by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Attorney-General, Chrysanthus Ahmadu, has said that, the State Executive Council has approved a Draft Bill for the establishment of the Plateau State Investment Promotion Agency (PSIPA), which will merge the activities of the Plateau PPP Agency and the One Stop Investment Centre (OSIC).
He reiterated that, the Agency will not duplicate or conflict with the Plateau Investment and Property Development Company whose functions are to manage the existing investments of the State, while the PSIPA is to attract investors into the State and enable them expand their businesses.
Also, the Council approved a new contractor for the completion of the Lalong Legacy Projects, following the termination of the contract with the previous contractor.
This was one of the decisions taken at the end of the Executive Council Meeting held at the Council Chambers of the new Government House, Little Rayfield Jos, and presided over by Governor Simon Lalong.
Briefing newsmen after the Executive Council Meeting, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Mr. Kenneth Horlong, who stood-in for the Commissioner of Finance, said the new contractor, Messrs United Integrated Construction Company, was given the contract at the sum of 26.6 billion naira with a completion period of 32 weeks.
According to him, the projects, which include 9 primary schools, 6 secondary schools and 6 hospitals, are world standard and located across the 17 local government areas of the State.
He noted that, to ensure that the project is completed, according to specifications, three zonal consultants and a management consultant have been appointed to closely monitor the work.
Also, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Hosea Finangwai, said the State EXCO also approved the Plateau State Agricultural Policy and Implementation Plan 2022-2027 as well as a Draft Bill for the establishment of the Rural Access Roads Agency and State Road Fund and Board, respectively.
While the Commissioner for Education (Secondary), Mrs. Elizabeth Wapmuk, said, “The Gender and Equal Opportunity Commission Draft Bill approved by the Council will go a long way in boosting the fortunes of women, particularly the girl-child that needs opportunities for education, empowerment and employment.”
The Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Barnard Matur, said the completion of the legacy projects, which include many schools, will be very helpful in changing the narrative of the State and its citizens, adding that, the issue of security was also discussed with far-reaching actions to be taken to enhance safety of the citizens of the State.