GALADIMA
said “the governor is
fulfilling his electioneering promises,
Lalong is determined to better the lives
of citizens of the state”. According to him
“during the electioneering period , our
governor visited so many communities and
promised he is going to construct some of
the roads in the place visited and now he is
fulfilling his campaign promises. The road
projects if completed would beautify the
state capital.
“Similarly Contracts for the construction
of 17 roads across the 17 local governments
would soon be awarded also”.
He warned that any contractor who
did not perform would have the contract
revoked “
Also speaking at the occasion, the
chairman House Committee on Housing
and Urban Development in the State House
of Assembly, Hon Jacob Kasaan appraised
Governor Simon Lalong for his efforts at
providing dividends of democracy to the
people of the state further stressing that the
governor is doing well in implementing
the state,s budget. Senior ward head of
Angwan Rogo, Musa Adullahi Maisantana
praised Governor Lalong for awarding
the road contract in their locality stressing
that Before now motorists in the area had
experienced hardship as a result of several
bad road in the community.
Before now in Plateau State, motorists
experienced hardship as a result of several
road projects begun by the immediate past
administration which was not completed. At
the expiration of its tenure, the immediate
past administration left Jos and some parts
of the state in a very bad shape with a good
number of uncompleted projects scattered
all over the city.
On assumption of office, the present
administration of Governor Simon Lalong
vowed to ensured that the projects are
completed because they are for the benefit
of the people of the state. It could be recalled
that the uncompleted projects caused a lot
of pains and untold hardship for car owners
as some of the abandoned projects were left
in a bad shape.
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 flagging
off 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 government and as we
speak at the moment some of the abandoned
projects such as the Secetariate Junction over
head bridge and the Yakubu Gowon way have
been completed.
Speaking to newsmen recently the
commissioner for Information and
Communication , Mallam Nazif Muhammad
said “One of the goals of this administration
is to complete projects inherited from the last
administration. Consequently, on assumption
of office, the administration took over the
remodeling of the Plateau State Governor’s
Lodge at Asokoro, Abuja which has now
been completed, furnished and occupied.
Furthermore, government has acquired five
hectares of land at Lamingo for the new national
housing project. Compensation has been paid
and title issued to the Federal Ministry of
Power, Works and Housing preparatory to
the commencement of the project. The 22,500
housing units are to be constructed at nine sites
under the Public Private Sector participation
scheme. Developers have been approved for
the purpose.
An MoU has also been signed for another
housing programme in the state. Under this
programme, 7500 housing units are to be built
across the three senatorial zones with 4500 in
the northern zone and 1500 each in the central
and southern zones.
Several township roads within the capital
city have been earmarked for rehabilitation
and the process for the award of contract is
already in progress.
Similarly, before now heap of refuse and dirt
littered the city of Jos and its environs and
this became a source of concern to residents,
considering its hazards on human health. The
city Centre,popularly called “Terminus” and
other areas like the Rwang Pam street, West
of Mines, had then remained filthy and stinky
following the flow of bins with dumped
refuse.
The dirt our correspondent gathered was as
a result of the strike action embarked upon by
the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC), Plateau
State Chapter over unpaid salaries of seven
months,owned them by the immediate past
administration and this had forced workers
of the state government saddled with the
responsibility to stop performing their role
of refuse evacuation. On assumption of office,
Governor Simon Lalong appealed to the
striking workers to call off their strike action
and this they did ,also a state of emergency
was declared on the environment, whereupon
a task force was instituted to clear the heaps of
refuse within the Jos-Bukuru metropolis.
During the electioneering period , the
governor also vowed to ensure a safe, clean
and an orderly environment with the eco-
system at state of equilibrium for healthy
human habitation. He had said “We would
work to enhance public participation, sensitize
the people to imbibe the habit of keeping their
environments clean, thereby promoting good
health for the citizenry and reducing cost to
government”.
Meanwhile a group, Plateau Regeneration
group, has commended the leadership style of
Governor Lalong, saying he has done well in
completing some projects he inherited by the
past administration stressing that he is doing
well in carrying the 53 tribes along in the
governance of the state. The group in a press
statement signed by its President, Nagelu
Garaba and made available to newsmen in
Jos, said Lalong has shown that he has the
people at heart “Less than two years 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
development.“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.
Speaking to newsmen recently, the
commissioner for Information and
Communication said “This administration’s
desire to maximize the potential of the
environment and nudge Plateau State onto
the path of mineral development is not in
doubt. On assumption of office, a state of
emergency was declared in the environment
sector, whereupon a task force was
instituted to clear the heaps of refuse within
the Jos-Bukuru metropolis. Subsequently,
the monthly environmental sanitation was
re-introduced and has since been sustained.
In keeping faith with its plans for a
better environment, N30million being
counterpart fund was released to enable
Plateau State benefit from the Nigeria
Erosion and Watershed Management
(NEWMAP) project of the World Bank.
On its part, the World Bank has released
$2 million for the programme which will
soon be launched by the governor. The
state is also expected to reap, in no distant
future, the benefit of the North-Central
Nigeria Business and Investment Forum
which was held in Guanzhou, China earlier
in the year. Already, different groups of
Chinese investors have come into the state
and are prospecting for minerals in various
locations.
Similarly Under this administration, the
Plateau Geographic Information System
(PLAGIS) project was completed and
was launched on June 10th, 2016. By this,
applicants are no longer denied land titles
as was the case in the last administration.
The governor, at a stakeholders’ meeting
on “Effective Land Administration in
Plateau” also approved the downward
review of rates by 50% for land titles. This
is to encourage applicants to register their
land titles. In pursuance of government’s
industrialization goals, four proposed
industrial sites have been identified as
contained within the Greater Jos Master
Plan. And in order to underscore its policy
on peace and security, a piece of land has
been identified for a proposed Unity Layout
at Naraguta, along Bauchi Road.
Similarly issuance of Right of Occupancy
to applicants was high as it stands as a total
of 485 of these have been issued. Similarly
at the inception, this administration
deployed the lean finances at its disposal
for the patching and rehabilitation of some
major roads and streets in the Jos-Bukuru
metropolis. This was undertaken by the
Plateau State Roads Maintenance Agency in
the total sum of N525,675,690.30.
Dariye highlighted the township road
networks currently been constructed by the
administration and described it as a good
job.


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