Correspondent ISAAC OJO reports, from Nnewi, an encounter with the Minority Leader of the Anambra State House of Assembly, also the House Committee Chairman on Petroleum and Solid Minerals, Hon. Onyebuchi Offor, who reveals the forces behind his achievements and progressive politics…
At a time many political godsons are crying over the overbearing influence of their godfathers, the Minority Leader of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Onyebuchi Offor who is also the House Committee Chairman on Petroleum and Solid Minerals said his elder brother Sir Emeka Offor and Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, CEO of Capital Oil, who are his political godfathers are actually the secret behind his success.
Hon. Offor who was speaking during his constituency briefing which held at the council secretariat of Ekwusigo Local Government Area in Ozubulu said that, “the duo of Sir Offor and Dr. Ubah have also been urging him on to keep doing things that would benefit his constituents. The two unusual philanthropists are even prepared to sponsor some of his constituency projects when other so-called political godfathers are making unusual demands from their political sons. His words: “I am not under pressure to satisfy anybody but my constituents. I have just spent eighteen months in the House of Assembly and I have done a number of things that I feel would alleviate the suffering of the downtrodden in my constituency.
“In 2015, I did a perimeter fencing and installation of gate at Akwa Community Primary School, Eziora Ozubulu. It is on record that before I did these projects in the school, there were cases of accidents as pupils normally run across the ever busy road to pick their ball.
“I renovated and did a re-roofing of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) office at Ibolo, Oraifite, before my intervention, the officers were staying under a tree to carry out their official duties which I believe is not good enough.
“I renovated Ezeachugha Hall in Uroke Egbema Ozubulu and also graded a kilometer road at Umuonyekwere, Ozubulu. This is in addition to empowerment of forty youths across my constituency. Of course the responsibility of settling of some debts owed by certain less privileged persons like hospital bills and school fees, distribution of rice and other food items to the needy in my constituency has become a common occurrence.”
The Minority Leader said that he cannot restrict empowerment of his people to festive and election periods alone as has become the habit of certain politicians in the state who only visit whenever elections are around the corner. This attribute according to him are the character traits of his godfathers which he seeks to emulate.
He noted that he was able to do so much in 2015 for his people not minding litigation distraction that trailed his election victory.
According to him, “In 2016, I am constructing a modern health workers residence in Ichie. This project is aimed at keeping the doctors and nurses close to the patients particularly pregnant women who may go into labour in the middle of the night.
“Construction work has been completed on a modern abattoir at Ugwuoye Market, Ozubulu to enhance the sanitary condition of the market. In fact when I went there to discuss the modality for setting up a modern abattoir with the butchers, I saw them slaughtering a cow on maggots and I feel I must do something urgently for them to prevent outbreak of diseases.
“I reconstructed a giant water borehole which has been abandoned for ages in Nkalafia, Oraifite, the burden of buying water for domestic use has been removed from the shoulders of many families who now get their constant water supply free from the rejuvenated water borehole.
“I sponsored a free health services in conjunction with Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital(NAUTH) Nnewi for people in my constituency and beyond, the medical mission lasted two weeks.
Hon. Offor noted that as a way localize the made in Anambra State football philosophy of Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah who is building a games village in Nnewi in addition to floating a football club which has become the darling club of all the good people of the state, he has also set up a youth football competition for his constituents to encourage sports among them.
The people of Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State in demonstration of their appreciation for the lawmaker actually rolled out drums to celebrate the Minority Leader as he was carried shoulder high by excited youths who said they have never had it so good the moment he drove into the council area.
The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekwusigo local government area, Engr Gozie Igwe at the occasion said that the lawmaker is a very good product who has done the party proud as many of his colleagues and even those in National Assembly who have spent two tenures in Abuja cannot make any reference to any particular things they have done for Anambra people.
Engr Igwe urged the lawmaker to be prepared for bigger responsibility in the next dispensation as more work will always be the reward for hardwork.
He noted that now that Anambra State governorship election is underway. Hon. Offor has certainly set a big hurdle for the occupants of National Assembly and others who may want to gun for the plum job.
The spokesperson for Justice, Development, Peace and Caritas (JDPC) of the catholic diocese of Nnewi, who facilitated the constituency briefing, Mrs Ugochi Ehiahurike commended the lawmaker for his modest achievements under just eighteen months in office.
Mrs. Ehiahurike urged other political office holders to borrow a leaf from the Minority Leader of the Anambra State House of Assembly who has positively impacted his constituents with quality representation in the House and as well making democratic dividends available to them.