JOS – Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has praised the peaceful conduct of the Local Government elections held throughout his State last Saturday, describing it as a great achievement in the consolidation of peace on the Plateau which has been his topmost priority since assuming of office.
Governor Lalong stated this while receiving a delegation from the British High Commission Abuja on Governance and Stability led by Mrs Sophie Stevens.
Lalong told his guests that the LG elections was the most peaceful in the State in recent times going by the fact that most Local Government elections in the past have resulted to crises.
According to him, what transpired is a result of consistent work by the Peace Building Agency and other stakeholders which have laid the foundation for dialogue, engagement, early warning, and proactive crises management.
He said the State needs more support from the British Government in consolidating the gains so far as well as relocating displaced persons to their ancestral lands in order to address some of the issues that have remained outstanding in the peace and security of the State.
He also appreciated the British government delegation for investments in Plateau through education, health, Missions and business which have continued to grow and yield results.
He assured them that his Government will work closely with the team on areas that are very critical to the peace and security of the State and the economic progress of the Plateau.
” The High powered delegation are here to felicitate and to engage the state to seek relationship on priorities.” Lalong stressed
Earlier, leader of the delegation Mrs. Sophie appreciated Governor Lalong for receiving them, saying the relationship between Plateau State and UK is a long and fruitful one going by the historical antecedents of Plateau as a strategic State in the North Central.
She said they have recognised the role of Governor Lalong as a peace builder both as Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and the Nigeria Governors Forum at large.
She sympathised with the State over the recent attacks describing it as a setback which the Government has been able to address swiftly leading to the restoration of normalcy that led to the conduct of the LG elections.
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