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Impactful One Year of Abia Assembly’s Youngest Member Okoro Uchenna Who Sponsored 9 Bills, Attracted Road Projects, Others In One Year

The people of Arochukwu constituency in Abia State must be proud of their representative at the Abia State House of Assembly for his legislative accomplishments one year after he was elected.

Hon. Okoro Uchenna, who is also the Majority Leader in the state legislature, has sponsored nine critical bills which are pivotal to Governor Alex Otti’s economic agenda and helping to reshape the state’s economic landscape.

Okoro who is representing Arochukwu State Constituency was elected on the platform of the Labour Party in a landslide victory in the March 18, 2023 House of Assembly election.

At 33, he represents the youthful leaning of the Labour Party which prioritizes economic emancipation of the people, and in particular the promotion of Abia State as the country’s commercial.

Okoro, a former banker and Journalist, sees legislation as a tool for driving change and promoting good governance that is people-centred.

He, along with his colleagues in the state assembly, has sponsored some critical bills, some of which have become law in the state.

Some of the bills include the Abia State of Nigeria 2023 Appropriation (Amendment) Bill; the Abia State of Nigeria 2023 Local Government Councils Appropriation Bill, 2023; and the Greater Aba Development Authority Law 2023, among others.

The impact of these bills directly affect the people at the grassroot who had never been the focus of government until the advent of Governor Otti’s administration.

Okoro was elected by his colleagues as the Majority Leader of the 8th Assembly on Friday, June 30, 2023,- a privilege he said he’s not taking for granted.

“With my emergence as the Majority Leader of the Abia State House of Assembly, our office expanded and entailed that we do not only represent/serve our immediate constituency but the entire people of Abia State,” he said in a post shared on his social media page.

According to him, his position in the state legislature has enabled him to liaise with committee chairmen and functionaries of the assembly as the Committee Chairman on Rules and Ethics which is a right exclusively reserved for Majority Leaders.

Okoro, who believes that leaders must be accountable to the people, also took time to explain what he has been doing in the state assembly for the past 12 months.

Recounting his own achievement in the last one year of legislative action, he stated: “Again, being the Majority Leader of the House also translated to being the spokesman of the Executive at the floor of the house. And in that regard, we can beat our chest and say that we have given the Office our very best in the discharge of these duties.

“We have been able to sponsor various bills some of which have been passed into law with others still undergoing various legislative processes.”

The lawmaker also co-sponsored, H.A.B 9, a Bill for A Law to Establish Collages Of Nursing Sciences Owned by Faith-Based and Private Establishments in Abia State And For Other Related Purposes, 2024.

In his first year in office, Okoro has shown fidelity to his election promises and an endearing commitment to the people of the state.

As the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, the lawmaker has used his oversight responsibility to tremendous effect, helping towards repositioning various educational Institutions in the state.

His education committee has visited the Abia State Polytechnic at Aba, Abia State College of Health and Management Technology, Aba for an on-the-spot assessment and made various recommendations to the assembly to revive State-owned Educational Institutions.

Speaking on the impact of the committee, Hon. Uchenna said, “We have carried out other legislative assignments as mandated by the house and that has seen many key players in the Education Sector visit the committee at the Assembly Complex on invitation by the committee to answer various questions that have enabled the committee to deliver on its assignment.

“The giant strides recorded in the Education Committee is in addition to our inputs in other committees of the house as members.”

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