By PAULINE DALLONG
THE Plateau State House o Assembly (PLHA) has once again, called on the federal government to take decisive action against the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
In a matter of urgent public importance, member representing Pankshin South Constituency, Henry Longs moved a motion to that effect, and was seconded by Philip Dasun from Pankshin North.
This is coming on the heels of the abduction of some indigenes of Plateau State, amongst whom are students of the University of Maiduguri.
The member, said the Plateau State government must take an urgent stand on the activities of Boko Haram in the north-east, particularly on the recent abduction which resulted in the death of Ropvil Daciya Dalep in the guise of religion.
He said, the House must take a decisive action and issue a security alert on the Maiduguri, Yobe and Adamawa axis, which has now become the major operation rout for the sect members.
Hon. Longs also among other things wants government to look into the reasons for the abduction and killing of Rapvil to see that justice is done by bringing the killers to book.
He said as a matter of urgency, the Plateau State government must ensure that all students from the state schooling in Borno be brought back home, while the university of Jos must make it a priority in giving admissions to indigenes.
This also includes NYSC members serving in Borno State who should immediately be redeployed to other states. Indigenes of Plateau working in the federal civil service posted to Borno should also be returned to other states considered safe.
Seconding the motion, Philip Dasun condemned the act in totality, including the recent killings of many persons by those suspected to be herdsmen in Bokkos local government area of the state.
In his submission, the minority leader Peter Gyendeng advocated for alternative ways of enhancing the state security network, calling for the establishment of state and community policing.
According to him, “all security apparatus in the country must be restructured, community policing should be considered as a way out. Local vigilante groups and operation rainbow should be encouraged and funded adequately.
Members unanimously agreed that all citizens have the right to life, lives should be preserved and protected as nobody deserved to lose his or her life in such manner.
Speaker of the House, Abok Ayuba read the prayer and resolutions agreed by the house to include; government authorizing the deployment of troops along troubled spots to safeguard lives and property of all citizens.
Pay a visit to the Borno state government in order to find the way forward in the release of Miss Gyang, also abducted and still being held captive by Boko Haram.
He called on the clerk to produce a document which will be forwarded to the Plateau state government.
In another development, a motion was moved by the majority leader Peter Gyendeng, to address the need for Plateau state to benefit from the many opportunities such as interventions from the World Bank.
He said Plateau state medium term expenditure framework and feasible strategy document was an opportunity the state should take advantage of.
Member representing Langtang North, Daniel Listic in his submission, said the document will be very beneficial to the state as it will complement the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) status.
A call was made on the executive for timely and proper implementation of the document. Regarding the state debt profile, he said payment should be made the way it is captured in the document.
The motion was seconded by Henry Longs, the document was passed for proper implementation of the 2020 budget.