Nigeria’s President, Buhari
By Raymond Gukas, Jos
Plans are underway to get President Muhammadu Buhari to commission the first ever Trauma Hospital in Plateau State, the Governor, Simon Lalong, has disclosed.
Speaking while insisting the state-of-art hospital in Riyom Local Government Area of the state, he added that other Legacy Projects within the state are to be commissioned in the year as a formal invitation will soon be extended to the president for this purpose.
The Governor Simon, who was inspecting completion of work on the Trauma Hospital that was started by Governor Joshua Dariye administration, decried the past administration of Jonah Jang that abandoned it.
He further regretted that the project was abandoned for many years despite the serious need for such medical facility in the area and said his administration decided to complete the hospital and equip it because of the resolve to ensure that government resources are not wasted and the health challenges of the people are addressed.
According to him, “the hospital which has virtually been completed will make life easy for people in this area, and with the state-of-the art equipment we have invested here, patients from far areas will be referred here when it is open to the public.
“It is unfortunate that the last administration for reasons best known to it decided to ignore this very important project, making people to travel far distances for secondary medical care. This will change that now”, he stressed.
Member representing Ryom Constituency in the Plateau House of Assembly Timothy Dantong praised Governor Lalong for paying attention to the completion of the Hospital and other projects irrespective of political considerations.
“The Governor has demonstrated that he is a true leader whose main focus is development and the wellbeing of the people. We believe you when you say that the time for politics has passed and it is time for governance.
“You are matching your words with action and our people are very grateful and will continue to support you” he said.
Chairman of Ryom Local Government Mafeng Gwallson who also spoke about the projects cited in the local government described the Lalong Administration as one that is fair, equitable and kind to the people of his local government.
The Governor also inspected ongoing work at the Government Secondary School Ryom, which is one of the Legacy Projects being undertaken in the state.
He was delighted that the work has gone far and urged the contractor to increase the tempo so that work the work will be finished on record time considering that the State is already preparing to seek President Buhari’s consent to commission the projects when completed.
He received assurances that the work will be completed on record time and with the highest quality.
Lalong also addressed students of the school and admonished them to pay attention to their studies as the government decided to remodel the school to turn around the learning environment in line with the new attempt to make sure students acquire skills and entrepreneurial education for productivity.
“I am preparing you for greater challenges ahead. I am determined to give you the relevant knowledge so that you can stand out when you leave this place for higher laurels in and outside Nigeria. All you need to do is to remain focused because lazy and uninterested students will not enjoy what we are putting here. It is for the serious minded” the governor said.
Community leaders also appealed to the Governor to look at the Plateau School of Home Economics located in the Local Government that has been neglected.