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PaperToday – Immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has listed some of the projects his stewardship in the senate has attracted to Benue South senatorial district.
Mark criticised those saying he has not done much for his people, describing them as arm chair critics whom he challenged to take a tour of the senatorial district to verify his claims.
Addressing faithfuls of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in his Otukpo country home in Benue state weekend, Senator Mark stressed that the annulment of his election and the ordering of a rerun is a call on the Idoma nation to fight for their liberty and freedom from external forces.
He challenged them for the umpteenth time to rise to the occasion and defend their votes freely given to him on March 28, 2015 Senatorial election by coming out en masse to demonstrate that they did not make any mistake in electing him when the rerun is conducted.
Senator Mark listed landmark projects he attracted to his constituency to include but not limited to the multi-billion naira Otobi water dam project to address the water needs of the area, the multi-billion naira Oweto bridge that would facilitate movement of goods and services to other parts of Nigeria with ease, as well as cottage industries in all the nine local government areas.
He noted that it is on record that he under “David Mark Scholarship Foundation (DMSF)” runs the largest scholarship scheme from which no fewer than 20,000 graduates have benefited since its inception in 2005. He added that he singlehandedly built and donated the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Otukpo study centre in 2008.
“I will continue to invest on quality education for our people. I believe that if we give our people the best education, we would have liberated our people from ignorance, poverty, disease and want”, Senator Mark stressed.
He further listed a number of schools and health care centres he built in the nine local government areas in Benue South and challenged anybody in doubt to take a tour of the constituency to verify.
Senator Mark noted that he is not discouraged by armed chair critics who allege he has not done much saying “I have my record of achievements. History will judge.”
Compiled by Michael Emiabata