HON GRACE BASSEY: End of Tenure (2020-2023) Report of a Nigerian Local Government lawmaker

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END OF TENURE REPORT 2020-2023 OF GRACE BASSEY, HONOURABLE COUNCILLOR RERESENTING WARD SEVEN (7) IN BAKASSSI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, CROSS RIVER STATE, NIGERIA

Hon. Bassey is a Health Information Management (HIM) expert and Social Advocacy practitioner with marked involvement in the peace-building/conflict management, gender equity, and environmental conservation space in Cross River state, Nigeria.

‘…Despite the challenges from COVID-19, EndSARS, lack of funding for legislative engagement and insecurity in Bakassi, the following were achieved:

‘-In respect of law-making, I moved a Motion on COVID-19 Awareness creation in Bakassi border communities, and co-sponsored the motion for the inclusion of Bakassi LGA as a beneficiary of the Environmental impact Assessment (EIA) periodic payments with reference to Lafarge Holcim and affected communities,

-10 youths were assisted to apply and secure federal Government Survival Fund (N30,000 – 50,000) respectively,

-I acquired a building with three rooms designated for constituency office –incidentally, the only constituency office in the local government area within the period,

-My office partnered with a team from WINROCK International to organise Focused Group Discussion with 15 fish farmers,

-My office worked with RUWASA for community needs assessment, CNA

-My office organised International Day of a Girl Child and distributed 1,000 customised exercise books, pen and sanitary pads,

-For the good of the ward and the entire local government area, I became member of committee on Stakeholders Tripartite Security Summit/Chairperson, House Committee for Healthcare,

-Member of Fact-finding committee on Negative Effect of Larfarge activities to Communities in Bakassi/visit to Esuk Aye Community,

-My office supported the team from National Population Commission, NPC to carryout mapping activities,

-The office partnered with some NGOs to mark international Women’s Day for 2021/2022 (activities of the event which included; brief talk about IWD, Brief talk on environmental impact on energy efficient cook stove, Health talk on family planning, after which, at least 20 women accepted to be referred),

-There was distribution of energy- efficient cook stove to 25 women,

-Distribution of hand sanitizers, facemask and flyers to 70 women,

-I partnered with Civil Society Organisation called Partners for Peace in the Niger Delta, P4P to train 50 youths on the needs to shun violence and embrace peace across the ten (10) political wards,

-Meeting with stakeholders of the ward for feedback,

-Lastly, I volunteered working with adolescent kids on a project called ADOKITS which aimed at helping adolescent kids to build self- esteem. At the of the project, I produced 500 customised books and biro pen to supports educational needs of the kits.’

 

Grace Bassey

Ward 7,

Bakassi, Nigeria;

Monday, 22nd May 2023.