By PALANG KASMI
The Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon Simon Bako Lalong has pledged to finish uncompleted projects initiated by his predecessors.
He made the disclosure while inspecting his legacy and other projects at Riyom Local Government Area, of Plateau State, Wednesday.
Under the Governors Legacy projects, there are 6 Model secondary schools, 6 hospitals, and 8 model primary schools, under construction and spread across the LGA’s of the state.
While inspecting ongoing work at the Model Secondary School, Riyom, the governor who expressed satisfaction with the level of work charged the contractors to put more grease to their elbows to meet the deadline.
The Governor, who equally spearheaded the renovation and equipping of the Riyom Trauma Hospital which was initiated in 2005, by the former Governor Joshua Dariye led administration in the state said he would complete projects initiated by his predecessors no matter how long they have been abandoned by past administrations.
“I was a government after others but they didn’t complete some of these projects. But I will not allow them to waste because government is about continuity. I will complete the projects started by my predecessors”, Lalong said.
The hospital, which has already been completed with equipment installed in the wards, delivery room and theatre among others, is ready for commissioning.
Governor Lalong who used the occasion to applaud the three arms of government in the state for their support which resulted to the success of the project, said the ability to execute the projects in Riyom was also because the people have decided to embrace peaceful coexistence and his desire to meet the health and education needs of the people.
He said “I have seen some equipment in the hospital that are up to date, with the latest facilities. And I have seen the structures at the model secondary school. All these are possible because I have asked the people of Riyom to guarantee peace and embrace each other because without peace, there cannot be any meaningful development. And today, we are ensuring that there is a well-equipped hospital and world standard secondary school to meet the health and education needs of the people”.
The Managing Director Bleneson Services Nigeria Limited, the contractor handling the projects, Engr Lawson Ngoa, while assuring the Governor of completing the work on schedule said by the end of May 2020, the first phase of the projects would be commissioned.
“The projects in Riyom, Bukuru, Jos East, Lamingo, Dengi, Kurgwi and Yelwa are under the first phase and they will be completed by the end of May 2020. However, the other projects will be running concurrently and will be completed in the second and third phases”, Engr. Ngoa assured.
While speaking at the forum, member representing Riyom Constituency at the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Dantong commended the governor for bringing the dividends of democracy to the area.
“By giving us the best hospital in the state, the Governor has proven to us that he is for development not for politics. The Governor through his actions has given us the dividends of democracy based on the people’s needs and has not shown discrimination based on voter support”, Dantong noted.
He however called on the government to rehabilitate the School of Home Economics in Riyom, which is presently in a dilapidated condition.