by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – A Member representing Barkin Ladi Federal Constituency, Hon. Simon Mwadkwon, has called for the establishment of a Mobile Police Barrack in Gashish, as a matter of urgency, saying, “This is to give my people a sense of belonging, considering that protection of lives and property of citizens is one of the primary responsibilities of government.”
He also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to redeem the two-year-old pledge he made to the people and government of Plateau state.
Hon Simon Mwadkwon made the call in a chat with newsmen in Jos at his residence recently, while recalling that the President made the call during his visit in March, 2018, to release the sum of N10 billion for the resettlement and rehabilitation of victims of attacks by gunmen in the state.
According to him, “The President also promised to establish a Mobile Police Barrack in Gashish Village in Barkin Ladi local government as a measure to bring security closer to the vulnerable people of my constituency.”
Hon. Mwadkwon further recalled that, the Federal Government also promised to return lands forcefully confiscated by some cattle breeders to their original owners.
He expressed concern, saying, “It has been over two years now and nothing has been done or redeemed. The call has become necessary, as the victims of crises in whose interest the pledges were made have waited for two years for relief package.
“The people remained unsecured as evident in the recent murder of a monarch in my constituency. It is an irony that victims of insurgency in my constituency are allowed to bear the agony of insurgency.
But the Reps Member vehemently expressed disappointment over how government is handling the insurgents who are being treated as kings by the federal government, which has trained and rehabilitated the killers and enrolled them into the army, police and federal civil service of their choice, while victims of the crisis are still homeless.
He expressed as disgust the deplorable situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in his consistency are passing through – with excruciating pains, anguish and sorrow in the makeshift camps where the aged women and children wail daily in hardship and hunger.
“Right now, the IDPs are suffering; none has been relocated to their ancestral homes as said by the APC government in the state,” Mwadkwon noted.
Speaking on the forthcoming Southern Senatorial election, the Reps Member asserted that, “The All Progressives Congress (APC) office in the state has been taken over by weeds and rodents because the people of the state have rejected the party.
“For many years, nothing has been happening in the APC office in Jos. This is a clear signal that people of the state are no longer interested in the party.
While lamenting on the inability of the state government to conduct elections in 4 local governments in the state, he equally described the act of appointing Management Committee Chairmen in these LGAs as illegal.
He urged Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, to conduct local government elections in the four local government areas where the polls were not conducted.
The Plateau State Independent National Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) had conducted local government elections in 13 of the 17 LGAs in the state on October 10, 2018, but suspended the polls in Jos South, Jos North, Riyom, Barkin-Ladi, and Berom ethnic enclaves, due to insecurity.
Hon. Dr Mwadkwon, however, noted that the silence from government on the conduct of the elections in those local government areas has left them with the impression that the present administration has taken a deliberate decision to marginalize people in the affected areas, based on reason(s) best known to it.