My plans for my constituency – Abia House of Reps – elec
Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu will represents the great people of Bende federal constituency of Abia state on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in the soon to be inaugurated 9th assembly. In this interview with JONATHAN LOIS, he spoke on how he will empower his people through quality representation at the green chambers
How would you react to your election victory against your PDP opponent, with Abia state been considered as a PDP dominated state?
You said my opponent, hmmmm, politics is a game of choice and mandate when the people are tired and they need change, it goes that way, my opponent you see is my dear friend and younger brother, who I will work with for the growth of Bende any day. I encourage him to be patient like I was. It will help him learn more and mature more in politics. It took me 17 years. The future looks brighter for him as a young man. He should shun desperation and bitterness. He should work with the right team who truly believes in him
Though I was not allowed to contest in the 2015 general election because of rotation policy, I kept engaging the people by providing basic necessities for the less privileged in the constituency. My constituency needed a representative that would announce their challenges at the federal level and to attract solution from all stakeholders. So I have to move fr0m the platform I was to another, to enable me contest in 2019 election, to show the strength and potentials of the constituency so as to attract private and public sector investors.
Plans for his constituency
Kalu said though the land is very fertile for agriculture, the peoples’ food production is still very low, saying that there was need to expose local farmers to modern farming techniques, funds and government policies at the centre. This he said would transform farmers from practicing subsistence to commercial agricultural and raise the per capital income of the constituency.
As a representative of the people, he would have periodic interaction with the locals, kings as to enhance quality representation at the National Assembly. He is not interested in celebrations after victory at the polls but in celebration when the difficulties of the people such as lack of water and electricity, quality education, bad roads, have been taken care of.
Kalu said he would also ensure laws are made to better the lot of security personnel across parastatals in the country, as they were not properly being taken care of. He said that it was important to secure the minds of those who are suppose to secure the nation of insecurity must be dealt with. “In other climes or counties, security officers do not pay medical bills, neither do their children pay school fees but that is not the case in Nigeria. There is need to ensure job satisfaction of security agents to boost their efficiency.”
Kalu said that to secure foreign direct investment, insecurity must be addressed adding that it was important to secure the welfare of security agents. He said that the NHIS has to be expanded to accommodate retirees and rural dwellers as government should take care of the elder citizens.
He commended the social investment programme of the Federal Government under the supervision of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. He urged the government to push the programme further to reach the rural people to improve their standard of living.
Expectations at the 9th Assembly
The House of Representative – elect expressed hope that the APC would have 2/3 majority at the 9th National Assembly, so as to support President Muhammadu Buhari and call him back when he errs. He said the fight between the National Assembly and the Executive seen in the outgoing dispensation underdeveloped the country.
Kalu described the second Niger bridge as the biggest single investment of the Buhari’s administration is in the South East, stressing that the project will not be abandoned by the federal government. He also disclosed that under Buhari’s watch, 10 roads leading to Bende Federal Constituency had been constructed, even as he promised that more were still on the way for the development of his constituency