Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, has said his administration would do its best to clear the backlog of N20 billon pension it inherited from his predecessor.
He stated this during a ceremony organised by the Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
The ceremony on Tuesday in Jos was to celebrate the party’s recent victory at the State’s Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.
The tribunal on September 22 dismissed the petition by the All Progressives Congress challenging the election of Mutfwang as the duly elected governor of Plateau State.
The governor said that his administration was committed to the wellbeing of the people of Plateau State.
Muftwang said, “We will do our best to restore Plateau to its place of wealth and clear many backlogs.
“Just pension that we met on ground is more than N20 billion.
“These are people’s rights but we will do our best to address the situation.”
He appealed to teachers in the state to be patient with his administration as it seeks ways of settling their two months inherited salary arrears.
He said investigations on their non payment would be conducted and all those found involved in the illegality would be made to return the funds.
The governor also said that his administration would retrieve government’s vehicles and other properties carted away by the past administration for use.
He said that his administration was determined to improve the welfare of Plateau people and has already procured more than 200 trucks of fertilisers as part of its palliatives to boost food production across its 17 local government areas.
He said that his victory at the tribunal was a demonstration that God wants the PDP to govern Plateau and assured the citizens that he would restore the state to its past glory.
“By the grace of God I won’t put you all to Shame,” he said.
Mutfwang thanked party leaders and elders particularly the former Governor of Plateau, Senator Jonah Jang, for their support and resilience during their period of uncertainty of the results.
According to the governor, the judiciary demonstrated fairness and justice in tandem with the law, and thanked them for being upright.
He also thanked President Bola Tinubu for allowing the judiciary to perform their duties without interference.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the PDP in Plateau, Chris Hassan, thanked party supporters for their support during the governorship election tribunal.
Represented by the Deputy Chairman, retired Captain Bitrus Goleng, the chairman urged the party members to support the Mutfwang-led administration.
Hassan expressed the hope that the party would win their appeals in other judgements they lost at the elections tribunals.