BY TOPE TEMPLER OLAIYA
HE stirred the hornet’s nest in the buildup to the July 14 governorship election in Edo State when he moved the motion against the deployment of 3,500 soldiers to Edo to keep peace, openly condemning the decision of the Federal Government. Not done, he again stood up in parliament to express displeasure over President Jonathan’s failure to sign into law some pending bills, which are of urgent importance, enumerating some of the bills that were passed by the sixth National Assembly, which were not assented to by the president.
This time around, Bimbo Daramola, Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is stirring his constituency’s blood with projects to make life easier for the people of Ekiti North Federal constituency. Without overreaching himself, he decided to spread the dividends of democracy through far-reaching interventions in the health and education sectors, in an attempt to up the MDGs status of Ekiti State.
The parliamentarian’s flagship project is the building of a 32-bed hospital centre, known as the JTD Memorial Hospital, Ire Ekiti, well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, which will serve the people of his constituency and beyond.
Apart from this, several youths from his constituency have benefited from his various empowerment programmes, ranging from scholarships (to brilliant but indigent students), free health services to the less privileged and the senior citizens, monetary support for the needy to start small and medium scale enterprises, provision of generating sets to support business owners in the event of power outage, provision of grinding machines, motorcycles and tricycles to mark his first year in office.
According to Daramola, “my genuine concern for the wellness and well-being of our people and society is sacrosanct. I believe in the social contract, though unwritten, that exists between the people and those who they elected to lead them.
Noting that the job of a legislator is clearly to represent his people and make good laws, not necessarily to undertake interventions in critical areas, he said his actions were motivated by his sensitivity to the plights of the constituents.
“I have not received a kobo from the National Assembly to purchase cars, build hospital, buy motorcycles, grinding machines, and sponsor marriages or other multifarious demands made on me by my constituents, but as a person who feels concerned about the well-being of my people, I have identified with them through my Constituent Support Outreach.”