By CELESTINE ATTSAR

THE Plateau State House of Assembly has passed a motion calling the state and the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency address the issue of the damage bridge that links Plateau State and Nasarawa State at Sabon Gida along Shendam Lafia road.

The motion which was brought before the House by Hon. Abubakar Mohammed and member representing Qua’an Pan South Constituency, said if the bridge is not repaired urgently it would cut the southern zone of Plateau State away from Nasarawa State.

He explained that the bridge is very important as it is the only route that connects the southern part of the Plateau State with the east and southern part of Nigeria.

While supporting the motion the member representing Shendam Constituency and that of Qua’an-Pan North Constituency, Hon. Livinus Kwapfuan and Eric Dakogol decried that most inhabitants of the southern zone of Plateau State are farmers and they need the road to transport their farm produce to other parts of the country.

Our Correspondent reports that the House also called on the state government to intensify the payment of gratuity and other entitlements of retired civil servants in the state.

This came as a motion on the floor of the House by the member representing Jos-South Constituency, Hon. Gwotson Fom.

According to him the retired citizens of the state were facing a lot of hardship due to non-payment of their retirement entitlements which has led to the untimely death of many of them.

While contributing, members of the House also urged the government to address the discrepancies reported by some retired civil servants on the grade placement of the pension.

Also on the floor of the House was a motion on urgent public importance on the epileptic power supply by Jos Electricity Distribution Company by the member representing Pankshin constituency, Hon. Philip Dasun.

While presenting the motion on adjournment, Hon. Dasun said that Pankshin town hardly gets electricity supply, but they were always confronted with estimated bills at the end of every months, which he lamented were very outrageous.

The House in its prayer called on JED to stop distributing electricity bills anywhere in the state that do not have a meter, even as it urged the government to check the activities of JED, saying they should strictly operate within the law that says “No meter no billing”.

 

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