By Emmanuel Aziken & Festus Ahon
She strode into the grounds of the briefing last Wednesday resplendent with a kind of glory that reminded many of the Roman Catholic saint, Joan of Arc. Mrs. Joan Mrakpor’s feat was well capsulated by the elated chairman of the Delta State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Edwin Uzor.
According to the party chairman, it was the first time in the history of the constituency that an elected representative was giving a report within the first 100 days in office.
Mrs. Mrakpor, the member representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, is of course no political rookie having bestridden her political environment for some considerable time. Mrs. Mrakpor had before now, represented the Aniocha South State constituency between 2007 and 2015.
Her elevation to the House of Representatives was a new height and hence the elation that greeted her quick adaptation to her new environment.
Besides Chief Uzor, the briefing was graced by several leading political chieftains from the constituency who came to hear the report of their daughter and delegate to the House.
Also present were Chief Chiejina Okafor Chairman Oshimili North PDP, Elder Ben Nwadiashi Chairman Aniocha-South PDP, Hon. Isaac Anwuzia Executive Chairman Aniocha-South LGA, Chief Sunday Onoriode Assistant Secretary PDP, Delta State, Mr. Louis Ndukwe Executive Chairman, Oshimili North Local Government Area. Hon. Angela Nwaka member representing Aniocha-South, Delta State House of Assembly was also around to give more than a sisterly support for her fellow female federal legislator.
Given the array of local and state dignitaries she had attracted to the ceremony, no one was as such shocked with the kind of positive report she subsequently gave.
Mrs. Mrakpor was to note that she had initiated three bills and two motions waiting to be taken on the floor of the House.
She named the bills as a Bill to Amend the National Youth Service Corp, NYSC that will enhance the security of corps members posted to different parts of the country. A second bill is to enhance the welfare of police officers in the country.
The third bill conceived by Rep. Mrakpor remarkably reflecting her maternal instinct is one to regulate what is uploaded on to the internet. The bill aims to check the upload of pornography unto the internet.
The two motions prepared by her have to do with the outage of power supply to her constituency and another one seeking to urge the Federal Government to fortify bridges on Abuja roads and for the speedy completion of the Benin-Abuja highway.
It was also an opportunity for her to thank the people for giving her the mandate even as she promised that she would soon go round to thank the people.
She assured that the people the they would get their share of Federal Government projects, adding that she would ensure that projects listed in the 2015 budget of the Federal Government in the area which have not been executed are done to the benefit of the people.
The Federal lawmaker, who gave the people the opportunity to list two projects of their choice to be cited in each of the four Local Government Areas, told the people that the projects will be fixed in the 2016 budget of the Federal Government.
Speaking further, she said the leadership crisis which engulfed the House in the wake of its inauguration was as a result of the inability of the All Progressive Congress APC to put its house in order, adding that it has resulted in the delay in constituting the House Committees.
While challenging the women to be industrious, she frowned at a situation where the women sold starter packs they were given to set up their own businesses. She admonished the youths to key into government projects both at the State and Federal level and warned them against underrating government programmes.
The people who spoke through their representatives itemized their needs to include roads, water, electricity, proper channeling of water to solve erosion problem, upgrading of Zappa Mixed Secondary School, Asaba to a Federal College with modern facilities and laboratory.
Taking the stage one after the other, representatives of the four local government areas that make up the constituency listed their needs. Speaking on behalf of Oshimili North, Dr. Andy Ilabor called for the rehabilitation of the Asaba/Illa/Ebu/ Ubiaja road and construction of a link road to the Local Government Headquarters in Awkukuigbo.
Mr. John Efianya who spoke on behalf of Oshimili South appealed for the building of Oko road to link the Asaba/Onitsha/Benin expressway and the upgrading of Zappa Mixed Secondary School, Asaba to a Federal College with modern infrastructures and laboratory, the speaker of Aniocha North, Chief Isaac Anwuzia stressed the need for the construction of the Obulu-Unor/Ogwash-Uku road and other roads to link Ogwash-Uku.
On his part, Mr. Chux Nwaebuni who spoke on behalf of Aniocha North decried the ecological problem being faced by the people and made an urgent call lasting solution. He also said the people are in dare need of potable water, lamenting that the people over years have no access to potable drinking water.