By: Valentine Adese and Ifeanyi Okonkwo
The Deputy Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yusuf Gagdi, has re-emphasized that not all policies of the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration led by Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong in Plateau state can be faulted.
He said there are policies been implemented by the state administration are directly or indirectly to the credit of the past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The Speaker, who doubles as the Chairman of the Conference of State Legislators in Nigeria, in a media interaction recently, said the administration of Governor Lalong has also taken some decisions which he supported out rightly.
According to Gagdi, “I supported the governor’s decision to take the current Central Bank loan, not only because of the low interest rate but because of the intent behind its utilization. Today, you can see that the projects of my party started by Sen. Jonah Jang, then as governor are receiving attention and some completed. To me, it is a plus to the PDP, my party.
“More so, the governor was able to use the funds from the loan to ease more traffic problems already causing untold hardship for the people in the state. See the flyover at the secretariat junction among others.
“Furthermore, I know it is wrong not to have democratically elected Chairmen at the Local Government Councils. That is a fact! But, when placed side by side the payment of salaries and other operational needs of the people and the poor economic situation the state and the country at large has found itself, the idea of not conducting elections now for that tier of government is supported by me.
“For emphasis, it cost a lot to conduct local government election in the state and these funds are not available hence, the Management Committees.
“My worry is that they are not performing up to expectations. The invitation of the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to the House this Thursday is for that purpose. We want an effective local government system that is also accountable.”