Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu says the Lopkanta cattle market in Lokpanta, Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State was set up to drive revenue for the development of the area.
Kalu who visited the community during his mid-term ward to ward tour explained that the area was supposed to get five percent of the revenue generated from the market for its development.
According to him, he used revenues generated from the Lokpanta cattle market to fight insecurity in Abia State when he was governor.
“I left office as your governor so many years ago. I fought insecurity as your Chief Security Officer from what we raised from the cattle market. The agreement we had while setting up the market was for the state to get 5% and the local government area gets the other 5%.
“It was done with good intentions to drive development in your area. We didn’t establish the market to hurt anyone. We brought the market so that money raised from it can be used to build schools, hospitals and water in your area.
“I did it because I love you people. People should stop playing politics with everything including insecurity. Lives should be valued by all because it is only God that can give life.”
The Abia North Senator was received by the traditional ruler, Uduemeze III of Lopkanta, HRH Prince Ifeanyi Eke alongside the president generals of Umuchieze community, various women and youth groups.
The traditional rulers and community stakeholders commended Kalu for his impactful leadership to their community and restated their commitment to re-elect in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.