By ISRAEL LAR

PARTICIPANTS at the retreat for members of the Plateau State Executive Council have been told to eschew laziness, negligence and outright disregard for government directives towards the development of the state in line with the three pillar policy of the “Rescue Administration” of the state.

Governor Simon Bako Lalong this charge yesterday at a 5-day retreat for members of the state executive council holding at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru Jos.

He told them to be committed and diligent with accountability as well as sacrifice their quality time so that the administration would meet up to the yearnings and aspirations of the Plateau people.

Lalong urged them to participate fully in the discussions during the retreat which has many topics that have been lined up to equip them with the tools needed for better service to the people of the state, so that they would be armed with the administration’s policy thrust.

“It is also my hope that when this retreat is over, the issue of sustaining peace and security on the Plateau would have been exhaustively dealt with, you should prepare to continue to give the right kind of leadership to the entire workforce”, said, adding that as a government, they cannot afford to waste valuable time and resources, nor condone the culture of waste that denies the people good life.

Governor Lalong hoped the retreat, would not only take a look at the state economy, but should discuss plans to reposition the state in line with the economic rebirth vision of the “Rescue Administration”, saying “your coming on board needs a high level of synergy, collaboration and cooperation as you work together to harness the resources of the state towards delivering good governance throughout the period of your service to the people of the state.

Earlier, the secretary to the Government of the State, Prof. Danladi  Abok Atu while welcoming participants to the retreat, he urged them to reshape and focus their thoughts, attitudes and values for the great task of making positive history of restoring the glory and dignity of the state as encapsulated in the policy document of the administration.

“The task before us during this policy retreat therefore is not only just to listen to sound presentation by eminent scholars, administrators and policy makers, but to create a serene environment for reflections discussions and peer reviews”, he emphasized.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Ayuba Abok said, people of integrity have been brought in to see to the progress of the state, stressing that the retreat was aimed at making the state move forward in all its ramifications.

He urged ministries, departments and agencies to bring to bear what they learn from the retreat so that paper works in those organizations would move forward, adding that House would always cooperate with the government to move the state to the next level.

Our Correspondent reports that good will messages came from the Gbong Gwom Jos. Da Jacob Gyang Buba, the  Director General of National Institute of policy and Strategic Policy, NIPSS, Prof. Habu Galadima and the Plateau State, Chief Judge, Justice Yakubu Gyang Dakwak.

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