Plateau state governor Simon Lalong has said his administration would remain focused and resolute in finding a long lasting solution to the violent conflicts in Riyom , Barkin Ladi and parts of Jos South local government areas, which have been crisis ridden for over a decade.
The governor stated this on Monday during a consultative stakeholders meeting at the Government House Little Rayfield in Jos, the state capital.
According to him “on resumption of office, we have been to address the lingering labour unrest through sustained dialogue with labour unions on all the issues in contention.
“We in the past six months have paid workers salary arrears from November 2014 to August 2015 with a renegotiated bank facility, bail out as well as statutory Monthly allocations, as well as pension arrears of up to five months have also been paid amidst the painstaking verification exercise that had to be done, given the inconclusive biometric exercise that was inherited.
“Our government has effected payment of seven months arrears of security allowances for personnel of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Havens in Plateau state. Similarly we have completed road rehabilitation and construction of 18 metropolitan roads.”
Lalong also said that through the instrumentality of law, his administration would pursue the recovery of funds and all government properties annexed or carted away and this includes monies fraudulently siphoned through the instrumentality of state and “we are ensuring that the prioritisation of projects and completion of ongoing projects with emphasis on completing those that address the five policy thrust of this administration.”
The governor also said “let me use this opportunity to also assure citizens of the state that we are on course with respect to the appointment of commissioners and the constitution of boards, agencies and institutions, nominations have been received, security vetting has been done and the process of final submission and presentation to the House of Assembly is on course.
“In all of these, what seems like a delay is the process we undertook in the selection and the need to streamline our exercise to reflect the lean government bureaucracy adopted at the federal level as well as the consideration of the current financial predicament confronting us as a state and a nation.
“I assure you that our government is amiable to all valued contributions which will guarantee the sustenance of peace and security and provide the much needed insight, that will enhance the social well being of our people and the development of our state.”

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