A Member of the Federal House of Representatives from Borno State, Hon. Zainab Gimba, has on Thursday distributed 118 vehicles and 200 tricycles to her constituents to ease transportation problems.
Gimba, who represents the people of Bama Ngala and Kalabalge Federal Constituency also distributed 800 Sewing machines, 400 grinding machines, and 492 Water Pump machines to women and farmers bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 2010.
The Federal lawmaker didn’t forget some of her constituents who had died recently or were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists as their families were handed millions of naira to cushion their hardship in a constituency that is ranked amongst the worst hit by the 11-year-old Boko Haram Insurgency.
At the distribution ceremony held at the Multipurpose Hall of the Borno State Government House and graced by the presence of the State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, Hon. Gimba disclosed that she will not relent in ensuring the empowerment of her constituents.
Hon. Gimba stated that her aim of reaching out to her constituents is geared towards emancipating them from poverty after many of their belongings had been destroyed by Boko Haram terrorists.
“Today’s empowerment is a continuation of a series of genuine efforts to support 2010 fellow citizens who elected me to represent them at the National Assembly.
“The Boko Haram insurgency has deprived most of my constituents their livelihoods, their vehicles for transportation, Sewing machines, and many more were either destroyed or carted away by the terrorists.
“I’m aware of the problems bedevilling my constituents; I’m also very committed to doing more to make my constituents comfortable,” Gimba said.
The only Borno female legislator at the National Assembly added that she had through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put in place 19 boreholes to ensure potable drinking water was available to her people.
“It’s my sincere hope that the beneficiaries of this empowerment programme will utilise it judiciously to create more job opportunities and means of livelihoods; thereby empowering hundreds and thousands of other constituents,” Hon Gimba said.
Zulum commended Hon Gimba for empowering her constituents and urged her not to relent in her quest to ensure quality representation of her constituents and Borno State at the National Assembly.
He noted that the huge distribution of poverty alleviation materials is the largest made by a federal lawmaker since he assumed office as Borno State Governor.
“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 government and people of Borno are very happy with her and we pray that Allah will continue to protect her,” Zulum said.