By HILARY Y. KASMI
The Bwarat Traditional Council in Langtang-North Local Government area of Plateau State has “ expressed deep concern on the current situation of insecurity in Southern Plateau and Plateau State as a whole, which is characterized by communal clashes, armed banditry and kidnappings has worsened the security indices”
This was contained in a communiqué issued by the Traditional Council at the end of its special meeting held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the District Office, Re’ak, a copy of which was obtained by THE NIGERIA STANDARD in Jos, the Plateau State capital recently.
The Traditional Council decried the “continued living of affected people without food, shelter and acute shortage of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) essentials”, stress that it is “impacting adversely on the citizens’ health and safety”.
It however condemned “all attacks and exactions, from whoever they come from, against the civilian population and voiced its serious concern at the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation among agrarian Bwarat people living in Wase Local Government”.
“Council appreciated the Government of Plateau State and Security agencies on the roles they have been playing to proffer lasting solution on insecurity.
“Council calls on Government and Security agencies to expedite efforts towards eradicating insecurity and related matters in the entire State.
“Council calls on all Bwarat people living in Wase LGA to show utmost restraint and to refrain from any action that could further complicate the effort Government and Security agencies are putting in place to maintain peace and security.
“Council among other aspects put in place a Committee to ensure peace and order among agrarian Bwarat people living in Wase LGA. Council calls on State Emergency Management Agency to provide succor materials to affected people in Wase LGA”, the communiqué added.
The communiqué which was signed by the District Clerk, Mr. Kefas Galadima on behalf of the Bwarat Traditional Council however appreciated and commended Gov. Simon Bako Lalong for swearing in Hon. Ubandoma Joshua Laven as the Executive Chairman of Langtang-North Local Government Council.
“The Traditional Council applauded Mr. Governor for obeying the rule of law that will foster peace, security and good governance in Bwarat District, Langtang North LGA and Plateau State in general.
”Council also congratulated Hon. Ubandoma Joshua Laven and prayed that God should give him more wisdom and strength to pilot the affairs of the Local Government geared towards good governance. Council called on the Executive Chairman to work with Traditional leaders in order to ensure peace as well as safety of lives and properties”, the communiqué stated.
The Traditional Council and stakeholders in the area also expressed displeasure over “very low tax and revenue compliance rate in Bwarat District”, stressing that the payment of tax and revenue was no longer a legal compliance issue; but was about “morality and responsibility”, adding that “it is immoral for a person who failed to pay tax and revenue to seek for good governance from political authority”.
The Traditional Council and stakeholders in the district however called on eligible sons and daughters of “to pay their taxes and relevant revenues in a timely manner and seek for good governance from political authority”, just as it called on state and local government authorities “to develop strategies that will block revenue leakages”.
“Following the analysis conducted on continuous voters’ registration and collection of permanent voters’ card as well as citizens registration with National Identity Management Commission, Council observed the significant decline in civic responsibility among citizens in Bwarat District most especially the youths.
”Council called on citizens to respect constituted authorities at Local, State and Federal levels. Council unequivocally called on youths to improve participation in civic responsibility by obeying laws and orders, respect the rights, beliefs and opinion of others.
“Council insisted that participation in civic responsibility will sustain peace, security and good governance in Bwarat, Langtang North and Plateau State in general”, the communiqué added.