The Abia State House of Assembly today held a special session for National Assembly members of Abia origin with the attendance of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate Minority Leader and Nkeiruka Onyejiocha, the Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives.
Speaker of the House, Chinedum Orji while welcoming them to the hallowed chamber described their visit as a privelege and congratulates them on their emergence as principal officers of the National Assembly.
He said their elections show their doggedness as great representatives of the people.
Orji, urged the federal lawmakers to bring about good cohesion between other representatives in the National Assembly with the aim of putting Abia first despite Party affiliations to help Abia benefit from their enviable positions.
He thanked them for their doggedness at bringing Abia to the limelight with the bill to make Abia Poly a Federal Polytechnic.
The speaker who read out the 7th Assembly’s blueprint to the lawmakers explained that the House is ready to do its work in a conducive environment devoid of rancour.
He commended the Governor for maintaining a harmonious relationship with lawmakers both at the Federal and State level.
Orji called their attention to the deplorable condition of Federal Roads in the state especially Aba- Ikot Ekpene Road, Owerri-Aba-Road, Umuahia Ikot- Ekpene Rd, Bende-Arochukwu Roads, among others.
He also made a case for a conventional Federal University and upgrade of a Federal Secretariat which he said is long overdue.
The Senate Minority, Enyinnaya Abaribe representing Abia South Senatorial Zone at the Red Chamber, in response said the Federal Lawmakers are indebted to the state and always willing to assist in anyway possible.
He reminded them of their mandates as enshrined in Sections 120, 121 and 128 of the 1999 constitution and urged them to ensure that they serve as the conscience of Abians in their relationship with the Executive.
The Senate Minority Leader called on them to remain fair and firm in their Legislative duties while putting the interest of Abia first at all times.
Earlier, Nkeiruka Onyejiocha who represents the people of Isuikwuato/ Umunneochi Federal Constituency said the invitation is a show that the 7th house is ready to make a difference.
She assured of the loyalty of Abia federal lawmakers to work together to attract federal presence to the state and commended the State Lawmakers for giving the Assembly a befitting look.
The special session is in tandem with the blueprint of the 7th Assembly to synergize with the federal lawmakers to bring positive change in Abia narratives.