Just In: Senate Press Corps award: I’m excited, will do more – Kalu
By Sunday Nwakanma – Umuahia
The Senator representing Abia North at the National Assembly, Orji Uzor Kalu has expressed his excitement over the award of “Overall Best Senator” in Constituency Projects, Human relations by the Senate Press Corps.
Sen. Kalu who is the Senate Chief Whip said the award has justified his representation at the red chamber, adding that he will continue to deliver democracy dividend to his constituents.
He urged leaders in any position to do good to their people to justify the confidence reposed on them by their people.
For executing massive developmental projects for his constituents in his Senatorial zone, Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu was honoured with the “overall best constituency projects and human relations award ” at the 2022 Senate press Corps award held in Abuja on Thursday.
The award is organised annually by the Senate Press Corps and was the second in a row bagged by Kalu in the constituency development category, having won the 2021 edition.
According to the award organisers, Kalu defeated 108 Senators out of 109 to bag the coveted Honour.
According to the Chairman of the Senate Press Corps, Mr. James Itodo Kalu was bestowed with the award due to his efforts in “facilitating numerous development projects and empowerment programmes for his constituents”.
Itodo said that within the last three years, the projects by the Senator, ranging from road construction, construction and reconstruction of schools, hospitals to other basic amenities in Abia state and Abia-North were too numerous to be mentioned.
On human relations, the Senate Press Corps noted that Kalu’s financial resources and experience as a former Governor of Abia State, in addition to his constant close interactions with his constituents, made it easy for him to know the exact project needs of his people.
Itodo therefore said “As partners with the 9th National Assembly in our progressive democratic strides, this award confirms that indeed the desirable dividends of democracy are gradually taking root in our nation.
“The award is in recognition of the selfless and dedicated service of just a few of our Distinguished Senators that we have singled out for a token of appreciation for their conscientious efforts to entrench democratic principles and culture in our polity”.
Since his election in 2019 , Orji Kalu a former Governor of Abia State and first time Senator has within three years facilitated the construction of over 63 roads in his community.
Kalu has also embarked on the construction and reconstruction and equipment of of schools and hospitals as well as distributing learning materials to both staff and students.
In order to boost entrepreneurship and reducing unemployment, Kalu has so far distributed with over 3000 motorcycles, 5000 sewing machines and other items to support agriculture and vocational trades.
In this Legislative duty, Kalu has sponsored 51 bills at the Senate.