Lalong Not Funding Peace Building Agency

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BY CHAMBERLAIN ODEY, JOS – The gubernatorial candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria, Alex Ladan, has carpeted Governor Simon Lalong over poor judgment and placement of priorities, as he accused the governor of poor funding of one of the state’s strategic outfits, the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA).
Speaking during elucidation of his gubernatorial manifesto at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Correspondents’ Chapel Political Forum, the ANN gubernatorial candidate regretted that after establishing a worthwhile, all-season intervention architecture as the PPBA to regulate the peace environment and crises signals in the state, Governor Lalong has just allowed the Agency “to be floating on its own”.
Insisting that he made the assertion on good authority and verifiable information, he said since the inception of the Agency, the Lalong government has not released up to N20 million to the Agency in spite of its elaborate and numerous programs and activities.
Mr Ladan promised that if elected, organizations such as the Peace Agency, Operation Rainbow, and the State’s agricultural training services will be strengthened and given adequate funding to meet the objectives for their establishment in maximum ratio.
Noting that a new and renewed Nigeria is possible, he promised also that the ANNP will guarantee a government that is responsive to the environmental challenges of the state, a government not that is sincere to the people, and is determined to harness the resources of the state to renew and upgrade public infrastructures such as public schools, hospitals, and develop human capital to respond to the development aspirations associated with societal growth.
Expressing the hope that he and his party will win the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state irrespective of Lalong’s repressive and punitive policies and tactics such as uprooting opponents’ bill boards and posters, Ladan said the people of plateau deserve a better life. He called on the INEC to be fair and just to all in the forthcoming general elections.

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