By: Valentine Adese and Reuben Egbah,
The Member representing Jos-South/East Federal Constituency in the Lower chambers of the National Assembly (NASS), Hon. Edward Pwajok (SAN) has called on the constituents of Plateau North Senatorial District, to support his quest to occupy the Senatorial seat at the upper chambers of the National Assembly come 2019, owing to his visible physical contributions and achievements within his short political trekking in the street of politics and democratic dividends.
Hon. Pwajok urged members of the District who are in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to look deep into his achievements since he has been holding professional, community and political services at the Local Government, State and Federal levels to assess his capacity to represent the party and the people at the upper chambers of the National Assembly.
Hon. Pwajok (SAN) while declaring his interest to run for the Plateau North Senatorial Seat come 2019 if given the ticket by the state chapter of the APC, boldly told the gathering that, during his tenure as the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Plateau State, that the revision of the Laws of the state was undertaken.
That it was in the same period that he enabled the employment of 50 young Lawyers into the state Ministry of Justice.
Adding that as a member of the 8th assembly of the House of Representatives, he has to his credit,50 bills in his name.
“Thus, the 3rd Highest sponsor of Bills in the 360 member House of Representatives, the highest from Northern Nigeria and the highest of all first timers in the 8th National Assembly.” He stated.
READ HON. EDWARD PWAJOK (SAN), AS HE ROLES OUT MORE ACHIEVEMENTS BELOW:
“Space and time will not allow the listing or analysis of all the Bills, but many have impacted positively and tremendously on Plateau State in particular and Nigeria in general.
“For instance, the Bill on the abolition of the Dichotomy between HND and First Degree. Hitherto, HND holders could not progress beyond level 14 in the civil service but can now rise to Permanent Secretary or the peak of their careers.
“I also sponsored a Bill, which has been passed to amend the interpretation Act, to regulate appointments in acting capacity, there is also a Bill to establish the NIGERIA Football Federation (NFF)which the House has passed. My Bills cut across Education, Health, The Armed Forces, Federal Character Commission, Children, Women, Institution of Government, Electoral Act, Deepening Democracy, Human Rights, Anti Corruption.
“I am a member of the Technical Committee of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Review or Amendment of the Constitution. The Technical Committee, which is the fulcrum of the Constitutional alteration process, is made up of only 9 members. This is the clearinghouse of all Bills that seek to alter the Constitution. I travelled several times to Lagos and other cities to work on amending the constitution and so far as a result of our work, many Bills including the Not Too Young to Run, setting of time limit for pre election matters, independence of the state legislature, financial independence of the state judiciary, term limit to VP’s and Dep Governors who succeed their Principles have not only been passed but assented to by the President.
“Among the many motions and decisive contributions to debates and amendments are the ones that mandate the Federal Government to use Local Government and not states as a basis for employment and recruitment, particularly into the police and security agencies like Civil Defence etc.
“I moved the motion to mandate the Federal Government to fill the many vacancies in INEC, which has enabled the commission not only to be duly constituted but to organize many elections after 2015 and even prepare for the forthcoming elections.
“The above are part of the three functions of a Legislator, which are Law-making, which is the core function but also oversight and representation.
“I am proud to say that in addition to being a member of 9 standing committees in the House namely: Human Rights which I chair; Constitution Amendment; Federal Judiciary; FCT Judiciary; House Services, Power; FERMA; Sports; Diaspora, I have been privileged to chair the House ad Hoc Committees on investigating the Bama Initiative, and Harmonizing the Electoral Act amendment Bill and also a member of several ad Hoc committees including the Petroleum Industry Bill, wherein Bassa Local Government of Plateau State has been included as one of the host/impacted communities by virtue of oil pipelines passing through it; ad Hoc committee investigating the DSS invasion of Judges Houses, ad Hoc committee investigating NEMA; ad Hoc committee investigating capital budget/Releases 2015 etc etc.
“Through my membership of the committees and my Constituency projects I have influenced several projects in my constituency including motorized boreholes in Jos East (Shere), Jos South (Rantya) including rehabilitation of the motorized borehole in Vwei, Kuru, (Jos South) and in Vat (Barkin Ladi), road construction in Kwata and VWANG,fencing of primary school in Diye, Jos South, Free Medical Outreach in both Jos South and Jos East where thousands of persons were tested and treated two babies among many who were delivered successfully by caesarian section, were named after my wife and myself.Rural Electrification in Jos South and Jos East and I am glad to announce that some of the projects I have influenced have been advertised for tender namely electrification of areas of Jos East and Jos South, road construction in Vwang, Kuru, School construction in Turu, Primary Healthcare centre rehabilitation in Fursum, including motorized boreholes.
“In the area of Representation, I have always spoken for the underprivileged in the society, for my constituency and my state. I also speak,lobby for promotion, appointment, employment of persons from my constituency in particular and my state in general. I have done in many MDA’s including the security agencies like the Police, Prisons, Civil Defence, the Federal Civil Services, Federal Parastatals etc.
“I have presented several petitions on behalf of citizens some of who have been reinstated to work or paid benefits they were denied. I have interceded for traumatized residents of my constituency even in Labour matters where many citizens that would have lost their jobs were not only retained but some promoted.The Veterinary Research Institute Vom is an example.
“May I say with all sense of modesty, that having excelled and with the credibility that I have, that I invite you to support me to be elected to fly the flag of our great party in order to clinch the Northern Senatorial seat in next year’s election in order to continue the good works that we are known for.
“The conventions of the National Assembly favor those with cognate legislative experience in the National Assembly. That is why those who are elected from the house to the senate are ranked higher than even former Governor’s or Ministers or State Speakers elected for the 1st time to the senate. Electing me will thus benefit our constituency as I wouldn’t be learning the ropes but being on familiar terrain,I would transit seamlessly to the Red chambers and would use my network of familiar contacts both in the National Assembly and the MDA,S for the benefit of my constituency.
“In conclusion, since there is a National consensus that I have done very well in the house, the old saying that the reward for hard work is more work aptly applies to me. As the winning horse, I beseech you to trust me and vote for me so that I will not only win the race but continue to work very hard to justify your confidence.”