The Deputy Chairman, Mikang local government area, Augustine Bako has stressed the need for people at the grassroots to be economically empowered saying such would engender economic prosperity and fuel development.
Bako is the All Progressives Congress, APC candidate for the chairmanship seat of Mikang and is billed to succeed his principal, Vuelgap Pabuet who is leaving office in a few weeks.
Recall that the State Independent Electoral Commission has set October 9, 2021, for election into the chairmanship and councillorship seats in the 17 local government areas of the State and Bako are standing for the said election.
The APC flagbearer who spoke with our correspondent in Jos disclosed he had been mentored and equipped with relevant experiences that would ensure he works to add value to the people in the area, noting, “empowerment of genuine people who are interested in doing businesses is key in moving the economy of the local government area forward.”
Acknowledging the agriculture and commerce potentials of his council, he stressed he would explore the areas and assist people to use them to create wealth.
According to him, “I will emphasize on the empowerment of the people and carry out physical projects to further empower the people. The projects will be people-oriented, I have asked all our councillorship flagbearers to go back to their Wards and meet with the people to find out what they want so that we don’t do things that don’t have a direct bearing on the people.
“This is borne out of the experience, there are shops built in places where they are not needed while where shops are needed like the Garkawa market which gives us the chunk of our IGR has no shops. Jobs are hard to come by so we will encourage people to start small-scale businesses.
“We need to also have an orientation because people were given fertilizer to go and farm, they ended up selling the fertilizer. We will concentrate our efforts in engaging and exploring our revenue stronghold and work with the people to raise funds for projects.”
He called on the people who want to help him succeed to shun gossips but “come with good ideas and suggestions” that will enable the delivery of good governance to the people.