29th August, 2017
Alhaji Gambo Mubarak, the member representing Bali I Constituency in the Taraba House of Assembly, on Tuesday distributed empowerment items amounting to over N20 million to his constituents.
The beneficiaries included physically challenged persons, women from 11 wards of the constituency and family of one of his supporters killed in 2015.
The items included six cars, 45 wheelchairs, 1, 200 bundles of wrappers, 50 sewing machines, 1,500 bags of fertiliser and N10,000 to each beneficiary.
The legislator also doled out N1. 2 million to the family of late Mustapha Yaú, his supporter who died in 2015, and N800,000 each to five other supporters who sustained injuries in an auto crash during a political rally.
Mubarak explained that the gesture was aimed at reducing the hardship facing some physically challenged persons and other members of the constituency.
He pledged to institute a scholarship scheme for physically challenged persons, to enable them pursue their education and become self-reliant.
The lawmaker pledged to attract developmental projects to the constituency in addition to making laws that would uplift the people.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Malama Salamatu Umar, who received a wheelchair, thanked the donor and urged other politicians to emulate his generosity.
Earlier, Mr Ahmed Yusuf, a former commissioner in the state, commended the lawmaker for aligning with his constituents, stressing that such attitude would put elected officials who abandon their constituencies to shame.
According to him, dividends of democracy should not only manifest in the execution of projects but also include material and financial assistance to constituents.