In order to provide a lasting panacea to the lingering insecurity in Numan Local Government area of Adamawa State, the constituents have called on the Federal Government to locate a military barrack in the area.
Making the call at a town hall meeting organised by the International Republican Institute (IRI), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), representatives of the 10 wards that constitute the local government said insecurity was the main challenge bedevilling the area.
In an interview with our reporter, shortly after the session, the district head of Vulpi, Medan Tusayi, reiterated the clamour of his people for the establishment of a military barrack to stem what he called incessant and rampant attack on his people by strange insurgents.
The traditional ruler commended IRI for organizing such a lofty meeting which he said was the first of its kind in the annals of democracy in the area.
“We are very grateful for this lofty move aimed at promoting the welfare and lot of the people. This is the first time we are having such interaction with our representatives convened in a peaceful and convivial atmosphere.
” This is democracy at play and from the fruitful discussions and conversations that took place, I have no doubt, our concerns will be addressed in line with the Hausa proverb that says signs of successful Friday begins on Wednesday,” he said.
Other concerns of the people as espoused and elaborated by the various representatives of the wards include, rehabilitation of old health facilities and construction of new ones, compensation for victims of communal attacks, rehabilitation of old schools and construction of new ones, providing linkage roads and construction of drainages to curb perennial flood.
Other needs include rural electrification, provision of potable water to the people and construction of a town hall in the heart of Numan Local Government.
In his remark the member representing Numan constituency in Adamawa State house of Assembly, Pwamwakaino Mackondo who is the deputy speaker noted that he was bouyed by the spirit to carry his people along to take part in the town hall meeting.
“Today marks an important day as we have solid and fruitful discussions on the way forward with my people. We have heard the challenges and we shall see how to best tackle those challenges more so because it will not be long before we will come for another round of campaigns.
” Our people have presented insecurity as their biggest challenge as all the wards have complained of it coupled with other issues like health, education and the rest.
“We are working with the executive arm of government, giving them the support they needed to run a smooth administration so that in turn, they will also reciprocate by yielding to our demands to resolve challenges faced by our people.
” Already we have started recording some milestones in education, health and addressing insecurity and shall do more in the future so as to tackle these challenges,” he said.