Irked by what it considered the ill treatment of Plateau State indigenes in Nigeria Television College Jos, The Plateau State House of Assembly has moved to address the matter by asking its house adhoc committee on public account and petition to liaise with some relevant authorities to address the mater.
This decision came to light during the plenary of the House in a motion of urgent public importance tabled by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gardi, when the Assembly resumed from recess yesterday.
Presenting the motion before the House Hon. Gagdi said that in recent time some developments concerning Plateau State indigenes in the institution are of great and grave concern to the people of the state which has resisted in a peaceful demonstration by the students of the institution that are from the state.
Going down memory lane, Hon Gadgi said that since the institution was established in 1980, no indigene of the state has ever headed it despite the contributions of this state to the institution through the provision of a free land and their things.
He explained that the recent development in the institution which was perpetrated by the outgoing rector who transferred all the most senior state indigenes working in the institution and who by virtue of their ranks and education are eminently qualified to be appointed as rector of the institution. This he said is an attempt to deny them the opportunity to become rector.
Hon. Gadgi stressed that though the institution is owned by the federal government the Assembly cannot sit and watch while indigenes of the state are humiliated in the institution.
Contributing to the debate the majority leader of the House Hon. Henry Yunkwap said its time we get paid of our own cake in the institution” adding that as the mouth-piece of the people of the state the House will continue to speak on matters that concern the state.
Member representing Langtang North North Hon. Godfrey Lamdip also described the action of the outgoing Rector of NTA, TV Collelge as corruption which the present government is fighting.
Others who contributed supported the motion and called for relevant authority to look into the issue and redress it without further delay.
The House standing committee was therefore mandated to meet with the state representative at the federal character commission and the state representatives at the senate and the House of representative at the senate and the House of representatives to look at the issue.
Meanwhile, in his address to the House after resumption from its recess, the Speaker, Hon. Peter Azang Azi has appealed to the members to add value to the already established achievements of the House since it was inaugurated by working harder to serve the state and its people.