June 14, 2024

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Hunger: Anambra LP lawmakers to commit their 6months salaries to food, medicare of constituents

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Anambra State lawmakers under the Labour Party (LP) on Thursday said they would be relinquishing their six months basic salaries to tackling food and medical challenges of their constituents.

The eight legislatures, under the Anambra State Labour Party House of Assembly Caucus, said the decision was informed by prevailing harsh economic realities across the country which he said their leader, and Presidential Candidate of the party, Mr Peter Obi had earlier raised alarm over.

Speaking on behalf of the lawmakers,
Hon Jude Umennajiego representing Onitsha South 2, also called on President Bola Tinubu and State governors to declare state of emergency on security and hunger in the nation.

He further called on the masses to keep hope alive, describing hope as not just a virtue but the currency for better tomorrow.

He said, “We, the Labour Party House of Assembly members wish to lend our voice to the cry of our dear Leader, His Excellency, Mr. Peter Obi on the state of the Nation after our emergency caucus meeting sitting.

“We, therefore advise His Excellency, Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu to suspend work on all other sectors including infrastructure for the next six months and declare state of emergency on security and hunger in the nation.

“All State governors including our dear governor Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo to suspend all infrastructural development in their various States for the next six months and declare state of emergency on security and hunger.

“We, the Labour Party House of Assembly members will relinquish our basic salary for six months to be our contribution to alleviate the suffering of the masses.

“We all know that campaign is over and election is over. Majority of Nigerians are suffering. People are dying every day as a result of hunger and insecurity.

“Thus, there is need for the Federal government and State Governments to adhere to the advice given by our leader Mr. Peter Obi.

“We must commend our leader His Excellency Mr. Peter Gregory Obi for this selfless effort to ensure the stability and growth of our Nation. It really shows that he is committed to make this nation a better place for all of us.

“To the masses, hope is a virtue; we must sustain hope. That is the currency for better tomorrow.”

Also speaking, Comrade Nigeria Henry Mbachu representing Awka South 1 constituency said the move had no political coloration.

He said, “Every reasonable and responsible government must first secure lives before talking about infrastructure because someone must be alive and secured before any other thing else.

“Our party’s ideology is for the welfare of the masses. Regrettably, that sole ideology has been tampered with. There’s hunger in the land. When people call us, they make several demands which are genuine.

“Yet, we’re here blowing grammar and making bogus policies and data when the masses are dying of hunger; insecurity everywhere. That’s what we want government to focus on.

“This is not politics, we’re since done with elections. Besides, hunger doesn’t know which party you belong to. Everyone is affected. I’m sure other colleagues are also planning on what to do.

“We want government to focus on food and insecurity within the next six months and we continue other sectors. We’re committing our six months salaries to food and medicare.”

On the modalities the salaries would be disbursed, Mbachu said the decision would be taken in due course.

Other colleagues that endorsed the communique were Hon Make hi Ogbuefi, Hon. Fred Ezenwa, Hon Kingsley Udemezue, Hon Justice Azuka, Hon Paul Obu and Hon Patrick Okafor.

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