When in 2014 Senator John Owan-Enoh, set out for his electioneering campaign to represent the Cross River Central Senatorial in the upper legislative chamber, he promised the electorate that if elected into office, he would put smiles on their faces.
Barely 18 months down the line, the lawmaker has kept faith with his electioneering campaign promise.
On Sunday, December 4, he gathered the people of his constituency in their numbers, not only to demonstrate his avowed commitment to his people, but to give testimony of how he has delivered the dividends of democracy to his constituency, an act they described as rare in the political history of the area.
That day, Owan -Enoh formally released N70 million cheques to about 4,020 beneficiaries across 66 political wards in six Local Government Areas of his constituency as part of his Educational Support Programme among other such hand of fellowship.
The largesse was given to various categories of students from his senatorial district across various institutions of higher learning, down to the secondary schools and prospective candidates of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
At the formal presentation of the cheques to the beneficiaries in Ikom LGA of the state, Enoh said the support was to assist them in the pursuit of their academic careers, saying that the program is part of his obligation and sacrifice to the people of the constituency despite the current economic recession.
“I am not doing this programe because I have so much money; but because of the love, sacrifice and a sense of responsibility to my people.
“It is a feeling of indebtedness that I owe to the people of the senatorial district, who toiled with me and kept faith during the time of my campaigns, ‘’ he stated.
A breakdown of the categories in the 66 electoral wards show that; 60 post graduate students, got a hundred thousand naira each; 660 under graduates received fifty thousand naira each, 1, 320 senior secondary school students smiled home with fifteen thousand naira each, while Junior secondary school students got five thousand naira each. An unspecified number of JAMB candidates will receive six thousand naira each.
The federal lawmaker who further explained that each of the 66 wards have equal number of beneficiaries, advised the beneficiaries to make proper use of the opportunity given to them.
Responding on behalf of the local government areas, Prof. Florence Obi, vice chancellor academics, University of Calabar, thanked the lawmaker for his kind gesture, and called on the beneficiaries to take advantage of the financial support to fulfill their life dreams.
The Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Anthony Ebri, said Senator Owan Enoh, is not in the mould of politicians who according to him, ‘promise and fail the electorate.’
He assured the senator of the people’s loyalty, adding that they would give him their electoral support for the number of years he wants to remain in the senate.
A beneficiary Akiba Philip who spoke with The AUTHORITY, thanked the senator for this uncommon show of love and benevolence, and promised that the beneficiaries would do everything to justify the confidence reposted in them.