The Distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Dr. George Akume Representing Benue North/West is a man of the People. His constituents believe strongly that he will continue to occupy the red chamber for many more years due to his impactful performance at the Senate.
The Tarka born politician, administrator per excellence, grassroots mobilizer, a democrat, welfarist, humanitarian and a political calculator of the contemporary era is a humble man with great ideas.
To Sen. Dr. Akume’s constituents, he is like Winston Churchill who was considered as one of the greatest statesmen of great Britain because of the role he played in maintaining Britain’s image in the comity of nation’s during the First and Second World War.
Sen. Akume is within the bracket of statesmen such as Napoleon Bonarparte of France, Mao Tse-Tung of China, Vladimir Ilyrich Lenin and Josef Stalin of Russia, Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln of USA, Kwame Krumalh of Ghana, Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Leophord Sengohor of Senegal, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Nelson Mandela of South-Africa.
Sen. Akume is a Federal legislator saddled with the following functions:
(a) Law-making (b) Representation and (c) Oversight
The institution of National Assembly also known as the parliament is vested with the duty and responsibility to make laws, amends and to replace old laws. It also control, supervise and scrutinize activities of Executives and influence the policies of government.
The National Assembly has broad oversight functions and is empowered to establish committees of its members to scrutinize bills and the conduct of government officials.
In practice, the composition of the legislature is as complex and dynamic as Nigerian ethnic national character and its federating frontiers. It is instructive to mention that part II, Section 4 of the 1999 Constitution expressly provides for the powers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with respect to the legislative powers, sub-section 1 provides that:
The legislative powers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be vested in National Assembly for the Federation which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representative. Also, Section 4 (2) states that: The National Assembly shall have powers to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Federal or any part thereof with respect to any matter included in to Exclusive List set out in part I of the second schedule of this constitution.
Sen. Dr. Akume is carrying out his legislative duties in line with the provisions of the law to promote unity, development and peace in Nigeria. He is not interested in politics of blackmail, which is becoming a weapon used by some disgruntled politicians to access power, and cause division among the people.
From the foregoing, Sen. Akume has done expressly well at the National Assembly in the area of effective representation, oversight function and law-making. He has over 1000 projects across the 7 Local Governments of the state including electricity supply, water provision, skills acquisition centres, bridges, culverts, etc the also provide scholarships to countless number of students within and outside the country.
He also provides jobs to over 1500 people while serving at the red chamber.
It is trite to say that Akume is a hero of democracy, development and good governance.
At any point in time an individual or group of people tried to tarnish his good image the Senator wax stronger and even become more popular and appealing to his people.
No wonder, Sen. Akume is the only Tiv Politician with the large heart of assisting the needy even at his expense.
His enemies are also unanimous on this assertion. Infact, Sen. Akume has impacted positively on the lives of the people irrespective of their tribes, religion or party affiliation. The generosity of Sen. Akume is undisputable, look at the patronage and traffic of people to his residences at Wannune Ma