Honourable Abdullahi Alih popularly known as Halims is a regular
contestants into the Federal House of Representatives for Ankpa/
Olamaboro/ Omala federal constituency. He was between 2007 and 2011 represented
Ankpa 1 state Constituency. This period the erosion menace in the Ankpa
metropolis that has hitherto defied solutions was fixed. Hundreds of Ankpa
unemployed youths were employed into both the Federal and state establishments,
including Military, police and paramilitary services.
He believes in the empowerment of the youths
which according to him over 250 young men and women from the kogi East were
employed by his private businesses spanning Hospitality industry, oil and gas
and Estate Management enterprises , in this hold no bare interview with
Atabo Julius Halims who is testing his popularity on All progressive
Congress (APC) is slugging it out with the candidates of PDP Hajia
Habibat Deen, Hon. Hassan Omale of the Action Democratic Party ( ADC) while
Mohammed Idris will file out on the ticket of Accord party ( AP). He challenge
his opponents in the February 16, 2019 House of Representatives election for
Ankpa,/ Olamaboro/ Omala constituency to show the world their capacity to bring
both human and material development to the people.
When asked his plans and programmes for the constituency if elected, he was quick to say that his immediate priority is to empower the youths of the constituency as a safeguard against the evil machinations of peer groups and to keep them away from the unscrupulous politicians who would use them as thugs to unleash mayhem on their opponents.
He added that he will ensure that they are engage in
productive enterprises. saying part from his personal efforts to
bring development to the zone , he shall commit the Federal and state
governments through lobbying to create enabling environment to building massive
infrastructural projects throughout the entire constituency that will enable
them to practice their trade which will grow wealth for the people.
The House of representatives hopeful noted that his empowerment programme will take the youths off the streets and by that drastically reduce the incidence of social vices that have bedevilled our society.” I usually tell those in governance that most of the youths that engages in crimes and criminality are doing so because they were not productively engaged, with the axiom that an idle mind is the devils workshop is apt in our society.
Hon Abdullahi Alih disclosed that his attempt at making the youths the future drivers of the economy made him as a policy to employ most of his staff from the Kogi East. According to him, he has been in the private business for over 25 years. “I have seven petroleum stations, and I can tell you that Igala sons and daughters are the ones working there. I lift petroleum products from 14 depots and all my depot supervisors are from kogi east. In Halims Hotels over 80% of the workforce are not just from Ankpa, Olamaboro or Omala but Igalas. I stand to challenge those contesting against me to show their employment status for their constituents either in their private businesses or while they were either in the state House of Assembly or in the green chamber of the National Assembly.
Continuing, he said while in the State Assembly between
2007 and 2011 in his capacity representing good people of Ankpa 1 constituency,
he attracted massive employment opportunities for the indigenes of the
constituency, which he added could be verified as many of them are in their
various offices till today. I ensured that in my four years in the
Assembly not less than 200 youths were employed through me in the Federal, and
State establishment including the military, police, civil Defence and other
paramilitary forces. I’m doing this because there is a correlation between
employment and reduction of social vices.
Asked to comment on
what he wants the electorate to do in this election, he quipped
” As the election approaches, the electorate especially
the youths should be focused and should not allowed themselves to be used by
politicians for selfish reasons. This period, the evildoers who are desperate
for positions are around the corners looking for whom to recruit as thugs
to unleash terror against their opponents. It is my candid advice for the
people to ask the politicians to recruit their children and siblings to do the
work for them. I encourage them not to yield to their machinations as they will
use and dump them. They should think more of their future as leaders rather
than collecting stipends to do the job that may cost them their lives. I urged
them to receive counsels only from the right thinking members of the society.
They shun thuggery and violence and they should take their
destinies in their hands by working hard and not wait on hand-outs from
politicians who will capitalize on their vulnerability to use them for violence.
While reiterating his determination to ensure that qualified sons and daughters of the constituency are appointed into Federal and State institutions, he lamented that he has been seeking the votes of the people in the past 12 years to afford him the opportunity to lobby the government for their recruitment. He advises them to vote for him to re-enact what he did in the Assembly as regard getting jobs for the people. He added that the propelling force in seeking their mandate to the House of Representatives is his capacity and wherewithal to negotiate at the highest level of governance for the good of the majority of his constituents.
Speaking further, he enjoined the electorate to look out for capacity, and the past antecedents of the candidates as a determinant in their voting choice.
capacity, compassion should be their yardstick for voting rather than
primordial party affiliations. He urged them to cast their votes for tested and
trusted candidate stressing that of the four leading candidates jostling for
the position have at one time or other took or takes a shot either
in the state legislature or National Assembly. I called on our
people to interrogate their performance.
“I assure them that I Hon. Abdullahi Alih Halims have the integrity and capacity to make things work. They should ask my opponents to show them how many projects, motions and bills have they attracted and sponsored for the good of the people. Legislative business is not for the dumb, it is for those with superior mental alertness.
“Before asking for votes, they should tell the people, those that are still representing the constituency what are they doing for the people and those that are former legislators what have they done for the constituency? I’m saying authoritatively that in their four years they could not get one youth employed. All what they are after is hiding under party, and other sentiments to seek for votes and I’m assuring them that the electorate will reject them at the polls”