President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja reassured that the Federal Authorities will proceed to assist efforts by the Plateau State authorities in direction of a peaceable, affluent and tolerant society.
Receiving Governor Simon Lalong and different stakeholders from Plateau State, President Buhari appealed to residents and indigenes of the State to assist the governor’s improvement agenda.
‘‘Plateau is strategic to Nigeria. It is geographically unique with its diverse environmental and huge economic potential. This clearly shows the State’s unimaginable potential in tourism, agriculture, and mining.
‘‘It is, therefore, our collective duty to ensure these potentials are fully harnessed by providing the right policy support,’’ the President stated.
President Buhari informed the delegation he was very happy with the progress made on safety, provision of social companies and infrastructure improvement below the management of the current governor.
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‘‘These are the critical pillars of having a prosperous and inclusive society. I will, therefore, take this opportunity to urge all citizens of Plateau to encourage and support your Government in delivering on its mandate,’’ he stated.
Commending Governor Lalong for his steadfastness, patriotism and successes achieved to date, President Buhari declared: ‘‘Plateau State has been transformed by the work you have done.’’
On the requests by the State authorities, together with the dualisation and building of some federal roads, improve of the Potato Analysis Centre to a full-fledged Institute, a particular grant for reconstruction and rehabilitation of victims of assaults and crises, amongst others, the President assured the delegation that his administration would do its finest to assist the place attainable.
In his remarks, Governor Lalong expressed deep gratitude to the President on his unflinching assist to the State, saying ‘‘you have shown that, indeed, you are a father to all and a true leader whose passion for development and peace is unquestionable.’’
Presenting the requests of the State authorities, the governor appealed to the Federal Authorities to refund excellent monies expended within the building of some federal roads.
He additionally known as for the institution of a Federal Polytechnic within the State in addition to the upgrading of the Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences to the College of Mining.
On safety, the Governor informed the President his administration had made great efforts in constructing institutional and authorized framework in engendering peace and safety within the final 4 years.
‘‘Sadly, however, in the last two months, we recorded two incidents of killings in Kulben, Mangu Local Government and Kwatas in Bokkos Local Government where lives were lost, property destroyed and people displaced,’’ he stated.
The governor introduced that some arrests have been made and investigations ongoing, pledging that the state authorities is ‘‘determined to get to the bottom of this in order to affirm the message that criminals cannot take us back to the days of agony.’’