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Senate not retirement benefit for retiring politicians – Nwebonyi



Senate not retirement benefit for retiring politicians – Nwebonyi

SENATORIAL candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebonyi North District, Ebonyi State, Onyekachi Nwebonyi has described the Senate as a place for serious business and not a ‘retirement benefit’ for politicians.

  While he promised to double his effort to tackle unemployment in the constituency if elected in 2023, he also vowed that he will find permanent solution to boundary crises that have claimed over 100 lives in the state

  Chief Nwebonyi disclosed this in Abakaliki on Tuesday during the ongoing Media Parley for Political Candidates organised by Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ) in the state.

  He therefore, blamed National Assembly members in the senatorial zone and the National Boundary Commission (NBC) for inability to find solutions to the crises which has stay long and claimed many lives with properties worth billions of naira destroyed.

  He said under him as Senator of the zone, he will secure employment for jobless youths of Ebonyi North.

   “As a party chairman, I have provided shelter for 38 families made up of widows and less privileged. I have distributed over 600 motorcycles and over 58 vehicles. I have bought tricycles for countless number of people. I have provided grants for young men and women to go into business. I was calculating the money I have invested in human capital development in recent time and it’s over N2billion .  Like I said earlier, leadership is serving other people before your family. I have not even built house for my mother but her own should wait first because she has a better house than the people we are building for now.

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  “So, my business in governance is to make the difference by empowering the people, because when people are empowered, crime will automatically reduce. Those that want to go to school, I give them scholarship and those that have nothing doing, I will empower them.

  Nwebonyi lamented over some senators, who have not bordered to achieve or work anything in their constituencies. He therefore, described Senate as a place for serious business and not a ‘retirement benefit’ for politicians who are very old and should be rewarded with senate seat.

  “Senate is not a place you see as a retirement benefit to all these old men of merchants; it is the highest decision making point of the nation. After Presidency, the next place is the Senate and all these lapses we are seeing today is because there is no effective representation. They see it as retirement benefit whereas it is not so.

  “It is a place you work round the clock and if you are there, you must sit up, you must work round the clock if you want to really represent your people. But because of poverty, backwardness politically, most of the electorate don’t even know what to we should expect from the Senators. So, this is one of my major reasons of going there, to change the game, to show people what it is.” Nwebonyi said.

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