By Kabiru Bakare
On the 9th of June 2017, the 8th Senate marked its second anniversary with a special valedictory plenary session to bring to the general public an account of stewardship in the last two years. The available record rolled out on the achievements of the 8th Senate shows a remarkable feat never achieved before in the history of the Nigerian Senate.
A total of 95 bills have been passed so far and 72 petitions considered. The present crops of Senators comprising of 109-members have clearly put aside party affiliations and parochial interest for national interest to forge ahead in a united manner despite the shaking start characterized by power tussle and in-fighting.
Senator Joshua Chibi Dariye has used his wealth of experience garnered over the years to effectively contribute immensely to the overall objective of the 8th Senate.
The plateau born lawmaker and former governor is the current Chairman Senate committee on public procurement. He’s also a member of the committee on Finance, Tertiary Institution, Solid Minerals and host of other committees.
The distinguished Senator has demonstrated uncommon leadership courage and this has endeared him to more responsibility- hence his membership in the key Senate committees.
The two-time Senator of the federal republic of Nigeria has ascribed his successful tenure and those of his colleagues to their less emphasis on party lines on issues of national interest. And a common goal of striving to enact laws capable of bringing development and affect Nigerians positively.
In setting his legislative instrument priorities to impact directly on the people, Senator Dariye sponsored a people oriented Bill, a bill to amend the Procurement Act to remove the bottleneck in contract bidding and delivery, and ensure transparency and accountability in the process.
The lawmaker disclosed that the amended version when assented to by Mr. President will reduce the time lag and ensure timely completion of procurement process and eliminate wastages.
He stated further that a thorough job was done on the bill to ensure proper analysis, due diligence and effective representation of stakeholder’s across board. He also noted that the days of “frog swallowing elephant” was over, as was the case during the consolidation of banks.
Emphasizing the advantages of this important piece of legislation sponsored by Senator Joshua Dariye, the procurement act seeks to benefit Nigerians directly as it gives priority to domestic suppliers of domestically made goods, reduce collusion, corruption and mismanagement of funds and ensure value for money.
This singular effort will lead to the creation of more jobs and enable government save more money for infrastructural development.
Senator Dariye’s determination to curtail the crisis rocking the education sector was made manifest when teamed up with the committee on Tertiary Education trust fund (TETFund) to carry out an assessment of the budgetary spending in schools, and increased funding as he believes that ‘an educated person is a liberated person’.
Worried by the environmental degradation and poor state of our roads, the Senator representing Plateau central also extended his oversight function to the committee on works to monitor road constructions and subsequently raised a Motion on the ongoing road construction along Life camp road, Abuja.
The two-time lawmaker decried the condition of roads in both the States and Federal level flays the construction companies for not adhering to the ethics of the profession in discharging their duty. He cited an experience during his time as governor of Plateau State, where he embarked on the construction of quite a number of roads in the state, most of which are still intact seventeen years after. The Kiran-mando road where the DG operations come from is a notable example.
No doubt, Senator Dariye has taken his antecedents as the former Chief Executive officer of Plateau State a notch higher by offering quality representation for his people back home. His political nimbleness is still a mystery to many of his adversaries’ who thought he wouldn’t survive all the political plotting orchestrated to scheme him out at all cost.
The ‘head boy’ of our time as he was fondly called described his political journey as an act of God, rightly put in his own words: “Dariye is the Grace of God”
As a seasoned politician, Dariye did the needful by biding his farewell to the crisis-ridden PDP bedeviled by leadership tussle. This decision enabled him formalize his defection to the APC in order to give his people the right representation they deserve at the upper chamber.
Dariye is never short of contribution on issues at the front burner of the economy, preaching religious tolerance and harmonious living among all tribes. He has reiterated his commitment to the services of the people of his constituent. On what to expect in the next two years of Legislation, Dariye said: “I left Plateau better than I met it, I will represent my people to the best of my abilities, create employment through empowerment programs. The Payan Bukus road is dear to me, despite the litigation that has slowed down work, we have embarked on the phase II, through cooperation and collaboration.”
The Distinguished Senator stated that he would continue to prevail on the governor to create more access roads within the metropolis for the benefit of his people. He pledged to support the people in need by ensure that resources are evenly distributed among the people stating that “where multiple needs are chasing a few resources, you must rank them in order of preference”.
Kabiru wrote from Abuja