By Ushang Ewa
The Senator Representing Cross River South in the national assembly, Mr. Gershom Bassey has shared the sum of NGN585,000 to 68 constituents.
Mr. Bassey was also reached by 482 members of his constituency within nine days through phone calls, WhatsApp messages, short messaging service (sms) and via email read a statement he shared to CrossRiverWatch.
“Senator Gershom Bassey has doled out the sum of N585,000 naira to 68 persons as donations, gifts , aid for medical attention, payment of school fees, burial assistance, wedding aid and numerous other factors based on requests by his constituents,” the statement read.
This means the 68 people collected an average of NGN8,603 from Mr. Bassey per person.
The statement also quoted his aide, one Mr. George as saying that 183 phone calls, 144 sms, 48 WhatsApp messages, 35 mails were received between January 17 and 26, 2018.
Mr. George is said to have claimed that that the polling units, wards and local government areas of those who have made contact are available for confirmation.
Mr. Bassey had erected billboards in several locations around the senatorial district in December 2017.
And, there have been complains that they lines were not connecting for a long time and when they did, there was no response.
But, the statement denied this with Mr. George quoted as positing that the high traffic on the lines may be the reason some calls experience little delay before going through with no call ignored or neglected.
“Those lines are functional twenty four hours and if you are on WhatsApp kindly send a message to these numbers and see if it won’t go or your message will not be answered,” he said.
“We have received 35 mails with accompanying requests, CV’s and proposals and the Senator is working on them and has also referred some to the state governor whom he has discussed some of the issues with and the governor is on top of the matter on such issues,” he added.
He sued for patience as Mr. Bassey may be busy on the line and will as a man of honor, is committed to the welfare of his people; therefore, will not post fake contact lines on billboards for any reason.