By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
It was celebration galore in Magama, Faya and Mabudi in Langtang-South Local Government Area, when the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda visited the areas on Friday.
The people, irrespective of party affiliations and religious identity, turned out in their hundreds to give the APC governorship hopeful and his deputy, Pam Botmang a rousing welcome amidst traditional dancing and his party’s slogan.
Security agents, hunters and vigilante groups had a hectic time controlling the surging crowd who wanted to have a glimpse of Nentawe and his running mate.
While addressing the people, Nentawe said he considers himself a son of the soil, based on the tribal, ethnic and cultural affinities between the Ngas and the Taroh nations.
Nentawe said he was amazed by the vast uncultivated arable land in the area, noting that such endowment if properly utilised is enough to pull the people out of poverty.
He pointed out that boosting agriculture remains one of the cardinal objectives, adding that he will go the whole hog to support farmers through the provision of high yielding seedlings and modern farming technology.
Nentawe maintained that the people cannot enjoy the fruits of their labour in terms of food production, if certain basic amenities are not provided to them.
The APC governorship hopeful revealed that having seen the pathetic nature of their living conditions, the first thing to be done if elected, is to provide motorable roads and potable water to the people of the area.
According to him, since it is not in his character to be making sugar coated promises like other governorship candidates, he would only promise those things that are practicable if elected into office.
Nentawe revealed that apart from giving support to the farmers, he would ensure that as a matter of priority, the lives of the people are properly secured through a well trained security personnel and modern technology to fight terrorism and other forms of criminality.
The APC governorship candidate promised that as a sign of commitment to support farmers, he would secure a piece land in the area as his personal farm if elected as the governor of the state.
Nentawe commended the Taroh for being a very good and dependable host to a lot of ethnic nationalities in the area, who are purposely there to farm and earn a living.
Leaders of various interest groups such as the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Jama’atul Nasirul Islam (JNI), and community development based organisations all showered praises on Nentawe for taking the pains to visit them.
They remarked that Nentawe is the only one among all other governorship candidates who took the pains to visit them personally.
According to them, for him to summon courage and interest to reach out to them in spite of the bad terrain, shows that he has them at heart, promising to vote him come the governorship election
Spokesman for Generation Next Campaign, Shittu Bamaiyi said Nentawe and his deputy, Pam Botmang also paid courtesy call on the traditional rulers in the area, where they decorated him with a warrior outfit, assuring him that he would be the governor of Plateau State come May this year.