By Egbe Attah
Over 100 youths from Umogidi area of Otukpo, recently took their protest to the Otukpo Regional Office of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED), demanding for power supply.
The youths led by their president, Arch Agi Emoche, expressed shock and dismay over the attitude of the officials of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company for removing their transformer for the past 6 months without doing anything about it, even after several visits by the residents to the company. The Protesters said it was on that note, that they decided to stage a peaceful protest to the company’s office to express their anger.
Addressing the protesters, the regional manager of the company, Engr Ogbu Godwin and the network Engineer, Yakubu Oyijwu, thanked them for expressing their feelings and called on them to exercise patience with a promise to channel their grievances to the company’s headquarters in Jos for a proper solution.
The youths, however, demanded that JED should to restore their light within two weeks, and commended the police for their roles during the march which prevented hoodlums from hijacking it. The Protest lasted for more than two hours obstructing traffic.
In another development, the Chairman of Otukpo Local Government, Chief George Alli, has advised members of Association of Benue South vice chairmen to be Supportive of their principals instead of antagonizing them.
Alli, who gave the advice on Monday when the association paid him a courtesy call to congratulate him on his 100 days in office, the told the vice chairmen of the association to avoid anything that could cause friction between them and their chairmen, stressing that, the successes and failures of their principals are also theirs.
He further reminded them that no political position is permanent and urged them to see their position as an opportunity to learn one or two things which might be helpful to them tomorrow when they find themselves on the front seat.
The Otukpo Local Government boss, maintained that, being humans all leaders including their followers are subject to human errors which occur sometimes due to the demands of the office they occupy.
Responding on behalf of her colleagues, vice chairman of Apa Local Government, Onyebi Audu, thanked Alli for his advice and words of wisdom, while extolling his leadership qualities, describing him as a “great pillar of hope and a worthy role model to many.”
The Voice gathered that, the vice chairmen on the visit included: Ejeh Bako for Otukpo, Musaba Oji, for Okpokwu; Nancy Adaikwu for Oju; Oki Ejembi; for Ohimini; Ebije Ben for Ogbadibo and the Vice Chairman of Obi, Peter Ocha.