By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
bauchi—Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has visited several markets in five towns and villages in Bauchi State, where he interacted with the traders and artisans and supported them with cash gifts to boost their businesses.
The visit and donation of cash to the traders was carried out in the spirit of the festive season and the need to add value to the artisans as the 2019 election approaches, when politicians, including the Speaker will be expected to render account of their stewardship to the electorate.
The villages visited by the Speaker include Zwall, Burgel,Kagadaman Dass, Maraban Liman Katagum and Kadagi along Bauchi-Tafawa Balewa road.
Malam Adamu Dan Ningi, a meat seller at Maraban Liman Katagum, said: “The Speaker came to my stand and asked me the price of a sheep, I told him N20,000 and he gave me N20,000 and told me to boost my business. I will use it to buy another sheep. He is a philanthropist, who assists people without discrimination and today we can testify before anybody.
“The Speaker gave me money to support my business. I am 37 years old now and I have never seen an elected leader walking from one trader shop to another and from table to table, giving them money and other forms of assistance to improve their trade and means of livelihood,” Sabo Abdullahi.
Abdulhamid Shuwa, who also benefitted from the Speaker’s gesture, said “Dogara came to my town and started from our area and I was the fourth person he assisted with money. It has been said that if you are patient, one day Dogara’s gesture will reach you.”
On his part, Hamisu Burgel, a local rice miller said: “Dogara came and showered us with empowerment at a time we had lost hope and concluded that the year would just end ordinarily like the previous ones.”
Dogara was accompanied by his wife, Gimbiya Dogara and the member representing Misau/Dambam federal constituency of Bauchi State, Ahmed Yerima.
It will be recalled that Dogara has been advocating the creation of small scale businesses and empowerment programmes in order to tackle extreme poverty and hunger at the grassroots.