By Chijioke Kingsley
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Plateau State chapter of the APC has allayed fears of its people that Jaiz Bank’s involvement in rebuilding of the burnt Jos Market is purely for economic gains.
According to the party, the bank cannot because of its funding of the development of the market’s reconstruction “Islamise” the state, as is being peddled by the opposition for selfish reasons.
The party while reacting to the criticism that trailed the supposed signing of an MoU with Jaiz Bank in a statement issued in Jos by the state’s publicity secretary, Sylvanus Namang, said the market would ever remain the property of the Plateau State government as Jaiz Bank has no business whatsoever in managing it for one day, not to talk of 40 years.
“The much touted 40 years applies only to the allottees of shops in the market who reside in Plateau State, regardless of their faith or ethnicity.
“To those asking, “why embarking on the reconstruction late in the life of this administration which has only nine months to go?’ the APC wants them to know that it is on record that former governor Jonah Jang’s administration awarded several contracts less than two months to its exit.
“As a matter of fact, the messy Joseph Gomwalk House renovation contract was awarded three days to the end of Jang’s tenure, the rebuilding of the Jos Main Market now which would be carried out in three phases, unlike every other proposal including the one from the Plateau diaspora, would not leave the state with any debt, as the government is not putting down a dime in the project,” the party said.
It urged the people of the state to beware of mischief and dishonest politicians whose activities revolve around brainwashing citizens and keeping them as political captives, adding; “We should equally be wary of mischief makers whose antics can keep our people away from benefitting from the allocation of stalls when the market is finally rebuilt. This will be to their own disadvantage and detriment.
“The government of Plateau State has assured that priority be given to previous occupants of the market and authentic traders, as a Joint Allocation Committee would be put in place to ensure fairness, equity and justice.”