The lawmaker representing Abia North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has facilitated the building of blocks of classrooms at Ndi Okpo Ihechiowa Primary in Arochukwu Local Government Area.
Kalu, who is the Chairman of Senate Committee on Privatisation also facilitated the building of a block of three classrooms and renovation of examination hall at Okagwe Ohafia Primary School in Ohafia Local Government Area.
More than fifty public primary schools across the five local government areas of Abia North Senatorial District, have benefited from Kalu’s educational support initiative. The gesture is in line with the Abia North Senator’s vision of promoting infrastructure development in communities as well as his massive investment in the education sector.
Former Governor Kalu has said that the project was part of his efforts to create a conducive atmosphere for learning and teaching across the Senatorial District. He believed that the renovated classroom blocks, desks, solar street lights, educational materials he distributed and other projects that he attracted to the senatorial district would be greatly valued and urged members of the communities to protect the facilities against vandalism.
Similarly, popular Abia-born cleric, Rev Kalu Ukpai Ota, has applauded Senator Kalu for attracting quality projects to Abia North Senatorial District, and describing him as “God’s own working tool”.
Ota made the commendation in a chat with newsmen in Ohafia, while inspecting the male hostel constructed by the lawmaker at Hope Waddel Secondary School Ohafia.
He urged other elected public office holders to emulate the performance of Senator Orji Kalu, stating “What I have seen here is quite impressive. This is unprecedented in the history of Abia State; a lawmaker building schools, constructing roads, distributing educational materials and sponsoring people on scholarships to study medicine and surgery in South America. Truly, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is God’s own working tool”.
Ota further described him as a commendable representative of Abia State and praised his contributions as a lawmaker in the National Assembly while highlighting some of Kalu’s achievements as governor of Abia state, and his contribution to legislative business at the Senate from 2019 till present, describing it as “impressive”.
“OUK has made us proud as his constituents. Firstly, he distinguished himself as a governor from 1999- 2007 by making education free for all. He paid salaries, pension and gratuities to all without owing anybody. It is in his DNA to perform, and you can see what he is doing in the education sector today as a senator. Renovating schools and building new ones, distributing textbooks and other essential writing materials.
“I have counted over twenty blocks of classrooms across the five local government areas in Abia North Senatorial District constructed by him. You can see dozens of street lights in this community where we are. I learnt it is like that in over 50 communities. So, whether in the executive or legislative arm of government, he has proven that he is God’s own working tool, and I am proud of what I have seen here today, ” he concluded.