Background and Achievements of Tijani Damisa

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Hon. Yusuf Ahmed Tijani (born 4 May, 1972) in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State is a politician, a farmer and social reformer. He is presently a Member representing Okene/Ogori-Magongo Federal Constituency of Kogi State.
Early Life and Education
Hon. Tijani attended Nurul-Islamic Primary School Okene, Kogi State (1978 – 1984). He had his secondary education at Local Government Secondary School Ohiana, Okene (1984–1990). He later proceeded for his higher education and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Kogi State University Anyigba (2004 – 2009), M.Sc. in Conflict Resolution at the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna in 2007.
Political Engagements
Hon. Tijani began his political journey as a councillor of Onyukoko Ward in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State from 2000 to 2003. Thereafter, in 2008, he was appointed as Special Adviser to the then Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris. In this position, he was able to prove himself as a seasoned politician and administrator until he left in 2008. Having excelled so well in his previous capacities, the people of his Federal Constituency elected him in 2011 to represent them at the National Assembly. Due to his tremendous achievements in the 7th Assembly (2011 – 2015), he was re-elcted in 2015 for 2nd term in this 8th Assembly.
Services to His Federal Constituency/Nigeria
Economic Empowerment
• Assisted people: women/youth–groups and individuals with viable business concepts to get micro (small) loans and other microfinance services to lift them out of poverty and dependency.
• Provided those that get these micro loans with compulsory basic business training to help them manage their businesses well.
• Boosted agricultural production in the constituency by providing small-scale farmers with subsidized fertilizers and means to practise agro-pastoralism.
• Launched Market Women Scheme which led to 250 small scale traders having their businesses transformed.
• Provided free computer appreciation program which saw over 2000 youths across the constituency benefitting and thus empowered to pursue their dreams of the 21st century.
• Donated over 200 motorcycles to different categories of individuals to make life more meaningful for them.
• Donated over 80 deep freezers to market women to facilitate their business.
• Distributed countless numbers of video cameras, photo cameras, vulcanizing machines car washing machines etc. to a number of artisans and entrepreneur in our constituency to aid their professions.
Education
• Provided scholarship to over 400 people across our constituency to further their education and thus better their chances in life;
• Provided 105 computers to Abdul Azeez Attah Memorial College, Okene to make the school Information Communication Technology (ICT) compliant;
• Donated a bus to National Association of Ebira Students (NAES) to enhance their operations;
• Constructed and furnished three blocks of classroom at Queens of Apostles College, Okene to ease the infrastructure decay in the college;
• Constructed and furnished of one block of 3 classrooms with convenience and borehole at LGSS Ohiana;
• Rehabilitated and equipped Standard Primary School Onyukoko to improve quality of learning for children;
• Co-sponsored one person for PG at a University in the UK to build high level manpower for our people and the state in general and therefore better our chances of competing at the centre;
Health
• Worked closely with NGOs operating within and outside the constituency to intensify public awareness and accessibility of health protection products and services, such as insecticide-treated nets and anti-malarial drugs.
• Canvassed for medical equipment abroad for community based clinics and private clinics/hospitals with capacity potentials. In return made contracts with them to take minimum charges to treat patients.
• Periodically arranged for free medical check-up and treatment of different health challenges.
Access to Portable Water
• Provided portable drinking water through the provision of 43 motorized boreholes across the Federal Constituency.
Employment
Influenced the employment of reasonable numbers of our constituents into the various MDAs.
Bills Sponsored
1. Nigerian Entertainment Trust Fund (Est.,) Bill
Objective: To spark job creation and economic growth
Stage: Passed.
2. Nigerian Institute of Steel Development (Est.,) Bill
Objective: To provide prompt advisory service on materials, construction practices, interpretation of codes and creating an environment for better usage of steel by acquiring and disseminating knowledge about the best practices
Stage: 2nd Reading
3. Federal Character Commission Act (Amendment) Bill
Objective: To provide for the representation of each Senatorial District of the Federation in order to ensure total inclusiveness of job seekers in the federal civil service
Stage: 2nd Reading
4. National Agency for Minority Communities (Est.,) Bill
Objective: To serve as a recommendation making body for the effective implementation of safeguards for the protection of the interests of minorities by the Federal Government or the State Governments.
Stage: 1st Reading
5. Nigerian College of Mining Technology (Est.,) Bill
Objective: To provide for instruction and research in such branches of mining and quarrying for the advancement of learning and dissemination of knowledge in such branches
Stage: 1st Reading
–  El-Okene Adabara Abduljelil

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