By Mohammed kaka Misau, Bauchi
Without fear of contradiction, there is no doubt that leaders per-excellence are made by God through popular mandate given by their own people. Such is indeed, the natural law that led to the emergence of Distinguished Senator, Abdul Ahmed Ningi to represent his Ningi /warji federal constituency in the Nigerian House of Representatives for three fruitful terms (12 years in total).
Not only that, ‘the man of the people’ as fondly addressed by his admirers and suppoerters, Ningi had his mandate elavated to senate in 2011 before the deceitful wind of the APC change mantra ousted him in 2015.
Borned in 1960, Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi, also a former Member and Leader of the House of Representatives of Nigeria was first elected to represent Ningi federal constituency in 1999.
The lawmaker having performed beyond expectations, got reelected in 2003 and 2007 before he was voted as Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District of Bauchi state in 2011 during which he also served as the Deputy Majority Leader of the Nigerian Senate.
It is in public domain that the former house of representatives Leader and deputy senate leader, a loyal and devoted stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was able to record tremendous successes during his reigns as he represented his people.
Although Senator Abdul Ningi is not the noise-making type of a politician that beat drums on every single achievement, even if it means within their constitutional responsibility, but certainly, good things are always difficult not to be noticed.
It is incumbent to stress that, considering his versatility in politics and governance, Ningi will no doubt be instrumental to the development of not only his Senatorial District but Bauchi state and Nigeria as a whole if given another mandate.
Senator for the entire Northern region as popularly addressed by his teaming supporters, Senator Abdul whose peaceful disposition endears him to many, some school of thoughts believe is a material that should never be forgotten even though he has remained quite until now.
During his first term as a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Abdul Ningi served as Chairman House Committee on Solid minerals from 2002 to 2003, Chairman, House sub-committee on Teachers Education from 1999 to 2002 and Chairman, House sub-committee on NAFDAC from 1999 – 2003.
As sports friendly person, between 1999 and 2002, Senator Ningi was the House Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association when the country successfully qualified for her second appearance at the FIFA World Cup.
Senator Ningi who was among the key actors that helped in keeping the house together during the third term imbroglio in 2006 had his position keenly contested by Salisu Zakari Ningi of the ANPP in 2007.
Although, the ANPP candidate was declared winner of the election, Senator Ningi regained his seat as the rightful winner of the election in 2008 through the court of appeal where he had ran to seek for redress.
He served as Chairman Ad-hoc Committee on Niger Delta crisis, where his input helped in developing the Amnesty program that resolved the militancy in the region. He was also the Chairman House Committee on Police Affairs up to 2011.
In his journey to the Senate, Senator Abdul Ningi contested against an incumbent Senator, Mohammed A. Muhammad of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and won in 2011, he was unanimously chosen by his colleagues as the deputy majority leader of the Senate.
At the Lower Chamber of the National Assembly (House of Representatives) Abdul Ningi was a force to reckon with and was vocal when it comes to moving or contributing to motions on issues that will improve the living standard of the Nigerian people, most especially the masses.
To ensure dividends of democracy to his people, Senator Ningi implimented several Programmes and projects such as awarding of scholarships to students, empowerment of youth and women, renovation of schools among others.
Some of his Milestone projects in the public domain include the one he carried out in partnership with the Hadejia-Jama’are River Basin Development Agriculture and Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority.
He assisted 1,850 individual farmers with inputs to enable them participate in dry season farming in addition to giving support to no fewer than 600 individual farmers with inputs to enable them participate in rainy season farming in 2012 and 2013.
During the period under review, Senator Abdul Ningi drilled a total of 659 hand pump boreholes, 43 Solar powered boreholes with overhead tanks for the people of Danbam, Darazo, Misau, Ganjuwa, Ningi and Warji local government areas.
He also initiated the Ningi water reticulation project which was aimed at providing water to over 100,000 inhabitants of the Ningi emirate and surrounding villages to boost agriculture and power generation capacity of the state.
Also, apart from donating 1,500 motorcycles, 600 tricycles, and 500 sewing machines to various communities and unqualified number of 18-seater buses to his people, 250 youths were trained in collaboration with SMEDAN.
He also facilitated the training of over 1,200 youths in tailoring, 250 youths in basket weaver and hundreds more in craftsmanship in addition to the construction of nine ICT centers to ensure computer literacy to his people.
Not forgetting Education sector, the Senator intervened by providing both instructional and infrastructural facilities to hundreds of schools. He also, through his scholarship scheme, settled the WAEC and tuition fees of hundreds of youths of his area.
Therefore, it will be a waste of opportunity for the people of Bauchi Central not to vote for Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi who has been tested, trusted and above all, proven to be competent in leading them to the desired destination at this time that more dividends of democracy is required for their general welfare.
Mohammed kaka is a Public Affairs Commentators in Bauchi and can be reach through Wattsup Number: 08036645483