Nigeria

Plateau governor addresses NESG on security

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, addressing stakeholders during a meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state, on Monday at Government House Jos.

Governor Simon Bako has informed the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) that Plateau State remains a very suitable business and investment hub in Nigeria.

According to Lalong, the government has vigorously addressed some of the major security challenges by tackling their root causes.

Governor Lalong stated this at a panel discussion on “Securing our Future: An Urgency for Now” at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja.

He hinted that even though the security challenges in Plateau State have not been completely eradicated, there is substantial peace that has been nurtured through the Peace Building Agency and the Inter-Religous Council in the last six years.

Lalong said most of the negative narratives about insecurity is exaggerated and also instigated by people from outside the State in collaboration with those within the State who want to make economic or political gains through violence.

He said the State has addressed major issues that border on religion, injustice and ethnicity which are usually the triggers or faultlines exploited during any misunderstanding by groups or individuals.

This he said has been done through dialogue, consultation and collaboration where threats to security are addressed before they reach violent dimensions.

Governor Lalong added that the State has faced headlong acts of criminality through support to security agencies with equipment and other logistics for better response to security demands.

He said Operation Rainbow has also stepped in to work with vigilante and other community watch groups to deal with the situation which has greatly improved.

Lalong use the event to advocate for a review of the revenue sharing formula and creation of State police which must accommodate adequate funding, checks and balances and a very strong mechanism against abuse.

This he said will enable the States to properly respond to security challenges as and when due.

Lalong cited the recently organised Local Government elections conducted peacefully in Plateau State as an example of the dividends of peace and security which is being consolidated upon.

Lalong advised other States to replicate the Peace Building Agency which has proven to be very useful in addressing conflicts because it is backed by law.

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