From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Member of the House of Representatives for Katsina-Ala/Ukum/Logo Federal Constituency in Benue state Dr. Richard Gbande, has decried the impoverishment of electorates by politicians.
The rep member also, frowned at the gross under-representation of his constituency over the years, pledging to effect a change.
Gbande stated this in an interview chat with newsmen during a reception organized in his honour after his inauguration.
Gbande, a former Chairman at the Benue State Local Government Service Commission said having served the state in various capacities, he has garnered enough experience to address and tackle the issues confronting his Constituency.
The former National Vice Chairman, Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), stated further that having domesticated himself in the vineyard of public service over the years, he was at the National Assembly fully prepared for the onerous task ahead.
“Am a grassroots person with a very deep understanding of the complexities in my constituency especially as it regards what the people need to better their standards of living and so, coming from this background, I know exactly the kind of legislation I have taken to Abuja”
“We have never had it very good in terms of representation since our leader, Senator Gabriel Suswam left that seat and one of the major reasons for this has been the tendency of electing people who are completely disconnected with the people but, am believing God because my people have done the correct thing this time around by electing someone who understands their plight and I will work towards alleviating them” .
He charged the new leadership of the National Assembly to work in harmony with all members of the house, party differences not withstanding stressing that what was now paramount was to seek for ways that the country can move forward.
Dr. Gbande who also advised the executive arm of government to accord the house the respect due it by avoiding acts capable of undermining it, expressed optimism that the house was going to impact meaninfuly on the lives of Nigerians .