By HILARY Y. KASMI
Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State has implored politicians in the state to shun the politics of division, intrigues, gossips and bitterness, saying it could lead to more polarization and instability.
This was contained in a press statement issued by the Governor’s Director of Press of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Macham a copy of which was obtained by to THE NIGERIA STANDARD in Jos, the Plateau State capital, yesterday.
Lalong who hosted a reception in Abuja to honour Dame Pauline Tallen over her inauguration as Minister of Women Affairs by President Muhammadu Buhari said the event was another opportunity for the political class in the Plateau to not only celebrate Tallen, but to reflect on the progress of the State.
The governor who was joined by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Idris Maje, Senators Ignatius Longjam, Hezekiah Dimka and Istifanus Gyang, Members of the House of Representatives from the State, Traditional rulers led by the Gbom Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Buba Gyang Buba, Members of the State House of Assembly, top officials and people of the state and other citizens, described the choice of Dame Tallen as a minister by President Buhari as God’s will which must be respected and supported.
He said “in life, God has a purpose for everybody, it may be your time it may not be your time. But if you are patient, your time will come. Sometimes you struggle for it but will not get, and sometimes you don’t struggle for it, God will give it to you on a platter of gold. When we came into office in 2015, I was virtually alone with just a few members in the House of Representatives, but today I have the Deputy Speaker in the House of Representative, three Senators who are wall willing to work with me for the good of our state”.
He said as Governor, he is delighted to have more people to work with and all that was needed was unity and collaboration for the greater progress of Plateau State.
He warned rumor mongers and mischief makers to desist from misleading those in office for their selfish ends. “Don’t come to my house to talk about 2023. In 2013, many of us did not know we are going to be where we are today. If God wants you to be something in 2023, he will give it to you, you don’t need to pitch people against each other and bring down others. You don’t need to struggle”.
To the new minister, he said “You must work with the governor in order to succeed as a minister and the governor must work with you to attract federal patronage for the overall benefit of the state. I am very happy that I have you here at the Federal Level as you will further pursue our interests”.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Idris Wase spoke in the same tone where he debunked allegations insinuating that he was against the nomination of the minister. He said Plateau people cannot afford to thwart the peace that the Rescue Administration of Governor Simon Lalong has restored because of needless gossips and falsehood by few selfish people.
Dame Pauline Tallen thanked the Governor for the honour and restated her loyalty to his administration saying she will do everything to support him to deliver on his rescue agenda for the state. She said she was aware of the attempt by some persons to engineer crisis so as to benefit from it, but will never give in to them because her interest is to serve the people of Plateau State and Nigeria and carry out the task that President Muhammadu Buhari has given her.
The Gbom Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba also spoke on the unity of the state pledging the support of the traditional council for better performance by those in office.