EXCLUSIVE: A Legal Mind ,Joseph Agbatar ,Set To Change The Status Quo In Ushongo

Benue State Aspiring House Of Assembly Member,Ushongo I (Mata)Constituency,
Joseph Aondoaver Agbatar(Esq) has promised to change the status quo.

Barrister Joseph Aondoaver Agbatar was Born on the 28 October, 1977.

He attended :
*Immaculate Heart Private Sch, Adikpo (1989),
*Mt. St. Gabriel’s Sec. Sch. Makurdi (1995)
*Sch of Remedial Studies, Makurdi (IJMB) (1996)
*University of Ibadan (2002)
*Nigeria Law Sch (2003)

Barr.Agbatar was a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Benue state between 2013 to 2015 may, thereafter has been into law practice.

He’s actively engaged in private law practice:
* George Oyeniyi & Associates, Abeokuta.
*S.A. Orkumah & Co, Gboko.
*J.K. Galu & Co, Makurdi
* J.A. Agbatar & Associates, Makurdi.

Joseph Agbatar was sworn as Notary Public for Nigeria in 2011.

He is Married and blessed with four lovely children.

QUEEN AMINA BLOG(ivyukula.com) In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW On The Phone With Barr.Joseph Agbatar

Qtn. Could you please tell QUEEN AMINA BLOG, why you’ve chosen to serve the good people of Ushongo LG at the State House Of Assembly?

[Ans] Reason is that the Assembly membership already has a set outline of duties. Paramount of which is to sponsor or support bills beneficial to ur constituents and or state when passed into law.

There are also a wide variety oversight functions which may be assigned to members.

Projects are not the primary function of legislators however in practice, some legislative houses make provision for constituency projects.

With or without such allowance being made, I already have a humanitarian project I’ve run within my constituency since 2015.

We’ve enrolled several children in both primary and secondary schools in each and every council ward in my constituency

We’ve also empowered women especially widows with non-refundable cash grants to start businesses.

We will continue and expand on this.

Some schools have benefitted from donated structures such as laboratory buildings, desks, boreholes, computers and powers generating sets.

Aside the already set goals by the Assembly House, is there anything new you’re hoping to bring to the Assembly that will enable smooth passage of bills?

[Ans]At the Assembly, the process of passage of bills into laws is already regulated by set down procedures. I may be able to alter these procedures for expedient passage of bills into law by sponsoring amendment bills to the existing procedures or House rules to limit the loopholes which give room for slow consideration and passage of bills.

Qtn.Bearing in mind the perception of most Benue have about APC,why did you choose to run on APC political platform?

[ Ans]Regarding the political platform, I’ve witnessed the reckless abandon with which the erstwhile ruling party (now supposedly the main opposition party) handled the affairs of the Nation at the center, which generally affects the respective states. I’ve also witnessed the current National leadership and the manner in which it handles affairs and I’m satisfied that though we’ve not arrived the promised land, our country can be returned to glory by reenforcement of discipline, including fighting corruption, in the fabric of the Nation.

Here at home in Benue, we’ve witnessed several efforts by the Federal government headed by a member of my great party to alleviate the suffering of civil servants by releasing multiple tranches of bailout fund and Paris club refunds.

To the best of my understanding, the nonpayment of salaries by the state government is the worst perception the Benue populace had about the APC, however with the unfolding of events the Benue citizenry has now seen that the man at the helm of affairs of the state has returned to the party from where he came. He always and at all times belonged outside the APC.

With the relocation of visitors out of the party, we now have men of total principle committed to truly making our state great under the leadership of the Distinguished Senator George Akume.

Qtn. The Suspected Fulani herders/Farmers Clashes that has resulted into barbaric killings, what’s your take on this , and possible solution you could suggest to the Assembly House?

[Ans]That’s an issue that’s be settled. A law was agitated for the situation, a bill sponsored and eventually passed into law.

What’s left now is for the law enforcement agencies and judiciary to give effect to the law. To the best of my knowledge as a practising lawyer several suspended herdsmen are already being tried in courts around the state and a couple of them already convicted.

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