Mrs. Peace Nwobudu lucky-Ideozu has promised to make a change and carry on the vision of the present administration if elected as a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Ideozu who is contesting for a seat in Ahoada East constituency 1, under the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) vowed to ensure a new service delivery and better representation if given the mandate.
The aspirant who regretted that the people are neglected and forgotten after elections promised to make the people of his area and the entire state belong and feel the impact of democracy.
According to her,”” I will first establish a contact, a constituency office to make all members of the constituency to reach me. This will help me know their problems and solving them. It would as well make me meet regularly with stakeholders of the constituency. As I speak with you now, the present lawmaker has no constituency office in his area and this development has caused bridge and wide gap between the people and their representative.’’
She noted that the people of the constituency is yeaning for change and better representation hence she made herself available to the people. The aspirants who is married and an educationist said her people are supporting her electionery ambition because of her various contributions to some communities in her constituency, stressing that her team have offer free medical treatments to women in the areas.
Ideozu in an interview with our political correspondent at The Tide office said she has offered 15 pupils scholarship to Nursing /primary school in Queenie America school, a high profile private school in Port Harcourt explained that she has the passion to assist the needy and to develop her immediate environment hence she is offering herself to the people for a better and quality service to the them.
She however urged the people to be patience over the recently passed Social / Development levy law by the state Assembly. The law which became effective last month saw all taxable adult in Rivers State contributing monthly of their income to sustain the Health and educational facilities in Rivers state.
Although many have criticized the law saying that the law will only impoverish Rivers Workers in the state.
The law, she said was intended to help sustained the education and health infrastructures built by the present administration ac-ross in the state.
She also said the people’s Democratic Party (PDP) is working to reposition itself and place people that will be a good ambassador to their people, adding that the new dawn has come to bring smiles to the people. The aspirant also commended the party for the 35 per cent affirmative for women participation in politics which she said is firing up the once perceived ‘’weaker sex’’.
This is a new dawn to favour my people and change their live styles. We have to climb up the bridge and bring change to our communities, constituency and local government. This will help and assist and compliment the present administration’s efforts in providing infrastructures to the people’’, she said
‘Reps Passed 88 Bills In Two Years’
The House of Representatives has passed 88 bills out of 1407 bills in the past two years, its spokesperson, Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia) has said.
The House clocked two years on June 11 and has two years left.
Mr Kalu had earlier released different data on the status of legislative activities. However, The Tide source is yet to independently verify this latest data.
Mr Kalu had claimed that the House considered 853 bills and 41 of them passed, in the previous statement.
According to the new statement released on Friday, a total of 554 bills were introduced between June 2020 and June 2021. It was a sharp decline considering that the House introduced 853 bills between June 2019 and June 2020.
Although the decline could be blamed on the outbreak of Covid-19.
“The accurate number of bills considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021 is 1407 out of which the House has passed 88 bills.
“Additionally, the accurate number of motions considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021, is 730 out of which the House has made 98 resolutions on security issues.”
The data released by the lawmaker shows that while the introduction of bills has been easy, the progression of bills has been very slow.
A total of 942 bills are awaiting second reading, only 327 bills have been referred to committees, and 79 are awaiting committee of the whole consideration.
Within the same period, 730 motions were considered by the House. However, out of the 663 referred to committees, only 40 reports have been laid, and only six have been considered by the House.
Legislative activities suffered a great deal in 2020 due to the breakout of Covid-19. The National Assembly was shut down for about two months between March 2020 and May 2020.
At a point, the plenary was reduced to once a week.
However, the lawmakers did not help the situation by embarking on holidays at the slightest opportunity, thereby missing deadlines on passage of key legislation.
Also, a review of the legislative agenda of the House by The Tide source shows that the lawmakers are far behind in fulfilling their agenda.
Accord To Contest In 12 LGAs
Accord Party plans to contest only in 12 local government councils and 37 local council development areas at the July 24 council polls in Lagos State.
Its Publicity Secretary, Dele Oladeji, told newsmen in Lagos, yesterday that the party chose to contest only in its areas of strength rather than dissipate energy across the state.
He said Accord Party would contest chairmanship and councillorship seats in Somolu, Mushin, Odi-Olowo, Igando-Ikotun, Agbado Okeodo, Agege, Alimosho, Apapa, Lagos Mainland, Ikorodu, Oshodi/Isolo, and Ifako-Ijaiye LGAs/LCDAs.
Oladeji said that the party had a good outing in these councils at the last council elections in 2017.
“We are set for the election and we are competing in our local governments of strength where we won in 2017.
“We are set to repeat the same feat and even win more than the eight councillorship seats we won in 2017 to become the only opposition party in the local government administration in Lagos State,’’ he said.
Oladeji said that the party was ready to go to court wherever its mandate was stolen as it did in 2017 local government elections.
“As against 2017 when we went to court only in few areas to get back our rigged mandate, this year, we will go to court in any number of local government areas where our mandate is perceived to have been stolen through rigging.
“As the only opposition party in the local government’s administration of Lagos State, we have retained the abiding hope of Lagos residents as the alternative party.”
Okorocha Cautions Igbos On Secession
The Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, has cautioned the South-East against their agitations for Nigeria’s breakup.
Okorocha warned that Igbos would be the worst hit if Nigeria breaks up.
The former Imo State Governor spoke in Abuja while addressing some women groups yesterday.
Okorocha stressed that the South- East should push towards fixing the country and not its disintegration.
The lawmaker stressed that Igbos are nationalistic in nature, hence they should dismiss the urge for Nigeria’s disintegration.
He said: “It is only an Igbo man that goes to a place and remains put in that place, buys a land and builds a house for his family without feeling insecure. The Igbos will lose more if Nigeria divides.
“Most Nigerian leaders who were successful had one thing or the other to do with the Igbos. It is either they married Igbo women or had some links with them. I can call names like, former President, Obasanjo; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Buba Marwa, just to name a few”.
South-East groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereignty State of Biafra, MASSOB, have been agitating for the disintegration of Nigeria.
IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu has been in the forefront, calling for Biafra’s actualisation.
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