By Jonathan Ugbal
Federal lawmaker, Honorable Jarigbe Agom (PDP Ogoja/Yala federal constituency) has said that he does not calculate what it costs him when he gives back to his people.
Mr. Agom disclosed this to journalists Wednesday in Ogoja shortly after donating over NGN20 million in cash and kind to over 100 members of his constituency.
He said that: “When giving back to my people, I don’t calculate what I put in because I can’t really pay my people for what they have done for me.”
Four Volkswagen passat, 30 motorcycles, about 50 sewing machines and grinding engines as well as cash were distributed.
And, Mr. Agom who stopped short of calling it an empowerment, also did not call it a donation. Rather, he described it as “improvement” and “support.”
“It is not a donation, there are certain things that were given to the people just to improve their social status. There are other things that were given to people to support their businesses and also funds given to some people to ameliorate the sufferings of our people out of poverty which is killing the fabric of our society,” Agom said.
The first term lawmaker is seeking a second term in office political watchers say and when asked how many people he has “improved” their lives, he said that: “I don’t want to start counting how many people I have impacted on today, because as it comes we will continue doing what we can for our people.
“We should all keep working together and I can only do better, we should continue synergizing, to move Ogoja and Yala forward.”
Several political bigwigs in the constituency were in attendance including legal practitioner, Mr. Leonard Anyogo and the Executive Chairman of the Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Stephen Odey.
The duo commended Mr. Agom’s strides in the national assembly.
Mr. Anyogo who posited that “a good politician is always in touch with his people,” also maintained that this has played out from the Governor to the federal and state lawmakers.
“This is the true dividends of democracy, it is obvious, this is direct impact because a lot of items were given out,” Anyogo added
For Dr. Stephen Odey, who averred that, “It was a great event as you can see people are smiling back home,” the gesture was not different from what Governor Ben Ayade was doing while in the national assembly.
He argued that Mr. Agom has done creditably well and has the support of the people and advised the beneficiaries to “take advantage of the opportunities that he (Jarigbe) has created for them, make judicious use of what he has provided for them and then save and become great men and women in Ogoja and Yala federal constituency.”
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