Ref: Where Is Chief Sam Onuigbo? –Nnaemeka Oruh

By Ikenga Chronicles November 27, 2016

I read with some amusement an article by Uche Aguoru entitled “Where Is Chief Sam Onuigbo”. While Mr. Aguoru is a respected writer who is of course entitled to his opinion, he couldn’t have been farther from the truth. I think that as citizens, it is our duty to always keep track of what our elected officials have been doing, in order to determine if they have been meeting up with their campaign promises. I have been keeping track. This work therefore tries to shed some light on what I like to call “Rep. Sam I. Onuigbo’s Scorecard At The House of Representatives”.

The truth is, as a concerned indigene of Ikwuano/Umuahia, I try to follow up on what our elected officials have been doing especially since this dispensation of leaders came in. So below, I provide all of the information I have on Rep. Sam Onuigbo since he was elected the member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South Federal Constituency.

Legislative Accomplishments:

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 completion of the Umuahia – Ikwuano – Ikot Ekpene federal road. Following this motion and other interventions by Mr. Onuigbo, FERMA has been directed to begin remedial work on the road. N30million 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 Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola who has given his word on it.
  1. Motion on the Need to Check the Admission of Students into Tertiary Institutions for Courses not Accredited/Approved by the National University Commission (NUC)
  1. Motion on the Need to Stop the Deconstruction of Nigeria’s National Flag
  1. 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.

Committee Participation/Oversight:

The House Committee on Climate Change which 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. The Committee has also keyed into key oversight roles in the Ogoni Clean-up exercise launched by the Federal Government early June, 2016. As the Chairman of the House Committee on Climate Change, Rep. Onuigbo was part of the Nigerian delegation led by President Muhammadu Buhari, to both the signing of the Paris Agreement during the last United Nations General Assembly in New York, and also the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Marrakech, Morocco, early this month.

Last week, he was elected the Vice President of Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE). GLOBE, which is an organisation of legislators, 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 comes 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 Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) 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.

Constituency Accomplishments:

Sam Onuigbo’s major constituency achievement is his interface with the Ministry of Works, Power and Housing to repair the dilapidated Umuahia – Ikwuano – Ikot Ekpene road which has been a nightmare to his people and transporters plying the route. He had raised a motion on the road on the floor of the House and followed through with direct inspection of the bad portions before getting the Ministry to begin repairs.

He has also sustained his several scholarship programmes; maintained direct interface/engagements with his constituents through meetings and events; and projected the interest of his constituency in the 2016 budget.

Some other constituency projects by Rep. Onuigbo include; the construction of school blocks in Ekebedi and Old Umuahia, Renovation of Health Centres in Obuohia and Oloko. It is pertinent to point out that for Rep. Onuigbo, education is the best form of help you can give to anybody.

To come back to the question asked by Uche Aguoru–“Where Is Rep. Sam Onuigbo?”–, I believe that all of the accomplishments outlined above clearly answer the question. Rep. Sam Onuigbo has been busy faithfully serving his people. Unfortunately, he prefers to go about his business without making too much noise, after all, he was elected to serve his people and a servant does not boast of how well he serves his master.

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