Hon. Amobi Ogah Distributes 10,700 Palm Seedlings, Vows To Prioritize Welfare Of His Constituents.

by Amos Kalu

The member representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives Chief Amaobi Ogah, has vowed to prioritize the welfare of his constituents by encouraging them to succeed in different fields of human endeavour. Ogah made his resolve public in his Onuaku Uturu country home on Friday during a media interaction with the members of the Abia Online Media Publishers Organization (OMPAN).

The lawmaker revealed that he embarked on grading many rural roads in the constituency to enable farmers to access their farmlands without much encumbrances. He pointed out that 200 farmers from the constituency have been empowered with 40 palm seedlings to encourage them to plant on their farms, adding that he also embarked on the construction of an ultra-modern market in Ukwunwagwu, Uturu to serve as one of the biggest food markets in the state.

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“We are prepared to serve our people because there is nothing God has not blessed us with as young people. That is why I made a vow to use my stay in the green chambers to work for our people.

“We know that most of our people are farmers, that’s why we are opening up rural roads in our Constituency. Given the cost of things in the market a bag of rice may go higher in price by next year, so even if the salary of workers is raised to N250,000 it will not be enough for the workers to survive. That is why we are encouraging everyone to go back to  Agriculture. 

“For our youths, we are already sponsoring 66 of them on scholarship at the Federal College of Agriculture in Isiagu and 22 students are also benefiting from our scholarship in School of Health Science Management Aba. We also registered Jamb and WACE for many of our constituents.

“For the other youths who are into the transport business, we will give them 100 motorcycles between now and December this year. Our plea to them is to use the machines for business and not to sell them.

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“There are so many roads that have not been motorable for over 40 to 50 years, so we used the dry season to open them up. The first road that we did was the road leading to Ulonna North farm settlement. 

“I visited the settlement during my campaign and cried because of the nature of the road. If you see the level of work done by the  Premier of the defunct Eastern Region Dr Michael Okpara, you will know that our fathers had a great vision for our people. So the moment we entered the office I opened it up, we were also doing the curvet on the road. There is another road that links Uturu to Umunneke-arbour which is about 7.1 kilometres for more than 70 years no vehicle has used that road. We have also worked on the road 

“When you open up some of those roads it will reduce kidnapping in our area because when people know you are coming to Isuikwuato only through Okigwe it becomes an issue. We are also doing another one leading to Leru. When these are not graded, when you attract it will be seen as Feeder roads that belong to the state government. But when we open them up it becomes easier for them to be awarded for reconstruction.

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“I moved motions that attracted the ecological fund to Isuikwuato to help us check the erosion menace in our constituency.

“We have been supporting Agriculture in different areas. We have asked our people to form cooperatives. When the Isuikwuato started their program I supported them with the sum of N500 million naira. 

“We have a market at Ukwunwagwu Uturu, that doesn’t look like a modern market for over 100 years. I have turned it into one of the biggest open markets in the whole of Abia State. All we are going is turn into an Agricultural market products hub. As a result of the roads we are opening up, we thought it wise to build a market with a modern motor park where people can come to buy farm products from Aba and Umuahia. The project will cost N5 million. We have done most 80 per cent.

“We succeeded in putting many projects in the budget, by the time they start coming to fruition you will see massive infrastructure development in our constituency”.

Earlier in his remark, the chairman of OMPAN in Abia State Chief Promise Uzoroma Okoro, congratulated the lawmaker on his election and subsequent victory at the Court of Appeal which perfected the mandate given to him by his constituents.

He said OMPAN as an independent organization that engages in news gathering and reportage in the state seeks to help private individuals, politicians and cooperating organizations tell their stories to the world.

Okoro pointed out that the organization is not an appendage of the government in power, nor attack dogs for opposition politicians. 

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He said, “All we do is to help people tell their story to the world. We try to build a synergy that will promote both our organization and members of the public.

“We know that people like you who occupy public office need to let their constituents know the laws they are making and the projects they are attracting to their people.

“We have seen the 66 students that you awarded scholarships to at the Federal College of Agriculture Isiagu, we are also aware that 22 students are also benefiting from your scholarship scheme in the School of Health Management Technology in Aba, those are the dividends of democracy that the people longs for and we must report them for your constituents within and outside the Country to know”.

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