December 2, 2022



2023: Searching for a worthy lawmaker in Kaduna South 

ABUBAKAR LABARAN writes that the seek for resourceful and brave lawmaker by the indigenes of Kaduna South senatorial zone in Kaduna state with a view to tackling their myriads of issues is yielding outcomes 

The socio-economic and political state of affairs of Kaduna South senatorial district in Kaduna state, for fairly an inexpensive time frame has persistently been of nice concern to many. 

Thus unanimity amongst the folks to elect an outspoken passionate and resourceful lawmaker to symbolize the folks with a view to deliver options to the myriads of challenges confronting the zone has been the uppermost want of the folks. 

Consequently, a aid Barrister Sunday Marshall Katung stands tall amongst different candidates contemplating his antecedents as a former lawmaker on the Home of Representatives.

It was Chairman, Senior Workers Union, Schools of Schooling Nigeria (SSUCOEN) Kaduna State School of Schooling, Gidan Waya Chapter, Comrade David Yashim Thomas, who first described Barrister Sunday Marshall Katung as a trailblazer amongst all different contestants and urged Southern Kaduna to queue behind him and provides him their mandate come 2023 normal elections.

Yashim mentioned “though completely different elected senators from the realm at completely different occasions, showcased their management talents of their separate makes an attempt to enhance the final state of affairs of the realm, both by making legal guidelines that helped flip across the fortunes of the realm or by attracting federal authorities presence, sadly, not a lot has been achieved particularly by way of infrastructural growth.”

Maybe, this explains why many aspirants are aspiring to symbolize the realm forward of the 2023 normal elections within the nation, in order that they may change the narratives by contributing their quota to enhance on the present state of affairs of the realm if given the chance.

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Many indigenes of the realm are unanimous that one of many distinguished aspirants, and actually, the one aspirant to beat within the 2023 senatorial race so far as Kaduna South is worried is Barrister Sunday Marshall Katung.

The explanations they adduce are his ingenuity, diligence, frankness and excessive sense of duty demonstrated in dealing with affairs regarding the senatorial zone over time.

Born in 1961 in Zangon Kataf Native Authorities Space of Kaduna state, Barrister Katung, who’s vying for the Senatorial seat underneath the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP), holds a Grasp’s in Enterprise Administration (MBA) obtained in 2005 and one other Masters in Worldwide Regulation and Diplomacy in 2014, other than different instructional {qualifications} obtained from completely different instructional establishments inside and outdoors the nation.

Katung unequivocally and doggedly introduced his expertise to bear when he was appointed Kaduna State Commissioner for Finance, Commissioner for Water Assets, and later Commissioner for Finance once more between July 2010 and September 2013, a interval his excellent performances got here to limelight and until date, he has been unrelenting in his good deeds.

Yashim Thomas who spoke glowingly about Katung mentioned, “in truth, his observe information of achievements, wealth of expertise, particularly his unassuming character in addition to his pleasant and peaceable disposition have endeared him to many who have come throughout him.”

Additionally Abdullahi Abubakar mentioned “of significance is that Barrister Marshall Katung’s ardour for Southern Kaduna which is pushed by his want to have a extra economically sturdy senatorial district that can enhance the financial standing of the folks is best imagined than rated. 

“This, no marvel has received the hearts of the folks of Zangon Kataf/Jaba constituency who massively voted him in 2015 to the decrease chamber of the Nationwide Meeting (Home of Representatives) the place he didn’t solely guarantee high quality illustration as his main duty but additionally magnanimously rendered stay touching philanthropic gestures to enhance on the standard of lifetime of not solely his constituents however all that got here his manner.

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Some achievements price noting about Barrister Katung, particularly concerning his main duty of lawmaking when he was within the Home of Representatives (2015 -2019) embrace the truth that he didn’t draw back from making sturdy statements in assist or towards what he thought of inimical to the well-being of the folks. 

He did so by not solely elevating motions on the ground of the Home but additionally in a lot of his media appearances. Some examples of his brave appearances can handily be recalled.

On November 24, 2017, Barr Katung urged the federal and state governments to immortalise late Professor Andrew Jonathan Nok, a effectively embellished son of Southern Kaduna, for his patriotic service to the state and nation.

On January 22, 2018, the ex lawmaker Katung rejected the federal and Kaduna state authorities’s try to ascertain the land grabbing cattle colonies in Southern Kaduna. 

On June 22, 2015, Hon. Katung additionally protested the incessant killings and assaults on the peaceable and defenseless communities of Southern Kaduna.

Equally, Hon. Katung in his quest to serve his folks additionally referred to as on the Kaduna state authorities to reopen all tertiary establishments that had been shut down for a number of months within the southern a part of the state.

But, disturbed by persistent dastardly killings in Southern Kaduna, Hon. Katung on October 18, 2016, issued an “Sufficient is Sufficient” assertion, during which he warned that “Southern Kaduna folks will now not tolerate the deliberate plans to annihilate its defenceless folks.” That individual brave outburst received the eye of the federal and Kaduna state authorities.

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Additionally, he marched his phrases with motion on the killings in Southern Kaduna by offering aid supplies to victims and survivors of various dastardly assaults.

Curiously too, even after leaving workplace as a lawmaker, Katung is at all times desperate to ship aid supplies to communities every time they arrive underneath assault. 

He additionally undertook visits to victims of assaults in Southern Kaduna at numerous IDP camps. The survivors of the current assaults in Madamai and others throughout Atyap, Attakar, and Adara Chiefdoms, amongst others, have benefited immensely from Katung’s compassionate gestures which they’ve attested to.

One other indigene of the zone, Grace Dauda additionally poured encomiums on Hon Katung when she mentioned, “What’s extra! Barrister Katung in his philanthropic gestures too, gave items of automobiles to many individuals; paid college charges to lots of of scholars in want at numerous ranges; paid hospital payments for lots of of his constituents; gave enterprise grants to so many youths/ladies, and supplied potable water to communities utilizing his sources, amongst different excellent gestures.

“Katung has positively formed each Neighborhood he has represented, and distinguished himself on completely different fronts displaying competence, capability and expertise laced with braveness, candour, readability and unusual imaginative and prescient.”

Now, contemplating these achievements and plenty of extra salient, heartwarming and life touching endeavors he achieved, some residents of the realm mentioned it’s clever and helpful for the folks of Kaduna South senatorial district to throw their weight behind him to allow him clinch the senatorial seat come 2023.