A group called Solidarity Women for Doris, has reacted to recent unfavourable against the member representing Ika federal constituency at National Assembly, Abuja, Hon. (Engr.) Doris Uboh.
The group expressed its position shortly after its executive meeting held recently in Agbor. The group which spoke to our correspondent through its chairperson, Hon. Dame Caroline Agbi, said that it has become necessary to correct some negative impression being created in the minds of the people, since the June 22nd 2010, fracas at the Federal House of Representative, which led to suspension of Hon. Uboh and ten others.
According to her, "it was a period where search light was placed on our representative, Hon. (Engr.) Doris Uboh. It became a period of unguarded castigation, a period that gave her opponents opportunity to tarnish her imagine and achievements, a period of lost memory, where some persons chose to downplay her recorded achievements since becoming member of the House of Representatives representing Ika federal constituency."
Mrs. Agbi who said she was disappointed by what she described as a calculated attempt to undermine the political interest and unequalled achievements of Hon. Uboh went on to identify some of the things the legislator had done for her constituency. She pointed out that in 2008, Hon. Uboh sponsored and constructed Boreholes in different locations across Ika land. Such places she disclosed include Umunede, Emuhu, Abavo, Obi-Agbor and Owa –Alidinma.
"In the same 2008, she donated free drugs to 15 Health centers, Laboratory equipments to 10 Secondary Schools, across Ika land. We are witnesses to the presentations of seats/tables for teachers and students (pupils) to different schools including Ogbemudien Secondary School, Omie Primary School, Okpu Primary School, etc to mention a few. Currently, classrooms block are being constructed in different locations of Ika Nation including Omie Primary School. These are all community based empowerment programme."
Mrs. Agbi went on to explain that in 2009, Hon. Uboh empowered so many people through skill acquisition programmes, which saw many people receiving fully equipped tailoring shops with sewing machines, materials etc. and fully equipped hairdressing salons with Dryers, attachments, shampoos, rollers, conditioners, etc. These shops she disclosed were established in every ward in the constituency.
She also stated that about twenty persons from each of the twenty-six wards that make up Ika federal constituency received one bag of fertilizer each which was distributed to them free of charge.
"In the same vein , 10 Lawyers from Ika Federal constituency were given brief of not less than N1.5m each from the Federal Ministry of Justice to decongest the prison, in 2009, which was facilitated by Hon Uboh. She also facilitated the enlistment of many youths from Ika Nation into the Nigerian Police Force."
Mrs. Agbi noted that "her determination to improve the Human Capital development of Ika nation created room for empowerment of some of our children in DPR, Chevron, NTA, etc. We are witnesses to her micro credit programme where 10 women of Ika Nation where nominated and received N250,000 each under the CBN programme, guaranteed by her."
She disclosed that a killer disease called Cervical Cancer that could have killed not less than 100 women in Ika land was detected and cured, during the screening and treatment exercise sponsored by Hon. Uboh adding that the equipment worth over N5m. has since been donated to the Central Hospital Agbor.
She went further to explain that many Ika indigenes received reading glasses free of charge during Hon. Uboh’s free eye test week where glasses were given out free to over 250 persons.
"Let us state clearly, that we have impeccable, unshakeable confidence in Hon. (Engr.) Doris Uboh’s present representation in the Federal House of Representative and we will work assiduously for her second tenure," she stated.
Mrs. Agbi therefore called for restrain advising that "we should learn to treat issues and not persons, for this is the only way we can have fair judgment. Hon Hon. Uboh’s fight at the National Assembly was a fight against corruption. The N9bn. Capital vote in question is our money, the tax payers money and as a true representative of the people, she has exercised her constitutional duty. We did not send her there to adopt a "siddon look" attitude or to- be a concur legislator. Ika people should praise and acknowledge her as the sponsor of the National minimum wage bill that has attracted the Federal government’s attention in increasing the worker’s salary today.
Let us support the "Mother of Nigeria Labor" Hon. (Engr.) Doris Uboh to do more for us. If we must criticize her, let it be constructive."