By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The governor of Plateau state Barrister Simon Lalong, has said his policies for the second term in office as governor will be strict, toward consolidating on his programmes.
Governor Lalong made the disclosure Wednesday night in Jos, at government house, when he held a town hall meeting with Plateau stakeholders and unveiled his programme and policies for the next four years.
“This shared vision, we hope to take this great opportunity in making more significant difference in effective delivery on our mandates and fulfilment of our promises.”
“We will Consolidate on the gains of security and peace building, by focusing on sustainable peaceful co-existence, equitable development.”
“We are resolved that the next four years will be devoted to consolidating on the gains we made and expanding on critical areas of development for the benefit of the people,” Governor Lalong stressed.
On the revenue generation, the governor said his first tenure step up internal revenue collection.
“We were able increase our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from N6.9billion per annum in 2015 to N12.7billion per annuum in 2018, almost 100% increase.”
The governor however said the revenue was not enough to meet demand of the state, “yet this level of IGR is grossly inadequate to meet what the Rescue administration needs to fund our recurrent and capital expenditure in the next 4 years.”
He stressed further that “we shall therefore re-invigorate our IGR machinery to ensure that we generate a minimum of N2.5biilion per month or N50billion per annuum in the next four years.”
The governor reveal that Plateau state government has prevailing economic challenges bedevilling it.
“Apart from the impending increase in public sector expenditure resulting from the implementation of the new minimum wage, there is the need to meet the expectations of our electorate who gave us the mandate, by executing the necessary projects and programs that will justify their trust in government. Without the necessary financial resources, these two key objectives will not be metmet.”
The governor expressed displeasure over indiscriminate dumping of refuses with the state capital, he said stringent measures shall be taken to stop such altitude.
“Government has observed that the current state of sanitation in our cities especially Jos cannot be tolerated. This is even more worrisome given that the State ranks very poorly in terms of Open Defecation in Nigeria.”
On agricultural development, the governor said special attention shall be given on cash crops.
“Secific terms, government will pay special attention to those crops that are unique to Plateau State in which we have competitive advantage like Apples, Coffee, Strawberries, Rose Flowers, Irish Potatoes, Acha.”
He also said government desire to fully harness the mining sector for economic development.
“We have set in motion machinery for working relationship between relevant State agencies and the Federal Ministry of Mines and Mining Development to ensure that mining activities in the State are effectively monitored and the interest of our people protected.”
The event was graced by Plateau stakeholders, including traditional rulers and Emirs, and too politicuans, second civilian governor of the old Plateau state, Sir Fedelis Tapgun was also present at the town hall meeting.