By Ovat Abeng
Stakeholders in Anambra Central Senatorial District have lauded the Senator representing the district, Chief Victor Umeh for quality representation so far in the Senate.
In a statement signed by Mr. Charles Ifeanyi Obi, Umeh’s Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, the stakeholders after enumerating the numerous achievements of Umeh in the eighth Senate, noted that “Umeh’s voice has become even louder and lots of amazing programs and projects have been articulated for the betterment of the various communities and the people of Anambra Central”.
They listed among other things Umeh’s support for motions on Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of the Onitsha-33-Otuocha-Adani Roads Boundary to Enugu State presented by Senator Tony Nwoye which will affect the sufferings of road users; he visited Oba Erosion/Landslide site along Onitsha-Owerri Road and his call for emergency intervention.
Umeh they said made a persuasive outcry in the Senate with a motion on “Urgent need to control the erosion ravaging Onitsha-Oba section of the Onitsha-Owerri Federal Highway in Anambra State.”
Also, they said Senator Umeh sponsored a motion on “Urgent Need to Protect Local Meter Manufacturers in the ongoing National Mass Metering Programme of the Federal Government.
Recently on November 15, they said, Umeh sponsored another Motion on “Urgent Need to upgrade the Eastern Rail Line (traversing Port Harcourt-Enugu- Maiduguri) from Narrow Gauge Rail to Standard Gauge Raill which was co-sponsored by thirty-four other Senators, a motion Senate President Godswill Akpabio described as patriotic and of national importance.
Senator Umeh, a ranking Senator is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmetal Organizations (NGOs,) and a Member of 13 other strategic Committees of the Senate through which enormous programmes would emerge for the good of Anambra Central and Nigeria in general.
The stakeholders noted that despite being a member of a minority Labour Party (LP) Umeh has continued to feature very proactively and has become a formidable voice other senators and proponents would lobby to achieve a successful debate.
Other contributions of Umeh in the 10th Senate included prayer calling on the Inspector General of Police to punish Police Officers involved in harassment and abuse of commuters and travelers; Justice for Igwe Chukwuemeka Cyprian, a final year student of the University of Abuja from Ichida, Anambra State who was one of the lead voices that backed Anambra-born Barr. Mrs Uju Kennedy Ohanenye during her screening as minister nominee; facilitated employment opportunities for over 20 Anambra Central citizens while issuing letters of recommendation to numerous constituents with genuine reasons.
Umeh has maintained an open door policy whereby his office is open and accessible round the clock with a team of staff selected from communities in Anambra Central.
They said that Senator Umeh has also continued to reach out to his constituents, attending to lots of their invitations.