Today marks 50 days since the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, and the swearing-in of the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial district, Senator Uche Ekwunife.
Recall that Senator Uche Ekwunife after emerging victorious at the February 23, 2019 general election was sworn-in on the 11th of June 2019 at the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly. Her major campaign promise to the good people of Anambra Central was to be a strong voice in the Senate, as well as offer a representation driven by empathy and effective service delivery, targeted towards meeting the needs of the constituents of Anambra Central.
Today, 50 days on the Job, Senator Ekwunife has without delay set the ball rolling in the positive direction. Through a motion of Urgent National Importance, titled: Motion on the devastating storm in Obosi, Nkpor and Oraukwu communities of Anambra State, Senator Ekwunife drew the attention of the Nigerian Senate to the environmental challenges faced by her people. Addressing her colleagues on the unanimously adopted motion, Ekwunife noted that a storm and whirled flood had over the weekend caused a severe devastation for residents of the identified communities, destroying properties and aggravating the erosion menace in the area. She further informed the Senate that many communities in Anambra Central and indeed Anambra State are losing their ancestral lands to erosion, prompting the Senate to call for urgent action on the state of erosion in the South East region.
Senator Ekwunife has equally participated actively in debates on the floor of the Senate. While lending her voice to a motion on the need to Stregthen the Security at the Nigerian Airport, Ekwunife reiterated the need to look into the conduct of the Airport Staff, particularly on occasions where they reduce themselves to beggars instead of focusing on their Jobs. She pointed out the need to ensure that the CCTV Cameras in the Airports are well positioned and functional in order to ensure proper surveillance within Nigerian Airports. In her contribution, she urged her colleagues and politicians alike to lead by example and learn to subject themselves and their aides to security checks at the airport if Nigeria must grow beyond experiencing cases such as the unwarranted arrest of a Nigerian Girl, Zainab Aliyu by Saudi Drug Law Enforcement Agency on allegations of drug trafficking – a situation that embarassed the country and exposed the security lapses in Nigerian Airports.
Ekwunife also made strong contributions during the just concluded screening of Ministerial nominees. Picking interest in the state of infrastructure in South East, Ekwunife while quering one of the nominees and the immediate past Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatude Raji Fashola expressed her displeasure on the state of Enugu/Onitsha expressway. She highlighted the need for the Federal government to do all that is necessary to ameliorate the sufferings of commuters plying that route. Speaking on the floor of the Senate, she noted that Enugu/Onitsha expressway has been under construction for years without meaningful progress and urged the Nominee to ensure that the expressway receives adequate attention upon his return as Minister.
On the home front, Senator Ekwunife has since her inauguration distributed 44 tricycles to her constituents – one person per ward, with a target of covering the 109 wards of Anambra Central in the next few weeks.
She has stepped up the standard of engagement within the constituency by reaching out to community leaders across the district irrespective of political leanings, and has promised to, beyond party lines partner with individuals and groups capable of assisting in the development of the Senatorial zone.
Without doubt, Ekwunife by all standards has shown her readiness to serve. She has lived above the legal distractions and has began her journey of representation on the right footing. It therefore behooves on the people of Anambra Central to continue to support a Senator who has established herself as a specialist in people-focused representation.
By Kingsley Chukwuemeka Ubani