By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The governor of Plateau state Simon Lalong, has said the numerous number of uncompleted projects by his predecessors almost destabilize his first tenure in office.
The governor stated this Saturday in Shendam local government area of the state, at a memorial church service, held at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Shendam to honour his late uncle Miskoom Stephen Sule Nanbiet under whom he was raised.
Governor Lalong explained that his administration inherited so much decay that he had to address especially in school and hospital infrastructure which were dilapidated.
He said as governor, he could not sleep to see how workers and pensioners were in pain and anguish over unpaid salaries, gratuities and pensions, hence his decision to pay backlog and also recall over 2000 teachers that were sacked by immediate past administration.
Commenting on the controversy sounding his surname, (Sule) which his political rivals challenged him at the tribunal, the governor said the name (Sule) he bear was in line with the tradition of his ethnic group, the Gomai speaking people.
“My uncle (Miskoom Stephen Sule Nanbiet) took me ” Lalong” from my village where we had no school and brought me to Shendam where he enrolled me into school and by the grace of God I am Governor today. That is why I have always insisted that we should do good to all people and avoid divisive tendencies because we dont know what God can make of people at his own time”.
The governor used the opportunity to throw more light on the so-called controversy surrounding his names which is being canvassed at the election petition tribunal by candidate of the PDP over the last governorship elections.
“When my uncle (Late Miskoom Stephen Sule) asked my father to release me to him, my father told him that he has become your son, take him with you. Because of the kind of tradition of love and oneness that exists in our culture, all of us under him bore his name Sule because he registered us in school.
“It was when I finished school that my uncle said now that you are grown up and since you are the first male child of your father, you need to bear his name.
“That was when I did an affidavit to take on my family name of Bako. But unfortunately my opponents are making an issue of it even when the tribunal rejected their arguments,” Lalong explained.
The governor added that “your helper can come from anywhere and God can use anyone to make you great.”
Meanwhile, the Parish priest of the sacred heart cathedral Shendam, Rev. Fr. Hoomsuk Ahmadu had during his Sermon asked the Governor to continue paying attention to education and health just like the late Miskoom Stephen Sule did while he was alive.
This, he said, will be the the greatest honour that can be done to the late Miskoom Stephen Sule.