By Christiana Gokyo, Jos
President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed and launched the Plateau Road Map to Peace and expressed the federal government’s commitment to support and assist the Peace Building Agency in its efforts to arrest vicious cycle of violence and lay the foundation for sustainable peace in the country.
He said, this has enabled him to see the developmental strides recorded by the State Government in the last three years under the able leadership of Governor Simon Bako Lalong.
The President was speaking during the launching of Peace Building Roadmap at Government House at Little Rayfield Jos, on Thursday, when he described the visit as a “home-coming for me” since part of his years in his military career was spent here as the GOC of the 3 Armoured Division Jos.
Mr President said it was from Jos that he was summoned to assume duty as the Head of State in January 1984.
He expressed happiness with the achievements recorded by the State Government in key sectors of the economy in the last three years, despite limited resources.
President Buhari noted how the Government has improved infrastructure, how it has been up-to-date in the payment of workers’ salaries and pensions and, above all, how it has restored peace in the state.
He observed that the achievements of the State Government in agriculture are quite laudable, and expressed gladness that the state government has fully keyed into the All Green Initiative and the Anchor Borrowers’ Scheme of the Federal Government, considering the strategic importance of agriculture to the nation’s development, which is commendable.
According to him, the state is committed to the African Development Bank-funded Potato Value Chain Support Project, which is targeted at wealth creation, employment generation and food security. Similarly, he said, the Federal Government is also committed to the success of this project in Plateau state.
He further commended the governor for approaching the completion of the ongoing projects he inherited, adding that, this has saved the state from waste and ‘white elephant’ projects.
President Buhari noted that the request for refund of funds expended on the rehabilitation of the Jos-Bukuru-Mararaba Jema’a Road, which is a Federal Road project and other interventions, has been noted, and assured that the Federal Government will expedite action towards the refund of verified claims by the Plateau State Government.
The President further assured of the Federal Government’s intervention in the construction of the Pankshin-Tapshin-Gambrar-Sara-Kai-Gindiri Road to Metropolitan Construction Company Ltd; adding, “Execution of TETFUND Projects, Bail-Out Funds; Paris Club Refunds and N-Power Scheme are part of Federal Government’s commitment towards improving the lives of people the state and in the country at large.”
On Federal appointments, he promised to look into, so as to reflect federal character in line with the Federal Government’s determination to address issues of marginalization in the spread of appointments and other privileges.
Accordingly, he said, “The genuine concern and request for dualization and construction of the road from Abuja to Jos and as gateway extending to the North East, given the economic viability and conveniences, will be put into consideration.