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Plateau’s only opposition LG boss speaks on synergy with APC government

The Chairman of the only local government chairman in Plateau State under the control of the opposition  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Ubandoma Joshua-Laven, has…

The Chairman of the only local government chairman in Plateau State under the control of the opposition  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Ubandoma Joshua-Laven, has described his working relationship with 16 other LG chairmen of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Governor Simon Bako Lalong as “splendid.”

Laven said that he has been well accommodated by the APC administration in the state despite being in the opposition.

While speaking with newsmen, on the occasion of his 100 days in office, the LG boss said the synergy between his party,PDP, and the APC has brought peace and economic growth to the Langtang North LGA.

Some residents of the area told Benue/Plateau Trust that the development has boosted peaceful coexistence and economic growth in the town as people interact without regard to party affliation.

Sandra Manko Bingip, a resident of Kunkwang, said the good understanding between Laven and Lalong has led to a decline in political friction among political party supporters. She said as the prodigy of late Solomon Lar, the first National Chairman of the PDP, Laven has imbibed Lar’s peaceful disposition and developmental strides.

Another resident, Nandul Yusuf said he never thought there could be a cordial working relationship between the ruling party and Laven in the area especially, considering the ‘drama’ that followed the local government election which produced Laven as well as the  legal battle that followed the outcome of the election.

In a speech marking his 100 days in office, Laven urged Governor Lalong to do more for his local government area and the southern zone, stressing that the northern senatorial zone of the state had enjoyed more projects over the years.

“I am appealing to him (Lalong) to shift some developmental projects to the southern zone of the state. The zone  also needs good roads, street lights, especially in my LGA which is the gateway to the southern zone,” he said.

He also advised the governor to extend a hand of friendship to Senator Jeremiah Useni, his main opponent in the last general election and congratulate him for the good fight at the polls and during the legal battle.

The LG boss said he had in the last 100 days remodeled parts of the LG secretariat, constructed a solar powered borehole to provide water to the people as well as cleared some backlog of arrears owed workers in the LGA .

“My administration is determined to boost the Internally Generated Revenue in the LGA and I am determined to provide dividends of democracy to our people. Additionally, our administration is determined to revamp the health sector, boost education and agriculture, among others,” he added.