Thursday, 9 June 2016

Ihiala Politicians Task on Effective Representation

Okechukwu Onuegbu

Political actors in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State have been enjoined to articulate and fashion out ways of representing their people through continuous engagements and in accordance with the relevant rules of both electioneering and governance.

Disclosing this at a seminar recently held in Awka, Barr. Emeka Nsofor, the Chairman of Ihiala Local Government Area Grassroot Progressive Initiative (ILGAGI), an umbrella body registered under CAMA with the aims and objectives of activation of social lives, emancipation from economic slavery and liberation of the grassroot from political bondage, lamented that political maneuvering was about tearing the council area apart.

According to Nsofor, the breakdown of the people’s value system degenerated to increase in vices such as kidnapping, drug abuse and crime rate, even as many voters sold their votes “for few cups of rice, salt, plate of food and paltry sum of =N=500.00 or more as the case may be”, thereby prompted the group to organise the seminar.

In a lecture entitled Orientation/Re-orientation is the bane of political awareness among the voting populace in a democratic society, the Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Anambra State chapter, Barr. George Njoku, represented by an Assistant Director in the agency, Barr. Leonard Akaolisa, called for massive continuous voter education at all levels of the society to build voters’ confidence in the electoral process.

Njoku further urged the National Assembly to make a law mandating the government to release fund early enough to agencies and organisations saddled with the responsibility of mobilizing the electorates for an effective pre-election sensitisation of voters , while entreating Nigerians of voting age to imbibe the philosophy of all inclusiveness and see the country’s elections as a national imperative rather than the exclusive right of the elite and power-brokers who can use the rest as raw materials for the speedy actualization of their deadly ambitions.

Other indigenes of Ihiala, who spoke, including the MD/CEO of National Light newspapers, Chuka Nnabuife, the Anambra state’s former Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Bridget Obi, the member representing Ihiala 2 at State House of Assembly, Hon. Paschal Agbodike, and SA to Governor Obiano on Project Supervision and Compliance, Engr. Emeka Okoye urged their people to be good ambassadors of the council area wherever they found themselves.



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