Reps Minority Leader empowers 350 constituents, promises representative democracy

Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep. Ndudi
Godwin Elumelu has assured residents of his Aniocha/
Oshimili Federal constituency of what he described as
representative democracy by ensuring all they deserve from
the government is given to them.
Speaking at a ceremony to empower 350 of his constituents
in Asaba, the Delta state capital, Elumelu said he will
continue to protect the interests of the people of his
constituency in line with developmental agenda of the
government.
Items distributed during the empowerment programme,
which took place at the Cenotaph in Asaba,include 111
electricity generating sets, 90 deep freezers, 148 motor
cycles and 107 tricycles.
He said the distribution of the items was geared towards
uplifting the standard of living of the people in Aniocha/
Oshimili Federal Constituency in line with the Human Capital
Development(HCI) component of the Delta Governor.
He said the empowerment of the people was a critical
element in the effort to improve their standard of living as
well as to fight against poverty, restiveness and their
associated criminal tendencies.
He stressed the people can only be happy and fulfilled when
value is added to their lives by way of providing self-
sustaining incentives to boost their productivity and to
enable them meet their basic needs and those of their
immediate relations.
Giving what looked like his scorecards in the last two years,
Elumelu said: “As a representative of the people in the
House of Representatives, made possible by their cherished
mandate, I have continued to strive towards making our
people feel the impact of representative democracy, thereby
putting smiles on their faces.
“No doubt, that is what we promised them, but that is also
what democracy is all about.
“The people have remained the focal point in all my
activities and actions as their representative; and with all
sense of responsibility, I have been committed to
empowering, developing and uplifting the standard of living
of our people through robust representation.
“I have remained resolute and passionate in the
implementation of the social contract I entered with my
people. To this end, I have employed over 150 Personal
Assistants (PAs) on youth and women matters.
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“Apart from the over 15 bills and more than 25 motions I
sponsored and co-sponsored in the 9th legislative Assembly
of the House of Representatives, I have been able to also
influence projects that have directly impacted on the
wellbeing of our constituents”.
He said further that through his efforts, Eight Hundred and
Twenty (820) stands of solar street lights which were
distributed across communities in the Four Local
Government Areas within Aniocha/Oshimili Federal
Constituency.
“We have also facilitated the construction of new staff
quarters for the DSS in Asaba as well as the renovation of
the DSS compound in Issele-Uku and converted the former
DSS head office in Asaba to DSS clinic which is now
functional.
“Let me also state that provisions have been made in 2021
budget to rehabilitate the police stations across my Federal
Constituency and the CP has been duly notified.
“We also facilitated the rehabilitation of the government
hospital at Onicha- Olona; facilitated the employment of
over 40 persons in different federal ministries, agencies and
parastatals and recommended over 200 candidates for
employment among others.
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“Today is yet another opportunity for me to demonstrate the
essence of representative democracy by adding value and
putting smiles on the faces of our people in Aniocha/
Oshimili Federal Constituency, through the distribution of
the dividends of democracy.
“A total of 350 of our people from the various wards in our
Constituency, comprising of women, youths and men, will
be presented with these empowerment items to assist them
engage in some form of independent, lucrative enterprise.
“The idea is to make them small business owners who will
eventually help in creating jobs and reducing poverty in their
immediate communities. I urge the beneficiaries to be
passionate in putting these items into proper use and to see
this as an opportunity to climb to an enviable level of
prosperity which is before you today.
“Though, it appears insignificant, it is my expectation that
from this small beginning, with determination, focus and
fear of God, you will be able to record amazing testimonies,
not only as employers of labour in our communities but also
providers of essential social services to meet some of the
existential needs of our people”.
Deputy Minority Leader of the House who represented
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, commended Elumelu for his
contribution to the business of the House, saying “once
Ndudi Elumelu came back to the House of Representatives,
it was manifestly clear that the difference would emerge.
“Not only did he bring his constituency to the leadership of
the House, he started making the difference in all the
responsibilities assigned to him, whether in leading the
minority in the House or providing for his people. And this is
just two years counting”.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who supervised the distribution of
the items said: “Many times, our people are elected into
office and we find it very difficult to reach out to them.
Moreso, when they’re far away in Abuja not too many of our
people can get to Abuja but Right Honourable Ndudi
Elumelu I can confidently say that he is different.
“Today, we are witnessing another aspect of that
representative democracy because he remembers that he
has a covenant with the people. When people go into office,
at some point in time, it is difficult to reach out to them.
“I know that many politicians do reach out to people once in
a while in one thing or the other because that is the
situation we have in Nigeria and we cannot pretend about
the people it because we are not in the United States and
the developed world where everything is already built and
people may not directly impact on the lives of people that
they directly impact on the community and they look into
policies.
“But here in Nigeria, like in many African and West African
countries, there is still a very high level of poverty and it’s
important that we play an individual race to help uplift one
another. That is exactly, is what Ndudi Elumelu has done
today and I know that he will continue to do that and for
that as a government, we are thankful to him.
“Looking at the so many things that are to be presented to
people, I believe can encourage our people in the
constituency to work harder for our party, the People’s
Democratic Party and can engender hope amongst our
people and I believe that it is good for politics and
advancement of politics not only in Aniocha/Oshimili but
across Delta State.
“Beyond all these, one thing that has endeared him to us, as
a government is that he has constantly remain in touch with
the government. I can confess that. I can speak about that
because elected people, do represent their people, they do
also represent the government of Delta State, particularly
when you’re far away in Abuja.
“It’s important that when you seek, you have a clear
understanding of the Wishes of the people and the direction
of a governments of a State that you represent.
“I can confirm that he has regularly stayed in touch with me
both on issues concerning governance in Nigeria and on
issues that concern the growth of the party at the national
level and I want to encourage him to continue in the spirit
that he has undertaking at the moment.”

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