Gombe South indigenes allege marginalisation, task NASS members on redress

People of Gombe South, Gombe state have called on the newly inaugurated members of the National Assembly from the district to work assiduously to address the perceived marginalisation of the zone.

The concerned indigenes, who alleged that the zone since 1999 had not produced a minister, asked the members of the 10th National Assembly from the district to have  ‘an understanding’ with the federal government for the zone to be considered for ministerial appointment.

A former candidate for Gombe State House of Assembly, Mr. Adamu-Meriji Majoro, who spoke for the zone in an interview with journalists at the sidelines of the reception organised in honour of the NASS members from the zone in Abuja, Tuesday night, also alleged that the district had been marginalised in Gombe state politics.

The NASS members who were honoured are Senator Anthony Siyako Yaro, representing Gombe South; Hon. Obed Paul Shehu, representing Kaltungo/Shongom Federal Constituency; and Hon. Ali Isa J.C, representing Balanga-Billiri Federal Constituency.

 Meriji-Majoro, who also chaired the reception’s planning committee said: “I know already that we do have an agenda and I can assure you that one of the things we are going to be pursuing before the end of their tenure is to make sure that they can generate an understanding with the federal government so that one day, one of our own from Gombe South is considered for ministerial appointment.

“For example, we have never had a governor elected from the south senatorial district of the state neither has anyone from the constituency ever been considered for appointment in the federal cabinet despite our population and contribution to the growth and development of the state.

He, however, expressed confidence in the new administration of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu that everyone would be given a sense of belonging.

“I am not from the APC but I am pleased with the way the new administration is going already. When you see a good product you have to recognise and appreciate it,” he said.