Former Governor of Abia State and Senator representing Abia North, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has finally revealed why he paid so much attend to road infrastructure, education, health, agriculture and sports during his tenure as governor.
Kalu ruled Abia from 1999-2007. He was elected as a member of the Senate in 2019, a mandate that was renewed in 2023.
Sen. Kalu who provided answer on why he is still focusing on these areas as a Senator in a social media post said he believes they would provided opportunity for young people and women to thrive.
“I have often been asked why I am focusing so much in road infrastructure and education as a lawmaker just like a did when I was the Governor of Abia State.
“The truth is that I invested in Road Infrastructure, Education, Health, Agriculture and Sports as the Governor of Abia State — because I was convinced that investment in these sectors would provide opportunities for our people—especially women and youths to be meaningfully engaged“, he stated.
He said he did all these while ensuring that workers in the state civil service are paid as well as providing drugs for citizens of the state to strengthen the health system.
“To achieve these goals, I embarked on massive construction of roads in the urban and rural areas, introduced free education from primary to secondary schools, made ABSU affordable, yet very efficient, and paid salaries regularly. I ensured that our mothers and children received proper medical attention by making drugs available and accessible— which also necessitated building ABSUTH in Aba. I gave out seedlings to farmers to improve agricultural products, and invested heavily in sports to discover talents and properly engage youths in Abia State.”
Recalling his gains as a lawmaker in the past four years, he said, “As a lawmaker, I have constructed over 60 rural roads, built and equipped over 70 brand new schools across Abia North Senatorial District, distributed free textbooks, and other educational materials to students across the district, as well as sponsoring the Universal Free Education Bill
“It is my belief that only sincere investment in youth development and education would tackle most of the challenges affecting Nigeria, because the skills acquired through learning will provide our youths with more career and employment opportunities to enable them to be more effective in their jobs and compete with their counterparts in other parts of the world.”