The Riyom local government Secretariat of Plateau state is one of the places which came under the violent attack of some youth in the guise of hunting and carting away government palliatives. The attack which dealt a big blow to the sacretariat has displaced the Council Chairman of Riyom LGA to operate a mobile office in order to carry out his constitutional duties.
The Management Committee Chairman of the Council, Mr. Mafeng Gwalson while speaking with our reporter, said presently he has no office as he operates under the tree.
“Of course I don’t have an office, the only office I have is under the tree now, that is where I operate at the moment as we are taking time to put back the structures of the council and to see how we can strengthen the security of the council” the chairman disclosed.
The Council boss while expressing his displeasure at the destructive act, said he felt sad and demoralised as a leader because these are institutions of government, places that were built with tax payers monies and meant for the common good of the people.
“Funds that are to be used for other things will now have to be channeled to put the Secretariat back to function and that breaks my heart a lot” he added.
On the genuine demands of the youths with the hash tag ENDSARS, the Riyom Council Chairman noted that the demands are not just to endsars but are accumulated issues that the youths are venting out to be addressed by the government.
He said the protest has expressed the fact that there is a big gap between the government and the people, which according to him is now spurring them to look at ways to close the gaps between the government and the people.
He appealed to the youths to always be law abiding while carrying out any protest because it is constitutional, but advised them to also plan for eventuality as some bad eggs can take advantage of their protest to cause destructions.
It would be recalled that the peaceful ENDSARS protest was later hijacked by hoodlums and on Sunday, 25/10/2020 they invaded the Riyom local government Secretariat, broke the doors and windows and carted away virtually everything sighted in the council including files and chairs.