Decries inability of Gov.Lalong to address unemployment in Plateau
By Edward Etuka
A non-governmental organization, Global Centre for Media and Human Empowerment(GCMHE), has called on all and sundry to note that addressing issues of social injustice is a collective responsibility.
The group made this remarks at this years’ World Day for Social Justice with the theme:A call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy as part of activities to mark the event in Jos.
Addressing some of the concerns of social inequality,the acting Director-General Global Center for Media and Human Empowerment Charles Ejoh made reference to a recent global survey of indices of social injustice which includes:Covid19,unemployment,poverty,social inequality, financial and political corruption and health care –which all have to do with social justice.
Adding, that Nigeria sadly does not have a good track record at all in these respects.
Ejoh, called on the Plateau State governor Simon Lalong to as a matter of urgency steam roll meaningful social intervention scheme in his state and initiate industrial revolution in order to bridge the gap of unemployment in Plateau State.
”The governor of Plateau State who happens to lead the Northern Governors Forum(NGF)should as a matter of urgency embark on social intervention schemes in his State,as charity they say begins at home. Plateau State has become one the poorest states in Nigeria with so much infrastructural decay,uncompleted projects and zero governance”.
The group took a swipe on the recent tour of the Lalong Legacy Projects in the state describing it as a sham.
“The recent tour of the Lalong Legacy Projects in the state was a sham making the state a laughing stock due to the poor quality of most of the projects as many do not have direct bearing on the people that has already been impoverished. Adding that the governor should concentrate more on human capital development”.
Ejoh also made a demand to various state governors in Nigeria especially the northern governors to initiate programmes that will create more employment opportunities due to the alarming rate of poverty in the region.
“The northern governors must initiate programmes that will create more employment opportunities due to the alarming rate of poverty in the region through a deliberate and systematic approach using the instrumentality of the Northern Governors Forum(NGF)”.
The group commended some state government that has instituted various panels of inquiry to address injustice and are currently implementing some of the findings and reports in their various states.
“We commend some state government that has instituted various panels of inquiry to address injustice and are currently implementing some of the findings and reports in their various states.
We are also urging the federal government to be sincere with this initiative of requesting states to set up panels of inquires as a result of the fallout of the #ENDSARS protests so as to bring about social justice in the country”.