Nasarawa Deputy Governor, Mr Silas Agara, who spoke during a meeting with party delegates and supporters in Nasarawa-Eggon on Monday, promised to pay monthly allowance to APC officials in local governments and wards if elected.
The Nasarawa Deputy Governor who stated that the gesture would improve the living standards of the party officials who were “usually forgotten after elections are won”, is one of the 10 aspirants contesting for the State’s Governorship position.
“I am confident that the party officials will be more committed to contributing ideas toward good governance if elected officials make their welfare a priority,” he said.
“The monthly allowance will motivate the officials to be active. There are times that they fail to attend meetings because of transport fare. Elected officials must look into these complaints critically,” he said.
Agara, however, explained that the allowances would be funded from his personal income, “ and not from government coffers”.
Mr. Silas who also promised to empower APC officials to enable them to engage in meaningful ventures that would sustain them, advised the delegates to take wise decisions devoid of sentiments and financial inducement.
“You must be wary of politicians who only show up when elections are near and offer money to buy votes. Once they can buy your votes, they will abandon you when in power.
“Vote for aspirants that will be with you in good and bad times. Do not be carried away by what you may be offered because after the election, you will be forgotten because you have been paid off,” he said.