By Chioma Ndife
The All Progressives Grand Alliance House of Assembly member-elect for Orumba North Constituency, Hon. Emeka Aforka has disclosed his intention to offer consultative and integrated representation to his constituents to ensure the fulfillment of the social contract he signed with the people.
He noted that the agreement which he entered into with his people was contained in his manifesto aimed at transforming his area and bringing it at parity with other constituencies in terms of road network and infrastructure. He assured the people of his readiness to deliver effective and efficient representation that would meet their expectation.
In his words, 'My constituents already have their own expectations which is for their representative to give them quality and efficient services in terms of representation. This type of representation can only come through interaction between the electorate and their representative. One knows that the expectation of those who voted you in is for you to go and do what you are expected to do. They had reasons why they gave you the mandate. So it is expected that you fulfill such expectation and that is what I’m going to do'.
The state assembly member-elect who was a two-time chairman of Orumba-North Local Government Council, told journalist at Umudiabor Village, Ndiowu, that his emergence as the lawmaker that would represent the area in the 7th Assembly, would usher in an era of unprecedented transformation representation and effective dialogue with the government of the day for the attraction of more developmental projects.
'I have reasons why I chose to contest for this state house of Assembly. I plan to introduce an empowerment programme that will target youths, women and indigent members of our constituency. I'm going to do this by establishing an empowerment scheme. I'm not going to the State House of Assembly to rub shoulders with the executive, but I am going to maintain a cordial and working relationship with the governor and state executive council to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for the development of the state. And I have to contribute my quota to make this development transcend to both my constituency and other areas.'
He disclosed that he had extended a hand of fellowship to those who contested with him and revealed that a good number of the contestants had congratulated him after he was declared winner.
Aforka explained that he would develop the constituency alongside others who contested him through the integrated plans with community had developed over time. He maintained that his victory was a victory for all the constituents including those who contested with him.
'The plan of the entire Orumba North will be integrated. The plans of my fellow contestants, the community leaders, traditional leaders, religious groups, women's group and youth groups will all come together. The type of representation that I want to give my people is consultative representation, whereby the representative is close to the grassroots to consult them, seek their opinions on all projects and developmental plans. One can't just go and decide on his or her own to carry out different projects without consultation and say it is representation,' he stated.
Aforka described government as a continuous process and promised to carry along all programmes that had been initiated and complete projects that had been commenced by his predecessor.
The member-elect tasked INEC to improve on its logistics and to endeavour to pay its ad hoc staff before the commencement of the exercise, pointing out he discovered that some INEC ad hoc staff complained of not being paid their stipends which he noted could make them disposed to the whims and caprices of moneybag politicians.
He noted that in spite of the aforementioned lapses, there was no manipulations by INEC to thwart the electoral process, stressing that the state assembly election in Orumba-North was prudent, free, fair and credible.