From Jude Dangwam, Jos
The Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong, has urged friends, well wishers and associates to channel resources in fighting the ravaging COVID-19 disease rather than in celebrating his birthday.
Who marked his 57th Birthday Anniversary said he was thankful of the tremendous goodwill messages already conveyed to him directly and through other channels.
The NGF Chairman charged people of the state to mark their birthdays in a low-key, maintaining that he has been inundated with messages of felicitations from far and near on his birthday.
He said he was appreciative of the suppport of his family, friends, associates, the people of Plateau State and Nigerians who have impacted his life in one way or the other over the years.
Lalong said in the spirit of the season where the world and Plateau State in particular was waging war against a vicious enemy-COVID-19, he craved the understanding of all his family, friends, associates and well wishers to mark the day low-key in solemnity and prayers for God to intervene and stop the pandemic.
“Although my birthday evokes special feelings, I have decided that this year’s celebration be marked low key. It will make me more happy to see that we work together to defeat Coronavirus by breaking community transmission and adopting measures that make us all safer” he advised.
He also assured the people of Plateau State of his commitment more than ever in consolidating on peace and Infrastructural development as well as repositioning the economy of the State towards prosperity and diversification for the good of the people who have shown him immense support.
The Governor also appealed to citizens of the State to continue to support the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic by strictly observing guidelines relating to the lockdown and restriction of movement, social distancing, use of face masks, sanitizers and other hygiene measures as well as reporting any suspected case for prompt action.