Newly appointed Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Prof. Danladi Abok signing oath of office
JOS, NIGERIA: Central Nigerian Governor, Simon Lalong, Monday said, State Officials have no excuse for failure, having been elected on trust, based on their campaign promises.
Mr. Lalong, areelected Governor of Plateau Statesaid electorates in the West African oil-exporting giant are ‘thirsty’ for the ‘good governance’ that was promised to them during the country’s March 2019 general elections.
Whileswearing-in his newly appointed ‘Secretary to the Government of the State’ and Chief of Staff in Jos, the capital of the State, the Governor said, “We have no excuses to roll-off our sleeves and get down to work and deliver on such promises.”
The administration will therefore not spare any Official found sabotaging its efforts in this regard, Lalong said.
“We are resolved that the next four years will be devoted to consolidating ob the gains we made (in the first tenure) and expanding on critical areas of development for the benefit of our people,” stated the Governor.
According to him, the appointment of the State Secretary and COS, Mr. Danladi Atu, and Mr. Noel Dongjur respectively is for them to add value to governance, and ‘resonate’ government’s impact all over the State.
Lalong congratulates Prof. Atu, and Mr. Dongjur
“Remember that your appointment is not a license for self-aggrandizement nor self-enrichment or any personal gain.
“It is about service to the people and ensuring that this administration delivers on its mandate,” he said.
Mr. Lalong, a trained lawyer was first elected in 2015 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress Party, and reelected in March 2019, for another four years.
He was shortly later elected as the Chairman of the Nigerian Northern Governors’ forum.
The Governor has faced stiff criticism for allegedly failing to end the persistent violent attacks on local communities by armed herdsmen.
He has however earned international recognition for reducing the attacks from nearly daily occurrences in 2015 to few isolated cases in months.
Under him, Plateau became the first Nigerian State to set up a peace Commission in 2016.