Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has maintained that his administration has zero tolerance for corruption and promised he would carry all citizens of the state along in his administration.
Lalong stated this while swearing in 17 new commissioners recently screened and given clean bill of health by the state House of Assembly.
He urged the new appointees to be honest, diligent and responsible in the discharge of their duties. “We have consciously, as a government, ensured that the participatory and consultative approach to the selection of representatives in government is given priority.
“This is so that our philosophy of inclusive governance is seen to reflect all shades of opinion and to bring in, as best as we can, the representatives of our people. We have demonstrated consistency in this regard and in keeping faith with the civil service reform, we have considered the desired professionalism, seniority and equitable representation in the various appointments into the bureaucracy of government to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in service-delivery.”
The governor called on the newly sworn in commissioners to join him in the fight against corruption to retain the implicit confidence and trust the people reposed on them.
“As you come on board as commissioners and members of the state executive council, you are first in line as policy formulators and co-drivers of these policies, through the bureaucratic structure of government in the various ministries assigned to you.
“This responsibility is not about the glamour of office, but of absolute responsibility in terms of the exercise of political, economic and social authority, which you will be exercising for the security and social being of our people.
“Innovations and pro-activeness will no doubt be needed in handling the demands of your office, so that by the end of your service in that office, your contribution to the rescue mission, can truly be measured in how much value you have brought to bear in good governance and the delivery of the expected democratic dividends.
“There will be no place for idleness, laxity and unproductive ventures and above all, you must be prudent and device cogent ways to avoid waste of resources, as well as fight corruption, which are the hallmark of the change mantra.”
Governor Lalong further added that he would work assiduously together with the people of the state in harnessing the multiplier effects of each of this agenda, to ensure the security of life and property, the development of human capital, the creation of wealth, the tackling of unemployment through job creations, and the opening up of a working environment for industrialisation, in all viable sectors of the economy across the state.
Meanwhile, the deputy governor of the state, Prof Sonnie Tyoden, is to oversee the education, science technology and higher education ministry.

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