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Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on Wednesday, said that the leadership crisis rocking the state House of Assembly is a fallout of autonomy which he granted the state legislature.

Speaking at a ceremony for the swearing-in of his 15 newly appointed Special Advisers which took place at the Rayfield Government House in Jos, the state capital, the Governor insisted that because the legislature is an independent and autonomous arm of government, they must be allowed to resolve their challenges and grow as an institution.

Lalong said, “I call on the good people of Plateau State to disregard all the misinformation and campaign of calumny targeted at the government and my person, over the recent events in the State House of Assembly. For us, this is the beauty of democracy and the dividends of autonomy which everyone knows that I fought for over many years, and also became the first Governor in Nigeria to implement.

“After all, the third arm of government, the Judiciary is there for anyone who feels aggrieved over happenings in the House to approach it for remedy. There is, therefore, no need for media propaganda, insults, threats and blackmail which unfortunately has been championed by some interested parties to gain political relevance.”

According to the Governor, the new appointees who were sworn in were those who played various roles at different times in not only ensuring that his administration came into office but also making sure it succeeds in building a peaceful and all-inclusive Plateau.

He, therefore, urged them to add impetus to governance and deliver quality services to the people.

Apart from the 15 Special Advisers who were sworn in, the Governor also appointed four other persons as honorary Special Advisers among who was Major General A.C. Agundu (Rtd), a former Commander of the Military Special Taskforce in the state, otherwise known as Operation Safe Haven. He was assigned the Intelligence portfolio.

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