Constituents say they were abandoned by Senator
Protests from some constituents greeted the disbursement of empowerment packages by the senator representing Adamawa South Senatorial Zone, Ahmed Barata, on Monday, in Yola.
Some of the constituents who spoke to journalists in confidence described the distribution of the packages as a mere charade, a plan by the Senator to make the world believe that he was at ease with a constituency which, according to them, he had long abandoned.
“The attempt by the Senator to engage in this charade is to atone for the sin he committed against us as he realises that 2015 is fast approaching, and the only way he could get back into reckoning is by engaging in this Greek gift,” an electorate said.
Another constituent from Mayo Belwa, who identified himself as Mallam Shehu, said it was unfortunate that Mr. Barata distributed the items in his home in Yola instead of at his constituency.
“It is pertinent to stress here that despite the fact that Senator Barata’s constituency consists of nine local governments, he did not deem it right to perform the function in any of these Local Governments except in Yola; and at his own personal house. This is to tell you that Barata does not enjoy the support of his people,” he said.
Mr. Shehu alleged that while other representatives from Adamawa State were busy aligning with members of their constituencies, Mr. Barata did not; but now that 2015 was approaching, the Senator was trying to pacify the people through the questionable empowerment programme.
During the disbursement of the empowerment tools, which included grinding machines, sewing machines, hairdressing equipment etc., Mr. Barata noted that for development to take place, poverty must be reduced to the barest minimum. He added that this informed his desire to empower members of his constituency.
He said that in his quest to eradicate poverty he had facilitated the employment of more than 35 graduates from all the nine local governments within his constituency. He also said that he had provided computer centres in Jada and Numan local governments.
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