January 27, 2023

2023: Citizens must define and insist on their rights – Federal Official

Dr. Patrick Dakum

Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Institute of Human Virology, Abuja, Dr. Patrick Dakum says citizens must insist on their rights in seeking the next generation of leaders.

“We as a people need to paint a picture of what we want, so that whoever wins election in 2023 will automatically understand that we are not looking for a slogan but a developmental strategy that will work for Plateau,” said Dakum in a press conference in Jos on Tuesday.

Only a clear vision, Dakum said would empower citizens to hold Government accountable. “The more we paint that picture in the minds of everyone in politics, the more we’ll be able to hold Government accountable,” he said.

An elder and Sunday school teacher for over 30years, Dakum was twice Commissioner in Plateau State and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

He believes “consolidating” all programmes of past administrations is positive for Plateau State in the next administration. This means merging the Emancipation agenda of Solomon Lar administration, Reengineering agenda of Joshua Dariye administration, Redemption agenda of Jonah Jang administration and Rescue agenda of Simon Lalong administration as well as programmes of past military and sole administrators in the State.

But in doing so, “innovation” is key, said Dakum, referring to technological advancements.

In his words, “For every idea or project in the past, the next government should be able to upgrade it using ICT. Schooling is changing. If we are going to build schools, we must think of transforming our system to function online. When there is a pandemic, our children don’t have to be home.

“In the transport sector, we need to develop a system that is in tandem with current realities. If we deploy buses with free internet facilities, no one will patronize Keke. Keke is getting outdated. Other countries have moved on and have more organized transport systems that serves their needs.”