Plateau State, Simon Lalong says the State will soon hold a mega event to “celebrate” all those who started their careers in the State before hitting stardom.
The “Glorious Stars Event”, a special award ceremony, aims to project “the true and positive narrative that Plateau State has been known for,” Lalong said at the 2020 National Festival of Arts and Culture in Jos.
“Plateau State boasts of a rich history of producing global stars in virtually all fields of human endeavour including Sports, Entertainment, Performing Arts, Innovation, and the Movie Industry.
“Indeed, our State occupies a strategic and distinct position in the socio-political history of this country, having hosted other national historic events including NAFEST about 20 years ago,” said the Governor.
The event which he said earlier meant to hold this year, but was disrupted by Covid-19 will hold next year, with President Muhammadu Buhari among awardees.
President Buhari was Garrison Officer Commanding 3rd Armoured Division, Jos, in the late 70s, before he became Head of State in 1983.
Plateau State hosting the 2020 Festival of Arts and Culture, according to Lalong, is a confirmation of the restored public confidence in the State “with the Restoration of Peace”.
“Before we came into office, many were skeptical of coming to the State because of the crises that occurred.
“However, this has since changed as my administration embraced all stakeholders and initiated collective dialogue and constructive engagement to get to the root of the problem.
“With the support of all including the security agencies, we have succeeded in restoring substantial peace while mapping out strategies to deal with criminals,” he said.