Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State says his administration's prioritization of workers' salaries is responsible for the relative peace being enjoyed in the state.

Speaking at the new government House in Rayfield, Jos, Lalong said his administration will never joke with workers' salaries towards creating the enabling environment for investment to take place in the state.

A popular traffic warden in Jos, "Akuya" giving yellow
card to a misbehaving motorist: Credit, Masara Kim
Lalong who was receiving a group of entertainment stars and other stakeholders called the Ambassadors of Voice for Change in Nigeria (AVCIN) on a courtesy call said, "We inherited a state where people were owed salaries for up to 11 months. 

"How will there be no crisis in that kind of place? Everybody was hungry, and a hungry man is always an angry man.

"Hunger was eating even down to the grassroots but the moment we started paying salaries, peace returned back to Plateau.

"We are not joking with the issue of salaries and we are not joking with the opportunity to create the enabling environment for investors like you in your profession to come back to Plateau State," he said.

He said his administration has offered a structure to be used as a headquarters for Nollywood as a way of boosting tourism, assuring that crisis has been grounded in the state.

President of AVCIN who led the delegation, Mr. Clem Ohameze told the governor that the team was in the state in solidarity with his peace initiatives.

Mr. Clem, a veteran Nollywood actor said the team equally notes with delight the efforts of the government in paying salaries as and when due.

He said the group is organizing a nationwide anti-corruption, peace and unity tour to canvass support for the present administration at the federal level in its quest for lasting peace and corruption free Nigeria.

The team had held a two-day concert in the state capital involving top movie and music icons including Patience Ozokwo, Kanayo O Kanayo, Okon Calabar, Ice Prince, Classic, African China, Danfo Drivers and many others.

The group's next point of call is Kaduna where it hopes to hold the last phase of the tour for the northcentral region before moving to Gombe.