From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District of Niger State, Senator Mohammad Sani Musa have decried lack of much needed federal government presence in the state and marginalization of North Central states representation in the current government.
The lawmaker made the lamentation at the weekend on behalf of the recipients at the Paigokni Development Association (PDA) annual fiesta and reception 2019 organized annually in Paikoro local government of Niger state where they exhibit their different cultural groups, arts and craft of its people so as to preserved their cultural heritage and honor their sons and daughters to mark the day.
According to him, “Niger State gave the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) the highest votes in the North Central but was relegated by the federal government because we only proud of Ministerial slot which is constitutional and FUT Minna, apart from these nothing to hold on to”.
“Whenever I complaint they usually tell me that Niger state have had its time and opportunity in the past years when two heads of state came from the state,” he said.
Senator Musa reassured his people and the state of good representation at the National Assembly who will always do things he promised and act only on what his constituency agreed on as a representative of the people of Niger East.
He told the crowd that he had made efforts to ensure water projects were captured in 2020 budget especially to proffers solution to yearly Paiko water challenges and revamping of Kagara dam project so as to encouraged irrigation farming in the area, however made some personal pledges to the people of his constituency.
The legislature further cleared the air on the social media bill which he said Nigerians have painted them in a negative light adding that regulations is not denial of freedom of speech, he insisted that they would not approved death penalty for social media bill but regulating service providers and stressed not to be acting on behalf of government or groups as alleged in some quarters.
In his remarks, an elder of PDA, Alhaji Abdullahi Kpotun who spoke on behalf of the acting president stated that the annual cultural fiesta and reception to honor their sons and daughter was devoid of political, religious or ethnic inclinations hence have always concentrated on the unity and development of their community’s.
Kpotun enumerated some of its achievements to sponsoring of students to tertiary institutions, provision of instructional materials to 200 primary schools, repairs of boreholes in villages, supply modern school equipment.
He lamented over the level of unemployment, bad township roads, lack of water in Paiko town, calling for the upgrading of Paiko health center to general hospital, lack of structures at the permanent site of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC however appealed to government and well to do individuals to come to their aide.
The event witnessed presentation of lecture on Gbagyi people by Dr Mohammad Aliyu, the provost of JFLASALS Minna and the event was chaired by Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu while the state governor was represented by the assembly speaker Hon. Abdullahi Bawa Wuse who assured his government support for cultural survival and heritage.