From Teryima Ajijah, Jos
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has tasked the Nigerian Ambassador-designate to the Russian Federation with concurrent accreditation to Belarus, Prof. Abdullahi Yibaikwal to do his best in not only enhancing relations between Nigeria and his countries of posting, but also attract investment in areas of comparative advantage to the country and Plateau State.
Governor Lalong spoke when he received a delegation at the Government House from the council area the ambassador designate hails from in Kanam Local Government, led by the Emir of Kanam, Alh. Muhammadu Muazu Muhammadu (II).
Governor Lalong said Plateau State was proud to have an experienced scholar and technocrat such as Prof. Yibaikwal. He said: “I have no doubt that you will make us proud because of your pedigree and experience. You have shown your worth in the past and that is why they have given you this huge assignment to represent the country in one of the super power nations. We hope you will not only bring investment to Nigeria, but also to Plateau State because of the potentials we have. We will be praying for you to succeed.”
Earlier, Emir of Kanam, said they decided to come and show appreciation to Governor Lalong for his commitment to equity and fairness in facilitating the appointment of sons and daughters of the area into state and federal institutions. He pledged the continued support of the people for the success of the Lalong led administration at all times.
Prof. Yibaikwal, in a remark said he was humbled by the confidence reposed in him by the governor for nominating him and the President for considering him worthy of the appointment. He assured that he will not let the nation and Plateau State down as he was going to encourage investment into Nigeria from Russia and also pursue exchanges in areas of technology, security and mineral development.