By: Valentine Adese (JP),
The last one week for Governor Simon Bako Lalong, who doubles as the Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum and his administration has been very hectic and challenging particularly, with the recent killings in Bassa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state and the South-west region of Nigeria.
On the killings in Bassa, with sleepless eyes, Governor Lalong, while commiserating with the families of those killed, urged all citizens to be security conscious and avoid any conduct that would jeopardize peaceful coexistence of the area and the State.
Governor Simon Lalong, who frowned at the recurring killings in some villages in Kwall District in Bassa Local Government Area, has urged security agencies to do everything possible to put a stop to the situation. According to him, “The development is worrisome and intolerable”.
The Governor in his swift action, directed the Peace Building Agency, to visit the area and get to the root of the killings.
According to a press statement, signed by, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, dated, 17th February 2021, Governor Lalong has said that, “The situation must be brought under control immediately to prevent further degeneration”.
In another development, the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) had felicitated with Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad Elrufai on the occasion of his 61st Birthday.
The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong in a message, had described Governor El-rufai, as resourceful, patriotic and a passionate leader, “Who is committed to the development of not only Kaduna State, the Northern Region, but Nigeria as a whole”.
In a statement signed by Dr. Makut Simon Macham, Lalong said, “The Governor has remained consistent in his advocacy and action for a paradigm shift to adopting practical approach to sustainable and people- oriented change”.
According to Lalong, “This can be seen from the many assignments he has handled at various times including his present stewardship of Kaduna State”.
Governor Lalong further described Mallam Elrufai’s contributions to the Northern Governors Forum, as impactful as he has also played a significant role in the implementation of various programmes of the forum aimed at improving the lives of the people of the region.
While wishing him many more years of God’s guidance and divine protection, the Northern Governors Forum Chairman also commended Governor Elrufai for providing the right environment for the Forum to operate seamlessly at its Headquarters located in Kaduna.
Lalong assured that, “The Northern Governors Forum will continue to benefit from his reservoir of knowledge and experience in finding solutions to the many challenges of the region and the nation at large”.
Governor Lalong also has assured the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Director General(D-G), Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim that, he would not only support her efforts in Plateau State, but would use his position as the Chairman, Northern Governor’s Forum to mobilize his colleagues towards enhancing the work of the Agency.
Governor Lalong, who also congratulated the NAPTIP boss over her appointment said the issue of human trafficking has taken many dimensions with various individuals and organized groups participating to make profit from the misfortune of others.
He said the situation is made worse by poverty, ignorance and greed where even some parents abdicate their responsibilities by putting their children in harm’s way in a bid to make money.
Earlier, the D-G of NAPTIP, Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim said the agency is opening up new visters of partnership that would embrace more institutions and donors towards tackling the crimes of trafficking in human beings which is on the rise.
The DG stated this when she met with Governor Simon Lalong in Abuja to seek ways of collaboration in her new task.