Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, yesterday, appealed to residents to keep faith with the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the state and federal level, saying the country would overcome its challenges.
He also said “times are hard and the reality of the adjustments we have to make are tasking. We are not responsible for the challenges that we are facing now, but as a responsible government, we are committed to fixing it.”
Lalong stated this while delivering a speech at the swearing-in of four special advisers at the Government House, Jos.
“This however demands patience, because just like for every seed planted, there is a waiting gestation period before the harvest. We are doing our best to ensure that the wealth of opportunities and resources we have identified are fully exploited so that we can improve the quality of life of our citizens.
“We will ensure that social safety nets that will cushion the effects of the present economic recession are strengthened and that we continue to obligate ourselves to opportunities for wealth creation. Be rest assured that we will get out of the woods and together we will reap benefits derivable from the mandate you have given us.
“The lean finances of government have no doubt called for deliberate adjustments which will reduce the cost of running bureaucracy, while also not compromising the qualitative service that the wealth of experience of seasoned technocrats and bureaucrats can add to the business of government.
“These set of advisers that have been sworn in, have no doubt earned their place, having served meritoriously in their various professional callings. I am not un-mindful of the fact that expectations are high from the array of professionals that our state is endowed with. The several pieces of advice I have received from senior citizens of the state are eloquent testimony to the fact that we are running a government that is people oriented and monitored.
“The value of the mandate we hold is strengthened by the fact that our citizens are concerned about how government is managed and that they will not with-hold any worthy input that will help the rescue administration to stay on course. As a government, we can say without mincing words that we have so many non-salaried advisers and for this, we are sincerely appreciative.”

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