Gov Mutfwang promises to solve security challenges, revamp moribund sectors


Photo: Plateau State Gov Caleb Mutfwang

Gov Mutfwang promises to solve security challenges, revamp moribund sectors 

Gov Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has promised to prioritize the tackling of current security challenges bedeviling Plateau State and revamp the state’s moribund agricultural, mining, energy, power and tourism sectors during his tenure of office.

The Governor made this known in his inaugural speech in Jos on Monday when he took over the reins of leadership as the 6th Executive Governor of Plateau, alongside his deputy, Mrs Josephine Piyo.

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Mutfwang, who pledged to unite and place the state on the path of steady growth and development, appreciated Plateau people for giving him the mandate to provide credible and competent leadership that will unite the people across faiths and ethnic nationalities for a progressive state.

According to him, the provision of peace and security is of great importance to his administration as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, adding that security is the foundation that will engender the state’s growth and development.

He said, “The many years of human misery, despair, hopelessness and pains our people have and are still going through must end. Under my watch by the grace of God no Plateau indigene will continue to live in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps other than the place of their choice.

“We shall collaborate with critical stakeholders within and outside the state, through the constitutional provisions and institute a standing committee that will shoulder the responsibility for the resettlement of IDPs. We shall deepen the operations of the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) and strengthen community relations using mechanisms that promote mediation and dialogue-centred approach to conflict prevention and resolution.

“Criminal elements/invaders hell bent on destruction will be decisively dealt with. Also, crises merchants will not go unpunished. We shall be strong on the rule of law to ensure that criminality under whatever guise is curtailed.”

Mutfwang further promised to give priority to the development of the state’s digital economy, agriculture, education, mining, youths and women.

Other priority areas, he said, would include, tourism, healthcare delivery, power and energy, road infrastructure, water supply, as well as local government administration, among others.

The governor said that as a believer of the rule of law, he was committed to building mutual and harmonious working relationship with the state’s legislature and the judiciary arms of government to promote the rule of law in Plateau.

“I understand clearly the enormity of the task before me and I have no illusions that it is going to be an easy ride. The state is presently under a huge debt burden of over 200 billion naira.

“The healthcare sector is in need of urgent attention, our school system requires a comprehensive overhaul, our infrastructure is decayed and inadequate, and practically, every sector requires urgent redress.

“I must mention that there are no quick fix solutions to these challenges, but one thing is certain, we are prepared to take the challenges head-on and we will hit the ground running immediately,” he added.

The Governor expressed his appreciation to the founding fathers and all the past leaders of the state for their great sacrifices and services, stressing that they all deployed their intellects, time, energy and zeal to lay the solid foundations for emancipating and or redeeming the people on the basis of which he carry on.

Mutfwang said, “I want you to trust me to be there for you in the next four years. We must reform policies and institutions.

“This is the government you voted for, own it. Plateau State has to be better than this. I am confident that together, we can make it better. Yes, we can.”

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