- The Plateau state governor Simon Lalong has won an award for the governor with the most peaceful state in Nigeria
- The award was presented to the governor in Abuja on Thursday, July 13
- Governors from Abia, Enugu, Kaduna, Osun among others also won awards in different categories
Amid growing agitation, insurgency and insecurity in various regions in Nigeria, the Plateau state governor Simon Lalong on Thursday, July 13, bagged the Most Improved State In Peace and Security on his watch.
The presentation was made to the governor by Business Day as part of its 2017 States' Competitiveness and Good Governance award.
The award ceremony took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
Other states who that won various categories of awards include: Enugu and Edo state, Most Improved States in Urban and Rural Infrastructure; Osun state, Most Improved state in Tourism; Jigawa state, Most Improved state in Transparency in Government; Ebonyi state, Most Improved in Business, Health care Development and Housing and Kaduna state, the Most Improved state with the Ease of Doing Business.
Others include: Benue state that won the Most Improved state in Agriculture; Sokoto and Imo states for the Most Improved states in Educational Development; Ogun state, the Most Improved States in Housing development and Abia state, the Most Improved state in promoting made in Nigerian goods.
Speaking for all the governor of the various states that won the award, the Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje said the issue of good governance is a national one to be pursued in order to avoid a mockery of democracy.
Ganduje said such awards promotes competition among state which in turn leads to an increased sustainable democratic dividend.
"Competitiveness will increase in the area selected by Business Day which will move Nigeria forward," Ganduje said.
He added that: "Increased population should be seen as an asset in order not to become a liability."
The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo also called on all state governors to continue to strengthen their leadership in their various states towards sustainable development.
The Acting President represented by his special adviser on political matter Babafemi Ojudu said there is need for all public office holders to work harder to improve the lives of the electorates.
Ojudu said: "Let me add here that this is the reason the Federal Government would not relent in the fight against corruption. It is not a fight targeted at anybody; it is a fight against those who will use our commonwealth for self-enrichment."
"It is a fight against those who would, rather than deliver on dividends of democracy choose to deliver public funds into their personal pockets and by so doing worsen the pain of the people who voted them into power," Ojudu said.
He also assured that the All Progressives Congress administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari will continue to work with any state to ensure that development and good governance is delivered to the people.
He said: "Let me reiterate once again that the APC-led Federal Government will work with any State that chooses to commit resources to develop their States and deliver to their people the true and real dividends of democracy."
"I also share with the organizers of the Awards the need for transparency and accountability in governance. As leaders, we must be ready at all times to give account of the activities of our various tiers of Government," Ojudu added.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Plateau state government gave an order to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to shoot at all illegal miners in the state.
The state's shoot at sight order, NAIJ.com gathered, was based on the activities of illegal miners around Lamido Dam are in Plateau state.
Also, the NSCDC personnel were expected to be stationed around the dam to ensure that all illegal miners operating in the state do not have access to the area.
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