A member of the Edo State House of Assembly, representing Akoko-Edo South Constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Agbaje has assured Nigerians of the Federal Government’s effort to reposition and stabilize the country’s economy saying, “I am confident that these efforts would change the situation for the better”.
Hon. Agbaje who called on Nigerians to be hopeful of a better Nigeria said, “I consider it an obligation as well to let you know the challenges confronting us and our determined efforts. This is important so as to bridge the gap between expectations and realizations”.
He spoke at the weekend, in Igarra, Headquarters of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area, during a Town Hall Meeting and interactive session with his constituents, six months after inauguration.
According to him, “We are all witnesses to the economic woes now bedeviling our dear country. The situation knows no exception. Governance at all levels have been seriously affected and in some cases almost brought to its knees, hence it has become increasingly difficult for governments to make good, its promises and obligations to our people.
“Irrespective of this untoward situation, we must look forward with hope and this is more so, as the All Progressive Congress (APC) led Federal Government is working assiduously to reposition and stabilize the economy. I am confident that these efforts would change the situation for the better.
“Permit me to say that the 2015 constituency projects is being handled by my predecessor, Hon. Dele Oloruntoba. I want to express hope and confidence that the projects are on-going and that they will be well executed.
“The 2016 budget has been presented already; it is going through the process of possible review. I want to assure you that I and my colleague from the North constituency have been putting heads together to making sure we have our fair inputs which we will pursue vigorously. Subsequently however, I hope that we will take advantage of this kind of town hall meetings to articulate our needs in order of priority and set them as our common agenda and targets. This will guide us to project our collective interest.
“Within the period under review as a new legislator, I have moved two Motions on the floor of the House and have also contributed positively to other Motions and Bills which I am convinced are in the interest of my people. I became the first to move a Motion that got to a resolution of the House in this Sixth Assembly of Edo State.
“With the support of my colleagues, I moved a motion of urgent public importance on the BEDC impunity which resulted in the power outage experienced in Igarra community and environs. We got justice.
“I have shown concern to our people’s welfare in all ramifications as much as my resources could permit. In line with my determination to pursue youth empowerment, I have made efforts to making sure that we maximize the opportunities that opened up to us by supporting our students in various schools of higher learning, galvanizing our qualified youth to be recruited in the Nigerian army by handling the logistics for their enrolment, purchase of JAMB registration forms to be given to 10 students per ward and presently consulting on the forthcoming police recruitment”, he said.
The interactive session, however, brought to fore, the enormous challenges confronting the area such as incessant kidnappings, organized armed robberies, dilapidated roads cross the local government area, absence of banking infrastructures and facilities as the people now travel as far as Auchi, and Ikare for such transactions.