By Anietie Udobit,Abuja
“I congratulate Ohuabunwa on his pyrrhic victory at the Appeal Court. It was not a personal contest, but one aimed at getting the best candidate to represent our people.
“Ohuabunwa should see his victory as a challenge to give our people quality representation that will impact on their lives. That had been my quest. I am confident Ohuabunwa will live up to the expectation of the electorate that gave him the mandate”.
These were the words of Orji Uzor Kalu, after the Appeal Court sitting in Owerri upheld the judgement of the Election Petitions Tribunal, Umuahia, which validated the election of Mao Ohuabunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the duly elected senator for Abia North. Orji Kalu is former governor of Abia state, a follow contender for the Abia North Senatorial Seat in 2015 election under the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, and currently a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the state.
It’s almost four years since Ohuabunwa got this mandate, has he live up to the expectation of his electorate?
Maybe a quick appraisal of his representation within this period will give a convincing answer to the question.
Mao Ohuabunwa name is synonymous with Parliamentarian. He has the knowledge, the voice, and the tenacity of a congressman.
He was nominated as one of Nigeria’s outstanding legislators by TELL in its Special Publication Edition, 2017, and also an Outstanding Lawmaker in the 8th National Assembly, by THISDAY Newspaper, 2017 Special Edition.
The worth of every parliamentarian is measured by the number of Bills and Motions he/she has been able to sponsor. Mao is undoubtedly one of the few National Legislators with the highest number of Bills and Motions to their credit. The List is so long:
- National Centre for Cancer and Treatment (Est,etc) Bill 2015. (SB. 10) (Passed into law)
- Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology Act Cap N116 LFN 2004(Repeal and Re-enactment Bill 2015 (SB.11) (second reading)
- National Agricultural Land Development Authority Act Cap N4 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2004, (SB. 12) (second reading)
- Nigerian Institute of Management Act 14 2003 (Amendment ) Bill 2015 (SB. 13) (SB. 18) (second reading)
- Presidential Transition Bill 2015 (SB. 19) (second reading)
- Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (Est, Etc) Bill 2015 (SB.20) (Passed into law)
- National Council for Research and Development Bill, 2015 (SB. 124) (merged)
- Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Act No. 6 2007 (Amendment ) Bill 2015 (SB 132) (second reading)
- Federal Entrepreneurship Centres (Establishment, etc) Bill 2015 (SB. 133) (second reading)
- Medical and Dental Practitioners Act Cap M8 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2015 (SB. 136) (second reading)
- Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Third Alteration) Act 2016 (Pending)
- An Act to Amend the Code of Conduct Bureau Tribunal Act, Cap C15, LFN, 2004 (etc) (Merged)
- Federal College of Education (Technical), Arochukwu(Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (SB. 515)
- Federal Polytechnic, Item, Abia State ((Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (Pending)
- Motion on the reconstruction of Arochukwu-Ohafia Road (Passed)
- Motion on the control of gully erosion and provision of relief materials to citizens of affected parts in Arochukwu, Isuikwuato and other parts of the nation (passed)
- Motion on the plight of Locum Medical Doctors in internship training (Passed)
- Motion on the full implementation of transfer of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (NERC) surplus fund from yearly budget requirements, to the Rural Electrification Fund as established by the Electricity Power Reform Act,2005 (Passed)
- Motion on Demise of Senator OnyekaAmadiOkorafor (Passed)
- Motion on Digital Switch Over; The Way Forward after Nigeria’s failure to meet the deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for migration from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting (Passed)
- Motion on the outbreak of Epidemic of gastroenteritis in Ohafia and other parts of Umunneochi LGA of Abia North (Passed)
- Motion to address the rehabilitation of Prison inmates through agricultural programs run by the Nigerian Prisons Service (Passed)
- Disturbing rates of Accidents caused by obstructions/illegal structures on our highways (passed)
- The need for the CBN to expeditiously implement its intervention funding programs to qualified Nigerian Companies, Factories, Industries and Exporters (Passed)
- Motion on demise of Chief/Ambassador OjoMaduekwe (Passed)
- Urgent need to revisit the issue of Corporate Tax Incentives which is turning to a huge drain on the Nigerian economy (Pending)
- Urgent need to end the illicit trade in freshly minted Nigerian currency (passed)
- Motion on Petitions from constituents of Abia North, against breaches affecting them (several adopted and restorative actions taken, while some still pending).
Beyond the Legislative responsibilities, a parliamentarian is also judged by the number of projects he has been able to attract or executed for his/her people. Mao has the heart for his people; he has executed projects for his people, more than what could be expected from a Legislator. Some of these projects are:
- Classroom block at Idima Abam.
- Rural Electrification at Ndiagwu Abam
- Primary Health Care Center(PHC) at Ndioji Abam.
- Bio Resource Lab at Ututu..
- Rural Electrification project to boost power supply at Barracks Arochukwu
- Solar Street light at Atani
- Rehabilitation of PHC at Atani
- Provision of Borehole at Ihecihowa
- Ring road from Amuvi Arochukwu-Uburu Ihe Omuzongbo-okpo Ihechiowa to Umuchiakuma Communities.
- Classroom block at Ututu.
- Primary Health Care Centre (PHC) at Ugwuakuma, Arochukwu
- Renovation of Clssrooms at Ugwuakuma
- Arochukwu township road
- PHC at Uburu.
- Borehole at Ugwuakuma PHC
- Public convenience at Cattle market
- Construction of Eziama Nneato Water scheme
- PHC at Nneato
- Rural electrification at various locaIs in Isuochi.
- Skill acquisition center at Isuochi
- Rural electrification at Lokpanta
- Provision of hospital equipment to Umunneochi PHCs
- Renovation of PHC at Amiyi Uhu
- Construction of PHC at Umunnekwu Agbo
- Construction of PHC & Staff quarters at Amiyi Obinohia
- Rural electrification at Umuakwa
- Public Convenience at Ahaba Imenyi
- Provision of hospital equipment at Uturu
- Construction of a Primary Health Care at Lodu Imenyi.
- Rural Electrification project to boost power supply at Okoko Item.
- Classroom block at Akanu Item
- Rural Electrification project to boost power supply at Okagwe.
- Construction of Ugwueke-Item road.
- Construction of Itumbauzo road.
- Construction of classroom block at Okopedi, Itumbauzo
- Rural Electrification project to boost power supply at Ndiuwa Ubibia.
- Public convenience at Bende,Bende LGA.
- Rural Electrification project to boost power supply at Amaekpu.
- Public convenience at Ebem Motor Park
- Public convenience at Elughu, Nkporo
- Provision of hospital equipment at Abiriba
- Rehabilitations of classrooms at Nkporo
- PHC revitalization at Nkporo
- Construction of Classroom at Okonu, Ohafia
- Arochukwu-Ohafia road
- Construction of Omenuko Bridge.
Senator Mao is member of several committees of the Senate, and has been distinguished for his Oversight duties. His achievements in these committees will be outlined in the next edition.
The question still remains: Has Mao Ohuabunwa “lives up to the expectation of the electorate?” it is left for the electorate to judge.
As Senator Mao Ohuabunwa seeks to return to the Senate in 2019, the electorate must remember ‘one good turn deserves another’. If he has done well in the last four years, let’s not hesitate to return him, for more!