The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Plateau, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, says he will work with youths to revamp the state economy if elected governor.
Yilwatda said this on Thursday when he went to his home in Kanke Local Government to thank people of Plateau for giving him APC governorship ticket.
According to the governorship candidate, youths have brilliant ideas and make up the bulk of voters but are underrepresented in previous administrations in the state.
He said that it was for that resolve that he picked Mr Pam Butmang, who he described as an energetic, well-travelled and well- schooled young man to be his running mate.
Yilwatda said that he would set up a tustfund for vulnerable group in the state.
He also said that he would set aside 10 per cent of the state internally generated revenue for the groups as trustfund.
The former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner in Benue listed youths, women and people living with disabilities as the vulnerable groups.
He said that the people he termed vulnerable groups constituted 80 per cent of the voting population but they owned less than 10 per cent wealth of the state’s economy.
“So you have this big pyramid that has been turned upside down and it cannot be upside down for long.
“One day the pyramid will collapse, we must change the pyramid upside not to allow it return to where it comes from.
“So the larger part of the economy comes down and the thinner part goes up, It makes it more stable. It’s easier to manage.
“And what do we need to do? That trustfund will allow them to have funds and matching grants, if transferred to private sector, it will be purely managed on business basis”, he said.
According to him, people between 20 years of age and 30 years of age are millionaires in global economies but the situation is different in Nigeria.
Yilwatda stated that Plateau economy would revolve around the youths to give them opportunities to excel.
The governorship candidate further said that his administration would take advantage of the temperate weather to encourage production of the crops.
Yilwatda noted that the industrial area of the state would be relocated to Barkin which is close to the Yakubu Gowon Airport, the Inland Container Deport and the NESCO source of power.
He said that with such facilities, the state industrial sector would grow rapidly without inhibition.
In his response, the Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr Yakubu Sanda, assured Yilwatda of the support of legislators in the state.
Sanda, represented by his deputy, Mr Saleh Yipmong, said that the APC family on the Plateau was strong and united.
“Members of the house would support Yilwatda to continue from where Gov. Simon Lalong stopped so that the dividends of democracy would continue to trickle down to people of Plateau’’, he said. (www.nannnews.ng)
The All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Gubernatorial Candidate in Plateau, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, has chosen Mr Pam Butmang as his running mate for 2023.
Butmang, the current Plateau Commissioner for Works, is the son of former Gov. Joshua Dariye’s Deputy, late Micheal Butmang.
Yilwatda said at the unveiling of Butmang on Wednesday in Jos, that he consulted widely before arriving at his choice of a running mate.
“I consulted with party officials, the leader of the party in Plateau, Gov. Simon Lalong, and all the critical stakeholders.
“We arrived at somebody we felt is energic, young, experienced and a party man, who can complement everything that I lack as a candidate.
“In the course of the consultation, we also reconciled some aggrived members of the party to ensure that we emerge victorious in the election.
“I am happy to tell you that one of those who contested for the ticket with me, Mr Bilshaka Fitka, has agreed to work for the success of the party.
“Together we will give you a secure, united and prosperous Plateau, if elected,” the governorship hopeful said.
He said that he would take responsibility for the choice of Butmang and also stick out his neck to ensure that both of them served the people to the best of their ability.
He appealed to those that sought to be selected from the northern zone, where the slot was zoned to, to understand that only one person was needed for the position.
According to him, they were eminently qualified but for the want of space.
He promised to carry them along, when elected, saying that “the table of the governor is wide enough to accommodate everyone”.
Yilwatda also called on all the party faithful to join hands with him “to ensure that APC wins the election free and square” in 2023.
In a remark, Butmang said that he accepted his nomination as the running mate to Yilwatda.
He, however, said that he is “not a co-pilot of the plane but a supporter” to the candidate.
“I guarantee 180 per cent of my loyalty to you and the party.
“I want to tell our great party faithful that I have been asked to support the candidate to win the election.
“My principal was my senior in the secondary school.
“I served him and I will not be afraid or ashamed of serving him again.
“This is the man to take us to the top.
“I implore you to support the Generation Next Movement. You will not be disappointed,” Butmang said.
The state Chairman of the party, Mr Rufus Bature, said that the delay in picking the running mate was to ensure that they did not make mistake.
Bature said that at the appropriate time, their campaign would be issue-based and not campaign of calumny.
He further said that the campaign would be done at the polling units rather than cities.