Friday, 26 January 2018

Your numbers are fake, not connecting, constituents blast Sen. Gershom Bassey

|26 January, 2018| corespondent

Sen.  Gershom Henry Bassey,  senator representing southern Cross River state in the red chambers came under fire from his constituents for dishing out fake numbers that have not connected for the past one month.

The angry constituents took to social media to air out their grievances and disappointment on the senator's attitude towards his constituents.

Recall that Sen. Gershom had last December, 2017, mounted a bill board at the Efio-ette junction axis of Calabar, Cross River State, informing his constituents to now have their voice and call their senator as two phone numbers( 09067304449, 08074254497) where displayed on the bill board.
Barely a week after the numbers were displayed,  constituents started complaining that the numbers were not connecting,  but in a seemingly town hall meeting held at the senator's residence in Calabar,  senator Gershom Bassey explained that the numbers were not connecting because they were yet to be registered.

One month after, constituents who are eager to engage their senator were found complaining on facebook that the numbers are still not connecting.

Thedailynewsng (TDN) had to visit National Assembly(NASS) website to find out if there was an alternative contact phone number where constituents can reach the distinguished senator in an emergency situation, but it was rather unfortunate the number (08129349999) found on the NASS website as constituency phone number did not also connect. Even as at the time of this publication the number is still not connecting.

As you could hear a very irritating voice from the costumer care telling you "The number you are calling is switched off."
The following were some of the comments made by constituents as regarding the situation:

Ukorebi Esien
'If  Sen Gershom Bassey Truly want the people's voice to be heard, he wouldn't mount one scanty looking billboard with tiny characters as phone numbers asking the people to have their voice.
As I speak, none of those phone numbers are connected. Sen Gershom Bassey is wicked!
If you want the people to reach you why not create an online avenue where people can always communicate their mind?
How can you represent a people for more than two years without a proper channel of communication...?'

Friday Bassey
Past 4years in office, have u ever ask a common man to call you, bcus u are luking for second term u cum out to say call ur senator, say na who u be.

Michael Ushie
No one seem to understand our leaders anymore. I am really tired and not interested in what any of them say again.  Only one man in CRS I recognised as a true leader: Sen. Owan Enoh

Sunnywilly Etim
When a man lacks vision and direction he feels everyone is same. I understand it's politics not leadership.   That is how our state is being used for experiment. Common law school grant which other states  give  to law students to support their legal training, our own state still find it difficult to fulfil even after they  had promise...They lie so cheaply, no integrity, no trust, no truth and they want to lead us again. Even the stars would fight them if they show their faces again.

Sebastian Ekpenyong
We knew it right from inception that gershom is a bad man for the job
But we could not help cus imoke force him on us.
And to tell you how people rejected him he did not win the general election.
So Imoke still rigged him in as senator.
I thank God that I did not vote him.

Calabar Donkay
no second term OGA,#your time is over

Calla Diamond
even the constituency's phone number he put on Nass website is not connecting till date. Wicked Senator! You can't even access him.

Akiba Ekpenyong I dont understand what you mean by whatsapp numbers. Please educate me. Do we  now have special numbers dedicated for whatsapp alone? So whatsapp gave the senator some numbers to use and those numbers do not receive or make calls? Please educate me oo.
Because when those numbers first  came out, people tried them and when they were not connecting, the excuse the senator gave was that the  numbers were  yet to be registered. Nobody talked about whatsapp.
Even if they were to be whatsapp number, it should have been indicated on the billboard.
My brother this guys are mean. They dont have the masses at heart at all.

Timothy Archibong Esu
...Every deceiver shall be deceived...

Martino Edetson
who said so,no constituency project,no empowerment of any kind,even in the floor of the house zero representation,this is not the king of senator we need,#They said it was compensation ,at least 4 yrs is enough for him to go back home.

Calla Diamond
No even recommendation letter.

As at press time TDN was yet to get across to the senator or any of his aides since none of the numbers were connecting. What TDN is still trying to figure out is whether the numbers are still yet to be registered or there's an alternative to reaching the very Distinguished Senator Gershom Henry Bassey.