- Posted August 20, 2014 by
Jos, Nigeria, Nigeria
My Responsibility to the Church and the People – Nigerian Lawmaker
The cry of most Nigerians however has always been that since the advent of democracy 15 years ago, life expectancy has consistently been on the decline as the cost of living has over the years witnessed a significant increase.
Many analysts view the situation of the Nigerian political system as almost hopeless, but for the Member representing Pankshin – Kanke – Kanam Federal Constituency at the Nigerian House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Luka Go’ar, there is a great future for the Nigerian populace in terms of democratic dividends.
All that is needed according, to the Lawmaker, is for all hands to be on deck towards fast-tracking development at all levels.
According to him, everybody has a role to play, but however views his role as being critical and holistic.
“On my part, as a representative of the peopple, it is my responsibility to meet the needs of my constituents.
“Part of it is to support the work of God by donating meaningfully to the Church,” he said.
Speaking during his second visit to the Bishop of the Pankshin Catholic Diocese, Go’ar said the work of evangelism is a collective responsibility.
“You must not be on the pulpit to carry out the work of God.
“All of us cannot go to the mission field, but we can facilitate the work there,” said the Lawmaker.
Presenting a donation of a 16 seater bus to the Diocese, Go’ar said, “I felt I had to do my little part in facilitating the work of God by bringing a bus to support movement to the unreached nations.”
He also announced the commencement of a mass water supply programme in various Churches across the constituency.
“We have commenced the sinking of boreholes in various Churches as a way of meeting the water needs of the people and the Church.
“Moreover, those in the service of the church – the clergymen are human beings like us.
“They require all the things that we all need for our daily living so we must support them.
“Therefore, we must take care of our clergy and take care of our Churches,” he stated.
Appreciating the Lawmaker’s gesture, the Catholic Bishop of the Pankshin Diocese, Most Rev. (Dr.) Michael Gobal, encouraged him to continue in the path of selflessness as that is the only way to support peace.
“If all of us are happy, we all will live in peace irrespective of religion.
“If the people are happy because of the things you have done to better their lives, I will be happy too because there will be peace.
“But if you go to an environment where the people are moody, then you cannot be happy.
“So all of us must work together for the good of humanity,” he stressed.
He therefore pledged the Church’s support to the Lawmaker in his political struggle but hoewever stressed the need for politicians to always play the game according to the rules.
Go’ar who is a member of the House Committee on Information had during his first visit to the Catholic Bishop pledged to donate a bus to the Diocese.
This was not the first time the lawmaker was making such a donation to the church, as he had earlier in April, 2014 donated a station wagon car to COCIN Regional Church Council (RCC) Wokkos, Pankshin Local Government Area.
The reps member, who was a one-time Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly has in the past donated various educational materials to over 100, 000 students and pupils in Pankshin North constituency.
Rt. Hon. Go’ar has also offered various scholarships to 150 students, sank 150 boreholes, facilitated 29 federal job placements and transfer of service for the unemployed within the constituency.
Furthermore, the Lawmaker has distributed over 100 sewing machines, 100 grinding machines, 50 motorcycles, 100 water pumps and wheel chairs across the constituency.
Also, the rehabilitation of the Pankshin – Wokkos – Jimim – Tazuk road was carried out by the Lawmaker aside the construction of a bridge at Kor village in Pankshin LGA.
He has also, during his time as Speaker, renovated 32 dilapidated and four new classrooms, as well as distributed over 1000 classroom desks to various schoools within the constituency.
In the area of healthcare, the then Assembly Speaker renovated four clinics and refurbished some broken Ambulances belonging to some health centers within the constituency.
Similarly, four boreholes and two wells have been drilled in Bwarak Kasgong Ward, Nar-Gung-Belning Ward, Dung-Wuseli and Fier-Fier Wards by the Lawmaker.
He has also constructed a bridge worth N3.5m at Wulmi village in Pankshin North.
In addition, over 500 bags of grains, 2000 seedlings and 300 bags of fertilizer were distributed to the 10 wards of Pankshin North constituency during his time as Speaker.
He has equally sponsored various sports programmes within the consituency as well as provided support to various corporate and government organizations including the Police and the Federal Roads Safety Commission among others.
A detailed record of the Lawmaker’s achievements can be obtained from a special bulletin, “The Man Go’ar”, recently released by the office of the Reps Member which showcases pictures of projects and their benefiting communities and/or persons within the Pankshin – Kanke – Kanam Federal constituency.