The level of indispensability of pacesetters in various fields of endeavour results from their performances. This draws people’s loyalty and hopes to them borne out of confidence and faith.
Hon. Usman Bello Kumo, Chairman, House Committee on Police Affairs, representing Akko federal constituency of Gombe state at the House of Representative, has not only attained this height but also established an indelible benchmark of performance.
This is also borne out of his political will and commitment to development and progress as it is on a global scale.
Why he makes such strong political impact is not just in the direct investments he is doing in developmental projects, but in the way and manner such projects impact on human capital development in accordance to global standards. Such standards are equally promoted by civil society organisations as well as influencers and governments.
In the health sector, for instance, there are major concerns about health delivery services for communities, a situation that has led the federal government to invest one percent of the annual consolidated revenue on primary healthcare services. These are direct healthcare services provided at ward levels for communities. Unfortunately, such services are impaired by infrastructural dilapidation and lack of efficiency.
To ensure the successful function of the primary healthcare service in his constituency, Hon Usman Bello Kumo engaged in the construction, renovation and provision of equipment in no fewer than six primary healthcare centre in his constituency. These include among others, the ones he built in Badara, Kembo and Kumo.
This tallies with the DFID, UNICEF and WHO campaigns of enhancing the primary healthcare delivery services to reduce undue traffic in the secondary and tertiary health centres.
As if that is not enough, he also engaged in the strategic provision of a hospital in Kumo to provide secondary health services for beneficiaries of the primary healthcare centres he had provided.
More so, in support of the new agric revolution, a condition that has taken a larger part of the productive populace back to farm to enhance the agro-pastoral development of the country, Kumo realised that there is need to not only fund agric development but to also provide the infrastructure that will ease the development of the sector. Thus, he constructed strategic roads that will ease the transportation of food items without excessive rigours. One of such roads he constructed is the 30km road from Kidda to Panda that links farms to markets passing through several villages.
In addition, he supported youths with vehicles as a means of enhancing the transportation of both individuals and goods as well as providing livelihood for the owners of such vehicles. Over 20 youths in Akpo local government area of his constituency benefitted from this project.
Another aspect he also engaged in is the housing scheme. Kumo provided low-cost houses for 20 youths as well, boosting the human capital development among the beneficiaries who are now left to be productive in their fields of endeavour without domestic constraints.
Another very important project he embarked on is the provision of portable drinking water in Pindiga suburbs, who lacked water for many years, especially during the dry seasons.
This has affected healthy living and encouraged the outbreak of diseases like cholera and diarrhoea. He ensures that portable drinking water through the construction of boreholes that meet the UNICEF standards were constructed. This has drastically improved healthy living and easy access to good drinking water.
On education, the growth in population in Nigeria and in the North East, in particular, is above the average figures. The United States Census Bureau has placed Nigeria’s population growth at 3.2% per annum. With a population of 195.5 million in 2019, Nigeria’s population will be approaching 400 million by 2050.
With this estimate, amenities like education require more investments and expansion to meet the demand. Kumo has constructed six primary and secondary schools to support the provision of the required infrastructure within his constituency. He has also provided scholarship to some individuals as a means of enhancing capacity in the education sector.
As a Godly and spiritual conscious personality, he also supported people of all spiritual inclinations within his constituency. This has promoted unity and progress among the people. He has funded Christians to Jerusalem and Muslims to Mecca. He has also constructed worship centres including mosques and churches.
One very important issue that might have led to the anomalies found in the police service in the country could be the lack of synergy among the various agencies running the police force and poor welfare.
Of recent about, 1000 police personnel were left without payments almost 12 months after induction into the service. Hon. Usman Bello raised the motion in the House that led to them receiving their entitlements.
It is necessary for such committed personalities with genuine political will and dedication to service to be revisited in the interest of the public. It is by this that they will be directed and guided in making the right choices to support development in their communities. Indeed, Usman Bello Kumo remains politically indispensable.
Musa writes fro Abuja