From JIDAUNA DARING, Shendam

Member representing Shendam constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly (PLHA), Hon. Livinus James Kwapfuan has assured the people of his constituency of continuous contribution and support, especially to the development of the constituency.

Hon. Kwapfuam stated this during a Town Hall Meeting organized by NEWSAN-Society for water and Sanitation for legislators and community members in Shendam, held at the MDGs Hall Shendam, last Thursday.

Our correspondent reports Town Hall meeting was funded by EU-Technical Assistance to civil society organization (TAC) project, supported by WaterAid Nigeria.

The lawmaker while giving the summary feedback of his last 6 months in office during the meeting promised to give members of his constituency the best in terms of development.

Hon. Kwapfuam told the community members that he has donated some hospital equipment to the Shendam General Hospital as part of his support to the hospital for effective service delivery.

He assured the people of his constituency that he would do everything possible to see that more doctors are added to the only one Doctor who always attend to the numerous patients who goes to the hospital for various ill-health to seek for medication.

The legislator equally promised to give adequate attention and priority to education, health and water among others, adding that there were better things that would still come to the people of his constituency.

The member representing Shendam/Mikang/Quan’Pan at the National Assemble, Hon. Komsol A. Longap who was represented by his legislative assistant, Mr. Charles Wumbuet had while giving a synopsis of his six months in office said that he has distributed fertilizers to the famers last year within his constituency and promised to lobby for more Federal projects that would come to the constituency.

Declaring that Town Hall meeting opened, the Chairman, Shendam Local Government Council (LGC), Hon. Miskoom Alex Naantuam who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Williams Titlong described the meeting as very important, timely and apt as it regards the issue of water and sanitation to the people of the locality.

Hon. Naantuam noted that the awareness meeting would further ensure good water supply and sanitation, adding that the LGC was making frantic efforts towards providing safe drinking water among other several social amenities to the people of the area.

On his part, Leader, Shendam LGC Legislative Arm, Hon, Marcilinus Thomas who was represented by the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Longmen Lutoe   commended the organizers for such a wonderful initiative, which he said would further enable them to get more information from the community members, especially on what they have done and what was also expected of them to do while in office.

Hon. Thomas affirmed that the issue of water has continued to remain a thing of serious concern to them as councilors in their respective wards but also promised to take up the issue of sanitation serious, so that their people can live a healthy life.

Earlier in his welcoming remarks, State Coordinator, Society for Water and Sanitation, Plateau State, Mr. Vings Lomak said the essence of the meeting was to build the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), community members and government institutions to better drive governance, especially in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene, adding that all stakeholders have been carried along in the meeting, urging the community members to follow up the discussion with the legislators.

Project Officer, EU-TAC Plateau State, Mr. Jephtha Daleng advised the electorates to refrain from going to the elected leaders to seek for personal help, but instead seek for projects that would benefit others.

SUNDAY STANDARD reports that the challenges raised from the community members were mostly on water and sanitation, roads, education and health among other issues.

Our correspondent also reports that the community members were drawn from traditional rulers, chairmen of Water Consumers Association, youth leaders, market women association, farmers association, CAN and JNI

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