Abatemi-Usman made the disclosure while receiving members of the legislative arm of the LGA, which is one of the five local councils in his constituency believed to have been abandoned by previous Senators from the zone due to their minority status in the senatorial district.
Led by the Deputy Council Leader, Hon. Abdulmalik Yusuf, the councilors came to pay a solidarity visit to the Senator in his office at the National Assembly, after attending a meeting of National PDP Councilors Forum in Abuja with the National Chairman of the ruling party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
A statement signed by Mr. Michael Jegede, the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Abatemi-Usman, indicated that the Senator stressed the importance of water to human life, which he said, prompted him to push for the provision of money in the budget for Ogori/Managogo water scheme project and the Ekuku Dam in Okene.
“In line with my promise to my people that I will work hard to find lasting solution to the perennial problem of water in my constituency, as soon as I assumed office I immediately commenced talk with the federal ministry of water resources. As we speak, the contract for the Ogori/Mangogo water scheme has just been awarded. The Ekuku Dam project has since been captured in the budget while we are also making spirited effort for a substantial amount of money to be provided for the commencement of work on Osara Dam. I feel the pain of my people and we will not relent in our determination to solve the problem of acute water shortage in our senatorial district. The boreholes we have provided in various communities across Kogi Central are just temporary measures,” Abatemi-Usman said.
In his speech, the Deputy Council Leader said they made it a point of duty to visit the Senator as a show of appreciation for his sterling leadership quality and effort made in carrying the people of Ogori/Mangogo along, as against what obtained in the past.
Prior to the visit of the Councilors, members of Abuja chapter of Ogori Descendants’ Union (ODU) had paid a courtesy call on Senator Abatemi-Usman, during which they equally expressed their profound gratitude to him for not forgetting the people of the area in his scheme of affairs as their representative.
In a letter presented to the Senator in the course of the visit, duly signed by the Chairman, Mr. E.A. Lawani and Secretary, Mr. Mosugu Dan, the group said: “Your prompt consideration and approval of the appointment is a testimony to the fact that you hold Ogori in high esteem in your programme. Furthermore, we wish to use this medium to also thank you for giving one of our sons, Mr. Mike Ogbodo, an opportunity to serve in your office just as we wish to express our gratitude to you for the provision of employment to three (3) of our sons (in the Nigerian Customs, Nigerian Prisons and Niger River Basin).”
They added: “we are aware of the Distinguished Senator’s effort in the constituency projects through the siting of transformers and water projects at Ogori for which we are thankful. However, we wish to humbly observe that work on the projects has not progressed at the pace you would desire and therefore wish to appeal for your intervention for their speedy completion.”