By Muhammad Auwal
There is a popular saying that ‘you can only know of a good leader in times of challenges’. Senator Bello Mandiya was elected as a Senator representing Funtua zone in the 2019 general election. He was elected at a time the country was facing the twin challenges of insecurity and economic recession. As the country was grappling to overcome these twin monsters another monster in the name of Covid-19 rears its ugly head. These challenges slowed down socio-economic development of Nigeria and the world at large. The demands by developing society such as ours were unlimited while the resources for satisfying them are limited. Despite the huge challenges, the distinguished Senator Mandiya brave the odds by bringing succour to his beloved people.
As an elected senator his major task is lawmaking for the proper governance of his people and the country at large. The task of projects implementation rest squarely on the executive Arms. However senator Bello decided to patriotically attract some development projects that would uplift the living standard of his people. These projects include among others economic empowerment tools, human development, job creation, wealth generating solar powered electricity supply, water supply and skills acquisition.
Within the last two years, Distinguished Senator Bello Mandiya was able to execute the following projects and activities in his Funtua senatorial zone of Katsina State. They include amongst others: In the area of empowerment, Senator Mandiya, disbursed 550 motorcycles to Party Exco and youth across Funtua zone, disbursement of 3600 bags of fertilizer to farmers across the zone, disbursement of 10000 water pump to irrigation Farmers, Training and empowerment of mechanics/electricians, training and empowerment of 550 women on catering and hospitality management Training. 55 Persons across eleven Local Governments of the zone To improve security in communities across the zone, Senator Mandiya has provided Solar powered street lights in the following locations, 20 poles in Sayaya ward of Matazu Local Government, 20 poles in Jikamshi ward of Musawa Local Government, 20 poles in Dayi ward of Malumfashi Local Government, 20 poles in Danturare/Dankanjiba in Kafur Local Government, 20 poles in Ketare ward of Kankara Local Government, 20 poles in Dabai ward in Danja Local Government, 20 poles in Tsiga ward in Bakori Local Government Area, 20 poles in Maska ward Funtua local government, 20 poles in ‘Yankara ward Faskari local government, 20 poles in Magaji Wando / Mahuta wards of Dandume Local Government and 20 poles in Dungum Mu’azu ward in Sabuwa Local Government.
Similarly solar streets lights were also provided in the following places; four poles in each of the Izala Juma’at Mosque in the eleven Local Government Areas of the zone, Four poles in each of the Darika Juma’at Mosque in the eleven local government areas, six additional Juma’at mosques in Funtua and Malumfashi local governments also benefitted, 50 poles in Funtua central market, 10 poles in Funtua Motor Park , five poles in 1st ECWA Church Malumfashi, 15 poles in various churches in Funtua local government, four poles in Dangani Juma’at Mosque of Musawa local government area, and three poles in Unguwar Mahauta Jumma’ at mosque in Bakori local government area.
However as part of the efforts to improve the spiritual well-being of his people, the distinguished senator has constructed a Juma’at mosque in Dangani of Musawa local government and another Mosque at Unguwar Mahauta Barde in Bakori local government. He has also undertake the construction of drainages in the following places; construction of drainages/gate in Malumfashi central market, construction of drainage in Matazu town, construction of drainage in Kuringafa, Yari Bori ward in Kafur local government and construction of drainage from the main road along the street leading to the District head office Danja of Danja Local Government Area.
In the area of water supply there was the construction of 117 hand pump (boreholes) in each of the political ward of Funtua Senatorial District, construction of 20 solar powered boreholes in each of the eleven local governments headquarters, repairs of some boreholes across the senatorial zone, construction/ repairs of Musawa Dam in Musawa local government, and wiring of pipes for water supply in Malumfashi town.
Other laudable projects executed by the Distinguished Senator include, construction of Entrepreneurship and skills acquisition center in Malumfashi local government, construction of VIP toilets in Malumfashi and Kankara general hospital. Upgrading/repair of Fagachi Iro Islamiyya School in Matazu local government, Distinguished Senator has Secured jobs for 32 graduates in various fields at the Federal government. Donated N5 million to the victims of ‘Yan Gwanjo fire incident in Funtua, donation of food items to ‘Yangudun Hijira (IDPs) in Faskari and Dandume local governments, donation of N1 Million Naira to ‘Yangudun Hijira in Faskari Local government, N45 million Ramadan /Sallah donation to party officials and youths, N5 Million Naira donation to stakeholders across the zone.
Another notable achievement of the distinguished senator was his efforts in passing the bill for the establishment of University of Agriculture and Technology Funtua. The bill is awaiting for the executive assent to become a reality. He has also raised several motions for securing Funtua Zone and the Country at large. Senator Bello Mandiya is indeed an achiever!!!
… Auwal wrote from Dandume