PLATEAU State Governor, Simon Lalong, at the weekend, called on residents to embrace peace and tolerate one another for the development of the state and country. Lalong made the call, at the weekend, at a meeting of northern delegates of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, which took place at COCIN headquarters in Jos. Represented by the cCommissioner for Justice, Mr Jonathan Mawiyau, the governor said “peace is the foundation of any meaningful development in the society, therefore all residents must keep the past behind and open our heart to love, fellowship and unite as a people. Our administration would continue to support and promote programmes that will improve the quality of life and deliver the dividends of democracy to the people. “Government will continue to support every laudable programme that will enhance good governance and by extension, lead to the delivery of the dividends of democracy.” Chairman of the 19 Northern States and FCT, CAN, Rev Yakubu Pam, said the meeting is historic as it presents members of Northern CAN with the opportunity to fellowship together, share ideas of common interest and review the activities and events of the past as it affects Christians living in the region. “Our objectives would be more inclusive to the needs of our brethren just as it was in the days of the apostles in providing solutions to our problems and evangelism.” Pam also said with the biting economic hardship, we encourage our brethren to go into rural agricultural farming as by doing so, it will provide food and job opportunities for unemployed youths.