By EZEKIEL DONTINNA
Sen. Ignatius Longjan representing Plateau South Senatorial Zone at the National Assembly has vowed to alongside other stakeholders in the state work towards ensuring that the deplorable states of the Lafia-Qua’an-Pan-Shendam, as well as the Shendam-Ibi roads are given attention by the Federal Government
Sen. Longjan who stated this at a parley with journalists in his Jos residence Wednesday, said “when I accepted to go in for the senatorial contest, one of the issues on my mind were those particular roads”, adding that those roads are the artery of commerce in his senatorial district.
It would be recalled that the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Jos, the Plateau State capital recently upheld the election of Sen. Longjan, as the tribunal, in a unanimous judgment read by its chairman, Justice Joy Nwoye, held that the petitioners, Kefas Dandam and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could not prove their case beyond reasonable doubt.
Longjang who lamented that “My senatorial zone is backward in so many things”, also assured that “I would work to provide the dividends of democracy to the people”, adding that “we would work to attract federal projects to our zone”.
“My coming out is to make sure my people in the southern zone get a little bid of the ‘national cake’, he said, affirming that, “my desire is to get a little bit of the cake for my people through legislation. And this is only possible by voicing out and by talking and of course by using the media to appeal and support us in our quest to make Plateau Southern Senatorial Zone better”.
He called on the senators from the affected states of Plateau, Nasarawa and Taraba to unite to ensure that the roads were given attention, saying, “Let us come together, the three senators from Taraba, the three senators from Plateau and the three senators from Nasarawa, which are those that their people are affected by the deplorable state of the roads”.
The lawmaker said he would not take for granted the decision of the people of his constituency who elected him in the 2019 elections to represent them at the Senate and vowed to provide quality legislation to the people of the zone.
He said he had devised a mechanism to ensure that the dividends of democracy were delivered to members of his constituency, affirming that “the decision of my people to elect me to represent them at the Red Chamber will never be taken for granted as I have devised a mechanism to implement my promises to them”.
while commenting on the recent xenophobic incidents in South Africa, Sen. Longjan condemned in strong terms the attacks on Nigerians and their businesses in South Africa , saying it betrayed the long-standing relationship between Nigeria and South Africa which according to him, was strengthened by the frontline role played by Nigeria in the apartheid struggle.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for taking the right step in ensuring the safety of Nigerians in South Africa, and however appealed to the Nigerian authorities to accommodate the returnees from South Africa.
While speaking on the rising cases of criminality across the country, Sen. Longjan blamed it on the gross unemployment and gullibility among Nigerians and the urge to get rich-quick syndrome among, especially the young people in the country.
The Senator said, “Unemployment is one major contributory factor to crime. You know, when you are young and there is no job, what next? Let me cause any havoc you know.
“When somebody is hungry, there is no way you can control such a person, but if he has taken enough food, even the food he ate will put him down to go to sleep. He will have no time to look for trouble. The truth is unemployment is really striking!”
He noted that “You can imagine the number of Universities producing graduates in this country, and when they graduated, there is nothing planned for them. So, the next thing is to go into these negative kinds of acts. You know, when you are confined to a hall, you will react even when the man is stronger than you.
“So, the rate of unemployment is really disturbing! And I am happy that Mr. President is trying, but it is something that is a gradual process.
“You know, unlike during our days as young people, the young ones now with this computer age, they are so versed and can sit down and create a situation to get money by all means, and this is terrible!, he enthused.
Meanwhile, the Senator has also promised to, together with Plateau stakeholders work towards ensuring that youths are engaged in one form of legitimate job or the other by supporting Governor Simon Bako Lalong in reducing the employment rate in the state and at the federal level.