Saturday, 25 October 2014

Ogbadibo stands still as Hassan Saleh declares for second tenure

By Sunday ITODO

The member representing Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo federal constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Hassan Anthony Saleh has officially announced his intention to return to the National Assembly come 2015.

Addressing an epic gathering which cuts across party stakeholders, opinion leaders, labour union, women groups, youths associations, students union, Journalists and party supporters at the weekend in Otukpa, the headquarters of Ogbadibo local government; Hon. Saleh acknowledged the massive supports given to him by his constituents which has made his membership of the 7th Assembly worthwhile.

According to him, without the supports and prayers of members of the constituency, he wouldn’t have made any significant impact at the House of Representatives owing to the fact that the original functions of a Parliamentarian were to make laws for the people and exercising oversight powers.

While giving an account of his stewardship for the past three and a half years, Hon. Saleh admitted his conviviality with the leadership of the National Assembly which was responsible for his emergence as the only member of the ECOWAS parliament from North Central Nigeria; only member of the Joint Committee on Constitution Review (JCCR) from Benue State; deputy Chairman, House Committee on Loans, AIDS and Debt Management as well as membership of 6 standing committees at the green chamber.

Hon Saleh also said he was able to sponsor 18 motions and several bills, some of which had gone through second reading process on the floor of the House.
Speaking further, the young and vibrant law maker enumerated some of his constituency projects to include rural electrification outreach in communities across the 3 LGAs; construction/grading of rural roads; construction of modern Health Centre; provision of motorized borehole at Ulayi and other communities in Ado LG; construction of 3 classrooms block at Igwumale community secondary school and facilitating the operation of the foremost network provider, MTN at Utonkon.

Others include donation of 120 brand new laptop computers to Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo; construction of an ICT centre fully equipped at Ede in Okpoga; provision of computer sets, internet servers and generating set to Moro Memorial college, Okwungaga; construction of 2000 capacity community hall at Ipiga Otukpa; construction of 3 classrooms block at Adum Oko, Orokam; empowerment of over 500 youths and widows across the 35 council wards; facilitating employments of graduates with federal establishments, oversea scholarship for students, among others.

He therefore called on the people of Ogbadibo to support his re-election bid and that of Senator David Mark to enable them attract more dividends of democracy to the area.

Earlier in his address of welcome, the Executive Chairman of Ogbadibo LGC and ALGON vice Chairman in Benue state, Hon. Sunday Ojo acknowledged the laudable achievements of the lawmaker which he described as “unprecedented” in the history of the local government and called on the good people of Ogbadibo to give their unflinching supports to Hon. Saleh’s ambition.

In their separate remarks, former PDP chairmen in Ogbadibo, Hon. Mathew Ochigbo and Hon. Mathew Achanya, former PDP secretary, Hon. Daniel Apeh, former member of the Benue House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Moses Oduh and Coordinator for David Mark/Hassan Saleh campaign organization for Ogbadibo, Hon. Denis Onoja all lauded the remarkable achievements of Hon. Saleh and pledged total supports from the 3 districts in Ogbadibo.

In his goodwill message, the deputy Governor of Benue State, Chief Steven Lawani (OFR) extolled the dexterity with which Hon. Saleh pursues legislative business on the floor of the House and his fervent representation which has translated to the many developmental projects across the constituency.

Speaking through his representative, Hon. Agada Orokpo, the governorship hopeful described Hassan Saleh as “a worthy son of Ogbadibo and the best among his colleagues at the House of Representatives”.

Hon. Hassan Saleh’s campaign train also visited the palace of the Ado’Ogbadibo, Chief D.E. Enenche in Orokam where the lawmaker was received and bestowed with royal blessings by the paramount ruler in collaborations with the Och’Otukpa, Chief Sir Amb. Sunday Ekele (KSJ) (JP), the Onomo of Owukpa, Chief Emmanuel Odeh and others.

The event was attended by many dignitaries among whom are, the former Secretary to the State Government, Dr. John Orokpo, Member representing Ogbadibo at Benue House of Assembly, Hon. Joe Ojobo, Director of Media to the Governor, Hon. James Uloko, Governor’s Liaison Officer for Ogbadibo, Hon. Emmanuel Ogwuche, PDP Chairman for Ogbadibo, Hon. Innocent Ogbodo, SA to the Minister of Interior, Hon. Musa Oji, former LG Chairmen, members of Ogbadibo Legislative and Executive Councils, representatives of government and people of Ado LG, representatives of government and people of Okpokwu LG, contestants for House of Assembly, all the LG excos of PDP, All ward excos of PDP, among others.

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