365 Days in Office: Repositioning Anambra South for Greater Heights.
Today underscores a memorable and auspicious day in my life as I mark 365 days in office as the Senator representing Anambra South in the Ninth Senate; a significant milestone in my political journey, and a unique privilege bestowed upon me by the good people of Anambra South Senatorial District.
On this occasion, I must thank the Almighty God for his faithfulness, good health, guidance, peace and protection. I wish to specially thank my wife and family who have stood by me throughout the years, you all have been a reliable and firm pillar of support who have shown me the meaning of consistency and faithfulness through your love for me.
I also deeply appreciate my constituents for their staunch belief and continuous support in the journey so far; a promise to change the developmental indices in the Senatorial zone that is today gradually taking shape to the glory of God.
After taking the oath of office 365 days ago, my resolve to take Anambra South to greater heights manifested through my open door and transparent approach to legislative duties.
I threw my doors wide open at the disposal of my constituents in a clear departure from what was obtainable in the past and by so doing was able to get first-hand knowledge of information and interventions for our people both on individual and collective levels.
Irrespective of numerous unwarranted litigative provocations I faced over the past 365days, I sponsored bills and motions that laid emphasis and focused attention on matters that directly affect my people.
Bills Sponsored by Me:
1: Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act Bill, 2019. Passed and Signed Into Law.
2: National Institute for Business Studies Nnewi, Anambra State Bill, 2019.
3: Petroleum Tankers Safety Bill, 2019.
4: Power and Petroleum Safety Institute, Oraifite Bill, 2019.
5: Institute of Aviation Safety and Management Mbosi, Anambra State Bill, 2019.
6: Erosion Control and Prevention Commission Bill, 2019.
7: National Institute for Security and Strategic Studies, Orumba, Anambra State Bill, 2019.
8: Bill to Upgrade Federal Polytechnic Oko, Orumba-North, Anambra To Federal University of Technology Oko Bill, 2019
9: Institute of Rice Research and Development Bill, 2019.
10: Metallurgy Training Institute Orumba Bill, 2020.
I moved the following Motions:
1: Motion on the urgent need to protect Nigeria’s indigenous airlines from extinction due to multiple designations and frequencies granted foreign airlines in Nigeria.
2: Motion on the urgent need to look into the infrastructural decadence ravaging the Nkwo Nnewi commercial cluster, trade fair complex along Lagos-Badagry Expressway and Oshodi Apapa Expressway which leads to Nigeria’s biggest Seaports – Tincan and Apapa Wharf.
3: Motion to investigate crude oil revenue loss which will generate #360 billion annually through the review of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act Cap D3 LFN 2004 and Amendment of Act.
4: Motion on the urgent need to investigate the tragic fuel tanker disaster in Onitsha, Anambra State.
5: Motion on the closure of over 600 Nigerian shops and businesses in Ghana (Ndi Igbo being the most affected).
6: Motion on the urgent need for the federal government of nigeria to take proactive measures to forestall an imminent scarcity of surgical facemasks in Nigeria as a result of the corona virus outbreak and the urgent need to checkmate the unpatriotic profiteering and illegal exportation of facemasks to asia and other affected countries.
7: Motion on the urgent need for the federal government to streamline import duty and value added tax (VAT) waiver to essential pharmaceutical drugs.
Other Legislative Interventions:
1: In my zeal to ensure the ease of getting Chinese Visas for my people, I led a delegation of igbo market leaders to the Chinese Consul general in Lagos to discuss Visa issuance policies directly affecting my people.
2: I also urged the Ecological Fund Office and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to visit 100 Foot Road Nnewi erosion site, Ekwulobia-Oko-Umunze- Ichida road, Ichi-Oraifite road, Agulu-Nanka gully Erosion site, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Awka and Nnewi Campuses) as well as Umunze erosion site, Uga-Aguata road and others.
3: I urged the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and Other Relevant Agencies to ensure that every tanker meant for transportation of petroleum meets the standard requirements in safety protocols in order to reduce the rate of fuel tanker explosions in the country as the recurring menace has also claimed several lives and properties along Onitsha, Anambra state, Oji river, Enugu Express Way etc.
4: On growing our local economy: I led Anambra South Industrialists, Chief Allen Onyema, CEO of Air Peace and Chief Akai Egwuonwu, CEO; Anambra rice/Stine Mills to a strategic partnership meeting with the Chinese Consular General in Lagos.
5: I urged the Federal Government to assist the victims affected traders in the Ochanja market tanker inferno with relief materials, including financial support to enable them restart their businesses.
6: Furthermore, I urged the Federal Government through the ministry of interior to set up fire prevention stations in Onitsha and other markets across Anambra State.
7: On the $22.7 billion FG Foreign Loan: Having noted that there was no request from my State Government like other states did, I emphasized the need for the Federal Government to fast-track project on River Niger and other capital projects in my state with capital projects funds in the absence of no request from the State Government.
- I led the then incoming Senate President; His Excellency, Dr. Ahmad Lawan to Lagos in March 2019, to restore sanity to the international trade fair complex Lagos that was under tension of being taken over by external forces.
- Recently, I worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Air Peace to facilitate the evacuation of 270 Nigerians from China which were mostly my people. I negotiated non-payment of accommodation fees for them during quarantine upon arrival.
1: Donation of five units of 300kva transformers one each to Uga town, Achina town all in Aguata LGA, Enugwu-Ukwu town in Njikoka LGA, Unubi town and Osumenyi town all in Nnewi South LGA
2: Distribution of two hundred (200) brand new motorcycles across the seven local government areas in Anambra South Senatorial Zone.
3: Rebuilding of the burnt Electrical Parts Market Nnewi.
4: Distribution of sixty-two (62) brand new Keke-Napep trycycles across all the local govts in Anambra.State.
5: Donation of relief materials to traders affected by inferno in Mgbuka Obosi.
- Distribution of covid-19 response palliatives across the 21 Local Government Areas in Anambra State.
- Distribution of covid-19 response palliatives to Ndi-Igbo in Lagos State.
8: Distribution of covid-19 response palliatives to Nnewi prisons, RECDOT Rehabilitation Centre Ozubulu, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi and Sickle Cell Vocational Centre Nanka.
9: Donation of relief materials to affected traders in the Ochanja market fire disaster.
10: Distribution of palliatives to all traditional rulers in Anambra South.
Given the above eagle eye view of the array of my legislative interventions, I wish to reiterate that my dream of a better Anambra South is purely borne out of the interest and desire to harness the vast human and material resources including the economic viability of the various towns and utilize them for the sustainable growth and development of our people.
It is worthy to note at this juncture that I am fully focused on seeing all my Strategic bills through to implementation stage as this will provide massive employments for our teeming youth population.
To my constituents and supporters, be rest assured that I will keep running the open-door policy and expect to hear from you whenever the need arises.
I thank you all for the massive support and advice including the constructive criticisms. It is my sincere hope that with your relentless support, ideas and prayers, I will continue to fashion our legislative interventions for the development of my Senatorial District; Anambra South, the South Eastern economy and Nigeria at large.
Long live Anambra South
Long Live Anambra State
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Ubah.
Anambra South Senatorial District.