Friday, 6 May 2022

See How A Nigerian Lawmaker Spent His First Salary, After three Months of Representation

Hon. Jude Ngaji reaching out to a patient while Bishop Emmanuel Matthew prays for him

Ukorebi Esien | 2nd May 2022

A Federal Lawmaker representing Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency of Cross River State in the Green Chambers of the National Assembly, Hon. Chief Jude Ngaji over the weekend paid an unscheduled visit to all the medical facilities in his constituency where he distributed food items and cash donations to patients.

The MP who also held meetings with stakeholders from the two local 
governments areas that makes up his constituency disclosed that the tour of the medical facilities and stakeholders' meetings was an avenue to appreciate constituents for the massive support given him during the recently held by-election. The Lawmaker also informed that in a bid to show how grateful he was to the people who he said showed him overwhelming support during the polls, he decided to use his first salary as a lawmaker to say thank you to them. 
He added that the tour has given him the opportunity to feel the pulse of his people understand their needs and reach out to his people. 

In his words: 

"This is what I do every time, I go as God directs, you were all there with me and you know it was fulfilling. It wasn't politically motivated. When I turned forty, I had a conversation with God and from forty till whenever I leave this earth, that is what I will do and I am happy that I am doing it. I see this as my little contribution to helping the sick and the vulnerable and I will continue to do so.

You know your contribution to humanity is important, and in what God has blessed you with, you must learn how to show concern to your neighbour." He said.

The member of the Green Chamber added that this is the beginning of many things that will get to the people of Yala/Ogoja through him.


Speaking with newsmen, the Bishop Emeritus of the Lutheran Church of Nigeria, Ogoja Parish, Bishop Emmanuel Matthew who went round with the lawmaker to pray for patients in all the health facilities visited,  said he was grateful for the good gesture of the MP, stating that it's a sign of great things to come in future for Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency.


"His kind gesture is something to write home about, you know leadership is not negotiable is God's special gift, from God for both service to God and service to humanity and I'm seeing him exhibiting these good leadership qualities. God will continue to elevate him." He said. 

The bishop added that if the lawmaker continues at this same good pace he has started, he will be reelected even up to 3 terms to represent his people. 

Speaking with some of the patients who benefited from Ngaji's gesture, they expressed joy and appreciation for coming to their aid, one of the patients who was moved to tear, Ugban Monday said he has never seen such a genuine love for the people from the political class.

Hon. Ngaji rounded up his constituency with the inauguration of a 40 man constituency aide (liaison officers) that will interface between him and the people. Addressing the aides whom he said would be furnished with the needed materials to penetrate the hinterland to harvest data for people-oriented projects and programs to be carried out by his administration, Ngaji urged them to be good ambassadors of the Jude project.

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