Anambra Majority Leader Seeks Re-Election To Complete Project
The synergy between the executive and legislative arms of the Anambra State government has resulted in the harvest of projects and democracy dividends recorded in most constituencies, according to the Majority Leader of the state House of Assembly, Chief Hartford Oseke.
WHAT has been your experience so far?
I can say it has been so far so good in the last close to four years I have been in the state House of Assembly.
Personally, I think I have done wonderfully well, in terms of quality representation, especially considering those I took over from. I have tried to touch all the communities that make up my Awka South 11 State Constituency.
I started with Isiagu, where they had need for classroom blocs. Their only secondary school stops at Junior Secondary School 3, while the student begins to search for a school to continue.
Then I went to Amawbia and built a health centre. In Nise, I gave them electricity transformer, which was top of their request. I did some other things, like secondary school bloc construction, renovation and roads.
In Mbaukwu, I did the Federal Government College road and another road project for the Nise community.
With so much done for all these other communities within the constituency, my community Umuawulu started grumbling, insisting that I have to do something for them too. They reminded me that charity begins at home, but in this circumstance, the case was the reverse.
I gave them one example of former governor, Mr. Peter Obi, who did not do any thing for his Agulu community until his second tenure and about six months to his departure.
When their cries became so loud, I moved in. Now, I am renovating the Holy Cross Secondary School there and the women’s Hall, which is now at the completion level, in addition to so many other things.
I am trying my best to carry every community along.
What other high points are driving your re-election dream?
Besides these projects, the whole traditional rulers within my constituency wanted me to go to the House of Representatives, but after a wide consultation and deep soul-searching, I decided to go back to the state Assembly to enable me complete the ongoing projects and consolidate on my achievements so far.
This is because it is not very good for one to jump from first tenure in the state Assembly to the House of Representatives. It is better to go back to the Assembly because there are many projects that should be completed.
I need to go for a second tenure and complete many things and if I am re-elected, I will concentrate on how to empower the youth and women, which is what they have been clamouring for.
What do you have in mind?
Specifically, I need to empower people, in terms of scholarship, job creation, skill acquisition and providing means of livelihood to them, etc.
People have different needs; while some people may want to go school, some might want to learn a handiwork, trade or job and some might even want to become commercial motorcycle riders. I like to treat people as their needs are, beginning with what they needed most.
There are seven communities in all and they are happy with me, as I have distributed projects and amenities fairly among them, beginning with their specific requests.
My efforts are actually people-driven. I have so far enjoyed very cordial and robust relationship with all the communities, their traditional rulers, leaders of thought and town union leaders.
It is to my credit that the construction of Isiagu road, as well as Obizi River bridge at Isiagu, which cost the government over N700million to construct.
Others include a five-room bungalow for a poor widow in Umuawulu; building of three culverts, one each at Amawbia, Nibo and Umuawulu; the completion of a Primary Health Centre in Amawbia; installation of 300 KVA transformer for Nise Ward 1; and the completion of a classroom bloc at Community Secondary School, Isiagu.
I am currently supporting over 300 youths in the learning and acquisition of skills to become mechanics, electricians, welders and computer operators, etc.
There is the yearly football competition, tagged “Obizi Unity Cup Competition” for communities within the constituency.
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