Gov. Lalong vows to strengthen Plateau’s security architecture
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, has vowed to strengthen the security architecture of the state, as Nigeria marks its 61st Anniversary
The governor made the promise, at a March Parade by paramilitary agencies, school children and other groups ,organised as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s anniversary , at Rwang Pam Stadium Jos.
He said his administration was committed to rebuilding the major fabrics of development in the state, which is peace and security, and also to ensure justice prevails for all those affected by the Plateau attacks.
“We have made a lot of progress to institutionalise peaceful coexistence, through the Peace Building Agency and the Inter Religious Council. This we believe is key to every development.
“That is why recent resurgence of violence in some parts of our state, was very disheartening as it attempted to thwart the successes recorded in the last six years.
“However, with the cooperation of well-meaning citizens, security agencies and the Federal Government, normalcy was restored within a short period of time,”he said.
He said the state government would continue engagements with groups and communities, to foster dialogue, synergy, collaboration and forgiveness to achieve sustainable peace.
Lalong stressed that his administration was committed to fishing out criminals in the state, and urged Plateau people to cooperate by giving accurate and timely information to security agencies.
He expressed concern on how corruption, nepotism, intolerance, indiscipline and disregard for the rule of law, have created confusion in national identity and the pursuit of national aspirations, while calling on stakeholders to address the anomaly.
“Everyone, particularly the leadership has a role to play and share in the responsibility for setbacks of the past. This is the time to move ahead and take our destiny into our hands,” he said.
The governor urged the younger generation not to be despaired with the prevailing challenges of unemployment and insecurity saying ,”No condition is permanent and even the problems of today will be history tomorrow,” he said .
The governor also granted absolute pardon to four inmates of the Nigeria Correctional Services.
They are: Obinna John, Sagir Mukaila, Teryile Ishi and Daniel Honok serving jail term, for reasons of good conduct, with effect from the different dates of sentence.