By M. Peter – Jos

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, marked his 57th birthday on Tuesday 5th May, 2020.

Lalong also urged all his family members and friends to desist from any fanfare but observe the day low key in the spirit of the season where the world is battling with the deadly COVID-19 disease.

A message on Tuesday by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Makut Macham said, “Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong says he is grateful to God for grace, favour, good health and divine wisdom as he marks 57 years, Tuesday, 5th May 2020.”

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The Governor however stated in the spirit of the season where the world and Plateau State in particular is waging war against a vicious enemy-COVID-19, he craves 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.

His words, “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 Corona Virus by breaking community transmission and adopting measures that make us all safer.”

He appealed to citizens of Plateau State to “continue to support the fight against the Corona Virus 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.”

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The Governor therefore asked his friends, well wishers and associates to channel resources to fighting COVID-19, rather than in celebrating his birthday, saying he appreciates the tremendous goodwill they have already conveyed to him directly and through other channels.

Lalong assured the people of Plateau State that he remains more committed than ever in consolidating peace and Infrastructural development and repositioning the economy of the State towards prosperity and diversification for the good of the people who have shown him immense support.