The Plateau State Governor, Barrister Simon Lalong has described the state as a project in the hands of God, saying that they (as administrators) were only instruments for actualization of God’s mandate.
“We are therefore taken to submit ourselves to His leadership so that we can enjoy the Lord’s blessing in governance,” said Lalong.
He was speaking at the 95th General Assembly of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in Jos, recently, commending the leadership, the entire clergy and members of the Church for keeping alive the dreams of the pioneer missionaries of evangelizing the world among other things.
Governor Lalong further commended the Church for not relenting in the vision of winning souls for Christ.
“As a Church, COCIN stands high in terms of social services delivery in education and health. For these gestures, we can only continuously seek the face of God to bless the Church immensely,” he noted.
He stated the event was an opportunity to administratively review the activities of the Church and further unite the congregation in common prayers and supplications for the blessings of God.
“I am therefore proud to identify with the General Church Council of COCIN as I have always done, because I know the place of the Church in Plateau, and I see the leadership of the Church as partners in governance process,” the governor said.
The governor further stated that his leadership has done everything possible within its reach to deliver to the people a state that is devoid of crisis, free for all to practice one’s religion of choice and to go about their normal businesses without molestations.
He said on assumption of office in May 2015, he made it a priority that peace, security and good governance must take the centre stage for any meaningful and sustainable development, which led to the establishment of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee that deliberated and made far reaching recommendations for government to implement.
He explained that among the recommendations was the Plateau Peace Building Agency, the first of its kind in the country, which he said was doing a good job of advocacy and pro-activeness in conflict management.
Another recommendation, which government embraced, he said was tackling the issue of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), an initiative that led to constituting a seven-man committee on rehabilitation of the IDPs on July 24, this year.
The governor said the committee had worked assiduously and submitted its report on Monday, November 12, 2018, explaining that in the cause of carrying out its assignment, the committee took stock of lives and properties destroyed and made recommendations on what should be done as well as the strategies for implementation towards finding a lasting solution to the unfortunate incidences.
“In the spirit of integrity, accountability and transparency in leadership, I have given assurance of government’s resolve to study the report and release the white paper for immediate implementation,” he assured.
“I personally visited Gashish Community for another on-the-spot assessment, preparatory to commencing of the resettlement programme,” he added.
Lalong said despite the past violence through farmer-herder clashes in some parts of the country, including his state, there would be no land grabbing, stating that all displaced persons would be resettled and rehabilitated in their original places of abode.
The governor told them that during the period under review, things might be slow in terms of policy implementation, but in the spirit of “slowly, but surely,” coupled with patience, they have made tremendous progress in ensuring that peace returns and is sustained.
He stated that some of their initiatives in engendering peace and security in the state were the establishment of the 205 Combat and Rescue units in Kerang and Mobile Police Squadron in Shendam and also procuring and distributing of over 50 security vehicles equipped with modern communication gadgets.
Barrister Lalong had also approved the recruitment and training of neighbourhood personnel attached to Operation Rainbow for community policing and intelligence gathering, in addition to a recent approval to establish a Mobile Police Barracks in Gashish District of Barkin Ladi.
As a demonstration of support towards government’s efforts, he said, the community, through the Nigeria Electricity Supply Company (NESCO), has given a temporary site for the mobile police barracks pending the development of its permanent site.
From Christiana Gokyo, Jos