In what can be best described as a favourable coincidence, the Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate and Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Senator Dr Orji Uzor Kalu on Saturday, February 13, 2021, attended the empowerment programme of his colleague in the National Assembly, Senator Uche Ekwunife (Iyom), which held in Awka, Anambra State.
The empowerment programme organized by Ekwunife was her 9th of such programme since she was sworn into the 9th Assembly, with previous batches in the form of distribution of tricycles, sewing machines, generators, freezers, industrial irons, etc.
Senator Kalu who noted that he was in the State for a function, but decided to equally pay a courtesy visit to her colleague, in a strike of fate came at a time her co-lawmaker was empowering her constituents.
The Special Assistant to Senator Ekwunife, Comrade Kingsley Ubani said revealed that Senator Kalu described Senator Ekwunife as a strong and dogged politician whose giant strides in the Senate is seen and felt across party lines.
“Though I am of the APC, I am here today to identify with my colleague who is empowering her constituents.
“In the Senate, we are one, irrespective of our political association. I had wondered why every weekend Iyom will be in Anambra.
Today, I have found out that, why she comes home every weekend is to empower her people having been informed that this is her 9th empowerment programme”.
Describing Ekwunife as the Amazon of the Senate, Senator Kalu thanked the performing Federal Lawmaker for utilizing her position to improve the living standards of her constituents.
He praised her for her contributions within and outside the Senate, and urged the gathering to give her the necessary support as she continues to deliver quality representation to her constituents.
Kalu performed the ceremonial hand over of the tricycles to some of the beneficiaries.
However, while receiving the tricycles they extolled Senator Ekwunife for impacting their lives meaningfully. They prayed God to sustain her in her continued efforts to touch the lives of the people.
Speaking, Senator Ekwunife said that the overwhelming support she got from her constituents in the last election had inspired her more than ever before to use her position to positively affect the lives of the people.
She thanked Ndi Anambra Central for the confidence they reposed on her, and restated her commitment towards attracting impactful projects and programmes to the District.
The event was equally graced by some LGA Chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party as well as some Ward Executives of the party in the Senatorial District.
It is important to note that Senator Ekwunife is empowering her constituents with another set of tricycles few weeks after her 8th empowerment programme which was widely celebrated by all and sundry.
The 9th empowerment programme reiterated the distinguished Senator’s commitment towards addressing the economic challenges of Ndi Anambra Central and beyond.