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I vowed never to deceive those who elected me – Senate President

…Wants Skill Acquisition Centre established in Yobe North

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Friday disclosed that his foray into partisan politics came with a vow never to deceive those who elected him.

According to the Senate President, his decision to be transparent in his dealings as a lawmaker stems from his determination to deliver effective representation to his people, and by extension in service to the nation.

Lawan stated this during the conferment of a traditional title of Mukaddam of Nguru in Yobe by the Nguru Emirate Council.

“The people of Zone C gave me the opportunity to serve them, and I’ll remain eternally grateful for that opportunity.

“I made a promise when I entered into politics, or partisan politics in 1998, when I served as Vice Chairman of the All People’s Party (APP) in Yobe.

“But in 1999 when I was elected as a member of the House of Representatives, I promised that I will not deceive the people who elected me.

“I will always tell them the truth, even if it is bitter, and I will do my best at all times to represent them very well.

“I’m still on that, and thank God from my federal constituency, to the larger Yobe North zone C, I have understood my people and my people understand me,” the Senate President said.

After his conferment of the traditional title of Mukaddam of Nguru by the Emir of Nguru, Lawan disclosed that plans were underway to establish a skill acquisition Centre in Yobe North senatorial district.

He said the move to so do was in line with providing employment to the youths so as to address the surrounding problems of unemployment and insecurity in the state.

“Your Royal Highness, this title will make me work harder during my tenure and after my tenure, because I have to leave at some point.

“But while I serve as Senator representing this senatorial district, I will do everything possible to ensure that the people of Zone C, Yobe North, get their fair share of Federal presence and also opportunities in terms of employment.

“Only two or three days ago, I had discussion with a government parastatal that we are going to establish a Skill Acquisition Centre in Nguru.

“What we want to do with that acquisition Centre is to look for our youths, especially those who have nothing to do, train them in tiling, interlocking and so many other things that we have to borrow people from somewhere else.

“When they are trained, we will give them something to work with, that way, the employment and even our security situation will be addressed,” Lawan said.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93.Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism.He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002.Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013).He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers.He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor.Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.