Ohaozara People Assess Rep. Linus Okorie

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Hon. Linus A. Okorie

Hon. Linus A. Okorie

In November 2012, the people of Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo Federal Constituency shared their thoughts on the performance of their representative at the National Assembly. The opinions were shared via their facebook group – Forum for Ohaozara Progressives and compiled by Humphrey Chidi Awo and Dr Laz Ude Eze.

AREAS CONSIDERED SATISFACTORY:
i. Repair of damaged bridges in Okposi and Onicha
ii. Securing jobs for constituents
iii. Regular visits to the constituency
iv. Renting of Constituency House in Abuja
v. Good initiatives like planned microcredit schemes for the poor; planned ICT training for youths, building of website, planned creation of database for unemployed constituents.
vi. Cordial relationship with other leaders in the constituency
vii. Active participation in Public Hearings of House Committees in which he belongs.
viii. Airing of Constituency Meeting on Constitution Review on a national media (AIT).

A repaired bridge along Onicha-Isu Road.

A repaired Umubo bridge along Onicha-Isu Road.


AREAS CONSIDERED UNSATISFACTORY
i. Not active at the Plenary Sessions of the House – not known to have sponsored any bill or moved motions on issues concerning the constituency (specifically lingering crisis in Ishiagu, impassable federal roads in the constituency).
ii. Non-maintenance of the Abuja Constituency House (not swept, overgrown by weed, no water or power supply)
iii. Yet to commence ICT centers and Microcredit schemes for constituents
iv. Yet to build website or data base for unemployed graduate constituents
v. Poor accessibility and communication from his office
vi. Alleged to have dropped contacts and communication with some youth supporters
vii. Non-response to private mails or messages
viii. Giving unclear response like “God help us all” in reply to a message with a specific demand
ix. Non-implementation of the “Caring Heart Campaign Agenda”
x. Aides not well known or accessible to many constituents

Ugwulangwu electricity sub-station for the constituency.

Ugwulangwu electricity sub-station.

SUGGESTED WAY FORWARD
i. Improve on legislative functions; become more visible during House Plenary Sessions by contributing to debates and sponsoring/moving of bills/motions respectively.
ii. Draw FG’s attention through a motion to the deplorable federal roads in the constituency (e.g. Amasiri-Okposi, Nara-Isu-Onicha-Okposi, etc)
iii. Begin the implementation of ICT center/training, Microcredit Scheme, etc
iv. Build a website and update regularly with information about activities of the office to bridge existing communication gap.
v. Make the Abuja Constituency House usable and make information available on the process of getting to make use of it and whom to contact.
vi. Begin to reply all private messages or emails with coherent response.
vii. Implement the “Caring Heart Campaign Agenda”
viii. Convene an emergency meeting on AVIA NKWO issue to avert any possible breakdown of law and order between Okposi and Onicha.
ix. Constituents should continue share their concerns and encouragement
x. Keep up efforts in the areas he’s already adjudged to be doing well.

MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS OHAOZARA NATION.
(The above assessment was first published on facebook on November 26, 2012)

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About Laz Ude Eze

A public health physician, health systems consultant and an advocate for good governance, health equity and social justice. Authored the book, "A Companion to Practical Pathology" and founded HAPPYNigeria in 2006. I'm also a Brand Ambassador of Social Good Nigeria. To read my full profile, copy and paste this link on your URL and check it out >> http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=35254652&trk=tab_pro Your feedback on all posts are welcome. Follow me on twitter - @donlaz4u.

4 responses »

  1. For a while now I have been following your good work and I must say that i am impressed. Your assessment of issues and boldness to speak out on issues plaguing us as Okposi people and Nigerians as a whole has made me believe once again that there a few people still capable of advancing the nation.

    For a long time the politicians of Okposi have been driven by the single goal of self enrichment and the injustice has been left unchecked. The last time I went to vote in Okposi I was shocked by the sight of armed unscrupulous characters attempting to intimidate voters and make away with the ballot box. I couldn’t believe that even in Okposi our beloved home town it had come to this.

    They say that all it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing, you have made me wake up to this reality and henceforth I will try in my own way to join this good fight.

    Well done Laz..

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