Wase LG mineral deposits, agric potentials enough to feed the Plateau
By; Buhari B. Bello, Jos.
Wase Local Government Area of Plateau state has sufficient mineral deposits and agricultural farmland to create employment opportunity for the teeming populace and feed the whole of Plateau State and beyond.
The Caretaker Management Committee Chairman ,Dr Abubakar Buba disclosed during an interactive session with some journalists in Jos .
He said after the crisis that broke up in Wase in 1998 ,the council is working hard to ensure that people go back to their communities where they were displaced.
“We initiated peace management committee cutingt across all the ethnic nationalities, between Christians, Muslims and traditional worshipers, we are able to achieve fragile peace and our markets are gradually picking up now” he said.
Dr Buba explained that the council was confronted with numerous challenges of insecurity, lack of teachers and huge liability left by the immediate past government.
According to him, the dwindling global oil price has crippled the entire country’s income generation. So the situation is affecting everyone and Wase Council is one of the biggest councils that need the assistance of the state and the federal government. He said the local government which is agrarian in nature needs feeder roads to link most of the districts.
He expressed confidence that, state government should construct road from Wase to Kadarko through Wadata to Langtang South, Wase to Mavo, Filnom and Gimbi. Another federal road from Wase linking Nasarawa to Safiyo respectively. ,
Buba lamented that the Jang administration left over 786 million naira debt to the council, so a committee was setup to look into it and recommend how to review and address the situation.
“I promise to consider projects that have direct impact to the people especially the primary healthcare sector whose equipments are obsolete with no single staff and cobwebs cover everywhere in most offices”.
The council boss stressed that the dwindling revenue affected the urgent need of government to embark on people-oriented project of rehabilitation of roads through direct labour.
“We manage to pay workers salary and allowances up to date but the only problem is the three years leave grant hoping to complete them all”, he added.
Buba vowed that he need to lay solid foundation for rural healthcare system by improving and introducing new cottage hospitals in all the districts which he said is a large burden.
According to him, most of the existing Cottage hospitals will be given attention, pointing out that the Late Solomon Lar built cottage hospitals in 1980 and the facilities are obsoletes