Dino Daniel Malaye was born on January 1, 1974. Dino Melaye one time member house of representatives representing the dynamic people of Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu, incumbent senator representing Kogi west senatorial district and Chairman Senate Committee on FCT.
The journey has not been a tarred and smooth one in terms of legislative and oversight function within the chamber and the general outlook of events in the country – a distraction too expensive to playback and despite all, Senator Dino Melaye is shoning like a million star to the admiration of his fans, colleagues and his adversaries.
Mention 109 Senators, and one name will stand out; Dino Melaye’s doggedness in his early days at the lower legislative chamber were taken for granted. But his continuous believe in people oriented leadership won him the mandate to represent us at the upper chamber.
Senator Dino Melaye fondly called Dino, has so far sponsored a handful bills and motion in the house despite attempts by the cabals benefitting from the non-passage of this bill, Dino has pushed on not minding whose ox is gored to ensure good representation.
Constituency Project is a core responsibility of every elected personnel. However, since there are no standard gauges to measure performances, it is safe to say many can get away with funds meant to cater for the constituency, payment of tution fees and obtaining free jamb forms provided by Dino Melaye to improve education Standard in the State.
Dino’s Employment project into NDLEA, SUBEB, SURE-P, FIRS, CUSTOMS, and TEACHING SERVICES etc have been commended by Kogites at home and in the Diaspora.
Electricity and Solar powered Motorized Borehole in about 15wards and various construction of roads, drainages and massive erosion control projects are but a few of Dino’s gleaming achievement within four(4) years at the lower chamber.
For this reason, general believe is; he will achieve more if we are patient with him and put away side talks from oppositions who dont have the interest of the masses at heart.
Melaye was involved in various certificates scandals in 2017 including his claim to have obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Ahmadu Bello University and a degree from the prestigious Boston-based Ivy League Harvard University in the United States. He claimed to have obtained the degree but not yet verified
Melaye who might face severe criminal charges that might undermine his political career if such scandals should prevail outrightly denies these claims. However, his colleague and former majority leader of his party (APC) Sen. Ali Ndume calls for the house to probe Melaye’s claims.
Melaye claims not only did he graduate legitimately from ABU Zaria, but also, he has successfully earned seven degrees from various other institutions around the world, among them are Harvard’s University Kennedy School for Educational Leadership and London School of Economics and Political Science; a claim that was since refuted by both institutions, with Harvard claiming Mr. Melaye only presented himself for a week long professional development course in late 2016. While LSE claimed there’s no evidence on its database that Mr. Melaye ever Obtained any degree there.
Melaye was eventually cleared by the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University who appeared before the Senate Committee to confirm that Senator Dino Melaye graduated from the school, although under a different name.
Political controversies and scandals
Melaye’s political career has not been spared of scandals and accusations. As a senator, it was alleged that Melaye continued to operate a checking and savings account with a US bank, in violation of Nigeria law, a report he has not denied. Nigeria’s Code of Conduct Bureau strongly and clearly prohibits the use of foreign accounts by elected and public officials.
One transaction on Melaye’s Bank of America debit card is an approved payment to the New York-based Schweiger Dermatology for $1,000. The company describes itself as a medical and cosmetic dermatology service offering a variety of skin healthcare needs.
Melaye has repeatedly dodged questions that he operates these bank accounts, despite evidence provided including transaction dates, bank statements, card numbers, and location of the transactions.
Melaye criticised Edo state Governor Adams Oshiomhole for “importing his wife” rather than marrying a Nigerian woman.
Melaye had threatened to beat up Senator Oluremi Tinubu and ‘impregnate’ her on the floor of the Senate.
In June 2017, a process to recall Senator Melaye from the National Assembly was kickstarted.
The Senator characteristically has accused the governor of “shooting the moon and boxing the air.”
Melaye further said, “Spending over N1bn of taxpayers’ money on an unproductive venture, when salaries and pensions have not been paid, is wicked. “I will continue to defend the poor and defenceless masses of Kogi State. If I die, I die. We must rescue the state.”
In May, 2016, Dino Melaye launched a book titled “Antidotes For Corruption: The Nigerian Story” which received enormous backlash given the perceived reputation of author. The backlashes were further deepened by the launch event headed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and former First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan, who were both entangled in different corruption cases.
The book was also berated for its poor syntax, as ‘antidotes’ was expected to take the preposition ‘to’ against the ‘for’ that was used in title. Some quarters also described it as a “cut and paste” of newspapers articles.
Voice For the Voiceless:
We are living at a time where it is more rewarding to keep quiet in the face of injustice as long as our relatives, friends are not involved. The former house of reps member; Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye stands out among his peers when issues affecting the youths are on the front burner.
Silence is golden, but not in the face of injustice; Dino Melaye constantly engages with the youth via social media platforms to feel their pulse in order to act accordingly.
His many goodwill initiatives will soonest earn him the status as the ‘most user friendly’ senator in Nigeria; always precise and hitting the nail on the head without mincing words.
Often regarded as a no nonsense politician revered by those in the opposition, Dino has carved a niche for himself as the mouth piece of Nigeria.
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