In the spirit of gratitude indigenes of Lodi Imenyi community, Bende LGA of Abia-North Senatorial district Saturday paid a “Thank you” visit to their Senatorial representative and Chief Whip of the Senate , Senator Orji Uzor Kalu for constructing roads in their community.
According to the delegates who presented Senator Kalu with a Livestock and assorted farm produces at this Igbere country home in Bende, they narrated that the road had long been abandoned by previous legislative representatives including the current government, they thanked for his intervention describing as timely and a necessity for their economic well being.
Speaking on behalf of the visibly elated indigenes Leader of the delegation, Chief Endurance Okechukwu Philips said that they were grateful to Senator Kalu for the road project which is on-going.
He said “Community Leaders of Lodi Imenyi Community, we are here representing our entire community to express our appreciation to Senator Kalu.
We came to express our gratitude with regards to the roads that he is constructing in our constituency, previous governments made promises to construct the roads but they never fulfilled those promises, they left the road abandoned”
Chief Philip disclosed further that he left his former party the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), for their continued abandonment of the roads.
In his words “the party(PDP) promised me that they were going to tar the road but they did not do it . So I had to leave the party . But Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in less than a year after his assumption into office has started constructing the roads so we are very grateful to him . This is the reason we came as a delegation to say thank you to him. We are urging him more to do more and to extend his gdk works to our schools too.
President General of ” Lodi Imenyi community” Victor Igwe said that the construction of the road by Senator Orji Kalu further testifies his commitment to the upliftment of people’s welfare.
He said “pesent in the delegation are the chairmen of all the wards on our community and the President General. I remember shortly after the elections Senator Orji Kalu told me that within ten days that construction work would begin on the road and true to his word , work started on the ninth day. This has further shown that Senator Kalu is man of his words. We’ve had Senators even before him but none of them ever remembered us not until Senator Kalu.
That is why we the community residents in the entire six wards came to say thank you for the work that has commenced and to assure you that we shall always stand by you .
In his response Senator Kalu thanked the delegation for their visit, he however noted that the road project was his constitutional duty which needed no special appreciation. He said “I am doing what I was elected to do; it is my duty and I don’t need to be thanked . I am doing what I was doing when I was Governor. Coming to thank me is good; but it’s not compulsory or mandatory I am simply doing what I was elected to do. It is in our DNA in my family to render help and assistance whether or not we are in authority. I am at peace with our community and the locals . I thank ambassador Philips for his contribution to the community and the assistance he personally game live to me during elections . He has contributed immensely to our political life ; when givers give they receive. I am grateful for this.