From ISRAEL LAR, Shendam

GOVERNOR Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State has said that the surname he used during his school days which became a subject of litigation after the 2019 election was because his late uncle, Miskoom Stephen Naanbiet Sule adopted him at a very young age.

The Governor stated this last Saturday at a Memorial Mass in honour of his late uncle Miskoom Stephen Naanbiet Sule, alongside some of his children and brothers, held at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Shendam.

Lalong further said, with the lost of his parents, his uncle became his father, describing him as not only a Godly man, but a man of the people who raised him as his son.

He urged Nigerians to accept people, not minding their religion, creed or ethnicity, stressing that “you would never know where your help or assistance may come from.”

The Governor while thanking the people of Plateau State for their support before and after the election, said, his government was embarking on a special intervention in the education sector, saying it was not only aimed at putting in better and modern structures, but to give structure that would stand the test of time, adding that, after that, the administration would embark on the employment of qualified teachers to man the schools.

The Cathedral Administrator of Sacred Heart, Rev. Father Hoomsuk Ahmadu said in running the raise, “we need prayers, and our prayers alone is not enough, we need that of the church and the prayers of one another”.

He used the occasion to charge parents on the need to spend more on education, lamenting that education was now more expensive than in past, stressing that education was the “only legacy you would leave to your children.

According to the cleric, the first legacy to give your children is the gift of faith as children need to grow knowing Christ, if not they would be lost without the knowledge of the Holy Bible”. He also called on politicians not to play politics with people’s life.

Speaking at the occasion, the Long Gamai of Shendam ,Miskoom Martins Shaldas III while thanking the people for honouring late Stephen N.Sule, described him as a wonderful and kind hearted man who reached out and uplifted a lot of children in Shendam.

Highlight of the occasion were prayers at the grave site of the deceased.

Meanwhile, Governor Lalong said those who were bent on promoting wild suspicion on critical issues of governance in the state should be shunned because his administration has deliberately made the interest of the citizens of the state guiding philosophy of making crucial decisions on behalf of the people.

Governor Lalong disclosed this during the monthly prayer meeting at the Government House Chapel in Rayfield last Friday.

He appreciated those who turned out for the prayer meeting, saying “this month’s session is a rear moment of inspiration for the advancement of good governance in the state.”

The Governor  used the opportunity to stress that there was no need for the recent agitation in some quarters which followed crucial decisions he took on behalf of the people, adding that “ everything was done to promote stability, peace and unity.”

Lalong’ said making Plateau State a rallying point for tolerance and inclusiveness would serve the state better in the long run, “than leading the people to embrace isolation.”

The Governor promised to remain open to fresh ideas and make adjustments where mistakes were made but that citizens should continue calling on God to lead him on the right path.

The Chaplain Reverend Father David Ajang’ who drew inspiration from the slogan ” think Plateau and act Plateau” said there were benefits’ or consequences’ of doing what is right or wrong.”

Citizens were urged to prepare and turn out for this year’s final version of the monthly prayer meeting in November.

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