By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
The Chairman of Qua’an-Pan Local Government Council, Plateau State, Honourable Ernest Abner Da’a has called on Nigerians to reflect on the nation’s collective drive and appraise themselves to see whether they have been able to galvanize their energies towards productive service.
Hon Da’a made the call on October 1, 2022, in his 62nd Independence Day celebration address to the people of Qua’an-Pan Local Government Area at its Mini Stadium in Ba’ap, the administrative headquarters of the council.
The chairman encouraged citizens to remain patriotic in their activities, adding that in so doing, people should also be able to strategize as to how we intend to harness both human and material resources to better our lives and living conditions.
Hon Da’a, who acknowledged the challenges facing the nation, however, appealed to the citizens to, “strive to consolidate on the sacrifices of our founding fathers, towards building a new Nigeria; where justice and good governance shall prevail. Let our diversity be our stronghold not a divisive measure.”
He added that, “As we appraise ourselves, we should also be able to strategize as to how we intend to harness both human and material resources to better the living conditions of our people.”
The chairman commended the resilience of Nigerians, and expressed the hope that if we put priorities right we can lay claim to being a closely knitted nation and turn the tide towards a stronger and vibrant nation.
He paid tributes to the founding fathers, who bequeathed the Nation to us and hope that our collective determination would lead to the consolidation on the legacies they left behind
He also commended the efforts of security and law enforcement agencies, who he said, have been working hard to keep our country safe, and prayed for the repose of those who paid the supreme sacrifice in the defense of the country.
Hon Da’a took time to list some of his administration’s achievements to include provisions of computers to some secondary schools to enhance e-learning; tricycles to some people living with disabilities; promotion of peaceful coexistence through a Peace Football Tournament involving the Youths from the 8 Districts of LGA and inter religious dialogue.
Others include the prompt payments of counterparts fund to donor agencies and partnership with some health institutions to empower them to attend to the medical needs of the people of the locality, provisions of Free Medical Outreach for citizens; and praised the PHC staff for their dedication to work and for making the LGA, proud, especially on immunization.
He informed that he holds his workers in high esteem adding that, their emoluments are promptly paid.
”I wish to inform you that, we hold our workers in high esteem. Apart from ensuring that their emoluments and some arrears, and those of former staff, are paid, we have taken the bold steps to provide them with a conducive environment to perform their responsibilities to the highest level.
“To achieve this, the regime will expand the secretariat to accommodate more staff. Already, tenders for the secretariat extension and other projects have been advertised for bidders,” Hon Da’a disclosed.
He assured the people of Qua’an-Pan that in the years ahead, the council has within its resources, earmarked many projects for execution, promising that, “As we look to the years ahead, the Council will look at ecological issues, organize another Free Medical Outreach for the citizens and restructure the Secretariat to provide enough and conducive working environment to the workforce, towards better service deliver.”