By Adamu Aliyu Ngulde, Maiduguri Nigeria
A female member of the Federal House of Representatives Zainab Gimba, had on Thursday distributed empowerment items to her constituents.
The items distributed comprised of 118 fairly used vehicles and 200 brand new tricycles.
Mrs Gimba, a first-time federal lawmaker, also distributed 800 units of sewing machines, 400 units grinding machines and 492 water pumps to women and local farmers under her constituency.
She represents Bama, Ngala and Kala-Balge federal constituency of Borno state had also shared cash to bereaved families of persons killed in the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency.
The distribution took place at a well-attended ceremony within the Government House Maiduguri. The Governor of Borno state, Babagana Umara Zulum was at the event.
Zainab Gimba said the idea behind the palliative was to ease the difficulties faced by her constituents who are mostly displaced by the ongoing Boko Haram conflict.
She said “empowerment is a continuation of a series of genuine efforts to support 2,010 fellow citizens who elected me to represent them at the National Assembly.
“The Boko Haram insurgency has deprived most on my constituents their livelihoods, their vehicles for transportation, Sewing machines and many more were either destroyed or carted away by the terrorists.
“I am aware of the problems bedevilling my constituents; I’m also very committed to doing more to make my constituents comfortable,” she said.
“It is my sincere hope that the beneficiaries of this empowerment programme will use utilise it judiciously to create more job opportunities and means of livelihoods, thereby empowering hundreds and thousands of other constituents,” said Mrs Gimba.
On his part, Borno state Governor Baba Gana Zulum applauded the female lawmaker for the love she has for her constituents.
The Governor advised her not to capitulate in her desire to give “quality representation” for her constituents “and Borno State at the National Assembly.”
“Dr Zainab Gimba has been doing a lot for her constituents, and this singular act will go a long way at alleviating the sufferings of her displaced constituents,” the Governor said.
“The government and people of Borno are pleased with her, and we pray that Allah will continue to protect her, ” Governor Zulum said.”
One of the beneficiaries, Hadiza, who received a sewing machine said she would remain eternally grateful to the female legislator for reaching out to the women in such a large number.
“This will end our days of sufferings,” she said.