From Teryima Ajijah, Jos
Three commissioners appointed by the Simon Lalong led administration in Plateau State have resigned their appointments to enable them contest in the forthcoming October Local Government polls.
They tendered their resignation Wednesday, during the weekly State Executive Council meeting, presided by Governor Lalong.
They include Barr Zulfa Bitrus, Commissioner for Housing who is vying for the Chairman of Lantang North Local Government Area (LGA); Alhaji Dayyabu Garga, Commissioner for Urban Development contesting for the Chairmanship of Kanam LGA; and Kakmena Goteng, Commissioner for Higher Education, seeking to become Chairman of Pankshin LGA.
Briefing journalists shortly after the Exco meeting, Commissioner for Information, Dan Manjang said the Council held a valedictory session in honour of the three commissioners who have served the state meritoriously and assisted the Rescue Administration in delivering on its mandate to the people.
Manjang said Governor Lalong appreciated their services and wished them well in their political journey, praying that they emerge victorious and again deploy their vast experience in serving people at the grassroots.
The information commissioner said the governor approved that pending the appointment of new commissioners, some serving commissioners will oversee the running of the three ministries.
Commissioner for Environment, Mr Usman Idi will take charge of Urban Development while Commissioner for Secondary Education, Mrs Elizabeth Wapmuk handles affairs at the Higher Education Ministry. The Ministry of Housing will henceforth be supervised by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Jerry Werr.
While appreciating the governor for the opportunity to serve, the former commissioners collectively said they had a great opportunity to serve the state and contribute to the success of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration ably led by Governor Lalong.
They assured that they will continue to work for the success of the APC and also serve the people diligently when elected into office.