WE WILL TRIUMPH OVER THIS TRYING TIME
It gives me joy to wish all the good people of Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency happy Easter celebration. I agree that this year’s Easter is completely different from what we have become familiar with over the years due to the ravaging effects of coronaviorus pandemic.
But the Holy Bible tells us to always give thanks to God in all things. This is the more reason we should genuinely show appreciation to God for sparing our lives to witness yet another Easter; even though it is devoid of the usual fun and fanfares.
It is important to underscore the essence of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we are celebrating this day. I want to appeal to the good people of my constituency to continue to show empathy and love to one another in the spirit of Easter.
It is important that I express my heartfelt condolences to the families of Chief Blessing Kayode of Idanre and Prof. Christopher Olumuyiwa Aboluwoye of Akure that God took their souls unto Himself on Thursday, 9th April, 2020. These deaths represent monumental loss to their families, relations, friends, colleagues and entire people of Ondo State. My solemn prayer is that God in His infinite mercy shall forgive their sins and grant eternal repose to their departed souls in the pantheon of saints.
I am aware that the partial lockdown and sit-at-home order of Ondo State Government have undoubtedly put serious strains on the sources of livelihoods of a good number of our people. It is for this reason that I have taken it upon myself to donate my two months salaries for the purchase of food items and hand sanitizers for the good people of Idanre/Ifedore. I also want to emphasize that my commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of our people remain a matter of utmost priority to me.
Having got done with the first tranche of our palliative distribution, I will like to reiterate that we will not hesitate to make provision for another round of palliative distribution if the current sit-at-home directive is extended by the government. I have resolved to ensure that no effort and resources will be spared to ensure the comfort of my constituents during this lockdown that is occasioned by Covid-19.
Aside my individual effort to ameliorate the economic burdens on my people, we are also discussing with some companies and establishments that are willing to support us with more palliatives for direct distribution to our people in the constituency. We can only be optimistic that the expected donations will come sooner than later.
At the level of our democratic institution, the Federal House of Representatives, we have passed the economic stimulus bill that will cushion the negative economic effects of coronavirus pandemic. The bill is also targeted at preventing job loss by Nigerians and equally aimed at reflating the economy. The House has also done the needful to ensure that Nigerians are provided with free electricity for two months. I can also assure that the House is close to resolving the payment of hazard allowances for all the front line health workers that have been doing battle with the coronavirus pandemic.
Another important area of utmost concern to us in House of Representatives is the vexatious issue of Conditional Cash Transfer
(CCT) that we are determined to investigate thoroughly. All we heard was that hundreds of billions of naira were distributed in just three days without record and evidence. Some apparently disturbed Nigerians had kept asking how come a government that could not distribute voters cards for three years was able to distribute such a humongous amount of money in just three days. As a matter of fact, I doubt if any of my constituents has benefited from this cash transfer since it commenced in year 2016.
For emphasis, response of the presidency to the perceived massive stealing of the CCT has not help matter at all. The lame defence of the corrupt act is very disturbing to state the least. The SSA had defended the disbursement thus :
“Also, the beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s gesture are invisible and dwell where the conventional society cannot see them.
“And carrying journalists along to investigate the authenticity of the payments to the target persons will be cost implicative to the scheme because the funds at hand can’t pay for extra burden as we are only managing what we have”.
Once again, we are not deterred by this illogical defence, rather we are determined even more than before to investigate this matter in the best interest of all Nigerians.
I will also like to emphasize that coronavirus is real and already in Ondo State. We must stick to the prescribed hygienic practices of hand washing with soap, use of hand sanitizer and social distancing to avoid community spread of coronavirus. I also want to implore our people to resist the temptation of socializing during this period of Easter celebration so as to avoid getting infected. Prevention they say is cheap and far better than cure.
It has pleased God to keep us alive to celebrate yet another Easter. This is an unusual Easter that likewise requires unusual reflection and prayer for our nation. It is my prayer that Almighty God shall sooner than expected give us total victory over this very deadly, and yet unseen micro organism that has brought the world to a halt.
Let me reiterate that I am irrevocably committed to serving and representing the best interest of our people. You can be rest assure that the mandate given to me will never be taken for granted. My word of assurance to you all is that we shall triumph over this trying time by the grace of God.
Thank you all and happy Easter celebration.
Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye
Deputy House Committee Chairman on Army
11th April, 2020.