OrderPaperToday – The welfare and socio-economic wellbeing of the electorate is a primary function of government, specifically officials elected into public offices at all levels. While different political authorities have varying capacities to attend to this basic constitutional need, it is usually heart-warming to see elected leaders become responsive. This is more so, when it concerns legislators who are believed to control votes for constituency projects that should benefit constituents.
For Mr. Abdussamad Dasuki, member representing Kebbe/Tambuwal federal constituency in the House of Representatives, this obligation is one that cannot be compromised. That is why on April 9, 2017, over 1000 women gathered in his constituency in Kebbe town to receive equipment and grants to advance their businesses and improve their overall economic wellbeing.
Items distributed at the event include sewing machines, grinding machines, generator sets and cash grants while special provisions were made to improve the quality of life of the disabled. The event was well attended by political leaders, community and religious leaders as well as numerous supporters of the lawmaker. Top on the list were the APC Chairman in Sokoto State, Zonal Vice Chairman of the party (Sokoto South), APC State Woman Leader, and other Zonal Women Leaders. Others were Sokoto State Commissioner for LGA, Members of the Sokoto State House of Assembly, Chairmen of Kebbe and Tambuwal Local Governments, Director Generals of State Parastatals, District Councillors from both Local Governments, party elders and stalwarts, Emirs and Traditional title holders. A talented MC, Tagwaye (aka His Excellency) was also on ground to thrill the audience with humour.
Dasuki is driven by the philosophy that “investing in women and the girl child is a crucial step towards breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty in rural communities.” He toldOrderPaper.ng that the empowerment programme which commenced in 2016 “utilises a multipronged approach to achieve our ultimate goal – “the socio-economic upliftment of our constituents.”
OrderPaper.ng learnt that earlier phases of the empowerment programme included massive medical outreaches in Tambuwal, Kebbe, Kuchi and Dogondaji recording nearly 10,000 attendees at each outing. Through his constituency office, weekly stipends have also been given to the most disadvantaged in communities in addition to water projects and a revolving scholarship scheme.
But what motivates Mr. Dasuki, a respected blue blood of rich traditional heritage, to embark on these constituency projects? He told OrderPaper.ng: “Given our current economic realities, I cannot over emphasise the need for us (the elected and the electorate) to collaborate in the areas of needs assessments and articulation so that the right items get to the right beneficiaries at the right time.
“Only this way can we maximise the social benefit of these types of interventions. It is my hope that our mothers, sisters and daughters will justify our faith in them by putting these resources to good use and creating opportunities for others in future.”