Benue State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Joseph Shimaor, on Monday raised concerns over rising apprehension trailing every election year in the country. The commissioner stated this at an open forum for candidates seeking political offices in the state
The forum was organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Benue State Council.The commissioner noted that Nigeria was on a difficult journey of its nationhood, observing that Nigerians always see election as a warfare.“Nigeria is in the most difficult phase now. It is very sad to see that at every election, it is like a war which is not supposed to be so,” he said.
Shimaor added that the nation had been at the crossroads since “our departure from parliamentary government to presidential government.”He, however, urged politicians to play the game by to the rules in order to ensure hitch-free elections.The commissioner also charged journalists to be bridge builders between government and the governed and discharge their constitutional duties by highlighting the agenda of the different political parties for the people to make the right choice.The Labour Party’s state House of Assembly candidate for Makurdi South Constituency, Kris Atsaka, regretted that the legislative arm of government had for a long time become a rubber stamp to the executive arm.He faulted the deficit in governance especially in areas of roads, health care, water supply and other social amenities.
Atsaka, a former chairman of the state NUJ, also stressed the need for the review of existing laws and strengthening of the procedures to alllow for proper implementation.He promised to legislate on tax regime to promote investment in the state if elected.
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