A delegate from Bauchi State to the National Conference, Professor Gambo Laraba Abdullahi has cleared the air over the issue of the submission of the demand for the creation of Katagum State out of the present Bauchi State.
Speaking in a telephone interview with our reporter yesterday, Professor Abdullahi said it was not true that the request was not submitted to the on going conference for consideration.
Abdullahi, who's a member of the Committee on Science and Technology, said many requests for the creation of additional states in the country were presented at the conference, including that of Katagum, stressing that to their surprise when names of the proposed states were published in the Nigerian dailies, Katagum was mistakenly missing.
The delegate, who said the committee for the creation of new states at the conference had received many requests from different angles, expressed the hope that this time around, the dream for the creation of Katagum would become a reality.
She called on the people of Bauchi North as well as the entire people of the state not to relent in offering fervent prayers in order to achieve the desired result.
On the activities of her committee, Abdullahi who was a one time commissioner in the state, said the committee had recommended that governments at all levels should support the promotion of science and technology for the continued growth and development of the nation.
She said many programmes were recommended for implementation that would boost science and technology in Nigeria and called on the governments at all levels to ensure the successful implementation of the plan.
Speaking on the alleged plan to support the extension of the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan, Abdullahi described it as rumour, stressing that no such matter was tabled for deliberation at the conference.
She described the motion for the scrapping of local government from the constitution as unrealistic, and assured that they will strive harder to ensure that it did not scale through.
According to her, local governments being the closest to the common man ought to be supported to improve the lives of the people.
Meanwhile, as the 2015 general elections in the country approaches, Christians in the state have been charged to play the game according to the laid down rules and regulations.
The call was made by a former commissioner for works in the state, Mr. Yohanna Adamu, at the congress meeting of the Northern States Christian Elders Forum, held in Bauchi yesterday.
Adamu who described politics and democracy as the best system of proper management of the people, called on Christians to be fully involved in the forth-coming elections in order to contribute towards the growth and progress of the state and the nation at large.
Earlier, the state Chairman of the Northern Christian Elders Forum, Reverend Timothy Dogari, explained that the objective of the forum was to promote and protect the interest of Christians as well as advice government where necessary for the development of the state.
He called on the clergymen to educate their members on the need to vote for credible people who have the interest of the state at heart.
In his remark, the national secretary of the forum Emmanuel Danjuma said the national secretariat of the forum was currently planning a national conference in Abuja to discuss on vital issues ahead of the 2015 polls.