By Taye Obateru
JosÂ – Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has directed council chairmen in the state to concentrate on projects that can transform the life of rural dwellers, expressing worry at the slow pace of development of rural areas.
Specifically, the governor wants the N7.4 billion Paris Club debt relief meant for councils in the state spent on development projects and not diverted to other uses like payment of salary or overheads.
He gave the directive while swearing in the new Chairman of Bokkos Local Government Area, Mr. Iliya Amagon who was last week pronounced theÂ winner of last yearâ€™s local government chairmanship election for the area by the state Local Government Election Appeal Tribunal.
â€œI am worried about the level of development at our local government areas especially as majority of our populace reside there. This explains our desire to propel the development of these areas into semi-urban settlementsâ€, he said.
The governor also asked local government councils owing workers salaries to take steps to clear them promising that the state government would include more rural-oriented projects in next yearâ€™s budget.
He congratulated Amagon who is of the Action Congress (AC) for his success at the tribunal urging him to settle down to work for his people irrespective of political or other affiliations.
He said the prompt swearing-in was a demonstration of the administrationâ€™s belief in the rule of law adding, â€œI therefore charge us not to see todayâ€™s exercise as victory for any party or loss for anyone, but consolidation of our democratic process where a ruling party is ushering on board an opposition party immediately after the tribunal verdict.â€