From Christiana Gyoko, Jos
Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum has asked Nigerians to look forward to a great year 2022 with optimism and hope, as they prepare to make personal sacrifices and unite in supporting government address the critical issues militating against the peace, unity and progress of the nation.
In his new year message,he said the nation has a lot to thank God for having experienced highs and lows in many sectors, adding that, though there were many challenges, so much was equally achieved in many areas which affirmed the resilience of the Nigerians.
He said, with the determination and collaboration of the people, insecurity and unemployment which are major factors that threaten the future of the nation will be overcome.
According to him,Nigeria is tremendously blessed and endowed with not only natural resources, but good people who want to live in peace and pursue legitimate endeavours in peace, unity and tranquility.
” That is why we must all work together in the new year to confront those who want to take away the collective destiny of Nigerians through terrorism, banditry and other criminal activities.
“We must deny them such opportunity and also ensure that we put them to shame and we should do so believing that evil cannot triumph over good,” he said.
Governor Lalong explained further that, in 2022, his administration will continue with its Rescue Mission of developing human capital and physical infrastructure by completing those in progress as well as carrying out others which are coming on board, stressing that, this would ensure that the government fulfils its promises to the people.
Among others, the governor said his projects will be completed while work on the British-America flyover bridge will be carried out including other ongoing projects across the 17 local government areas of the state.
He urged the people to continue to work on building peace and maintaining law and order which is central to development.
While wishing Nigerians a prosperous 2022, Lalong admonished them to continue to love one another as they improve the culture of tolerance irrespective of their diversities.