By PAULINE DALLONG
The Plateau State House of Assembly (PLHA), has made a passionate appeal to the Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, to come to the aid of some communities ravaged by heavy rain storm.
The appeal was made through a motion moved by Hon. Daniel Nanbol Listick, member representing Langtang North Central constituency at the House of Assembly.
Hon. Listick, who categorically made a case for his constituency, said Bwarak and Gazum districts were the most affected by the rain storm.
In his words: “As a representative of my people, I am very concerned about the recent havoc caused by heavy rain storm in some parts of Bwarak, Gazum and other districts where properties were destroyed”.
“The worst hit are Government Secondary School Gazum, the Area Court in Bwarak, including many houses and farm lands”.
Adding his voice on the issue, Hon. Saleh Shehu Yipmong, Deputy Speaker and member representing Dengi constituency, who seconded the motion, disclosed that some parts of Kanam were also affected by the rain storm.
While calling on well meaning citizens of Plateau State to render assistance to the affected communities, he blamed the emergency Relief agency in the state for not functioning as it should.
In his contribution, Hon. Philip Peter Dasun, member representing Pankshin North constituency said some communities in Pankshin were facing similar challenges as the rain some has rendered many homeless.
He called on FEMA and NEMA to come to the aid of these local governments affected by providing relief materials such as mattresses for the people.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Abok Nuhu Ayuba, in his prayer resolved that the Plateau State government should as a matter of urgency come to the aid of the affected communities, particularly in Langtang North, Kanam and Pankshin.
Ayuba also called on FEMA and NEMA to immediately, provide relief materials so as to cushion the effect of the disaster.
He however appealed for a committee to be set up to visit the affected areas in order to ascertain the level of damage and look at ways to proffer solutions.
… Demand justice for Rinji, Drenkat
Plateau State House of Assembly (PLHA), has called on the state government to ensure that justice is served concerning the recent brutal killings of Rinji Bala and Dr. Nandi Drenkat.
The deceased Dr Drenkat was a lecturer with the University of Jos while Bala, a student of the department of History and International Studies of the same institution.
The motion was jointly moved by Hon. Wallok Gomak and Hon. Daniel Naanlong, members representing Kanke and Mikang constituencies and seconded by Hon. Esther Simi Dusu, member representing Jos North West constituency.
It would be recalled that a Mobile Officer attached to the Operatuon SAFE HAVEN recently, shot and killed Rinji Peter Bala, a 300 level University of Jos student.
Already, the state governor, Simon Bako Lalong has ordered a probe into the killing of the deceased student.
“The state government should make the investigation public. He should also direct the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to take up the case and openly prosecute those involved, to restore the people’s confidence”.
Hon. Naanlong who sympathized with the Drenkat family, University of Jos and the entire people of Plateau, said the state has lost someone who was very passionate about his job as a teacher.
According to him, the death of Dr. Drenkat, who was shot and killed by kidnappers in his house calls for the need to reorganization of the state’s security apparatus which the House must champion.
At the end of the submissions, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Abok Ayuba, on behalf of the House resolved that the Plateau State government must carry out a speedy thorough investigation into the killing of Rinji Bala and include the PLHA as part of the investigation team.