The member representing Abakaliki South constituency in the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Mr. Joseph Ununu has assured his constituency of effective representation and commitment to addressing infrastructural deficit in the area.
Ununu made the promise on Friday in Ekumenyi community of Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi at a town-hall meeting with members of his constituency.
The meeting was organized with support from the International Republican Institute (IRI), an international Non-Governmental Organization funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The lawmaker while addressing the people said that the meeting was in fulfillment of part of his campaign promises to regularly interact with the constituents to brief them on the legislative business as well as elicit inputs from them.
Ununu said, “We are here today to hear from you and also for you to hear from us; this is the glamour of democracy and representative governance.”
“It is my obligation to periodically meet with my people to discuss the best ways to move our constituency forward, hear from you what your needs are and as well inform you on how we are exercising the mandate you have entrusted to us.”
“It is from this interaction we will know those infrastructures that are your priorities; you will not need water while we are providing you with roads and you will not need electricity and we are providing you with schools.”
“This is democracy in action; we have listened to your demands according to their importance.”
“As a legislator, I am going to ensure that I liaise with the relevant government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to address these infrastructural deficits.”
“Our governor has done so much in the area of provision of infrastructure and he is a listening governor, he will hear us when we present our demands.”
“We are going to set up a committee to supervise rehabilitation of broken-down boreholes across communities especially in the seven wards that make up Abakaliki South constituency.”
“I urge you to continue supporting the present administration under Gov. David Umahi to reap more dividends of democracy,” Ununuadded.
The lawmaker who said that empowerment of youths of the area was his top priority said that he appointed 20 youths of the constituency as legislative aides paid from his personal purse.
“We must give priority to empowering our youths and women to make them better and more useful to society.”
“We are going to appoint more indigenes one each from the seven wards of the constituency as legislative aides and this is in addition to the 20 persons already serving in various capacities as legislative assistants.”
“They will be receiving ‘miracle’ alert every month till the end of my tenure; we are not leaving any segment of the constituency untouched in our developmental drive,” he added.
Meanwhile, participants at the meeting who spoke including:Messrs Emeka Ogba, Friday Nweke, Patrick Nwekoli and Louise Nwali among others, they called on the lawmaker to address infrastructural challenges of the area.
They said that the townhall was the first of its kind in the constituency and listed water, rural electrification, construction of access roads, rehabilitation of dilapidated Opherike primary school as major infrastructural needs of the area.
They also demanded for construction of Ndebor/Onuebonyi road and completion of bridge linking Eyigba and Edda communities.