2016 In Review: An Account Of Rep. Sam Onuigbo’s Activities As a Legislator, In 2016[Part 1]

By Ikenga Chronicles December 26, 2016

2016 In Review: An Account Of Rep. Sam Onuigbo’s Activities As a Legislator, In 2016[Part 1]

Introduction:

Rep. Sam I. Onuigbo, member, representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South Federal Constituency, in his commitment to report back to his constituency on his activities as an elected representative, has instructed his media team to provide a yearly account of his efforts towards serving  his people. This is in line with his belief that as an elected leader, it is his responsibility to always be accountable to his people.

Below therefore, we highlight the key activities of the Honourable Member, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Climate Change and Vice-President, GLOBE Nigeria.

The review will come under the following categories;

  1. Motions
  2. Oversight Functions and Committee Engagements
  3. Constituency Projects

Motions :

Sam Onuigbo has raised the following motions which were successfully carried by the House of Representatives within the period under review:

1. Motion On The Need For An Urgent Reconstruction Of The Umuahia – Ikwuano – Ikot Ekpene Federal Road: Following this motion and other interventions by Rep. Onuigbo, the Federal Road Maintenance Agency(FERMA) has been directed to begin remedial work on the road. Indeed, accordingly, FERMA advertised the road and many contractors entered their bids. About N300million has been earmarked for this remedial work while full construction will be included in the 2017 budget. This followed several meetings with the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji  Fashola SAN who has given his word on it and even followed it up with a letter dated June 15, 2016 issued to Rep. Onuigbo.

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On Friday, December 16th, 2016, the flag off ceremony for the repairs of the failed sections was conducted by Senator T.A  Orji  and Rep. Sam Onuigbo, at Okwe Oboro, Ikwuano LGA, Abia State.

2. Motion On The Need To Check The Admission Of Students Into Tertiary Institutions For Courses Not Accredited/Approved By The National University Commission (NUC): The motion was aimed at saving students and parents the agony of wasting their time and resources on courses without certificates at the end of the journey.

3. Motion On The Need To Stop The Deconstruction Of Nigeria’s National Flag: This is now a national issue aimed at ending the strange and disturbing act of superimposing the coat of arms of Nigeria on the white section of the Nigerian Flag. Rep. Onuigbo has also initiated the process of amending the flag and Coat of Arms Act.

4. Motion On A Matter Of Urgent Public Importance On The Need To Immortalize Two Former National Football Coaches, Stephen Keshi, And Amodu Shuaibu Who Passed On: This followed the death of both Stephen Keshi and Shuaibu Amodu, with the revelation that despite the selfless services of the two great sportsmen and gaffers, the government was owing them heavily.

5. Petition On The Wrongful Dismissal Of Over 300 Diamond Bank Staff Without Due Process: Here, he urged the House to take appropriate steps to ensure that the Bank pays the staff, their full benefits.

6. Petition On The Wrongful Termination Of The Employment Of Some Employees Of The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

 

Committee Participation/Oversight:

The House Committee on Climate Change which Rep. Sam Onuigbo chairs has actively engaged with focal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) concerned with issues of Climate Change before, during and after the 2016 budget passage process. It was as a result of Rep Onuigbo’s effective representation, mental alertness and above all, favour of God, that he was appointed by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Climate Change as a first term legislator.

When Rep. Onuigbo was appointed the Chairman House Committee on Climate Change, one of the key problems he noticed was that some key ministries and agencies such as the ministries of Agriculture and Transportation, who should be aware of the need to reduce carbon emission and ensure that Nigeria effectively meets her Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) had little or no knowledge of Climate Change issues. He therefore sought to make them more aware and change the notion that the Climate Change committee was just a decorative portfolio, and Climate Change a hoax.

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House Committee On Climate Change’s Accomplishments Under Rep. Onuigbo’s Leadership;

1.The Committee keyed into key oversight roles in the Ogoni Clean-up exercise launched by the Federal Government June 2nd, 2016.

2. As the Chairman of the House Committee on Climate Change, Rep. Onuigbo was part of the Nigerian delegation led by President Muhammadu Buhari, to UNFCCC COP21 in Paris, France, when the first globally and legally binding agreement on Climate Change was adopted.

3. On September 22, 2016, Rep Onuigbo, Minister of Environment, Attorney General and Minister of Justice and the Minister of Foreign Affairs were the only Nigerian officials who stood on the right hand of President Buhari at the 71st General Assembly in New York when President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Indeed, Rep. Onuigbo was the only legislator who stood on the right hand of Mr. President and witnessed the signing ceremony.

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4. In November 2016, Rep Onuigbo participated at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco as part of the Nigerian delegation led by President Muhammadu

5. As part of his efforts to ensure that relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies become actively engaged on Climate Change issues, Rep. Onuigbo has conducted over twelve interactive and budget defence sessions with MDAs during which he created the awareness required to contain the devastating effects of Climate Change.

6. Onuigbo has also put together a panel of experts to fashion out a robust bill on a Legislative Framework on Climate Change Governance for the Nation. The bill will be presented to the House of Representatives  in January, 2017.

7. In recognition of his exploits and commitment to Climate Change issues, he was elected the Vice President of GLOBE Nigeria–Global Legislators Organisation for Balanced Environment (GLOBE). GLOBE is an organization for parliamentarians in over 99 Countries of the world and is committed to climate change and sustainable development. With an eye on energy, security and land use, GLOBE believes that legislators have an important role to play in ensuring that their governments fulfill their obligations as it concerns commitments made during international negotiations.

Rep. Onuigbo’s election as the Vice President of GLOBE Nigeria came as a recognition of the important role he has played as the Chairman House Committee on Climate Change which has seen several Ministries, Departments and Agencies become aware of the roles they have to play in ensuring that Nigeria meets her Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs) in combating Climate Change. Rep. Onuigbo’s commitment to Climate Change issues is born out of a first-hand experience of the effects of Climate Change on the people of Ikwuano/Umuahia–the massive erosion that the people of his constituency experience is a result of Climate Change.

 

  • Concluding part to be published tomorrow.
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