I was elected senator because of my sterling performance as governor – Jang

Jonah Jang

The Governor of Plateau State, has ascribed his victory in last Saturday’s Plateau North senatorial election as a reflection of his performance in office.

Mr. Jang, who was first elected governor in 2007, said this on Friday evening in Jos, in a broadcast, to residents of the state

“We have seen many successes and achievements that we should be proud of,” the governor said.

Among Mr. Jang’s successes in office is his improvement of the agriculture sector, the major sustenance of Plateau’s economy. The sector received a boost with the introduction of mechanized farming of Irish potatoes, a major produce associated with the state.

The administration also began the construction of a lot of roads although about 60 per cent are yet to be completed.

Mr. Jang’s critics, however, accuse him of neglecting human development, health, and education in the state.

His administration placed an embargo on employment to the state civil service which has left thousands of graduates from the state unemployed.

Also,the states civil servants are owed five months salary arrears, while workers in the five higher institutions owned by the state are currently on strike (something that has become perennial) for non-payment of their entitlements.

Another sector that has suffered total neglect are state-owned industries which have all crumbled and workers displaced.

In recognising some of the criticisms filed at him, Mr. Jang said, “there are those who may not agree with every decision or policy, under my administration as governor, but we must remember that as we count our blessings and modest achievements, government alone cannot solve all problems.”

He said he would continue to do his best to govern the state until he leaves office as governor on May 29.

Mr. Jang also commented on the decision of his major opponent in the senatorial election to challenge the result in court.

Eunice Sambo, who was the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate in the election has alleged manipulation of the final results in favour of the governor and announced her decision to approach the election tribunals.

“We must not allow the situation degenerate to a point of pitching religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice; communities against each other,” the governor said, while preaching reconciliation.


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  • yahayaomaye

    Mr. 7-19 has come again.

  • Du Covenant

    Yes, Jang has been the worst thing that ever happened to the State since it’s inception. Even military administrators posted to the State who were mainly not from Plateau did far better reason why the State was better than it is today!. Firstly, where did Jang introduce mechanized potato farming?, can anybody ask this man to specify? or was it in a dream he saw when El Buba was praying for him?. We know where potatoes come from, they people are still ploughing with physical force as always. Why did he close the State University in Bokkos only to reopen it just before his 2nd term reelection?. Jang is a liar, there are civil servants owed 10 months and above, not only 5 months in Plateau State. The healthcare became non-existent under his watch while he used our resources to go abroad for treatment with his family. His sister even died in India for example. I work in the healthcare sector and I know the damage inflicted on everything by this one terrible bigot!. All the roads he claims to have built are concentrated around his village, what about the other parts of the State?. When Lar was the governor every LGC benefited one way or the other through his visionary leadership, Jang has been in office for 8 yrs with much more money at his disposal than Lar. Instead this bigot of a man used all the resources at his disposal to amplify ethnic division and chauvinism in the State. To impose his nephew as a successor there was money available to bribe the delegates and same was true for the just concluded presidential election while his civil servants were not paid for several months!. This is the kind of person that oversaw our affairs for the past 8 yrs. It is right for Madam Eunice to contest the senatorial vote. We did not vote for Jang because he does not deserve to be rewarded by the people he brought untold misery for the past 8 yrs. By God’s grace, the votes will be recounted and there will be no senate for Jang, there will be no governorship for his nephew come April 11th. There was no democracy in Plateau State for the past 8 yrs, it was a family business!…No working relationship with his deputy governor and other officials in the State, absolutely a terrible man to be around!. Thank God we shall soon get rid of this bad rubbish of a man.

  • musa aliyu

    Mr Jang, Nemesis will catch up with you soon. You were not ‘voted’. You rigged instead and the courts will soon take their turns. Your ‘sterling qualities’ are : ethnic cleansing agenda. The lives of thousands around your neck will never allow you rest.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    16-19, Criminal!

  • me

    Delusion of grandeur. Just like 16 > 19 ba?