number of road projects were initiated by former Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State but they were
not completed. The present administration of Governor Simon Lalong has ensured that the projects are
completed because they are for the benefit of the people of the state, writes GOLOK NANMWA
In Plateau State,
several road projects
initiated by the previous
administration were not
completed before the
end of its tenure. This
caused a lot of pains
and untold hardship
for car owners. Some of
the abandoned projects
were left in a bad shape.
The one that caused
a lot of discomfort
to citizens on a daily
basis is the road project
which commenced from
Secretariat Junction to
Maraba-Jamma roundabout.
The road project is the
longest street in the city.
But on resumption of
office on May 29, 2015,
Governor Lalong began
to fix them, something
he promised to do as
soon as he assumes
office. Lalong also
decided to proffer a
short-term solution to
the problem by flagging
off the rehabilitation of
road networks around
the city.
Apart from flaggingoff
the rehabilitation
of the road network,
he also impressed the
people by mobilising a
construction company,
PW Company Nigeria
Limited, to complete
the contract awarded
by the immediate past
Director of Press and
Public Affairs to Governor
Lalong, Emmanuel Nanle,
told our correspondent
that the uncompleted road
which runs through the
heart of the city has been
a nightmare for residents
since 2014 when Jang
began the construction.
“But realising the impact
of the uncompleted project
on the socio-economic
sector and considering
the hardship faced by
motorists and pedestrians,
he decided to make the
road project a topmost
priority apart from
settling seven months
salary arrears of the state
civil servants.”
With the rehabilitation
of bad roads and the
resumption of construction
of uncompleted roads,
residents of Jos,
particularly car owners
and commercial taxi
drivers, have commended
the governor for
alleviating their plight.
It would be recalled that
Lalong had said he would
complete all critical
projects initiated by his
Lalong made this known
during a thanksgiving
service at the Church
of Christ in Nations,
COCIN, headquarters in
Jos. The governor said
the projects are for the
benefit of the people 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”. He
expressed gratitude to
residents for their prayers
and urged them to call his
administration to order
whenever it derails.
Last week, the Plateau
State Government
disclosed that it has
released N1.7 billion
towards the completion
of Maraban-Jamaa-British
America Junction, the
Old Airport Road with
Yelwa Junction, Dogon
Na, Hawa and the state
secretariat road in order
to reduce the traffic
problems that motorists
are experiencing.
This was revealed
recently after the State
Executive Council meeting
presided by the governor
at the new Government
House, Little Rayfield.
Speaking to journalists
shortly after the meeting,
the Commissioner
for Information and
Communication, Nazif
Ahmed, flanked by
his colleagues, Hitler
Dadi of Special Duties,
Dr. Kunden Kamshak,
Mrs. Tawwakat Weli of
Finance and Pam Dongs
of Works and Transport,
added that contract has
been approved for the
construction of the Kallum
Bridge in Shendam which
collapsed some years ago.
The Commissioner for
Works and Transport,
Pam Dongs, said the
contracting firm has been
moblised with 20 percent
funds paid as stipulated by
the procurement law. He
said government would
ensure the completion of
the first phase of Maza
Road which was extended
to Angware, stressing that
it would also complete
the first phase by May
this year and ensure
the mobilisation of the
contractor handling
Shwer-Dokpai Road
which hopefully would be
completed before the end
of the year.
According to the
commissioner, though
the state government
is handicapped due to
lack of funds, it is ready
to work for the people,
adding that whenever
funds are available,
other contractors would
be mobilised.
Also, a group, Plateau
Youths for Change,
has commended the
leadership style of
Governor Lalong,
saying he has done well
in carrying the 53 tribes
along in the governance
of the state.
The group in a press
statement signed by
its President, Malunga
Alex, and made
available to newsmen in
Jos, over the weekend,
said Lalong has shown
that he is proactive.
“Less than one year
into office, Governor
Lalong has made efforts
to reunite the people of
the state irrespective
of religious, ethnic and
party affiliation. We
must also commend our
governor for his efforts
in ensuring lasting
peace and for clearing
the backlog of salaries of
civil servants despite the
huge debts he inherited
from the previous
administration. We
commend him for the
ongoing construction of
projects inherited from
the immediate past
administration because
these road projects
are key to tourism
“We also commend the
governor for embarking
on massive maintenance
of road network across
the state capital and
urge him to sustain
the tempo. As a group
that has the interest
of the state at heart,
we appeal to citizens
to continue to support
the governor, so as to
continue providing the
dividends of democracy
to the people,” he said.
Manji Damusa, a citizen
of Jos, said the people
are happy with the
Lalong administration
for the rare decision to
complete abandoned
road projects. According
to him “such continuity
is rare in the state as
every administration
that comes on board
would not want to
have anything to do
with the project of its
predecessor. We are
calling on Governor
Lalong not be distracted
but to continue to
provide dividends
of democracy to the
Our correspondent
observed that one of
the abandoned projects
completed by the Lalong
administration is the
secretariat junction
overhead bridge.

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