A member of House of Representatives from Niger state, Umar Bago, has donated 11 trailers of rice to the people of his constituency.
It is understood that a trailer is billed for each ward in the 11 wards that make up Chanchaga constituency, where he is representing at the National Assembly.
The donation is aimed at cushioning the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the COVID 19 pandemic, one of the lawmaker’s aides said.
He said each sack of the rice is 25k and each trailer contained 1,200 sacks, making it 13,200 sacks in total.
Reacting to the gesture, a farmer from the constituency, Mohammed Musa, commended the lawmaker, describing him as “the biggest philanthropist and the most impactful political office holder” from Niger state.
While lamenting that the lockdown has further “impoverished” the people of the state, Musa urged other “well to do Nigerlites and political office holders” to emulate Bago in supporting the poor.
Bago, a third term Member of the House of Representatives, ran for Speakership against Femi Gbajabiamila last year.