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Birthday Tribute To The Uncommon Transformer @ 58

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By Makut Simon Macham

In the past six years, Plateau State under the leadership of Governor Simon Bako Lalong who clocks 58 today has been enthralled by purposeful driven governance, developmental projects under a serene and placid atmosphere. In all ramifications, his 58th birthday is a worthy and fulfilled milestone which should be commemorated with pomp and wide jubilations.

The reasons are instructive and obvious. For more than two decades in politics, Lalong has been playing active roles in the development of Plateau State. His stint in politics right from 1999 when he was elected into the Plateau State House of Assembly and later became the longest serving speaker in the State, up to 2015 when he was elected the Governor, have been trailed by amazing footprints and legacies.

Governor Lalong exudes uncommon attributes and leadership skills which include humility, discipline, forthrightness and tolerance. He abhors bigotry under any guise. His passion for peace has even been misunderstood by some as a weakness whlie the discerning praise him as a bridge builder and Apostle of peace. He took over Plateau State in 2015 when there were religious and ethnic tensions especially in Jos as a result of ethno-religious crises. But today as a result of his non-partisan and forthright approach to issues, the tension and apprehension has since been diffused and many of the old barriers dismantled.

To tame the orgy of violence inherited, Governor Lalong established Plateau Peace Building Agency to promote the culture of dialogue, forgiveness and conflict prevention that has gingered peace and harmonious coexistence among the diverse ethno-religious groups in the state. Presently, there is clear evidence that the situation has improved tremendously over the last five years with better community relations and less tension and fear. Plateau State is again the melting pot of Nigeria and the Home of Peace and Tourism.

It is strongly believed that at 58, Lalong’s leadership skills have similarities with those of the global acclaimed visionary leaders such as Nelson Madela who strongly believed in peace as a tool for development. Lalong has been exploring all plausible avenues to consolidate on the prevailing peace. Apart from supporting security agencies, Operation Rainbow, a hybrid force established by the state government was strengthened by his administration with a clear mandate for intelligence gathering and response to pave the way for community policing.

The Governor’s regular consultation with stakeholders in the state including members of the State House of Assembly has led to many positive developments. For instance, the passing of the anti-land grabbing law which criminalises forceful occupation of land by some unscrupulous elements, has since stemmed the tide of land grabbing in the state especially in the Northern zone of Plateau State.

To some people, an ideal leader looks like a superhero –strong and brimming with confidence. But humility holds greater power, albeit silently. Studies on humility in leadership have posited that humble leaders make the best leaders and easily disarm even their opponents. One of the virtues you cannot take away from Governor Lalong is humility. In spite of his position, his sense of humility is not only attractive but infectious. He treats everyone with respect regardless of their position, role or title, making him a quintessential leader who gives his all to a course he believes in.

The Governor has continued to demonstrate his affection for his people, task after task, no matter the cost. In spite of the economic crunch in the country, his administration since coming on board decided to complete all the abandoned projects inherited from his predecessors. Governor Lalong equally initiated and completed many projects with others still ongoing such as the mega projects dubbed “Lalong Legacy Project” which are mostly in health and educational sectors in the 17 local government areas of the state. The Governor recently assured of completing the projects when he said “Having inherited quite a number of abandoned project and completed many of them, I don’t intend to leave any project uncompleted. The legacy projects will be completed before the end of my tenure God willing.”

Governor Lalong’s Rescue Mission is fundamentally about service and fairness in distribution of scarce resources and development projects across the three geo-political zones of the State. Above all, his cognate experience and exposure as the longest serving Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly; Chairman, Conference of Speakers Executive; Lawyer and Activist; Community Development Specialist among others prepared him for governance early.

To set his administration apart from the previous ones, the 1990 law graduate of the prestigious Ahmadu Bell University Zaria created an ICT Agency christened “Plateau Information and Communication Technology Development Agency” PICTDA. He recently declared thus: “Our goal is that before we leave office, we would like to have most, if not all our governance processes driven by information and Communication technologies”.

The prevailing industrial harmony on the Plateau is as a result of cordial relationship with the state civil servants. In the past six years, workers have been receiving their entitlements as and when due. When it comes to payment of salaries, pension, gratuity and other emoluments, Governor Lalong stands out nationwide. This has earned him the indelible name of “Governor Alert” bestowed on him by no other than the state civil servants. The Governor recently told the civil servants that his administration was working towards acquiring land in all local government areas of the state to build affordable housing for them.

The vision of the governor to transform Plateau State into an industrial hub is manifested in the high number of MoUs his administration signed with both local and foreign partners to resuscitate moribund government owned industries such Jos International Brewery, BARC Farms, Highland bottling Company among other which have been lying comatose for a very long time.

Another main thrust of Governor Lalong’s administration is the provision of qualitative education for its citizenry. In the tertiary section, he injected life into the State owned University, Plateau State University Bokkos which was gasping for breath before his election as the governor of the State due to sheer neglect and reckless abandonment driven by politics. Apart from this, other tertiary institutions such Plateau State Polytechnic, College of Education Gindiri among other were also given a new lease of life.

It comes as no surprise that in the course of his service and purposeful leadership over the years, his colleagues in the 19 Northern States unanimously elected him to be their Chairman. Since his election, Lalong has been providing purposeful leadership, championing the cause of the North and intervening in critical national issues. Apart from this, Lalong had won several laurels, received commendations and got a pat on the back for excellent performance both at home and abroad.

Speakers at a launch of a book on Disaster and Conflict in Abuja recently showered accolades on Governor Lalong for his peace efforts that have restored confidence and mitigated human disasters associated with violence and conflicts in Plateau State. The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Special Duties Senator George Akume at the occasion said Governor Lalong has proven to be one of the few examples of leaders in Nigeria who can be relied upon to galvanise people to live in peace and harmony in spite of their diversity and differences of faith, ethnic and political differences.

While felicitating with the governor on the occasion of his 58th birthday and wishing him many more years of selfless service to Nigeria and humanity, it goes without saying that this humble visionary achiever, peace Ambassador, dependable ally, compassionate personality and fearless intercessor is set for greater impact in Nigeria in the years ahead. For remaining steadfast and relentless in the pursuit of happiness for the entire people of Plateau State and the Northern region, he has demonstrated his love for country and capacity to devote his life for a better Nigeria.

As you deservedly celebrate this glorious day, may God Almighty who has richly prospered you and ordered your every step in this past half century, continue to bless you with good health, wisdome and knowledge to serve and fulfill the purpose for which you were created.

Congratulations to Governor Alert!

Makut Simon Macham, Ph.D, is the Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau.

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Gov Fintiri Sends List Of New Members Of Boards, Commissions To Assembly

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Adamawa State House of Assembly has received 57 nominees from Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for confirmation as Members and Executive Directors of various Boards and Commissions. News Plartform.

The nominees for screening and confirmation for Adamawa State Local Government Service Commission include: Kennedy Dauda, Fibi Nuhu , Amos Drambi , Aliyu Umar Toungo, Barr. Abdulhamid Alkali and Aminu Dahiru

Those nominated for Local Govt Staff Pendion Board are; Dr. Nuhu Tari, Hajiya Habiba Hassan, Musa J. Afraimu, while Ibrahim Abba, Mr. Philemon Bakari Amtonbito, Hon. Jika Mustapha , Sabiru Yari , Hon. Yosi Lerum Jp have been nominated for State Pension Board.

Adamawa State Planning Commission has Mary Paninga, Hon Harald Mirchalum, Isa Shettima while those for Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency include: Dr. Sulaiman Saidu Bashir , Adamu Simon, Renos B. Peter.

The assembly also received the names of Barr. Musa Kaibo, Alh. Salizu Buba, Mrs. Patience Ahmadu, Jephet Kefas, Kennedy Bartimawus for Adamawa State Civil Service Commission.

Likewise, Dr. Aiden Amzaranda, Jibrilla Dauda Hamidu , Solomon S. Domsanda, Dr. Yahaya Bapetel, have been nominated for Hospital Services Management Board, while Hon. Umar Daware , Alh. Adamu Chagwa, Barr. Lillian Stephen Nobe , Hassan Kaigama are for Fiscal Responsibility Commission.

The assembly equally received the names of Mohammed Umar Jabu, Zidon Love , Emmanuel Anuhu Abba, Gidado Abdussalam , Mark Balanso, Suleiman Yahaya Vokna , Mohammed Tuki, for State Independent Electoral Commission.

Others include: Hanatu Kadala, Ahmed Salihu Kabillo, Ahmed Abdulsalan Shelleng, Talatu Yohanna Kusari , Adwawa Dongolok Guyuk for House of Assembly Service Commission, while Dr. Murtala Umar Babayi, Adiel Kurda, Dr. Aliyu Sa’ad, Mrs. Korah Bongi, Abdullahi Ndjidda Damare, Umar Isa, Hassan Dadi for State Universal Basic Education Board.

The nominees for State Boundary Commission are; F. B. Bilala, Zainab Ahmed, while Hon. Daniel Ijafu, Hon. Hassan Mamman Barguma and Mrs Egla Nashon are nominated for Board of Internal Revenue.

The names of the nominees is contained in a letter sent to the assembly by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and read by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bathiya Wesley , while presiding over Wednesday, plenary session.

After reading the letter, the Speaker directed the nominees to appear before various relevant House Standing Committees for screening and submit their report in the next 2 weeks.

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JUST IN: Gov Fintiri Appoints Special Assistants

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Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has approved the appointment of Special Assistants to help in the running of the administration.

Those appointed include:

  1. Diana Beatrice Gayus
  2. Ahijo Hammaadama
  3. Barr. Mahmud Gurumpawro Abubakar
  4. Mohammed A. Hamma
  5. Mohammed Hayatu Umar
  6. Ajuji Nuhu
  7. Hon. Thomas Godwin
  8. Mr. Audi S. Tagiya
  9. Hon. Joseph Gadzana Apagu
  10. Ishyaka Yusuf
  11. Arc. Zidon Nzangopwa
  12. Philip Kenan
  13. Alh. Adamu Abdu Zumo
  14. Engr. Yusuf Abdu Audu
  15. Abubakar Muhammad Barkindo
  16. Mr. Wodinughoro Obed
  17. Ismaila Bila Lakamso
  18. Wilberforce Y. Songhai
  19. Isa Alhaji Hamidu
  20. Hadaya Yusuf
  21. Tsamari Fakuta
  22. Hon. Adamu Jikan Sarki Mohammed
  23. Kiliyobas Sunday
  24. Istifanus Johnson Hadabi
  25. Hon. Peter Da’ape Gengle
  26. Kingsley Clement Tumba
  27. Bala Usman
  28. Mr. Geoffrey Garba
  29. Tanko B. Ezra
  30. Alh. Musa Aliyu (Wali)
  31. Kabiru Hammanlai
  32. Mohammed Buba
  33. Comrd. Mohammed Faisal Abubakar
  34. Barnabas Pata
  35. Yahya Abdullahi
  36. James Tallachi Yusuf
  37. Gani Gideon
  38. Manu Kondo
  39. Muhammad Hayatu Atiku
  40. Umar Sadiq (UJ)
  41. Hon. Kavohgye Ezra
  42. Christopher Adamu Tsuda
  43. Suleiman Musa Belel
  44. Musa Mohammed Gengle
  45. Sabastine Lines Tumba
  46. Daniel Amos
  47. Mr. Robert Pwadimadi
  48. Alh. Abubakar Muhammadu Bomu
  49. Mal. Mauludu Shuaibu
  50. Andrew Gangbonso
  51. Danlami Ahmed
  52. Alh. Hamidu Aji Jada
  53. Kaleshi Zephaniah Niyorodo
  54. Salihu Haruna
  55. Ibrahim Ngyibeso
  56. Maiborno Hammawa
  57. Mohammed K. Bello
  58. Hon. William Dathini
  59. Suli Adamu Fagami
  60. Hon. Jehaziel Pwanidi
  61. Alh. Hayatu Bobbob Alkali
  62. Titus Samaila
  63. Augustine Anthony Ndaghu
  64. Ishaku Hyalaba Zira
  65. Ms. Ellah Walter
  66. Hajj. Halima Ayuba
  67. Grace Ayuba Balenjeso
  68. Umaru M. Dikko
  69. Aishatu Dahiru
  70. Donatus Raymond Bwano
  71. Danladi Isa Farang
  72. Basari Christopher Columba
  73. Abubakar S. Raji
  74. Isa Allen Lindagard
  75. Kwantau Jaringyal
  76. Hon. Mathew Ali
  77. Dickson Wangamorti
  78. Mrs. Justina Patrick Sebastian
  79. Sylvanus Kafina
  80. Hon. Anthony Yamdu Emmanuel
  81. Kabiru Hassan
  82. Marshal Zamani
  83. Ibrahim Paul Wampana
  84. Hon. Ibrahim Zubairu
  85. Mr. Friday Vactor
  86. Abubakar Aliyu Kolejo
  87. Ahmed Adamu
  88. Gidado Tahir Tukur
  89. Akham Jaloh
  90. Abubakar Abbo Waziri
  91. Bukus Ishaku Kisinomi
  92. Yunusa Bakari
  93. Nathan Bumani Gabun
  94. Comrade Chakukuyada G. Bulndi
  95. Dishon Daniel
  96. Hon. Hickson Michael
  97. Hon. Amos Dali
  98. Alh. Usman Bobbo
  99. Benson Kpantizang
  100. Mark Zira Thlavaghi
  101. Adamu Risku
  102. Yakubu Musa Dirbishi
  103. Kadiri Alhaji Mai
  104. Hassan Ahmadu
  105. Muktar Mohammed Aliyu
  106. Mrs. Pwanahakai Asura Bakari
  107. Dahiru Guruma
  108. Abubakar Ribadu Audi
  109. Boniface W. Ugwabiya
  110. Sunday Garba
  111. Andrew Dunah Shalldang
  112. Suleiman M. Ibrahim
  113. Mr. Abalis Luka
  114. Francis Zamman
  115. Haruna Maksha
  116. Abubakar Usman Teri
  117. Markus Sunkwa Jimre
  118. Yusuf Eli Chimaro
  119. Sanusi Mohammad
  120. Zeal Jibrailu
  121. Usman Babba
  122. Aliyu Belllo
  123. Adamu U. Dallatu
  124. Wandara Ellon Philimon
  125. Hon. Ikurhyel Hananiya
  126. Hon. Julius Jockthan
  127. Hon. Paul Wankari Singari
  128. Abubakar Abdullahi Jingi
  129. Audu Buba
  130. Fashe Yanna
  131. Aliyu Mamza
  132. Isa Giwa Bajam
  133. Hon. Bashiru Adamu Abdullahi
  134. Liman Yahya
  135. Suleiman Bello Abubakar
  136. Polycarp Bayaro
  137. Caleb Ngimanchi Simon
  138. Geoffrey Haniel Chatuda
  139. Elizabeth Paul
  140. Mrs. Mary Ijabani
  141. Faith Samuel
  142. Ahmad Alhassan
  143. Aliyu Hamman Adama
  144. Kusaniel Amos
  145. Ushiwa Drambi Kwabe
  146. Azumi Dauda
  147. Alheri Musa
  148. Hon. Hamza Abdullahi
  149. Danjuma Yuguda
  150. Adamu Jauro
  151. Adamu Jibrilla Maigonjo
  152. Bristone Buba Wariyaki
  153. Adamu Mohammed
  154. Sikamya’an Stephen Audu
  155. Mr. Bala Usman
  156. Ahmadu Adamu Ijakirayu
  157. Newton Nyaviyuse
  158. Danbaba James
  159. Luka Filibus
  160. Cecilia Jonathan (Mrs)
  161. Rasheeda Ahmed Almustapha
  162. Gershon Sylvester
  163. Samaila T. Wutsuware
  164. Fimbar Kpasi
  165. Christopher Bakeri Mapeo
  166. Musa Iya Yadafa
  167. Barr. Jibril Ibrahim Jimeta
  168. Christopher Bakeri Mapeo
  169. Sulieman Usman Buwanga
  170. Usman Mu’azu Dalatu
  171. Rabiu Ibrahim
  172. Abubakar Musa
  173. Buba Mohammed Joda
  174. Mohammed Gidado
    Mohammed
  175. Ahmad Umar
  176. Chubado Mohammed
  177. Sajo Abubakar Jada
  178. Adamu Alimu
  179. Hon. Sherrif Elijah
  180. Wamcaku Ishaya Nicholas
  181. Hon. Sanusui Musa
  182. Joseph Eto

The appointments are with immediate effect.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
22:05:2024

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Summit: Gov Fintiri Urges Youths To Embrace Digital Skills Acquisition

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has urged youths in Adamawa to embrace the acquisition of skills created by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the betterment of the state.

He gave the charge on Wednesday while declaring open a 2-day Youth Summit on ICT skills convened by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth empowerment, Safrat Dungus which held in the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yola.

Governor Fintiri says as a matter of deliberate policy, his administration, has always placed youths at the centre of its programmes and projects especially in the area of education and entrepreneurship among other sectors.

He therefore commends the eagerness of the participants to acquiring new skills in the ICT at the summit which he noted is a testament to their determination to succeed and contribute to the development the state.

The Governor urged youths to commit to innovation, continues learning and progress as well as collaborate with one another to build Adamawa to prosperity that the yet unborn generation will be proud of.

Earlier in her remarks, the convener of the programme, who is the Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth Empowerment, Safrat Dungus said the summit was organised to empower youths and shape their future.

She underscores the committment of the government to ensuring that youths regardless of their background, religion, social status or party affiliation have the opportunity to contribute to the progress of Adamawa.

The Youth Summit which has the theme “Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders was being attended by youths from across the twenty one local government areas of Adamawa State.

SAHEL REPORTERS.

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