Governor in Jos, at the third Federal Government – Progressive Governors Forum Parley on Policy Synergy.

In Plateau State, Lalong said there has been “growing synergy” among all government organs in executing his administration’s “three-point policy thrust of peace, security and good governance; infrastructural development; and sustainable economic rebirth.”

The APC administration at the National, State and Local Government levels according to him has also ‘tremendously’ reshaped the local economy, rebuilt infrastructure, created jobs and improved security but there is still more to do.

Lalong who is the Chairman of Northern Nigerian Governors Forum particularly called for synergy with Local Governments in security management.

“We need to come up with practical and effective ways on how we can tackle insecurity manifesting in insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, farmer-herder clashes, ethno-religious crises and other violent conflicts.

“We must resolve how best to work with the Federal Government and indeed the Local Government system to ensure the protection of lives and property of our citizens,” he said.

Responding to this campaign, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha said not working with LGs could cause policy summersault for States and the Federal Government.

“Policies formulated at the top level of governance will not be cascaded to the local people,” he said.

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