Lalong Slams Commissioners For Extortion

Yakubu Busari, Jos


Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State yesterday slammed some of his Commissioners and accused them of extortion.

The governor who blasted three Commissioners of Land and Survey, Urban Development and Regional Planning for their inability to discharge their duties effectively, said their inaction has exposed his administration’s inadequacy to live up to its responsibilities of providing the social needs of his campaign promises to the people

After expression dissatisfaction with their performance he said they were incompetent in keying into the rescue mission of the local APC manifesto, he verbally issued them with his query, which takes effect Wednesday.

The Governor opened up the chapter of lamentations at a public function where Plateau stakeholders accused him of not picking their calls or respond to their report about the poor development stride of his administration.

The Governor publicly  told his commissioners that “my query goes to all the ministries including Jos metropolitans Development Board (JMDB),Plateau state  Environmental Public  Service Agency (,PEPSA) , for abandoning hips of refuge dumped literary across the state capital .

According to him, the Commissioner for Land and Survey, Festu Fontier, Abbas Abdullahi of Environment and Bulus Bot of Urban Development had assured him me that money released to their ministries would help in increasing the revenue profiles of the  state yet four years down the line the state revenue had continued to dwindle. This action, according to him amounted to extortion.

Lalong complained that his administration had bought two potholes filling machines for the rehabilitation of roads within the state capital and expressed regret that two ministries were fighting over whose ministry should take charge.

“My commissioners are playing politics machines, which I purchased for the construction and rehabilitation of road. I know that they always organize programmes of this kind to invite me just for them to please me. It is very sad that all this is not reflecting in the lives of Plateau state citizens”