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Plateau Governor Lalong swears in 23 Commissioners, Check Out Portfolios & Photos

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau  state has  sworen in 23  Commissioners,  to contribute to the advancement of his policies and programmes.

Among those sworn in were 36 year old   Barrister Zulfa Bitrus Rimven, the commissioner for Housing  ,

Hon. Victor Lapang – Youths and Sports

Hon. Mrs Elizabeth H. Wapmuk – Education (Secondary)

Hon. Yakubu Dati – Land & Survey

Hon. Tapgun Sylvanus Dankano – Local Government & Chieftancy Affairs

Hon. Barr. Chrysantus Ahmad – Attorney General & Justice

Hon. Ibrahim Saad Bello – Water Resources & Energy

Hon. Dr. Nimkong Lar Ndam – Health

Hon. Dayyabu Garga – Physical Planning & Urban Development

Hon. Dr. Hosea Istifanus Finangwai – Agriculture

Hon. MrsTamwakat Weli – Tourism & Culture

Hon. Mrs Regina Soemlat – Finance

Hon. Kak’mena Goteng Audu – Education (Higher)

Hon. Usman Yakubu Idi – Environment

Hon. Dakur Jude Eli – Mineral Development

Hon. Sylvester Wallangko – Budget & Planning

Hon. Dung Musa Gyang – Science & Technology

Hon. Pam Bot-Mang – Works

Hon. Muhammad Muhammad Abubakar – Transport

Hon. Mrs Sambo Rebecca Adar – Women

Hon. Dan Majang – Information

Hon. Jerry Werr – Special Duties, Intergovernmental & NGOs

In his remarks, Lalong said that the event was a demonstration of the administrations resolute commitment to putting round pegs in round holes.

"Today marks another very important day in the history of Plateau State as the team of Commissioners that will assist in delivering on our second term mandate is being inaugurated."

" Now that you have been sworn in and taken your oath of office as Commissioners, you have been legally equipped to discharge your duties in your respective Ministries. This mandate however goes with huge responsibilities of service delivery to our people within the ambit of the policy thrust of the second phase of the Rescue Mission.'

He further said "Shortly after securing victory for another second term, I commissioned the famous Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to undertake the task of developing a five-year Development Plan for Plateau State, which will shape our final term in office. "

"After months of engagements with Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Local Government councils, the Economic Advisory Team and other stakeholders, they have since submitted their report to me , this document provides the roadmap for the implementation of our Next Level Rescue Agenda in serving our people effectively. "All appointees are expected to study the document, as directed to enable them hit the ground running and stay on target in implementing our Party’s agenda and campaign promises."

Lalong charged the commissioners  to ensure good synergy and working cooperation with  Permanent Secretaries, Directors and other support Staff in the machinery of government towards successful implementation of programmes and projects.

"I  will therefore not hesitate to reprimand, chastise, query and where necessary discipline by removal from office, any of you who goes contrary to the agenda of our Rescue Government and indeed extant public service rules."

"To  fulfil the challenges of leaving a lasting legacy, you need every support from all and sundry. However, without prejudice to your different affiliations and the right to demand for quality service and good governance, let me specially plead that relations, friends and party loyalists should not exert unnecessary pressures on your wards as these could easily derail them and have negative effects on their effective performances in service delivery."

"As we consolidate on the peace we have restored to Plateau State, we hope to generate more revenues to complete ongoing projects, continue implementing our legacy projects as well as create more jobs for our teeming youths and women."

"This is why we have engaged a reputable Firm of Professionals to not only advise us on how to increase our revenue base, but also work with our Revenue Generating Agencies through the process. I urge all and sundry to cooperate with these Agencies in accomplishing positive results."

The Governor further said "we shall soon hold an Economic and Investment Summit, which will also assist us to change the trajectory of Plateau to an investment destination of choice."

"There are many critical infrastructure and services that require urgent attention that I expect the new Commissioners to immediately address."

"Among them are health facilities such as the Trauma Hospital in Riyom, which was abandoned, but our administration has virtually completed and equipped it. I expect that hospital to be operational by next month, while others in Kanke and Mabudi in Langtang South should be completed and operational before April next year. "

"While we work on completing ongoing road projects, I am directing the Ministry of Works to immediately implement a zero tolerance to pot holes in the State, particularly in our urban roads to prevent them from further damage as well as enhance the convenience of motorists."

"Waste management and refuse evacuation is also another area that requires urgent attention. I am directing the ministry of environment to immediately rid the Capital City of Jos and other urban areas of waste dumps in the interim, and also set in motion a concrete and sustainable waste disposal mechanisms that will involve all stakeholders and the private sector."

"In order to ensure consistency and faithful implementation of projects and programmes of government, the Project Monitoring and Result Delivery Unit to be headed by the Chief of Staff has been created in line with the recommendations of the State Strategic Development Plan. The unit is to ensure that the state gets value for money and to track the implementation of all Projects and Programmes.

As part of our efforts to deepen transparency and ensure the prudent management of scarce resources, I have approved the setting up of a Liquidity Management Committee. This will ensure that budgetary provisions and approvals, efficient financial management and adequate project financing are built into our governance system. This is consistent with the best practices in line with our strategic plan.

"We must live up to expectation and work together with the public to trace bad influence amongst our youths for possible rehabilitation through the different Ministries, Departments and Agencies "he further added



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