From PALANG KATE KASMI, Shendam/Quan-Pan/Mikang
Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong in continuation of the inspection of his ongoing projects in the state last week embark on a two-day tour of his Legacy Projects in the Southern Senatorial Zone of the state.
Our Correspondent reports that the Governor in company of his wife, Mrs. Regina Lalong, his Deputy, Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden, the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Abok Ayuba and other top government functionaries used the visit to issue a stern warning to contractors to ensure that quality work is done and completion period adhered to.
Governor Lalong who began the tour with the inspection of the Baab-Kurgwi Road under construction in Quan Pan Local Area expressed satisfaction on the level of work and urged the contractors to sustain the tempo.
He later visited the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) Kurgwi where he inspected the Legacy Projects going on in the institution.
The Governor was briefed by the site Engineer who explained that the work had reached 60 percent completion and would have gone far if not for some delays occasioned by land dispute.
The Governor frowned at the delay and immediately directed the Local Government Chairman and member of the State House of Assembly to ensure that the dispute is resolved immediately.
SUNDAY STANDARD reports that Gov. Lalong also inspected the ongoing Demshin road project in Shendam local government area as well as the Kalong Bridge, also in Shendam local government, amidst a rousing welcome by a large crowd who said the construction of the bridge would reduce their hardships, lamenting that they had suffered lack of access to markets to transport their farm produce and also link up with other communities around them.
Meanwhile, Gov. Lalong later performed the coronation ceremonies of three Chiefs in Shendam, to include the Long Dorok, Long Jaktoe and Long Derteng where he charged them to use their positions for peace, development and mutual coexistence.
“I have repeatedly emphasized the need for traditional rulers to be alert to their duties of preserving the culture and traditions of the people and also sensitizing them to live in peace with one another. When there is crime in your domains, you must work with your people and expose the criminals. If you don’t, I will hold you responsible and ensure that you are investigated. That is the kind of thing I directed about the killings in Bokkos where to my dismay, nobody was arrested despite the murder of people. This cannot be allowed”, the Governor remarked..
Our Correspondent reports that the new Chiefs all expressed joy over their coronation and promised to do their best in assisting the State Government fulfill its responsibilities to the people.
SUNDAY STANDARD reports that the Governor was also at Tunkus, headquarters of Mikang local government area of the state last Friday, where he urged the newly upgraded chiefs in the council area to embrace an all inclusive administration in their various Chiefdoms.
“I admonish you to be proactive and carry your people along, irrespective of their peculiarities of tribe, religion, gender or any other affiliation, he said.
The Governor said he was counting on the upgraded chiefs to assist in promoting and maintain peace their various communities and to cooperate with security agencies to fish out criminals who are bent on impeding peaceful coexistence in their domain.
He said, “You should equally sensitize your subjects on various government programmes and projects that are meant to their benefit.
“We cannot afford to spend resources that are not benefiting the people simply because they are not aware of how to key into them”.
Gov. Lalong said the traditional leaders should also discharge their duties with honesty and wisdom, while upholding the traditional institution as key to the survival of culture and peaceful coexistence.
Earlier in his remark, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Sylvanus Tapgun, urged the people of Mikang to support the upgraded chiefs to ensure security and holistic development in the area.
Speaking on behalf of the upgraded chiefs, the Mwo Youm, Mr. Joseph Dabup thanked the Governor for keeping his campaign promises of creating more chiefdoms and upgrading some, as well as restoring some chiefdoms that were wrongly abolished by past administrations in the state.
He said they would discharge their duties diligently, while expressing gratitude for the opportunity to serve.
Our Correspondent reports that the Mwo Youm, Mr. Joseph Dabup was upgraded to a Second Class Chief, the Long Piapung, Mr. Eugene Nashel to Third Class Chief, just as the Long Koenoem, Mr. Lazarus Kwamnaan was upgraded to Third Class status.