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Democracy Day: Lalong pardons 7 inmates of Nigerian Correctional Service

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has pardoned seven in mates of the Nigerian Correctional Service as part of activities marking Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

Lalong, who announced the gesture in a broadcast to the people of the state on Friday at Government House, Jos , said the gesture was also in the spirit of celebrating his five years in office.

“In exercise of the powers conferred on me as Governor in Section 212 of the Constitution of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), after due consultation with The State Advisory Council On Prerogative Of Mercy, I have granted absolute pardon to seven (7) Prisoners.

“All these pardons are granted for reasons of good conduct, with effect from the different dates of sentences.

“The concerned persons are: Victor Bakyil, Yakubu Yohanna,Dashe Obadiah,Rev. David Kim Pam, Femi Cole Oyajide, Yakubu Musa Chai, and Rabo Zubairu,” he said.

He said his administration had in 2015 began the implementation of a five-Pillar Policy Thrust and in 2019 reviewed it to three – Peace, Security and Good Governance;Physical Infrastructure and sustainable economic rebirth.

He said the policies were targeted at restoring confidence in the state, which had been affected by ethno-religious crises, political apathy, as well as despondency among workers and pensioners.

The governor said under the year in review, the home grown security outfit, Operation Rainbow was strengthened in intelligence gathering using the community driven approach and early warning systems.

” We adopted a new strategy of holding accountable community and traditional rulers, who fail to expose criminals or shield them within their domains.

He explained that through the Plateau Peace Building Agency, his administration was working with communities vulnerable to conflicts and attacks such as Kulben in Mangu, Kwatas in Bokkos, Miango in Bassa, for successful post-conflict life.

Lalong said the state Project Monitoring and Result Delivery Unit was established to ensure tracking of Projects and Programmes implementation by all the MDAs, to realise the objectives of the five-year strategic development plan of the administration.

He said the State Government had raised N15.6 billion from the Capital market for the ongoing Lalong Legacy Projects across the three Senatorial zones of the state.

He said his administration had restored illegally scraped Chiefdoms and Districts and created new ones in line with the yearnings of the people of the state.

“The Rescue Administration has restored the traditional stools and created new ones. These include two first class; six second class and ten third Class Stools,”the governor said.

He also said that his administration had spent more than N40 billion on road projects in the last five years, for the completion of inherited projects, rehabilitation of township roads, and ongoing road construction across the three senatorial zones of the state.

He said as part of his efforts to address security challenges, the state had spent N3.2 billion on streetlights installed within Jos and Bukuru to cover a distance of 90 kilometres.

Lalong said the Yelwa Water Works was at 80% completion, while the Construction of a new Water Treatment Plant and Distribution Network system in Riyom, Tahoss and Rahoss is ongoing at 60 per cent completion.

“Under the Plateau Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (PRUWASSA), we have provided over 128 Hand Pump Boreholes as well as rehabilitated 34 others and 14 Solar Panel Boreholes across various communities in the State.

“Work is also ongoing on the construction of mini treatment plants and supply of 5.5KVA generator and minimal reticulation with water kiosks in Kalong, Shimankar, Demshin, Bakin Kogi, Fang, Sopp, Tom Gangare, Tse as well as transmission of water pipeline from Yelwa to Ajikamai,” he said.

He said that at the Plateau State University Bokkos, three new faculties had been established and government had approved a teaching hospital for the University at Shendam, where work was ongoing.

The governor said his administration hadestablished the Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency, which took off in September 2019, adding that Ultra Sound Machines were purchased for the Cottage Hospitals in Bassa, and Bokkos as well as X-Ray materials for the General Hospitals at Mangu, Pankshin and Shendam.

He said that under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the state government had constructed and equipped 17 Primary Health Centres across the state.

“We purchased 6 Ventilators and distributed to the three tertiary hospitals in the State which include: JUTH, Plateau State Specialist Hospital and Bingham University Teaching Hospital.

He said for the 2020 farming season, Government had Spent N400 million for the procurement and subsidisation of farm inputs.

“We procured 1,500 irrigation Water Pumps which were distributed to farmers in the 17 local government areas of the state to facilitate irrigation farming of potato and vegetables during the dry season.

“We also facilitated wheat and barley research which shows that we can cultivate 18 varieties. In line with this, we profiled and empowered 150 farmers to commence wheat and barley production in in the state,” he said.

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