Earlier this week, we returned from our long recess of over two months, which came as a result of the end of the first Legislative Year of the National Assembly,of which,by the grace of God and your kind support I am a part.
During the recess,we had taken time to x-ray what my team and I had achieved in our Constituency in the last one year against the promises that we had made to you during the electioneering campaigns and the verdict of everyone whose opinion we had sought had been a positive one:We have achieved a remarkable success.
Though I am glad of such a verdict and really humbled by your huge acknowledgment of same,I choose to, however, think that we are merely on course in our desire to make Gombi/ Hong a better place and acquiring for our people a new lease of life.
I shall not rest until our peace-loving,hard working and highly industrious people return to their homes and occupations to enjoy a life that is better than the one they knew before the onset of insurgent activities. I shall not rest until I see every of our youths and women, whether educated or not,acquire a skill or two that will make such a person face the challenges of daily-living,especially in a country in which our economy is not at its best at present.
So, as we commence this new year in the affairs of the Federal House, I commit myself to serving you better.Expectedly, our 254- borehole initiative for all the Polling Units in Gombi/Hong Federal Constituency shall be aiming at full implementation , barring the challenges of rain and parts of our difficult topography.The Capt. Buba Industrial Village,which is expanding to take in more student-trainees,shall graduate more students in over three batches.
We shall,also, pay keener attention to the education of our youths and, hopefully, streamline my various current education sponsorship initiatives by bringing them under the umbrella of a Foundation where I intend to not only make it more competitive and autonomous but monitor its progress through the mechanism of some form of self-assessment . Given the pressure of our economy and the current position of the Federal Government on the matter, I also intend,more than ever before, to push all my programmes on agriculture and Agric-business to the fore in the next Legislative Year.
Already,I have a load of Bills and paper work in the House aimed in that direction and just waiting for the right time to shoot.
Our farmers shall receive enormous support and encouragement to maximise the potential of our productive capacity to the fullest.Our commodity ware-housing initiative,availability of Cooperative assistance to farmers,agriculture mechanisation , dry season farming agenda and the processing of loans/grants for agricultural purposes shall be pursued with new zeal.As you already know,our dam projects are being reviewed for more financial commitment by government to make serious dry season agriculture a huge investment .With the agrarian nature of our area and people,we cannot but be the better for all the present huge interest the nation is taking in agriculture.
On this second lap of our 4- year race, my commitment to our common dreams shall be total.Of course, in a 4-year tenure, this year is generally believed to be the year of work, work and more work in our democratic structure;since we will no longer be seen as “learning the job” or “repaying campaign funding”,as is usually seen to be the case even in advanced democracies .I welcome you on board to sail with us on this voyage and to join in pointing out the direction of our mission.
NB:Maybe, I decided to save the best part for the last. I hope it is no longer news that the Leadership of the House of Representatives has graciously appointed me Chairman, House Committee on Nigeria-China Relations. I shall speak more on that in our next interaction.This one is huge and I thank you for your support and prayers.Together we shall do more in the years ahead .
God bless you all.
Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub
Member Representing Gombi/Hong Federal Constituency,
House of Representatives, Abuja
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