By EZEKIEL DONTINNA
SENATOR Ignatius Datong Longjan, has promised to pursue the reconstruction of Lafia – Quan-Pan – Shendam to Taraba Sate road that was constructed by General Yakubu Gowon’s regime and even since, has been there with touch to help cushion hardship or road accidents being experienced.
This, he said, would be pursued with seriousness in collaboration with his colleagues from Nasarawa, Plateau and Taraba States, both from the Red and Green chambers of the National Assembly, because the road has been long over due and causing havoc.
The Senator who is representing Plateau South in the National Assembly, made the promise shortly after his victory at the court of Appeal sitting in Jos, the Plateau State Capital, where his opponent from the PDP, Kefas Lar challenged him at the lower court and later dragged him to the high court recently.
He said, “I have a lot of things in mind particularly projects and youth, empowerment. These are some of the priorities and to pursue the road from Lafia through Shendam to Ibi in Taraba State which is a Federal road that affects three states. I have already made consultation with my colleagues from Nasarawa, Taraba and Plateau States so that we can make a very strong case for this very important road.
“If you recalled, the road was constructed by General Gowon in the early 70s shortly after the war and the road is completely dead and it is attracting armed robbers and Kidnappers. So, it is my priority and we are going do something about it for the Federal Government to dualise this road for us.
“In addition to that, I will also focus on the youth empowerment. I am concerned about youth unemployment which is a very serious problem. Too many youth are without employment”.
While commenting the women for the support given to him during electioneering period, Longjan, said, he has put in place plans to touch their lives.
He also promised to use his office as members of Senate Committee on Power to solve the electricity problem in the Southern Zone.
Earlier, his Director General of Campaign Maimako Bello Kwanwat expressed confidence that Senator Longjan would deliver the dividends of democracy to his people regardless of political affiliations because he is a caring father and believed that he would move the zone and called on his opponent to join hands with the Senator to move Plateau-South and the state forward.
On his part, Hon. Victor Lapang, the Plateau State Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, congratulated the Senator and called on the PDP to support him to build a better Plateau saying, “we at the executive are working towards the issues of road, electricity and security. We are liaising with Senators, House of Representative Member and Local Government Chairmen to put a lasting solution to these problems that have persevered over time”.