A Sneak Peak at Hon Bago; The Man Who is Tipped to Lead the #NextLevel HORs

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INTRODUCTION 

Hon Umaru Bago Mohammed is a Member of the House of Representatives from Niger State, representing Chanchaga Federal Constituency, a responsibility he has been holding since 2011. 
EARLY LIFEHon. Bago was born in 1974 and began his education in Marafa Primary School, Minna where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC). He proceeded to The Federal Government College Jos where he also obtained the West Africa School Certificate (WAEC) as one of the best in his set. He then gained admission  into the prestigious Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, from where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.


CAREER

Hon. Umaru Bago had a very disciplined and focused childhood which in no small measure assisted his career in the banking industry. Hon. Bago worked with the United Bank for Africa (UBA), First City Monument Bank (FCMB) and Afri-Bank PLC respectively, where through hard work, high sense of responsibility and dedication to duty, he rose to managerial level in the ever competitive banking sector. 


POLITICS

Being the jovial, ever friendly, kind and considerate people’s person he is, it was no surprise when his people chose him to represent them in the House of Representatives. Hon. Bago hence yielded to the clarion call to serve his people as a Federal Legislator. He pitched his tent with the then Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) at its formation stage, securing the Party’s ticket; he went ahead to overwhelmingly defeat his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the seat of House of Representatives Member, representing the Chanchaga Federal Constituency in the 2011 General Elections.


In his second stint in the House of Representatives, Hon. Umaru Bago having gathered political experience hit the ground running, and apart from contributions on the Floor of the House, he served with diligence in the following committees:-
I. Banking and Currency.

II. Appropriation

III. Education

IIII. Internal Security

V. Information and Communication Technology

VI. Defense

VII. Loans and Debts

VIII. National Planning and Economic Development

IX. Media

X. Civil society and Donor Agencies

XI. Police 


Legislative Impact
Hon. Bago had participated actively in all Legislative activities for the four years as a Federal Legislator. He is also a Representative with the wellbeing of his constituents firmly rooted in his heart, little wonder in immediate response to the needs of his constituents; he Moved the Motion on the outbreak of cholera in Chanchaga Federal Constituency, urging the State and Federal Government as well as the National Primary Healthcare Agency to ensure the disease was effectively contained.

Constituency Interventions
Over the years, Hon. Bago as a Member has attracted diverse Government projects to Chanchaga Federal Constituency. He has also personally intervened in diverse areas, his personal interventions include the following areas:-


Education
As the bedrock of development in any society, and as a Member who recognizes its necessity to the socioeconomic development of his people, it was necessary for  Hon. Umaru Bago to give the required attention to education. In that regard, priority was given to scholarship to indigent students and provision of educational infrastructure to schools in Minna. Some of the infrastructures include:-


I. Construction and furnishing of a block of 3 classrooms at DutsenKuran Gwari Primary School, Limawa ‘B’ Ward, Minna.
II. Construction and furnishing of a block of 3 classrooms at Sauke Kahuta Primary School, Tudun Wada South Ward, Minna.
III. Construction and distribution of class seats and literary materials to schools across the constituency. IIII. Award of scholarship and exams sponsorship for Youth (male/female) across the constituency between 2011- 2014 

Health and Social Services 
In this critical area, a number of interventions were undertaken which include among others:-
I. Construction of a Primary Health Care Clinic at Al-bishirivillage in Minna South Ward. 
II. Resettlement and provision of free medical services to displaced lepers in Minna. III. Provision of support services to less privileged patents and their relations in General Hospital Minna, 2011- 2012.
IIII. Provision of wheelchairs, free of charge, in support for the physically challenged persons across the constituency. 

Electricity 
Considering the importance of stable power supply as a development driver for the economic growth and well being of his people, Hon. Bago took the following bold steps to complement the government effort:-
a. Distributed and installed 13 units of brand new 500 KVA transformers at 13 locations in Minna.
b. Also, 10 broken down transformers for different communities in the constituency were repaired and put to use.

Youth/ Women
For the good of the women and youth in his constituency, below are some of the contributions of Hon. Umaru Bago channeled towards their wellbeing:-
i. Facilitated the employment of 26 young boys and girls into the Federal Public Service notably, Military, Police, Civil Defense Corp and Nigeria Immigration service. ii. Assisted 150 women with deep freezers, sewing machines and other vocational appliances to help in job creation.
iii. Provision and distribution of tri-cycles to 70 youth and 25 co-operative groups as a means of empowering them to generate stable income, wealth creation and poverty alleviation. iiii. Provision of motor cycle to students to ease their transportation problems as well as empowerment of over 100entrepreneurs to set up small businesses. 


Religious Tolerance and Peaceful Co-existence
In a bid to ensuring peaceful co-existence among the people of different diverse groups and religious bodies on his constituency, the Honourable Member has remained resolute by sustaining the peaceful environment that the constituency was noted for. In this regard, Hon. Bago often interacts with these religious leaders with a view to preaching peace and harmony in the constituency. Similarly, about 16 vehicles were distributed to different religious bodies as support for logistics of their members. He also donated ambulances to Minna Central Mosque and Minna General Hospital.


 All these aforementioned interventions had in no small measure built tremendous confidence on the Honourable Member by his electorates that the popular chanting of “SAI BAGO” became a household name in Chanchaga Federal Constituency. Consequently, Hon. Bago was rewarded with another tenure of four (4) years having contested and won convincingly under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the General Elections.

In the 8th Assembly, and his third stint in the House of Representatives, Hon. Bago is not only a ranking legislator and a leading figure; he is also the Chairman, House Committee on Maritime, Safety, Administration and Education in the Federal House of Representatives. This is in addition to being a member of the following Committee:-
• Works

• Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

• Tertiary Education

• Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 


As Chairman of the House Committee on Maritime, Safety, Administration and Education, he championed the revival of the formerly abandoned Maritime University Okoronkuko, Delta State. In respect for the wellbeing of working class nationwide, Hon. Bago also sponsored the Statutory Corporations Pensionable Officers (Retiring Age Limit) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2016. He is also the early sponsor of the bill for the “Regulation of Auctioneer Practice in Nigeria” and several others that were co-sponsored. In the 8th Assembly, Hon. Bago has already started making appreciable impact in his constituency intervention projects, such as the Suleja-Minna road dualization project gulping the sum of N2.2 billion was facilitated by duo of Sen. David Umaru and Hon. Bago and both ensured the project is captured in the 2016 Budget. Hon. Umaru Bago has also not rested on his laurels as he continues to vigorously pursue the betterment of his people as well as their empowerment through Legislative tools.


Hon. Umaru Bago Mohammed is married with children.

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