By Tai Emeka Obasi
There is something about antecedents in public service. Just like character, it’s constant. Bringing it nearer home, a good man will always turn out a good husband. The act of being good is never a one-off thing. It’s all about consistency of thought and execution.
In Engr Chris Emeka Azubogu, you will witness all these ingredients of being a good man. The lawmaker representing the Federal Constituency of Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo is focused in his ideas about service to the people, he’s constant in his beliefs about development and he’s consistent with his methods of getting them to his dear people.
In Nigeria, bringing development home as a member of the National Assembly is all about being in the mainstream of things to know what, when and how dividends are being shared. Having the ability and craft to get the maximum do your people. And having the humanity to give to the people exactly as much as you get for them.
That is why some people have outgrown party politics. In simpler parlance, the hood does not make the monk. Party is just a vehicle. The individual is the driver that determines the destination. Take this from me, the man we call Mr. Project is an excellent driver.
Since he changed parties about two months ago, he has done his 5th Free Medical Outreach, a programme that has now become a yearly ritual. That edition saw 508 successful free surgeries performed on hugely grateful patients among many thousands cured of the varying degrees of ailments. But the number fell below the planners’ expectations because everything was on ground to achieve at least 1000 surgeries. However, the very volatile security situation in the state at that time limited attendance, obstructed movement that it can rightly be said that only those in very dire medical conditions risked attendance.
Done with that, Mr. Project has used his acquittance with new friends to insist on bringing in SUKUK to take over construction of Oba-Nnewi-Okigwe Road, a project of N12 billion. For those who know, once SUKUK is involved, funding and finishing the contract on stipulated time are guaranteed.
Go next to the $250 million Nnewi Automotive Industrial Park, significantly delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Project is using goodwill from new friends to pace up construction.
But it’s not all about infrastructure. Human development in areas of empowerment is another consistent department in Mr. Project’s resume. Within two weeks, the Nnewi-born legislator has also orchestrated small-scale Agricultural empowerment to 1100 local people of his constituency and beyond.
Oil Palm Seedlings were shared in numbers of fives and tens to each of the participants with enough fertilizer to most to aide the comfortable growth. In addition, each received N20,000 each. Plus the free workshop on Agricbusiness by seasoned professionals. The last batch of 300 were attended to last Saturday at the Etiaba Event Centre on Saturday, December 11, 2021.
When next you hear the music, “follow who know road,” think of Mr. Project. He has mastered the art of representation and his obsession is ever to do more for the people.