By Linus Chukwuma
Few days after the present 9th National Assembly members were inaugurated I read a probing opinionated article titled, “Will This Assembly Justify Its Existence” on the pages of The Guardian Newspaper by Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye. The author had curiously enquired if there was any hope that the present assembly would work harder to earn the respect of Nigerians before the expiration of their tenure.
Of course, while the question was still begging for an answer, series of litigations had ensued in different constituencies by those who felt either to distract the authentic winners or short-change in the polls. But of all the litigations, I keenly followed the election lawsuit of Anambra Central Senatorial District.
Ekwunife, who had a landslide victory, won in all the seven LGA in the zone, that was, after her short-lived sojourn in the National Assembly in the election before the last. Nonetheless, the real masters- constituents- had always awarded Ekwunife an A-grade representation. Put differently, she is adjudged as a hard working cum performing Senator.
My readership, however, would have discerned that I have written many op-ed pieces on the activities of the Igbo-Ukwu born Senator whose performance it would be esque-delinquent for my pen to snub.
Ekwunife’s inspiring representation has recorded too many developmental projects across the state as well as standing tall in her primary responsibilities. As Professor Pat Utomi remarked, societies make progress by getting better in every election.— in reality, the most enviable constituency in Nigeria today is Anambra Central. The Senator indeed understands the seriousness of the business of lawmaking.
What is true is, like the columnist asked there are, in point of fact, lawmakers who are justifying their mandate. They serve with empathy – striving to meet the expectations of the constituents.
Last week, Ekwunife had went on tour of inspection at Nkwo Enugwu-Ukwu, Njikoka LGA, where she facilitated construction of market stalls for women who sell under the scorching sun. I thoroughly read the report of her inspection, and the comments from the market women and recalled the words of Mother Theresa, “A life not lived for others is not a life.”
Ekwunife the “Mother Theresa of our time” has tailored her political life truly living for others. She has by her record of ninefold empowerment programmes: lifted up many families providing economic and social opportunities. Education which is an agent of transformation is one of the priorities of Ekwunife as can be seen by her special intervention in schools across the zone.
Meanwhile, there would be only a special spot reserved for Ekwunife in the hearts of thousands of youths who she facilitated pensionable employment across different ministries and parastatals in the country.
Since, perhaps, it will be injurious for me to make excuse for underperforming lawmakers, gladly the people of Anambra Central have found themselves having a Senator whose trope in legislation is unparalleled.
We may have had lawmakers who according to, Prof. Utomi were 10 times inferior, on the other hand, the Chairman Senate Committee on Science and Technology is leading those in the opposite direction of Utomi’s assertion. In truth, ahead of the upcoming gubernatorial election there is no better personality to lead the economic recovery process and transformation of the state other than Ekwunife. Anambra needs the woman I like to address as the doyenne of the senate. She indeed deserves more to continue the selfless service to the people.
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