House of Representatives
Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia
A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Arua Arunsi, has declared that the legislative arm of government at all levels has the capacity to fight poverty and reduce it t the barest minimum.
Speaking at his accountability briefing stewardship and outreach programme at Nkporo in Ohafia local government area of the state, Arunsi explained that the power of appropriation remains the major weapon at the disposal of the legislature to fight poverty.
“Through the power of appropriation, the legislature in any case can reduce poverty (because) the legislature controls the purse and through its control of the budgetary provisions of government , the legislatures in Nigeria can fight poverty headlong, either on their own or by collaborative means with eh executive arm of government,” he said.
Arunsi, who represents Arochukwu/Ohafia federal constituency, noted that there compelling need for the legislature to maximise its constitutional duty of making laws for good governance to tackle the problem of underdevelopment, which hugely manifests in mass poverty.
According to him, the lawmakers could confront the menace of poverty by adopting all strategies including lobbying, use of power of appropriation to ensure the provision of infrastructures for the people.
The lawmaker, who was barely a year old in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, reeled out his achievements in the area of sponsored bills and motions, constituency projects attracted to his constituency and his empowerment programmes.
The gathering composed of delegates from all the wards, party leaders in zonal and local governments levels were mostly pleased with their representative over his efforts in attracting the federal government to award contracts for the construction of two very important roads in the area.
Arunsi said the Ohafia-Abiriba-Nkporo-Osso Edda road connecting Abia and Ebonyi States has been awarded at a cost of N2.86 billion with the contractor already mobilised with N0.5 billion, while the Abiriba-Ohafia-Arochukwu road was also awarded at a cost of N4.80 billion.
“There would be nothing like abandoned projects a funds would be available too pay the contractors,” he assured, adding: “I am more than ever determined to follow up the construction of the roads.”