One of the greatest challenges starring Nigerians to their faces is the non-accountability of stewardship by our leaders. It now looks as if it’s a norm, but one man who strongly believes that accountability by politicians /leaders at any strata should be non-negotiable is the Member representing the entire good people of Mbaitoli /Ikeduru Federal Constituency Rt. Hon Henry Nwawuba.
Nwawuba had during the first anniversary of his re-election, extended his sincere appreciation and deep sense of gratitude to members of his Constituency for the trust and confidence they reposed in him.
This cherished mandate according to him is another rousing call to duty with an accompanying responsibility to serve the people and be accountable to them.
In a keynote address to his constituents on the occasion of the celebration of the one-year anniversary of his second term in office captioned, “The Journey so far, letter to my constitutes”, Rt. Hon Nwawuba expressed a great sense of pride and gratitude, with their reward and mandate.
He however expressed regrets that the COVID-19 protocols necessitated a virtual briefing occasioned by the social distancing imposed to combat and drastically reduce the spread of coronavirus pandemic, which he stated to have entered the community transmission phase in Nigeria.
Continuing, Nwawuba stated, “I wish to begin by stating that it is a rare privilege of being overwhelming chosen as your representative, is not only humbling but also a lifetime honor that can never be taken for granted. I view the trust and confidence
reposed in me, as a rousing call to duty with an accompanying responsibility to serve the people and be accountable to them”.
He went on to inform them that the last year has been a challenging one, especially in the life of our country Nigeria, lmo state, and Mbaike Federal Constituency in particular. Notwithstanding the seeming challenges posed by cOVID-19 pandemic, Nwawuba explained that in everything the people and himself will have every reason to give thanks and glory to almighty God for sparing their lives enough to weather the stormy situation.
He reminded them that apart from the fact that the year was marked with mixed bags of ups and down, there was a sharp drop in the revenue earnings of the Federation, occasioned by the low price of crude oil in the international market coupled with the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected not only the economy but all spheres of governance.
He then enumerated his records in terms of Project execution in the Constituency to include but not limited to :
1.Donation /installation /energization of transformers to six (6)communities in Mbaike Federal Constituency
2. Ongoing construction of Mbaike civic center at Nworieubi.
3. Renovation of market stalls at Orie amakohia, ikeduru.
4. Ongoing construction of Orie ogbaku /obidi/okpuala /Agwa Road.
5. Ongoing construction of Amaukwu /Umunze ogwa/Orodo/ubonmiri Ekeocha Road.
6.Construction of classroom block at Ubahaeze Orodo primary school.
7. Construction of oil mill at oburo, umuaro, ogwa.
8.Free medical screening and treatment of patients at ubonmiri.
9 Construction of classroom block, principal’s office and a science laboratory at technical school ugirike, ikeduru LGA.
10.Facilitation of employment for Mbaike indigenes from Amakohia ikeduru in one of the Federal institutions of Higher learning.
11. Energization of umuoziri, iyishi transformer.
12. Procurement and distribution of tricycles to Mbaike indigenes to support local transportation.
13. Distribution of sewing and griding machines to Mbaike women.
14. Ten million Naira (10,000,000)market Empowerment /start up capital disbursed to the enterprising women of Mbaike.
15. Ongoing rehabilitation of Eke iho – Ubakuru – Orie Mbieri Road. Drainage started.
16.Provision of solar street lights to various communities in Mbaitoli /Ikeduru LGA’s respectively.
The Mbaitoli born lawmaker in addition, embarked on massive public enlightenment campaigns in the Constituency during which he provided hand sanitizers, as well as food items as palliatives to cushion the harsh economic realities occasioned by the outbreak of the covid 19 pandemic. He never stopped there, he also embarked on the training of Mbaike youths in agro business through the Ministry of Niger Delta, after which start up kits were given to the participants to start their own businesses.
In the area of his legislative activities which is the primary duty imposed on him by the people, Rt. Hon Nwawuba has inadvertently made a huge success by excelling beyond expectations and projections thus:
1.Motion on the urgent need to encourage relevant agencies of government to stop the production and circulation of fake drinks and products.
Motion for the urgent need to protect Nigerian workers from forceful compulsory leave and massive job losses.
3.Motion for the urgent need to provide and protect the interest of blind students (Special students) especially in our institutions of higher learning.
4.Motion for urgent need for Nigeria to adopt a longterm social and economic development framework.
5. Motion of urgent public importance on the uprise of cultism in Nigeria. It is on record that these motions received the overwhelming support of majority of the members of the House of Representatives as they were passed with the speed of light with motion No 5,voted as motion of the week.
Among others, Rt. Hon Henry Nwawuba has so far presented the following bills on the floor of the House.
1. A bill for an Act for the establishment of the South East development commission, which is co- sponsored by the entire 43 members of the South East caucus.
2. A bill for an Act to establish the National boundary task force for the protection of persons and prevention of communal clashes.
3.A Bill for the establishment of National coast Guard.
4.A Bill for the amendment of the marriage Act.
5. A bill for the amendment of the electoral Act to provide for the punishment of any politician or political agent who coerced a returning officer to declare results under duress.
On public petitions, Rt. Hon Henry Nwawuba reputed to have vehemently presented and argued the petition challenging the exclusion of the South East from the #2. 7billion loan request by the FGN.
To conveniently and effectively represent the people of Mbaike in the Federal House of Representatives. Hon Nwawuba has shown strength and capacity functioning as:
*Deputy chairman, House Committee on Niger Delta Affairs.
*Chairman Adhoc Committee on alleged Bribery and corruption against the House.
*Member Adhoc Committee on renew of legislative Agenda.
*Member, Adhoc Committee on ogoni clean-up.
*Member, Standing Committee on banking and finance, financial crime, women in Parliament, steel, North East development commission and public accounts.
*Chairman, steering Committee of the House Committee on Niger Delta, to organise the first-ever legislative dialogue on Niger Delta. He then attributed his numerous successes and achievements including the recent presentation of a petition on the floor of the green Chambers on behalf of Nigerians residing in the peoples Republic of Bangladesh over xenophobic attacks on them on the great support from his constituents and the leadership of the House ably led by the speaker Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
The public petition has since received serious attention with a committee(public petition) charged to receive the petition for further attention.
According to Nwawuba, “My dear constituents, these strides have been made possible because of your usual unalloyed support, wise counsel, and constructive criticisms. I am proud to represent one of the most vibrant Constituencies, composed of brilliant statesmen and industrious women and youths. The feedback mechanism here is flawless and this accounts for the people friendly responsive and responsible representation you have seen thus far. “
He then Solicited for more support, loyalty, cooperation, and prayers as he begins the journey for another legislative year in the four-year tenure as representative of Mbaike, pledging at the same time not to betray the trust already reposed on him while assuring to do his utmost to sustain the unity, peace, and progress of the Constituency.