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Member representing Okene/Ogori-Magongo Federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Yusuf Ahmed Tijani Damisa has formally declared to run for a third term in the green chamber.
While addressing his constituents over the weekend, Hon. Tijani stated that, “In a quick reflection of my sojourn in the national assembly, my first term was an eye opener which equipped me with more experiences to give quality representation to my people. Within a year into my second term in office which began on 3rd March 2016, after a prolonged legal tussle, I sponsored 5 private bills, three of which have passed second reading, one currently awaiting passage. I have equally engaged in some legislative activities to better the lots of our people.
“It’s however worthy of note that all the most revered and influential members of the national assembly today started from humble beginnings but progressed to their present enviable status. That is the essence of continuity in the parliament. My people, our own story cannot be different. Therefore, let’s adopt this slogan: Continuity in The Parliament, The Prospect for Parliamentary Influence.”
Hon. Tijani promised to continue his scholarship programme for the indigent students due to his encounter with one of his primary schoolmates.
In his words, he said, “If it is the will of God that I win again, the next scheme that will start in the first three months is continuation of the scholarship programme for indigent students which I started upon my assumption of office two years ago. I will never forget an encounter I had with Ibrahim, one of my primary schoolmates, while consulting with the party’s executives across the 21 wards that make up our Federal Constituency over the weekend. He was one of the most intelligent students in the class then.
“But during the weekend, Ibrahim was one of the okada riders that followed my entourage from ward to ward for stipend. This singular experience taught me that we have geniuses languishing in poverty who may never have the opportunity to develop their potentials. I know that such children still abound and many do not have the opportunity to go to school due to one reason or the other. It is pathetic!
“The scholarship scheme will be followed by empowerment programmes for unemployed graduates to enable them carter for their needs. Therefore, I have come to a crossroad of history seeking a mandate again to consolidate on my achievements and expand on additional commitments. As I stand on the crossroad, let’s do our best with an open mind, and know that after all is said and done, God still has control over the affairs of men.”
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