Umeh to receive merit award on best motion
. Says Nigeria must confront realities facing her
Senator, representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Victor Umeh, has said that he was billed to receive an award for moving the best motion on the floor of the Senate for the current legislative year.
Umeh, who spoke with journalists in Awka, said the award ceremony would come up on November 10, this year, at the Merit House, Abuja. He further revealed that the Senate press corps,having gone through all the motions proposed on the floor of the senate, selected his motion on ‘Illegal Confinement of Underage Children of Nigeria Below the age of 16 in Prisons with Adult Inmates.’
The motion, according to him, received the applause and support of all the senators in the plenary and that all the prayers contained in the motion were granted by the Senate, even as he pointed out that the country has not been fair to the youths.
Although he mentioned that in spite of the situation, the legislature will continue to make good laws so that with the passage of time, Nigeria would be able to catch up with developed democracies in the world.
On Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary, Umeh observed that the country is a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly, noting that the nation has done well in some areas, as well as had its challenges.
He said the major challenge facing the country was that of leadership and that the leadership had not been effective in uniting the nation.
The former National Chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance ( APGA ) noted that the country has not been fortunate to have a constitution made by Nigerians. He added that the 1999 Constitution was a creation of the military rule and that the said constitution has made it practically impossible to effect any adjustment in the present status quo, which according to him, is the remote reason for the call on restructuring the country.
Umeh reiterated the fact that at 58 , Nigeria must confront realities facing her ; the realities according to him , was to look at the current constitutional framework the country operated and remove frustrations from the constitution .
He said there might be dire consequences if the leadership continued to postpone the restructuring mantra, stressing it is important to solve the problems facing the nation so that the North, South, East and West would be proud to be called Nigerians.