BY AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja
The senator representing Yobe South, Mohammed Hassan has granted scholarship to 880 undergraduates from his constituency; just as he donated N10 million as part of his contribution to the rehabilitation of the Central Mosque in Potiskum, Yobe State.
While briefing journalists after touring his constituency during the weekend to commission some projects, Senator Hassan said the scholarship grants were for students of his constituency studying in various institutions of higher learning across the country.
According to Senator Hassan, 20 students each from the 44 wards making up his constituency will collect N20,000 each on annual basis. The N17.6 million for this commitment would continue to be warehoused in a bank, with a trustee to ensure timely disbursements.
Senator Hassan said the gesture was informed by his desire to help provide education for as many school age children as possible, adding that, education was one of the greatest legacies to bequeath the future generation.
‘’We have identified the students attending institutions of higher learning and we will be giving N20,000 to each to them, meaning there will be 880 beneficiaries of this scholarship. It is going to be an annual thing to enable the students pay up for registration in school’’.
On the 80-bed hospital he built for the people, Senator Hassan commended the National Assembly for earmarking the sum of N400 million as take-off fund for the hospital in the 2017 Budget.
He said the provision was made following the visit of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, chairmen of senate committees on appropriation and health as well as other lawmakers during the commissioning of the hospital.
The lawmaker said his primary responsibility as a representative of the people was to ensure that their needs were met.
“I came to Potiskum to among other things, commission a school that I built for the benefit of the people of Arikime community.
“I gave the sum of N2.5 million to another school that does not have classrooms. They do not even have a place of their own, so, I decided to give them a token to support them.
“I was equally invited for the launching ceremony of the Central Mosque in Potiskum and I made a contribution on behalf of my family, friends and the people of my constituency of N20 million,’’ he said.
On the abandonment of constituency projects, Hassan called for continuity to ensure sustainable development.
He said a lot of people do not understand what constituency project meant.
‘’There is this general misunderstanding that with constituency projects, monies are given to legislators to do whatever they want. This is not true.
‘’As a representative of the people of Yobe South for instance, I know what my people want and all I need is to ensure that projects that will be of benefit to them are reflected in the budget.
“These projects are domiciled in the respective MDAs and they go through the approval process like other process of approval.
“That is why we always put pressure on the federal government to continue to make releases so that projects can be implemented.”
The lawmaker at the commissioning of one of the projects, Mohammed Hassan Arabic and Islamic School, promised to offset salaries of all workers in the school for one year.
He also promised to provide uniforms for all students of the school as well as establish three science laboratories to enable them compete favourably with other schools.
He further pledged to donate the sum of N2.5 million for the rehabilitation of another school, Fatahul Rahaman Islamic School.
“I promised as part of my campaign promise to continue to encourage the younger ones to take the issue of education seriously.
“That is why I decided to offer scholarship to 20 students from each of the wards in my constituency. ‘’This is one of the ways I feel I should encourage our younger ones to rise to whatever height they wish to without hindrance,’’ he said.
On the distribution of relief materials to victims of insurgency in the state, the lawmaker commended the federal government for ensuring that his constituency, which had been neglected was being considered. He said, ‘’I went to the Acting President and made the case known to him.
“He graciously summoned a meeting where the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) and senators from the three senatorial districts in my state were invited.
‘’I can confirm to you now that as a result of the meeting, we have started having positive response,’’ he said.
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