Determined to halt further reoccurrence of boat mishaps, life jackets worth millions of Naira were today doled out to Riverian communities of Sardauna Local Government Council of Taraba state by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Tt. Hon. Peter Abel Diah.
The gesture, as observed by our state correspondent, would go along way to protect lives from being washed away by waters which are often necessitated by persistence rainfall.
The communities which share common international boundaries with the francophone country of the Republic of Cameroon, have no doubt been neglected by the Federal Government, following the absence of motor able roads, bridges across the numerous rivers to mention but few.
Most of the road linking the communities to Cameroon, which our reporter noticed are trunk A roads, are presently cap in hand soliciting for federal government attention as they are projects that cannot be shouldered by the state government and the local council.
Our reporter who recently visited the area, noticed that parts of the roads which are to some extend now motor able, were solely renovated by the speaker, whom according to him ” I am left with no any other option since the federal government has failed in its responsibility than not make life better for my people.”
Federal government failure to attend to the plights of communities domiciling in Sardauna council, has no doubt compelled a lot of them to the graveyards due to regular occurrence of boat accidents. The latest of such accidents which occurred recently led to the death of no fewer than four persons. The situation which has continue to hindered the flow of business between both countries.
Some persons who spoke to our state correspondent, said had not been for the speaker who have continue to use his merger amount to work on the roads, provide life jackets, as well as boats, the situation of the communities, they said would have been worse than that of Internally Displaced Persons in the north-east states..
While beckoning on well to do individuals especially those from the areas to tread the paths of the speaker, the need for the federal government to as a matter of urgency wake up to his responsibilities by ceasing from relegating the communities which they said have contributed immensely to the economic and growth of the country, has become relevant.
Bearing his mind to our report, the speaker reiterates his readiness and determinations to continue to herald the much needed dividends of democracy to the door steps of the people of the council and the central zone at large.
Beckoning at the people to continue to make peace their watch word, the state government under the leadership of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, he said is harassing legitimate avenue to spread smiles on their faces.
Had the government at the center put the right peg in the right hole, the present plights confronting the people of Sardauna Council, would have long been a thing of the past. The lukewarm attitudes of the federal government towards them which has no doubt negates the 1961 plebiscite, if not urgently address, would end up compelling some of the people to pay obeisance to the government of Cameroon instead of Nigeria.