A Unity Forum called Plateau Central and Southern zone Unity Forum has elected Mrs Salomie Dashe, A Women’s Advocate and a politician to head its affairs as Chairperson.
In well organized election which took place at the Jos Hotel along Zaria Road over the weekend, the Director of Press to Governor, Mr Emmanuel Nanle who conducted the election described it as a successful one. Speaking to newsmen after the election he said the outcome of the election has determined the wish of the people of the two zones which constitutes the political strength of Plateau State.
The Chairman’s position was unopposed with the post of the Deputy Chairman contested by Mr Joseph Gotip and Panshak John Verengkat. After the election, Mr Verengkat pulled 32 votes and his contender, Mr Joseph Gotip who was declared winner pulled 334 votes.
The aim of the forum to get its members to intensify their performance at the national level through their ethnic development associations for the growth and integration of their people in the country.
Mr Emmanuel Nanle tasked the new executives to live up to their new responsibilities and lead by example, urging all citizens on the Plateau to give the new administration of Simon Lalong the support needed in order to bring about lasting peace and development in the state.
The Chairperson Mrs Salomi Dashe in her acceptance speech pledged her readiness as a woman and a determined mother to give her members a sense of belonging beyond the borders of Plateau state.
In a later interview, she stated her readiness to change the forum beyond a mere political organization as people may always think to a forum that will unite people in the two zones and support the political desires of their members. “The new administration on the Plateau is the product of the unity of the central and southern zones, through this forum”, she added.
Showing her concern over the high level of youth idleness in the zone where most out of frustration have turned to drugs and illicit drinks without any meaningful venture, she said the template she is working with is going to create opportunities for the youths to be engaged in vocational ventures in order to be responsible members as well as decision makers of the state.
Mrs Dashe solicited for the support of her members and her EXCOs to pilot the affairs of the forum together promising not to fail them.
The new executives of the forum is now as follows:
Mrs Salomi Dashe as Chairperson (southern zone)
Mr Joseph Gotip as Vice chairman (central zone)
Haji Irimiya Pangkugha as Secretary general (central zone),
Mrs Judith Fidelis Tsenvel as Assistant secretary (southern zone), and
Mr James Mamgin (central zone) Auditor General
Mr Yakubu Habila Gukol as PRO (central zone),
Barr. Alloy Michael Dawam as Legal adviser (southern zone),
Mr Yakubu Lumi Tuna as Ex-officio I (central zone),
And Mr Iliyasu Zakari as Ex-officio II(Southern zone) with
Mr Aring Sam Mark, as Ex-officio III (central zone) respectively.