Citizens of Plateau State were provided the opportunity to share their yearnings and aspiration with the state House of Assembly during a town hall meeting in partnership with YIAGA AFRICA in a bid to develop a Citizen Driven Legislative Agenda. The town hall aimed at getting feedbacks from the constituency and giving opportunity to the constituency to contribute to the development of the 9th State Assembly Legislative Agenda saw members of various constituency in the state coming to share their thought on their expectations from the state assembly.
Addressing participants at the meeting, Speaker, Rt. Hon Abok Ayuba, said, a citizen town hall has never been organized by a State House of Assembly in Plateau State and likewise, a citizen driven Legislative Agenda has never been developed since the inception of the Plateau State House of Assembly. He appreciated YIAGA AFRICA for inspiring the 9th Assembly to develop a Legislative Agenda and promised never to fail. He identified one of the major issues of Plateau State, which is revenue generation. He explained that a committee has been set up to investigate the issues and explore other options to generate more revenue for the State. He rounded off by assuring the citizens that the assembly would continue to work hard and see that they are of good examples to Nigeria youth.
“The Assembly is largely dominated by young people, and as a young speaker, we will promote issues that will place Plateau on the path of growth and development. As young people, we have a future to protect, and so, we will not do anything that will tarnish the image of the state; rather, we will promote developmental issues. Plateau people gave us the mandate to serve as their representatives; we will do our best to write our names in gold,” he said.
Hon. Philip Dasun appreciated YIAGA AFRICAfor the support given to the 4 States House of Assembly. He further expressed so much happiness in the bold step taken by the 9th Assembly to involve Plateau State citizens in the development of a legislative agenda.
In his good will message, Dr Ernest Ereke, YIAGA AFRICA, gave a brief background of youth inclusion in governance through the campaign of the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Bill. He further said that, the 9th Assembly will be the first assembly in the history of Plateau State House of Assembly to develop a Citizen Driven Legislative Agenda and this is history made.
During the interactive session with constituents, representatives from different Local Governments expressed their needs and expectation of the 9th Assembly. They stated the challenges faced and asked the assembly for interventions. Some of the major needs of the constituents included rehabilitation of bad roads, completion of abandoned projects and provision of education for the girl child.