Sultan of Sokoto, Mohamed Sa’ad Abubakar

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has lauded Gov. Simon Lalong over the prevailing peace in Plateau.

The Sultan made the commendation on Monday at the opening of a four-day retreat for members of Sokoto State Executive Council, Permanent Secretaries and Directors-General holding in National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru.

“All of us are happy to see how peaceful Plateau has become after many years of hostilities.

“I want to commend the governor for his tireless efforts at restoring peace in the state.

The sultan said the retreat for top government functionaries from Sokoto State holding in NIPSS was a further testimony of the return of peace to the state.

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He urged the governor to keep up the good work, saying that there was no alternative to peace.

The sultan also commended Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State for organising the retreat aimed at improving quality leadership in the state.

He advised the government to include all the three arms of government and local government officials in its subsequent retreats.

Chief John Oyegun, National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in a keynote address said Nigerian economy was gradually moving out of recession.

Oyegun said: “our country is making steady progress from the battered economy that the APC led Federal Government inherited.

“In spite of the poor state of the economy, the fuel price also collapsed and that called for painful adjustments.

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“We are in the early stages of consolidating a new economic reality of shifting from total dependence on oil to other areas”, he said.

He lauded the Sokoto State governor for his efforts toward entrenching the positive change that the people of the state voted him for.

Tambuwal said the retreat, the second since he became governor, was for senior government officials to brainstorm and develop workable policies for the development of the state.

Tambuwal noted that the first retreat in December 2015 in Kaduna gave rise to the declaration of the state of emergency in education in Sokoto state to address anomalies in the sector.

He said that part of the state government’s desire was to invest in the agricultural sector as a nucleus of the state’s economy.

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The governor said his administration was collaborating with state agencies and the Federal Government to redirect the sector.

Lalong commended the Sokoto State Government for choosing Plateau for the retreat which he said would afford them the opportunity to attest to the fact that peace has returned.