Plateau state governor Caleb Mutfwang, in a statement on Monday, committed to revitalizing the state’s security framework, known as “Operation Rainbow”. This security initiative, implemented in 2010, was created to combat the state’s security issues.
Addressing the newly-formed Plateau State Elders Forum in Jos, Mutfwang declared his intention to fully operationalize Operation Rainbow, which is duly licensed by the Federal Government. His administration is actively collaborating with security agencies for the training of personnel.
The governor underscored the forum’s significance in promoting peaceful cohabitation in the state, acknowledging the elders as vital stakeholders in the Plateau project and a source of wisdom.
Mutfwang expressed his gratitude for the elders’ inputs, which he deemed essential to fulfilling the Plateau people’s expectations. He also ensured regular meetings with the elders, pledged to restore the Inter-religious Council, and encouraged constant dialogue with the Plateau Youth Council.
He urged the elders to foster unity in their respective domains to stimulate development. Mutfwang opened up about the pressing issues his administration inherited, including a ₦300 billion debt, outstanding salaries of ₦11 billion, and ongoing security challenges.
He revealed that Plateau had received ₦2 billion of the ₦5 billion fuel subsidy removal palliatives from the Federal Government, with 3,000 bags of rice already distributed to the state’s vulnerable. A committee has been established to propose innovative ways of utilizing the palliatives.
Mutfwang also articulated his plans to clean up local government administration, revamp the existing rail system, and launch direct flight operations between Jos and Abuja in collaboration with ValueJet Airline.
SOURCE: The Guardian
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