Gbajabiamila Lauds Ogah's Sound Representations, Describes Him As Shinning Star

By Celestine Okeh, Abakaliki

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, have Commended Hon. Chinedu Ogah, member representing Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency, for his quality representation.

Gbajabiamila made the commendation at the weekend, during the 46th birthday Anniversary and empowerment programme of Hon. Comrade Chinedu Ogah, OON, at Item Amagu Community in Ikwo Local Government Area, Ebonyi State, describing him as a Shinning Star in the green Chambers of the national Assembly.

The Speaker who was represented by Abdullahi Sa’ad Abdulkadir, member representing Ningi /Warji, Federal constituency, Bauchi State, commended the member representing Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency at the National Assembly for initiating and executing empowerment programmes for the benefit of his constituents.
“His efforts are quite commendable. We are proud to have such a fellow as a member of the House of Representatives. He is a shinning light as I said earlier. And he has been a good Ambassador of the House of Representatives in terms of good representation, attraction of projects and programmes of the Federal Government to his State and Constituency.

“We really commend him and urge him to keep up the good work and wish him more successes ahead. 

He hower, urged the people to cease the extension period of INEC continue voter's registration and revalidation exercise to get their PVC to enable them vote for their preferred candidates in the forthcoming general election.

"As responsible citizens, we ought to know that it is a civic responsibility bestowed on us as the citizens of the country. By encouraging people to get their PVCs is very commendable and for those who are yet to get their own, I want to use this medium, since there is now an extension of the registration, people should go and get their PVCs.

“In some countries, they tie some of the social programmes to civil responsibility. For example, you won’t be able to access some social programmes without a PVC or Driver’s License. So, I really urge anybody that has not got his or her own to quickly go and do that. As it concerns the empowerment programme of Hon. Comrade Chinedu Ogah, the bulk of what he is distributing are fertilizers. So, he is encouraging people to go back to farming.

“I believe if they utilize the farm inputs properly, they will have a good yield which will improve the economic wellbeing of the people. It is a very laudable programme and I want him to continue to do this kind of programme, because it directly touches the lives of the ordinary citizens of the country.

“Some citizens wouldn’t have been able to access the resources of this programme, if not for this kind of programmes that we are doing. So, I really appreciate Chinedu Ogah for this programme. I congratulate the people of Ikwo/Ezza South for having this type of person as their representative.”

Distributing the empowerment items to his constituents, Ogah stated that the exercise remains an annual event, designed to benefit his constituents and other citizens of the State.
“This is an annual event, which is for the benefit of my contituents. The empowerment is very important. We will continue to carry out these empowerment programmes.”

The items distributed include, Motorcycles, bags of rice, fertilizers, mini buses, clothings, among others.

Flagging off the empowerment exercise, Governor David Umahi who was represented by his Deputy, Barr Kelechi Eric Igwe, commended the celebrant for his enormous empowerment programmes, which have impacted positively on the lives of the people.

Umahi wished Ogah more wisdom and grace as he pilots the affairs of his Constituents.

Earlier in address of welcome, Comrade Chinedu Ogah said,
"It is with joy that I, on behalf of my lovely wife, Chief Mrs. Mary Chinedu Ogah JP, my family members and the entire people of Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency, that I formally welcome their Excellences and distinguished personalities from far and near to this auspicious occasion of empowerment of my constituents and my 46th birthday Anniversary.

"I am particularly delighted with the presence of the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila my immediate boss despite your tight schedule.


"I appreciate in earnest the solidarity of the Deputy Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, distinguished Senators, my colleagues in the House of Representatives and many others for their different roles towards us in our resolve for effective legislation.


"Let me specially thank the Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency, Engr. Dr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE and his entourage for  finding time to grace this unique occasion despite your tight schedule.

"It is on record that Governor Umahi’s laudable achievements in the state since he came on board has created a big challenge for his successor. We are all witnesses to the massive transformation in infrastructure, health, Agriculture, Human Capital Development, Security and other sectors under his administration which lay credence that he came on a Divine Mandate.

"Let me appreciate the Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly and Governorship candidate of our dear party, APC in next year’s governorship election, Rt. Hon. Francis Nwifuru and all other members of the House for honouring this event.


"We cannot forget my Lord the Chief Judge of Ebonyi State  Hon. Justice Elvis Ngele and his brother Judges for standing firm in the temple of justice.

"We appreciate the solidarity of the State Chairman of the APC, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha and all members of State Working Committee of the party in the State, Local Government and Ward levels.

"We salute the solidarity of the Members of the State Executive Council, Chairmen of Local Government Areas and the Vice Chairmen, SSAs, SAs, and all the government appointees at all levels. Thank you all for your wonderful support.


"We acknowledge the roles of the State Commissioner of Police, Director of State Security Services, Commandant of Nkwagu Military Cantonment, Commandant of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Comptroller of Abakaliki and Afikpo Correctional Centres, the Immigration, Federal Road Safety Corps and all their teams for their gallantry in the discharge of their duties.


"Today is another memorable day in my life, my 46th birthday anniversary. I was born on 2nd July, 1976 here in Item Amagu village. It is an epoch making event  and we decided to choose today and set it aside to honuor  the Almighty God for his favour and mercies upon my life and my constituents who have continued to give us their unalloyed supports.


"Last three days has been very eventful.  We visited Abakaliki and Afikpo Correctional Centres, motherless babies home, old people’s home, artisan Centres,  Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospitals and other places to show love to the down trodden and other less privileged in the society. We also used this period and inaugurated projects we executed in the constituency in our avowed determination to make life meaningful for our constituents. 

"Today, we are empowering our youths, women and under privileged.  We are distributing motorcycles, wheel chairs, garri processing machines, rice and fertilizers as well as other farming inputs to our constituents as part of our contributions to ensure food sufficiency in Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency and give sense of belonging to the constituents.


"You may recall that we were inaugurated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila on 19th November, 2019 as member representing Ikwo/ Ezza South Federal Constituency. Since then, we have been able to make impact in the National Assembly for the betterment of our constituents who are the reasons we are in the House of Representatives.

"Two weeks after our inauguration, we swung into action by constituting 7-man electricity committee which repaired moribund transformers across the constituency and restored power supply. Within these two weeks, we sponsored motion to end the age-long crisis between the people of Ochienyim Amagu Ikwo and Adadama in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State.

"In less than three years, we have  sponsored many bills among them are;  National Agency for Food Technology Development Agency (Establishment) Bill,  Federal College of Food Technology, Ikwo (Establishment) Bill,  Federal University of Ndufu-Alike Ikwo Act (Amendment), Federal Polytechnics Act (Amendment) Bill,  National Emergency Management Agency Act (Amendment) Bill, Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (Est.) Bill, Federal Medical Centre, Amagu Ikwo, Ebonyi State (Establishment) Bill, National Entrepreneurial Development Institute (Establishment) Bill,  National Institute of Hypertension and Diabetics Research and Treatment (Establishment).

"Recently, we sponsored David Umahi Federal University of Medical Sciences, Uburu, Ebonyi State (Establishment) Bill which has passed First Reading.

"On motion, we moved the following important motions  which include; a  motion for the construction of a link bridge and reconstruction of Abakaliki-Ikwo-Obubra Road, Need to revive and rehabilitate the abandoned Item Amagu Irrigation project in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Rehabilitation of abandoned Water Scheme at Ohatekwe in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Need to investigate alleged extortion, passport racketeering and other corrupt practices by the Nigerian Immigration Services, NIS, Alleged unscrupulous casualization by Banks in Nigeria, Call to investigate the extra judicial killing of Mr Ebere Nwogha and Mr Alika Izuchukwu Israel by some policemen attached to the Igbukwu Police Station, Aguata Local Government of Anambra State, Call on the Federal Government to immediately capture newly employed persons in Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges. Examples: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka and the University of Calabar, Need for the regulation of charges of DSTV channel to pay as you go, Need for the provision of relief material to the war/flood victims of Ikwo Local Government Area, Need for the rehabilitation of Item Amagu Ikwo rice mill industry, Need to end the intractable war between the people of Ochienyim Amagu Ikwo in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and Adadama in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State among others.

"We also submitted several petitions such as petition for CPL Umeh Sunday and 3 others against the Nigerian Army for the reinstatement of dismissed soldiers from operation Zaman Lafia Dole (118 Task Force Battalion) Maiduguri, ST. SEN. Solicitors (Solicitors and Advocates) on behalf of Mr.  Sylvanus C. Uhuru and 3 others for themselves and on behalf of the entire people of Ndufu Alike Community in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State...Petitioner Against First Patriot Limited on the breach of Memorandum of Understanding and abdication of corporate social responsibilities and the Managing Director First Patriot Limited (Respondents), Petition to investigate the killing of Police Officers (Ebonyians) killed in Anambra State, Petition for the payment of all unpaid pension of retired Police Officers in Nigeria among others.


"In the area of Education, we have awarded scholarships to over three hundred students of high institutions across the country, paid WAEC fees for over 1000 candidates and also assisted 520 graduates to secure employment into federal and state civil service.

"We have also paid attention to health and humanitarian services as clutches and wheel chairs have been donated to physically challenged persons across the state. We also expended over 200 million naira for payment of  bills of indigent patients in the hospitals  within and outside the constituency, trained our women and youths  on different skills as well as  distributed over  19 million wrappers and T-shirts  to  widows, youths, indigent women and other under privileged across the state.

"We also secured bail bond for  over 250 less privileged inmates in Nigeria, Malaysia, Turkey, Libya and other Asian countries and disbursed  millions of naira in empowerment of  traders, artisans and skilled individuals within and outside the constituency.

He said also, "as part of efforts to alleviate the sufferings of our constituents, we have distributed over 350 motorcycles, 45 tricycles, weaving and grinding machines to the constituents and paid hospital bill of indigent patients and trained our women and youths on different skills.

"In the area of infrastructure, we have constructed 32 long span bridges and culverts, procured and installed 15 transformers, drilled a total of 42 motorized and hand pump boreholes.

"Between July 2nd 2021 till date, we have embarked on over 42 new projects which include; installation of solar streetlights at Federal Government Girls College, Ezzamgbo, Government Secondary School Afikpo, Federal Government  Girls College Okposi, Federal College of Agriculture Ishiagu, Sacred Heart Parish  Onueke, Eze’s Palace Onueke,  construction of ultra-modern hospital at Idembia Enyibichiri Alike Ikwo, Rehabilitation of Item Amagu Health Centre, Edukwuedo, Construction of 3 classroom block at Community Primary School, Ohatekwe Amagu, Construction of 3 classroom block at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Item Amagu, Provision and Installation of 300KVA Capacity Transformer at Sacred Heart Parish Alike Ikwo to serve the people of Noyo and Enyibichiri Alike Ikwo, Provision of drugs to 29 Health Centres in the Constituency like Nwoyelishi Hospital in Echialike Ikwo, Provision of Hand Pump Borehole each in all 31 electoral wards of Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency, Construction of Ezza South Civic Centre at Orinya Onuoji in Onueke Urban Ward of Ezza South LGA, Provision of 300KVA Capacity Transformer at Ikwuator Idembia, Ezza South LGA, Construction of 2 mini bridges at Ameka Ward in Ezza South LGA, Construction  of Nwanoyo Secondary School, Ekpelu Ikwo, Construction of Solar borehole at Imogo Igbudu in Igbudu Ward 1 and Effiemgbabu Inyimagu Ikwo playground donated by Rev. Fr. Polycarp Nworie to support our efforts in the constituency, Extension of electricity at Onu Nwode Echara in Ndufu Echara Ward, Rural electrification at Obegu Echara Ikwo, Construction of bridge at Nzashi Echara Ikwo in Ndiagu Echara Ward 1, Construction of Akpara bridge at Echialike to connect Ndiova, Ndiegu Echialike, Noyo, and Enyibichiri Alike Ikwo, Rehabilitation of moribund transformer at Eke Echara in Ndufu Echara ward, Ongoing Construction of ultra-modern civic centre at Ngamgbo Ewogu in Ekpanwudele ward, Construction of culverts at Ndukwa Amuda in Igbudu ward 1, Construction of culvert beside Agubia Motor Park in Igbudu ward 1, Construction of bridge at Akataka Inyimagu in Inyimagu ward 11, Construction of bridge connecting Amainyima, Ettam, and Ekawoke wards and Construction of bridge at Igweledoha Amagu in Ndufu Amagu ward 11.


"Others are; Provision and Installation of 300KVA Capacity Transformer situate at Ikwo High School, Agubia for Igbudu people, Inyimagu and Ekpaomaka wards, Provision and Installation of 300KVA Capacity Transformers for the people of Akahufu Inyimagu in Inyimagu ward 11, Provision and Installation of 300KVA Capacity Transformer at Cottage Hospital Agubia to serve the people of Inyimagu ward 1 and Igbudu ward 1, , Provision of electricity at Ohatekwe/Egunnwenu in Ndufu Amagu ward 11, Rehabilitation of Water Scheme at Ohatekwe Amagu playground, Provision of a motorized borehole at Assumption Parish junction, Egunwenu, Construction of rural electrification at Enyagharigwe in Ndiagu Amagu 1, Construction of Item Amagu Town Hall at Edukwuedo, Construction of mini bridge at Akunakuna Amagu in Ndufu Amagu 1, Construction of 14 bridges and culverts traversing Obegu Omege/Item/Ndiagu Amagu Road, Construction of bridge at Amudo Okoffia in Ezza South LGA, Construction of bridge at Umunwagu in Ezza South LGA, Construction of Orinte concrete basement road, Construction of 3000 capacity Ikwo Civic Centre, 70% completed, Erection of Solar Street lights in different communities in the constituency, Construction of 4 bedroom bungalow for the women leader of Amaezekwe ward at Nwafia Egunkwo in Ezza South LGA and the eldest man in Ikwo LGA.

"We have won our party primaries for the 2023 general elections as a result of your unalloyed support to re-contest our position for more quality representation and aggressive development. We therefore appreciate your support and urge you to get your Permanent Voters Card ready to re-elect us and vote for other candidates of our great party in the next year general elections.

"On our part, we will not relent in making sure that you are properly represented in the National Assembly which you sent us to represent you.

"We will remain accountable to you, make more laws that will impact positively on the constituency and bring more democracy dividends to you.

"As law abiding constituents, I urge you to continue to shun cultism, thuggery and other anti-social behaviour and continue to engage in meaningful ventures to enhance your future".

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