It was commendation galore by Owan Constituents as they trooped out in their numbers to listen to their representative at the House of Representatives, Hon Prof Julius Ihonvbere who in a spate of two days held two town hall meetings in the two LGAs that makes up Owan Federal Constituency, Owan East and Owan West where he reeled out his score card since being inaugurated two years ago as a member of the House of Representatives.
Ihonvbere said due to prayers from his Constituents and his pedigree in various spheres of life,he hit the ground running as soon as he was inaugurated where the House Speaker appointed him to Chair an Adhoc Committee to review the house standing rules. He added that after delivering on that and obviously satisfied with the outcome of the Committee’s assignment,the Speaker again appointed him to Chair another Committee to produce a Legislative Agenda for next four years for the house.
The Owan Rep who doubles as Chairman House Committee on Basic Education and Services said on his core mandate which is to make laws for the good governance of Owan Federal Constituency and the nation at large,he has successfully sponsored some bills which are at various stages, including the bill for an act to establish the Federal University of Sports,Afuze which recently passed through 3rd reading as well as the bill for an act to establish the Federal School of Nursing and Midwifery,Sobe which has scaled through the Ist reading in the House of Representatives. In addition,the distinguished Owan Rep who has successfully placed Owan in the world map of legislative activism has sponsored several motions more than any representative in the history of Owan Federal Constituency,expressed optimism that the bills will be passed into law.
On Constituency project delivery,the Parliamentarian,a Professor of History and Political Science said because education is the bedrock on which any society could develop,he has therefore placed a huge premium on education in Owan Federal Constituency. The consequences of this is the construction and rehabilitation of over 18 blocks of classrooms fitted with modern chairs and desks,instructional learning materials including computers,solar inverters and power generating sets towards improving the learning standard in schools located across the various wards in Owan Federal Constituency.
Also, various empowerment programmes where over 3,788 residents were trained and equipped with starters packs to set up their various businesses as part of self employment strategies were successfully executed.
The former University Don also announced that over over 15 Owan Federal Constituents were assisted to secure Federal Scholarships while no fewer than 100 others are currently enjoying his (Ihonvbere’s) scholarship scheme at various Institutions of higher learning across the country.
In the area of water supply and electricity,the distinguished Owan Rep announced that transformers and boreholes were provided for some communities, adding at the end of his four year term,no ward amongst the 22 that makes up Owan Federal Constituency will be left untouched in terms of Project delivery.
On future prospects,Prof Julius Ihonvbere said he would place a priority in the reactivation of broken down boreholes which dots the various communities in Owan Federal Constituency, noting that during his electioneering campaigns,he noticed several boreholes have become dysfunctional in some communities and that instead of embarking on the construction of ones,he felt it would be wiser to reactivate existing but non functional ones to guide against the growing incidences of abandoned projects which is currently the bane of the country.
On women empowerment,he said adequate modalities are already being worked at in order to ensure that the women folk ,which he described as the bedrock of the family and society at large are empowered in their various endeavors through the provision of interest free capital beginning from end of this year.
On the abandoned Sobe/ Sabongidda-Ora road, Ihonvbere said he has opened up a channel of communication with Minister of Works,Babatunde Raji Fashola, adding that the grey areas surrounding the abandonment of the project are currently being worked upon and expressed optimism that the project will receive the desired attention soon.
Highlights of the Constituents briefing was the passing of implicit confidence on the lawmaker by Constituents from both LGAs and the commissioning of some of the projects executed by the Owan Rep,Prof Julius Ihonvbere.
In a related development,towards ensuring that the All Progressives Congress(APC) continue to maintain her dominance in the Owan Federal Constituency, the Owan Rep member hosted various leaders and stakeholders of the party from Owan East and Owan West LGAs at his Uzebba residence to brainstorm and take stock of the challenges and prospects in the party in order to ensure that the APC is adequately prepared for future electoral contests.
Senior Media Aide to Hon Prof Julius Ihonvbere,Comrade Joshua Iraoya,in a statement noted that various leaders and opinion moulders of the APC from the twin LGAs of Owan East and West were in attendance at the meeting were far reaching decisions aimed at moving the party forward were taken.