By TERYIMA ANDREW
A physically challenge person, an award winning parasitic Olympics games Vitalis Lanshinma who is vying for Jos north/Bassa federal constituency in Plateau state has said that if elected federal legislator, he will change narrative of the Nigerian politicians who he alleged only invest in themselves, rather the people.
“Our politicians are concern only about themselves, they do award contacts to politicians who have no construction companies. That is why 20 years of Nigerian democracy, yet things getting worse, no good roads.”
Mr. Lanshima who is contesting federal house of representative on the Platform of the Social Democratic Party SDP made his position known Wednesday in Jos, at the media forum of the correspondents’ chapel, Plateau state chapter.
The correspondents’ chapel media forum is a brainchild of the chapel members in Jos to offer equal opportunity to all candidates, also serve as an avenue for political office seekers to further present their manifesto to the electorates, and the general public.
The 2019 series is the second edition, holding at the Nigeria Union of Journalists Plateau state council, which kick started this Wednesday, ending 26th February 2019.
The SDP house of representative candidate said 20 years of Nigerian democracy seem to be retrogressive “our political office holders are self-centered, all they care only about is themselves; in Nigeria, if you are born a poor man you die as a poor man, our hospitals have no drugs, people die of curable diseases in Nigeria, but huge sum are spent unaccounted for.” He laments
On educational sector, Mr. Lanshima said is the worse hit, according to him the educational system in Nigeria has collapsed.
“Where there are schools, there are no teachers, where you have teachers, no teaching aides; in the United Kingdom (UK) and United State of America, (USA) where the system works, government build school according to the population of the people.
“It’s sad that the entire Angwan Rogo community, part my constituency has only primary and a secondary school, not even in good shape.”
“Shagari conners, another community within Jos north with over 30,000 people has no single school. That’s why most of our politicians send their children abroad for studies. If I became a federal legislator, I shall work towards stopping the trend, because it is not helping in the development of our country Nigeria.”
He assured that the less privilege will not be charge any school fee. “God willing, if I become a federal legislator, physically challenge persons from my constituency shall schools for free; that will be a starting point. It is unfortunate that most schools in Nigeria are not habitable not even for domestic animals.”
He pledged not to be partisan, “if I get into office, I shall work with everyone irrespective of political party difference, the only way I shall differ with people will be on ideologies and my principles of governance.
Lanshima promised to be transparent “during my administration, what ever allocation meant for my constituent’s shall be made open, I will announce every allocation in the internet online, my constituents shall decide on what and how it should be spent.”
He also promised to take good care of the old and young “it is unfortunate that, in Nigeria, the aged are not taken care of, I shall made provision for them, we shall not share money to the youth, but made them more useful to themselves, we will look for ways for them to make money through entrepreneurship, we shall provide interest free loans.”
Earlier, Plateau state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Paul Jatau, in an address commended the initiative of the correspondents’ chapel members for providing a platform for politicians to reach out to the electorates through the media.
The NUJ chairman however informed candidates that they shall be held accountable, should they get into office and fail to fulfill the campaign promises.
Similarly, chairman, correspondents’ chapel, Plateau state Aminu Idegu, a reporter with “The Nation news paper in a welcome remarks said the chapel media forum will accept and report about every candidate who present his or self without any form of bias.
Mr. Aminu Idegu charged members not to misrepresent candidate’s views, be professional and objective in reporting activities of the media forum.