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JDPC Awka Catholic Diocese Visits Lawmakers, Constituency Offices

The member representing Orumba South State Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Engr. Emma Nwafor, has assured his constituents that he will show more commitment towards putting smiles on their faces through quality and people-oriented representation.

Hon Nwafor who stated this during a legislative interactive forum organized by the Justice Development Peace Caritas (JDPC), Awka Catholic Diocese, said he had taken time to visit some of the major erosion sites and bad roads in his constituency, noting that he was currently discussing with relevant authorities to help salvage the situation.

Hon Nwafor, who is the chairman, House Committee on Culture, promised to work with the entertainment industry in order to boost the tourism potentials of his constituency and the state at large to serve as a means of generating revenue for the state.

By Abuchi Onwumelu

While projecting some of his achievements in the last 100 days, he said that some of the roads he presented as a motion on the floor of the House were captured in the 2020 budget, citing roads like the Eziagu-Isulo-Umunze road.

Responding, the President General of Umunze in Orumba South Constituency, Comrade John Akanyeonu, thanked the legislator for his efforts and presented the charter of demand to the legislator on behalf of the community.

In a related development, the member representing Anaocha I State Constituency, Hon. Ebele Leonard Ejiofor, during a Town Hall meeting with his constituents carried out an immediate women empowerment programme.

Women were put in clusters to access the sum of N200, 000 to help them boost their small businesses. JDPC, Awka Catholic Diocese monitored the proceedings.

According the Project Manager of JDPC, Mr. Nelson Whyte, all the communities had been able to build a strong network of vanguards, noting that the vanguards had been very helpful in executing the project. He added that the vanguards were carefully chosen and were made up of mainly gate keepers of the communities, namely, traditional rulers, Presidents General, women’s leaders, clergy and youth leaders.

On the issue of Charter of Demand, Mr Whyte said that all the constituencies submitted them, stating that there was a special case at Orumba South where he noted that Hon. Emma Nwafor had already captured some of the items on the 2020 budget, adding that they were now doing a follow up in order to ensure adequate and prompt implementation.

On erosion control, he said that a report submitted to the Federal Ministry of Environment in 2018, which, he said, was forgotten or thrown away, was during the project resurrected and due to the constant interaction with the legislator, the President General and through radio platforms, the project was commissioned by the president.

He went further to give detailed analysis and descriptions about the aim of the intervention project by JDPC and the funding by CCFN.

Hon. Okoye, while responding, thanked the project team, even as he went ahead to enumerate some of his achievements which included the constituency project allowance he received; capacity building project for 20 women which he sponsored for a training in sewing after which he provided them with sewing machines; and materials to enhance their work.

He stated that he constructed a drainage system for the village in his constituency and helped to rehabilitate some of the houses destroyed by flood.

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