By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos—The Northern Christian Elders Forum has called on Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, to be the unifying force and forge unity among the diverse ethnic groups in the state.
The advice came on a day a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State, Ado Katyen also urged the governor to intensify efforts at reducing the high level of poverty in the state.
Leader of the Forum, Dr. David Bamidele, who made the call in Jos last weekend, noted that Governor Lalong emerged as governor of Plateau at a time the state was in dire need of a leader that could provide leadership that will bring all warring groups in the state together.
He tasked Lalong to end politics of divide in the state within the four years of his administration and make the difference in his rescue mission on the Plateau.
Bamidele further advised the governor to “select team of technocrats and politicians that can deliver to make the list of his Commissioner nominees that will be sent to State House of Assembly for screening.’’
He said the people of Plateau state were in a hurry to catch up with the rest of economically viable states of the federation and needed a government that would do the magic.
“There is the need for Governor Lalong to get in touch with those in the grassroots and address this issue and if poverty is fully tackled, the state will be a better place,’’ Katyen said.