Members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly are yet to be paid their constituency allowances by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura since their inauguration over six months ago.
The member representing Akwanga South constituency, Hon. Kasim Mohammed Kasim, stated this in Akwanga, headquarters of Akwanga local government at the commissioning of electrical installation that has brought an end to years of darkness to Anguwan Kwando community.
The lawmaker said: “We have not been paid any constituency allowances since our inauguration over 6 months ago thereby making it difficult for us to meet our campaign promises. We, however, are still committed to meeting our responsibilities”.
Addressing the press shortly after commissioning the project, Hon. Kasim said the effort is in fulfilment of his campaign promises even as he noted that lawmakers in the state were yet to receive a dime for their constituency projects.
Hon. Kassim, who is also the nation’s youngest lawmaker at 30, also unveiled his N6 million scholarship scheme for students in his constituency, maintaining that the scheme would take off in January when parents find it most challenging to meet up academic obligations of their children due Christmas financial fatigue.
“By January we shall kick start the payment of N10, 000 scholarship to 600 students in this constituency to help parents who would have been exhausted financially over the Christmas break,” he maintained.
In his address, the chairman of Akwanga local government council, Mr. Abashiya A. Koto, said delegates from Anguwan Kwando community had visited his office three times this before the timely intervention of the lawmaker and called on the community to own the project and guard it from the activities of illegal trespassers of power installations.
The chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the local government, Mr. Micah Madaki, said the completion of the project signalled the change electorates have yearned for even as he thank Sen. Solomon Ewuga and former minister of information, Sen. Patricia Akwashiki for doing their modest contributions in the past.