Hon. Yusuf Gagdi: One Year Score Card
In The House of Reps – DAILY WATCH PRESS
Following the Electoral victory of Rt. Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi on 23rd February 2019 and subsequent inauguration on the 11th of June 2019 as the Honorable member of the 9th Green Chamber Representing Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam Federal Constituency, he was faced with the daunting task of meeting the plethora of Needs and Expectations of the thirty-six (36) Federal wards and three hundred and fifty-seven (357) polling units of his Constituency with their peculiarities.
But with four years of experience as a State Legislator; almost two of it as the Deputy Speaker, he came on board fully armed with rudiments needed for optimal performance. Also, his extensive tour of the four angles of PKK during the campaign gave him an insight on the critical needs of his constituents.
In order to lay a Solid ground for participatory representation where the constituents would always have a say on how their voices will be aired on the floor of the House and most importantly, the freedom of choice of the projects to be cited in their various domains, Hon Gagdi came up with an innovative idea, the first of its kind… The Local Government Legislative Blueprint Committees… who interfaced with the various communities in their respective areas and had fashioned out a working document that would serve as a menu of what is to be served to the various communities as Constituency development projects/Needs. This Novel approach is to avoid wastage of government scarce resources by foisting projects and programs on the constituents where they may not be needed and end up not being of any impact on the people and to the community.
The LGAs Legislative Blueprint Committees worked tirelessly and obtained list of projects/needs directly from the communities of their respective LGAs, discussed, analyzed and produced a comprehensive report to the Central PKK blueprint committee who further scrutinized and harmonized the various reports into a blueprint compendium for the whole Constituency.
The chairman for the Central blueprint committee was a one-time Secretary to Plateau State Government(SSG) Nde John Gobak OFR, mni while Hon. Diket Plang served as the secretary.
The compendium identified needs centered on Rural roads, Housing, Electricity, Education, Youth and Women empowerment, Health, Water and Agriculture etc.
Many of these developmental projects will litter the length and breadth of PKK when the implementation of the capital expenditure of the 2020 budget begins (any moment soon) and throughout the subsequent years that Rt.Hon. Gagdi will be serving in the 9th Green Chamber Gods willing.
Immediately after his Election to the exalted seat of the House of Representatives, even before his inauguration; Hon. Gagdi in his usual God given proactive manner started building bridges and extending hands of friendship across many members-elect, that resulted in him becoming a strong voice within the circle of new members.
Coming from the position of strength within the rank of fresh members, he demonstrated absolute loyalty and commitment in the build up to the election of principal officers of the National Assembly. His competence, dedication, loyalty and capacity was rewarded firstly as a member of the House of Representative ad-hoc committee on media.
Upon the constitution of the house standing committees, he was made the chairman of the house committee on Nigerian Navy and member of 18 other committees among which are; the committee on Army, Petroleum Upstream, Capital Market, Pension, Banking and Currency, National Security and Intelligence, Police, Works, Rural Development and others.
Despite the none official release of Finances for Constituency projects, Hon Gagdi has built an examination hall for KADA Special Academy Dengi, in Kanam LGA. A school that is providing free Secondary Education to orphans and children of the less privileged.
He has completed the building/renovation of the Palaces of some Traditional Rulers across the constituency. While some are ongoing. An exercise he tagged traditional institutions intervention phase 1. The phase 2 and 3 will commence this year 2020.
Being a Youth himself and having known what is meant to be poor, Gagdi understood that the sure way towards emancipating people from the shackles of poverty is through gainful empowerment which job placements serve that purpose perfectly well.
He was and is always on the move, from one Ministry, Department, Agency or Parastatal of Government …seeking and lobbying for job opportunities for the teaming unemployed populace of his constituency and beyond. He will kneel and bend to be rode upon; in some instances, even ridiculed and looked down upon, but he endured for the sake of his people. Through that Resilience, Doggedness, Patience and Benevolence, over 200 people mostly within PKK Constituency and beyond got gainfully employed with different agencies of the Federal government, The Military and Police just to mention a few.
He had assembled a team of 25, comprising Young, Vibrant and Intelligent Youths as his Aides with 20 of them to be paid from his personal purse while the rest of the 5 would be paid by the National Assembly Service commission … All in a bid to creating more job opportunities for the Youths and exposing many of them to community development processes and National politics.
KEY CONSTITUENCY ACTIVITIES
- MONDAY 23rd DEC, 2019
Official Unveiling of the Constituency Legislative blueprint and Distribution of Christmas items (1200 bags of Rice, 28 Cows and some amounts of Cash) to Christian faithfuls, Religious institutions, and Traditional institutions within PKK and issuance of Appointment letters at the Nefur arena, Pankshin LGA.
- THURSDAY 23rd JANUARY 2020
International Press Conference at the Plateau State NUJ Press center on the State of Insecurity in Nigeria and its attendant effect on his Constituency with due attention over the gruesome execution of Late Ropvil Daciya by Boko Haram Insurgents.
- MONDAY 24th FEB, 2020
Youth/Women Agricultural Empowerment Program: Distribution of Water Pumps with Suction hoses, Grammazoe Insecticide, Rice Herbicides, Fertilizers, Grain storage Bags and cash Stipends worth Millions of Naira to over 300 beneficiaries within Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency.
- SUNDAY 26th APRIL, 2020
Distribution of 3000 bags of 15kg rice and 800 bags of 100kg maize/millet to all the polling units of PKK to help in mitigating the economic hardship associated with the Covid-19 pandemic and in support of the Muslims ummah for the Ramadan fasting at his residence at Dengi, Kanam LGA.
- SATURDAY 9th MAY, 2020
Distribution of palliative support (N700,000.00) to 70 selected social media influencers and bloggers across Party and Constituency lines on the Plateau and N300,000.00 to some selected pressure groups.
- SATURDAY 23rd MAY, 2020
Distribution of 5 million Naira cash and 550 bags of 20kg rice to some Widows, physically challenged and orphans drawn from all the 58 State wards of PKK and also to Muslim faithfuls in the constituency for the Eid-el-fitr Sallah celebration. The distribution was done at Dengi, kwall(Kanke) and in Pankshin. BILLS AND MOTIONS SPONSORED SO FAR THESE 365 DAYS
One of the basic Constitutional Responsibility of the Legislature is the Law Making Process through Bills and Motions, and in meeting with that core Responsibility, Rt. Hon. Yusuf Gagdi has personally sponsored over 10 Bills and some Motions to his credit on the Floor of the 9th Green Chamber in his 1st 365 days in office in which to the glory of God, two of the Bills have already been passed into law, just awaiting Presidential Assent.
Some of His Sponsored Bills and Motions are:
A Bill for the conversion of FCE Pankshin to Federal University of Education Pankshin (Establishment) Bill, 2020.
The Nigerian Police Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2020 which seeks to accommodate community Policing as a panacea to the degenerating state of security in the country (passed into law, 19th May, 2020) awaiting Presidential assent.
The Nigeria Police Academy (establishment) Bill, 2020 which seeks to give statutory backing to the Nigerian Police Academy Wudil (which has been operating for several years without statutory backing).
The Chartered Institute of Finance and Control of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2020
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Amendment) Bill. Already passed into law November 2019, awaiting Presidential assent.
A Bill for the Nigerian Steel Development Authority Act(Amendment).
A Bill for the Nigerian Red Cross Safety Act (Amendment).
Bill for the Nigerian Mining Corporation Act (Amendment).
A Motion calling on the federal government to reconsider its security strategies with a view to finding a lasting solution to the various dimensions of the security challenges in Nigeria.
A Motion on the need for urgent investigation into non-remittance of contribution by employers, delay or non-payment of entitlement to pensioners by Pension Funds Administrators (PFAs) and non-adherence to the provisions of Pension reform act 2014 by relevant authorities.
A Motion on the urgent need to investigate the non-inclusion of waste management and disposal in the NLNG train 7 project.
A Motion on the need to investigate excess and illegal charges on the House of Representatives accounts held at various banks in Nigeria.
It has been one year of consummate planning, extensive lobbying and building the right relationship in and out of the National Assembly for the benefit of the people of PKK, Plateau State and Nigeria in general.
Litigations at the election petition tribunal caused some little distractions at the beginning as well but the reaffirmation of the victory earned at the poll re-energized the humane and political will of the Dan Malikin Kanam to provide people centered representation at top speed in appreciation of the love and trust of the electorates… His constituents.
The future is bright for PKK as the people remain central in all the engagements of Dan Majen Jahr.
It can only get better while we all Continually Trust in God.
Source: Gagdi Media Team.