Editor's note: Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, an analyst from Kastina state in this piece analysis activities of lawmakers in Nigeria.
Funtua also highlights some of progress being made in a specific constituency in the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari by a lawmaker representing Dutsin-ma/ Kurfi, Danlami Muhammad Kurfi.
Honourable Danlami Muhammad Kurfi is the member representing Dutsin-ma/ Kurfi at the federal house of representative. Honourable Kurfi is not a novice in the art of political representation and lawmaking. Kurfi was a member Katsina State house of assembly from 2007 to 2015.
When he was a member of Katsina State house of assembly, Honourable Kurfi made name for himself through his quality contribution on deliberations before the floor of the house. He is a man who had never shied away from his job and responsibilities.
One major quality of the lawmaker is his frankness and boldness in calling a spade a spade.
Hon. Danlami has at several times even though he was a PDP member then disagreed with the PDP government of Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema over certain policies, programmes and political decisions he considered harmful to the people of his Kurfi Local Government and the entire state.
Due to his grass root political base when in 2015 the PDP blocked him from contesting the primary elections for Dutsin-ma/ Kurfi federal constituency, he quickly collapse his support base into the APC where he won the primary election and eventually won the secondary election.
This sum-up the political sagacity, foresight and doggedness of the youthful Hon Kurfi within the political sphares of Katsina state.
When he was a member of Katsina State house of assembly, the people of the area can testify to his many programmes that touched on youth, women empowerment, support for religious groups, health and education development of the area. In fact at that time, Hon Kurfi overshadowed any representative of the area in terms of performance and delivering democracy dividends to his people.
Despite these efforts some arrogant political liabilities in the area who feel threatened by popularity and good works of the honourable member have embarked on blackmail and political mischief to dent his image.
Not satisfied that their evil plot has failed they recently out of desperation embarked on violence, thinking that it will scare the lawmaker from continuing with his good work, they failed to understand that he who ride the tiger ends in its belly.
The monster they are building in the name of violence will surely consume them. The honourable member cannot be distracted because he has a mandate and duty to succeed in changing the destiny of his people.
Honourable Danlami Kurfi has done a lot for his people in the areas of education, health, youth and women empowerment and assistance to religious groups.
In the area of education, Hon. Kurfi ha attracted a world class computer institute, GLOBAL ICT to Kurfi and Dutsin-ma towns where it trained 250 youth on computer appreciation and awarded a Diploma certificate to them.
For the training Kurfi paid the sum of N7,000 for each of the participating youth. Last year alone, the versatile lawmaker had paid the sum of N15,000 to each of the selected 30 students from Kurfi local government for their NABTEB examinations.
Similarly he sponsored 80 youth to learn tailoring and fashion design in his constituency and supported them with capital at the completion of their training.
In the area of water supply, the lawmaker has during the dry season repaired 200 boreholes in Dutsin-ma and Kurfi Local Governments. 15 number solar powered boreholes were repaired by Hon. Danlami Kurfi in his constituency; while 50 open concrete wells were also repaired.
The member has equally sought the support of the state road maintenance agency, KASAROMA for the dredging of Kurfi Dam. In the health sector, the lawmaker was currently sponsoring the feeding of patients admitted at the Dutsin-ma general hospital.
The lawmaker has also sponsor the operations of over 100 patients requiring hernia operations. He similarly donated 100 bed sheets with twelve gallons of IZAL and five cartons of JIK to the Kurfi health centre for proper hygiene in its vicinity. Hon. Kurfi has renovated facilities at the Fadumawa health centre for use by the community and other surrounding villages.
To the persons suffering from the sickle cell anaemia, the member has been donating drug monthly to those collecting them at the Dutsin-ma general hospital. He however donated 50 rubber chairs to the Kurfi health centre to assist patience visiting the centre for medications.
In the area of electricity supply, the lawmaker has spent huge sums of money in the electrification of Sabon Layi town in Kurfi local government.
In 2016 the lawmaker has repaired an electric fault in Tsauri town, even this year the lawmaker has equally repaired the Tsauri town electricity network which has been vandalised by thieves.
He has repaired a transformer in Kurfi town and bought oil for the transformer at the cost of N100, 000.
In the religious sector, the honourable member has constructed new mosque in Sabon Layi Village in Kurfi local government area.
He has completed the construction of an Islamiyya school in Daram town where he provided doors, windows and plastering of the main building and has completed the building of an Islamiyya school in Tunya village in Tsauri B.
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The completion of the construction of Kauyen-bawayye Juma’at Mosque. Hon Kurfi has similarly renovated the vehicle used for Da’awah in the area. He has also assisted in the rehabilitation of graveyards, provision of thousands of copies of the Holy Qur’an.
Where the lawmaker scored high was in the area of employment generation, where he secured employment for people in his constituency from within and outside the state.
To make the records straight, the lawmaker has secured employment for 15 people of his constituency at the federal government level, 35 got appointment in the Nigerian army 20 into the Nigerian air force.
Due to his respect for traditional institutions, Honourable Danlami had donated two SUV’s to the district heads in his constituency while all the 21 village heads in his constituency received motorcycle each. To further empower people in his constituency, the lawmaker has been making personal donation of cars to his friends and political associates.
Similarly his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) was not left behind as the Honourable member has donated Buses for the party’s use in Dutsin-ma and Kurfi offices while ward party chairmen were given motorcycles.
With the highlight of few of his achievements one can comfortably conclude that Hon. Danlami Kurfi has paid his due in providing effective and transparent representation for people of his Dutsin-ma/Kurfi federal constituency.
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