By: Valentine Adese (JP),
Plateau State is now one of the frontline state prepared to fight, land grabbing and kidnapping activities in Nigeria, as the Plateau State Governor, Dr. Simon Bako Lalong, signs the State’s Anti-Land Grabbing and Anti-Kidnapping Bill into Law.
According to a press statement by, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the
Executive Governor, dated, 24th September 2020, the Bill was signed into Law yesterday evening, in view of the Plateau State Government’s affirmative action slated for 2021.
However, while rating the Law, Governor Lalong, stated that, “the Law was overdue”.
According to the statement, Governor Lalong said, “The Law is long overdue because of the increase in kidnapping, land grabbing and other violent crimes within the State.
Adding that, “As a responsible Government, we cannot fold our arms to see people being terrorized by criminals, who are clearly out to cause mayhem. This new law will deal with anyone caught in the act and I urge security agencies to be on their toes and ensure that culprits are apprehended and made to face the law”.
While giving details concerning the Law, the press statement explained that, “The law provides death sentence for those convicted for kidnapping, while those found guilty for cultism shall be jailed for a minimum of 7 years. Others involved in meting out violence on anyone, risk spending up to 10 years in jail upon conviction”.
The Governor also signed into law, on Thursday night, the 2021 Appropriation Bill of N147.53 billion naira, passed by the State House of Assembly.
This consists of N90.19 billion as recurrent and N57.34 billion, as capital expenditures.
The Governor while signing the bill into law said the 2021 budget would focus on areas that would stimulate economic growth and recovery, particularly, as the year begins under a second wave of COVID-19, which has affected the economy adversely.
According to Lalong, “With the successful passage of the 2021 budget within record time we shall now settle down to implement the budget vigorously.
“As we face the second wave of COVID-19, we shall continue to appeal to our people to observe all protocols so that we do not have any reason to lock down again and further hurt the economy”.
Governor Lalong, added that, the State Government would in the 2021 fiscal year, support businesses that would hopefully grow and in turn pay taxes, especially, “now that the State has signed into law the new tax law for development”.
While wishing the citizens of the State a merry Christmas, the Governor again, appealed for adherence to COVID-19 protocols saying his experience in the past one week confirms the reality of the pandemic.
Governor Lalong, while recognizing the patriotism, sacrifice and diligence of front line medical personnel, who continue to risk their lives in fighting the pandemic, urged them not to be deterred in saving lives.