The Art of Constituent-Centric Representation: Hon. Umar Yahaya’s Political Philosophy

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By Ajanigo Opaluwa

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The member representing Omala State constituency at the Kogi state House of Assembly, Hon. Umar Yahaya is a politician whose style of leadership is all about the people.

Hon. Umar Yahaya’s political ethos exemplifies the essence of public service, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to the welfare of his constituents. His approach to leadership transcends mere rhetoric, manifesting in tangible initiatives that address the multifaceted needs of his constituents.

As an observer from far, I’ve been following the activities of this young man and saw that the following initiatives underscore Hon. Yahaya’s dedication to his constituency:

1. Educational empowerment through the provision of JAMB forms to over 300 students, facilitating access to higher education.

2. Economic stimulus via cash grants and agricultural equipment distribution, benefiting more than 400 individuals across eleven wards.

3. Renovation of the APC party secretariat, reinforcing the infrastructure of democratic institutions.

4. Advocacy resulting in the approval of the Abejukolo township road construction, showcasing effective legislative action.

Laying of the foundation of international standard cottage Hospital in Ogodu district by Kogi State Deputy Governor Joel salifu Oyibo

5.Healthcare advancement through the ongoing construction of an international standard cottage hospital in Ogodu district.

6. Tertiary education sponsorship for at least 27 students across various institutions in Kogi State.

7. Enhancement of religious infrastructure through the distribution of solar energy systems to mosques and churches.

8. Improvement of water access via the ongoing borehole drilling project in Egbachi community.

9. Technology empowerment through computer training programs for students across nine local governments in Kogi East, complemented by the distribution of over 30 laptops.

10. Proactive engagement in security matters, evidenced by the organization of critical stakeholders’ meetings in Omala and subsequent presentation of findings to the State Governor.

I’ve lost count but these efforts represent only a few portion of Hon. Yahaya’s footprints during this short time in office. This overview is aimed to inform the public on how this servant of the people have fared so far on the mandate given to him by the good people of Omala local government area, from my own perspective even as a non indigene of the local government.

You can all see that Hon. Yahaya’s multifaceted approach to constituency service has garnered widespread acclaim from Omalites, both at home and in diaspora. His tenure has been lauded as one of the most impactful in Omala’s legislative history, setting a new standard for responsive and effective representation.

With God on his side, before the expiration of his four years tenure, Omalites will have cause to be very proud of this young man who has placed others before himself.

I pray for long life and good health for him, as he keeps making Omalites proud.

– Ajanigo Opaluwa writes from Abuja, Nigeria and can be reached on

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