- Senator Dino Melaye spoke about his achievements in the National Assembly
- He described himself as the voice of the people while also highlighted some of the projects he has carried out for Kogi West people
- According to him, he is one of the senators with the highest number of bills in the Senate
Senator Dino Melaye has spoken about the projects he has carried out and how his being in the National Assembly has benefitted his people who voted him in.
In an interview published by Vanguard, the senator representing Kogi West spoke about his motions and bills in the National Assembly and that he has been a voice for the common man.
He said: "To start with, I will say I have done the best I can as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Within the last two years and talking about my activities as a senator in the last two years, I will say to the glory of God, I have the number of motions in the 8th Senate and I am one of the leading members with highest number of bills in the Senate.
"One of the most important bill to me is the bill on the establishment of University of Agriculture, Kaaba. That is the upgrading of the present College of Education to a Degree awarding institution and the bill has passed the first and second reading.
"We have had a public hearing on the bill and we are expecting within the next two to three weeks that the reports of the referred bill will be presented by the committee on Education and the bill will pass by the special grace of God! I want to say this bill is very important to me because Education is one of the major priority to the good people of Kogi West Senatorial district.
"It’s unfortunate that Kaaba province used to be one of the 13 provinces in the country and it is the only province today that is not a state capital, other provinces have become 2 or 3 states but Kaaba province is still underdeveloped, neglected and one of our cardinal objective is to have a University of our own and I am glad that bill has scaled through and it has gone through public hearing and we are expecting in the next month by the grace of God that the bill will be passed. This is one bill I am very passionate about because it has direct impact on my constituents.
"I have influenced a number of appointments at the federal level. I have attracted over thirty federal projects to my senatorial districts spread across the seven local governments- schools, hospitals have been built, infrastructure are here and there. I have 56 projects in the present budget running into billions including the Kaaba – Ilorin express road. In terms of representation, I have done awesomely well!
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"Also, I have done a lot of empowerment scheme and skill acquisition programs, relief materials distributed across the seven local governments, scholarship programmes for indigent students and over three hundred students are benefiting annually.
"Apart from that, I have given my constituency a voice. Today, if you ask who is the representative of Kogi Central, they will tell you it’s Dino Melaye. That is the voice that is needed, speaking for the voiceless."
Meanwhile, Melaye and his counterpart Mao Ohuabuwa, hinted that they may sponsor a bill to compel politicians to undergo a compulsory mental test.
Guardian reports that the senators made the call on Monday, October 9, at the third annual world mental health day symposium, organised by NOVO Health Africa in Abuja.
Melaye is facing a possible recall from the Senate by his constituency who allegedly feel like he has failed them.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had received 188,588 signatures for the recall of Melaye from Senate. The signatures which exceeded the 51.1% margin as required by the constitution were gathered from members of the Kogi West constituency who were not happy with the senator's performance in the Upper House.
Kogi West Senatorial District in a move to recall Melaye - on NAIJ.com TV