by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, has received nominees of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru (for Senior Executive Course 44) at the Government House, Rayfield Jos, with a charge for them to use the period of study to advance solutions in improving Local Government administration in Nigeria.
The governor told the nominees that they are coming to Plateau State at a time when the State is enjoying greater peace and stability as well as an increase in visitors and investors.
He said “The theme of this year’s Course, which is ‘Strengthening Local Governance in Nigeria: Challenges, Options and Opportunities,’ is very apt because the Local Government system in Nigeria has been dwindling due to many issues.”
He explained that, this was why he was among the few governors to grant full autonomy to the Local Governments in Nigeria after series of engagements with stakeholders.
He emphasized the importance of taking back governance to the people at the grassroots through strengthening the tier of Government that has the closest proximity to them.
The governor assured the nominees that the Government of Plateau State will continue to do everything possible to make their stay at the institute very comfortable, urging them to use the opportunity to discover the true Plateau State that is reputed for Peace, Tourism and Hospitality.
Acting Director-General of the Institute, retired Brig-Gen. Chukwuemeka Udaya, thanked the governor for his constant support to the Institute and his participation in its engagements.
He said Governor Lalong has worked hard to restore peace to Plateau State, which has made NIPSS Course participants very comfortable and eager to come to the State, unlike in years past.
Brig-Gen. Udaya pointed out, saying, “So far, 41 nominees have indicated interest in taking part in golf as an extracurricular activity because of the support and passion that Governor Lalong has demonstrated in developing the sport in the State and Nigeria as a whole.”