Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang has accused the Federal Government of short-changing the state in the distribution of developmental projects.
The governor also accused the government of failing to reimburse the state after it had used its resources to refurbish some federal projects and institutions in the state.
Jang spoke on Wednesday when the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, led members of the Good Governance Team on tour of federal and state projects in the state.
He frowned at the failure of the Federal Government to reimburse Plateau commitments even when President Goodluck Jonathan had seen the projects and commissioned some of them during his last visit to the state.
The governor accused some members of Jonathan’s cabinet of hiding under due diligence to deny the state its rights .
Jang accussed the Federal Government of abandoning federal projects in his state. He mentioned the Panyam-Wamba-Bokkos Road as one of the federal roads abandoned by the contractor for more than five years.
He also regretted the bad publicity the state had been receiving, saying that many federal establishments were being moved out of the state to neighbouring states because of people’s perception of Plateau. He vowed that the government would resist any further attempt to take any federal institution out of Plateau.
The governor said, “We in Plateau have been short-changed by the Federal Government. We cannot mention any major federal project that is being sited here, yet we have been receiving worst negative publicity. We were just being publicised as a state that is killing its people but I have always kept my calm, hoping that a day will come when God will vindicate me and I think today is one of those days.”
Jang appealed to media practitioners to always portray the state in positive light. He also asked them to shun armchair journalism and do more of investigative work.
The governor said people who accused him of lopsided development needed to come to the state to appreciate its problems, adding that the Hausa-dominated part of the state have refused the government entry to develop their areas because they think that government was only interested in their property.
Maku had earlier lauded the developmental strides of the governor, explaining that the main purpose of the GGT was to showcase development, and challenges of states and local government and not to ridicule any state or governor.
Maku said that with the resources available to Plateau State, the governor had done well in delivering dividends of democracy to the people.