Onuigbo Gives Account of His Representation, Sponsored Motions/Bills, As He Empowers Many Constituents

The member representing Ikwuano Umuahia federal constituency, Hon Sam Onuigbo says President Muhammadu Buhari has done well in administration if sectorial analysis is conducted.
Onuigbo stated this while interacting with Nigeria Union of Journalists in Umuahia, pointed out that the President has done well in road construction including Enugu Aba Port Harcourt road. 
He listed some of his efforts to include the ongoing total reconstruction of the Umuahia-Ikwuano-Ikot Ekpene federal road, training of selected women and youths from Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency on fashion designing by the Industrial Trust Fund, training of mechanics in their workshops at Mgbuka, Ohiya Mechanic Village, by the National Automation Council, training of select youths from Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency on Solar Panels installation, POP and painting, and web design by the Industrial Trust Fund and training of selected women and youths from Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency on fish farming by the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology, Lagos.
According to him, over 1,500 women and youths from Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency have been trained on how to start and manage small businesses by the Border Communities Development Commission and construction of school blocks at Ekebedi, in Oboro, Ikwuano LGA; Old Umuahia in Umuahia South LGA; a block of two classrooms at Adanma Girls Secondary School, Afugiri, Umuahia North LGA; a block of two classrooms at Umutowe Central School, Olokoro, Umuahia South LGA; a block of three classrooms at Nsirimo, Ubakala, Umuahia South LGA; a block of classrooms at Umulu Ibere, Ikwuano LGA; a block of three classrooms at Umuajata Olokoro, Umuahia South LGA, construction to mention but a few. 
In law making, the federal maker said he has sponsored the bill for the amendment of federal university of agriculture Umudike. Details of his speech.
Motion on the need for the urgent reconstruction of the Umuahia – Ikwuano – Ikot Ekpene federal road.
·         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 studying for courses without getting certificates at the end of the journey.
·         Motion on the need to stop the deconstruction of Nigeria’s national flag: This is 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.
·         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.
·         Petition on the wrongful dismissal of over 300 Diamond Bank staff without due process: Here, I urged the House to take appropriate steps to ensure that the Bank pays the dismissed staff their full benefits.
·         Petition on the wrongful termination of the employment of some employees of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
·         Motion on the need for the Federal Government to reverse the Presidential directive to scale down non-agricultural programmes from the curriculum of Federal Universities of Agriculture. This motion was aimed at reversing the illegal directive to delist Management Science courses from Universities of Agriculture especially the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. I followed this up with townhall meetings with my constituents and several consultations with stakeholders within Abia State while also engaging the media extensively through advertorials, etc. At the national level, my motion led to the convening of a public hearing during which the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Vice Chancellors of the three Agricultural Universities, and several important stakeholders were invited to discuss the legality or otherwise of that directive.  
·         Motions on a matter of urgent public importance (Order 8, Rule 4) to call on the Federal Government to immediately take actions to prevent a calamity waiting to happen at Umunwanwa, Umuopara, in Umuahia South LGA of Abia State: These motions were initiated in two Assemblies—8th and 9th Assemblies– to get the backing of the House in efforts at ensuring that the Federal Government and its agencies take urgent action to address the life-threatening Umunwanwa erosion.
·         Motion on the need to intervene in the case of attacks and the gruesome murder of four indigenes of Usaka Ukwu in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State by armed indigenes of Ibono Okporo, Nkari in Ini Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State in order to prevent a bloodbath. Moved on the 14th of July 2020 on the floor of the House of Representatives, the motion sought to get the Federal Government to mandate security agencies to step in and prevent further bloodshed in the boundary dispute between the two communities, ensure that the National Boundary Commission is sent to properly demarcate the boundaries, while also ensuring that relief materials are provided for the displaced. Note that I had moved a similar motion during the 8th Assembly when due to this same crisis, a young man, from Ariam Eluelu, Ikwuano Local Government Area, was killed.
9. Oversight
10. I have been fully committed to performing my oversight functions as the representative of the people of Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South Federal Constituency. During engagements at the committee level, budget defence sessions, and interactions with Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, and even with the international community, my voice has been strong, loud, and effective.
11. Some of my key oversight engagements include:
·         As chairman of the Climate Change committee during the 8th Assembly, the committee, under my leadership, keyed into key oversight roles in the Ogoni Clean-up exercise launched by the Federal Government on June 2nd, 2016.
·         I was part of the Nigerian delegation led by President Muhammadu Buhari, to the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris, France, when the first globally and legally binding agreement on Climate Change—the Paris Agreement on Climate Change– was adopted.
·         On September 22, 2016, I, the then Minister of Environment (current Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations) Amina Mohammed, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama were the only Nigerian officials who stood as witnesses 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. There were over fifteen prominent Nigerians (Governors and Ministers) who were observers at that event.
·         On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, I was able to work with MDAs, to get an unprecedented N8billion naira for Climate Change issues.
·         In November 2016, I 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 Buhari. In November of 2017, I was also part of the Nigerian delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP 23 in Bonn, Germany. I was also part of the Nigerian delegation to COP26 at Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021.
·         As part of my efforts to ensure that relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies become actively engage on Climate Change issues, I conducted over twelve interactive and budget defence sessions with MDAs during which the awareness required to contain the devastating effects of Climate Change was created. This was during my time as the Chairman, House Committee on Climate Change.
·         In recognition of my exploits and commitment to Climate Change issues, I was on November 24th, 2016, elected the Vice President of GLOBE Nigeria– Global Legislators Organisation for a 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. During the 9th Assembly, I was then elected as the head of GLOBE in Africa as Vice President (Africa) of GLOBE International. This made me the first Nigerian to become a Board Member of GLOBE International. It is important to point out here that my 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 this constituency experience is a result of Climate Change.
·         As Vice President (Africa) of GLOBE International and President of GLOBE Nigeria in the 9th Assembly. I have used this position to drive for the attainment of the objectives of the Global Environment Facility (GEF6) project “GLOBE Legislators Advancing REDD+ and Natural Capital Governance Towards the Delivery of the 2030 Agenda”. In the course of driving this important national project, I have held many interactive sessions with key MDAs, private sector players, and generally led national legislators to begin to pay attention to the importance of Natural Capital Accounting to Nigeria’s sustainable development, while also furthering the country’s implementation of its REDD+ and Great Green Wall Initiative plans. We have as part of our efforts produced three policy documents that will drive legal and institution reform of Nigeria’s REDD+ Programme, the Great Green Wall Initiative, and Natural Capital Accounting in the country.
·         I am also currently championing the efforts of the Nigerian branch of Climate Parliament as the Chairman of Climate Parliament Nigeria, as we drive for renewable energy implementation and sustainable development.
·         As part of efforts to kickstart the transition of women (some of the worst impacted by greenhouse gases –GHG– emission) to the use of clean energy sources, I have donated clean-cook stoves to women leaders from my constituency.
·         In January 2020, I was one of the speakers during the tenth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates where my presentation focused on the impacts of Climate Change on women and the need for Climate Change mitigation and adaptation efforts to prioritize women. In 2017, I also participated in the 7th session of the IRENA Assembly.
·         On November 5, 2021, I delivered a paper entitled “Net Zero Laws, Green Recovery, and NDCs—Who is getting it right? The Nigerian Perspective” at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Scotland, as part of the GLOBE COP26 Legislators Summit.
·         As part of my oversight responsibilities, during a budget defence session in November 2019, I brought to the attention of the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, His Excellency Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, that Abia State does not have a Federal Secretariat, and impressed upon him the need for this to be handled. That began the process of ensuring that the Federal Government builds a Federal Secretariat in the state.
·         In addition to all of these, I have through several oversight engagements championed the needs of my constituents and Nigerians in general and some of these engagements have resulted in the provision of employment and provision of some infrastructural needs of my people.
12. Projects Attracted to the Constituency
13. Even though the primary responsibilities of a legislator are to make laws, carry out oversight functions, and representation, the unique nature of our country demands that in addition to these primary functions, a legislator also plays a role in attracting infrastructural and empowerment projects to his or her constituency.  In this vein, I have also done very well for the federal constituency.
14. Some of the key empowerment and infrastructural development projects that I have attracted to the constituency are:
·  Rehabilitation of the failed sections of the Umuahia–Ikwuano–Ikot Ekpene federal road in 2017.  
·  Construction of the Elemaga-Itunta mini-bridge in Ibere, Ikwuano LGA.
·         Installation of streetlights at Obuohia Obi-Ibere and Ndoro Oboro, Ikwuano LGA.
Reconstruction of the Ngwugwo valley embankment.
·  Construction of drainage at Iyibom along the Okwe-Obuohia road.
·         Construction of Obuohia-Nkari Bridge (Ongoing).
·         Erosion Control and construction of rural road in Umuecheokwu,Umuovo, Old Umuahia, Umuahia South LGA (Ongoing).
·         Construction of a market at Obuohia Obi-Ibere in Ikwuano LGA.
·         Construction of a block of six classrooms at Amaoba, Ikwuano LGA.
 And many more.
15. When I was consulting in 2014 to run for election into the House of Representatives, I visited over 285 homes in Ikwuano, Umuahia North, and Umuahia South Local Government Areas. During those visits, I informed my people that my representation, if elected, will be anchored on the philosophy of Effectiveness, Accessibility, and Responsiveness (EAR). I also informed them that I will attempt to redefine representation through my actions at the National Assembly. This principle is what has shaped my representation over the past six years. The projects which I have attracted were not just randomly picked but are results of engagements with my constituents to ascertain their most pressing need, and to lobby the executive to ensure that those needs are met within the availability of resources. I cannot say that we have been perfect. One thing is for sure however; we have, to the best of our ability redefined representation. More will be done within the coming years.
16. I profusely thank my constituents for the confidence reposed in me, and for their unwavering support. I hold power in trust for them and will continue to be fully accountable to them.
17. Thank you all for coming, and may God bless us all.

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