Hon. Daniel Asama Ago, the member for Plateau State’s Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency, made a commitment to bring peace back to the entire state.
During a media briefing in Abuja, Ago reiterated the promise and highlighted a number of constituent empowerment initiatives.
After the state’s recent rerun election, Ago emerged victorious and stated, “I have three important needs for now.” First and foremost is bringing peace back to the Plateau. It has the utmost importance. We have been referred to as the “home of peace and tourism,” and we still are.
“For some reasons, the peace is being distorted. We the indigenes of Plateau don’t feel the same. We feel relatively safe.
“But with the all the incessant issues happening from herdsmen, kidnapping and skirmishes, which to say the truth is across the nation and not just on the Plateau, the aim now is how to restore peace.
“I would work with the governor and every other government apparatus to ensure my people the peace that has eluded them. We are relatively in a safe place but there still some pockets of violence in a few local government. Precisely right now we are struggling with hiccups in Mangu, Bokkos and Barkin Ladi area.
“The second thing unity. The polity nationwide is heated and Plateau is not excluded. Our people have diverse interests. Politics comes with that. People are thinking of what they want to do and how they want to do it. They have their parties and affiliations. Nigeria in general is sharply divided around ethnic, religious and tribal lines. In fact lately it is even involving some social colouration.
“But I would want to focus on bringing Plateau together. I would work assiduously to unite the state for development. We need to unite Plateau, we need to cushion and neutralise the toxicity of colouring politics along the lines of religion of social class or tribes.
“The number three is empowerment. Our people need empowerment in every form. The people of the Plateau are hardworking people. There is the skill, willingness and also the availability in terms of resources. But we need to harness that with some government policies, support systems and material resources for the benefit of the people,” he said.
“I have emerged in the recently concluded election to be the voice of the people of Bassa and Jos North.” He pledged to work tirelessly to improve the lives of those in his district, Plateau State, and the nation at large. I am a politician with a background in humanitarianism.
“I worked in the humanitarian sector for the past 16 years but my earlier days of public service was as a staff of the State House of Assembly.
“My constituency is the most diverse in the country. it is the boiling pot of all the nation. It has every tribe in this country in full presence. The people are politically aware.
“So, we would work hard to ensure these are harnessed for the development of the people and make the the country a better place for the citizens,” he said.