By Masara Kim

Nollywood Veteran actor and President, Ambassadors of Voice of Change in Nigeria (AVCN), Mr. Clem Ohameze says Gov. Simon Lalong's strides in peace and civil service advancement is what attracted the group to Plateau.

Mr. Ohameze told this platform that the group is in the state on its own arrangements, in solidarity with Lalong over his achievements.

The AVCN chief said, "Amongst the governors of all the states, his Excellency, Barr. Simon Lalong is the only man that is on a zero-salary payment level.

"What is key in we coming in solidarity with the government is his Excellency's ability to hit that zero salary payment level.

"It is very important to us and we are trying to encourage those who are doing well to go on and challenge those who are not to wake up.

"What comes to Plateau from FAAC is quite small compared to the oil producing states and yet these big states are still owing salaries.

"So if within the meager resources that he gets as allocation, he is still able to achieve this feat, then it is worthy of emulation."

Mr. Ohameze added that the group is pleased with the peace efforts of the state government and wants to encourage it.

"We want to tell the government that we appreciate the work that it has been doing and then ask the governor to go ahead.

"The people of Plateau to the best of our knowledge are behind him and we as Ambassadors of Voice of Change in Nigeria are also behind him.

"We are doing this in the light of the little research we did that reveals what he has done so far within his short tenure in office which has greatly impacted the IGR.

"If peace didn't return back to Plateau, investors wouldn't come back.

"Right now as wee speak, investors have returned back to the state hence the geometrical increase in the IGR of the state.

"It was dangling between N150-N300m a month and right now as we speak, the IGR stands at about N1.4bn."

The group, its Secretary General, Dr. Aminu Abubakar disclosed is a 'fully' registered nongovernmental, nonprofit organization set up to join government in the fight against corruption, crime and violence.

The group which has existed for nearly three years comprising movie and music entertainment stars and pressure groups among others, Dr. Abubakar said has held a mega anti corruption, peace and unity rally for the north central zone in Minna, Niger state but intends to replicate same in all other states of the region.

The team is expected to proceed to Kaduna from Jos for a similar event.

The Jos phase of the program which commenced Friday with a road show is expected to climax with a mega anti corruption, peace and unity concert at the Pollo Field, Jos.

A town hall meeting involving various stakeholders in community development, conflict resolution and among others, crime and drug abuse is expected to preceded that phase of the program.

Among the celebrities available for the event are Patience Ozokwo, Olu Jacobs, Ice Prince Panshak Zamani, Danfo Drivers, KC and a host of others.

The event is free and hopes to thrill thousands of participants with live musical performances, motivational talks and comedy.