Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Feature: The Giant Strides of the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Princess Nwaebili

Okechukwu Onuegbu

In Nigeria, among the key objectives of creating bicameral legislature at the federal level and unicameral at the state level was to ensure qualitative representation, government stability, and to legally checkmate the powers of the executive arm through lawmaking and oversight function with a view to avoiding abuse of power and other undemocratic practices.
It is was against this background that the Rt. Hon. Princess Chinwe Nwaebili, the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly left her booming business and opted to serve her people, Ogbaru 2 in the hallow chamber.
Hailed from Ogbakuba and married to an illustrious son of Odekpe, both in Ogbaru Council  Area, Rt. Hon. Nwaebili was then elected in 2007 under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, performances of the state ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) led by the erstwhile Governor Peter Obi, lured Hon. Nwaebili’s heart to pitch interest with APGA, the party through which she was returned to the state House of Assembly in 2011, and further emerged as its Speaker despite that it is dominated by men of impeccable characters.
Observers believed she has piloted the affairs of the Assembly to the admiration of her colleagues and the entire world perhaps, as a result of cordial relationship existing between the executive and the legislature, evidenced in the giant strides of the past and present APGA government.
But aside using her position to the better the state, Speaker Nwaebili has also attracted uncountable government presence to her constituency, Ogbaru 11.
These include the construction of Onitsha-Atani-Ozubulu road and three bridges, Ochuche Amiyi-Umuzu road, and Amiyi-Mputu-Ossomalla road with bridges, and Iyiowa Odekpe, even as she had distributed over 15 thousand yam seedlings and fertilizers to rural farmers, as well as established fishery for women cooperative societies.
Similarly, Rt. Hon. Nwaebili often time, encourage rural farmers, who deal on petty trading among other agro-allied products along the River Niger, by purchasing from them, and through presentations of garri processing machines, generators, wheel barrows and other items.
In the spirit of philanthropy, she recently celebrated her birthday with the inmates at Madonna Mercy Family during which she showered them with food items, wrappers, cash gifts, and other items.
In recognition of education as a bedrock of every society, Princes Nwaebili built, renovated and expanded Ogbaru LGA Secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT); Normadic School; Ideke Secondary School, Odekpe; Ogbaru High School, Ogbaru; the Technical School, Ossomalla, equipping them with books, computer sets and other valuables.
Furthermore, she has touched the lives of youths in her constituency through empowerment programmes, free distribution of motorcycles, generating sets, sewing machines, organized inter community football competitions and crowned winners with trophy, cash gifts, jersey and other items.
On rural electrification, the lawmaker has provided over fifteen 500/300 KVA Transformers to Iyiowa Odekpe, Odo Rubber, to mention but a few towns in Ogbaru 2 state constituency.
These among her other numerous achievements may not be unconnected to reasons she defeated Hon. Afam Ogene, the incumbent Member representing Ogbaru federal constituency at the recent APGA House of Representative primary for 2015 general elections.
Speaking in a recent interview, the Chairman, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB), Chief Nzemeka Olisa opined that Nwaebili is a leader of great substance and a good commodity for export.
While her Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Fidelis Nwakwesili posited that Nwaebili would be more positioned to attract numerous federal presence to her people and Anambra state entirely if she eventually emerged victorious in the forthcoming election.



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