Plateau Governor Simon Lalong promised to return the state's mission schools to their original owners.
Lalong made the promise when the Nigerian Papal Medalists and Knights Association paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Jos.
In a statement by spokesman Dr. Makut Macham in Jos on Sunday, Lalong said the mission schools would be returned to their original owners as soon as the committee set up to investigate the matter submitted its report.
He thanked the association for choosing the state to host its 14th National Conference and commended members for their contributions to the growth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.Association of Papal Knights and Medalists in Nigeria, during his courtesy visit to Governor Simon Lalong de Plateau, at Government House in Jos
The governor also praised them for their efforts in training leaders, which have had an impact in different fields.
Earlier in her remarks, the Association's National President, Dame Esther Uduehi, thanked Lalong for her commitment to service and her efforts to change the negative narrative of the state.
According to Uduehi, since the governor took office as Governor of the Plateau, he has made the state safe and attractive for tourists and investors, and has improved people's lives through laudable projects and programs.
She urged him to keep up the pace during the remaining part of his administration, in order to leave a lasting legacy for the people.
Uduehi also appreciated his devotion to the Catholic Church and his constant involvement in activities related to the spread of the gospel.
Special prayers were held for Lalong during the visit.
Source Credit: NAN
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has called on Christians to actively participate in politics to enable them contribute to national development.
The governor made the call in his remarks at the 14th Annual Conference of the Association of Papal Knights and Medalists in Nigeria in Jos. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Dr. Makut Macham, on Friday in Jos, Lalong said that their participation could add value to governance.
He said that the theme of the Conference “Fratelli Tutti: Path for Credible Elections for Good Governance in Nigeria” was apt and would provide interface for the discussion on issues on leadership recruitment.
He said that the theme would also explore approaches on the delivery of good governance in the country by the political class and bureaucrats.
He said: “Many have suggested and rightly so, that Nigeria’s many challenges stem from poor leadership.
“However, a lot of people forget or do not realise that leadership does not begin and end with elections.
“ It starts much earlier and continues afterwards.
“As someone who has been in politics most of my adult life, I can say without fear of contradiction that leadership recruitment begins with the consciousness of the society on what kind of leadership it desires.
“ This determines the level of participation or otherwise of the citizens in the process that identifies, adopts and presents candidates for elections”,he said.
According to Lalong,many Christian brothers snd sisters prefer to criticise those in government rather than being involved in politics to make a difference.
Lalong said though the Catholic Church had always encouraged its members’ involvent in politics , a lot still needed to be done, to ensure that more Christians occupy decision-making offices.
“ That is why I appeal to the Church to continue to create avenues for constant engagement with Christian politicians for proper articulation of its interests and evaluation” he said.
In her remarks, Rt.Hon.Dame Esther Uduehi, National President of the Association of Papal Knights, said that the association comprised of Catholics, who had been honoured by the Church for contributions to the propagation of the gospel.
and for positively impacting humanity.
She expressed concern over rising cases of religious intolerance, terrorism and banditry which she said,was not only affecting the economy, but also inhibiting people from practiding their faith.
Sir Joseph Ari,Chairman of the occasion,and Director- General of the Industrial Training Fund, said that the conference was a platform for discourse on how the Church could contribute to the democratic process while also propagating to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Northern Governors’ Forum has commended Nigeria’s former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, for his contributions toward addressing insecurity in the country.
The Chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau, Mr Simon Lalong, made the commendation in a statement to congratulate him on his 88th birthday.
The statement was issued by his Spokesperson, Dr Makut Macham on Wednesday in Jos. He said “Gen. Gowon has played critical roles in his interventions with members of the forum towards addressing the issues of insecurity, peace, unity and religious harmony within the northern region and the entire country.
“Gowon, apart from fighting to keep Nigeria one, has remained a father to the nation many years after leaving office and continues to support successive administrations.
The chairman noted Gowon’s contributions through prayers, counsel and strategic engagement towards addressing the nation’s challenges.
He described Gowon as one of the most refined and patriotic leaders that Nigeria had produced, saying he epitomises humility, humanity, and goodwill.
He said that the former military leader through his foundation had been touching the lives of the most vulnerable persons in society by bringing succour to their plight.
He commended him for mobilising resources to assist indigents in society, saying the action has attracted the inputs of local and global partners.
Lalong said that his humanitarian services were contributing in tackling diseases, illiteracy, poverty and hunger among others.
He added that his activities had also attracted the attention of government, donor agencies and non-governmental organisations to neglected but important issues.
The forum also commended him for instituting and sustaining a national spiritual intercession programme — Nigeria Prays — to pray for the unity, progress and stability of the country.
The forum wished him many more years of good health, wisdom and God’s protection and urged him to continue to remain a worthy ambassador for the region and the country.
Plateau Gov. Simon Lalong has commended security agencies for rescuing 10 persons kidnapped by bandits in Bashar, Wase Local Government Area. The governor gave the commendation in a statement by his Spokesperson, Dr Makut Macham, on Monday in Jos. He said that the agencies worked in collaboration with the vigilante and hunter groups for the success of the operation.
He said that the prompt action of the agencies ensured that all the kidnapped persons and other stolen items were recovered.
Meanwhile, Lalong also directed security forces to immediately confront attackers threatening the lives of people in villages around Bokkos Local Government Area, describing the recent spate of attacks as unacceptable.
“The attackers must be fished out and not allowed to go unpunished.
“On 8th October 2022, gunmen attacked Kuliyas Village in Butura, Bokkos killing 4 persons including the village head.
“This is coming after other reported isolated killings in other villages of Follo, Karara, Bokkos, and Mangor as well as the kidnap of some students at All Nation’s Academy who were eventually rescued by security forces,” he said.
Lalong also decried the level of criminality being perpetrated, saying it must be addressed holistically by security agencies in collaboration with the traditional and community leaders through the structures of community policing and vigilante groups.
He warned criminals that his administration would not allow them to return the days of darkness to the state under any guise.
The governor sympathised with the families of the victims and assured them that those behind the attacks would pay for their actions.
He also called for vigilance among the residents and timely dissemination of intelligence to security agencies for pragmatic action to prevent such attacks.
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has commended a police officer and indigene of the state, CSP Daniel Amah, for rejecting $200,000 bribe from armed robbery suspects.
The governor’s commendation is contained in a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Dr Makut Macham, on Thursday in Jos. He saluted Amah for his resolve to adhere to the ethics of the police force, even in the face of temptation.
Lalong showered encomium on the officer, who presided over the investigation as the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Bompai Police Station in Nassarawa Local Government Area of Kano. He said that the ‘Public Service Integrity Award’ recently bestowed on Amah by Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) was well deserved.
“Your honesty and patriotism to reject the temptation to participate in corruption and conceal crime have made your family, Plateau State and Nigeria proud.
“I am not surprised because the action of Amah is in tandem with the Plateau spirit of diligence, honesty, patriotism and hard work” he said.
The governor urged the police officer to continue with his good work and be a mentor to others, describing his singular act as an indication of a bright career in the service of the nation.
He also urged other officers and Nigerians in all sectors to emulate Amah’s conduct, which, he said, was critical toward transforming the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, had also commended the police officer for his integrity and professionalism.
NAN also reports that Amah, an indigene of Jos-East Local Government Area of Plateau, joined the Nigerian Police Force as a Cadet Inspector in 2002.
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has commended the Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Hon. Rufus Bature, for awarding scholarships and other assistance to indigenes of the state.
The governor gave the commendation during Lalong’s 60th birthday thanksgiving service at Church Of Christ In Nation (COCIN) in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. Lalong, in a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Dr Makut Macham, on Sunday in Jos, commended Bature for serving his family, community, and humanity with all his gifts, talents, and resources.
He said that the APC chairman had demonstrated capacity to work with people from all backgrounds, particularly at the grassroots level.
The governor described Bature as a reliable and competent leader, a man of integrity and an epitome of humility.
He said that Bature, in his position as a member of the House of Assembly and Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, among other positions he had held, had exhibited high sense of patriotism and resilience in serving the state and Nigeria over the years.
He said: “60 years in the life of a man calls for celebrations, particularly for someone who rose from a humble background to work hard and, by God’s grace, rose to political prominence.
Lalong urged the chairman to continue to be a loyal, committed and kind person, saying this was critical in his political journey.
He expressed optimism that the celebrator would ensure victory for the party, not only in the state but also, in the presidential elections.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, has congratulated Rev. Benjami Kwashi, the Anglican Bishop of Jos on the occasion of his 67th birthday.
Lalong’s goodwill message is contained in statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Macham, on Friday in Jos. He acknowledged the immense contributions of the archbishop to the progress of Plateau and his administration.
“I rejoice with the highly revered clergyman on the special occasion of his 67th birthday.
“It is indeed a moment to give glory to God for sustaining him over the years.
“I commend the resilience, faith and passion of Archbishop Kwashi in propagating the gospel of Jesus Christ and sharing God’s love to people.
“Especially to those of diverse backgrounds including the less privileged and the downtrodden.
“I thank God for giving Archbishop Kwashi the heart to respond to the needs of others through philanthropic activities.
“As well as mentoring the youths by constant engagements, counselling and other special activities” he said.
Lalong also thanked the Archbishop for constantly praying for the government of Plateau as well as offering words of wisdom, which he said has helped in enabling the administration fulfil its mandate to the people.
The governor, therefore, wished him long life, good health, God’s protection and happiness in the years ahead.
Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong , has eulogised his deputy , Prof Sonni Tyoden for mentoring youths in academics and politics through his achievements and integrity.
Lalong commended his Tyoden in a statement to congratulate him on his 72nd birthday.
The statement was issued by his Spokesperson , Dr Makut Macham on Thursday in Jos. “Tyoden is an accomplished academician, politician, administrator and person of integrity, honour and reliability,” he said .
He said that many of the youths Tyoden mentored while teaching in the university had successfully taken roles in the academia, politics, business, public and private service, among others.
He commended his loyalty demonstrated through his commitment to the actualization of his administration’s vision, projects and programmes.
The governor acknowledged the contributions of the celebrator in profering solutions and wise counsel towards addressing critical issues, his administration had confronted in the last seven years.
He prayed for good health, wisdom and protection for the erudite scholar, administrator , while wishing him the best in his future endeavours.
Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong has commended clerics in the state for their efforts in quelling insecurity.
The governor thanked the clerics during his visit to the Catholic Diocese of Shendam Local Government Area in continuation of his consultations with stakeholders in Plateau South Senatorial District.
The consultation is ahead of the lifting of the ban on campaigns for the 2023 general elections.
In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Dr Makut Macham on Saturday in Jos, Lalong thanked the Church for its guidance and counsel which had engendered peace and harmony among the Plateau people.
He noted that their impact, particularly during recent attempts by some mischief makers and hoodlums to use religion and ethnicity to instigate crises, was quite commendable.
He said he was in the Diocese to appreciate the Bishop, Priests and the entire Catholic family for always upholding and encouraging him, since his emergence as Senatorial Candidate and his appointment as Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.
Lalong thanked the Church for praying for him throughout his political journey, saying his mission to visit his hometown was to thank his people, sensitise them to the forthcoming elections while seeking their collaboration and cooperation for success.
The governor, who was accompanied by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Idris Wase, was received at the Diocese by Rev. Fr. Raymond Gofut, the Vicar General, Catholic Diocese of Shendam.
Responding, the Vicar General said that the Church appreciated the governor for his efforts in carrying the people along, and seeking the blessings of God and the Church in his endeavours.
He led other Priests to pray for Lalong on his recent appointment as the DG of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, for wisdom, favour and protection.
Similarly, the Deputy Speaker also thanked the Church for providing honest and unbiased advice to the political class, while assuring them that they would do the best to ensure that the people benefitted from the democratic process.
The governor thereafter held consultations with the Plateau South Stakeholders Forum where he urged them to remain resolute in promoting the interests of APC.
He also held another meeting with party leaders and stakeholders from all the six local governments of the Southern Zone. He reminded the stakeholders of the need to build synergy and strategise appropriately, to enable the party to deliver all their candidates once the ban on political campaigns was lifted.
Responding, the Southern Zonal Chairman of the APC, Alhaji Ya`u Yalum, urged the party stakeholders to work towards the success of all their candidates at all levels during the polls.
Platea Governor, Simon Lalong has restated his commitment to shore up development in the state, using his position as Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Director General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council.
The governor stated this during a visit to his home town in Shendam Local Government for consultations ahead of the lifting of ban on campaigns for the 2023 general elections.
In a statement issued by his Spokesperson Dr Makut Macham in Jos, the governor visited the headquarters of the Plateau South Senatorial District in Shendam to meet with his supporters.
He also visited the Palace of the Paramount traditional ruler of Shendam, the Long Gamai of Gamai land, Miskoom Martin Shaldas III.
The governor, who was in Shendam with his wife Regina Lalong and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Reps, Idris Ahmed, informed the traditional leader that the visit was to consult with stakeholders in preparations for the polls.
He thanked him for his prayers, support, and blessings over the years, saying it paved the way for him to succeed and serve the state and Nigeria at various levels.
He described his emergence as Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council as a great boost for the party in Plateau, saying it would enhance their chances of winning elections and drawing from the dividends of democracy in the next dispensation.
He appealed to APC members and Plateau people to shun all forms of divisive tendencies using religion, ethnicity and political interests which are very inimical to development.
Responding, the Long Gamai assured the governor of his prayers and support while thanking him for his peace initiatives, saying it facilitated progress and development of his domain, the southern zone and the state in general.
He thanked the governor for his swift action on the recent attack on his Palace by hoodlums, who wanted to instigate crisis, using religion and other antics.
The paramount ruler appealed to Lalong who is also contesting for the senatorial position in the area, together with other candidates, to always promote the interest of their people and work for the progress of the state.
The Deputy Speaker, in his remarks, said APC brought development to Plateau where it attracted federal projects, appointments and other dividends of democracy.
The Zonal Chairman of APC in the district, Alhaji Abdullahi Yallum, thanked the governor and deputy speaker for the grassroots consultation, assuring them that the party was working to deliver all its candidates in the forthcoming elections.