By: Valentine Adese (JP),
Governor Simon Bako Lalong has called on civil society organizations to continue to partner Government in building and sustaining peace in the country.
Governor Lalong said this when a delegation from the Savannah Center for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development led by its Chairman, Ambassador Aminu Wali, paid him a courtesy visit.
Governor Lalong while responding on the main issues of the visit said, “Plateau State Government has entrenched a policy of engaging affected stakeholders on issues, to ensure its policies and laws addresses their needs or concerns”.
Adding that, the state government engaged stakeholders on open grazing for three years, to ensure they understand its challenges and to facilitate smooth implementation of its law.
Governor Lalong on the issue of Law said, “I told the State Assembly that, they should not pass this Law without public hearing, which is the final stage. It would protect us from the farmers/ herdsmen clashes”.
According to a Press Statement signed by, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor on the visit, dated, 26th May, 2021, the Governor explained that, “the engagement with stakeholders was to sensitize them on the hazards of open grazing, and the provisions of the law in addressing their health needs, education and other basic needs”.
Earlier, in his opening remarks on the visit, the team had advocated for a periodic review of Laws and policies in Nigeria, to ensure it meets the yearnings of its target population.
Aminu Wali, told Governor Simon Lalong that, the centre was established to conduct research, advocacy, training and policy analysis, in the area of conflict prevention, management, democracy and sustainable development in Nigeria.
He explained that research was critical to ensure that issues surrounding policies and laws that are implemented or about to be implemented are addressed, in order to ensure its success.
“The essence is to look and see whether these policies and perspectives go in consonance with the requirements and need of the community that is being served, and amend them where required to suit the needs of the people,” he said.
Aliyu said the center was organizing town hall meetings in Kaduna, Kano, Benue, Plateau, Kogi and Katsina states, in preparation for enacting policies and laws, to address the farmers and herders conflicts in across the country.
In another development, Members of the Senate Committee on Constitution Review for the North Central Zone holding in Jos Plateau State, visited Governor Simon Bako Lalong at the Government House Little Rayfield Jos, ahead of the Public hearing.
They were led by the Chairman of the Committee Senator Abdullahi Adamu, who intimated the Governor that, “they were in the State to conduct the hearing in order to get the input of the people of the zone towards the review of the 1999 Constitution”.
Governor Simon Lalong, while welcoming the Committee, reminded them that, “this is another reunion of the old Benue-Plateau State”. He said the people of the three States (Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau) remain eternal brothers and one people.
He expressed optimism that they will not only receive issues that are common to the people of the States, but also to the entire region.
According to the State Government’s Press Statement signed by, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State, dated, 26th May 2021, Governor Lalong, “Wished them well in the assignment and assured them of the support of the Plateau State Government”.