By DANLADI DUK
The Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum, Rt.Hon. Simon Bako Lalong recently received a galaxy of personalities from Abuja and other parts of the country.
First of all, was the number one citizen of this great country, Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
Prof. Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President was received by the people’s loving Governor of Plateau State, Barrister Simon Lalong who is also the Chairman, Northern States Governors’ Forum on arrival at the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Heipang, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.
On ground to give the Governor of Plateau State a helping hand to receive the VIP were the head of the legislative arm and Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Abok Nuhu Ayuba, Chief Judge, of the state Justice Yakubu Dakwak, Secretary to Government of Plateau State, Prof. Danladi Atu, Chief of Staff Government House, Hon. Noel Dongjur, the Head of Civil Service, Mr. Izam Atang Azi, mni, ALGON Chairman of the state, Hon. Ezekiel Vuelgap Papuet and members of the State Security Council with the representative of the Gbong Gwom Jos, HRH Miskoom Martin Shaldas 111.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo after the airport ceremony, proceeded to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru for the graduation of the Senior Executive Course 41 of the National Institute where he was receive by the Director General, NIPSS, Kuru, Prof. Habu Galadima, his management team and the chairman, AANI, fmr Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar.
The special guest at the 41 graduation ceremony of NIPSS presented certificates to the sixty six graduating SEC members and performed the groundbreaking ceremony of an accommodation sponsored by the Borno State Governor.
Governor Lalong again hosted the Progressive Governors Forum at the Banquet Hall, new Government House, Little Rayfield,Jos where dinner took place with the cultural troupes displayed.
The occasion recorded a large turn out including the following: Progressive Governors Forum Chairman, Governor Bagudu Atiku of Kebbi State, Governor Fayemi Kayode of Ekiti who is also Nigerian Governors Forum Chairman, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Sani Bello, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseke, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State.
The 3rd series of the forum witnessed the Federal Government and Progressive Governors Forum who also Parley on POLICY SYNERGY which was declared open by the Special Guest of Honour and the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha. He commended PGF for such a laudable initiative in bringing ideas and comparing notes from APC controlled states
In his message, the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole thanked the APC state governors for not disappointing the party and following its manifesto.
The National Chairman specially showers praises on Governor Simon Lalong for prompt payment of monthly salaries and other workers entitlements and maintaining the peace in the state.