Plateau Rep. Member gifts N30m cash, rams, rice to constituents for Sallah


Photo: Yusuf Gagdi

A member of the House of Representatives representing Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam Federal Constituency of Plateau State, Yusuf Gagdi, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has donated cash, rams and bags of rice worth about N30 million to his constituents for the Eid-el-kabir celebration.

The lawmaker who distributed the items on Monday in Dengi, Kanam Local Government Area of the state, said the gesture was aimed at giving back to his constituents, particularly the less privileged, during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

Gagdi explained that the money and the items which he donated were sourced from the proceeds of his private businesses and not his constituency projects.

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According to the lawmaker, his penchant for giving to the needy and the poor was a mere expression of his passion for goodwill which gives him fulfillment and natural satisfaction.

“This is something that has become part of me; I have been doing this even before I became a lawmaker. I find pleasure and satisfaction in providing for the needy, particularly in times of festivity like this. No religious book condemns providing for the needy or those who put you in position of leadership.

“So, it is naturally fine and good that I do things that give me satisfaction and also attract the blessing of God. In all, we have spent over N30 million to provide these items. We spent over N17 million to purchase the rams and some cash donations to different groups. The rice we have distributed also cost us over N13 million.

“None of these items  donated today is either my constituency project or saving from any goverment patronage. These are proceeds from my personal businesses and I’m doing this so that my people will be happy,”he added.

The federal legislator further explained that the distribution of the money and Sallah items was done without discrimination based on the religious, party or ethnic affiliations of the beneficiaries.

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