Teryima Andrew, Jos
Most government appointees of governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state are said to be gripping with fears, as the governor is threatening sack any government official who fail to perform ultimately in accordance with his policies and programmes.
It is on record that the governor was visibly not happy with the way and manner funds allotted, approved and released for the upgrading of sporting facilities at the Lamingo golf club were spent, the governor warned that, henceforth, any government appointee who fail to live up to expectation shall be shown the way out.
A source, close the governor, told our correspondent that the governor might soon reshuffle his cabinet before the end of second quarter of the year.
It will be recalled also that, Mr. Lalong had last month while singing into law the 2017 budget gave a similar warning to government appointees and civil servants who have been alleged to have been trapping government funds for person use to desist or face sanctions.
The governor revealed that he was aware of every peny that enters government coffers, but some funds are been diverted to individual pockets.
Following the development, the opposition political party the People’s Democratic Party PDP in the state had a day after governor Lalong, presented his two years score card as part of activities to mark his second year in office, PDP alleged that Lalong through his appointees paid fully for projects not executed.
According to the PDP chairman in the state, Damishi Sango, the administration of Lalong allegedly spent the sum of 1.280 billion through direct labour to re-carpet grass at the Rwang-Pam township stadium, but no single grass was planted a the stadium till the time of the press conference held 30th May 2017.
“1.280 billion was also spent by this government through direct labour just to re-carpet the Rwang-Pam stadium.” 1.8 billion is budgeted by government to renovate the branded new government house built by the PDP government.” Mr. Damishi Sango alleges.
According to our source, another reason for the eminent cabinet reshuffment, is that some commissioners were allegedly assigned ministries that do not conform with their career and areas of discipline, and has to be reshuffled for better productive, as a means of meeting the yearning of the citizens.
Apart from alleged dismal performce of most commissioners, advisers, special assistants and other government appointees, the death of the former commissioner for Urban Development, Mr. Samuel Galadima, who slumped and died on the field recently during a forthnight physical excise initiated by the Lalong administration for state executives members, has created vacuum which is awaiting to be filled.