Heavy downpour drowns 29 cows, destroys houses and farmlands of Jos East
Several hours of torrential rain has drowned 29 cows, destroying houses, while farmlands were washed away – including bridges connecting the headquarters of Jos East Local Government Council of Plateau state. The council secretariat was also reportedly torn apart, following the heavy downpour.
Conscience Triumph gathered that residents of Jos East are for now being forced to go through Toro LGA of Bauchi state.
Member representing Jos East constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon Barr Joshua Madaki, solicited for the assistance of the state government and well-spirited individuals to come to the rescue of the affected communities with relief materials and reconstruct those damaged bridges so as to make it motorable.
Barrister Madaki made the statement to newsmen, while reacting to the incident at the State House of Assembly complex on Tuesday in Jos.
According to him, the main roads connecting Fobur, Federe Angwari at Keven have been badly washed away by the flood along with crops such as rice and yams, which are main cash crops in these communities.
He lamented that the entire local government has been ‘excommunicated’ due to the flood disaster, and expressed worry over users of the road, who now have to pass through Toro local government area of Bauchi state before reaching their local government.
He said with the total collapsed roads, no heavy truck can pass through the area, adding that another issue is the Maza community road, which is also disconnected and has rendered the people helpless.
Hon Madaki stated that, to achieve food security, government needs to do more in the area of agriculture – where the people’s Yam Festival this year will be negatively affected owning to the flood disaster.
He explained further that, the primary goal of legislators is to perform their duties constitutionally and oversight functions effectively, to enlighten the constituents on legislative business.
According to him, a legislator has the constitutional power to embark on oversight function in different ministries for efficient check-and-balances, while maintaining that within one year a lot of Bills have been passed into law, which is the road-map of good representation.
“We are privileged and are given constituency allowance to carry out some functions.” He further stated that people want to see physical developments – particularly those that were promised during electioneering campaigns – as mandate of active representatives.
He noted that 15 bore holes and 2 class rooms as well as other projects have been completed and commissioned, while some are still ongoing in targeted communities.
The legislator commended the idea of Governor Simon Lalong on the extension of local government committee chairmen, which has reduced pressure on the members, adding that they have to plan for election properly in a good conduct of governance.
According to him, the extension of tenure for LG chairmen is a legislative duty of the House, adding that, it is their responsibility to renew all tenures of the chairmen because there can never (and should not) be vacuum in governance.