Constituents, Representative Bicker Over Alleged Unfair Representation.


From Yakubu Busari, Jos


Hon Longjap


A group under the aegis of conference of concerned constituents (CCC) from Shendam/Quanpan/Mikang federal constituency in Plateau state have mobilized for the recall of a Federal law maker, Alphonsus Komsol Longjap, representing the constituency at the House of Representatives.

They accused him conniving to sell-out on a bill for the setting up of a Federal Polytechnic in their area to another area, Zandi, in the state.

Convener of the group Mr. Peter Maishik, Chairman Mal. Umaru U.Datong

PRO said, Hon Longgap, said; “We have read with utter shock and disappointment the recent news that the House of Representatives had, on Tuesday 14th July 2020, passed a “unanimous resolution” for the establishment of a Federal Polytechnic at Zandi in Jos East LGA, Plateau State”.

“This is coming long after the matter has already reached an advanced stage in favour of Shendam, the Headquarters of Shendam/Quaan-Pan/Mikang Federal Constituency”.

They disclosed that considering the sensitivity of this development and its negative implications for the peace, unity and security of “our dear state, we deem it imperative to make some observations through this medium. By way of emphasis, it is our candid opinion here that this unabashed development does not only send wrong signals, but also smacks of very obvious tendencies of arm-twisting aimed at polarising the peace-loving people of Plateau State on the veneer of banal and vainglorious politicking.”

In his reaction, Longjap said the group were misinformed. He said the bill for the Federal Polytechnic Shendam LGA is different from the one meant for Zandi, which is the work of Hon Dachung Bagos.

He said; “ the Bill for the establishment of Federal Polytechnic Shendam Local Government of Plateau State, was introduced by the former Member House of Representatives Hon. Johnbul Shekarau, who represented Mikang, Shendam and Qua’anpan Federal Constituency, which Hon Komsol Alphonsus Longgap took after him.”

Hon Longgap said he represented the Bill on the floor of the House of Representatives in October 2019 after it had followed nine stages involving, research stage; first, second and third reading on the floor of the House; public hearing; correspondent passage by the other chamber members which in our case is the senate; consideration by House Committee Members; final passage by Senate and transmission to the President for assent or signing into law.”

According to him, the bill is at its 6th stage and will be duly signed into law.

He advised his constituents to rally round him to enable him work for their well-being.