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The Ad Hoc Committee in the House of Representatives saddled with the responsibility of restoring security in and around Isuikwuato and Umuwneochi LGA’s of Abia State, has claimed that that there has been a decline in criminal activities in the area.
The Chairman of the Committee, honourable Obinna Aguocha had in a statement which was sent to The Eastern Updates on Wednesday claimed that the interventions of the green chamber and the security architecture in those areas has set criminals on the run.
Aguocha also noted that farming and economic activities are gradually returning to normal.
He, however, explained that plans are at an advanced stage to engage governors of the southeast, traditional and faith-based leaders, as well as critical stakeholders on security matters
“We have interfaced with relevant security agencies and Service Chiefs on the imperative to reduce kidnappings, assassinations, and banditry in the southeast,” he said.
The Chairman also appreciated President Bola for the support and encouragement in the pursuit of peace in the Southeast, saying the president’s intervention is evidenced by the presence of the Service Chiefs in all Committee’s public hearings.
In another report, Hon Chidi Obetta who is the lawmaker representing Nsukka and Igboeze South federal constituency of Enugu State in the House of Representatives, has described as unfair the low number of Committee heads from the region during the recent allocation of committees in the lower chamber.
The lawmaker who spoke to reporters pointed out said the region has suffered neglect in the exercise and called for a remediation of the situation. He also spoke about his agenda for his constituents.
He said: ‘The South East has not been treated fairly in terms of committees. Out of the 133 committees in the House, the South East got only 12 chairmanship positions and Enugu State got only one. This is very unfair. And I think the leadership of the House should look into it, and do justice to the South East. We cannot say that we are one Nigeria, we are preaching for one Nigeria, one nation, and the South East is not being carried along in the activities of the House. So I call on them to use their good offices to do the right thing and make sure that the South East is fully and adequately represented.’
The first-time Labour Party (LP) lawmaker also pledged that he and his colleagues would hold up the banner of the party in the chamber and live up to the expectations of Nigerians.