BY CHAMBERLAIN ODEY, JOS – Constituents of the Plateau Central Senatorial District have received various empowerment items courtesy of their representative in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Joshua Chibi Dariye.
The empowerment ceremony, which took place at the Nerfut Arena, Pankshin Local Government Area, capital of the Senatorial zone, saw different wares of productive economic value, ranging from fertilizer for farmers to sewing machines and motor cycles distributed to mainly members of Dariye’s new found All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Dariye’s search for greener pastures and political respite had forced him to abandon the troubled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on whose platform he won election into the Senate.
According to Maicibi Vwarji, Co-ordinator of the empowerment programme, items distributed were according to number of wards in the component local government areas of Bokkos, Mangu, Pankshin, Kanke, and Kanam.
Vwarji said an analysis of the beneficiaries showed that party officials, women, elders, and youths were considered as vital demographics in the spread of the empowerment materials, which they hope will enhance the people’s economic fortunes and catalyse economic activities at the grassroots.
Speaking at the event that also featured presentation of two vehicles to enhance the APC’s operations in the Plateau Central zone, Senator Dariye said he had carried out other development projects in the zone in line with constituency development responsibility, and that the projects locations are spread across the five local government areas of the zone.
He said these projects include work on the construction of 3m by 2m by 3m triple cell box culvert along Mangun-Wubel Road in Mangu Local Government Area; construction of three classrooms block with VIP toilets at the LGEA primary School, Horop, his home village in Bokkos Local Government Area; construction of 600-seater lecture theatre at the Plateau State University, also in Bokkos; rehabilitation of Baban Lamba-Rafin Ayaba Road; provision of street lights at Tashan Kabwir in Kanke Local Government Area; street lights and borehole water supply in Horop, Kokpon and other areas; as well as transformers and rehabilitation of the Bokkos Police station