Plight of Patigi LGA

Daily Trust - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Mal­lam Umar Sal­ihu Bologi, Na­tional Pres­i­dent Patigi Emi­rate De­vel­op­ment Union{PEDU}

We write on be­half of the peo­ple of Patigi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area in Kwara state to con­grat­u­late Your Ex­cel­lency on your 100 days as the Pres­i­dent of Nige­ria. Your vic­tory is a dream come true for our com­mu­nity. The peo­ple of Patigi have al­ways iden­ti­fied with your as­pi­ra­tion since 2003 up to the last elec­tions. Our vot­ing pat­tern has never changed be­cause like our broth­ers in some other parts of the North­ern Re­gion, the merit of your am­bi­tion was un­der­stood by our peo­ple.

Your Ex­cel­lency, the en­tire peo­ple of Patigi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area have a num­ber of ap­peals tar­geted at achiev­ing the dreams of our peo­ple. We are hard­work­ing farm­ers and fish­er­men and our liveli­hood re­volves around our nat­u­ral en­dow­ments of fer­tile land for agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and abun­dant rivers for fish­ing re­serve.

Patigi LG is in the mid­dle belt, link­ing the North and the South. De­spite hav­ing the ca­pac­ity to feed the na­tion and con­trib­ute to its wealth, Patigi LGA is prac­ti­cally cut off from the en­tire coun­try be­cause of lack of good road net­works and nec­es­sary bridges. If the fed­eral gov­ern­ment can as­sist in the con­struc­tion of bridge across the con­flu­ence of Rivers Niger and Kaduna and re-con­struc­tion of the roads link­ing Patigi to Bida (North); Patigi to Ilorin (West), this will re­duce the con­ges­tion on Jebba-Mokwa road, Abuja-Lokoja road and thou­sands of lives lost through road ac­ci­dent will be dras­ti­cally re­duced.

This laud­able re­quest will also boost the so­cioe­co­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties of Nige­ria as a whole. The re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Tsaragi - Gbugbu-Patigi road was com­menced by FERMA in 2013 but the Agency had since stopped work on this im­por­tant road. Also, no mean­ing­ful con­struc­tion work has been done on the Nu­peko-Bida road which was also awarded to AECC Con­struc­tion Com­pany lim­ited, by the im­me­di­ate past ad­min­is­tra­tion.

This ap­peal will not be com­plete with­out urg­ing the Nige­rian gov­ern­ment to also con­sider com­plet­ing the Patigi sta­tion of the Nige­ria Tele­vi­sion Au­thor­ity (NTA). Mil­lions of naira had been in­vested in the pro­ject but as we speak, it has re­mained in the same stage it was some 12 years ago. It has not been com­pleted, much less com­mis­sion­ing. We are there­fore ap­peal­ing to the gov­ern­ments at all lev­els to please con­sider the money al­ready in­vested and the ben­e­fits such pro­ject will bring not just to the com­mu­nity but the en­tire coun­try.

On be­half of the Peo­ple of Patigi LGA, we im­plore Your Ex­cel­lency to up­grade The Gov­ern­ment Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Patigi, for­merly known as Patigi Craft School. This Col­lege is one of the first vo­ca­tional in­sti­tutes be­fore the in­de­pen­dence of Nige­ria and has grad­u­ated hun­dreds of engi­neers and tech­ni­cians within and out­side Nige­ria to­day. We ap­peal to your Ex­cel­lency to grant our re­quest so that the Gov­ern­ment Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Patigi is also up­graded like oth­ers in its sta­tus to a Univer­sity, Poly­tech­nic or Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion.

More­over, since change is the most con­stant thing in life, which goes in line with the slo­gan of your party, All Pro­gres­sive Congress (APC), we strongly be­lieve that your re-emer­gence as the Pres­i­dent of our great coun­try Nige­ria will bring about the long awaited pos­i­tive changes in the lives of Nige­ri­ans. The afore­men­tioned ap­peals if granted shall im­prove the stan­dard of liv­ing of the peo­ple of Patigi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area and boost the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Nige­ria at large.

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