Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has observed that most of the challenges militating against the nation have been blamed on poor leadership and bad governance..
From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Bad leadership, governance major Nigeria’s challenges -Lalong
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has observed that most of the challenges militating against the nation have been blamed on poor leadership and bad governance which increase the tendencies for conflicts, insecurity and unrest.
He was speaking at the 2nd National Summit on Peaceful Coexistence and National Building organised by ‘DA’AWAH’ Coordination Council of Nigeria (DCCN) with a theme: “Leadership and Good Governance: Bedrock for Peaceful Coexistence.”
He described the programme as timely and relevant to the present reality in the nation.
While commending the organisers for conceiving the summit and choosing the state as host, he said he was excited by the caliber of participants that cut across faiths and diverse callings to discuss the concerns raised about the peaceful coexistence of the citizens through good governance and leadership.
“No doubt, this is a topic that will continue to be on the front burner in our country until such a time when we get it right, and ensure that leaders serve according to terms of engagement and expectations of those they govern,” he noted.
He charged them to discuss issues around leadership values and recruitment, reward system, accountability and responsibility as well as the solutions advanced.
“Our belief is that peace is the bedrock of development, therefore we quickly establish the Plateau Peace Building Agency which became the lead agency in driving our efforts to genuine reconciliation,” he stated.
The governor assured of his administration determination to continue to collaborate with security agencies in dealing with criminals, evil persons and groups that determined to cause havoc in the state, as witnessed in the last killings in Mangu and Bokkos Local Government Areas.