Women, children and masquerades dance as lawmaker inaugurates 232 million naira road project
From Gyang Bere, Jos
Women, children and masquerades sang and danced yesterday as a member representing Shendam, Quan-Pan, Mikang Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Alphonsus Komsol inaugurated the construction of the Gidan Adamu-Kwap-kuwa road in the local government area of Shendam, Plateau State.
Komsol, at the inauguration of the road project, urged Nigerians to reject politicians campaigning for secession from Nigeria.
“I am happy today to report the construction of this road. The road connects several villages including my village and I do not need to go and put pressure on the governor or the president of the local government to build the road but I told myself that before 2023, this road should be passable.
“Anyone who knows the work of the National Assembly, you will have to domiciliate your constituency fund with a company, this fund is domiciled with the Bas Basin Planning Authority and I will have to domiciliate another money in 2022 before the project may be completed and by the grace of God the road will be completed before the end of my term.
He urged the contractor to ensure quality work according to specifications and asked the Lower Basin Development Authority to release funds whenever the contractor gets a certificate.
“I want to assure members of this community that we have agreed with the contractor that the people who will be needed to work on the road, whether engineers or laborers, will be from the community.
“The fund for this project belongs to my riding and these communities and people should therefore benefit from it. I also want the community to cooperate with the contractor so that the work is completed on time.
“I want community members to make sacrifices as well, where the road touches your farm, you should make sacrifices because the road will benefit us all.”
Komsol explained that the road had been in poor condition for several years, causing pain to community members and said that when the project was completed, farmers would be able to transport their agricultural produce and sell it at a reasonable price.
The lawmaker has said he is not affected by the 2023 policy but wants to leave a lasting legacy that will set him apart in 2023.
“In 2023 people will be talking and comparing and I pray that the comparison is positive on my end, whatever comes out in 2023 I will accept it as the will of God. I want people to be positive about me and I don’t want to disappoint those who have supported me with everything they have.
He congratulated Governor Simon Lalong for providing good leadership in the state and called on the people of Plateau to support the governor in bringing lasting peace to the state.
Project contractor Tadas Okonkwo called lawmakers valuable and promised to deliver a road that will stand the test of time.
He said about seven companies bid on the contract and his company, Valentino Resources Ltd, stands out for its dedication to service, sincerity and commitment to project delivery based on specifications.