Ban­tex to South­ern Kaduna: Avoid pol­i­tics of ex­clu­sion

Weekly Trust - - News - Chris­tiana T. Al­abi, Kaduna

A town hall meet­ing on re­struc­tur­ing or­ga­nized by the South­ern Kaduna Peo­ples Union (SOKAPU) turned rowdy yes­ter­day when the deputy gov­er­nor of the state, Ar­chi­tect Barn­abas Bala Ban­tex, told his kins­men not to sub­scribe to pol­i­tics of ex­clu­sion or iso­la­tion but adopt pol­i­tics of in­clu­sion.

Ban­tex had af­ter de­liv­er­ing the gov­er­nor’s mes­sage on road con­struc­tion and in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment in south­ern Kaduna urged his peo­ple to drop their ag­i­ta­tion for a new state and stop re­fer­ring to them­selves as ‘Mid­dle Bel­ters’. He also warned SOKAPU against try­ing to take over the func­tions of elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the area, say­ing they must be­gin to do things with col­lec­tive in­ter­est.

But the peo­ple were ob­vi­ously dis­pleased and be­gan to mur­mur, ask­ing him to drop the mi­cro­phone and go away, in­sist­ing they were Mid­dle Bel­ters.

Ear­lier in his key­note ad­dress, a former Com­mis­sioner for Eco­nomic Plan­ning un­der the late Gov­er­nor Pa­trick Yakowa’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, Ti­mothy Gandu, stressed the need for Nige­ria to be re-struc­tured, say­ing it would favour them more than any part of the coun­try be­cause the zone ac­cord­ing to him has been po­lit­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally marginal­ized over the years.

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