From PALANG KASMI, Abuja
Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau Stat has appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in construction of federal roads in the state which include the Akwanga-Jos-Bauchi-Gombe road, Lafia-Namu-Shendam and Shendam-Yelwa-Ibi roads.
Others the Governor asked the Federal Government to construct are the Panyam-Bokkos-Wamba road, Lantang-Wase-Bashar-Taraba and Jos-Jengre-Kaduna roads.
Governor Lalong made the plea yesterday when he led a high powered delegation comprising of top government officials, traditional rulers, elders and policy makers from Plateau State on a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, at Aso Rock Villa, Abuja
The visit, according to Our Correspondent was to ask President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene on key infrastructural developments in the state, adding that the Governor told the President that the people of Plateau State came to appreciate him for the support his administration has given to the state since 2015.
He was accompanied by his wife, Regina Lalong, Deputy Governor, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Nuhu Abok Ayuba, other dignitaries and key stakeholders in the state.
THE NIGERIA STANDARD reports that apart from asking for the construction/rehabilitation of roads in the state, Governor Lalong also asked for appointment of more sons and daughters of the into federal agencies, especially the confirmation of some that are holding acting positions in FHA, Nigerian Agricultural Council (NARC), NEPZA and statutory bodies such as Federal Civil Service and Federal Character Commission.
The Governor also pleaded for the upgrading of the Institute for Geo-sciences into a Federal University of Mining as well as the establishment of a Federal Polytechnic in Plateau State.
“We are here to intimate you on the consolidation of peace on the Plateau as well as efforts to deal with criminals who are still bent on creating chaos despite the substantial return of peace to the State”, he disclosed.
The Governor disclosed to the President the implementation of his Legacy Projects such as schools, hospitals, Judicial Complex and roads that the “Rescue Administration” has embarked upon, many of which would soon be completed, saying the state would be honoured to have the President commission the projects as soon as they are completed.
“Mr. President, there is so much that is happening in the Economic Sector of Plateau State. With our efforts at improving the business environment, domestic and foreign investors are coming into the State to take advantage of our potentials in various sectors especially in Agriculture, Mining and Tourism, which are our areas of comparative advantage”.
“We are organizing an Economic and Investment Summit very soon where we hope to display the abundant and untapped opportunities in our State to the world. We shall be extending a formal invitation to you to grace the occasion. Tied to this summit is the Glorious Stars Event, which we are also hosting to showcase and bring together those prominent people that have been produced by Plateau State and have gone ahead to attain National and International Fame. Your Excellency, you are Number One Star of Plateau and we cannot wait to honour you at that event” the Governor said.
Responding, President Muhammadu Buhari affirmed his love for Plateau, recalling his years of military service in the state and the good relationship he continues to share with the state.
He promised to look into and address the requests presented by the Governor which he said were in line with the vision of his government to transform the infrastructure of the country and create jobs opportunities for the citizens.