To make up for the time put into politics and other legislative assignments, Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon. Samson Osagie, stays back at home at every given opportunity to spend quality time with his family, writes Anayo Okolie
Hon. Samson Osagie came into active political reckoning some 16 years ago when he contested his first election into the Edo State House of Assembly to represent his people of Uhunmwode Constituency area of the state on the platform of defunct United Nigerian Congress Party (UNCP) in 1997. But that experience did not end well.
However, in 1999, he re-contested for the same office and won and was re-elected in 2003. Thus, his achievements within the eight years he spent in Edo Assembly cleared his political career progression. He was subsequently elected into the House of Representatives in 2011 to represent Orhionmwon/Uhunmwode Federal Constituency.
One of the things many believe is working for Osagie is his transparency, sincerity and serious approach to issues.
Before his political sojourn, Osagie had worked as a teacher, after which he graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife where he studied law. He also worked as a private legal practitioner in his community.
Osagie is not oblivious of the fact that governance comes with enormous challenges. “We face the challenges of meeting the demand of the people because as a lawmaker, you are virtually responsible to the need of your people, especially, the less privileged persons, the unemployed youth and sometimes, you pick up medical bills, school fees and other expenses.”
He said the challenges of fulfilling electoral promises are huge because such basic needs like roads, boreholes water are not the responsibilities of a lawmaker. He also spoke about the challenge of not being appreciated, despite the efforts put into change.”
Osagie who was born into a family of farmers believes that having gone through the choking engagements, the need to strike a balance between politics and other commitments is paramount. This, he said, helps to sustain healthy living.
“As a politician, one hardly has time to spend with his family. On a few occasions, I come home early to stay with my family. Sometimes, we travel out on vacation. We hardly have time to travel together within Nigeria because my wife works and I work too. During the weekends, we go to church on Sundays or move round town to visit friends. On many vacations, we spend time together as a family.
“I am actually very happy that I married my wife. I knew her while I was at the university. Her birthday is coming up on Saturday, January 12, next year. We are going to invite friends, have a dinner party with family members because she is going to be 40 years old and it will not be like others because there will be a very big party and that will provide an opportunity for some of my colleagues to know her.
“This one is particularly important because it is coming at a time she has passed through many challenges. For instance, she lost her father who was very dear to us and whom I see as a father last year in a motor accident,” Osagie said.
That aside, Osagie is worried about the level of unemployment in the country. “You can imagine a situation where most of your constituency people are unemployed and they all expect you to give them job. The country where you have so many competing interests and is unable to provide the maximum number of jobs to meet the growing demand of the people is a very big challenge.”