The Senator representing Imo North District in the National Assembly, Frank Ibezim has unfolded his achievements in the eight months he has been on the saddle.
Speaking at a breakfast meeting with newsmen in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Friday, January 7, Senator Ibezim listed facilitation of federal intervention funds and employment for his constituents as some of his achievements.
According to him, after his swearing in on April 27, 2021, he had hit the ground running by attracting a Bank of Industry N30,000 survival funds for 400 of his constituents.
He disclosed that he had also assisted another 300 of his constituents to access the N60,000 Special Public Works Programme, and 200 constituents to benefit from the N500,000 COVID-19 Relief Loan.
Senator Ibezim, who succeeded late Senator Ben Uwajumogu, who died in December 2019, also disclosed that he had equally assisted about 350 constituents to benefit from the N60,000 Job Security Stipends and N100,000 National Directorate of Employment Loan.
He added that his target is to see to it that about 600 persons benefit from the two schemes, stressing that about 1000 persons have so far benefitted from the intervention funds in the senatorial district.
Senator Ibezim further disclosed that he has undertaken library projects in 18 primary schools in the senatorial district and motivated teachers through cash prizes to elicit their commitment and passion toward the project.
The former Commissioner for Agriculture in Imo State equally disclosed that he has helped about 300 of his constituents secure employment in federal agencies, which included Aviation, Ministry of Education, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC and National Taskforce.
He expressed the hope that the federal jobs would impact positively on the human capital development profile of the zone.
The senator listed his other achievements to include construction of the Okigwe Power Transmission Sub Station, and the construction of solar power plant for Ehime Mbano and Ihitte Uboma local government areas as well as the largest National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, Study Centre at Nsu.
Ibezim lauded the All Progressives Congress APC-controlled federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that no federal government has impacted positively on Imo North Senatorial District like the present Buhari administration.
The senator also expressed gratitude to the Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma and Minister of State, Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba for their goodwill which helped to properly align him with the leadership of the National Assembly.
On the core job of a lawmaker, Ibezim said he has not been found wanting as he has moved motions and sponsored two bills one of which is at the second reading stage while the other had been listed on the order paper for presentation upon resumption this month.
He regretted the long-drawn litigation he faced before and after election into the Senate, counseling politicians to differentiate between electioneering and governance in order to aid rapid development of the zone.
Senator Ibezim also expressed displeasure over the loss of the Chairmanship seat of the Board of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited by Senator Ifeanyi Araraume.