Jos â€“ Plateau Governor Jonah Jang, says he has started the process of replacing old politicians with younger ones in Plateau politics.
â€œWe have set machineries in motion to weed the old brigades from contesting in future polls as a way of minimising corruption in the system.â€™â€™
Jang said this on Friday in Jos, at a lecture in honour of his 70th birthday.
He said that the old politicians in Plateau had refused to mentor the young ones to succeed them.
â€œThe reason we have a lot of rot in the system is that the old politicians have deliberately refused to groom the young generation of politicians.
â€œWe are ready to mentor the young politicians so as to take over from us.
â€œWe are not against the old politicians, but we want those patriotic young people to take over the mantle of leadership from us,â€œ he said.
Speaking earlier, the Senate President, Mr David Mark, called on all those holding political office to emulate the good leadership qualities of Jang.
â€œGov. Jang is reliable, honest and committed to uplift the living standards of the common man in the society.
â€œJang is committed to his principles and ideologies of salvaging the rural folks from misery, hunger and diseases,â€™â€™ he said.
Mark commended the organisers of the lecture to honour a friend, associate and colleague in their military days.
The Secretary of the Plateau State Government, Prof. Shedrack Best, said that the lecture was organised to provoke ideas that had link with the survival of the nation.
â€œThe lecture has been designed in such a way that most of the nagging political problems facing the Middle-belt and Nigeria will be trashed,â€™â€™ he said.
Best commended the entire guest that graced the occasion, saying that without their presence the lecture would have been a failure.