As a consummate and highly experienced political leader with a deep commitment and unrivalled passion for grassroots development, Hon. Usman Bello Kumo, Former Chairman House Committee on Police Affairs representing Akko Federal Constituency of Gombe State (2011 – 2015) has always stood out among other statesmen of his calibre and he has never allowed the trappings and grandeur of office to stand between him and his avowed goals of lifting up his people from the shackles of poverty, hunger, disease, homelessness and mass unemployment.
Driven by an almost missionary zeal in ensuring the total political, economic and social liberation of his beloved people, redoubtable Hon. Bello Kumo has always seen his primary vocation in the political arena as being one of service, duty, benevolence and charity towards his constituents and in this regard, he has abided by his campaign promises of using elective office to improve the lot of his people contrary to the widespread notion that political office holders are meant to feather their nest, irrespective of the economic fortunes of the electorate that voted for them in the first place.
Possessed of a razor sharp intellect and a forthright and straight talking disposition that has no truck for undue grandstanding and semantic distinctions and double speak, Hon. Bello Kumo has built an enviable reputation as a veteran politician who does not behave like the average politician, a straight forward personality who does not engage in dishing out vainglorious, empty promises and one eminent figure that holds personal integrity and honour as a standard that other colleagues would do well to emulate.
As many a constituent, friend, acquaintance or colleague would attest to, Hon Bello Kumo is one political maestro who can be taken literally for his words. His words as the proverbial saying goes can be taken to the bank. The political supremo from Gombe State is not known for careless talk or aimless chatter as is common with some in the political class but once Hon. Bello Kumo speaks, he resonates with clear authority, clarity, brevity and matchless lucidity. His statements on policy issues and critical matters of the day are clad with iron cast vision and purpose and geared towards illuminating, dissecting and resolving complex and contentious issues of national, regional and international implications.
With public service spanning over three decades, and having held major positions of responsibility, Hon. Bello Kumo remarkably did not engage in corrupt practices and was not found with faults, failures and or immorality in the course of duty. While other public officers delight in looting the public till, Hon. Bello Kumo was never in that category, hence his public service record is intact and untainted. This quality endeared him greatly to those under whom he served as evidenced by the several commendations that came as a consequence.
In the area of employment, the forward looking and dynamic Honourable Member has taken the proverbial bull by the horns in facilitating the employment of numerous graduates in various federal government establishments all over the country as Hon. Bello Kumo cites unemployment as another factor fueling crime and other forms of anti-social activities in the State. As far as the dynamic federal law maker is concerned, idleness is the devil’s workshop QED.
Indeed such was the high level of reverence and ingrained esteem with which Hon. Bello Kumo was held among the leadership and membership of the 7th House that he solidly belonged to an informal council of wise men that held forth on key legislative, administrative and policy issues in the hallowed chamber advising and counseling the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal as well as other members of the House Leadership on the way and manner of moving the National Assembly as well as the nation forward when such key issues need to be addressed. Whenever those critical issues needed to be addressed or the House or the nation at large was at a crossroads and there was considerable doubt on the way and manner to move ahead, a deeply intuitive Hon. Bello Kumo and the Wisemen Council would immediately be consulted by the House leadership and their wisdom, astuteness and perspicacity would come to the fore as they dispense much needed advice and adroit counsel which like the legendary Midas touch acts as a rejuvenating and invigorating tonic enshrining stability, coherence and moral clarity to an otherwise rather chaotic and directionless state of affairs.
An astute parliamentarian, Hon Bello Kumo was of high moral standing, very vibrant and productive on the floor of the House all through this legislative dispensation. He contributed substantially on national issues on the floor of the House and indeed positioned himself through sheer determination and confidence in the Green Chamber where he argued the cause of his people and thereby rendered dividends, of democracy to his constituency. In the vital areas of lawmaking, representation and oversight functions, a highly resourceful Hon. Usman Bello Kumo made his mark as a force for stability and order in the House and his mature counsel, timely and sincere advice, intellectual vigour and firepower as well as his unshakable integrity and honour brought him in good stead with the leadership and membership of the National Assembly.
As Chairman House Committee on Police Affairs, a steadfast Hon. Bello Kumo repositioned and restructured the Nigeria Police Force for a more effective, efficient, credible and responsive service delivery to the Nigerian people by ensuring that promotions, postings, deployments and disciplinary processes all followed the strict dictates of due process and rule of law thus abolishing cronyism, favouritism, godfatherism, sectionalism and all other negative isms
One of the reasons for the extremely high regard in which Hon. Usman Bello Kumo is held among his peers is his unequalled reputation as an epitome of rectitude and integrity, a standard bearer of truth, respect and honour who does not engage in rumour, speculation or meddlesome hearsay.
If reelected as a Honourable Member of the House of Representatives for Akko Federal Constituency of Gombe State in 2019, Hon Usman Kumo, the super-achieving public officer is set to repeat the same feat he engineered in the 7th National Assembly by ensuring the continued delivery of crucial democratic dividends infrastructural development in the roads, education, health, water boreholes, power, schools, agriculture, rural development, manpower development and women and youth empowerment sectors at a frenetic pace. This will ensure fastrack economic growth, industrial and manufacturing revolution, physical and infrastructural development and socio-political stability of Akko Federal Constituency and Gombe State as a whole. He is highly respected and well regarded for his articulate, erudite and cerebral grasp of policy issues, complexities and nuances having also established himself as an unassailable Emancipator of the Grassroots, his empowerment of adults, women and youths is second to none in the federation. The undisputed tribune of the dispossessed and disenfranchised operates an open door inclusive policy where the flow of persons, ideas, views and opinions is unfettered and unprecedented in our nascent democratic dispensation.
In fact Hon. Usman Bello Kumo can be best regarded as a facilitator, arbitrator, negotiator, conciliator, administrator and political plenipotentiary par excellence in our present democratic continuum and with his experience, dynamism, resourcefulness, competence, patriotism and commitment to excellence, he is best placed to represent Akko Federal Constituency 2019 and beyond. To God be the Glory.
Comrade Hassan Bature wrote in from Gombe
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