From Yakubu Busari,Jos
The Former Minister of Sports ,Youth Development, Barr. Solomon Selcap Dalung has labeled Tarok politicians as political traitors by playing clannish politics that mislead their people and blamed the state government of Simon Lalong for marginalising the Tarok people in terms of appointments.
Dalung made this accusation at the an event tagged 2020 Resettlement Day over the weekend
The celebration which witnessed the presence of hundreds of sons and daughters of Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau State was held at Sabongida, the Traditional Headquarters of the Local Government.
Solomon Dalung called on governor Simon Lalong administration to consider Langtang South in making key appointments into his cabinet as a matter justice to the people of area, stating that for decades, Langtang South people have been denied in infrastructural development.
The ex-minister said, “We will continues to demand for Justice to our people. For those who believed and negotiated our rights, we want to tell them that our rights cannot be negotiated, we are a people, and we are part of the Nigerian Federation and the government must be fair to us”.
Barrister Dalung said, “as a people we love the Governor and supported him during his re-election but let the Governor do justice to Langtang South.”
According to ex-minister, the government has abandoned the local government with strategic appointment and infrastructural development such as general hospital leading to many health challenges in the community.
“How many of the Langtang South citizens are holding strategic appointment in the state government?” There is none! And the state government wanted us to be quite? Absolutely no, you wanted us to celebrate you? Absolutely no! Mr. Governor do justice to us, we loves you but do justice to us “. He lamented.
Delving into history, Dalung said the Tarok people were not conquered by the British during colonization. According to him, “the White people came and negotiated how to run the affairs of administration with Tarok people. How then that a black administration want Tarok people to relinquished their birthright’s now.”, he asked.
The ex-minister who built Federal Stadium and constructed Dam in Sabongida, as part of his contributions during his reign as sports minister, explained that he built six-class rooms block for his community with his earnings and the Plateau State Government came and recommissioned it.
” The six classrooms blocks that the government came and recommissioned it this year, I built it with my money, after commissioned it last year, government came this year and commissioned it again “. “Why wouldn’t government build another six classrooms blocks and commission them?” We are asking for Justice Your excellency, we love you but do justice to us “. If you don’t do justice to us, then you hates us.” Dalung said.
For him, “Justice is Paramount for the peace and progression of any given society. Barrister Dalung said, he will continues to demands and asking for Justice even at the judgment day. ” For me I will continues to asks for Justice even when I die my corpse will be taken to the grave, I would still ask for Justice to Langtang South, even before God Almighty, I would still ask for Justice “.
The Chairman of the occasion, Hon John Dafuwan who was represented by the former Management Committee Chairman, Hon Brain Dadi, thanked the former Minister for the development he brought in the locality. ” We are grateful to Barrister Dalung for bringing so many developmental projects in Langtang South, which we boldly see and pointed it tangibly. As a people we are proud of his laudable contributions in the locality” he said.
For the unity of Tarok Nation and Plateau State, Barrister Dalung called on citizens to love one another and give maximum support to the leadership. He charged his fellow compatriots to pray and support the local government chairmen who are close to the people at the grassroots for development. Dalung appreciated the efforts of the executive chairman, Mutum Rims for initiating road project in the locality. He however charged him to do more for the benefit of the masses.
Langtang South is rich with abundance resources including minerals resources such as golds and diamonds. The locality also has fertile land for agricultural production where rice, yam, groundnut and maize are being produced in large quantity in the local government area which is one of the major source of food production to Nigeria as a country. Unfortunately, the local government is lacking so many infrastructural facilities including the basis amenities such as waters, power and health care system.
The Governor, Barrister Simon Bako Lalong promised Langtang South people that the government will build modern secondary school in the community and ensure completion of the general hospital which is under construction in Mabudi.
The Chairman of the Locality, Hon Mutum Rims thanked his people for maintaining of law and order.